Wednesday, August 17, 2016

1) West Papuans seek Maori support


2) What Issues Does Freeport Face in Indonesia? PART 1 OF 5
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1) Wests Papuans seek Maori support

6 Aug 2016 16:03 PM

A member of a West Papua support group is asking for Maori to join those putting pressure on the Indonesian government for a referendum on the territory's future.
Shasha Ali says this week's flare-up in the territory, when Indonesian troops attacked a rally marking the controversial 1962 election that delivered control of the former Dutch colony to Indonesia, shows how indonesia continues to crack down on any preceived dissent by indigenous West Papuans.
She says New Zealand could take a greater role, and the government here should be pushed to say something.
"What West Papuans need is an internationally observed referendum, and we can do our bit to enable that to happen by putting international pressure through our government as well as through social media and other media awareness campaigns," Ms Ali says.
The story of Timor Leste or East Timor's break from Indonesia gives hope to West Papuans that they can also achieve independence.
Meanwhile, prominent West Papuan independence leader, Benny Wenda, has postponed a visit to Aotearoa New Zealand later this month for what he describes as unforeseen circumstances.
He was to have met with Maori and Pasifika activists as well as New Zealand members of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua.

SHASHA ALI INTERVIEW
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Market Realist-11 Aug. 2016

2) What Issues Does Freeport Face in Indonesia? PART 1 OF 5

Freeport’s Indonesia Problems Aren’t Over Yet

Export permit extension

Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) owns the Grasberg copper and gold mine in Indonesia (EIDO). Rio Tinto (RIO) is Freeport’s partner in this mine. RIO also owns the Oyo Tolgoi mine in Mongolia through its subsidiary Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ).
According to a Reuters report, Indonesia’s mining ministry has recommended granting an export permit to Freeport until January 11, 2017. The current export permit expired on August 8. On previous occasions, Indonesia has extended the export permit for six months in one go. However, this time, the extension has been provided for five months………..

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