Deakin University academic on palm oil in West Papua

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A presentation by American anthropologist Dr Eben Kirksey to FRWP Office in Docklands on 8 April 2018, which included a drone viewing of the huge area of Marind land deforested for palm oil plantation. Eben explained its devastating effect on the fragile environment, and also demonstrated how palm-oil based products is mostly consumed by populations in non-palm-oil producing countries.

Poulgrain’s ‘JFK vs Allen Dulles, Battleground Indonesia’ changes our historical perspective

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It took Greg Poulgrain decades of research and interviews to unravel CIA Director Allen Dulles' horrendous ‘Indonesia strategy’ of the Cold War. The most monstrous of Dulles' machinations were the murders of UN Sec-General Hammarskjöld and Congo Prime Minister Lumumba (in 1961) and US President Kennedy (in 1963); Indonesia’s usurpation of West Papua (in 1962); the replacement of Indonesian President Sukarno with the CIA-approved General Suharto (1965-66); the subsequent massacre of a million Indonesian ‘communist’ rice-farmers and consequent split of the Communist rivals China and the USSR. Students of West Papua need to ask (i) How the murder of UN Sec-General Dag Hammarskjöld was pivotal to Indonesia’s takeover of West Papua; and (ii) How a secret coup in Jakarta in 1965 and the subsequent massacre of a million Indonesian rice-farmers was pivotal to Freeport getting a licence to mine the gold in West Papua.

City of Moreland joins Yarra and Ballarat Councils on West Papua’s self-determination

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On 14 August 2021, the City of Moreland joined the Yarra Council and the Ballarat Council in recognising the principle of self-determination for West Papua. Mayor Mark Riley plants a Hammarskjöld Memorial Tree for West Papua in Balfe Park in Brunswick East (Victoria, Australia). In September 2021 a video-recording of the ceremony will be presented to UN Sec-General Guterres along with the videos of the sixty other Hammarskjöld-WestPapua memorial plantings in 2020-21.

Land of the Morning Star, a documentary by Mark Worth

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This entry has a lot of information, with references, about the film, Land of the Morning Star, its director Mark Worth, and the political and cultural aspects of the Morning Star on the West Papuans' independence flag.

Jessie’s house of needles, and the Green State of West Papua

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FRWP Open Day on 14 March 2021 featured John Algate talking about 'Jessie's House of Needles' and Jacob Rumbiak introducing 'West Papua as an independent Green State'. Unfortunately, technical glitches marred the zoom-recordings of the day. However, the entry includes a 1000-word review of John Algate's fascinating account of the life and work of Jessie Williamson, the Australian missionary nurse who worked in West Papua from 1966 to 2001. It also includes Jacob Rumbiak's powerpoint essay about the WP Transitional Government's new Green State. It also includes a recording of the address by Fiji-Australian author Bernie Goldstein (Children of the 12 tribes) who has started a campaign for one of the book's authors, West Papuan student Roland Levy, to be released from prison in Jakarta. about
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