Free West Papua

Australia’s closest geographical neighbour is the world’s second-largest island, New Guinea.  The eastern half of this island is the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, and the western half is West Papua, now consisting of two Indonesian provinces. In 1975, Papua New Guinea was declared independent after decades of overlapping German, British, and Australian administration, and the post-war union of the Papua and New Guinea territories in 1949. In the same year, The Dutch attempted to leave behind an independent West Papuan nation when departing the region after 149 years of colonial rule.  Indonesia, however, claimed rights of sovereignty over West … Continue reading Free West Papua

MLK

On the other side of the World, the US is waking up to April 4.  On this day, forty-six years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot in the face and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.  In all likelihood, this murder was perpetrated by a band of ‘powerful’ evil men with small minds and no souls. This little post is my acknowledgement and reminder of that horrific and barbarous act, of a society that allows these things to happen, of the struggles of one man against a sea of hatred, apathy, and constant injustice. It was a long time ago.  And … Continue reading MLK