Fiji country profile – overview

The 800-plus volcanic and coral islands that make up the Pacific nation of Fiji enjoy a tropical climate and host a significant tourism industry. However, since 1987 racial and political tensions have been a steady source of instability and international isolation. In 1987 a coup by indigenous Fijians overthrew the elected, Indian-dominated coalition. This triggered a series of adverse events, […]

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East Timor leader does not think West Papua will follow in his country’s footsteps

Listen Here Updated 22 Jul 2015, 7:23pm East Timorese leader Jose Ramos Horta says he doesn’t believe West Papua will become independent from Indonesia in the same way his own country did. Dr Ramos Horta spent decades as the public face of the push to liberate East Timor from Indonesian rule. His tireless campaign earned him a Nobel Prize and stints […]

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Can Jokowi Bring Peace to West Papua?

The Indonesian president is rolling out new initiatives, hoping for a breakthrough in a troubled region. Separatist resistance persists in Indonesia’s West Papua region, as attempts to internationalize the dispute by the Free Papua Movement (Organisasi Papua Merdeka – OPM) make it necessary for Jakarta to devise new policy options to address the decades-old conflict. OPM has been waging a […]

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Msg Denied Us

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) claimed that Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) failed their words when they elevated Indonesia to an associated member while granting ULMWP observer status. This was revealed at the closing of the MSG 20th summit at the Heritage Park Conference Centre during a press conference with the West Papuan delegation. Secretary General to ULMWP […]

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