Readers might recall that a year ago, responding to Obama’s July 2010 decision to lift the US funding ban for Indonesian death squads, Indonesia’s elite forces began assassinating indigenous Papuan spiritual leaders. Survival International ran a story on that last December. Today, Intercontinental Cry reports on the massive Indonesian military offensive (supported by Australia) against the West Papuan independence movement.
If one is looking for an example of the unity of modern states and transnational corporations in opposition to the world indigenous peoples’ movement for self-determination, West Papua would certainly stand out. The fact that two of the four states in the world that opposed the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples are funding the current atrocities in West Papua should come as no surprise.
The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.access here