West Papua Struggle between “Revolution” and “Liberation”

The term “revolution” and “liberation” has been misused due to different connotation related to the two words. Papua Merdeka News (PMNews) understands that both words have fundamentally the same concept, i.e., to be free from the current situation to a different future, but they are commonly misinterpreted, particularly by western political activists and academia. For […]

The Battle of the Symbols: Slavery Versus Liberation and Revolution

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love, Listen Seeker, I come in Peace “Men need images. Lacking them they invent idols. Better then to found the images on realities that lead the true seeker to the source.” — African Proverb The Ancients have stated long ago that symbols are necessary, for lacking symbols, […]

Revolution and Liberation: A Call for Secular and Religious Argumentative Engagement

By DAVID A. FRANKReview of THE PARADOX OF LIBERATION: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions, by Michael Walzer Yale University Press, 2015 View REVOLUTION AND LIBERATION Alan Wolfe is right to call Michael Walzer “America’s greatest living political philosopher.”  Walzer’s 27th book, The Paradox of Liberation, subtitled Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions, is a continuation of […]

Tribal Democracy in Practice: Example from Afghanistan

by Bilal Ahmed on Nov 18, <> I was speaking to my mother about democracy, expressing wariness about European models, which many Pakistanis associate with the Soviet-inspired experiments of the Afghan Communist era. I mentioned the jirga, as a way of envisioning direct democracy, in South Asian vernacular. She found it appealing. “That’s like the […]

Indonesia’s West Papua: Settlers Dominate Coastal Regions, Highlands Still Overwhelmingly Papuan

This paper will reconsider previous work on the demographic transition under way in West Papua (the Indonesian provinces of Papua and Papua Barat) in the light of documents received from the Indonesian Statistics Office (Badan Pusat Statistic BPS) that give an ethnic breakdown across the 29 regencies that comprise Papua province and the eleven regencies […]

“Demokrasi Kesukuan” dalam Demokrasi Di Indonesia dan Sejarahnya

Demokrasi Di Indonesia dan Sejarahnya, Posted by Shohibul Ma’arif on 22:52 Demokrasi adalah bentuk atau mekanisme sistem pemerintahan suatu negara sebagai upaya mewujudkan kedaulatan rakyat (kekuasaan warganegara) atas negara untuk dijalankan oleh pemerintah negara tersebut. Salah satu pilar demokrasi adalah prinsip trias politica yang membagi ketiga kekuasaan politik negara (eksekutif, yudikatif dan legislatif) untuk diwujudkan […]

Indonesian Colonisation, Resource Plunder and West Papuan Grievances

Indonesian Colonisation, Resource Plunder and West Papuan Grievances  インドネシアによる植民地化、資源の略奪、西パプア人の不満 David Adam Stott March 21, 2011 Volume 9 | Issue 12 | Number 1 Indonesian Colonisation, Resource Plunder and West Papuan Grievances David Adam Stott “Rather than feeling liberated from (Dutch) colonial rule, Papuans have felt subjugated, marginalized from the processes of economic development, and threatened by […]

Would an Independent West Papua be A Failing State?

Would An Independent West Papua Be A Failing State?  西パプアが独立しても国として破綻に向かうだろうか David Adam Stott September 21, 2011 Volume 9 | Issue 37 | Number 1 Would An Independent West Papua Be A Failing State? David Adam Stott “Where it cuts across the island of New Guinea, the 141st meridian east remains one of colonial cartography’s more arbitrary […]

Kemerdekaan Sebagai Hak Untuk Menentukan Nasib Sendiri (“Right To Self-Determination) Dalam Perspektif Hukum Internasional

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Oleh: Andrey Sujatmoko[1] Download  Abstract   International law recognizes that all peoples have the right to self-determination.  Independence of peoples from colonialism and alien authority in order to determine their political status is manifestation of this right. According to international law, this right can only use once and it cannot be applied to the peoples […]

Dasar-Dasar Perjuangan Kemerdekaan West Papua

Oleh KNPB, Editor PMNews (Ada kata dan istilah yang salah secara Hukum Revolusi West Papua dirubah oleh PMNews) Mengapa rakyat Papua Barat ingin merdeka di luar Indonesia? Mengapa rakyat Papua Barat masih tetap meneruskan perjuangan mereka? Kapan mereka mau berhenti berjuang? Ada empat faktor yang mendasari keinginan rakyat Papua Barat untuk memiliki negara sendiri yang […]