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KA Trans Papua

Government To Launch KA Trans Papua Rail Project

In line with plans to develop infrastructure in Indonesia’s more remote regions, the government is set to construct a railway connecting Papua.


Illegal Gold Mining Sees Steady Rise in Indonesia

While it's flush with natural resources and precious metals including gold, Indonesia also attracts its fair share of unscrupulous miners bent on plunder


Indonesia to Build Papua Naval Base

According to General Gatot Nurmantyo of the Indonesian Military (TNI), Indonesia will deploy more military personnel in regions like Papua. Nurmantyo has stated that...


Indonesia Plans to Defend Papua Issue in New Zealand

The government has made serious efforts in settling the issue of Papua independence and would like NGOs in New Zealand to understand that the situation has been...

West Papua topo by Stefan Faymer. Licensed under Wikimedia Commons

Development Vs Indigenous People and the Environment

Over the past 50 years, the name of the region of Papua has been changed several times from Netherlands New Guinea to Irian Barat (West Irian), Irian Jaya (Victorious or...


Raja Ampat Dive Pioneers: Meet Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock

Throughout Indonesia and the wider diving world, Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock are known as the people who put Raja Ampat’s dive sites on top of most travelling...

Protestors for West Papua's independence in Melbourne. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

No Way Out

Papua’s abundant natural resources are a blessing and a curse. As the Indonesian military’s last remaining place to quash rebellion, there is unlikely to be any...


The Village that Saved its Culture, Leatherback Turtles and its Coral Reefs

There are only a few beaches in the world on where the giant leatherback turtle lays its eggs. The leatherback is the fourth largest reptile and the largest ever found...

The Yali

Development and Shifting Cultures: The Papuan Koteka

Perhaps the most iconic and essential item of clothing worn by the Dani and Yali men is the koteka or the penis gourd. Now the koteka is commonly seem dangling from...

Have You Tried The Missionary?

Cannibalism has long been linked with the islands that now make up Indonesia. The ancient Greek proto historian Herodotus identified a tribe who would eat their own...

Education Guide 2017

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