What’s behind the carry-on about Long Tan?

Allen Myers When considering the fuss made about Vietnamese restrictions on Australian plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan, we should think of a story that did not appear in Australian newspapers on 20 February 1992: “DARWIN – On the 50th anniversary of the bombing of D...CONTINUE READING

Australia found complicit in crimes against humanity

Helen Jarvis The Indonesian army constructed a sustained and false narrative of acts of extreme brutality and conspiracy against the state in order to create a pretext for the anti-communist purge and slaughter, which was quickly launched [and] the diplomatic and propaganda apparatuses of the US, Brita...CONTINUE READING

Australia to get permanent police presence in Solomon Islands

Rutaban Yameen The Australian government is negotiating a deal with the Solomon Islands to give the Australian Federal Police (AFP) a permanent presence in its capital city, Honiara, under the umbrella of the Australian high commission. The Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Island...CONTINUE READING

South Korean union leader jailed

Kim Bullimore Han Sang-gyn, president of the 800,000-strong (South) Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), was sentenced to five years’ jail on 4 July for his role in organising a series of demonstrations against the Park Geun-hye government. Han was convicted on charges relating to traffic and pu...CONTINUE READING

Anti-communist backlash in Indonesia reflects political elite anxiety

James Balowski A recent spate of arrests of people for wearing T-shirts with symbols of the banned Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), seizures of books about the 1965 anti-communist purge and a propaganda campaign to whip up fears of a PKI revival in Indonesia reflect just how anxious elements of the poli...CONTINUE READING

Human rights violations continue against Sri Lankan Tamils

Rutaban Yameen Withering hopes , a report by People for Equality and Relief in Lanka, has detailed ongoing human rights violations against Tamil civilians in the north-east of Sri Lanka, more than a year after the former secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Maithripala Sirisena, assumed the p...CONTINUE READING

Celebrating Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Stephen Miller At the end of April, we marked the 10th anniversary of the death of one of our region’s most important political novelists, Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006). Amidst the build-up to the empty media circus associated with a federal election, there was virtually no chance that this would be...CONTINUE READING

Indonesian crackdown on West Papuan activists

Shail Shah Almost 2,000 West Papuans were arrested by Indonesian authorities in early May, after demonstrations were held to commemorate the 1963 annexation of the territory and to demand independence. The continuing occupation of West Papua has been referred to as a slow-motion genocide, and has lef...CONTINUE READING

Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine politics

Ben Reid The main outcome of the Philippine elections on 16 May was the victory of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte. His win is another reflection of the country’s deep economic and social problems and the failure of democratisation, after the end of the Marcos era in 1986, to address these i...CONTINUE READING