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

Three years since Rana Plaza, garments workers’ demands still not met

Rutaban Yameen Bangladesh Student Federation activist Jaheen Faruque Amin was one of thousands of volunteers who sorted through wreckage looking for survivors and bodies after the collapse of Rana Plaza on 24 April 2013. “What else can I say? I have seen films on Auschwitz, and Rana Plaza was our Auschwi...CONTINUE READING

Timor-Leste fights Australia’s theft

Rutaban Yameen Up to 30,000 people rallied on 22 and 23 March at the Australian embassy in Dili to protest Australia’s theft of billions of dollars in royalties and tax revenue from oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea. The protests coincided with the anniversary of the Australian government’s 2002 deci...CONTINUE READING

Sri Lanka rewards its war criminals

Trevor Grant The elaborate public façade carefully constructed by new president Maithripala Sirisena, with the hidden assistance of India and the US, is crumbling by the day, revealing the discomforting truth that Sri Lanka remains a brutal regime dominated by a military mindset. The civil war may have...CONTINUE READING

In solidarity with the dissenting student community in India

As academics, students, writers, artists and activists from Australia, we condemn the use of oppressive power by the Indian state, its police, and Hindu fundamentalist groups to shut down voices of dissent emerging from within public universities in India. We join the international communi...CONTINUE READING

Big Protest confronts Australian Embassy in Dili

Sam King A large and angry demonstration was held outside the Australian embassy in Dili on 23 February, against the Australian government’s refusal to negotiate a permanent international border with East Timor. The protest – organised by the coalition Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor S...CONTINUE READING

Biggest student demonstrations in years erupt in India

Rutaban Yameen The biggest nationwide student protests in a quarter of a century have erupted in India. Organised by New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU), in conjunction with several other left wing student unions and organisations, protests have spread to 18 campuses including i...CONTINUE READING

Protest outside Australia’s embassy in East Timor over the ‘occupation’ of the Timor Sea

A protest action will take place Tuesday morning outside the Australian Embassy in Dili, East Timor, calling for the establishment of permanent maritime boundaries along the “median line”, half way between Australia and East Timor. The Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea (Movi...CONTINUE READING