Indonesia’s Imperial Highway

As the people of West Papua fight for independence, the Indonesian government is hastening the exploitation of the country’s immense natural resources.

A member of the Papuan Students Alliance bears two paintings of the Morning Star flag during protest against the New York Agreement on the fifty-first anniversary of its signing, August 15, 2013. Getty Images

Last September, laborers returning to work on the Trans-Papua Highway found that much of their heavy equipment had been destroyed overnight, likely by the West Papua National Liberation Army (tpnpb), West Papua’s most prominent armed independence group. As a result, construction was briefly stopped on a stretch of road traversing the Bintang Mountains, close to […]

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