About Papua Story

West Papua is located just north of Australia and west of Papua New Guinea. A former Dutch colony, West Papua came under Indonesian control in the 1960s after the implementation of a referendum under UN.

For almost forty years the people of West Papua have suffered local conflict which was caused by many different perspectives. Human rights abuses, ecological destruction and democratic violations at the hands of both Free Papua Movement and the Indonesian Military are the results of such conflict. In an effort to address these complex issues, I try to share my own personal view on Papua.

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John. S. Yeoman

32 comments so far

  1. Michael Jarvis on

    It is not all bad in Papua, just like it is not all good in other part of the country. Your blog is different from many other websites on Papua which only campaigning about the unrealistic separatist movement. But you need to balance your opinion too because your blog rarely put an article about the mistakes of Papuan local government and Indonesian central government. Special autonomy is a success story especially if we compare the West Papua of Indonesia’s side with the almost failed state of Papua New Guinea. Three sides to every stories…just like your motto, right ?

  2. Andrew on

    Thank you for speaking up. If I may provide some assistance.
    A referendum requires a popular vote to gauge the population’s wish, the 1969 AFC was not a referendum and was not under any UN control, design or influence. The AFC was staged to claim the 1967 sale of West Papua’s mining rights by Suharto to Freeport was legal.

    West Papua was colonized in 1962 by the United States unwittingly for the Freeport corporation. The US force the Dutch & paid the UN to sign the New York Agreement trading the COLONY to Indonesia. The US NSC and McGeorge Bundy spent 1961 telling Kennedy that the US had to do this to stop Indonesia becoming a communist State. Freeport director Robert A. Lovett in 1960 told Kennedy to appoint McGeorge Bundy as the US National Security Advise, in control of the NSC.
    On my site you’ll find the US Dept. of State records, copies of the relevant UN resolutions, a good supply of newspaper and other articles. etc. All Best, and thank you again.

  3. Andrew Johnson on

    Hope you don’t mind, but you are victim of some of the mis-information which has been produced since 1969.

    West Papua was illegally sold as a colony by the Netherlands to Indonesia in the New York Agreement of 1962. Freeport director Robert A. Lovett in 1960 told John F Kennedy to appoint McGeorge Bundy as the U.S. National Security Adviser, who during 1961 told Kennedy that he must force the Dutch to sell West Papua to save the US from communism.

    The colony was sold because Freeport wanted its gold & copper which General Suharto would allow Freeport to mine.

  4. Andrew Johnson on

    The AFC was not a referendum. A “referendum” means a popular vote by the people. The AFC was not designed, implemented or approved of by the United Nations. The AFC was designed and implemented by Gen. Sarwo Edhi Wibowo; and approved of by Gen. Suharto.

    The people of West Papua were sold to Indonesia in the 1962 New York Agreement, which was written by Robert Kennedy on instruction from John F Kennedy on the security advice of McGeorge Bundy. Bundy was a family friend & fellow bonesman of Freeport director Robert A. Lovett. The Freeport wanted to mine Papua’s gold and copper.

  5. Mary Livingstone on

    It is time to admit the obvious “special autonomy” has showed many success, at least in the way it has been implemented so far. However, the “unintended” consequences have been disastrous in several sector, especially in many cases of corruptions. Thousands of people have lost opportunities to improve their living standard due to the lack of managerial skills in local government.

    On the other sides, Free Papua War Lords have taken over small part of communities. Conflict and misery has spread.

    Corruption and separatism are undermining fragile democracies in West Papua.

  6. Daniska on

    Hey friend,

    How is the situation of Malaria disease in West Papua, just have thought that US Marine has a long devoted research on Malaria in your country.

  7. Michel on

    I am interested in West Papua folk stories, why don’t you share some in your blog.

  8. vannef on

    Nice blog!

  9. alezev on

    Nice try ! we will hunt you down !

  10. Yenny on

    You have a very nice blog here, may I contact you directly for my research on West Papua Freedom Movement? Thank you

  11. drassy on

    Hi, I wonder if you could send me the detail of the murder case by Benny Wenda, many thanks for your help


  12. 蛙鏡 on

    Superb posting, I share the same views. I wonder why this particular world truly does not picture for a moment like me and also the blog site creator 😀

  13. Maria Dave on

    A fascinating Blog. Thanks!

  14. Regie Donovan on

    The truth? You can’t handle the truth!

  15. Sita on

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  16. Leamy on

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  17. Niro on

    There are many fascinating articles in your blog, however I don’t know if I see all of them middle to heart or true story. There may be some validity and I am thankful for that, but I will take maintain opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well

  18. Dave on

    This is the precise blog for anyone who wants to search out out about West Papua topic. You notice so much its almost exhausting to argue with you (not that I truly would need…). You positively put a brand new spin on a subject that has been written about for years. Nice stuff, just nice!

  19. Mangi on

    Who are you kidding?
    This is are more than just stories.
    At least you’ve tried to deliver their messages though.
    Keep it up.

  20. Gefeur on

    Great story from west papua, please contact us for financial support. As a charity org. at the US, we would love to help our brothers and sisters in West Papua. Regards. Gefeur

  21. Mc Manus on

    Excellent blog here! Salut from Ireland.

  22. Guthridge on

    Hi, why don’t you create a donate link for your peaceful campaign. I could help you directly by donating. Thanks

  23. Damien on

    Good post, adding it to my blog now, thanks.

  24. Gabriel on

    Very useful post. Thanks for taking the time to share your view with us.

  25. Kudo on

    Thank you for your work. Article helped me a lot
    Really worthwhile article !

  26. Thomas on

    i was always intersted i this subject and still ‘m, thanks for putting it up

  27. Lamy on

    Great blog ! Love to read it, regards from Stockholm.

  28. osai on

    Please protect your own people from separatist terrorist Papua ! Indonesian Gov: Go fuck yourself if you couldn’t protect your people.

  29. Andrew Robinson on

    I do agree with all the concepts you’ve introduced for your post. They’re very convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for novices. May you please lengthen them a little from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

    Indonesia is prospering and the economic date shows signs of further development. Better situation will also apply to all provinces in Indonesia if the government continue all good efforts that has been done for more than ten years.

    Your Blog on Papua Story is very very interesting, and you mention about three sides of any story. However, I rarely found the story from opposition part that your blog must cover too. So your blog will not be seen as a simple nice propaganda defending Indonesia. I find out that some of your original article are balance but many one sided to the government position and I also find a provocative attack to some elements of separatist movement in Papua.

    As a process of understanding the whole picture, it may be good but people are not always happy to look at the whole picture. People tend to choose the picture that they like to see as the truth.

    Good work, please take my comment seriously to balance your story. If you need any help, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


  30. Maya Pasha on

    Indonesia had national laws in place to deal with separatism and all the wrongdoing in human rights violation.
    I believe, Indonesia will be able to manage its own domestic problem democratically.

  31. Drew Angelica on

    A very informative blog on Indonesia’s West Papua and Papua provinces. Regards from Ohio

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