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International investors called to account for violence and oppression in Sarawak

Mongabay 15 August 2017: On June 21 last year in Sarawak, Malaysia, opposition politician and indigenous rights campaigner Bill Kayong was shot dead through the window of his pickup truck as he waited at traffic lights on his way to work in the coastal city of Miri. Kayong was a popular land rights activist, whose … Continue reading

Protected: Indigenous activists support dam fight in Sarawak

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Protected: Indigenous forum demands changes on ‘dangerous’ dams

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Cigarettes – time to kick the habit?

Jakarta Post, 19 February. A journey to quit cigarettes in a tobacco-clinging city. “If you have good motivation to stop smoking, use it,” says smoking cessation expert Tribowo Ginting. “Don’t avoid it, don’t neglect it. Just follow your heart and do it. Everybody can stop.” According to the psychiatrist, 30 percent of people who try to … Continue reading

Violence and discrimination increasing in Indonesia: Human Rights Watch

There was little improvement in Indonesia’s human rights situation last year, with women and religious minorities in the archipelago facing increasing violence and discrimination and more than 100 citizens imprisoned for political reasons, according to the international NGO Human Rights Watch, which launched its 2013 World Report in Jakarta yesterday. The organization called on President … Continue reading

The tomatina – world’s biggest food fight

Sydney Morning Herald, 26 August 2006: I was scared of drowning in tomato soup. “People will pull you out,” Mike said. “Anyway, you’ll be with me.” A tall New Zealander with tattoos and a background in adventure sports, Mike was the person to be around if there was any chance of drowning. It had been … Continue reading

Rod Quantock’s comedy of collapse

‘The Insane Asylum (You’re Standing in It)’ Melbourne Comedy Festival 2011 Bananas, according to Rod Quantock, are good for your sense of humour. It’s the lecithin in them, he says. With Queensland flood damage pushing prices up to $4 a piece, the comedian worries for his audience, who won’t be able to claim the fruit … Continue reading

Blair visit

26/7/11 Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is on an Australian speaking tour, was in Melbourne today and met for talks with Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Mr Blair expressed support for the government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions, but declined to comment on details of the policy. The former leader spoke about a worldwide … Continue reading

After the Walk-Off – Wave Hill 40 years on

New Matilda, 23 August 2006 ‘Come on, people, give Mick some space!’ an organiser shouts. Mick Rangiari Lumbulla, a frail old man wearing sunglasses, is in danger of suffocating in the crowd of whitefellas who surround his wheelchair in a photo-taking frenzy. It’s Freedom Day, 2006, the 40th anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk-off, and … Continue reading

Night is falling – death of a neighbour

Big Issue, 2001 Public places are full of stories – and secrets. Jenny Denton remembers her chats with a homeless man living in a local park – and her shock on hearing of his terrible fate. A light mist hangs a few inches from the grass and Mort and I are breathing fog-puffs as we … Continue reading