This is first video clip off the Strange Birds in Paradise: A West Papuan soundtrack CD;
Music compiled by David Bridie, featuring Arnold Ap songs and singing by Hein Arumisore, Donny Roem and members of Tabura.
Video directed by Charlie Hill-Smith.
Strange Birds in Paradise – A West Papuan Story
While the Indonesian army continues to dominate the indigenous inhabitants of West Papua, three friends gather in Melbourne to record outlawed folk songs with renowned Australian rock musicologist David Bridie. DVD AVAILABLE NOW
Release Date: 10/06/2011
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This is the soundtrack to the film by Charlie Hill-Smith, with music by David Bridie & Arnold Ap, sung by Hein Arumisore, Donny Roem, Kelly Kwalik and Jacob Rumbiak. It is a journey more than 250 West Papuan cultures, the interviews paint a picture not only of a country with a rich musical tradition and breathtaking nature, but also of a country weighed down by Indonesian military oppression. While the Indonesian army continues to dominate the indigenous inhabitants of West Papua, three friends gather in Melbourne to record outlawed folk songs with renowned Australian rock musicologist David Bridie.
Bintang Papua, 27 June 2011
PAPUA A PARADISE FOR CORRUPT OFFICIALS
Students urge DPRP to adopt a regulation on combating corruption
Jayapura: Papua is a veritable paradise for people who corrupt the people’s money while a number of top-level officials behave as if they are beyond the law,’ said Thomas Sugi, chairman of the Students Executive Board of the Faculty of Law at Cenderawasih University. He was speaking at a demonstration of youth and students outside the DPRP – Papua Provincial Legislative Assembly.
The students urged the DPRP to draft a regulation, known as a Perdasi, dealing with corruption and stamping it out. It has been estimated that as much as Rp. 28 trillion of OTSUS – special autonomy – funds were embezzled during the eight years from 2002 – 2010 following the adoption of the OTSUS law, according to the findings of the auditing body, BPK published on 18 April 2011.
Sugi said he hoped that such a regulation would act as a dis-incentive for officials of the province who were thinking of embezzling money that belonged to the people. He said that the students fully support comments made about this problem on a number of occasions by the chief of police of the province, Drs Bekto Suprapto.
But he added that, should the law enforcement agency – the police – be shown to be seeking to protect the corruptors, then they would press for the adoption of a non-confidence motion in the police chief for failing to keep his promise.
On the same occasion, the chief of police of Jayapura, AKBP Imam Setiawan SIK who had been pressed to support efforts to stamp out corruption in Papua declared that the aims of the demonstration were an inspiration to the law enforcement agencies. He said that they would act with all speed via the judiciary in cases where people in the community alleged that corruption had occurred.and would make regular reports to the general public on the matter.
‘The chief of police of the province also called on local police chiefs at the sub-district level to report at least three cases of corruption a year that were under investigation..’
And for the current year, he said, we would call for at least five cases to be handled.
JUBI, 25 June 2011
The local branch of the union of energy and mining workers at
Freeport-Indonesia announced on Friday 24 June that it had set a
deadline of 4 July for its decision to organise a strike at Freeport.
The intention to take strike action was announced by the chair of the
Freeport branch, Virgo Solossa.
‘We are keeping the door open for the management to recognise our
legitimate demand for talks but if the management makes no response, the
strike will go ahead.’
Since the weekend all the workers on the low-land and high-land company
premises have been wearing black arm bands as a sign of the death of
industrial partnership.which the company has until now praised.
The cause for the strike action is that a number of members of the union
are threatened with dismissal for allegedly being absent from work.
‘This is an act of discrimination and intimidation against our right as
leading members of the union. We have no intention of allowing this to
happen, and give the management until 3 July. If they fail to response,
then any question of industrial partnership will be regarded as
The action will involved the 8,000 workers at the company.