Freedom in sight?
West Papua stands on a knife-edge between freedom and disaster. In this issue, we hear the voices of people living under Indonesian occupation and fighting to be free. We learn about the unifying power of Melanesian music, expose the extractive companies that are profiting from Papuan repression, and hear Indigenous leaders lay out their visions of the new country they want to build.
Stories making the news this month
6 A Marvel-ous transformation
6 Ethical archaeology in Ecuador
7 Kashmir’s pashmina woes
7 Introducing Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
7 Dirty banking in Europe
8 In defence of Tibet’s mother tongue
8 Sweet solidarity in Tunisia
9 France approves historic law
9 Climate 1, aviation 0 in Austria
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.
The Big Story - West Papua
10 Morning star rising
After 54 years of struggle under Indonesian rule, is freedom finally in sight for West Papua? Danny Chivers investigates.
15 West Papua: the facts
16 Sacrifice zone: BP, Freeport and the West Papuan independence struggle
Gold, copper, palm oil, natural gas: some profit from West Papua, while others pay the price. Connor Woodman goes digging for the truth.
18 The drumbeat of resistance
‘The struggle is in the song, and the song is in the struggle.’West Papuan musician Ronny Kareni explains the vital role of Melanesian culture in the fight for freedom.
20 Voices from the ground
Repression, resistance and hopes for the future: West Papuans speak to Veronica Koman about life under occupation.
22 Take action for West Papua!
23 ‘We are ready’
What would an independent West Papua look like? West Papuan leaders Rex Rumakiek and Benny Wenda lay out their vision exclusively for New Internationalist.
28 Breaking the trauma taboo
Michiel Driebergen and Alex Masi meet volunteers providing much-needed psychological support in war-torn Ukraine.
30 Chris Coltrane
PLUS Polyp’s Big Bad World cartoon.
31 Mark Engler
Boosting the backlash.
32 Film reviews
The Handmaiden, directed by Park Chan-wook; Frantz, directed by Francois Ozon.
33 Music reviews
Mogoya by Oumou Sangare; The ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda by Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda.
34 Book reviews
October by China Mieville; Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez; Another economy is Possible by Manuel Castells et al; Good Cop, Bad War by Neil Woods with JS Rafaeli.
PLUS Also out there...
5 Letter from Cochabamba
Is Bolivia’s hard-fought democracy under threat? wonders Amy Booth.
26 Country Profile: Nepal
36 Southern exposure
Iqbal Hossein photographs Rohingya refugees, and hears their harrowing experiences.
38 And Finally
Sleaford Mods’ vocalist Jason Williamson talks to Graeme Green about anger, politics and antisinging.