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Old 01-11-2013, 01:02 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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My friend (he was Malaysian, but has since become an Aussie national) was stationed in Jayapura, Indonesian Papua by his firm for a few months. Life there was pretty laid back, with a mix of urban life and some island wilderness a stone's throw away.
I wonder how the situation is there? About time the Indonesians gave the island back to the Papuans, so the whole island could be one nation.

 
Old 01-11-2013, 01:32 AM
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I wonder how the situation is there? About time the Indonesians gave the island back to the Papuans, so the whole island could be one nation.
Quite ok, me thinks. He told me that the border with PNG was dangerous though (about 20 mins from Jayapura).

Regarding unification, that would be kinda impossible. Indonesia is not willing to surrender any part of its territories (as seen in the East Timor conflict and massacre, and its crackdown on Maluku and Aceh separatist movements). If Papua is to be independent, then West Timor should be given the green light to secede too. Having said that, West Timor and East Timor have some cultural and linguistic as well as historical differences. That would complicate matters.
 
Old 01-11-2013, 01:45 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Quite ok, me thinks. He told me that the border with PNG was dangerous though (about 20 mins from Jayapura).

Regarding unification, that would be kinda impossible. Indonesia is not willing to surrender any part of its territories (as seen in the East Timor conflict and massacre, and its crackdown on Maluku and Aceh separatist movements). If Papua is to be independent, then West Timor should be given the green light to secede too. Having said that, West Timor and East Timor have some cultural and linguistic as well as historical differences. That would complicate matters.
Well they probably thought East Timor was hopeless, so you never know. Probably not in the near future though, Irian Jaya is very lucrative. PNG itself is under a bit of threat from mining companies.
 
Old 01-11-2013, 02:25 AM
 
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I'd be a little weary about visiting them due to the human trafficking rates, poverty rates and the subservient roles of women. Even as a tourist and though visiting would be no doubt interesting, I'm a little weary about all of these issues.
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