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Rough drink kills 13 Papuan in one week (30 Aug 2007)
The high price of alcoholic drinks and restrictions on the sale of alcohol have failed to dampen the spirits of Papua's more committed drinkers, with deadly results. Many are playing the role of amateur chemists, concocting their own ersatz drink of 70 percent alcohol bought from pharmacies, combined with two bottles of energy drink and a drop or two of condensed milk.

West Papua: a missed opportunity for diplomacy (30 Aug 2007)
PRIME Minister John Howard's handshake with George W. Bush at the APEC summit will be greeted with howls of protest as his welcome for a President widely seen as a warmonger. But it is in his meeting with Indonesia's leader, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, that the Prime Minister's reputation, at least in our own quadrant of the globe, as a peacemaker will be at stake.

Guiding Papua's development (30 Aug 2007)
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued a presidential decree on the acceleration of development in Papua on May 16, 2007, the second presidential decree issued after the endorsement of Law No. 21/2001 on special autonomy for Papua.

Papua's Barnabas Suebu Named 'Hero of the Environment' (29 Aug 2007)
Time Magazine by Jason Tedjasukmana - The news about Indonesia's forests is rarely good. Countless stories detail rapid deforestation, perennial fires and illegal logging. Positive reports from Papua, the country's easternmost province, are especially rare; Papua has a history of separatist activity, extensive poverty and the country's highest HIV rates.

Mysterious killings seek to silence Papuan voices (26 Aug 2007)
The Sunday Age (Melbourne, Australia) - Indonesian security is suspected for a steady trickle of Papuan killings, writes Tom Hyland. MATIUS Bunai was last seen alive three weeks ago today when he left a church service in the town of Nabire in the Indonesian province of Papua. His body, beaten and lacerated, was found dumped in the street the following morning.