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Police arrested 10 people for raising the Morning Star flag (16 Aug 2012)
Jakarta Globe - The police in West Papua arrested 10 people for raising the Morning Star flag, during a rally in Manokwari on Thursday.

The indonesian military fast track to more firepower (16 Aug 2012)
The Jakarta Post and Antara News- The Indonesian Military is set for an aggressive upgrade to its worn-out firepower as the United States has made an offer to donate jet fighters.

West Papua Report - August 2012 (7 Aug 2012)
WPAT / ETAN - Indonesian security forces have detained Papuans attempting to raise funds for medical care for Papuan political prisoners. Indonesia has long fallen short of its international obligations to provide medical care for prisoners. Meanwhile, private efforts to raise funds for medical care for Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma are progressing well. Australian researchers have noted evidence of expanding operations by Indonesia's notorious Detachment 88 which is heavily funded by the U.S. and Australian governments. An observer is raising questions about the impact of international solidarity movements aimed at helping Papuans, contending that the involvement of western-based organizations in the solidarity movement may instigate Jakarta's security approach in West Papua. WPAT invites comment on this argument. A number of international groups named in a list of OPM supporters have issued a statement rejecting the Indonesian charges, challenging the government's strategy of seeking "to blame others for problems created by the Indonesian government's and security forces' own policies and actions." An Indonesian lawmaker has charged Freeport with "arrogance" as negotiations between the U.S. mining giant and the Indonesian government fail. WPAT notes the larger tragedy that Papuans have never played a significant role in such negotiations over the exploitation of Papuan natural resources. The Asian Human Rights Commission has published an excellent article on the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE).

Benny Wenda is removed from an Interpol wanted list (7 Aug 2012)
Benny Wenda, who lives in Oxford, had been issued with a red notice and was at risk of arrest and extradition. The Indonesian authorities said they wanted him to stand trial for murder and arson. Offences Benny Wenda always denied. Now Interpol admitted that the Indonesian government abused the red noice system and that the case against Benny Wenda was “political”. The red notice against Benny has finally been deleted and he is free to travel.

Feud in Timika Heats Up (7 Aug 2012)
by tempointeractive - At Sunday two Timika residents were attacked and tortured by 30 men armed with machetes and wooden clubs.