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Reflection: Australian Apology to the West Papua people? (25 Oct 2010)
Tasmanian Times - The Rudd Labor government acted correctly when they issued an apology to the Aboriginal people of Australia. How about the ancestral relatives of the Australian people in New Guinea? Should the Australian government now apologise to the West Papuan people, the original owners of a land the size of France?

Activists Divided Over Future of TNI Link With US Military After Torture (24 Oct 2010)
Jakarta Globe - Some Papuan activists have called on foreign governments to cease cooperation with the Indonesian military as evidence of torture has come to light, but human rights activists said that foreign governments should instead maintain ties and help push forward military reforms.

Work Starts on 132 Wasior Barracks (24 Oct 2010)
Jakarta Globe - Authorities in Papua have begun building the first batch of 132 temporary barracks for victims of the Oct. 4 flashfloods and landslides in Wasior, West Papua.

Washington will continue to train Kopassus despite torture (24 Oct 2010)
South East Asian Times & AFP - The United States military will continue to train Indonesia’s notorious military unit Kopassus despite the country’s political, legal and security minister Djoko Suyanto having confirmed that video footage of the country’s soldiers torturing Papuans is authentic.

SBY orders thorough probe of Papua torture video (23 Oct 2010)
Jakarta Post - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered a “thorough investigation” of a controversial video of the alleged torture of Papuans by Indonesian Military (TNI) members, which a senior minister said was genuine.