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Red Flag is the fortnightly
newspaper of the Australian socialist organisation Socialist
right pressing in Hong Kong Sid Zoichi. October 13, 2014
revolution' not rained out yet By Sid Zoichi. October 9, 2014
snapshot of opinions at Occupy Hong Kong By Sid Zoichi. October 8,
the streets in Hong Kong By Sid Zoichi. October 7, 2014
Kong erupts By Sid Zoichi. October 5, 2014
protests grow on the streets of Hong Kong By Sue Sparks. October
scores presidency but direction still unclear By Max Lane. August
Papuan teen jailed and tortured for graffiti Amy McQuire. August
inequality in China By Sid Zoichi. August 19, 2014
murderer steals workers' wages By Liz Ross. August 7, 2014
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Free French reporters detained in Papua Human Rights Watch Statement
. October 16, 2014
Indonesia should release two detained French journalists Reporters
Without Borders Press Release. October 15, 2014
in West Papua called for the 13 October banned by the security forces
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. October 12,
Wenda nominated for Nobel Peace Prize again Free West Papua Campaign
Statement. October 3, 2014
Further information: Shari'a bylaw passed by the Aceh parliament
Amnesty International Urgent Action. October 3, 2014
Aceh's new Islamic laws violate rights Human Rights Watch Statement.
October 2, 2014
Draft legislation puts human rights at risk Amnesty International
Urgent Action. September 24, 2014
soldier voices concern that Australia's bullish tactics in dispute over
Timor's gas and oil is eroding INTERFET's legacy Timor Sea Justice
Campaign Media Release. September 20, 2014
Papuan human rights lawyer attacked: Anum Siregar Amnesty International
Urgent Action. September 17, 2014
Freedom of expression in Papua and West Papua Joint Oral Statement
to UN Human Rights Council. September 15, 2014
End caning as a punishment in Aceh Amnesty International Public Statement.
September 15, 2014
No let-up in spiral of repression 100 days after military takeover
Amnesty International Public Statement. September 11, 2014
New administration must resolve killing of human rights defender Munir
Amnesty International Public Statement (plus petition). September 5,
must be allowed to give evidence in legal dispute over Australia's dodgy
dealings regarding Timor's oil and gas Timor Sea Justice Campaign
Media Release. September 3, 2014
News, in-depth reports
and analysis focusing on political developments in the Asia Pacific region.
Lanes Blog Commentary and analysis on the history, contemporary
politics and culture of Indonesian and its relationships with Australia
and the world.
Campaign Take Action on US Support for
Mass Violence in Indonesia: Release the records, acknowledge the crimes
of 1965/66 mass violence in Indonesia. Sponsored by ETAN. Click
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legacy: the great democratic leader who became a follower Sydney
Morning Herald. October 18, 2014. Just a month ago, on the cusp of the
end of his long term as Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
trended globally for several days on his beloved social media platform,
joins Jokowi's coalition, still mired in conflict Jakarta Post. October
18, 2014. Despite the United Development Party (PPP) declaring allegiance
to the coalition of president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, it might mean
nothing as the party's internal conflicts remain unresolved.
Kong protesters reclaim city streets in fresh clashes with police
Sydney Morning Herald. October 18, 2014. In fresh clashes, signalling that
the deadlock between pro-democracy demonstrators and authorities threatens
to deepen rather than subside, thousands of protesters reclaimed city streets
that police had cleared by force just hours earlier.
intellectual faces anti-monarchy charge Associated Press. October
18, 2014. One of Thailand's most prominent intellectuals is the target
of a criminal complaint for comments he made about a Thai king who died
more than 400 years ago.
'tradition' of Thai kingship Red Thai Socialist. October 18, 2014.
It should come as no surprise that Thai Kingship is an "invented tradition",
just as Eric Hobsbawm described the British monarchy as an invented tradition.
Widodo tells Tony Abbott he will not tolerate navy's incursions Australian
Associated Press. October 17, 2014. Indonesia's incoming president has
sent a blunt message to the Australian prime minster, Tony Abbott, about
asylum seeker boat turnbacks.
journalists face jail for reporting from Indonesia The Guardian.
October 17, 2014. Two French journalists who were detained by the Indonesian
authorities on 6 August are to face trial on Monday (20 October) for "abusive
use of entry visas".
Jokowi plans steep fuel price rise next month Reuters. October 17,
2014. Indonesia's President-elect Joko Widodo plans to raise subsidized
gasoline and diesel prices by around 50 percent next month in a bid to
bring down the budget deficit in Southeast Asia's largest economy, an adviser
told Reuters on Friday.
rivals play nice ahead of inauguration Sydney Morning Herald. October
17, 2014. Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on Friday
met and for the first time congratulated the winner, Joko Widodo, more
than three months after election day.
decade of peaks and troughs Jakarta Globe. October 17, 2014. Counting
down the days until the end of his decade in office next week, President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono picked 20 lucky winners among Indonesians on Twitter
for a meet and greet with him in Yogyakarta on Thursday.
soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape Associated Press. October
17, 2014. In a famous scene from Thailand's award-winning soap opera "The
Power of Shadows," the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading
lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and they live happily ever after.
Kong police clear protesters, barricades at key site Reuters. October
17, 2014. Hundreds of Hong Kong police staged their biggest and boldest
raid yet on a pro-democracy protest camp before dawn on Friday, charging
down student-led activists who have held a key intersection in one of the
main protest zones for more than three weeks.
gets 3 months for attacking Catholics in Sleman Jakarta Post. October
17, 2014. Judges at Sleman District Court in Yogyakarta sentenced pesantren
(Islamic boarding school) caretaker Abdul Kholik to three months in jail
on Thursday for attacking Catholics who were conducting a prayer session
court upholds blasphemy death sentence Associated Press. October
17, 2014. A Pakistani court has upheld the death sentence of a Christian
woman whose 2010 conviction for blasphemy led to the assassination of two
politicians who supported her, a defense lawyer said Friday.
postponed while anti-reformist show their true colours Red Thai Socialist.
October 16, 2014. While the dictator Prayut was huddled with the Chinese
and Japanese representatives in Italy, he had previously told reporters
not to "speculate" when elections would be held again in Thailand.
police and military come to blows again Jakarta Globe. October 16,
2014. Two police officers in East Kalimantan were beaten by members of
the military on Tuesday, after a routine traffic stop escalated into a
full-on fracas. The incident is the latest scuffle to strain the increasingly
tense relationship between the rival forces.
Kong protests swell on outcry over beating of politician Bloomberg.
October 16, 2014. Just as the city's pro-democracy movement appeared to
be losing steam, public support for the protesters has swelled again in
the wake of video footage showing police allegedly beating a demonstrator.
political party aims to put Burma's women in power Irrawaddy. October
16, 2014. A group of politically minded women in Mon State have formed
a party to contest general elections in 2015, with the express goal of
securing more seats for women in both houses of Burma's Parliament.
arrested as thousands rally for release of gaoled French journos
West Papua Media. October 15, 2014. 66 West Papuan activists were arrested
by Indonesian Police in Jayapura and Merauke, Papua on Monday, as rallies
calling for respect of press freedom and the release of two French journalists
attracted thousands of people across Papua and Indonesia.
arrests violate freedom of expression UCAN News. October 15, 2014.
The arrests on Monday of 49 Papuan protesters represent a deterioration
of freedom of expression, Jakarta-based human rights watchdog Indonesian
Human Rights Monitor (Imparsial) said today.
government stands with FPI against interfaith marriages Jakarta Globe.
October 15, 2014. The Indonesian government has sided with Islamic hard-liners
in requesting the Constitutional Court throw out a challenge to the 1974
Marriage Law by petitioners seeking recognition for interfaith marriages.
confirms Jokowi's squeaky-clean track record Jakarta Post. October
15, 2014. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) cleared president-elect
Joko "Jokowi" Widodo of three graft allegations on Tuesday, rejecting calls
to investigate the Jakarta governor.
track records draw ire Jakarta Post. October 15, 2014. A survey conducted
by a human rights watchdog, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims
of Violence (Kontras), has found that more than 100 of newly sworn-in House
of Representatives members have dubious track records.
as Hong Kong police crack down on protesters Sydney Morning Herald.
October 15, 2014. Hundreds of police clashed with protesters in Hong Kong
early on Wednesday, amid one of the toughest crackdowns since the early
days of the pro-democracy demonstrations that have crippled parts of the
city centre for more than two weeks.
audit finds thousands of problems in Bangladesh garment factories
Agence France Presse. October 15, 2014. A comprehensive safety audit of
Bangladesh garment factories has found thousands of major safety problems,
following last year's Rana Plaza disaster that claimed more than 1,100
'excuses' violence in 10-year tenure Jakarta Post. October 14, 2014.
Entering the last days of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's term in
office, rights group the Setara Institute has highlighted his failure in
promoting and defending harmony among interfaith groups in the country.
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