The words “Papua merdeka!” capture the aspirations of West Papuans for self determination and independence.
Every year, millions of Indigenous Peoples are displaced from their ancestral lands due to plunder and militarization. This poem is about them.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of Indigenous Peoples are displaced due to plunder and militarization of ancestral lands and territories. Their homes become battlefields, where every day is a fight for survival.
Trump is a racist and a bigot, and his statements and actions against Native Americans in the US show it.
Read on to know why, for national minorities in the Philippines, there is still a long way to go in achieving self determination.
Ours, too, is a country with a police force that would rather defend the insignia of a foreign country than uphold its vow to serve and protect the Filipino people.
Indigenous Peoples are marching in protest in the Philippines, and here’s why.
The Indonesian government, it seems, does not give up quite so easily.
I have a very bright and inquisitive 16-year old nephew. He plans to graduate from high school two years from now (he was supposed to finish high school this year, but the new K12 program caught up with him), take a science-related course or music (he still hasn’t decided), and then take on the world with a relish only people his age have. I smile as I imagine what he can become.
And then I grieve. Not for my nephew. He has it practically made, lucky him.