Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Freeport-McMoran, BP, West Papua, the Indonesian military

The following is taken from the excellent http://jakartass.blogspot.com/ 30 November 2005:

In yesterday's Guardian, John reported on an announcement from the Indonesian military that a new division of some 10,000-15,000 troops of the élite strategic reserves would be created specifically to be based in West Papua.

The territory is home to the world's largest gold and copper mine, run by a subsidiary of the American firm Freeport-McMoran, and the Anglo-American oil giant BP is developing a massive natural gas field which is expected to be generating revenues of around £55m a year.

The military has yet to become an organ of the state and has to find some 60% of its own budget.

Suharto allowed the military to establish business conglomerates in return for their backing of his regime.That he left the country bankrupt means that the state has yet to have the financial resources to properly fund the military.

The consequence is that they need to engineer problems in provinces rich in resources in order to keep going.

Foreign journalists and most researchers and aid workers are banned from Papua but, ironically, tourists are not.Ironically, John? Tourists have money and generate income for the military-owned resorts. I doubt that your Guardian expense account is of interest to anyone but your editor.


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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Schoolgirls beheaded by ninjas

http://jakartass.blogspot.com/

Acording to Jakartass and various news reports:

Six ninja characters have beheaded three Christian schoolgirls in Central Sulawesi in Indonesia.

National police spokesman Aryanto Budiharjo said up to six men in black clothes and masks attacked the students in Bukit Bambu village as they were on their way to class at the Central Sulawesi Christian Church (GKST) high school in Poso.

"The perpetrators wore black attire and veils and they used machetes," he told reporters.

The police said that the information was obtained from a survivor in the incident, who managed to escape the attack but suffered wounds to her face.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the security forces to find the killers.

Jakartass writes:The security forces? Jason Brown analysed the many differing interpretations of the wave of as yet unsolved killings by so-called 'ninjas' of dukuns (village soothsayers) in East Java in 1998...

Were elite politicians working behind the scenes, as some high-profile political leaders claimed... Was it a military exercise designed to create chaos throughout East Java in the wake of Suharto's resignation?...

The London Times had an 'interview' with a captured ninja... "I am just a fisherman from Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands) near Jakarta," he said. "I was brought here by plane by the men who recruited me. Look at my arm - they gave me seven injections before I was sent out....They had crew-cut hair, that's all."

Crewcut hair?

According to Jakartass:Peter Dale Scott would agree that the military could well be behind the latest grotesque killings. After all, he believes they were responsible for the slaying of over 100 moderate Muslim clerics in 1998....



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Schoolgirls beheaded by ninjas - Updated

An Australian private television station reported on Monday that security officers had arrested five suspected slayers of the three schoolgirls.

The television station identified the killers as security personnel.

http://www.tempointeractive.com/hg/nasional/2005/11/10/brk,20051110-69007,uk.html
Indonesian Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono has spoken about the possibility of military involvement in the murder and shooting of students in Poso. Sudarsono stated that it might happen. “If there are one or two... military people involved, it is quite normal."

Money & Military http://www.laksamana.net/read.php?gid=121 http://www.laksamana.net/read.php?gid=120

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http://jakartass.blogspot.com/

Acording to Jakartass and various news reports:

Six ninja characters have beheaded three Christian schoolgirls in Central Sulawesi in Indonesia.

National police spokesman Aryanto Budiharjo said up to six men in black clothes and masks attacked the students in Bukit Bambu village as they were on their way to class at the Central Sulawesi Christian Church (GKST) high school in Poso."The perpetrators wore black attire and veils and they used machetes," he told reporters.The police said that the information was obtained from a survivor in the incident, who managed to escape the attack but suffered wounds to her face.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the security forces to find the killers.

Jakartass writes:

The security forces? Jason Brown analysed the many differing interpretations of the wave of as yet unsolved killings by so-called 'ninjas' of dukuns (village soothsayers) in East Java in 1998... Were elite politicians working behind the scenes, as some high-profile political leaders claimed... Was it a military exercise designed to create chaos throughout East Java in the wake of Suharto's resignation?...

The London Times had an 'interview' with a captured ninja... "I am just a fisherman from Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands) near Jakarta," he said. "I was brought here by plane by the men who recruited me. Look at my arm - they gave me seven injections before I was sent out....They had crew-cut hair, that's all."

Crewcut hair?

According to Jakartass:

Peter Dale Scott would agree that the military could well be behind the latest grotesque killings. After all, he believes they were responsible for the slaying of over 100 moderate Muslim clerics in 1998....



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