After a year of Papuan antiracism rallies, discrimination remains an everyday occurrence

first_imgMusa Heselo, a resident of Jayapura, Papua, was not aware that he had frequently been discriminated against on the basis of his race. In fact, he never understood how discrimination and racism could manifest themselves in his everyday life.To Musa, being treated differently in public is a normal part of his routine. It’s not as though the situation was unique to him; after all, other Papuans, particularly the indigenous natives, have also experienced similar treatment, he said.“A few times I had lunch at a local food stall in Arso, Keerom regency, along with some friends who hailed from Java and Sulawesi. My friends were told to help themselves to the food on display; I was the only one who was served by the attendant,” Musa said. Tri Susanti, one of the group’s leaders, had allegedly spread the rumor that the Papuan students had defaced the Indonesian flag. The group then launched verbal attacks — which included racial slurs — against the students. A video of the ambush, in which some people called the students “monkey” from outside the dormitory’s gate, angered Papuans.Read also: ‘Stop denying and listen to us’: Papuans hopeful for talk, action to end everyday racismThe ambush was met with condemnation in Papua. Before long, a string of similar protests cropped up in several regions across the archipelago, including Papua and West Papua. Some of the protests turned violent. A protest in Wamena, for instance, escalated into full-blown riots in September last year. The events that unfolded over the course of two months resulted in 50 known deaths.  Read also: Racism: My experience as doctor in PapuaHe eventually grew to understand how discrimination could impact the lives of Papuans, especially in the wake of the antiracism protests that made news headlines last year.It has been a year since the string of antiracism rallies in Papuan regencies and cities, and racism is still alive and well in Papua, Papuan activists say.The wave of protests in West Papua and Papua was triggered by an ambush at a Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya, East Java, by the Communication Forum of Indonesian Veterans’ Children (FKPPI).center_img A ‘tradition’ dating back to the 1960sRacial discrimination against indigenous Papuans is not a recent phenomenon, according to local public figure Benny Giay. The discrimination dates back to the 1960s when Papua was still in the transition period between being a Dutch colony and an Indonesian region, he said.The Indonesian government even had a role in instilling racial prejudices against Papuans in order to develop a sense of nationalism among Papuans themselves during that time, he added.“From May 3 to 4, 1963, Indonesian officials in Papua burned books about Papua in front of the present-day Papuan Regional Legislative Council [DPRD] building,” Benny said. “Consequently, Papua was left with little to no history of itself.”Benny said the racial prejudices against Papua were a foundation upon which the so-called “national development” was built in the region.”Papuan history and culture were eliminated to reinforce the idea that native Papuans were a primitive society.”Only after the very identity of Papuans was dismantled could Indonesia be free to “nationalize” the region, according to Benny.“Racism served as the basic building block of national development in Papua. A popular refrain at that time was ‘elevating the people of West Irian so they become equal to other tribes in Indonesia’.” West Irian is the name first president Sukarno called the region, now called West Papua and Papua provinces. Irian is an acronym of Ikut Republik Indonesia Anti Nederland (Follow Republic of Indonesia, Anti Netherlands).Such a historical precedent proved that racial discrimination against Papuans – the likes of which occurred as recently as last year, could happen again the coming years – he added.Systemic and institutionalizedAccording to Alex Gobay, the head of the Jayapura University of Science and Technology’s (USTJ) Student Executive Body, racial prejudices against Papuans has become systemic and institutionalized.Spreading protests against racism in Papuan provinces in 2019. (JP/Swi)“The fact that Papuans who are discriminated against end up in prison shows that racism has seeped into the system,” said Alex, who served 10 months in jail for participating in an antiracism protest himself last year.Democratic Alliance for Papua director Latifah Anum Siregar said the Indonesian law, in general, had been weaponized against Papuans because of systemic racism.“Native Papuans are deprived of their freedom of speech and expression. No sooner had Papuans voiced their aspirations, they were charged with treason,” Latifah said, adding that many Papuans did not receive any legal assistance.In the context of last year’s antiracism protests, then-National Police chief Tito Karnavian accused the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and the National Committee for West Papua (KNPB) of triggering the spate of riots across Papua and West Papua, she said.Latifah called on the government to rectify the system by pushing for tolerance and professionalism in the legal system.However, government officials in Jakarta denied claims of systemic racism in Papua and West Papua provinces.Presidential Office undersecretary V Jaleswari Pramodhawardani wrote in an op-ed in Kompas that the opposite had happened, that the government had worked hard to accelerate the betterment of Papuans’ welfare. She said the accusations of racism were part of a smear campaign spread by Papuan activists.In a commentary published in The Jakarta Post last month, Foreign Ministry political and security affairs advisor Teuku Faizasyah called on Indonesians to “decouple” Papuans’ antiracism movement from the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States.He said the #PapuanLivesMatter campaign was not based on reality in Papua. He claimed there was no systemic and structural racism in Papua and he argued that  “the special autonomy law gives locals the privilege to administer their province”.Teuku’s opinion came amid increasing rejection of Papua’s special autonomy law by Papuan activists.“Ever since before the Otsus until today, almost 20 years after the Otsus, racism toward Papuans, land grabbing, military operations, rights abuse and social and economic inequality keep happening in Papua,” Papuan Students Alliance head John Gobay said in July.Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid believed the central government had yet to shift its political and economic outlook to truly comprehend the situation in Papua.“So, I don’t think that there will be any significant changes in the political attitude [toward Papua] in the wake of the antiracism protests,” Usman told the Post.In an op-ed published by the Indonesia at Melbourne website on Monday, Usman said the government needed to understand that when people talk about Papua, they talk about “injustice, racism, persecution and political violence that preoccupies the minds and work of activists — not simply separatism”.”Unfortunately, the government has consistently failed to acknowledge this basic fact. In the past few weeks, it has peddled the old misguided narrative about Papua that attempts to shut down any legitimate criticism of how Jakarta unfairly treats native Papuans, by framing that criticism as an effort to compromise Indonesia’s territorial integrity.” (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

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‘Shabu pedder’ falls in buy-bust

first_imgMalunes was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected illegal drugs toan undercover cop for P200 around 5 p.m. on Feb. 17, it added. An antidrug officer inspects items seized from drug suspect Edmar Malunes. He was nabbed in an entrapment operation in his residence in Barangay 8, Bacolod City on Feb. 17. POLICE STATION 2/BCPO BACOLOD City – Police arrested a suspected drug peddler in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay 8. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of Police Station 2,facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the ComprehensiveDangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Suspected shabu weighing about six gramss valued at around P48,000 wasseized from the 22-year-old resident Edmar Malunes, a police report showed.last_img read more

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Paul F. Minning

first_imgPaul F. Minning, 58 of New Point, Indiana died Thursday, March 31, 2016 in Greensburg, IN.  Born in Greensburg, IN on March 20, 1958 he was the son of Donald R. and Viola (Hart) Minning.Graduating from Greensburg High School in 1976, he won many awards in vocal, piano and tuba.  He attended Indiana and Ball State Universities, majoring in music.  He worked at Holloway Pipe Organ Co. in Indianapolis several years and then at BCA in Greensburg.  He served as Organist and Choir Director at the First Christian Church in Greensburg for several years and was currently serving in those positions at St. John Lutheran Church in Napoleon, IN.Paul enjoyed composing music and wrote music each week for the gospel acclamation.  He tuned and repaired pianos, pipe and reed organs.  He enjoyed collecting and restoring antique musical instruments, especially pipe organs and harpsichords.  He was a member of the Tri-County Harmonizers Barbershop Quartet.  He enjoyed listening to classical and Baroque music, cooking and baking and spending time with his grandchildren.  He worked as meter reader for New Point Sewage.Paul is survived by his mother, Viola Minning of New Point; son, Friedrich Minning of Greensburg; daughter, Clarise Minning of New Point; two granddaughters, Leia and Victoria; and one brother, Thomas D. Minning Sr. of New Point.He was preceded in death by his Father, Donald R. Minning Sr., in 2012; and his brother Donald R. Minning Jr. in 1979 to whom Paul had donated a kidney in 1976.Visitation will be Monday, April 4th from 5:00-8:00pm at New Point Christian Church in New Point, IN.  Funeral Services Tuesday, April 5, at 10:30am at New Point Christian Church.  Mark Vice officiating.  Burial will follow in Rossburg Cemetery in New Point, IN.Memorials may be given to the New Point Christian Church or St. John Lutheran Church, Napoleon c/o Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

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Roberts thanks McDermott

first_img Press Association McDermott guided Reading back to the top flight last season for only the second time in their history but has been relieved of his duties following a poor run of form. However, Roberts added: “I as an individual player and I’m sure the others would like to place on record their thanks for what he and his (backroom) team have achieved for us.” Former Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio, Mark Hughes – ex-QPR manager – and former Charlton manager Alan Curbishley have all been linked with the role as has Nigel Adkins, who was sacked by Southampton earlier this season. Roberts would not be drawn on who he would welcome to the Madejski Stadium, saying: “It’s not a decision we are party to. All we can do is concentrate on what we do on the pitch and on the training ground and do our best for Reading – I don’t think anyone would say anything different. “What we need to do is make sure we leave Reading in a good position, I think Brian McDermott has done that and I think we owe it to the club and owe it to Brian as much as anyone – to the owners, the fans and to ourselves to do the best we can and that will never change. “What we need to do is work hard and try and keep Reading in the Premier League because that is the goal. “I think even Brian McDermott would say the same thing, no matter what happens – whether you are in the team or not in the team, whoever is managing the team – we’re here to perform for Reading Football Club and try to keep us in this league. “It’s frustrating from my point of view to not be able to be out there on the pitch helping the boys but I know they are as committed as they can be and will be in the future as well.” Reading striker Jason Roberts paid tribute to Brian McDermott after the club parted company with their manager.center_img The Royals have lost four successive Barclays Premier League games and sit 19th in the table, with only goals scored keeping them off the bottom. McDermott, 51, took over as caretaker manager at the Madejski Stadium in 2009 before being named full-time boss the following year. Roberts, who expects to miss the rest of the season with a hip injury, believes McDermott will make a quick return to the game. He told Sky Sports News: “He’s a football man and a good man and I just think at this moment in time we take stock of what he has achieved and place on record our thanks.” last_img read more

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Valencia announce pay cut to cope with suspension of play

first_img(REUTERS) – LA Liga side Valencia have joined other top Spanish clubs in announcing a pay cut for players and coaches to help ease the financial impact caused by the suspension of play due to the coronavirus pandemic.A statement from the club on Monday said many of its non-playing staff would be able to receive their full salary during the period of inactivity following an agreement with the players.Valencia did not give details of the pay cut agreements.“First team and academy players and coaches as well as the board of directors have shown a huge commitment to help the club and guarantee its economic stability at a time of great difficulty and uncertainty for everyone,” said the statement.“Also, due to the club’s commitment to protect its most vulnerable workers in the face of the uncertain development of this situation, Valencia will supplement the incomes of a large percentage of its employees.“The club would like to show its gratitude to the first team players for showing solidarity by reducing their salaries in order to help the club to protect its workers and their families in such complicated circumstances.”Valencia were seventh in La Liga when football in Spain was indefinitely postponed last month with 11 games remaining.Barcelona lead the standings by two points over Real Madrid.Barcelona and Atletico Madrid had previously announced 70% pay cuts agreed by players and coaches to ensure other employees would continue to receive their full salaries.Real Madrid’s players and coaches have pledged to take an annual pay cut of between 10 and 20%.last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s lacrosse to host international scrimmage at Carrier Dome

first_imgSyracuse will host an international scrimmage — the first international lacrosse event in Syracuse since the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in 2015 — at the Carrier Dome Sept. 28 through Oct. 1. SU, the Iroquois Nationals and Team Israel will play in the lacrosse weekend.SU senior attack Brendan Bomberry played for Iroquois Nationals, which finished third at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships.The Orange, coming off of a year in which it was ranked No. 1 in the country for three straight weeks, will play at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the Carrier Dome. Tickets can be purchased for $10.Also that weekend, the Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Festival will include speakers and demonstrations of lacrosse, wooden stick making, native foods, arts, dance and culture. The events are free.A box lacrosse tournament will be played on the Onondaga Nation Territory, about seven miles south of SU. Tickets are $15 per day and $25 for the tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLater in the fall, Syracuse will host its annual alumni game, and scrimmage Stony Brook as well as the defending NCAA champion Maryland Terrapins. Comments Published on August 31, 2017 at 12:53 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Irish players in contention in Texas

first_imgMcIlroy will play American Smylie Kaufman in their Group 3 contest while Lowry faces Australian Marcus Fraser.McDowell will be looking to bounce-back from yesterday’s loss to world number two Jason Day when the takes-on England’s Paul Casey.last_img

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Didn’t expect Arjuna this year: Hima Das

first_imgHima was today made the brand ambassador of the sports manufacturing giant. Nicknamed the “Dhing Express”, Hima has been a sensation this year as she added three medals – a gold and two silvers from the 18th Asian Games – to her World Championship gold. The star sprinter won gold in Women’s four 400m and silver medals in mixed 4x400m and 400m individual event. Asked when she will start training, Hima said: “The season is over now. Next year, there is South Asian Games, Asian Championship and World Championship, so how to approach the different events and how to prepare I will do it during training.”  She said: “I don’t show tension and nervousness but I know how fast my heartbeat races before a race.I don’t get emotional too often but yes it felt good to get such a welcome .”  She was given a rousing welcome by her home state after returning from the Asian Games. India’s newest sprint sensation Hima Das on Tuesday said, “She didn’t expect to be nominated for the Arjuna award this year, despite her stunning season in international athletics”. The 18-year-old from Assam was among the 20 sportspersons recommended for the Arjuna Award, which is subject to approval by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Press Trust Of India Written By FOLLOW US COMMENT “There are few targets in my mind. I will do that one by one. People expects a lot for me now and I will achieve that. I scored 50.79 at Asian Games, so even 50.78 is a step ahead,” she said. “I thrive in competition, it feels good to improve timings and create records.” SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 18th September, 2018 18:25 IST Didn’t Expect Arjuna This Year: Hima Das Hima Das, the star sprinter, did not expect to be nominated for Arjuna Awards this year. She was also made the brand ambassador for Adidas. First Published: 18th September, 2018 18:08 IST When asked which race she holds close to her heart, Hima said: “The Finland (World Junior Championship) race remains one of my favourites and also the semifinal at Asian Games when it had started raining.” Hima had produced her personal best timing of 50.79 secs to win silver at the 400m race. Asked about the contribution of India’s foreign coach Galina Petrova Bukharina, Hima said: “She is very supportive. She herself is an Olympian and sometimes we also don’t realise her methods and later we come to know why we did a particular training. So we always come prepared every day for the challenge that she will throw at us.” Asked if she will participate at the National Open Athletics Championships to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on September 25. “At this moment, I haven’t decided if I will participate in the open Nationals. Lets see,” said Hima, who had withdrawn from IAAF Continental Cup which was held on September 8 and 9.Hima had crashed into a team hug with the Japanese team after she jogged over them, following the Indian women team’s 4×400 relay gold. “After we got the gold medal, they (Japan team) said hi to me and then they came to hug me, so I also hugged them.” Hima gets the crowd involved exuding confidence ahead of her races. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV “I didn’t expect to win the Arjuna this year. I was thinking may be next year, I will be considered,” said Hima, who clinched the gold medal at the U-20 World Championship in Finland, on the sidelines of a promotional event organized by Adidas.last_img read more

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Milan facing potential lawsuit from Seedorf

first_imgSeedorf was placed in the Milan hotseat in January after Massimiliano Allegri’s sacking but was unable to sufficiently inspire the club up the Serie A table and they eventually finished eighth.That was Milan’s lowest league placing in 16 years and the former midfielder was removed from his role, paving the way for Filippo Inzaghi to come in.Italian football clubs typically place departed coaches on ‘gardening leave’ rather than terminating their contracts, meaning Seedorf would need to be paid until June 2016 – when his deal was due to expire.The club and Seedorf are reportedly in talks in an attempt to settle their differences, but Tiziano Treu, a member of the former Netherlands international’s legal team, expects a long road ahead.He is quoted by Gazzetta Dello Sport: “We hope for an amicable solution and [one] that satisfies both parties, but the last meeting did not go very well.”As things stand there is a high chance we will end up in court.” Milan top Serie A after winning each of their opening two games of the season, including Sunday’s thrilling 5-4 win at Parma.last_img read more

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Dodgers’ Norris battered by Nationals in loss

first_imgThe Nationals chased him in the sixth when he started the inning by walking Harper and giving up an RBI double to Wilson Ramos.“Harper put a good swing on a pitch in the first inning. We had to play out of a hole, which doesn’t help my team,” said Norris, whose start was moved up when Hyun-Jin Ryu had to be scratched. “Unfortunately in the fifth inning, I made a pitch on 2-2 that I felt could be really close. I guess I had a mental lapse there.“Revere is not exactly known for playing home run derby, but he put a good swing on it there. Same with the next at-bat against Werth. I get ahead in the count, can’t execute and put a guy away. Just right there that’s a little frustrating because I want to get deep in the game and keep putting up zeroes.”Ramos scored on a triple by Trea Turner off Dodgers reliever Louis Coleman and then Turner stole home when Danny Espinosa was picked off by Luis Avilan but created a rundown between first and second base.The Nationals added a fourth home run when Anthony Rendon went deep against J.P. Howell in the eighth.The Dodgers’ offense had none of that liveliness.They managed just three hits and one run (on Charlie Culberson’s RBI single in the second inning) in six innings against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez. Howie Kendrick’s two-out double in the eighth inning ended a stretch of 12 consecutive Dodgers retired by Gonzalez and the Nationals bullpen. It also extended Kendrick’s hitting streak to 12 games.“We got Gio’s pitch count up but couldn’t really break through” Roberts said. WASHINGTON, D.C. >> If you’ve ever had a car equipped with one of those “limited-use” spare tires, you know it’s not a good idea to drive too long on one.That’s what Bud Norris was supposed to be for the Dodgers, a limited-use acquisition to get them just far enough down the road for Clayton Kershaw to return to the rotation. Or Hyun-Jin Ryu. Or Alex Wood. Or …Norris’ fourth start for the Dodgers was a blowout. He allowed three home runs and six runs in all as the Washington Nationals hit as many home runs as the Dodgers had hits (four) in an 8-1 Dodgers loss Wednesday night.“It’s tough to win. They hit the ball out of the ballpark,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Since throwing six scoreless innings in his first start after being acquired from the Atlanta Braves just days after Kershaw went on the DL with a back injury, each of Norris’ starts has been progressively worse. He hasn’t retired a batter in the sixth inning since that debut and has now allowed 10 runs on 15 hits in 10 innings over his past two outings.“I think it’s just the mistakes he’s been making,” Roberts said. “I think the stuff’s good. The fastball life is good. He’s still throwing the cut fastball, the curveball. He’s got a good (pitch) mix. But I think he just can’t find that rhythm to sustain it for six, seven innings.“Just the way the ball comes out of his hand, I know there’s a lot more in there.”Wednesday’s problems started with a bang — a big bang. After Daniel Murphy doubled with two outs in the first inning, Bryce Harper drove a two-run home run deep into the upper reaches of Nationals Park. The two-run shot was estimated at 451 feet, the longest of Harper’s 20 home runs this season.It was the loudest but not the last blast off Norris. He did settle in and retire 12 batters in order at one point, striking out six of them. But then he gave up back-to-back home runs of more modest length to Ben Revere and Jayson Werth in the fifth inning.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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