“Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left To Lose?” – West Papua Declares its Independence, Again

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November 10, 2011 - 13:58 -

Author: Henri Myrttinen[1] e-mail: henrimyrttinen@gmail.com Introduction On October 19, 2011, in a sports field outside the Papuan provincial capital Jayapura, a solemn declaration was read, proclaiming the independence of West Papua, the restoration of its national symbols, the formation of

Worried Japanese Businesses Lash Out against Climate Deal

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April 12, 2009 - 18:15 -

Alexandru Luta
Research Assistant
International Politics of Natural Resources and the Environment Research Programme
Finnish Institute of International Affairs

On Tuesday, March 17, 2009, a full-page newspaper advertisement, run in reportedly all of Japan’s dailies, sent shockwaves through the country’s green community. The advertisement’s message, co-sponsored by the Nippon Keidanren (English: the Japan Business Association) and 27 other business and industry federations, asks of the newspapers’ readership if they will not think about “the costs we all have to bear”.

Wild monks should raise concern in Cambodia by Anya Palm

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November 11, 2009 - 11:10 -

In Cambodia, on Tuesday
Oct 26, a nun was murdered. She had grabbed the wrong bowl to feed the pigs
with and then an angry man beat her to death with a stick for her mistake. Same
day, in an unrelated case, a young student became the center of a drunken
brawl. Two men got so upset with the student that they beat him with a hammer
and an iron bar. 

The only thing those two
incidents have in common – apart from a deadly outcome for the victim – is that
the perpetrator was a Buddhist monk.

While vacationing in Thailand, we forgot to pay attention by Anya Palm

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May 27, 2010 - 04:40 -


What just happened in Thailand? Was Thailand not supposed to
be a peaceful vacation paradise with perfect beaches and charming smiles?
Didn’t we just spend a couple of leisurely lazy days looking at stunning
temples and eating delicious street food from the stalls with not a care in the
world? (Yes, we did. In 2009, about 11 million foreigners visited Thailand.)