So I totally bagged this film when I first saw the trailer and primarily because Andrew Able from the PNG Surfing Association had raised his concerns over how the film negatively portrayed PNG, not to mention the fact also that it was ultimately filmed in West Papua.
But I’m hearing more and more about this film and it’s efforts to highlight the issues in West Papua, so I’m open to them sending me a DVD of the film so I can do a review on it.
I’m also impressed that they are trying to get 25,000 signatures to force the White House to address the Human Rights abuse in West Papua and also the suppressed speech and banning of Red Cross to the area. So I’ve also emailed the Director, Geoff Clark and I’ve basically said that if they’re keen on helping with the West Papua cause, they should make a visit here to PNG to meet Powes Parkop and Benny Wenda when they stage their second and bigger Free West Papua concert later this year. We could screen the film to coincide with the music event.
And might be a good idea to bring along their Isolated Ambassador for Peace and Executive Producer, Ryan Phillippe. Ryan mentions in a CNN interview that it is something that should be supported because it would be a mistake not to and that it will effect him and people in the US eventually in one way or the other. But what he could have said is that the issues of West Papua can be directly linked to the US mining company Freeport’s Grasberg mine, which is the largest tax payer to the Indonesian Government. Maybe the US can start looking at how their companies are behaving in this part of the world.
I like what Geoff and Ryan are doing but lets work together on these issues and not in isolation.
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Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it
to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed
the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside
and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is
totally off topic but I had to tell someone!
I just want to say I see a parallel to your story just like your daughter wanted to enjoy the freedom of the ocean in her ear, the Melanesian people of West Papua had a taste of freedom, they wanted not to hear the ocean in their ear, but wanted to continue tasting the freedom they had been promised by the Dutch government that had ruled their people…
instead of tasting freedom they had briefly enjoyed they had it snatched from them by the so called “New York Agreement” formulated by greedy Europeans who saw an island nation they could exploit. Henry Kissinger in a secret memo to Sukarno gave him the green light to invade a sovereign nation state and just like the crab in your story which pinched your daughter’s ear and caused her great pain,
The Melanesian people of West New Guinea also had their stolen and fleeting freedom cause them great pain! There is no lol in my story, because stolen freedom brings tears not joy! Someone else s pain is not funny and your lack of care for your daughter is not shared in my story!
Your lack of care for the suffering and deaths of 200,000 West New Guinea people shows you lack of empathy for others!
The sad truth about my story which is totally true is that a country that claims to be all about freedom and celebrates it every 4th of July helped surrender the freedom of an island nation that had helped it’s soldiers in world war 2 by risking their lives to smuggle United States airmen to their freedom!
Some of these Melanesian s paid the ultimate price and were beheaded by the Japanese army! Then the nation they helped later gave up their right to share the same freedom they celebrate every 4th of July! Henry Kissinger who secretly gave up their freedom later got himself appointed to the Board of Directors of the largest gold mine in the world which just happens to be in West New Guinea!
I have done all the research and mine is a true story just like your own story! As a United States Navy Veteran I see no humor in stolen freedom!
That is what I joined the Navy to prevent! I risked my life for 4 years so others who didn’t risk their freedom could stay free! It saddens me beyond words that we helped steal another countries freedom and then thought nothing about it! Worse yet we are helping the Indonesians by training their military to be better killers in the longest Jihad this world has yet seen! Wake up America and smell the coffee! How could we do this to a free nation state? I am a straight line lineal descendant of Captain John Parker, Captain Parker led the first successful charge against the British that eventually led to the birth of a new nation state.
I share native American blood in my veins, my hair parts down the middle, my skin grows very dark in summer! and my blood boils when I see us helping steal another’s freedom! I share minority blood in my veins and I would have never thought the U.S. would help steal freedom from another free nation but then the thought crossed my mind haven’t the Native people of America seen this all before! Nothing has changed in all these years!
I just wanted to add one more comment because I know there are going to be naysayers who question my lineage back to Captain Parker. My grandmother’s maiden name was Parker and through her line I can trace my linage back to Captain John Parker through her father who was Henry Parker and Henry’s brother was Alton Brooks Parker and if you go to the daughters of the American Revolution website you can find Alton’s assigned number and his first wife’s number and follow them in a straight lineage back to Captain John Parker! By the way Alton ran for the U.S. Presidency in 1904 and was a judge!
Along with every thing which appears to be building throughout this particular subject material, many of your viewpoints are generally somewhat stimulating. On the other hand, I beg your pardon, because I do not give credence to your whole theory, all be it radical none the less. It would seem to everyone that your commentary are actually not entirely justified and in fact you are yourself not really totally convinced of the assertion. In any event I did enjoy examining it.