The Lombok Treaty: a win for self interest over justice

The Lombok Treaty: a win for self interest over justice

The current humanitarian crises in West Papua, formally West New Guinea (“WNG”), has at its roots Western colonial greed and paranoia over Soviet influence in the region. WNG was and remains culturally, ethnically and economically separate from the rest of the Javanese Empire which replaced the Dutch East Indies Empire in the area that is currently known as Indonesia. WNG’s links lay naturally with the Australian New Guinea and the ...

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Bintang Kejora: a struggle for a new dawn

Bintang Kejora: a struggle for a new dawn

Former Kopassus commander Lt. Gen. (ret.) Prabowo Subianto (who was “forced to retire because of his involvement in the kidnapping, torture, and murder of democracy activists in early 1998”) has argued: Indonesian culture is very violent and the military is a mirror of society. … This whole culture in Indonesia is a culture of violence between tribes and ethnic groups. …This is something that we are aware of, something we ...

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Ernst & Young - diverse or divisive?

Ernst & Young – diverse or divisive?

A lot of noise is made about ‘closing the gap’ between Indigenous Australians and their non-Indigenous counterparts. There are so many factors to address; no one remedy is going to work in all areas, no one person has the only resolution; but central to the process must be an awareness and accountability for failures and deliberate harm metered out to the Indigenous of this nation by individuals, corporations and governments. ...

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Moti a champion of indigenous human rights

Moti a champion of indigenous human rights

Congratulations Julian Moti QC on your well-deserved win over Australian racism and hypocrisy! “If the criminal justice system is corrupted, or otherwise interfered with, a community is left with few options, the least desirable of those options is for them to take the law into their own hands,” Former Australian Federal Police (“the AFP”) Commissioner Mick Keelty While few would dispute the wisdom of Commissioner Keelty’s words they tend to ...

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Anti-Aboriginal racism in Australia has no bounds - NT Intervention extended by ten years

Anti-Aboriginal racism in Australia has no bounds – NT Intervention extended by ten years

“Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians are part of our community we’re not nameless, faceless people who live on the margins of society. We deserve the respect and the dignity afforded to others. We deserve equality.” ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr during the Australian Labor Party (“ALP”) National Conference debate on same-sex marriage I don’t have an issue with Mr Barr’s comments as they reflect nothing more or ...

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Yindjibarndi update: Site damage

Yindjibarndi update: Site damage

Blak and Black  received the following from the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) last week. It is reprinted here in full and describes the damage to traditional sacred sites. Follow the links to see the videos uploaded by YAC. ****************************************************************************** MEDIA STATEMENT  7 November 2011 Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Unlawful FMG heritage dealing & massive sites damage at Solomon Project The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation is calling on Tony Burke, ...

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What values do we want to bequeath to our children?

What values do we want to bequeath to our children?

There are many reasons behind Blak and Black’s decision to attempt to identify and expose Australian Federal Police (AFP) corruption where we can, the main reason however is the relative power even the most junior AFP Constable has over an ordinary citizen; power that seems to be magnified when the AFP operate extra-territorially, What happened to Captain Fred Martens, Mr Julian Moti QC, the Solomon’s triumvirate and the Sogavare Government itself ...

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Aborigines and the Australian Justice System

Aborigines and the Australian Justice System

For very many Aboriginal Australians the phrase ‘Australian justice system’ is an oxymoron. There are any number of reasons, many of which are justified, why we as Aboriginal Australians think of the Australian ‘just-us’ system as being exactly as it says, a system that is just for us, which if you are an Aboriginal only serves to further entrench your marginalization. The following exchange between a Canberra based public prosecutor ...

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AusAIDing and Abetting Corruption

AusAIDing and Abetting Corruption

Since writing my article Australia in the Solomons: A case study in 21st Century Gunboat Diplomacy I have had the opportunity to do some more research into AusAID and its so called commitment to the Pacific region, a commitment which the former Attorney-General of the Solomon Islands Mr. Julian Moti QC referred to as “AusAIDing and Abetting Corruption” and with good reason. In 2010 The Sunday Telegraph conducted an investigation ...

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Australia in the Solomons: A case study in 21st Century Gunboat Diplomacy

Australia in the Solomons: A case study in 21st Century Gunboat Diplomacy

Update: Subsequent to writing this post the Solomon Start has published an article which confirms much of what Blak and Black has been arguing concerning RAMSI’s role in the Solomon Islands and the 2006 Honiara riots. The main purpose of Blak and Black is to attempt to bring to the world’s attention the hypocrisy and racism that inform contemporary Australian society. While Australia’s treatment of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait ...

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You can’t preach the moral high ground and walk in the gutter: Australia and West Papua

You can’t preach the moral high ground and walk in the gutter: Australia and West Papua

Recurrent themes in Australian politics since the events of 9/11 and the beginning of the euphemistically though erroneously named ‘war on terror’ have been national security, border protection and exporting the ‘rule of law’ to the developing nations of the Pacific. Implied within the concept of the ‘rule of law’ must be the notion of equality before the law. By equality I don’t mean that nebulous idea continuously sprouted by ...

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Aborigines are without any legal protections in Australia

Aborigines are without any legal protections in Australia

One of my pet issues on Blak and Black is what befell the former Commissioner for ACT Revenue (“the Commissioner”), a Wiradjuri and member of the Stolen Generation(s), which made him a person without any legal protections in Australia. What rot I hear you say. Well if so, I ask readers to consider the following events, which I have put together in chronological order, and consider whether what happened sounds ...

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Bolt: A man who doesn't need the pillow case

Bolt: A man who doesn’t need the pillow case

An interesting comparison drawn from the Bolt judgement. Yesterday marked a line in the sand in Australian journalism. It’s just one line, but a significant one, with the finding of the Federal Court of Australia against Andrew Bolt and the Herald Sun in defending two of four articles written and published by the duo against charges that they breached the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA). The fearful thing is, that had ...

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AFP accused of fabricating evidence, yet again!

AFP accused of fabricating evidence, yet again!

Post update The Australian Government has today 28 September, 2011 at 7:30PM announced that it has invoked its right to immunity from prosecution in the Solomon Islands over a secret witness payments case involving the Australian Federal Police, which is discussed below. AFP accused of fabricating evidence in the Solomons SBS Australia has reported on Australian radio that secret witness payments made by the Australian Federal Police (“AFP”) are at the ...

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Complicity, obligation and mutual respect

Complicity, obligation and mutual respect

When we look at a map of the world’s major trouble spots we see or at least I see, a white footprint superimposed over each and every one of these trouble spots. Via this process it is possible to trace the path of European avarice, imperialism and religious bigotry. The ‘gifts’ white man has left along this path are murder, rape, theft and ultimately genocide. These have given rise to ...

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Irony

Irony

Little men with little minds and little imagination go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds. (Zig Ziglar) The following two comments were received by Blak and Black yesterday in response to Blak and Black’s post “Has the Pacific Islands Forum (“PIF”) become a tool for white neo-colonial interests?”. The first comment was made by someone who identifies himself as “Richard Toms” ...

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Just because it’s not in a book doesn’t mean it’s not history!

Just because it’s not in a book doesn’t mean it’s not history!

I have decided to digress from the main theme of Blak and Black for this post and have a quick look at the role of Aboriginal song and dance cycles in the history of Aboriginal culture and to consider briefly whether these song and dance cycles can properly be considered as history, in the same way that Milman Perry found that the oral poetry of Yugoslavia in the 30s contained ...

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Has the Pacific Islands Forum (“PIF”) become a tool for white neo-colonial interests?

Has the Pacific Islands Forum (“PIF”) become a tool for white neo-colonial interests?

The progress of human society, has in different ages, presented abundance of horrors and abundance of vices, which in treating history properly, we are obliged to pass over gently, and often to conceal; but, nevertheless, if we neglect or suppress these facts altogether, we injure the truth of history itself, almost to the same manner as we should injure a man’s health by destroying some of the nerves or muscles ...

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Fear and Trembling – Australia’s gutless approach to the genocide in Papua

Fear and Trembling – Australia’s gutless approach to the genocide in Papua

The following article appeared in Friday’s Jakarta Post: Maj. Gen. Wisnu Bawatenaya has been appointed to become commander of the Indonesian Army Special Forces (Kopassus) replacing Maj. Gen. Lodewijk F Paulus, an official said Thursday. The Indonesian Military (TNI) deputy spokesman Col. Minulyo Suprapto said the appointment was mentioned in the Indonesian Military (TNI) commander’s decree No. 683/IX/2011, dated on Sept. 6 in which the TNI also made other 12 ...

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The wisdom of Miles Jordana: Hidden in plain sight

The wisdom of Miles Jordana: Hidden in plain sight

The following is a modified version of an article which first appeared in the Fiji Sun on 12 September, 2011 and which Blak and Black has linked to since publishing the following article. The Fiji Sun article was subsequently copied and published by the Solomon Star on 14 September 2011. I gratefully acknowledge the Fiji Sun as being the major source for what follows. As the High Court of Australia ...

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