Asia Pacific

20,000 Indonesian farmers take on Australian mining company

By Sam King in Yogyakarta

An estimated 20,000 Indonesian farmers from 10 villages will be displaced if an Australian company proceeds with a proposed iron sand mine. The venture would span some 22km of coastline of the Kulon Progo regency in the Yogyakarta Special Region, on the south coast of Java. Perth-based PT Indomine, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) as Indo Mines Limited, plans to invest US$600 million in mining the sands and constructing a pig iron plant, the November 16 US BusinessWeek magazine reported.

Another advance for Malaysia's socialists

By Max Lane

The Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM), which won a seat in the country’s federal as well as in one state parliament, in the March 8 elections, made another advance on June 18 when home affairs minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar gave the PSM the green light to be registered as a legal party, subject to it showing that it has a national base. Direct Action spoke to PSM pro-tem secretary-general S. Arutchelvan about this and other issues.

Slowly, justice approaches for Khmer Rouge killers

By Helen Jarvis

Thirty-three years ago — on April 17, 1975 — the people of Phnom Penh lined the streets of Cambodia’s capital to celebrate the end of civil war and welcome the victorious Khmer Rouge (KR) troops. Photographs of that day show optimism and relief on the faces of the crowd, as they waved white cloths and offered cigarettes to the incoming troops.

Left collaboration growing in Indonesia

By Max Lane

During the 1998 struggle against the Suharto dictatorship, there were threats that a deeper radicalisation might begin, as the most radical groups called for the establishment of “people’s councils” wherever mass protest was strong. More and more of Suharto’s elite supporters deserted him, forcing him to resign.

The struggle for a 'political alternative of the poor' in Indonesia

Zely Ariane is a spokesperson for the Indonesian Political Committee of the Poor — People’s Democratic Party (KPRM-PRD). The following interview was conducted by Theresia Dian Septi Trisnanti and translated by James Balowski.

Question: When was the KPRM-PRD formed?

VIETNAM: 30 years later, war crimes go on and on

Allen Myers, Ho Chi Minh City
27 April 2005

The photographs on the walls of the War Museum in central Ho Chi Minh City are proof, if any more were needed, that the torturing of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers and the wholesale killing of civilians are not “aberrations”. Massive, overwhelming brutality and destruction are standard operating procedures for the US military.