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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Martinkus is an Australian investigative reporter on the Asia region. In 1999 he was nominated for a Walkley award for his coverage of the violence in East Timor. His book A Dirty Little War, an eyewitness account of East Timor’s struggle for independence, was shortlisted for the NSW premier’s literary awards in 2002. His other books include Indonesia's Secret War in Aceh and the Quarterly Essay, Paradise Betrayed – West Papua’s Struggle for Independence.

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John Martinkus details what is being done to West Papua by its Indonesian overlords. He illustrates how those who seek independence are killed and tortured for their cause.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

John Martinkus' narrative is as engrossing as it is appalling. It is full of menace and madness and the smell of death.

Peter Craven

The Indonesians know that the spirit of independence burns in the heart of West Papuans – that the only way to win is to stop all West Papuan hearts from beating.

New Internationalist

A lively account of a foray into the province.

Australian Financial Review

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