Documents Reveal U.S. Role In Indonesia’s Anti-Communist Massacre

While some describe the newly-released cables as showing the U.S. “stood by” as atrocities were committed, documents show American support amounted to active involvement

FILE - In this March 12, 1967, file photo. Gen. Suharto, is seated during a ceremony in Jarkata, Indonesia, in which he was formally sworn-in by Congress as the new acting president replacing President Sukarno. It was the darkest episode in Indonesia’s modern history: a bloody anti-communist purge that left perhaps a half-million people dead. (AP Photo)

Newly declassified files from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta confirm the extent to which American officials supported the killings of hundreds of thousands of Indonesians in the 1960s, as the U.S. worked to keep Southeast Asia from falling into Communist control. The U.S. supported a narrative pushed by the Indonesian military that blamed

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Reflecting Global Trend, Indonesia’s Sunni Majority Persecutes Minority Sect

“Indonesian officials should be at the forefront of defending rights protected under the constitution and international law, not issuing unlawful prohibitions that undermine them.”

A police officer inspects the damage at the house of a member of Ahmadiyah sect after it was attacked by a Sunni mob in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. The machete-wielding mob on Sunday attacked the home of the minority sect leader in central Indonesia, killing three and wounding six others, police and witnesses said. (AP Photo)

New York – Local Indonesian authorities have banned the activities of the Ahmadiyah religious community in the town of Subang in West Java province, Human Rights Watch said today. The Indonesian government should urgently intervene to stop the harassment and intimidation of the minority group. On January 29, 2016, Subang district officials and

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Boatloads Of Refugees Could Soon Be ‘Floating Graveyard’ On Southeast Asian Waters

“We don’t have a flotilla to go out and help them, but there are plenty of countries in the region that do, and plenty of reasons for them to do it – if they don’t, they’ll be dealing with a floating graveyard soon, rather than a flotilla of ships.

Newly arrived migrants receive medical treatment inside a makeshift tent at Kuala Langsa Port in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, May 15, 2015. More than 1,000 Bangladeshi and ethnic Rohingya migrants came ashore in different parts of Indonesia and Thailand on Friday, becoming the latest refugees to slip into Southeast Asian countries that have made it clear the boat people are not welcome.

Newly arrived migrants receive medical treatment inside a makeshift tent at Kuala Langsa Port in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, May 15, 2015. More than 1,000 Bangladeshi and ethnic Rohingya migrants came ashore in different parts of Indonesia and Thailand on Friday, becoming the latest refugees to slip into Southeast Asian countries that

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Investigation Prompts Emergency Rescue Of 300 Plus Slaves

The Burmese men were among hundreds of migrant workers revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been lured or tricked into leaving their countries and forced into catching fish for consumers around the world, including the United States.

A security guard talks to detainees inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea. BENJINA,

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Slavery Taints Global Supply Of Seafood

“If Americans and Europeans are eating this fish, they should remember us. There must be a mountain of bones under the sea,” he said. “The bones of the people could be an island, it’s that many.”

Seafood From Slaves

A security guard talks to detainees inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea. BENJINA,

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What’s Next For The Families Of AirAsia Flight 8501 Passengers?

More waiting, first of all.

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Relatives of passengers of AirAsia Flight 8501 cry after visiting the crisis center at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. A massive hunt for the victims of the airliner resumed in the Java Sea on Wednesday, but wind, strong currents and high surf hampered recovery efforts as distraught family

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