September 13, 2009
Sociopolitical notes for the week
People seem to be ignorant of Indonesia’s real motivations for not wanting an independent West Papua. Jakarta doesn’t give a shit about West Papua, but it cares an awful lot about the precedent that any moves to regional independence would set, particularly for the militant Muslim separatist movements that it’s been battling in some provinces since the 1940s.
Holocaust survivor Jacob Bronowski stands knee-deep in the ashes of Auschwitz and talks about why what the Nazis did had nothing to do with science or the scientific mindset. Starts out silent: