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Poisoned Arrows: An Investigative Journey to the Forbidden Territories of West Papua Paperback – January 1, 1990


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903998271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903998274
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,367,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is stunning ... he ran great personal risks, living under false identities and suffering extraordinary tropical fits--but the strength of the book is that he resists the twin temptations of humourless campaigning and macho bragging ... It is far more than a travel book, yet as entertaining as any. Don't miss it Sunday Express George Monbiot's fresh, often amusing account offsets the young author's wonder at the untouched natural beauty of the place with his horror at the systematic genocide being waged against its ancient tribal culture Sunday Telegraph

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George Monbiot is the author of The Age of Consent: a manifesto for a new world order and Captive State: the corporate takeover of Britain. His other books include Poisoned Arrows and Amazon Watershed. He is a columnist for The Guardian and Visiting Professor of Planning at Oxford Brookes University. He has held visiting professorships or fellowships at the universities of Oxford (environmental policy), Bristol (philosophy), Keele (politics) and East London (environmental science).

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laszlo Wagner on January 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is an account of 2 journalists' travels in West Papua with the aim of unveiling the truth about the Indonesian government's transmigration policies, human rights abuses and the OPM guerilla movement. Much of their findings confirm what had been published in other books or media sources earlier, though they do add the interesting fact that the OPM themselves are partly responsible for forcing West Papuan refugees to PNG.
But while this book may not add much to one's knowledge to the politics of this troubled land, it does remain one of the best travelogues about Papua, for in addition to the usual destinations like the Baliem Valley, the Asmat region and the Jayapura area, they also visit places usually ignored by travellers like the interior of Sorong, Midiptanah and transmigration settlements near Merauke and Arso.
However, their conclusions reflect the situation as seen 20 years ago - many of the places described are rather different today.
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