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Apr 22nd 2009 4:38PM The tribes have oil and gas in their area. Divine Word University has 60 students from the Southern Highland of Papua New Guinea (PNG) this year alone, and their data base supplies The New Yorker to their students. Academics follow Diamond's work. Two Handa members I have been in contact are well educated--one a lawyer for 7 years and PhD candidate, his brother is an economist, who works for the Transport dept in policy planning.
Reputations are important to business there. They are unfairly said to have been committing rapes as Nipa by Diamond when they are not Nipa and live very far away.
To set the record straight--we used local researchers. See http://www.stinkyjournalism.org/latest-journalism-news-updates-149.php#comment .
I can't imagine the anger and unfairness one must feel to be said to be a criminal in the New yorker by a famed scientist and you find out only after the fact as no one bothered to call you. Message is loud and clear--they were not worth calling. We would never to this to our own people but it is okay to do this to them?
Henep Isum, the man Diamond said was also a murderer, was in fact a village peace officer. He is not in a wheelchair from a spinal injury resulting from Daniel Wemp's hired assailants. The New Yorker and Diamond never bother to check...we did and he is walking around fine.
Since the New Yorker say they "stand behind the story" how else do these people get the lies removed other than a legal action? There are seeking justice for themselves and I am all to happy to help in that goal. Truth is a beautiful thing.