Challenging the State: the Sandline Affair in Papua New Guinea
In February 1997 the Australian media disclosed that the Papua New Guinea government had engaged a private company-Sandline International-to supply mercenaries and military equipment to eliminate secessionist leaders on Bougainville island and repossess the giant Panguna mine. Events took a further dramatic turn on 17 March 1997 when the commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, Brigadier General Jerry Singirok, announced publicly that he would no longer cooperate with what he...[Show more]
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