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Proposed SpaceX base threatens lands and livelihoods in Papua – News – The University of Sydney

Elon Musk’s proposed SpaceX base in Biak, Papua could have a negative impact on local livelihoods and the environment, says Southeast Asia expert, Dr Sophie Chao….

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Dr Sophie Chao. Credit: University of Sydney
Many Biak dwellers whom I interviewed also argue that the project will obscure the history of violence and suffering, and the dreams of justice and freedom for West Papuans, in favor of rockets and space exploration. 
In particular, the transformation of their island into a launchpad for extra-planetary discovery risks further obscuring the trauma that haunts the relatives and descendants of those who died in the Biak Massacre of July 1998. 
The Biak…

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