East Timor


January 07, 2009: Obama Nominee Admiral Dennis Blair Aided Perpetrators of 1999 Church Killings in East Timor (Part II)
Part II of our conversation with investigative journalist Allan Nairn, who reveals Admiral Dennis Blair played a critical role in backing the Indonesian occupation of East Timor during the 1990s.

January 06, 2009: New Trouble for an Obama Nominee: Admiral Dennis Blair Aided Perpetrators of 1999 Church Killings in East Timor
Investigative journalist Allan Nairn reveals Admiral Dennis Blair played a critical role in backing the Indonesian occupation of East Timor during the 1990s.

February 15, 2008: East Timor Braces for Potential Crisis Following Assassination Attempt on President Jose Ramos-Horta
Timorese U.S. envoy Constancio Pinto and veteran journalist Allan Nairn join us to talk about the latest crisis in East Timor.
President Jose Ramos-Horta is recovering from gunshot wounds following an attempt on his life. The situation on the ground has remained calm but East Timor’s compex internal conflicts remain unresolved, opening the door to future turmoil.

January 28, 2008: Former Indonesian Dictator, U.S. Ally & Mass Murderer, Suharto, 86, Dies
Today a Democracy Now! special – an in-depth look at Suharto’s brutal 30-year reign and the role of the United States in shoring him up. Suharto rose to power in 1965 killing up to a million Indonesians. Hundreds of thousands of more people died during the U.S.-supported Indonesian invasion and occupation of East Timor. Tens of thousands also died in West Papua and Aceh. On Sunday, Christopher Hume, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, said “Though there may be some controversy over his legacy, President Suharto was a historic figure who left a lasting imprint on Indonesia and the region of Southeast Asia.”

January 28, 2008: Massacre: The Story of East Timor
An excerpt from Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn’s award-winning documentary on the Santa Cruz massacre, in which the Indonesian military gunned down more than 270 Timorese, and the history of Indonesian and US involvement in East Timor.

January 28, 2008: The Democrats & Suharto: Bill Clinton & Richard Holbrooke Questioned on Their Support for Brutal Indonesian Dictatorship
Democracy Now! re-airs Allan Nairn’s questioning of Richard Holbrooke (who is now a senior foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton) and Bill Clinton on how the Carter and Clinton administrations backed Suharto despite his brutal human rights record.

December 27, 2006: President Gerald Ford Dies at 93; Supported Indonesian Invasion of East Timor that Killed 1/3 of Population
Former President Gerald Ford died last night at the age of 93. We begin our coverage of Ford’s time in office with a look at his support for the Indonesian invasion of East Timor that killed one-third of the Timorese population. We’re joined by Brad Simpson of the National Security Archives and journalist Alan Nairn.

November 13, 2006: Amy Goodman Recounts the East Timor Massacre 15 Years Ago
This weekend marked the 15th anniversary of the massacre at the Santa Cruz cemetery in East Timor. On November 12th, 1991, Indonesian troops opened fire on a crowd of several thousand unarmed Timorese civilians gathered in Dili. At least 271 people were killed. Journalists Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn witnessed and survived the massacre. We play an excerpt of their award-winning documentary, “Massacre: The Story of East Timor.”

November 13, 2006: 15 Years After East Timor Massacre, Calls for Accountability Continue
On the fifteenth anniversary of the massacre of over 270 East Timorese civilians by the Indonesian military, calls for justice and accountability continue for its victims and their families. We speak with John Miller, the National Coordinator of the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, and Shirley Shackleton, Indonesian soldiers killed her husband Greg and his Australian-based TV crew in the lead up to the 1975 invasion.

May 30, 2006: East Timor Declares State Of Emergency As Violence Spreads
As President Xanana Gusmao assumes emergency powers we speak with Jose Luis Guterres, East Timor’s ambassador to the United States and United Nations, and Charlie Scheiner, co-founder of East Timor Action Network, both of whom have just returned from East Timor.

December 07, 2005: Thirty Years After the Indonesian Invasion of East Timor, Will the U.S. Be Held Accountable for its Role in the Slaughter?
Thirty years ago today, on December 7 1975, Indonesia invaded East Timor. Over 200,000 East Timorese lost their lives in one of the worst genocides of the 20th century. A recently-completed East Timorese commission of inquiry into human rights abuses during the occupation makes use of extensive documents that show the US government knew in advance of the invasion and worked behind the scenes to hide it from public scrutiny. The East Timorese government has asked parliament to withhold the report.

August 15, 2005: Aceh Peace Agreement Leaves Indonesian Military in Place
A peace accord is signed between the Indonesian government and the Acehnese rebels. The deal disarms only one side, leaving the Indonesian military in place. We speak with award-winning journalist and activist Allan Nairn.

January 14, 2005: With Tsunami Death Toll in Indonesia Possibly Rising Over 200,000, Military Crackdown In Aceh Continues
The government has imposed restrictions on the movement of aid workers and journalists. Aid workers have been told to inform the government of their travel plans or face expulsion and to take army escorts to most areas outside of Banda Aceh.

December 29, 2004: Aceh: A Victim of Tsunami & Occupation; Will the Indonesian Army Use the Tsunami As A Cover to Continue Its Slaughter of the People of Aceh?
The disaster is killing thousands in Aceh but the Indonesian military has been doing that for years. Now activists fear the Indonesian military will use the disaster as a cover to further the killing of the Acehnese and that the Pentagon may use the disaster as an excuse to restore aid to the Indonesian military which was blocked after the military’s massacre in East Timor in 1999.

October 28, 2003: The Trials of Henry Kissinger – 30 Years After Being Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize We Take A Look Kissinger’s Role in the Bombing of Cambodia and the Genocide in East Timor
We play excerpts from the documentary “The Trials of Henry Kissinger.” The film is directed by Eugene Jarecki, written by Alex Gibney, and narrated by Brian Cox. The documentary is based on a book by journalist Christopher Hitchens titled The Trial of Henry Kissinger.

May 05, 2003: As the US Considers Normalizing Relations with the Indonesia Army, We Talk with Lesley Mcculloch, a Scottish Academic Who Was Recently Released From An Aceh Jail
The US Ambassador to Indonesia said last week the United States wants to normalize relations with the Indonesian army. But Ambassador Ralph Boyce said obstacles remain, including suspicions that Indonesian soldiers were involved in the murder of two American teachers.

November 08, 2002: Voices From An Indonesian Prison: A Democracy Now! Exclusive!: We Hear From Joy Lee Sadler, a US Citizen and Lesley Mcculloch, a Scottish Professor Who Have Been Imprisoned in Aceh, Indonesia Since Se
The Bush administration’s “war on terrorism” has provided fuel for the US to renew military ties with Indonesia. The administration is attempting to restore aid to the Indonesian military, which was cut off in 1999 when the Indonesian armed forces razed East Timor to the ground. The Indonesian army has a brutal record of torture, mass killings and other human rights violations.

August 16, 2002: An Indonesian Court Acquits 6 Military and Police Officers From the Carnage During the 1999 Independence Vote in East Timor: A First-Hand Account From a Young Timorese Human Rights Lawyer
This week an ad hoc Indonesian court acquitted 5 Indonesian military and police officials of crimes against humanity in East Timor. A 6th—former governor Abilio Soares-–was given 3 years for his role in overseeing the territory’s destruction and the death of more than a thousand Timorese in 1999 alone. Four of the Indonesian officers were acquitted in one of the worst massacres after the referendum on independence-the Suai massacre.

May 20, 2002: East Timor Declares Independence; UN Secretary General Hands Over Power to Xanana Gusmao
Today is East Timor’s independence day. The ceremonies were held last night on the dusty plain of Taci Tolu, just outside of the capitol of Dili. The Indonesian military invaded East Timor in 1975 and occupied it for a quarter of a century, with 200,000 people killed, a third of the population. On August 30, 1999 East Timorese voted overwhelmingly for their independence in a UN-sponsored referendum. Days later Indonesia burned East Timor to the ground.

May 20, 2002: Guerrilla Leader Turned Founding President of East Timor Xanana Gusmao Delivers Inaugural Address
When Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975 Xanana Gusmao went into the mountains, where he remained for the next 17 years fighting the Indonesian military becoming leader of the Falantil. He was captured by the army in November 1992 and spent seven years in an Indonesian prison. In 1999 as East Timor held its historic referendum on independence, Indonesia released Xanana from prison under intense international pressure.

May 20, 2002: Journalist Allan Nairn Confronts President Clinton Over U.S. Policy Toward East Timor; Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn Question Brigadier General Over U.S. Military Support for Indonesia
Former President Bill Clinton led the U.S. delegation to East Timor’s independence ceremony and inaugurated the U.S. embassy in Dili, East Timor. In his remarks Clinton celebrated the U.S. role in bringing about East Timor’s independence, ignoring his administration’s seven year record of support for the Indonesian military in spite of systematic human rights abuses. Journalist Allan Nairn had an opportunity to question President Clinton about U.S. policy toward East Timor during his administration.

May 17, 2002: It’s Three Days to East Timor’s Independence: We Travel Back in Time to the Historic Vote for Independence with Allan Nairn’s On the Ground Reports
It’s three days until East Timor’s historic independence. Yesterday we took a look at the history of East Timor: from Indonesia’s invasion in 1975; to its quarter century of US supported occupation; to the military’s killing of 200,000 Timorese, a third of the population; and the November 12, 1991 Santa Cruz cemetery massacre, where Indonesian soldiers gunned down hundreds of Timorese. Today we move ahead to August and September 1999 when the people of East Timor voted in a historic UN sponsored referendum for their independence. After the vote, the Indonesian military burned East Timor to the ground.

May 17, 2002: Journalists Allan Nairn and Amy Goodman Confront Bill Clinton, Richard Holbrooke, and Henry Kissinger Over U.S. Military Support to Indonesia
The Bush Administration’s delegation to East Timor’s independence celebration will be led, ironically, by former President Clinton and former UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, two men deeply involved in supporting Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor. President Clinton offered military support for Indonesia throughout his eight years in office, waiting until Indonesia’s army had burned East Timor to the ground before finally cutting off military ties. Richard Holbrooke, who was US Ambassador to the UN at the time of East Timor’s historic 1999 vote, was also the State Department officer in charge of East Asia when Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975. Amy Goodman had a chance to question then Presidential candidate Bill Clinton about U.S. policy toward Indonesia and East Timor in 1992, while Allan Nairn had a chance to question Richard Holbrooke at Brown University in May 1997.

May 17, 2002: A Former State Department Official in Jakarta Discusses the Bush Administration’s Attempts to Restore Military Aid to Indonesia
From the start, the U.S. offered crucial support for Indonesia’s invasion and quarter century occupation of East Timor. After the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre, Congressional and grassroots activists worked to cut off U.S. military support for Indonesia, despite fierce resistance from the Bush and Clinton administrations and their corporate allies. From 1996 to 1999, however, East Timor’s grassroots supporters had a crucial ally, a State Department official at the U.S. embassy in Jakarta who consistently fought his own government and worked to change U.S. policy in support of the people of East Timor.

May 16, 2002: Looking Back at the History of East Timor and U.S. Foreign Policy: A Rebroadcast of the 1991 Radio Documentary 'Massacre: The Story of East Timor.'
The Bush Administration has announced that former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke will lead the U.S. delegation to East Timor’s independence ceremony on May 20.

May 16, 2002: From Guerrilla Leader to Founding President of a New Nation: An Interview with East Timorese President Xanana Gusmao
Four days from now Xanana Gusmao will complete a remarkable 27-year journey when he presides over East Timor’s independence celebration and becomes the country’s first President. When Indonesia invaded East Timor on December 7, 1975 Xanana Gusmao fled to the mountains where he remained for the next 17 years fighting the Indonesian military.

May 14, 2002: East Timor’s Foreign Minister Discusses Indonesian and International Responsibility for Crimes Against Humanity in East Timor
Today, women from across the world said that an international tribunal was the only way to hold accountable those responsible for crimes against humanity committed in East Timor during a quarter century of Indonesian occupation, which ended in a bloody scorched earth campaign after the Timorese voted overwhelmingly for independence in 1999.

May 14, 2002: East Timorese Activist Returned Home After Nearly Decade in Exile Discusses Independence and the Challenges Facing a Free East Timor
Jose Ramos Horta returned to East Timor in December 1999 after a quarter century in exile. At about the same time a younger generation of East Timorese was trickling home as well. Bella Galhos was one of those young people. She spent nearly a decade in exile in Canada after Indonesia had given her a student scholarship to act as a poster girl for the occupation. Once there, she defected and became a leading activist working for East Timor’s independence. She returned to East Timor with Canadian peacekeepers in December 1999 to help rebuild the country Indonesia had just destroyed. In addition to her activism Bella has turned to music to reflect upon East Timor’s struggle and the challenges that lie ahead. She spoke just a block down the road from the Santa Cruz cemetery where Indonesian soldiers gunned down more than 270 Timorese in 1991.

May 14, 2002: East Timorese University Students Talk About Their Hopes for East Timor’s Future
East Timor’s students have long played a leading role in the struggle for independence. After the fall of Indonesian dictator General Suharto in 1999, University students traveled throughout East Timor holding unprecedented public forums where they demanded a referendum on independence and an end to Indonesia’s occupation. On Monday in the capitol of Dili, a small group of students on the campus of the University of East Timor spoke about their hopes for the future of their country.

May 13, 2002: Democracy Now! Travels to East Timor: A Look at the Island Nation’s Long Journey From Invasion, to Annihilation, to Independence
Seven days from now, on May 20, 2002, the tiny half-island of East Timor will achieve its independence and become a new nation. It’s a rare moment in history made all the more extraordinary by the incredible suffering of the East Timorese over the last 27 years. When I first traveled to East Timor 12 years ago in 1990, East Timor was one of the most repressive places on earth, occupied at that time for fifteen years by the brutal Indonesian military and supported by the silence of the media, and US guns, money and political clout. When I returned in 1991, journalist Allan Nairn and I witnessed Indonesian troops using their US M16s to slaughter hundreds of Timorese in a commemoration procession to the Santa Cruz cemetery. The Santa Cruz massacre galvanized an international movement to support independence for East Timor and hardened the determination of a new generation of Timorese activists to challenge the Indonesian occupation.

May 13, 2002: Democracy Now! Talks to Timorese Traveling Home to Independence
Twenty-eight passengers sit in a propeller plane on the tarmac in Darwin, Australia, waiting to begin the one-hour flight to East Timor. Each person on the plane has a special story to tell on these days leading up to Independence: a painful tale of exile, a joyful story of return. It has been years since many have set foot in their home country. With their return, they bring hope, anticipation, loss, resilience, and joy.

May 13, 2002: The Politics of Oil in East Timor: An Interview with Long-Time East Timorese Activist Robert Wesley Smith
On the eve of independence for East Timor, the Australian government and the Timorese government are negotiating a landmark deal that will determine the future of East Timor. Tens of billions of dollars in oil revenue are at stake in the Timor Gap, the small sea between Timor and Australia.

November 12, 2001: Double Standards at Ground Zero: How the U.S. Responds to Terrorism in New York and East Timor
The U.N. Security Council last week formally endorsed East Timor ‘s plans to declare independence on May 20 of nextyear, pledging that the United Nations will “remain engaged” in the world’s newest nation.

November 12, 2001: East Timorese Recall Santa Cruz Massacre Ten Years Ago That Marked Turning Point Inresistance to Indonesian Occupation
The U.N. Security Council last week formally endorsed East Timor ‘s plans to declare independence on May 20 of nextyear, pledging that the United Nations will “remain engaged” in the world’s newest nation. East Timor’s constituentassembly is writing the country’s constitution and preparing for the day they will run their own affairs. And inDili, residents are holding a ceremony, as they do every November 12, to commemorate the Santa Cruz massacre.

June 20, 2001: As U.N. Celebrates World Refugee Day, Indonesia Continues to Hold Tens of Thousands of Easttimorese As Virtual Hostages, Two Years After They Were Driven From Their Homes
Today at the Statue of Liberty UN diplomats and US officials will attend a laser light show to honor the first WorldRefugee Day–and to call attention to the plight of more than 20 million refugees around the world. The location istelling, since UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has repeatedly criticized the US and European countries for failing toprotect refugees or provide adequate funding for UN refugee assistance.

April 04, 2001: Exclusive Interview with East Timorese Leader Xanana Gusmao and Kirsty Sword Gusmao
In August 1999, the overwhelming majority of East Timorese voted to end more than a quarter century of Indonesianoccupation. From the time of its invasion in 1975, the Indonesian military killed one third of the population, morethan 200,000 Timorese. Throughout, the Indonesian army was armed, financed and trained by the United States. This,right though the independence vote.

March 30, 2001: Indonesian General Charged in a U.S. Court for Human Rights Abuses During the Independencevote in East Timor
A U.S. court in Washington, DC, heard evidence this week that Indonesian General Johny Lumintang is responsible forgross human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed in East Timor.

August 30, 2000: East Timor Celebrates Independence Vote a Year Later
One year ago today in a historic referendum the people of East Timor voted to be free, voting an end to the quarter of a century occupation in which the Indonesian military had killed one third of the population. As the Indonesian military raised the country, destroying 80 % of the housing stock of the country and driving hundreds of thousands of them from their homes-many of them still being held in West Timor, the Timorese went to the polls.

July 10, 2000: Timorese Demand Release of U.S. Documents
Scores of East Timorese demonstrated outside the entrance of the U.S. Mission in Dili, East Timor last week. Participants sang and lit candles along the street in front of the American diplomatic installation in memory of the more than 200,000 East Timorese who died as a result of the Indonesian invasion and occupation.

March 17, 2000: Indonesian Army Unit Involved in Murder of East Timorese
Last August, in a historic referendum, the people of East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia. This, after 24 years of Indonesian control and a regime of terror. During this period, the Indonesian military murdered a third of the East Timorese population.

November 12, 1999: Eighth Anniversary of the Santa Cruz Massacre in East Timor
President Clinton meets today with newly elected Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid, who has announced that he will pardon the country’s former dictator Suharto after putting him on trial for corruption.

October 04, 1999: Pressure Increases to Cut Off Military Aid to Indonesia
The head of a United Nations-backed intervention force in East Timor said he has asked the Indonesian military to make four of its officers available for questioning about the murder of a Dutch journalist two weeks ago who was the correspondent for London’s Financial Times. He said there has not yet been a response.

September 30, 1999: Interview with Xanana Gusmao
Pro-independence guerrillas came down from the East Timor hills and handed over their weapons to international forces today, as British Gurkhas arrested two pro-Indonesia militiamen holding more than 4,000 civilians at a port.

September 23, 1999: Tensions Rise in East Timor, As Indonesia Announces End of Martial Law
Indonesian ruler BJ Habibie said today that Indonesia will end martial law in East Timor immediately and will hand over security there to the multinational force as soon as possible. There are reports that Indonesia’s military commander in East Timor could leave with his forces by the weekend.

September 21, 1999: Controversy Rages in Britain Over Arms Sales to East Timor
With untold number of deaths in Timor even in the last few weeks, battles are beginning to rage in legislatures around the world about governments’ military backing of the Indonesian military. In Britain, a controversy is raging over the government’s sale of Hawk fighter planes to the Indonesian government

September 20, 1999: U.S. Journalist Allan Nairn Freed
After the Indonesian regime released him several weeks ago, pro-independence leader Xanana Gusmao sought refuge in Indonesia. Authorities have “sequestered” him since his arrival in Darwin this weekend.

September 17, 1999: Indonesian Regime to Prosecute U.S. Journalist Allan Nairn; Nairn Faces 10-Year Sentence
Benny Mateus, the chief justice of Nusa Tenggara Timor Province, Timor intends to prosecute U.S. journalist Allan Nairn for two technical violations of Indonesian immigration law, a local immigration official in Kupang, West Timor has informed Nairn.

September 17, 1999: East Timorese Refugees in West Timor
The United Nations said today the devastation of the East Timor capital Dili would hamper early efforts to provide aid to tens of thousands of East Timorese forced from their homes and facing starvation and disease. Ross Mountain, UN humanitarian coordinator for East Timor, told Reuters the United Nations was also seeking urgent protection for an access to an estimated 150,000 East Timorese refugees who have either fled or been forced into neighboring West Timor.

September 16, 1999: East Timor: Journalist Allan Nairn Faces Ten Years Imprisonment By the Indonesian Military
Today we continue to follow the developments in the case of journalist Allan Nairn. Three days ago he was detained by Indonesian soldiers as he walked past a military checkpoint in Dili, East Timor. After interrogation in the central army command headquarters, also the base of hundreds of militia, the military flew Allan to West Timor, where he is now being detained at Immigration Center of Quarantine. Today on Democracy Now!, Nairn reads a statement he gave to the Indonesian military as they consider charges against him.

September 15, 1999: East Timor
Houses burned and sporadic gunfire echoed in East Timor’s capital today, while violent pro-Indonesia militiamen appeared to be retreating ahead of a UN peacekeeping force that could arrive within days.

September 15, 1999: Nike in Indonesia
In light of the current situation in East Timor, and the role of Indonesia’s military in the present crisis, we want to take a look at labor rights in Indonesia—specifically, the labor practices of Nike and their collusion with that country’s government. Despite the “Code of Conduct” written by the corporation, a sensible sounding set of rules for contractors making Nike sneakers and apparel, organizations such as Press for Change are charging worker exploitation, wage suppression and intimidation.

September 15, 1999: U.S. Role Missing From East Timor Coverage
The ongoing story of East Timor’s referendum on independence has received a moderate amount of coverage in the mainstream media. But news outlets have frequently failed to put the Timor story in a full and accurate context. This, according to the media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).

September 14, 1999: East Timor
Allan Nairn, a reporter for the Nation magazine who has long covered Indonesia’s human rights abuses in East Timor, was detained by security forces in Dili. Nairn was detained earlier today while inspecting the damage inflicted on Dili by Indonesian troops and their militia auxiliaries following a UN-supervised referendum on independence on August 30.

September 13, 1999: East Timor
East Timorese resistance leader Jose Ramos-Horta said after meeting U.S. President Bill Clinton in Auckland, New Zealand, today that he hoped emergency relief airdrops would begin within 24 hours over the troubled territory.

September 10, 1999: East Timor
Today, Democracy Now! departs from its usual reporting of the headlines to bring you a report on the latest events in East Timor. Immediately before today’s broadcast, host Amy Goodman had the opportunity to speak with journalist Alan Nairn, who is in the United Nations compound in Dili.

September 09, 1999: East Timor
The United Nations has decided to postpone its retreat from East Timor, agreeing to leave a skeletal staff at its compound. This came as a result of a battle within the compound, demands that the UN not leave, and the argument that over a thousand refugees in the compound would be killed. The Indonesian military has been turning cell phone lines into the country on and off, so we bring this interview with Allan Nairn taped yesterday.

September 08, 1999: Democracy Now! Exclusive: How the United States Has Supported the Militias in East Timor
Today we bring listeners an exclusive story on the links between the Indonesian military, the militias that are conducting a campaign of ethnic cleansing in East Timor and the United States government. Journalist Allan Nairn, the only US journalist left in East Timor, has obtained classified documents and conducted interviews with intelligence officials from the US and Indonesia that show these connections.

September 07, 1999: Militias in East Timor Continue Campaign of Terror
Dili, East Timor’s capital, is burning and people are fleeing the besieged city in another day of terror by militias armed and backed by the Indonesian military.

September 06, 1999: East Timor Referendum Results
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan recently announced the results of the referendum on independence for East Timor. Over the weekend, 78.5% of East Timorese voted for independence. John Miller of Parliamentarians for East Timor describes the situation on the ground, as militias threaten a bloodbath.

September 03, 1999: Noam Chomsky: Why Americans Should Care About East Timor
East Timor is bracing for more violence today from militias armed and backed by Indonesia, with the announcement due tomorrow of the result of this past Monday’s referendum on independence. The result is expected to show overwhelming support for self-determination.

September 02, 1999: East Timor
UN officials in East Timor pleaded with the Indonesian military today to protect them, one day after militias armed and backed by Indonesia besieged the UN compound in Dili, killing at least two people. The Indonesian military and police have so far stood by and let the militias wage a campaign of terror against the East Timorese population, particularly targeting those who support self-determination for East Timor.

September 01, 1999: Indonesia-Backed Militias Rampage Through the Capital of East Timor
Militias armed and backed by the Indonesian military are rampaging today through the capital of East Timor, just two days after the Timorese voted on a historic referendum on self-determination sponsored by the United Nations.

August 31, 1999: The Women of East Timor
Three United Nations staff were reported killed today in an East Timor town briefly besieged by Indonesia backed militias opposed to independence for the territory.

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