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Tuesday, December 10, 1996

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  • Massacre, the Story of East Timor

    Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn visited East Timor for the first time in the summer of 1990, 16 years after the invasion. They interviewed people, and excerpts of their stories are broadcast in this segment. They traveled to East Timor in order to be present for a historic event: a special delegation from United Nations and Portugal was due to visit East Timor. Despite threats and a dramatic increase in the number of disappearances, torture and deaths, the Timorese had prepared to speak up. With the pressure of the United States, the visit by the delegation was called off. On November 17, the two-week memorial of a young man who was killed by the army while taking refuge in a church, people came to the streets and chanted and held out banners against the government. Indonesian troops attacked the crowd and kept shooting until no one was standing. Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn were badly beaten, but not executed, when they kept shouting they were from America. [includes rush transcript]

  • Massacre, the Story of East Timor, continued

    In the face of the massacre story, even Suharto’s longtime allies came under public pressure and cut aid to Indonesia. There were even open protests inside Indonesia where student demonstrators were beaten and arrested. But the U.S. Bush administration increased U.S. military training aid to Indonesia, which is called IMET (International Military, Education and Training). [includes rush transcript]

  • Massacre: The Story of East Timor, continued

    There have been important changes in the U.S. policy toward East Timor, but they are all results of grassroots pressure. But put simply, the U.S. continues to arm and back the Suharto regime, despite sometimes tough rhetoric. Excerpts of statements by President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore are broadcast. While the Riady money may have bought him access to the White House and some favors, the U.S. policy toward Indonesia has been far more influenced by U.S.
    firms who have close links to Suharto. Among those are Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, Hughes Aircraft, that are actually business partners with Suharto family. [includes rush transcript]