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Thursday, May 21, 1998

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  • Indonesia: Suharto Resigns

    The Indonesian dictator Suharto announced his resignation last night in his palace in Jakarta. It was the pro-democracy movement, namely the students of Indonesia, who brought him down. Suharto was the longest reigning dictator in Asia. He rose to power 32 years ago in a military coup against Sukarno, the founding president of Indonesia. But where the country goes now remains to be seen.

  • Indonesia: The U.S. Military Connection and Habibe

    As the Clinton Administration seems to be throwing its support for the military approved transfer of power in Indonesia, we’ll talk about the threat of what one activist calls "Suhartoism without Suharto." Here in the United States, Georgia Congress member Cynthia McKinney has just introduced a bill calling for a freeze on the sale, lease, and grant of lethal equipment to the government of Indonesia. While the White House has not made political reform a condition for continued economic aid to Indonesia, McKinney says the bill "works around the Clinton Administration quagmire" and is "just one piece of what should become a strategic plan to eliminate the killing power of one more hand-picked dictator."

  • Indonesia: Alternatives to Habibe

    Once again, the Indonesian dictator Suharto has stepped down, appointing his vice-president Jusuf Habibe as his successor. We now turn to our international roundtable of pro-democracy activists for their views on who a real alternative to Habibe could be.