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Friday, May 17, 2002

  • Israel Deports U.S. Peace Activist Kristen Schurr As Israeli Forces Sweep Through Jenin Again

    Israeli tanks swept through the Jenin refugee camp again this morning amid heavy gunfire. The army’s earlier attack on the camp gave rise to an international outcry; close to half of the people who died in the attack were civilians.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.