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  • Post Suharto —- as post Sani Abacha -—- are the people about to realize their dreams of participatory democracy, or see a democratic face painted on the same old military machine?
    Aug 26, 1998 | Story
  • The East Timorese independence leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta is testifying at the United Nations de-colonization hearings on East Timor. On Tuesday, he said that he would accept an offer for immediate limited autonomy within Indonesia and a five-year delay on a referendum on the permanent status of the territory. Horta refused however to recognize Indonesian sovereignty in the meantime.
    Jul 01, 1998 | Story
  • The general who oversaw the troops who opened fire on civilians during a memorial service was appointed senior military advisor by B.J. Habibie. Lieutenant General Sintong Panjaitan oversaw the 1991 slaughter of 271 East Timorese and their supporters during a memorial service in Dili. His appointment comes on the heels of Mr. Habibie’s promises to improve Indonesia’s human rights record.
    Jun 22, 1998 | Story
  • A conversation with an American labor activists who just returned from Indonesia.
    Jun 22, 1998 | Story
  • The Indonesian Human Rights Commission has just officially upped the number of deaths that have occurred in Indonesia over the last few weeks to more than one thousand. For these and other developments, we now turn to two people.
    Jun 04, 1998 | Story
  • When the Indonesian dictator Suharto resigned last week, he handed over the Presidency to his hand-picked successor — vice-president B.J. Habibie. Habibie has been described as almost a son to Suharto — in his autobiography, Suharto wrote that Habibie "regards me as his own parent. He always asks for my guidance and takes down notes of [my] philosophy." This week’s Time magazine profile of Habibie notes his...
    May 29, 1998 | Story
  • Indonesia started to release political prisoners Tuesday only hours before a top IMF official was due to arrive. Sri Bintang Pamungkas and Muchtar Pakpahan, the first two of thousands of prisoners held around the country, were freed from Jakarta’s Cipinang Jail shortly after midnight.
    May 26, 1998 | Story
  • Hours after Jusuf Habibe addressed the nation, thousands of students occupying parliament for the fifth straight day demanded that Habibe step down. The students say they won’t leave the parliament until Habibe follows Suharto. The students are also demanding that the former dictator Suharto be put on trial.
    May 22, 1998 | Story
  • Over the past week, the U.S. has sent in planes to evacuate U.S. citizens from Indonesia. Many of them work for U.S. corporationsthere. Today we begin our series looking at some of those companies. Danny Kennedy is the director of Project Underground, a San Francisco based organization that monitors corporate environmental and human rights abuses. It has come out with a report of the U.S.–based mining corporation Freeport McMoran.
    May 22, 1998 | Story
  • 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.
    May 21, 1998 | Story