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  • Six years ago today — on November 12, 1991 — Indonesian troops armed with American-made M16 rifles fired on a crowd of several thousand unarmed East Timorese civilians gathered at the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili, East Timor. At least 271 people were killed that day and more later as they sought medical treatment in local hospitals. [includes rush transcript]
    November 12, 1997 | Story
  • To mark the sixth anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre, where Indonesian soldiers with U.S. equipment opened fire on a funeral procession, killing more than 250 East Timorese people, activists around the country will be protesting the close ties between Washington and Indonesian dictator Suharto. [includes rush transcript]
    November 12, 1997 | Story
  • Sportswear giant Nike is facing trouble again. Already reeling from charges that it exploits children in its factories in Indonesia and Vietnam, women’s groups are now slamming the multinational company over its new advertising campaign.
    October 28, 1997 | Story
  • One of the big scandals of the campaign-finance saga has been the role of a giant Indonesian conglomerate that allegedly funneled huge amounts of money into the Democratic Party. The Lippo Group, headed by James and Mochtar Riady, is closely tied to Indonesian dictator Suharto and has vast business interests throughout East Asia.
    July 09, 1997 | Story
  • Amy is joined by two guests, who do not reveal their real names, discusses the trials and sentences of pro-democracy activists in Indonesia, the role of journalists in Indonesia as well as the upcoming elections. Indonesia will hold elections soon, although they are considered a sham and the current government is expected to win 70% of the vote.
    May 05, 1997 | Story
  • 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...
    December 10, 1996 | Story
  • 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]
    December 10, 1996 | Story
  • 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...
    December 10, 1996 | Story
  • As we’ve been reporting over the last week, Indonesia has been making headlines ever since two East Timorese independence and human rights activists were named winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. In the past week, the Los Angeles Times and other media have revealed in dozens of articles and news reports that the Clinton campaign has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from billionaire Indonesian family tied to the...
    October 18, 1996 | Story
  • A Roman catholic bishop and an exiled activist have won the noble peace prize today for their work in East Timor. Jose Ramos Horta & Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo will share the 1.1 million dollars. The men are being sited for their work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor which was invaded by Indonesia 21 year ago and since that time they have killed more than 200 hundred thousand people.
    Bishop Carlos...
    October 11, 1996 | Story