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  • A conversation with an American labor activists who just returned from Indonesia.
    Jun 22, 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
  • 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
  • Witnesses in Jakarta say Indonesian troops opened fire to block protesting students attempting to reach the parliament. They have called for the parliament to implement deeper political reforms. The Indonesian parliament convened for the first time since the ouster of President Suharto.
    Nov 12, 1998 | Story
  • In the worst violence since protesting toppled dictator Suharto last May, at least five people have been killed today in Jakarta. Indonesian security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters, and shot water cannons and tear gas into the crowds. Student activists who marched on parliament demanding greater democratic change in Indonesia said that more than 50 people were injured, and two were in critical condition. Armored personnel carriers...
    Nov 13, 1998 | Story
  • Thousands of students have taken to the streets today in Dili, the capital of East Timor, to demand an investigation into the massacre of at least 50 people and the torture of scores more by the occupying Indonesian forces around the village of Alas.
    Nov 24, 1998 | Story
  • "What Did Mobil Know?" Is the title of a Business Week expose about Mobil’s activities in Aceh, a troubled province on the Western tip of the Indonesian archipelago. More than a dozen monitoring organizations in Indonesia have charged that Mobil is responsible for massive human rights violations during the military operation in Aceh.
    Jan 06, 1999 | Story
  • Bowing to international pressure, the Indonesian military has retreated for the first time in 23 years from its hard-line stance on continued occupation of East Timor. After a prolonged meeting with President B.J. Habibie and his cabinet, Foreign Minister Ali Alatas said yesterday that Indonesia would grant independence to the East Timorese "if they want their freedom."
    Jan 28, 1999 | Story
  • Indonesia’s recent promise to recognize East Timor’s autonomy is a watershed in the decades-long movement to secure justice for the East Timorese. Activists, however, are greeting the promise with a certain amount of skepticism, as well as solemn reflection on past violence.
    Jan 28, 1999 | Story
  • Indonesian President B.J. Habibie said this week that he wants East Timor to decide on the question of autonomy before national elections on June 7–this according to Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer. Downer said that an "autonomy package" could be finalized during the next round of U.N.-sponsored talks on East Timor between Indonesia, Portugal and the East Timorese this upcoming March 7th to 9th. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 03, 1999 | Story