Category: Indonesia

John Miller: East Timorese Deserve Justice!

[Contact: John M. Miller +1-718-596-7668; +1-917-690-4391] On the tenth anniversary of the massacre at the Catholic Church in Liquiça, ETAN urges the international community to finally respond to the demand for justice of the victims of this and other horrific crimes committed during the Indonesian occupation of East Timor (Timor-Leste). Those responsible for the many Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: 45 Questions and Answers Regarding Intervention in General, 9-11 and Afghanistan One Year Later, and Iraq on the Verge of War

[This ZNet article is part of our Classics series. Three times a week we will re-post an article that we think is of timeless importance. This one was first published October 9, 2002.]   B1.   Do and did anti-war critics care about the tragedy of 9-11?   Every outward manifestation that one can use to Read more…

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Dean Baker: East Asia’s Revenge: The Crash of the Housing Bubble

In the matter of a few short weeks in the summer of 1997 the thriving countries of East Asia saw their economies overwhelmed by a financial tsunami. First Thailand and Indonesia, and then South Korea and Malaysia, saw investors panic and watched capital flee. Their currencies plummeted in value and their biggest companies wrestled with Read more…

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Andre Vltchek: Jihad, Orthodox Islam and Religious Intolerance in Indonesia

Dozens of green military tents dot the vast campground and jamboree site at Cibubur, a suburb just half an hour’s drive from the center of Jakarta. Hundreds of girls, some as young as 15, have called this camp home for almost 6 months. This is where they eat, wash, sleep and study, separated from the Read more…

Allan Nairn: US Intel Nominee Lied About ’99 Massacre

On the eve of his Senate confirmation hearing (due for 10am, Thurs. Jan 22), new information has emerged showing that Adm. Dennis Blair — President Obama’s nominee for US Director of National Intelligence — lied about his knowledge of a terrorist massacre that occurred before a pivotal meeting in which Blair offered support and US Read more…

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Edward Herman: The United States as Torture Central

[This essay is part of the ZNet Classics series. Three times a week we will re-post an article that we think is of timeless importance. This one was first published June, 2004.] T he recent release of five British citizens from the Camp X-Ray prison at Guantanamo Bay and their disclosures of serious abuse and Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Expanding the Floor of the Cage, Part IIl

[This essay is part of the ZNet Classics series. Three times a week we will re-post an article that we think is of timeless importance. This one was first published June, 1997. BARSAMIAN: You’ve been spending time in South America, where you’ve observed popular grassroots movements. Do you see any lessons that people in the Read more…

Etan: ETAN Urges President-elect Obama Not to Appoint Adm. Blair Director of National Intelligence

Contact: John M. Miller, +1-718-596-7668, 917-690-4391   December 5 – "President-elect Barack Obama’s rumored selection of Admiral Dennis C. Blair for Director of National Intelligence is unacceptable," the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) said today. "During his years as Pacific Commander, Blair actively worked to reinstate military assistance and deepen ties to Indonesia‘s Read more…

Jeremy Kuzmarov: Economists with Guns

By Bradley R. Simpson; Stanford University Press, 2008, 376 pp. In 1965, following a coup by General Suharto, the Indonesian military massacred upwards of 800,000 people and imprisoned an estimated million more in an attempt to liquidate the Communist Party (PKI). The United States government gave both moral encouragement and logistical support to the mass Read more…

Geoffrey c. Gunn: Closed Book or Open Book on Indonesia and Timor-Leste? The Commission of Truth and Friendship Report on 1999 HR Violations

Officially received by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta at a ceremony on the Indonesian island of Bali on 15 July, the long awaited report of the joint Timor Leste-Indonesian Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF), set up in 2005, has received mixed reviews.   On the one hand, by offering Read more…

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