Even on the eve of East Timorese independence, Australian establishment forces around the pro-Jakarta lobby rallied with monochromatic consistency.
The following years of Indonesian occupation and violent subjection of the Timorese people were accompanied by a narrative of denial by the Australian government, aimed at protecting the Suharto regime from scrutiny and allowing the regime to continue its repression of East Timor largely unimpeded.
It will take some months to play out, but Australia is finally before an international tribunal to determine whether or not it has acted legally over the division of the Timor Sea with Timor-Leste. At stake is the territorial boundary between Australia and Timor-Leste and, therefore, control of tens of billions of dollars’ worth of oil and gas resources.
The Defence White Paper assumes an aggressive posture and receives unprecedented funding
Michael Leach on Cuban medical programs in the Pacific.
Tom Nairn argues the case for multilateralism
In the most isolated areas of Timor-Leste, women are providing a powerful counterpoint to the apparent failure of independence, write Anna Trembath and Damian Grenfell
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George Aditjondro Timor Loro Sa'e Under a New Wave of Economic Transformation
Lisa Palmer spends a night at the indigenous opera
Louise Byrne attends a mass with a difference at Melbourne's St Patrick's