BACK DOOR Newsletter on Timor Loro Sa'e: Monday Jan 29 2001

Homepage: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Index.htm

Summary of items added to the website during the week (ending Monday Jan 29).

This week there are:
* more reports on the Timor Gap including Tetum and Portuguese;
* several items on the transition to independence and crimes tribunals;
* releases urging the continued suspension of US military ties with Indonesia; and
* a feature article on the building of a National Health System.

Contents:

  JAN 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS Updated Jan 28
  NOV 2000 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS Updated Jan 27
  LETTERSUpdated Jan 28
  CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS Updated Jan 29
  UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS Updated Jan 25
  UP-TO-DATE RELATED LINKS
  OTHER RELATED LINKS
  ABOUT BACK DOOR
  EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION

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JAN 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

Jan 27 ETAN/IHRN: Rights groups urge continued suspension of military ties with Indonesia [Release: Military]
"The US must not support TNI before Indonesia fully meets its repeated pledges to the international community, including the safe return of ETimorese refugees and disarming and disbanding of militia groups in West Timor." John Miller, ETAN.

Jan 26 Financial Times: East Timor demands oil money [News: Timor Gap]
"They [Australia] should say to ET, here's the oil, it's yours, take it," Jose Ramos Horta

Jan 24 GLW: Digging in for East Timor's oil  [Article: Timor Gap]
"The federal government has refused to reveal its position [on Timor Gap] publicly, claiming this would counter the "national interest". The reason behind its reluctance seems to be the fear of a public backlash against a policy that would result in ET being denied desperately needed revenue while Canberra's coffers filled." Jon Land

Jan 24 GLW: Women face uphill struggle [Article: Transition]
"Aurora Ximenes, the coordinator of the ET Women's Network, which comprises 15 grassroots organisations, is angry that women are being sidelined in the transition to independence." Robyn Marshall

Jan 24 GLW: `Fretilin will win first Timor election' [News: Transition]

Jan 23 AGE: Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation [News: Crimes]
"The commission was originally proposed by ET and is now being developed with the support of the UN, which is working alongside ETimorese groups, the Catholic church and the umbrella independence body, the CNRT." Mark Dodd

Jan 20 TimLang: Feelings of East Timorese who have never left ET towards 'returnees' [Article: Transition]

Jan 17 IPS: Reconstruction an uphill climb [News: Reconstruction]
"UNTAET figures say that oilfields around ET could bring in $100 to $200 million a year in revenues. There are some "hundreds of millions of barrels equivalent of oil and gas already being exploited" in the Timor Gap, according to ETTA. For a country with a budget of less than $80 million a year, that means a whole lot." Johanna Son

Jan 15 MSF: Refugees in Indonesia under-reported [Release: Crimes]
"hundreds of thousands of ETimorese remain trapped in West Timor after fleeing organized militia attacks in the wake of ET's vote for independence." MSF

Jan 15 Nation: East Timor journalists rise from the ashes  [News: Transition]
"Some 150 journalists gathered for three days last week at the headquarters of the CNRT and vowed to build up an independent and free press including ways to become honest and professional journalists." Kavi Chongkittavorn

Jan 15 IPS: Road to Nationhood neither Straight nor Short  [News: Transition]

Portuguese:
Jan 12 OTL: O petróleo do Mar de Timor e as relações Timor Leste-Austrália  [Report: Timor Gap]
"A História recente da atitude do Governo australiano revela que o petróleo do Mar de Timor foi colocado acima de qualquer outra consideração nas relações com os países vizinhos. A Austrália poderia beneficiar mais dum desenvolvimento harmonioso da região, tentando chamar a si os investimentos pelos quais está melhor preparada que os seus vizinhos." OTL

Jan 11 FPIF: U.S. - East Timor Foreign Policy in Focus Brief  [Release: Military]
"The U.S. has declined to provide full support for an international human rights tribunal that would examine the abuses and killings (in East Timor) ... [but the Pentagon] has persisted in advocating military assistance to Indonesia, even when this has meant exploiting loopholes in legislation enacted to end military aid," Lynn Fredriksson, FPIF
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NOV 2000 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

Tetum:
Nov 17 BLH: Saude, Oekusi, Deskulpas, no Mina: Koneksaun Timor Lorosa’e ho Australia  [Editorial: Timor Gap]
"Tanba ne’e maka Lao Hamutuk husu ba Governu Australianu atu halo kotu sira nia tuntutan ba direitu ruma kona ba mina no gas natural iha Timor Gap. La haré ba meritus legais nebe Timor Lorosa’e iha (ne’e be makas tebes), justisa basika haruka atu Canberra rekonhece no husu deskulpa tan sira nia passadu nebe halo moe tebes. Manifestasaun konkretu kona ba akto ida ne’e sei fo fatin ba Timor Lorosa’e atu menikmati, tanpa sanksi, beneficius hotu nebe sei hetan husi depositu mina no gas natural iha Timor Gap." BLH

Nov 17 LHB: Building a National Health System for East Timor  [Feature: Health]
"the lack of significant inclusion of local businesses and organizations in the construction of health centers is a manifestation of a larger problem: the marginalization of local interests in the development of the national health sector." LHB

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LETTERS

Jan 6 Manning: "People-centered grassroots power-devolving reconstruction of East Timor"
"The apparent stagnation of the ETimorese economy with it's attendant unrest contributed to by gross unemployment and disillusionment of the population with the snail pace of reconstruction and imposed priorities can be corrected by this objective." Brian Manning

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CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS

Read about Urgent Actions & Things to Do at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Actions.htm

* Urgent Actions: Donations of Money
Until Feb 14 OPMT/AFAP: Funds needed to ship container of Sewing Materials from Sydney to Dili
There has been a splendid response from Canberra women of all ages to the OPMT call for sewing materials and equipment, to be forwarded to the women of East Timor. AFAP is now appealing for donations towards the container shipping costs.

* Things you can do: Fair Trading
Dec 18 CAAT:  Re-build ET coffee economy - Buy Fair Trade Coffee!
April 2000 New Internationalist Online Magazine: Theme - Fair Trade

* Things to avoid:
Dec 27 SMH: East Timor says no thanks to thongs, teddies
Dec 12 NTEU: Put books for East Timor Uni on hold
Dec 9 Age: Gifts to Timor stranded by army
Dec 3 OPMT: Please DO NOT mail Sewing Materials to Australian Forces PO!

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UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS

Access Brisbane Events at:
http://www.powerup.com.au/~legoullon/calender.htm

Access Canberra Events at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/ACTEvents.htm

Refugee Action Committee Meeting
Amnesty International endorsed event.  Refugee Action.
Australian National University, Moran Building, room G009
Thursday 1 February at 6.30pm more

'The Great Turning:  choosing a life sustaining future'
Marie Jamieson and Gerry Jacobson
ANU - Centre for Continuing Education - Summer 2001 Program
10 am - 6 pm Saturday 24 February more

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UP-TO-DATE RELATED LINKS

East Timor International Support Centre
East Timor Action Network U.S.
Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor
Green Left Weekly

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OTHER RELATED LINKS

La'o Hamutuk: East Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis
Tetum: La’o Hamutuk, Instituto Timor Lorosa’e ba Analiza no Monitoring Reconstrucao
East Timor Observatory
Portuguese: Observatório Timor Leste
French: Observatoire Timor-Oriental
Foreign Policy In Focus

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