BACK DOOR Newsletter on Timor Loro Sa'e: Monday 12 2001

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This page contains a summary of all of the items added to the website during the week
(ending Monday Mar 12)
 

CONTENTS:

  MAR 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated Mar 10
  FEB 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated Mar 10
  NOV 2000 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS  Updated Mar 10
  CURRENT URGENT ACTIONS  Updated Mar 12
  UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS  Updated Mar 12
  UP-TO-DATE RELATED LINKS
  OTHER RELATED LINKS
  ABOUT BACK DOOR
  EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION

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MAR 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

Access the following recently added March items at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/01mar.htm

Mar 7 CNRT/CNP: A Threat on the life of the President  [Press Conference summary of events: Self-determination]
"Commissioner Costa e Souza [of CivPol] ended his report by stating that he has no doubt that this was a planned action designed to disturb the meeting between President Xanana Gusmão and the students and that given the level of violence it was also designed to threaten the life of the President." National Council of Timorese Resistance/Congresso Nacional Presidency (CNRT/CNP)

Mar 6 TP: Civic Education, Urgent?  [Editorial from ETimor: Transition/Self-determination]
"For us, the model that President Xanana used in the gymnasium is most effective.  It began "hot" and finished with Xanana embracing and crying. This is not to say that the model we are proposing is one of embraces and tears. What is most important is how to create dialogue and debate, during which the people are given unlimited time to freely argue without protocol or moderator ... " Timor Post editorial

Mar 6 STL: Gusmao: “I’m Not Dreaming To Be The First President of Timor Lorosae”  [News from ETimor: Elections]

Mar 5 AFP: Horta calls for UN tribunal in East Timor  [News: Crimes]
"If Indonesia proves incapable of bringing the culprits to justice, we believe the UN Security Council will have no alternative but to create an ad-hoc tribunal for East Timor ... There can be no reconciliation without justice, we cannot declare an amnesty" Jose Ramos Horta, Foreign minister in East Timor's transitional government

Mar 5 SMH: Militia chief's new role confirms Indon army ties  [News: Crimes]
"The information is alarming on two counts: it confirms that the militias and the Indonesian military intelligence apparatus are one and the same; it also goes some way towards explaining the difficulty for Jakarta in trying to disband the militias." Mark Dodd, Herald Correspondent in Kupang, West Timor

Mar 4 Simpson: The Truth About Timor  [Letter: Reconciliation]
"The United States could help East Timor by declassifying documents that reveal its own role in supporting Indonesia's invasion and occupation since 1975. Those countries that turned a blind eye to East Timor's enormous suffering must also seek reconciliation with the Timorese, and with their own shameful pasts." Brad Simpson

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FEB 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

Access the following recently added February items at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/01feb.htm

Feb 27 ETAN: Fear of returning is not based on reality  [Letter to NYT: Refugees]
"If many of the East Timorese who remain in West Timor (Indonesia) are "afraid to come home because they fear being lynched" that fear is not based on reality." Charles Scheiner, National Coordinator, East Timor Action Network/US

Feb 26 CAA-OA: Asian Development Bank and Australia's role in the Mekong region  [Launch: Finance]
"The book 'Breaking the Banks', launched February 26, 2001, provides useful insights into the Asian Development Bank. Although the focus is on the Mekong region, this review has been included in BACK DOOR so that comparisons can be made with the Asian Development Bank's involvement in East Timor." BD

Feb 22 FCatholic: Bishop Belo to President Bush  [Letter: Refugees/Military Aid]
"the presence of the international peace-keeping force under U.N. auspices will be badly needed in East Timor for the foreseeable future to guard against border attacks by militias and Indonesian forces, and to ensure that these forces do not unleash further violence or undertake other actions to prevent East Timor from recovering. My people have been traumatized by the conflict of the past 25 years, and urgently need to live in peace." Bishop Belo, writing to President Bush

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NOV 2001 NEWS, ARTICLES & REPORTS

Access the following recently added November items at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Nov2000N&A.htm

Nov AW: Timor Watch: Analysis of development proposals of international agencies  [Project proposal: Self-determination]
"The aim of this project is to ensure that the East-Timorese people determine their own future.  In contrast, it is becoming increasingly evident that the development banks, and other development agencies are dictating the terms of reconstruction. We have been monitoring the reconstruction process with great concern." AID/WATCH

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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: Petitions

Until Mar 26 ASIET: Timor Oil Statement and Petition  Petition updated Mar 12
"Tens of thousands of people in Australia struggled for more than a decade in support of the East Timorese peoples' freedom. ASIET, and all other true friends of East Timor, will not stand by now and allow the Howard government to pressure the East Timorese people for oil and gas royalties from their own territorial waters." Max Lane, ASIET

Things you can do: Fair Trading

Dec 18 CAAT:  Re-build ET coffee economy - Buy Fair Trade Coffee!  Up-dated Dec 30

Things to avoid:

Mar 6 Scheiner: Don't mail items to East Timor via Indonesian Post  Added Mar 6
"Whenever you send a package or letter to East Timor, you need to put "via Darwin, AUSTRALIA" as part of the address. Otherwise it goes to Jakarta and gets returned months later." Charles Scheiner

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UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN EVENTS

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

an evening with Hseng Noung Lintner
Shan Women's Action Group (SWAN) &
International Women's Development Agency (IWDA)
Endorsed by Amnesty International
big meeting room at Havelock House 85 Northbourne Ave Turner
Monday March 12, 7.30 - 9.30

Refugee Action Committee Meeting
Endorsed by Amnesty International
Room G030 of the Copland Building, ANU
Monday night, 12 March, 6.30pm

Dinner, public meeting & premiere of a new short film:
Free Aceh! Referendum Now!
Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET) &
Sydney-based Aceh Australia Association (AAA)
Glebe Town Hall, 160 St John's Rd, Glebe, Sydney
Saturday March 17

Participative workshop for connecting with and moving beyond
our pain about the social and environmental crises of our times
Marie Jamieson & Gerry Jacobson; based on the work of Joanna Macy
ANU CCE  Program
10am to 6pm on Saturday 24 March

Walk / Cycle Against Want
Community Aid Abroad - Oxfam Australia
Sunday March 25th.
Location: Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park (near the end of Anzac Parade).
Start Time: 9.30am-2.00pm Registration; 10.00am Official Start
Distance: Walk 5km, Cycle 18km - 1 hour to complete.
Parking: Can be accessed from Constitution Avenue.
More info & Register online:  http://www.caa.org.au/walk/

For other Canberra Australia Events see the Active Canberra Website:
http://www.active.org.au/canberra/
Note: Active Canberra includes a broad range of social and environmental issues-related events.

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UP-TO-DATE RELATED LINKS

Access the following recently added links at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Links.htm

ASIET: Indonesia - East Timor Campaign Watch

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OTHER RELATED LINKS

Access the following recently added links at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/OtherLinks.htm

Bahasa Indonesia and English:
East Timorese Student Solidarity Council (ETSSC)

AID/WATCH Monitoring the Development Dollar

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims

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