Subject: Web broadcasts on E Timor and Indonesia
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 15:14:50 -0500
From: "John M. Miller" <fbp@igc.apc.org>

Radio broadcasts available via the RealAudio on the web:

Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now http://www.pacifica.org/programs/democracy_now has interviews with Jose Ramos-Horta and Allan Nairn by host Amy Goodman (approx. 30 minutes, see intro below) The broadcast was Thursday, January 28 and will be found at  http://www.webactive.com/webactive/pacifica/demnow/archive.html

ETAN/US's Lynn Fredriksson was on Pacifica's Network News on Wednesday evening. See http://www.webactive.com/webactive/pacifica/pnn/archive.html

In October 1998 Allan Nairn visited the San Francisco Bay Area with Timorese dissident Bella Galhos.  Their interview by CorpWatch Radio is also online.


Democracy Now intro: Indonesia Offers East Timor Independence

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." Independence would be given, he said, if East Timor rejects another proposal that would grant them "special status," or autonomy.

The Indonesian military today backed the government's proposals, with its commander General Wirango stating "if the situation develops in such a way that it allows East Timor to separate with dignity from the Republic of Indonesia, certainly the ABRI (Armed Forces) would respect the decision."

Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975, annexing it in the following year in a move that has never been recognized by the United Nations. This led to over two decades of brutal repression and the death of around one third of East Timor's population. The announcement has been met with caution by East Timorese activists - for more, we turn to Nobel Peace Prizewinner Jose Ramos Horta, who speaks to Democracy Now! from Sydney, Australia.

GUEST: Jose Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace Prizewinner speaking from Sydney, Australia.

East Timor Activism: Past and Present 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 the past.

GUEST: Alan Nairn, journalist and human rights activist.

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