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Vol. 9, No. 1
Spring 2003



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Spring 2003

Accomplishments and Challenges After One Year of Independence

(In)Justice and the Struggle for Accountability

Legislation, Language and Lobbying

The Iraq War as Seen from East Timor

Justice for East Timor: We Can't Stop Now! - José Luis de Oliveira’s Visit Focuses on Social and Economic Justice

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About East Timor and ETAN



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On May 20, East Timor will be one year old as an independent nation. As noted elsewhere in this issue, the new nation has made some progress, but still faces many challenges. While the world’s attention is focused elsewhere, ETAN remains committed to supporting justice and genuine self-determination for the people of East Timor. Your participation and financial support are essential to this work. Please donate generously.

Contributions of any amount towards our political advocacy work should be made to ETAN/U.S. Tax-deductible contributions of more than $50 towards our educational work should be made to AJ Muste Memorial Institute/ETAN. Mail to: ETAN/U.S., PO Box 15774, Washington, DC 20003-0774

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New Resources from ETAN

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East Timor: A Rough Passage to Independence by James Dunn 424 pp. $35

From the days of the  Portuguese rule, through the tumultuous years of the Indonesian invasion, to the present day, this book is a disturbing portrayal of the failures of the international community.

A Dirty Little War by John Martinkus 428 pp. $15

An extraordinary and eye-opening eyewitness account of Indonesia’s sustained campaign of terror from 1997 to 1999 against East Timor. For several years, Martinkus was the only foreign journalist permanently based in East Timor in the lead-up to the independence vote.

Bitter Dawn: East Timor - A People’s Story by Irena Cristalis 306 pp. $25

A vivid first-hand account of the lives of individual Timorese during the long decades of Indonesia’s occupation and their often heroic struggle for freedom. Based on years of research, and lengthy interviews with East Timor’s leaders, it explores the complexities of East Timor’s internal politics


Fighting Spirit of East Timor: The Life of Martinho da Costa Lopes by Rowena Lennox 260 pp. $22.50

Biography of Martinho da Costa Lopes, the first Timorese leader of the East Timorese Catholic Church. And the first person to speak out publicly within East Timor about abuses perpetrated by the Indonesian occupation.


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