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Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor-Lete The best means for readers to keep up to date with developments in TImor-Leste is to subscribe to the news service of the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN). This is a tremendous resource, run on shoestring... out of an apartment in Brooklyn, New York. -- Gordon Peake, Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor-Leste

subscribe today to the east-timor listservThe east-timor list distributes news, analysis. and job and other announcements from a wide range of sources, including East Timorese groups, ETAN, and other civil society and non-governmetal organizations . Reports and translations from wire services and the Timor-Leste, Indonesian, Portuguese, Australian, U.S. and other media are included, along with official documents and statements from the U.N. and its agencies, international financial institutions and national governments. (The east-timor list began as a newsgroup called reg.easttimor and is sometimes known by that name.)

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From list subscribers

The list is terrific for avid TL-watchers, with a quality of discussion
I haven't seen in many other such forums.
- Robin


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent work you have been doing these last years in keeping all people interested in Timor-Leste's present and future duly informed. Your objectivity and professionalism, providing an essential space for everybody to express itself freely has been a great contribution to consolidate Timor-Leste's emerging democracy. It is an example of how to give voice to the civil society and others at relatively low costs, an example that many other countries should follow. - Pedro


I would also like to take the opportunity to thank you for the wonderful service you provide to us all; the sharing of information is crucial to all of us involved in/ with Timor-Leste and we would be lost without ETAN! -Siobhan


Congratulations for this excellent source of up-to-date information
about Timor Leste. Keep up the good work! - NoŽlle


And I shouldn't pass up the chance to say a general thanks for the great work you guys are doing at ETAN. It's four and a half years since I left Timor
and I still feel in touch with what is going on there
thanks to ETAN. So thank you!
- Megan

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