Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers: East Timor, Indonesia, and the World Community

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - History - 291 pages
East Timor is at last, and at terrible human cost, firmly on the road to independence. The significance of its passage to freedom-for its people, for Asia, and for the world-is manifold. This volume offers a comprehensive overview of East Timor's travail and its triumph in its international context. East Timor's independence constitutes one of the final and most poignant moments in a long and bitter history of European colonization and decolonization. For the people of East Timor, independence from Portugal in 1975 was only the beginning of a new struggle against Indonesian invaders--a struggle that took the lives of 200,000 East Timorese--and one that is by no means over. The case of East Timor, both during and after the Cold War, provides a litmus test for issues of international responsibility, posing questions of double standards in unusually clear-cut form. It reveals the active support by the United States and other powers for the military forces of Indonesia throughout the years of that nation's invasion and repression of East Timor, until 1998 when the collapse of the Indonesian dictatorship ushered in a new phase in the East Timorese struggle. Contributions by: Peter Bartu, Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, Geoffrey C. Gunn, Peter Hayes, Wade Huntley, Gerry Van Klinken, Helene Van Klinken, Arnold S. Kohen, Allan Nairn, Sarah Niner, Constâncio Pinto, Geoffrey Robinson, João Mariano Saldanha, Charles Scheiner, Mark Selden, Stephen R. Shalom, and Richard Tanter.
 

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Contents

The FiveHundredYear Timorese Funu
3
With UNAMET in East TimorAn Historians Personal View
55
The Militia the Military and the People of Bobonaro
73
East Timorese Vote in Ermera
91
Grassroots in the FieldObserving the East Timor Consultation
109
East Timor the United States and the World Community
127
International Law and Its Limits
149
Congressional
163
East Timor and Asian Security
173
East Timor and the Crisis of the Indonesian Intelligence State
189
Big States and Little Independence Movements
209
East Timor Faces the Future
243
Glossary
273
About the Contributors 289
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Richard Tanter is professor of social sciences at Kyoto-Seika University. Mark Selden is professor of sociology at Binghamton University. Stephen R. Shalom is professor of political science at William Paterson University.

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