East Timor: Still There
In case you were wondering what all the fuss and Nobel Prizes were about, or what came of it lately, since the NYT, for one, apparently hasn't reported on East Timor since a few months ago...
Via Deutsche Welle, who seem to actually take international reporting seriously. There are many issues we should not lose sight of; this is one of them.
East Timor's truth and reconciliation commission in a report to the United Nations has blamed former Indonesian occupation forces for the deaths of 103,000 Timorese or one tenth of the population. The report, based on testimony from 7,000 survivors, alleges that Indonesia's military used starvation and sexual violence to suppress the former Portuguese colony between 1975 and 1999 when Indonesia quit during an intervention by UN-mandated peacekeepers. Indonesia's defence minister has rejected the report. It's been handed to UN chief Kofi Annan by Timorese President Xanana Gusmao. He urged the UN to learn lessons to prevent a repeat elsewhere. East Timor became independent in 2002 and remain's Asia's poorest country.