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  • Canberra archaeologists discover fossils of giant rats the size of dogs in East Timor

    11/08/2015 2:32:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies ^ | Alexandra Beech
    The species would have looked similar to modern rats but ranged in size from about 1.5 kilograms to five kilograms. Researcher Julien Louys said the creatures were probably herbivores and became extinct suddenly about 1,000 years ago. He said they were the largest known rats to have ever existed and acknowledged some people thought they sounded terrifying. "Most people seem to think that," Dr Louys said. "But I think they would have been, well not cute, but certainly they would have been fascinating to see them in the flesh." He said it appeared the rats were a popular meal for...
  • Oregon veterinarian imprisoned in Southeast Asia

    11/28/2014 4:37:37 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Vetrinary News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Katie James
    Stacey Addison, DVM, 41, of Portland, Oregon, is in a Timorese prison after being arrested in early September while traveling abroad. A chance encounter—a cab shared with a stranger—led to her witnessing a crime, which kicked off a chain of events that has family and friends doing everything they can to bring her home. Addison, a graduate of University of California-Davis, left her job of 10 years at a Portland veterinary hospital in January 2013 and set off on a year-and-a-half-long dream trip around the world to see wildlife. She had been planning the trip for two years. Addison began...
  • Islamic Genocide - mass casualties by political Islam 1915-2012

    06/07/2012 6:50:42 AM PDT · by Milagros · 5 replies
    ISLAMIC GENOCIDESome of highlighted mass casualties by (political) Islam in course of the last century, from 1915 and on (updated June, 2012) Casualties: 2,700,000 Chritians - (1915-1923) by Ottoman-Empire Muslim Turkey. 750,000 Assyrians, 500,000 Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians.[1] Nature: 1.) Ethnic cleansing.[2] 2.) Islamic Jihad.[3] Casualties: close to 27,000. In Israel between 1920-2012, at the hands of Arab/Muslims. 24,526 Israelis/Jews killed, 35,356 injured, and 1,967 Arab "Palestinians" killed by other Arab "Palestinians."[4] Nature: roots and motivation: the genocide campaign[5][6][7][8] began (mainly) in the early 1920s by the supreme Islam leader, the pan-Arab Mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini, motivated by both:...
  • (Liberal author:) Jimmy Carter - Mass Murderer

    05/20/2012 9:05:08 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 23 replies
    Pravda ^ | May16, 2012 | John Fleming
    Jimmy Carter - Mass Murderer Pravda 16.05.2012 Boni pastoris est tondere pecus, non deglubere. - Tiberius By John Fleming   ... Jimmy Carter affects a superficial appearance of amiability and since leaving the White House, besides his well-known work for Habitat for Humanity, he has espoused time and again humanitarian causes. He has been appointed a diplomatic plenipotentiary time and again, especially under Clinton, and he made a well-publicized trip to Cuba and met Fidel Castro recently, where he, without mentioning the repression under corporate monopoly capitalism, in Georgia and everywhere else in the U.S., chided Castro in a would-be...
  • Horta Behind in East Timor Poll

    03/18/2012 5:17:11 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies · 2+ views
    DILI, East Timor—Jose Ramos Horta has indicated he's ready to step down as East Timor's president after a poor showing in weekend elections
  • Deep sea fishing for tuna began 42,000 years ago

    11/27/2011 1:20:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    New Scientist ^ | November 24, 2011 | Wendy Zukerman
    Tuna has been on the menu for a lot longer than we thought. Even 42,000 years ago, the deep-sea dweller wasn't safe from fishing tackle according to new finds in southeast Asia. We know that open water was no barrier to travel in the Pleistocene -- humans must have crossed hundreds of kilometres of ocean to reach Australia by 50,000 years ago. But while humans had already been pulling shellfish out of the shallows for 100,000 years by that point, the first good evidence of fishing with hooks or spears comes much later -- around 12,000 years ago. The new...
  • Giant rats lead scientists to ancient face carvings (East Timor)

    02/11/2011 9:20:34 AM PST · by decimon · 14 replies
    CSIRO ^ | February 11, 2011 | Unknown
    Ancient stone faces carved into the walls of a well-known limestone cave in East Timor have been discovered by a team searching for fossils of extinct giant rats.The team of archaeologists and palaeontologists were working in Lene Hara Cave on the northeast tip of East Timor. “Looking up from the cave floor at a colleague sitting on a ledge, my head torch shone on what seemed to be a weathered carving,” CSIRO’s Dr Ken Aplin said. “I shone the torch around and saw a whole panel of engraved prehistoric human faces on the wall of the cave. “The local landowners...
  • US signs anti-ICC immunity pact with Bhutan

    05/21/2003 2:58:18 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 21 2003 | AFP
    The United States has signed a deal with Bhutan giving US citizens in the country immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the State Department said Tuesday. The deal with Bhutan brings to 34 the number of countries with which the United States has signed so-called "Article 98" agreements exempting US citizens from the court's jurisdiction, said Lynn Cassel, a department spokesman. Bhutan and Bosnia-Herzegovina both agreed to the pacts on May 16 but the deal with Thimphu was not announced until Tuesday. Washington refuses to support the ICC, arguing that it could become a forum for politically...
  • What do Balinese dogs have to do with 'gun control'?

    10/11/2010 6:10:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 October, 2010 | David Codrea
    "Going to the Dogs in Bali" is my December 2010 "Rights Watch" column in GUNS Magazine. Aside from humans falling victims to rabid dogs, and to Sea Dogs engaged in rampant piracy throughout the region, we can also observe, not unexpectedly for those of us who warn against "monopolies of violence," tyrannical government abuse of its exclusive franchise. An excerpt: And in Gun Ownership and Human Rights, authors David B. Kopel, Paul Gallant and Joanne D. Eisen tell us of a much larger threat to human life and liberty than rabid dogs and pirates: "[I]n East Timor, it was the...
  • Remains of Earth's largest rat discovered in cave

    07/26/2010 7:56:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies · 6+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 07/26/10 | Bonnie Malkin
    Remains of Earth's largest rat discovered in cave The remains of the largest rat to ever roam the Earth have been discovered in a remote cave in East Timor. Bonnie Malkin in Sydney Published: 12:35PM BST 26 Jul 2010 The huge rodent, which died out about 2,000 years ago, was three times as big as its modern cousins and weighed more than 13lbs, about the same as a small dog. Australian archaeologists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) found the bones of the giant rat alongside 11 new species of rat, eight of which weighed more than...
  • Troops could stay longer in East Timor says Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

    06/22/2010 7:02:48 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 ^ | 23rd June 2010
    AUSTRALIA is willing to extend its Defence Force presence in East Timor beyond 2012 if necessary, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says. Australia has 400 personnel stationed in the fledgling nation as part of the International Stabilisation Force which is supporting the United Nations to maintain stability. If the UN wanted to extend its mandate Australia would respond "positively", Mr Rudd said in Canberra. President Jose Ramos-Horta said the economy of East Timor was "doing well" enjoying double-digit growth during the past three years. "Those of you who might go there, or who were there is the past, wouldn't recognise Dili,"...
  • How radical Islam makes you: a bigot religiously - a racist ethnically

    06/14/2010 7:53:15 PM PDT · by Righting · 25 replies · 385+ views
    How radical Islam makes you: a bigot religiously - a racist ethnically UNIQUENESS OF ISLAM'S INTOLERANCE While Christianity, ever since the termination of the Crusades and the Spanish inquisitions has no plans to "convert by force" anybody else, nor is ever Buddhism or Judaism, Islam --on the other hand-- even modern day Islam is about to Islamize the world, with any means possible. When (thank God) not "yet" accomplished, the Islamists bigotry has a few levels, the "people of the book" a.k.a. Christians & Jews are "allowed" to stay as an inferior class [Dhimmis], the other non-Muslims are "totally"...
  • Pride on parade as East Timor marks freedom vote

    08/30/2009 8:18:42 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 184+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 31, 2009 | Joe Kelly
    ON the 10th anniversary of the vote that led to East Timorese independence, President Jose Ramos Horta yesterday invited the fathers of Indonesian soldiers killed in the territory's 25-year civil war to visit their son's graves. This act of reconciliation came as official ceremonies in Dili were delayed by the late arrival of Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda, underlining the continuing importance of the former occupier to the new state. A decade ago the East Timorese people voted in a UN-administered ballot to achieve independence from Indonesia, ending 24 years of occupation by Indonesian forces and giving birth to Asia's...
  • Thais detain alleged `Merchant of Death' (dealings include global illicit arms trafficking)

    03/06/2008 6:46:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,153+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/6/08 | Michael Casey - ap
    BANGKOK, Thailand - A Russian dubbed the "Merchant of Death" for allegedly supplying weapons to Africa's bloody conflicts over power and diamonds was arrested Thursday in Thailand on suspicion of conspiring to smuggle guns to Colombia's leftist rebels. Viktor Bout, 41, whose dealings reportedly inspired a 2005 movie about the illicit arms trade, was arrested at U.S. request in his hotel room in Bangkok, said police Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan. Bout had eluded arrest for years and was finally seized after a four-month sting organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In New York, federal authorities unsealed a criminal complaint...

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  • Obama's Neocon The Curious Case of Richard Holbrooke (infeeding)

    01/23/2009 10:05:22 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 23 replies · 454+ views
    znet ^ | January 24, 2009 | Joshua Frank
    In wee morning hours on Friday, January 23, a U.S. spy plane killed at least 15 in Pakistan near the Afghanistan border. It was Barack Obama's first blood and the U.S.'s first violation of Pakistan's sovereignty under the new dministration. The attack was an early sign that the newly minted president may not be overhauling the War on Terror this week, or even next.
  • East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao wants gun law change

    07/05/2008 6:55:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies · 158+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 3 July, 2008 | NA
    EAST Timor's Prime Minister is supporting a new law that would allow civilians to own guns, less than five months after illegally armed rebel soldiers tried to kill him and the President.
  • Curfew in East Timor following assasination attempt (E. Timor and war on Islamic terror)

    02/12/2008 3:04:40 AM PST · by Righting · 2 replies · 130+ views ^ | February 11th, 2008 | Nancy Reyes
    Curfew in East Timor following assasination attempt February 11th, 2008 by Nancy Reyes Nobel prize winner and president of East Timor has been airlifted to an Australian hospital following an assasination attempt connected with an attempted coup. In the meanwhile, his country is under a curfew. The accused assassin is an ex General, Alfredo Reinado, who was killed in the attempted assassination, along with one rebel and one of the president’s bodyguards. An hour later, the country’s Prime minister’s motorcade was attacked. The unrest by disaffected militants has been growing in the last year or two. Australia will send more...
  • Professors laud East Timor leader (Christians' fear under Muslims)

    02/12/2008 2:39:55 AM PST · by Righting · 2 replies · 98+ views
    dailyiowan ^ | 02 12 2008
    Professors laud East Timor leader UI The Daily Iowan, IA (Feb. 12 2008) ...Teague said that before the vote for independence, Muslims were in charge of the military and Christian citizens were afraid to vote because of it. ... There are currently a sizable number of Muslim radicals supporting former officials. Retish, who has visited East Timor "four or five times,"
  • UN police 'refused to help' injured Ramos Horta

    02/11/2008 3:52:51 AM PST · by Fred Nerks · 5 replies · 57+ views
    ABC (Australia) ^ | February 11, 2008 - 9:08PM | U/A
    East Timor's Government says United Nations forces failed to help President Jose Ramos Horta after he was shot in an assassination attempt in Dili this morning. He was shot in the arm and stomach after fugitive rebel leader Alfredo Reinado launched a pre-dawn raid on his home. Mr Ramos Horta is now in a serious but stable condition in Royal Darwin Hospital after being evacuated on a Careflight plane this afternoon. He was sedated on the flight from Dili to Darwin and the hospital says he is suffering three gunshot wounds - two to the upper chest and one to...
  • East Timor president wounded in attack

    02/10/2008 3:55:55 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 11 replies · 103+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11 Feb 2008 | n/c
    East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta has been wounded in a pre-dawn attack on his home that killed a guard, says army spokesman Major Domingos da Camara said. It was unclear what condition Ramos-Horta - a Nobel Peace laureate - was in following Monday morning's attack, he said. However Reuters reported he had been wounded in the stomach, quoting a military spokesman. House guards shot back, killing attacking rebel soldier Alfredo Reinado, who was wanted on murder charges for a flare up of violence in 2006, da Camara said. Two cars passed Ramos-Horta's house on the outskirts of the capital, Dili,...
  • Grenade attack on Australian compound

    10/05/2007 1:05:28 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 239+ views ^ | 5th October 2007
    A GRENADE was thrown into an Australian Defence Force (ADF) compound near the Australian embassy in the East Timorese capital Dili. The ADF is reviewing security in Dili after the explosion last night damaged vehicles and a building. A defence spokeswoman confirmed today the explosion was caused by a grenade. "The explosion has been confirmed as the explosion of a grenade," she said. No one was hurt by the explosion, which occurred late yesterday evening in the grounds of a house used by the ADF's military training scheme in East Timor, the defence co-operation program. The house is adjacent to...
  • Australians kill four in attack on rebels [East Timor]

    03/03/2007 9:13:55 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies · 341+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 04, 2007 | anon
    AUSTRALIAN troops have killed four East Timor rebels, but their leader Alfredo Reinado has escaped an attempt to capture him. President Xanana Gusmao today said Reinado remained a fugitive after escaping a raid on his camp in the East Timorese town of Same. Four people fighting with Reinado were killed by Australian troops, he said. No civilians were injured. The president said the operation to capture Reinado was continuing. A Defence spokesman in Canberra said no Australians had been killed or wounded. "The purpose of the operation was to apprehend Alfredo Reinado and his associates," he said. "We have not...

    09/05/2006 12:51:51 PM PDT · by Westlander · 1 replies · 207+ views
    AKI ^ | Sep-05-06 | Rar/Aki
    The UN has appointed Antero Lopes as Acting Police Commissioner for the UN peacekeeping operation Timor East, the world body announced Tuesday. Lopes joined the UN Integrated Mission in East Timor (UNMIT) in mid-August. He had previously assisted in the planning of the police component of the new mission as a member of the assessment mission led by Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy, Ian Martin, in June. From 1993 to 1995 Lopes served as a Regional Commander and Chief of Operations in the former Yugoslavia, where he was also co-founder of the project that lead to the Human Rights Commission...
  • Venom threatens separate mission

    09/04/2006 7:58:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 182+ views
    The Australian ^ | 4th September 2006 | David Nason
    THE aggressive anti-Australian tone of East Timor's response to the Becora prison breakout is a sure sign that Canberra will have great difficulty winning an extension when the joint "green helmet-blue helmet" security arrangement is reviewed by the UN Security Council next month. Under the UN mandate passed by the council 10 days ago, the Australian-led stabilisation force has authority to operate in East Timor separately from the UN's 1600-strong police deployment. But as a concession to the many opponents of this shared security system, the council ordered UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to review the arrangement and report back within...
  • UN acts to stamp out sex abuse by staff in East Timor

    08/30/2006 2:14:47 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 22 replies · 1,204+ views
    The Age ^ | August 30, 2006 | Lindsay Murdoch
    FOR years the United Nations attempted to cover up perverted and outrageous behaviour by uniformed and civilian personnel who have served in East Timor since 1999. But as a new wave of more than 2000 UN-employed police and staff prepare to travel to the capital Dili, Sukehiro Hasegawa, the top UN official in East Timor, has acknowledged for the first time that the UN system failed to bring anyone to justice for crimes that included sex abuse of children and bestiality. Dr Hasegawa declared that the UN's Integrated Mission in East Timor (UNMIT), which became operational on Monday, would enforce...
  • East Timor troop numbers cut

    08/02/2006 6:23:18 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 123+ views ^ | 3rd August 2006
    THE government has started cutting troop numbers in East Timor but up to 2000 personnel could remain in place until the security situation fully stabilises. Prime Minister John Howard flagged the reduction when he visited Dili last month on his first trip to the tiny nation since it erupted in violence three months ago. Australia had about 3000 army, navy and air force personnel in Timor at the height of its operation. Defence today released a statement which said it had begun a gradual reduction of its forces in Timor after assessing that the security situation had improved in Dili....
  • Australia - Brigitte quizzed wife on Pine Gap (Al-Queda sought info on U.S. listening post)

    02/04/2004 10:06:44 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 258+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 5, 2004 | Trudy Harris
    SUSPECTED French terrorist Willie Brigitte tried to get information from his wife, former soldier Melanie Brown about the top-secret spy facility at Pine Gap, French police sources say. During her four days of interrogation by French officials in Paris last month, police said Ms Brown recalled incidents with Brigitte in Sydney that, on reflection, seemed suspicious to her. In particular, Ms Brown is understood to have told French interrogators that Brigitte questioned her at length about the US-Australian electronic intelligence station at Pine Gap, near Alice Springs. He asked her if she had ever been inside the base when...
  • Terrorist's wife joined Jewish group

    11/12/2003 3:26:02 PM PST · by TheMole · 9 replies · 262+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | Nov. 12, 2003 | John Rolfe
    THE Sydney woman who in September wed al-Qaeda operative and alleged terrorist Willie Brigitte after converting to Islam had been part of a Jewish gay group just 18 months earlier. Melanie Brown was photographed on the edge of a float in the 2002 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, wearing long lace-up Doc Martens. The float called "Twice Blessed" was built by Dayenu, a support group for Sydney's Jewish gays and lesbians. The Daily Telegraph understands Ms Brown became part of Dayenu in 2000 and then worked to build its floats in both 2001 and 2002. A former member of Dayenu...
  • UN's legacy of shame in Timor (Abandoned babies)

    07/22/2006 9:24:59 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 430+ views
    The Age ^ | 7/22/06 | Lindsay Murdoch
    UNITED Nations peacekeepers have abandoned at least 20 babies fathered with poverty-stricken Timorese women. A UN investigation has also uncovered a culture of cover-up, in which babies born to peacekeepers and sex crimes committed by UN staff in the past seven years have been kept secret because of a "fear of shame and embarrassment' in the deeply religious country. The findings will shock the UN bureaucracy as it prepares to boost by thousands its peacekeeping force in East Timor. A report on the investigation, obtained by The Age, recommends that a policy of zero tolerance of sexual misconduct be enforced...
  • Islamofascism, the broader, deeper & wider reality - How radical Islam makes you into a fascist!

    06/17/2006 10:56:58 PM PDT · by NeoOldCon · 1 replies · 1,471+ views
    How [radical] Islam makes one into a fascist, whether you are Arab, black, etc. The broader view of the deep & wide reality of Islamofascism What do the Arab Muslim massacre in NYC WTC, The Pakistani Muslim bombing in London, the Arab Muslim bombing in Madrid, an Indonesian attack on Australians in Bali, an Arab Muslim racist attack on an ordinary Jew in Paris, Arabs' onslaught in the genocide campaign in Sudan, WW2's Bosnian Muslims attacking Christian Serbs, Jordanian Arab murderer: Zarqawi that seperated (Nazi style) between Shiite & Sunni kids on a bus, Arab slave masters in Mauritania, a...
  • Dili mission 'not warlike' enough

    06/07/2006 7:04:09 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 141+ views ^ | 8th June 2006
    AUSTRALIAN peacekeepers in East Timor will be paid less than their counterparts in Iraq, because their mission isn't "warlike". Defence Minister Brendan Nelson broke the news of the decision to troops during a lightning visit to Dili yesterday, and also told them they would get less prestigious medals. Addressing a group of mostly 3RAR soldiers in a hangar at Dili's heliport, Dr Nelson said they would receive a basic tax-free daily allowance of $78. That compares with $150 a day for those serving in Iraq. With field and seagoing allowances plus allowances for any dependant children, the maximum a soldier...
  • Throw troops at Pacific failures

    06/06/2006 3:47:52 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 178+ views
    The Australian ^ | 3rd June 2006 | Greg Sheridan
    AEONS ago, in another life, I undertook a course in counselling people who were considering suicide. We were told that a suicide attempt represents a peak of experience. Even for someone perennially depressed, to get to the point of attempting suicide is a rare and unusually intense experience. Therefore, one of the central strategies in avoiding suicides is to get people past the peak. If you do, another peak may not arise again for a long time, perhaps ever. What is true of depressed people is also true of depressed nations. The moment just before they pass from being merely...
  • NZ haka troops rock Dili

    06/04/2006 5:15:08 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies · 597+ views ^ | 4th June 2006
    NEW Zealand troops announced their arrival in Dili with a fearsome haka today, sending clouds of dust over the troubled East Timor capital as they stamped their feet in the traditional Maori war dance. While the Kiwis have been on patrol in the dangerous Becora area since early last week, they performed the ceremony today as a formal greeting to Australia's Brigadier Mick Slater, who commands international troops in the city. "Kamate, kamate – ka ora ka ora (I die, I die – I live, I live)," a group of 30 New Zealand troops roared, thumping their chests in unison...
  • UN order fuels cover-up claim

    06/04/2006 4:23:19 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 368+ views ^ | 4th June 2006 | Rob Taylor And Olivia Rondonuwu
    THE United Nations has ordered staff in East Timor not to co-operate with Australian Federal Police investigating the massacre of 12 unarmed Timorese officers by renegade soldiers, prompting allegations of a cover-up. An email from the UN's deputy representative in Timor, Pakistani General Anis Bajwa, had been circulated to all staff, including employees evacuated to Australia, directing them not to assist AFP detectives investigating the worst atrocity since the violence of 1999. A copy of the email had been passed to Australia's Embassy in Dili, outraged diplomats and AFP sources confirmed to AAP. Earlier today the UN denied the email...
  • Securing the peace ('Australia will play hard ball with the United Nations' over East Timor)

    06/02/2006 6:57:32 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 317+ views
    AUSTRALIA will play hard ball with the United Nations over any fresh resolution for East Timor, insisting on controlling the military and policing aspects of the mission. It is understood the Government wants virtually no UN interference over security functions in the trouble-plagued country. That could mean a long military deployment for our troops -- and a heavy bill for taxpayers. Government sources yesterday confirmed Australia would draw a line in the sand on security but added there was still a "long way to go" in negotiations for a new security council resolution. Meanwhile, sources have revealed Prime Minister John...
  • A weightier role in Dili

    06/02/2006 3:25:22 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 121+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 3rd June 2006 | Paul Kelly
    AUSTRALIA'S necessary military intervention in East Timor is now hostage to the political divisions and constitutional deadlock that have been played out during the past week. This should end the romantic and unrealistic view of East Timor that has shaped Australia's public debate since the 1975 Indonesian invasion, driven relentlessly by Australia's media. The ministries in Jakarta will be rocking with laughter this week. In seven short years East Timor has ceased to be Indonesia's problem and has become Australia's problem. Consider these harsh truths. The reason Indonesia invaded East Timor 31 years ago (having previously ignored the territory) is...
  • Freedom under fire (Andrew Bolt)

    05/31/2006 3:07:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 280+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 31st May 2006 | Andrew Bolt
    MAYBE this past week has taught us to pity. Because look: East Timor is being forgiven like Iraq never is. Its capital can be looted, its soldiers can gun down its police, its gangs can murder children, its people can be made to live on charity, its politicians can squabble over the power they then abuse -- but no fool here says freedom was a mistake. Even as our soldiers guard refugees cowering in church yards, still no commentator sneers that it all shows we were crazy to liberate East Timor in 1999. No one is saying these 900,000 East...
  • Ragged chorus flies Timor's tattered flag (touches on Iraq etc)

    05/30/2006 9:02:39 PM PDT · by Fair Go · 3 replies · 674+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 30 May 2006 | Piers Akerman
    THE kumbaya crowd which pressed for East Timor's independence must shoulder much of the blame for the failure of its dysfunctional Government. But while the collective of liberation theologists and civil rights lawyers cheered Fretilin's Portugese-educated Marxist guerrilla leaders, the same candle-wavers protested against the toppling of the mass murdering Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. Yet East Timor, with a population estimated at about one million, whose independence was internationally recognised on May 20, 2002, is now arguably in proportionately worse shape than Iraq, population 26 million, where the first election under its new constitution took place just last December. The...
  • Loadmasters help reposition Australian Defense Forces

    05/30/2006 7:34:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 451+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo
    5/30/2006 - TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AFPN) -- The U.S. Pacific Command is using its strategic airlift capability to help the Australian Defense Force. At the request of the Australian government, two C-17 Globemaster IIIs from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, are moving equipment and troops from the Solomon Islands back to Australia. This will help Australia position its forces to respond more rapidly to unrest in neighboring East Timor. The biggest part of the mission involves the loading and unloading of passengers and cargo. “We’re in charge of passenger safety (and) ensuring the cargo is loaded correctly ... the weight and...
  • A display of power

    05/30/2006 3:17:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 225+ views
    The Australian ^ | 31st May 2006 | Paul Kelly
    Australia's intervention in East Timor is not just military, it has deep political consequences THE true nature of Australia's intervention in East Timor has become apparent: this intervention is both military and political. Its primary purpose was to respond to East Timor's security crisis, accept the invitation from its Government and restore law and order. But this is not just a military intervention. It is a highly political intervention in its impact, atmospherics and consequences. It transcends the domain of law and order and penetrates to East Timor's political crisis. In this sense Australia is operating as a regional power...
  • Rowe caught out in Timor interview (Australian media caught manipulating truth on military!)

    05/29/2006 10:20:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies · 1,535+ views ^ | 30th May 2006
    AN Australian military commander has tried to ensure truth does not become a casualty of conflict in East Timor, but has embarrassed Today show co-host Jessica Rowe in the process. Australian commander in East Timor Brigadier Michael Slater appeared this morning in a live cross from Dili to Channel 9's Today show, with helmeted and heavily armed Australian soldiers standing behind him. He was pressed by Today host Jessica Rowe about whether Dili really was as safe as the Australian military claimed, given the presence of armed soldiers at his shoulder. Pausing briefly, Brig Slater replied: "Jessica I feel quite...
  • Diggers disarm 'gutless thugs'

    05/29/2006 5:11:43 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 312+ views ^ | 30th May 2006
    AUSTRALIAN troops say they are close to controlling security in East Timor, with soldiers confiscating hundreds of weapons from gangs terrorising the capital. Taskforce commander Brigadier Michael Slater today launched a defence of his soldiers' efforts to rid Dili of the "gutless thugs" and restore order. World Vision chief Tim Costello yesterday suggested the Australian military was not doing enough to end the chaos in the city and avert a looming humanitarian crisis. But Brig Slater said his soldiers had confiscated more than 450 high-powered rifles, handguns, shotguns and grenades in 48 hours from gangs which have looted and burned...
  • PM defends Timor troops

    05/28/2006 7:44:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 161+ views ^ | 29th May 2006
    PRIME Minister John Howard has rejected criticism that Australian troops were not acting quickly enough to quell violence in East Timor. The 1300-strong Australian force has struggled to restore order in the capital Dili, with locals saying the soldiers are not moving fast enough to stem ethnic gang violence. But Mr Howard today told critics to back off, saying the situation in Timor was potentially even more dangerous than the country's bloody separation from Indonesia in 1999. "I do think people who are saying ... the army should be acting more quickly ... frankly ought to pull back and keep...
  • Photo Gallery: Australian troops in East Timor

    05/28/2006 4:51:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 592+ views
    The Australian ^ | 29th May 2006
  • Australian flights evacuate 300 (including Americans)

    05/28/2006 5:44:58 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 331+ views ^ | 28th May 2006
    MORE than 300 Australians and other foreign nationals have been evacuated from East Timor to Darwin, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said today. Mr Ruddock said to date, nine military and other commercial flights had carried 318 people out of Dili. Those evacuated included 170 Australians and nationals from the UK, the United States, South America, New Zealand, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Italy and the Philippines. Mr Ruddock said Emergency Management Australia had three experienced liaison officers in Darwin to co-ordinate the evacuation.
  • PM slammed for Timor remarks

    05/27/2006 7:21:50 PM PDT · by Fair Go · 19 replies · 493+ views
    The Australian ^ | 28 May 2006
    A US-BASED pressure group has warned Australia that its invited military intervention in East Timor to quell unrest did not entitle it to interfere in the country's government. The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network said it was concerned about the situation in East Timor, where the government, with the stated support of rebel leaders, requested the deployment of foreign forces to stem escalating violence. "Timor-Leste must find ways, with respectful support from the international community, to deal with problems in a manner that will not require troops," ETAN said. "Statements by Australian government leaders that providing security assistance entitles...
  • Photo Gallery - Australian troops in East Timor

    05/27/2006 5:53:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies · 4,949+ views ^ | 28th May 2006
    Rapid ... commandos secure Dili airport as the first members of the force touch down Welcome ... East Timorese have been happy to welcome the biggest single Australian military deployment since the 1999 Interfet operation Airlift ... troop transport planes have been used to evacuate Australians from the danger zone Recovery ... troops have brought much-needed medical equipment and supplies with them Welcome ... troops' arrival was enthusiastically welcomed by locals, including this group at Dili airport Commitment ... "It's a big thing to send 1300 troops in. It's a very foolish, short-sighted thing to pull them out before...

    05/27/2006 5:19:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies · 671+ views
    US Pacific Command ^ | 25th May 2006
    May 25, 2006 US ANNOUNCES AIRLIFT SUPPORT TO AUSTRALIA CAMP SMITH, Hawaii - At the request of the Government of Australia, the United States is providing military airlift to assist in positioning Australian Defence Force personnel and equipment in support of peace operations in East Timor. The rapid positioning of these forces will enable the Australian Defence Forces to better respond to the situation in East Timor. There continues to be unrest between East Timorese military forces and breakaway groups of police and military. The political situation in Dili remains fragile and violence is ongoing. East Timor has asked for...
  • Dig in to save Timor (incl. the value of the US alliance)

    05/27/2006 4:54:10 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 413+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 27th May 2006 | Greg Sheridan
    THE tragedy of East Timor would make the angels weep. Just as it was the Timorese civil war that in 1975 precipitated Indonesian military intervention, with all of its dolorous consequences, so it is civil conflict today that has precipitated Australian military intervention. The two interventions cannot be compared, of course. Hopefully, Australia's will be short and relatively non-violent. And no one in Australia wants to incorporate East Timor. But it is time to speak bluntly. The situation in East Timor is much worse than even most analysts and commentators realise. The savage killings and lawlessness of the past few...