Monday was East Timor Independence day. Amy Goodman reports live in East Timor
Democracy Now! Live in East Timor for Independence Day: To listen to (and tape) the streaming version, do a search for Democracy Now, choose the 1st title, "Democracy Now in Exile! The War and Peace Report with Amy Goodman." or go to: http://clients.loudeye.com/imcny/dnix2002-0520.mp3
Or just tune in to the www.democracynow.org website daily...
From the May 20th show, the new nation of East Timor celebrates independence from horrific persecution, recognized by the world for the atrocities committed there after Amy Goodman broke this story wide open and exposed the desperate situation there, that has gone on for an incredibly long time...
To quote from the website: "For more than a decade Pacifica radio and Democracy Now! have been providing some of the only coverage of East Timor in the US, breaking through the silence of the corporate press and offering a space for the voices of the Timorese and of grassroots activists around the world. "
(This show airs on stations carrying Pacifica radio, affiliates, WBIX.org, Public Access TV stations, Free Speech TV ( DishNetwork Channel 9415), and Shortwave Radio (Radio for Peace International)
This daily investigative program, Democracy Now! is hosted by Amy Goodman, and features interviews with human rights activists, reports on politics and social justice. To get there, go to:
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Democracy NOW! was launched by Pacifica Radio in 1996 to open the airwaves on a daily basis to alternative voices traditionally excluded from the political process. In 2000 there was a shift in power wielding. Now things are settling down a bit.
Back then though, Direct Action was being done to take back the airwaves, to take back Pacifica... And now it's like people think it almost isn't worth taking back, for some reason... No reason to hold an entire network accountable for the actions of some financiers on the board. The financiers, or the people who stood to gain by their trickery, played dirty pool... that is true... but the people they played dirty pool against were the workers. And we often overlook the awesome work Pacifica volunteers had been doing and continues to do, in various areas around the Continent... And in this story from another continent..
So here's the story, taken from the May 20 Democracy Now! website, on the day of East Timor independence: (There is also a special 3 hour Democracy Now! show on Sunday May 19th that is also well worth hearing)
FROM ANNIHILATION TO A NEW NATION
1. The Founding of East Timor:
2. East Timor Declares Independence; UN Secretary General Hands over Power to Xanana Gusmao : < link to stream.realimpact.org
Today is East Timor's independence day. The ceremonies were held last night on the dusty plain of Taci Tolu, just outside of the capitol of Dili. The Indonesian military invaded East Timor in 1975 and occupied it for a quarter of a century, with 200,000 people killed, a third of the population. On August 30, 1999 East Timorese voted overwhelmingly for their independence in a UN-sponsored referendum. Days later Indonesia burned East Timor to the ground.
An estimated 200,000 Timorese walked to Taci Tolu yesterday for the Independence celebration: including thousands of school children in their uniforms and men and women in traditional woven outfits. The ceremony began with a solemn mass presided over by Nobel Peace Laureate Bishop Belo. The celebration also honored East Timor's vibrant culture with music and dancing and paid special tribute to the Falintil guerrilla fighters who spearheaded the resistance to Indonesian occupation. Ninety-two countries were represented at the ceremony, including former President Bill Clinton and Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, who insisted on first visiting a cemetery where Indonesian soldiers are buried.
Witnessing the moment of independence with the Timorese, who resisted for 25 years in the face of horrific suffering and U.S. backing for Indonesia's military, was an overwhelming and humbling experience.
Shortly before midnight UN Secretary General Kofi Annan ascended the stage to formally hand over authority to the government of a free East Timor. Kofi Annan's speech was also translated into Tetun, the language spoken by most of East Timor's people.
3. Journalist Allan Nairn Confronts President Clinton over U.S. Policy toward East Timor; Amiy Goodman and Allan Nairn question Brigadier General over U.S. military support for Indonesia
Former President Former President Bill Clinton led the U.S. delegation to East Timor's independence ceremony and inaugurated the U.S. embassy in Dili, East Timor. In his remarks Clinton celebrated the U.S. role in bringing about East Timor's independence, ignoring his administration's seven year record of support for the Indonesian military in spite of systematic human rights abuses. Journalist Allan Nairn had an opportunity to question President Clinton about U.S. policy toward East Timor during his administration.
4. Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn question Brigadier General John Castlellaw
Also present at the opening of the U.S. embassy in Dili, East Timor was Brigadier General John Castlellaw, a U.S. Navy Commander who helped to organize the international force (INTERFET) which entered East Timor in September 1999 after Indonesia had burned the country to the ground. Allan Nairn and Amy Goodman also had a chance to question Brig. General Castlellaw about the U.S. military's role in supporting the Indonesian armed forces.
5. Geurrilla Leader turned Founding President of East Timor, Xanana Gusmao delivers inaugural address
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When Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975 Xanana Gusmao went into the mountains, where he remained for the next 17 years fighting the Indonesian military becoming leader of the Falantil.
He was captured by the army in November 1992 and spent seven years in an Indonesian prison. In 1999 as East Timor held its historic referendum on independence, Indonesia released Xanana from prison under intense international pressure.
Last night as the UN flag was lowered, the Timorese red, black, yellow, and white flag was raised. Xanana Gusmao was elected East Timor's first president in April of this year. This is an excerpt from his inaugural address.
For more than a decade Pacifica radio and Democracy Now! have been providing some of the only coverage of East Timor in the US, breaking through the silence of the corporate press and offering a space for the voices of the Timorese and of grassroots activists around the world. Here are some features:
Massacre: The Story of East Timor: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn971112.html> Amy Goodman and Allan Nairn's 1992 radio documentary.
August 24, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990824.html> The Vote for Independence: Indonesia deports Amy Goodman.
August 27, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990827.html> The Vote for Independence: Violence continues to rock East Timor on the last day of campaigning before the referendum.
August 30, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990830.html> The Vote for Independence: East Timor votes on self-determination; exiled Timorese vote in New York; American doctor denied entry to East Timor.
September 1, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn9909091.html> The Vote for Independence: Indonesia-backed militias rampage through the capital of East Timor.
September 2, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990902.html> The Vote for Independence: Thousands of East Timorese flee the capital to avoid being targeted by more violence. UN officials in East Timor plead with the Indonesian military to protect them, one day after militias besiege the UN.
September 3, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990903.html> The Vote for Independence: Noam Chomsky on why Americans should care about East Timor.
September 8, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990908.html> Democracy Now! Exclusive: How the United States has supported the militias in East Timor.
September 10, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990910.html> The Vote for Independence: As militias burn East Timor to the ground, Allan Nairn reports from the besieged UN compound.
September 14, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990914.html> The Vote for Independence: Allan Nairn is detained by security forces in Dili; anti-independence militiamen reportedly set fire to the UN mission in East Timor.
September 16, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990916.html> Journalist Allan Nairn Faces Ten Years Imprisonment By The Indonesian Military
September 17, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990917.html> Indonesian regime to prosecute U.S. journalist Allan Nairn; East Timorese Refugees In West Timor.
September 20, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990920.html> US journalist Allan Nairn is freed.
September 23, 1999: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990923.html> < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn990923.html> < link to www.webactive.com rise in East Timor, as Indonesia announces the end of martial law.
April 4, 2001: < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn20010404.html> < http://www.webactive.com/pacifica/demnow/dn20010404.html> < link to www.webactive.com exclusive interview with East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao and his wife, Kirsty Sword Gusmao.
February 1, 2002: < link to www.webactive.com From Within vs. Change From Without: Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta debates his decision to attend the World Economic Forum with anti-capitalist organizer, Jaggi Singh.
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