Truth & reconciliation in Southeast Asia & the Melanesian Pacific: a project summary

Can historians be peacemakers? Recent experiences with truth and reconciliation processes in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific suggest that they can be. There is a role for historical research and memory in helping to build sustainable peace and stability in new nations. On the other hand, ignoring violent pasts undermines peacebuilding efforts. In the… More Truth & reconciliation in Southeast Asia & the Melanesian Pacific: a project summary

Australia’s new truth commission: The East Timor experience

The Australian state of Victoria, in May 2021, announced a truth commission. Here, Pat Walsh connects Indigenous-linked truth commissions to that of Timor-Leste.  By Pat Walsh Victoria’s just announced Yoo-rrook commission on truth and justice for our First Peoples rightly looks to a similar model in Canada. It also had a clear Indigenous focus and… More Australia’s new truth commission: The East Timor experience

The United Nations Response to Indonesia’s Invasion of East Timor (December 1975)

By Jordan Sneyd-Dewar This post summarizes materials in the United Nations Archives just posted to the Timor International Solidarity Archive, especially the UN Secretariat’s 1975 file. On November 28, 1975, East Timor declared itself independent from their Portuguese colonial occupiers. The declaration should have been a landmark moment for a people that had finally gained… More The United Nations Response to Indonesia’s Invasion of East Timor (December 1975)

Policy brief: Canada–Indonesia relations, past and present

Canada is negotiating freer trade (a comprehensive economic economic partnership agreement) with Indonesia. It’s worth looking back at the history to see that trade alone is not enough. Here’s a policy brief making that point, originally published in 2019. By David Webster Original Publication: International Journal 2019, Vol. 74(3) 472–479 Abstract Canada–Indonesia relations recently passed their… More Policy brief: Canada–Indonesia relations, past and present

How traditional seeds and crops are bringing food sovereignty to Timor-Leste

How traditional seeds and crops are bringing food independence to Timor-Leste A woman in Timor-Leste surveys her chili crop. (Creative Commons), CC BY-SA David Webster, Bishop’s University “We hear the voice of the farmers,” explains the acting director of Raebia, an organization in Timor-Leste working for sustainable agricultural development. I am talking with Mateus and… More How traditional seeds and crops are bringing food sovereignty to Timor-Leste

Activist travels to occupied East Timor, 1989-99

By Olivia Hewitt Between 1975 and 1989 the world was barred from entering East Timor. On more than one occasion the international community would catch a horrific glimpse into the situation unfolding in the region between the East Timorese and Indonesian military forces. Indonesian authorities opened the territory to visitors for the first time since… More Activist travels to occupied East Timor, 1989-99

Mai sanglant

Dadolin Murak, poète timorais, a publié ce poème en mai 2019 pour marquer l’anniversaire de « Mei Berdarah » (mai sanglant) de 1998, lorsque des Indonésiens d’origine chinoise ont été victimes de massacres et de viols. Le poème de Dadolin Murak, écrit en indonésien, est présenté ici en traduction anglaise. Il chante des souvenirs de… More Mai sanglant

A Bloody May – poetry by Dadolin Murak

This poem by Dadolin Murak was published in May 2019 to mark the anniversary of “Mei Berdarah,” or Bloody May of 1998, when Indonesians of Chinese descent faced mass killings and rape and the Indonesian government washed its hands of mass violence. Dadolin Murak’s poem, published in Indonesian as part of the proliferating “Facebook literature”… More A Bloody May – poetry by Dadolin Murak

Fieldwork in Timor-Leste: review

FIELDWORK IN TIMOR-LESTE: Understanding Social Change through Practice | Edited by Maj Nygaard-Christensen and Angie Bexley NIAS Studies in Asian Topics, no. 59. Copenhagen: NIAS Press; Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press [distributor], 2017. xv, 261 pp. (Graphs, maps, B&W photos.) US$27.00, paper. ISBN 978-87-7694-209-0. Under Portuguese rule, Timor-Leste (East Timor) hosted numerous anthropological researchers. Indonesian… More Fieldwork in Timor-Leste: review