Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers: East Timor, Indonesia, and the World Community (War and Peace Library)

Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers: East Timor, Indonesia, and the World Community (War and Peace Library)

By: Stephen R. Shalom (editor), Mark Selden (editor), Richard Tanter (editor)Hardback

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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, Constancio Pinto, Geoffrey Robinson, Joao Mariano Saldanha, Charles Scheiner, Mark Selden, Stephen R. Shalom, and Richard Tanter.

About Author

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.


Introduction: East Timor, Indonesia, and the World Community Part I: East Timor: Resistance, Repression and the Road to Independence Chapter 1: The 500 Year Timorese Funu Chapter 2: A Long Journey of Resistance: The Origins and Struggle of CNRT Chapter 3: The Student Movement and the Independence Struggle in East Timor: An Interview Chapter 4: The Catholic Church and the Independence of East Timor Part II: Referendum and Independence Chapter 5: With UNAMET in East Timor-An Historian's Personal View Chapter 6: The Militia, the Military, and the People of Bobonaro Chapter 7: Taking the Risk, Paying the Price: East Timorese Vote in Ermera Chapter 8: Grassroots in the Field-Observing the East Timor Consultation Part III: East Timor, The United States, and the World Community Chapter 9: East Timor, the United States, and International Responsibility: "Green Light" for War Crimes Chapter 10: The East Timor Ordeal: International Law and Its Limits Chapter 11: United States Support for the Indonesian Military: Congressional Testimony Chapter 12: East Timor and Asian Security Part IV: East Timor and Indonesia Chapter 13: East Timor and the Crisis of the Indonesian Intelligence State Chapter 14: Big States and Little Independence Movements Part V: The Future of East Timor Chapter 15: The Transition of a Small War-Torn Economy into a New Nation: Economic Reconstruction of East Timor Chapter 16: East Timor Faces the Future

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  • ISBN13: 9780742509672
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780742509672
  • weight: 517
  • ISBN10: 0742509672

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