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Stories about Timor-Leste

Dream Trip Around the World Becomes a Nightmare for an American Tourist in East Timor

American Stacey Addison is detained in a prison in East Timor, located between Indonesia and Australia. The tourist was arrested after sharing a taxi with a passenger carrying drugs.

Understanding Southeast Asia in 19 Infographics

Global Voices looks at 19 infographics that help explain the promising future ahead for Southeast Asia, as well as the obstacles to greater regional prosperity.

Using Mobile Phones to Connect Pregnant Women and Midwives in Timor Leste

Liga Inan is using mobile phones to connect pregnant women and health workers in Timor Leste. The innovative program provides mothers with vital information and health advice to ensure the...

East Timor’s “Repressive” Media Law Declared Unconstitutional

East Timor journalists and human rights groups scored partial victory when the Court of Appeal ruled that the Press Law passed by parliament last May is unconstitutional.

Online Photos Show an Ex-Militia Leader Wanted for Crimes Against Humanity Quietly Returned to Timor-Leste

Jorge Tavares was a senior pro-Indonesian politician cum militia leader and is wanted for crimes against humanity, including the systematic murder of people who supported independence.

Beatriz’s War: East Timor's First Feature Film

A Guerra da Beatriz (Beatriz’s War) is the first feature film from East Timor. It is about Indonesia's occupation of East Timor from 1975 to 1999 and its impact on...

Why Human Rights Advocates are Opposed to East Timor's Draft Media Law

Various human rights groups, journalists, and scholars have signed a letter opposing East Timor's proposed media law which was recently approved by the Parliament. One of the issues they cited...

Southeast Asian Journalists Speak Out for Press Freedom

The views expressed by Southeast Asian journalists highlighted the continuing challenges and even growing difficulties faced by the press in the region.

East Timorese Protect Land Rights Against Australian Cement Plant Deal

The announcement of a new cement plant project by an Australian company in Baucau, northeast of East Timor, has led local community groups to set up a non-governmental organization “to protect...

Ex-Guerrillas Threaten Political Stability in East Timor

A conflict with roots in the struggle for independence comes back to shape the political agenda in East Timor. Mauk Moruk, an ex-guerrilla expelled from resistance forces in 1984, returns.

Asylum Seekers Face Uncertainty in East Timor

Sharna Jade Bremner probes the situation of asylum seekers in East Timor: Asylum seekers have been arriving in Timor since the early 2000s, however the exact number that are still...

The Role of Portuguese-Language Community Radio in Australia and East Timor

For 2014 World Radio Day, we spoke with Manuel Ribeiro, one of the voices of the programme "Portuguese Voice", broadcast for the Portuguese community in Australia.

Praise for Southeast Asia’s Winter Olympians

There is no winter in their respective countries but it did not prevent two athletes from the Philippines and East Timor from joining the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

East Timor's Rising Budget for ‘Public Transfers’

The La’o Hamutuk NGO is concerned that the East Timor government is alloting more funds for so-called ‘public transfers’ which lacks transparent mechanisms: In recent years, Timor-Leste has spent about...

East Timor: ‘Australia Spied on Us for Oil Secrets’

East Timor is battling Australia in The Hague over Australia's alleged spying and violation of East Timor's sovereignty in a dispute over an oil and gas treaty between the two.

‘Australia Spied on Timor Leste to Gain Commercial Advantage’

Australia it seems likes to spy on its friends and neighbors. After Indonesia, it is East Timor's turn in criticizing Australia for allegedly spying on its leaders.

Mandela: Friend of Timor Leste and Indonesian Batik Fashion Icon

Nelson Mandela played an important role in the independence struggle of Timor Leste; and he is recognized as the most popular endorser of batik, a traditional Indonesian shirt.

VIDEO: “Myths and Murals” of East Timor

East Timorese and Australian artists have come together to reflect and create around Myths and Murals, “promoting a common sense of national identity through art and story and collaborative strategies for engagement”....

Re-Imagining Lusophony and Decolonizing the Mind

The Fourth International Congress in Cultural Studies – Colonialisms, Post-colonialisms and Lusophonies has a call for paper submissions open until October 15, 2013 November 15, 2013 [deadline has been extended]: To demystify, to dehierarchize,...

Film Screening of East Timor's First Feature in Dili

The Díli premiere of East Timor’s first locally produced feature film, A Guerra da Beatriz (Beatriz’s War), takes place today, September 17, 2013. The love story spans the years of Indonesian occupation and beyond...

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