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Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers
East Timor, Indonesia, and the World Community
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Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers is a fine book. Usefully divided into five sections ('East Timor: Resistance, Repression, and the Road to Independence;' 'Referendum and Independence;' 'East Timor, the United States, and the World Community;' 'East Timor and Indonesia;' and 'The Future of East Timor'), it contains chapters written by experts with long experience of Indonesia and East Timor. The carefully chosen black-and-white photographs by leading international photographers of East Timor such as Ross Bird and Steve Cox bring the suffering and reality of Indonesian-occupied East Timor vividly alive, as do the six poems by contemporary East Timorese writers. The three editors are to be congratulated for the care they have taken with their editorial task. The quality of the contributions is high, the index serviceable, and there are useful maps and glossaries of key Indonesian, Portuguese, and East Timorese terms and acronyms. This book will be read with profit by all those with a serious interest in East Timor and its post-independence future. -- Peter Carey * Asian Affairs * An excellent book. * Journal of Asian Studies * The overall effect of Bitter Fowers, Sweet Flowers is worthwhile and thought-provoking. This volume is to be highly recommended as a reader on East Timor. * Southeast Asian Studies * For anyone who would hope to understand the struggle of the people of East Timor over the past twenty-five years-or indeed, the past half century-Bitter Flowers, Sweet Flowers is an indispensable collection. It offers essential historical background and vivid eyewitness accounts of the independence ballot and the violence that preceded and followed. The contributors display a refreshing combination of fine scholarship and a deep commitment to justice. It should prove a valuable guide to the difficulties that still lay ahead. -- Jose Ramos-Horta, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, former President of Timor-Leste In December 1975, Indonesian troops invaded East Timor and set about savagery of untold proportions. Over the course of the next twenty-four years, the people of East Timor endured bloodshed, torture, starvation, disease, epidemics, and the savagery of an occupying army which brought death to 200,000 people. Perhaps one-third of the population perished, while the best in the world stood idly at the sidelines and the rest sent armaments to the occupiers. Still the Timorese never gave up their dream of a future of freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights, a dream which eventually turned the tide of history itself and renewed our faith that good ultimately triumphs over evil. Bitter Flowers is an invaluable resource for the lessons of East Timor, the youngest nation in the third millennium and a source of hope to all who value liberty. -- Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, author of Speak to Power This is an immensely rewarding volume. It includes ground-breaking historical essays, moving narratives from September 1999, and analytical and interpretive pieces which promise to stand the test of time. Imaginatively edited, it also contains East Timorese poems, paintings, photos, and maps.This is engaged scholarship at its clear-headed best-no easy moralism here. -- Herbert Feith, Monash University
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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