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Masters of Terror: Indonesia's Military and Violence in East Timor (World Social Change)

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ISBN-13: 978-0742538344
ISBN-10: 0742538346
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These useful essays . . . analyze the politics of East Timor's human rights disaster . . . . Recommended. (Choice)

About the Author

Richard Tanter is a senior research associate at the Nautilus Institute, Berkeley. Desmond Ball is special professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. Gerry van Klinken is a historian of Indonesia who edits the Melbourne-based quarterly Inside Indonesia.

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Product Details

  • Series: World Social Change
  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742538346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742538344
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,596,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W Boudville HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
Few American readers will be familiar with East Timor. But for 30 years, since Indonesia's invasion and occupation of it in 1975, it has been a constant sore point, both for Indonesia itself and for relations between Indonesia and Australia. The book recaps significant human rights violations (massacres) commited by Indonesian forces against the Timorese. It also includes accounts of the Indonesian military supplying local Timorese factions with weapons and other support. These factions then attacked other Timorese groups on numerous occasions.

Several high ranking Indonesian officers are named, as culpable in instigating bloodshed. The book is an attempt to bear witness against them. Alas, the prospects of these officers being indicted are unlikely. Even under the new Indonesian democracy, the military posseses considerable autonomy from civilian oversight.

The book also shows why in Australia there has been a persistent suspicion of Indonesia's actions. A feeling that perhaps one day Australia's northern regions might fall under Indonesian incursions. The actions of Indonesia's military towards East Timor do not induce good feelings in the region.
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