East Timor a nation on a knife edge

There are 13 comments on the May 19, 2006, New Zealand Herald story titled East Timor a nation on a knife edge. In it, New Zealand Herald reports that:

Terror has returned to East Timor. In the hills and villages around Dili and in church compounds in the capital of the world's youngest nation, tens of thousands of people are seeking sanctuary from what they ...

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Bandara Herath

Sri Lanka

#1 May 19, 2006
Kamalesh Sharma is not the head of UN mission in Timor anymore. The author is thoroughly confused!!!!
Rocky Mountain

Fort Collins, CO

#2 May 19, 2006
Bandara Herath wrote:
Kamalesh Sharma is not the head of UN mission in Timor anymore. The author is thoroughly confused!!!!
You are right of course, but I think this is an old news item from February, if I remember correctly
paradox

Sydney, Australia

#3 May 21, 2006
you have soldiers sitting at a base, they have been there for a week, if you are going to send them to East Timor , then just send them, don't you think these men have families waiting for the at home, all the families, are just waiting like the soldiers are for some out come of what is to happen, how long are you going to leave things up in the air, before there is some closour of the either going to East Timor, or being sent back home to families
sam king

Australia

#4 May 28, 2006
that is the best article I have read on the crisis. at least it criticises the east timorese government's crack down on opposition. Most of the international media simply repeats the words "rival gangs" as if the current problems have basis in East Timor's political crisis. Surely the dissatisfaction with the east timorese government relatess to its capitulation to Australian theft of East Timor's oil.
James

Melbourne, Australia

#5 May 28, 2006
Whatever the article said about the government is crack down on opposition is absolutely rubbish is too late to crack those things. You have bunch of idiots people and corrupted government running the country what will you expect to happen.You just have to blame on the government and those gangs or civilian who take part on this violence. If you not happy about your govt you should just have a peaceful protest and don't go around burning people house, break into people property stealing they belonging and killing people thats absolutely wrong. So what the point to be independent if still acting like this better of not independent at all which should stay with Indonesia.
Gus

London, UK

#6 May 29, 2006
James wrote:
So what the point to be independent if still acting like this better of not independent at all which should stay with Indonesia.
A comment born of frustration perhaps. Indonesian occupation was worse than this and the level of destruction as they left TL is a large part of the current problem. The government of TL have made many mistakes, but the people of TL have the opportunity and the desire to build a better future.

Many people, including John Howard with his attempt to screw TL out of its oil, have to share the blame for the lack of progress since independence.
Liberdade

Australia

#7 May 29, 2006
No jobs,no education opportunities, very little food- young men with nothing to do but play violent video games, take out their frustration on others, practise martial arts like ninjas and smoke dope. This is the Dili I know. This is what it has been like for 6 years. No wonder violence on this scale has happened. These young men have been told too many lies. The ET govt blocked business development that would have created jobs because of its hardline Marxist stance. The UN and NGOs employ foreigners on huge salaries to do nothing, and pay the East Timorese nothing. They are blind to the damage they do because they think they are doing good.
Stop trying to "rescue" the Timorese with ideological arguments. It doesn't pay for one single job. The biggest failure of the ET govt was to create an unemployed underclass of frustrated young people, just like the Australian aborigines. No jobs,no hope. So let these young men find work to build their own future. Democracy will prevail in East Timor- but only if there are jobs and businesses . Timor's oil revenue is still under the sea, it won't be available for years. Lets see some real money and real effort getting to where it is needed.

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#8 May 17, 2012
Sad !
Lestemen

Brisbane, Australia

#9 May 17, 2012
things changing now
haleluya

Indonesia

#10 Oct 27, 2012
kita harus mrenungkan situasi keadaan yang terjadi saat ini adalah akibat dari keputusan yang kita di masa lalu....selnjutnya apa yang harus kita lakukan.
Foo

Brookfield, Australia

#11 Oct 28, 2012
The story is 6 years old !...(lol)....at present ,Timor Leste is doing well....they have 1 enemy..those greedy bastards from Woodside !
Obama

Indonesia

#12 Oct 28, 2012
You must say "thank you" to Woodside. Woodside make your country Timor Leste free from Indonesia
Foo

Brisbane, Australia

#13 Oct 28, 2012
No , Woodside is just a money hungry resource company , that will not pay the money it owes to Timore Leste..........

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