John M Miller
The east-timor (formerly reg.easttimor) list is an e-mail news list that distributes news and documents from a wide range of sources, mainstream and alternative, official and non-governmental. The frequency of postings varies with the pace of events. A selection of past postings going back to mid-1998 is available at http://etan.org/et/default.htm. For information about subscribing to the full list or an abridged alternative send a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For daily web-based news often with pictures, video or audio try Radio Australia (http://goasiapacific.com/specials/etimor/default.htm), the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/asia-pacific/default.stm) and Easttimor.com (http://www.easttimor.com/). Lusa provides regular coverage in Portuguese (http://www.lusa.pt/) with some English translations.
The UN's Untaet site (http://www.un.org/peace/etimor/etimor.htm) will no doubt soon be renamed for the new UN mission, Unmiset - but the link will remain the same. It contains Untaet's regulations and media briefings and links to UN documents and Unamet's archive. It also has links to UNDP in East Timor and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights sites.
News from UN headquarters in New York is available at its Countdown to Independence site (http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocusRel.asp?infocusID=27&Body=timor&Body1=)
ReliefWeb (http://www.reliefweb.int/w/rwb.nsf/vLCE/East+Timor?OpenDocument&StartKey=East+Timor&Expandview), another UN site, focusses on refugees, humanitarian relief and reconstruction, collecting documents from UN agencies, humanitarian and other NGOs and governments.
From East Timor
The website for the East Timor government (http://www.gov.east-timor.org/) is currently haphazardly maintained, but offers contact info for government departments. The Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation is found at http://www.easttimor-reconciliation.org/.
East Timorese NGO's and media are beginning to find their voices on the web. See for example the NGO Forum (www.geocities.com/etngoforum/), Lao Hamutuk (http://www.etan.org/lh) and Suara Timor Lorosae (in Bahasa Indonesia, though other languages are promised http://www.suaratimorlorosae.com/).
History, culture and economy
Although no longer maintained, TimorNet (http://www.uc.pt/timor/atop.html) contains historical, ethnographic and other background. As do the Timor Aid and Etra sites.
Mother Jones offers a primer on the history of the Indonesian occupation (http://www.motherjones.com/east_timor/), and Znet archives much of Noam Chomsky's commentary on the issue (http://www.zmag.org/CrisesCurEvts/Timor/timor_index.htm).
InfoTimor links to documents on economics and development in English and Portuguese (http://www.uc.pt/timor/atop.html). The Conference on Sustainable Development covers those topics in English and Bahasa Indonesian (http://members.tripod.com/sd_east_timor/)
Documents on Timor Gap oil issues from the official Australian view can be found at http://www.isr.gov.au/resources/timor-gap/index.html and from an alternative perspective at http://www.gat.com/Timor_Site/.
Tapol (http://www.gn.apc.org/tapol/home.htm), Human Rights Watch (www.hrw.org) and Amnesty International's (http://www.amnesty.org/) web sites contain many of the reports and media releases on East Timor. A database of suspects in 1999's violence is available at:
http://yayasanhak.minihub.org/mot. The Justice System Monitoring Project is watching trials in East Timor (http://www.jsmp.minihub.com/).
While many activist sites are no longer maintained, other support groups are still actively campaigning and regularly posting analyses and action suggestions. The International Federation for East Timor site contains a global directory of activist groups (www.etan.org/ifet). Some of the more active sites, in addition to the human rights groups above, include the East Timor Action Network (www.etan.org), Asia Pacific Coalition for East Timor (http://www.iidnet.org/adv/timor/overview.htm), International Platform of Jurists for East Timor (http://www.antenna.nl/~ipjet/) and the Back Door Newsletter that focusses on Australia (http://www.tip.net.au/~wildwood/).
A comprehensive list of active web links on East Timor can be found at http://www.etan.org/resource/websites.htm.
John M Miller (email@example.com) is media and outreach coordinator of the East Timor Action Network (http://www.etan.org/), facilitates the east-timor news list, and is webmaster of the Etan, International Federation for East Timor, and Lao Hamutuk websites.