The rapid growth of computer networking is a good match with the
renewed activity, information-sharing and internationalism of the East
Timor support movement. There are a number of resources available
over the Internet, and more are being added all the time. Please let
us know of any additions or corrections.|
ETAN/US also maintains a postal mailing list (for the newsletter and other mailings), a fax list for alerts, and a phone list. Even if you only wish to receive electronic material, we would appreciate having your postal mailing address, phone and fax numbers.
East Timor Action Network/US has a electronic mailing list for action alerts. These alerts deal with lobbying the US government, severe human rights violations and the like. Items are sent as needed, and postings average 1 per month.
reg.easttimor / east-timor
Reg.easttimor is a conference (newsgroup) which originates from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) member networks (PeaceNet, GreenNet, Pegasus, etc.). Reg.easttimor contains postings from a wide range of sources, including the National Council of Maubere Resistance (CNRM), ETAN/US, TAPOL, and support groups in Australia, Portugal, Japan, France, Canada, Sweden, England, Ireland, the Philippines, Indonesia New Zealand and elsewhere. Reports and translations from wire services and the Indonesian, Portuguese, Australian, British, U.S. and Irish press also regularly appear there, as well as official documents and statements from the U.N., national governments, and other sources. Postings average 6-10 per day, although the frequency varies with the pace of East Timor-related events. This conference is available by email with read/write access to any Internet address; write email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Reg.easttimor has recently been converted to a majordomo server called email@example.com. You still need to write to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
If you join PeaceNet or one of its sister networks you will have easier access to the conference, including past material. For information about PeaceNet, a non-profit progressive networking service run by the Institute for Global Communications (IGC) in San Francisco, send a message to email@example.com.
Weekly summaries of reg.et are on ETAN's gopher at:
Other Indonesia-related lists.
The APC also has conferences reg.indonesia and reg.westpapua. The latter is available by email; write firstname.lastname@example.org to receive it.
A new list, indonesia-act, is designed for action-oriented information on Indonesian democracy issues, and is primarily in English. For information on this majordomo-served self-service list (which is an echo of the APC conference act.indonesia), send a message to email@example.com with the body of the message containing:
info indonesia-actTo subscribe to the list, write firstname.lastname@example.org with the text:
subscribe indonesia-actin the contents of the message.
Reg.indonesia, tapol.etimor, reg.westpapua, and reg.easttimor can each
be queried by email for the index and past postings. To get the
conference index, send email to:
sendThese indexes -- which contain one line per posting with the topic title, data, and poster's name -- can be long; some of these conferences have over 500 items in them.
After receiving the index, you can retrieve a particular topic (or topics) with another message to email@example.com with a body like:
sendYou can send more than one query per message, just put each one on a separate line. The topics will come back by email, one email per query. It will be broken into smallish chunks, mostly to accommodate people at the far ends of FIDO-style point software.
Topic numbers change every few days, so use the index soon after you get it, and don't refer to topics by number in any postings.
There is also a new, very active, newsgroup on Indonesia-related materials from the world press in both English and Bahasa Indonesia. It is an electronic version of the Kabar dari PIJAR Jaringan Informasi Reformasi newsletter. To subscribe, write to firstname.lastname@example.org with:
subscribe kdp-netin the body of your message. Writing to the same address with:
info kdp-netwill get you more information about their service.
ETAN/US prepares an electronic version of its newsletter, Estafeta, which averages eight printed pages. Many prefer the paper version of the newsletter to e-mailed one.
ETAN maintains background information, including weekly summaries of reg.easttimor, in the Institute for Global Communications Gopher. To access the East Timor information go to IGC's public gopher. Type 'gopher gopher.igc.apc.org' and look under the "Peace, Human Rights and Social Justice." The URL for this gopher is:
East Timor information in English is on the World-Wide Web from the University of Lisbon at:
Other well-maintained East Timor pages include:
Some great posters about East Timor are at
The transcript of a 12/96 public meeting on East Timor in NYC with Noam Chomsky, Constancio Pinto, Allan Nairn and others is at:
Audio from a speech Chomsky gave at MIT in April 1995 is at:
Reports from the Asia-Pacific Conference on East Timor in Malaysia
A good "course" on East Timor with cultural and historical reference materials is at:
The Canadian Forces College includes East Timor on:
Peace Action's site about the impending sale of US F-16 warplanes to Indonesia is at:
A record of all UN General Assembly votes on East Timor is at:
Amnesty International's Indonesia & East Timor material is available through:
with background material on their 1994-5 campaign in:
Many reference human rights documents and links are at:
To hear some music about East Timor, try:
If you want to see what the Indonesia government has to say, try:
http://www.prica.org/east_timor/ (Embassy in Ottawa) or
Some very informative web sites on West Papua are at:
The Usenet newsgroup soc.culture.portuguese includes information on East Timor in both Portuguese and English. The soc.culture.indonesia discussion of East Timor is mostly flaming debates, with little substantive English-language material not available elsewhere. Misc.activism.progressive and soc.rights.human also contain materials.
Several mailing lists, including SEASIA-L@MSU.EDU (bit.listserv.seasia-l as a newsgroup) and INDONESIA-L (a private list mediated by email@example.com), also contain materials, but have little on East Timor in English that does not appear in reg.easttimor. INDONESIA-L does have a lot of material in Bahasa Indonesia. INDONESIA-L is available on the Web at:
There is a summary of INDONESIA-L (it also includes some additional material taken directly from reg.easttimor) at:
This resource list was updated in April '97. For the latest version, send a blank email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ETAN also has a (paper) information packet about East Timor and what you can do. If you would like a copy, send us your postal mailing address.
P.O. Box 1182, White Plains, NY 10602 USA