If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die

If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die by Geoffrey Robinson Princeton, HK$230

Sunday, 1 May, 2011, 12:00am

Renewed commitment needed on East Timor

Presidential elections in East Timor today should go a way to bridging simmering ethnic and political divisions but are not in themselves a solution to the country's numerous challenges. These can be overcome only through the sustained help of the international community.

9 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

In Timor's dreams

The formula East Timor's leaders have for dragging their nation from poverty looks straightforward enough: use the revenues from the country's oil and gas reserves to create a vibrant economy. As simple as this may sound, they will need all the luck they can get - because no country has ever achieved that goal.

6 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

On the cutting edges

In Tetum, the native tongue of East Timor, the word lianain means storyteller. In a land where oral history is paramount if a community's heritage is to survive, the lianain are guardians of history for a people whose existence has been threatened by the strife of Portuguese and Indonesian rule, and the trappings of modernity.

29 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Helping in the hour of need

A PORTUGUESE gendarmerie force was welcomed last Sunday by crowds in East Timor after arriving to help with international peacekeeping efforts.

10 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Asia must play role in East Timor's future

East Timor is in an isolated part of Asia, but that is no reason for the region to forget that the young nation exists. With political and ethnic turmoil and gang violence threatening to turn it into a failed state just four years after a hard-fought struggle for independence was won, Asian nations should be stepping in to help, not ignoring their obligations.

6 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Help for East Timor must be long lasting

East Timor is on the verge of civil war and only foreign help will prevent the young nation from falling apart. About 2,000 troops have already arrived, but they are just the start of a solution - a deeper international engagement than peacekeeping duties is necessary to steer it into calmer waters.

29 May 2006 - 12:00am

East Timor faces the healing power of truth

A Truth and Friendship Commission that begins its work this week may be the closest thing to justice that East Timorese victims of Indonesian military-led violence will ever get.

2 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Tough warning to newest nation

A report on the future of East Timor by the World Bank has painted a bleak picture of a nation in danger of imploding as it copes with the twin pressures of poverty and corruption.

The strongly worded assessment of the tiny state's prospects concludes that while it has performed better than other countries in the aftermath of conflict, its progress remains fragile.

27 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Veterans angry over 'bullying' of East Timor

The government was accused of bullying East Timor and demanding too great a share of contested oil and gas yesterday in a series of television commercials featuring second world war veterans who fought in the tiny territory.

19 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Australia bars the way to East Timor's future

Oil wealth was always expected to play an important role in rebuilding East Timor after independence. Two years on, thanks to the stubbornness of neighbouring Australia, there is still much uncertainty over whether the bulk of that wealth will ever be made available to the government of the struggling new country.

5 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

More than a matter of boundaries

If rhetoric is a guide, Australia has descended from the rank of best friend to big bully in its dealings with East Timor. The immediate issue is where to fix a permanent boundary in the Timor Sea that separates the two countries.

18 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Tears and cheers on rocky road to nationhood

A TRIO OF BOOKS about East Timor highlight the diversity of passions aroused by that tiny nation's struggle towards independence through the observations of three contrasting journalistic voices.

9 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

UN's role in East Timor far from successful

I refer to Harald Bruning's article on East Timor independence ('Nascent nation still not free of shackles,' South China Morning Post, May 24). Your correspondent, while being right on track with his comments, was much too polite with respect to the United Nations in assessing that it was the UN's 'first successful nation-building endeavour'.

29 May 2002 - 12:00am

Portuguese well aware of responsibilities

The article by Peter Kammerer headlined 'Portuguese return to heal old wounds' (Sunday Morning Post, May 19), on the Portuguese and East Timor, omitted a few facts that I believe should be underlined.

26 May 2002 - 12:00am