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Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)
Bi-weekly report from the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, Australia.
Thursday 29 June 2006
- East Timor: Alkatiri Speaks
- No Quick Fix in East Timor
- ‘Justice on the Cheap’ Revisited: The Failure of the Serious Crimes Trials in East Timor
- Why Indonesia Needs a New Way in Politics
- What’s Wrong in Papua
- North Korea: US Has Right to Missile Defence, says Howard
- Stubborn Kyoto Stand Will Cost Us Dearly
East Timor: Alkatiri Speaks, John Martinkus, New Matilda*, Issue 96, 2006-06-28
According to Marí Alkatiri, the Australian media played a large part in the campaign to get rid of him. ‘It started in The Australian,’ he said, ‘and suddenly it spread to more or less all.’ Alkatiri is adamant the violence was orchestrated as part of a program to topple his Government. ‘It has to be institutions inside, assisted by others outside, … can be from Australia maybe from Indonesia but not the Governments.’
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No Quick Fix in East Timor, George Quinn, AFR*, 2006-06-28
Although many in the public have made Alkatiri a scapegoat, East Timor’s disarray has to be sheeted home to the government collectively. In fact the current crisis may mark the twilight before eclipse for the Portuguese-speaking political elite that dominates government. None of them has emerged from the current crisis with reputation intact.
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‘Justice on the Cheap’ Revisited: The Failure of the Serious Crimes Trials in East Timor, David Cohen, East-West Center, May 2006
From 2000 to 2005, a UN-sponsored tribunal in East Timor sought to achieve accountability for violence associated with the 1999 vote for independence from Indonesia. Despite criticism of the tribunal’s performance, the UN has maintained that it was a success. In fact, the East Timor tribunal represents a virtual textbook case of how not to create, manage, and administer a “hybrid” justice process.
Why Indonesia Needs a New Way in Politics, Michael Vatikiotis – International Herald Tribune, 2006-06-19
Indonesia needs the kind of centrist politics that has stabilised so much of Europe in the postwar era. A Pancasila party could act as a powerful magnet for the moderate majority. So would a recasting of the modernist Muslim core as a Muslim Democrat party. Indonesia would benefit greatly if the energy expended on street protests for better wages were channelled into a sensible labor party.
What’s Wrong in Papua, Kenneth Davidson, Age, 2006-06-29
Australia must not become an agent for corruption throughout the region for a policy primed for failure. It is in both Australia’s and Indonesia’s long-term interests to make Papua a place fit for human beings who can be reconciled with Jakarta. But this means getting the military under control and getting Freeport-Rio Tinto to face its responsibilities.
US Has Right to Missile Defence, says Howard, Phillip Coorey, SMH, 2006-06-29
Australia would not oppose a US plan to shoot down a North Korean missile should Pyongyang go ahead with what it says is a test launch, the PM, John Howard, indicated. The US has threatened to deploy a cruiser with interceptor missiles to waters near Japan. In the US yesterday, Minister for Defence, Brendan Nelson, agreed that shooting down the missile was an option if diplomacy failed.
Stubborn Kyoto Stand Will Cost Us Dearly, Frank Muller and Hugh Saddler, AFR*, 2006-06-28
Australia should ratify the Kyoto Protocol and implement a carbon tax or emissions trading, incorporating offsets that preserve the competitiveness of industries at risk. Ideally, the offsets would be designed so they might form the basis of a multilateral solution to carbon leakage.
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Competitiveness and Carbon Pricing Border Adjustments for Greenhouse Policies, Frank Muller and Hugh Saddler, Discussion Paper 86, the Australia Institute, April 2006 [PDF]
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