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New Zealand: Time for a Small Country on the UN Security Council

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
José Ramos-Horta

In these incredibly challenging times in the Middle East, parts of Africa and Asia, the world needs small countries with New Zealand's record to be sitting in the UN Security Council. And it is important for other small UN member states to see New Zealand win and know that the UN Security Council is accessible for them too.

Pop-up Politics: East Timor's Struggle for Stability and security

Kyle Knight | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Timor-Leste's current stability could be undermined by a sharp decline in oil revenues and leadership challenges if the country's first president and current prime minister Xanana Gusmão steps down later this year as announced.

Stunting Stalls in Timor-Leste, Exposing 'Human Infrastructure' Investment Gap

Kyle Knight | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

A 2013 UNICEF report listed Timor-Leste as having the highest percentage of children under five who are moderately or severely stunted in the world, matched only by Burundi.

Mobile Courts Take Justice on the Road in Timor-Leste

Kyle Knight | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Taking judicial proceedings to rural areas of Timor-Leste with "mobile courts" is increasing citizens' access to justice as the young country builds its government from the ground up, experts and practitioners say.

Inside Timor-Leste

The WorldPost | Chandran Nair | Posted 04.14.2014 | World

"The Other Hundred" is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of peo...

Pizza With an Icon -- Don't Miss

Mary Wald | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment
Mary Wald

The days are gone where a few people make the decision on what airs on a handful of television stations. The Internet has equalized media production. Today you can make it happen with passion of purpose, networks, and a touch of magic. S

Amidst Typhoons and Climate Change, U.S. Spying Network Shows Contempt for Environment

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Nikolas Kozloff

Despite mounting evidence that global warming is leading to devastating environmental disasters in the Pacific region, the U.S. and its partners are suspicious of climate change advocates. Rather brazenly, Washington and its Pacific allies spy on those who are intent on reining in global warming.

Here Comes the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, Dragging a Broken Moral Compass

Norman Solomon | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The announcement of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, set for October 11, is sure to make big news. The prize remains the most prestigious in the world. But the award has fallen into an evasive pattern, ignoring the USA's continuous "war on terror" and even giving it tacit support.

Rohingya: The Obligation of Refuge

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
José Ramos-Horta

Today, I plead with President Taur Matan Ruak and Prime Minister Xanana to let these unwanted, persecuted people stay in our country. Surely, we can share our bamboo roof, a loaf of bread, a plate of rice, cassava, some coconut water with our fellow brothers and sisters from Myanmar.

Independence for Papua a Futile Goal

William J. Furney | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
William J. Furney

Why does the Indonesian government protect Papua?: it is where the largest gold mine in the world is located, the Grasberg mine operated by the American firm Freeport-McRoRan, an annual billion-dollar generator of income for the state coffers.

2012's Sleeper Story: Success in Timor-Leste

Peter Yeo | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

As we look back on 2012's deadly global turmoil in places like Syria, and towards growing conflicts like Mali, Timor-Leste is the year's sleeper success story.

I'm With Stupid: The Fiscal Benefits of Swapping Idaho for Samoa

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.16.2013 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

As of this writing, people in all 50 states had filed requests to secede from the union in the wake of the presidential election, and I have to say I ...

Benghazi Was Not the Beginning of the End

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 11.14.2012 | World
José Ramos-Horta

The tragedy of Benghazi and riots in Yemen do not signal the end of the Arab Spring. Nor is it an indication of any "failed policies," any more than it is justification for the shameful practice of political candidates in the US attempting to make points from a US Ambassador's death.

LOOK: Photo Of Hillary Watching Bill Goes Viral

Posted 09.07.2012 | Politics

Hillary Clinton may have been halfway around the world, but that didn't stop the secretary of state from watching her husband, Bill Clinton, deliver h...

Asia Should Lead in Sustainable Development

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 08.26.2012 | Green
José Ramos-Horta

Rather than attempting to forge the one agreement that will change the course of the world, or being satisfied with one without much substance, it may be more realistic, practical and effective to think on a regional level.

Timor-Leste: Escaping Fragility

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 08.01.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

After centuries of foreign rule, Timor-Leste has readied itself to be a full partner in what is shaping up as Asia's century.

Tell Us the Truth Behind British Arms in Asia, Mr. Hague?

Sourav Roy | Posted 07.10.2012 | World
Sourav Roy

British Secretary of State, William Hague, is a delight to listen to. Even more when he dismisses an uncomfortable question hurled at him.

Former Guerrilla Leaders Vie For Presidency Of Asia's Newest Nation

AP | GUIDO GOULART | Posted 06.16.2012 | World

DILI, East Timor — Two former guerrilla leaders vied for East Timor's presidency Monday, each hoping to help steer the region's newest and poore...

Unrest in Indonesia's Mines: Local Chaos and Global Injustice

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

Work recently resumed in the Grasberg mine of the Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold, but the suffering continues while officials and multinationals maneuver to manage Southeast Asia's resource curse.

East Timor President Concedes Defeat

AP | Posted 03.19.2012 | World

DILI, East Timor -- President Jose Ramos Horta, who campaigned tirelessly for East Timor's independence for nearly a quarter-century and helped steer ...

Timor-Leste Beauty

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.02.2011 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

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Aid And Independence In East Timor

Posted 11.28.2011 | World

By Simon Roughneen, The Diplomat 'Goodbye conflict, welcome development' reads the Panglossian banner on the Timor-Leste Finance Ministry web...

Israel and the U.S. Should Support Palestine UN Membership

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 11.19.2011 | World
José Ramos-Horta

While I am an admirer of the state of Israel for their exceptional achievements in every field of human endeavor, the Palestinian issue is one the Israelis have failed to manage in a wise manner.

Time for Risky Ventures in Timor-Leste?

Simon Roughneen | Posted 11.06.2011 | World
Simon Roughneen

I recently spent a week in Timor-Leste, my first trip back there since July 2009. Bucking economic trends elsewhere -- well, in Europe, Japan and the ...

WATCH: East Timor Graffiti Evolves Into Street Art

Posted 10.22.2011 | Arts

East Timor only gained independence in 1999, and times haven't been easy in the wake of the country's 2006 civil unrest. The youth, who make up about ...