- 1999 (Creation)
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Arnold Kohen founded The Humanitarian Project, with support from figures such as Anderson, Bishop Paul Moore Jr of New York, and others. He worked with NBC as an investigative reporter, and was influential from 1979 onward in getting Timor-Leste into the editorial and news pages of US mainstream media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe and many other publications. His advocacy work in the US Congress involved several figures, including Democratic Congressman Tony Hall, Democratic Senators Paul Tsongas and Carl Levin, Republican Senator Dave Durenberger and later, Republican Senator Malcolm Wallop. Globally, he was active in networks starting with the first international conference on East Timor held in Lisbon in May 1979 and including the Christian Consultation on East Timor network.
In addition to his own work, Kohen was at the centre of a number of networks, making him one of the world’s most-connected Timor advocates. The political range included Noam Chomsky on the Left to former Reagan Administration National Security Advisor William Clark on the Right. The collection thus represents a remarkable record of Timor advocacy and documentation in the USA and internationally.
Materials in this collection relate to Kohen’s Timor advocacy from 1975 to about 2007, covering the period of Indonesian occupation (1975-99) plus a box of additional
materials for the years after 1999. The collection comprises 15 boxes now at Bishop’s University in Quebec. Two boxes of additional material are expected in May 2019.
One of the 15 boxes is made up of records supplied by Martin Rendon, aide to Representative Tony Hall and longtime Timor supporter. One additional box is made up of 1975—1984 materials from Daniel Southerland, former diplomatic correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and one of the most respected foreign affairs journalists of his generation. Both were close associates of Kohen and both boxes relate to Timor-Leste. The remaining boxes are Kohen’s own papers. They are in the process of being described at Bishop’s.
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Various newspaper articles published in 1999, mostly in the Untied States.
This item includes:
● A sketch for Newsday (1999)
● East Timor capital starts to revive (1999) The Washington Post
● Lisbon offers to fund East Timor (26.02.1999) Financial Times
● Indonesia: a pledge to investors (10.04.1999) The New York Times
● Indonesia: Second thoughts (29.04.1999) Far Eastern Economic Review | 2 pp.
● Alarm bells in East Timor (31.05.1999) The Washington Post
● U.S. warns Indonesia over political violence (28.08.1999) The New York Times
● ‘Most Important Day’ (02.09.1999) Catholic New York
● ‘People are Panicking’ (09.09.1999) Catholic New York
● The Fruits of ‘Realism’ (07.09.1999) The New York Times
● Promising Safety, the U.N. led East Timor to the Slaughter (09.09.1999) The Time Daily |
● Pressure Indonesia to halt killings (09.09.1999)
● The world’s attention must focus on E. Timor (10.09.1999) The Sun
● Helping East Timor, and Indonesia (10.09.1999) The New York Times
● Blood and ashes in East Timor (11.09.1999) The Tablet | 2 pp.
● The writing on the stone (24.04.1999) The Tablet | 2 pp.
● Wasserman’s view (14.09.1999) The Boston Globe
● Fatal trust in Timor (15.09.1999) The New York Times
● No more time to waste as East Timor disappears (17.09.1999) International Herald
● Indonesians begin pullout from E. Timor (18.09.1999) The Washington Post
● W. Timor no haven for some refugees (19.09.1999) Los Angeles Times
● W. Timor: terror crosses border (19.09.1999) Los Angeles Times
● In East Timor, smiles greet peacekeepers (21.09.1999) The Washington Post | 2 pp.
● In tent city camp, refugee relives horror (19.09.1999) Los Angeles Times
● Once again, peacekeepers arrive too late (21.09.1999) The Wall Street Journal | 3 pp.
● Indonesian leader backs East Timor Independence (22.09.1999) The Washington Post
● Fear still reigns in E. Timor Hills (22.09.1999) The Washington Post
● Peace Operation in Timor enters critical phase (22.09.1999) International Herald Tribune
● Facing truth in Indonesia (22.09.1999) The Washington Post
● Arrival of U.N. troops has revived hope in Dili (22.09.1999) USA Today
● In East Timor, high hopes, big risks and an uncertain future (22.09.1999) USA Today
● Peacekeeping force prepares to spread out from Dili (22.09.1999) Financial Times
● Abhorrent siblings (22.09.1999) Financial Times
● East Timor inquiry agreed (23.09.1999) Financial Times
● Surviving on Fibs and Faith (23.09.1999) The Washington Post | 2 pp.
● Australia accepts a limited UN assignment in East Timor (23.09.1999) International
● Journalists targeted in E. Timor (23.09.1999) The Washington Post
● Photo in the International Herald Tribune (25-26.09.1999)
● A plea for peace from someplace near hell (27.09.1999) U.S. News & World report
● Photo in The Boston Globe (27.09.1999)
● The hunter and the hunted (27.09.1999) U.S. News & World report
● Tales of survival heard in Dili (27.09.1999) The Boston Globe
● Survivors tell of ending rampage in Timor (27.09.1999) The Boston Globe
● East Timor is pacified, now what? (27.09.1999) The Wall Street Journal
● A Scorched-Earth Policy (28.09.1999) The Washington Post
● Jakarta general leaves E. Timor (28.09.1999) The Washington Post
● Indonesia’s dangerous politics (02.10.1999) The Economist | 2 pp.
● A new leader in Indonesia (23.10.1999) The Boston Globe
● East Timor’s devastated church will seek U.S. Catholic help (25.10.1999) The Catholic
● When despair and joy collide, outside the spotlight (31.10.1999) Boston Sunday Globe
● Millennium, ecumenism top stories of 1999; pope heads newsmakers (16.12.1999)
Catholic New York
● Military aid suspension tests U.S.. Indonesia Ties (05.11.1999) The Washington Post
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