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Textual Record. 116 pp.

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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 documents that include memorandums, letters and documents written in 1988.

This file includes:

  • Letter to Columbia Journalism Review, Columbia University from Joseph Lelyveld, The
    New York Times, (27.09.1988)
  • Letter to Professor Edward Herman from Steven Gold (1988)
  • Letters to the editor: How about a little down-home glasnost? By Ralph Nader and Steven
    Gold (1988) The Issue | 5 pp.
  • Letter to Arnold Kohen from Jean de Courten, Delegate General for Asia and the Pacific
    (01.12.1988) | 2 pp.
  • Letter to Raymond T. Bonner from Arnold Kohen (08.01.1988) | 2 pp.
  • Letter to Mr. Keith B. Richburg, Southeast Asia Correspondent (The Washington Post)
    from Arnold Kohen (17.02.1988) | 5 pp.
  • Letter to Mark Raper, Jesuit Refugee Service, from Arnold Kohen (22.12.1988) | 2 pp.
  • Tony Hall News: 182 House Members tell Shultz concern over East Timor Conflict
    (30.10.1988) | 4 pp.
  • Letter to Senator Levin from J. Edward Fox, Assistant Secretary Legislative Affairs,
    (1988) | 3 pp.
  • Letter to the Hon. Tony Hall from Abdul Rachman Ramly, Ambassador, (14.11.1988) | 3
  • Department of State - Incoming Telegram from the Embassy of Jakarta to Washington,
    DC (1986) | 9 pp.
  • Tragedy in East Timor from the Congress of the United States (19.09.1988) | 2 pp.
  • Letter to Randy Scheunemann from Arnold Kohen with an enclosed draft (1988) | 5 pp.
  • Tourism in East Timor? It’s News to Governor (25.03.1988) The Asian Wall Street
  • Letter to Tony Hall from J. Edward Fox, Assistant Secretary Legislative Affairs, (1988) |
    2 pp.
  • “Draft Hall Dear Colleague” (1988)
  • Letter to Mr. Frank Sieverts, Senate Foreign Relations Committee from Arnold Kohen
  • “Nearly Half of Congress Signs East Timor Letters” (30.10.1988)
  • Departure Statement United States Congressional Delegation led by Republican Leader
    Senator Robert J. Dole (21.11.1988) | 3 pp.
  • Letter to a colleague from Dave Durenberger & Carl Levin (15.09.1988)
  • Congressional Record - February 23rd, 1988 | 2 pp.
  • Congressional Record - March 1st, 1988 | 2 pp.
  • Congressional Record - February 3rd, 1988 | 2 pp.
  • Congressional Record - February 4th, 1988 | 3 pp.
  • Letter to the Hon. George P. Shultz, Secretary of State from Tony Hall and Dave
    Durenberger (01.07.1988) | 2 pp.
  • Letter to Ambassador Robert T. Hennemeyer from Richard L. Wilson (09.12.1988)
    attached are lists of Co-signers of Hall East Timor Letter as of Oct. 7, 1988, and as of
    Oct. 14, 1988
  • Draft Senate Letter to Secretary of State Shultz (1988)
  • “Durenberger leads 47 Senators in call on U.S. to address HUman Rights problems, help
    end conflict in East Timor” (Embargoed for Sunday, October 30, 1988) | 2 pp.
  • Letter to Adele Liskov from Arnold Kohen (late 1988) Subj.: The East Timor Problem -
    An Overview
  • Letter to Arnold Kohen from Tony Hall (15.11.1988)
  • Handwritten note from Robert L. Bernstein to Arnold Kohen (1988-89)
  • A statement that was written by Arnold Kohen (late 1988) Subj.: East Timor | 2 pp.
  • Letter to Arnold Kohen from Robert McClean, Director: Department of Peace and World
    Order (United Methodist Office for the United Nations) (11.11.1988)
  • Memorandum to Eric Schwartz from Arnold Kohen (1988) Subj.: Problems arising from
    the Nov. 21, 1988 New York Times report on Asia Watch Indonesia-East Timor Report. |
    2 pp.
  • “Draft Hall letter to Shultz” written by Hall (1988) | 2 pp.
  • Letter to the Hon. George Shultz, Secretary of State, from forty-seven Members of
    Congress (28.10.1988) | 5 pp.
  • Letter to Arnold Kohen from Jack Panozzo, Development and Peace, (10.03.1988)
  • Letter to George P. Shultz, Secretary of State, from 182 Members of Congress
    (31.10.1988) | 11 pp.
  • Dave Durenberger news: “Durenberger leads effort on Human Rights in East Timor - 47
    Senators sign letter to Secretary of State Shultz” (20.10.1988) | 2 pp.
  • Letter to Msgr. Martinho Lopes from Xanana Gusmao (10.03.1988) | 9 pp. Completely in


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  • English
  • Portuguese

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  • Latin

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Nine pages in Portuguese.

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