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By Peter Church

ISBN-10: 0470824816

ISBN-13: 9780470824818

The good fortune of the 1st 4 variations exhibits that this publication fills a vacuum for readers who desire to find out about the nations of South-East Asia. contemporary years have noticeable a couple of vital advancements all of that are coated the following. With the worldwide weather turning into extra doubtful and the specter of terrorism spilling over, this booklet will reduction readers' wisdom of this sector by way of addressing its history and political destiny.

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Former Fretilin commander Xanana Gusmao (who had been captured and imprisoned by the Indonesians in 1992) was sworn in as East Timor’s first president after winning 80 per cent of the popular vote in presidential elections the preceding month. At the time of independence, Gusmao commanded tremendous respect both at home and abroad (and still does), with his stature and integrity earning him frequent comparisons with South Africa’s EAST TIMOR 35 E1C03_1 07/06/2009 36 Nelson Mandela. But the problems he and Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri (who headed Fretilin’s political wing, which won the biggest block of seats in the Constituent Assembly elections of 2001) faced in leading East Timor into a prosperous future were formidable.

The country was shocked in early 2008 by coordinated assassination attempts by rebel soldiers on both Gusmao and Ramos-Horta. On the morning of 11 February, Gusmao escaped an attempted ambush while Ramos-Horta was shot in the chest in a separate attack. He made a remarkable recovery in an Australian hospital and returned triumphant to Dili to resume official duties in April 2008. The rebel’s leader, Alfredo Reinado, was killed in the attack on Ramos-Horta. 1 million people living below the poverty line.

The traumatic events in Cambodia since then have suggested that the countryside harboured much bitter frustration and resentment, waiting to be tapped. WORLD WAR II, 1940–1945 Such feelings were yet to be coherently expressed, much less given an outlet. In Cambodia politicisation really only began during World War II, and then it was cautious and involved limited numbers. By the 1940s, a tiny Khmer intelligentsia had begun to form, focussed around three institutions—the scholarly Buddhist Institute, Cambodia’s sole French-language high school in Phnom Penh, and the Khmer newspaper Nagara Vatta (Angkor Wat).

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