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General and political history of Indonesia

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 Indonesian history in general
The Muslim Factor; A Government Critic's Victory Cements His Key Role in Politics
From Asiaweek, 21 December, 1994. Re election of Abdurrahman Wahid as chair of the Nahdlatul Ulama vs. government candidates. The NU is a moderate powerbroker that is winning some Golkar support as a counter to the rising politicized Islam and is a potential ally of mainstream military factions.
Dresden's rowdy reception for Suharto
Report from TAPOL, the Indonesian Human Rights Organization, 6 April, 1995. Germany is anxious to enter into a commercial relation with Indonesia, but during his visit, Suharto faces protests over Indonesian oppression of East Timor.
Anger of Indonesian people boils over
From The Guardian, 26 June, 1995. Protests over the government's removal of Megawati Sukarnoputri as chair of the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI).
British aid to Indonesia under fire
Press Release from the office of Ann Clwyd, MP. 7 September 1995. British Labour MP charges UK foreign aid to Indonesia illegally supports political repression.
Indonesia group blamed for riots goes underground
By Jim Della-Giacoma, for Reuter. 30 July, 1996. Riots over government's eviction of members of the legal opposition Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) from their party headquarters, which they had occupied in protest of the government's ouster of their party's chair, Megawati Sukarnoputri. To justify this, the government claimed that the non-recognized leftist PRD was involved and the PRD is the equivalent of the illegal Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).
Indonesian General Warns Any Rioters Will Be Shot
By Keith B. Richburg, in The Washington Post, 31 July 1996. Marxists and an obscure leftist group, the PRD, blamed for riots. Re the PRD and PKI.
Timorese and Indonesian arrested in Jakarta
TAPOL Report. 10 November, 1996. Malysia cooperated with the Indonesian government by deporting Indonesians attending the Second Asia-Pacific Conference on East Timor (APCET II). Their arrest by the Indonesian government seems likely.
Growing support for Indonesian election boycott
By James Balowski, Information Officer ASIET, in Green Left Weekly, 11 March, 1997. Megawati Sukarnoputri's ouster as head of the PDI and government contraints on the election process have led to a movement to boycott the May 29 elections.
The 1997 General Elections in Indonesia
Briefing by TAPOL, the Indonesian Human Rights Organization, 24 April, 1997. Overview of the constitution and electoral process. Also re built-in GOLKAR majority; political repression of any challengers; evaluation of the electoral boycott tactic; new regulations for the May, 1997 elections; PPP; monitoring; East Timor; etc.
New Pro-Democracy Group Launched in Indonesia
From Radio Australia (ABC International News). 30 April, 1997. Brief news report re founding of the National Committee for Democratic Struggles (KNPD) to monitor the coming elections.
Two Faces of the Indonesian Military
By Edward Alden, Vancouver Sun, 7 May, 1997. Two articles on the Armed Forces of the Republic of Indonesia (ABRI). Professionalism and brutal repression. Canadian training issue.
Indonesians Reject Election Fraud
By Melanie Sjoberg. 21 May, 1997. Victory of the ruling Golkar party (President Suharto) over the Islamic United Development Party (PPP) and the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) in the May 29 election is assured by election rigging.
Growing campaign to stop arms sales to Indonesia
By Jon Lamb, 21 May, 1997. International concern for human rights violations and political repression in Indonesia have led to calls for an arms embargo.
Demonstrators clash with police
By Robbie Harton, 21 May, 1997. Clashes between police and the Islamic United Development Party (PPP) as election nears.
Protests might keep Indonesian leader away from Asia-Pacific summit
Associated Press. 11 September, 1997. Protests over Indonesian policy in East Timor could discourage President Suharto's attending the APEC meeting in Vancouver in November.
Rioters paid to initiate anti-Chinese violence, police say
By Jenny Grant, in the South China Morning Post Internet Edition, 18 February 1998. Java police focus on instigators. Government may claim riots supported by left wing democratic or outlawed groups.
Anti-Chinese riots in Indonesia Perennial problem but major disaster unlikely
A commentary by Leo Suryadinata, in Straits Times, 25 February 1998. Analysis of the causal factors.

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