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Scoop Today Special - APEC and East Timor

The generous assistance of NZEDGE.COM has encouraged Scoop to provide an up to the minute news service during APEC - this is the first of a series of daily bulletins Scoop will be publishing over the coming three weeks.





- Amnesty International has set up a billboard of photographs displaying human right's abuses it says are occurring in APEC member countries. The billboard is displayed on the corner of Queen and Wellesley streets. See... Scoop Images: Amnesty International Display [1] and Protests, Security, APEC Leaders and Road Closures [2] in the Headlines wire.
- His tale reads like a scene out of the Frederick Forsyth book "The ODESSA File". But while what you read here is cloak and dagger, it is not fiction. - See... Scoop Images: The Spied Upon [3] .

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00076.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00072.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00077.htm

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Clinton Threatens Dire Consequences For Indonesian Military

- The United States is applying pressure to Indonesia to restore order in East Timor saying if it does not end the violence President Habibie must invite the international community to restore security. See..USA Threatens Indonesia With Economic Sanctions [1] and Govt hopes Of Non-Timor APEC Dashed [2] . For background See also.. Statement By USA President on East Timor. [3]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00074.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00073.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00075.htm

In What Circumstances Should Pacifism Give Way To Intervention?

- In the first guest commentary of the Scoop Special on East Timor, Wellington journalist - and committed pacifist - Jeremy Rose struggles with the question of when an armed intervention is warranted. See... Jeremy Rose: Pacifism And Genocide [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00066.htm

In Scoop's second guest commentary on the East Timor crisis...

-Indonesia watcher Jim Rolfe of Victoria University argues that calls for unilateral military intervention over East Timor are wrongheaded. See... Why the world is right not to act quickly in Timor [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00071.htm

Today’s Comments From the Hill

- Labour Leader Helen Clark today described the National Government's indifference to events in East Timor as morally repugnant. See… Clark: NZ Govt's stance on Timor repugnant [1] . National MP Gerry Brownlee today said we should consider allowing nuclear vessels into New Zealand if we are to support intervention in East Timor. See… Help For Timorese Vs Anti-Nuclear Stance [2] .

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00231.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00229.htm

Scoop Column – John Howard: Economic Sanctions And The Timor Crisis

- Escalating violence in East Timor, deep concerns the IMF will stop $ 5.9 billion of promised funds to Indonesia, and fears of boycotts of Asian exports has sent stock and currency markets tumbling across Asia. John Howard reports. See... The IMF, Nationalism and The Timor Currency Crisis [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00069.htm

Positive Indications Order May Have Been Re-established In East Timor

- Reports this morning indicate that Indonesia may have suceeded in re-establishing the rule of law in the territory of East Timor.

UN To Be Allowed Into East Timor To Observe

- A UN observers mission will be allowed back into East Timor on Saturday. In a statement Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Alatas has blamed rogue elements in the Indonesian military for the chaos in East Timor and says that authorities are now regaining control. CNN is reporting that the "violence appears to be burning itself out" in Dili and quotes a spokeswoman for President Habibe explaining recent events in Jakarta on a nationalist backlash at perceived Western interference.

WTO on US-China Summit Agenda

- Talks on China's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO)will resume on the sidelines of APEC meetings in Auckland on Saturday. Scoop contributing writer John Howard reports. See... China/US WTO Talks To Resume [1] in the Headlines wire

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00068.htm

In What Circumstances Should Pacifism Give Way To Intervention?

- In the first guest commentary of the Scoop Special on East Timor, Wellington journalist - and committed pacifist - Jeremy Rose struggles with the question of when an armed intervention is warranted. See... Jeremy Rose: Pacifism And Genocide [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00066.htm

This is Bigger Than APEC

- Speaking after a crisis meeting on East Timor yesterday morning New Zealand Foreign Minister said the crisis unravelling in East Timor was bigger than the APEC summit. Scoop's Selwyn Manning was at the conference see.. International Community Unified In Peace Call [1] in the Auckland wire. See also...Scoop Images: Foreign Ministers Discuss Timor [2] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9909/S00048.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00064.htm

Scoop Puts An Edge On APEC

- Wellington internet based news agency Scoop yesterday proudly launched an internet based special focussing on the rapidly unfolding events in East Timor and in Auckland at the APEC summit. Presented with the assistance of nzedge.com. See... Scoop Takes You To East Timor And Inside APEC [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00065.htm

Hercules Flies To Darwin

- The New Zealand Government has agreed to an Australian request for assistance in the possible evacuation of United Nations personnel in Dilli, East Timor, Defence Minister Max Bradford says. A New Zealand Defence Force C130 Hercules, which had been on 24-hour standby, yesterday departed for Darwin. Mr Bradford said the decision to send the Hercules was made this morning.

General Wiranto's Dilemma

- Suppress a powerful internal military revolt - and quite probably run the risk of provoking a military coup - or continue as present and risk becoming as much of an international military pariah as the Serbian army? See Scoop's analysis of the choices faced by the Indonesian military... The Indonesian Military's Hobson's Choice [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00058.htm

Indonesian Delegate Will Stay For APEC Summit

- Despite speculation that Indonesia may boycott APEC completely, Indonesia has confirmed that it will be represented at the APEC Leaders' meeting by a senior minister, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley says. See... Indonesia To Attend Apec Leaders' Meeting [1] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00199.htm

Many UN Personnel Due To Pull Out Of East Timor Today

- The UN on Wednesday nignt announced it was evacuating many its remaining personnel from East Timor at 10am local time yesterday, 2pm NZT. Then, yesterday morning NZT, after an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council the pull-out was delayed for a further 24 hours, apparently in order to give time to secure the safety of refugees and local UN staff presently sheltering in the UN compound. The decision was made after Indonesia appealed to the UN to give martial law a little more time to work. Indonesia last night agreed to allow 51 police and army liason staff to remain in East Timor, but ni journalists.

Jakarta's Currency Performing Very Poorly

- Jakarta, already plagued with East Timor problems, is now watching its currency, the rupiah, slip to levels not seen since the end of April. John Howard reports. See... Indonesia Facing Currency Difficulties [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00063.htm

Indonesian President Not Coming To APEC - "The programme is not significant enough"

- A major blow has been dealt to the chances of APEC dealing constructively with the crisis in East Timor with an announcement Wednesday afteroon that Indonesian President B.J. Habibe will not be attending the Summit. A spokesman for the President said the APEC programme was not significant enough. President Habibe's explanation for his decision not to come probably only tells part of the story. It also begs a question which Scoop attempts to answer. See... Habibe And APEC: What Would Be Significant Enough? [1] in the Headlines wire. Scoop's Selwyn Manning is at the APEC Press centre and reports on the ASEAN sentiment on resolution to the East Timor crisis yesterday evening in the Auckland Wire. See...ASEAN Keeps Cool While Timor Overshadows APEC [2] .

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00057.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9909/S00045.htm

"New Vote Or We Burn Everything" - Militia

- A commander of the pro-Indonesian militia's in East Timor said Wednesday his men were ready to "burn everything" if the territory's vote is not held again. John Howard reports. See... New Vote Or We Burn Everything [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00061.htm

Albright Interview in Auckland

- Interview Transcript Between Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and CNN Correspondent Andrea Koppel, Auckland, New Zealand, September 8. See... Albright Interview In Auckland [1] in the General wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9909/S00053.htm

Analysis - The UN's Darkest Hour?

- Events over the past week have now brought the true situation in East Timor into the open, and in the process the innocence and naivete of the wider international community has been harshly exposed. Scoop's Alastair Thompson analyses the latest developments. See... UN Provides Bait For East Timor Disaster [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00020.htm


APEC Leaders Report Good Growth / Progress

- New Zealand Treasurer Bill English today reported a return to economic growth in the APEC region and reinforced the importance of continued strengthening of markets to maintain this progress. See… APEC Ministers Report Good Progress On Reform [1] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00206.htm

Thoughts On The Celtic Tiger

- Our Kiwi correspondent from Dublin, W.S. Sumpter, writes on the much touted 'Celtic Tiger', thoughts on East Timor and the prospect of hoping the All Blacks lose the World Cup. See… Tales from the Celtic Tiger [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00060.htm

Rankin Thursday Column - Constructing an Extranational Social Wage

- The events of the last few days in East Timor show, perhaps even more clearly than the recent war over Kosovo, the limitations of the nation state in the modern world. In our system of nation states, no responsibility exists for the provision of security… See… Rankin: Constructing an Extranational Social Wage [1] in the Headlines wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00059.htm

Trade Figures Show Exports Dwarfed By Imports / APEC Figures Released

- The Overseas Merchandise Trade Figures to July 1999 were released by Statistics New Zealand today showing our trade deficit continues to worsen. See… Overseas Merchandise Trade To July 1999 in the Business wire. Also in this wire is the figures of our trade with APEC nations. See… Trade with APEC - year ended June 1999 [1] . Rod Donald says the Trade Deficit is getting worse and today challenged the government to tell the truth about it at APEC. See… "Tell The Truth About The Trade Deficit" [2] in the Parliament wire.

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9909/S00052.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9909/S00189.htm

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