In her defense

When government ministers get caught up in "scandal", few foreigners jump to their defense. With finance minister Emilia Pires, however, it's been a different story. As you may recall from my last post, Pires has been in the firing line for some comments she made in a private email four years ago. The Timor Post […]

Pride and prejudice

The debate over the Greater Sunrise gas fields is creating a wave of nationalist sentiment in Timor-Leste. Flicking through the local papers, an us-versus-them attitude is becoming increasingly popular. Speaking last month at the Timor-Leste Development Partners Meeting, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao had some harsh words for, well, pretty much everybody. The various centuries of […]

Sat it ain't so, Alfredo

As you may have read, the debate over the Greater Sunrise oil and gas fields is heating up, fueled in no small part by the Australian media. The situation is becoming increasingly odd. Woodside execs were here recently and they met with President Jose Ramos-Horta, who is of course trying to solve everything. STL reported […]

Decentralization postponed?

From Radio Timor-Leste: President Jose Ramos Horta has said that political leaders of the coalition and opposition parties have agreed to postpone elections for municipality systems to 2012. President Horta made the comment yesterday after he held a meeting with political leaders at Hotel Timor discussing about the government's plan to implement municipality systems in […]