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Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy (1994)

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Accusations of genocide fly in this disturbing and controversial British documentary by David Munro and John Pilger who had to film sequences in secret. According to them the Indonesian government has been systematically destroying the native population of East Timor, an island which they took over from the Portuguese in 1975. Since that time, one third of the population, approximately 200,000 Timorese have been slaughtered. The Timorese are not related to the Japanese. Just off shore from Timor are large underwater oil fields. The filmmakers make disturbing accusations regarding the complacency of the U.S., British, and Australian governments who purportedly knew about the killing and did nothing. Included in the film is footage of the 1991 massacre, and interviews.
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    Central Independent Television

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Heartbreaking, infuriating and disturbing. If you think the U.S. WASN'T killing people 1975-1998, think again. This documentary meticulously documents the knowledge of the major Anglo-American forces who gave a nod and a wink to Suharto while he invaded East Timor and proceeded to slaughter about 200,000 - same number as Darfur. Kissinger and Ford got the heads up before Suharto did it and the only thing these powers did was cover it up and secretly ship tons of weapons to Indonesia. It's great to say we've only been in these wars since the beginning of the 20th century: WWI, WWII (support of White Army in Revolutionary Russia), (Korea), Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iraq. Since the 70s, the U.S. has been funding the Israeli Defense Forces' eternal war on the Palestinian people. It has been funding and arming Colombian death squads since 1978. Most of the U.S.'s most medieval crimes were essentially those situations where the G8-type imperial nations all kept quiet while a brown dictator slaughtered brown civilians. Most of these incursions happened during the period between 1975 and 1991 (when the existence of the USSR made it impossible/difficult/unwise to make small incursions into territories) and 1991 and 2001 (almost all "humanitarian" interventions). Lebanon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Yugoslavia - to name only the largest operations. Also, did you know the US has supported (seriously, look this stuff up - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_foreign_interventions_since_1945#1945-1949). No wonder the military budget has grown almost unabated since WWII even though much of that time was "peace time." John Pilger is a hero of mine, a man who will not accept the official story and refuses to kowtow to this fake journalistic notion of "objective" reporting, because it really means establishment reporting. His documentaries are amazing and most are available on the internet. I highly recommend them: they all document all those crimes your and my government has been perpetrating and the press has NOT been reporting, as a courtesy I suppose.

Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith

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