Timor - years of Indonesian rule during which at least...

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Timor-Leste Timor-Leste, or East Timor in English, is country with just over a million people. A former Portuguese colony, like the Philippines it's population is avidly Catholic. These are some of the reasons its people were fiercely determined to break free of predominantly Muslim Indonesia (especially since they were invaded by Suharto's Indonesia for fears that East Timor could become a communist nation). East Timor declared nationhood in 1975 after Portugal ended its colonial rule, but Indonesian forces almost immediately invaded. East Timor held a referendum in 1999, in which its people overwhelmingly voted for independence, unswayed by harassment from pro-Indonesian militias. However, it wasn't until 20 May 2002 that it finally became a nation in its own right, after 25
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Unformatted text preview: years of Indonesian rule during which at least 100,000 East Timorese were killed by occupying forces. The nation's full name (in English) is the Democratic Republic of East Timor, and it is genuinely democratic. Despite its new found freedom, East Timor remains beset by problems. Political instability led to an Australian-led International Stabilisation Force entering the country, a mission that remains ongoing. The President, Jose Ramos-Horta, survived an assassination attempt in early 2008, and had to undergo treatment in an Australian hospital for serious injuries. East Timor is a small, poor country with only about 2,100 internet users as of June 2010, and as a result its presence in and output of fiction is small. The East Timorese flag...
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