Posts By Silas Everett

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Timor-Leste’s Attraction: 10 Years after Independence

September 2, 2009

Earlier this week on August 30, under clear blue skies and a hot Dili sun, President José Ramos Horta delivered remarks at the official ceremony of Timor-Leste’s 10-year anniversary since the popular consultation, when nearly 80 percent of the people voted for independence from Indonesian occupation. In front of a military parade and stands filled […]

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Decentralization in Timor-Leste: What’s at Stake?

June 24, 2009

It’s a sunny day and the wind is blowing in off the sea from the port in Dili. Behind the government palace, the white, octagon-shaped parliament building shines in the hot, tropical sun. Outside the parliament – a few pick-up trucks, then a taxi, drives by some sauntering pedestrians. In front of the Parliament stands […]

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United Nation’s Police Withdrawal from Timor-Leste: A Graceful Exit?

March 25, 2009

The United Nations police (UNPOL) will soon relinquish its lead in patrolling Timor-Leste to the national police force, Policia National Timor-Leste (PNTL). Last month, the Government of Timor-Leste and the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) officially decided that PNTL would resume policing responsibilities and called for a “gradual and phased approach – district-by-district […]

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In Timor-Leste: Is the National Police Force Ready?

June 19, 2008

The United Nations leaked this week that the UN police in Timor-Leste (UNPOL) will hand over responsibility to the national police force (PNTL) by early next year. The government is currently considering the draft proposal ” a seven stage withdrawal which will begin on July 31, 2008 and end with a full handover on May […]

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In Timor-Leste: Reborn Island Nation Loves its Soccer, er, Football

May 21, 2008

You might ask why Timor-Leste, at the very bottom of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) rankings at 202 of all countries, is likely to be a future talent factory for football. I see three promising factors. First, Timorese possess an inexhaustible fighting spirit. Not 10 years ago, during the Indonesian occupation, Timor-Leste’s isolation […]

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