Xanana Gusmao: Ebola is not just West Africa’s crisis

Xanana Gusmao: Ebola is not just West Africa’s crisis

When Timor-Leste (East Timor) suffered under the brutal Indonesian occupation from 1974 – 1999, Xanana Gusmao was the leader of the guerrilla independence forces in the island’s mountains. When the country gained independence and, in 2002, became the...
Ramos-Horta: Advice for Syrian Rebels

Ramos-Horta: Advice for Syrian Rebels

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chairman of TheCommunity.com’s Advisory Board, President José Ramos-Horta offers his perspective to Syria’s freedom fighters. Just four decades ago, at the height of the Cold War, Timor-Leste (known to many as East Timor) was nearly...
After Rio +20: Asia Should Lead in Sustainable Development

After Rio +20: Asia Should Lead in Sustainable Development

We gathered in Rio from 190 countries, to review what we have done since the historic Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 and what our world should look like in the coming decades. There was no cause for celebration and much to regret and fear as we continue to lack vision...
East Timor’s long transition to democracy

East Timor’s long transition to democracy

Over the last ten years I have had the opportunity to travel to East Timor on five different occasions, to have made many friends there, and to have worked on a fairly regular basis with José Ramos-Horta, one of this new democracy’s “founding...
Paul Simon in East Timor, Day 2

Paul Simon in East Timor, Day 2

After the Manatutu distribution, we headed into the mountains to Hatubelico with Dr. Dan Murphy, an American doctor who has been running a clinic in East Timor since 1998. Click on any image to open gallery. Click on image to close. [Show slideshow] The day started...

Jose Ramos-Horta on Non-Violence

From 1974 to 1999, the small island of East Timor suffered one of the most brutal occupations in history. Under the Indonesian military, torture and disappearances were commonplace. Women were forcibly sterilized and taken as sex slaves. Entire villages were...