José Ramos-Horta

In exile for 24 years, José Ramos-Horta led his country, Timor-Leste (East Timor) out of one of the most brutal occupations of our time, into the light of day as the millennium’s newest democracy. A Founding Father of his country, he served as Prime Minister and President.

In 2012-2014, Ramos-Horta, acting as Special Representative to the UN Secretary General, brought the African nation of Guinea Bissau out of a military coup, taking the country through two peaceful elections and restoring power to the citizenry.

In 2014 he was asked by the Secretary General to head a High Level Indpendent Panel on the UN Peacekeeping system. The report was delivered to the Secretary General on June 16, 2015.

A renowned diplomat and peacemaker, today he has returned home to Timor-Leste.

Christianity vs. Islam

Islam is going trough similar convulsions and wars that plagued Christianity centuries earlier when thousands of Christian “heretics” were burned alive on the orders of the Pope or corrupt and despotic bishops. Islam did not experience...

Ramos-Horta: Repression in the Maldives

José Ramos-Horta and Benedict Rogers write for the Wall Street Journal on the arrest of an opposition leader and the political backsliding in the archipelago nation of the Maldives.  On Feb. 22, Maldives police arrested the country’s former...

Charlie Hebdo: Moderate Muslims Must Speak Out

This article was cross-posted on The Huffington Post.  The barbaric terrorist attacks against the staff of the Paris satirical paper Charlie Hebdo come in the wake of other murderous assaults against innocent pedestrians in the streets of...

Ramos-Horta appointed UN envoy to Guinea-Bissau

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Timorese President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta as the new United Nations envoy to Guinea-Bissau. Mr. Ramos-Horta, who is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board for TheCommunity.com, succeeds...

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

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 fathers." Along the way,...

Building Democracy Salon

In February, 2009, TheCommunity.com co-hosted a salon with Nobel Laureate and President of East Timor Jose Ramos-Horta to introduce the Zones of Peace program to the Hollywood community. At the private salon, at the home of actress and human rights activist Anne...