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Long flight home

Long flight home

Dili-Singapore-Tokyo-Los Angeles. 37 1/2 hours straight in planes and airports. But I got a shower and five hours of sleep in Singapore, and overall a very comfortable flight on Singapore Air. Saw Mount Fuji at sunset coming into Tokyo. The experience of the Japanese...
Last road trip in Timor-Leste

Last road trip in Timor-Leste

I expect this to be my last Sunday in East Timor. Brian Pinkowski, an anti-corruption expert on a project in Timor, goes out every Sunday snorkeling and diving, so this week I tagged along with him. I just splash around in the waves while he does serious stuff out by...

Photo gallery — Timor-Leste 2011

I have been pretty flat out since I arrived, working with his staff in the press office, and juggling work back in the US, a foot in both countries. I have an hour of downtime this afternoon. The US is sleeping. The President is arriving from China in an hour. I...
Breakfast with the President

Breakfast with the President

I am staying in a guest room at the “Presidential compound” in Dili. I have known José Ramos-Horta for more than ten years. When I first met him in 2000 I don’t think he even had a post. But he was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and an international...
The road back to Dili

The road back to Dili

I started coming to East Timor in 2000. It was still coming upright from the devastation of 1999. Timor was under UN administration then, with UN personnel EVERYWHERE, Armored Personnel Carriers from the peacekeeping forces on the road, traveling through military...