The recent announcement by Indonesia’s president, BJ Habibie, that the
people of strife-torn East Timor could "have their freedom" caused a
stir amongst the world’s political commentators. What were the motives?
Was it genuine or, as many speculate, ’designed to fail’?
Against the background of economic catastrophe in Asia, the workers of
South Korea are engaged in a life and death struggle. They have shown
that organised and determined action can force even the most powerful
governments to back down on their attempts to make workers bear the
brunt of the crisis.
The dramatic events of May 1998 in Indonesia have had, and will continue
to have, enormous repercussions in Asia and throughout the world. They
constitute a revolution begun. The removal from power of the longest
ruling despot in Asia by a mass movement in itself was a revolutionary