Congressional group presses Habibie Rep. Smith talks tough, meets with jailed rebel chief (Washington Times)

Washington Times, May 28, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – A congressional group led by Rep. Christopher H. Smith heaped pressure on President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie yesterday to clean up his country’s record on democracy and human rights, warning their support for an IMF bailout package would depend on the results. Mr. Smith delivered the warning yesterday […]

Military calls shots after Suharto goes It `is the strongest, most disciplined, most well-organized entity’ in Indonesia (Washington Times)

Washington Times, March 24, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Cronyism and nepotism may appear to be running Indonesia, but in the political chess game to determine what comes after President Suharto, it is the military that casts the longest shadow. The 450,000-strong force, known by its Indonesian initials ABRI, holds a critical role in Indonesian politics […]