Middle Class Indonesians Keep Quiet Amid Growing Unrest (Washington Times)

Washington Times, May 7, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Police used rubber bullets and live ammunition to quell riots that left at least six persons dead yesterday, aggravating a crisis that has begun to undermine the principles that sustain President Suharto in power. It was the third straight day of riots sparked by increases in food, […]

Communications Gap Feeds a Revolution (San Francisco Chronicle)

May 1998  (JAKARTA) – It all came down to body language. “Things were going fine until he saw that picture,” reports a senior source close to the Indonesian presidential palace. “Then his attitude changed completely.” “That picture” was a photo showing IMF Managing Director Michel Camdessus standing — arms crossed — looking down at President […]

Suharto promises reform – again critics skeptical of follow-through (Washington Times)

Washington Times, April 9, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – President Suharto’s government bowed for the third time in six months yesterday to demands for economic reform, telling a skeptical International Monetary Fund there will be none of the backsliding that ruined previous agreements. “This time there is a very strong, not only commitment, but instruction from […]

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 […]

World leaders boost pressure on Suharto Japan makes appeal in `Asian’ manner (Washington Times)

Washington Times, March 16, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Japanese and Western leaders yesterday opened a new campaign to wring concessions from President Suharto, who a day earlier bucked world opinion by naming his daughter and his closest friend to key Cabinet posts. But Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto gave no sign after a surprise meeting […]

Suharto seeks new terms for bailout U.S. sends envoy to back up IMF (Washington Times)

Washington Times, March 2, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – President Suharto defied the international financial community yet again yesterday, calling for a renegotiation of his country’s bailout plan on the eve of talks with U.S. presidential envoy Walter Mondale. Expressing his impatience with efforts by the International Monetary Fund to bandage his bleeding economy, Suharto said […]

U.S. firms ignore tumult, stay in Indonesia (Washington Times)

Washington Times, Feb. 24, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia’s economic storm has some U.S. companies battening down the hatches, others scavenging for deals among the local casualties, and many left with contracts that aren’t worth the paper on which they were written. U.S. power companies are among those on the phone to their lawyers after […]

Indonesia resists U.S., IMF on plan to rescue economy (Washington Times)

Washington Times, Feb. 17, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia appears set to thumb its nose at the United States and International Monetary Fund over the handling of its economic crisis and the choice of its next vice president, even as stepped-up violence has begun to claim lives. That defiance sent the nation’s currency, the rupiah, […]

Chinese Indonesians’ fear grows Mobs attack shops, homes in West Java (Washington Times)

Washington Times, Feb. 16, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Mobs attacked Chinese-owned businesses in a city east of the capital yesterday, adding to the fears of ethnic Chinese who believe they are being made scapegoats for Indonesia’s economic turmoil. “Everybody has a passport and a ticket on their bodies at all times,” said one Chinese businessman. […]

Indonesian unrest hurting tourist trade in balmy Bali Hotel occupancy down, international flights cut back (Washington Times)

Washington Times, Feb. 12, 1998 BALI, Indonesia – An economic meltdown and small-scale riots on nearby islands are making tourists think twice about visiting this storied tropical paradise. “Do you think it’s safe for me to drive around the island on my own?” Rosemary Reynolds, a tourist from California nervously asked a Bali resident at […]