Thursday, December 17, 2009

Threats. Shutdown - to return in time.

Due to a series of telephone and email threats, this blog will shut down effective immediately.

It will however return.

The DI Team

Friday, December 11, 2009

Timor Will Go 3G in 2010

140 Characters demo from Dom Sagolla on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The New Filipino Embassy - Soonish, Farol Dili

A job for Rocky Construction, wonder who got them the land?  A certain head of a Organ of Sovereignty married to a Filipina?

A link between Border Problems and Calls for Justice

Here is an inside look into United Nations thinking on the matter of Timorese leadership opinion on the matter of justice, and the relationship between justice and border disputes. As well as a few other issues.

Heavy Oil, Heavy Power Piles Dili 29 Nov 2009

Many many millions of bucks going into this infrastructure.  But they are not putting cement foundations in, just digging a hole, sticking the pile in, and hoping for the best.  They will fall down with the the ground is soft after a good rain. Good work.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Julio Goes Online.

Timor Sec State Defence has a personal website - see here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Rice Price - UP not Down.

Strange.  Hundreds of thousands of tonnes and rice has flooded the country, but the World Food Programme says the price is going UP and not down....Money well spent.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ever wonder about Hercules?

Guns in Parliament. FRETILIN takes it to FACEBOOK!

Wonder has to wonder which PNTL were lounging around in Parliament today causing such a problem with their FNCs, Steyrs and HK33s? Artur Avelar Borges, Angelo Quelo, Abilio Mesquita, Artur Avelar Borges, Almerindo da Costa, Pedro da Costa, Valente Araújo - they were all allegedly at General Ruaks house in the attack in 2006. Or maybe just Antonio da Cruz - the man that gave the guns to Rai Los for Senhor Lobato, now sunning himself in Sanur.Guns in Parliament on Twitpic

Monday, November 16, 2009

Bad Phone Service - Who You Gonna Call - ARCOM.

Ever wondered who you can complain to about bad Timor Telcom service?  The regulator Autoridade Reguladora das Comunicações Timor-Leste - ARCOM! Too bad no one seems to know about them. Feel like voicing your opinions about Timor Telcom.  Contact ARCOM via this website. Or just email them on Then again you can always just call them.....

Autoridade Reguladora das Comunições Timor Leste
Av. Bispo de Madeiros, Dili-Timor Leste
Telephone: +670 333-9330; +670 333-9341
+670 333-9343; +670 333-1163
Fax: +670 333-9339

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Water Park: Pro poor, rural development.

From a reader:

"Regarding the water park mentioned in the Sutera video (which I can't download or watch, given abysmal Timor Telecom internet speeds), you might be interested that it will be built with $7 million of Timor-Leste's money. The MTCI capital budget for 2010 has $4m for this project, with more to come.

Given the rate at which sewage and waste is being dumped into the sea near Tasi-Tolu, which will get worse once Sutera starts building, perhaps the water park will be only place safe to swim!"

This above quote is from pg 247 of Book of the Proposed National Budget for the MTCI (Ministry of Tourism Commerce and Industry) for 2010.

Full pages 246 and 247 as below.

 This is an interesting use of funds seeing as the total personal income tax revenue projection for the entire country in 2010 is $500,000 less than this allotment for a water park for rich people in Dili to play in.  

 Pro poor, rural development, indeed.

Timor Sea Inferno

Timorese Wake Up to the Timor Oil Spill

Well Rai Ketak should be applauded by starting the Timorese oriented clamour on the Timor Sea Oil Spill....

... and finally the Timorese press and politicians have woken up and started talking about it too!  See here for the latest from Tempo Semanal.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Timor Sea: Burn Baby Burn.

For the video click here.  The Montara Oil Rig owned by PTTE has been spilling oil for 10 weeks, now on its third or fourth attempt to plug the leak 2.5 km under the sea bed it has exploded into fire - yesterday.  Some one should really be fired.  For details on background check out Rai Ketak's blog page.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

COO Sutera Talks of Development after a Civil War.

The Chief Operating Officer for Sutera Harbour talks about the Tasi Tolu Development.  350-1000 room hotel wil a gold course, hillside villas and other sundry luxury facilities.

Also mention of a Water Park - in one of the driest parts of the city.   The part of the video which relates to Timor starts at 4 min 40 secs. Interestingly he describes the occupation as a "civil war".

SHR Interview from Tourism-Insider on Vimeo.

Bere, Free At Last.

Oct. 30 2009 - 11:16 pm
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Indonesia brought home a suspected militia leader accused in a massacre of dozens of women, children and priests in a church in East Timor a decade ago, the Foreign Ministry said.

Maternus Bere arrived in Indonesia on Friday and was taken to a hospital with undisclosed health problems, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah. He faces no charges in Indonesia and will be a free man after treatment.

An Indonesian national, Bere was indicted by UN prosecutors in 2003 on charges of crimes against humanity, including murder, persecution, forced disappearances, torture, extermination and abduction.

More than 1,000 people were killed by pro-Indonesian militias when East Timor voted to break from Indonesia in 1999, but more than 300 suspects remain at large, most of them in Indonesia. Leaders from both countries oppose criminal trials so rights activists have called for the establishment of a UN tribunal.

Bere was recognized during a visit to Suai, the town where the massacre took place in September 1999, and was arrested by Timorese police in early August.

He was handed over to the Indonesian Embassy at Jakarta's insistence after negotiations between the two governments on Aug. 30, the 10th anniversary of the tiny country's vote to become an independent state.

East Timor's Supreme Court is investigating whether Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao violated the constitution by ordering Bere's release.

Judges say political leaders illegally bypassed the courts with the release, highlighting the continuing challenge to establish an independent and viable judiciary after the tiny state broke from hundreds of years of colonialism in 2002.

Associated Press

Friday, October 30, 2009