Reports on HIV
This is the old Ternyata site, maintained for archival purposes. You can see the new site at http://www.ternyata.org
The stories on this page are mostly bylined. The exception are those published in The Economist, which does not carry bylines. Please note also that reporting on the events in and around Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in June 1989 could only carry the bylines of the small number of journalists officially accredited as foreign correspondents in China. Others, such as myself, wrote or contributed to these reports but could not be acknowledged.
|Political passion, tourist flesh-pots
The Economist, 12 March 1998
A British official, commenting in 1958 on the passions aroused by Zanzibari politics, noticed that “Funerals and religious ceremonies are boycotted by rival political parties.” Since then, the islands have come full circle. ...
|Hanoi criticizes income disparity
Asia Times, 27 March 1997, 534 words
Vietnamese officials are complaining that foreign workers earn far more than their local counterparts, but their pleas for more equal treatment are falling on deaf ears. ...
| ASEAN digs in for EU showdown
Asia Times, 22 July 1996, 983 words
Political leaders who only four months ago pledged mutual respect and cooperation at the inaugural Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Bangkok may be heading for their first official row. ...
| EU puts a value on relations with Asia
Asia Times, 18 July 1996, 468 words
The European Union, which has only recently woken up to the importance of strengthening its relations with Asia, hopes to reach a compromise in its dealings with the continent over such issues as labor rights and social welfare. ...
| EU cagey on Myanmar sanctions
Asia Times, 15 July 1996, 768 words
European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday were due to discuss the possibility of trade sanctions against Myanmar. But the outcome is likely to re flect an increasing recognition that Eur ope's political leverage is being ...
| Logging clears way for rural projects
Asia Times, 26 June 1996, 766 words
When Laos put the plug in its first large hydroelectric dam in 1972, engineers forgot to cut down trees in the areas that were to be flooded. ...
| Laos' US$1.2bn dam project hangs on World Bank assent
Asia Times, 26 June 1996, 2014 words
A demanding World Bank with a newfound environmental conscience has suddenly emerged with life-and-death power over a gigantic dam project in central Laos. ...
| Confused Laos caught in the tourist trap
Asia Times, 21 June 1996, 876 words
Officially, Laos hopes foreign visitors with lots of cash will march in the front line on the country's battle against poverty. Privately, some fear that tourism may prove a Trojan horse, disgorging ill-disciplined visitors who will destroy ...
| Cutting attack on Cambodia's logging
Asia Times, 22 March 1996, 1107 words
Cambodia could be earning five times as much as it now does from logging and still do a better job of hanging on to its dwindling forests, according to a damning report by the World Bank and others. ...
| Ill Cambodian king sets off speculation
Asia Times, 12 March 1996, 595 words
Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk's doomsday predictions about his own death blew the whistle for the start of a new game of the national sport - second-guessing the future of the monarchy. ...
| Row may stump huge log deal
Asia Times, 8 March 1996, 808 words
A massive - and massively controversial - logging contract in northeastern Cambodia may be in jeopardy even before a single tree is felled because both sides are sulking over what they see as a bad deal. ...
| Hun Sen wants political strings cut from donor aid packages
Asia Times, 4 March 1996, 962 words
Cambodia does not need political lessons from the countries that are footing much of the bill for its development, according to Second Prime Minister Hun Sen. ...
| Cambodia press gets it all wrong, pays the price
Asia Times, 21 February 1996, 1068 words
Cambodia's newspapers, full of photos of disemboweled bodies and commentary comparing leaders to farmyard animals, are easy targets for those who want to restrict the freedom of the press. What worries many is that vague press laws are ...
| Cambodia hospitals face dry season flood
Asia Times, 15 February 1996, 672 words
Cambodia's military hospitals, braced for the annual dry-season parade of amputees and war-wounded, are desperately short of just about everything - despite a donation by the the nation's businessmen. ...
| Khmer Rouge using heroin trade for funds
Asia Times, 8 February 1996, 602 words
With their traditional sources of support running dry, Khmer Rouge guerrillas are engaging in heroin trafficking as a way of financing their fight against the Cambodian government. ...
| Cuban trade caught in battle for Florida vote
Financial Times, 27 October 1992, 716 words
Elizabeth Pisani on a new law aimed at winning support from anexile community. Democrats and Republicans, falling over each other to woo the Cuban exile community and net Florida's 25 electoral college votes in next week's presidential ...
| Cuba looks to Western businessmen to save socialism
Straits Times, 27 September 1991, 973 words
HAVANA - Cuba, swallowing its communist pride in the search for new friends, has laid on an effusive welcome for the right-wing Spanish politician Manuel Fraga.
|INDONESIAN REBELLION SHOULD BE CRUSHED BEFORE 1992 ELECTIONS
Reuters News, 28 May 1991, 653 words
JAKARTA, May 28, Reuter - The governor of the strife-torn northern Indonesian province of Aceh has urged people to band together to end a rebellion that the central government in Jakarta says is already over. ...
| INDONESIAN SOLDIERS PUBLICLY EXECUTE ALLEGED REBELS - WITNESS
Reuters News, 15 May 1991, 566 words
JAKARTA, May 15, Reuter - Indonesian soldiers publicly executed alleged separatist rebels in the northern province of Aceh, shooting them without trial, an eyewitness said. ...
| INDONESIA'S ACEHNESE SAY 20-YEAR JAILING FOR REBEL TOO LITTLE
Reuters News, 10 May 1991, 448 words
JAKARTA, May 10, Reuter - Most people in the troubled Indonesian province of Aceh say a 20-year jail term given to a retired policeman turned gun-toting rebel is not enough. ...
| CURFEWS AND KILLINGS MAY PERPETUATE INDONESIAN REBELLION
Reuters News, 30 April 1991, 845 words
ACEH PIDIE, Indonesia, April 30, Reuter - As corpses pile up in Indonesia's northern province of Aceh, the government in Jakarta insists it has wiped out a separatist rebellion. ...
| REFUGEES MAY BE KILLED IF SENT BACK TO INDONESIA, LOCALS FEAR
Reuters News, 28 April 1991, 665 words
PEUREULAK, Indonesia, April 28, Reuter - Soldiers and rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province continue to kill civilians and each other and many locals fear refugees sent back by Malaysia could be the next casualties. ...
| 55 DEAD, 6,000 TREATED IN INDONESIAN CHOLERA EPIDEMIC
Reuters News, 26 April 1991, 468 words
PEUREULAK, Indonesia, April 26, Reuter - A cholera epidemic sweeping the northern Sumatran province of Aceh has killed at least 55 people and put 6,000 in hospital, Indonesian health officials said on Friday. ...
| INDONESIA TO TRY ACHENESE REBELS AS SUBVERSIVES NEXT WEEK
Reuters News, 27 February 1991, 402 words
JAKARTA, Feb 27, Reuter - Indonesia will begin the trials next week of 18 people charged with subversion for their part in a rebellion in Sumatra's Aceh province. ...
| ORDINARY INDONESIANS SUFFER FROM ARMY, REBEL VIOLENCE
Reuters News, 29 November 1990, 788 words
TANGSE, Indonesia, Nov 29, Reuter - Schoolchildren in Indonesia's rebel-torn province of Aceh say they don't want to walk to school for fear of finding a mutilated corpse lying by the roadside. ...
| REBELS WITHOUT A CAUSE LOSING GROUND IN INDONESIAN BLOODSHED
Reuters News, 25 November 1990, 836 words
IDI CUT, Indonesia, Nov 25, Reuter - The people of Indonesia's Aceh province are growing disenchanted with rebels whose apparently aimless war against the army is degenerating into brutality. ...
| CORPSES LITTER INDONESIA'S ACEH PROVINCE, RESIDENTS SAY
Reuters News, 23 November 1990, 712 words
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, Nov 23, Reuter - Hundreds of corpses, have been found in the Indonesian province of Aceh and hundreds of people have disappeared, said soldiers, politicians and villagers in the area. ...
| INDONESIAN ARMY DENIES RESPONSIBILITY FOR MASS GRAVES, MURDERS
Reuters News, 8 November 1990, 449 words
JAKARTA, Nov 8, Reuter - The Indonesian military said on Thursday it was not responsible for a spate of murders that is littering troubled Aceh province with unidentifiable corpses. ...
| INDONESIA DONATES 10 MILLION DOLLARS TO ANC
Reuters News, 20 October 1990, 391 words
JAKARTA, Oct 20, Reuter - Indonesia's President Suharto on Saturday gave 10 million dollars to South Africa's anti-racist African National Congress, ANC leader Nelson Mandela said.
CHINA'S LI PENG SAYS TIES WITH JAKARTA WILL STABILISE ASIA
Reuters News, 6 August 1990, 322 words
JAKARTA, Aug 6, Reuter - Chinese Premier Li Peng brushed aside nearly a quarter of a century of hostility with Indonesia on Monday and said better relations between the two Asian nations would bring stability to the region. ...
| INDONESIA-CHINA FRIENDSHIP MAY NOT HELP CHINESE MINORITY
Reuters News, 5 August 1990, 552 words
JAKARTA, Aug 5, Reuter - Chinese Prime Minister Li Peng arrives in Indonesia on Monday to meet President Suharto and restore relations between the two countries kept apart by a quarter of a century of fear and mistrust. ...
| ARREST OF REBEL UNLIKELY TO DAMPEN INDONESIAN REBELLION
Reuters News, 27 July 1990, 343 words
JAKARTA, July 27, Reuter - Indonesia's army has arrested a rebel leader in Aceh, its northernmost province, but people in the area dispute military claims that it is getting the anti-government movement there under control. ...
| FEAR RULES IN INDONESIA'S MURKY WAVE OF DEATH AND BEHEADING
Reuters News, 25 July 1990, 780 words
SIDOMULIO, Indonesia, July 25, Reuter - Death and beheadings continue in Indonesia's northernmost province of Aceh and fear of a murky group of rebels is driving outsiders to abandon the province in droves. ...
| ACEH REBELLION GAINS SUPPORT AS RESENTMENT OF MILITARY GROWS
Reuters News, 24 July 1990, 845 words
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, July 24, Reuter - A rebellion in the Indonesian province of Aceh, probably initiated by vengeful ex-soldiers, is gathering support from local people hostile to central government and the military, analysts say. ...
| GUNMEN SAY THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR INDEPENDENCE FROM INDONESIA
Reuters News, 22 July 1990, 376 words
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, July 22, Reuter - A shadowy group of gunmen, saying they are fighting for independence from Indonesia, have claimed responsibility for the killing of soldiers in Indonesia's northern Aceh province. ...
| INDONESIA THINKS INTERNATIONAL ON CHINESE FRIENDSHIP
Reuters News, 3 July 1990, 787 words
JAKARTA, July 3, Reuter - Indonesia, making friends with China after 23 frosty years, is at last putting international realism ahead of domestic security concerns, analysts say. ...
| WAVE OF VIOLENCE IN ACEH HAS INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT WORRIED
Reuters News, 22 June 1990, 638 words
JAKARTA, June 22, Reuter - A wave of killings by mysterious armed rebels in Indonesia's strictly Moslem northernmost province of Aceh is fast becoming a major source of anxiety to the government, analysts said on Friday. ...
| INDONESIAN ARMY SUPPORTS SUHARTO BUT HAS OTHERS IN MIND
Reuters News, 20 June 1990, 611 words
JAKARTA, June 20, Reuter - Indonesia's armed forces, whose support is considered vital to the government, have reopened a debate on the future of President Suharto, in office since 1967, saying for the first time it has other candidates in ...
| THIRD WORLD LEADERS URGE LENIENCY FOR DEBTOR NATIONS
Reuters News, 3 June 1990, 500 words
KUALA LUMPUR, June 3, Reuter - Fifteen developing nations ended a summit on Sunday with a call for more money to be made available to poor nations to help them repay debts and a plea that those with arrears should not be punished. ...
| THIRD WORLD SUMMIT OPENS WITH ATTACK ON RICH NATIONS
Reuters News, 1 June 1990, 548 words
KUALA LUMPUR, June 1, Reuter - The inaugural summit of the Group of 15 developing nations harshly criticised Western liberal democrats on Friday and asked rich nations to consider writing off some third world debt. ...
| MALAYSIAN HOTEL BECOMES FORTRESS FOR GROUP OF 15
Reuters News, 30 May 1990, 377 words
KUALA LUMPUR, MAY 30, Reuter - Malaysia's most opulent hotel has been turned into a fortress, swapping champagne buckets for machine guns in readiness for some of the developing world's most respected leaders. ...
| THIRD WORLD LEADERS TO MEET WITH DIFFERENT AIMS
Reuters News, 30 May 1990, 560 words
KUALA LUMPUR, May 30, Reuter - A group of 15 Third World leaders gather for the first time this week for a summit designed to knit developing countries closer together, but officials said ideas on the focus of the meeting differ widely. ...
| U.S. WANTS CAMBODIAN BOAT PEOPLE SCREENED, MAKES NO COMMITMENTS
Reuters News, 18 May 1990, 382 words
JAKARTA, May 18, Reuter - The United States on Friday said Cambodian boat people should be screened like the Vietnamese but did not promise to take in those who qualified as refugees. ...
| CAMBODIAN FACTIONS FOCUS ON U.N. ROLE IN PEACE PLAN
Reuters News, 27 February 1990, 482 words
JAKARTA, Feb 27, Reuter - Cambodian warring factions agreed during their first full day of peace talks in Jakarta on Tuesday that the United Nations should be involved in ending the 11-year war in the country. ...
| INDONESIA TO PULL TROOPS FROM TIMOR DESPITE FREEDOM PROTEST
Reuters News, 13 October 1989, 550 words
DILI, Indonesia, Oct 13, Reuter - Independence protests during Pope John Paul's mass in East Timor will have no effect on Indonesian plans to pull troops out of the disputed territory, a well-placed military source said on Friday. ...
| POLICE FIGHT WITH PROTESTERS AS POPE CALLS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Reuters News, 12 October 1989, 913 words
DILI, Indonesia, Oct 12, Reuter - Pro-independence demonstrators fought with police in East Timor on Thursday during a mass at which Pope John Paul told Indonesia to uphold human rights after what he called years of death and destruction. ...
| ROADBLOCKS KEEP GUERRILLAS AND FAITHFUL AWAY FROM POPE VISIT
Reuters News, 11 October 1989, 637 words
DILI, Indonesia, Oct 11, Reuter - Security to prevent a possible guerrilla attack against Pope John Paul is so tight in East Timor that local priests fear many believers will be too frightened to attend his mass on Thursday. ...
| ARMY HEAD CRITICISES STUDENTS, BUT NOT AT WAR WITH THEM
Reuters News, 19 September 1989, 289 words
JAKARTA, Sept 19, Reuter - The Indonesian government is not at war with its students but will continue to crack down on troublemakers, Defence Minister Benny Murdani said. ...
| INDONESIAN STUDENTS PROTEST AGAINST ARMY VIOLENCE
Reuters News, 15 September 1989, 287 words
JAKARTA, Sept 15, Reuter - More than 100 students marched through the ancient Indonesian city of Jogjakarta on Friday protesting against the army's use of bayonets to disperse demonstrators, witnesses said. ...
| PEKING DESCENDS INTO CHAOS
Reuters News, 5 June 1989, 578 words
PEKING, June 5, Reuter - Peking descended into chaos with troops firing indisciminately at incensed crowds of unarmed residents, braving death to protest against what they described as their fascist leaders. ...
| PEKINGERS SHOW COURAGE BEYOND BELIEF
Reuters News, 5 June 1989, 447 words
PEKING, June 5, Reuter - Angry citizens of Peking are fighting against tanks and machineguns with medieval weapons, fists and a courage that defies belief. ...
| CHINA ARMY FINALLY RESORTS TO VIOLENCE AFTER HESITANT START
Reuters News, 4 June 1989, 402 words
PEKING, June 4, Reuter - China's army made a long-awaited move against the pro-democracy movement at dawn on Sunday when tanks and troops burst into Tiananmen Square, killing scores of unarmed civilians and mowing down student ...
| TANKS WITH BLAZING GUNS, ARMOURED CONVOYS PATROL PEKING
Reuters News, 4 June 1989, 823 words
PEKING, June 5, Reuter - Convoys of tanks and armoured vehicles patrolled Peking early on Monday, a day after an army assault against anti-government demonstrators in which more than 1,000 people may have been killed. ...
| PEKING RESIDENTS, STUDENTS REPEL MOVE ON TIANANMEN
Reuters News, 3 June 1989, 740 words
PEKING, June 3, Reuter - Thousands of Chinese troops made a lightning push towards Peking's Tiananmen Square in the early hours of Saturday but residents barred their way in dozens of spots and sent them retreating in disarray, witnesses ...
| LI PENG SCORNED AT MASS CANTON RALLY
Reuters News, 24 May 1989, 387 words
CANTON, May 24, Reuter - Premier Li Peng, the man China's demonstrators love to hate, came in for fresh ridicule and contempt at a giant pro-democracy rally overnight in the southern city of Canton. ...
| HONG KONG, MACAU DEMONSTRATORS JOIN PROTESTS IN CANTON
Reuters News, 23 May 1989, 371 words
CANTON, China, May 23, Reuter - The streets of the southern Chinese city of Canton throbbed with demonstrators on Tuesday night as hundreds of thousands, including Hong Kong and Macau sympathisers, marched to demand democracy. ...
| QUAYLE, UNFAZED BY TRADE CRITICS, PREACHES OPEN MARKETS
Reuters News, 1 May 1989, 393 words
JAKARTA, May 1, Reuter - U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, fresh from a visit to Australia where he faced accusations the United States unfairly subsidised its wheat exports, on Monday preached free markets and an end to trade barriers. ...
| DALAI LAMA'S JANUARY TALKS WITH CHINA MAY ALIENATE TIBETANS
Reuters News, 25 October 1988, 659 words
NEW DELHI, Oct 25, Reuter - The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, proposed on Tuesday that the first official talks with China on the future of Tibet take place in Geneva in January, but some Tibetans see the talks as a sellout. ..
|NEW DELHI BRACES FOR MONSOON-BORNE CHOLERA EPIDEMIC
Reuters News, 20 July 1988, 511 words
NEW DELHI, July 20, Reuter - Cholera has killed 84 people in the Indian capital so far this month and doctors warned on Wednesday that a properly coordinated campaign of innoculation and education was needed to prevent more deaths.
|TYPHOID, HEPATITIS THREATEN INDIAN CAPITAL AS CHOLERA RAGES
Reuters News, 2 August 1988, 615 words
NEW DELHI, Aug 2, Reuter - Typhoid and hepatitis are threatening to follow the cholera epidemic now raging in New Delhi, doctors say..