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Instead of developing a northern foodbowl to feed our neighbours, Australia could help them feed themselves. Instead of developing a northern foodbowl to feed our neighbours, Australia could help them feed themselves. Neils Photography/Flickr

Australia should help East Timor feed itself

A nation that destroys its soils, destroys itself — Franklin Roosevelt It is a worthy objective to sell more food to Asia, but we should not conflate pursuing export income with improving regional food…
Australian neighbours such as Timor Leste - asset rich, but also very poor - are keen to ensure the money paid by Australian extractive companies is fully disclosed. Australian neighbours such as Timor Leste - asset rich, but also very poor - are keen to ensure the money paid by Australian extractive companies is fully disclosed. AAP

Australian miners, disclose what you pay our neighbours

Australian mining firms remain at the forefront of natural resource exploration and extraction in some of our nearest - and poorest - neighbours. Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands are…
Timor boasts some unspoiled coast, but lacks key tourism infrastructure. Timor boasts some unspoiled coast, but lacks key tourism infrastructure. Denis Tolkach

From violent occupation to adventure vacation – can tourism work in Timor?

Timor-Leste’s recent elections were dubbed “the key test for the fragile democracy” by the Australian media. A peaceful outcome of the election meant that United Nations military and police contingent…
Jose Maria Vasconcelos (or Taur Matan Ruak) is the new president of East Timor, but will he do more for the women in his country? Jose Maria Vasconcelos (or Taur Matan Ruak) is the new president of East Timor, but will he do more for the women in his country? AAP/Antonio Dasiparu

East Timor: new President, same problems for women

The recent election of José Maria de Vasconcelos, or Taur Matan Ruak as he is known, to the Presidency of Timor-Leste is not good news for women in that country. Adding yet another member of the male military…
It’s first decade as a nation has been challenging, but the outlook for Timor-Leste is positive. It’s first decade as a nation has been challenging, but the outlook for Timor-Leste is positive. AAP/Mick Stone

Reducing risk in Timor-Leste: a strong foundation for one of the youngest nations

The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (East Timor) is one of the world’s newest post-conflict nations. Next year it celebrates ten years as an independent democratic state, after almost 30 years of Indonesian…
Like other “dollarised” developing economies, Timor Leste will feel the pain of a US dollar decline. Like other “dollarised” developing economies, Timor Leste will feel the pain of a US dollar decline. AAP

Despite the debt deal, the US dollar is on the nose in developing countries

Although the US debt ceiling crisis has been resolved for now, the saga has obvious implications for developing countries. Yet, as is often the case, political conflict is obscuring the persistent and…