Timor-Leste

The battle for Timor-Leste’s past

In 1975, Indonesian forces invaded Timor-Leste, heralding an occupation that lasted 24 years and claimed the lives of up to a third of the population. Forty years later, another clash is underway: an internal “history war” over the official narrative of the country’s turbulent past


Dili delights

One doesn’t need to leave the capital of Timor-Leste to find a bucolic paradise where world-class beaches and historical sites vie for visitors’ attention in one of the region’s best-kept travel secrets


Out of the black

Revenues from oil and gas supplies have been essential for an independent Timor-Leste, but with concerns they may run out within two decades, the pressure is on to prepare for a time without ‘black gold’


Doctor in the house

The appointment of Rui Maria de Araújo as the new prime minister of Timor-Leste signals a generational shift, with many pegging the young turk to ably fill the shoes vacated by the country’s independence hero