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Suharto’s Legacy


Reuters is reporting: “Indonesia’s ailing former President Suharto has pneumonia and is developing a blood infection which could lead to blood poisoning, causing a further deterioration in his health, his doctors said on Tuesday. Doctors have been battling to save the 86-year-old former strongman, who ruled the vast Southeast Asian nation for more than three decades.”

Director of the Indonesia and East Timor Documentation Project and assistant professor of history at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Simpson just wrote a piece titled “Suharto’s Deadly Legacy — And Ours.” He is also author of the forthcoming book Economists with Guns: Authoritarian Development and U.S.-Indonesian Relations, 1960-1968 from Stanford University Press.
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Nairn is available for a limited number of interviews. A noted independent journalist who has written extensively on Indonesia, Nairn runs the new weblog “News and Comment.” He recently wrote a piece titled “General Suharto of Indonesia: One Small Man Leaves a Million Corpses.”

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167