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Jakarta Post

More protein – less rice, Pat Walsh’s cheerful experiences in the Big Durian

  • Duncan Graham


Malang, East Java   /   Mon, April 11 2016   /  09:36 am
(Photo by Duncan Graham)

‘Stormy with a chance of fried rice’
by Pat Walsh
Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia 2015
216 pagesAustralian activist Pat Walsh has had what he calls a “hot and cold” relationship with Indonesia.Twenty-five years ago, Walsh cofounded Inside Indonesia, originally a print magazine, now online and a must-read for anyone seriously interested in the archipelago.

During the Soeharto years, the former Catholic priest was blacklisted. More recently he’s been involved in Timor Leste, where he was an official observer of the 1999 referendum and later with the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor Leste, known by its acronym CAVR.

In the past two years he’s been surgically editing an English translation of the CAVR report Chega! for the publisher Gramedia.

Chega! [Portuguese for “enough”] examines events between April 1974, when the Ind...