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The Stanley Foundation

World Press Review is a program of the Stanley Foundation.

October 2001
Megawati and Wahid
Megawati Sukarnoputri emerges from behind Abdurrahman Wahid (Photo: AFP).

Inheriting Indonesia

Her name literally means “daughter of the storm clouds,” which may just make President Megawati Sukarnoputri the best person to lead Indonesia out of its current state of instability. Megawati took office on July 23, after the impeachment of former President Abdurrahman Wahid, a respected Muslim leader whose political career ended ingloriously amid charges of corruption and misrule. So far, the signs look promising. Political commentators have praised Megawati’s cabinet choices. And in her first major address as president on Aug. 16, she revealed a surprisingly liberal program, which allayed fears that she may be a puppet of the military. She acknowledged East Timor’s independence, which she had opposed in 1999, and promised to protect human rights.

The challenges before her administration are formidable. Separatist conflicts are escalating; the economy is in disarray; and corruption, the legacy of Suharto’s 32-year dictatorship, is rampant. Tackling corruption must be one of Megawati’s top priorities if she is to restart the flow of aid from the International Monetary Fund that was suspended during Wahid’s erratic presidency.

Megawati Rises to the Challenge
Jakarta's independent newsmagazine Tempo looks to Megawati's background as a clue to what the future might bring.

Asian Neighbors Think Alike
Manila's The Philippine Star (independent), comments on the striking similarities between Megawati and Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Mega, Put the "I" in Innovation
Denny JA, executive director of Jayabaya University in Jakarta, gives Indonesia's new president his prescription for the country's ills.

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The Dream that Never Was | Vaudine England, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong.

September 2001
(Photo: AFP)
The Balkans, 10 Years After

Remembrance of Things Not-Quite-Past

WPR's Belgrade Correspondent, Katarina Subasic, reflects on her efforts—and Serbia's—to come to grips with the country's past... Full Story

Troubled Times, 10 Years On
Belgrade's Reporter takes stock of the past 10 years in the Balkans and looks at how each country in the region is faring today. Full Story

Macedonia's 'Liberation' Army: A Learner's Lexicon
For months, a guerrilla organization operating in Macedonia has been known by the same abbreviation as the one that fought the Serbs in Kosovo. Confusion over what to call these rebels in Macedonia is part of the general difficulty in getting a clear picture of their origins, structure, and goals.

Zurich's Neue Zürcher Zeitung explains... Full Story

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West's Temporary Thing | Slobodan Casule, Dnevnik, Skopje
Shortsighted in Skopje | Sokol Dervishi, Gazeta Shqiptare, Tirana

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Illegal Mexican Immigrants
Into Mexico from Guatemala: Crossing the border at the Suchiate River (Photo: Silva/Getty Images).
Mexican Immigration: Closely Watched Borders

Negotiating a Migration Accord

Diego Cavallos, writing for Rome's Inter Press Service, reports on the recent bilateral accord protecting Mexicans immigrating illegally to the United States... Full Story

Mexico's 'Southern Plan': The Facts
In the early weeks of June, the Mexican police deported over 9,000 immigrants who had snuck into Mexico from Central America, in a crackdown of unprecedented scale. Velia Jaramillo reports for Mexico City's Proceso... Full Story

The Southern Border: a Virtual Line
Isaín Mandujano, also writing for Proceso, sees only an artificial distinction between the southern states of Mexico and their Central American neighbors. Full Story

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Deaths on the Devil's Highway | Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, Reforma, Mexico City
A Questionable Bartering Chip | La Journada, Mexico City

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August 2001
Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi smiles after the Italian Parliament returns a vote of confidence in his government. (Photo: AFP)
“Before May 13, some of Italy’s leading intellectuals were vehement opponents of Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing coalition; today their silence is deafening.”

Franz Haas, writing for Zurich's conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung, wonders where the criticism of Italy's new president has gone. Full Story...