Thursday, June 01, 2006
Murdoch right-wing machine demonizes East Timor government. Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation-owned and influenced media enterprises in Australia, most notably The Australian and television networks carried by Foxtel, are ratcheting up propaganda pressure on East Timor's embattled government led by Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri and President Xanana Gusmao. Murdoch's propagandists, who wrongly identify themselves as journalists, are accusing Alkatii of not acting to prevent the outbreak of rioting and violence in East Timor. Attorney General Longuinhos Monteiro said his offices have been looted by rebels on several occasions and that a portion of his department's criminal archives have been stolen. Murdoch's propagandizing against Alkatiri coincides with demands from East Timor rebel leader Major Alfredo Reinado that Alkatiri step down. In fact, there is more evidence that right-wing elements in Australia tied to Murdoch, John Howard, multinational oil companies, and the CIA were behind Reinado's attempted coup against the government in an attempt to impose a pro-Australian government that would be willing to negotiate away East Timor's rights to Timor Sea oil blocks. The coup against East Timor's government bears a resemblance to the Bush abortive coup against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in April 2002. Unlike Venezuela, East Timor's government is too reliant on the West for economic and military aid and its army was too infiltrated by U.S. and Australian agents to be effective in fending off the rebellion.