Anne Barker,

Anne Barker

Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Recent articles by Anne:

Floods in Indonesia's capital kill 9 people and force thousands to evacuate

At least nine people have been killed and almost 20,000 people evacuated as flash flooding submerges parts of the Indonesia's capital and nearby towns. → Read More

Sumatran orangutan Bon Bon leaves Bali bound for home after rehabilitation from smuggling attempt

An orangutan was left so traumatised after being snatched and stuffed in a suitcase in an attempted smuggling that he lashed out at any man who came near. But patience, care and a familiar-looking doll has him on the road to recovery. → Read More

Indonesian cleric who helped draft caning law, Mukhlis bin-Muhammad, flogged for adultery

Mukhlis bin-Muhammad, a member of the Muslim organisation that helped the Aceh government draft its religious laws, is caned 28 times in public for having sexual relations with a married woman. → Read More

Australian Michael McLaren arrested over killing of Hobart businessman Anthony Wilson and Flilipina business partner in Philippines

Police believe a property dispute may be behind the shooting death of a 61-year-old Hobart businessman and his 41-year-old Filipina business partner in a city north-west of Manila. → Read More

Timorese boy named in honour of Sir Peter Cosgrove after 1999 peacekeeping mission

Twenty years after Sir Peter Cosgrove led an international peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste, he remains a national hero and a Timorese boy has been named in his honour. → Read More

War veterans heal through community work and rehabilitation in East Timor

Two decades after the Australian-led peacekeeping force served in East Timor, veterans still carry the mental scars. A unique tour called Timor Awakening attempts to help them reckon with their trauma. → Read More

Video of Xanana Gusmao embracing BJ Habibie in hospital bed shared after former Indonesian leader's death

Video of East Timor's former President Xanana Gusmao embracing BJ Habibie in his hospital bed is being shared on social media after the transformative politician's death. → Read More

Timor-Leste independence vote anniversary celebrated by young and old alike

Many among the thousands celebrating the 1999 independence vote are too young to remember life under Indonesian occupation, but the violence has had a devastating impact on families. → Read More

Declassified intelligence documents shed light on 1999 Timor Leste independence

Newly published intelligence documents back claims it was the US and not Australia that ultimately forced Indonesia to accept peacekeepers and uphold the Timor Leste independence referendum. → Read More

Australian man arrested in Bali after boat rescue used drugs for back injury, lawyer says

Tony Haritos, 63, from a prominent Darwin family, is in hospital in Bali facing drugs charges after police allegedly found methamphetamines in his broken-down boat. → Read More

Two Australian men arrested in Bali to be charged with cocaine possession and use

Police in Bali are preparing to charge two Australian men for cocaine use and possession, after a series of drug raids in a trendy nightclub area of Canggu. → Read More

Critics concerned about viability of Timor Leste oil project

Timor Leste is pouring billions of dollars into infrastructure to pipe oil and gas to its south coast and process onshore, but critics say the project is unviable, and if it fails could send Timor Leste bankrupt. → Read More

UN to set up independent investigation of Philippines drug war

The United Nations has voted to set up an independent investigation into the thousands of killings in the Philippines' so-called 'war on drugs' – a step that activists say is long overdue. → Read More

Extrajudicial killings in Philippines approaching 30,000: human rights groups

Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines – many of them committed by police – are the result of the country's brutal war on drugs. The UN Human Rights Council will this week vote on a resolution to launch a formal investigation into the killings. → Read More

Xanana Gusmao urges Australian government to drop charges against 'Witness K'

East Timor's former President Xanana Gusmao has urged the Australian government to drop its prosecution of a former intelligence officer who exposed the spying scandal – where Australia covertly bugged → Read More

Indonesia cracks down on imported illegal plastic waste

Indonesia is the latest country to crack down on the illegal import of plastic waste from countries including Australia. Authorities in eastern Java are today preparing to re-export 11 containers contaminated with plastic from Canada. → Read More

Measles on the rise in Indonesia, fears of impact on Australia

Health authorities fear an increase in measles cases in Australia could worsen unless vaccination rates in Southeast Asia improve, with Indonesia posing the biggest risk. → Read More

Indonesian police accused of brutality after riot response

Indonesian police are facing accusations of brutality in the wake of last week's post-election riots that left eight people dead, some of whom had gunshot wounds despite police claims they were only using rubber bullets. → Read More

Indonesia election results show President Joko Widodo is clear winner — but challenge looms

Results from Indonesia's Electoral Commission show incumbent President Joko Widodo is the clear winner of last month's poll — but a possible legal challenge from his rival and the threat of violent protests loom over the victory. → Read More

Sari Club owners want $14 million for the site of the 2002 Bali bombing to build a peace park

The family that owns the bombed Sari Club site in Bali has demands $9 million in compensation — on top of the $4.9 million price tag — before it will commit to sell to those who want to preserve the site as a memorial. → Read More