[Marxism] Book review: A woman of independence, Kirsty Sword Gusmao

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Wed Jun 2 21:22:23 MDT 2004

A Woman of Independence

by Kirsty Sword Gusmao

Pan McMillan Australia, 2003

Reviewed by Jenny Haines

In this book, Kirsty Sword tells her own story, from 1990 onwards, of
her life as an undercover activist for the East Timor independence
movement. The story that she tells provides a guide for anyone who
wants to work undercover in any country, for any movement, of any
ideological persuasion. Her activities reminded me a lot of the
activities of the women of the French Resistance during World War II.
While she worked for official organisations during the day teaching
English, at night and after hours she spent many hours translating and
producing documents, raising funds for solidarity committees,
encouraging and supporting activists and drumming up support from
overseas organisations. She was probably one of the first underground
activists to use encrypted email, a laptop computer and the mobile
phone, which in the later stages of her activities proved very useful
for her communication with Xanana Gusmao.

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