A Letter From The Publisher: Jul. 15, 1966

TIME and its reporters were banned in Indonesia in 1961, and President Sukarno has never been secretive about his opinion of our coverage, which sharply delineated the country's downward slide under his capricious rule. The situation drastically changed last September when an attempted Communist takeover was put down by the army, and the generals began to maneuver Sukarno into the background.

The new military regime lifted the ban on TIME. Bangkok Bureau Chief Louis Kraar flew into Djakarta to witness the mopping-up operations of Lieut. General Suharto's troops and the radical political changes that the military were setting in motion. After two...

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