A Beef with Human Rights

In a move Australia's foreign minister decried as "outrageous and indefensible, utterly at odds with ... an open and democratic society," an American human rights monitor has been ordered to leave Indonesia. The International Crisis Group's Sidney Jones said her "immediate expulsion order" was arranged by the Indonesian intelligence agency, whose director called her work "subversive." Indonesia's intelligence director accused 19 other non-governmental groups of "endangering national security before the July 5 presidential election." But Indonesia does want U.S. beef. The country "cited a determination last week" by the international animal health organization "that the U.S. was now considered to be [mad cow disease]-free," and became "one of the first countries besides Mexico and Canada to resume their imports of U.S. beef," according to AgWeb.