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Tue
09
May

World Bank: Climate-Threatened Pacific Islanders Should Be Allowed To Migrate To Australia, NZ

 

A World Bank policy paper, Pacific Possible, says that people from Pacific Islands threatened by climate change should be allowed to migrate 'to boost struggling island economies and prevent a later mass forced migration.'

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Mon
08
May

The Drumbeat Of West Papuan Resistance

 

"A new Melanesian cultural movement is pushing back against Indonesian oppression. Ronny Kareni, a West Papuan musician and part of the ‘Rize of the Morning Star’ arts collective, explains why music is his weapon of choice in the fight for freedom."

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Thu
20
Apr

UN Oceans Regional Preparatory Conference And Its Implications For The Pacific Islands

 

Dr. Transform Aqorau, former CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement Office in Majuro, Marshall Islands, provides some observations about the preparations for the UN Oceans Conference to be co-hosted by Fiji and Sweden in New York this June.

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Mon
10
Apr

Human Smuggling, Money Laundering Probes Surround Saipan Casino

 

Multiple probes by various U.S. agencies are underway into the construction and operations of Saipan's Best Sunshine casino. A recent FBI raid resulted in numerous arrests for hiring undocumented workers and residents have noted that construction has dramatically slowed since that time.

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Wed
05
Apr

Solomon Islands Seeks Balance In Relations With Indonesia And West Papua

 

"With the end of the RAMSI intervention and restoration of full sovereignty comes more difficult diplomatic balancing." Solomon Islands seeks to retain good relations with Indonesia while continuing to strongly support self-determination for the majority Melanesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. 

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Thu
30
Mar

Chinese President Rolls Out The Red Carpet For FSM Counterpart

 

"Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Micronesian President Peter M. Christian at the Great Hall of the  People in Beijing on Monday. ... President Xi said China sees Micronesia as a good friend and partner among Pacific island nations. He added that China is willing to maintain close exchanges at all levels with the country."

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Wed
29
Mar

The World's Rarest And Most Ancient Dog Re-Discovered In New Guinea

 

Feared extinct, a seemingly thriving population of the New Guinea highland wild dog has been confirmed living in a remote part of the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea. Researchers used trail cameras to document the animals and DNA analysis of biological sample to confirm that they are indeed the ancient breed of canids. 

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Tue
28
Mar

Slavery Claims As Seasonal Workers From Vanuatu Paid Nothing For Months' Work

 

22 ni-Vanuatu men participating in Australia's Seasonal Workers scheme worked for little or no wages for months in a case about which Australian Federal Circuit Court Justice said he 'struggled to imagine a "more egregious" case of worker exploitation.'

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Tue
14
Mar

West Papuan Villages Awarded Forest Permits; Allowed To Manage Their Land

 

Two villages in South Sorong, West Papua province have become the first in Papua to be granted hutan desa (village forest) permits. The permits grant the villagers customary ownership rights to their land and allow the villages to manage the land to improve their own welfare. 'Greenpeace Indonesia heralded the acknowledgment as a landmark decision.' 

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Mon
13
Mar

PNG Gets A Dose Of The Resource Curse As ExxonMobil’s Natural Gas Project Foments Unrest

 

Australian National University doctoral student Michael Main has conducted years of research in the highlands of Papua New Guinea surrounding the huge ExxonMobile natural gas development project. This commentary links the frustration at the failure of the national government to deliver on promises made in benefit sharing agreements to increasing unrest the government is struggling to contain. 

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