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Tue
08
Aug

New York Times Opinion: Australia’s Desperate Refugee Obstinacy

 

The release of transcripts from U.S. President Trump's telephone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull show, according to NYT Columnist Roger Cohen, "how desperate Australia is to close the shameful chapter in its history that has seen about 2,000 asylum-seekers and refugees — some now dead, most suffering from depressive disorders — dumped on two remote Pacific islands for four years."

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Mon
10
Jul

Papua New Guinea Election Results

 

The Electoral Commission website provides progress of 2017 election results. Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato. says results may be slow because they will have to be verified before being posted.

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Thu
06
Jul

Can Coral Get Cancer? Research Examines Bikini Atoll, Where U.S. Dropped 23 Atomic Bombs

 

Research teams looking at reasons why marine invertibrates exposed to radiation for 60 years aren't developing cancer.

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Thu
15
Jun

Most Members Of European Parliament Skip Climate Change Speech By RMI President

 

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine gave an emotioinal address to a mostly empty European Parliament. President Heine urged EU leaders to do more to ensure Paris Agreement is adhered to; several MEPs said it was 'shameful' more colleagues did not turn up to here the speeech

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Mon
12
Jun

The U.S. Is Losing The Pacific Islands To China

Based in Vanuatu, long-time photojournalist, author and television producer Ben Bohane's opinion is that the Pacific Islands, once considered by the United States to be an 'American Lake,' are increasingly turning to China. The relationship of benign neglect by the U.S. where there is ' little evidence that the U.S. is putting any significant resources into the Pacific islands' is being replaced by 'China [which] has unleashed multibillion-dollar investments throughout the islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, offering critical infrastructure projects, planeloads of tourists and access to financial inclusion, the U.S. has stayed silent.'   

The U.S. Is Losing The Pacific Islands To China
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Wed
31
May

Papua New Guinea Expedition Discovers Largest Trees At Extreme Altitudes

 

A scientific expedition in PNG's Morobe province surveyed trees from 'coast to clouds' showed that the largest trees are unexpectedly found at higher altitudes. "The study may force a re-think of what we know about the ideal environments for growing very large trees," said Dr Dwyer, a UQ School of Biological Sciences' lecturer and CSIRO researcher.

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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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