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Political lessons of the Julian Moti affair – will Canberra provide answers?

Solomon Islands media are mounting pressure on Canberra to explain why it pursued former Attorney General Julian Moti, extraditing him on child sex charges.

Pacific Scoop:
Opinion – WSWS

Last week’s Queensland Supreme Court decision to throw out the prosecution of former Solomon Islands’ Attorney General Julian Moti on trumped up child sex charges is a major blow to the Australian government, its federal police and public prosecutors. The vicious five-year vendetta has cast light on Canberra’s filthy neo-colonial operations in the South Pacific, as well as the complicity of the entire political and media establishment—ranged across the official political spectrum, from the openly right wing to the ex-radical “left”.

For more, see… World Socialist Web Site’s report.

Alarming levels of diabetes found in Fiji

Press Release – Fred Hollows Foundation

Early results from a Fiji eye health survey by The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ have revealed alarming levels of diabetes amongst people over 40. A staggering four out of every ten people screened were found to have diabetes, and more worryingly, a … Read more »

Kelly Kwalik died to free the people of Papua

Pacific Press Release – The Australia West Papua Association

He finished his education in 1975 from the Teachers’ College at Taruna Bakti, and worked up to the date of 26 December 1976. He then joined the Cabinet of the Revolutionary Government at their Headquarters in Victoria, in the Keerom area, on the 1st July … Read more »

Femlink welcomes renewal of community radio

Press Release – Pacific Media Watch

SUVA (Femlink Pacific/Pacific Media Watch): Femlinkpacific, the operators of the mobile “suitcase” radio station 89.2FM today welcomed the news that the Telecommunication Authority of Fiji has renewed the women’s NGO community radio licence until December … Read more »

West Papua: Dialogue needed between NZ and Jakarta

Press Release – Indonesia Human Rights Committee

The Indonesia Human Rights Committee is calling on Prime Minister John Key and Foreign Minister Murray McCully to support the calls for dialogue to avert further tension and violence in West Papua. Read more »

NZ military reservists make contribution in Pacific

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

After ACT’s first year as a support Party of the Government, and mine as a Minister of the Crown, it is worth reflecting on the year that was. If you would like to receive this weekly email publication please email me at heather.roy@parliament.govt.nz . … Read more »

Taking the next steps with environmental education

Press Release – Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Over 180 people from New Zealand and overseas will be attending the NZ Association of Environmental Education’s biennial conference at Lindisfarne College in Hastings on 19-22 January. Read more »

New Zealand ratifies cluster bomb ban

Press Release – Aotearoa New Zealand Cluster Munition Coalition

(Wellington, 23 December 2009) – New Zealand has ratified the international treaty banning cluster munitions one week after domestic implementing legislation was signed into law, said the Aotearoa New Zealand Cluster Munition Coalition (ANZCMC) today. Read more »

Keeping Fiji’s children free of disease

Pacific Press Release – UNICEF

A week after category 2 Cyclone Mick hit major islands of the Fiji Islands group, the threat of water borne disease still exists. In response, UNICEF is working to provide affected communities with the knowledge and facilities needed to access safe … Read more »

Air NZ announces Sydney – Rarotonga services

Press Release – Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand will from July operate direct services between Sydney and the Cook Islands, making it the first airline to operate direct services between the two nations. Flights will operate once a week for a four month trial period during the peak holiday … Read more »

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