Pacific Scoop

Archive for May, 2011

Strange Resting Places – AOTNZ Tour 1 June – 1 July

Press Release – Arts on Tour New Zealand

Italy World War II – 1944. A young Maori solder from the 28th Māori Battalion sets out to steal food. An Italian deserter from the Fascist army takes cover in a stable. Both find themselves in a potentially deadly stand-off, but with Germans just outside, … Read more »

Timor-Leste Prepares For Membership in ASEAN

Press Release – Asian Development Bank

Government ministers and officials, Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials, representatives of non-government organizations and civil society, academia, the private sector and development partners met today for a joint consultation on Timor-Leste’s preparations … Read more »

How Amnesty International began in Fiji

Press Release – Citizens Constitutional Forum

Today Amnesty International Celebrates its 50th Birthday which is a significant milestone for individuals and organizations around the world who have fought their own battles for half a century to ensure the rights of individuals are protected! Read more »

ASCC Land Grant Hosts Molecular Biology Workshop

Press Release – American Samoa Community College

In recent decades, new technologies for studying the genetic foundations of life have transformed the biomedical sciences, resulting in numerous breakthroughs that have improved people’s lives worldwide. Local high school students with an interest … Read more »

‘Offline’ Fiji Times back after digital upgrade to comply with media decree

Fiji Times titles

The Fiji Times line-up in print ... "offline" for more than six weeks. Photo: Fiji Times

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Kalasi Mele in Suva

Fiji’s daily news portal, Fiji Times Online, is back online today for the first time in six weeks.

Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley had earlier confirmed the website would be back online before the end of the month.

Speaking to Wansolwara, the journalism training newspaper at the University of the South Pacific, Wesley said an upgrade to automatically attach bylines to all stories was needed to ensure the newspaper adhered to the Fiji Media Industry Decree. Read more »

KOILE wins top prize at Pacific Music Awards

Press Release – Pacific Music Awards

Saturday night’s Polynesian Blue Pacific Music Awards held in Auckland celebrated its first-ever win from a South Island based group since the awards beginnings. Read more »

‘What we did in Fiji was illegal,’ Mara tells Matangi Tonga

Ratu Tevita Mara

Ratu Tevita Mara talks to Matangi Tonga ... seeking united "pro-action" by Fiji opposition groups. Photo: Matangi Tonga

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pesi Fonua in Nuku’alofa

Fugitive colonel Ratu Tevita Mara, one of four Fijian senior military officers who with Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama overthrew the democratically elected government of Fiji on 5 December 2006, has confessed that what they did was illegal.

“I want a democratic government back in Fiji. I know it is strange coming from me, since I was part of the military that overthrew the democratically elected government in 2006, but that is what I would like to see happen in Fiji,” Mara has told Matangi Tonga in an interview.

“It has also been finally realised that what we did was illegal. We have to go back to democratic rule, there are no two ways about it.” Read more »

Fiji Marks First International Day Against Homophobia

Press Release – Drodrolagi Movement

Fiji became the first Pacific Island country to mark International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), with a panel discussion held at the University of the South Pacific (USP), on Tuesday May 17, 2011. Read more »

Fugitive Fiji colonel accuses Bainimarama of assaulting women dissidents

Ratu Tevita Mara

Fugitive Ratu Tevita Mara ... new video attacking Fiji regime leader Voreqe Bainimarama. Photo: PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By the PMC news desk

Fugitive colonel Ratu Tevita Mara has invoked the memory of his late father Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and his vision for a “multiracial Fiji” – and accused dictator Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama of assaulting three women dissidents in the early stages of the December 2006 coup.

Speaking in his latest YouTube video attack on the military-backed government, Ratu Mara made a series of bitter and controversial human rights violation allegations against Bainimarama and called for an inquiry.

Replying to an allegation by the regime prime minister that he was “racist”, Mara claimed it was “in the national interest” of all Fiji people to know that Bainimarama was the puppet of Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and “race does not come into it”. Read more »

Bainimarama The Beast

Press Release – Ratu Tevita Mara

Firstly I want to comment on the allegations made by Bainimarama that my statements are racist. Read more »

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