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Archive for June, 2013

Rabuka still has political ambitions and condemns ‘punishing the innocent’

Fiji’s first coup leader and a former elected prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka,
talks to The Nation on NZ’s TV3. Video: Frontpage

Pacific Scoop:
Report – The PMC news desk and The Nation

The leader of Fiji’s first two coups and a former elected prime minister who ushered in the 1997 constitution, Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka, admits he still has political ambitions.

He also believes Australian and New Zealand sanctions imposed on Fiji are “punishing the innocent”.

Rabuka, who led both coups in Fiji in 1987 and was prime minister from 1992-1999, said in an exclusive interview on TV3′s The Nation this weekend that he had not ruled out contesting next year’s post-coup elections. Read more »

Q+A: Susan Wood Interviews Barrie Cassidy

Press Release – TVNZ

One of his own Labor MPs called him a psychopath with a giant ego, but despite that, Kevin Rudd has been reinstalled as Australian Prime Minister, reclaiming the job he lost to Julia Gillard three years ago. Read more »

Coup leader doesn’t rule out political future

Press Release – The Nation

The leader of Fijis first coup and former Prime Minister isnt ruling out standing for Parliament in the elections proposed for next year. I believe God doesnt believe in retirement, he said. Read more »

American Samoans have no right to US citizenship, DC court concludes

American Samoa passport

The 56,000 residents of American Samoa can work, travel freely and join the US army, but they are not considered citizens. Image:

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Fili Sagapolutele of Samoa News

The federal court in Washington DC has dismissed the citizenship lawsuit filed last July by five American Samoans and a California based organisation, whose suit asked the court to declare that all persons born in American Samoa should become US citizens.

American Samoans are today considered US nationals, but not US citizens. This means they can work, travel freely and join the US military, but they cannot vote in federal elections or attend jury duty.

Defendants in the suit were the federal government, and three US State Department officials who last year asked the court to dismiss the case.
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Good Practice Seminar: Pacific Local Government Associations

Press Release – Commonwealth Local Government Forum Pacific

SUVA, FIJI A seminar to exchange the good practices of newly established local government associations in the Pacific region will take place in Auckland from the 2-3 July, 2013 with the launching of the Pacific Local Government Associations (PLGA) Network … Read more »

The Standpoint of Papuan Freedom Political Prisoners

Press Release – Papuan Freedom Political Prisoners

The Papuan Freedom Political Prisoners in the Abepura State Prison of West Papua have received reports that certain printed and electronic news media reports from both within the Papuan nation and overseas have deviated from our statement on 23 … Read more »

Prayer Vigil for Nelson Mandela

Press Release – Auckland Cathedral Of The Holy Trinity

A daily prayer service for Nelson Mandela will begin this evening at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, from 7pm – 9pm. Read more »

Pacific Emerging Leaders Join Hands for the Environment

Press Release – Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Two very special groups of Pacific island young professionals and university students are gathering at the Tanoa Hotel in Nadi, Fiji this week to progress their aspirations for improving environmental conservation and peoples livelihoods. Read more »

Tourism Australia Announces New Appointment

Press Release – Tourism Australia

Reporting to General Manager, New Zealand, Jenny Aitken, Chris takes up the position on 01 July and replaces Amanda Hall in what is a redefined position that Jenny says better meets the commercial and strategic needs of the region. Read more »

Timor-Leste: Strong 2013 Growth But Downside Risks Loom

Press Release – Asian Development Bank

DILI, TIMOR LESTE (27 June 2013) Timor-Leste is on track to post growth of 9.5% in 2013 the strongest rate in the Pacific region but some downside risks for the economy loom, says the latest Pacific Economic Monitor , released today by the … Read more »

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