Church on a mission for WEST PAPUA

THE Catholic Church in Pacific has placed the issue of West Papua firmly in its sights after an impassioned plea from regional civil society groups.   Next month, Bishop Jean Bosco Baremes of the Diocese of Port

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Insult to the Pacific

Minister’s visit draws leaders’ ire AS Indonesian Minister Yohana Susana Yembise attempted to woo Fiji’s women, church leaders in her home were calling for justice.   Father Neles

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Drought hits Vanuatu

AT least two young children have died of malnutrition in Tanna as the El Nino drought worsens in Vanuatu. One child less than a year old from Lautapunga village in White Sands after the family was

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PNG BUBBLE bursts

AFTER years of unassailable sustainable growth, the Papua New Guinea economy is in trouble.   The once hailed as the Pacific’s tiger economy is struggling to stay afloat because of a spiraling

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Battle for the Pacific

Phone provider pushes into content market LESS than a decade after entering the Pacific market, Digicel is poised to become the biggest player in the region.   Founded in the Caribbean in 2001,

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No sign of digital TV

Carrier scurries to make tower deal FIJI’S $16million national digital television platform was announced with much fanfare in 2014 and was to have been launched in July this year. That date later

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Fiber optic bill signed into law

THE path to bring increased Internet speed in Palau is well on its way following the signing into law of the fiber optic bill on September 20.   President Remengesau signed

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Act to ensure participation for prevention

THE annual UN Security Council Open Debate on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 hosted by Spain recalled the active mobilisation of women’s groups globally after the 1995 Fourth

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WE Say

Vanuatu teaches region lesson in governance WHILE October was a tumultuous month for the people of Vanuatu, events in the former condominium taught the region valuable lessons in governance. Across the

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Pulpit platform for battle

Anglican primate tackles island issue head on WHEN the Archbishop of York passed through the Pacific in August, his visit went relatively unnoticed by the world. Even the local media confined Reverend Dr

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STOP THE PLUNDER!

On the high seas, a fight to save our fish stocks FOR the past few months, Greenpeace’s famous Rainbow Warrior ship has been in Pacific waters to monitor the illegal fishing that is destroying jobs and

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Whispers

DESPITE government assurances about meeting core International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions, Fijians are bracing themselves for a possible ILO Commission of Inquiry. The country’s two main unions, the

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