Scars of Bougainville

WITH the looming referendum and the future of the Bougainville copper mine hanging in the loop, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s recent appointment


Boats, payments in limbo THE U.S. government officially announced in mid-January that it is pulling out of the U.S. Pacific islands fisheries

Vunibobo: A man of many seasons

A TREASURED document amongst war and modern history aficionados is an old sepia programme entitled “Official Programme of the VICTORY CELEBRATIONS 8th

Time for regional fuel plans

LAST month the price of crude fell below the $USD30 a barrel mark for the first time since the beginning of the


Former Fiji politician KC Ramrakha, ran foul of the Indian-dominated National Federation Party during the faction fighting of 1977. He speaks to


FOR all they do and say about good governance and transparency among state players in our part of the ocean, non-governmental organisations

Poll twists and turns

THE election of the Marshall Islands’ — and the independent Pacific’s first — head of state in late January followed a rollercoaster

Battle for top job

IN what may be a record in the Pacific islands for speed of a no confidence motion following election, just three days

New players, old lessons

VANUATU saw out 2015 on a high note as a model of the Westminster system. The separation of powers worked well and

Political horse-trading

VOTERS in Kiribati went to the polls on January 7th 2015 and gave the country’s more prominent political parties more than a