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2016 February

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

2016 February

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

2016 February

Another term for Tuilaepa?

HOW can one predict the result for next month’s general elections in Samoa, now? Smartphones, that’s how. Similar to other island states,

2016 February

Bank weighs in on PNG economy concerns

THE economy continues to be a worry for Papua New Guinea. Despite reassurances from the government and positive projections by the International

2016 February

Doubts over PACER Plus

Trade adviser defends agreement “THERE is no reason to doubt the sincerity of Australia and New Zealand in relation to the commitments

2016 February

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

2016 February

TREATY CRISIS

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

2016 February

De Brum’s coalition a ‘show’

TWO months after the Pacific joined the world in adopting a new agreement on climate change, news are just emerging that all