Opinion: Bougainville’s home-grown independence constitution: Part 2

The draft of the Constitution of the Republic of Bougainville draws on numerous sources, including the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) Constitution, the PNG Constitution, the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA),

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Opinion: Bougainville’s home-grown independence constitution: Part 1

This is the first article in a two-part series on the history, context and key features of the proposed independence constitution that is in the process of being developed for Bougainville. On 06 May 2024, the

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Pacific islands are being ‘debanked’. What does it mean – and why are Australia, NZ and the U.S concerned?

The withdrawal of major banks from Pacific islands poses significant socio-economic risks to the region, prompting intervention by Australia, the U.S and New Zealand. The so-called debanking of the Pacific – when

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EU rebukes African, Caribbean, Pacific org ‘not aligned with reality’

The European Commission is privately threatening to stop propping up the 79-member Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States amid concerns of financial mismanagement, just months after signing a new 20-year

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Opinion: The political risk of a failed census in Papua New Guinea

The last reliable national census for Papua New Guinea (PNG) was conducted 24 years ago, therefore the 2024 census is critical. But early signs suggest the latest attempt to count the country’s population will not be

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Opinion: Most plastics are made from fossil fuels and end up in the ocean, but marine microbes can’t degrade them

Marine plastic pollution is a massive environmental issue, with a plastic smog of an estimated 170 trillion particles afloat in the world’s oceans. This highlights how urgently we need to develop strategies to

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Opinion: Tapestry of Pacific ambiguities: Political tensions against the backdrop of FestPac celebrations

The focus of the Festival of Pacific Arts, or FestPac, is always culture, and the 13th iteration held in June 2024 in Hawai’i was no different.  More than two dozen island nations sent delegations of dancers,

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Opinion: How the small Pacific island nation of Vanuatu drastically cut plastic pollution

With lagoons once choked by rubbish, pressure from the appalled community led the government to ban certain single-use products. For generations, the people of Erakor village in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu would pass

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Opinion: Samoa should make the most of the Pacific Engagement Visa

When presented with an opportunity like Australia’s Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) scheme, don’t demur. Grab it with both hands and be grateful. Other Pacific countries including Fiji are all ready to sign

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Opinion: Trump vs Biden: the aid dimension

Republican candidate Donald Trump is the favourite to win the US presidential election on 5 November over Democratic incumbent Joe Biden, according to recent forecasts by media outlets such as The Economist. The

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Opinion: The real cost of mining in Solomon Islands

The Rennell landowners are questioning the government again about the status of their royalty payments for the 33 bauxite shipments worth millions and their compensation claims for the Kangava Bay oil spill in 2018.

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Opinion: Private sector can play a vital role in tackling plastic tsunami

The Pacific Islands, among the most picturesque yet vulnerable regions in the world, are facing an escalating crisis: plastic pollution. The initiation of a global plastics treaty, underpinned by initiatives such as the

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