Opinion: Micronesia in the Headlines

The rise of China and its role in the region is driving U.S. “re-engagement” with the island Pacific. In the case of those Micronesian states who have Compacts of Free Association with the United States (COFA), the

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Photo exhibit challenges anti-Micronesian attitudes in Hawaii

A photography exhibit by veteran Pacific journalist Floyd K. Takeuchi opens in Honolulu on September 1 with the explicit purpose of challenging local negative stereotypes about the state’s small but highly visible

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First COVID outbreak in FSM ‘causing alarm’

Micronesia’s first outbreak of COVID-19 grew in one week to more than 1,000 cases by Tuesday, causing alarm in the Pacific island nation.  Last week, FSM became possibly the final nation in the world with a

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Forum stabilises, but hard problems remain

It was a busy time in Suva this month, as Presidents and Prime Ministers arrived in the Fijian capital for the 51st Pacific Islands Forum. Well, most of them – the absence of key Micronesian leaders and the withdrawal

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Legal jostling over Marshall Islands’ Forum status derailing unity efforts

Marshall Islands President David Kabua will not be in Suva for the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting this week because  members of his own government have “derailed” an effort to reverse the country’s

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Forum leaders meet to consolidate Blue Pacific agenda

For the first time since 2019, presidents and prime ministers from around the region will gather face-to-face in Suva this week, to continue the 51st Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting. The centrepiece of the summit

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Pohnpei officials arrested for breaching quarantine rules

Five Pohnpei officials, including the acting governor, were arrested last week after being criminally charged for allegedly bungling the quarantine protocols that resulted in an extended stay of repatriated passengers

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‘The family stays together’

Micronesian members will stay in Pacific Islands Forum “I think that big dark, dark cloud that has been hanging over the Pacific has evaporated from this meeting.” That was Federated States of Micronesia President,

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Pacific Islands Forum unity talks underway in Fiji

Fiji today hosts the second day of talks aimed at keeping the Pacific Islands Forum membership intact, with the leaders of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and Cook Islands in the country for meetings with their

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COVID-free Pacific island nations to open borders

Two of the last four remaining COVID-free nations in the world are preparing to open their borders. The Federated States of Micronesia has announced its plan to open its borders without quarantine beginning August

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FSM President requests economic assistance package

Federated States of Micronesia President, David Panuelo, has concluded in-depth discussions with U.S Special Presidential envoy for Compact negotiations, Joseph Yun and Jake Sullivan, the U.S National Security

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Marshall Islands president calls for Forum ‘peace’

The President of Marshall Islands says not only does he not want the Micronesia area nations to pull out of the Forum, he wants current Secretary General Henry Puna to stay on the job. In a 17 February letter to Nauru

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