Opinion: The politics of riots in Melanesia

The riots that erupted in the Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby, on January 10 have left a trail of destruction likely to have severe political ramifications. Such disturbances in Melanesia’s major cities are not

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Opinion: Science says Tuvalu will drown within decades; the reality is worse

Tuvalu, a picturesque island nation nestled in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, is currently grappling with a relentless onslaught of storm surges and towering waves, wreaking havoc on coastal communities. While

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Opinion: Behind the shine of the Pacific Games lurks poor governance and corruption

Running with the baton as part of the relay in the lead-up to the Pacific Games, I felt so proud of my country. Proud of the young people who volunteered in whatever way they could to make the event successful.

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Opinion: Health service coverage: Asia and the Pacific swap places

According to the World Health Organization, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) requires that all people receive the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative health services they need and can afford.

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Opinion: One year down, a mixed bag of results for Fiji’s coalition

When Sitiveni Rabuka narrowly won the parliamentary vote to become Fiji Prime Minister a year ago on Christmas Eve 2022, his position looked extremely precarious. With only a one-seat majority, the new coalition

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Opinion: COP28 marks the end of business as usual for the Blue Pacific

The United Nations climate talks (COP28) concluded in Dubai delivered a mixed bag of outcomes for the Pacific.  An early highlight during these annual talks was the agreement to operationalise a loss and damage

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COP28: Celebrating the Crumbs 

After 28 years of international climate negotiations, the COP summit finally reached an agreement to transition away from fossil fuels. The mention of fossil fuels is in itself a breakthrough. But it is low-hanging

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Opinion: The Fiji Military and the 2013 Constitution

The view that the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) plays an important and necessary role as the guardian of the 2013 Constitution and as a keeper of the peace within Fiji has recently been expressed by several

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Opinion: A PNG-Australia security framework: not a treaty but solid nonetheless

On 7 December 2023, the prime ministers of Australia and Papua New Guinea signed an historic security agreement in Canberra. It has taken approximately three years to conclude since both countries signed the

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Opinion: Can the Commonwealth save paradise?

As Foreign Minister of Ghana, I do get around a fair bit.  Often, I’m immersed in briefing papers on flights, with little to no time for looking out the window to take in the aerial sights on the approach to

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Opinion: Australia-Tuvalu ‘Falepili’

The Australia-Tuvalu ‘Falepili’ strategy is bullish and most alarming. The initiative was never consulted with the people of Tuvalu, nor was it ever raised in Parliament. It is not a climate change response. It is

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Opinion: Australia should listen to PNG not the IMF

In late 2021, following the first phase of a review of the 2000 Central Banking Act (CBA) by an independent advisory group, the Papua New Guinea parliament unanimously amended the CBA. Among other things, the amendments

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