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To conserve West Papua, start with land rights and forget past mistakes

Published By   /  October 10, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bird's Head, Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Featured, Forests, Global, Human Rights, Indigenous, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Native forests, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Poverty, Press Release, Reports, Socio-economic development, West Papua, West Papuan deforestation  /  Comments Off on To conserve West Papua, start with land rights and forget past mistakes

ANALYSIS:  By Bernadinus Steni and Daniel Nepstad Large landscapes of intact tropical forests will figure prominently in global strategies to avert catastrophic climate change and conserve biodiversity. In this context, the extensive forests of Papua and West Papua provinces in Indonesia are now becoming the focus of international conservation efforts. There are many inherent perils […]

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Peter Manning: Despite her good intentions, Michelle Guthrie was never the right fit for the ABC

Published By   /  September 25, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcasting, Digital Media, Featured, Media, Media Freedom, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, The Conversation  /  Comments Off on Peter Manning: Despite her good intentions, Michelle Guthrie was never the right fit for the ABC

Sacked as ABC head … Michelle Guthrie, “wrong choice from the start”. Image: PMC ANALYSIS: By Peter Manning Michelle Guthrie has been badly treated – not by being sacked, but by being hired in the first place. As a former head of ABC TV News and Current Affairs, I met Guthrie several times at functions […]

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Scott Waide: Amid the PNG silence on military aid, calls go out for wide national consultation

Published By   /  September 23, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, China, Chinese aid, Development, Featured, Global, History, Jerry Singirok, Lombrum naval base, Manus Island, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Military, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG Defence Force, Politics, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Scott Waide: Amid the PNG silence on military aid, calls go out for wide national consultation

Lombrum naval base on Manus Island … a Google’s-eye view. COMMENT: By Scott Waide The global trade war between China and Western powers has reached new heights in the Pacific, and in particular in Papua New Guinea. As the government of Peter O’Neill courts China on the one side of the bargaining table, receiving, aid […]

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NZ aid workers’ open letter condemns broadcaster for Pacific ‘leeches’ attack

Published By   /  September 21, 2018  /  Aid policy, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Balance, Broadcasting, Fairness, hate speech, Hatred, Human Rights, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, RNZ Pacific, Solomon Islands  /  Comments Off on NZ aid workers’ open letter condemns broadcaster for Pacific ‘leeches’ attack

By RNZ Pacific OPINION: An open letter to broadcaster Heather du Plessis-Allan on behalf of New Zealanders who have worked, and those are who are still working, in development in Solomon Islands: Heather du Plessis-Allan’s recent comments on [Newstalk ZB] that the Pacific are leeches on New Zealand is dangerously ignorant, insulting to Pacific Islanders […]

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Tongan scholars lodge protests over broadcaster’s Pacific ‘leeches’ jibe

Published By   /  September 20, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Broadcasting, Featured, Global, Human Rights, Indigenous, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, News Media, Opinion, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Tonga  /  Comments Off on Tongan scholars lodge protests over broadcaster’s Pacific ‘leeches’ jibe

Broadcaster Heather du Plessis-Allan … controversial attack on the Pacific Islands and Pacific Islanders. Image: Screenshot of Newstalk ZB By Kalino Latu, editor of Kaniva News Tongan community leaders and top scholars in New Zealand will complain to the Human Rights Commission against broadcaster Heather du Plessis-Allan’s outspoken comments against Pacific people. The complaint will […]

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Plea to Jokowi: Free all Maluku and West Papuan political prisoners

Published By   /  September 20, 2018  /  Amnesty International, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Editor's Picks, Featured, flag-raising, Human Rights, Indonesia, Maluku, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, political prisoners, Politics, Press Release, Prisons, Protest, Protests, Reports, West Papua, West Papuan, West Papuan self-determination  /  Comments Off on Plea to Jokowi: Free all Maluku and West Papuan political prisoners

A study, conducted by Indonesia Law Reform Institute cofounder Anugrah Rizki Akbari, concludes that Indonesia has an “overcriminalisation” problem, with hundreds of harmless activities having been classified as crimes. Image: Shutterstock/Jakarta Post OPINION: By Glenn Fredly in Jakarta The remarks of renowned American philosopher John Dewey, “If you want to establish some conception of a […]

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Barbara Dreaver: Mana counts … NZ needs the Pacific as much as the Pacific needs NZ

Published By   /  September 12, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, cultural diplomacy, Culture, Development, Diplomacy, Environment, Featured, Global, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific dialogue, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Barbara Dreaver: Mana counts … NZ needs the Pacific as much as the Pacific needs NZ

A song called “Jacinda New Star in the Sky” clearly delighted NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru last week: “Underestimating personal relationships in the Pacific is sheer ignorance.” Image: Screen shot from TVNZ video OPINION: By Barbara Dreaver, 1 News Pacific Correspondent Now that the phosphate dust has settled […]

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Joanne Wallis: Australia needs to sing from same song sheet as Pacific

Published By   /  September 7, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Biketawa Declaration, Boe Declaration, Climate, Environment, Environmental security, Featured, Global, Human Rights, Labour, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Nauru, Nauru human rights, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Joanne Wallis: Australia needs to sing from same song sheet as Pacific

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne … hamstrung at the PIF summit in Nauru this week by Australia’s hypocritical policies. Image: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat By Joanne Wallis in Nauru Australia’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne probably envied New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s welcome at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ meeting in […]

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Second expat vice-chancellor flees ‘for safety’ as PNG universities turn nasty

Published By   /  August 20, 2018  /  Academic freedom, Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Education, Featured, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG universities, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Security, Universities, University of Natural Resources and Environment, UNRE  /  Comments Off on Second expat vice-chancellor flees ‘for safety’ as PNG universities turn nasty

Professor John Warren … forced to leave PNG as threats and lawlessness descend on universities targeting senior expatriate administrators. Image: PNG Attitude By Keith Jackson A letter from the former vice-chancellor of Papua New Guinea’s University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE) in Rabaul says senior staff urged him to leave the country for his […]

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Indonesian president’s belated call for tolerance leaves minorities at risk

Published By   /  August 18, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Culture, Featured, Gender, Harassment, HIV, Human Rights, Indonesia, justice, LGBT, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Religion, Religious tolerance, Reports, Sexual harassment, Sexual Minorities, Tolerance  /  Comments Off on Indonesian president’s belated call for tolerance leaves minorities at risk

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia. Image: Human Rights Watch/R file By Phelim Kine Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo did something extraordinary in his annual State of the Nation address this week – he issued a plea for tolerance. “I am sure if the Indonesian people […]

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