Showing posts from August 28, 2011

Issues of the Past Haunt Us: PM

Fiji needs leaders who are committed to genuine consultation, inclusiveness and accountability and have a progressive vision in moving the country forward, the Prime Minister Commodore told Macuata chiefs and provincial leaders  yesterday, repeating his long-time message that that Fiji's root problem was dirty politicians and racism.

The PM urged provincial leaders to take the lead role in developing the  leadership model spelt out in Pillar 3 of the People’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress which emphasised  honesty, integrity, professional ethics and service to communities.

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

Kerosene Quotes
I was looking for the world price of kerosene on the Internet and happened to come across the Times of India. It has quotations from all over the world where excerpts from newspapers are quoted.  Here are some.

 Since the beginning of June 2011 the international prices for both crude oil and refined petroleum products have been unstable with both upward and downward swings. Any decreases in the procurement costs realised during the month of August will be passed on to the consumer in the next price review. SOURCE: 2011-08-16

Even if oil prices stop rising at the world market, we still have a problem of foreign exchange because of the weak shilling. SOURCE: Internation…

Together, We Stand: a Poem by Mosmi Bhim

Written for the Hibiscus Festival, 2011. Mosmi used to work for the CCF.

Making the Law Work for HIV : The Fiji HIV/AIDS Decree 2011

Address by Nazhat Shameem* at the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific – 26-30 August 2011 – Busan, South Korea.

The HIV/AIDS Decree was passed in Fiji in February 2011. It ended years of lobbying and assistance in preparation by UNAIDS and other civil society groups, determined to enable a legal framework in Fiji which would facilitate an approach to HIV/AIDS based on human rights, non-stigmatisation, education, and awareness.

I was asked to conduct a number of workshops around Fiji, by the Fiji School of Medicine and the Ministry of Health. The workshops were for health professionals, but also for civil society groups, lawyers, judges and police officers. In short, they were for anyone who might have any communication or relationship with those who have HIV status. One of the first attendees was His Excellency the President of Fiji, who has a commitment to HIV issues. Another attendee was the Chief Justice with three of his judges. The Dean of the …

Engaging with the Pacific Meeting: Several Items

Representatives from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, French Polynesia, the Kanaks of New Caledonia, Tonga, Timor Leste and the Federated States of Micronesia are satisfied with the progress Fiji has made.

CCF Letter to John Key, Incoming Chairman, Pacific Forum

August 16, 2011

Mr. Prime Minister,

Re: The Political Situation in Fiji – Critical Engagement By Pacific  Forum Leaders

The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF), a Fiji based NGO, writes to  seek your assistance and understanding, at a time when Fiji is at a crossroads with our people living in uncertainty.

News and Editor's Comments Friday 2.9.11

Weekend  Reading as usual tommorrow.
Friday 2.9.11
My Apologies. The lack of postings over the past few days is due to family reasons, not a change in standpoint. I hope to be "back at the office" late next week. If only some kind reader, whose approach to the Fiji situation is broadly similar to my own, would offer to post me  two or three "ready to post" items a week, it would greatly help.    Meanwhile, here are a number of items of interest. Reports on the Engaging the Pacific meeting that ends today will be posted separarely.

Graffiti and police stations. A quick roundup of last week would include the anti-blog story of a boy of "Indo-Fijian descent" who is alleged to have had three fingers broken by the police for writing graffiti in Lami, and the equally "plausible" story that Bainimarama had ordered someone else's fingers cut off.  This came at the same time as news that two police stations had been torched at Vatudradra and Nawai, pre…

Former Forum official says organisation needs to resolve Fiji situation

A former senior Pacific Islands Forum official says the regional organisation will not achieve anything until it resolves the situation with Fiji.

Roman Grynberg was the Forum’s director of economic governance, and is now working in Africa.

Fiji has been suspended from the Forum since May 2009, and has been excluded from talks on the PACER PLUS regional trade deal.

Mr Grynberg says Fiji is the elephant in the room at Forum meetings.

“Pacer plus can not go forward, anything to do with integration can not go forward, without including Fiji. It becomes a patent nonsense, and it becomes obvious once officials in canberra and Wellington start thinking about it. So until that matter is resolved, I honestly don’t see how the forum will be capable of saying very much.”

Roman Grynberg says it seems nobody has the will to find a solution to the Fiji issue.

Former Forum official says organisation needs to resolve Fiji situation: Posted at 19:26 on 28 August, 2011 UTC

A Reader on the Fiji Methodist Leadership

We need to let those who live in Fiji to decided. The Methodist Church is not the voice of reason during these difficult days — as it had showed its true colours in the past. Why pick on the Catholics what about the other Religions in Fiji or the breakaway Methodist Groups! Whenever it is convinient we get those who seek to promote themselves for whatever agendas they have, get up and say stupid things. This is one of those occasions.

Mara: Who’s Calling Who Mad?

The latest press release from Ratu Tevita Mara must be seen as more embarrassing than usual by his more educated supporters.  It certainly outdoes his previous releases for wild adjectives, hyperbole and the misrepresentation of events.There is almost a  Shakespearean quality about the release.  I think of Banjuo’s soliloquy “Out, out damned spot” after he murdered Macbeth***, and Churchill’s “We will fight them on the beachheads …  we will never surrender” speech.   I picture Ratu Mara practising in front of his mirror.  The release focuses on the collapse of the Gaddafi’s regime in Libya, drawing supposedly obvious parallels with Fiji and the kerfuffle over the Methodist Church. It concludes with a call to join the “Viti Revolutionary Forces (VRF).”  Here  are some extracts:

“Together, like the brave and valiant people of Libya, we will remove, in the very near future, the tyrant Bainimarama and his evil, corrupt and brutal regime. And together, we will rebuild Fiji … They will no lo…