Showing posts from May 6, 2012

Rotuma Day 2012

For overseas readers Rotuma may need an introduction.  Rotuma is a small (14km2) volcanic island with rich soils and is located about 640km north of Suva. Its people have their own unique culture and language and today they are one of Fiji's two indigenous people. The island was ceded to Britain in 1881 and became a dependency of Fiji at  Independence in 1970. Under previous Fiji governments they were largely self-governing but they had one seat in Parliament and another in Senate. There are about 10,000  Rotumans, approximately 8,000 in mainland Fiji where, relative to their numbers,  they have made major contributions to society and the economy. Since the 2006 Coup the Bainimarama has sought to promote development in Fiji's outer islands and a large sum of of money has been sunk into the Rotuman economy.  The island  is now an official port of entry, communications have improved with mainland Fiji,  and  root crops are now being exported to nearby Tuvalu.  

Torika Steps Down — and Up, in My Esteem

From Mai Life Face Book. My only comment is 'How sad! Torika seems to be an exceptionally talented, wise and mature young woman who, I'm sure, will go places far higher that a Miss World competiton.' Loloma yani, Torika.  Croz
STATEMENT 12th May 2012, 2pm

Re: Miss World Fiji 2012 Pageant

I would like to state that I have had no involvement in any of this underhand process and that I have been blind to this entire drama going on behind the scenes. I had no knowledge of any pre-selection or pre-judging. I had no intentions of doing anything sneaky or wrong and like the other contestants entered the competition for what I believed to be the right reasons - to be an Ambassador for Fiji and raise money for charitable causes.

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.

Hospital Services

Would the Ministry of Health consider having a paying section at its hospitals?    They already have paying wards. What about a paying section for the General Out Patients Department and Special Out Patients Department?

The Constitution Commission: No “Push Over” But it Will Have its Work Cut Out

By Crosbie Walsh
It's a pity the Pacific Forum foreign ministers visited Fiji when they did. Had they waited two weeks until after the arrival of Professor Yash Ghai they'd have been far more positive about the steps Fiji is taking towards elections in 2014 and, who knows, sanctions by Australian, New Zealand, the Commonwealth and the E.U. might have been lifted. Sanctions against the troubled sugar industry are especially worrisome because of the large number of people it employs and its importance to the economy. 
Kenyan-born Yash Ghai is the chairman of the five-person Constitution Commission set up by the government that will do much to shape Fiji's future —and he is no push over.   In 2004 he resigned as head of the Kenya constitution review commission over delays brought about by that government; in 2008 he resigned suddenly as Special Representative for the UN Secretary General in Cambodia after bitter arguments with the Cambodian government, and last year he cal…

The Overseas Financial Institutions

Kevin J. Barr
Thousands of protestors at the recent Asian Development Bank’s 45th General Meeting in Manilla held posters calling the ADB “Asia’s Destructive Bank – Promoting Poverty in Asia and the Pacific”. 

At the same time the Asian Pacific Research Network (APRN) – a very credible organisation – issued a statement challenging the Asian Development Bank...

 “to promote rights and not just growth, genuine development and not just destruction”. The statement went on: "Development must enable the poor to claim their political, economic, social and cultural rights. ... History shows that ADB projects have beenin the interest of business and have resulted in spiralling poverty,marginalisation and worsening environmental degradation.”


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News and Comments Thursday 10 May 2012

THE ROLE OF THE MILITARY. FijiToday picked up Col. Tikoitoga's comment that the new constitution will spell out the future role of the RFMF  and asked, "Does this mean he already knows what is in the constitution?"

This is not the first time one or another of the anti-bloggers have tried to diminish the constitution reform process by hinting the constitution is already written. (See Disinformation #1 published on March 23.)  But this time surely everyone knows that the new constitution must spell out the role of the military for not to do so would be a terrible omission given the military involvement in all four coups.

Here is an abbreviation of the Fiji Sun's article on the issue:

RFMF Land Force Commander, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga confirmed that the new constitution will clearly define the role of the Republic of the Fiji Ministry Forces (RFMF).Allegations of the future involvement of the RFMF in politics  were unfounded. The RFMF was apolitical and will remain th…

News and Comments Tuesday 7 May 2012

TAUKEI DID NOT STEAL COWS. Some time back I published a feature with a video in Hindi that claimed during the floods Taukei villagers has stolen their Indo-Fijian neighbours' cows.  My apologies.  I do not speak Hindi but a reader who does wrote, "This video seems rather mischievous. The Interviewer is asking leading questions but none of those interviewed said their cows were slaughtered. What they said was that the cows washed away by the floods were picked from rivers, slaughtered and taken away by I Taukei, its not the same thing as cows being stolen and killed. We have to be cautious that we don’t feed into those interested in creating further divides any opportunity that arises." My further apologies for unintentionally adding to the division.

UN PEACKEEPERS TO SYRIA. Fiji will send eight senior military officers to support the United Nations supervision mission in Syria.

.Church assistant general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra Banivanua sa…