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NAM links growing for Fiji

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji is growing closer to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) compared to its historical links to the Commonwealth.

This was the reply by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation when asked by a Russian journalist whether he considered Fiji closer to the Non-Aligned Movement or the Commonwealth?

Elaborating on his reply to Pavel Vanichkin of ITAR-TASS news agency Ratu Inoke said membership in the NAM had provided Fiji with the opportunity to engage with its new non-traditional partners.  “Fiji’s concomitance with NAM further supports Fiji’s Look North Policy which involves developing relationships with countries outside the Southern Pacific sphere,” Ratu Inoke said.

Ratu Inoke said NAM provided a form of protection some other forums lacked. “It ensure that the national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries in their struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism and racism. Therefo…

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

                                Safe Roads

Driving to and from Nadi and Lautoka I notice the traffic is subdued. The rush that used be a norm with especially mini vans that often overtake dangerously is not many now. However, one thing I noticed that rental cars are the ones that are speeding. I am wondering if a rental car is caught speeding, who pays the fine?  But good on you LTA for the cameras, every one is driving with in the speed limit.

This is a good sign and our roads will be safe. Oh, we get the odd idiot who will drive recklessly, but more people are driving within the speed limits. All cars should have a little notice on the dashboard reminding drivers to drive within the speed limit. becasue we will tend to forget.
Allen Lockington

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, whatev…

News and Comments Sunday 8 June 2013

NEW CATHOLIC  ARCHBISHOP. Fiji’s new Archbishop Peter Loy-Chong has called on the nation for its support and loyalty towards his work. He replaces Archbishop Petero Mataca who co-chaired the People's Charter dialogue in 2007. Emeritus Archbishop Petero urged his successor not to forget the poor. Archbishop Chong will also look after the Archdiocese of Rarotonga and Kiribati.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK. "Of course it is possible to argue that hypocrisy is a necessary, even desirable component of politics and that form of it known as foreign policy. Anyone who doesn’t accept the necessity of hypocrisy is being simplistic, overly pure. It is also possible to argue, as many economists do, that economics should and can be separated from politics, ethics and so on: what appears as hypocrisy is simply a clash between distinct spheres of human understanding for which different principles or rules apply." -- Scott MacWilliam.

'TIS SO, 'TISN'T SO.  The Social Democratic Liberal P…