Showing posts from June 16, 2013

One Step at a Time

Can We Create a Utopia?    By Jolene Hansell Published by the International Peace and Collaborative Network 13 June 2013 Recently, I pulled a childhood book off my shelf – The Giver by Lois Lowry. The book is one of my favorites, and since I hadn’t read it since the seventh grade, I decide to re-read it. In the context of my studies now, the book took on a whole different meaning for me which had me asking: What does post-conflict reconstruction look like? Should democracy always be the goal? Or put more simply, is there such a thing as a utopic society The aftermath of war, be it civil or international, is almost as bad as the fighting itself. Yes, the violence may have stopped – the result of a victorious party, a peace agreement, or an international intervention – but the battle has not yet been won. The conflict is frozen, balancing on the edge of a knife; a sudden movement in either direction could cause the process to unravel. It is at the moment, when a country is mo…

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Vinaka Higgins

While driving from Nadi this morning I happen to follow a Higgins truck. I had to smile and say thank you Higgins for their motto that was printed on the back of the truck. It read, "Do it Once, Do it Well."

I said, Damn. If only the former road upgrading authorities were this good, we would have saved millions of dollars in the continuous repairs of same roads. For the record some roads were repaired so often the workers could have set up permanent camp sites in the vicinity.

Anway, vinaka Higgins. One big tanoa of yaqona will be waiting for you when you come to Mulomulo. With that kind of motto, I know you will soon repair the Mulomulo road.

 Meanwhile I'm of to Lautoka to get my dust masks from Mr Wise Muavono and to visit the sekoula tree and its inhabitants. I heard they call themselves the classic grog drinkers.

                              Pay Issue

A young friend graduated last year from USP with a teaching degree. He is now teaching in a secondary sc…

Fijian Peacekeepers to Golan Heights

The Fijian Government has agreed to a request by the United Nations to deploy “blue helmet” service personnel to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Syrian Golan Heights. The deployment comes at a time of heightened importance of UNDOF’s mandate to bring stability to the Middle East region.
In expressing the UN’s gratefulness for Fiji’s agreement to deploy to UNDOF, Lt. Gen. Babacar Gaye, the UN Secretariat’s Military Advisor, said, “On behalf of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations I welcome and appreciate the contribution of the Government of Fiji to UNDOF. In view of the challenging operational environment under which UNDOF is operating, the contribution of Fiji will greatly assist UNDOF as the Force continues to use its best efforts to maintain the ceasefire between Israel and the Syrian Arab Republic.”
General Gaye said that Fiji’s contribution would support the continued efforts of …

Of Rumours and the Impossibility of Appearing Fair-Minded

This blog has always tried to be fair-minded by generally but not always publishing the argument of both sides on major issues, by checking on stories before publishing them and by acknowledging sources where this is possible.  This does not mean, however, that it is always neutral. From its inception the blog  has given more prominence to the Fiji Government position because up until 2009 the Fiji media published far more opposition opinions, a practice continued by the international media. Since 2009, however, Government has placed restrictions on the local media that were especially heavy under the Public Emergency Regulations. Overt restrictions are fewer today but there can be little doubt that self-censorship by the media has resulted in many items of news and many opinions not being available to the Fiji public. 

Opposing perspectives
Today's situation can be looked at from two perspectives. One perspective is that the lack of access to a free media is an infringement of a…

Melanesian Spearhead Group: The Helm Changes

Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste
STATEMENT BY THE OUTGOING CHAIR (DRAFT) [Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Fiji] MSG Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) 17-18 June 2013 Lifou
Loyalty Islands Province, New Caledonia
Head of Delegation of the FLNKS and Chair of the FMM Representative of the Outgoing Chair and Head of Delegation of Fiji Honourable Ministers The President of the Loyalty Islands Chiefs and Assembly Members Distinguished Members of the MSG Senior Officials Meeting (SOM); Excellencies Staff of the MSG Secretariat; Ladies and Gentlemen.
May I on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Fiji, congratulate you Chair on your appointment and wish you well in your leadership. Our profound appreciation and gratitude is extended to the FLNKS Political Bureau and the Government of New Caledonia for the courtesies extended to my delegation since our arrival and the excellent meetings arrangements made here in this beautiful island …