Francis X. Hezel raises some fundamental questions about the future and sustainability of Chuuk once it separates from the Federated States of Micronesia, now that the issue of independence is being debated.
Recent events indicate that journalism in the Pacific is susceptible to bias and credulity. We talk of the need to curb corruption and self-interest in the public sector. Perhaps we need to take a closer look at the reputability of those mandated to safeguard the public record.
Kalafi Moala examines the mix of traditional and emerging elites who shape our societies. He argues that emerging elitism takes advantage of the existing traditional socio-cultural structures to keep the majority of the populace in strict adherence to the status quo.
Kaliopate Tavola writes that the Fijian government must address the division that is emerging from its decision for the country to have a new flag, urging the government to bridge the divide and bring national unity to this important nation-building project.
A report on the Vanuatu Government’s consultation on deep sea mining has been presented to the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources urging wider consultation and analysis, and suggests invoking a precautionary principle to guide future activity in this sector.
Ben Bohane witnessed the latest chapter in West Papua’s bid for recognition, as the United Liberation Movement of West Papua submits its application for membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group while PNG calls attention to human rights abuses there.