Keeping an eye on the elites

Keeping an eye on the elites

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.
Raising a new flag

Raising a new flag

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.
Deep sea mining – starting a dialogue

Deep sea mining – starting a dialogue

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.
Deciding on the Melanesian family

Deciding on the Melanesian family

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.
IN PICTURES

IN PICTURES

In a historic presentation, West Papuan leaders representing their newly unified movement, have applied for membership of the MSG. Dan McGarry captures the ceremony in a photo essay.