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Samantha Magick

Journalist and editor
Samantha Magick has written 455 posts for Islands Asia business link

Reflecting and remembering: Aceh Tsunami Museum

Entering the Aceh Tsunami Museum is full sensory experience. You walk through darkness, are sprayed with moisture, and hear the insistent sound of water coursing down the high walls that flank the long entrance. It’s a portal designed to put you “inside the wave”and so transport you to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami … Continue reading

New School Opens a New Chapter for Parung Kids

The community of Parung has gathered on the eve of National Education Day earlier this month to celebrate the opening of their new school, SMPN Parung 2. Continue reading

Papua New Guinea’s fisheries boom

The northern coast of Papua New Guinea is experiencing a boom in investment from international companies looking to process fish onshore. Around 18% of the world’s total tuna stock is found in PNG’s 2.5 million square kilometre Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The fishing industry has grown from a dependency on access fees in the early … Continue reading

Protecting Indonesia’s Environment a Delicate Balancing Act

Indonesia’s peoples and government are often much-maligned for their attitude toward environmental sustainability, but a representative of the World Wildlife Fund is aiming to show that the nation is actually trailblazing the course toward a better environment. Lida Pet-Soede, head of the WWF’s Coral Triangle Global Initiative, will kick off the Indonesian Heritage Society’s latest … Continue reading

Viewpoint: Helping Parents Fight for Legal Identity in Indonesia

Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund, estimates that about 60 percent of Indonesian children under age 5 do not have birth certificates, and half are not registered. Continue reading

Papua policy not contrary to Indonesia’s push for transparency, democratisation says Natalegawa

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister says Papua is becoming less an international issue than it once was, and that many countries that once raised the issue no longer do so. Continue reading

Behind the Moon Gate, Benteng’s Udaya Halim

Almost hidden behind a bustling morning wet market in Tangerang is a meticulously restored and preserved museum, the work of Udaya Halim, who grew up right across the street and was determined that this piece of Indonesian history would not be destroyed. Halim, who now divides his time between Tangerang and Perth, Australia, said establishing … Continue reading

The Sunday Profile: Sasha Friedlander

A procession of men walk in the faint dawn carrying empty baskets and lit torches. They return much more slowly, shouldering heavy baskets full of sulfur, coughing as they trudge though clouds of noxious smoke. This is the opening scene of the documentary “Between Heaven and Hell,” which follows the stories of four sulfur miners … Continue reading

Pacific Islands Forum communique

FORTY-THIRD PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM Rarotonga, Cook Islands 28 – 30 August 2012 FORUM COMMUNIQUÉ The Forty-Third Pacific Islands Forum was held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, from 28 to 30 August 2012 and was attended by Heads of State and Governments of Australia, the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic … Continue reading

43rd Pacific Islands Forum opens in the Cook Islands

(Media release) Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 28/08/12 – The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum has officially opened in the Cook Islands capital Rarotonga with Forum Leaders being carried to the entrance of the National Auditorium, where the ceremony was held, on a Pa’ata ( a traditional platform) accompanied by their “adopted schools”. There were traditional challenges along … Continue reading

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