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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

PNG citizenship for Indonesian national revoked, Trade Pasifika preview

Highlights from the region’s media: PNG Prime Minister revokes controversial citizenship for Indonesian (The National) Editorial: Proper to revoke citizenship (The National) Trade Pasifika 2012 gets under way next week: show aims to increase trade to China, Japan, Philippines and beyond (Pacific Periscope) CNMI needs US$6 million to catch up on tourism promotion, marketing; crucial … Continue reading

Micronesia’s future between the China and the US, Chinese company plans Samoa resort

Headlines from the region’s media: Analysis: Micronesia’s future between China and the US (Scott Leis @ East Asia Forum) Chinese company plans major resort in Samoa (Radio New Zealand International) Indonesian govt has comprehensive design on Papua (Antara) American Samoa may use Manila hospitals for medical referrals (Radio New Zealand International) Illegal fishing from Indonesian, … Continue reading

Papua update, Fiji mine investment should strengthen ties with China, Vanuatu to join WTO

Highlights from the region’s media: Papua killing raises pressure on Indonesians (Radio New Zealand International) Mining company to invest F$75 million in Fiji iron project, should strengthen Fiji-China links (Fiji Live) Nauru asks Japan to help rebuild main quay (Radio New Zealand International) Vanuatu Ambassador announces country’s acceptance into WTO (Vanuatu Daily Post) Guam needs … Continue reading

Deep sea mining opposition, climate change and the Pacific, is Japanese aid effective?

Highlights from the region’s media: Pacific Leaders allegedly ignoring opposition to deep sea mining (Radio New Zealand International) UNDP launches ‘One Planet’ report with Pacific climate change findings: Pacific could rethink development (UNDP) Climate change and fishing in the Pacific (Secretariat of the Pacific Community) Parliament resumes in Nauru after Cabinet dumped and five new … Continue reading

PNG nickel attracts Chinese money, Marshalls company secures India job, new mining interest in Solomons from Japan

Highlights from the region’s media: PNG nickel mine attracts Chinese money (Radio Australia) Marshall Islands construction company secures contract for India project (Marianas Business Journal) New mining interest in Solomon Islands from Japan, US (Radio Australia) Market jitters hit Pacific funds (Radio Australia) Youth activists demand Vanuatu review West Papua position (Vanuatu Daily Post) ADB … Continue reading

Fiji fields investment proposals, East Timor discussing Aust, Chinese investment, Bangladeshi arrested in PNG

Highlights from the region’s media: O’Neill sworn in as PNG leader (Radio Australia) 51 new overseas investment proposals received by Fiji; $113.4 million anticipated from proposed projects (Fiji Village) 60,000-ton Fiji-China bauxite shipment nearing completion(Fiji Times) East Timor’s Council of Ministers to discuss Australian, Chinese investment (Radio Australia) Bangladeshis allegedly involved in human smuggling racket … Continue reading

Japan snubs Fiji PM, Pacific reps at Taiwan inauguration

Highlights from the region’s media: Japan snubs Fijian leader Frank Bainimarama (The Australian) 200 foreign guests, including Pacific leaders, to attend Taiwan presidential inauguration (Central News Agency/Pacnews) Report warns Solomons dolphin exports unsustainable (Radio Australia) Indonesian Ambassador comes to Vanuatu with donated equipment(Vanuatu Daily Post) Pro-buildup Guam businessmen hire lobbyists to push cause in Washington … Continue reading

What Australia’s federal budget means for Asia and the Pacific

Australian Federal Budget news: Aid groups disappointed as Australia delays budget increase (Radio Australia) The Development Policy Blog has comprehensive coverage of the foreign aid implications of last night’s Australian Federal Budget: Regional winners from the 2012 aid budget: Fiji, Burma, Afghanistan and Africa Effectiveness reforms in the 2012 aid budget Weak on quantity, strong … Continue reading

Korea explores Fiji seafloor, Palau Airways starts direct flights to Taipei

Highlights from the region’s media: Korea first to explore Fiji’s seafloor for mineral wealth (Radio Australia) Palau Airways starts direct flights between Koror and Taipei, looking at other destinations including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Australia (Taipei Times) Allegedly Illegal logging shut-down in PNG: Malaysian and Indonesian workers in custody (PNG Post Courier) … Continue reading



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