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All aboard the gravy train as SBY visits Fiji

Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono moved to shore up relations with Fiji this week amid growing rumblings across the Pacific about atrocities in West Papua, writes Fijian journalist Netani Rika.

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Tips and rumours

Help us identify this video of ‘police’ attacking two men overseas … which paper is going up in price again? … we tell you who’s first in line to get The SMH

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Has Bob Carr rolled over on Fiji too early?

Australia’s rebuilding of diplomatic ties with Fiji has taken some observers by surprise.Has Australia moved too quickly to still have any influence in Fiji’s proposed return to democratisation?

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Carr confronts messy legacy in democratically-challenged Fiji

The Fiji coup was an embarrassing failure of Australian policy. Now Bob Carr has to help fix the mess.

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The Murdoch strategy

Crikey readers have their say.

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Democratic reform needs to spread to the Pacific region

Fiji must hold immediate elections, return to democracy and recommit to a rights-based approach, writes Ged Kearney, president of the ACTU.

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Perception of unsafe Qantas takes another headshot

Qantas has a crisis of perception that became worse overnight when a faulty fuel valve caused one of its aged Rolls-Royce-powered Boeing 747-400s to make a precautionary landing in Fiji.

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Crikey Blogs | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Fighting for survival in Cancun

Over at the UN climate talks in Cancun, Philip Ireland, catches up with Pelenise Alofa from Kiribati and Fiji to hear about climate change in her homelands and reflections upon the climate negotiations in Mexico.

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When pressed, Abbott discovers he has a pair

Refusing to grant Simon Crean a pair so he could address the National Press Club today was not such a good idea by Tony Abbott.

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Crikey Clarifier: why is Fiji so unsafe?

The suicide of a Fijian man at Villawood detention centre is a sharp reminder that many Fijians are forced from their homeland as a result of long-standing political unrest. So just how unsafe is the island nation? Crikey intern Nick Johns-Wickberg asks Fijian expert Professor Brij V. Lal.

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Fiji censorship like dark matter: impossible to see, but still there

Censorship is an almost all pervading thing; anything even slightly critical is blue-pencilled out of existence. But it’s what’s not there that’s most important, writes Michael Field.

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The Australian | LINKS|

Hartigan: Why we should fight The Fiji Times closure

It’s a sorry day for press freedom with the Fijian government forcing the sale of The Fiji Times, writes chairman of News Ltd — which publishes the paper, John Hartigan.

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New Matilda | JOURNALISM|

Stop press! Fiji’s censorship goes bananas

Fiji has announced an even further tightening of its strict media censorship, to lessen foreign ownership and positively depict Bainimarama’s regime. Is this an attempt to better control the Rupert Murdoch owned Fiji Times?

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ABC | JOURNALISM|

Mark Scott: The trouble with reporting the truth

Today is World Press Freedom Day. ABC boss Mark Scott reflects on the lack of free speech, government censorship and media control in countries — Fiji, Sri Lanka etc — less fortunate than our own.

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Tips and rumours: Fiji’s diplomatic manoeuvres

Today’s Crikey tipsters tell: Fiji’s diplomatic attempt to send Australia a message, shire problems in the NT, is the Sunday Age all Gatto-ed out? and the Sunday Tele rewrites the history on Australian politics.

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Golden Retriever Digest proudly presents…

… an open letter to Kevin Rudd

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The Sydney Morning Herald | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Hartcher: The unstoppable tropical mess of Fiji

Fiji’s military ruler Frank Bainimarama has gone rogue, officially severing diplomatic ties with Australia. We’ve responded by putting on aid sanctions. But since historically sanctions don’t bring about regime change, why bother? asks Peter Hartcher.

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Fiji Meat Man

Apparently this is an actual commercial in Fiji. Better than Sam Neill anyday.

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Pacific.Scoop | ASIA-PACIFIC|

No sunshine for Fijian journalists

Fijian authorities are censoring and intimidating the media with ‘Gestapo-like’ tactics, including arrests and interrogations, finds a damning new report on Fiji released by Amnesty International, titled Fiji: Paradise Lost.

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Pacific.Scoop | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Hope for a reformed Fiji has gone, now it’s Bainimarama’s turn

With Fiji now suspended from the Commonwealth, it’s becoming even more apparent that Frank Bainimarama has failed to reform Fiji and his time as leader is numbered, writes Kalafi Moala.

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Radio Fiji | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Commonwealth suspends Fiji, but Fiji in denial

World news sources are reporting Fiji’s suspension from the Commonwealth, due to the military government not agreeing to democratic elections. However, no one seems to have told Fiji…

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Fiji Daily Post | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Australia: the pot calling the kettle black in the pacific

Australia’s treatment of its own indigenous people seriously undercuts its credibility as a moral leader on human rights in the pacific region, says the Fiji Daily Post.

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discombobulated bubu | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Fiji no longer the ‘bula-bula-happy-clappy land’

Post Fiji’s 2006 military coup, the economy is collapsing, morale is low and leadership is a mess. “Fiji is on the same path that Burma and Zimbabwe and Nigeria went down”, writes discombobulated.

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Mother Jones | ASIA-PACIFIC|

How bottled water made a dictatorship cool

Fiji water is one of the trendiest and most popular bottled water brands in the world — just the name conjures up images of lush rainforests, tropical climates… and a repressive military dictatorship.

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Economist | THE WORLD|

Fiji’s constitutional coup

Soldiers in newsrooms, judges sacked, constitution in tatters … but life goes on in Fiji.

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