Monthly Archives: February 2021

Sir Michael Somare

By Scott Waide in Lae, Papua New Guinea Sir Michael was a man of many titles. He was father, grandfather and chief. As a tribal leader,...
Sir Michael Somare

ANALYSIS: By Jonathan Ritchie, Deakin University Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, former prime minister of Papua New Guinea and a giant of Pacific politics, has...
Collapsing eco-systems

ANALYSIS: By Dana M Bergstrom, University of Wollongong; Euan Ritchie, Deakin University; Lesley Hughes, Macquarie University, and Michael Depledge, University of Exeter In 1992, 1700...
Sir Michael Somare

Asia Pacific Report Papua New Guineans awoke this morning to great sadness, reports the PNG Post-Courier. As the bells tolled with the sad news of the...
Papuan students protest

Asia Pacific Report Indonesian police have asked participants at a protest action against Special Autonomy (Otsus) in Papua to take covid-19 rapid tests at the...
USP laucala campus

By Michael Field As the fate of the University of the South Pacific remains on edge, a small leak of a personal file hints at...
USP Chancellor Lionel Aingimea

By Litia Cava in Suva Never again should a University of the South Pacific staff member be treated in the manner vice-chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia...

SPECIAL REPORT: By Sheldon Chanel in Suva Much of archipelagic Fiji was forced indoors by lockdowns and a nationwide curfew in March last year when...
Mimika students protest 1

Asia Pacific Report The indigenous people of West Papua have rejected the extension of special autonomy and the planned expansion of new provinces announced by...
PNG Health Minister Jelta Wong

By RNZ Pacific Papua New Guinean health authorities are struggling to gauge the extent of the country's latest covid-19 outbreak. More than 100 new confirmed cases...
Janus Bagau

Asia Pacific Report The Indonesian state is causing a renewed humanitarian crisis in West Papua. Three young West Papuan men have been murdered by the...
Facebook ABC screenshot

Asia Pacific Report The federal government must act urgently to support small Australian news outlets that could be shut out of commercial deals with Facebook...
Veronica Koman

By a special Asia Pacific Report correspondent in Jakarta It was September 2019, and exiled Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman was enjoying her final...
Sir Michael Somare with ULMWP

By Benny Mawel in Jayapura The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) has sent prayers for the recovery of the former Prime Minister of...
SOE Controller David Manning

By RNZ News Papua New Guinea's covid-19 cases have jumped to more than 1000, including the National Pandemic Controller and members of his family. Eight new...
Auastralian FB news ban

Asia Pacific Report Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned Facebook for carrying out its threat to block the sharing of its journalistic news content in...
Three Bagau youths

By a special Asia Pacific Report correspondent Intan Jaya has started Lent with bitter sorrow after losing three young Papuan men alleged to have been...
UCA News screenshot

By António Sampaio in Pante Macassar, Timor-Leste The fear that has led for years to silence dozens of children, allegedly victims of sexual abuse by...
Sir Michael Smare ill

Asia Pacific Report Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, widely regarded as the founding father of independent Papua New Guinea, was in a critical condition in...
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By Kalinga Seneviratne in Sydney The tech juggernaut Facebook’s shock decision to block all news feeds from Australian media outlets this week in response to...
Ile de Brehat

By Sheldon Chanel in Suva Facebook’s ban on Australian news will cut off a vital source of authoritative information for the Pacific region, government and...
NewsCorp Facebook MediaNews4U 680wide

COMMENT: By Kasun Ubayasiri in Brisbane It has indeed been a few strange days for Australian news media. Apparently, monopolies are bad if they are...