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Wanted: Better urban planning to reduce Fiji’s climate change impact

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

More than a year on from Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston — which devastated Fiji early last year, leaving 44 people dead and 45,000 displaced — a Fijian planning researcher offers his scenario around climate change. His message is good for much of the Pacific.

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Latest West Papua journalist blacklisting another serious violation by Indonesia

By   /  April 11, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The blacklisting of Jack Hewson, a freelance journalist working for Al Jazeera, shows the Indonesian government’s paranoia towards foreign journalists.

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VIDEO: CAFCA’s Murray Horton on NZ’s independence and foreign policy

By   /  April 8, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

In the era of President Donald Trump in the US, CAFCA’s Murray Horton provides a hard look at Aotearoa’s place in the world. And he asks the question – why are we still a loyal member of the American Empire?

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Grief, repression, life and death in West Papua’s Highlands

By   /  March 19, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The global “Free West Papua” movement, fuelled by inspired and continuous social media exposes and debate, has been growing exponentially in recent years. But you wouldn’t know that if you merely relied on the parochial New Zealand media.

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West Papuan students stage anti-Freeport protests in Indonesia

By   /  March 6, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Demonstrators from the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua) have staged protests across Indonesia, demanding the right to self-determination and the closure of the PT Freeport gold and copper mine. This is the mine that the $20 billion NZ Superannuation Fund was forced to pull out of in 2012 after sustained protest about its “unethical” investment in the US-based company.

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NZ journalists working harder, women disadvantaged, says new research

By   /  March 1, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

A survey of New Zealand professional journalists, published in Pacific Journalism Review, shows for the first time that women journalists are paid less than men, despite making up the bulk of the workforce. Female journalists, despite predominating in the profession, are significantly disadvantaged in terms of promotion and income.

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Journalism as it plays out on the ‘real’ human rights frontlines

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The inaugural Pogau Award for courage in journalism: “Every year this award will always remind us about the human rights abuses never addressed in Indonesia since the 1965 massacre.”

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Colourful, vibrant Aotearoa rally condemns Trump’s ‘racist, Islamophobic’ bans

By   /  February 8, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Quote: “They continue a pattern of white supremacist immigration exclusion in colonial settler countries like the United States. Bill English refusing to call it for what it is – racist – is a dangerously weak response and doesn’t represent the people of Aotearoa.”

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What now for the Tongan Democrats looking ahead to 2018?

By   /  January 28, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on What now for the Tongan Democrats looking ahead to 2018?

People have a sense of some hope, some improvement. The “change of style” introduced by the Democracy Coalition to Tonga’s politics is something the people can still support despite the “hiccups”, says ‘Atenisi’s Dr Michael Horowitz.

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Florida airport massacre – few basic questions being raised

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

What has struck me most is that several key issues have barely been covered in the media soul-searching, topmost being the bizarre gun culture itself.

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Carry on Fidel Castro’s global legacy, says Cuban ambassador

By   /  December 4, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Fundamental rights – the right to food, education and health – need to come before a narrow Western concept of human rights.

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Philippines president’s ‘hit man’ allegations spur renewed calls for killings probe

By   /  September 21, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

“Our job was to kill criminals like drug pushers, rapists, snatchers. That’s what we did. We killed people almost every day.” Allegations of a former hit man in Senate testimony about life with the new Philippines president.

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Rendezvous with the ‘no nukes’ Vanuatu cover girl after 33 years

By   /  September 4, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

“No nukes”: A remarkable scene in Port Vila’s Independence Park in 1983 during the region’s second Nuclear-Free and Independent Pacific Movement conference revisited three decades on.

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‘That day I saw the power of media, and how it can be tragic’

By   /  July 23, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Emily Matasororo was on campus that fateful day last month in Papua New Guinea when heavily armed police in camouflage fatigues opened fire with tear gas and live rounds on the peaceful students. She tells her story and what needs to happen now.

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Fresh wave of mass arrests to intimidate West Papuans

By   /  June 17, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

“The biggest human rights disaster in the Pacific is happening [just north-west of New Zealand] and we West Papuans are worried that if this genocide and illegal occupation continues to be ignored, in the next few decades we will be completely wiped out from our own country.” – Benny Wenda

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Strange local silence over shocking PNG shooting of peaceful student protesters

By   /  June 9, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The Papua New Guinea police opened fire yesterday on a group of students at the University of Papua New Guinea who were peacefully protesting against the alleged corruption of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. Several eye-witnesses have come forward to say they saw students beaten and shot at, including one case where a student was shot in the head. Why the muted attention from much of our media?

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