Saturday, July 31, 2010

Re: [pima.nius] US moves to give support to Indonesia’s Kopassus special force.

5:17 PM |

. . .


big money involved.

more money perhaps than even a president can fight against. 

but yeah, disturbing.

. . .


On 26 July 2010 07:54, Dominika White <dominika.mail@gmail.com> wrote:
Is Obama really a president of the Pacific when things like this happen?


 
On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 7:32 AM, pima news <pima.nius@gmail.com> wrote:

US moves to give support to Indonesia's Kopassus special force.

Kopassus: The elite Indonesian forces used in Timor and Papuan colonialism examined in a controversial new book. Photo: Kopassus

Kopassus: The elite Indonesian commando force used against indigenous peoples of Timor Leste and West Papua. (Photo by Kopassus.)

Report – By PMC Newsdesk.

The United States has decided to re-engage with Indonesia's elite commandos the Kopassus at a time when the special force is allegedly committing oppression, human rights abuses, and killings against West Papua's indigenous peoples.

The Obama Administration this week agreed to "gradual and limited" engagement with Kopassus ending a ten year moratorium that prevented the US from giving assistance to the organisation.

The decision has caused outrage among human rights advocates who have attempted to draw the US, Australia, and New Zealand attention to the plight of West Papuans. Indonesia's military TNI force, provincial police, and Kopassus have banned independent media and Non-Government-Organisations from observing the oppression these forces have been using against the West Papuan people.

The West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) stated this week: "The U.S. Administration's decision to resume cooperation with the most criminal and unreformed element of the Indonesian military removes critical international pressure for reform and professionalization of the broader Indonesian military.

"It signals to Indonesian human rights advocates who have born the brunt of security force intimidation that they stand alone in their fight for respect for human rights and genuine reform in Indonesia."

The Government of Vanuatu has also moved to expose atrocities going on inside West Papua's borders. Vanuatu's Parliament this month committed its Prime Minister to seek agreement from other Pacific Island leaders, including New Zealand and Australia, to deploy an observer team to West Papua to investigate alleged human rights abuses. The call will be made at this year's Pacific Islands Forum in Port Vila in August.

There has been no indication of agreement or otherwise from other Pacific governments, despite indications urgency is required to ensure further oppression, politically motivated arrests and murder are curbed.

West Papua has considerable mineral resource, and Indonesia and the United States have considerable mining interests in the Melanesian island, including the Freeport gold mine.

WPAT's statement follows:

    Statement by the West Papua Advocacy Team regarding the US Government's decision to resume cooperation with the Indonesian special forces (Kopassus)

    The decision of the Obama Administration to begin "gradual and limited" engagement with the Indonesian Special Forces (Kopassus) ignores more than a decade-old, bi-partisan, bi-cameral Congressional consensus opposing assistance to that organization.

    Opposition to U.S. military cooperation with Kopassus is based on that unit's undisputed record of human rights abuse, criminality and unaccountability before the law. U.S. Administration claims that the organization has recently adopted a reform course is belied by credible independent reporting that Kopassus continues to abuse human rights with impunity. A June 2009 Human Rights Watch report detailed Kopassus abuse of civilians in Merauke in the troubled province of West Papua.

    Administration claims that those Kopassus personnel "convicted" of human rights abuse have been removed from the organization ignores the reality that the impunity enjoyed by Kopassus personnel for decades has ensured that only a handful of Kopassus personnel have ever faced justice in a credible criminal court. In a rare example of judicial action, seven Kopassus officers were convicted of the 2001 murder of the leading Papuan political figure, Theys Eluay. Of the seven convicted of what the judge in the case termed a "torture-murder," all remain on active duty after serving brief sentences (the longest being three and one half years imprisonment). Six left Kopassus but one remains in the organization.

    Administration assurances that any Kopassus candidate for U.S. training will undergo "vetting" by the State Department ignores past failures of the State Department to screen out Kopassus rights abusers and criminals.

    The Administration announcement correctly notes that since the fall of the dictator Suharto, with whose military the U.S. military maintained close ties, Indonesia has been on a democratic course. But the Administration fails to acknowledge that the gravest threat to ongoing democratic progress is the Indonesian military which continues to evade civilian control. Despite 2004 legislative requirements that the military divest itself of its vast empire of legal and illegal businesses by 2009, the military retains this source of off-budget funding.

    Kopassus and other military personnel continue to enjoy impunity before the law for human rights abuse and criminal activity including people trafficking and drug running as acknowledged in past U.S. State Department human rights reporting.

    The Indonesian military, and particularly Kopassus and intelligence agencies continue to repress peaceful protest, most notably targeting the people of West Papua. The military, especially Kopassus, but also the U.S.-funded "Detachment 81″ and the militarized police (BRIMOB), routinely intimidate, threaten and accost Papuans who non-violently resist denial of fundamental rights, illegal expropriation of their lands and marginalization. Military and police units have repeatedly conducted purportedly anti-rebel "sweep operations" in the remote Central Highlands forcing thousands of villagers into the forests where they suffer lack of food, shelter and access to medical care. Twenty percent of Kopassus personnel (approximately 1,000 personnel) are stationed in West Papua.

    The U.S. Administration's decision to resume cooperation with the most criminal and unreformed element of the Indonesian military removes critical international pressure for reform and professionalization of the broader Indonesian military. It signals to Indonesian human rights advocates who have born the brunt of security force intimidation that they stand alone in their fight for respect for human rights and genuine reform in Indonesia.

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

Thursday, July 29, 2010

[pima.nius] Papuans worried about Indonesian real intentions as crisis deepens

1:22 PM |

Papuans worried about Indonesian real intentions as crisis deepens

Fr Neles Tebay raises the question: Why should the Papuans be deliberately left with political uncertainty? (Photo sourced from another-green-world.blogspot.com.)

Pacific Scoop:
Analysis – By Neles Tebay in Jayapura.

Political Crisis In Papua As Papua is far from the Indonesia's capital of Jakarta, the central government might not follow closely the political situation in Papua.

Or the government perhaps is not getting the full picture about the present political development in the Western half of the Island of New Guinea.

As any political change in Papua will demand a response from the central government, it is necessary for the government to be informed that a political crisis is now happening in Papua.

Sooner or later, the government will be forced to address this political crisis. Or else the government will be asked: Why should the Papuans be deliberately left with political uncertainty?

This political crisis began with the Papuan convention, which was held in Jayapura from June 9-10, 2010. During the convention, the Papuans evaluated the implementation of the 2001 on Special Autonomy Law for Papua province in the last nine years.

The evaluation indicated that instead of faithfully implementing the law, the government is more interested in creating additional new regencies and even provinces.

The government has not produced governmental regulations needed to implement the autonomy law.

Without feeling guilty, the government even continues to produce policies that clearly violate the autonomy law.

Nine years of the implementation of the law does not bring about a positive impact in the Papuans' life.

The level of their prosperity is not improved. The safety of their existence as indigenous people is not guaranteed by the government.

Their survival is very vulnerable for they are neither protected or empowered by the government. Due to the lack of protection, the Papuans are now seriously worried about their existence today and future within the Republic of Indonesia.

As the central and local governments have never to fully prove its moral commitment and political will to put the law into practice, the Papuans do not believe the government will implement the law in the future. That's why the Papuans decided to symbolically hand the law back to the government as manifested through a peaceful march on June 18, 2010.

Through this symbolic action, the Papuans clearly convey their message that special autonomy policy is no longer a better and realistic solution to the Papuan conflict. The action also reflected Papuans' distrust in the Indonesian government.

The government finds itself in a dilemma. On the one hand, the government can keep insisting on the special autonomy policy as a better solution for the Papua conflict.

On the other hand, the government is challenged to address the question: If the autonomy policy is considered a better solution, then why is the government not implementing the autonomy law in a consistent manner? Why does the government keep producing policies that clearly violate the Papuan Autonomy Law instead? Why does the government feel neither guilty or regret on the violations it made against the law?

The Papuans' symbolic action does not automatically cancel the autonomy law. The law, then, can still be applied in Papua. But this time, the law will be applied without Papuan people's legitimacy. The government can no longer claim the Papuans' acceptance and support for autonomy policy.

The symbolic action of handing back the law will cause difficulty for the government in its diplomatic efforts to convince the international community. The government cannot say that the autonomy law is fully implemented and has improved Papuans' prosperity.

The central government might rely on the provincial government to cool down a political crisis in Papua.

However, the truth is that the provincial government is not trusted by the ordinary Papuans and the regents because it has never produced any special implementing regulations.

The absence of the implementing regulations hinders the regents from implementing the autonomy law in their respective regencies.

The central government perhaps thinks about the moderate Papuan scholars, who in the past drafted the autonomy law, to play a mediating role between the Papuans and the government in Jakarta.

But the local scholars can now do nothing because they lost their credibility before the ordinary Papuans. They cannot now courageously stand up and speak about the autonomy law with the Papuans.

They will not take the initiative and persuade the Papuans welcoming the autonomy policy as the realistic and best solution for the Papua conflict. It is all because the government, by not implementing fully the autonomy law for nine years, has undermined all their support for the law.

The central government can blame the local government for the crisis. But by so doing, the political crisis in Papua will remain unsettled, and the government will never regain Papuans' trust.

The only way left is that the central government has to deal with the Papuans through two-way communication. Should the government be unable to talk to the Papuans, then a third neutral party can be asked to play a mediating role between Jakarta and Papua.

If the Political crisis in Papua remains unresolved, then the call for a referendum will be a stronger way to get more support from the Papuans.

Fr Neles Tebay is a lecturer at the Fajar Timur School of Philosophy and Theology in Abepura, Papua. The article was first published in The Jakarta Post.


--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

[pima.nius] FIJI: Bainimarama follows Australian foreign policy in press

1:20 PM |




Title – 6932 FIJI: Bainimarama follows Australian foreign policy in press
Date – 30 July 2010
Byline – Stanley Simpson
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, 29/7/10
Copyright – FBC
Status – Unabridged
----------------------------
* Pacific Media Watch Online - check the website for archive and links:
www.pacmediawatch.aut.ac.nz

* Post a comment on this story at PMW Right of Reply:
www.pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com
pmc@aut.ac.nz

* Pacific Media Centre on Twitter - http://twitter.com/pacmedcentre

FIJI PM READS AUSSIE FOREIGN POLICY 'IN THE NEWSPAPERS'
www.radiofiji.com.fj/fullstory.php?id=29604

By Stanley Simpson

SUVA (Fiji Broadcasting Corporation/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has told an Australian media interview that he reads about Australia's foreign policy "in the newspapers".

Bainimarama was responding to questions by Australian journalist Graham Davis on why he expelled Australia's Acting High Commissioner to Fiji, Sarah Roberts.

Bainimarama says he has never met or spoken to Roberts and she never ever visited his office, but claims she was interfering in Fiji's sovereign affairs.

Here's how the exchange went:

Davis: Did you give Sarah Roberts any warning?

Bainimarama: Yes she was given warnings. Twice I understand.

Davis: What was said to her, do you know?

Bainimarama:I don't know…Foreign Affairs spoke to her.

Davis: You're saying she took no notice.

Bainimarama: Obviously not.

Davis: Did you ever have Sarah Roberts in your office talking to you.

Bainimarama: No, she has never been to my office.

Davis: So you had the Australian High Commissioner here but she never spoke to you.

Bainimarama: She has never been to my office.

Davis: Have you spoken to her.

Bainimarama: No.

Davis: Never?

Bainimarama: Never

Davis: So whatever you hear about Australian and NZ policy…

Bainimarama: I read in the newspapers.

Bainimarama, however, says that he speaks regularly to the Indian High Commissioner, the Chinese ambassador, the French ambassador and all other diplomatic representatives except those from Australia and NZ.

* Comment on this item www.pacific.scoop.co.nz

+++niuswire

PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH ONLINE
www.pacmediawatch.aut.ac.nz

PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH is a media and educational resource compiled by the AUT Pacific Media Centre for the Pacific region.

(c)1996-2010 Creative Commons
http://creativecommons.org

Items are provided solely for review purposes as a non-profit educational service. Copyright remains the property of the original  producers as indicated in the header. Recipients should seek permission
from the copyright owner for any publishing. Copyright owners not  wishing their materials to be posted by PMW please contact us. The views expressed in material listed by PMW are not necessarily the views
of PMW or the Pacific Media Centre.

For further information or joining the Pacific Media Watch listserve, visit:
http://lists.apc.org.au/listinfo.cgi/pacific_media_watch?apc.org.au

Email:
pmc@aut.ac.nz
Fax: (+649) 921 9987
SnailMail: Pacific Media Centre, School of Communication Studies, AUT
University, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Website: www.pacmediawatch.aut.ac.nz
_______________________________________________
Pacific_media_watch mailing list
Pacific_media_watch@lists.apc.org.au

_______________________________________________
Pacific_media_watch mailing list
Pacific_media_watch@lists.apc.org.au


--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

[pima.nius] Is Pacific on the Australian government agenda?

1:22 PM |

Is Pacific on the Australian government agenda?

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201007/s2966049.htm

Updated July 28, 2010 07:59:13

The Lowy Institute in Sydney is hosting a forum today where Sean Dorney is the moderator debating the question - Is the Pacific region back on the Australian government's agenda?

Australia Network's Pacific correspondent Sean Dorney says "no" - apart from Nauru and for all the wrong reasons.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
Speaker: Sean Dorney, Australia Network's Pacific correspondent

DORNEY: Well, that's a question I'll be putting to the three panellists at this meeting today. My own view of that is 'no it is not back on the agenda' and more is the pity. The only part of the Pacific that seems to be back on the agenda is Nauru, and that's not for great Pacific reasons, that's all to do with asylum-seekers. Australia's in a difficult position in the Pacific at the moment. Kevin Rudd made enormous play about hosting the forum last year. It was not Australia's turn, but after he took over as prime minister and went to the forum meeting in Niue he offered to host the foreign meeting saying Australia was going to take a lot more interest in the Pacific and that was fairly warmly greeted by the Pacific islands. So Australia took its out of turn chance to host the forum and Mr Rudd in Cairns last year was talking up how much Australia was engaged with the Pacific. But as chairman of the forum, we didn't actually hear a lot from Kevin Rudd as forum chairman and now he has been replaced and Julia Gillard is not even going to this forum leader's meeting. So Australia is left in a fairly embarrassing position I think as far as the Pacific is concerned.

COUTTS: Well the forum meeting last year did choose to engage the Pacific, but as you say they slid out of sight ever since?

DORNEY: Yes, and that's a great shame for Australia's standing in the Pacific and I think you have just got to look back at what happened last week in Fiji where Commodore Bainimarama managed to get Sir Michael Somare and the prime minister of the Solomons and the prime minister of Tuvalu and the president of Kiribati all to turn up to what is really an alternative to the forum. And they came out with this communique in which they agreed that Fiji's Strategic Framework for Change was allegedly a credible home grown process for positioning Fiji for the future. And that all the Pacific could learn important lessons from Fiji's experience and implementation of this Strategic Framework for Change. I just wander how many people who were excluded from the home grown process who actually think it is a home grown process in Fiji, but that is what Sir Michael and Derek Sikua and those other leaders who were there agreed to that Fiji has a credible homegrown process. That's certainly not the views of the forum and what's going to be really interesting is to see how this is addressed by the forum meeting in Vanuatu next week.

Last year, I was at the Melanesian Spearhead Leaders Group meeting in Vanuatu, that then proceeded the Cairns meeting, and at that stage they all came out supporting Bainimarama too. That support for Bainimarama seemed to have evaporated by the time they got to Cairns. What it is doing I think is just throwing a huge great question mark over the credibility of the forum itself. Is anyone able to be believed for what they now say at these regional meetings?

COUTTS: So are you suggesting there that the MSG, MSG Plus or Engaging Fiji meetings is actually having a serious run at the forum and overcoming it?

DORNEY: No, I don't think it's even that structured. These countries getting together with Fiji, Commodore Bainimarama and his propaganda outfit are suggesting that this is a magnificent victory for Bainimarama and Fiji but what it does is just undermine the forum. So neither is actually, there is no credible alternative to the forum in this Engaging in Fiji meeting, but what it does do is make the forum itself a little bit of a joke.

COUTTS: Now while the delegates who did attend the Engaging Fiji meeting in Natandola last week gave a broad brush approval to the plan that Fiji has for moving Fiji forward. They also suggested that it is taking too long for them to get to elections?

DORNEY: Yes, but all you have got to listen to is what Sir Michael Somare has said to journalists over there that he's given a time line for democratic elections. He is the leader and he has now been recognised the leader for four years and we have to allow him to determine the future of his own people. I mean that's an extraordinary statement that Sir Michael Somare believes that a man who took over Fiji in a military coup simply because he's been there for four years gives him the right to determine the future of his country and elections in 2014. And Bainimarama himself has suggested that if Australia and New Zealand are going to continue to oppose him then 2014 might not be possible.

COUTTS: So what we're left with then, the integrity of the MSG and the forum both questioned?

DORNEY: I think that is simply right.

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

[pima.nius] FIJI REGIME WARNS OF MEDIA REGISTRATION DEADLINE

1:20 PM |

PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT

Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai'i


FIJI REGIME WARNS OF MEDIA REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Noncompliant organizations face fine, prison

By Rachna Lal
SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 27, 2010) - The 30-day time frame given to the media outlets in Fiji to register under the new Media Industry Development Decree comes to an end today following the commencement of the decree on June 28.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed to FijiLive the deadline is today and media organizations who have not complied with the aspects of the media decree will be dealt with standard procedures.

He however declined to release the names of those media organizations who have not complied with the media decree at this stage.

Part 6 of the Media Industry Development Decree states "Every media organization that provides or intends to provide media services must be registered".

According to the decree, "A media organization is registered when the proprietor deposits with the Authority a sworn statement(s) duly sworn and signed by the proprietor and in the case of the print media, by the proprietor or by the persons intended to be printer and the publisher of the newspaper".

The sworn statement also must contain full disclosure of all ownership interests held by any person, or in the case of a company, a list of its shareholders.

"Any media organization no registered in accordance with this section of the decree commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction in the case of a natural person to a fine not exceeding FJ$10,000 US$5,000] or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both and in the case of a company to a fine not exceeding FJ$100, 000 [US$50,000]," the decree states.

The section also warns media organizations or persons from providing misleading information or failing to provide, withholding or omitting any information which is material to the application for registration.

Those caught doing this will also be punishable in the case of a natural person to a fine not exceeding FJ$10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both and in the case of a company to a fine not exceeding FJ$100,000.

Fijilive: http://www.fijilive.com
Copyright © 2010 Fijilive. All Rights Reserved

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

[pima.nius] COOKS PRIME MINISTER KEEPS LID ON PARLIAMENT

1:20 PM |

PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT

Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai'i


COOKS PRIME MINISTER KEEPS LID ON PARLIAMENT
Marurai side-steps ouster by keeping lawmakers in recess

By Helen Greig
RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, July 20, 2010) - Any chance of Parliament sitting this week was lost last Friday, but it is understood Prime Minister Jim Marurai may still call Parliament before the end of the month.

It seems fear of a vote of no confidence being moved against Marurai may be the reason he has held off on giving the seven day notice of a sitting.

The Democratic Party is still reportedly divided over the issue of Marurai's leadership in Parliament.

Speculation is rife in the Demo camp that former Deputy Prime Minister Sir Terepai Maoate and his faction of supporters in the Demo caucus have had talks with Cook Islands Party MP Norman George about numbers needed to vote Marurai out of power.

Sir Terepai was sacked from cabinet last December following details of the multi-million dollar Toagate scandal and out of court settlement being released. The former Finance Minister then gathered support to remove the prime ministership from the man who dismissed him.

Marurai's sacking of Sir Terepai led to the resignation of three of his cabinet ministers – Ngamau Munokoa, Tangata Vavia and Kete Ioane.

When the PM replaced the ministers, the then party president Makiuti Tongia issued ultimatums that they must resign or be booted from the party.

Even after the party conference and the election of a new executive, cabinet is still wary of Sir Terepai's continued vendetta.

It is understood the motion for a vote of no confidence in the PM can only be made by a minister.

Meanwhile, the annual Budget must be tabled in Parliament by July 31 according to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management Act.

Last week Finance Minister Wilkie Rasmussen indicated he was hoping Parliament would sit this month to avoid having to put in place emergency measures to allow government to access up to three month's worth of last year's Budget funds.

Cook Islands News: http://www.cinews.co.ck/index.htm
Copyright © 2010 Cook Islands News. All Rights Reserved


 
Go back to Pacific Islands Report: Graphics or Text Only.  

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

[pima.nius] NZ PM hints at announcing aid boost at Pacific Islands Forum

1:10 PM |

NZ PM hints at announcing aid boost at Pacific Islands Forum

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Rory MacKinnon in Wellington.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he may discuss NZ's pledge to more than double its overseas aid spending by 2015 at next week's Pacific Islands Forum – but that goal is still "a long way away".

Speaking Monday at a post-Cabinet press conference, Key said he and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully would attend the forum in Vanuatu to discuss the region's coordination of development and member countries' progress on meeting the United Nations Millenium Development Goals, which aim to reduce poverty and infant mortality.

New Zealand was one of 23 countries which pledged in 2000 to commit 0.7 percent of its gross national income to overseas aid by 2015 – but with only five years to go, New Zealand's contribution is just 0.29 percent.

Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, Denmark and the Netherlands have already exceeded the 0.7 pledge and 11 others have announced plans to meet the 2015 deadline.

But New Zealand was ranked just sixteenth in an OECD report on the project in April.

The report also noted New Zealand's net contribution to overseas development had actually dropped by 3.2 percent in 2009.

Key said Monday he did not know when New Zealand would reach the 0.7 percent mark but insisted his Government had not changed its position.

0.7 percent was still the long-term goal, but "we are a long way away from that."

"I've always been of the view that – obviously, if we can afford to – lifting our financial contribution is important, but it's also important to recognize that nz makes a contribution well in excess of the amount of cash that we give as a percentage of GDP.

"I think from memory we're 0.3 or 0.32 or something at that magnitude at the moment, so we're quite a long way away.

Key said he planned to increase aid spending to NZ$600m a year, but did not know when it would happen.
"I don't know what that's doing as a percentage; it's slightly rising but I'd need to go and check the budget documents to be absolutely sure."

Key said it was important to recognize that New Zealand also made contributions other than cash, such as trade and personnel.

The National Government had been active in the Pacific and there would be "a fair bit of support" for New Zealand at the forum, he said.

Rory MacKinnon is a political reporter with Scoop.co.nz and based in Wellington.

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

Monday, July 26, 2010

[pima.nius] Mapping' Pacific cultures to inspire survival

1:11 PM |

Mapping' Pacific cultures to inspire survival

Updated July 23, 2010 08:33:10

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community with the help of European Union funding is to 'map' six Pacific cultures.

It is hoped the process will help cultural industries "survive and thrive" through a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.

Dr Elise Huffer is a culture adivser with the SPC and recently held a workshop in Noumea, New Caledonia, to structure the cultural sector in the Pacific.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
Speaker: Dr Elise Huffer, culture adivser with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

[pima.nius] CHAUDHRY CHARGED WITH MONEY LAUNDERING IN FIJI

1:07 PM |

PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT

Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai'i


CHAUDHRY CHARGED WITH MONEY LAUNDERING IN FIJI
Former prime minister released on bail

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 22, 2010) – Fiji's former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry has been released on bail after appearing in court to face charges of money laundering and tax evasion.

The charges date back to just after the 2000 coup, and include providing false information to the Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority.

It's alleged Mr Chaudhry held up to nearly $US200,000 in an Australian bank account, and that he gave money to a daughter in Australia without following correct procedure.

He'll reappear in court next week.

Mahendra Chaudry was the interim government's finance minister until 2008.

He was the first Indo-Fijian to be elected Prime Minister but was deposed in the 2000 coup.

Radio Australia:

www.abc.net.au/ra
Copyright © 2010 Radio Australia. All Rights Reserved


 
Go back to Pacific Islands Report: Graphics or Text Only.  

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Re: [pima.nius] US moves to give support to Indonesia’s Kopassus special force.

12:54 PM |

Is Obama really a president of the Pacific when things like this happen?


 
On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 7:32 AM, pima news <pima.nius@gmail.com> wrote:

US moves to give support to Indonesia's Kopassus special force.

Kopassus: The elite Indonesian forces used in Timor and Papuan colonialism examined in a controversial new book. Photo: Kopassus

Kopassus: The elite Indonesian commando force used against indigenous peoples of Timor Leste and West Papua. (Photo by Kopassus.)

Report – By PMC Newsdesk.

The United States has decided to re-engage with Indonesia's elite commandos the Kopassus at a time when the special force is allegedly committing oppression, human rights abuses, and killings against West Papua's indigenous peoples.

The Obama Administration this week agreed to "gradual and limited" engagement with Kopassus ending a ten year moratorium that prevented the US from giving assistance to the organisation.

The decision has caused outrage among human rights advocates who have attempted to draw the US, Australia, and New Zealand attention to the plight of West Papuans. Indonesia's military TNI force, provincial police, and Kopassus have banned independent media and Non-Government-Organisations from observing the oppression these forces have been using against the West Papuan people.

The West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) stated this week: "The U.S. Administration's decision to resume cooperation with the most criminal and unreformed element of the Indonesian military removes critical international pressure for reform and professionalization of the broader Indonesian military.

"It signals to Indonesian human rights advocates who have born the brunt of security force intimidation that they stand alone in their fight for respect for human rights and genuine reform in Indonesia."

The Government of Vanuatu has also moved to expose atrocities going on inside West Papua's borders. Vanuatu's Parliament this month committed its Prime Minister to seek agreement from other Pacific Island leaders, including New Zealand and Australia, to deploy an observer team to West Papua to investigate alleged human rights abuses. The call will be made at this year's Pacific Islands Forum in Port Vila in August.

There has been no indication of agreement or otherwise from other Pacific governments, despite indications urgency is required to ensure further oppression, politically motivated arrests and murder are curbed.

West Papua has considerable mineral resource, and Indonesia and the United States have considerable mining interests in the Melanesian island, including the Freeport gold mine.

WPAT's statement follows:

    Statement by the West Papua Advocacy Team regarding the US Government's decision to resume cooperation with the Indonesian special forces (Kopassus)

    The decision of the Obama Administration to begin "gradual and limited" engagement with the Indonesian Special Forces (Kopassus) ignores more than a decade-old, bi-partisan, bi-cameral Congressional consensus opposing assistance to that organization.

    Opposition to U.S. military cooperation with Kopassus is based on that unit's undisputed record of human rights abuse, criminality and unaccountability before the law. U.S. Administration claims that the organization has recently adopted a reform course is belied by credible independent reporting that Kopassus continues to abuse human rights with impunity. A June 2009 Human Rights Watch report detailed Kopassus abuse of civilians in Merauke in the troubled province of West Papua.

    Administration claims that those Kopassus personnel "convicted" of human rights abuse have been removed from the organization ignores the reality that the impunity enjoyed by Kopassus personnel for decades has ensured that only a handful of Kopassus personnel have ever faced justice in a credible criminal court. In a rare example of judicial action, seven Kopassus officers were convicted of the 2001 murder of the leading Papuan political figure, Theys Eluay. Of the seven convicted of what the judge in the case termed a "torture-murder," all remain on active duty after serving brief sentences (the longest being three and one half years imprisonment). Six left Kopassus but one remains in the organization.

    Administration assurances that any Kopassus candidate for U.S. training will undergo "vetting" by the State Department ignores past failures of the State Department to screen out Kopassus rights abusers and criminals.

    The Administration announcement correctly notes that since the fall of the dictator Suharto, with whose military the U.S. military maintained close ties, Indonesia has been on a democratic course. But the Administration fails to acknowledge that the gravest threat to ongoing democratic progress is the Indonesian military which continues to evade civilian control. Despite 2004 legislative requirements that the military divest itself of its vast empire of legal and illegal businesses by 2009, the military retains this source of off-budget funding.

    Kopassus and other military personnel continue to enjoy impunity before the law for human rights abuse and criminal activity including people trafficking and drug running as acknowledged in past U.S. State Department human rights reporting.

    The Indonesian military, and particularly Kopassus and intelligence agencies continue to repress peaceful protest, most notably targeting the people of West Papua. The military, especially Kopassus, but also the U.S.-funded "Detachment 81″ and the militarized police (BRIMOB), routinely intimidate, threaten and accost Papuans who non-violently resist denial of fundamental rights, illegal expropriation of their lands and marginalization. Military and police units have repeatedly conducted purportedly anti-rebel "sweep operations" in the remote Central Highlands forcing thousands of villagers into the forests where they suffer lack of food, shelter and access to medical care. Twenty percent of Kopassus personnel (approximately 1,000 personnel) are stationed in West Papua.

    The U.S. Administration's decision to resume cooperation with the most criminal and unreformed element of the Indonesian military removes critical international pressure for reform and professionalization of the broader Indonesian military. It signals to Indonesian human rights advocates who have born the brunt of security force intimidation that they stand alone in their fight for respect for human rights and genuine reform in Indonesia.

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

[pima.nius] US moves to give support to Indonesia’s Kopassus special force.

12:32 PM |

US moves to give support to Indonesia's Kopassus special force.

Kopassus: The elite Indonesian forces used in Timor and Papuan colonialism examined in a controversial new book. Photo: Kopassus

Kopassus: The elite Indonesian commando force used against indigenous peoples of Timor Leste and West Papua. (Photo by Kopassus.)

Report – By PMC Newsdesk.

The United States has decided to re-engage with Indonesia's elite commandos the Kopassus at a time when the special force is allegedly committing oppression, human rights abuses, and killings against West Papua's indigenous peoples.

The Obama Administration this week agreed to "gradual and limited" engagement with Kopassus ending a ten year moratorium that prevented the US from giving assistance to the organisation.

The decision has caused outrage among human rights advocates who have attempted to draw the US, Australia, and New Zealand attention to the plight of West Papuans. Indonesia's military TNI force, provincial police, and Kopassus have banned independent media and Non-Government-Organisations from observing the oppression these forces have been using against the West Papuan people.

The West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) stated this week: "The U.S. Administration's decision to resume cooperation with the most criminal and unreformed element of the Indonesian military removes critical international pressure for reform and professionalization of the broader Indonesian military.

"It signals to Indonesian human rights advocates who have born the brunt of security force intimidation that they stand alone in their fight for respect for human rights and genuine reform in Indonesia."

The Government of Vanuatu has also moved to expose atrocities going on inside West Papua's borders. Vanuatu's Parliament this month committed its Prime Minister to seek agreement from other Pacific Island leaders, including New Zealand and Australia, to deploy an observer team to West Papua to investigate alleged human rights abuses. The call will be made at this year's Pacific Islands Forum in Port Vila in August.

There has been no indication of agreement or otherwise from other Pacific governments, despite indications urgency is required to ensure further oppression, politically motivated arrests and murder are curbed.

West Papua has considerable mineral resource, and Indonesia and the United States have considerable mining interests in the Melanesian island, including the Freeport gold mine.

WPAT's statement follows:

    Statement by the West Papua Advocacy Team regarding the US Government's decision to resume cooperation with the Indonesian special forces (Kopassus)

    The decision of the Obama Administration to begin "gradual and limited" engagement with the Indonesian Special Forces (Kopassus) ignores more than a decade-old, bi-partisan, bi-cameral Congressional consensus opposing assistance to that organization.

    Opposition to U.S. military cooperation with Kopassus is based on that unit's undisputed record of human rights abuse, criminality and unaccountability before the law. U.S. Administration claims that the organization has recently adopted a reform course is belied by credible independent reporting that Kopassus continues to abuse human rights with impunity. A June 2009 Human Rights Watch report detailed Kopassus abuse of civilians in Merauke in the troubled province of West Papua.

    Administration claims that those Kopassus personnel "convicted" of human rights abuse have been removed from the organization ignores the reality that the impunity enjoyed by Kopassus personnel for decades has ensured that only a handful of Kopassus personnel have ever faced justice in a credible criminal court. In a rare example of judicial action, seven Kopassus officers were convicted of the 2001 murder of the leading Papuan political figure, Theys Eluay. Of the seven convicted of what the judge in the case termed a "torture-murder," all remain on active duty after serving brief sentences (the longest being three and one half years imprisonment). Six left Kopassus but one remains in the organization.

    Administration assurances that any Kopassus candidate for U.S. training will undergo "vetting" by the State Department ignores past failures of the State Department to screen out Kopassus rights abusers and criminals.

    The Administration announcement correctly notes that since the fall of the dictator Suharto, with whose military the U.S. military maintained close ties, Indonesia has been on a democratic course. But the Administration fails to acknowledge that the gravest threat to ongoing democratic progress is the Indonesian military which continues to evade civilian control. Despite 2004 legislative requirements that the military divest itself of its vast empire of legal and illegal businesses by 2009, the military retains this source of off-budget funding.

    Kopassus and other military personnel continue to enjoy impunity before the law for human rights abuse and criminal activity including people trafficking and drug running as acknowledged in past U.S. State Department human rights reporting.

    The Indonesian military, and particularly Kopassus and intelligence agencies continue to repress peaceful protest, most notably targeting the people of West Papua. The military, especially Kopassus, but also the U.S.-funded "Detachment 81″ and the militarized police (BRIMOB), routinely intimidate, threaten and accost Papuans who non-violently resist denial of fundamental rights, illegal expropriation of their lands and marginalization. Military and police units have repeatedly conducted purportedly anti-rebel "sweep operations" in the remote Central Highlands forcing thousands of villagers into the forests where they suffer lack of food, shelter and access to medical care. Twenty percent of Kopassus personnel (approximately 1,000 personnel) are stationed in West Papua.

    The U.S. Administration's decision to resume cooperation with the most criminal and unreformed element of the Indonesian military removes critical international pressure for reform and professionalization of the broader Indonesian military. It signals to Indonesian human rights advocates who have born the brunt of security force intimidation that they stand alone in their fight for respect for human rights and genuine reform in Indonesia.

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

[pima.nius] PRLabour :Media Advisory : Updated media contacts

12:31 PM |




23 July 2010    Media Advisory 
Updated media contacts 

Please update your contacts for the Labour Media Team

Chief Press Secretary          
Kris Faafoi    
04 817 8284    
021 648 859
kris.faafoi@parliament.govt.nz


Vikki Carter
04 817 9915
021 241 8466
vikki.carter@parliament.govt.nz


John Harvey
04 817 9305
021 461 675
john.harvey@parliament.govt.nz


Deborah Mahuta-Coyle
04 817 9685
021 226 9872
deborah.mahuta-coyle@parliament.govt.nz


<<Media Team update.doc>>


--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

[pima.nius] REGION: Carving up Australia's aid to the Pacific

12:28 PM |




Title – 6923 REGION: Carving up Australia's aid to the Pacific
Date – 23 July 2010
Byline – None
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – Crikey/Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, 23/7/10
Copyright – C/ACIJ
Status – Unabridged
----------------------------
* Pacific Media Watch Online - check the website for archive and links:
www.pacmediawatch.aut.ac.nz

* Post a comment on this story at PMW Right of Reply:
www.pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com
pmc@aut.ac.nz

* Pacific Media Centre on Twitter - http://twitter.com/pacmedcentre

WHO PROFITS FROM AUSTRALIA'S AID? CARVING UP THE PIE
www.crikey.com.au/topic/who-profits-from-our-foreign-aid/

SYDNEY (Crikey/Pacific Media Watch): Who profits from Australia's foreign aid? Today, continuing a special coverage series with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ), Crikey reveals how the taxpayers' foreign aid funding cake is carved up to show who's getting what from the foreign aid budget.

The biggest benefactors are not who you think. Rather than the big NGOs, who actually get very little government aid money to deliver programmes, the little-known Coffey International tops the […]

The series includes the Pacific and East Timor.

http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/07/23/who-profits-from-our-foreign-aid-carving-up-the-pie-where-the-little-known-dominate/

Who profits from our foreign aid?: carving up the pie, where the little-known dominate
Friday, 23 July 2010

by Wendy Bacon, the Director of the Australian Centre for Independent
Journalism, and Shu Shu He, a Master of Arts (Journalism) student at
UTS

Who profits from our foreign aid? Today, continuing Crikey's special
coverage, we carve up the cake to show who's getting what from
Australia's foreign aid budget.

The biggest benefactors are not who you think. Rather than the big
NGOs, who actually get very little government aid money to deliver
programs, the little-known Coffey International tops the list (we'll
delve […]

Who profits from our foreign aid? Growing your business —
Cardno-style
Wednesday, 21 July 2010

The Australian Centre for Independent Journalism's Wendy Bacon and
Michelle Stephenson look at who gets what slice of the Australian aid
pie.

Who profits from our foreign aid? Snapshots of a multimillion dollar
industry
Friday, 16 July 2010

ACIJ's Michelle Stephenson and Wendy Bacon begin our corporate aid
snapshots with GHD International, in the latest installment of
Crikey's Who Profits From our Foreign Aid? series.

Who profits from our foreign aid? Export Finance and Investment
Corporation steps up
Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Wendy Bacon and Flint Duxfield's report for the Australian Centre for
Independent Journalism for the second installment in Crikey's Who
profits from our foreign aid? series.

Who profits from our foreign aid? From cattle company to global aid
Tuesday, 13 July 2010

When James' father Kerry Packer purchased both companies in 1993, GRM
was an agricultural company managing rural investments and thousands of
cattle in Queensland. Here's how it grew from a cattle company to a
Foreign Aid giant.

We have a shameful record when it comes to Timor aid
Michael R James / Tuesday, 13 July 2010

One dangerous anomaly is that the refugees may well end up living in
better conditions than most Timorese, which would be difficult to
avoid.

Crikey Says: Reading the fine print on our foreign aid billions
Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Some important issues are just too slippery, too remote or too big to
wrap your head around. Foreign aid is one of them.

Who profits from our foreign aid? The untold story of GRM
International
Monday, 12 July 2010

For nearly a decade one of Australia's most successful aid companies
and its biggest casino operator were owned by the same company. Wendy
Bacon and Flint Duxfield tell the untold story of GRM International.

Who profits from our foreign aid?: The 'technical assistance'
making business rich
Bernard Keane / Monday, 12 July 2010

Australia's "boomerang aid" has been making corporate Australia
very rich for years. In a new Crikey series, the Australian Centre for
Independent Journalism reveals the huge gap in accountability for
taxpayers' foreign aid funding

www.crikey.com.au/topic/who-profits-from-our-foreign-aid/

* Comment on this item www.pacific.scoop.co.nz

+++niuswire

PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH ONLINE
www.pacmediawatch.aut.ac.nz

PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH is a media and educational resource compiled by the AUT Pacific Media Centre for the Pacific region.

(c)1996-2010 Creative Commons
http://creativecommons.org

Items are provided solely for review purposes as a non-profit educational service. Copyright remains the property of the original  producers as indicated in the header. Recipients should seek permission
from the copyright owner for any publishing. Copyright owners not  wishing their materials to be posted by PMW please contact us. The views expressed in material listed by PMW are not necessarily the views
of PMW or the Pacific Media Centre.

For further information or joining the Pacific Media Watch listserve, visit:
http://lists.apc.org.au/listinfo.cgi/pacific_media_watch?apc.org.au

Email:
pmc@aut.ac.nz
Fax: (+649) 921 9987
SnailMail: Pacific Media Centre, School of Communication Studies, AUT
University, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Website: www.pacmediawatch.aut.ac.nz
_______________________________________________
Pacific_media_watch mailing list
Pacific_media_watch@lists.apc.org.au

_______________________________________________
Pacific_media_watch mailing list
Pacific_media_watch@lists.apc.org.au


--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

[pima.nius] Teens get a shot at making films

12:17 PM |

Teens get a shot at making films

CARLY TAWHIAO - Central Leader
Last updated 05:00 23/07/2010


The world will soon be gazing at work from a new generation of Pacific filmmakers, if the Tautai Trust has got any say.

The contemporary Pacific arts organisation ran a three-day moving image workshop last week for 20 senior secondary school pupils as part of its youth programme called Fresh Horizons.

Starting in 2001 as a one-day workshop, the successful initiative gives secondary students a space to experiment under the watchful eye of tutors who are also established artists and positive role models.

With support from Pacific artists and filmmakers Leilani Kake, Janet Lilo, Jerry Tauamiti, Venusi Taumoepeau and Danny Aumua, students were given an opportunity to make either a short narrative film, a music video, some stop-frame animation, or a video installation using state-of-the-art equipment from Unitec's department of performing and screen arts.

Programme manager Jean Clarkson says the holiday workshop aims to give the students a feel for what happens after tertiary study.

"This mentoring programme offers the opportunity for the students to work with Pacific artist tutors in a supportive environment.

"It is part of a stair-casing programme for Tautai.

"We hope to connect with the students again, if they go into tertiary education, through our support programmes, and into their lives as working artists."

Bela Tanoai and her peers were part of the narrative film genre and say through the workshop they've been exposed to a wide range of screen art disciplines.

In the action-packed three days, the group produced a 12-minute film about people from different walks of life, who get to know each other during detention.

"There was a lot of brainstorming and improvisation but it was fun. We got to use proper film equipment instead of tiny cameras while gaining more experience."

The year 13 pupils came from surrounding central Auckland high schools – Avondale College, Marist College, St Paul's College, Auckland Girls Grammar and Mt Albert Grammar. 

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

Thursday, July 22, 2010

[pima.nius] Call for dancers for Manukau Pacific dance workshops

2:05 PM |

 

Call for dancers for Manukau Pacific dance workshops
Jul 2010

Pacific Dance New Zealand in partnership with DANZ and the Manukau City Council is calling for dancers to participate in a series of hip-hop workshops with a cultural flavour with experienced choreographer Justin Haiu (Lion King, The Arrival, So You Think You Can Dance) as part of the inaugural Manukau Pacific Dance Artist in Residence for 2010.

The workshops will begin in the week starting 31st July at the Metro Theatre for a period of 8 weeks culminating in a public performance at the opening of the new Mangere Arts Centre – NgÄÂÂ Tohu o Uenuku on the 25th September.

The workshops are open to dancers from a range of experience and levels of training. Commitment to the project is the utmost and dancers with little or no experience can make the cut as long as they are committed to the project.

The workshop will be launched on Saturday the 31st July at 1pm at Metro Theatre, 362 Massey Road, Mangere. Dancers are asked to turn up and register at this time.

Culminating performance: Saturday, September 25th at Mangere Arts Centre – NgÄÂÂ Tohu o Uenuku.

This could be a great opportunity for you or someone you know!

If you are interested in taking part please contact:

Filoi Vaila'au at auckland@pacificdance.co.nz or call +64 9 370 0487

For more information, check: http://pacificdance.co.nz/residency.php

 

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -

[pima.nius] PR: Coming up on Pacific Pulse

1:15 PM |




 
For immediate release
 
Pacific Pulse
one ocean – many stories
Pacific Pulse ventures beyond the headlines with feature stories from Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia that reflect contemporary life across the Pacific and recognise the strengths, hopes, achievements and aspirations of the region.
 
 
Episode 18 - Kaugere school
 
In this episode of Pacific Pulse, Tania Nugent returns to her home town Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, where she visits one of the city's oldest and most infamous settlements. Kaugere is associated with poverty, crime and hopelessness but one local couple is trying to change that.  Peter and Lydia Kailap were raising their own large family in Kaugere and struggling to afford school fees so, in 2009, they started free classes for the settlement's children with just a tarpaulin on the ground and local residents volunteering as teachers.  In just over a year, the Children's University of Music and Arts doubled in size with more than 300 students, aged between 12 and 20 years old. Most had never been to school before. As well as reading, writing and arithmetic, there's a special focus on music to encourage the settlement's children to dare to dream of a better future.
 
Pacific Pulse will be broadcast across the Pacific in the following time zones:
 
 
Wed 21st Jul            19:50  American Samoa
                                Samoa  
                                Niue
                        20:50   Cook Islands
                                French Polynesia
 
Thu 22nd Jul            15:50   Palau
                        16:50   Northern Marianas
                        17:50    Federated States of Micronesia         
                                New Caledonia  
                                Solomon Islands
                                Vanuatu
                        18:50   Fiji
                                Kiribati
                                Marshall Islands        
                                Nauru  
                                Tokelau
                                Tuvalu
                                Wallis and Futuna
                        19:50   Tonga  
                        20:50   Guam
                                Papua New Guinea
                                                               
 
For more times and information, please visit: australianetwork.com/pacificpulse
 
 
Jo Price
Marketing & Communications Executive
Australia Network
Level 2  Building A 
700 Harris Street 
Ultimo  NSW  2007
P:  +61 2 8333 5275 | F:  +61 2 8333 1558
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.

The information contained in this email and any attachment is confidential and may contain legally privileged or copyright material. It is intended only for the use of the addressee(s). If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you are not permitted to disseminate, distribute or copy this email or any attachments. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete this email from your system. The ABC does not represent or warrant that this transmission is secure or virus free. Before opening any attachment you should check for viruses. The ABC's liability is limited to resupplying any email and attachments.

--
----------------------------------------
pacific islands media association
pima.nius@gmail.com
aotearoa, new zealand
----------------------------------------
The pima.nius googlegroup is a facility for discussion and distributing information. Content sent by this googlegroup are forwarded from various networks and media publications.
 
DISCLAIMER: These emails are unedited and discussions made through this googlegroup are unmoderated. Announcements made through this googlegroup do not constitute endorsement for the organisations, individuals or opinions featured. Please check the integrity of organisations and individuals before exchanging personal information with them.
 
- - - - - - - - -
comment here:
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius/topics?hl=en
 
send an email comment here:
pima-nius@googlegroups.com
 
unsubscribe:
pima-nius+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com
 
more options
http://groups.google.com/group/pima-nius?hl=en?hl=en
 
- - - - - - - - -