New Caledonia votes to stay with France in referendum boycotted by the Indigenous population

The Kanak people wanted the referendum postponed because of pandemic deathsOriginally published on Global VoicesElectoral card for the November 2018 New Caledonia independence referendum. Flickr photo by gérard, (CC BY-SA 2.0) On December 12, New Caledonian voters overwhelmingly decided to remain a territory of France in a referendum marred by a low turnout and the … Continue reading “New Caledonia votes to stay with France in referendum boycotted by the Indigenous population”

Citizens start clean-up and recovery efforts after protests and riots in Solomon Islands

Around 63 buildings were burned down during the three-day riotOriginally published on Global VoicesVolunteers help clean up the streets after three days of rioting and looting in Honiara City. Photo supplied by ZFM 99.5 My Favourite Music Station, used with permission. Hundreds of volunteers have responded to the Soloman Island government’s public appeal to help … Continue reading “Citizens start clean-up and recovery efforts after protests and riots in Solomon Islands”

Îles Salomon, Covid-19, Russie et Vargas Llosa : les informations de la nuit

L’Australie déploie son armée aux îles Salomon. L’Australie a déployé vendredi 26 novembre une force de maintien de la paix dans les îles Salomon, en proie aux émeutes depuis trois jours, selon la chaîne australienne ABC. La police locale a dû avoir recours à des tirs de sommation pour disperser les manifestants, qui réclament la démission … Continue reading “Îles Salomon, Covid-19, Russie et Vargas Llosa : les informations de la nuit”

Australian Police, Troops Arrive in Solomon Islands to Help Quell Unrest Against Pro-Beijing PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, who requested help from Australia, on Friday blamed foreign countries for stoking the violent protests, but did not name any. “These very countries that are now influencing Malaita are the countries that don’t want ties with the People’s Republic of China, and they are discouraging Solomon Islands to enter into diplomatic … Continue reading “Australian Police, Troops Arrive in Solomon Islands to Help Quell Unrest Against Pro-Beijing PM”

Solomon Islands: What is behind the unrest on the Pacific archipelago?

With Australia rushing peacekeepers to the Solomon Islands to quell riots in the Pacific archipelago, here are some key facts about the former British protectorate long beset by political and ethnic unrest. Flames rise from buildings in Honiara’s Chinatown on November 26, 2021 as days of rioting have seen thousands ignore a government lockdown order, … Continue reading “Solomon Islands: What is behind the unrest on the Pacific archipelago?”

Emeutes, couvre-feu, intervention des forces australiennes : que se passe-t-il aux îles Salomon ?

Ce 26 novembre, la police des Iles Salomon a eu recours à des tirs de sommation pour disperser des manifestants qui tentaient d’atteindre la résidence privée du Premier ministre Manasseh Sogavare. Un petit nombre de policiers a réussi à disperser la foule qui avait mis le feu à au moins un bâtiment et à la … Continue reading “Emeutes, couvre-feu, intervention des forces australiennes : que se passe-t-il aux îles Salomon ?”

US Dug Up 130 Tons of Irradiated Soil From Nevada and Dumped It on the Marshall Islands

“I’m like, how can it [the dome] be ours?” Hilda Heine, the president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, said in an interview in her presidential office in September. “We don’t want it. We didn’t build it. The garbage inside is not ours. It’s theirs.” Ultimately they decided to go forward with the resettlement … Continue reading “US Dug Up 130 Tons of Irradiated Soil From Nevada and Dumped It on the Marshall Islands”

President Tsai celebrates Central American Independence Day

President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 17 that the government is committed to enhancing public and private sector exchanges with Taiwan’s Central American allies Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Taiwan enjoys strong diplomatic ties with the three countries, Tsai said. The mutually beneficial and supportive relationship is achieving excellent outcomes in many joint endeavors, she added.   … Continue reading “President Tsai celebrates Central American Independence Day”

Senator Rubio Says Will Seek to Cut Solomon Islands From Dollar for Recognizing China as US Did in 1979

Is there a better example of the pigheadedness of the Empire? The US is allowed to accomodate China because to decline would be too costly and not in its best interest, but a tiny and much poorer nation like the Solomon Islands must continue with the crusade the Empire wish it could wage: And now … Continue reading “Senator Rubio Says Will Seek to Cut Solomon Islands From Dollar for Recognizing China as US Did in 1979”

Tsai condemns Solomon Islands’ decision to establish ties with China

President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 16 that the government sincerely regrets and strongly condemns the Solomon Islands’ decision to establish diplomatic relations with China.   China is using financial and political pressure to suppress Taiwan’s space, Tsai said. This poses a threat to the country and represents a brazen challenge to international order, she added. … Continue reading “Tsai condemns Solomon Islands’ decision to establish ties with China”

MOFA touts success of medical fund in Taiwan’s Pacific allies

A 12-month, US$2 million government-administered medical fund has enhanced the health and well-being of the people in Taiwan’s Pacific allies, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   Launched during the 2018 Pacific Islands Forum, the fund involved six major hospitals in Taiwan and facilitated first-class treatment for 955 patients in Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, … Continue reading “MOFA touts success of medical fund in Taiwan’s Pacific allies”

Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union annual meeting kicks off in Taiwan

The 49th General Assembly and 83rd Council Meeting of the Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union kicked off Aug. 5 in Taipei City, reaffirming the government’s commitment to promoting regional peace and prosperity.   Co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the three-day event is themed Ocean Democracy and a Sustainable Indo-Pacific Region. It involves around 100  lawmakers … Continue reading “Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union annual meeting kicks off in Taiwan”

Australia’s Suspicion of China’s South Pacific Investments Is a Zero-sum Game

The mainstream media revived its narrative of fear-mongering about China’s South Pacific investments during the Vanuatu Prime Minister’s visit to Beijing and ahead of the recently re-elected Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison‘s trip to the Solomon Islands next week. … The post Australia’s Suspicion of China’s South Pacific Investments Is a Zero-sum Game appeared first on Global … Continue reading “Australia’s Suspicion of China’s South Pacific Investments Is a Zero-sum Game”

SI hosting of 2019 SPUMS Annual Conference hailed a major success

May 29, 2019 Picture:  Honiara, Solomon Islands –( ASIA TODAY )– Attracting delegates from as far afield as Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and the USA, the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society’s (SPUMS) 48th Annual Scientific Meeting taking place in Honiara last week has been hailed a major success. Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ … Continue reading “SI hosting of 2019 SPUMS Annual Conference hailed a major success”