Cargo mentality in Solomon Islands politics

Those of you who are familiar with historical and other related written records of the past will be able to realize that there has been a considerable preoccupation on research and studies relating to cargo-cult ideologies and practices especially in Melanesian shores. Some of these were expressed upon the foundations of extreme religious movements that…

Congratulations to Our Telekom

Sunday marked the 25th years since Our Telekom started off as a company on July 21st 1988. Being the only telecommunication provider until 2009, the company has come along way in providing  telecommunication to the people of Solomon Islands. This services comes in the form of landline, mobile phone, internet, fax and other communication services.…

Insecurity looms as RAMSI pulls out

It was Sir Peter Kenilorea, then Prime Minister, who declared at the flag raising ceremony outside the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York that as of July 7, 1978 Solomon Islands stands equal with all the other UN members. That was when Solomon Islands gained political independence from Britain after 83 years. Things were looking…

Challenging the TRC’s findings

THE report of the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission, all five volumes, have been released unofficially by the editor of the report, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Terry M. Brown and uploaded to the internet for all to see and read. Fr. Brown’s action in releasing the report has been variously described as un-procedural and…

A dirty city

NUMEROUS efforts to clean up the capital city have got us to nowhere. Honiara remains a dirty city! The recent trend in the way Honiara looks is this. At night, the streets look beautiful and attractive. That’s after the night workers cleaned and swept away the dirt that littered the streets and drains the day…

Gender and corruption

Are women less corrupt than men is a question a lot of people are asking today in many communities through- out this country.   Many are also saying that it good to give women the chance to be elected into Parliament so as to prove themselves to the people of this country whether they are different…

Policing a Clash of Cultures

Today, we publish chapters nine, 10 and 11of the new book “Policing a Clash of Cultures” written by former Police Commissioner Englishman FRANK SHORT. The Sunday Star has been given permission to serialise the book in its upcoming issues.   Part 9: The Police Force I Joined. The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force had its…

Give our locals the top job

GOVERNMENT’S intention to appoint a local to head our police force is not a bad idea at all. It is just about time we do that. We have highly capable, as well as respectable officers within the force who can take on that role. They have gone through various trainings provided by Australia and New…