Indonesia is cementing control over West Papua

By NITHIN COCAFreelance Journalist  EARLIER this month, the Indonesian military raided and destroyed the offices of the West Papuan National Committee, a separatist group in the country’s easternmost region, which has long agitated for independence.  The raid came amid allegations that the military had used chemical weapons in airstrikes on separatists in West Papua in…

Cyclone warning for Fiji’s Rotuma

RNZI, 03 JAN, FIJI: A tropical cyclone warning is now in force for Fiji’s Rotuma. The Fiji Meteorological Service said a tropical cyclone alert remained in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and was now in force for Lau and Lomaiviti group. The warning and alert have been sparked by tropical depression…

Aqorau heads new group of educators

A CONSORTIUM of educators and international policy experts aims to develop and inspire a new generation of fisheries leaders across the Pacific Islands region. Pacific Catalyst is a partnership of the University of the South Pacific, the University of Wollongong, Duke University, iTunaIntel and Environmental Defense Fund. Dr Transform Aqorau, former deputy director of the…

Melanesian Spearhead Group failing – Ralph Regenvanu

RNZI: Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister says he’s lost faith in the Melanesian Spearhead Group because of a lack of consensus and political engagement.   The group had become especially contentious after including Indonesia in 2015, which had clashed with United Liberation Movement for West Papua, which holds observer status.   In an interview with Australian thinktank…

Pacific journalist launch environment network

Pacific journalists have formed a network that will act as a platform for the exchange of stories and news content on environment issues in the Pacific. The Pacific Environment Journalist Network was officially launched in Nukualofa, Tonga on Monday night on the eve of the opening of the 5th Pacific Media Summit with the aim…

West Papuans cautious about SIG visit but remains hopeful

Civil society groups in West Papua including local non-governmental organisations, youth groups, students, women associations, church leaders and indigenous leaders are cautious about a surprise visit to West Papua by a Solomon Islands government delegation. The Solomon Islands government under the leadership of former PM Manasa Sogovare was a staunch supporter for the West Papuan…