West Papuans arrested for supporting ULMWP

PACNEWS – Reports of arrests of West Papuans by Indonesian security forces have increased in numbers since Thursday, as many gathered in anticipation of the Melanesian Spearhead Group decision on the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) membership. Reports from inside West Papua confirmed that 348 arrests since were made. ULMWP Secretary General, Octovianus…

SI, Vanuatu, FLNKS, ULMWP maintain support for WP

Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kanak National Socialist Liberation Front (FLNKS) and the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) remain resolute in their support of the aspirations for the Self-Determination of the People of West Papua and the full membership of ULMWP to the Melanesian Spearhead Group. The above MSG members are committed to advocating for…

JICA provide high-tech weather equipment to SI

The Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has handed over a weather machine to the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services (SIMS) on Thursday this week. The machine ‘HimawariCast Receiving and Processing System’ was made available under a project “JICA Follow-up Cooperation for Meteorology Training”. Nowadays, utulising Meteorological Satellite Data is crucial for…

The last fall

BSIP colonialist who serves here dies NO one is left in the Solomon Islands to remember him. Everyone had died.  Alan Lindley in Adelaide, ex-Deputy Police Commissioner may well be the last who lives to remember Tom Russell, who served in the Solomon Islands for years under the British Solomon Islands Protectorate (BSIP), Emeritus Professor…

MSG founding father urges MSG to include West Papua

“Decolonisation and independence of Melanesian countries close to my heart” The following is what one of the founding fathers of the Melanesian Spear Head Group Sir Michael Somare of Papua New Guinea, said in relation to the West Papua issue as leaders meet in Honiara. “Decolonisation and independence of Melanesian countries are processes of liberation…

PM takes up PIDF chair with honour

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare is the new Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Chair after accepting the chairmanship role on Wednesday in Honiara. Sogavare as the new PIDF chair presents a gift to the outgoing PIDF chair, Prime Minister Bainimarama of Fiji, to symbolize his acceptance of the PIDF chairmanship role and acknowledgment of the work…

Leaders deliberate on issues of concern, ponder future pathways

THE Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) that ended successfully in Honiara on Wednesday has brought in together Pacific Islands Leaders to deliberate on issues of concern and challenges face by small island states thus deliberates on future pathways that would enable island states to withstand increasing challenges. The PIDF leaders’ summit eventuates with a grand…

Maelanga tells critics to ‘Shut Up’

Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Manasseh Maelanga has called on politicians that were very disturbing to the peace-building efforts of the national government to keep their mouths shut and let the government to carry on with its work. Speaking to the Solomon Star following heated mudslinging in the media on issues of the past ethnic tension,…