We need to understand

By SETH GUKUNAWest Honiara THE decision taken by our Government for this country to switch to China was based on the cabinet paper that Cabinet endorsed on September 16th 2019.        In that paper our Ministers would have been given the reasons as to why this country needs to move to China.  That…

Father’s Day

DEAR EDITOR – Many thanks to Lawrence Kiko of Borderline for his comments and most importantly highlighting the brief history about the original idea and theme of what is father’s day concept.  Solomon Star Issue No. 7311, Tuesday 3 September 2019.  Properly to us in Solomon Islands (Melanesia) we might have had the original cultural…

CHINA -TAIWAN SAGA

DEAR EDITOR -Thank you for the space to get this message to all God fearing people of Solomon Islands.  All ordinary Solomon islanders, we must take comfort on the fact that the omnipresent surveillance camera from the heavenly realm is relentlessly recording all that was said & done by our so called leaders in the…

US offer to Malaita

DEAR EDITOR – In the Solomon star of Friday 20th Malaita  premier Suidani said that the SIG decision to sever ties with Taiwan deprived Malaita and its people largely from benefiting from a USD$300 million package offered by USA to  Malaita for its development aspirations. I think this is a latest move by USA to…

Reflection on SI, Taiwan & China

     As the pro-Chinese emphatically exclaimed “Its China”, Island Sun headline last Tuesday said it all; “September 16 – A sad day”.  Yes, I agree, it’s a sad day indeed.      A relationship that we worked hard together to develop over nearly four decades had abruptly disappeared, taken away by a government that…

REGIONAL REFLECTIONS

TESS NEWTON CAIN* Civil society voices concern about West Papua   CIVIL society groups are voicing their concerns about the situation in West Papua. Across the region, there have been numerous displays of support for self-determination for West Papuans and calls for action to protect human rights.  This comes as the Indonesian authorities have deployed…

Obstacle to economic growth

DEAR EDITOR – In 2016, the former Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer, Joaquim Levy, wrote about the gap he perceived in private investment.   Although he was then writing in general terms, there were several paragraphs in his article I thought relevant to the situation in the Solomon Islands at that time.…