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Five Readings for the Weekend

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STOPPRESS. INTERVIEW WITH BAINIMARAMA. The transcript will be published tomorow Sunday at 2:15pm NZ time, 1:15pm Fiji time, 4:15 pm EST).
There will be no normal Weekend  Readings this week.  I've temporarily run out of articles from Allen, and time has not permitted me to write an analytical review of the CCF Survey report.  See below for  • The PM's Statement on Constitutional Consulations • Thc CCF media release on UN Assistance for elections   • Australia's new Foreignh Minister • Victor Lal and Russell Hunters' on Bainimarama's 2003 intended coup •Radio Australia back in Fiji  --- AND if this is not enough, check out the 16 or so comments to my Friday post on the RFMF route march.  Remember, I was writing to discredit the anti-blogs that are often used as reliable sources of information by the mainstream media, and also to show how vulnerable an announced route would make the PM to extremists who wish him ill.  But this is not what most readers took from the ar…

Fiji's Weak-Hearted Drunken Prime Minister

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK.
"Commodore Frank is closely guarded by an elite group of armed body guards [and] travels in an armoured vehicle convoy." -- Dr Mark Hayes, Sept.2010.

You were probably in bed early Friday morning while  PM Bainimarama was otherwise engaged. But before reading on, think back a while to when the anti-blogs were reporting  he'd gone to China for heart surgery and had to be helped on to the plane at Nadi.  Think back to the photos they published which purported to show a very sick man. And check out the current comments —and faked photos— on Coup4.5 which continue to portray him as a drunkard.   And now, here he is, aged 58, stepping it out with 20 and 30 year old soldiers  over a 24 kilometre route. Even if he only got to Flagstaff, that would be some accomplishment.  Some heart! Some surgery! And some drunkard that could manage this!   But what an opportunity for snippers that some of the anti-bloggers  give as the reason why he's always "closel…

News and Comment Wednesday 29 February 2012

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MEDIA FREEDOM SITUATION IN FIJI.  Interviews on YouTube,

PNG CRACKS DOWN ON INTERNETdissent.  We'd have heard of this, courtesy of RadioNZ International and other "unbiased" media, had it been Fiji.
TONGA SUPPRESSED REPORT.Click here. We'd also have heard of this!
BLOG ATTACKS MICHAEL FIELD.Click here.

NAMOSI JOINT MINING VENTURE website.

 THANKS TO FIJI FOR PEACEKEEPERS.  The  Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) director-general, Ambassador David Satterfield has thanked Fiji  for her endless support. “I’m delighted to be here in Fiji, to have the opportunity to formally thank the Fijian Government and the Fijian armed forces for the superb work that Fijian soldiers have done, men and women in Sinai with the MFO since we stood up almost 30 years ago this April,” Ambassador Satterfield said. He was welcomed with a 50-person Guard of Honour at Nausori International Airport and later made courtesy calls on the PM, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International…

Coup 4.5 Stoops to New Low

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Look closely at the photo. It's a fake created by using Photoshop or similar software, and knowingly published by Coup 4.5. Read their weak explanation. Then read on for the comments of their loyal and gullible readers. Of over  40 comments, most are hostile, some are threatening and all but one take the photo at its face value.  One reader even asks: Can this photograph of the drunked dictator be sent to all international gov and media and published as paid advertisment in all overseas countries news papers please. Circulate to all people in fiji-mobile/email.

But one reader spotted the fake. Anonymous writes ...PHOTO -SHOP................BOTTLE DOESN'T HAVE A SHADOW BUT THE CHAIR DOES...AND THE COCONUT TREE LOOKS FUNNY WHEN COMPARED TO THE GRASS!! CHEAP SHOT?

A word of advice to Coup 4.5 readers: Be more cautious in taking what they publish. This is not the first time they have fooled you.
Coup Four And A HalfThis blog is a result of the heavy censoring of the media …

Kevin Rudd's Pacific Neglect by Graham Davis

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Rudd has gone, having lost his leadership challenge against Julia Gillard,  but Richard Marles may be no better. -- Ed.]

RuFrank Bainimarama – Fiji’s prime minister and the current chair of the four-nation Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) – has joined the chorus of criticism of Kevin Rudd in advance of Monday’s leadership vote in Australia, accusing him of having neglected the Pacific as foreign minister.

He said Canberra’s lack of attention to the region – and especially its policy of shunning Fiji – had weakened Australian influence in the Pacific and had created a vacuum that bigger powers were moving to fill. Countries such as China and Russia were building relations with the smaller island states and strengthening their presence in Australia’s backyard. “They should be worried but they’re not”, he said. “ I don’t think they are taking it very seriously”.

In an interview with Grubsheet in Suva, Commodore Bainimarama revealed that both the United States and New Zealand had broken r…

He Said it. He Said it Not

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK.
Fiji is a hall of mirrors even for someone with a local background. So God help any outsider trying to make sense of it all. I'm convinced that this is the problem with the international media. There are so many layers of disinformation, so many agendas being pushed, so many febrile rumours on the coconut radio, that it's a wonder any truth emerges at all.-- a Reader. 


The latest round of articles on what Bainimarama was supposed to have said in 2000 and later is unusual in that Bainimarama's version of events has been published in the international media, or to be more precise, by the NZ Herald.

It started with two articles by Victor Lal and Russell Hunter and an ABC interview with Hunter of the attempt by the Fiji police to have Baininimarama arrested in New Zealand immediately before the coup in December 2006, and with allegations that Bainimarama had planned for three coups, in 2000 and 2004 and 2005, before the coup that took place in 2006.

There …