Drivers compete with each other for a few metres of advantage and swap insults with hand signals to assert their rights of domination
Traffic in Port Moresby
TUMBY BAY - Dervla Murphy, the Irish travel writer who died aged 90 last month, had two particular dislikes. The first was capitalism and the second was motorcars.
In the early 1960s she rode an old fashioned gearless pushbike from Waterford in Ireland to India. She subsequently undertook many more similar adventures on her trusty wiliwil.
Continue reading "The curse of motorcars & their insane drivers" »
The National Geographic, always a product of its time, remains an amazing pictorial record of Papua New Guinea over nearly 100 years
E Thomas Gilliard's 'Miramar children' (or were they?) of 1955 (National Geographic)
MORISSET – The photograph above was taken during E Thomas Gilliard's bird hunting expedition to the Papua New Guinea Highlands in 1955.
The story of the expedition, together with many spectacular photographs, was published in National Geographic magazine in the same year under the headline, 'To the Land of the Headhunters'.
Continue reading "National Geographic’s long affair with PNG" »
The observer group at the 2017 election was strongly criticised for its perceived failure to identify many substantial problems around voting
Commonwealth observer speaks with voters in Hela Province, 2012 (Treva Braun | Commonwealth Secretariat)
NOOSA – A former president of Nauru, Baron Waqa, will lead the Commonwealth Observer Group to Papua New Guinea’s national election next month.
At the invitation of the PNG Electoral Commission, the Commonwealth Secretariat will deploy the Group to observe and report on the country’s national election scheduled to begin on 2 July.
Continue reading "Commonwealth observers ready for action" »
If Australia’s aid program had been better administered and less affected by political influence, PNG would now be reaping the benefits
Australian diplomat Will Robinson hands a box of medical equipment to then health boss, the late Dr Paison Dakulala
TUMBY BAY - A cardinal mistake Australia made, and continues to make, in relation to Papua New Guinea is its extremely generous and sustained provision of about half a billion dollars a year in aid money.
Australia’s promise of ongoing funding aid to PNG was originally used as an inducement to accelerate its progress to independence.
Continue reading "Much of PNG's K2.4b aid doesn't trickle down" »
'I think the key thing is to build a relationship based on mutual respect. It can't be a transactional relationship where our interest waxes and wanes. A deeply respectful relationship is key'
Pat Conroy MP, wife Keara and their children and prime minister Anthony Albanese after the new Australian ministry was sworn in last month
NOOSA – Richard Marles is now Australia’s deputy prime minister and defence minister.
When I met him about 10 years ago, he was the Labor government’s parliamentary secretary for Pacific Islands affairs and I was unimpressed.
Continue reading "PNG & the Pacific score a minister for action" »
Given Facebook’s domination of social media in Papua New Guinea, it was concerning that researchers found strong indications of organised, politically motivated activity using inauthentic accounts to impersonate incumbent politicians
CAITLYN MCKENZIE & BEN CONNABLE
| DT Institute | Lowy Institute
WASHINGTON DC - How many Facebook accounts and pages claim to belong to Papua New Guinea’s prime minister James Marape?
Between 20 and 35, depending on the point in time and your definition, none verified by the platform.
Continue reading "PNG elections: the dangers from social media" »
'I’m fed up with how my family compares me to a whale with limbs. Why in the name of my beloved ancestor did I let this bugger tag along?'
“Bro, hariap ya! Plis o! Move a little faster yah.”
He kept talking and irritating me, like a betel nut stain on a wall.
I’m big for my size and quite slow. That's why.
I'm also fed up with the nagging. I truly am.
Continue reading "Just a little walk in the dark" »
'Government should tell us the facts about the effects and benefits rather than forcing people to get vaccine'
NOOSA - Public health experts agree that widespread vaccination coverage together with mask-wearing, distancing and some other protocols are the best way to end pandemics.
While vaccination is not the only protection, it is a vital component of keeping the disease under control.
Continue reading "Research: 61% of PNG workers reject vaccine" »
Aren’t you tired of voting for male candidates after 47 years of terrible results? What more excuse is there not to vote for female candidates?
142 women have nominated for next month's national election– just 4% of the total of 3,493 candidates. And, of Highlands candidates, a meagre 1% are women
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI – Since Papua New Guinea’s first election after independence in 1977, of the 983 MPs elected only seven (0.7%) have been women.
In the national election to be held next month, 142 women have nominated – just 4% of the total of 3,493 candidates.
Continue reading "No excuses: it’s time you voted for women" »
Whereas Bishop seemed to be genuinely enthusiastic about aid, Payne hardly ever spoke about it, and it was impossible to work out what she thought about the subject
Julie Bishop and Senator Marise Payne (DFAT)
| DevPolicy Blog
CANBERRA – When it comes to Australian aid, the Coalition government’s just ended nine-year reign can be divided into two periods.
From September 2013, when it came to power; to August 2018, when Julie Bishop resigned as foreign minister after the Liberal Party turned against prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and replaced him with Scott Morrison.
Continue reading "The Coalition & aid: a story of two halves" »
Following the Chinese foreign minister's media-unfriendly 10-day tour, frustrated Pacific journalists hope that in future "there will be a more concerted effort to defend media freedom against creeping authoritarianism"
| Pacific Media Watch | Edited
AUCKLAND - Timor-Leste, the youngest independent nation has the most fledgling media in the Asia-Pacific region.
But the country’s president has just offered a big lesson to its Pacific Island neighbours in tackling Chinese media gatekeepers and the creeping authoritarianism that is threatening journalism in the region.
Continue reading "China gatekeepers threaten Pacific media" »
Neo-liberalism's inherent flaws and contradictions have created mountainous debt and numerous socio-economic dysfunctions which have left the world’s economic and financial systems dangerously exposed
ADELAIDE - As an historian I am very wary about trying to predict the future based upon what has happened in the past or even what is happening in the present.
The record of those who predict the future with confidence is that they have been almost invariably wrong.
Continue reading "A rough guide to a challenging future" »
What they discussed has to remain as white flecks of foam, cast up by the sea’s rolling waves, particles that disappear as soon as perceived
Papua New Guinea’s national flag – the bird with a brilliant flash of yellow
MURRAY BARRACKS - It was around 5pm when I spotted a bird with a brilliant flash of yellow dancing upon a nearby branch.
Quite a contrast, I thought, as I dragged my bony frame up Signal Hill at Murray Barracks.
Continue reading "Bird with a flash of yellow: The PNGDF readies" »
Marape is as power hungry as O’Neill. They're just two Highlands egos preying on the emotions of uncritical voters
Peter O'Neill and James Marape - "Papua New Guineans, don’t be fooled by these two power hungry guys"
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI - When addressing a crowd of Pangu Pati supporters in Morobe Province a week ago, prime minister James Marape issued a challenge to his predecessor, People’s National Congress (PNC) leader Peter O’Neill, and his supporters.
He invited O’Neill to a debate and dared him to explain to the country what he had done for Lae and Papua New Guinea during his eight years in office (2011-19). Marape.
Continue reading "Don’t be fooled by the two bother brothers" »
While rebuilding a strong and effective aid program will take time, there are already in existence opportunities to increase funding for highly effective multilateral programs
The 30-year demolition of Australia's foreign aid budget, 1972-2022 (Australian Council for International Development)
| Twitter | Edited
CANBERRA - Poverty reduction and the United Nations’ sustainable development goals offer a good guiding framework for development aid.
Within this, however, Australia needs to carefully prioritise its aid spending both within countries and in its global programs.
Continue reading "Australia’s aid program needs to be focused" »
There are ways in which the tone and tenor of Australia’s relationships with the Pacific can be shifted, expanded and improved
Australian High Commission personnel in the Solomons await the arrival of a shipment of aid material (DFAT)
TESS NEWTON CAIN
BRISBANE - The significance of the Pacific Islands region to the new Albanese government was clear from the start.
Between being sworn in as foreign minister and getting on a plane to Tokyo, Senator Penny Wong recorded a video message for the Pacific signalling a step change and promising to visit ‘soon’.
Continue reading "Five new ideas for Australia & the Pacific" »
Panguna mine, derelict for 32 years following the outbreak of a 10-year civil war, becomes the main target of an ugly race for Bougainville's wealth
Bougainville rebels watch over the Panguna mine site (Encyclopaedia of New Zealand)
Scramble for resources: The international race for Bougainville’s mineral wealth, Jubilee Australia Research Centre, Sydney NSW, June 2022, 44 pages. Free download here
Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd: “Scramble for Resources shines a much-needed light on the practices of the new waves of mining and exploration companies in Bougainville. Given the sheer number of Australian companies involved in this stampede for Bougainville’s resources, and the consequences for people living on the island, its findings should cause Australians to sit up and take notice”
Continue reading "The unseemly scramble for B'ville resources" »
It happened so quickly
that initial shock
and I am arrested by
my failure to prevent
and I froze ...
Continue reading "Two new poems from Raymond Sigimet" »
That leadership means occupying political office is twisted. That you can only make a difference if you’re an MP is delusional
Polling station in Bougainville (Commonwealth Secretariat)
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI - Many young people are contesting Papua New Guinea’s national election due to start on Friday 8 July.
Some have graduated only a few months ago with new university degrees, whilst others have been working for just a few years.
Continue reading "Do our young people understand politics?" »
Good relationships, earned trust and gradualism can get you a long way in Papua New Guinea. But so can bribing the right people
Bryan Kramer - Corrupt PNG politicians and other conmen are experts at building relationships, and Australia seems not to recognise this
PHILIP FITZPATRICK & PAUL OATES
On Monday the ABC’s Patricia Karvelas interviewed prominent PNG politician and immigration minister Bryan Kramer for Radio National Breakfast. A number of PNG Attitude contributors heard the exchange and told me they were impressed by it, so I asked two of them to share their thoughts - KJ
Continue reading "Kramer on China, PNG & backdoor diplomacy" »
The people of Milne Bay have a point. They have the makings of prosperity and connectivity. But a road from the capital would not necessarily bring them anything but strife
ADELAIDE – Not long ago, Papua New Guinea’s prime minister James Marape convened a stakeholder meeting to discuss Connect PNG – a 20-year plan to increase strategic road connections across the country.
Australian high commissioner Jon Philp told the meeting that Australia continued to support strategic and high-quality infrastructure projects as a tool to promote economic prosperity.
Continue reading "Progress often needs more than a road" »
The ancient fire burns
through time immemorial
smoke puts him in a trance
And he struts
He’s in pain
He’s in misery
Continue reading "Sorcerer" »
PNG will soon likely have a parliament of 118 seats with no women, one of only four national parliaments to present such a misogynistic face to the world
PNG politics - it's a man's, man's, man's, man's world
NOOSA - It would be easier to solve the Riddle of Tanglewood Manor than to extract from any reliable source precise and authoritative information about the election of Papua New Guinea’s 11th parliament.
But this we can be sure of. The election will extend for two weeks from 8 - 22 July. It will be for 118 seats. It will elect 22 governors and 96 MPs. That’s about it. Unless there’s a change.
Continue reading "Does PNG really dislike its women this much?" »
When Bougainville people sense a threat, or get the notion they might be dispossessed of land, they will fight and protect it with their lives if they have to
"Let us ensure our agreements hold because if we do the same thing over and over and expect a different result, our hopes will collapse like the benches around the mine pit"
SIMON PENTANU MP
| Bougainville News
KIETA - The benches that wound around the Panguna mine were a conspicuous feature of the humungous pit are still visible but either collapsing because of erosion by slow-seeping water or perhaps just tired of lying around with no purpose.
The pit is a massive ‘dingkung’ (hole) on Bougainville’s landscape; it is also a massive statement that people are capable of gutting the Earth’s resources and leaving the land wasted and torn when the riches have been extracted and shipped away.
Continue reading "Out of Pandora’s box: the Panguna paradox" »
After a decade of neglect, and in some cases mockery, alliance repair in the Pacific Islands will not be achieved by policy shift alone
A section of China's leaked draft action plan for the Pacific Islands
CLEVELAND QLD – We in the south-western Pacific find ourselves in a volatile regional situation that we have not seen since 1942 and where we are unsure of precisely, or even generally, of what might happen.
Perhaps our first problem is that we do not fully understand the intentions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the effective government of China.
Continue reading "A muted battle for the Pacific is enjoined" »
We saw many lights shine brightly during the years of the Crocodile Prize only to fade away and never be seen since
Tingting Bilong Mi: 2020 Essay Competition edited by Michael Dom & Ed Brumby, Pukpuk Publications (May 2022), 195 pages. $1.00. Kindle edition available from Amazon Books
TUMBY BAY - I’ve got a confession to make, I like reading Papua New Guinean literature.
I’ve probably learnt more about the country and its people through reading its writers than I have living and working there.
That isn’t the only reason I like its literature. I also like the idea of Papua New Guinea, and that idea is best reflected in its writers.
Continue reading "Young writers elevated to an unknown future" »
You only have to look at a map to deduce the basic logic of what China is up to. This is prime real estate
Anthony Albanese will step up discussions with Pacific Island nations as Australia tries strengthen its relationships amid China's plan to sign trade and cooperation deals with 10 countries (Yuichi Yamazaki, Getty Images)
DAVID RISING & NICK PERRY
| The Associated Press
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - When China signed a security pact with the Solomon Islands in April it raised concerns from the USA, Australia and other allies that Beijing may be seeking a military outpost in the South Pacific, an area of traditional American naval dominance.
But China upped the ante further this week, reaching out to the Solomon Islands and nine other island nations with a sweeping security proposal that, even if only partially realised, could give it a presence in the Pacific much nearer Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and on the doorstep of the strategic American territory of Guam.
Continue reading "China’s new Pacific plan is a game-changer" »
We cannot build a decent Papua New Guinea when extortion and bribery are the starting points to acquire political power
Dulciana Somare-Brash with the late Sir Michael Somare - "We don't have female representation in parliament and that is a huge motivator. I work in the political space as a technical advisor and I’m hoping to have success at the polls this time"
ANGORAM - I’m the only female candidate contesting the Angoram Open seat in East Sepik Province – one of the 72 candidates who have nominated so far.
That may seem like an anomaly, however the underlying truth is that the steps involved in mounting an election campaign through all its processes up until the final count are complex, exclusive and expensive.
Continue reading "Another Somare seeks to rebuild a nation" »
As women make their mark across Papua New Guinea’s public service, the country is still shamed by its total lack of female national MPs
Emily Kelton has just retired from one of the most senior electoral positions in Papua New Guinea, but she sees not one woman holding a seat in the 111-member national parliament. Perhaps this will change with the election of a new 117-member parliament in July
MY LAND, MY COUNTRY
LAE – According to many candidates who stand for election in Papua New Guinea, politics and parliament is a “man’s place”.
So where do the half of the PNG population who are women fit in?
It is an uncomfortable question, an irritating rhetorical question - one to which we already know the answer. Too often it’s the wrong answer.
Continue reading "‘Why you doing a man’s job?’ I was asked" »
Washington is acting like Taiwan is already a fully-fledged ally and is willing to risk a regional war that can easily spin out of control
| South China Morning Post
HONG KONG - For Washington, containing China is more important than risking the lives of millions of people in the Asia-Pacific region.
Such a war will, after all, be fought on the other side of the world, so far as ordinary Americans – already sold on the evil of communist China and the benevolence of their own country – are concerned.
Continue reading "Is the USA prepping AsiaPacific for war?" »
It is time human rights and the environment were respected by Australian companies. PNG should not be a dumping ground
Emmanuel (Manu) Peni with Boe Spearim of Let's Talk, a program of Australia's National Indigenous Radio Service
EMMANUEL PENI & LUKE FLETCHER
WEWAK - In Papua New Guinea, the election campaign is heating up ahead of national general elections in July.
Part of the PNG government’s election messaging is focused on its commitment to the Wafi Golpu joint venture project – an immense proposed copper and gold mine in Morobe Province.
As with the Frieda River mine in the Sepik, there are serious concerns about how to manage the huge volume of toxic mine waste the project will produce.
Continue reading "People power: The fight to save the Huon Gulf" »
Time is scarce. So is the energy of youth. Don’t waste a moment.
Scott Waide. Journalist and Thinker.
| My Land, My Country
LAE - Time is the most precious commodity every person is given. It is a gift we all receive.
You can never get back the seconds you waste. Seconds that turn into minutes, hours, days, months and years.
Some people learn quickly. They turn their youth into the most productive years of their lives and, when in their prime, they continue to build on those earlier years.
But most don’t. Time just slips away.
Continue reading "Your time is so precious, don’t waste it...." »
Australia needs a Catch-Up not a Step-Up in its relationship with the Pacific Islands, and this week started on the long diplomatic journey
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi (Tiziana Fabi, Reuters)
NOOSA – China is now seeking to build upon its existing diplomatic relations with 10 Pacific Islands countries with what it terms ‘a comprehensive strategic partnership featuring mutual respect and common development’.
It has been working towards this wider alliance since November 2014, when President Xi Jinping met in Fiji with the Pacific Islands states with which it had diplomatic relations.
The concept was more clearly defined in November 2018 when, during the APEC summit in Port Moresby, Xi held a group meeting with Pacific Islands leaders which further elevated the strategic relationship.
Continue reading "China’s long head start in the Pacific" »
Australia must be agile in building a foreign policy that can balance its relations with both the United States and China
Anthony Albanese, Joe Biden, Narendra Modi and Fumio Kashida - geniality marked the recent Four Eyes summit in Tokyo but China's ambitions for the Pacific Islands could mark the onset of a new Cold War
MUHAMMAD ABDUL BASIT
| Independent Australia
SURFERS PARADISE - The recent China-Solomon Islands pact has sent waves of discomfort through the US and its allies, particularly Australia. Security concerns have been felt in Canberra to Washington.
As China allegedly seeks to develop a military base in the Solomon Islands and increases its sphere of influence, the power dimensions in the region may change.
That makes the – yet unrevealed – agreement a matter of curiosity and serious concern for Australia and its allies.
Continue reading "Solomons deal puts Australia in crosshairs" »
Biden’s failure to include a Pacific Islands nation in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework may prove to be a shocking oversight
Foreign ministers Penny Wong and Wang Yi - as Biden makes a strategic blunder, the contest for influence in the Pacific Islands heats up
NOOSA - The Chinese and Australian foreign ministers are arriving in the Pacific Islands today on separate missions to reinforce their influence in the region.
And, as US president Joe Biden announced the creation of an Asia-Pacific economic bloc to counter China’s dominance, China proposed to 10 Pacific Island countries that they enter into a cooperation agreement covering policing, security and data communications.
Continue reading "Wong & Wang hit Pacific as US bungles bloc" »
ADELAIDE -It is hard not to become despondent when you see Pacific Islands nations left out of Biden’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework – a 13 nation initiative designed to curb China’s influence in the region.
It seems the United States, and the West in general, have not learned from history.
Were open warfare to eventuate between China and Western powers, it is certain the Pacific Islands would become a major arena for combat.
Continue reading "Biden must invite PNG into economic bloc" »
Australia's foreign minister Penny Wong - "We'll do more, we'll do it better, we'll listen"
| Radio New Zealand Pacific | Asia Pacific Report
AUCKLAND - Australia’s new foreign minister, Penny Wong, says the Labor government “will be a generous, respectful and reliable member of the Pacific family”.
In a message to the region, Wong set the tone for Australia’s renewed priorities for its island neighbours.
Continue reading "Penny Wong's new deal for the Pacific" »
US president Joe Biden on Monday in front of a giant map of the Korean peninsula. If the goal is to stifle China, why overlook the Pacific Islands?
The omission of PNG and the Pacific Islands from the alliance is both a misguided decision and a missed opportunity
NOOSA – It’s a bold if obvious idea that crept onto the agenda while we in Australia were having a general election.
It’s also a flawed idea but, given its general air of contempt towards the Pacific Islands, I’m not surprised the Morrison government let it slide.
Continue reading "New Asia-Pacific economic bloc excludes PNG" »
East Sepik Governor Allan Bird MP - "Behave in ways that best represent our values"
GOVERNOR ALLAN BIRD
| Academia Nomad
Good behaviour is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of great strength. Let the ballot box speak
WEWAK – I’ve seen a number of strong comments from young Sepiks and other coastal citizens in support of electing a coastal prime minister.
So let me share my observations on whether this outcome is possible and what it would take to achieve it.
Continue reading "Advice to a young, ambitious politician" »
Anthony Albanese has to prove himself capable of sorting out the considerable mess that Scott Morrison has left behind
If Albanese exercises democracy and wisdom in the cabinet room, we will have the best government we can have - and nobody can hope for anything more than that
NOOSA - Yesterday’s man under pressure has survived to become today’s hero – and I’m going to explain why.
For many Australians, the Labor Party’s win in Saturday’s national election seemed an unlikely victory.
Throughout his period as opposition leader, Anthony (Albo) Albanese had sought to present a target so small that nobody could take clear aim at it.
Continue reading "The timely end of a dangerous government" »
Governor Gary Juffa - a formidable politician and not someone an inexperienced candidate would want to take on
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI - I once listened to a talk on a case study drawn from the Oro provincial election of 2017.
It dealt particularly with the challenges women face in elections.
Being from Oro, I listened with interest but was disappointed when I heard the findings, which were not a good reflection of Oro politics.
Continue reading "Note to candidates: Avoid unwinnable seats" »
Anthony Albanese - "A critical component of progress is engaging with people you don't agree with - everything else is the status quo"
ADELAIDE - The demise of Australia’s Morrison government hopefully spells the end of nine long years of inertia, incompetence and corruption.
The incoming Albanese government inherits a sea of troubles: unprecedented public cynicism about politics; a degraded Federal public service; an economy about to be smitten by inflation; mountainous debt and fragile asset bubbles; an incredibly destructive European war; and a Chinese economy teetering on the edge of disaster.
This is a grim outlook indeed.
Continue reading "Can Albanese end the great regression?" »
Parliament House, Canberra
NOOSA – Throughout April and May, John Menadue’s blog, Pearls & Irritations, published a series of expert essays on policies a new Australian government should adopt to improve its performance and effectivendess.
Here are synopses of each of these articles. Follow this link to read them in full.
Continue reading "How Albanese could rewrite the script" »
Allan Bird - "If you liked the job I did, give me the mandate to serve you another term"
| Academia Nomad
The nomination speech of East Sepik Governor Alan Bird is a model for Papua New Guinea's politicians
WAIGANI – Papua New Guinea’s incumbent politicians are seeking re-election. Generally their campaigns feature one of two narratives.
The first narrative tells voters why the incumbent did not deliver services (for non-PNG readers, our politicians are enabled by law to provide services apart from their law-making duties).
Continue reading "Governor Allan Bird’s narrative of success" »
Scrutineers at the national election in 2017 (Johnny Blades RNZ)
Democracy was hijacked with the vote undermined by brazen electoral fraud and unprecedented violence and insecurity - PNG Election 2017
NOOSA – China is offering assistance to curb election violence in Papua New Guinea, according to a report in today’s The Australian newspaper.
The story by Ben Packham, the paper’s well-connected foreign affairs and defence correspondent, comes ahead of PNG’s five-yearly election starting on Friday 9 July and finishing on Wednesday 22 July after a two-week delay for reasons that are unclear.
Continue reading "China lines up to support PNG’s late election" »
| Pearls & Irritations | Edited
Exploitation and abuse of Pacific Islands workers will be turbocharged as their numbers are being ramped up
CANBERRA - One of the symptoms of exploitation in the Pacific Access Labour Migration Scheme (PALMS) is the number of workers who abscond from their employer and apply for asylum.
Since late 2019, over 3,500 people from the Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste have applied for asylum.
Continue reading "The mess that is the Pacific workers scheme" »
Unloading a plane at the remote Marawaka airstrip
The silent crisis facing women and girls in rural Papua New Guinea
GOROKA - Last year in May, from Queens Pads PNG here in Goroka, I picked up a large box covered in black tape. The contents of this box were 300 reusable sanitary pads.
Reusable sanitary pads are a big step up from the disposable one-time use sanitary pads currently dominating what is termed the feminine hygiene market.
Continue reading "Addressing the silence of Period Poverty" »
TARALI TARLZEN HIBUYA
| Huli Culture | Ples Singsing
Am not that offcut, halfcut or quartercut
I am proud Hela Product!
Because, I am my father’s son.
Am pure born and bred Hela!
In good, to celebrate with Hela!
In bad, to die with Hela!
Because, I am my father’s son!
Continue reading "Because, I Am My Father’s Son" »
Members of Parliament wait to greet a foreign leader. How many are corrupt?
It’s not just a few people doing the wrong thing. It’s most people doing the wrong thing
WAIGANI - The average turnover of Papua New Guinea’s elected politicians is 50%; at each national election about half of the incumbents lose their seats.
This is one of the highest rates in the world and has been the case without exception since the first post-independence election in 1977.
Continue reading "Tok stret ia: Is PNG thoroughly corrupt?" »
| Harvard International Review | Extracts
Compared with China, the West’s contributions to electrification are less tangible and far less financially robust
CAMBRIDGE MA USA - Amidst global discussion of the increasingly competitive dynamic emerging between China and the United States, Papua New Guinea represents a potential battlefield.
As the country works to establish a functional electricity network, Chinese and Western-allied involvement in the process has presented a point of competition.
Continue reading "China v the West in great PNG electricity war" »