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Saturday, 20 January


Those PNG colonial conflicts: a short examination of killing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rabaul press clipCHRIS OVERLAND

ADELAIDE - Mathias Kin has written about the killing of Simbu warriors by kiaps in the period from around 1935 to the mid-1950s. He has put forward the claims of various informants about the numbers who died in these clashes - and I have expressed reservations about the scale of the killing in a comment attached to the same article.

Perhaps the minds of some readers, this has left the impression that I am bent on preserving the reputations of the kiaps involved in the pacification of the Papua New Guinea highlands. This is not true, but I have to accept that it is what some people will think.

As it happens, I think the work that Mathias is doing in compiling his History of Simbu, is important. It will give a voice to those who were hitherto voiceless and, most importantly, it is history as understood by the powerless, not the powerful. So what he is doing is commendable.

That said, it is fair and reasonable to subject the claims he makes to close scrutiny. The powerless are no more or less capable of distorting history to meet their needs than the powerful, although the latter have most of the opportunities to do so.

So, I thought I might write something on the history and logistics of killing because it will, I think, shed some light upon both Mathias's claims and my and others responses to those claims.

Human beings have a long and lamentable history of killing one another. It is a talent that we have honed to near perfection over the years. Huge resources have been and continue to be devoted to the design, construction and use of devices solely intended for killing other people.

In the course of many centuries of warfare, we humans have also become adept at the use of killing as a political tool. Having a reputation as a merciless killer is a really useful way to terrify people into submission to your will without the necessity of actually killing anyone.

This form of terror was a tool of trade for Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar. If it failed them, then they unleashed their armies and inflicted mass murder upon those who had the temerity to resist them. In this way both almost certainly killed many hundreds of thousands of people, if n...


Duchesses & overlords: an outdated view of China & the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Samoas prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele (Mick Tsikas AAP)
Samoas prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele

GRAEME SMITH | Inside Story

CANBERRA - Australias international development minister, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, found herself in a fix recently after she claimed that Chinas aid in the Pacific produced useless buildings and roads to nowhere while duchessing politicians.

Australias relations with China, already at their lowest ebb in years, took another blow, and Xinhua Newss Canberra correspondent bestowed on Australia the title of arrogant overlord of the Pacific.

In the region itself, Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele suggested that the ministers remarks could destroy Australias relationship with island nations. He zeroed in on Chinas willingness to provide aid to deal with the impact of climate change.

The media director of the Vanuatu Daily Post noted that while we are right to question the design, implementation and price of some of these projects these roads are not roads to nowhere. They lead to our homes.

Where did the senators remarks come from? What is fuelling the differences opening up between the Coalition and Labor on our relationship with China, quite at odds with the Liberal Partys traditionally pro-business ethos?

A hint came in an opinion piece by Maurice Newman, former chair of the ABC, the ASX, the AustraliaTaiwan Business Council and the governments now-defunct Business Advisory Council.

Writing in The Australian earlier this month, Newman revealed that his expertise extends beyond his well-known conspiracy theories about the Bureau of Meteorology, and takes in Chinas engagement with the Pacific. The title of the piece China Emerges as All-Powerful New Deity in Pacific Cargo Cult gave an inkling of what was to follow.

Newman may not have chosen the headline or the accompanying cartoon, which features a huge panda ready to devour an uninhabited Pacific island bu...


Security continues to impair Japanese tourism in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Satoshi Nakajima
HE Satoshi Nakajima


PORT MORESBY - Japanese Ambassador Satoshi Nakajima says safety continues to be a major issue affecting the number of Japanese tourists arriving in Papua New Guinea.

Despite this, Mr Nakajima described the countrys tourism potential as huge and said Japan had 16.4 million outbound tourists in 2017.

In his first year in PNG, Mr Nakajima visited the four regions of the country and expressed how impressed he was with what the country has to offer Japanese tourists.

Regrettably the number of Japanese tourists coming here is not so much, he said.

I travelled to Wewak, Kokopo, Kimbe, Mt Hagen, Lae and Pomio. When I travelled to Kokopo and the others I saw the huge potential in promoting tourism.

Some locations like Kokopo that are safe to stay, but places like Port Moresby are is not so safe.

Mr Nakajima said numbers were increasing in safer destinations around the country and Japanese citizens are travelling to them.


Wellington Albert granted UK VISA "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Widnes Vikings have announced that PNG International and Vikings recruit Albert Wellington has been granted a UK VISA to work and live in the United Kingdom.  "We are delighted to confirm that Wellington Albert was yesterday granted his visa to work in the UK, officially beginning his time at the Vikings",the club stated via their website. 

Wellington had his final immigration meeting with the Home Office, where he secured his permit to work with the Vikings. He will proudly wear the squad number 36 this season.

Stanton Albert is scheduled to have his visa meeting in the coming week, and Stronghold Members and supporters will be updated in due course.

Widnes Vikings would like to thank Jeannie's Away Travel, 2018 Player Sponsor of Wellington Albert.

Wellington Albert Fact File

Albert, who was one of the stars of the 2017 Rugby League World quarter-finalists, joins the Vikings from PNG Hunters. At six foot four and eighteen stone, the 23 year old is known for his pace, power and physicality.

In 2014, he rose to prominence when he became the first Papua New Guinean to score an NRL contract directly from PNG, when he joined the Penrith Panthers, amid interest from Wests Tigers and South Sydney Rabbitohs. Albert represented the Panthers at National Youth Cup level and in the Intrust Super Premiership, before joining PNG Hunters this year.

Wellington has impressed both domestically and internationally this season. Playing 20 league games, he was a constant presence in the side that secured the Hunters their first ever Intrust Super Cup premiership. With 37 tackle breaks and an impressive 679 post-contact metres in 2017, as well as 13 off...


Chicago West: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West name daughter "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have named their new-born daughter, delivered by surrogate on Monday, Chicago West.

Kardashian West said that not carrying the child herself was "so hard", but that the couple had an instant connection with her.

West was raised in the US city Chicago.

Kardashian West carried and gave birth to her older children but was advised against getting pregnant again because of possible medical complications.

Her daughter North is now four years old and her son Saint is two.

But she suffered from pre-eclampsia and placenta accreta on those occasions.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that usually occurs in the second half of pregnancy and can cause serious complications including seizures and death if not monitored and treated.

Placenta accreta is when the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the wall of the uterus and remains attached after childbirth.

Kardashian West, a reality TV star, said in a post on her app that "doctors said that it wasn't safe for my, or the baby's, health to carry my own".

The 37-year-old said she and her rapper husband decided to use a "gestational carrier", meaning the baby is "biologically mine and Kanye's".

She wrote: "Having a gestational carrier is definitely different, but anyone who says or thinks it's the easy way out is completely wrong.

"People assume it's better because you don't have to deal with the physical changes, pain or complications with delivery, but for me it was so hard to not carry my own child, especially after I carried North and Saint."

Kardashian West's surrogate was discussed on her reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians, but her identity was not revealed.

Source: BBC


UK urges Tonga to sign human rights treaties "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations has urged Tonga to sign core human rights conventions.

In a statement issued to coincide with the United Nations review of Tongas human rights record, the UK encouraged Tonga to establish a National Human Rights Institution in compliance with the Paris Principles.

It said Tonga should take the following steps:

  • Ratify key International Labour Organisation conventions
  • Ratify the International Labour Organizations Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999.
  • Ratify and implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Adopt an open, merit-based process when selecting national candidates for UN Treaty Body elections.

The UK welcomes the positive steps taken by Tonga since the last review, particularly the implementation of reforms to advance democracy, the statement said.

We also welcome Tongas national efforts to promote female candidates in national elections and subsequent increase in female MPs. However, female participation in Tongan politics remains low and we encourage Tonga to further promote the inclusion of women in politics.

The UK remains concerned that Tongan legislation continues to criminalise consensual same sex-conduct. It is encouraging that there have been no recent prosecutions under this legislation, however, we would urge Tonga to repeal all such provisions and ensure anti-discrimination laws also cover sexual orientation.

As Kaniva News reported recently, Tongas human rights record is being examined in Geneva this week.

All UN member states are subject to periodic review.

This will be third time the kingdoms human rights record has been studied since 2008.

Tonga is being represented at the review by the Solicitor General, Sione Sisifa.

     Source: Kaniva News


Solomon Islands Police records criminal stats for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Crime Records Office of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has recorded 5,457 criminal cases throughout the country in 2017.

The record highlights various categories of crimes and in which the highest number of cases recorded was crime against person 1,812; statute offences 1,683; crime against property 1,430; public morality 120 cases and crime against lawful authority 412.

2017 has been a challenging year for the RSIPF organisation due to the high number of reported cases in and around the provinces compared to limited resources available to support the delivery of policing, says Assistant Commissioner Crime, Ian Vaevaso.

AC Vaevaso explains, There are good number of detection, and still there is a good number of cases which are still under investigations, and not to mention cases reconciled or addressed outside of court process.

The Crime portfolio is working hard to improve the capability of investigation in the RSIPF to ensure that cases are properly investigated to standards required by law.

Crime is an ongoing issue in the country, and only if we share the responsibility and working together, we can curb criminal activities from having adverse impact in our country, says AC Vaevaso. 


University of Goroka announces Non-School Leaver and School Leaver acceptance list for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The University of Goroka has published the Acceptance list for 2018.  The list includes both the Non-School leavers and the School leaver  in all the levels of study. 
The List include the following categories

  • PhD
  • Masters
  • Graduate
  • Honors
  • In-service
  • Post Graduate
  • Undergradaute
  • Diploma
Check the link below to download the list


Alan McLay overqualified to be knighted compared to others : Sir Jerry "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The treatment accorded to the family and the body of the late Alan McLay by the Morobe provincial government, especially with no political leaders present at his funeral and the non-declaration of a public holiday in Morobe has not gone down well with Sir Jerry Nalau.

While the Prime Minister Peter ONeill paid tribute and Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis flew into Lae just to attend and pay respects at McLays funeral last week, the absence of Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu and the Open Members of Parliament from Morobe was obvious.

Sir Jerry, the former Kiap, District Commission and Morobe Premier, expressed disgust and described it as a big embarrasment for the province, saying he almost announce the stripping-off of his knighthood title during McLays funeral as a sign of protest.

Sir Jerry, is a national icon, having achieved alot during the Australian colonial rule to self-governance and eventually independence, achievements which resulted in him being knighted ten years ago.

Sir Jerry admitted that most of his achievements were done with Alan McLay at his side as his assistant and advisor and McLay's highest honor was being accorded a Member of the British Empire award a few years ago.

However, Sir Jerry says McLay was overqualified to be knighted like him, compared to a good number of men who had political connections, spent less time in Papua New Guinea and gave little to the countrys development but were recommended and knighted, especially in recent years.

Its very bad, I feel sory for that, he was overlooked, many people were given awards but Alan McLay was overlooked, the man who did a lot for PNG, for Morobe province and the provincial government and the Lae City Council," Sir Jerry said.



Join the queue "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Recent comments by Peter Dutton on Sudanese crime in Melbourne, in support of the Victorian Liberals' attempts to court that old political tart Laura Norder, underline two failures of strategy: in his portfolio, and within the Victoria Liberals in their quest for state government this November.

The end of the line

Immigration policy in Australia was set at the turn of the century by then-Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock, backed by John Howard and his government and only ever tweaked by successive governments since then.

The first thing to say about immigration to Australia overall is that it has increased significantly this century. Where the crackdown has come, and the headlines, is in the refugee and asylum-seeker intakes.

Ruddock developed the idea of a 'queue' for refugees - yes, the world was full of desperate people fleeing war and persecution, but all that was required for such people to enter Australia was to "join the queue", fill out some forms and applications would be processed in due course. People who paid people-smugglers and arrived in Australia by boat without visas were "queue jumpers", denying places on the small (and successively reduced) quota for refugee intake to those who did all the right things and waited patiently.

Here's where Dutton has torpedoed that policy, and made himself look silly: successive Immigration ministers from Ruddock to Morrison told us there were people waiting patiently in refugee camps in Africa unable to enter Australia because bad people from the Middle East tried to jump the queue by coming here on boats. None of the people on Nauru or Manus are from South Sudan. They are people who have come here through the very vetting systems that Dutton now oversees.

If you agree with Dutton that Sudanese gangs are terrifying Melbourne, then it follows that he has failed to vet these people properly. You can't believe that Dutton, with his inflated powers as Home Affairs Minister, is keeping Australia safe if you also accept that he has waved through the very people apparently causing this mayhem. Say what you will about Daniel Andrews, his government simply has no role in immigration vetting. Why detain people at Nauru, Manus, Woodville or anywhere else when you are clearly so careless? Dutton is undermining his own narrative:
"But the short answer is that, if people haven't integrated, if they are not abiding by our laws, if they don't adhere to our culture, then they are not welcome here."
Bit late for that champ.

No journalist has called him on it. Credulous dickheads like...


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