From The Crowd

The struggle is real – Is hope fading for our nation

Bula readers! Firstly thank you for the huge response received from a wide section of society for last week’s article encouraging Government to listen and hopefully consider a total 21-day lockdown and also assisting the...

The origin of COVID-19 – Investigation fails to reach verdict

About 18 months after its first discovery in the city of Wuhan in China the deadly coronavirus continues to unleash its fury without showing any signs of retreating as is evident from the growing surge in both new infections and fatalities. The global death toll has now surpassed 3.8 million. Meanwhile, the mystery surrounding the...

Prof Robbie Robertson: A ‘son of Fiji and the Pacific’

Last week, many in the international USP community mourned the passing away in Melbourne of a former USP academic in history and politics, Professor Robbie Robertson, whose life’s work focused on many painful themes that are still for Fiji and indeed, for USP as well. While he was a citizen of NZ and Australia, he...

Cybersecurity policy – Cyber war by well-funded military groups

The primary difficulty of cybersecurity isn’t technology—it’s policy. At the extreme end there’s cyber war: destructive actions by governments during a war. Cyber war is conducted by capable and well-funded groups and involves military operations against both military and civilian targets. Along much the same lines are non-nation state actors who conduct terrorist operations. Although...

The hard road ahead: The PM does not give us reasons for confidence – Gavoka

There is depressing news daily with the double-digit spike in COVID-19 positive cases and what is more disconcerting is the way the virus is spreading. Based on the Ministry of Health (MOH) daily releases, this week alone, we see increasing numbers in known clusters and increasing numbers under investigation of source of transmission. According to...

Days in the dark … How many lives are we prepared to lose

It was only in March that Fiji was boasting about its worldbeating status at eliminating the coronavirus. Three months on, we are a different kind of world-beater. Last week, we recorded the fastest growth rate of COVID-19 infections in the world. The daily increases are now being measured in three-digit numbers, released in the dead...

COVID-9: Our lives matter – Sadly, we have not been heard

The political parties not in Government have raised their concerns with Government on its management of the crisis numerous times. But sadly, we have not been heard. Although we are pointing out the realities on the ground, our views are dismissed as political. Government has refused to work together to bring this suffering to an...

The case for canegrowers

While the nation’s attention is focused on the daily escalating cases of COVID infection assailing us, the cane farmer has been fighting a quiet battle for survival against low cane prices and ever rising costs of cultivation, harvest, and delivery. For decades the sugar industry, built on the blood and tears of the cane farmers, was...

18th June

The latest surge – COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific

By ARMIDA SALSIAH ALISJAHBANA, KANNI WIGNARAJA and OMAR ABDI With health systems at a breaking point, hospitals at capacity and desperate family members searching for oxygen for loved ones, the devastating second wave of COVID-19 that has swept across South Asia has felt ­surreal. Official figures have indicated record-breaking daily coronavirus cases and deaths, not...

17th June

Promoting change – The oceania and education amid the pandemic

Relationality and learning in Oceania: contextualising education for development is an important and timely publication. Important in that it offers an alternative approach that challenges conventional approaches to development aid projects; and timely because, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there is now a valuable window of opportunity for development aid agencies to rethink aid delivery mechanisms...

14th June

A more warmer globe – Climate change and oxygen level

The globe is now more than 1˚ Celsius warmer than it was before industrialisation, and it is on course to be about 3 degrees warmer. Human actions, predominantly the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, have contributed to climate change during the past 50 years, compared with natural processes that impact climates, such as solar...

12th June

We now on red alert

BULA readers! It is with great sadness that I write this week’s article as we fall further into the clutches of the COVID-19 pandemic. I was reading with despair as the very much respected John Hopkins University, who are a gold standard institution in research and statistics, have announced that Fiji now leads the globe...

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