From The Crowd

5th December

End violence against women

As we head towards the end of the year, many of us will soon be surrounded by our family and friends sitting around dinner tables as we celebrate the festive season. Looking around the table...

3rd December

Our winning combination – ‘We need new ideas and new thinking’

With less than two weeks to go until polling day, sadly it seems that the FijiFirst government will continue its tirade of personal and vindictive attacks on the People’s Alliance, Party Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, and National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. As a nation it’s sad to say but maybe we are getting used...

Welcome December with positive vibes

We bid November with heaps of excitement, heading to the last month of another memorable year. December symbolism is a month full of beehive activities. Families, friends do come together to celebrate endof-year events. So, it shows the meaning of togetherness and a whole life experience that brings unity. It has to represent the good...

Two partnerships, your choice

Bread and butter issues In the choice between the Bainimarama/SayedKhaiyum and the Rabuka/Prasad partnerships, I need not dwell too much on the bread and butter issues as I have covered these comprehensively in my recent The Fiji Times articles (FT 30/9/2022 “Fiji Voters and the 2022 Elections”), (FT 12/11/2022 “Workers, voters and the 2022 Elections”)...

Citizenship and belonging

The last article in this series highlighted how after 1995 Sitiveni Rabuka and Jai Ram Reddy dedicated their time and effort single-mindedly to bequeathing Fiji the 1997 constitution. This was in the hope that it would finally help mould an inclusive society where political decision-making was not blighted by ethnic concerns at the expense of...

‘Treachery’ and our vote – What’s going through the heads of FijiFirst?

At the apex of all the idiotic electoral campaigning rhetoric that the poor voters have to endure, being rudely labelled as “treacherous” if they don’t vote for the ruling FFP has to take the proverbial keke (cake) for being the most arrogant and insulting. It is nearing their standards of stupidity of previous elections campaigns...

Understanding GDP

Despite claims by the FijiFirst government of rising GDP, why has poverty increased in Fiji? COVID is usually used as the reason. However, one must remember that poverty was rising before COVID. We have also had a number of equally devastating economic shocks such as the global recession in the 1970s, military coups, the Asian...

Slow strangulation of USP? – Fiji no longer stands tall in the South Pacific

There was a time when Fiji stood tall as a respected leader among the Island states of the South Pacific. We were at the forefront when the South Pacific Forum (SPF) was born in 1971. This was a visionary initiative to give the Islands a united voice in regional and international affairs. They were able...

30th November

Pacific fisheries observers could return.

Commercial fishing vessels in the Pacific could see regional fisheries observers returning to their decks as early as January. Before the pandemic there were around 800 regional fisheries observers on board vessels in the region. These independent witnesses spent weeks – sometimes months – collecting objective data relating to the volume and type of fish,...

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