WE DO NOT NEED YOUR INPUT BERGIN

It’s hard to believe that a so called expert has suggested sanctions placed on the illegal government in Fiji should be lifted.

Anthony Bergin fails to understand or just doesn’t want to understand why countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the USA have done this.

If he were such an expert of whatever he would know that funding an illegal government is aiding and abetting their treasonous behaviour and condoning all the atrocities they have committed.

The Nation of Fiji sorely needs as much aid funding as it can possibly get but with the ig coupsters bullying any aid would disappear into their own pockets and would be totally useless to the Nation.

We  don’t want to go down the same path as the African Nations that continually accepted funding that did not go towards the welfare of their countries and its people instead making the few megalomaniacs disgustingly rich and causing such tremendous hardship for everyone else, resulting in warfare and unbelievable atrocities.

No – we can do without all that thank you Anthony Bergin as in the two short years the illegal government has deigned to rule it has taken this Nation backwards – way way back.

I welcome the sanctions – it won’t kill us, but providing aid and lifting travel bans will only encourage the ig coupsters to continue on their devasting path of destruction.

Anthony Bergin needs to understand that the countries that have applied these sanctions know what they are doing and are in fact helping the honest citizens of this country by their actions.

We are already sufferintg Anthony Bergin – we are proud people and we suffer in silence, but we don’t need your narrow white bread views to add to our miseries. It’s hard enough as it is.

I’m not sure if Anthony Bergin is looking to do a little bit of paisa clean up with the compliments of the ig coupsters stolen money like samy and others have done but his views are destructive to say the least.

Fiji already has a megalomaniac it can’t get rid of quick enough and any encouragement from the likes of Anthony Bergin will make things worse. Very very irresponsible Bergin.

I wonder if he wants genocide on his hands as this is how it all started in the African Nations.

All I have to say to Anthony Bergin is he knows what he can do with those carrots.

Please read on……………..

 

Offer carrots, not censure

Anthony Bergin | December 20, 2008

Article from:  The Australian

AUSTRALIA is getting nowhere in its policy towards Fiji and is losing regional credibility. We should change tack. Ever since military commander Frank Bainimarama seized control in 2006, Australia has condemned the coup, imposed wide travel bans, mobilised regional opposition and demanded a quick return to democracy. All to no avail.

Our failure was demonstrated again by Foreign Minister Stephen Smith’s visit to Fiji recently, along with his ministerial counterparts from five other Pacific states.

Bainimarama refused to budge on the key issue raised by the ministers. He will break his promise and won’t hold elections by March 2009. The coup culture looks to be deeply entrenched. The timetable for elections will instead be decided by progress in the political dialogue process he has initiated within Fiji. And progress will be measured by how long it takes for everyone else to agree with his vision of Fiji’s future. Whatever changes he offers, the unspoken reservation is that the military can step back in again any time it feels like it.

If necessary, Bainimarama will tolerate Fiji’s expulsion from the Pacific Islands Forum and the Commonwealth as the price of his independence. Fiji has, after all, been expelled from the Commonwealth before. Anyway, it’s hard to see how such actions would assist political dialogue with Suva.

All the while Fiji suffers. The coup has hit the Fiji economy hard. The European Union has withheld hundreds of millions of dollars promised for the sugar industry. The global financial crisis will hit Fiji even harder. Bainimarama, meanwhile, has raided the national treasury for funds to keep his troops happy and awarded himself $184,400 in back pay for leave not taken since 1978. Because Fiji suffers, the region suffers. Fiji is home to regional and international organisations serving the whole Pacific.

Australia needs a fresh approach that emphasises the carrots we will give after Fiji returns to democracy. For a start, we should stop insisting on March 2009 as the deadline for elections, at the same time offering a productive partnership with Australia for a return to democracy some time after that.

We should look again at our bilateral aid program. We don’t give much direct aid to Fiji – less than $30 million a year – on the grounds that it has the Pacific’s most sophisticated economy and can look after itself. If that was true in the past, it’s much less true now.

Fiji’s water supply systems, hospitals and schools no longer set the standard in the region.

In the spirit of the Rudd Government’s new Pacific Partnerships for Development, Australia should commit itself to a five-year aid partnership with Fiji aimed at restoring that country’s development pre-eminence in the Pacific. The focus should not be on good governance. Fijians have heard enough of that from us. We should offer practical assistance to renew vital infrastructure in water, power, health and education. That partnership, conditional on Fiji holding elections by 2010, should be aimed at consolidating the democratic system by offering tangible evidence of its benefits.

At a time when Australia is committed to increasing development assistance, the Rudd Government should be contemplating a democracy aid package to Fiji worth about $100million a year over five years. This would be less than half of what we are spending in Solomon Islands.

We should reconsider the travel bans. They cast a wide net over Fiji citizens who might contemplate serving the interim Government in any way and prevent many from travelling to Australia. The EU bans travel by about 160 associates of Robert Mugabe’s odious regime, whereas, by some estimates, Australia’s ban on Bainimarama’s Government affects more than 1000 people. For all Fiji’s problems, it can hardly be compared with Zimbabwe and does not deserve harsher treatment.

Sanctions look good in Canberra. In Suva they enable Bainimarama to depict Fiji as the injured party. They allow him to say, as he did this month, that he will not be deterred, no matter how cruel travel sanctions might be to some of the country’s poor, young and innocent. We should relax the wider travel bans immediately as a gesture of goodwill and undertake to abolish them all as soon as a reasonable election date is set.

For the moment, they should remain only for the small circle of people around Bainimarama.

We should promise the people of Fiji access to our Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme once democracy returns. So far, Australia has pointedly excluded Fiji because of the coup while offering seasonal work visas to people from Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tonga and Vanuatu. A democratic Fiji deserves access to our labour market.

Fiji’s armed forces will remain central to the country’s fortunes. Australia should undertake to restore Fiji’s involvement in regional peacekeeping and to lobby at the UN for Fiji’s increased participation in peacekeeping internationally once democracy returns. We should follow the British example and recruit citizens from Fiji for the Australian Defence Force. This is win-win: it would help to ease our military’s recruitment and retention problems.

We need to ensure that the good things Bainimarama wants aren’t lost because he advocates them. One of those is to change the electoral system. Under the constitution, race determines eligibility to stand or vote in 46 of Fiji’s 71 parliamentary seats. It’s as if Australia had electorates specifically for citizens of Chinese, Vietnamese and Lebanese origin, where only people of that ethnic background could cast a vote or be elected. Abolishing racial voting is enshrined in Bainimarama’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress. It’s a blueprint that he claims has the support of 90per cent of Fijians.

In fact the charter has much less support than that and is far more contentious. Without supporting the charter, Australia should applaud the move towards a race-blind voting system and work with the interim Fiji Government on constitutional ways of introducing it for the next elections. Most ethnic Fijians no longer cling to communal voting for protection against the old “Indian threat”. They have become the clear majority in Fiji and their numbers alone will bring electoral success. The original reason given for communal voting – the minority status of indigenous Fijians in their own country – has disappeared.

Much is at stake both for Fiji and the region. We don’t want Fiji to crumble into a tin-pot dictatorship. Nor do Fiji’s Pacific neighbours, who need Fiji to be prosperous and stable. The time has come, however, for Australia, working with its regional friends, to embrace a new policy approach more likely to bring about Fiji’s return to democracy and economic growth.

Anthony Bergin is director of research programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. These are personal views.

33 Responses to “WE DO NOT NEED YOUR INPUT BERGIN”

  1. Keep The Faith Says:

    It’s quite rich that an Australian thinks this way about changing our current (and quite fair) constitution when the Aust constitution itself discriminates against its first people. Start there first matey!

    And here’s another tip Anthony whatever-your-2nd-name-is, try doing some actual RESEARCH to get a feel for what the people of this country want rather then just selective cherry-picking. You might then have better luck as being recognized as having some validity.

    I mean this sentence: “Sanctions look good in Canberra. In Suva they enable Bainimarama to depict Fiji as the injured party” is utter BOLLOCKS.

    What it should say is “In Suva a great majority of the populace continue to salute the consistent stands of Aust & NZ against a still very popular view of the Frank Bainimarama led illegal, interim govt”.

  2. Mark Manning Says:

    Silly bugger !

  3. Cakau Says:

    What a fucken idiot and a whole lot of garbage.

    How much has Frank the Crank paid him to write such garbage. If the Rudd Govt complied with what he says Aust should do we might as well resort to serving the Pig and his Piglets on our hands and knees.

    I am sure the Australia people will trust its Govt to do the right and that is not to easily accept that it is OK to coup, then give yourself the power to govern the country!

    Ambitious Anthony Bergin you have no idea what you are talking about when you say Aust doesn’t want Fiji to crumble into a tin-pot dictatorship.

    Fiji has already crumbled into a tin-pot dictatorship and Frank the Crank and his merry men did that all by themselves.

  4. freedomfighter Says:

    He should be put on one of those banana boats and told to sail to Fiji – he is an expert of terrorism, so he says, and what happened in December 2006, was a terrorist attack on democracy – below is his e-mail, bloggers:

    Anthony Bergin

    is the Director of Research Programs for ASPI. He is responsible for the Institute’s research and publications programs on defence and international security issues. Dr Bergin was most recently Associate Professor of Politics, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra. From 1981-1985 he taught political science at the Royal Australian Naval College. From 1991-2003 he was the Director of the Australian Defence Studies Centre (ADSC). He is the author and editor of a number of important works including Future Unknown: the terrorist threat to Australian maritime security (ASPI, 2005), Naval Power in the Pacific (Westview, 1993), and The Pacific Patrol Boat Project: a Case Study in Defence Cooperation (ANU, 1994). He has written extensively on a wide range of national security and ocean policy issues.
    anthonybergin@aspi.org.au

  5. EnufDictatorship Says:

    My exact sentiments KtF when reading this invalid piece..what exact and actual fact has he got when he did his research (that is if he even did any) to say…

    “Fiji’s armed forces will remain central to the country’s fortunes.”

    rather it’s to our country’s MISFORTUNES!!! and we, Free Fiji bloggers want to abolish the whole institution altogether along with their NAVAL partners…dare him to print that!

    And this coup culture will only prevail bcos this good-for-nothing institution have become slayers of our country’s constitution and our development…and it’s only ENTRENCHED in idiots, mentally incapable people like Vore and his cohorts…so get rid of them or keep on the pressure with sanctions etc.

    No time to give up now! No time to give in to terrorists and cowards, Bergin!…and where did you get that idiotic idea from? which research methods for dummies did you use?

    As my Momo Levu used to say (God rest his soul!)…”Na vuku-lialia!”

  6. Colin Bishop Says:

    Bergin convieniently forgets that the sanctions are also imposed by EU, America and NZ. He is asking Australia to break away from an agreed package of restrictions and flip flop to become the only pacific state to condone the coup. Dream on Bergin

  7. FijiGirl Says:

    Mark Manning – Is Bergin this century’s answer to Pauline Hanson?

  8. kaiviti Says:

    this guy must be eating a lot of meat pie in aussie… could someone supply him with some fish and dalo chips. that will awaken his sleepy mind and think about the thousands that are quietly waiting for the sanctions to do the damage before they finish off this vore regime in naboro prison.

  9. Mark Manning Says:

    God bless Pauline , they used to call her Party , One Nation , One Notion !
    By the way S.V. is there a prize for the 1,000,000th. person on this site ?
    And , are you going to offer prizes for anyone who registers at different intervals on the new S.V. site ? That might be a good encouragement to make people hurry up and join the world Wide movement against the coup in Fiji ?
    Just a thought !
    You could have a prize every 10,000th. registration !

  10. freedomfighter Says:

    Mark, as much as I like your comments, I think it would be a mockery if you r the one who is the 1,000,000th – sorry bro, but sometimes it comes across as if you r the only one who is blogging whole day – so lets not give our critics to spoil the milestone which we all one- Have a good day, fellow blogger

  11. Mark Manning Says:

    ?

  12. Mark Manning Says:

    I would exempt myself and perhaps a condition could be that the winner was a Fijian . Anyway , they couldn’t be identified until after the coup !
    The following just proves that this regime will stoop to any level to win their point ! These villages have sold their arses for 30 pieces of silver !
    http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=109478

  13. freedomfighter Says:

    Thanks, Mark…wasnt it the same they were accusing PM Qarase of doing – giving villagers boats, agricultural implements and hair combs etc

  14. Peace Pipe Says:

    This idiot obviously knows FA about justice and the rule of law and will believe any shit the armed robber pours out like the 92% support. 92% indeed. He is probably someone who works on statements coming out of one side. Maybe he doesn’t hear or see our side of the story which is why he is talking like that. Or else he is just plain dumb or has some connection to the ig and therefore is another apologist..

  15. Mark Manning Says:

    i’m not sure about that , i wasn’t there to hear all that stuff , but at least Mr.Qarase was elected to do it and wasn’t trying to get support of an illegal document by an illegal regime .

  16. Budhau Says:

    Come on guys, this dude Anthony Bergin ain’t no idiot.
    The guy is not supporting the regime – on contrary this is what he wrote:

    “All the while Fiji suffers. The coup has hit the Fiji economy hard. The European Union has withheld hundreds of millions of dollars promised for the sugar industry. The global financial crisis will hit Fiji even harder. Bainimarama, meanwhile, has raided the national treasury for funds to keep his troops happy and awarded himself $184,400 in back pay for leave not taken since 1978. Because Fiji suffers, the region suffers. Fiji is home to regional and international organizations serving the whole Pacific.”

    I think he is questioning how successful have these sanctions been with respect to what the original goals when these countries decided on the sanctions. We also have to look at what the cost has been, who is being hurt the most.

    I know that sanctions are never 100% successful however in Fiji, ,I think the sanctions have not done what we had expected. While the military and the regime keep on going, sanctions have hurt the common folks.

    I think these foreign countries should do away with the sanctions, they don’t work – just bring in the army now.

  17. Cakau Says:

    Budhau, mirrors and smoke screens another way of you trying to convince us to accept Baimarama and his Regime. Make it easy for them, just curl up in the corner and leave it alone.

    Sorry Budhau, will not buy it!

  18. lutu Says:

    Apparently Tony is not a smart dude.What the Australian and NewZealand Governments need to do is to show their military might and take this bastard Bainimara and his tinpot solidiers out and reinstall our ousted constitutionally elected Government ASAP?

  19. LUVfiji Says:

    @lutu. Thanks. I share yr view on the military intervention by our good neighbours. And I would much rather see it soon than later. Our country is slowly slipping away.

    And folks.. didnt we have another fastastic guest on Close Up tonight in Dr Padma Narsey-Lal. A woman of great substance! Vinaka FijiTV.

  20. Adi Kaila Says:

    The common folks not aligned with the illegal gumunt are not suffering – they are in fact going about their legitimate business and can travel where ever they like.

    The common folks may not have much but what they have they paid for with their own hard earned cash. A roof overhead, food, water and family with precious values – the common folk detest the ig but they are not guilty of anything so they don’t suffer – there is no need to suffer when one is guiltfree.

    The ones who are suffering are the ig coupsters, they’ve committed too many crimes that they can never ever resolve and can never be absolved – their guilt is eating away at them – such is stupidity – in Aces.

  21. Mark Manning Says:

    I’m suspecting that Anthony Bergin has a hidden agenda . He may be going to retire in Fiji or is related to some one in the Regime .

  22. Mark Manning Says:

    surely Anthony’s own article from January 2007 , should alert him to what might be happening in Fiji at the moment .
    A possible world wide network of terrorists slowly being built up around the world by destabilising small countries over which the Western powers have no authority .
    I suggest that Fijians are fighting for not only their way of life and culture , but also their land .
    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21044911-7583,00.html

  23. Mark Manning Says:

    I don’t know if this e-mail address is still current , but if you guys want to contact Anthony directly , this might get you in-touch with him or his Office .
    anthonybergin@aspi.org.au
    I do suggest that your comments be clean , sensible and constructive as he might end up being good to have on our side !

  24. ispy Says:

    Perhaps Anthony Bergin is hoping that his Pacific Patrol Boat Project will be more readily accepted in Fiji by a military-styled leadership than a civilian govenment who would rather spend its money on other things like say… education!!!!

  25. Wini Says:

    @lutu and LUVFiji

    Why should foreign soldiers come and die for Fiji when the people of Fiji themselves are not prepared to do it for themselves?

    Which foreign countries do you have in mind? China, India, PNG, Vanuatu, Tonga or even the the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka ?

    What would their political objective be? eg to return the SDL to power?

    Qarase asked Aussie PM John Howard for military intervention Howard said he refused coz he did not Australian and Fijian soldiers confronting each other on the streets of Suva. So that rules out Australia (and New Zealand).

    A play on the words Ratu Sukuna used when encouraging Fiji’s particpation in the First World War would go somethning like this “eda na sega ni kilai se rogoci kevaka e sega ni dave e liu na noda dra”
    ……meaning : our cause will never be heard if we are not prepared to shed our own blood (or make the sacrfice first).

  26. tarai2 Says:

    @ispy

    Fiji already has three of the Australian Pacific Patrol Boats. The thing is that Fiji has a naval base in Walu Bay that is used as a stores depot and training facility from other Pacific island countries that have the Patrol Boat but do not have the infrastructure and resources that Fiji has to support the Patrol Boat. They rely on Fiji as a support base and communications hub. Also Fiji has the slipway capacity and marine engineers for repair of these boats.

    That is one of the areas that Bergin is coming from. He is pointing out the costs to Australia of not engaging Fiji. In other words Australia’s strategic objectives in the region would be jeopardised or be put under threat by its current approach to Fiji.

    For example, Fiji has recently refused a visa to the Australian Defence Attache in Fiji who also looks after Kiribati, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa as well as Fiji. This means that without a resident Defence Attache based in Fiji, Australia’s strategic interests in the region (including their Pacific Patrol Boat program) would be severly undermined.

    Fiji’s refusal of a visa to the Australian Defence Attache (in response to Australia’s travel bans) would have reduced Australia’s defence profile in the region, as well as its ability to shape and influence events in the region. By refusing the visa Fiji is engaging in a tit for tat exchange with regard to Australia’s travel bans. I suspect Fiji’s response in this case has hurt the Australians more than they perhaps bargained for.

    Add to this the threat to Australian and NZ business interests in Fiji – NZ could potentially lose up to $300 million in exports which would no doubt be picked up by business interests in India and China. Both countries ie Aust and NZ, have also issued travel warnings about the perils of travelling to post-coup Fiji, but from tourist arrival numbers the Aussie and NZ tourists have thumbed their noses at these travel warnings. They continue to come to Fiji because it is safer than Bali or even Thailand.

    All these sorts of issues and developments have caused academics like Bergin to look at the utility of current policy towards Fiji in the context of its wider strategic interests in the region. And like any good policy analysis, a rational calculation of the costs and gains to be obtained from such a policy must be undertaken.

    It is clear to me from Bergin’s article that such a re-evaluation of its current policy to Fiji is now being undertaken. It is for academics like Bergin to pose these questions and articulate them in an intellectually acceptable way.

    In the context of foreign policy there is the saying that a country does not have friends but only interests. People like Bergin are simply asking whether the current policy is costing Australia too much and whether Australia should adopt a different approach…call it a ‘carrot and stick approach’…ie you do this and I will reward you with that (aid etc that Bergin suggests).

    It makes perfect sense to me for Australia to engage Fiji in this way (forget about military intervention as that is totally out of the question – refer Wini’s post above).

    At this time, we must keep an open mind and look at the merits of each proposal to move towards a better future. Dialogue and engagement is the way to go in my view. In that vein, Bergin’s ideas should be welcomed and not villified.

    kalogata tiko.

  27. Save the Sheep Says:

    What the whole Sanctions charade has demonstrated is simple. Political dialogue in managing any conflict has little value or effect if the actors involved are stubborn enough or have too much to lose by folding to it.

    At the same time, the international community has every right not to recognise this regime in Fiji.

    Bainimarama and his cronies actually should not be allowed to sit at the table at any international forum or event in an official capacity as minister for this or that because they are clearly not legitimate.

    Personally I would like to see the UN etc enforce this approach to the max. No more peace keeping no more addresses to the UN no more Aid until a legitimate government is in place.

    If this was done, then the softer option of travel ban on relatives etc could be lifted.

    Personally I support total isolation of Fiji from the international community until elections are held to test the IG’s legitimacy or mandate.

    However I cannot see the point of preventing relatives from travelling while the IG themselves continue to break all travel records and represent themselves overseas as the legitimate face of Fiji.

    Same time, why is there not more open protest in Fiji? The Methodist Church cannot meet the President and not a peep..!!!!

    We deserve where we are today I am sorry to say….

  28. Ablaze Says:

    We must stick to our principles so that at the end of the day even with the education we are blessed with we remain focused on the cause of all this problem.

    Ask yourselves would we be here blogging if the coup didn’t happen on 5/12/06????

    At any opportunity I will read what others are thinking about the political mess our country is in. Always, I believe we should never give in to the Regime and in this case I thank Australia for the sanctions and travel bans.

    All academics like Bergin will either be or against our fight, it is their job.

    The Rudd govt has proven since his govt came into power to be very tough on their decisions and will stand their ground.

    Then there is the tourist destination in which I believe is not what people make it out to be. Thailand and Bali may not be the safest place to go but tourists are going to Vietam, Vanuvatu, Samoa, Honolulu, Tahiti and Australia’s case their shores because of the global credit crisis rather than a return visit to Fiji because Fiji has lost that hospitality that it was once famous for. You can tell that employees of the Tourist Industry in Fiji have melancholy in their eyes, the smile is not natural anymore!

    If we were to go along with Bergin, wouldn’t that be exactly what the Regime wants?

    I think it is very simple, give us back our Democracy and like someone said in today’s Fiji Times Forum “the gates will open from Australia.”

    “Wisdom tells us if life and death depended on being on ones good behavior and doing what is asked of us we would oblige in a heartbeat. Why can’t the Regime do it for the sake of the people?

  29. Adi Kaila Says:

    You Go Ablaze!

    Noone must give in to the ig.

  30. Lawcast Says:

    Folks,

    The history of Dictators of the world last not less than 10 years. Look @ Hitler, Saddam, Marcos, Pinochet et al. They continue until people who support and hold them up begin to die off.

    The same will happen here in Fiji unless and until we start rattling the cage physically. Sheeps’ comments ring true.

    However, we can wait until they (Usurpers of Power) become fat from the riches and have dissain for all. All the supporters become greedy and want to overthrow their own sources of wealth.

    Remember, all dictators have been overthrown by social revolt. Bainimarama awaits the same fate. Time will tell!

  31. ispy Says:

    Vinaka Tarai2 for your comments above.

    However, I would disagree with you on several points.

    Fiji did not reject the visa for the Australian Defence Attache to Fiji – Bainimarama did.

    If Bainimarama had been elected by the people of Fiji, then only he (or you) claim to reject visas as such in our name or in the name of Fiji.

    Please don’t confuse the tantrums of spoilt idiot child to the legitimate actions of country exercising its right to soveignty.

    As to your suggestion that Australia and NZ will suffer more harm than Fiji as a result of the economic sanctions – I think that during these difficult times, only someone in the military could possibly declare such a thing.

    Afterall, the military personnel at QEB are not suffering as much as the civillians

    With their increased budget and job security, they feel nothing of the decline in Fiji’s economy.

    While we suffer paycuts and job losses, the militarised interim government and its supporters openly practise self-promotion and self-enrichment under the guise that they are need to clean up this country.

    What a load of crap.

    Anyone with half a brain can see the soldiers at QEB are only continuing with the rape of Fiji’s democracy because times are tough and sticking together (at the expense of the Fijian civilian population) is the only way they can guarrantee to put food on the table in the coming months.

    Perhaps the people of NZ and Australia will suffer as well as a result of the sanctions but at least they can vote out their government come next election if they think it was the wrong decision.

    We in Fiji however are stuck with idiots for the next 20 or so years.

    Perhaps I might have been a too hasty in criticising Bergin’s ideas on regional naval defence but I say he was far too quick to judge Fiji’s socio-political landscape and the impact of the sanctions on it.

    Kalougata tiko…

  32. Ablaze Says:

    Vinaka Vakalevu ispy – you put it better than me. I was trying to be diplomatic in my comments.

  33. Keep The Faith Says:

    I’m in total agreement Ispy!

    Yes Australia & NZ would suffer in the short-term economically but they never think short-term.

    The long-term impacts on both countries security wise is far, far greater. With the new friends that Frank & Co are keeping e.g China, India (and we must not forget that a Russian diplomat came all the way out here to listen to our budget announcement in 2008) is reason enough for Aust, NZ, USA, and the EU to be very concerned.

    Vilify Fiji! That’s the only way to get rid of the junta. Let’s not forget that the essence of humanity still reigns supreme in our shores and if push comes to shove, when life gets too hard, the people WILL put differences (esp racial) aside to help one another. Landowners will really be the new powers in this country because they can easily eat, live and extend helping hands to suffering country-men from their land and i-qoliqoli.

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