Sunday, March 26, 2023

Anti-independence ads accused of ‘profound racism’ against indigenous New Caledonians in court action

Cartoons urging New Caledonians to vote no to independence from France in this weekend’s referendum have been accused of “profound racism and ridicule towards...

Call for independence dividing Malaita: Maelanga

Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister and MP for East Malaita, Manasseh Maelanga says Malaita’s push for independence is dividing the province and its people. Maelanga...

Date for Final Referendum in New Caledonia Not Free or Fair: MSG

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat has briefed MSG Leaders on the current political situation in New Caledonia with regards to the third and...

New Caledonia to hold tense final vote on independence from France

The Pacific territory of New Caledonia goes to the polls on Sunday for a third and final referendum on independence from France with campaigning...

Pacific NGOs and movements call on France to defer referendum vote to 2022

A coalition of Pacific civil society organisations (CSO) and movement leaders, has called on the French Government to postpone the third independence referendum in...

The ‘gals’ behind Samoa’s first woman PM

By Megha Mohan and Yousef Eldin There are fewer women in politics in the Pacific Islands than in any other part of the world,...

Urgent appeal filed with French Court to postpone New Caledonia referendum

Lawyers of the petitioners demanding the postponement of the auto-determination referendum of New Caledonia on 12 December has filed an urgent appeal at the...

Tonga prime ministerial race now down to two

A dramatic new development in the race for the prime ministership in Tonga. The incumbent, Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, has pulled out and there are now two...

Digital residency ID bill dies in Palau Senate

A plan to pass a Digital Residency Identification law this weekend did not succeed when the bill failed to get majority votes in the...

Many voters to boycott New Caledonia referendum

By Nic Maclellan Many New Caledonians will go to church this Sunday, or visit family or go fishing, and some of them will also...

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