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(1 January 2023) "Press Review: Mining in the South Pacific"
Vol. 14, No. 6, November - December 2022, 74 pages, available here



"Bougainville: ein neuer Staat ist geboren. Geschichte, Konflikte, Perspektiven".
Jour Fixe des Freundeskreises des Weltkulturen Museums Frankfurt am Main,
Donnerstag, 15. Juni 2023, 19 Uhr



Australia's foreign affairs minister warns of
potential 'catastrophic conflict' in Indo-Pacific
RNZ 3 Feb 2023, link


US re-opens embassy in Solomon Islands
RNZ, 2 Feb 2023, link

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Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Colin Beck (centre left) with US
officials at the Embassy re-opening.
Photo: Supplied/US Embassy


Eleven people have been killed in two days of brutal fighting between
tribes in the Kompiam area of Enga Province in Papua New Guinea
RNZ/Post-Courier 26 January 2023 (photo), link, link, link

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               Governor Lukas Enembe;
              Image: West Papua Today

West Papua governor arrested
on bribery charges

RNZ 12 January 2023. link

see also Asia Pacific Report,
11 Jan 2023, link


New article by Alexandra Sakaki:
Attention to the Periphery? Germany and the Pacific Island States
Lettre du Centre Asie n°102, 21 December 2022, link

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The Frigate Bayern during the 2021 Indo-Pacific Deployment. Credits: US Navy/Haydn N. Smith


Sitiveni Rabuka is Fiji's new prime minister
RNZ 24 Dec 2022, link

New chapter for Fiji after the 2022 general election:
The end of 16 years of dominance of
Voreqe Bainimarama?
Sitiveni Rabuka to lead coalition, Radio New Zealand 21 Dec 2022, link

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Done deal! Coalition agreement signed - Second from left Sodelpa chief negotiator Anare Jale,
People's Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka, National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad and
Ro Teimumu Kepa former Sodelpa Leader, 20 December 2022;
Photo: National Federation Party/RNZ


Der Tiefseebergbau bedroht den Ozean
Berlin und Paris vereinbaren deshalb eine Pause
Gastkommentar von
Steffi Lemke und Hervé Berville
Handelsblatt vom 16.12.2022, link

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photo: Handelsblatt


A new investigative report from the Organized Crime and Corruption
Reporting Project (OCCRP) has exposed details of a Chinese
Communist Party and Triad push for political influence in Palau

12 December 2022, link


Independent environmental and human rights legacy impact assessment
of Rio Tinto's former Panguna mine in Bougainville is due to begin;
RNZ 6 Dec 2022, link


Happy West Papua Day –
and the brutal truth about where we are now

COMMENTARY: By Yamin Kogoya, Asia Pacific Report, 1 Dec 2022, link


Churches call for Pacific-wide boycott over West Papua

The Pacific Conference of Churches is calling for a boycott of all Indonesian
products and programmes, until Jakarta allows a visit to West Papua
by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
RNZ 1 Dec 2022, link

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West Papua Liberation Army members outside the torched base camp of
Indonesian logging company PT Bangun Katu Irian; Photo: RNZ


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Transparency International PNG
Election Observation Report 2022
30 Nov 2022, link
former election reports link


Solwara I in Papua New Guinea is back!

The Solwara 1 Project and related subsidiaries have now been acquired by DSMF
(Deep Sea Mining Finance Limited, Isle of Man) in the course of 2019. DSMF
now has full ownership of interests and rights to Solwara 1, key assets, intellectual
property, and subsidiaries and is well-positioned to progress Solwara 1 into
commercial production. DSMF has already secured the exploration rights to 19
prospective SMS (Seafloor Massive Sulphide) systems in PNG and 25
systems in the Kingdom of Tonga. See DSMF homepage:

New deep sea miner wants to push ahead with Solwara I project

Community leaders across Papua New Guinea call for
seabed mining to be banned and all licenses cancelled;
Alliance of Solwara Warriors, Media Release 15 Nov 2022, here

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Youth from Duke of York Island, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea protesting
against deep sea mining. Credit: West Coast Development Foundation


Human rights complaint filed over Newcrest’s plans to
dump waste in Papua New Guinea

Today, three organisations filed a complaint against two Australian-based
mining companies, Newcrest Mining and Harmony Gold Mining, over the
proposal to dump toxic mining waste into the Huon Gulf in PNG’s Morobe
Province. The companies are seeking to have a Special Mining Lease
approved for the project, the Wafi Golpu Mine, by 2 December 2022 -
less than a month from now. Jubilee Australia 9 Nov 2022, link & link

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photo: Mineral Policy Institute


New Research by ACT NOW! & JUBILEE Australia, Oct 2022, link

The New Timber Barons:
The Companies Logging the Rainforests of Papua New Guinea

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Joint Statement on Behalf of 50 countries in the UN General Assembly
Third Committee on the Human Rights Situation in Xinjiang, China

United States Mission to the United Nations
31 Oct 2022, link


Massacre with 24 dead on Kiriwina Island north-east of
Port Moresby in the remote Trobriand archipelago
RNZ 28 Oct, link, & 27 Oct 2022, link


The New Coming World Order?
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Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and the other
newly elected members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 20th CPC Central
Committee Li Qiang, Zhao Leji, Wang Huning, Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang and Li Xi, meet the press at
the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 23, 2022. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

large photo here


Fiji is nowhere near a genuine democracy says Biman Prasad
Radio New Zealand 14 Oct 2022, link


US-Pacific Island Country Summit, 29 Sept 2022, link, link

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President Joe Biden and leaders from the Pacific Islands region pose for a photograph on the North Portico of the White House 29 September in Washington, DC. Pictured are (L-R) New Caledonia President Louis Mapou, Tonga Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni, Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr., Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano, Micronesia President David Panuelo, Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, U.S. President Joe Biden, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape, Marshall Islands President David Kabua, Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, French Polynesia President Edouard Fritch and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown. Photo: CHIP SOMODEVILLA / AFP; large photo here


Human rights data for Pacific nations now available
National 29 Sept 2022, link, link

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Fish dying in the Middle Fly river in PNG
Post-Courier 23 Sept 2022, link


PNG and Australian NGOs call on government to stop Wafi-Golpu mine project
National 20 Sept 2022, link


Happy independence day to Papua New Guinea for 16 September!
The country's 47th year as sovereign nation

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Development in Port Moresby/PNG:
Launch of K130m Paga Hill Paradise

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Post-Courier 9 Sept 2022, link, National (photo), link
see also PNGi investigates, 25 Oct 2022, link


UN Human Rights Office issues assessment of
human rights concerns in Xinjiang, China
31 August 2022, link


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Opening of the 11th Parliament
of Papua New Guinea, 30 Aug 2022:
Governor-General Grand Chief Sir Bob
Dadae paid tribute to Sir Julius Chan, MP
as the only statesman standing out of all
the pre-independence leaders (photo:
Julius Chan 2021, US Embassy POM)


Serious Human Rights Violations in Papua New Guinea
Survivor in Enga’s violent sorcery accusation-related violence (SARV)
attack shares horrifying experience
, The National 19 August 2022, link

See also: WILDFIRE - help stop sorcery accusation related violence
A film by independent film-maker and academic Paul Wolffram, NZ; link & link


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Prime Minister names 33-member cabinet
National, 24 August 2022, link

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Winners and losers of seats in parliament

National, 15 August 2022, link

James Marape returns as PNGs Prime Minister

Post-Courier, 10 August 2022, link


New photo galleries from New Zealand (1998),
Jordan (1980), Guinea-Bissau (1983) and Thailand (1986)
available here, here & here

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Frieda River Mine campaigners' human rights complaint success with OECD
cf. Jubilee Australia July 2022, link


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"War Zone PNG", PNG National 26 July 2022, link
(photo: PNG Defence Force)
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Commonwealth observers advise “urgent review”
as many voters left out of Papua New Guinea polling;
Interim statement Port Moresby 25 July 2022, link

UN deeply concerned about 'heinous violence' during PNG election
RNZ 22 July 2022, link

National Research Institute (NRI) research fellow Dr Thomas Webster
said this election was worse than the last two elections in 2012 and 2017.
National 21 July 2022, link

Porgera in chaos: A brutal massacre in Porgera town yesterday afternoon in
which 18 innocent people were killed has rocked Enga province and shocked the
The 18 deaths brings to 70 the number of people killed in Porgera in the
past four months; link & link

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photo: National 21 July 2022
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"WOMEN were raped, government and
private properties torched, ballot boxes either
hijacked or burnt, as the General Election 2022
(GE22) descended into more chaos and
mayhem over the weekend." link

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photo: National 18 July 2022


BLUE PERIL - A visual investigation of
Deep Sea Mining in the Pacific

Launched at the United Nations Ocean Conference 2022
30 June 2022, link

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PNG National, 28 June 2022, link


Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Index 2022 released:
Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby is 6th least liveable city in the world
Rank 167 of 172 cities (2021: 138 of 140 cities), London 23 June 2022, link


50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, 14 June 2022

On 14 June 2022, the Netherlands delivered a statement on behalf of 47 countries,
including the Pacific states of the Marshall Islands and Palau, in the UN Human Rights
Council on the human rights situation in China, particularly in Xinjiang and calling for
the release of the report on Xinjiang by the High Commissioner for Human Rights
(OHCHR)(link), Cuba delivered a joint statement on behalf of 69 states, including
the Pacific states of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Kiribati,
opposing politicization, double standards and interference in China´s internal affairs
(link). Almost the same procedure as at the 47th session of the UN Human Rights
Council in Geneva in June 2021 (see below).

States of the world and the human rights situation in China 2022
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Source: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Map of the Month June 2022, link, large map here


Papua New Guinea´s Sir Peter Barter, 82 from Madang dies after long illness
22 June 2022, link, link and link


Death of Roger Moody, 74, mining activist, London 20 June 2022

As Richard Solly in the London Mining Network Newsletter writes:
"We are also sad to announce the sudden and unexpected death
(though this time peacefully, and at home) of Roger Moody,
a long-time researcher and campaigner on the mining industry
and the rights of Indigenous Peoples, one of the founders of London
Mining Network and a very dear friend to a number of us, including
me. We pay tribute to these dedicated individuals by re-dedicating
ourselves to the struggle for justice and the defence of the Earth."

New discussion paper of The Australia Institute proves:

“The owners of Australia’s industry are not Australian. Australians own a tiny
fraction of the Australian corporate sector and seem to be deluded as to the extent
of foreign ownership”;
a “classic colonial culture industry” (Conclusions p. 36).

“BHP is described as the “big Australian” but, at 94 per cent foreign owned and 82
per cent American owned, it would be better described as the “big American”.
Australian ownership is a measly 6 per cent." The “mining industry is found
to be 90 per cent foreign owned”. (p. 1)
Australian equity in the LNG industry
is 4.3 per cent (list of mining companies, p. 13, here)

David Richardson: Foreign investment in Australia.
Australian big business is not Australian at all.
Canberra June 2022, link


The first autobahn in Papua New Guinea (Lae-Nadzab road, <40 km)

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photo: National 9 June 2022, link


Canberra called on to rein in mining companies eyeing Bougainville
RNZ on 1 June 2022, link

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People panning for gold along the Kawerong river in Panguna, Bougainville;
photo: Dina Rui/Jubilee Australia

New Report by Jubilee Australia: Scramble for Resources –
The International Race for Bougainville's Mineral Wealth, link


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         PNG election 2022
   for the 11th Parliament
  since independence 1975

Nomination day, National 19 May 2022, link
22 provinces (governors) and 96 Members of Parliament (MPs)

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source: National 19 May 2022, link


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says resetting China–Australia
relations requires 'concrete action'; RNZ 4 June 2022, link

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Wang Lutong, Twitter 31 May 2022

China's whirlwind Pacific tour a slight success
with several bilateral agreements signed
Analysis by RNZ 1 June 2022, link, 3 June 2022, link

China, Pacific islands unable to reach consensus on security pact
RNZ 30 May 2022, link

Quad summit: The China factor at the heart of the meeting

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(L-R) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister
Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for photo before the QUAD leaders
meeting at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on May 24, 2022. Photo: MASANORI GENKO;

RNZ 24 May 2022, link

Spiegel Online: Wettlauf mit den USA.
China will Einfluss im Südpazifik ausweiten
25. Mai 2022, link

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Grafik: Spiegel Online

China seeking wide-ranging Pacific deal, Reuters 25 May 2022, link

High-level visit by the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the Pacific
RNZ 24 May 2022, link

Solomon´s leader confirms security pact with China
RNZ 30 March 2022, link

New China-Solomon Islands Security Agreement?
link, link

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Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare (right) with Li Ming, China's first
ambassador to the Solomon Islands.
Photo: George Herming - Gov. Communications Unit
RNZ 25 March 2022


On the death of Ben Micah: Admission and contrition

By Keith Jackson, PNG Attitude, 17 March 2022, link


US$9 billion P’nyang gas project signed between the State PNG
and the project developer ExxonMobil; 24 Feb 2022, link, link

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Photo: National 24 Feb 2022

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Map showing the P’nyang gas project in Western province;
source: Oil & Gas Journal 16 May 2021


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New study by the
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
15 Feb 2022, link


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Panguna mine; Photo: RNZ/Johnny Blades

Deal to re-open Bougainville's Panguna mine, momentous
Interview with Kevin McQuillan about the significance of the decision
RNZ on 18 Feb 2022, link

Panguna share value doubles overnight
Post-Courier 14 Feb. 2022, link

Bougainville: Panguna mine to reopen
National 11 Feb. 2022, link


Sepik River communities file human rights complaint against Frieda mine project

National 22 Dec 2021, link and  RNZ 9 Dec 2021, link

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Frieda River heading north to join the Sepik River. Photo: Facebook - SEPIK Capital, PNG -
Wewak Urban Local Level Government


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New report by AidWatch, Jubilee Australia
and the Paga Hill community

“The story of Paga Hill should be seen as a ‘cautionary tale’ for others to be prepared for forced development in Papua New Guinea
and be one step ahead of what’s coming.”

National 13 Dec 2021 link & report link


Australian Police and Defence Force as well as
PNG Police personnel sent to Honiara

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Only six buildings still standing in Honiara's Chinatown. Photo: RNZ 26 Nov 21, Georgina Kekea

Analyses (DevPolicy Blog) by Transform Aqorau, link,
Stephen Howes, link and Terence Wood, link

24 Nov 2021: Anti-government riots in Honiara,
the capital of the Solomon Islands

cf. RNZ link, ABC link, Twitter link

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Photo: Georgina Kekea on Twitter


Buchtipp 2021

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Title of the original American edition:

Making China Modern:
From the Great Qing to Xi Jinping
Harvard University Press London 2019


New survey reveals rampant levels of corruption in the Pacific

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Photo: Transparency International

What the TI Global Corruption Barometer found in the Pacific:

            - Corruption is frequently a problem in both government and business
            - Many government-business relationships lack integrity
            - Corrupt officials often go unpunished
            - Corruption in public services is common
            - Uneven access to public services drives corruption
            - Political integrity is low, particularly around elections
            - Sexual extortion - or sextortion - is a very concerning issue
            - People support their Governments' anti corruption efforts
            - Citizens believe they can help stop corruption

see news RNZ 17 Nov 2021 link and TI report link


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People at the Waigani bus stop area in Port Moresby on Monday. Most of them ignored
the Covid-19 health measures such as wearing a face mask. – Nationalpic by JOEL HAMARI

Papua New Guinea: Covid-19 and "the silent dead"

news story: National 7 Oct 2021, link 


Bougainville public service to run independently of PNG

Bougainville's public service is now to officially operate independently
of Papua New Guinea's.This follows the formal transfer of the remaining
powers and functions of the Department of the Autonomous Bougainville
Government from the PNG national government; National 9 Aug 2021, link


Repression not the answer to Fiji´s political dilemma

Opinion by Steven Ratuva, Radio New Zealand, 2 Aug 2021, link


Human Rights Law Centre, 21 July 2021:

Bougainville communities secure commitment from Rio Tinto
to assess environmental and human rights impacts of former mine; link

see also news Radio New Zealand, link

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Panguna tailings wasteland; photo: HRLC


Indonesian lawmakers pass controversial bill to reshape West Papua

Johnny Blades, Radio New Zealand 16 July 2021, link

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A demonstration by West Papuans against the Indonesian government's plans for Special
Autonomy provisions for their region, Manokwari, 15 July 2021
Photo: RNZ


2027 target date for Bougainville independence

Bougainville's leaders have accepted a deadline of no later than 2027 to gain
independence from Papua New Guinea, RNZ 8 July 2021, link

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PNG's prime minister James Marape (right) shakes hands with Ishmael Toroama, the president of the
autonomous region of Bougainville, 5 February 2021.
Photo: RNZ 16.04.2021, PNG PM Media


Australian gold project Simberi reports failure at tailings pipeline
(deep sea tailings placement, DSTP) in New Ireland, PNG National 2 July 2021, link


Westpapuan Freeport eyes copper project in PNG
National 2 July 2021, link


Environmental groups, scientists call for ban on deep sea mining
Hundreds of scientists, and coalitions of churches, environmentalists, and NGOs are
part of a widespread outcry calling for a ban on deep sea mining, RNZ 2 July 2021, link

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Victor Pickering, a Greenpeace activist from Fiji, in front of the Maersk
Launcher, a ship chartered by DeepGreen.
Photo: Supplied / Greenpeace

Deep sea mining by 2023 gets green light in Pacific

The International Seabed Authority has two years to finalise regulations governing
the controversial industry; see The Guardian, 30 June 2021, link; statement by Deep
Sea Conservation Coalition link and WWF 29 June 2021 link, PANG, Fiji 1 July 2021 link

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Illustration © WWF


Scientists from across the world call for a moratorium
on deep-sea mining
Signed by 317 marine science &
policy experts from 44 countries,
24 June 2021, link


47th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, 22 June 2021

While a group of 44 European and Western countries (including the Pacific states
of the Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau) expressed concern about China´s human
rights violations in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong (link), 69 developing countries
led by Belarus, including the Pacific states of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands,
Kiribati and Tonga, sided with Beijing and rejected interference in China´s internal
affairs (link).

States of the world and the human rights situation in China 2021
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Source: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Map of the Month July 2021, link, large map here


G7 in Africa
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Süddeutsche Zeitung 14.6.2021


Pacific Plunder

The extraction of valuable resources from across the Pacific has made
companies billions but comes at a sometimes catastrophic cost

Who profits from the mass extraction of the region's natural resources?
A series from Guardian Australia since 30 May 2021, link

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A rusted truck remains at a Panguna mine in Bougainville, which recently voted for
independence  from Papua New Guinea. Photograph: Illya Gridneff/AAP

A global audit of Pacific resource extraction undertaken by the Guardian’s
Pacific Project has revealed that:

  • China dominates resource extraction in the region, taking just over half the total tonnes of the minerals, timber and fish exported.
  • In some industries, Pacific communities see less than 12% of the final value of the resources being extracted, with little paid in royalties or reinvested in the countries which own the resources. Despite their collective natural resource wealth, GDP per capita remains low for many Pacific Island states.
  • The extraction each year of billions of dollars worth of minerals, oil, gas and timber – US$11.8bn in 2019 - is causing environmental devastation, poisoning rivers and forests, and degrading food security.
  • The scale of these extractive industries is also having significant social and health impacts on Pacific people.
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A logging truck heads through the village of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea, en route to the Vanimo Forest
Products log camp where the logs will be loaded onto a ship for export to China. Photograph: Chicago
Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images


23 July 2021: Samoa court declares FAST party new government; link

More than 100 days since the 9 April election Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, the daughter
of Samoa's first prime minister, becomes the country's first woman in the role.

Political and Constitutional Crisis in Samoa:
Samoa incumbent leader rejects first female Prime Minister's swearing in as 'treason'
Reports by Radio New Zealand link

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Photo: RNZ/Vinay Ranchhod, RNZ 27 May 2021


Fiji´s 1987 coup: from trauma to cohesion
By Shailendra Singh, DevPolicy Blog on 25 May 2021, link


Titelstory der Nürnberger Nachrichten vom 22. Mai 2021: link
Kolonialismus: Wie Neuendettelsauer Missionare Neuguinea ausbeuteten


Sachbuch & Literaturtipp Mai 2021

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Das Luf-Boot vor der Handelsstation von Hernsheim & Co. auf Matupi, 1903.
Foto: Richard Parkinson/Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

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Götz Aly: Das Prachtboot. Wie Deutsche die
Kunstschätze der Südsee raubten.
link zum Verlag

SPIEGEL-Online Interview mit Götz Aly:
Kolonialverbrechen in der Südsee
"Die Deutschen zerstörten ein Paradies -
und behaupten bis heute das Gegenteil"
8. Mai 2021, link

Artikel Süddeutsche Zeitung:
Das unmögliche Exponat.
10. Mai 2021, link
s.a Artikel in der Neuen Züricher Zeitung
vom 19. Mai 2021, link


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Katharina Döbler: Dein ist das Reich. Ein
ungewöhnlicher Familienroman über ein
verschwiegenes Kapitel deutscher Geschichte:
die Beziehung zwischen christlichem
Sendungsbewusstsein, Kolonialismus und
Rassismus. Rezension von Jörg Häntzschel
in Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 3. Juli 2021,


Papua New Guinea´s founding father Sir Michael Somare died
Friday, 26 February 2021

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Image: National 2 March 2021, link

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`Papa blo kantri´ Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare in Madang 2012 (photo: Roland Seib)

Obituaries on the death of Sir Michael by Ron May (ANU),
link and Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific Journalist, link

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PNG’s first prime minister, Michael Somare, and first Governor-General, John Guise,
Independence Day ceremony, 1975 (photo:Denis Williams/PNG Post Courier)


PNG: Government accepts new gold and copper mine

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Illustration: National 28 Feb. 2021, link


Bougainville president meets rebel king in reconciliation
RNZ 26 Jan. 2021, link

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'King' Noah Musingku meets Bougainville President Ishmael Toroama at Tonu, 22 January 2021.
Photo: Anthony Kaybing / ABG


Since 13 November 2020:
Power struggle for the post of prime minister in Papua New Guinea

16 December 2020: A sigh of relief, full story RNZ 17 Dec. 2020, link

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Photo: National 17 Dec. 2020, link

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Image: PNG National 11 Dec. 2020, link

(17. Nov. 2020) Website der AG Tiefseebergbau ist online:


(2 Nov. 2020) Neues Positionspapier des AK Rohstoffe:
Krisenverschärfendes Handeln stoppen - Rohstoffwende umsetzen, link


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Walking into Nogoli, PNG Highlands
© James McIlraith/University of Otago

New Report from ACT NOW!,
Jubilee Australia and the Oakland Institute:
 Calls for a Dramatic Change from Extraction
to Inclusion for Real Development in
Papua New Guinea,
Oct. 2020, link


Ishmael Toroama declared president-elect of Bougainville, PNG
RNZ 23 Sept. 2020, link


(1 Sept 2020) new report: Intern. Cyber Policy Centre & Australian Strategic
Policy Institute: The Chinese Communist Party´s coercive diplomacy, link


(17 August 2020) East Sepik people have rejected the Frieda River
project according to Governor Allan Bird; link


(6 August 2020) The Oxygen Project - STOP DEEP SEABED MINING!
Legendary eco-activists Jane Fonda and Sylvia Earle, along with Phillipe Cousteau,
Julien Lennon, and other conservationists star in this emotional video asking us
to help stop a destructive new industry: Deep Seabed Mining; link


(25 July 2020) Article by Franco Zocca from 2012 about Belden Namah,
currently Papua New Guinea´s opposition leader in the national parliament:
Life excursus of Mr Belden Namah, here


(25 June 2020) New paper: Pacific Network on Globalization & Ozeanien-Dialog
Rough Seas: Looming Dangers of the Blue Economy, link


New photo gallery New Zealand available here

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New Report Highlights Deep Sea Nodule Mining
Danger to Pacific Ocean and Island Nations
Deep Sea Mining Campaign, 20 May 2020, link

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Inside Indonesia's Secret War for West Papua

Just north of Australia a secret war is being fought. West Papuan independence 
fighters and Indonesian security forces are involved in a protracted and bloody
battle over the issue of Papuan independence. ABC Foreign Correspondent
12 May 2020; link; Background:

The battle for West Papuan independence has intensified; Post-Courier link

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Ronny Kareni, West Papuan Musician and Activist, Canberra


Arbeitskreis Rohstoffe:
12 Argumente für eine Rohstoffwende, 5. Mai 2020, link


"Save the Sepik"
`Project Sepik´ calls for PNG Government to halt Frieda mining project

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Frieda River heading north to join the Sepik River. Photo: Facebook - Sepik Capital, PNG -
Wewak Urban Local Level Government; RNZ 9 April 2020 link


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"Die zornige Stimme der
Internierten in Australien" (SZ)

"Woher komme ich? Aus dem Land der
dem Land der Wasserfälle, dem
Land der
uralten Gesänge, dem Land der Berge. (...) Aus einem kleinen Dorf inmitten eines Kastanienwalds." (291)

Original title: "No Friend but the Mountains.
Writing from Manus Prison". Sydney 2018

zum Hintergrund: link
Rezension von Jan Bielicki,
Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 3. Feb. 2019, link
  see also J.M. Coetzee, New York
Review of Books 26 Sept. 2019, link


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23-year old Geraldine Damana and her
baby Joylin, outside their home inside
the Panguna mine pit; photo: HRLC

New report by
Human Rights Law Centre:
After the mine.
Living with Rio Tinto´s deadly legacy.
  April 2020, link


Death toll from Papua 2019 protest month put at 59, RNZ 6 March 2020, link

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Protest march in Jayapura, West Papua against racism towards Papuans in Indonesia 19 Aug 2019
photo: RNZ 6 March 2020


19 Feb 2020 new report by the London Mining Network:
Cut and run: How Britain´s top mining companies have
wrecked ecosystems without being held to account, link

Neue Studie der Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik zur
Strategischen Rivalität zwischen USA und China, Feb. 2020, link

Documentary: Malaysian Logging Colonialism in Papua New Guinea
UK based Sarawak Report by journalist Clare Rewcastle-Brown, 7 Jan 2020, link


Interview mit der Deutschen Welle:

Chinas "Umarmung" der Pazifikinseln beunruhigt Westen

Pekings verstärktes Engagement in der Südsee ist bislang nur wirtschaftlich.
Aber militärisch-strategische Absichten werden vermutet, Sicherheitspolitiker
in der Nachbarschaft sind alarmiert. Sogar Berlin hat reagiert.
2. Dezember 2019, link


Bougainville independence referendum:

Bougainville referendum report gives historical perspective
Radio New Zealand/RNZ 12 June 2020, link

Final Bougainville referendum report presented to PNG
RNZ 5 June 2020, link

In photos: Bougainville chooses independence, as Papua New Guinea makes pitch.
RNZ 20 December 2019, link

The Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) returned the referendum writ
with the results to the Governor General at Government House in Port Moresby

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RNZ 13 Dec 2019, Photo: Facebook/BRC

Bougainville voted yes to becoming the world´s newest nation. Now begins the gold rush. ABC-PNG correspondent Natalie Whiting on 13 December 2019, link

11 December 2019: Bougainville - A new sovereign state is born

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Bougainville flag flies high in Panguna Photo: RNZ Pacific 21 Nov 2019 Johnny Blades

A 97.7 percent majority has voted for independence in Bougainville´s historic
referendum. Over 85 percent of those enrolled having voted. Consultations with
the Papua New Guinea government will follow. The chairperson of the Bougainville
Referendum Commission, former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern, paid tribute to
the people for their enthusiastic and peaceful participation. The leader of the
Australian  Observation Mission, Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne, said,
the referendum process was "free, fair and credible". link

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People of Bougainville celebrating the outcome of the referendum in Buka on Wednesday,
Photo: The New York Times 11 Dec 2019, Courtesy of Serahphina Aupong/UN in PNG via AP

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Bougainville people take their flag with them to vote for the referendum.
Photo: RNZ 7 Dec 2019, Johnny Blades

Photo essay: Bougainville´s historic independence referendum,
RNZ 6 Dec 2019 link

Bougainville referendum inspires hope, RNZ 28 Nov 2019 link

23 Nov - 7 Dec 2019 Polling period for the referendum on
Bougainville´s independence from Papua New Guinea

PNG leaders caution ahead of Bougainville vote, RNZ 22 Nov 2019, link

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Bougainvilleans check the voter roll ahead of their region´s independence referendum;
Photo: RNZ 7 Nov 2019, Bougainville Referendum Commission

"Whatever we think about whether independence for Bougainville is a good or bad
thing, the more important principle is that we work to honour UN-ratified peace
agreements. If our region fails to do that, if the UN Security Council fails to, we
will find it more difficult to reach peace agreements to end future wars."
John Braithwaite and Miranda Forsyth, 28 Sept 2017, Blog


Chinese-owned Ramu Nickel mine in PNG shut down after toxic slurry spill

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Photo: RNZ 24 Oct. 2019 Facebook Elisha Wesley Mizeu; See ABC report 25 Oct 2019 link


Akilisi Pohiva´s son wins by-election, RNZ 28 Nov 2019 link

Pacific leaders pay tribute to Akilisi Pohiva, link

12 Sept 2019, Akilisi Pohiva, the leading figure of Tonga´s pro-democracy
movement and twofold prime minister died today at the age of 78;
RNZ link

Keith Locke (former NZ Green MP):
A democratic giant of Tonga – a tribute

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photo: Akilisi Pohiva, at the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum summit in Tuvalu.
Photo: RNZ / Jamie Tahana


Das moderne Weltsystem - Zum Tode von Immanuel Wallerstein.
Ein Nachruf. SZ vom 3. Sept. 2019, link


PNG´s Resource Curse: Double or Nothing Revisited
Paul Flanagan, PNG Economics, 12 June 2019, link


Old Apia Courthouse completely demolished

photo: Areta Areta, Samoa Observer 6 June 2020, link

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Demolition of historical courthouse in Samoa begins
Link: RNZ 19 May 2020

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New Zealand, British, Australian and French servicemen raise the Union Jack
at the Apia courthouse in August 1914

117 year-old German colonial courthouse in Apia will be pulled down, Samoan PM

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Photo: Roland Seib, 2011; RNZ report 8 June 2019 link


New Papua New Guinea prime minister calls for unity

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James Marape, left, being sworn in as prime minister of PNG by the
governor general  Sir Robert Dadae, 30 May 2019.  Photo:
PNG prime minister´s office media; link RNZ report

Marape promises to rebuild country in first address to PNG, link RNZ 6 June 2019


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Chinese President Xi Jinping and officials meet with Papua New Guinea´s Prime Minister
Peter O´Neill and ministerial colleagues at the 2nd global Belt & Road Forum in Beijing,
25 April 2019; Photo: Xinhua/Yan Yan


On the death of Bill Standish, Australian National University, Canberra

Dr Bill Standish, 14.6.1944 - 31.3.2019, remembered as a fearless commentator
and expert analyst of PNG politics. An excellent colleague. During my PhD
research in 1988, I shared a room with Bill at the ANU for three months.
Link: Liam Fox on Pacific Beat, 15 April 2019


Video Tipp: Lost in Dhaka, March 2019 link

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Book review:
In defence of `Silent Invasion´
The book that launched a thousand rants
by Kevin Carrico
Policy Forum of the Asia & The Pacific
Policy Society, 1 March 2019, link


New study by Jubilee Australia, 14 June 2019, link:
The Frieda River Mine and the Threat to the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea

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for more information link: Save the Sepik river and its people
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Continued: news archive

Selection of publications

Mark Moran and Jodie Curth-Bibb (eds.): Too Close to Ignore:
Australia's Borderland with Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Jahrbuch für Europäische Überseegeschichte, Band 20, Sept. 2022, hier

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Map: Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; large map here

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Book review:
Graeme Smith / Terence Wesley-Smith
(eds): The China Alternative. Changing
Regional Order in the Pacific Islands
August 2022,

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Neue Publikation vom Dez. 2020, link
„Goldrausch in der Tiefsee –
was ist dran?“,

Rezension: Nicole Haley and Kerry Zubrinich:
2017 Papua New Guinea General Elections. Election Observation Report.
Asien 2020, hier

Review: Siobhan McDonnell, Matthew Allen and Colin Filer (eds.):
Kastom, Property and Ideology. Land Transformations in Melanesia.
Catalyst 2019, available here

Rezensionen: Anthony Regan: The Bougainville Referendum. Law, Administration
and Politics sowie Ben Bohane: The Bougainville referendum and beyond.
Online-Publikation 22. Nov. 2019, 5 Seiten, verfügbar hier

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Photo: Roland Seib

„Zeitenwende im Pazifik: Der Aufstieg Chinas“. Blickwechsel für das
China-Programm der Stiftung Asienhaus, Köln 1. August 2019, 9 Seiten, link

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Map: Mercator Institute for China Studies, deutsche  Karte, Map in english

„Zeitenwende im Pazifik: Der Aufstieg Chinas und das Projekt Neue
Seidenstraße“. Online Publikation, 29. April 2019, 12 Seiten, verfügbar hier

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Chinese President Xi Jinping hosts a collective meeting with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill
and Pacific leaders from Niue, Cook Islands, Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji
before the APEC summit in Port Moresby, 16 November 2018 (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

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Armed clan near Komo, Hela Province, Papua New Guinea.
Photo: Michael Main, The Monthly, May 2018

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"Das Goldene Zeitalter der Gasförderung?
Der Ressourcenfluch und die Folgen in

Ozeanien-Dialog, März 2019, hier

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Photo: Christina Hill
Rezension: Jubilee Australia:
Christina Hill and Luke Fletcher (eds):
Growing Bougainville´s Future: Choices for an
Island and its peoples.
17. Januar 2019, hier

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Kommentar zur Studie von
Fair Oceans und Brot für die Welt:
Solwara 1: Bergbau am Meeresboden vor
Papua-Neuguinea. Hintergründe, Folgen,
Widerstand. 12. Oktober 2018. hier

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Rezension: Jubilee Australia 2018:
Double or nothing. The broken
economic promises of PNG LNG
und On shaky ground. PNG LNG and
the consequences of  development
failure, 6. September 2018, hier

Review: Alex Golub: Leviathans at the Gold Mine.
Creating Indigenous and Corporate Actors in Papua New Guinea.
Catalyst, Vol. 48, 2018, here

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Vortrag Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum Köln, 26. Februar 2018, 34 Folien hier

Pressespiegel "Tiefseebergbau in den internationalen Medien 2015 - 2017".
Zusammenstellung für die Stiftung Asienhaus, Köln, online seit 19.1.2018, link

Rezension: Jack Corbett: Being Political. Leadership and Democracy
in the Pacific Islands. Asien 2017, hier

The Observation Report of Transparency International Papua New Guinea"
makes it clear that the 2017 elections were flawed to an unforgivable extent. We as a
nation have allowed far too many of our people to be robbed of a basic right:
the right to influence the result of an election." (p. iii) 10 November 2017, link

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Vortrag Weltkulturen Museum Frankfurt/M., 17. Oktober 2017, 29 Folien hier

"Wettlauf um die Meeresschätze im Pazifik: Fakten und Thesen zum
Tiefseebergbau". Vortrag Weltkulturen Museum Frankfurt/M.,
4. Juni 2017, 36 Folien hier

Rezension: Klaus Neumann: Across the Seas. Australia´s Response to Refugees.
A History. Collingwood/Victoria 2015. Anthropos 111.2016, hier

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"Das Paradox vom Wohlstand ohne
Entwicklung: Papua-Neuguinea und
der Bergbau". Blickwechsel
der Stiftung Asienhaus, Köln,
September 2016,

Rezension: Kristian Lasslett: State Crime on the Margins of Empire.
Rio Tinto, the War on Bougainville and Resistance to Mining. März 2016, hier

Plundering Nature? Deep Sea Mining - An Incalculable Risk.
Powerpoint Presentation für die Stiftung Asienhaus, Köln 3.3.2016, deutsche Fassung:
Raubbau in den letzten Nischen: Tiefseebergbau - ein unkalkulierbares Risiko, link

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Rezension: Stuart Kirsch: Mining Capitalism.
The Relationship between Corporations
and Their Critics, April 2015, 4 S., hier

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Fact Sheet im Rahmen des Projektes "Rohstoffreichtum in Asien: Hemmnis oder
Chance für nachhaltige Entwicklung?" der Stiftung Asienhaus, Köln 4.3.2015, link

Rezension: Nick Schwarz (ed.): The Politics of Give and Take.
The 2012 Papua New Guinea National Election. Anthropos, 2014, link

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Thomas Webster and Linda Duncan (eds.):
Papua New Guinea´s Development
Performance 1975 - 2008.
Catalyst, Vol. 44, 2014,
available here

Review: Peter Larmour: Interpreting Corruption.
Culture and Politics in the Pacific Islands. Anthropos, 109.2014

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"Der Drache im »Hinterhof«:
Umbrüche und Konflikte im Südpazifik".
Nov. 2013, link

Rezension: Kathy Marks: Lost Paradise. From Mutiny on the Bounty to a
Modern-Day Legacy of Sexual Mayhem, the Dark Secrets of Pitcairn Island
Revealed. Rundbrief, Nr. 91, März 2013.

Rezension: Anthony Regan: Light Intervention. Lessons from Bougainville.
Rundbrief, Nr. 87, Februar 2012

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Review: Arthur Knoll & Hermann Hiery (eds.):
The German Colonial Experience 1884 - 1914.
Anthropos, 106.2011

Rezension: Franco Zocca (ed.): Sanguma in Paradise:
Sorcery, Witchcraft and Christianity in Papua New Guinea. Paideuma, 2010, hier

"Schmutziges Gold. In den Bergwerken von Papua-Neuguinea bleiben
die Menschenrechte auf der Strecke". Welt-sichten, Nr. 5, Mai 2010.

Bulletin“ der Deutsch-
Pazifischen Gesellschaft e.V.,
Nr. G-220, März 2010

Rezension: Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland (Hrsg.):
Wirtschaftliche, soziale und kulturelle Rechte in West-Papua. Soziale Realität und
politische Perspektiven. Jahrbuch für Europäische Überseegeschichte, 2009, hier

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Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
published in 2009, 38 pages, link

die deutsche Version, link

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veröffentlicht in 2009
Verlagsinformationen hier

Zusammenfassung: "Staats- und  Ver-
waltungsreform in Räumen begrenzter
Staatlichkeit: der Fall Papua-Neuguinea”.
Nov. 2008, 33 Seiten, verfügbar hier

Summary: "State-Building and Public 
Sector Reform in Fragile States:
the Case of Papua New Guinea",
2012, 19 pages, here

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"Länderprofil Papua-Neuguinea"
2007, 12 Seiten, hier

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Pazifik-Netzwerk e.V. 2005

Titelbild: Mathias Kauage:
Bougainville Crisis 2000
Acryl auf Leinwand

"Kriminalität in Papua-Neuguinea.
Eine Annäherung an gesellschaftliche
Nr. 6/2007 link

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"Plundering the Nation´s Wealth?
Mining and Development in
Papua New Guinea"
2005, 22 pages, here

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"Zur Renaissance tribaler Konflikte:
Schwacher Staat und ethnische
Fragmentierung in Papua-Neuguinea"
2002, link

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"Big-men, Korruption und 'bad governance':
Politische Instabilität und Staatsversagen in
Papua-Neuguinea", 2000, 50 Seiten, hier

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Melanesian Institute, Goroka 2000

Book cover: Parliament of Papua New Guinea

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Eine aktuelle Landeskunde"
1994, 22 Seiten, hier

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Institut für Asienkunde, Hamburg 1994

„Der Entwicklungsweg Papua-Neuguineas
1884 - 1990. Weltwirtschaftliche
Integration und Peripherisierung“, hier

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Deutsches Übersee-Institut, Hamburg 1990

Book cover: Carved wooden mask of a
mythical ancestor with a pig between the
teeth of the northeast coast of New Guinea;
possession of the Hamburg Museum für

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