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(1 September 2020) "Press Review: Mining in the South Pacific"
Vol. 12, No. 4, July - August 2020, 58 pages, available here



"Bougainville: ein neuer Staat ist geboren. Geschichte, Konflikte, Perspektiven".
Jour Fixe des Freundeskreises des Weltkulturen Museums Frankfurt/Main
Auf unbekannte Zeit verschoben!



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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,
October 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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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


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

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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


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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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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Auswahl jüngster Veröffentlichungen

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

„Das Goldene Zeitalter der Gasförderung?  Der Ressourcenfluch
und die Folgen in Papua-Neuguinea“. Ozeanien-Dialog, Hamburg, März 2019, link

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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
On shaky ground. PNG LNG and
           the consequences of  development
              failure, 6. September 2018, hier

Rezension: Sean Dorney: The Embarrassed Colonialist. 11. Juni 2018, hier

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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: Julius Chan: Playing the Game. Life and Politics in Papua New Guinea,
St. Lucia 2016; März 2017, 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

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

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

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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, Print: link
Review: Thomas Webster and Linda Duncan (eds.):
Papua New Guinea´s Development Performance 1975 - 2008.
CATALYST, 2014, available here

Review: Peter Larmour: Interpreting Corruption.
Culture and Politics in the Pacific Islands. Anthropos, 109.2014.1

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44. Pacific Islands Forum summit, Majuro, Marshall Islands, Photo: Pacific.Scoop Sept. 5, 2013

"Der Drache im »Hinterhof«: Umbrüche und Konflikte im Südpazifik".
Wissenschaft und Frieden, Nr. 4, November 2013.

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.

Review: Arthur Knoll & Hermann Hiery (eds.): The German Colonial
Experience. Select Documents on German Rule in Africa, China, and the Pacific
1884 – 1914. Anthropos, 106.2011.2

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

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Porgera Gold Mine 2007 Photo: Richard Farbelini, Wikipedia Commons
„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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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

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

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

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Melanesian Institute, Goroka 2000

Book cover: Parliament of Papua New Guinea

Institut für Asienkunde, Hamburg 1994

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 Völkerkunde.

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