Martin Maden asks some very important, relevant and timely questions about capitalism, the Global Banking System and their adverse effects on the cultures of the Pacific in his article below.
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Spotted on the PNG Mine Watch blog
Many commentators are talking excitedly about the unprecedented riches that will come from Papua New Guinea’s resource boom. Phil Mercer writing for Voice of America (see below) is just the latest.
But who is REALLY going to reap the benefits from Papua New Guinea’s oil, gas, gold and silver?
Papua New Guinea is chasing a development dream based on a failed, foreign, neo-liberal economic model. Along the way it is loosing its sense of family and is drifting away from what once really mattered - Papua New Guinea is letting its children down.
While vast, foreign owned, extractive industries rip out our forests, gold, silver, oil and gas, common preventable illnesses claim hundreds of lives every week and none are more vulnerable than the young.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins San Frontières (MSF) has published a new report, Hidden and Neglected: The medical and emotional needs of survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea, which highlights the urgent, unmet medical and emotional needs of survivors of family and sexual violence in PNG. The report recommends concrete action in order to meet these needs.
Radio Australia reports on community opposition to the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone:
Bougainville President, John Momis, has gone on Radio Australia to declare his support for plans by the Chinese to build a huge Special Economic Zone on Papua New Guinea's Bougainville island.
Special Economic Zones are fenced enclaves where foreign businesses are given special incentives including tax free status to set up manufacturing industries. SEZs have been heavily criticized in other country's for promoting low wages, poor health and safety standards and environmental damage.
Thomas Webster, Director of the National Research Institute
Unfortunately, there is a cancer that has grown so fast in our society that threatens the very existence of PNG and will make it difficult if not impossible to achieve our dreams, if we do not take any action now.
That cancer is CORRUPTION.
Reporter Stephanie Elizah says a team of Chinese investors who have been visiting Bouginville are pushing the Autonomous Region's government to allow the establishment of Special Economic Zones.
SEZs are tax free enclaves where businesses are also exempted from normal labour, immigration and environmental laws.
The Chinese government is currently negotiating a loan with the PNG government to build the infrastructure for PNG's first SEZ, the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone, in Madang.
Deputy Leader of Opposition and Bulolo MP, Hon Sam Basil, has called on the Government to explain the delay on what is the most expensive and prolonged commission of inquiry – the one into the Department of Finance - since 2007.
“Many months and many millions of kina went into the Commission of Inquiry into the Department of Finance. And what have we got to show for it?” Mr Basil said.
The article below, by Kenn Mondiai, Chair of the PNG Eco-Forestry Forum, is about the dangers of suppressing freedom of speech and the need to protect whistleblowers. It is a response to the news the Board of NASFUND has offered a K50,000 reward for information 'leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution' of the authors and publishers of 'factually incorrect, malicious and defamatory' statements on PNG Blogs.