Take a look at that child above: in theory he could have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth, if his father owned the land that is now Port Moresby.
Instead, he lives in a slum. Literally living on top of shit.
By Martyn Namorong
A FRIEND OF MINE recently told me about a trip to Mt Hagen. You know there aren’t any mines nor is there any oil or gas exploitation in the Western Highlands Province. But he reckons he saw more 10-seaters in Hagen than they have in Tabubil.
By Kirk Huffman*
The Republic of Vanuatu in the southwestern Pacific is classed by foreign economists as one of the world's poorest nations. This mistaken view is only true if one believes that lack of modern money = 'poverty'.
Vanuatu consists of 83 inhabited tropical and semi-tropical islands with a current - almost completely indigenous Melanesian - population of around 230,000 which possesses twice as many languages and cultures as the whole of the (expanded) EU.
People the world over salute the Occupy movement for standing up to injustice and fighting for equality at the heart of empire
By Arundhati Roy*
Father Kevin Barr is a Catholic priest. This is his take* on the extreme capitalism practicised by multi-national mining, oil and logging corporations operating in PNG and preached to us by the World Bank and the governments of the USA, Europe and Australia.
The current economic system of neo-liberalism or extreme capitalism has a fanatical fundamentalism about it.
It encourages not just legitimate profit but excessive greed and individualism.
It seeks to produce ever more money for those with the most wealth - with no limit or regulations.
APEC the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum starts this coming Sunday in Hawaii but another meeting to draw attention to the economies of the Pacific called Moana Nui is also taking place in Honolulu, reports Radio Australia
Convenor of the alternative conference is Professor John Osorio, a professor of history at the Center for Hawaiin Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Speaker:Professor John Osorio, convenor, alternative APEC conference, Hawaii
Papua New Guinean's faces a vitally important choice. Should we continue to implement an imported and failed model of development, which is based on unrestrained capitalism, or return to our roots, rediscover our National Goals and follow a more Melanesian development path?
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.
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?
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