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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Naivalurua cops blame for death of senior officer

PLEDGING FITNESS AND EXCELLENCE: But are they up to it? pictures FijiLive

Police moles are blaming the death of a senior traffic officer on the police commissioner and the 700-strong Suva parade on Wednesday.

ASP Tomasi Lotawa RTO/SD ( regional Traffic Officer southern) suffered a heart attack and some insiders are saying it was the result of the strenuous parade the other day, when Ioane Naivalurua led the early morning rally urging officers to lift their game.

Intel sources claim Naivalurua is putting the lives of his men at risk, with his lack of experience and misguided directives.

Naivalurua has told all officers to get into shape and to be an asset to the police force, saying he wants a physically and mentally healthy workforce. 

In February, he told his officers in Labasa all the money and technology in the world is useless in the fight against crime if they're unfit. 

Most of the officers who had health checks recently were all found to have been overweight or to have high cholesterol. All have been given until December to get into shape.

But disenchanted insiders say the police force is not the military and that Naivalurua is killing officers rather than helping them.

Moles are also claiming a coup is now being mounted against Naivalurua and that senior officers will be petitioning the illegal prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, to get rid of the police commissioner.

They say Naivalurua, who on Wednesday admitted the Fiji Police Force had 'rotten officers' in its midst, is himself leading the corruption and needs to go.

Disenchanted insiders say Naivalurua has no knowledge of:

1) Police procedures
2) No strategy to combat crime
3) Has hindered police work by sending all police officers on 12 hour police patrol leaving no-one to follow complaints from the public or pending cases
4) Has increased fatigue in officers and this has led to increased leave and officers taking sickies
5) Endangered national security by disbanding Border and RAU units
7) Has no vision for community work and crime prevention
8) Is cutting and pasting the ideas of the former police commissioner Esala Teleni and has none of his own
9) Lacks vision and the courage to issue directives he's signed off
11) Is only concerned about is trimming down and health plans
12) Is using contacts of businessman and concentrating on projects like changing the names of police posts, pot plants, re-painting and change in uniforms as a way of making money
13) Is trying to get all his military colleagues and families into top police positions
14) Has endangered tourism by publicly stating he has a corrupt police force rather than taking action internally
15) And has done nothing in the past six months to upgrade any police standard equipments and that officers on foot patrol don’t even have handcuffs, torches or batons but expects officers to work 12 hour shifts.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

FICAC reports what Fiji media dodges: Padarath in court re Ghanian businessman

Benjamin Padarath charged

A businessman appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court today charged with one count of “False Information to a Public Servant”.

Benjamin Padarath is alleged to have given information, which he knew to be false to the Director of Immigration Fiji, Nemani Vuniwaqa, via text messages, intending to cause the Director of Immigration Fiji to include the name of one Paul Freeman in the Fiji Immigration Watch List, which the Director of Immigration ought not to do, if the true state of facts respecting which the information was given, were known to him.

After being read the charge, Padarath submitted that he understood the charge laid against him. His lawyer, Rajendra Chaudhry raised a preliminary issue with the Court in which he wished to be advised on the provisions set out in the FICAC Promulgation that gave the Commission the powers to charge his client.

FICAC Prosecutor Livai Sovau told the court that the offence against Padarath is contrary to Section 201 (a) of the Crimes Decree and that FICAC could charge any offence under that section. He then asked for time to reply to the issue raised by Chaudhry.

After receiving no objections to bail by FICAC, Magistrate Thushara Rajasinghe ordered that Padarath enter a $2000.00 bail bond, two sureties and to report to FICAC once a fortnight. He was also informed that Padarath’s travel documents were already with the relevant authorities.

The matter has been adjourned to 19th April 2011 for FICAC’s reply to the issue raised by Chaudhry and to check on second phase disclosures.

Bail was extended for Padarath. (From the FICAC website)

Naivalurua admits to 'rotten officers' in midst

“We have officers who should not be here, ones that have taken advantage of their positions, who need to be corrected. We have rotten officers and if they can't change, we can always ask them to go."

ON PARADE AND SHOW: Naivalurua (top) and (below) officers pledge to heed call to sharpen up. pictures FijiLIve.

Police commissioner, Ioane Naivalurua, has gone eyeball to eyeball with his men, urging excellence while admitting to 'rotten officers' in the midst.

Following behind the 3FIR's parade and show of strength on Monday, Naivalurua today flexed his muscle during an early morning 700-strong parade of officers.


During the exercise in Suva, he called for "excellence in everything,” reminding the men of his commitment to "improving the image and reputation of the Fiji Police Force and to transform the institution into a good, honest and trusted one.”

Yet, Naivalurua continues to get stick from critics, with police moles revealing abuses and corruption.

Today, Naivalurua touched on those ugly flaws in the force, admitting his concern at the ill-discipline.

"We still have officers who have blatantly disregard rules and regulations, broken rules and have taken advantage of their positions,” he said.

“Some have even abused their powers and authority and our Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) have ruled against us.  It has shown an increase of 30 per cent from the targeted 17.5 per cent and it is a concern."

He said: “We have officers who should not be here, lack the knowledge and ill discipline ones that need to be corrected and straightened. We also have rotten officers and if they can't change their attitude towards improving the image of the Police Force, we can always ask them to go."

Naivalurua, who certainly hasn't been shy to promote his own missus (remember, she supplied the pot plants to the police stations and sold fruit juice to officers), today also urged married male officers to appreciate their wives.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Police moles keep the heat on 'corrupt' officers

Police moles continue to release information in a bid to expose the corrupt practices of the force and the National Intelligence Bureau, (NIB). 


One of the officers is accused of selling information to the Australian Federal Police  and another of selling classified information to other governments.

Police moles have detailed the following info:
SP Luke Navela Wainiu: He is said to be a close advisor to Major General Sitveni Rabuka  and  is also related to him. When the 2000 mutiny  involving CRW soldiers  occurred, SP Luke lead the investigations against Rabuka for inciting the mutiny. Rabuka got off the hook when the audio tape of the interview of a CRW soldier's confession was lost by Police.  The tape went missing  under the command of SP Luke.


Luke is also accused of supplying information and getting innocent people beaten. His main contact is a cousin who works in the illegal PM's office,  the QEB Goon Savenaca Siwatibau Rabuka. 
ACP Henry Brown:  It's alleged he is the person who sells information directly to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) regarding the activities of the Fiji government and is currently protect by DCP Lageri.  


Sources say he was given two brand new Toyota twin cabs in 2010, donated by AFP and it was not endorsed by the regime. Has promoted ASP Abdul Khan to SP rank and posted him to Border for ease of transactions between NIB and AFP. 
SSP RusiateTudeavu:  Former NIB director who is accused of successfully manipulating the system to gain favors. Was supplying the Deputy 3FIR commander with all NIB information that gave Bainimarama the location of all arms of Fiji police and led to the fall of SDL government. As soon as Bainimarama government came in to power, he was promoted from inspector to SSP in NIB.


Accused of currently manipulating the regime by passing information to harm innocent people and selling classified information to other governments. Has a bank balance of over 100K. 


Police moles attached the following fax:

Purchasing Officers : SSP RusiateTudeavu , ACP Henry Brown
Equipment: Fax machine ( bugged by AFP)
We have creditable reports sighting Compol Ref XXXXXX dated April 2010 that the fax machine is used by NIB to fax all classified reports to Prime Minister and since the machine is deemed bugged it automatically transfers a copy to the Australian Embassy secured server system.
These officers are transferring secure information of the government by other means and people engaged in this operations are:
-          Fmr. ASP Savenaca Waqairatu ( currently in UN office in Suva)
-          Stg. Iowane Rauto
-          IP Anare Masitabua
-          IP Jitoko Filipe Segeilau

-          IP Anare Masitabua, IP Jitoko Filipe Segeilau  are the surviving members of the Andrews Time in 2004-2006 in the investigation into the military probe leading to the 2006 coup.

Ghanian: Lal stole my money then tried to discredit me


FREEMAN'S FORMER LAWYER: Pictures are scarce but searches led to this picture of Renee Lal (left) at a Fiji Women's Law Association gathering in 2005.


The Ghanian businessman, Paul Kofi Freeman, claims he was fleeced of $F75,000 dollars by the Suva lawyer, Renee Lal.

In an exclusive interview with Coupfourpointfive, Freeman said the money was supposed to cover the setting up of an office on the sixth floor of the Dolphin Plaza on Victoria Parade, in Suva and buy a Toyota Hilux four wheel drive from New Zealand.

Freeman, who has caused a storm of interest since the story about the alleged fraud broke in February, says the office was supposed to be the HQ for his company, South Pacific Natural Resources.

HQ: Dolphin Plaza
Considered by some Fiji locals as a 'con man' because of the way he throws money around but doesn't seem to have employment, he insists he's a straight up business consultant just trying to make his way in Fiji since arriving in 2009.

"I am just a young fella like anyone else in the world, trying to make my dreams come true but they are trying to kill me before my dream comes true. She's (Renee Lal) trying to crucify me."

He claims the $F75,000 was broken down as follows: $20,000 for furniture, $45,000 for a used vehicle from New Zealand and $10,000 as a retainer for Renee Lal.

He also says he paid money directly to Ben Padarath, who was going to partition his office. "I paid Ben $11,500. I got receipt for it. I then gave Renee another $2,500 to give to Ben but she did not give the money to him." 

Freeman says he was introduced to Renee Lal by Fiji Boxing commissioner, Tim Nobriga, who he later started the company, South Pacific Natural resources, with. Lal then introduced him to Padarath. "I was told Padarath was well-connected in the country."
 
Freeman says he has lodged a complaint with the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) and says they're trying to recover his money and have put him onto another contractor to help him get the Dolphin Plaza office up and running.
 
He says his file is missing from the office of Jamnadas Associates and claims that from the information revealed publicly about him via Coupfourpointfive, it can only have been taken by Renee Lal. 

An emotional Freeman said: "Why did she disclose my file? She is not a good lawyer to do that. I haven't conned anybody. I've never conned anyone. It's unbelievable what she did to me."

Freeman says reports he is exploring for oil in Bau waters are premature. Describing himself as a 'consultant' who has done similar work in Africa, he says he is still at the stage of setting up on the ground but has investors in the United States who are keen for a stake in any deal. He admits, though, the publicity with Renee Lal has cost him investors.

BAU: Oil to be had.
Freeman says he's not packing up. He says he came to Fiji after talking with geologists in Japan and the United Kingdom, all who believe there's oil in Fiji.

"They have got it; it's there, I tell you. We know the Government has the funds to do the exploration and to go into a deal with major overseas oil companies. The opportunity is there for 5,000 people to be employed."


Freeman was to have provided Coupfourpointfive with a photograph of himself, but we have yet to receive it.

 
To come: Blackmail and a US investor who lost more than $250,000.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Breakout rumour at Naboro

NABORO: Said to be on high alert.  

Sources say prisoners at Naboro maximum security are being moved because of a massive breakout rumor. 
Prison officers are said to have been working overtime in the last week to move prisoners to other locations. 
A prison officer has told us they were directed to empty the maximum prison because the army will also be carrying out mass arrests very soon and that all political prisoners will be kept at Naboro. 
It's believed allocation has been made for 50 prisoners and that they may include: 
1) Former SDL ministers
2) FLP members
3)Trade Unionsts
4) Ex Army and Police Officers
5) Youth leaders
6) And a few chiefs 

The rumoured breakout, if it happened would be a major threat, of course, to the illegal government of Frank Bainimarama. 

Intel sources believe there is a very strong possibility the 300 3FIR soldiers deployed just today have only been chosen from Tailevu/Naitasiri areas, allowing Brainimarama to build his inner circle. 
Attempts are being made to access the list of 300 and to establish if there is a trend at play. 
Intel sources also continue to relay there is a possibility the converging of so many soldiers in Suva will allow the dictator to remove the illegal President, Epeli Nailatikau, and detain anyone who tries to move against him.

Training or a show of strength?


GREEN UNIFORMS: Back on Suva streets.

The 3rd Battalion Infantry Regiment took to the streets of Suva today with its commanding officer saying it's part of a three-month training programme.
But intel and police sources say it's a security measure to protect the position of the illegal leader, Frank Bainimarama, who is in Indonesia at the moment.  

Sources say the regime has deployed extra men every time the dictator has left the country.

They also say the stories that appeared in local Fiji media today failed to say that the so-called training programme will cost the country two million dollars a month.

The commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion Infantry Regiment Lieutenant Colonel Jone Kalouniwai told media today: "The whole purpose why we had conducted our battalion parade this morning was to showcase to the Commander Land force the capabilities of the 3rd battalion."

He also said: "Once I had taken over command of the 3rd Battalion – one of my first aims was to try and transform the 3rd Battalion into an effective unit. We have a role to play within the military and it is to maintain an operation capability of a standby company on a 24 hour notice."


Kalouniwai says the parade this morning was 'also a way of discovering any anomalies that need to be dealt with.'

Intel sources claim the regime is looking for an opportunity to show its might and suggest that while oil prices have jumped worldwide to US 1.08 a barrel, the illegal government has deliberately chosen to suppress local prices.

They say doing this will allow them to manipulate prices, which are now likely to soar at an unimaginable amount and force holding reserves to crash.

It's being suggested the explosion in prices will force bus and taxi operators to hike their prices leading to a public outcry at which time the 300 men on 24/7 will come in handy in maintaining power.

Intel sources say the regime knows citizens have a fear of the green uniforms and are taking the chance to show their strength and rattle people.

Editor's Note: Below is a statement posted a short time ago by the Ministry of Information on its website under the title "Be a soldier First: Tikoitonga."

More than 300 members of the 3rd Battalion Infantry Regiment (3FIR) were told to “be soldiers first” before excelling in other aspects of their lives.

The Commander Land Force, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga as reviewing officer made the order 3FIR soldiers during a parade at Queen Elizabeth Barracks this morning.

Col Tikoitoga told 3FIR soldiers: “We need to rethink who we are”.

“We need to keep in mind that we are soldiers more that anything else.

“There are many duties and activities that needs to be carried out for the betterment of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

“As members of the 3FIR, you need to create and establish a platform for other units in the military that will bring about reliable reputation to the institution.

“All other units of the military play a supporting role while your role is to uphold the integrity of the RFMF,” Col Tikoitoga said.

Soldiers of the 3FIR were reminded of the need to remain physically, mentally and spiritually fit.

He also made a call for soldiers to be proud of the unit they are part of and the uniform they wear.

“This will enable us to serve our country and other nations well when called for peace keeping duties,” Col Tikoitoga said.

Commanding Officer of 3FIR Lieutenant Colonel Jone Kalouniwai was also at the launch of Sub-unit training programme.

“The programme is a three-month highly intensive training the unit will conduct periodically in order to elevate basic soldiering skills, unit cohesiveness and its level of preparedness,”  Lt Col Kalouniwai journalists.

“This is to lift our performance and our preparedness in case of any situation that may arise the dress worn by the troops will be battle-order.”

Padarath makes second court appearance

Ben Padarath has appeared in court again but the DPP's office says it needs more time to review the charges brought against him before it proceeds.

Padarath is accused of concealing false government documents but has yet to make a plea.

It's alleged the documents were found in the Suva home of Padarath, the nephew of the former land force commander, Pita Driti, who was implicated in last year's alleged failed plot to topple the illegal leader, Frank Bainimarama.

Padarath's appearance in the Suva Magistrates Court this morning was his second. His appearance in court in a wheelchair last month (see picture) sparked a huge controversial outcry and debate about his assault at the hands of the police.

A restraining order was granted at that appearance protecting him from further police harassment and interviews.

His medical report was presented to the court today.

Fiji Village says Padarath will appear again in June. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow on Coupfourpointfive, the Ghanian businessman, Paul Kofi Freeman, tells his story, revealing how much money he says he lost to Renee Lal and Ben Padarath and what he's been doing in Fiji since 2009. "I am just a young fella like anyone else in the world, trying to make my dreams come true but they are trying to kill me before my dream comes true. She (Renee Lal) is trying to crucify me."

NZ Herald editorial: Hold firm on Fiji

Not for the first time, Foreign Minister Murray McCully has held out an olive branch to Fiji. He says travel bans will have to be relaxed soon if the military regime headed by Commodore Frank Bainimarama gives a firm commitment to hold elections in 2014.

From the standpoint of logistics, that is logical enough. Fiji will need to be able to recruit senior staff to organise and oversee an election. But extracting a cast-iron guarantee of a poll is another matter altogether. Mr McCully is hopeful the chance to attend Rugby World Cup matches will be the catalyst.

There are some grounds for thinking this may be so. Fijians' love of rugby is well known, and the ban on the entry to this country of members of the regime and their families and military personnel is clearly a considerable irritation. But New Zealand needs to be careful.

Previous pledges for a return to democracy, delivered to countries boasting far greater international clout than this one, have been dishonoured. That raises the issue of how far Commodore Bainimarama's word can be trusted. It also raises the question of whether the World Cup would, more appropriately, be used as a stick to hammer home New Zealand's dissatisfaction with his regime, rather than acting as a carrot.

There is little doubt what path Australia would pursue. Late last month, its Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, said the only person who needed to change was Commodore Bainimarama. He rejected any need for a more incentive-based approach involving the likes of the World Cup. "We're not in the business of legitimising what has been a very ugly military coup," said Mr Rudd. "The reverse is that Bainimarama must change if he is to adhere to the standards and the norms of the Pacific Islands Forum, the standards and norms of the Commonwealth, the standards and norms of the United Nations."

Reinforcement for Australia's unbending line has been supplied by Amnesty International. Early last month, it said it was deeply concerned about an ongoing crackdown on human rights in Fiji. In the previous fortnight, at least 10 politicians, trade unionists, government critics and other Fijians had been arbitrarily arrested and subjected to severe beatings and other forms of torture and ill-treatment at the hands of the military.

At much the same time, Mr McCully noted there had been little progress towards the resumption of democracy in Fiji, following a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum's ministerial contact group. He denies now that his latest statement indicates a different approach to that of Mr Rudd, but says, somewhat cryptically, that he has had more interaction with Fiji than Australia.

In principle, there is much to be said for ongoing communication. But since seizing power in 2006, the regime has shown little willingness to engage meaningfully with the international community. Indeed, it has turned a deaf ear to it in progressively squashing dissent, abrogating the constitution, dismissing the judiciary and suppressing the media. 

On the surface, at least, there seems scant evidence a corner is about to be turned.
Mr McCully appears to be hinting otherwise. Fiji is now "closer than it was before" to delivering hard evidence of progress to elections in 2014, he says. The minister notes any relaxation of the travel ban would depend on a report by the ministerial contact group, as well as agreement on an election timetable by international forums, such as the Commonwealth. While the World Cup gives New Zealand an ostensible opportunity to lure concessions from the dictator, it also gives him one more chance to make us look foolish. We should hold our nerve. (NZ Herald)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Silly Things Written about Fiji this week

ROLL 'EM: Left and right wingers 'commentators' all tanked this week.

All you need is a feverish imagination to find in dumb dictator a true Pacific champion of reform

It's been a week of people saying stupid things about Fiji. First, Graham Davis revealed his ignorance about matters Fijian in the pages of The Australian (Time to Rethink when ‘Bad guy’ is king of Pacific’, Australian 30 March 2011). 

His enthusiasm for Fiji’s coup is nowadays way out of kilter with what anyone inside the country thinks. 

Not for him the sorrowful and downbeat assessment of the political situation in Fiji that you’ll hear from most on Victoria Parade or at the Defence Club. No, this guy is a true-believer in the grandiose objectives of Comrade Frank. 

He thinks Frank is an ace diplomat, who has got the last laugh over Australia and New Zealand by hosting the Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit. What a fuss about so little. In past years, newspapers rarely even bothered to report MSG meetings. China might have bankrolled a shiny new building in Port Vila, but there’s not much sign of any functioning MSG secretariat. 

Bainimarama himself may be obsessed with foreign diplomacy, even though he’s not very good at it, but that’s only really a sign of how little attention he pays to the business of running Fiji’s government at home. 

Graham Davis started out as a devotee of Frank’s electoral reform agenda, but since no one talks much about all that anymore he has to make do with playing the bit-part role of Bainimarama’s cheerleader-in-chief in Australia. 

He likes to make Fiji’s military strongman look like a plucky island leader taking on ‘big brother’ Australia. Never mind Frank’s suppression of human rights within the country. Never mind the economic decline that Fiji has witnessed over 2007-10.

No, Mr Davis sees no need for a change of course in Fiji and celebrates everything Fiji’s coup leader does. My favourite is the comment about Bainimarama’s ‘keen sense of Melanesian diplomacy’. 

Frank used ‘Fiji’s diplomatic influence’, so Mr Davis tells us, to engineer the ouster of Vanuatu Prime Minister Edward Natapei last December. What rubbish. The Change in government in Vanuatu last year had everything to do with rival ‘big men’ struggling over ministerial portfolios, as they have constantly done since 1991.    

This week, too, New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully came up with a perfect strategy for claiming to be having influence in the region when you really have little. 
This needs urgent introduction into the curriculum at diplomatic training school. 

You start saying exactly what someone else says, and then claim that they are influenced by you (a sort of ‘You said, I said’, game). So Mr McCully insisted that Bainimarama commit to elections in 2014, which is exactly what Fiji’s military strongman has been saying since July 2009. 

And to cap that brilliant strategy of taking your opponents unawares by agreeing with them, Mr McCully said that any loosening of New Zealand’s travel bans would depend on a visit to Fiji by the Forum’s ministerial contact group, something which Fiji’s Foreign Minister suggested several weeks ago. 

This was masterful diplomacy by Mr McCully, and was capped by dangling a few spectators’ seats at the rugby world cup as a carrot to entice Fiji’s coup leaders to state again exactly what they have been stating all along.

Of course, all this put Mr McCully potentially out of joint with his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd, who stands firm on Fiji more out of a misplaced commitment to abstract ideals than any understanding of the situation in the ground in Fiji. And Mr Rudd is good at grandstanding. His shrill calls for a no-fly zone over Libya, despite Australia playing no role in this, say much about his strong commitment to getting other people to fight his wars. 

But whether for the right or wrong reasons, Mr Rudd said he would stand firm on Fiji. And so, seeing which way the wind was blowing, his opposition counterpart, the Liberal’s Julie Bishop said her party, if in government, would cosy up to Bainimarama, and remove sanctions.

So now we had the odd spectacle of the two right-wing parties in Australia/New Zealand backing a softening of stance towards a military coup leader largely backed, misguidedly, by those on the left. No doubt the Kevin Barrs, Vijay Naidus, Scott Macwilliams and Crozby Walshes will squirm in discomfort when they find themselves now aligned with the Liberals in Australia and the and Nationals in New Zealand. 

But it speaks volumes about the crazy project of supporting a military strongman on which they all embarked taking at face value Mr Bainimarama’s false assurances that everything one day would be sweetness and light. 

Like the good old Stalinist hacks that these guys have always really been, no matter how bad things get you can always resort to the tired old formula that the ‘end’ justifies the ‘means’. After a rousing singsong around the camp fire and a few stubbies, you might even convince yourself that Frank might still do something about poverty.  

Of course, the right-wingers are just as capable of saying stupid things about the Pacific as those on the tank-loving left. One who excels in this respect is Helen Hughes, who this week captured the cheapest available media soundbite by calling Bainimarama ‘the incipient Gadaffi of the Pacific’. Dreadful as he might be, you won’t see Bainimarama’s tanks rolling round the pot-holed road from Suva to Nadi a la Bengazi. 

And if you impose a ‘no fly’ zone on Fiji, all you’ll stop are the Qantas and Air New Zealand jets as they pitstop en route to Los Angeles, Sydney or Auckland. 

Like Graham Davis, Helen Hughes harangues Australia for allowing its influence to decline, and warns of the Pacific becoming a ‘Chinese lake’, as evidenced by hordes of ‘Chinese advisors’ Beijing supposedly sends to Suva to follow Bainimarama around. 

Beijing, of course, has bigger fish to fry than the whisky soaked Frank Bainimarama. Helen Hughes - whose ignorance of things Pacific is neatly evidenced by her calling the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Derek Sikua, not Danny Philip who took over as head of government last August – has a rabidly right-wing economic perspective that entails the privatization of land and stopping aid. 

Some of her dear old colleagues from the National Centre for Development Studies at the ANU are busy advising Bainimarama and the Ministry of Agriculture on their half-baked plans for land reform. And so, it all goes to show that, whether you are left or right-wing, all you need is a feverish imagination to find in dumb dictator a true Pacific champion of reform.

Charles St Julian  
Hawaii