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Friday, December 14, 2018

Where in the world is Frank Bainimarama?

The lawyer acting on behalf of Fiji First parliamentarians, Devanesh Sharma, tried to get the Suva High Court to delay court proceedings because one of the respondents of the petition, the Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama was out of the country.

He told the court that while the court has made the order for the petition to be advertised in the newspapers, the petitioners should be aware that one of them is out of the country.

Justice Kamal Kumar responded saying the advertisement in the newspapers today means that everyone has been served, whether they're in the country or not.

So where in the world is Frank Bainimarama?

We invite you all to try and find out where he is by posting photos of him and his family or any other information you can find. 

93 comments:

Anonymous said...

Frank Banimarama is in Malaysia

Anonymous said...

In Malaysia earning $3000.00 per day

Anonymous said...

kanwa and black bala was fucking Arse Khaiyum's arse . Arse neel Shudakar was kneeling in front of Beauty queen Fart Nagar. Rose akbar and speaker together.

Suomynona said...

Isn't it a summons and not a subpoena? Because they can still run the court case without Khaiyum's lackey who is busy overseas. FFP doing whatever it can to evade justice as always

Anonymous said...

Have they found the co co man Ratu bani marama and Arse kaihyum

Anonymous said...

Frank Banimarama shit in his pent he went to China for cleaning. China got special machine which able to rubs and clean Franks Arse.

Anonymous said...

First Fuck party has it meeting at the Suvavou house on the 9 floor rather than having meeting at the hotel has saved $30,000.00 which is equivalent to Frank Banimarama's 10 days overseas travelling allowance. this means that Frank Banimarama has earned $30000.00 in 10 days. the nurses will earn this amount in 560 days.

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Anonymous said...

Editor,
TALL STATUE FASCINATION
Dewan Chand ( Fiji Times 3/11 ) heaps praise on Indian PM Narendra Modi and his government for " constructing the world's tallest statue " [183 m] ... in memory of Vallabhai Patel, the [Indian] freedom fighter".
Vallabhai Patel does indeed deserve recognition for his pivotal role as a freedom fighter. But I am not sure building a $400 million plus ( $F865 m ) statue is the way to do that.
Dewan Chand wants us to believe " This statue is bound to inspire millions of Indian youth..."
I wonder how many Indian youth are inspired by that other legendary Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi in today's India?
Heaps more seem to be inspired by Bollywood heroes and beauties and the escapism they provide from the real world .
Incidentally I wonder how many public toilets could have been built around India with that kind of money to make India a better, cleaner and less foul smelling place - as Modi had promised as a key part of his election platform?
Rajend Naidu
( PS : This letter was originally submitted to The Fiji Times which did not publish it for reasons best known to them ).

Anonymous said...

Editor,
HOW MANY LIES CAN A POLLIE TELL?
In a survey by Australian and US psychologists - Does truth matter to voters? - it was revealed that in the US, which is believed to be in an era of ' post-truth ', it seems that voters will back their candidates no matter how much they mislead or lie to their constituents.
By contrast in Australia voters will admit to being duped if they discover they've been lied to and will even change their vote if a politician is repeatedly found guilty of lying or not following through on campaign promises. ( source : ' Survey reveals how much truth matters to voters' YOURLifeChoices 14/1/19 ).
I wonder what's it like in post coup Fiji? How many lies can a pollie tell there before people lose trust in them?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
REPRESSIVE RULE CAN'T BE TOLERATED FOREVER.
We learn from Aljazeera news that " Despite the killings, tear gas, arrests and beatings, demonstrators step out and demand end of President Bashir's rule ". That's been going for over a month now and it's said " This time it's different". What's different is that " People were not afraid like previous times. They want to be heard. They wanted to make sure that their message of wanting al-Bashir to resign is known".
But after enjoying the privilege of almost absolute power for 30 years Bashir is not likely to relinguish power peacefully. And as the former US ambassador David Shinin noted that seems to be the case with the security apparatus in the country backing Bashir.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that " We strongly encourage the government to be very attentive to the respect of human rights".
A repressive ruler like Bashir is not likely to pay any attention to that.
It's up to the people to remain steadfast in their mass movement to end the powerhungry ruler's rule.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Calling for People Power Protest.
Witnessed a rare event on PBS NewsHour 24/1/19. US Vice President Mike Pencer called on the people of Venezuela to mount a nationwide protest to force President Nicholas Maduro to quit. He said Maduro was a dictator. He had no legitimate claim to power.
This call is rare because the US has notorious reputation for propping up dictatorships when it suits it's interest.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Rogue State Officials Get Rounded Up
Another Trump lackey, former Trump adviser, Roger Stone, gets indicted by the Mueller probe for lying in the matter of Russian meddling in the US elections.( NBC News 26/1/19).
Trump clearly surrounded himself with birds of a similar feather.
Wonder when the Mueller probe will round up Trump?
The noose seems to be getting tighter. That probably explains why his other former lackey, lawyer Michael Cohen, is getting threats from Trump forcing him to cancel his appearance before Congress to give evidence.
But Trump is merely postponing the inevitable.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Unknown said...

What a dickhead.....going around using taxpayers money...acting like he earned it, fucking cruel person he is.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
A MATTER OF TRUST : Memo MPs, a sense of entitlement is shameful.
I agree completely with this The Age caption on Kevin McLean's letter ( 28/1 ) on the corrupting influence of corporate gifts to Australian politicians. Kevin writes :
" The story ( ' Corporate largesse [ and What's behind it] Insight 26/1 ) highlights one of the diseases infecting Australian politicians. This sense of entitlement they all share to free hotel upgrades, flight upgrades, tickets to sporting events and just about any other freebie on the planet...
These corporate handouts are designed for ' payback ' and we all know the ' corporates ' will want ' payback ' at some stage."
I wonder to what extent this " corporate largesse " disease is also infecting Fiji politicians?
Kevin says " Let's get this straight : you are not entitled to any corporate freebies".
He is right.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
LEADER WITHOUT LEGITIMACY
Venezuela's top military envoy to US breaks with President Maduro and backs opposition leader and urges others in the national military to do the same ( fijitimes.com 28/1 ' Venezuelan US Defense attaché breaks with Maduro as diplomats leave').
Clearly US Vice President Mike Pence ( see earlier post ) is not alone in maintaining Maduro " has no legitimate claim to power".
Many others both inside Venezuela and around the world have come to the same conclusion,
Maduro's leadership appears to have become untenable .
How will it end?
That's the big question.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
REVOLUTION BETRAYED
French president said on Sunday on his trip to Egypt that human rights record in Egypt was worse now than under strongman Hosni Mubarak who was toppled by the " Arab Spring "peoples' power protest in 2011( Reuter's 29/1).
Macron said " I think current policies are perceived by intellectuals and Egypt's civil society as tougher than under the Mubarak regime".
Macron has finally got that right. He like other western leaders were alerted to the curtailment of democratic freedoms and the deterioration of the human rights situation under al Sisi, the military coup leader turned president .
But they have largely continued business as usual with the al Sisi regime giving proof that international politics is governed more by political expediency and even hypocrisy than adherence to democratic principles.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
POLITICAL SKULDUGGERY
If you want to get an insight into political skulduggery of a downright dirty and lowdown kind see award winning documentary film maker Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9 ( screened on SBS 30/1 ).
It exposes just how farcical American democracy is where vested interest, profiteering and power politics of the autocratic kind take precedence over the welfare and well-being of ordinary American citizens.
The people are not at the centre of American democracy.
It's a democracy hijacked by the rich and powerful to serve their interest and agenda.( see also Wiliam M. Arkin's American Coup : How A Terrifyed Government Is Destroying The Constitution (2013) ).
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
FIJI's UNPROFESSIONAL LAWYERS
I can't agree more with Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum's comment at the Legal Aid Commision's first national conference that " Lawyers must maintain professionalism at all times" ( Fiji Times 3/2 ).
That reminder is understandable in light of the very unprofessional and unethical manner in which many prominent lawyers conducted themselves at the time of the first military coup of 1987 and in every subsequent coup.
Let's hope for the sake of a better Fiji the reminder is heeded by all lawyers without any exemption.
Wonder if a list of the names of lawyers who have acted unprofessionally can be published to help with the reminder?
It would I am sure make interesting reading!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Anonymous said...

Editor,
CONCERNED CITIZEN CRITICAL OF SELF-SERVING POLITICIANS.
Describing himself as an " ordinary citizen struggling to meet my needs every day ", Maran Kess Mamatsirah of Port Moresby writes in his letter to editor ( ' Papua politicians enjoy luxurious service In privately-owned hospitals at tax payers expense' The Southeast Asian Times, 12 Feb.2019. First published in the National 8/2 ) that " Most politicians are now using public money for their own interest and personal gain. They enjoy luxurious at the expense of Papua New Guineans... I am deeply concerned about how effective and serious our Government is in reducing chronic unemployment and ... crime, eradicating income disparity between rich and poor, and most importantly improving rundown health facilities. Most of our politicians are very incompetent, immature, retarded or ill minded ..."
I think people from many other pacific island countries would relate to what this concerned citizen from PNG says.
Rajend Naidu

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Editor,
CROOKED LAWYER
When I read in the Southeast Asian Times ( 23 Feb ) that Mohd Hafarizam Harun,47, the lawyer for ousted former prime minister Najib Razak was charged for money laundering in relation to the same appropriation of state funds scandal (1MDB ) that Najib Razak was charged for, I was not too surprised. It shows birds of a feather do stick together and that scruples fly out the window when greed gets a hold on you.
That's the story of this crooked lawyer and thieving former prime minister.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
FIJI ELECTION 2018
Former coup leader and former prime minister and now opposition party leader Sitiveni Rabuka claims the MOG report on the 2018 general elections is shallow, superficial and without depth of understanding of post 2006 coup ground realities in Fiji. ( Rabuka is well qualified to know about post coup ground realities in Fiji as the military general who carried out the first military coup in 1987 ).
Rabuka's claim reminded me of the Fiji Hindi saying " Kali task maro" ( merely go through the ritual motions ).
Rabuka thinks that's what the MOG mob did.
Wonder what other observers of Fiji politics think?
But people interested should reflect on the article ' Bainimarama wins again in Fiji, helped by muzzling the media, unions and the church' by Dominic O'Sullivan, Associate Professor of Political Science, Charles Stuart University in The Conversation 23 Feb. 2019.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
LYING LAWYER REGRETS COVERING UP FOR DISHONEST LEADER
Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen has described the President as a " racist", a " conman", and a " cheat" who had advanced knowledge of Wikileaks' plan to release a trove of damaging emails about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 elections ( ' Racist, conman, cheat' : Former fixer Cohen unloads on Trump before Congress' Sydney Morning Herald 28/2 ).Trump has repeatedly denied having any advanced knowledge of that. He has shown a tendency to do that - to lie - even when there is clear evidence to the contrary.
Now Cohen says " I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr Trump's illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience".
Well, here's one lawyer who has learnt belatedly that it does no good - public good - to lie to cover up for a dishonest leader and it does no good for his own standing on the integrity scale.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Anonymous said...

Editor,
ON BEING ADDICTED TO POWER
Abdelaziz Bouteflika 82 is a president the people of Algeria want gone. But instead he announced he was seeking reelection for a 5th term.
His announcement sparked angry protests with " tens of thousands of people taking to the streets on Friday in Algiers where demonstrations are banned". University students have joined the protest to demand Bouteflika steps down, ( ' Algeria students demonstrate against 5th term for Bouteflika ' Punch 26 Feb ).
Bouteflika " uses a wheelchair and has rarely been in public since suffering a stroke in 2013".
Now, why would anyone in that poor state want to seek reelection for a 5th term?
There can be only one explanation for it : the man is addicted to power.
It's not uncommon for people to be afflicted by that sickness with their prolonged stay in power.
Many examples of this affliction are available ...
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AT THE FOREFRONT OF PEOPLE POWER MOVEMENT IN ALGERIA.
The street protest demanding president Bouteflika step down and not seek a 5 th term in office continues with university students now the vanguard of the movement to get rid of this unfit ruler ( France 24 live 6/3,). One protester held a placate that read " Algeria deserves better". I think that sums up the movement,
University students in Algeria, in keeping with a cherished and universal university culture, has shown university education is not only about " book learning " but also about being alert to the political situation and demanding political change when change was called for.
That is as should be.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
JUSTIN TRUDEAU : ANOTHER CASE OF A GOOD LEADER MAKING THE CARDINAL SIN OF COMING UNDER THE SWAY OF A CORRUPT CORPORATION.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau who came to power on a platform of being Mr. Clean is today fighting for his political survival for going politically dirty by bringing pressure on the judiciary to delay the criminal prosecution of a corporation implicated for bribery in Libya.
That interference in the independent judiciary a cornerstone of Canadian democracy is now likely to make Trudeau a one term PM.
It's unbelievable that such a charismatic leader like Trudeau could wind up in such a political mess.
Shows the power and influence of big business in politics of the wrong kind.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
CORRUPTION CRIPPLING COUNTRY
In his letter to the Southeast Asian Times 11/3/19, Max M. Wapi of Port Moresby writes " ...A political revolution is necessary to rescue this country [ PNG ] from the systematic corruption that is crippling it...". It reminded me of an interview of an aspiring PNG politician I saw on SBS television some time ago. He was asked why he was contesting in the elections when he was already doing well as a businessman? He replied politics in PNG was a fast way to fill one's pocket!
Wonder to what extent that cancer has come to afflict other Pacific island countries since the end of colonial rule and the political takeover by locals?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Far Right Fascist
The Australian terrorist Breton Tarrant who carried out the Muslim massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand claims he is " just a regular white man ".
That's so scary!
How many more such " regular white man " of the Tarrant, white supremacist-fascist variety do we have in our midst?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
The "regular white guy" is perhaps speaking for the silent majority who cannot speak for themselves.
Remember the sportsman who protested for the people who cannot speak for themselves, by not respecting the American anthem?
Many of you supported him especially a Rajend Naidu and his followers.

There is a time and a place for everything!

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Very insightful commentary on the twisted mind of the troll.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Anonymous said...

Editor,
BUFFOON FOR A LEADER
According to Thomes Wright of the Brookings Institute, a Washington think tank, Donald Trump has long been a man " attracted to authoritarian " and a man " uninterested in human rights" ( source : SMH political and international editor Peter Hartcher's article ' There's good news, bad news and worse news about Donald Trump' 2/4/19).
Letter writer Graham Lum is more direct. He says " The US has a buffoon for a leader" ( smh 3/4).
My question is how come such a man has been elected to be the President of that great country and the leader of the democratic world?
It's mind boggling,isn't it?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

The people of America know better! They do not believe the LIES and FAKE news that is continuously perpetuated by the people who control the Main Stream Media. Whatever your reason for hating Trump, you would do well to seek the TRUTH. He is winning the battle. Look at the effect of the Mueller Report on the Russian connection. That is only the beginning of the end of the Evil people who have been running the government of America for a long time.

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Anonymous said...

Editor,
A PEOPLE WILL NOT TOLERATE A BAD RULER OR REGIME FOREVER.
That's what history has shown. And the contemporary example from Algeria provides further evidence of that. The people there decided enough was enough and they wanted their longtime ruler Bouteflika and his sidekicks gone. The military decided they were going to side with the people. The result : the end of Bouteflika's hold on power.
Now we see the same trend in Sudan. The people want Mohammed Al Bashir gone. And unlike in the past the military has not started to take potshots at the protesting citizens and brutalising and terrorising them. The people have appealed to the military to side with them and get rid of Bashir ( Aljazeera 8/4/19 ).
We wait to see if the military here follows the example of the Algerian military.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
GOOD NEWS : ANOTHER DICTATOR BITES THE DUST
The tyrant president of Sudan Omar al Bashir's time in power comes to an unceremonious end. He is removed by the military and put under house arrest ( Sudan's ' tyrant ' president Omar al Bashir toppled in military coup. Sky News 11/4/19 ). And that's an irony because he grabbed power via a military coup in 1989 and has held power for 30 long years. The people of Sudan decided that was too long and wanted him gone and to take his cronies with him. It's not clear whether the military takeover will mean the old guard is gone. The vanguard people protest organisation does not want a military transitional government.
We will have to wait and see how things unfold in that troubled country and whether the Sudanese people's aspirations for a new order based on democracy, human rights and the rule of law is realised or whether we have a perpetuation of the old order in a new garb.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
HUMAN RIGHTS : RHETORIC v REALITY
We read in The Fiji Times article ' Greater coherence in government could ease human rights work ' ( 12/4/19 ) the deliberations on human rights monitoring and reporting at the high level Pacific meeting in Nadi.
No matter how good the institutional mechanisms put in place for human rights monitoring and reporting, these will only work if they are rooted in a democratic culture.
" Democratic culture designates the set of attitudes and behaviours required to make democratic institutions and democratic laws FUNCTION IN PRACTICE ( my emphasis ). Examples of such attitudes and behaviours are solving conflicts through peaceful means; participating respectfully in debate, which involves both listening to others with an open mind and forwarding one's own arguments respectfully; and obtaining information from a variety of sources with a critical mind . It does not mean accepting all views and arguments as equally valid. Some values are absolute, and many of these are found in the European Convention on Human Rights. ( For an elaboration see article ' Competencies for Democratic Culture Framework Explained' by Council of Europe Education Department in Hate Speech Watch 6 Feb.2017).
It's easy to realise just how pivotal having the democratic culture is to having a functioning human rights regime when you look at the number of tyrants, autocrats and dictators who regularly turn up at the United Nations to make lofty speeches regarding the human rights situation in their countries when the ground reality is often the very opposite!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
TRUST DEFICIT IN MILITARY
The Sudan military council says it has no intention of holding the reins of power( Aljazeera news 13/4). But the Sudanese people have no trust in what the military says. That is an all too familiar claim. That the military will put in place a military transitional government and then hold elections to return power to a civilian government.
History shows the tendency is for the " transitional " or " interim " government to manipulate the political system to hang onto power.
It's not surprising the Sudanese people - who suffered for 30 long years at the hands of this very same military who acted as the henchmen of the tyrant president Omar al Bashir - do not put their trust in the military.
Their reaction is understandable.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
QUESTIONING THE LEARNED JUDGE'S CHARACTERISATION OF ASSANGE.
The judge Mark Snow described Julian Assange as " a narcissist who cannot see beyond his own selfish interest" . Is that a fact? Or, a reflection of the judge's own opinion about Assange. Is Assange a man who cannot see beyond his own selfish interest? I don't think so.
I think it takes a man who can see well beyond his own selfish interest to expose the war crimes committed by the US military in the Iraq war of invasion and the diplomatic cables that show how the US was really conducting its affairs globally.
Why would a " narcissistic " man preoccupied with his " own selfish interest " do that? The judge Mark Snow said of Assange " Your situation is a product of your narcissism". Is it ?
The real explanation for Assange's situation is captured well by UK, Crikey correspondent-at-large Guy Rundle's coverage of Assange's first court appearance in London in ' Assange is in the dock,but's investigation journalism on trial' ( Crikey. 12 April,2019).
There were some big question marks over the independence and impartiality of Lady Arbuthnot,the previous presiding judge in Assange's case . Are we faced with a repeat?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
Some have claimed Wikileak's whistleblower Julian Assange is not a journalist. That's bullshit. He has done a whole lot more to uphold and advanced the public's right to know what the State is doing in their name. That makes him a journalist for sure.
Rajend Naidu

Anonymous said...

Editor,
WHAT CONSTITUTES JOURNALISM
According to journalist Peter Greste, the journalist who got locked up in jail in Egypt for what the government there purported was Greste's journalistic mischief making there, Julian Assange is not a journalist.
Letter writer Diane Davie disagrees. She writes " With greatest respect to Peter Greste it needs pointing out thatAssange won the Martha Gellhorn prize for journalism and the Walkley award for contribution to journalism in 2011, He is a journalist " ( smh 15/4 ).
If the job of a journalist is to uphold and advance the citizens's right to know what the State is doing in their name then Assange must surely qualify as a journalist - a good journalist.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
ASSANGE CASE JUDGE OUT OF ORDER
Geoffrey Williamson writes in his letter ( smh 15/4 ) :
" ... the London magistrate got it wrong in describing Assange " a narcissist " . Assange broke the condition of his bail. It's as simple as that. The hearing was not about any personal disorder Assange might have. The magistrate's opinion was irrelevant, without I expect, any psychological evidence to support it. Perhaps a good reason for Assange's lawyers to ask for this magistrate to disqualify himself from hearing any further proceedings in relation to Assange".
I agree.
I would also like to know more about this magistrate's background to better understand where his description of Assange is coming from.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Anonymous said...

Editor,
WHAT IS TO BE CONSIDERED JOURNALISM?
The headline given to The Age letters column of 16 April is : Julian Assange : The work of Wikileaks qualifies as journalism.
There are a number of letters that support that view. I share the following two.
1. By John Wallace,director, Asian Pacific Journalism Centre, former member of MEAA judiciary committee Victoria reads :
" Peter Greste ( Comment 13/4 ) argues that Julian Assange is not a journalist because the Wikileaks disclosures were not adequately filtered before publication. He says that because of this Assange " cannot hide behind arguments in support of press freedom" and , implicitly, should not benefit from journalism status.
In Australia the MEAA journalist code of ethics offers a less rigid view of journalism, one that allows dspar tires from it's standards under certain circumstances. The code's preamble states, in part, that " Respect for truth and the public's right to information are fundamental principles of journalism". In its guidance clause,the code recognises that sometimes there will be conflict in its standards, and that in cases of " substantial advancement of the public interest" it may be appropriate to override any particular standard.
If one accepts the Wikileaks disclosures dis substantially advance the public interest Assange's work certainly can be seen as journalism".
I see it that way.
2. In her letter ' Assange exposed war crimes ' Rosemary Taylor says " Julian Assange exposed the war crimes committed by the US against civilians and tso Reuters agency staff members. He should be supported by our government, and not sent to the US - that government cannot be trusted".
Many Americans feel the same way about the US government!!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
WHAT IS TO BE CONSIDERED JOURNALISM?
The headline given to The Age letters column of 16 April is : Julian Assange : The work of Wikileaks qualifies as journalism.
There are a number of letters that support that view. I share the following two.
1. By John Wallace,director, Asian Pacific Journalism Centre, former member of MEAA judiciary committee Victoria reads :
" Peter Greste ( Comment 13/4 ) argues that Julian Assange is not a journalist because the Wikileaks disclosures were not adequately filtered before publication. He says that because of this Assange " cannot hide behind arguments in support of press freedom" and , implicitly, should not benefit from journalism status.
In Australia the MEAA journalist code of ethics offers a less rigid view of journalism, one that allows dspar tires from it's standards under certain circumstances. The code's preamble states, in part, that " Respect for truth and the public's right to information are fundamental principles of journalism". In its guidance clause,the code recognises that sometimes there will be conflict in its standards, and that in cases of " substantial advancement of the public interest" it may be appropriate to override any particular standard.
If one accepts the Wikileaks disclosures dis substantially advance the public interest Assange's work certainly can be seen as journalism".
I see it that way.
2. In her letter ' Assange exposed war crimes ' Rosemary Taylor says " Julian Assange exposed the war crimes committed by the US against civilians and tso Reuters agency staff members. He should be supported by our government, and not sent to the US - that government cannot be trusted".
Many Americans feel the same way about the US government!!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Anonymous said...

Editor,
WHY THE CHURLISH COMMENTARY?
In his letter with the above title Nicholas Grey ( The Age 16/4 ) writes " Peter Greste's ...recent diatribe on Julian Assange is precious, condescending and I'll-founded.
...Assange's apparent crime is not to conspire to breach American ( and allies') national security, but to caution a principal source on how to avoid detection and persecution at the hands of perhaps one of the most violent and vindictive nation states of the past 100 years.
Greste's commentary is especially churlish, given the wholehearted support he enjoyed from the Australian community during his own ordeal [ Being locked up in an Egyptian jail because the authoritarian Egyptian State felt he was up to mischief with his journalism].
A little less pomposity, please."
As someone who gave his wholehearted support in the campaign to free Greste from the arbitrary arrest and imprisonment I was flabbergasted by Greste's diatribe on Assange.
I would have thought he would show more empathy for Assange's predicament in light of his own.
It's a crying shame he didn't.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
ACADEMIC FREEDOM A MUST IN THE UNIVERSITY
We read in the Sydney Morning Herald article Sacking of James Cook University professor was ' unlawful', court rules ( 16/4/19 ) that " Peter Ridd was sacked last year after he repeatedly questioned the quality of research about the impact of global warming on the Great Barrier Reef".
Because of his outspoken scepticism of climate change science his case has been at the centre of debate on the state of free speech in academia.
The court judgement noted " the university had failed to fully understand the importance of intellectual freedom".
Now if that's true then that's a very serious failing. What is a university without intellectual freedom ? A cesspool of conformism?
JCU provost Professor Chris Cocklin maintains Dr Ridd was not sacked and ' never gagged or silenced' for his scientific views and that the university is considering its options over the court ruling.
Now if what the provost is saying is true it shows the importance that is attached to academic freedom in a university setting.
That is as should be.
We await any further developments in this critical case regarding the conduct of university affairs.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
STANDING UP FOR WHAT'S RIGHT
We learn from Graham Downie's letter ' Parke punished for Truth' ( Canberra Times 18/4 ) that Melissa Parke has had to withdraw as a political party candidate in the upcoming Australian elections for " criticising Israel's more than 50-year occupation of the West Bank".
That according to Graham " reflects poorly on her party [Australian Labour Party] and politics more generally in Australia".
I agree.
Graham tells us Melissa Parke is " a former lawyer for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in Gaza" and hence " is well qualified to speak on the worsening situation in Israel".
I agree.
It's a shame she has had to resign her canditure for speaking the truth.
How can Australia hold its head high in the international community when it not only fails to speak up for the oppressed, occupied Palestinian people but chooses to side with the oppressor?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
A BAD-SAD END FOR A ONCE POPULAR LEADER.
The former president of Peru Alan Garcia killed himself with a gunshot to the head after police had attempted to detain him on corruption allegations in Latin America's largest graft probe.
The sad, shocking end for a man who twice ruled Peru but more recently was ensnared in the Odebrecht corruption scandal comes amid national upheaval over endemic corruption involving nearly every former living president. Former popular Brazilian president Lula is in jail for his corruption connection with this same mega-corporation.
The Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht admitted in a 2016 plea agreement with US Justice Department that it paid nearly $800 million throughout Latin America in exchange for lucrative public works contracts.
That big business buying political influence through bribery has become such a pervasive phenomenon in today's politics throughout the world - our region included.
But it doesn't always end well as the tragic end of Garcia a one time fiery left leaning political leader illustrates .( source :,' Peru's ex- President Alan Garcia dead after shooting himself' PBS NewsHour 17/4/19).
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
PUTTING INTELLIGENCE and TALENT to BAD USE.
A Queensland fitter and turner will spend the next 8 months in jail for " making sub machine guns that presented ' catastrophic degree of dangerousness' to the public.( ' Queensland sub machine gun maker jailed' aap 17/4/19).
Nicholas Petrovski 36 " used his skills to manufacture the weapons which were in working condition". That is he used his intelligence and skill in what the renown German psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm called life-negating ( as opposed to life-affirming ) activity.
What a waste!
What's more, his barrister submitted a report which supported his client " suffered from anxiety and depression among other conditions".
Now that is the very kind of man who should not be in possession let alone manufacture such weapons of mass destruction!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
VOTING FOR CHANGE
Comedian And actor Zelensky has, according to exit polls,won the Ukraine presidential elections by a landslide unseating incumbent Proshenko.
His election platform was " to break the system" meaning to end the endemic corruption, cronyism and clientism that had come to characterise the status quo in Ukrainian politics.( France 24 Live 22/4 ).
His platform appealed to the people and got him a huge 73 percent of the vote.
It shows a democratic election can deliver the change that the people desire.
Now time will tell how far the proclaimed change become a new reality in Ukraine.
That's the critical thing in assessing political change.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
APPROACHING ELECTIONS THAT OTHER WAY.
We learn from The Fiji Times ( 26 April) that " A Ugandan pop singer and lawmaker seeking to challenge veteran president Yoweri Museveni[74] at the next election .. Had been placed under house arrest, as the US government criticised what it called authorities " Harvey-handed" use of force against citizens". The latest news is that he, Bobi Wine, has been put in maximum security prison for a street rally last year ( The Guardian 30/4/19 ).
Bobi Wine was previously arrested and given the third degree by the police leaving him with severe injuries and on crutches.
It seems this intimidation and hounding, arrest and banning of potential challengers has become something of another alternative way of approaching elections for people who have been in power for a long time and are hellbent on staying longer still - by hook and crook, including changing the constitution to make it all look legitimate.
These self-same people surface at the United Nations to make speeches about democratic governance in their country !
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
INTIMIDATION OF TRADE UNION PEOPLE IN FIJI'S " TRUE DEMOCRACY".
What are independent observers to make of Amnesty International's call for Fijian authorities to immediately cease the harassment and intimidation of Fiji Trade Union Congress members? ( ' AI : Stop the intimidation' The Fiji Times 01/05 ).
Isn't it the legitimate right of trade union people to engage in peaceful protest and strike action to protect and advance workers rights in a democracy?
So what is one to make of the harassment and intimidation?
Is it a case of political persecution by the ruling elite?
Trade unionist Attar Singh says the trade union people being rounded up by the Fijian State authorities have not done anything wrong ( FT 2/5 ).
Does the conduct of the Fijian State authorities reflect that of authorities in a " true democracy "?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
ARBITRARY ARREST AND DETENTION OF TRADE UNIONISTS IN FIJI
We learn from The Fiji TImes 3/5 that the International Trade Union Confederation and the Australian Council of Trade Unions have condemned the arbitrary arrest, interrogation and detention of trade union leaders in Fiji by direct letter communication to PM Voreqe Bainimarama.
They have drawn attention to the fact that the actions of the Fijian State authorities are in violation of established trade union and workers rights as estrined in international laws and norms.
Anyone aware of any other international condemnations of this blatant breach of trade union rights by the Fijian authorities?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
MALE DOMINANCE IN LEADERSHIP EXPLAINED
I wish to share the following which I came across in the article ' Why do so many incompetent men become leaders' ( Harvard Business Review reproduced by Wee Mama in Daily Kos 4/5/19 ) :
" That is because we ( people in general ) commonly misinterpret displays of confidence as a sign of competence, we are fooled into believing that men are better leaders than women. In other words, when it comes to leadership, the only advantage that men have over women... is the fact that manifestations of hubris - often masked as charisma or charm - are commonly mistaken for leadership potential, and that these occur much more frequently in men than women".
I have often been wondering about that question. Now I have a rational explanation.
Hope by sharing others will too.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Editor,
A PROGRESSIVE LEADER STANDS OUT.
The 2019 Political Believability Index survey finding that " New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adhern is more believable than any of Australia's major politicians " ( Yahoo ! News 10/5 ) is hardly surprising.
Many Australians will tell you that.
Jacinda Adhern is a progressive leader which most of Australia's major politicians are not.
That's why she stands out.
That's why she is outstanding and recognised as such.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS.
Prominent Fijian lawyer Richard Naidu pointed out in a recent letter to editor in The Fiji Times that there are two varieties of human rights defenders.
Using his conceptual framework I identify Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the former UN Human Rights High Commissioner, as representative of the committed, fearless variety of human rights defenders at the international level.
Ashwin Raj, the Fiji Human Rights Commission director, represents the other variety. The variety that merely goes through the motions of paying lip service to human rights because he does not have the courage to speak truth to power.
But Mr Raj does not fool anyone with his verbal gymnastics on human rights.
Discerning minds see through his superficiality and pseudo commitment to human rights protection in post coup Fiji’s “ true democracy “.
Rajend Naidu

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boci banimarama did not win the election like Scomo did in Australia. His men fooled the juglees of Fiji and rigged the election results and won.

Truth is Kamal Sharma is now the Cj the same man who saved their bacon so they FFP can keep ruling and bullying and intimidating people as not negative comments are allowed by this devils government.
The demons are running Fiji both Bai and Kai are devils men.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
CONDEMNING PEOPLE WHO ARE DIFFERENT
Donald Singh tells us in his letter to The Fiji Times ( May 24,) that he supports Israel Folau. In his social media post Folau proclaimed hell awaits " drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters" .
We recall from history that many people also supported Hitler who not only condemned people who were different and did not fit his mould of the " superior race , but put them to death.
We learn from Ina R. Friedman's book The Other Victims: First Person Stories of Non-Jews Persecuted by the Naziz (1990 ) that :
" In addition to six million Jews, more than five million non-Jews were murdered under the Nazi regime. Among them Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, blacks, the physically and mentally disabled, political opponents of the Nazis, including Communists and Social Democrats, dissenting clergy, resistance fighters, prisoners of war, Slavic peoples and many individuals from the artistic communities whose opinions and works Hitler condemned ".
Donald Singh is entitled to support Folau if he is that way inclined. Others are similarly entitled to withdraw their support for Folau. Many have including his employer the Australian professional rugby organisation and corporate sponsors.
Being a great sports star, which is what Folau is undisputedly, does not mean one is exempt from respecting people who are different for whatever reason. Every person has inherent human worth and dignity.
That's something Donald Singh might need to educate himself about.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Folau has done a wonderful thing in warning other people about their sins as qualifiaction for going to hell, that is according to his faith.
Rajen Naidu defended the American sportsman who showed disrespect to the American people by not standing up for thr National anthem.

Why condemn Folau for his action????

Anonymous said...

We read in Wikipedia under U.S national anthem protests ( 2016 - present ) that San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his teammate Eric Reid say they choose to kneel during the anthem to call attention to the issues of racial inequality and police brutality. " After hours of careful consideration, even a visit from Nate Boyer, a retired Green Beret and former NFL player, we came to the conclusion that we should kneel... during the anthem as a peaceful protest" said Reid. " We chose to kneel because it's a respectful gesture...
...On September 24, 2017 the NFL protests became more widespread when over 200 players sat or knelt in response to President Donald Trump's calling for owners to " fire " the protesting players...
These players are standing up for higher order values in American society .
Intellectually challenged people like Anonymous above are not expected to understand that.
- chiku

Anonymous said...

' We've got to change it': Second NSW Star to boycott national anthem ( Yahoo! Sport 30 May 2019 ).
- Rajend Naidu, Sydney.

Anonymous said...

'Editor,
RIGHT TO PROTEST A WRONG
Anthony Mundine calls for more players not to sing ' racist ' anthem ( news.com.au may 31,2019 ) " Not for the first time Anthony Mundine has labelled the Australian national anthem racist and urged all players to stay silent for it..."
When asked to comment on this on Channel 9 penal discussion a White commentator went ballistic and hysterically condemned Mundine for adding his voice to this players protest saying no good can come out of Mundine joining the campaign.
Why?
Isn't Mundine an Australian citizen of note and an Aboriginal person with the right to protest?
He has every right to protest against what he sees ( and what many other Australians see ) as remnants of the White Australia Policy and the society shaped by it.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
REMEMBERING TIANANMEN MASSACRE
The Chinese State, the perpetrators of the brutal massacre of pro- democracy student protesters, prefers not to remember and has more or less successfully indoctrinated its citizens in China not to remember so that that dark chapter in Chinese history is obliterated from history and the collective memory of the Chinese people.
This is captured well in Kent Ewing's article ' Tiananmen, 30 years on : how a brutal massacre became a ' crackdown', then an ' incident' ( Hong Kong Free Press 3/6/19 ).
And as stated earlier the Chinese State's position is that the ' incident ' is best forgotten. A not insignificant part of the Chinese population has internalised that Chinese State position. See Louisa Lim's opinion piece ' After Tiananmen, China Conquers History Itself ' ( New York Times 2/6/19 ).
We recall from our own experience what this kind of historical amnesia entailed. After the military coup of 1987 the Fijian State began to refer to it euphemistically as " the events of 1987 " and the media in Fiji parroted that official line. Everyone was urged to " move on " from " the events of 1987 ". Everyone was meant to gloss over the fact that a racist-fascist military coup took place in this Pacific island paradise that the Pope had said should be the way the world should be one year earlier!
We remember also the Tiananmen Square massacre for what it really was notwithstanding the Chinese State's attempt to hide the truth.
The truth of the Tiananmen massacre is given an authentic account in the documentary film Tiananmen : The People v The Party.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
REMEMBERING TIANNANMEN MASSACRE
The following articles selected Hong Kong Free Press helps us do that.
# It's the same dictatorship : veteran activist Lee Cheuk-Yan on keeping the flame of the Tiananmen protests alive ( 4/6/19 ).
# The Tiananmen massacre 30 years on : why modern China remains Orwellian ( 4/6 ).
# ' Unimaginable' : 30 years on, families of Tiananmen dead demand truth (,2/6 ).
# ' Pillar of Shame ' artist Jens Galshigt erects Danish highway sign honouring 1989 Tiananmen massacre victim (31/5).
# Artist behind Hong Kong's Tiananmen monument creates new sculpture called ' Freedom of Speech'
There are of course many more write ups remembering and honouring the sacrifice made by the Chinese student protesters for democracy and freedom in China in 1989.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
REMEMBERING TIANANMEN MASSACRE .
At the huge public rally in Hong Kong to mark the 30 year anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre one placate carried the message : Build A Democratic China ( abc drum 4/6/19 ).
Now that's precisely what the Chinese communist state does not want to do. They didn't want that in 1989. Hence the massacre of the pro-democracy student and civilian protesters. And they don't want it now. In fact now it has become more of an Orwellian society with state surveillance, rule by fear, intimidation and silencing of critics and dissidents, and contempt for human rights characterising contemporary China.
It is no surprise then for a veteran activist to say it's the same dictatorship with the same modus operandi as the ruling mob that carried out the massacre in 1989.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
SUDAN SLAUGHTER OF CIVILIANS DEMANDING DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE OVER MILITARY RULE
At this time the world community is celebrating 75 th anniversary of the D-Day or Normandy Landing to mark the beginning of the end of Nazi tyranny. And the civilised human community said ' Never Again ' must humanity have that kind of tyranny again.
But it's been happening again and again albeit not on the Nazi scale.
The latest is the rise of military tyranny in Sudan following a people's power ousting of their long time dictator.
The military have tried to sneak themselves in power and their true colours have now been exposed with the brutal crackdown on civilians demanding a civilian government.
It's a power grab by the Sudan military generals.
Rajend Naidu

Anonymous said...

Editor,
FREEDOM TO REPORT ON STATE ACTION
The ABC chair Ita Buttrose says the Australian Federal Police ( AFP ) raids on the public broadcaster the ABC and journalists were " designed to intimidate" ( abc news 8/6 ). If that is the case then that's the modus operandi of a police state and not that of a model democracy which Australia projects itself to be to the international community.
The raids are a direct assault on democracy.
And is being rightly condemned as such by reputable media and human rights bodies.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
HOW CROOKED IS AUSTRALIA?
That is the question Cathy Gill of Bronte, NSW poses in her letter ' Government largesse ' in The Saturday Paper 8 June. She writes " Fifty billion dollars in untendered contracts dished out in the two months leading up to the election ( Michael West,"Taking care of business" May 25-31). How crooked is Australia?"
The new PM of PNG James Marape has been critical of " corrupt contracts " with Australia in relation to the detention of asylum seekers in PNG ( The Fiji Times 31 May 2019 ) and wants an investigation on it.
When a political leader from PNG can say that, that says one hell of a lot about how crooked Australia might be.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
POLITICAL DONATION
ABC investigation reveals senior Australian Labour Party politician Chris Bowen received six figure sum donation from Chinese group ( abc news 12/6 ).
Shows politicians and political parties - from both sides of politics in Australia - are open to donations and the influence buying that invariable entails.
One letter writer nailed it when he said donation was euphemism for political corruption.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
POLITICAL DONATIONS.
We read in ' Bowen defends $100K donation by Chinese group reportedly linked to Communist Party ' ( SBS News 12/6 ) that the high profile Labour politician said the donation received was declared and within the law. Liberal government minister Angus Taylor says Bowen has " serious questions to answer " in relation to the donation which he has not done.
I would contend the whole political class in Australia has serious questions to answer in relation to political donations and the perverting influence it has on Australia's democracy.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
MERCENARY MEDIA MOB IN FIJI
Re : ' QORVIS has overstayed its welcome: MP Gavoka' ( The Fiji Times 20/6 ). Pardon my ignorance but who welcomed Qorvis into the country in the first place; when and why? What is the benefit of this " communication organisation " ( also described as a mercenary media mob ) to the Fiji public at a cost of $1 million allocated to it in the 2020 national budget?
Why is Fiji still dependent on this foreign " communications organisation " five decades after independence?
Is this a case of neo-colonialism?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
SOME MORE EQUAL
The UN special rapporteur on extra judicial killing has found through her investigation " credible evidence " linking the brutal and gruesome murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khasshoggi to Saudi crown Prince Mohammed Salman and has made recommendation for appropriate sanctions against the Saudi State by the international community with the United States playing a pivotal role ( abc news 20/6 ).
The UN rapporteur's excellent report has exposed the complicity and cover up by the Saudi state authority at the highest level.
But mark my word nothing will change. It will be business as usual with the Saudi State.
US President Donald Trump illustrates this only too well with his continuing lucrative arms sale to the Saudis notwithstanding the objection of the US Congress.
It's hard to believe the murder of one critical journalist will bring about a paradigm change in the way western democracies do business with authoritarian regimes.
It's a crying shame. But that's the reality.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
IF HE WASNT PRESIDENT HE'D BE IN JAIL.
The House Judicial Committee held a hearing recently on the Mueller report and basically said, on live TV, that if Donald Trump wasn't president, he'd be in jail.
Donald Trump interfered with the investigations and tried to influence outcomes, violating federal laws. It's a clear case of obstruction of justice that any other public official would be prosecuted for.
Trump is lucky he is president of that great country which his presidency has disgraced.
When will the Americans be rid of this national disgrace?
Rajend Naidu
Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Editor,
WHAT HUMANITY SHOULD FIND SCARY?
Doomsayer Simon Hazelman peddles his hallucinatory fear of an " end-time world power " coming to dominate human affairs in the hypothetical future based on Christian eschatology ( The Fiji Times 26 June ).
What Simon should find truly "scary " ( his word ), as a large part of humanity is already experiencing, is the increasing tendency towards the arbitrary exercise of state power around the world in the present time with scant regard for human rights, civil rights, democratic freedoms and the rule of law. The law is often used cynically to circumvent these fundamental values of an open society. See Professor Morris Ginsberg's illuminating book On Justice In Society for elucidation.
What's even more scary is that even western democracies are now going down that dangerous path. The recent Australian Federal Police raid on the national broadcaster the ABC and a journalist is a good illustration of that. Regrettably some are still too blind to see that troubling trend. It should make all clear thinking people wonder where humanity is heading? That is a scary thought.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney
( letter originally submitted to The Fiji Times ).

Anonymous said...

A serious omission in the above post is reference to the Fijian state's persecution of trade union leaders which led to the International Labour Organisation rebuke of the Fijian State. This in turn led the Fijian government's dancing monkey Simon Hazelman to claim this was a sign of " end time world power " coming to dominate human affairs.
- chiku

Anonymous said...

Editor,
IS IT RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION?
According to rugby superstar Israel Folau that is what his sacking is tantamount to. His supporters and the Australian Christian lobby agree and have been pouring in big money to back his court action.
Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne " accused Folau of misrepresenting the facts in an interview with Sydney Morning Herald... Israel was not sacked for his religion, he was sacked for a breach of his contract". He said Rugby Australian offered a lucrative opportunity to Folau and asked him only stick to the terms of his contract. But Folau failed to do that ( Yahoo! Sports Australia 29/6/19).
Now it's up to the court to determine which side is correct - religious persecution or contract breach.
We await the court decision.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
STATE OF FIJI ECONOMY : DISTORTED PICTURE PAINTED BY MINISTER?
The 2019-2020 National Budget opinion pieces by NFP leader and economic professor Biman Prasad ( No talk on ' no money ' ), USP senior economics academic Dr Sunil Kumar ( Boom or doom ), and former PM and current SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka ( Disappointing budget ) in The Fiji Times 28 June would lead a thinking person to question whether the Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has been economical with the truth regarding the state of the Fiji economy under the stewardship of the Fiji First Government?
The Fiji Times must be applauded for providing the democratic space for these alternative perspectives on the state of the economy so the public is better informed on this issue that impacts so significantly on their lives.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney
( letter originally submitted to The Fiji Times ).

Anonymous said...

Editor,
TRUMP GOING BALLISTIC OVER TRUTH
It's not hard to see why Trump is going ballistic over what Sir Kim Darroch the British ambassador to the US said. He said Trump was"inept" and his administration was " uniquely dysfunctional ". That of course is the truth.
Trump finds truth told about him and his administration unpalatable. He is like the emperor with the golden garment.
He thrives on flattery and falsehoods.
But the truth of what the British ambassador said cannot be denied.
Evidence of its validity is well documented.
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

Anonymous said...

Editor,
THE WORST AMERICAN PRESIDENT TITLE
We learn from former counsel to President Richard Nixon, John W. Dean's book Worse Than Watergate : The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush ( 2004 ) that Helen Thomas the most senior member of the White House press corps had said "that Bush is the worst president in American history ( and she had firsthand knowledge of many of them) ". Wikipedia informs us " Helen Thomas was an American reporter and author best known for her long membership in the White House press corps. She covered the White House during the administration of ten US presidents - from the start of the Kennedy administration to the second year of the Obama administration ".
So Helen Thomas was clearly well qualified to make an assessment of the worst US president.
But that title now belongs to Donald Trump - hands down!
How such a man got to be the president of that great country remains a mind boggling mystery!
Rajend Naidu
Sydney

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Editor,
TRUMP THE DICTATOR
We read in Mark Sumner's iDaily Kos article Trump appears before teenage audience and declares,' I can do whatever I want ' ( 24/7/19 ). He claims the Constitution provides for him to do that. That of course is a falsehood. We know Trump thrives on falsehoods. He would love to have absolute power to do whatever he wants like any good old dictator.
But that is not possible in America. America is a democracy in which the powers of the president is circumscribed. The president can't do whatever he wants.
President Richard Nixon learned that the hard way ...
Trump's language is the language of a dictator.
He is unfit to be the leader of America and world democracy.
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Sydney

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