Finding Mac: How Search for a Missing Student united friends, colleagues, and a city

A student from the University of Papua New Guinea is reported missing by friends and family. Its reported on every major media outlet, including Post Courier and EMTV. A week goes by and still the student is not found. Rumors emerge on social media that he has been murdered, though it is dispelled. The studentsContinue reading “Finding Mac: How Search for a Missing Student united friends, colleagues, and a city”

A 150 Year Obsession: Soccer & Christianity in Morobe

The obsession Morobe Province has with soccer goes back to the 1900s. Some 150 years ago, Lutheran Missionaries from Finchafen, Morobe, and Lutheran Missionaries from Madang met at village in Kerowagi, between Jiwaka and Chimbu. They were among a group of missionaries pushing into the frontiers of the Highlands of PNG, evangelizing the people. TheyContinue reading “A 150 Year Obsession: Soccer & Christianity in Morobe”

Happy 45th Independence: My Sons Are Coming

On a visit to Australia in 1963, Kondom addressed an audience at Canberra with these famous words: “….In my village I am a chief among my people but today I stand in front of you like a child and when I try to speak in your language you laugh at my words. But tomorrow myContinue reading “Happy 45th Independence: My Sons Are Coming”

Would legalizing prostitution increase security for PNG women because it is better regulated?

“If we all become atheists tomorrow, you will still have kanderes [relatives] raping their nieces, ol man kukim meri lo name blo sanguma [women will be burnt alive in the name of sorcery]. Christian-nation/non-Christain-nation argument is nonsense. Our problem is twofold: break down in law and order, and kids raised with total disregard for women.Continue reading “Would legalizing prostitution increase security for PNG women because it is better regulated?”

The Gulag Archipelago 1918 – 1956: Arrests (Part 1)

This is the first of a series of reviews I intend to write about my reading of the classic book ‘The Gulag Archipelago (1918-1956)’. The book is an abridged version of three volumes of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s work, translated from Russian to English. During my visit to St Petersburg and Moscow in November of 2018, IContinue reading “The Gulag Archipelago 1918 – 1956: Arrests (Part 1)”

Somare’s Sandals vs Suspected Cocaine Pilot

What is more serious: Michael Somare’s sandals setting off an alarm at the Brisbane International Airport in Australia, or an alleged cocaine pilot crashing into PNG sovereign boarders illegally? Were anyone of you pissed off, when in 2005, Michael Somare was asked to take off his sandals at the Brisbane airport when the sandals setContinue reading “Somare’s Sandals vs Suspected Cocaine Pilot”

72 Hours in Belden Namah’s Life: More than a nuisance?

How did Belden Namah go from volunteering to lead the State of Emergency as a Chairman of the Emergency Committee to arguing it is unconstitutional and invalid in less than 72 hours? But this is Namah-like, and you should not be surprised. But a much bigger question is, even if Namah appears to be aContinue reading “72 Hours in Belden Namah’s Life: More than a nuisance?”

Judiciary: PNG’s last defense against executive carnage, and a legislature on her knees.

There is so much conversation on Facebook on the decision of Deputy Chief Justice Kandakasi to summon Governor Alan Bird to appear before the court and show reason why he should not be held accountable for contempt of court. The governor is said to have expressed dissatisfaction on certain matter/matters before the courts. Justice KandakasiContinue reading “Judiciary: PNG’s last defense against executive carnage, and a legislature on her knees.”

The Tale of 16 Brothers: RH Logging Subsidiaries in PNG

With the PNG Forestry Association saying PNG will loose K1 billion in revenues with increased taxes, I decided to re-read a report published by the Oakland Institute, a California-based policy think tank that conducted detailed report on PNG logging companies in 2016, and 2018. This two reports show that logging companies in PNG engage inContinue reading “The Tale of 16 Brothers: RH Logging Subsidiaries in PNG”

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