2021 New Year Resolution: Incremental Change

I want to personally thank all of you who have subscribed, follow, comment and like Academia Nomad blog posts. This is the time of the year when people make resolutions for the next 365 days. I wanted to share with you a TED Talk video that may help you with your goals for 2021. ThisContinue reading “2021 New Year Resolution: Incremental Change”

Exclusive Club but low quality? Trend in PNG tertiary institutions

PNG’s tertiary institutions are becoming an exclusive club of the few, as the rest are pushed out of the system. However, with a dropping quality, the qualification will not mean much if there’s no investment. It’s the same as placing a limit (quota) on imported goods. Prices of products go up not because of theContinue reading “Exclusive Club but low quality? Trend in PNG tertiary institutions”

Bryan Kramer: 2019 vs 2020

PNG Minister for Police and MP for Madang Open, Bryan Kramer In August 2019, the Guardian Online News paper ran a story about the Police Commissioner of PNG and MP for Madang Bryan Kramer. The title read: “…Meet Bryan Kramer, Papua New Guinea’s anti-corruption tsar…” The subtitle called Kramer a “a rising star in PacificContinue reading “Bryan Kramer: 2019 vs 2020”

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”

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