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Pacific Island links: MSG Leaders’ Summit, Papua, Nauru, Melanesia New Voices and more

At the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders' Summit last Friday the United Liberation Movement for West Papua was granted observer status, while Indonesia was upgraded from observer to associate member. Even though it is not the full membership...Show More Summary

Papuans face ignorance, corruption and racism from Jakarta

This is the final part of former Fairfax Media Indonesia correspondent Michael Bachelard's series on Papua. Here is the introduction, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 and part 6. After new Indonesian president Joko Widodo appointed...Show More Summary

For Australians, is PNG a partner or an obligation?

Papua New Guinea will commemorate 40 years of independence from Australia this year. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is using the anniversary to promote the changing nature of Australia's relationship with PNG. In a speech earlier this...Show More Summary

Australia-PNG diplomatic spat needs swift resolution

Papua New Guinea has reacted to Australia's recent decision to establish a diplomatic post in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville by banning Australian travel to the province. This spat is proving to be an irritant not only for the...Show More Summary

This week in Jakarta: Aid cuts, Papua and remembering '98

Indonesia was bumped from its position as the biggest recipient of Australian aid this week, and President Jokowi paid a visit to the country taking its place: Papua New Guinea. Before heading across the border, President Jokowi further opened media freedoms in Indonesia's Papua provinces (though several restrictions were left in place). Show More Summary

Pacific Island links: Jokowi in PNG, aid cuts, Bougainville elections, economic recovery in Vanuatu, PACER plus and more

When welcoming the Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Papua New Guinea, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill expressed his desire to work with the Indonesian Government and other Melanesian countries to help their 'Melanesian brothers and sisters...Show More Summary

Climbing perch may make it to mainland Australia

An aggressive foreign fish that can move across dry land and choke birds and other fish is threatening to make its way onto Australian soil from Papua New Guinea. Researchers and rangers are monitoring the climbing perch, which has already...Show More Summary

Netherlands romp to five-wicket win

Ahsan Malik starred for Netherlands with figures of 4 for 37 against Papua New Guinea as Netherlands completed an easy five-wicket in Rotterdam

How Cannibalism Could Lead to New Treatments For Deadly Diseases

Papua New Guinea’s Fore people ate human brains for centuries. Could they now hold the secret to curing conditions like Parkinson’s and Mad Cow?

Vala ton scripts historic win for Papua New Guinea

2 weeks agoSports / Cricket : The Cordon

An unbeaten 124 from Assad Vala powered Papua New Guinea to victory in their maiden first-class game, beating Netherlands by five wickets in the Intercontinental Cup fixture

Netherlands strike after setting PNG 305

2 weeks agoSports / Cricket : The Cordon

Timm van der Gugten's 6 for 29 and 57 with the bat put Netherlands in a commanding position on the second day of their Intercontinental Cup match against Papua New Guinea

PNG struggle after keeping Netherlands to 209

2 weeks agoSports / Cricket : The Cordon

Fast bowler Timm van der Gugten's 4 for 18 helped Netherlands gain the upper hand over Papua New Guinea on the first day of their Intercontinental Cup game in Amstelveen

Climate Change This Week: The Melting Ice Connection, Sharing Solar, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. "Yoda" Bat Is Threatened from climate change and climate changing activities like deforestation. Discovered on New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea in 2009, it remainsShow More Summary

Southeast Asian walking fish lives up to its name

If you ever wanted to see a fish walking, here's your chance. The climbing perch, which scientists warn could be wiggling its way to Australia from Papua New Guinea, has a unique ambulatory style. It uses sharp, spindly gills to pull...Show More Summary

Can Cannibalism Fight Brain Disease? Only Sort Of.

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Can cannibalism fight a rare brain disease? That’s what multiple headlines have suggested this week, but don’t pick up your fork just yet. A study published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature found that people of Papua New Guinea’s...Show More Summary

High Hopes for High Seas!

When I took on the role of Pacific Ocean Commissioner in December last year, I was humbled and somewhat daunted at the prospect -- being a highlander from Papua New Guinea growing up far from the sea. However, the ocean is central to everything we do. Show More Summary

The Cure for Dementia: Eating Brains?

3 weeks agoNews : The Daily Beast

A tribe in Papua New Guinea cured a rare form of dementia called kuru through cannibalism. How the discovery could serve as a catalyst for scientists.

Papuan Tribe That Ate Brains Developed Resistance to Some Brain Diseases

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The story of kuru, as classically told in biology textbooks, is a tragic one. The Fore population in Papua New Guinea ate the brains of their tribe members as an act of mourning, a ritual that allowed a misshapen protein to spread through the population. This caused the disease kuru, which killed as much as 10 percent of the population in the mid-twentieth century. Read more...

Human Cannibals’ Brain-Eating Ways Led to Disease Resistance

As of the early 20th century, the cannibalistic Fore people of Papua New Guinea still ate the bodies, including the brains, of friends and family members after they’d died. Scientists think that at some point, one of these people died...Show More Summary

Eating Human Brains Saved Tribe From Developing Dementia

Brains … it’s what’s for dinner. Or at least it used to be at funerals in Papua New Guinea where members of the remote Fore tribe consumed the brains of the deceased. While this grisly cannibalistic practice has largely disappeared (although not completely), the study of it...

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