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Pacific island links: Fiji elections, Niue, Solomons budget, Fiji-Tonga, Pacific services and more

A weekly round up of news, commentary and analysis from and about the Pacific island region: In Fiji, the People's Democratic Party is the first to release its manifesto ahead of the September elections. It includes a commitment to review...Show More Summary

Pacific islands: Market access alone won’t boost economies

Solomon Islands last week became the first country to receive approval to export timber to Australia under new guidelines on the legality of logging products. The move secures the $4 million market in Solomon Islands sawn timber exports...Show More Summary

Pacific island links: PNG oil, Solomons, EU Fiji demands, Pacific labour and more

Our weekly round-up of news, commentary & analysis from and about the Pacific island region. Martyn Namarong riffs on his contribution to last week's PNG New Voices to think further about the 'People's Economy'. In Solomon Islands, a...Show More Summary

Solomon Islands: Was RAMSI worth it?

Tobias Haque and Doug Porter have worked on Solomon Islands for the past several years. The views expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily those of their employers. Jenny Hayward-Jones' recent paper (Australia's Costly...Show More Summary

Miss of the season! Solomon Islands U19 player misses wide open goal v Vanuatu [GIF]

All we know about this clip is that it comes from an U19 match between the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Having rounded the Vanuatu keeper, the young Solomon Islands forward somehow managed to place his shot wide. The kid can’t be taller than five foot and will surely be glad we didn’t manage to find [...]

Today the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders would like to...

Today the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders would like to welcome some very special froglets who just hatched at Seattle’s wonderful Woodland Park Zoo. These are Solomon Island leaf frogs (Ceratobatrachus guentheri), commonly known as triangle frogs. Show More Summary

The high price of RAMSI: Australia's lessons from the Solomon Islands

The Abbott Government will next week bring down its first aid budget, a budget which itself will contain two interesting firsts: it is the first since the integration of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) with AusAID,...Show More Summary

Floods Are A Test For The Solomons

Devastating floods that hit the Solomons Islands capital last month are a test for the country's government. Will the reforms made under RAMSI hold, asks Kylie Evans

Pacific island links: Freedom of speech, illegal logging, elections, sorcery killings and more

The Director of the PNG National Research Institute Thomas Webster speaks out for freedom of speech in PNG. Sarah Logan looks at how increased mobile phone use will impact electoral integrity in the Solomon Islands and Fijian elections. Why...Show More Summary

Solomon Islands flooding and Australian aid

On 5 April, the Solomon Islands was hit by extreme flooding, killing 23 people and leaving an estimated 50,000–60,000 people homeless. Lowy Institute Melanesia experts Jenny Hayward Jones and Tess Newton-Cain got together earlier this...Show More Summary

Pacific island links: Fiji electoral law, Solomons floods, Bougainville, PNG business and more

Welcome to the first Pacific Island links. Each Thursday, we will share with you the most interesting or thought provoking things the Lowy Institute's Pacific islands specialists have read from and about the region. In an election year...Show More Summary

The Solomon Islands Giants

The Solomon Islands are in the South Pacific Northeast of Australia, east of Indonesia. The giants here are not only spoken of, but spoken of in the present tense - as beings who still coexist. I'm interested in the giants of this region for several reasons. Show More Summary

Solomon Islands Earthquake 2014: 7.5 Quake Follows Earlier 7.6, Tsunami Warning Reissued

Solomon Islands was slammed with yet another earthquake off the coast Sunday, rocking the archipelago of fewer than 600,000 people just hours after an earlier major quake — and dealing another blow to the tiny island country still reeling from massive flooding from a cyclone earlier in April. The second earthquake, which hit late Sunday

Tsunami Warning Issued After Solomon Islands Quake

An earthquake on the Pacific sea floor may cause a tsunami to strike nearby islands, authorities warned

Solomon Islands Earthquake 2014: Massive 7.6 Quake, Tsunami Watch Begins

A massive earthquake hit the Solomon Islands early Sunday morning, the second 2014 quake to top the 7.0 mark on the Richter scale in that region. Just one day ago, a 7.1 earthquake struck off Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea, not far from the western Solomon Islands in the remote region of the South

Magnitude 7.6 earthquake rocks Pacific Ocean near Solomon Islands

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning with enough force to generate a tsunami warning for the immediate surrounding area, according to U.S. government agencies.

Disease threatens flood-hit Solomon Islands

First signs of disease outbreak reported, days after flash floods killed at least 21 in the capital Honiara.

Devastation in Solomon Islands Illustrates the Rise of Climate Disasters

I am the first to say that science is fallible. We once believed the earth was flat and a ring of fire encircled the world. We are imperfect in our conclusions all the time. We are not wrong about climate change. Granted, the roll out and messaging on climate change left much to be desired. Show More Summary

PHOTOS: Flash Floods Devastate Solomon Islands

At least 49,000 people are believed to be homeless after flash floods ripped through the Solomon Islands. The post PHOTOS: Flash Floods Devastate Solomon Islands appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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