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Thursday, 13 December

20:49

China gets the message. Keep the coal fires burning "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

if for power youre yearning. With apologies to Vera Lynn. If you really want the home fires.

A recent report from the activist group CoalSwarm included satellite imagery that shows many coal-fired power projects that were halted by the Chinese government have quietly been restarted. In total, 46.7 gigawatts (GW) of new and restarted coal-fired power construction are either generating power or will soon be operational. If all the plants reach completion, they alone would increase Chinas coal-fired power capacity by 4%.

Abroad, it is the same story. By the end of 2016, as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, China is involved in 240 coal-fired power projects in 25 BRI countries with a total installed capacity of 251 GW,27 making it the most important global player in the development of coal-fired power projects.

Over the past year, demand for energy is up substantially, as high as 15% in the case of natural gas. Given the overwhelming need to boost economic growth, climate change issues are largely absent from official action: Chinese authorities are focused on securing these energy supplies.

Many of Chinas initiatives, including much of its Belt and Road (BRI) development initiative are focused on serving the countrys need for energy, through the building of pipelines, power facilities and ports in more than 70 countries. In particular it focuses on:
securing natural gas and oil supplies:
imports through pipelines from Myanmar and Turkmenistan
planned imports via the nearly completed Russian Power of Siberia10 project
and a proposed Power of Siberia 2 pipeline
from the Middle East, via pipelines through Gwadar, Pakistan to Kashgar, China
securing LNG supplies from as far away as Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Qatar, the United States and Canada, as well as from Russias Yamal project13 along a Polar Silk Road.
securing oil supplies from Oman, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Angola, Iraq, UAE, Kuwait, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Congo, South Sudan, Brazil, Venezuela, and Canada.

12:26

On the passing of internet time "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some years ago, New Zealand poet and scholar Michele Leggott was able to date a series of poems by Robin Hyde after noticing that one of the pages of the manuscript bore faint traces of another piece of writing. It was a fragment of a short story that Leggott knew well, and whose date of composition had already been established. What must have happened she realised is that Hyde used

10:22

Game Over. Canadian Mining Companys Papua New Guinea Deep Sea Mining Experiment Fails Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

MiningWatch Canada  | December 11, 2018

Nautilus Minerals aspirations to be the worlds first deep sea mining company sink to the bottom of the ocean on news that the project support vessel critical to the development of the companys deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea has been purchased for repurposing by Indian company MDL Energy.

Dr. Helen Rosenbaum of the Deep Sea Mining Campaign said: Nautilus Production Support Vessel was the centrepiece of their model of operation. Without the support vessel its difficult to see Nautilus ever developing its Solwara 1 project. Given Nautilus dire financial circumstances it is fair to say the game is over. There seems little chance of them re-paying their bridging loans when these become due in less than a month. The Solwara 1 experiment can be deemed a failure, and the people of the Bismarck Sea of Papua New Guinea have hopefully been spared an environmental disaster.[1]

Dr. Catherine Coumans of MiningWatch Canada stated, If Nautilus sinks, the amazing hydrothermal vents targeted for mining with their unique and diverse life forms will be given a reprieve, as will the marine...

09:40

Petition to Stop the K 5 Billion Ramu Nickel Extension Project and Shut Down of Basamuk Refinery Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

On Saturday, 01 December 2018, we the landowners and the mine-impacted communities of Basamuk held a public forum at Ganglau Village.  I did education and awareness on:

  • The 2019 Budget, the Medium Term Development Plan III (2018 2022) and where Rai Coast is positioned in these plans;
  • The recently held APEC Meetings and some of the decisions that came out of that which will affect the people; and
  • The APEC gift K5 Billion Deal MOU signed on 16 November 2018 between PNGs Mining Minister Hon. Johnson Tuke and the Chinese Government for Ramu Nickel Extension Project.

Following the...

06:00

English language declines as education system fails Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

ClassroomJIMMY AWAGL

KUNDIAWA - Papua New Guinea is a country of a thousand tribes and languages. It has countless stories, myths, legends and ballads telling of the value of life from the past to the present.

But a poor literacy rate is having a drastic effect on the present and threatens to be even worse in the future.

During the days of our forefathers there was no culture of reading. However there was a culture of narrating and listening, and the great orators and wise leaders although unable to read and write - passed on the wisdom orally from one generation to the next.

In an illiterate society, their accounts were valuable but could never be verified by the written word, which is now the norm in PNG.

Since the inception of schools and their rapid expansion in the 1960s, students have been inculcated in the literacy arts which brought about a forced immersion into English and into Western culture and civilisation.

Amazingly, most of them were taught in English from their first day in school.

The students at that time embraced English meaningfully in their hearts as a precious commodity and a valuable means of personal transformation and realisation of ambition.

Their illiterate parents and relatives understood this almost from the beginning of colonial contact and enthusiastically pushed the cause of education and the literacy that accompanied it.

It was a journey of discovery for everyone.

Most of the teachers were expatriates and command of English was of a high standard. The colonial administration ensured there were sufficient books and magazines for everyone to read.

The emphasis on English as the formal language of education supplemented the lingua franca and traditional vernacular languages and brought Papua New Guinea into the modern world with a globally useful language.

The teaching methods introduced from outside ensured that students read, wrote and spoke competently in this new tongue which transcended tribal and national boundaries.

And so English played a pivotal role in breaking down the norms and barriers between illiteracy and literacy. Students who were educated between the late 1950s and the 1980s are as fluent in English as any native speaker.

But all that is disappearing. Those students are now ageing and retired or retiring from work. The students who...

05:00

Tok Pisin breaks through as ANU offers it as a subject Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

DictionaryPAUL OATES

GOLD COAST - Finally, could it be that there is some light at the end of a very long tunnel.

I have previously written to Federal and State governments about the desirability for Papua New Guineas main lingua franca, Pidgin English (or Tok Pisin), to be listed as an optional subject taught in our schools along with Indonesian, Mandarin and Japanese.

After consistently being rejected at all levels of government from the Gillard school curriculum review to state government education department level, there suddenly seems to have been a breakthrough in common sense.

On page 28 of yesterdays The Australian newspaper in the higher education section, there appeared Sean Powells article Want to speak Tok Pisin? ANU offers more regional languages.

Apparently Tok Pisin is now to be ranked along with Burmese and Mongolian and offered by the ANUs Open Universities Australia as one of 14 languages in both short and degree length courses.

The courses will have a blend of online and face-to-face teaching.

The Dean of the ANUs College of Asia and the Pacific, Professor Michael Wesley, says competency in regional languages will play a decisive role in shaping our future world.

As Raymond Sigimet said in PNG Attitude this morning, "For the average Papua New Guinean, if a foreigner can communicate using Tok Pisin, the foreigner is already considered a friend."

The Director of the ANUs school of history, culture and language, Professor Simon Haberle, considers mono-lingual Australians are at a disadvantage.

Journalist Sean Powell didn't quite get the research right, however, referring to Tok Pisin as PNG's native language.

Its not a native or vernacular language, of course, being a lingua franca, and one of PNGs four official languages sitting alongside English, Hiri Motu and Braille.

The devil will be in the detail. Who will develop the Tok Pisin curriculum for the ANU and who will be present the subject and assignments?

Bihain bai yumi lukim laga? Well find out soon enough, I guess.

04:00

Bougainville gets caught in China's Pacific power game Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Mt Bagana in BougainvilleFUMI MATSUMOTO | Nikkei Asian Review | Extracts

Link here to the complete article

SYDNEY -- A small island has found itself caught in the escalating battle for influence in the South Pacific.

On both economic and diplomatic fronts, Papua New Guinea's autonomous region of Bougainville has become a key piece in the game between Beijing, on one side, and the US and its allies on the other.

With Bougainville holding one of the world's largest untapped deposits of copper, Chinese and Western companies are weighing the prospects for reopening its Panguna copper mine -- closed since a vicious civil war broke out in 1989.

The island is also set to hold an independence referendum on 15 June, potentially creating a new country that could vote in international forums such as the United Nations.

John Momis, president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, told Nikkei Asian Review that Chinese businesspeople raised the matter of investing in the mine on a visit to PNG ahead of last month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in the capital, Port Moresby.

Momis said he told them that, "Panguna is not an easy issue, and as far as ABG's concerned we have decided to put it on the back burner until the referendum."

The peace agreement signed by the PNG government and island leaders in 2001 created the ABG and set the stage for the referendum.

Chinese involvement with the mine would give Beijing a direct role in the economic future of a newly independent nation as it seeks to secure resources and expand its strategic network. It would also boost China's sway in its power game against the US and regional rivals such as Australia.

But given its potential resources, the government in Port Moresby would be loath to lose the island, especially the Panguna mine. And while the referendum is not binding, blocking a secession backed by most of the local population might be a recipe for renewed unrest in the volatile country.

Diplomatic sources said 99% of residents will support independence; Ted Wolfers, a professor at Australia's University of Wollongong, said the con...

02:26

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

121218CEASE MOCK REFERENDUM ELECTIONS
New Dawn FM News

The Bougainville Referendum Commission wants the ABG members who are currently thinking of holding their mock referendum votes similar to the one held in the Selau Constituency two months ago not to go ahead with theirs.

In a letter written to the ABG Parliamentary Speaker, SIMON PENTANU
The Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman, BERTIE AHERN said holding such mock referendum votes can confuse the people of Bougainville.

He said that the Commission has been made aware that on 29 October 2018 a mock referendum was held in Selau constituency.

And the organisers, following consultations with one of BRC Commissioners, chose to conduct this activity despite the Commissioner advising against it.

We understand that whilst no campaigning took place, the ballot carried questions that were different from the questions agreed upon by the Joint Supervisory Body.

He said that the Commission was also approached on 22 November by representatives of the Tonsu constituency to support their own mock referendum and, after the call in the House for all
constituencies to follow suit, we are anticipating further proposals for mock referenda.

Whilst we applaud the initiatives of your respective Members and acknowledge their role in ensuring that constituencies are ready for the forthcoming referendum, all Commissioners
expressed grave concerns about the mock referenda and agreed to urgently seek your assistance in halting them.

We would be grateful if you would share with Members the serious threats to the conduct of the referendum by such activities, which include:

Voter confusion through inconsistent messaging and processes, for example, the use of incorrect ballot questions.
Additionally, before the ballot paper will be released to the
public it needs to be carefully tested in a controlled environment to ensure any potential for voter confusion is mitigated.

Ends

02:15

Hidden challenges for conservation and development along the Trans-Papuan economic corridor West Papua Action Network

An analysis of some of the ecological effects of the Indonesian

governments road-building programme in Papua, by researches from James
Cook University, Cairns, Australia.

Abstract:

The island of New Guinea harbours one of the worlds largest tracts of
intact tropical forest, with 41% of its land
area in Indonesian Papua (Papua and Papua Barat Provinces). Within
Papua, the advent of a 4000-km devel-
opment corridor reflects a national agenda promoting primary-resource
extraction and economic integration.
Papua, a resource frontier containing vast forest and mineral resources,
increasingly exhibits new conservation
and development dynamics suggestive of the earlier frontier development
phases of other Indonesian regions.
Local environmental and social considerations have been discounted in
the headlong rush to establish the
corridor and secure access to natural resources. Peatland and forest
the epicentres of economic development. Deforestation frontiers are
emerging along parts of the expanding
development corridor, including within the Lorentz World Heritage Site.
Customary land rights for Papuas
indigenous people remain an afterthought to resource development,
fomenting conditions contrary to con-
servation and sustainable development. A centralised development agenda
within Indonesia underlies virtually
all of these changes. We recommend specific actions to address the
environmental, economic, and socio-political
challenges of frontier development along the Papuan corridor.

Full article:
https://www.global-roadmap.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Sloan-et-al.-2018-Papua-development.pdf?x45424

Promotional Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRp2hqW2_gE&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, 12 December

17:31

Video: West Papuans arrested for calling for an end to human rights abuses and raising the morning star flag "IndyWatch Feed National"

As West Papuans celebrated Human Rights Day on 10 December and took part in ceremonies, where the independence Morning Star flag was raised, theIndonesian occupation forces came in and arrested dozens. So far, about 130 areknown about. A together about 500 people have been arrested over the past week,as the occupation authorities tried to clamp down on the growing frequency of protests.

The morning Star Flag

Human rights day was used to speak out against human rights abuses, and to hand over a petition, urging the Indonesians top accept fact finding missions by the United Nations and the Pacific Islands Forum.

Signing the West Papua petition

The Australian government has been giving support to the occupation and training its forces, which which carried out systematic murder has carried out systematic murder, torture and detentions. It is time for this  to stop this assistance and support the West Papuans to decide their own future.

Video by Free West Papua TV

Video by  thejuicemedia

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