Monday, November 26, 2018, 11:23 pm
People of the Pacific states got money out of this month’s summit of the APEC organisation – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation – but might have felt walked-over in the scrum for power. Lee Duffield reports the Pacific is a new discovery of the 21-member inter-governmental free trade forum.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 11:24 pm
It came to France, scene of the epic battles of the Great War (1914-18), to host the celebration of its centenary on 11 November. Lee Duffield says it also fell to the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to post a reminder about the ideal of civilisation which the savagery of that war had jeopardised. VICTORY, PEACE, […]
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 11:15 am
Voters in this weekend’s independence referendum in New Caledonia are choosing between two radically different ideas of the future, despite decades of negotiation intended to create one common ground. Lee Duffield reports that among strong indications of a resounding “no” vote the territory is approaching the poll with fears of a violent aftermath…
Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:41 pm
When the host county Nauru banned the pool broadcaster, ABC, from the Pacific Islands summit set for September, it was condemned widely for an attack on freedom of the media.
Lee Duffield paid a visit this week to Dan McGarry, head of the Vanuatu Daily Post, who took a lead, declaring his outlet would no longer go.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 8:58 pm
The Vanuatu foreign Minister, Ralph Regenvanu, has welcomed the intensified Chinese investment and aid efforts in his country, while conceding it does come with some extra diplomatic pressure.
Friday, July 20, 2018, 3:27 pm
In France’s most far-flung territory, New Caledonia, the Bastille Day celebrations this year were as normal, though technically at least, those might have been the last as the national day.
Lee Duffield who is in New Caledonia watching the lead-up to the referendum on independence set for 4 November, says a “yes” vote would overturn decades of deal-making and compromise.
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Monday, July 16, 2018, 6:22 pm
Weakening of accord between Europe and the United States comes at a moment when Australian-EU relations are intensifying – raising thoughts about some future test of loyalty among friends.
British secession from the European Union that is set to become formal on 19.3.19 should complicate things even more.