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Stories about Oceania

Global Voices’ top stories on the climate crisis, as the planet observes World Environment Day

On World Environment Day, a look at the Global Voices stories on climate change that have most captured our attention so far this year.

How long can Australia protect its diverse rainforests and unique wildlife?

Despite numerous public campaigns and government programs, native forests in Australia, from the hot far north tropics to the cooler temperate south, face a variety of threats.

Travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand brings cheers and tears, but some fears

"Just met a seven-year-old who is going to see her Mum for the first time in 15 months. I’m not really handling this well!!"

Samoa’s surprise election stand-off, and the politician who will be a king – or queen – maker

"The election results have already guaranteed a robust opposition party, an essential element of democracy that has been missing for a decade."

Facebook draws furious response for blocking news stories in Australia

"You know Facebook... Our little thumb has the ultimate power... It’s pretty easy to just #DeleteFacebook."

Chinese-Australian journalist Cheng Lei formally arrested for alleged spying in China

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has dismissed claims by China that Australia is trying to interfere in their judicial system.

Australia-China relations hit rock bottom after provocative tweet by senior Communist Party official

"A Chinese diplomat's tweet re inquiry into war crimes is breathtakingly, gobsmackingly hypocritical. We are waiting for independent investigations into widespread systematic abuses by China in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong."

Exemplary governance: Which countries should high-COVID nations follow?

"What seems clear is that global exemplars do not have to look the same in terms of political structures, incomes, or economic ideology."

Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert freed from Iranian jail in prisoner swap

"It’s far past time for democratic allies — indeed all responsible governments — to work together to end state sponsored hostage taking once and for all, beginning with #Iran"

Report into Australian special forces war crimes in Afghanistan ‘gut-wrenching’

"Heinous violence such as war crime cannot be concealed forever, no matter how much efforts are made to do it, as the Australian case shows."

Solomon Islands bans Facebook for ‘harmful content’

"Do not go into public life and make laws and decisions for your own good or for your own protection as is seen with the banning of Facebook."

Australian sexual assault victims blast Tinder dating app's safety practices

"Yet again, women are not believed, and are diminished and devalued. Horrific stories of sexual assault and harassment."

‘Life and Limb’: Foresters on the front line of climate change in Vanuatu

"This documentary is about Vanuatu's forests, but it highlights the value of forests to people's lives the world over."

Australian government on collision course with Facebook and Google over news revenue

"The code is justified by a News Corp lie, that Google steals news content and makes billions of dollars from it."

Julian Assange supporters rally to defeat extradition to United States

"The extradition to the US of a publisher and journalist, for engaging in journalistic activities while in Europe, would set a very dangerous precedent."

Detention of Chinese-Australian TV presenter Cheng Lei by China called out as ‘hostage diplomacy’

"Canberra should be doing all it can to ensure she [Cheng Lei] is released from “residential surveillance” as soon as possible"

Livestream of Australia’s penguin parade brings smiles around the world

"Happiness is the daily #PenguinParade @PhillipIslandNP! How can these little penguins not make you smile?"

Report roundly criticizes ‘whitewashed’ face of Australian TV news and current affairs

"...the lack of diversity is also reflected in the stories programs make, the issues they examine and the way they examine them."

A masked Spiderman and friends bring joy to Melbourne’s locked-down suburb

"Thank you to the fella jogging St Kilda neighbourhoods in full SpiderMan suit. You have brightened my young bloke’s day beyond measure on three occasions now."

Another Australian university criticized for censoring voices supporting Hong Kong's human rights

An Australian university was criticized for deleting an article published on its website that urges the international community to put pressure on China for infringements on human rights in Hong Kong.

About our Oceania coverage

Mong Palatino is the South East Asia editor (his region overlaps with this one). Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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