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· August, 2008

Stories about Oceania from August, 2008

World: Dolls of the world

  25 August 2008

Australian Blogger Ange, from Hegab-Rehab, wrote about a collection of few dolls gathered from all around the world, some are Muslim dolls and others are just ethnic-based.

Fiji: Draft People's Charter launched

  25 August 2008

Heavy police presence accompanied the launching of Fiji's Draft People's Charter, which among other things will reform the country's electoral system. It is also alleged that villagers were paid to attend the launching.

Fiji leader won't do a Musharraf

  20 August 2008

Going against the advice of the military council, Fiji leader Frank Bainimarama refuses to step down. Raw Fiji news also reported that the leader was disturbed by the resignation of his coup-hero Musharaff in Pakistan.

Fiji: Methodist Church forgives military regime

  18 August 2008

Methodist Church leaders have forgiven the military rulers of Fiji, as reported by Raw Fiji News. The military is asked to initiate a process that will restore democratic elections in Fiji.

Fiji Times reporter arrested

  11 August 2008

A Fiji Times reporter was detained by police for writing about an article which offended a government minsiter. Soli Vakasama from Fiji notes how eight tough policemen apprehended a journalist armed with only a pen.

Bloggers react strongly to ‘Building a Better Fiji’

  11 August 2008

A government-appointed committee in Fiji introduced an 11-point framework to augment the Pacific island nation’s constitution and “rebuild Fiji into a non­racial, culturally vibrant and united, well­-governed, truly democratic nation.”

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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