Stories about Oceania from January, 2014
Australian Journalist Peter Greste Caught in Egypt's Media Crackdown
Writing in Working Life, Andrew Casey highlights the risks to media freedom in Egypt as international journalists and other media workers face terrorism charges. Among them is Australian Peter Greste, an Al Jazeera journalist.
East Timor: ‘Australia Spied on Us for Oil Secrets’
East Timor is battling Australia in The Hague over Australia's alleged spying and violation of East Timor's sovereignty in a dispute over an oil and gas treaty between the two.
Rule of Law Overturned in Nauru
The government of the tiny pacific island nation of Nauru has caused a legal and political storm by getting rid of its senior judiciary.
Young Romanian Builds First Car Entirely Made of LEGO Blocks
20-year-old Raul Oaida from Romania has built what many dreamed of as children – the world’s first life-size LEGO car. The car, including the engine which actually runs, was built using 500,000 LEGO pieces. The vehicle can only achieve a speed of some 20 to 30 kilometers per hour, but...
Pacific Climate Warriors: “We Are Not Drowning, We Are Fighting”
A new campaign seeks to change the image of Pacific Islanders as passive victims to warriors of peace against climate change.
A Papuan Woman's Love Letter to an Indonesian Soldier
EngageMedia has uploaded a video about a Papuan woman's love letter to an Indonesian soldier who was once stationed in the border patrol unit in a village near Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The video also highlighted the sexual assaults allegedly committed by some Indonesian soldiers in the border. The...
PHOTOS: Cyclone Ian Devastates Tonga
Online news site NZ Kaniva Pacific presents graphic images of the devastation caused by cyclone Ian in Tonga on 11 January 2014: In pictures: Cyclone Ian aftermath. Oxfam New Zealand has details and links for those wishing to make donations.
3D Dragon Breathes Life into 7-year-old Girl’s Vision in Australia
Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has used its tech skills to produce a 3D titanium dragon for a seven-year-old girl.
Australia: ‘What Happens When A Politician Pisses Off The Internet’
Controversial Australian senator Cory Bernardi's latest book ‘The Conservative Revolution’ has enraged many netizens, especially his views on abortion, single mothers, IVF and same sex marriage. BuzzFeed Australia staffer Jenna Guillaume complied reactions in Oz in This Is What Happens When A Politician Pisses Off The Internet.