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John Liebhardt · December, 2008

I am a Librarian at an academic library in the United States.

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Latest posts by John Liebhardt from December, 2008

Fiji and New Zealand engage in ‘Diplomatic Suicide’

Tensions between Fiji and New Zealand boiled over Tuesday when both countries kicked out each other’s chief diplomats. Bloggers and commenters in both New Zealand and Fiji have largely found...

Fiji and New Zealand Bloggers Debate Diplomatic Row

Bloggers from Fiji and New Zealand are discussing an ongoing diplomatic row between their governments that intensified when New Zealand refused to grant visas to three family members of senior...

Activist turned informant creates uproar in New Zealand

New Zealand’s blogosphere is a flutter with the possibility that a left-wing activist has been outed as a police informer. The informer was paid $600 a week (plus expenses) for...

Australia: Reflections from ‘No Clean Feed’ rallies

Australians in seven cities demonstrated on Saturday against the Rudd government’s plan to require Internet Service Providers to block access to websites publishing child pornography and other unsuitable and illegal...

Fiji: Democracies’ double standards

A few members of Fiji’s blogosphere have begun to lash out at what they see as double standards from the international organizations and countries preaching democracy to the Pacific Island...

Australia rallies to “Stop the Clean Feed”

The Australian blogosphere has largely come together to protest a government internet filtering scheme that will require Internet Service Providers to offer a “Clean-Feed” service to all homes, schools and...

New Zealand: ‘Talkfest torpedoed’

A few right-of-center New Zealand bloggers have applauded the new Social Development Minister’s push to cancel a February summit planned by the Families Commission that would bring together 150 leaders...

Fiji's military coup: Two years on

Fiji’s military coup hits its two-year anniversary, and bloggers around the region have spent the past few days gathering thoughts and opinions on the country’s past, present and future.

Fiji: How to change the government from within?

As the two-year anniversary of Fiji's military takeover approaches, another international governing body has called the Pacific island nation to hold elections in 2009 as once promised. A discussion has...

Fiji bloggers denounce military expenditures

Fiji bloggers have sharply criticized the country’s military government for allowing the armed forces to overspend its allocated funds in the past fiscal year by more than 50 percent.

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