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Behind the Moon Gate, Benteng’s Udaya Halim

Almost hidden behind a bustling morning wet market in Tangerang is a meticulously restored and preserved museum, the work of Udaya Halim, who grew up right across the street and was determined that this piece of Indonesian history would not be destroyed. Halim, who now divides his time between Tangerang and Perth, Australia, said establishing … Continue reading

Indonesian fugitive now a PNG citizen, Chinese, Japanese fund further Pacific infrastructure

Highlights from the region’s media: Indonesian fugitive is now a PNG citizen (Post Courier) Chinese soft loan signed off to improve Fiji highway (Radio New Zealand International ) China gives PNG $3b loan to build roads (The Australian) Japan to fund new ships for Marshall Islands (Marianas Variety) New U.S. immigration policy results in mixed … Continue reading

The Sunday Profile: Geoffrey Tjakra, Artist

Originally posted on Small Suitcase:
“Geoff, help! My pot is collapsing,” comes the cry from across the garage studio. Ceramics teacher Geoffrey Tjakra comes over and effortlessly pulls the rebellious clay back into an upright position. He is a natural teacher — patient and good humored, willing to show us for the umpteenth time how…

Arms build up on Indonesia/PNG border, Siburan Resources enters PNG, Tourism industries look to Asia

Headlines from the region’s media: Siburan Resources enters PNG with gold and copper quest: joint venture with Malaysia’s RH Resources (Proactive Investors) PNG border official says arms building up on border with Indonesia (The National) Welcome mat out for Asians: Countries that once ignored Asian markets now rushing to attract millions of new travelers. Vanuatu … Continue reading

Guam’s military buildup, Pacific fails to capitalise on Asian growth, Korean interests in Tonga sea minerals

Highlights from the region’s media: Delinking may speed Guam military buildup: Marine transfer not tied to Okinawa (Pacific Daily News) U.S still committed to Guam build up (Marianas Variety) Analysis: Big Pacific islands becalmed in murky political seas- unable to capitalise on Asian markets (The Australian) Korean, Australian companies say they’ve found valuable minerals in … Continue reading

Somare ordered from PNG parliament, Filipinos want Palau embassy to stay, Korean government recognises O’Neill

Regional news headlines: Somare ordered out of parliament (Radio Australia) Commentary: Once again, Australia is silent about (West Papua) violence on its doorstep (The Age) Japan’s new defence minister to tackle Okinawa relocation (to Guam) (Pacific Daily News) Filipinos petition to keep Embassy in Palau open (Island Times) PNG: Ex-customs chief opposes rice project Indonesia … Continue reading

PNG update: Prime Ministerial deadlock continues

PNG update: Prime Ministerial deadlock continues Continue reading

Rupiah may lose zeros, Fiji-Indonesian fish farmers team up, PNG police leave logging camps

Rupiah may lose zeros, Fiji-Indonesian fish farmers team up, PNG police leave logging camps: Highlights from the region’s media Continue reading

Fiji engineers graduate in Malaysia

Fiji’s first two Bachelor of Engineering students have graduated with first class honors after three years of study in Malaysia. Continue reading

Taiwan sues over PNG scandal, Indonesia on alert for Dec 1 anniversary

Taiwan sues over PNG scandal, Indonesia on alert for Dec 1 anniversary. Highlights from the regional media. Continue reading

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