Friday, March 6, 2009

FIJI A FAILED STATE: WHERE TO FROM HERE?

What would the late High Chief, ' Na Turaga Tui Nayau', Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, known as Father of Fiji's Nation & former Prime Minister/ President of Fiji, who led Fiji out of Independence from Great Britain in 1970 would say of his beloved Fiji now.

For those that witness his leadership style, Fiji enjoyed a 'Honeymoon Period' of two decades. This is the Fiji everyone knew hence Air Pacific's slogan in its heydays: 'Fiji the Way the World should be'.

Fiji people were friendly & no one felt threatened at least for that period. Roads were good & there were not much potholes as there are today. A close contact had said of the roads in Fiji, there are more potholes now, than the road itself.

Villages on coastal lines were well kept & tidy as an attraction to the now frail Tourism Industry. There was a much vibrant upcoming Diversity & Racial tolerance felt at all levels. Now everyone looks at each other very suspiciously, be it your family member or another person from a segment of the diverse Fiji society. Because of this, fear has filtrated right to ones neighbor, be it a Fijian, Rotuman, Banaban, Chinese, Fiji Indian, Fiji European, other Pacific Islander from Fiji etc. The question on most people's lips are, can I really trust this person? Does this person act as an agent for the current regime. A wave of 'fear & uncertainty on a larger scale have swept through Fiji people whether you are living in Fiji or offshore', a feeling that never existed before.
Prior to this, the friendly army personnel, some who are family man & some still single are known to remain in the barracks where they learnt the art of protecting Fiji & its people. Not anymore. What the current regime has done first & foremost, they have caused a division within the fabrics of Indigeneous Fijian families. First up it looks like they are out to descontruct the Native Fijian way of life & its fabrics of existence be it the Chiefly system or the people themselves. The peripheral who are other segments of society in Fiji that really does not agree with this regime are included. For most Christians that knows their Holy Bible or Word of God can reflect & say that evil intentions has entered & caused division amongst its people in Fiji.

Fiji under V.Bainimarama & the Interim Regime is echoing signs of Marxism style coming through in their hold on power. There is a definite shift from valuing the Traditional Fijian Chiefly system of leadership at the non politico level & its influence in the Senate. Fiji now under this IG with Bainimarama as its head puppet is dancing to the tune of Fiji's Capitalist or the rich Fiji -Indian & other inner rich Fiji business circle in & offshore. These group appears determined to do away with the very essence of Indigenous Traditional Fijian existence which is a hallmark of a true First people of Fiji or Indigenous.

Definite signs of divisions at all levels @ the Core of First people or Indigenous Fijians penetrating their homes, families,villages, province, urban & rural, tension mounts which has been created by this regime. Native Fijian soldiers are forced to haul into the army barracks their own Native Fijian families, friends, colleague & people and interrogate them and/or inflict pain & suffering. Just look to the Rabaka case for evidence.

There is a feeling of superiority complex emnating from Bainimarama himself & which has had a trickled down effect. This is damaging & is tearing at the hearts of those who truly love Fiji & its people. The Indigenous Fijians has reported/recorded more beatings & deaths more than any other within other societies in Fiji. An example is the late Sakiusa Rabaka who was bashed to death by his fellow Indigenous Fijian soldiers, case currently being heard in Court. The stories are endless & painful to divulge, but on hindsight, these stories need to be told over & over again.

According to writer N. Chomsky who cites in his book titled, 'Failed States': says,

....."a failed state & therefore a danger to its own people & the world".

"Failed states," are those "that do not protect their citizens from violence and perhaps even destruction, that regard themselves as beyond the reach of domestic or international law, and that suffer from a 'democratic deficit,' having democratic forms but with limited substance."

Voreqe Bainimarama & his IG Regime have just revealed that they care less if booted off the Comonwealth, a sure sign of utter arrogance maybe. These reactions just reaffirms the notion that Bainimarama & his inner circle can be viewed as having been ‘Seduced by Honey of Power’, to use bluntly what Mr Fidel Castro recently said on BBC News when referring to two high ranking politicians.

Fiji saga as progressively being critically analysed & examined by experts & academic thinkers alike which is revealing many cracks in current regimes's type of Governance.

Many issues surfacing which includes plans to review its current electoral system just adds in the long list of failures by the current regime to fulfill its obligation. This certainly does frustrates genuine political alternatives, creating more barriers towards its path to democracy.

Evidently, the notion that Fiji has become a Failed State as a result of 'Abuse of Power & the current regime's 'Assault on Democracy' is now a Reality & will forever be etched in every ones memory more so for Fiji's future generation .
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More intricate details as posted by Intelligensya's below...

Blog of the Month: 'Intelligentsya's take on Fiji 's Interim Government'.

via Intelligentsiya by Keep The Faith on 3/2/09
We've known for a long time that the military junta suffers from Foot in Mouth disease. Unfortunately the symptoms we see them displaying now show us that the affliction has become chronic. So chronic that they now speak with their feet and have shit for brains.

The military junta is out in full force INTIMIDATING witnesses at the Rabaka trial. There is no other term that aptly defines these dismal tactics. Leweni tries to downplay it as "normal" – haha there ain't nothing normal about this case and Justice Gounder's outcome will be monitored globally to see if it lends credence to the US State Departments assessment of our un-independent and un-impartial judiciary.


Leweni's foot-IS-mouth disorder flares up perhaps after some internal pressure, and he clarifies that Bainimarama's footmen will get salary hikes but only after things normalize economically. That's another big whopper. Our economy has flat-lined and is in its dying stages.

Just to show you how important the Rabaka trial is for the junta, one of Bainimarama's key hatchet men, Colonel Mohammed Aziz, takes time off from all the private Fijian Holdings Ltd entity where he executed a boardroom coup, to "observe". The media reports are evidently insufficient for their real intentions.

For Aziz, the clearing of his otherwise busy & overnight corporate schedule which includes regular jaunts to India to partners denotes a fizzle in the attempts at their making a mark in the petroleum sector. For a company that is making just a profit of under FJD$13 million it sure looks like it will suffer from lock-jaw soon by attempting to bite off more then it can chew. This venture appears to want to gush out foreign exchange that is more needed NOW in our economy. The frustration-filled tinge in the public voice of the Reserve Bank chief is hard to miss. With Standard & Poors walloping us it's no wonder Narube is going white very quickly.

Anyhow. Stand strong Rabaka witnesses – you can make a stand for the justice owed to Rabaka and the people of this country. Will these young, unassuming gentlemen be the heroes Fiji is aching for?

The Baleiloa file is STILL missing. Someone involved here is also suffering from foot IS mouth and it looks like it will fall squarely on the spin doctor. She is dispensable after all. Poor heffer.

On the stock exchange arena all is quiet apparently. But the delisting of Yaqara Group Limited leaves a nice entry point for Fiji Water and their designs on using Yaqara to expand into cows , nuts and what have you. Jeez donating to Bainimarama's private (and still unclear purpose) purse sure has some perks.

The Auditor General's report into Bainimarama's episode of helping himself to public money will be out next week.

Meanwhile Bainimarama's comments back at Samoan PM Tuilaepa become increasingly flaccid. He's met his match.

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