Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Time to apply Zahman's "Litmus Tests" on Fiji in view of its weak or Failing status

Using the analogy of the 'Sinking Titanic', one cannot help but visualise that Fiji is well on its way under, unless the current regime strikes a lucrative deal with some big players who on the other hand will demand their 'pound of flesh' in due course. The thought alone sends chills down one 's spine.

In order to get a grip of whether Fiji is well on its way to 'Fail Zone', we will list here 5 pointers or basic roles States (in this instance Fiji) plays as Zahman highlights:

  1. It is the Decision making centre of government.

  2. It is the Symbol of Indentity.

  3. It is the Controller of territory & guarrantor of Security.

  4. It is an Authoritative & Legitimate Political Institution.

  5. It is a system of Socio-Economic Organisation, the target of citizen demands for providing supplies or services.

When we reflect on the given list of 5 points, we can almost strike out 2,4,5 with ??? 3 as one can argue that State (Fiji) is no longer performing its basic State functions. True, Fiji is under Military rule, however, Bainimarama & his regime wants to declare it still maintains its Sovereignity when in essence, the coup itself killed Sovereignity. This at least will be the people's responses if the regime is to be judged by its legitimacy & authority on the basis of their performance which upto now almost 02 years 5 months later has been filled with 'pipe-dreams'.

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  1. In a nutshell, Voreqe Bainimarama is looking to sell Fiji & its people short. The Militray men truned 'overnight politicians' will just bring us more harm than good. As stated by Leweni, one of his sidekicks, "the Asians will help us, as they understand our issues better...." Its hello - we say don't sell Fiji & its people. Learn from the fate of the Diego Garcia people where two powerful nations took keen interest on an Island Nation...!!1
    Its lets keep watch for Fiji - no one knows what secret deals Bainimarama & his cronies are trying to struck with the Asian neighbors??/
    Heres a link & blurp on the fate of Diego Garcia people....

    STEALING A NATION (John Pilger, 2004) is an extraordinary film about the plight of people of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean - secretly and brutally expelled from their homeland by British governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s, to make way for an American military base. The base, on the main island of Diego Garcia, was a launch pad for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Stealing a Nation has won both the Royal Television Society's top award as Britain's best documentary in 2004-5, and a 'Chris Award' at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. A brochure of the film is available at On April 8, 2008, the Chagos Islanders have launched a national Campaign for Resettlement of their islands - go to For more information and updates on the plight of the Chagossians, visit the website of the UK Chagos Support Association at«

  2. Heres the link for "Stealing a Nation": A Special Report by John Pilger.

  3. Australia Urges China to Stop Supporting Fiji's Military Government
    By Phil Mercer, 4/24/2009 9:18:44 AM

    Sydney - Australia has been pressing China to reduce its support for the military government in Fiji. Canberra has been leading international calls for a boycott of the government of armed forces chief, Commodore Frank Bainimarama. But the Chinese have quietly increased aid to the troubled South Pacific country.
    The concern among many in Australia is that China's apparent effort to use money as a persuasive diplomatic tool in the South Pacific undermines international efforts to isolated Fiji's military government.

    Since Commodore Frank Bainimarama's troops seized power in 2006, Beijing's aid pledges to Fiji have increased seven-fold, to $160 million.

    Buying influence?

    China has been keen to spend big in the region to win a diplomatic battle with Taiwan for the support and recognition of island nations.

    Fiji's military has sought to cash in on this political competition, according to Fergus Hanson, a research fellow at Australia's Lowy Institute for International Policy.

    "As the international community came down on Fiji following the coup and increasingly isolated the regime, I would imagine that the coup leaders would have been casting around for funds and playing off China and Taiwan against each other would have been an obvious trick to play," Hanson said. "So, that was initially, I think, a key driver. Now we have had a bit of reconciliation between China and Taiwan, I think things might be starting to change."

    Regional condemnation of Beijing's support

    Australian and New Zealand officials have raised their concerns with China about its support for Fiji.

    Canberra and Wellington believe a concerted international approach to the dismantling of democracy there is the best way to convince Commodore Bainimarama to relinquish power.

    Fiji faces suspension from both the Commonwealth of former British colonies, and the Pacific Islands Forum, the region's key political and trade bloc. That prospect does not seem to worry Fiji's military.

    Arrogant dictator?

    The most recent unrest, which saw Fiji's president scrap the constitution after judges ruled the army's power grab illegal, has seen the army's position strengthened, with senior officers insisting that fresh elections could well be more than five years away.

    The army seized control in Fiji almost two-and-a-half years ago, accusing the elected government of Laisenia Qarase of corruption and of pursuing racist policies against the country's ethnic Indian minority.

    Commodore Bainimarama said Fiji's political system would have to be cleansed before democracy could be revived.

    His critics accuse him of being an arrogant dictator, who was leading his country of 800,000 people towards economic collapse and international isolation.

    VOA News issued this report

    The World...


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