Monday, December 21, 2009

Commonwealth Conversation Latest News & Christmas Wishes.

Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas & a Prosperous New Year.
We wish to take this opportunity to thank all our fellow bloggers, friends, families, subscribers & even those that may not agree with postings on our Luvei Viti (Children of Fiji) blog, to you all 'Vinaka Vakalevu'.

Our Special Thanks;
  • Commonwealth Conversation Team & the Royal Commonwealth Society for giving us an opportunity to be a part of your Big Conversation.
  • Alex Try for the initial invite to join the Big Commonwealth Conversation.
  • Zoe for all the guidance & expert help without which we would have fallen short in our attempt to forward a well rounded submission.
  • Darryl Stevens, President of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Commonwealth Trust (Wellington) for taking time out to open our CC forum hosted by Luvei Viti in Wellington.
  • Sai Lealea for facilitating the CC Forum in Wellington
  • Academics [whose name is withheld] for your expert input as always.
  • Fijian Community Leaders in Wellington & Aotearoa for linking & supporting us.
  • Fiji Community members, youths from diverse groups for your encouragement.
  • Wider Community members in Aotearoa & other NGO's we are a part of for sharing your journey.
  • Worldwide Fiji Community members that readily sent in emails & blogs to assist us in compiling a robust submission for the Commonwealth Conversation.
  • Last but not least, to any others we may have missed out.

In the Spirit of Christmas & the Festive Seasons; Keep Safe, Be Merry, Have loads of fun with your loved ones, families & friends.

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, kia ora, kia kaha, tena koutou katoa.

From the Trustees, Think Tank Group & Members of Luvei Viti (Children of Fiji ) Community Group

The Royal Commonwealth Society <conversation@thercs.org>

Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 11:10pm
Commonwealth Conversation:

Latest News! Commonwealth Conversation: Latest News!
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“The The emerging findings of the Commonwealth Conversation were officially launched in Trinidad & Tobago at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting last month. We hope by now you have all had chance to read our report, 'Common What?'. Having worked hard to ensure that leaders paid attention to your thoughts and ideas, we were delighted that they made explicit mention of the results of the Conversation in their final Summit communique. In this official document, Commonwealth countries also called upon the Secretariat to set up an Eminent Persons Group to explore options for reform. Your opinions reached the table of the Commonwealth's leaders and, in the New Year, we will be working to ensure they lead to change."

The Commonwealth Conversation Team
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What What happened at CHOGM...
The Conversation team in Trinidad: We took part in as many aspects of the CHOGM as possible to make sure your voice was heard. Click here and select November (21st - 30th) for a summary of our activities... http://www.thecommonwealthconversation.org/events/

Leaders heed Commonwealth Conversation findings: In the 'Trinidad & Tobago Affirmation on Commonwealth Values and Principles', leaders noted our earliest results... http://www.thecommonwealthconversation.org/2009/11/leaders-heed-commonwealth-conversation-findings/

Commonwealth Conversation in the news: Click here to see some regional press highlights, including in The Economist (UK), Guardian (Trinidad), Toronto Star (Canada), Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), New Straits Times (Malaysia), The Observer (Uganda)...http://www.thecommonwealthconversation.org/press-highlights/
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What What happens next...?
Early next year, we will be publishing our final Commonwealth Conversation report. We will try to ensure that this not only reflects all the comments we have received on our initial report, but takes the most useful format possible for the Eminent Persons Group as they begin their work. We will be exploring ways in which the Conversation website can continue to be a useful platform for informed debate beyond the formal end of the project and ways in which we can work with key partners to carry forward all that we have discovered during this process. We will post regular updates on our progress online, but if you have any ideas for the future of the Conversation, please do email us.………………………………………………………
In In the meantime...
Keep visting and commenting on the Conversation website:
Are the Commonwealth Games second-rate? India is under pressure to deliver a world-class Games in Delhi 2010, but some commentators are saying it's all a waste of money...

Is the Commonwealth an English Speaking Union? Is a shared language crucial to the unity of the Commonwealth community? What impact does the recent admission of countries such as Rwanda have on this?
http://www.thecommonwealthconversation.org/2009/12/is-the-commonwealth-an-english-speaking-union/
"And finally, we would like to thank everybody who has particpated in the Commonwealth Conversation so far and wish you all the very best for the New Year."

Check out what Mother Jones says re Small Island Nations: 'The 0.5 Degree Question by Kate Sheppard.

The 0.5 Degree Question
— By Kate Sheppard
Thu Dec. 17, 2009 11:13 AM PST
http://motherjones.com/
— Photo courtesy Greenpeace Finland, via Flickr.
In the final 48 hours of the Copenhagen climate conference, one of the biggest differences remains a very small number: half a degree.

While most of the attention here is focused on the remaining divide between the United States and China when it comes to measuring and verifying emissions reductions, a much larger split remains between the 102 countries that have called for a limit on temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius and the much more powerful nations that have called for a 2 degree target.

The nations pushing for a 1.5 degree target include members of the Alliance of Small Island States, the G77, the bloc of Least Developed Countries, the Africa Group, and several nations from Latin America and Asia. But there is significant pressure being exerted on these nations to consent to the 2 degree target that has been embraced the United States, European Union, China, and other nations here seen as the most powerful players in a final deal. But leaders from the 1.5 camp say they are holding firm on their target, and won't sign onto a deal that calls for anything else.

"I will not sign anything less than 1.5," said Apisai Ielemia, Prime Minister of the tiny island nation of Tuvalu, which may become one of the first casualties of global warming. The low-lying Pacific island nation made headlines last week for shutting down talks with calls for a legally binding treaty. Now they're staking out their desire for a deal at this summit that will not condemn them to rising tides, they say. "This meeting is about our future existence," said Ielemia. "We don't want to disappear from this earth ... We want to exist as a nation, because we have a fundamental right to live beside you."

"For developed countries to choose to not use that figure, is morally, politically irresponsible," said Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, the Sudanese chairman of the G77.

The debate over what figure to put in the final agreement here maybe meaningless, however, if the corresponding emissions reductions goals would not put the world on a path to stay below that limit. A leaked draft analysis from the UNFCCC of the commitments put on the table from developed countries states that what they have pledged so far would lead to a 3 degree temperature rise. If targets aren't raised, "global emissions will remain on an unsustainable pathway," the document states.

Meanwhile, frustrations remain high among developing nations over what they see as pressure from rich nations to consent to a higher target. "We are not yielding to these pressures, because our future is not negotiable," said Ielemia.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Is Militarization in Fiji causing the Upsurge of Social ills in Fiji. Check out More Marijuana Farming!!


Reflections:
As one would expect of a Nation torn under militarization, adding to its long list of social ills, Fiji Police are out again trying to curb the increase in underground farming of the most popular weed, marijuana.
No matter how hard the current regime wants to curb this new found money source for some 'underground marijuana farmers', Fiji will need its neighbors, New Zealand, Australia & the smaller Pacific Island Nations to try and work out a way to eradicate this upsurge. The security of the Oceania rims will be the main concern for our Fiji neighbors. They will not want large scale drug hauls & drug trafficking happening in their 'ocean-backyards'.
Oceania has been known for its majestic and pristine ocean and loads of sunshine. These Fiji coups have just become one too many for everyone that once lived in this part of the world. Who enjoys watching these army-cowboys walking around in full army attire drenching with sweats & with guns hauled over their shoulders. Its just utter madness. Fiji is a peaceful nation and will always remain one minus the army thugs that promotes coup-de tats for their own selfish gains.
Besides the struggle for 'power & bureaucracy', underground deals are made. 'Coconut wireless' & whispers amongst local people of Fiji who are in the know, has it that exchange of money & information passes between key army personnel, group of Fiji business men & Government offices in Suva pre-coups. This is what we call corruption. Its not the work of Intelligence Unit but one thats conniving, calculating & cunning. It can be likened to that of a 'serpent in the grass'.
As for Fiji's Interim Regime's new found long-haul friends & China, will they bothered by this additional problem or will they turn a blind-eye?
Luvei Viti Think Tank @myvuw
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Read more;
Sunday, December 13, 2009

A FARMER is in custody after Lautoka police raided his cane farm and uprooted what's believed to be 100 marijuana plants.
Sergeant Atunaisa Sokomuri said the raid was conducted on Friday evening after a tip-off.He said the 31-year-old farm owner was taken into custody and would be charged soon.The plants, which were four to five feet tall, had a street value of more than $200,000.

He said they managed to confiscate some dried leaves which have been sent to Koronivia for tests.Earlier in the week, members of the drug unit uprooted 2613 marijuana plants worth $26.13million on the streets.Sgt Sokomuri, who was part of the team, said the people of Navosa were helping the police fight drugs in their province."It's been a great combined effort," he said.

"The people have come forward to help the Drug Unit and the Ready Action Unit."This campaign to rid Navosa of marijuana will continue. This is probably the first time we've had a prolonged campaign against drugs."It was a sentiment echoed by the head of the Drug Unit, Inspector Rajeshni Mala."It's all about being proactive now," she said.

Tags: farming, fiji, marijuana
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► Reply by kunalawaki mataibau 1 day ago
Na cava beka na kena vinaka kei na kena ca na mariwana...vei ira na dau vakayagataka? kevaka e sega ni rawa ni muduki na prostitution,na homosexual kei na vei mataqali cala sa vakadonui tu me donu vua na tamata nikua...era na oca na tarova na ovisa na tei mariwana sa caka tu qo...na macawa sa oti e tobo mai kadavu,seaqaqa kei navosa na mariwana...au kaya,sega ni macala na tei mariwana e na oti rawa se sega?
► Reply by Mike 1 day ago
Eso beka e jiko qori? Ka me qai so mai na ka ni Kirisimasi.....hahahahaha!!!!!
► Reply by kunalawaki mataibau 1 day ago
haule muru cola vina...na qai vakavodoki yani na bulou ni ceva...
► Reply by Mike 1 day ago
Oi, me kena i kuri okoya sa vodo rawa tu mai loma....hahahaha!!! Voleka sara na qito nikua, sa na qai mai rawa beka i Wellington?
► Reply by kunalawaki mataibau 1 day ago
io ka dina haule!...se bera sara ni se yacova na level ni fiti sa tu vei ratou nomu timi...qai laurai mada i Weligitoni...de lakolako sa veikau yani a manidia ni timi ni Nadi...
► Reply by Zed Thorn 1 day ago
Sa tam tara rewa na levu ni mariwana. Eri vakuvukuvu koto muni na ovisa...haha!!!
► Reply by kunalawaki mataibau 1 day ago
Zed cola vina....kwa djina o iko....na ovisa sa ra tarai lavo koto na gauna okwe...tam kyawa rewa na vadani lavo kei kuri na kea vayagataki...
► Reply Reply by Zed Thorn 1 day ago
Aule!! Cola vina maheki!!! Eri lai cavulakinia na vuni mariwana, oti ru qei volitakinia vai lo koto...kea vo ru lai vakuvukuvutaki....na dredre ni cola ni gauna kwe!!!
► Reply by Sarge 1 day ago
Io dina tiko qori sa keitou raica tale tiko ga na yasana oqori....but bottom line....somebody has to do something......io sa malo.....levu tiko na cavucavu .... levu era sikaluto tiko...baleta beka ni levu tiko beka na qakilo dredre tiko na kenagauni sala...eratou tatadiri ka sisi tiko eso vei iratou....io sa laurai tiko......
► Reply by Fiji Truth Commission Movement 1 day ago
Posted below is a blog that Raw Fiji News had run in May 28, 2009 about the problems of Marijuana in Fiji. Whether we like or not Fiji is fast becoming a drug haven.
As 'kunalawaki mataibau' has rightfully posted, there are already Social Diseases existing like HIV/Aids, Prostitutions etc and now this additional one.
Such are the affects of Militarization and the abolishment of a proper democractically elected government to cater for the needs of the growing population as well as the impact of social ills as what is now evident in Fiji.
Marijuana, will be hard to eradicate now as Fiji is in dire strait and people will go to any lengths to put food on their table and this the regime will have to deal with more so now that the bigger nations or super powers are not there readily to assist with eradicating such problems.
It is the outcome of Militarization of Fiji. Thats the bottom line. If for anthing the regime needs to return Fiji to normalcy ASAPO & all these problems can then be discussed and with right assistance it can be eradicated.
FTCM Team
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from Raw Fiji News
Fiji becomes a drug haven as people find illegal ways like their military government to survive
May 28, 2009$US100 million drug raid in FijiPolice found more than 15,000 marijuana plants in the raids on Fiji’s main island. [ABC]
Police in Fiji have raided farms and found a marijuana crop with an estimated sale value of almost $US100 million.
A police spokesman told Fiji media that 26 farms in the Navosa hills, on Viti Levu, were raided by the drugs unit.Officers discovered more than 15,000 plants.Eleven farmers are being questioned.It is the second major drug raid involving police and soldiers in Navosa this year.http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/story.htm?id=18167
Posted by rawfijinews
2 Comments »2 Responses to “Fiji becomes a drug haven as people find illegal ways like their military government to survive”

semimeo03 saidMay 28, 2009 at 4:54 am

….phew!….thanks to God almighty for this timely discovery before this evil “ganja” hits the streets creating untold social and spiritual havoc to our people.
Due credit must go to our hard working Police and Military personal who may to manoeuvre through rugged and torturous terrain to reach these well concealed farms. 26 farmers, OMG must be a village or community project.
Hopefully, no Bank set a precedent and accepts collateral of land with “standing crop’ from their neck of the woods with that kinda “value”.Seriously, Commissioner Teleni should set up a fully fledged and manned Police Station of District credential up Navosa way. Why not? It may be just in time for the construction of the Chinese funded across Vitilevu High to open up the interiors natural and mineral resources and smoke these…eh…well, smokers out!
..also..are these plants taken to Koronivia for analysis and destroyed or..eh..new lab and incinerator at Delainabua..better evacuate lower cunnigham road
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Reply seru saidMay 29, 2009 at 11:52 pm
I wonder what the Police would do with such a haul…maybe hand them over to their Commissioner..to get more visions… like dis ” I have vision that one day….i might be able to clear my bad debt”…LOL!
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► Reply by kunalawaki mataibau 1 day ago
sarge....cola vina haule....somebody has to do something...hahahaha!!!! na levu ga ni cavucavu na levu ni tamata era sa na tei mariwana e na veiyasai Viti...io sa dina na veivakatovolei eda dau sikalutu totolo kina na tamata lala...sega ni vakabulai mo rawa ni taqeya kina na cagi ni veivakatovolei e dau liwavi keda ena veigauna eso...kalougata tiko kemudrau.
► Reply by bavia 1 day ago
[insert image of Frank Bainimarama on Christmas card].
Reply by LOne rAnger aka StRYka 17 hours ago
bavia vakatale dua na rairai ni drug lord na gauna i liu na kemu i rairai hahahaha!!
nb:
There was an earlier posting about the hard facts of farming marijuana in Fiji but which has been since removed however we have images which is being posted here.
Luvei Viti Think Tank Team @ myvuw



Monday, December 7, 2009

Press Release From Royal Commonwealth Society as noted by Alex Try from the Commonwealth Conversation Team.

PRESS RELEASE – 2009

Leaders heed Commonwealth Conversation findings In a closing statement from the Port of Spain Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) yesterday, Commonwealth leaders recognised the work carried out by the Royal Commonwealth Society in the Commonwealth Conversation and called for the creation of an Eminent Persons’ Group to look at options for reform.
The Commonwealth Conversation is a global public consultation on the future of the Commonwealth which, so far, has engaged tens of thousands of people worldwide.

Emerging findings were published last week ahead of the CHOGM in a report entitled ‘Common What?’.

The report called for the Commonwealth to be bold in rebuilding its worryingly low profile, by focusing on three Ps: Principles, Priorities and People.

In the Trinidad & Tobago Affirmation on Commonwealth Values and Principles released yesterday, leaders took note of many of the major findings of the Conversation:

  • They recognised the need to ‘enhance the public profile of the organisation’ and underscored ‘the importance of coherence in order to protect the Commonwealth’s image and credibility’.

  • They restated the core values and principles of the Commonwealth, recognised the vital role of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) as their custodian, and called on CMAG ‘to explore ways in which it could effectively deal with the full range of serious or persistent violations of such values by member states’.

  • They called for the Commonwealth Secretary-General to ‘consolidate and further strengthen ongoing efforts to improve the Secretariat’s governance [and] its responsiveness to changing priorities and needs’.

  • They recognised the importance of the people in the Commonwealth and they ‘committed to securing a greater level of coordination and collaboration between all Commonwealth contributors and stake-holders, particularly including governments, civil society, business, the diversity of commonwealth professional and other associations that bring together our citizens, academia and others’.

The full declaration can be downloaded here: http://www.thecommonwealth.org/files/216908/FileName/TrinidadandTobagoAffirmationonCommonwealthValuesandPrinciples.pdf

Dr Danny Sriskandarajah, Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, said: “The Royal Commonwealth Society is delighted that Commonwealth leaders have listened to the voices of the people through the Commonwealth Conversation. We hope that all Commonwealth organisations will join us in seeking to implement this mandate to revitalise the Commonwealth. We particularly look forward to supporting the Eminent Persons’ Group as it explores options for reform.”

Notes to Editors Commonwealth Conversation:

On 20 July 2009, the RCS launched the ‘Commonwealth Conversation’, the largest-ever public consultation on the future of the Commonwealth. The centrepiece of the Commonwealth Conversation is an open, interactive website to host discussions and invite ideas. (www.thecommonwealthconversation.org)

The Conversation has also involved:

  1. Nationally representative opinion polls in 7 Commonwealth countries with a combined sample of 6,200

  2. Over 30,000 visits to the website from almost all Commonwealth countries (and 100+ other countries)

  3. 1,500+ comments via the website, email and post
  4. Surveys of more than 1,250 people, including key opinion leaders, in over 40 countries Almost 70 events in 21 Commonwealth countries across all regions involving some 2,600 people

  5. Extensive media coverage, including 15 op-ed pieces in leading national newspapers around the Commonwealth

  6. 8 expert groups on key aspects of the Commonwealth’s work

  7. Bespoke online focus groups involving young people from around the Commonwealth
Copies of the report ‘Common What? Emerging findings of the Commonwealth Conversation’ can be downloaded from www.thecommonwealthconversation.org.

The Commonwealth Conversation is still ongoing and a final report will be published in early 2010.

The Royal Commonwealth Society: Founded in 1868, RCS conducts a range of events and activities aimed at promoting international understanding.

HM Queen Elizabeth II is Patron and Peter Kellner is Chairman.
Headquartered at the Commonwealth Club in London, the RCS has some 5000 members in the UK and a presence in 40 Commonwealth countries through a network of branches and Commonwealth societies.

The RCS is a registered charity in England & Wales (226748) and conducts a number of educational, youth and cultural programmes across the Commonwealth, including one of the world’s largest school essay competitions and a youth leadership programme. It also organises numerous events dealing with issues of Commonwealth interest. See www.thercs.org.

The Commonwealth: The modern Commonwealth was established with 8 members in 1949. In 2009, it has 53 members with a total population of nearly 2 billion. It is an association of governments and peoples, built around shared language, institutions, challenges, aspirations and values.

The Commonwealth promotes democracy, development, and diversity within its member countries and across the world.

Contacts:For all media enquiries, please contact Joanna Bennett on +44 (0) 20 7766 9230 and joanna.bennett@thercs.org.

RCS Headquarters, London: 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP, UK.

Alex Try Programmes Assistant – Commonwealth Conversation Tel: +44 (0)20 7766 9235Fax: +44 (0)20 7930 9705 http://www.thercs.org/
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Mr Jone Baledrokadroka,a Former Senior Military Personal Shares his thoughts on Fiji's Political Deadlock. (From Raw Fiji News).

Does the military have a role in breaking Fiji’s political deadlock?
December 6, 2009

On this day the Third anniversary of the 2006 military coup, Fiji’s military regime will no doubt be spinning its own mangled propaganda as to its social and economic “achievements” in its “new legal order”. It is as if the military coup d’ etat has become an integral part of Fiji’s political system, rather than an aberrant event.

If we accept coups are an aberration, then Fiji’s political deadlock the last three years marked by human rights abuse, international isolation and social and economic decay, undoubtedly created by the Military, can only be unlocked by the military relinquishing its self assigned political role.

As it is the military blames everyone else for Fiji’s problems- politicians past and present, colonial policies, regional neighbours, the global economic crisis, the Fiji rugby teams failure to do the cibi etc etc but itself.

The military intervention into politics that began in 1987 with the Rabuka coup has spawned the present crop of senior military officers who despite having been given the best international training in the democratic “objective civilian control” theory of civil-military relations choose to flout it. The present military command clique who obviously are overly promoted beyond their level of competence because of the purging of dissenting senior officers, have again since Rabuka and his coup tarnished the honourable profession of arms by pretending to be both soldiers and politicians.

Their claims to be implementing a historical mission and to impose a transcendent virtually sacred ‘common good’ will economically and socially ruin the nation. Regime Propaganda aside, the figures just do not stack up, Fiji with its small economy and ever dwindling skilled human resources, simply needs its larger neighbours.

The Bainimarama cleanup coup of 2006 heralded by the ‘guardians of democracy’ as defending the permanent interests of the nation is incompatible with democratic politics. Under the present circumstances ostensible compliance with democratic procedures, including elections, open rigourous debates, judicial deliberation, media reporting and normal government business masks the permanent threat of ‘veto’ by the guardians’ swords via draconian decrees and a pliant judiciary.

Indeed Fiji has become a ‘Protected Democracy’- an idea dating from the first Spanish American democracy after independence from Spain and resurrected for the ‘transitions’ of democracy in the 1980s and 1990s. In Latin America-indeed a region familiar to Bainimarama having circumnavigated that continent with the Chilean Navy- it meant despite replacements of military regimes by elected civilian governments, there remains the threat of military veto if civilians behave ‘imprudently’ or threaten the nations permanent interests and the institutions bequeathed by the authoritarian regimes of the 1960s and 1970s. This scenario for Fiji’s political future is not as far fetched – I have posited since January of 2006 that Fiji was set to enter a protracted decade of militarized Protected Democracy, Latin American fashion, if the people of Fiji remain docile.

The Military vs SDL government standoff of 2001-2006 and the 5th Dec 2006 coup is the example of this militarized political phenomenon. The threat and execution of military intervention by the ousting of the legitimate SDL Coalition government was premised on the vague notion that the people must be protected from themselves allegedly from government’s ethno nationalism and systemic corruption that might subvert the existing democratic political order. Unfortunately the 2000 coup was the trigger for this unfolding Protected Democracy concept. The promised 2014 elections is a mirage judging by what Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said in the heavily censored media this week that the regime “has put land reform down in its 10-point plan, a schedule of what it wants to achieve by 2020”.

As Alexis de Tocqueville put it with reference to the French revolution, when the “state” personified by public officials, (or a ruling party, the armed forces, or a moralizing faction) presumes a directive and moral mission rather than the more humble task of representation and stewardship, “it is not the people who predominate but those who know what is good for the people, a happy distinction which allows men to act in the name of nations without consulting them and to claim their gratitude while their rights are being trampled underfoot” .

As for the Fiji military regime, it is indeed a discovery of modern days that there are such things as legitimate tyranny and lawful injustice, provided that they are exercised in the name of the people.
How do we get back to liberal democracy in Fiji? The Military officers have to understand in today’s world it is not their place as a profession to run government. The quicker Fiji’s military elite find this out what past military regimes in Turkey, Thailand, Pakistan and Indonesia have found out after decades of military dictatorship, the better for everyone.

More so the past traditional Fijian idiom of “keda nai Taukei e rauti keda ga na veiliutaki kaukauwa kei na kana kuita”- (we Fijians respond to authotarian rule and the fear of punishment), currently the rallying lore of the military elite, is feeble as fantasy, and false discipline to say the least.

Unfortunately this outdated native mantra has been embedded in the thinking of the senior officers who implicitly have confused the people to accepting that they have the right to elect government and the military the right to ousting them when it determined it suited the people. And that sovereignty lies in the military and its regime installed President and not the people.

In fact what has unfolded in the last three years is a reinvention of Fijian Chiefly rule through the military. And the selective use of the old elitist hierarchy with a smattering of right and left wing coup apologists, of whom some have fallen by the way side.

So to somewhat agree with Sir Michael Somare who asserted that Fijian dictatorship is quite unlike Western style dictatorship-Yes, just a good old fashioned Fijian elite power reassertion –if you may.

This assessment may come as a surprise to those victims of past coups who with a vengeance feel that Fijians and their chiefly elites per se deserve to be couped and see the coupists as their hero. In fact quite the opposite is unfolding given that the regime is propped up by a 99% Indigenous Fijian Military.

To my former colleagues in the RFMF you will have to reconcile Bainimarama’s long term personalist rule agenda as documented in April 2004 as RFMF Administration Instruction ‘Military for Life Concept’ and the reality of his misgoverning, cronyism, nepotism and corruption of his regime.

Your gravy train will end and you will be accountable. The Fiji National Provident Fund is the only cash cow that is propping you through your huge military budget which is way beyond a credible threat assessment and force structure analysis in order to buy your loyalty.

To the regime we say, as emphasized by Loveman, in the book, ‘To Sheath the Sword’, “Constitutional and legal reforms will not end militarism or guarantee consolidation of democracy. Such developments depend on many international and domestic factors, long term strengthening of political institutions and changes in military professional socialization’. Your lack of legitimacy to rule has exacerbated your record of failures the past three years which will only be compounded with its lack of political vision.

With the upcoming February 2010 national dialogue forum, the true test for moving the country forward is for all credible participants with the courage of their democratic conviction to call for the Fiji military to sheath the sword and return to barracks for the good of the nation.

We reiterated our call in our first democracy movement meeting this year- history has taught that power will not be relinquished freely by oppressors –it has to be demanded by the oppressed. It is for those participants of the forum to say enough of this cruel hoax such as quixotically unfolding and return the country to liberal democracy.
Jone Baledrokadroka

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