Friday, March 25, 2011

Fiji Bloggers: Men with Letters or No Letters - Does it Really Matter?

Many bloggers came and went post 2006 coup in Fiji. Why we ask ourselves? Is it because of the intimidating tactics taken by this current regime under Bainimarama or have these bloggers just could not be bothered anymore?

Its a point of interest to all those who are blogging about Fiji 'pro & against' that Croshbie Walsh, a well known blogger on Fiji as well p
ost 2006 coup. He is also one, we might add is listed or has listed himself and his blog as 'pro-2006 Coup'. Thats good to know! We found an article that Cros had written and we would like to just give our readers some pointers that may be of interest.

The article authored by Crosbie Walsh, Adjunct professor, University of the South Pacific and editorial by his 'bed-blogger mate' David Robbie.

The book is titled, 'Pacific Journalism Review' with a wide range of topics written by different people with perhaps Journalism background. One of those we are familiar with besides the two already mentioned is Michael Field and he happens to be rated as 'Anti Anti'. (Thank you Michael for standing with us!).

Anyway, without going into too much details of 'whos who'
in the contributor's list we will try and unearth for you in layman's term, as 'we are men/women minus those ?? letters' of what we think Crosbie Walsh is trying to present in his article.

In short, Crosbie Walsh's title reads, quote, "Political Blogs on Fiji: A 'cyberbernet democracy' case study." In his description, Walsh states, quote;

"Political blogging in politically unstable and repressive countries has been seen as a cybernet democracy. This research artcile examines this claim post-coup
Fiji in the wake of the 2006 military takeover, details the author's experience with blogging, comments on the Fiji blogosphere in a climate of conflict, an attempts of an analysis of the overall pro and anti-government blog landscape that involves more than 70 political blogs. Unlike earlier published research on Fiji blogs, it is an 'insider' view, written by an academic, who is also a blog publisher-publishing, Fiji As It Was, Is and Can Be (FAIW)." unquote.


A quick glance at this article gives a reader that Walsh appears to have approach the topic from a very balanced perspective. Wait, theres more; as we read through chapeter by chapter, there are hints of where Walsh's allegiance lies. It is cleverly embedded in his writing and one which we think will come back and haunt him somewhere down the track. Why we think this way, you might ask? Well, we just feel, Walsh overtime has been like a chameleon which has changed colours several times since post December 2006 coup. Initially he was beating the drums that Bainimarama, the dictator, had done the right thing for Fiji. Approximately 05 years down the track, his blog has been watered down and Walsh has tried to add a different dimension to his blogs but the underlying message is still the same.

In his analysis Walsh has slotted bloggers into six (06) categories of which he tags;
1) Pro, 2)Pro to Neutral, 3)Neutral, 4)Neutral to Anti, 5)Anti, 6)Very Anti

In the order:
1) [4] Real Fiji News, Fiji Freedom Fighters, IGFiji, WhyFijisCryingNot
2) [3] Stuck in the Mud, Fiji As It Was, Is Can Be (Crosbie
Walsh's blog), Loyal Fijian
3) [1] Cafe Pacific (David Robbie)
4) [11] Coup Four Point Five, Fiji Coup, Victor Lal, Global Voice Online, Fiji Today, Yellow Bucket, Whale Oil Gotcha, FijiBoard of Exiles, [Mainly Social - Babasiga, WotNews, Fiji Voices]
5) [34 but only 17 listed] Fiji Today, Luvei Viti, Ms vakivosavosa, Fijicoup2006, CorruptionFighter Fiji, FijiNews, Solivakasama, RealFijianNews, HydenCreek, TredesAbuse, Jokes on the Junta, Fiji Uncensored, Fijinews uncensored, FijiBlog Dump
6) [19] Solivakasama, Michael Field, DiscombulatedBubu, Fiji Democracy Movement, Na Dina (Fiji Truth), Raw Fiji News, Fiji Girl, Solivakasama Worldwide, Tears for Fiji,
Teejayfor Free Fiji, ThinkslmThinkinbout, Partial social Community, Matavuvale.....others listed but have stop publishing-FijiMurdering soldiers, FreeMyFiji, ResistFranksCoup, FijiShameList, Why Fiji is Crying, i Taukei,

The above will give you our readers a great indicator of what Walsh has researched and added in the wanted list. What we are unsure of is the weighting given to each in the list given which have made Walsh to place those blogs to those categories listed from 1-6. (6 being the Anti Anti)!!

Another aspect we picked up from briefly reading the artcle that Walsh has labelled those authors of the above blogs as being 'men without letters'!! We wondered whether Walsh was using himself as a benchmark seeing he is as he describes himself an Adjunct professor at USP, Fiji.

For sure, Walsh has to give himself a 'plug' other
wise he does not get any glory or so we think.

This is a point of interest to us
: "men without letters"
!! Why did Walsh use this term? Was he being uptish or upstart about these labels? Or was he just being arrogant because he can claim to have letters whilst others cannot as per what he has articulated? In essence, we thought this term was uncalled for to be used by an academic who knows fully well that most bloggers are 'free-lance' writers, academic or without academic, journos or not journos, media or not media and the list goes on. Was this another classic example of self-serving individualism in play?

All in all, we will leave you our readers to judge for yourselves and make up your own minds.
Luvei Viti Think Tank Forum.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Fiji Dictatorship Gets Dodgier By the Weeks!!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

From inside the junta: Bainimarama living 24/7 in a state of panic at fear of being brought down

"We have achieved nothing and are the laughing stock of the Pacific. Two people…TWO PEOPLE run this whole Country…that is a sham and disgrace."

VB: Out of tune.
In our second story on the senior official who has revealed that the illegal regime of Frank Bainimarama is fragile, we can report further that the dictator is living in a state of total panic at the thought of being brought down.

Our contact admitted in our first story that he believed in the cause 100 per cent but has since woken up to the corruption and the huge flaws in Bainimarama's leadership.

He says others share his loss of faith and want free of the mess they're in.

The senior official admitted that his own hands were not clean but pleaded for help to bring an end to the decayed administration of Bainimarama and his Number Two, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.

From further correspondence with him, we can confirm what we and others have been saying for some time, that there is huge fallout within the military ranks because the leadership is a sham.

Our contact says Bainimarama and Khaiyum's smoke and mirrors campaign is fading fast and are so unpopular that Qarase would win hands down in a poll.

He says Bainimarama has lost the plot and he and Khaiyum are living a life of lies, looting the country's coffers to feather their own nests.

He also reveals that the man many have been pinning their hopes on, the illegal president Epeli Nailatikau, is a lost cause.

We asked the source further questions:

Q)Why are they in panic mode?
A)Simple answer, smoke and mirrors only lasts as long as the smoke lasts, and it's fading fast, bro. If a straw poll was held today, Qarase would sweep back in like the Boxing Day tsunami.

Q)When and where was the 2,000 bottle party - or is that par for the course?
A)New Year's, and #1 is pissed at least four nights a week, so is Pres. Nailatikau. you been to defense club recently?

Q)What do you mean by ATM - give details.
A)New gold/bling/watch/Rolex/clothes/and brand new personal Prime Bank account w/ANZ with over $275K. that does not come from civil service salary. we are servicemen, not idiots. i did not serve in sinai for this.

Q)How fragile is fragile and what will it take to tip things over?
A)It will take the boys in camp missing a few more paychecks or the boys in Namosi finally finding their courage or a new leader, or????.

Q)Was Naliva paid to make sure Renee Lal got dealt to and who by?
A)No, no, no pay, just following orders.

Q)Intel has revealed the salaries of everyone on blogs - are the figures right?
A)Spot on.

Q)What's happening with Nailatikau?
A)Just a party boy waiting 'till #1 removes him. He knows his fate but no courage to change his fate.

Q)Why did the regime tell FijiLive Aziz is still with the army? Was that just for show?
A)It's complicated, he has as much blood on his hands and money in his pocket as anyone, but he knows about everything #1 and #2 have done and are doing. he is not so easy to put away. he and I are in same position, but he is happy to keep peace w/#1. i need to make my peace with Fiji.

Q)Why have you become disillusioned?
A)Bro, this is the easiest. I believed that reform was the goal of December '06. But the Charter mess and on and on…we have achieved nothing and are the laughing stock of the Pacific. Two people…TWO PEOPLE run this whole Country…that is a sham and disgrace and I wish I could get out. But I am stuck….an old rooster…my kids can't travel, I am ordering the arrest and beating of innocent people at the command of someone who has lost the plot. lost the plot, bro…it's done. i am a religious man… I am ashamed of what I am doing. I need to make peace before its too late.

I did not answer this question before. many more arrests are planned…you think PER will ever be lifted????? If you do you are simply an idiot. People need to wake up. #1 has said "life is good when no one can say no.."

So my question for you, bro…what is your plan? I have read your site and there is lots of talk, but does this really matter? I am putting it on the line because I am burnt no matter what. but what are you going to do??? we need help. ."

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Wellinton The City I love!

Just reflecting on the two quakes that has hit Wellington last night and few nights ago. This time its approx 0.2 more than what was recorded for just last Tuesday at 10.7pm. My immediate thoughts are as someone residing in CBD, should I move elsewhere or should I stay put?
Considering that the weather does not allow much for Wellingtonians at the moment as theres strong gusty winds and then you get a ray of sunshine in between. Am I scared? Maybe or maybe not? I have decided to ride the waves of 'quake' uncertainity for Wellington. I will go to sleep tonight being prepared for the worst case scenario.

My thoughts are with the Canterbrians who have suffered alot after the two quakes since September 2010 and the most recent one which has made New Zealanders world over to coverge together in rememberance for those that have died and those that are suffering as a result.

I watched the news coverage by the New Zealand Media, TV One, TV Three and also Radio New Zealand and my favourite channel Maori TV and can only congratulate all of them for keeping us New Zealanders in the know of how people are feeling and whats going on. It does create a great sense of Community Spirit.

The Prime Minister Speech. Hon John Key, is something that has consolidated our feelings and thoughts. It has been an awesome leadership at this 'dark days' in Aotearoa to use his own words. I also need to mention those great Politicians like Hon Peter Dunne, Hon Charles Chauvel, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Finanace-Hon Bill English and others like them that are earnestly reaching out to those that are suffering the aftermath of the Christchurch Quakes.

The Mayor of Christchurch plus all those that are working around the clock, Police, Army, overseas Emergency team from USA, Japan, Australia etc who all have been steadfast in their search and rescue. These great people all deserve a 'big thank you'.

Last but not least, as Wellingtonians, I just wonder whats in store for us in the near future in terms of the recent quakes we are now getting?

Will keep you posted.

read more;

"Quake shakes Wellington"

Last updated 06:28 04/03/2011

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake rattled Wellington early this morning, the second quake to hit the capital in less than a week.

The quake struck at 2.19am, at a depth of 30km, 10km north-east of Upper Hutt.
GNS Science said it was widely felt in the lower North Island and upper South Island.
Police said there were no reports of damage.

On Tuesday, a quake measuring magnitude 4.5 hit at 10.07pm, 20km northwest of Wellington, at a depth of 40km.

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