Looking upon the South Pacific today in the wake of the 19th & 20th centuries, it seems that the Pacific people of these islands are faced with a stealthy foreign occupation that still persists, though not in the manner of past invasions and control, but through economics and politics, the means appear different, though the outcomes are the same!
Their flags may still fly the same colours but what is taking place in the corridors of power is uncertain and hidden!
I have not been able to adequately express my thoughts on such, for what i feel concerning these things, suffers from a lack of information/knowledge on my behalf, i felt that certain things were taking place but could not ascertain the mechanics of what was taking place?
Until I read this!
“The big three, the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, have divided the Pacific island territories. New Zealand now controls Polynesia, Australia is “in charge of” Melanesia (including the plundering of natural resources by its multinationals in Papua New Guinea), and the U.S. has a firm grip on Micronesia. Andre Vltchek considers the consequences for the people of the island nations.”
From: The New Pacific Wall: The U.S., Australia, and New Zealand Isolate and Divide Small
Insular Nations. By Andre Vltchek “Link here”
Read Andre Vltchek’s account on this dilemma’s that many islands find them selves facing.
Tahiti (French Polynesia) – is a different kettle of fish, along with the triumphant Oscar Temaru who On September 14, 2007, of whom was again elected president of French Polynesia for the 3rd time.
Though on many accounts independence or complete rule, is only in word it would seem and not an entirely honest account of the political realities of the Pacific.
And so Tahiti still with uncertainty await the mushroom cloud specter of histories foreign nuclear tests and occupation to clear in their minds!
“Independence will remain a romantic notion until independence is psychologically realised and lived” – a Tahitian friend of mine once said!
Especially when the majority of GDP is obtained through funding from foreign support, who rule in absence!
Samoan Boy , SAVAII. Photography by Michael Lothian. 2007. Copyright.
“”There is an acute need for Pacific island nations to create a strong and united bloc able to negotiate with the rest of the world with one voice. Only such a bloc could effectively address economic, social, transportation, educational, and political problems confronting the entire region.
“Such a regional approach appears to be exactly what the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand find contrary to their geopolitical interests. But Pacific Islanders have no choice but to look to regional solutions or continue in a dependent and humiliating position. Rather than seeking more aid, their best prospect lies in constructing their own common regional home.”
I agree in this and can only see positive outcomes through the unification of Island concerns through a indigenous political group of action, co ordinated towards the betterment of the whole region, therefore one voice to address all concerns!!!
In centuries past Pacific people would often sail the vast Pacific Ocean and maintain communication, political liaisons, cultural observance and trade, by purposefully maintaining links with islands, people and their culture.
Various reasons can be sited for such a decline in south pacific seafaring, but whether by sea, land or air, Internet, phone or fax – the islands future lay in the re-opening of these ancient pathways, pathways that within this contemporary context can challenge it’s post modern economic state of control and coercion toward a more sustainable and sovereign future where compensation and control can be obtained.
This may sound like pie in the sky to some, but its a piece of their pie – a piece they should never have been denied of in the first place!
Film clip by petaiamedia