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A Pacific island woman with a child planting sugar cane in a field, Bingara, Queensland, c 1897. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Friday essay: ‘I said no’ – Nie’s refusal and the troubling question of Pacific slavery in Australia

In 1881, a Pacific Islander woman brought here to work on a sugar cane plantation ran away. She was violently retrieved by her employer. Her story sheds moving light on a dark history of exploitation.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas.

Their fate isn’t sealed: Pacific nations can survive climate change – if locals take the lead

Pacific communities have always been resilient, surviving on islands in the middle of oceans for more than 3,000 years. But climate change is an unprecedented challenge.
Front row: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (C), Chilean Environment Minister and COP25 President Carolina Schmidt (3-L), UN General-Secretary Antonio Guterres (2-R), Argentine President Mauricio Macri (L), Spanish Minister for Ecological Transition Teresa Ribera (2-L) and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa (R) pose with other world leaders for a photo during the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain. EPA/Chema Moya

Climate conferences are male, pale and stale – it’s time to bring in women

COP25 has come and gone, another missed opportunity to use women’s knowledge to mitigate climate change.
A young boy shields his face from volcanic dust whipped up by winds at the foot of the Mount Yasur Volcano on the south-west coast of on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, Thursday, March 19, 2015. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Ambae volcano’s crater lakes make it a serious threat to Vanuatu

Ambae does not fit the stereotypical image of a volcano, and it poses a significant threat.
Taraneh Alidousti and Shahab Hosseini in Iran’s The Salesman. Memento Films Distribution

Forget La La Land – best foreign language Oscar nominees show the true diversity of cinema

The best of global cinema from Germany to Iran and Vanuatu.
Love complicates the complex marriage deals arranged by parents on the island of Tanna, though rarely with such profound ramifications as those depicted in the film. Contact Films

Award-winning film Tanna sets Romeo and Juliet in the south Pacific

The new Australian film Tanna, which won two awards at Venice Film Festival, is as much a tale about romance as it is globalisation.
More frequent disasters – such as Cyclone Pam which struck Vanuatu this year – will leave Pacific islands struggling to recover. Edgar Su/Reuters

Pacific islands are not passive victims of climate change, but will need help

As Prime Minister Tony Abbott attends the Pacific Island Forum summit today, attention has again turned to how the low-lying islands will deal with global warming.

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