Oral histories talk about a major tectonic event 250 years ago, which changed the course of a river flowing through Lae today.
The project threatens catastrophic harm to one of the world’s most important river systems, and the people who depend on it.
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To repair our relationship with the Pacific, the new government must make swift decisions addressing the climate emergency. But that’s just the starting point.
If you aren’t a fan of holiday shopping, you aren’t alone.
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Gift-giving might seem needlessly cumbersome and stressful. But the costs and benefits of the custom aren’t what they seem.
Paul Kabai and Pabai Pabai.
First Nations leaders Pabai Pabai and Paul Kabai filed a landmark class action against the Australian government to protect communities in the Torres Strait from climate change.
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Many in PNG have access to the vaccine, even in the remotest corners of the country. But the problem is a deep-seated fear of the vaccine.
Struggling with a a fragile healthcare system, remote populations and widespread fear of the vaccine, COVID is running rampant in PNG. Australia has done much to help, but is it enough?
Aerial view of the new highway cutting through lowland forest in Papua Province.
Many are concerned that the highway is being built to benefit powerful commercial interests and not Indigenous people and will accelerate forest loss as seen in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
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Rich countries have promised to compensate poor ones for the impacts of climate change.
Binoora Bhultse demonstrates the two-handed
moyzé whistling technique used in the Oyda district of southwest Ethiopia.
Name tunes are unknown in most of the world, but they are found in two very distant communities.
While most other Pacific nations take a strong abolitionist stances on the death penalty, PNG is moving in the opposite direction – despite not having executed any prisoners since 1954.
Australia has sent help to its nearest neighbour to deal with its COVID crisis. But to really forge the next chapter in that relationship, we need to understand the history between the two countries.
Our neighbour’s stability and prosperity is in our interests. Surely, there can be no better example of this than the current crisis: what is good for PNG is also good for Australia.
An out-of-control COVID epidemic in PNG would be a humanitarian and economic disaster for the nation itself, and a grave threat to the region.
With his strong belief in sana – consensus – over insurrection, Somare was central to PNG’s independence and a pivotal figure in Pacific politics.
Women who work outside the home in Papua New Guinea often continue shouldering the same domestic and child care responsibilities as before.
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A new study explores how feelings of relative poverty can negatively affect gender dynamics among households.
Decision-makers, locally and globally, must balance management of pandemics with a recognition that fish and fishing communities are essential to local well being.
Bulbophyllum alkmaarense: New Guinea is home to more than 2,400 species of native orchids.
With tarantula-like orchids and giant bananas, New Guinea is officially the most floristically diverse island in the world.
China made a huge splash in PNG in late 2018 with infrastructure investments and loan pledges. But since then, it has struggled to make inroads due, in part, to anti-Chinese sentiment.
Calls to ‘defund the police’ are growing across the US.
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Iraq, Guatemala and the autonomous region of Bougainville have all tried to demilitarise their police forces – with varying degrees of success.