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Parents of Soldier Who Killed Himself in Iraq Speak Out

In PTSD, US Military on October 27, 2009 at 10:05 pm
Chancellor Keesling

Chancellor Keesling

Gregg and Jannett Keesling are the parents of Chancellor Keesling, a US soldier who took his own life on June 19th of this year. Chancellor was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. During his first deployment, he suffered mental health issues so severe he was placed on suicide watch. After getting back to the United States, Chancellor had turned down a bonus offer to return to Iraq in the hopes he wouldn’t be redeployed. But he was called back in May. One month later, he took his own life. Since Chancellor’s death, Gregg and Jannett Keesling have yet to receive a letter of condolence from President Obama. After making inquiries, they discovered that this was not because of an oversight. Instead, it’s because of a longstanding US policy to deny presidential condolence letters to the families of soldiers who take their own lives.

Read more at Democracy Now! >>

Prof. Cynthia Enloe Lecture at Quinnipiac

In Gender and Militarism in the Pacific, Gender in the Pacific, Militarism in the Pacific, Pacific Research and News on October 27, 2009 at 6:39 am

On September 24th, 2009, Cynthia Enloe, a research professor in international development and womens studies at Clark University, presented the lecture, Picking Up the Pieces: Making Feminist Sense…

thirdSPACE Interview with April Banks

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Art - International on October 27, 2009 at 2:23 am

“…In my art, I’ve been exploring how commodities’ trading affects poor communities. I’ve been exploring cacao (chocolate) and rice. Chocolate, being a luxury, and rice being a staple food worldwide. When there was a market manipulated “shortage” of rice several countries had riots as the cost of rice was too high for poor communities to afford. I know this may seem like a tangent, but all of these interests led me to the this Project in Amman…”


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Black SAS war hero who held off 250 rebels single-handed to be immortalised in statue

In Militarism in the Pacific, Military History, Representations of the Black Body on October 26, 2009 at 10:31 am
Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba

Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba

He was fighting a secret and brutal war in a dusty land far from home.

But while the 1972 clash between British forces and Communist rebels in has long passed into history, the actions of Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba have not.

Instead, the Fijian soldier’s exemplary courage under fire places him high on the pantheon of SAS heroes.

Travel ban on Lolohea

In Pacific Research and News, PSMC recruitment in Fiji on October 26, 2009 at 10:30 am

“…Mr Lolohea is alleged to have made false promises in 2005 to secure jobs for thousands of locals in Kuwait. Skilled and unskilled workers paid various amounts to his company – Meridian Services – but were not given jobs which led to police investigations.

He recently returned to his Nadonumai home, a settlement on land owned by Suvavou villagers.

The villagers themselves participated in the recruitment drive, paying about $10,800, part of which has been returned…”

From the Fiji Times…

Missing Pacific – 2nd & 3rd Installations

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Pacific Art, Pacific Islander Art in Australia, Pacific Research and News on October 18, 2009 at 4:09 am
Installation - White Street Mall, Frankston © Torika Bolatagici, 2009.

Installation - White Street Mall, Frankston © Torika Bolatagici, 2009.

Installation - White Street Mall, Frankston © Torika Bolatagici, 2009.

Installation - White Street Mall, Frankston © Torika Bolatagici, 2009.

Installation - White Street Mall, Frankston © Torika Bolatagici, 2009.

Installation - White Street Mall, Frankston © Torika Bolatagici, 2009.

Fiji Times Exhibition – Review on Café Pacific

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Art - International, Contemporary Pacific Art, Pacific Research and News on October 17, 2009 at 3:32 am

Fiji Times reviewed on Café Pacific:

FIJI TIMES // New work by 5 Fiji Women Artists @ The Salon, Auckland City

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2009 at 5:21 am

FIJI DAY is upon us! And to mark Fiji Day, we had to do an exhibition!!!

Inspired to make experimental commentary on the current political situation in Fiji, five artists have developed new works that tackle political [mis]leadership, faith and religion, censorship and militarism, propaganda, love, land and diaspora. This exciting short exhibition is a continuation of the VASU: Pacific Women of Power exhibition staged in Suva in 2008. VASU was Fiji’s first platform for the promotion, celebration and discussion of art made by Fiji women.

FIJI TIMES // New work by 5 Fiji Women Artists // Curated by Ema Tavola
Fiji’s own STEVIE J!!
OPENING: 6pm, Friday 9 October
EXHIBITION DATES: 12 – 6pm, 10-14 October
VENUE: The Salon / House of Taonga, Level 1, St Kevins Arcade, Karangahape Road, Central Auckland

Exhibition website: // Daily updates will include interviews with artists, responses and photos photos photos!!

For media enquiries, please contact Naomi Singer, phone 027 5555352 or email

>>> Download the Fiji Times Exhibition Media Release <<<

FIJI TIMES is a non-profit exhibition project in a private Auckland studio space featuring experimental artwork reflecting on Fiji’s current political situation or the times of Fiji. The visual reference to Fiji Times Ltd’s historic masthead is an acknowledgment of the newspaper’s role in communicating and reflecting Fiji society and politics. The use of the words ‘Fiji Times’ references the ability for visual arts to communicate and reflect society in a similar way to the media. The title aimed to encourage artists to reflect on their role as cultural interpreters and use their work as a platform for commentary, using visual language. The font we have employed on the e-flier was selected to be similar to the historic Fiji Times masthead but not identical. The FIJI TIMES exhibition has no relationship with Fiji Times Ltd.

Protect Me - © Torika Bolatagici 2009

Protect Me - © Torika Bolatagici 2009

Tautai Auction for Pacific Tsunami Relief

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2009 at 2:33 am
Artists for Tsunami Relief - Auction in NZ

Artists for Tsunami Relief - Auction in NZ

“Missing Pacific” Project – ABC Radio Australia – In The Loop Interview (02.10.09)

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2009 at 2:12 am

For Pacific Islanders living overseas many of us are always seeking ways to remain connected to our cultures, histories and traditions. When we don’t have direct access to our culture and people, one of the greatest resources for gaining information is through a library. But what happens when Pacific resources within a public library are limited or no longer available? Melbourne based Fijian photographer Torika Bolatagici-Vetuna examines this very issue through her current installation called “Missing Pacific” which has been set up in a bayside library.

Listen to MP3 via ABC website.