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BOLATAGICI INTERVIEW // iMODE MAGAZINE

In Contemporary Pacific Art, Gender and Militarism in the Pacific, Masculinity, militarism, Militarism in the Pacific, Pacific Islander Art in Australia, Pacific Research and News, PSMC recruitment in Fiji, Representations of the Black Body on June 18, 2010 at 11:14 pm
May/June 2010 iMode feature

May/June 2010 iMode feature

The May/June edition of iMode Magazine contains a 6-page feature on my work. You can view for free online at: http://www.imodemagazine.com/

// TO HELMAND AND BACK //

In Gender and Militarism in the Pacific, Masculinity, militarism, Militarism in the Pacific, Military History, PSMC recruitment in Fiji, PTSD on February 3, 2010 at 11:24 am
Derek Derenalagi

Derek Derenalagi

More than 2,000 Fijians are currently serving in the British forces, trading their palm-fringed Pacific islands for the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Why do they do it? For a passport out of poverty and to fight for the nation that once ruled them. Dan McDougall reports .

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Fijian soldier was shot dead while protecting Afghan elders

In Masculinity, militarism, Militarism in the Pacific, Pacific Research and News on December 8, 2009 at 1:03 am
 Fusilier Petero 'Pat' Suesue  Photo: PA

Fusilier Petero 'Pat' Suesue Photo: PA

A Fijian soldier described as a loyal warrior died after being shot by enemy forces while protecting a meeting of Afghan elders, an inquest heard.

Fusilier Petero ”Pat” Suesue, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed near Sangin, in Afghanistan, on May 22 while on foot patrol at around 1.30pm.

He was among a group of around 90 soldiers who were patrolling the area to provide a secure perimeter for a meeting of elders and important Afghan nationals.

An inquest heard today that Fus Suesue, 28, was shot in the abdomen as the platoon was preparing to replenish their equipment.

A series of small round shots were heard before Fus Suesue fell to the ground.

He was dragged behind the wall of a compound where his fellow soldiers gave first aid while under fire from enemy forces.

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Taskforce checks on jobs recruiter

In Militarism in the Pacific, Pacific Research and News, PSMC recruitment in Fiji on November 2, 2009 at 9:52 pm

“A POLICE taskforce set up to look into allegations against former recruiter Timoci Lolohea is now collecting complaints from several police stations.

Members of the public have been asked to lodge official complaints against the former Meridian Services Agency Ltd recruiting agent. Lolohea was alleged to have defrauded thousands of men, including villagers, of what some believe totalled over $1million…”

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Fiji recruiter returns home

In Militarism in the Pacific, Pacific Research and News, PSMC recruitment in Fiji on November 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm

“Mr Lolohea left the country in early March, 2005 to secure jobs for hundreds of workers, mainly drivers, while over 2000 others, who paid minimum fees of $150 each, waited expectedly for the call to work in oil rich Kuwait.

Many of the recruits, both skilled and unskilled, were from villages around the country and some gave fees of up to $300.

The recruitment drive fell through after the first group of Fijians working there was deported and soon after Mr Lolohea went ‘missing’.”

Read more at PACNEWS >>

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…

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.