Thu, 14 December 2006
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Depending on how one defines a coup, Fiji last Tuesday had its
fifth or sixth coup (depending on what you call a coup), this time led by Fiji's military commander,Commodore Frank Bainimarama.
But in Fiji, things are never quite what they seem.
Specialist in Pacific media and journalism and their contexts, Dr
Mark Hayes, is a very close observer of the Pacific Region and Fiji,
as well as a frequent traveller Out There. Back in late April, 2006, Mark predicted the outcome of the 2006 Fiji election, a return of the government led by now ousted Prime Minister, Laisenea Qarase who was himself installed as Interim Prime Minister by Commodore Bainimarama in the middle of 2000.
Dr Hayes does a weekly Pacific News Wrap - 'Mo oe mai i le Pasifika (For you, from the Pacific)' - on Mondays for the subscriber-only alert and digest service, The Daily Briefing. Last week, he did daily UpDates on the developing Fiji crisis, drawing on his extensive sources and contacts.
Dr Hayes never goes to the resorts in Fiji. He plunges into Suva and surrounds, talks with and, more importantly, listens to, his array of well placed and astute local observers, and with a lot of
historical, anthropological, political, and sociological reading,
stirs the mix, and tries to make accurate sense of it all.
Background bridging music:
"Night Marchers" by Sudden Rush
"Jamoa Jam" by Black Rose