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01 August 2014

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Na turu, laka.

Let it be assured that during the time of exploration and colonialism, there were different administrators that sailed the sinking ship of the so-called Melanesian brotherhood.

The Dutch, Germans and British gave up Papua and New Guinea because they could not handle the harshness of the land and particularly the stubbornness of the people.

The people of PNG are deeply rooted to their cultural heritages and it is somewhat erroneous to say that the Melanesian philosophy of brotherhood united us together when our cultural identities are mired into different cultural backgrounds.

Probably you can relate this to the current crisis in Jayapura when the nearest province to it, West Sepik, can't provide land for refugees.

Being a keyboard warrior of unity and change does not make a yellow-bellied an agent of crisis resolution when human-beings are mutilated and decapitated.

On the flip side, how can you say Melanesian brotherhood will make a global community if such a diversity could not even make investment and trade easy for people in Bougainville when they were ripped-off of their birth-right wealth during the crisis period

I believe the term Melanesian brotherhood was used only when tribes and clans came together to fight their enemies, share their joys and tears, and not to a broader and wider perspective unless you can come up with a Melanesian currency that will topple the US dollar.
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Nick writes, "The Dutch, Germans and British gave up Papua and New Guinea because they could not handle the harshness of the land and particularly the stubbornness of the people". This is not a correct statement. If you are reporting history, Nick, you must read history - KJ

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