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20 January 2017

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I think Bernie Sanders is going to be too old at 80 to try again. Why did he give in to the Elite-Democrats? He'd would have beaten Trump.

As for land issues: I lived sublimely happy on my wife's land - planted 3,000 coconut. We were living in a mostly open valley with the hilltops still showing signs of traditional trees planted by her matrilineal ancestors. Each hilltop site nameable by leading uncle then the clan's spokesman.

He died and within few years my extended family were brutally chased off the land and are mostly squatters now in Kavieng.

Years before dying, uncle and the other clan spokesperson were locked into the land tribunal system at its lowest starting point. He died after 10 years of awaiting a proper mediation court to be actioned.

The UN, Commonwealth and international HR NGOs ex-spurts come and stay in the Plaza or other 5 star dongas and have talks with nicely-suited smiling Ministers and hear of the government's latest 5 or 20 year plan for enhancing the viability of expediting the stakeholders of preferential accommodation for the traditional ethnological established parameters for developing a kinship devolution of a bio-technical dispersal system for the impoverished rural villagers-- or family shithouse.

Read 'Taxpayers pick up bill for PNG LNG royalties & levies' by Kessy on here before yours Phil.

Always thought miners are big possibly bigger 'shafters' than loggers and they take some beating.

As Kessy says imagine if PNG had that 'lost' tax revenue to spend on education, health, transport. Or would it end up anyway in Cairns or Townsville villas.With a trip to Davos at quarter of a million annually.

Trump knows his business and got Exxon's top guy in his cabinet.

Recent TV documenatry on almost unreported holocaust of Congo where minerals are being used for all sort of mayhem - millions dead and displaced while we talk of Crimea. Yet all the products have to be sold to some middleman before it reaches the legitimate market.

I think Uganda exports more of some metal than it mines...obviously transborder scams. Just like Turkish channel for ISIL 'black market oils from Iraq & Syria oil fields.

In the end it boils down to human greed otherwise why would Auschwitz Zyklon gas producer Bayer want to amalgamate to be even bigger than it is.

Or billionaire Murdoch losing sleep over not getting what he craves.

Meanwhile plant your kaukau and shut up whingeing, say PNG elites.

Hell i'm getting to be a miserable old git. My dad summed it up as he turned 90. "Thank God I won't be around for much longer!"

Here are some interesting thoughts from John Pilger:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/17/the-issue-is-not-trump-it-is-us/

Maybe Manus Island detention centre, permanently.

Qld & the West really need her now that Clive is no longer in the political scene. Slante.

I should bring Pauline Hanson to PNG!
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Now that would be a tsunami, John - KJ

Another problem is the education gap - the rural uneducated masses increasing rapidly against the few educated minority who replaced the colonial masters. The elites and political leaders fail miserably to see the issues raised by Phil here or if they do, they willingly excerbate it by more ignorance and deep rooted corruption like pigs burrowing more into the mud.

Land issues are certainly a problem but they tend to be isolated to where resource extraction and other industries are making demands. Here and there population pressure applies to land problems.

I think the bigger causative factors are (1) the breakdown of culture, (2) population pressures,(3) the failure of educational opportunities, (4) lack of employment opportunities and (5) the inability or disinterest in the government to do anything about these issues - all problems echoed in the American rust belts.

There is certainly a tsunami building up in the world but I don't know if its due to the same reasons in PNG as it is in Europe, the Mid East and the South China Sea.

The volatile issue in PNG is land ownership.

One of the best things Australia did for PNG was to put in place protections against the alienation of local land. Since Independence, we have seen the gradual buildup of frustration over land rights and the biggest single source of corruption emerge over PNG's land ownership.

The only real wealth many PNG people had was their land. Since the advent of corrupt political dealings, the level of frustration over land alienation is a ticking time bomb that cannot be defused.

Couple that time bomb with an ever growing and restless young population and the recipe for revolution is rife.

Source most of the corruption in today's PNG and it will come down to ownership of resources and land.

This is not something that is first recognised or cared about when corrupt deals are done behind closed doors. Yet what is it that those outsiders have as objectives when they 'gris' the ready palms of those whose duty it is to protect their own people. The same people who apparently now put their own gain ahead of their own people.

The traditional way of sorting out PNG land ownership when discussions and debate fails is simple. Clan warfare. It doesn't decide whose right but only whose left.

What the mineral and timber companies are currently holding their collective breath about is how they can manipulate the government to keep control of the land hungry population while the foreign and multinationals make as much profit as they can.

Ultimately, the time bomb will explode and the forces of control will lose control. When that eventually happens, no one wins and everyone loses except those who have already made their fortunes and salted them away in foreign tax havens.

The essence of the dilemma is determining when a tipping point is reached. The view in everyone's individual crystal ball will depend on their perspective.

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