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Clinton Has Teeth, And Is Ready To Use Them

Shift Possible on Burma

Policy Sanctions Have Failed, Clinton Says, Hinting at Other Tacks

By Glenn Kessler Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, February 19, 2009; Page A11

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 18 — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that economic sanctions imposed by the United States and other Western governments have failed to pressure the repressive Burmese government, signaling a potentially major shift in U.S. policy.

Clinton, at a news conference here, did not deny that easing sanctions was one of the ideas under consideration by the Obama administration as part of a major review, saying that “we are looking at possible ideas that can be presented.” She said she had discussed the issue with Indonesian officials.

“Clearly, the path we have taken in imposing sanctions hasn’t influenced the Burmese junta,” she said, adding that the route taken by Burma’s neighbors of “reaching out and trying to engage them has not influenced them, either.”

Burma, also known as Myanmar, is regarded as one of the world’s most oppressive nations, ruled by generals who have enriched themselves while much of the country remains desperately poor. The National League for Democracy, the party of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, won a landslide electoral victory in 1990, but the military leadership refused to accept it.She has been held in confinement repeatedly since then, as have hundreds of her supporters. Any move by the Obama administration to scale back sanctions could face opposition in Congress, where lawmakers have imposed a series of increasingly tougher restrictions on the Southeast Asian nation.

The Bush administration also invested significant diplomatic capital into moving Burma for the first time onto the agenda of the United Nations Security Council, though a proposed resolution on the junta’s behavior has been vetoed by Russia and China.  In 2007, Vice President Biden was the key mover in the Senate passage of the Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act, which renewed restrictions on the import of Burmese gemstones and tightened sanctions on mining projects. The act also imposed new financial sanctions and travel restrictions on the junta’s leaders and their associates, and created a post for a high-level envoy and policy coordinator for Burma.

But some humanitarian organizations have begun to question the sanction policies. In an influential report issued last October, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group argued that humanitarian aid should begin to flow into the country and that bans on Burmese garments, agriculture and fishery products and restrictions on tourism should be lifted.

“It is a mistake in the Myanmar context to use aid as a bargaining chip, to be given only in return for political change,” the report said. “Twenty years of aid restrictions — which see Myanmar receiving twenty times less assistance per capita than other least-developed countries — have weakened, not strengthened, the forces for change.”

While Clinton has been careful not to tip her hand on the direction of the policy review, she has used strikingly mild language about the Burmese government, describing “the unfortunate path” taken by Burma, leaving it “impervious to influence from anyone.” Jeremy Woodrum, co-founder of the U.S. Campaign for Burma, said he hopes the Obama administration does not shift course. It “should not lift pressure, which would have the effect of selling out Aung San Suu Kyi, who has called for pressure on Burma and whom Secretary Clinton and President Obama just voted to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal,” he said.

“The Obama administration should pursue a multilateral global arms embargo to help stop crimes against humanity committed by Than Shwe’s regime.” Than Shwe is the leader of the Burmese junta. During her stop in Indonesia, Clinton also visited the Jakarta-based headquarters of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a regional bloc of 10 nations that includes Burma but is often criticized as ineffectual.

As scores of ASEAN employees lined the balconies to applaud her, Clinton announced that the Obama administration would consider signing the group’s Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, a nonaggression pact signed by 15 nations outside the region. The Bush administration had declined to sign it, in part because of concerns it might hamper policy toward Burma. Clinton also said she would attend a regional security meeting in July, a diplomatic session that former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice skipped twice during her four-year tenure.

“It really shows the seriousness of the United States to end its diplomatic absenteeism in the region,” a beaming ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan said. Upon her arrival in Jakarta, Clinton was serenaded at the airport by children from the former elementary school of President Obama, who spent four years of his childhood here. At a joint news conference with Clinton, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda noted that Obama “has a very strong constituency in Indonesia — of course without the right to vote.”

–  Well, bloggers, hopefully this will put the sh*ts up Vore and his Master Chodo.  For years they’ve been looking at Burma and thinking “Wow! We can get away with that too!”.  Not any more, bozos.  The weapons of democracy are alive and well and pointing in your direction.

God bless Fiji

The Corruption of Legal Aid

Is there anyone surprised to see that, even from the ‘sidelines’ of the illegal regime, Chodopu$$y is still looking after his electorate by feathering their nests?

While the goons prevent the rest of our legitimately elected representatives from looking after their constituents, Chodopu$$ manages to finagle a new Legal Aid office into his home district of Ba.

He accuses the SDL party of corrupt practices and an ‘agricultural scam’.  Proof positive that, were he not a complete hypocrite, Chodothru$h would be nothing.

Legal Aid is a system which respects the principles of equality before the law, and due process under the rule of law by allowing deprived people access to quality legal representation.  Without it, the disadvantaged of the community might be further disadvantaged against the state or affluent legal opponents.

Instead of giving out some shovels and farming equipment, Chodopu$$y sends them free lawyers.  And believe me, under his system of “justice”, those free lawyers are worth every cent!

Chodothru$h’$ Ai-arse licking lapdog has delivered yet another nail into the coffin of the rule of law in Fiji by choosing to allow the noble principles of Legal Aid to be so thoroughly corrupted in this way.  I could turn a blind eye when Chodopu$$ and Sahu Khan set up their soccer academy in Ba, cementing the district’s claim to first place in the league forevermore (despite rampant lack of natural talent).  But this is going too far.

Chodothru$h was happy to point out, in the days we had a legitimate government and he was in opposition, that the North was neglected because there were so many impoverished cane farmers there living below the poverty line.  Why then has the new Legal Aid office ended up in Ba and not Labasa?  Simple answer – Chodopu$$y smells new elections in the offing and he wants to keep his voters sweet on him.

So, now that the Illegal Regime has invited all political parties to join in a “Forum” which I am sure will thoroughly explore new boundaries of partiality in conducting talks, what next for the malodorous Chodokant?

Chodopu$$ has stirred up racial tensions for his own ends.  He’s planned and staged a military coup-de’tat for his own ends.  He’s destroyed the rule of law in Fiji for his own ends.  He’s impoverished hundreds of thousands of cane farmers by crippling the sugar industry for his own ends.  He’s stolen millions of dollars from those very people and diverted them into his personal overseas bank accounts for his own ends.  To what new depths of depravity can he sink?  To be honest, I really do not want to find out.

I do, however, want to see Chodokant annihilated and humiliated at the ballot box.

Tabu soro
God bless Fiji.

Legal Aid office opens doors in Ba Fiji Times Online, Saturday, October 18, 2008
THE opening of the Legal Aid Commission’s Office in Ba has been described as part of the interim regime’s commitment to guarantee everyone access to justice.

And the Government has promised to open up more Legal Aid offices throughout the country.
The opening ceremony yesterday marked a milestone for the commission as it celebrates its 10th year of existence.

Interim Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the Ba office will not only provide services to those within the Ba area but to citizens domiciled in and around Tavua and Rakiraki.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the new office would decrease inefficiencies and contribute to increasing productivity as people would not need to spend time and money traveling elsewhere to a legal aid office.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the new office would facilitate access to justice for all citizens in Ba to Rakiraki.

“Access to justice is one of the many initiatives that the Government of Commodore Bainimarama wants and has started to make a reality for the people of Fiji. “Last year, the Government increased its funding to the commission and we hope to increase funding in next year’s budget or at the very least maintain funding at the increased levels,” he said.

“Democracy is not only achieved through elections, although it is an important facet of it.”
“Democracy is achieved through proper representation and empowerment of all citizens in our country.”

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Democracy & War

According to Great Britian’s former Prime Minister, Tony Blair who gave his inaugural lecture at Yale this week, in the history of the world, no two democracies have ever gone to war against each other.  The statement has the kind of shocking simplicity which makes one stop and think.  But what about Great Britain and Argentina, didn’t they fight over the Falklands?  Yes.  But Argentina at that time was not a democracy.  What of India and Pakistan?  Well yes, the tensions between the two are undeniable.  But they have never taken the last, decisive step into war.  South and North Korea?  South democracy 1, North democracy 0.  What about all those wars in Africa?  Well, as marvellous as Africa is, democracy remains thin on the ground although where it has thrived, so has life, economy and stability.

So where does that leave Fiji, “the way the world should be”?  No wonder our neighbours in the Pacific Islands Forum are getting nervous.  With our historic propensity for coup-d’etat and our trigger-happy coward of a dictator covetously eying the seat of the President, the prospect of war in the Pacific is not completely off the table.

Bainimarama and his Master Chodo (who has left the regime but remains without doubt the main puppeteer) continue to play their dangerous game with the lives of Fiji’s people, and the futures of our children.  Bainimarama might think he has broken free of Chodo, but Chodo’s mysterious financial backers hover in the wings, just out of sight but ever willing to send forth their reinforcements, money, whatever, to support Chodo’s plan eradicate indigenous self-determination.  Meanwhile I’m Coy has got the China interested, another non-democratic state who would not think twice about helping Fiji further down the road away from democracy, lifting some very useful mineral resources along the way.

Thank God for the democratic states and institutions who continue to support Fiji’s return to democracy.  Australia, NZ, the Forum, the EU, USA, UK, the ADB et al remain consistent in their message and actions that Fiji must return to free and fair elections as soon as possible.

Bainimarama needs to understand that he has got to where he is today through Chodo’s planning but also through dumb luck.  That luck has run out. The only skin Chodo is protecting is his own.  The long arm of the law has found Vore, at last.  The aid agencies won’t fund him.  The ADB can’t deal with him because of his illegality.  Justice is catching up with him through Mr Qarase’s case, SDL’s complaint, CJ Fatiaki’s case and a slew of other cases waiting for their day in court.  The foreign judges he has appointed cannot rule against the Constitution, unless of course they want to prove beyond reasonable doubt that they are utterly corrupt.  Where next for Frankie?  In his desperation he is trying the UN.  Fat chance.  Unless he can find a sub-committee chaired by Mugabe and comprising Tan Shwe, Kim Jong Il, Pik Botha, Pol Pot, Stalin and the wacko from Tajikistan.  Of course he has the option to abrogate the Constitution, but somehow I don’t think the Military Council or the common soldiery will stand for it.

No, Vore has reached his impasse.

Let us pray that in his weariness he somehow finds the wisdom and the courage to call it a day, and surrender to God’s will and the will of the people, and bow out.

Let Vore surrender to democracy, and let the people of Fiji have our freedom once again to be free from tyranny, instability and the prospect of war.

God bless Fiji

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I do not accept comment here, preferring to direct fruitful dialogue to Soli Vakasama, Discombobulated Bubu, Fiji Democracy Now and other freedom bloggers.  Vinaka.

Charter Hypocrisy

The thing that most annoys me about the Charter is the sheer hypocrisy of it.

Chodo’s Charter (yes, I blame him for it!) positively reeks of double standards. For instance:
Beginning with our colonial legacy of “divide and rule” and the institutionalisation of communal identities, our people have tended to identify more strongly with their religions, ethnicity and by their various communities or provinces than by nationality. Racially divisive leadership has contributed to the situation that we are now a fractured and fragmented society. We have tended to focus on the differences that divide us rather than on our common shared values and interests.
** Right, well. Guess who is THE undisputed KING of racially divisive leadership??? Chodo makes Karl Rove look like a marriage counsellor. At rallies and farmers’ meetings where he delivers his most putrid, disruptive, splittist us-against-them rants, he doesn’t even have the decency to say it in English or Fijian. Yes folks, Chodo’s racially divisive speeches are all in Hindi.
** In an earlier post on this blog, “Same s**t, different year”, I quoted the late Sir Len Usher’s letters where the great man himself points the finger at Chodo for exacerbating racial tensions for his own political gain.

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Our problems today are deep­rooted and complex. We, the people of Fiji, must come together, join

hands, and work together, to address all our problems.
** Our problems are NOT complex. They are very simple. We have a legitimate Constitution and Chodo’s bastards are raping it, our rights and freedoms, and our children’s future. If Chodo’s bastards would stop fussing and hold an election, our problems today will vanish into thin are. Nothing complex about it, and its roots only go back to December 2006.

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Our common and equal citizenship underlines our desire for more inclusiveness, mutual respect, a common national identity, unity, loyalty, social cohesion, integration, confidence, and belongingness to Fiji.
** Common citizenship and a common national identity does NOT equate with the idiocy of attacking the meaning of ‘Fijian’ and diluting it to mean any old Tom, Dick or Harriett who is lucky enough to own a skyblue passport. If Indians want to call their language ‘Hindi’, that is their problem. It doesn’t mean we have to rename our language to ‘Vosa Vakaviti’. My German friend is German. I don’t call her Deutsch. A Frenchman is French, not francais. God help you if you call a Scot an Englishman to his face. Fijians are Fijians. Rotumans are Rotumans. IndoFijians are whatever they want to be called, as long as it ain’t Fijian.

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Our nation is in urgent need of genuine, trust­ based dialogue and peace building for which qualities of

humility, compassion, honesty and openness to other views and interests are essential.
** Chodo’s style of trade unionism is the complete antithesis of trust-based dialogue. Honesty and openness don’t even enter into the picture. He is an anachronism, a pimple on the bum of the international trade union movement – which thrives on good faith, not the pretence of good faith which is Chodo’s modus operandi.

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Our nation needs to urgently remove all unjustifiable systems, policies and programmes which are based on racial discrimination or narrow communal considerations.
** We did. And the interests of our people were protected by something called The Constitution. And your definition of ‘unjustifiable’ serves only your own interests, while ignoring the rights, hopes and aspirations of the indigenous people in our own land.
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Our nation must have a freely and fairly elected Parliament that is representative of the people of our country to strengthen and sustain democratic governance.
** We have one. You bastards just won’t let them sit down and get on with the jobs we elected them to do.
** Opposition leader Mick Beddoes is doing a great job nevertheless, with his consistent on-the-money comments against NCBBF and the illegal regime. Kudos also go to our Mr Laisenia Qarase – his analysis in the Fiji Times 15&16/08/08 is excellent – Ro Temeimu Kepa and Mrs Mere Samisoni.

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We strongly endorse that a holistic approach to human security be adopted by our Security Forces as the basis of the democratic state and the institutions for national security.
** We had possibly the greatest Police Commissioner in our nation’s history, Andrew Hughes, who you bastards chased away. Lo and behold, crime and drugs are at an all time high.

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We must achieve the efficient and effective as well as sustainable utilisation of the nation’s resources for our socio-­economic development.
** To paraphrase the late Ratu Mara – Mahen, you mad mutt, don’t even THINK about native land …
** An earlier posting, “The People and the Land”, discusses the view that our pristine ecosystem, in other words, the fact we have left much of our land untouched, means that Fiji possesses a commodity which is a global treasure. Most of the world’s land masses have been interfered with by man. We have something that the rest of the world cannot buy, create, sell or manufacture. Do we really want to let the illegal regime rape that too?

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The main insult that underpins this sorry excuse for a document, this charter, is the drive to divorce the Fijian people from our native land. Chodo thinks that if he can change how we use the word ‘Fijian’, the spiritual connection we have with our land will suddenly disappear, or become illegitimate. I repeat Ratu Sukuna – The People and the Land Are One. Our connection is a valid truth. You cannot change it, Chodo, or make it disappear. Like light, it is not overcome by dark, but by its nature chases away the dark.

This charter will fail. Not because the SDL may or may not talk to Methodists about it, but because it is inherently flawed. And because the people of Fiji, God bless them, are not fooled.

God bless Fiji

I do not accept comments on this blog, preferring instead to direct meaningful discussion to Soli Vakasama, Discombobulated Bubu, Fiji Democracy Now, Intelligentsiya and other pro-democracy blogs.

The People And The Land

Thanks to repeated coup-de-tats, Fiji is no longer “the way the world should be’.  But this does not mean that we have nothing to offer the modern world, nor that regaining our once proud status is impossible. 

   On a global scale, Fiji has two rare, precious resources that other countries cannot buy, create, manufacture, or replicate.  If plotted on a Bell curve comparing the global availability and quality of these resources, Fiji’s resources fall into the enviable sector reserved for extremely rare and extremely high quality. 

   These same two resources are both under threat by Fiji’s current illegal regime. 

1.     The first resource is the genuine friendliness of our people, especially the indigenous Fijians.  In other tourist destinations and parts of the world, people display friendliness to foreigners but with alterior motives – they want your business, your custom, your money, your recommendation.  Fijians are friendly without agenda or expectation of something in return.  It’s just the way we are. 

2.     The second resource is our natural ecosystems.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, in the world today can compare to the untarnished pristine quality of our ecosystem.  Governor Gordon’s initiative to declare native land sacrosanct to the taukei showed incredible, fortuitous foresight.  Asian, African, Central and South American ecosystems have been thoroughly integrated with their human inhabitants, to varying degrees of devastation from slash-and-burn scorched earth policies to managed forestation, land and marine use. 

   Both of these resources are under threat from the illegal regime in Fiji. 

   The hopes, aspirations and institutions of our native people are subjected to daily abuses by the regime, the latest example being their bastardisation of the Lau Provincial Council meeting, using Mugabe-esque tactics to remove competitors of their favoured candidate and preventing legitimate delegates (who have the mandate of their people) entry to the meeting.  It is testament to the indomintable nature of the human spirit and the Fijian people that our innate friendliness remains intact.  One wonders how long it can remain so under such relentless torrent of abuses. 

   Our natural resources, precious metals, forests and fishing is being hawked in a Fire Sale  by the illegal regime. Indiscriminate logging around Colo-i-Suva show no regard for standard practices of sustainable forest management.  Our waters are being overfished by Asian boats, and today’s story alleging funds to help locals enter the fisheries industry were ‘wasted’ shows this regime’s lack of interest in indigenous people competing economically or pulling themselves out of poverty. 

   In their desperate struggle for money to pay civil service and military wages – to keep themselves in clover – the illegal regime is turning a blind eye to long-term needs of our natural resources and selling off anything for which they can find a buyer.  They will sell the baby and the bathwater, and even the goose the lays the golden eggs, for whatever price they can claw. 

   This illegal regime is desperate. 

   Don’t let them sell off our children’s future. 

   We, the people of Fiji, now possess these resources which are precious, which cannot be bought, created, replicated or – once lost – replaced. 

   This illegal regime must be stopped. 

·   Write to the international community and conservation NGO’s telling them your grievances against this regime

·   Protest against unsustainable logging and fishing practices which are being ratcheted up under this regime

·   Use boycotts, strikes and international pressure against the regime whenever possible

·   Bring them down!

   To those watching ‘Paradise or Bust’ on MAI TV or tribewanted.com, think about Fiji’s two treasures so painstakingly nurtured by the tribewanted virtual community.  Watch what Chodo does to try and crush them.  And ask yourself – what can I do to protect our national, globally significant and irreplaceable treasures?

Tabu soro

God bless Fiji

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For satellite image evidence on global ecological devastation, look at http://www.csiro.au/news/ps2t8.html (Great Barrier Reef), http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/03/070327113346.htm (Himalayan glaciers melting), http://www.mongabay.com/nasa_deforestation_imagery.html (Amazon rainforest deforestation), http://epod.usra.edu/archive/epodviewer.php3?oid=120832 (Mount Kilimanjaro).  

Do we want to live to see Fiji added to this list? 

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I do not accept comments on this blog because I want to direct fruitful discussion to Soli VakasamaDiscombobulated BubuFiji Democracy NowIntelligentsiya or other pro-democracy bloggers working for freedom in our beautiful land of Fiji.

God bless Fiji

Passive Resistance Now!

The illegal regime’s sabotage of Fijian Holdings Ltd is a milestone – it’s the last straw.  

Now is the time for Fiji’s pro-democracy movement to turn words into action.  

Many people, rightly, advocate peaceful, non-violent protest, and I agree with them wholeheartedly.  

Which is why I’ve compiled here a list of things we can ALL do to help bring down this regime, for instance one form of protest we must start is protest marches and walking vigils.  

I’ve also included an excellent list by ‘My 2 Cents Worth’ from Soli Vakasama, March 08 (with slight editing and additions)    

We can no longer allow this illegal regime to bully us, we must fight back – we cannot be Chodo’s victims any more.  

At some point, the people of Fiji must take responsibility for the manner in which we are governed.  

Yes, they have the guns.  But WE HAVE THE POWER.  

God bless Fiji

 

MEANS OF PASSIVE RESISTANCE

A) Protest March / Walking vigil. Every week, on Saturday morning, protesters go in to Suva and other main cities from 8 – 10am.  Walk slowly up and down the main street (Suva – Market to Traps, Nadi – Queens Rd, etc) for 2 hours.  As word grows, more and more people will join our weekly walking vigil for the end of this illegal regime.  Free elections is what we need most, and what this illegal regime fears most.  If you want to make placards and hold them that is your choice, but they could make you a target (for soldiers). You can call out slogans like ‘Free Fiji’ or ‘Elections Yes! No Chodo!’ or similar – just not near the Police Posts or military check points.  We might find after a few weeks that there is a better structure for this, and we should remain open to improvements.  But for now, we MUST begin public protests.  

B) When members of the illegal regime speak at public gatherings, protesters in the audience should stand, turn your back on the speaker, and remain standing, facing away from them until they finish speaking.  Stand quietly, solemnly with your back to the speaker.  If organizers try to remove you from the area, it is your choice to go quietly or not.  If no one stops you in your standing protest, then when the illegal regime speaker has finished, turn back to the front, and take your seat. 

C) If Vore is at a rugby match, when the announcer introduces him, stand and turn your back to Vore and keep it turned on him until a minute after the announcer has finished speaking.  Invite other crowd members to join you.  If Vore tries to speak, turn your back on him as in B) above. 

D) IT /EDP guys in the Public Service – ‘repair’ servers for days, keeping them ‘down’ as long as you can.  If you are called to repair a server or terminal, take twice as long as needed to repair it, or waste time by first concentrating on a part that is NOT broken, disassemble and reassemble it, taking as long as you need to, before turning your attention to the real problem. 

E) All Civil Servants (except teachers)

    1. One day each week, take a day off and call in sick.  Make sure you get a note from your doctor.  Each time, tell your doctor you are having headache, nausea, internal pains, blurred vision, fever and chills, pain in the joints, dizziness.  Encourage everyone in your department to do this once per week. 

    2. Go Slow at work.  Work at half of your normal pace.  Don’t slow up enough to get sacked, but slow enough to clog up the system so that this regime cannot govern effectively. 

    3. Take twice as long to process forms. 

    4. ‘Lose’ vital paperwork, or store computer files in the wrong folders.  

    5. Cause equipment (eg photocopier, computer, fuse box) to malfunction. 

    6. Send computer viruses to each other. 

    7. Send requests to other departments to urgently provide you with files from decades ago so that they can waste time researching them in the archives.

    8. If you come across any information relating to the regime’s plans eg to cripple native institutions, rig elections or cover-ups, immediately email the documents to solivakasama@gmail.com or any of the other freedom bloggers.

  9. Take frequent breaks through the day to go to the toilet, or to drink water.  Go slow!  You can catch up next year under our new freely elected government. 

F) Keep writing to the foreign embassies, high commissions and delegations in Suva asking them to continue pressuring this illegal regime to their promised election schedule in March 2009, under the Constitution. 

G) Graffiti campaign – Paint ‘FF’ (short for Free Fiji) on any government property including the side of vehicles, buildings, tables, roads, etc.  Spray paints are easiest for quick graffiti, and also easy to drop if the authorities pass when you are in the act.  Make sure you hold the can with fabric or plastic between it and your hand so you don’t leave your fingerprints on the can. 

H) Boycott – Do not buy any goods from business houses which support this illegal regime. 

I) Sabotage – Send computer viruses to your friends and relations in the civil service.  Do this once a week. 

J) Media – You are the Fourth Estate, the last pillar of our freedom.  Do your thing!

K) NGO’s – Keep writing to your foreign contacts (UN, aid agencies, etc) to keep the pressure on the illegal regime, and to funnel funds where they’re needed – the people, the rule of law, NOT the regime. 

L) Cane farmers – write to the interim Finance Minister asking him where is the Haryana money, and can he urgently send you some.  

M) Come up with your own ideas for passive resistance, and post them on the blog-sites.  Not this one, because I prefer to direct commentary to Soli Vakasama, Discombobulated Bubu, Fiji Democracy Now, Intelligentsiya, et al.  

 

My 2 cents worth Says:

March 22, 2008 at 1:48 am

Show your passive resistance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For the illegal regime to survive it needs money. This comes from your spending (VAT) and taxes (individuals and businesses). If you don’t spend, businesses lose out, the economy contracts, which ultimately means the illegal regime loses out on its operational and capital expenditure. It is a sacrifice for you also in the short term. You may protest in your small way, save your own money, educate your kids and yourself, and stall the money into illegal Government coffers, which is what finances their illegal work. The cash flow will be a problem. Hit them where it hurts. What’s good for you is not necessarily good for the Government in an indirect way. 

 

Some suggestions


1. Food
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A)Take your own lunch from home, do not go out and buy lunch or eat out at restaurants


B) . Start your own vegetable garden and eat from et
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C) Give your kids lunch for school – don’t buy lunch, snacks
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D) Eat more from the market and less from the supermarket
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E) Buy in bulk e.g. flour, rice, sugar and budget it


F) Make your own bread, cakes, jam, pickles


G) Cook outside using wood


H) Have draunimoli instead of processed tea

I) Get food from family in the villages and pay them a fair price e.g. root crops, fish/meat (properly iced) etc

J) Make sure that that children, the old and pregnant women get a balanced meal

 

2. Water & Electricity
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A) Drink water rather than juice, if you have a lemon tree than that’s even better


B) Catch the rainwater and use it


C) Switch off the lights if you don’t need it


D) Flush the toilet only for number 2 (not 1)

E) Wash your backside and save on toilet paper


F) Cook outside using wood


G) Sit outside until it’s dark then go inside

H) Use low wattage light bulbs or fluorescent tubes

I) Paw paw leaves are a mosquito repellant

J) Cut down on washing the car, watering plants, pathways etc.


K) Fill the sink up then wash the dishes instead of letting the tap run

L) Turn off electrical appliances at the main power point after use

M) Save the pieces of soap in the bathroom, it can be used for washing the dishes etc

N) Have a short cold shower

 

3. Clothing


A) Don’t buy new clothes etc. – only if you really need it

B) Check second hand places out first (e.g. St Vincent De Paul)

C) Hand downs from relatives/friends etc.


D) Sew you own clothes or modify second hand ones you get


E) Fashion your own clothes e.g. tye dye

F) Repair your shoes, don’t buy new ones if you can
 avoid it

G) Forget about what others think, if they really like you they’ll take you for what you are not what you wear

 

4. Shelter


A) Don’t buy a home if you’re planning to yet

B) If you rent, pay on the day it’s due, not before


C) Bargain with the Landlord – times are hard

D) Get the landlord to make necessary repairs and improvements

 

5. Transport


A) Walk or catch the bus to work, forget about taxis

B) If you have a car, leave it at home

C) If you plan to buy a car, hold off for a while

D) Get a bicycle, the fuel is free!

 

6. Health


A) Eat healthy, exercise, sleep well, talk with God


B) Use the public hospitals rather than private if you can

 

7. Communication


A) Cut down on unnecessary telephone calls, write, text, email for free from a library if you have to (ask yourself – do I really need to make this call)


B) Read the papers in a library or at the office or school


C) Tell visitors to Fiji how you feel about the situation you are facing

 

8. Church

A) You don’t have to compete for soli’s, choir, dress etc. – God knows – forget about what man says. However ensure talatala has enough to support his family and work


B) Thank God for his blessings however little you feel they may be, and ask for guidance

 

9. Vanua


A) Have small simple gatherings if you have to for occasions e.g. bose’s, deaths, births, marriages, birthdays etc. – do not drain your relatives and friends as well.  Keep things short and sweet. It’s the togetherness that counts not the lavishness.  Jesus was born in a stable, died on a cross

B) Respect your chiefs and elders, share honestly with them your thoughts and opinions, they should understand

 

10. Entertainment


A) Cut down on the smoking and yagona unless it is free or supporting the business of a freedom fighter. Dry and tuki the kosa again or smoke Fiji tobacco if you have to. Get it from the family in the village and pay them a fair price.

B) Cut out alcohol altogether so the regime cannot make any money from alcohol tax.  You’ll also be surprised how much time you get to spend with your loved ones when no one is boozing. 

C) Swim free in the sea and parks for picnics (forget about the cinemas – if you have to then watch television – it’s free, and unsubscribe from a paid service if you have it)

D) Stay away from pubs, nightclubs – spent quality time with the family


E) Forget about holidays – stay home

F) Read books (free from the library rather than buying them or watching television) or play cards 

G) Let the kids make and play their own games rather than buying toys from the shop 

 

11. Work


A) Do only what is minimally necessary to justify your salary

B) There’s no need to excel under the current system – you might get kicked out for being too smart – it’s not for the entrepreneurs, high flyers, ambitious – success is seen as being obtained by dubious means at present, and they don’t want anyone smarter than them.

 

12. Finance

A) Don’t borrow (if you don’t have it do without it)


B) Pay only what is minimally necessary for loans etc

C) If you have a credit card – pay only what is minimally due then cut it up and throw it away when your balance is cleared


D) Keep your extra money at home in a safe place – the interest rates by banks and their charges don’t justify banking what savings you may have unless it is substantial

E) Start a small sideline business if you can, rotate the money among family and friends eg roti parcel, lemonade stand, shop, etc

 

13. Education

A) No one can take this away from you

B) Support the children and encourage them, spend time with them every day with their home work and take an interest in their school work, praise them for their efforts even if to you it may seem trivial for them it is a big achievement

C) Learn one new thing every day to better yourself

 

14. General

A) Support democracy fighter businesses e.g. market, food parcels, juice, wheelbarrow, minibus, village, family, friends. 

B) Most importantly – Ask yourself before you spend something DO I REALLY NEED IT?
 

C) Remember – Government likes spenders not savers because they always get their cut!