USPGATE: PAL AHLUWALIA refused to extend the Deputy VC Paunga's contract last Friday. 'He's doing a STALIN purge at USP of those who dare question him'. Paunga is the brother of the Tongan Prime Minister
USPGATE: PAL AHLUWALIA's re-appointment as VC at odd with the USP Joint Committee Council and Senate Review Report on his performance. Claims Report manipulated by those who wanted him back as USP VCP
*The USPSA having ballot for strike action next month. Ahluwalia is accused of running rings around the staff union, emboldened by 'Power of One Vote' that led to the formation of the Coalition government. He has refused to renew contracts of a few staff members or engage with them or their union representatives. He is accused of becoming authoritarian while wagging his fingers from Samoa.
The Fiji NGO Coalition on Human Rights has condemned the Fijian Government's decision to submit a written statement in support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, including East Jerusalem and is calling on the government to reconsider its position and for the Prime Minister to declare to the Fijian public as to who drafted the submissions on behalf of Fiji and why such position was taken.
The International Court of Justice will begin hearings on Monday in a case against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories where Fiji and the United States are the only two countries endorsing such a stance.
NGO Coalition Chair, Shamima Ali says this position is profoundly troubling and starkly contrasts the values of justice, freedom, and international law that the Fijian people hold dear.
She says it is imperative that the Fijian Government demonstrates accountability and transparency in its decision-making.
Ali says the public has a right to understand how such positions, which significantly impact Fiji's standing on the global stage and its moral compass, are determined.
She says they are calling upon the government to disclose the rationale and any consultations or analyses that led to this stance. Ali says this call for clarity is not just about ensuring governmental transparency; it's about reaffirming Fiji's dedication to principles that respect human dignity and international law.
She says without this openness, the trust between the Fijian people and their government risks being eroded, especially on matters of international significance that reflect on the entire nation.
The Chair says the NGO Coalition is also urging the Fijian Government to demonstrate its commitment to human rights and justice by advocating for the rights of all people, including the Palestinian people, to live in peace, security, and dignity.
She says Fiji is due to make its oral statement at the International Court of Justice hearing on Monday at the Hague.
Ali is also calling on the Fijian public, regional partners, and the international community to join them in urging the Fijian Government to withdraw its support for the occupation and to work towards a just and lasting peace in Palestine.
Questions have been sent to the Office of the Prime Minister and the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs. They are yet to respond. Source: Fijivillage News, 20 February 2024.
FLY NOW, PAY LATER flight organiser to Jerusalem, MICHAEL MAUSIO
RATUS, ROTUMAN AND PRESIDENCY (Woman and Ro Teimumu Kepa). President of Fiji position is not monopoly of Chiefs (or Burebasaga and Ro Kepa, for she is WOMAN). Fiji, its time for 'Chino-Fijian' or Indo-Fijian
*In the racist 1990 Constitution it was clearly stipulated that the position of the President and Prime Minister MUST be reserved for i-Taukeis, and the Constitution allocated 37 of the 70 parliamentary seats to them.
*As we have argued previously, the CHIEFS should return to their respective villages to govern their subjects, not collecting FAT CHEQUES while their people are living in abject poverty.
*As for Ro Kepa, she failed to be elected to Parliament in the last election. Her own subjects REJECTED her as a parliamentarian.
*For 16 years, we had Bainimarama-Khaiyum dictatorship, for the CHIEFS took to drinking 'homebrew'. We never saw them on the streets of Fiji, protesting against dictatorship. Neither did we see Sitiveni Rabuka or President Katonivere. In fact, he was up there, with the FijiFIRST Party.
*We presume the Fiji Sun meant DUEL and not DUAL?
This, despite the strong push from the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), for Rewa’s paramount chief, Ro Teimumu Kepa, to be appointed President when Ratu Wiliame’s term ends.
SODELPA general secretary Viliame Takayawa said it was time for a woman to be appointed as President of Fiji.
“We have had President’s from the Kubuna and Tovata confederacies, but not from the Burebasaga Confederacy. So, it’s time to make it happen,” Mr Takayawa said.
SODELPA has been advocating for Ro Teimumu to become the first female President of Fiji. However, this is not stipulated in the Coalition Agreement.
Mr Rabuka said no one had served the presidency role for only one term.
“We have not come to that issue yet. It will be dependent on the arrangements with the current president,” Mr Rabuka said.
“He can be appointed for another term.”
According to Section 85 of the 2013 Constitution, the President holds office for three years and is eligible for re-appointment for one further term of three years, but is not eligible for re-appointment after that.
Mr Rabuka said Ratu Wiliame had served in the role well and was capable to go again for another term.
From Fijileaks Archive, 22 October 2021
SODELPA's then Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya had nominated Ro Kepa
ITS ME, LYNDA TABUYA, Minister for Women, Children, Social Protection In a bizarre twist to the sex romp and drug taking text messages, Tabuya for the first time informs Aussie eSafety Commissioner 'It is her in photo'
The Australian eSafety Commissioner to Grubsheet, 14 February 2024
SCORING OWN GOAL with eSafety Commissioner. Meanwhile, isn't there a Conflict of Interest as Cabinet Minister and as President of the Kadavu Rugby Union. We accused the Bainimarama clan of abusing their political power to meddle in the affairs of the Fiji Rugby Union.
*While claiming that the text messages revealed by Fijileaks were FAKE, now it has emerged that Lynda Tabuya admits to the eSafety Commissioner that one of the screenshots used by Grubsheet contains a photo of her that the website used without her permission, showing her ample cleavage in regards to allegations of drug-taking.
*Goodbye, America. We wonder what Tabuya declared in her US visa applications when asked if she ever took drugs when she allegedly admits in her text messages to her former Cabinet colleague from Room 233 that she has 'plenty of weed in her room'.
*Anyone applying for a visa to America has to answer 'Yes' or 'No' to the question: 'Are you or have you ever been a drug abuser or addict?'
*According to the Australian eSafety Commissioner, one cannot publish a person in a state of undress, using the toilet, showering, having a bath, engaged in a sexual act of a kind not ordinarily done in public, or engaged in any other activity.
*In a telephone call, a staff member of the Commissioner clarified that they had no objection to Grubsheet continuing to publish the text messages.
*From the text messages, we know that the two Cabinet Ministers, in breach of the Code of Conduct, and in abuse of the Victorian Parliament's generosity in hosting the Whips Conference in Melbourne, were engaged in 'brutal sex romp' in Room 233, Windsor Hotel, that Tabuya could not allegedly walk properly the next day.
*Moreover, although no photos were published of her 'showering', there is evidence that she was allegedly inviting Aseri Radrodro to join her.
PUTIN is entitled to presumption of innocence over DEATH of KREMLIN critic ALEXEI NAVALNY. As Australian Prime Minister, Ministers lash out, one wonders why Fiji 'Putin's' torturer Naliva is NOT guilty of TORTURES
What role, if any, PIO TIKODUADUA played in Naliva's appointment?
Naliva was acting on the orders of Fiji's then 'Putin' - Bainimarama
From Fijileaks Archive
Fiji's PUTINS. We kept (keep) voting in Sitiveni Rabuka and Frank Bainimarama - the 'PUTINS' who committed indictable human rights abuses but are hiding behind Rabuka's IMMUNITY
“My message for the situation if I am killed is very simple: don’t give up.”
But his mind was defiant. Infused with a heavy touch of irony and humour, a distinctive hallmark of the opposition leader, Navalny joked with journalists and scolded the authorities.
He ironically asked the judge for part of his “enormous salary”. “Because I am running out of money thanks to your decisions,” Navalny said, referring to numerous fines imposed on him.
The next day, Russian authorities said he had died in a maximum-security prison in the country’s far north. His demise, if confirmed, will be widely seen as the final chapter in what looks like the Kremlin’s systematic effort to silence the most vocal and prominent thorn in the side of the Russian government.
For years, Navalny was harassed, intimidated and jailed as his prominence in Russia grew. In 2017, a doctor told him he had lost 80% of the sight in one eye after suffering a chemical burn when an assailant threw a green liquid in his face. But those attacks looked like child’s play when in 2020 he survived an elaborate FSB plot to poison him with Soviet-era novichok. Navalny soon became unwell after getting on a plane in the Siberian city of Tomsk for a flight back to Moscow.
The change in his condition was sudden and violent. Navalny went to the toilet at the back of the plane. He did not re-emerge, instead collapsing. Video footage shows the crew scurrying towards him. Passengers described grim, animal-like howls of pain. An unauthorised, on the spot decision by the pilot to divert the plane to a nearby city, where he received emergency treatment, appeared to have saved his life.
A long and uncertain road to recovery in Europe followed the poisoning. Step by step Navalny grew stronger. He started to walk and recognise people. German doctors soon confirmed he had been poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent from the novichok family.
Navalny later duped his attackers into admitting to putting poison in underwear in Tomsk. Asked why he survived, the FSB office told Navalny it was probably because his plane had made an emergency landing. If he had continued to Moscow – a journey of another three hours or so – he would probably have died, the officer said. The agent stressed his superiors had got the poison dose right.
But while Navalny survived the first attempt on his life it would mark the start of a grim series of repressions that would eventually lead to his death on Thursday.
Five months after falling victim to the FSB operation, he decided to go home, risking his own freedom to issue a direct challenge to the Kremlin. It was apparent from the start that his return would not be appreciated by the Kremlin.
Navalny’s plane landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, diverted from its original destination of Vnukovo airport where hundreds of supporters and media had been waiting. But he was in good spirits. “What bad things can happen to me inside Russia?” he quipped on the plane, telling reporters: “We won’t be able to take off unless you sit down.”
Navalny kissed his wife, Yulia, goodbye as he was arrested upon arrival in Moscow. It would be the last time the two would hold each other. A court soon handed him a three-and-a-half-year prison term, which would be followed by more and more sentences. At the time of his death, Navalny was due to serve a cumulative three decades in prison. It was made clear he would remain in jail as long as Putin remained in power.
In jail, Russia’s most famous opposition leader faced some of the worst excesses of the Russian prison system. He said the Kremlin wanted to break him, as a punishment for staying alive.
His team feared worse.
Navalny went on hunger strike after being denied urgent medical treatment in prison. He said the authorities subjected him to psychological pressure and sleep deprivation, detailing a fellow inmate to wake him every hour on the pretext of making sure he had not escaped.
He halted the hunger strike on the advice of his doctors but his torment continued. Navalny complained of numbness in one leg so severe that he could not put weight on it. Defying personal risks, hundreds of Russian doctors signed open letters asking Putin to “stop abusing” Navalny in jail.
Much of his time in jail would be spent alone, in the notorious punitive isolation cell, or ShIzo, for minor infringements of prison rules or without any explanation at all.
Last April worries grew when Navalny started grappling with severe stomach pain that his allies said could be the result of slow-acting poison. “His situation is critical, we are all very concerned,” his close ally Ruslan Shaveddinov told the Guardian at the time, foreshadowing events to come. “We believe that they are gradually killing him, using slow-acting poison which is applied through food.”
Shaveddinov called the withholding of care a slow-motion assassination attempt by the Russian government.
In December, Navalny disappeared from view, triggering new fears over his wellbeing. His whereabouts was unknown for almost three weeks before his allies located him in a remote penal colony in Russia’s far north.
Navalny’s final destination would be the Kharp high-security prison. Even by Russian standards, the Gulag-era “Polar Wolf” colony was rough.
Surrounded by mountains and tundra, with freezing dark winters making way for short, mosquito-infested summers, Navalny was virtually cut off from the outside world. But he remained positive, making light of his grim ordeal. “I’m still in a good mood, as befits a Santa Claus,” he said, referring to his winter clothing of sheepskin coat and fur hat and the beard he grew during his transportation.
But his allies expressed grave concern about the harsh conditions his already frail body would face. “This prison will be much worse than the one that was before,” warned his spokesperson Kira Yarmysh.
Navalny appeared to persevere. His last letter, passed to his lawyers on Valentine’s Day, was dedicated to Yulia. “Baby, between us there are cities, takeoff lights of airfields, blue snowstorms and thousands of kilometres. But I feel that you are near every second, and I love you with all my strength.”
Navalny prepared a message in case of the worst-case scenario. Shortly before flying out to Moscow in January 2021, he was asked what he would say to the Russian people if he was killed.
“My message for the situation if I am killed is very simple: don’t give up.” Source: The Guardian.