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Solomon Islands – where world news is all local (Sue Ahearn, The Interpreter)

Did you notice anything different about the news coverage of the recent unrest in Honiara?

Those fast-breaking stories on Australia’s TV, radio and online networks were not presented by Australian journalists but by Solomon Islanders professionally reporting from the front lines of the riots. There wasn’t a journalist on the ground from Australia, New Zealand or anywhere else except the Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands – where world news is all local | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Chinese Embassy in Solomon Islands condemns violence, warns nationals of security risks (Global Times)

The Chinese Embassy in the Solomon Islands strongly has condemned the violence and expressed sincere sympathy to the stranded overseas Chinese as Chinese merchants and shops suffered from severe economic losses and hundreds of Chinese nationals became homeless due to the severe social riots in capital Honiara.

Chinese Embassy in Solomon Islands condemns violence, warns nationals of security risks – Global Times

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Solomon Islands deployment: Australia must meet obligations to women (Nicole George, The Interpreter)

Amid the disturbing images of mass protests, looting and arson in Honiara last week, local journalist Georgina Kekea shared footage on Twitter of the central market in Honiara. Here, she said, women vendors had been stuck for two days without access to food other than the fruits and vegetables they sell.

Solomon Islands deployment: Australia must meet obligations to women | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Peace unravels in the Solomon Islands (Anna Powles, Jose Sousa-Santos, East Asia Forum)

On 25 November, a day after the riots in Honiara, Australia announced it would deploy police and military personnel following a request for assistance from the government of the Solomon Islands. This is fast shaping up to be a regional response to the unrest in the Solomon Islands.

Peace unravels in the Solomon Islands | East Asia Forum

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Repeating history? Australia’s new intervention in Solomon Islands (Richard Herr and Aziz Mohammed, The Strategist)

Karl Marx claimed, ‘History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce’, suggesting that failing to learn from experience tells something about those in power. At the first repeat, all the ensuing misfortunes are tragic because they were avoidable. The second repeat reveals inexcusable incompetence.

Repeating history? Australia’s new intervention in Solomon Islands | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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Unrest continues in Solomons with PM blaming foreign powers (Al Jazeera)

Foreign countries are responsible for stoking the disaffection that has led to three days of violent protests in the Solomon Islands, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said on Friday, as police pushed back protesters who again took to the streets.

Tear gas was deployed in Chinatown where looting and the burning of buildings continued on Friday morning, and pushed back a crowd that tried to reach Sogavare’s private residence, the AFP news agency reported, citing its journalists at the scene.

Unrest continues in Solomons with PM blaming foreign powers | Protests News | Al Jazeera