Fiji, paradise at crossroads?
THIS appreciation of his people by Ratu Ganilavu,
a paramount chief of the Fiji Islands of more recent times, was
obviously made in an effort to highlight their cultural differences
with the Indians, the "other" people now calling his beloved
ancestral land home. The average Fijian as ordained by his
Melanesian bloodline is big, strong and athletic. His traditional
bond with tribe and land has given him a sense of gravity and
Spectre of civil war haunts Palestinian areas
A call for fresh elections in the Palestinian
Authority areas by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has triggered
fierce and prolonged armed clashes between the Fatah and Hamas
groups and raised the spectre of civil war in the region.
PTA and Northern and Southern terrorists
If there was one piece of legislation which was
maligned by the entire opposition including the SLFP and TULF, it
was none other than the Prevention of Terrorism Act. J. R.
Jayewardene said it was not a permanent piece of legislation that
should be in the Statute Book and he called it The Prevention of