- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: lulu.com (March 4, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409298035
- ISBN-13: 978-1409298038
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,968,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oceania Paperback – March 4, 2010
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The wall is invisible, but works as an "electronic fence with watchtowers". The U.S., Australia, and New Zealand have almost unlimited control over who is on the move. On top of high prices and scarcity of flights, travelling around the islands is increasingly difficult. For instance, "If Samoan or Tongan citizens wish to visit Papua New Guinea (PNG), they have to fly to Australia and then to Port Moresby from Brisbane or Cairns. [...] In order to do that, they must obtain an Australian transit visa [...] To visit any of the countries in Micronesia requires a U.S. transit visa to change planes in Hawaii or Guam [...]".
Very often, American, Australians and New Zealand immigration and customs officers deny transit visas.
Pacific Islanders are pawns in the geopolitical arena. They are deemed good for war and political purposes. Young men from the FSM, Palau, and the Marshall Islands are recruited, to fight in the US army, and Fiji exports its soldiers to conflicts all over the world, from UN-sponsored operations to mercenary adventure under private security firms.
The corrupted elites obediently vote at the UN as the masters dictate (both Nauru and Kiribati, for instance, voted against the Kyoto Protocol).
The ravages of the Second World War and of nuclear testing, the Cold War and foreign interests have created a situation of confusion and dependency.
"Oceania was once free. It governed itself and fed its people without asking for outside help.Read more ›