International community gives thumbs down


The US think-tank, CSIS, has issued a report on the state of the constitutional process and it gives the regime a definite thumbs down. The process is too short to allow fully informed discussion and the atmosphere is wrong. “Given government censorship and punishment of any reporting deemed harmful to national interests, unbiased, informed discussion is not readily available to the general public in Fiji.” Bainimarama has drafted the constitution to allow himself to have increased power which he will hold till the day he is confirmed by an election. CSIS notes that the process had credibility when it was based on the Yash Ghai Commission, but went downhill rapidly after that. The process now has no credibility at all.

CSIS 11th April, 2013 Paradise Lost: Fiji’s Failing Democratic Transition

2 Responses to “International community gives thumbs down”

  1. Mana Tavenu Says:

    US President’s Family’s Salary Publisized Today—Our Illegal PM’s Salary and EyeArse’a In Firm Secrecy and Public Has No Idea but bilieved to be in Excess of the US President’s Salary

    Obamas made $600,000 last year
    06:57 Sat Apr 13 2013
    US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle reported about $US600,000 ($A571,837.03) in income last year and were taxed at the rate of 18.4 per cent, the White House says.
    It noted that Obama has called for a 30 per cent tax rate for wealthier Americans like himself.
    Two-thirds of the $608,611 in adjusted gross income reported by the Obamas come from the president’s salary of $US400,000 ($A381,224.68) a year.
    The overall figure is down from 2011, when the couple made nearly $US800,000 ($A762,449.37), thanks in part to proceeds from book sales.
    The Obamas also paid nearly $US30,000 ($A28,591.85) in state taxes in Illinois, where they own a home in Chicago, and donated $US150,000 ($A142,959.26) to charity last year, said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
    Carney noted that Obama supports the so-called “Buffett Rule” — a minimum 30 per cent rate for individuals making more than a million dollars a year.
    Named after billionaire investment wizard Warren Buffett — who famously complained he paid a lower effective tax rate than his secretary — the idea has been rejected by Congress, where Republicans opposed to higher taxation control the House of Representatives.
    “Under the President’s own tax proposals, including limitations on the value of tax preferences for high-income households, he would pay more in taxes while ensuring we cut taxes for the middle class and those trying to get in it,” Carney said in a statement.
    Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill, who works as a university professor, reported $US385,072 ($A366,997.38) in adjusted gross income in 2012 and paid $US87,851 ($A83,727.42) in taxes, the White House said

  2. anon Says:

    lots of talking and the dictator takes no notice whatsoever
    propagand and counter propaganda and the peoplel are just confused and misled depending who has control of the media in fiji.
    thats why the dictator will survive for another 25 years.
    this is not knocking the good work of bloggers. just the reality on the ground here in fiji.

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