The composition of Tonga's Cabinet and Parliament remains in the most disordered state we have witnessed since the nation embarked on a democratic reform process in 2010. While uncertainties remain in the forefront, the big task ahead for cabinet and parliament is the National Annual Budget to be passed before 1 July. For historical reasons, this year it's no ordinary budget.
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Results for Opinion
Monday 21 May 2018
Friday 18 May 2018
Washington D.C., U.S.A
As we work with partners to tackle the interconnected global challenges of climate change, conflict, famine, and pandemics, we must help countries prepare their people for a more complex, disruptive, digital future. The most important investments countries can make are ones that build human capital—to prepare for that future, and to write the next chapter in the ongoing project of human solidarity. By Jim Yong Kim.
Thursday 17 May 2018
The Tonga Broadcasting Commission’s news bulletin on 1 May 2018 featured a short segment on the CEO of the Ministry of Labour, Edgar Cocker. According to Mr Cocker they had enlisted the assistance of the Tonga Police in closing stalls at the flea market that were operated by Asian vendors because they breached the law regarding the location of businesses, and that “the flea market was set up only for Tongans.” - Kotoni Fonua.
Monday 14 May 2018
New York, USA
For decades, the global health community has paid lip service to the critical role of unequal power relations, particularly relating to gender, in determining health outcomes. A recent report by the advocacy and accountability group Global Health 50/50 which reviewed 140 organizations working in the global health sector, makes for disturbing reading....The situation is even worse for men and boys, who, regardless of country, can expect to live shorter, unhealthier lives than their female peers. According to the report, only a third of organizations take a gendered approach to the health needs of the whole population, and no organizations target men and boys specifically. By Helen Clark and Sania Nishtar
Monday 7 May 2018
From 1949, when Mao Zedong’s communists triumphed in China’s civil war, until the collapse of the Berlin Wall 40 years later, Karl Marx’s historical significance was unsurpassed. Nearly four of every ten people on earth lived under governments that claimed to be Marxist.... On the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth on May 5, 1818, it isn’t far-fetched to suggest that his predictions have been falsified, his theories discredited, and his ideas rendered obsolete. So why should we care about his legacy in the twenty-first century? By Peter Singer
Thursday 3 May 2018
Every year on May 3 – World Press Freedom Day – news producers and consumers pause to reflect on the state of global media. This year, as journalists and government officials gather in Ghana for the event’s 25th observance, attention will turn to the myriad pressures and challenges confronting the profession worldwide, and how official and state-sponsored hostility toward the press is threatening democracy. By Leon Willems
Wednesday 25 April 2018
Ending an epidemic is a marathon undertaking, and in the case of malaria, we are nearing the finish line. But we will need to keep up the momentum. Still, mounting challenges such as drug and insecticide resistance threaten to reverse the progress we have made. For two consecutive years now, malaria deaths have risen, while funding has flatlined. This year’s World Malaria Day (April 25) should thus spur a redoubling of our efforts. Eradicating malaria will require new medical and health-policy solutions as well as stronger political will.
Wednesday 4 April 2018
It’s not just in America that a youth-led revolution is coming alive. Around the world, young people are becoming a power in their own right. These new movements reflect our current digital age, in which young people can increasingly connect with one another in their own countries and across borders. In doing so, they are exposing the gap between the promise of opportunity and the grim reality of unequal chances – especially for girls. The torch is not being passed to a new generation; this new generation has had to seize it. They deserve our support. By Gordon Brown
Tuesday 3 April 2018
The Editor would like to clarify a statement in our article entitled "PM’s Cabinet incomplete". The statement was contained in a report of a Press Conference with the Prime Minister on March 23. We audio-recorded the press conference.
Thursday 22 March 2018
Kuou lau hifo he ongoongo kuo ke tuku mai “man loses land after being time-barred by the Judge at Land-Court decision” and it raises a very interesting issue of an “illegal-activity vs time”. Are we saying that an illegal activity of an illegal land grab will be legal after ten years if no action was taken by the owner to reclaim his land? Are we witnessing the most dangerous precedent case in our land laws since its inception in circa 1862.
Friday 9 March 2018
Opinion by Rev Dr Ma'afu Palu of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga.
Wednesday 28 February 2018
Massachusetts, United States
The speculation spreads every time an older politician of either party blunders verbally or seems to lose the thread: Is it Alzheimer's? Early dementia? Impaired judgment? At a recent Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Center forum called "Dementia and Democracy" Professor Francis Shen of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior made a point: Politicians, who have huge advantages as incumbents, and federal judges, who serve for life, tend to stay on the job well past typical retirement ages. But their cognitive failings can often be very difficult to pin down. So what is to be done? By Carey Goldberg.
Tuesday 27 February 2018
Na’e tonu ke ‘uluaki kole mai ‘e he tafa’aki kotoa ‘oku nau kākunga ki he tokanga’i e veve ke ‘oua ‘ave e veve lanu mata ki Tapuhia he ko e koloa eni ki he fakalelei kelekelé mo e fefie. - Netatua Pelesikoti-Taufatofua.
Sunday 18 February 2018
‘Oku ou faka’amu pē ‘e ‘iai ha tokoni meí he tafa’aki ‘a e Pule’angá ke tau fefua’aki mo ha’amo e mamafa ‘o e fatongiá; ‘Okapau ‘e lava ke holoki pe faka’atu’i ‘a e Duty pe Tax imposed on goods directed to help rebuilding our nation in the near future. - Tevita Tupou.
Friday 16 February 2018
Kuo ha’u a Gita pea ‘alu, pehe ki he ‘aahi na’e fai ‘e Ian ki he ‘Out Ha’apai. Ko ‘etau langa fonua 'i he ‘Out Ha’apai he hili ‘a Ian (Gategory 5) ‘oku te’eki ‘osi. ‘Ofa ke ‘oua ‘e lelea hotau loto ka tau toe ki’i vakai si’i ki he’etau tonounou na’e fai ‘i Ha’apai he ko e Pule’anga eni ‘e tolu mo e ‘ikai lava lelei. - 'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau.
Friday 16 February 2018
Closing the divides in our fractured world will require collaboration among many stakeholders. And, more often than not, it is dialogue that sets cooperation apart from conflict, and progress from painful reversals of fortune. The Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus once said, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak."
Thursday 8 February 2018
With obesity and diet-related diseases on the rise, and hunger and malnutrition affecting more people than ever before, scientists are focusing not only on how to feed the planet, but on what to feed it. Today, bad diets seem to have more staying power. Natural and raw foods are being replaced by ready-to-eat meals and processed foods. This trend has created an unhealthy globalized menu, one associated with obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and shortened lives. By Eduardo Nilson.
Wednesday 7 February 2018
Kuo hiki a Tonga mei he lao ‘o e ‘ikonomika-tonga, ko e “Si’i Femolimoli’I” ki he “Lahi ‘au kae Si’i ‘aku”, malie! 'Oku toe kanoni ‘aki foki hotau palopalema ‘etau ma’u ha fa’ahinga Pule’anga ‘oku fisi ki tu’a mei ai ‘a e fa’ahinga ta’emaau na’e te’eki ai ke tau mamata kiai he ngaahi kuonga ‘o onopooni ‘i Tonga. - 'Inoke Fotu Hu'akau.
Monday 29 January 2018
One of the greatest challenges facing women in much of the developing world is the gap between their legal rights and their ability as individuals to claim them. But that could soon change, thanks to a case brought to the UN by two Tanzanian widows who were dispossessed of their homes by discriminatory inheritance laws. Tanzania and countries in similar situations must demonstrate their commitment to women’s rights by eliminating systematic discrimination. By Tzili Mor.
Monday 29 January 2018
New York, USA
Each new wave of technology increased productivity and access to knowledge. Technology powered globalization and economic growth. For decades, it made the world a better place. We assumed it always would. Then came 2016, when the Internet revealed two dark sides. By Roger McNamee.