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April 16, 2009 5:35 PM   Subscribe

Commodore Frank Bainimarama has engineered a coup on top of a coup in sacking the judiciary, suspending the constitution, controlling the press, quashing dissent and taking over the central bank pdf press release. With no reportage of the takeover or criticism of the junta allowed, and with local journalists arrested and foreign correspondents expelled, how is the Fiji’s story being told? Bloggers have taken to the task, but are undertaking huge risks.
posted by mattoxic (27 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Frank Bananarama?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:40 PM on April 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


It's gonna be a cruel, cruel summer.
posted by mattdidthat at 5:44 PM on April 16, 2009 [7 favorites]


God damn you both.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:24 PM on April 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


Alright, someone at least parodize this guy into the lyrics for "Venus".
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:25 PM on April 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ah, you all beat me to it.
posted by cmgonzalez at 6:40 PM on April 16, 2009


Surely there's still a Commodore joke to be made.
posted by box at 6:42 PM on April 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Dammit. I provided the setup, and mattdidthat gets all the favorites.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:44 PM on April 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


Yeah, you know how it is for a straight man on Metafilter.
posted by box at 6:45 PM on April 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Surely there's still a Commodore joke to be made.

I wonder if Mr. Bananrama is planning on building any brick houses.
posted by cmgonzalez at 6:48 PM on April 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Also, holy crap. Fiji's been in a perpetual state of coup since as long as I can remember.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:53 PM on April 16, 2009


Thank god the guy has a slightly comedic name, otherwise it would be a total downer.
posted by mattoxic at 6:56 PM on April 16, 2009 [7 favorites]


Hey guys, that commodore's last name is wacky!
posted by TwelveTwo at 7:01 PM on April 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing Alright, someone at least parodize this guy into the lyrics for "Venus".

Dictator on the mountaintop
Hatin' the human rights game
Silencin' all his opponents
And Frankie was his name

We blogged it
Yeah baby, we blogged it
I'm on Twitter, I'm on Blogspot
Don't get caught
Well, I'm on Twitter, I'm on Blogspot
Don't get caught

He controlled all the newspapers
And then he took over the bank
Then he fired all the judges
Bloggers wrote WTF FRANK?!
Wow!

We blogged it
Yeah baby, we blogged it
I'm on Twitter, I'm on Blogspot
Don't get caught
Well, I'm on Twitter, I'm on Blogspot
Don't get caught
posted by mattdidthat at 7:03 PM on April 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Since it's independence since 1970, Fiji has had four previous coups. Reading about the 2006 coup alone is like something out of Cardinal Guzman. The EU has stopped sending aid and tourism is dying there, but where can it go from here? I don't hear a lot about what's going on in the South Pacific. But it would seem the internet traffic would be a relatively easy thing for the military their to monitor. They've already disconnected a lot of phone lines and are probably tapping more of them.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:21 PM on April 16, 2009


Coup in Fiji, attempted coup in Thailand...
posted by mark242 at 7:57 PM on April 16, 2009


Wait till the Fijians learn about Twitter and Facebook.
posted by KokuRyu at 8:09 PM on April 16, 2009


I guess I'm not going to buy meself a little farm on Fiji.

I suppose that's okay: I couldn't manage to fit waterwings on my sheep.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:30 PM on April 16, 2009 [1 favorite]


Excellent post.

Disappointing thread.
posted by merelyglib at 8:51 PM on April 16, 2009 [6 favorites]


Terrible, but at least the paint is dry, a man went out and someone cleaned their teeth.
posted by scodger at 9:12 PM on April 16, 2009 [2 favorites]


Here's another blog - discombobulated. Thanks for posting this mattoxic.
posted by tellurian at 9:16 PM on April 16, 2009


Terrible, but at least the paint is dry, a man went out and someone cleaned their teeth.

Well, it's more useful than what the NYT was printing in the run-up to the Iraq war. I smell Pulitzer!
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:26 PM on April 16, 2009


Would it be bad if I said...

LOAD "COUP",8,1

?
posted by Samizdata at 3:23 AM on April 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


Great post, mattoxic, I've been following the Fiji coup news somewhat closely (I do research in the area and have some Fijian ex-pat friends who are keeping me posted) and your links directed me to some new stuff. If anyone is more interested in further Fiji news and blog links rather than just HURF DURF FUNNY NAMES, here are a few I would recommend:

discombobulated bubu
Talking Fiji
FijiFreeSpeech
posted by barnacles at 7:00 AM on April 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


Would it be bad if I said...

LOAD "COUP",8,1

?
It wouldn't be bad, but it would mean fuck all.
posted by tellurian at 8:46 AM on April 17, 2009


Thanks, mattoxic and others, for all those links. It's a grim time for Fiji.
posted by rory at 8:58 AM on April 17, 2009


It's such a disaster, Fiji's economy is fragile anyway, with the country relying on the garment trade, sugar and tourism. The world bank is going to withdraw support for new sugar refining infrastructure, the GFC has pretty much decimated the garment industry and tourism, Fiji will have precious else. The junta desperate for cash will sell Fiji's forests to logging companies at bargain prices.

I'm not much of a believer in interventions, but Australia and New Zealand should act before its too late. Bainimarama should be in a cell in the Hague.
posted by mattoxic at 5:44 PM on April 17, 2009


Excellent post.

Disappointing thread.


You must become the change you seek.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:38 PM on April 18, 2009


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