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Stories about Oceania

21 October 2014

Pacific Islanders Block Coal Ships at Australian Port to Protest Climate Change

Using hand carved canoes, the Pacific climate warriors, along with dozens of Australians in kayaks, were able to prevent 10 scheduled ships from passing through the Newcastle coal port.

Online Tributes Pour in for Former Australian PM, ‘Giant’ Gough Whitlam

"Like so many of my generation I owe Mr Whitlam the privilege of a university education because he made it free of financial charges. MERCI."

6 October 2014

Burqa Banished Behind Glass in Australian Parliament

The decision to relegate people wearing a burqa or other facial covering behind glass in Australia's parliament has stirred controversy.

15 September 2014

Fiji's Pacific Climate Warriors Are Ready to Stand Up for Climate Change Action

A photo series offers a glimpse of Fiji's "Pacific climate warriors" as they prepare to fight for their very existence against climate change.

8 September 2014

Pacific Islanders Plan to Block the World’s Largest Coal Port With Canoes to Protest Climate Change

The Australian port of Newcastle is exporting destruction upon the Pacific Islands at an unprecedented scale, and plans for expansion are underfoot.

7 September 2014

Vigils in Australia for an Iranian Asylum Seeker Who Died After Getting Sick in a Detention Center

An Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei has been declared brain dead after suffering septicaemia from an infection contracted while in offshore detention. Many Australians have responded with compassion or anger.

20 July 2014

How Pacific Islanders Are Fighting Climate Change With Canoes

People from 16 different countries will voyage to Australia to deliver traditional canoes to major fossil fuel industry supporters. They want to highlight the dire consequences of climate change.

3 July 2014

Australian Activist Jock Palfreeman Is Taking On Bulgaria's Prison System From the Inside

People are calling for a Twitter "Day of Solidarity" with Palfreeman, imprisoned for murder. He says he was defending himself after trying to stop an attack on two Roma boys.

23 June 2014

Australian Shock and Outrage at Egyptian Sentencing of Al Jazeera Journalists

Journalists have led the way on social media in expressing Australians' shock over the prison sentences for the Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt.

15 June 2014

Australia's Socceroos Proud in Defeat to Chile at #WorldCup2014

Despite the Socceroos' 1-3 defeat to Chile in the FIFA World Cup, Australians have expressed their pride in the team.

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