What a mess in Fiji
. The WSJ is writing that the Fijian economy is declining because of it, tourism is down, and sugar exports are in danger, not to mention NZ taking hardline trade sanctions against Fiji
. Australia has held out the carrots of aid, which have been ignored. There is also disquiet amongst Fijian elites who want the sanctity of the juducial system returned
An interesting statistic from the WSJ op-ed is that the 2000 coup led to a 7.7% contraction of the Fijian economy. So far this year the Fijian economy has contracted 2.5%. Bad government is bad for business.
I can recall when India and Pakistan were threatening to lob nukes at each other about six years ago. Out-sourcing from the US to India for tech industries was relatively new back then, and when American companies feared the region would become unstable through warfare, they immediately cancelled contracts and backed out investments.
The message was clear, and Indian business leaders went straight to the government; political instability is bad for business in a globalised economy. India quietened the sabre rattling, an accommodation was achieved and Indian technology companies went back to trading with US companies.
Zimbabwe and North Korea are two stunning examples of this effect. The problem is that a dieing economy doesn't touch the leaders. They can still import Harley Davidsons and Cadillacs even though the North Korean country from satellite at night is pitch black - courtesy of no electricity for lighting outside of Pyongyang.
Fiji is not the wealthiest place either, and the economic woes from the political instability Bainimarama has introduced with his coup, will only exacerbate those issues. Very foolish.
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Most Popular Restaurants in Phoenix
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Most Popular Hikes in Arizona
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Alternate Australian Constitutions
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
Archives For South Sea Republic
South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
The articles are ordered by views.
Who Is Cam Riley
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.
Websites Worth Reading
Websites of friends, colleagues and of interest;