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Katy Perry Blasts Australian Politician Tony Abbott Over Gay Marriage Issue

Katy Perry Blasts Australian Politician Tony Abbott Over Gay Marriage Issue

Commented Sep 2, 2013 at 21:40:14 in Gay Voices

“Katy Perry is Australian?”
Australia's Kevin Rudd To Send Asylum Seekers Straight To Papua New Guinea

Australia's Kevin Rudd To Send Asylum Seekers Straight To Papua New Guinea

Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 03:05:15 in UK

“I just feel sorry for the average Joe in Papua New Guinea. This isn't their deal. It's a deal cooked up by the powerful few in the PNG Parliament. PNG has a very complex system of customary land rights. Not sure how land will be fairly shared with newcomers who didn't even want to land in PNG in the first place!”
Papua New Guinea Witchcraft Killings: Government Considers Firing Squad Executions

Papua New Guinea Witchcraft Killings: Government Considers Firing Squad Executions

Commented May 23, 2013 at 17:00:06 in World

“Complicated, complicated. I would like to see the current PNG laws being enforced on more minor things. Death penalty for witch killings may pass on paper. But in reality, if we can't figure out how to enforce laws already on the books regarding wife abuse, tribal fighting, illegal alcohol use, theft, traffic violations, government corruption, etc, then I doubt all the Parliamentary posturing will make much difference.”
Poverty Stalks The Suburbs

Poverty Stalks The Suburbs

Commented Apr 30, 2013 at 12:51:40 in Politics

“Poverty. It's all relative. It's tough when you are near the bottom compared to the people around you. But if you moved countries, you might suddenly find yourself much near the top and it wouldn't seem so tough anymore. When we are in America we're below the poverty line. When we are in Papua New Guinea, we're pretty wealthy people.”

Bob Metcalfe on Mar 15, 2014 at 17:23:28

“I'm sure that's a huge consolation for this woman – to know that if she moved to New Guinea she would be rich. You need a new definition of poverty. Try – lack of options – yours makes absolutely no sense.”
Prince Charles Reunited With Papua New Guinea School Friend During Southern Hemisphere Tour

Prince Charles Reunited With Papua New Guinea School Friend During Southern Hemisphere Tour

Commented Apr 27, 2013 at 16:50:16 in UK Universities & Education

“Great story. Friendships matter in PNG and will never be forgotten.”
International Day Of Happiness: Travel Plays Vital Role In Joy, Says Global Survey (INFOGRAPHIC)

International Day Of Happiness: Travel Plays Vital Role In Joy, Says Global Survey (INFOGRAPHIC)

Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 22:40:08 in Canada Travel

“Something about being outside my home country heightens my joys. I am from America. But what joy to have a cappuccino with my Australian husband, sitting beside a coastal creek in his hometown. And nothing compares to sitting with our Papua New Guinean friends, telling stories and laughing...often and loud. I love island laughter.”
More Women Ditching Hair Dye To Go Grey (VIDEO)

More Women Ditching Hair Dye To Go Grey (VIDEO)

Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 02:59:13 in UK Lifestyle

“I saw my first grey at 19. It turned into a fairly serious grey streak by my early 30's. I've never once coloured my hair. It's always interesting to see how it evolves. Thankfully my husband likes it left natural too.”
Papua New Guinea Witch Hunts May Be Fueled By Economic Jealousy, Widening Wealth Gap

Papua New Guinea Witch Hunts May Be Fueled By Economic Jealousy, Widening Wealth Gap

Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 11:40:45 in World

“People don't necessarily want the same things out of life and don't think the same way. I've lived in PNG for 20 years. I understand lots of PNG culture. Although my worldview has changed over the years, I still don't want exactly the same things out of life that many of my PNG friends do. I still prize the rights of an individual over the wishes of the clan. I still would prefer to be single (and feel confident to manage as a single woman) rather than be married for anything other than love. We all look at the world very differently.”
Papua New Guinea Police Officers Charged With Slashing Ankles Of Around 70 Men

Papua New Guinea Police Officers Charged With Slashing Ankles Of Around 70 Men

Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 11:22:35 in World

“Maybe. But you could say that about a lot of places. America is a urban society with too many problems to mention and it will stay that way. The UK is a wealthy society with too many....etc.
I personally am hopeful of positive change in Papua New Guinea. But it won't start at the government level. It will have to start in the hearts of individuals.”

Panama Hatster on Jun 17, 2013 at 19:27:42

“That is a nice sentiment, 'the hearts of individuals' . . . and comparing PNG to the US or the UK is quite a glaring mistake.I worked in PNG as an agricultural adviser (rubber plantations) - loved the people . . . enjoyed my time there, but am not blind to the  fact that PNG is years behind in social responsibility, be it private or corporate or state.  It is stuck in this hard place between a tribal mountain mentality and a new-age modern society”
Papua New Guinea Witchcraft Killings: Two Women Suspected Of Sorcery Beheaded

Papua New Guinea Witchcraft Killings: Two Women Suspected Of Sorcery Beheaded

Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 10:16:45 in World

“The PNG police constabulary is often underarmed, outnumbered and overwhelmed. Sure there are cases when they could do so much better. But sometimes I don't know what else they can do, but stand there and take names. We were once held up at a roadblock with demands for money before we could pass. There was one armed officer standing nearby. I could see him checking out our situation out of the corner of his eye. I tend to believe that if things had turned really violent he would have tried to intervene. But the truth was that the gun and the ammunition he carried could not have saved us or even himself from the huge crowd that surrounded us. Police back-up was a long way away. I imagine he was thinking "oh please, just let them pay the money, move on and nobody gets hurt today."”

bklynsparrow on Apr 12, 2013 at 10:47:41

“Wow- that's not a good story.”
Papua New Guinea Witchcraft Killings: Two Women Suspected Of Sorcery Beheaded

Papua New Guinea Witchcraft Killings: Two Women Suspected Of Sorcery Beheaded

Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 10:11:07 in World

“Papua New Guinea is a beautiful country with much to offer tourists and investors. The incidents, horrible as they are, are generally confined amongst Papua New Guinean nationals themselves. In 20 years of living in PNG, I have never heard of an expatriate being caught up in one of these incidents.”
Papua New Guinea Witchcraft Killings: Two Women Suspected Of Sorcery Beheaded

Papua New Guinea Witchcraft Killings: Two Women Suspected Of Sorcery Beheaded

Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 10:08:25 in World

“Correct. The photo was taken in Mt Hagen, near our home there. The current incident being reported took part in a completely different region of the country.”
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From Invisible Hands to Invisible Friends: My Happiness Heroes and Heroines

Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 22:46:47 in UK

“One of my happiness heroes was a Papua New Guinean man named Simon Hibi. He grew up in the Stone Age. When the "outside world" came to his village, he decided that the "Good News" about Jesus really was something to be happy about and he eventually became a pastor, sharing what had given him joy with others. Simon also taught 100's of people to read over the years. He never got involved in political turmoil of any kind. Every time I saw him, he was smiling and asked me how I was. I hope I can make even half as many people as Simon did during his lifetime.”
Happiness Goes Global -- How Will You Celebrate International Day of Happiness?

Happiness Goes Global -- How Will You Celebrate International Day of Happiness?

Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 22:32:05 in Healthy Living

“One of the happiest moments of my life was sitting in the back of my friends' beat-up truck, travelling around Pt Moresby (Papua New Guinea's capital city) at dusk. We weren't especially safe. We didn't have a lot of money. But we were all just so happy to be together, the weather was perfect, the scenery beautiful and I knew I was loved, even as the odd white face in the crowd.”
Got Happiness? First UN International Day of Happiness

Got Happiness? First UN International Day of Happiness

Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 22:24:17 in Good News

“On our Facebook page today I posted pictures of Papua New Guinean girls with wet smiling faces. I mentioned that a clean water supply for their community makes them happy. Then I said that for us, happiness was getting to coordinate the project that put the smile on their faces.”
Papua New Guinea 'Witch' Burning: 2 Charged In Murder Of Kepari Leniata

Papua New Guinea 'Witch' Burning: 2 Charged In Murder Of Kepari Leniata

Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 12:55:26 in World

“People, just people. Fear of women doing magic went on before the people had any exposure to the "outside world". Fear of women doing magic goes on after that exposure.”
Papua New Guinea 'Witch' Burning: 2 Charged In Murder Of Kepari Leniata

Papua New Guinea 'Witch' Burning: 2 Charged In Murder Of Kepari Leniata

Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 12:52:12 in World

“True. It is fair to be sad, outraged or angry. But no one can afford to be condescending, thinking that their country has got it together and PNG doesn't. Remember the LA riots and New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.”
Reading: The Key to Development and Community Worldwide

Reading: The Key to Development and Community Worldwide

Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 09:14:10 in Impact

“My experience in Papua New Guinea has been that many literate people simply do not have access to books. So when they have a chance to read something new, it is quite exciting for them. One aspect of our community development work in PNG has been to source books for libraries there.”

"Witches" Are Still Being Burned at the Stake

Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 22:14:35 in Canada

“PNG women might "admit" to a killing because they are being tortured and are scared. Or perhaps an accused woman is mentally ill. An admission may or may not mean much.

In Papua New Guinea culture deaths are often seen as having a more sinister cause. During my 20+ years in PNG I have seen deaths blamed on jealousy, bad feelings caused by adultery or even a family being upset by the amount of bride price that was paid.”