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Papua New Guinea

Six Hot, Hot Tips for Traveling This Summer

Richard Bangs | Posted 07.07.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

I've distilled lessons on how to stay cool and calm and untroubled while traveling this summer.

Bat Presumed Extinct Rediscovered After 120 Years

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 06.05.2014 | Green

Welcome back, big-eared bat. Scientists in Australia are walking back their presumption that the New Guinea big-eared bat (Pharotis imogene) -- a ...

Some Corner of a Foreign Field, Part II: British and Commonwealth War Cemeteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.18.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

If Rupert Brooke, the British World War I poet whose sonnet The Soldier immortalised the sacrifice made by the hundreds of thousands who fell in 'some...

Vote for the Other Guy

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

I have encountered many unfamiliar things as a cultural anthropologist in Papua New Guinea (PNG), but none as unfamiliar as politicians urging people to vote for their opponents.

U.S. Should Pull Funding From Exxon's Deadly Pipeline Project

Doug Norlen | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Doug Norlen

It's time for Hochberg to step up to the plate and to withdraw his agency's loan from ExxonMobil's deadly Papua New Guinea LNG project.

New Documentary Reveals Secrets Behind An ExxonMobil Disaster

Ian T. Shearn and Olivier Pollet | Posted 05.01.2014 | Green

There are some disturbing facts buried in the debris of ExxonMobil’s $19 billion liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guinea, which was funded...

Headhunt Revisited -- Art That Spans Oceans and Decades

Michele Westmorland | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Michele Westmorland

image: Caroline Mytinger painting Sarli and Wife in Samarai, Papua New Guinea. 1929 American artist Caroline Mytinger died in virtual obscurity at ...

Strong Quake Strikes Near Papua New Guinea

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 04.11.2014 | World

A strong earthquake struck off the western coast of Papua New Guinea on Friday, the USGS reported. The 7.3-magnitude temblor hit about 32 miles wes...

Ebola Outbreak Spreads Across Three Countries: What Do Travelers Need to Know?

Robert L. Quigley, MD, D.Phil. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Travel
Robert L. Quigley, MD, D.Phil.

Business travelers and expatriates (and their family members) need not only concern themselves with the risk of acquiring Malaria or Dengue Fever when entering endemic regions.

18 Life-Changing Adventures That'll Make You Curse Your Desk

minube | Posted 05.20.2014 | Travel
minube

These trips inspire us to head out to the far reaches of the Earth in search of wild, rugged lands, unique cultures, and unforgettable experiences.

Asia and Air Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.17.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

As has unfortunately been the case in the past, it is now taking such a tragedy to focus minds, governments, and budgets, on the problem. If this incredible story results in positive change, at least the victims of MH370 will not have died in vain.

Papua New Guinea to Australia: Let's Just Be Friends

Jason Pack | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Jason Pack

With huge amounts of nickel, copper and gold, an emerging coffee industry, an extraordinarily resilient parliamentary democracy and the recent surge in the country's population, Papua New Guinea can afford to flex its muscles and assert more authority in the region.

Urban Mining

Peter Neill | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Just as we have learned to recycle paper, glass, iron, steel, even water, we must now also learn to recover these new elements as well, mine their density and availability, and invent a new conduct toward sustaining the value of these most precious metals already in hand.

From 'Pass the Bacon' to 'Airport Mary': Wackos on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 04.12.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Many decades ago, in the former Yugoslavia, I came across a young British tour guide who was beside herself, almost literally tearing her hair out. On...

Mining the Abyss

Peter Neill | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

"Resource nationalism" pertains here -- the right of a nation to exchange its resources for return to its population and general social welfare that is sustainable over time. Globalization has stood that idea on its head.

When Your Flight Gets Delayed or Cancelled in the Cocos Islands: Marooned on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.08.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Sometimes when your flight to 'there' is delayed or cancelled, you still get 'there,' albeit a few hours, even a day or so, later because the airline...

Our Furniture's Dirty Secret: Illegal Land Grabs and Logging Are Robbing Papua New Guineans

Nina Wegner | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
Nina Wegner

Sad but true: the mahogany desk in your study or the merbau flooring in your living room probably came from illegal timber logged on tropical lands.

Litter from Indonesia -- Rubble in Paradise: Cleaning Up the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Garbage breeds everywhere -- old sneakers, crushed beer cans, plastic bottles, broken glass and plastic household items defile the ought-to-be pristine shores.

Remembrance for the Witches

Annie Finch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Annie Finch

This year the cords are strong, and many days after Samhain I can still feel the ancestors' timeless spirits very near, vibrating and creating sweet light and wide perspective for me as I navigate the roughs and shallows of this complex and finite life.

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Pointers, Please, for Spotting Wild Life: Mr. Magoo on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 12.09.2013 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Serendipity does sometimes smile upon me, and it did a few months ago when I was on a tossing, rolling tin motorboat on the roiling South Pacific off the Austral island of Rurutu in French Polynesia, looking for whales.

Dodging Muggers, Bandit Ambushes and Tribal Warfare in Papua New Guinea: Travel Troubles on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 11.29.2013 | Travel
Mike Arkus

I first realised this was not a run-of-the-mill trip when the driver taking me from the airport to the Kavieng Club hotel drove smartly past the front...

Rooftop Revolution: Danny Kennedy's Epic Odyssey From Carbon-rich Jungles to Sun-drenched California

Stacy Clark | Posted 10.12.2013 | Green
Stacy Clark

If you've ever imagined a global trek around the world, you will love Danny Kennedy's book, Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy -...

Chinese Stabbed To Death In Brutal PNG Attack

AP | Posted 06.26.2013 | World

SYDNEY -- Four Chinese nationals have been stabbed to death in Papua New Guinea in what the South Pacific island nation's prime minister on Wednesday ...

Papua New Guinea Teen Beheads Father After Rape: Report

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.18.2013 | World

Community leaders are protecting a teenager from police after she was accused of beheading her father, who allegedly raped her in their Papua New Guin...