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Oceania briefing— Global

Preface

Rebranding Fiji's regime, saving butterflies in Papua New Guinea, and the wonder of ore in Western Australia.

Fiji, Rebranding, Western Australia, ore, regime

Pacific spin

Fiji [DEMOCRACY]

Fiji’s military ruler, Commodore Josaia Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama, hates being called a dictator and prefers “clean-up campaign” to “coup d’état” when discussing his rise to power. But critics, in particular Australia and New Zealand, just won’t let the matter rest. What is a self-appointed prime minister to do?

Enter top Washington pr and lobbying firm Qorvis Communications, which does good business rebranding pariahs. Since it was founded the firm has worked for Saudi Arabia as well as for the man widely regarded as…

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