Australian Left Review

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The Struggle for Liberation in the South Pacific


Denis Freney


In terms of international politics, the South Pacific is one of the most isolated and unknown areas in the world. It has been and remains an imperialist lake, almost untouched hy the winds of the colonial revolution which brought Africa, Asia and Latin America into centre stage in world politics. For the imperialists it is the last colonial paradise: the fabulous South Seas of Gauguin, of Bali Hai, and coconut palms. More recently, it has been the scene of a new tourist invasion from Australia, New Indiana, Japan, the u s a and even from western Europe. American and Australian millionaires still continue to sail from island to island in their yachts, the Japanese fishing fleets plunder the natural marine resources o f the islands, and the multinationals increasingly move in to exploit mineral and other wealth.