Eurocentrism: The legacy of Colonial Conceit: By Professor Koskenniemi. Fa’amatalaga e Tim Tufuga.

Atonu e fai siga faigata ona malamalama mo le tele o le aofia o le sini ‘autu o le lauga o lenei polofesa mai Finland, mai le Univesite o Helsinki, o le mafuaga o le atina’eina o le International law po’o o le mafuaga o le fauina o le tulafono o le lalolagi. O le amataga po’o o le fa’avaeina o le tulafono o le lalolagi sa amata mai le Treaty o le Westphalia i le tausaga o le 1648. Ona amata lea o le diplomacy i le va o nu’u eseese. O lenei tulafono ua fa’asalalau i le lalolagi e ala mai i le imperialist expansion po’o o le fa’aso’ota’aga o nu’u fa’akolonisi e malo mai Europa, e pei o Siamani ma Peretania. Ua mafua ai o le loto fa’amaualuga o le Papalagi i le manatu o le sili o lo latou aganu’u pe a fa’atusa i nu’u ua latou puleina, e pei o Samoa e Siamani ma Peretania e ala mai ia Niu Sila. O le manatu ua fa’apea ifo le papalagi ua li’utau e le papalagi ina latou o e fa’asalalau le fa’apulega ma fa’amalamalama o le tamai o le Papalagi i tagata e le civilised Ua fa’aali mai e to’a tolu vaega o le tuaiga o tagata ma lo latou aganu’u. O le nu’u ua telele tamaoaiga pe o le civilised society, o le Barbarian, po’o o le le taupulea, e pei o tagata Asia, ma Initia, ma o le Savages, po ole tagata o le vao,o tagata e pei o tamati, o ia tagata ua pei o tagata e pei o le Apoliki, Maoli, Initia i Amerika, o tatau tagata Samoa, e aofia ai ma tagata Aferika. Ua suiga nei le manatu o tagata atamai mai univesite i lo latou manatu fa’amaualuga ma fa’ailoga lagu, ua fa’apeaifo, ua ala ona sili atu le tamaoaiga o papalagi aua ua leva ona latou atina’e lo latou sosaiete ma nu’u ma aganu’u eseese ua mafua ai ona manuia ma ua tele atu lo latou tamai i mea uma. Ae o le eseesega mai tagata ua fa’apea ifo o tagata e le mafaia ona puleina (BArbarians) aua ua le lava lo latou atamai ma tamaoaiga ina ia fa’asoloiluma lo latou sosaiete e fa’atusa ma nu’u ma aganu’u o tagata Europa. O le ala lenei ua sili atu iai lo latou tamaoaiga ma lolatoou talitonuga lo le aganu’u fa’asamoa ma lo latou talitonuga ma taimi o le pouiluliuli. Ole Eurocentrism lenei ua tele naoa o le fa’ailoga lagu o le papalagi ua latou fa’amualuga lo latou manatu i tagata Asia, Afrika ma tagata Pasefika. Ma ua tupu nei le fa’aseseina o tagata lanu papa’e ua fa’apea e atamai atu ma malosi atu lo le tagata aferika, po’o le Samoa, i mea tou o ta’aloga, i le atamai i ‘aoaoga ma le malo soifuaina ma le togafiti i ma’i ta’itasi lo le fofo o le Samoa mai taimi i anamua. Ae ua fa’auma le lauga i le manatuua sese le papalagi e moni lava e le sili latou ae sili le aoaoiga o le tagata mai aoaoga maualuga.

Ma le fa’afetai lava

O Tim Tufuga

Institutional Racism: Broken Windows: Macquarie University By Tim Tufuga 25th October, 2013.

Recently, I had returned to continue with my postgraduate studies towards my Master’s of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism degree at Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales. I had completed my two core units in the first semester not without problems with some fellow students and staff members whom had accosted me resulting in I reciprocating the banter. I was ordered to fly down to Sydney to appear before a disciplinary committee to face student disciplinary charges for misconduct. The charges, in my view, were superficial misdemeanour which I considered did not warrant expulsion from the University. Unfortunately, the bantering continued into the next semester, this time b other students and a new academic staff. With a zero tolerance attitude adopted by the Macquarie University disciplinary committee, I was expelled from the University.

I have uploaded a youtube video giving details of the charges and the circumstances of my expulsion from the University. I have blamed this occurance directly at the Queensland Justice system and the Queensland Police, for character assassination and a deliberate attempt at denigrating and to besmirch my character. I have described the deliberate actions by the police services as part of the judicature process of rendering a blacklisted persona non grata in their view as a person to be utterly degraded and denunciated, through hubris humiliation of myself through a process of public humiliation. My expulsion from the University is such a character assassination propaganda effectively utilised by the Queensland Justice system, the Department of Public Prosecution, the Queensland Correctional Services personnel, in asserting the denunciation and absolute defamation of a targeted individual.

Institutional blacklisting and defamation is an effective policing strategy used to justify their actions of arresting and to demonise a suspect offender whom has proclaimed habeas corpus such as I. The actions of the police and the Queensland Justice system towards me in my past experiences has been one in which I have considered as very institutionally hostile. The hacking of my academic work, my personal blogs, and the re-edits of my blogs and publications, have been directly attributed to the Police services and the correctional services staff within Queensland over a number of years, suffice it to say, that even my youtube comments have been subjected to infantile trolling primarily from incognito police officers. Needless to say, I have had my wordpress website compromised and my former blogs re-edited by hackers, whom I have directly suspected are law enforcement personnel, whom included my fellow students at Macquarie university, whom were Australian police officers, intelligence officers, public servants.

I have therefore published the letter sent to me from Macquarie University, detailing the circumstances surrounding my expulsion. Bearing in mind the abovementioned policing strategies of affirming denunciation and the demonization of a perceived persona non grata through a hubris public humiliation of myself, I expected that this would be the most likely and probable outcome.

 

131023 UDC Outcome letter Tim Tufuga (1)

http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/27483007

The Australian Republican Movement: July 2012 update by Tim Tufuga (Qld Branch Councillor 2012-13)

ImageThe Australian Republican Movement is still looking for more members and activists. We are seeking true blue Australians in seeking not only the inclusion of Aboriginal rights within the constitution but to overhaul the constitution to include its own citizen as their future head of state. Unfortunately, it seems that only the intellectual elites, polticians, academics, students and military elites who seem to support the republican call. The rest of the laity seem apathetic and noncommitted to an Australian republic.

The London Olympics 2012 is just around the corner, and our head of state will not state to salute Australian athletes in Australian national pride but will support the British athletes as they vie to compete against Australian athletes.

Whilst it does seem inopportune to mention the R word it is still relevant and still in the back of many people’s mind especially as we await the 65th year of Her Majesty’s reign to surpass Queen Victoria’s reign, it may seem more opportune then to consider the ineluctable transition to republicanism for Australia.

For the more astute progressive thinkers we are about to embrace a new age of nationalism a revitalisation and regeneration of the Republican movement with ARM still keeping the fire burning even in times of uncertainty and apathy.

We still need more members.

2012 Queensland Branch Council calendar
in Branch NewsQueensland
Date:
Wed, 18/01/2012 (All day) – Mon, 31/12/2012 (All day)
18 January 2012 – Queensland Branch Council meeting

14 March 2012 – Queensland Branch Council meeting

12 May 2012 – Queensland Branch Council Training Day, 10am – 3pm

June 2012 – Movie Night, Palace Barracks Cinemas (date to be confirmed)

July 2012 – Republic Upstairs (place and date to be confirmed)

11 July 2012 – Queensland Branch Council meeting

12 September 2012 – Queensland Branch Council meeting

28 September 2012 – Australia for a Republic Ball, Novetel

October 2012 – Movie Night, Palace Barracks Cinema (date to be confirmed)

14 November 2012 – Queensland Branch Council meeting

22 November 2012 – XMas Function, Queensland Legislative Council chamber (with Guest Speaker), followed by Parliamentary Riverside BBQ area

All ARM members are welcome to attend Queensland Branch Council meetings and all functions. For more details contact:

Glenn Davies

Queensland State Convener

qld@republic.org.au

http://www.republic.org.au/sites/republic.org.au/files/ARMLET%20No1%20June%202012.pdf

http://www.republic.org.au

Thank you

Mr. Tim TufugaAustralian Republican Movement  (Queensland Branch Councillor 2012-13)

The Australian Republican Movement update July 2012

The Australian Republican Movement is still looking for more members and activists. We are seeking true blue Australians in seeking not only the inclusion of Aboriginal rights within the constitution but to overhaul the constitution to include its own citizen as their future head of state. Unfortunately, it seems that only the intellectual elites, polticians, academics, students and military elites who seem to support the republican call. The rest of the laity seem apathetic and noncommitted to an Australian republic.

The London Olympics 2012 is just around the corner, and our head of state will not state to salute Australian athletes in Australian national pride but will support the British athletes as they vie to compete against Australian athletes.

Whilst it does seem inopportune to mention the R word it is still relevant and still in the back of many people’s mind especially as we await the 65th year of Her Majesty’s reign to surpass Queen Victoria’s reign, it may seem more opportune then to consider the ineluctable transition to republicanism for Australia.

For the more astute progressive thinkers we are about to embrace a new age of nationalism a revitalisation and regeneration of the Republican movement with ARM still keeping the fire burning even in times of uncertainty and apathy.

We still need more members.

2012 Queensland Branch Council calendar
in Branch NewsQueensland
Date:
Wed, 18/01/2012 (All day) – Mon, 31/12/2012 (All day)
18 January 2012 – Queensland Branch Council meeting

14 March 2012 – Queensland Branch Council meeting

12 May 2012 – Queensland Branch Council Training Day, 10am – 3pm

June 2012 – Movie Night, Palace Barracks Cinemas (date to be confirmed)

July 2012 – Republic Upstairs (place and date to be confirmed)

11 July 2012 – Queensland Branch Council meeting

12 September 2012 – Queensland Branch Council meeting

28 September 2012 – Australia for a Republic Ball, Novetel

October 2012 – Movie Night, Palace Barracks Cinema (date to be confirmed)

14 November 2012 – Queensland Branch Council meeting

22 November 2012 – XMas Function, Queensland Legislative Council chamber (with Guest Speaker), followed by Parliamentary Riverside BBQ area

All ARM members are welcome to attend Queensland Branch Council meetings and all functions. For more details contact:

Glenn Davies

Queensland State Convener

qld@republic.org.au

http://www.republic.org.au/sites/republic.org.au/files/ARMLET%20No1%20June%202012.pdf

http://www.republic.org.au

Thank you

Mr. Tim Tufuga

Australian Republican Movement  (Queensland Branch Councillor 2012-13)

According to the Pacific Islands Forum sources Australia has overtaken New Zealand in remittances.

According to the Pacific Island Forum Sources, the Pacific Islanders are surviving by the remittances sources from Australia, New Zealand and The United States of America. More importantly, Australia has overtaken New Zealand as the most remittances overtaking New Zealand in providing a lifeline to the dwindling economic fortunes of the South Pacific economies.

More importantly, Pacific Islanders have realised that the very essence of their survival hinges upon the human resource exports to the core industrialised nations. The Pacific Islander will remit monies in regular amounts to their loved ones in whatever sources whether they are on welfare or working as a high roller professional, the pacific Islander will consider remittances to their families as a mandatory undertaking.

Beneath is a report release from Neroni Slade from the South Pacific Forum on the 6th December, 2010.

Remittances in Forum Island Countries PRESS RELEASE (119/10)
6th December 2010

Remittances are an important source of household income and foreign exchange for many developing countries, providing income directly to households to improve living standards.

Reducing Pacific remittance costs to be in line with global averages would represent a significant productivity increase for the Pacific.

“Remittances to both the national economies and individual families in some Forum island countries are quite significant so it is imperative that the region gets the full benefits through mechanisms that would result in a win-win situation for the sending and receiving countries,” says Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

In a report called “Trends in Remittance Fees and Charges” prepared by Australia and New Zealand and presented to the recent Forum Economic Ministers’ Meeting in Niue, it was noted that around US$470 million was formally remitted to Forum island countries (FICs) in 2008. The primary sources of remittances to the Pacific are Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.

The report stated that “the primary remittances policy challenge is that the average cost of remitting to the Pacific is significantly higher than global averages.”

The average cost of sending remittances to the Pacific island countries is 21.7 percent of the amount remitted when sent from Australia and 15.2 per cent when sent from New Zealand. It is estimated that remitters to the Pacific pay at least US$90 million in remittance fees each year.

Following discussions of the report, the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting in Niue agreed “to explore and prioritise support for domestic initiatives in both sending and receiving countries to promote lower remittance costs.”

The Ministers agreed to investigate whether domestic regulatory or payment system arrangements are a constraint to lower remittance costs and reporting back to FEMM in 2011.

They further agreed to support financial efforts, consistent with the MoneyPACIFIC Goals and promote transparency in remittance costs of Remittance Service Providers operating in their countries. The MoneyPACIFIC Goals to be achieved by 2020 are that: all school children to receive financial education through core curricula; all adults to have access to financial education; simple and transparent consumer protection be in place; and to halve the number of households without access to basic financial services.

The Forum Economic Ministers also agreed to promote national level awareness of the SendMoneyPacific website (www.sendmoneypacific.org) and share experiences in improving financial awareness, especially in relation to remittance costs. The website has improved the transparency of fees and charges by displaying both upfront fees and exchange rates.

FEMM is the premier regional forum for economic cooperation in the region. Meeting documents for the Niue FEMM including the full report on remittances can be accessed through this link:

http://www.forumsec.org/pages.cfm/economic-governance/forum-economic-ministers-meeting-femm/femm-2010.html

ENDS.

For media enquiries contact Mr Johnson Honimae, the Forum Secretariat’s Media Officer on phone 679 331 2600 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 679 331 2600 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Samoa amongst the fattest people in the world and are ranked sixth in the world.

According to Forbes.com. The Polynesian race are the fattest race on the planet. Amongst the worse health conditions in the world includes my ethnicity, the Samoans. In fact, 7 out of the top 10 fattest nations in the world are made up of Polynesians and Micronesians. This is the only piece of statistic in which the Polynesians are at the top of the world statistically speaking. Moreover, this means that Polynesians are the most unfit people on the planet. Whilst, conversely, the Nauru Prime Minister may be correct in his consolatory solace for his people by stating that his people are not all fat but are muscle-bound as noteworthy in the number of Gold Medals in the Commonwealth games for weightlifting.  Unfortunately, along with this positive aspect of strength and power with weightlifting honours has come the unenviable associated negatives with oversized powerhouses, are the inadvertent weight related illnesses. The overwhelmingly obese powerlifter may be glorious in the weightlifting arena outside of this sport are the weight related problems. Obesity, leads to various weight related illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and various forms of cancer. 
The issue at hand in the South Pacific Forum member nations is one which should emphasis the public cost to weight related illnesses and shortened quality of life for many overweight Pacific Islander people. The immediacy of this health issue may be considered much more paramount than any issue surrounding global warming or carbon emissions levels in the South Pacific region. In a Thomas Malthus perspective we may view this fattening of the Pacific region as relevant conspiracy for the eradication of purportedly inferior races, insofar as, that it is a Eugenic hope that the Pacific Islanders will eat themselves to an early death. We may view this drastic conspiracy theory much too drastic but with the amount of fast food outlets sprouting up in the South Pacific region means many things to eating conspiracy theorists.  The notion that in classist societies the poor nutrition levels for poorer classes in affluent  societies often means that many poorer people with poorer nutrition suffer from obesity diseases. Fast food, fattening foodstuffs, high caloric beverages have increased waistlines of many people. Lethargy and low self-esteem perpetuates the problem of weight management. Often, in affluent societies, it is the wealthier people who seem to have more time to lose weight by burning it through exercise and sport.
Poorer countries, such as third world nations, which include the South Pacific nations, whose perception of  weight management is a matter of cultural significance which is very contrasting from many Eurocentric perspectives. By this I mean that the cultural values of Pacific Islanders towards fat people seems to proffer a unique perspective associated with wealth, status, and privilege, rather than the disdain of lower classes by European, Australasian, and North Americans societies,  who seem to associate obesity with poorer people such as those people living in the welfare dependent projects and having to be subjected to eating poor nutrition foodstuffs, ie, fish and chips, saturated fats and trans fatty foodstuffs, etc.
In countries such as Australia, the general rule of salient prejudice often perceives that wealthier people are purportedly healthier and fitter, rather than the lethargically unhealthy, however, this is not the general rule as may be noted with fat cats such as Mining Tycoon, and Queensland’s richest man, with his mouthful of trans fat gelatine made meat pie munching Clive Palmer. The general affluent class would tend to indulge in healthier pursuits and are wary of their health than most working class Australians.

Ia atonu o lenei tulaga ua le manuia mo tagata Samoa i Samoa. Ua tulaga loga ono Samoa i le lalolagi mo tagata lapopo’a. O Tagata Pasifika o lo’o maua i le tulaga sili i le lalolagi mo tagata lapopo’a i le lalolagi atoa. Nauru e tusa e to’a 95 pasene o tagata lapopo’a ua sili i le lalolagi atoa.

O le lipoti lenei mai le Forbes journalist Lauren Streib.
 

Fa’afetai

Tim Tufuga

  World’s Fattest Countries
Lauren Streib 02.08.07, 12:01 AM ET

There are currently 1.6 billion overweight adults in the world, according to the World Health Organization. That number is projected to grow by 40% over the next 10 years. The following list reflects the percentage of overweight adults aged 15 and over. These are individuals who have individual body mass indexes, which measures weight relative to height, greater than or equal to 25. Obese is defined as having a BMI greater than or equal to 30.

Rank Country %
1. Nauru 94.5
2. Micronesia, Federated States of 91.1
3. Cook Islands 90.9
4. Tonga 90.8
5. Niue 81.7
6. Samoa 80.4
7. Palau 78.4
8. Kuwait 74.2
9. United States 74.1
10. Kiribati 73.6
11. Dominica 71.0
12. Barbados 69.7
13. Argentina 69.4
14. Egypt 69.4
15. Malta 68.7
16. Greece 68.5
17. New Zealand 68.4
18. United Arab Emirates 68.3
19. Mexico 68.1
20. Trinidad and Tobago 67.9
21. Australia 67.4
22. Belarus 66.8
23. Chile 65.3
24. Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 65.2
25. Seychelles 64.6
26. Bahrain 64.1
27. Andorra 63.8
28. United Kingdom 63.8
29. Saudi Arabia 63.5
30. Monaco 62.4
31. Bolivia 62.2
32. San Marino 62.1
33. Guatemala 61.2
34. Mongolia 61.2
35. Canada 61.1
36. Qatar 61.0
37. Uruguay 60.9
38. Jordan 60.5
39. Bahamas 60.4
40. Iceland 60.4
41. Nicaragua 60.4
42. Cuba 60.1
43. Germany 60.1
44. Brunei Darussalam 59.8
45. Slovenia 59.8
46. Peru 59.6
47. Vanuatu 59.6
48. Finland 58.7
49. Jamaica 57.4

Gold Coast Half Ironman Triathlon 2010

 
I have done the 2010 Gold Coast Half Ironman triathlon, yes, again, with some very ordinary results. Nevertheless, it was to be expected considering my pre-race preparation. I had so many punctures during the weeks leading up to the event, which had, obviously, disrupted my training schedules.
 
My bikeride on the day was very mediorce, accordingly. During the 90km bike leg, I was very disappointed with an official who handed me an electrolyte bottle without tightening the lid, the contents spilled all over me when I had tried to take a sip. I had, then, accidently, dropped the bottle on to the cycling course. Then, during the runleg, there was an official who handed me a cup full of purported water, which had tasted insipidly like recycled something? which I had spat out. Apart from these isolated incidents the race conditions were cool and freezing on the bike. The inclement weather made for some very anxious moments with my core body temperature plummetting to teeth clattering levels. As previously mentioned, I was annoyed with the electrolyte refill bottle with a mind to call this official as an insurgent elements.
 
Previous to the bike and runleg, was the swimleg, which I had considered to be the better of the three of my triathlon legs, which is ironic, since it was meant to be my weakest of the the three. I had, overall a comfortable swim, in fact, I had overtaken the tailend slower swimmers from the wave ahead of mine. still the fastest swimmes from the wave after me did catch up with me 500 or so metres from the end, they were the younger 20-24 age group males, who were just coming into their prime, only their top ten caught up to me 500 metres from the end. The tailend swimmers from the wave before me, however, would get their revenge on the bikeleg. My bike is way past its prime, it is uncompetitive in the ironman triathlon levels. The evolution of bike technology in a short space of time has come leaps and bounds with every second person having zipp wheelsets, costing $3,500aud a piece. I was very much intimidated and certainly seeing them whizzing past me on the race course was very crestfallingly demoralising. I could see their legs peddling at the same tempo as I except their bikes were moving four times faster than my clackety clack old Specialized roadbike. I had considered the level playing field scenario and realised how life was a classist reality when it comes to elite performance in elite sport. I had thrown my glove into the gauntlet and had taken on the uneven odds and got completely thrashed.
 
My swimming time was ok considering the fact that I was taking over the tail end of the group ahead of my wave group, which was the first time I have ever been able to do this, in my previous triathlon performances I had people punching into me and would be as obstructionist as possible. Obviously then, I was already improving in my swim stroke in the water. However, I had started to cramp about 100 metres from the exit and literally stopped in my tracks in the water so as to try to stretch out my cramped calves. I had outswam some of my wave group triathletes and I was about to post a very good swim time when I had started to cramp in my left leg calf muslce region. In truth, I was not even tired. My body was attuned to doing a 3.8km ironman swim, so I was still doing a regular tempo on a very good distance per stroke swim.  I did loose my sighting out on the water, which often happens, I had begun to swim out of direction on a couple of occassions, just as I was heading inbound in the 1.9km swim. I was certain that my time would’ve been even faster still if I figured out the correct aquarace line. had I swam too far to portside heading outbound and almost scrapped my figures onto the rocks along the embankment on the eastside of the mariner. This was an annoying situation. Srangely though I did not have anymore swimmers punching into me like previous triathlons. So it is obvious then that in my previous triathlons people were targetting me out in the water.
 
Finally, the run was nice and cool, except running without socks on muddy puddles and wet surfaces means blisters for my toes and feet. I felt the first painful throb at the 10km mark I could excruciating pain for every footfall on my left and right foot pinky toes, like grating my flesh on the side mesh of my running shoe I felt the full 21.1km on my toes. I had willed the pain away in my mind and continued relentlessly, As I had rounded ever bend in the first lap I was surprised with the continual turns and bends of the course, overall, it was a fairly good running course, flat, cool and runner friendly. The drinking stations were strategically positioned very well. The officials overall were very good and assisted the triathletes fairly and cordially. The matter of funny water remains a mystery to me still. I have tasted the same flavoured water in the Gold Coast 42km marathon and the Brisbane 42km marathon over the years which has always made me whinge very voraciously to officials during these events. I am certain that it is recycled water which they are serving the athletes. But, on other drinking stations the water is pure and refreshingly so. I am annoyed with the odd occassion whereby some water being given to the runners/triathletes are contaminated. 
 
In summary, the Gold Ironman triathlon will officially be my last triathlon due to one reason only. My bike is too outdated to be competitive. This is the official dismal result. Still, I have come, I have seen and well, in a way I have conquered the Gold Coast Half Ironman, again. Yes, I have done this event before except in a different venue. 
 
 
 
In the meantime, it is back to running training and to open ocean swims for fitness and competition in 2010-11.
 
Tofa for now folks.
 
Tim Tufuga