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FIJI - PARADISE LOST

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Fiji - Paradise Lost

According to the tourism industry hype, Fiji is "The Way the World Should Be" thanks to its beautiful garden isles and friendly, happy-go-lucky natives welcoming tourists to paradise.

In reality, Fiji is a deeply troubled place plagued by racist violence, crime, political corruption, nepotism and a series of military coups that have aggravated racial tensions, and sparked civil unrest and lawlessness. In the wake of the May 2000 coup, native Fijians burned and looted homes and businesses owned by Indo-Fijians, raped Indo-Fijian women and attacked tourist resorts.

Fiji has stumbled back into tribalism and racism, and in the process, lost the rewards of paradise.  Should ethnic Fijians be given special privileges while Indo-Fijians are disenfranchised and reduced to second-class citizens?  Should tourists boycott a country that denies its citizens basic human rights and rules with guns rather than democratically elected representatives?

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