Insight for 24 June 2012 - Fiji's Path to Elections

Sally Round goes to Fiji to check progress towards a new constitution and elections in 2014

Fiji Government HouseThe process of writing a new constitution is underway in Fiji. It will be the country's fourth since independence in 1970.

The regime of Commodore Frank Bainimarama abolished the 1997 constitution three years ago.

While some have decried the process as a sham and illegal, others hope that what's underway now will mean a return to democracy in elections which the interim government has promised for 2014.

Sally Round has travelled to Fiji and spoken to those spearheading the plans for a new constitution as well as regime critics, politicians and ordinary citizens.

Photo: Government Buildings in Suva.

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8:12 am Sunday 11 October: Spain’s Battle for the Bull

Alberto Simon  / AFP

Two sides are sharpening their swords in Spain. Between them, half-tonne bulls.

One side wants to kill them in the name of culture, the other to save them in the name of animal rights.

Spain’s economic crisis has hit bullfighting hard and municipal elections in May brought to power a number of left-wing parties bent on stopping funding for bullfights or even banning them altogether.

 In this BBC programme, Neal Razzell,  goes to the rings and ranches where livelihoods are under threat, and asks what the battle for the bull says about contemporary Spain.

8:12 am Sunday 18 October: Insight: NZ's Mission To Iraq

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Iraqi troops training at Camp Taji in Iraq while NZ Prime Minister John Key looks on.( Supplied / Pool Image)  

RNZ's Political Editor Jane Patterson travels to Taji Camp in Iraq for a first hand view of the training operations being undertaken by New Zealand troops.

Around 140 NZ personnel are serving in a joint mission with Australia to train Iraqi security forces in the fight against Islamic State.

Media joined the Prime Minister on a visit earlier this month which was dogged by delays and sandstorms, with the details only known by a few senior members of the NZDF and the government.