In the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, candidates are preparing to contest the 2012 national election. No expenses, and no lives, will be spared as ambitious individuals from all over the highlands lead the voting public on a two month festival that takes in traditional costume, machine guns, ancestral belief, copious amounts of marijuana and some of the most palpably optimistic and overtly corrupt political shenanigans on the planet.

Politics in Papua New Guinea adheres to the...
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