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The Intersection between Trade and Militarization is a very busy corner

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November 4, 2014
The Intersection between Trade and Militarization is a very busy corner

“The Intersection between Trade and Militarization is a very busy Corner”- Arnie Saiki With APEC 2014 taking place in Beijing, this video may provide greater context of how developing countries and emerging economies could and should benefit from greater cooperation between Asia and Latin America. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement...
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Testimony to the DoI on ANPRM

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August 20, 2014
Testimony to the DoI on ANPRM

originally posted in Statehood Hawaii It is appropriate for August 18th to be the closing of the comments section to the Department of the Interior’s public response to their “advanced notice of proposed rulemaking” (ANPRM). Since August 21st is Admissions Day or Statehood Day in Hawaii, it is timely that coming from the DOI,...
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Peace in the Pacific: Aug. 13 draft statement

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August 10, 2014
Peace in the Pacific: Aug. 13 draft statement

On August 13, Secretary Kerry will travel from Honiara, Solomon Islands where he will meet government leaders and attend wreath laying ceremonies at the Guadalcanal American Memorial and Solomon Scouts and Coastwatchers Memorial. Later that day, he will depart for Honolulu, Hawaii to give remarks at the East-West Center. How might Moana Nui engage...
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BRICS and FPIC

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July 23, 2014

Earlier this week, the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) released their Fortaleza Declaration, announcing their New Development Bank (NDB). In an interview on Democracy Now about the new BRICS declaration,  former World Bank Chief Economist, Joseph Stiglitz said, “I think it’s difficult for the United States to accept the notion it’s...
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Bullet Points to the Pacific Pivot: BRICS, TPP, MDG

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July 18, 2014
Bullet Points to the Pacific Pivot: BRICS, TPP, MDG

In June, the Center for Strategic and International Studies released “Power and Order in Asia,” a survey of regional expectations concerning the rebalance.  The survey asked a series of questions to non-governmental experts in the region. CSIS identified 150 candidates each in the United States, Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Australia, Singapore,...
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Response to IMF framework on DSM

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May 9, 2014
Response to IMF framework on DSM

Intervention to the 13-16 May, 2014 Pacific ACP States 5th Regional Training Workshop Organised in Partnership with IMF (Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre): Financial Aspects of DSM being held in Rarotonga. Reading SOPAC‘s Pacific-ACP States Regional Legislative and Regulatory Framework for Deep Sea Minerals Exploration and Exploitation, the foreward reads: “Pacific people have a...
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MDG Intervention

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February 7, 2014
MDG Intervention

United Nations Millennium Development Goals Eighth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals Agenda Item Rule of Law and Governance Feb 7, 2014, 9:45 a.m. Intervention delivered by Santi Hitorangi Moana Nui/Rapa Nui   I am advocating for Moana Nui, a network of Pacific-wide rights-holders focusing on justice issues concerning resources,...
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Congressional Record Sep. 5, 1944

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December 19, 2013

September 5, 1944 Congressional Record
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TPP/Militarization Presentation

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November 7, 2013
TPP/Militarization Presentation

Note: this is the abridged version of a much longer post: TPP/Militarization Presentation In part, because I’m talking about trade—and as of yet, an unsigned trade agreement—I’m going to address this in a time machine, going back and forth between here and now and the postwar Marshall Plan years. When I was asked to...
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The TPP: “Strategic Economic” Partnerships

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October 11, 2013
The TPP: “Strategic Economic” Partnerships

At present, there are two little words left dangling off the title of a free-trade agreement that the U.S. has been involved with negotiating since 2009. The Trans-Pacific “Strategic Economic” Partnership Agreement, or what we generally call the TPP, has been mostly framed as a secret free-trade agreement that is being advised by 600...
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The Nicaragua Canal: The New-Port Arms Race

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September 20, 2013
The Nicaragua Canal: The New-Port Arms Race

China has committed to investing $40 billion to begin construction for a new canal in Nicaragua, connecting the Pacific with the Caribbean and its Atlantic-American trade partners. A Chinese billionaire, Wang Jing, has reportedly attracted global investment to begin work on a six-year project slated to start in 2014. On June 13, the ruling...
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The new Fiji constitution and seabed mining

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September 6, 2013
The new Fiji constitution and seabed mining

This is an addendum to an earlier article: “SOPAC assists Fiji/Lockheed Martin in new deep seabed mining legislation.” As President Epeli Nailatikau of Fiji prepares to give assent to a new Constitution, we have learned that protestors were arrested for their silent protests.  Both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have posted their concerns over...
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