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South Africa chairs the G77.

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January 12, 2015

Representing the “S” in BRICS, South Africa is now chairing the G77. This gives hugely important new opportunities for developing countries to collectively write the rules for trade and development for the new BRICS institutions under the kind of South-South collaborations that should lead the 21st century. “The G77 provides the means for the...
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Revaluing equity for both development and customary needs

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January 5, 2015
Revaluing equity for both development and customary needs

According to a recent article in Gulf Business, “Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar has announced that it has began construction on four new UAE-funded solar power projects in the Pacific Island countries. These solar power projects, in Kiribati, Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, are financed through the $50 million UAE-Pacific partnership Fund under the Abu...
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Economic Cooperation: Pacific Development Options towards a New Development Goal

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November 28, 2014
Economic Cooperation: Pacific Development Options towards a New Development Goal

“Economic Cooperation: Pacific Development Options towards a New Development Goal” Abstract The recent announcement of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries capitalizing a New Development Bank, as well as the 21-country MOU committing to an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), creates a much-needed alternative to the neoliberal funding/investment institutions represented by...
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video: The Intersection between trade and militarization is a very busy corner

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November 4, 2014
video: 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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