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Small Pacific economies should NOT support PACER-Plus

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September 21, 2016
Small Pacific economies should NOT support PACER-Plus

Here’s a little introduction to the General Welfare vs tariff/free trade history from a U.S. perspective that might provide some really good reasons as to why Small Pacific economies should NOT support PACER-Plus. The importance of General Welfare should not be underestimated because it is this clause that has informed the history of federal...
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PCC in LA: Bringing the Pacific back Home

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June 3, 2016
PCC in LA: Bringing the Pacific back Home

The one-week tour of Rev. Francois Pihaatea, the Secretary-General of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) around the Los Angeles-Long Beach area has finally concluded after navigating 700 miles through LA’s infamous road rage and rush hour traffic. Included in the entourage from Fiji was PCC Treasurer Julie Chang and Ateca Ravuvu, the Director of the Moana...
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Regional Integration and Self-Determination

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March 5, 2016
Regional Integration and Self-Determination

  Speech delivered to the World Bank, Fragility Forum,”The Pacific Way? Mobilizing SDGs for Peace and Security” March 3, 2016, Washington, D.C., by invitation of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat. Speakers included: Sarah Mecartney, Pacifc Urban Specialist; Ashwin Raj, Governance, Democracy and Human Rights Specialist; Jane Sansbury, Country Program Coordinator, the World Bank; and Arnie...
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TPP-South China Sea Statement

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February 16, 2016
TPP-South China Sea Statement

When US Navy Admiral Locklear said that we needed the TPP as much as a new aircraft carrier, he was referring to the Pacific Pivot, a realignment of military and trade investments in the Asia-Pacific. The TPP is as much a free-trade agreement as it is a containment and obstruction policy aimed at China—who...
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1885 Hawaiian Tariff

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December 26, 2015

1885 Hawaiian Tariff
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Continuity of transport

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December 9, 2015
Continuity of transport

In 1942, when the news came to society about the transport of Jews to concentration camps, few believed it.  When the stories of gas chambers began to circulate, deniers sipped champagne and marveled at the progress of the world, “These are modern times,” some thought, “our civilization is advancing.” Only when the photos appeared...
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TPP- the Cooperation and Capacity Building Chapter

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November 6, 2015
TPP- the Cooperation and Capacity Building Chapter

Broadly focusing on the militarization of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, “the Cooperation and Capacity Building” Chapter should provide context to just how threatening this Pacific partnership is to the region. Cooperation means discussion and consensus, but for the U.S.—perhaps as far back as the 1948 Economic Cooperation Act, but certainly the 1989 Washington Consensus, cooperation and capacity building has taken...
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Enough is Enough: Affirmation, Celebration, Self –Determination

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October 4, 2015
Enough is Enough: Affirmation, Celebration, Self –Determination

“Enough is Enough: Affirmation, Celebration, Self –Determination” Blong Stori Blong Yumi Long First Landing – The First Landing Short Story Development Indicators and Vanuatu Wansolwara Dance 2 Planning Meeting Viseisei, Fiji, October 2015 pdf download     “Let God and Custom be the paddle of the canoe.” The meeting at the First Landing in...
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Capitalism 3.0

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September 23, 2015
Capitalism 3.0

As part of a facebook thread, this was originally published in Umi Perkin’s website, the Umiverse. Capitalism 3.o In 21st-century globalization, this binary construct between Capitalism and Socialism is more elusive now than ever. It’s important to understand that since the 19th-century, Capitalism and Socialism were predicated on ideological conflicts over how to aggregate...
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Speech delivered to Canadian TMT investors

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April 29, 2015

Speech delivered to Canadian TMT investors at the Pasadena Headquarters– April 29, 2015–We are here in Pasadena at the TMT headquarters to support the defenders of Mauna Kea. We ask the Canadian government to divest from this Thirty-Meter Telescope development project. The $243 million dollars that the Canadian government has allocated to TMT in...
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TPP as conquest, dispossession and erasure

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April 24, 2015
TPP as conquest, dispossession and erasure

As a corporate driven economic and strategic partnership, the Trans-Pacific Partnership could be seen as a 21st-century extra-colonial land and resource grab. The Investor-State Dispute System that challenges the sovereignty of States, may be nothing more than the corporate expansion of the western colonial-era narrative and the evolution of neocolonial capitalism. Attempts at conquest,...
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Standup to Canadian TMT investors at the Pasadena Headquarters

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April 19, 2015
Standup to Canadian TMT investors at the Pasadena Headquarters

Addendum: April 22– Canada just released the 2015 Economic Action Plan and the budget proposes to provide $243.5 million over 10 years toward securing a viewing share for Canadian researchers at the Thirty Meter Telescope, in partnership with the United States, Japan, China and India. A combined $100 million is proposed to be reallocated...
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