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Can ISA be a pathway for FPIC?

March 2, 2017
Can ISA be a pathway for FPIC?

Conventionally, the International Seabed Authority ruling deals with the seabed, ocean floor and subsoil beyond the limits of national jurisdiction outside the Exclusive Economic Zones of countries, while within the EEZs, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea requires that all the signatory states govern their seabeds in accordance with ISA standards. Currently, there...
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Lessons to shoulder into 2017

December 31, 2016
Lessons to shoulder into 2017

The lessons we carry from 2016 into 2017 should be very sobering and although the drunken days of excess may be behind us, we should not lament our responsibility for digging deeper. It is up to us to hold ourselves accountable, because as the trust of our institutions wane, we are left with very little to hold...
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Waiting for the Shoe to Drop: Outlining U.S. South China Sea Policy

December 15, 2016
Waiting for the Shoe to Drop: Outlining U.S. South China Sea Policy

The current rationale for Washington’s South China Sea policy continues to reference history and law as a justification for reinforcing U.S. military presence in the region. Further Washington’s reliance on a decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, not only circumvents normative interpretations of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, but...
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Disney’s Moana: a narrative on the economics of Climate Change

November 27, 2016
Disney’s Moana: a narrative on the economics of Climate Change

note: (I moved the first paragraph to the end of the post. When I wrote this I was not aware of all the other academic work on the subject here, here, here, here and here, which I apologized for inadvertently and categorically dismissing.) The narrative of Moana is typical of the new Disney, shifting the resolution of...
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Stop the TPP rally-11/14/16

November 15, 2016
Stop the TPP rally-11/14/16

From Stop the TPP Rally from Union Station to City Hall, November 14, 2016, organized by Lorna Paisley Livestream video by Lauren Steiner. We’ve heard that the Trans Pacific Partnership is Dead, and we should be celebrating that, patting ourselves on the back for all our hard work, commitment and perseverance. The campaign to Stop the...
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One Belt One Road and the original “Great Wall” Street

October 16, 2016
One Belt One Road and the original “Great Wall” Street

The “One Belt One Road,” also known as the “New Silk Road” and “Maritime Silk Road,” is the most ambitious development initiative in the history of the world, seeking to build a global infrastructure network that is inclusive of the Developing World and Emerging Economies. Over the next few decades this initiative will involve a...
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Washington’s hatchet job to the EU-West Africa Agreement.

October 11, 2016
Washington’s hatchet job to the EU-West Africa Agreement.

There is an elementary school story about why Washington chopped down his father’s expensive cherry tree, and young George says, “I cannot tell a lie, I did cut it with my hatchet.” What the story doesn’t explain is that he cut down the cherry tree because his father was harvesting those cherries for market and poor...
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Abolish Columbus Day

October 10, 2016
Abolish Columbus Day

“The America I want to live in is not one nation under God, rather, it is 600+ nations under a mandate that puts the health of our planet over the wealth of Wall St.; revitalizes the diversity in our knowledge of well-being; and understands that to be a settler colonialist should not diminish our...
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When pathways creep: institutionalizing vulnerabilities

September 26, 2016
When pathways creep: institutionalizing vulnerabilities

(Note: this was revised to include Regulation and Regulatory Review. 2016 October 20) The federal recognition debate often misses a really fundamental point, which is that a government-to-government pathway enables a kind of self-determination that divides communities, and may be more about streamlining investment and development.  I’ve posted on this issue before, and now that the Pathway to...
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Small Pacific economies should NOT support PACER-Plus

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

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

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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