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Peace in the Pacific: Aug. 13 draft statement

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

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

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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MDG Intervention

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

December 19, 2013

September 5, 1944 Congressional Record
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Promotion of a democratic and equitable international order

November 9, 2013


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TPP/Militarization Presentation

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 new Fiji constitution and seabed mining

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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No Experimental Seabed Mining in the Pacific

June 11, 2013
No Experimental Seabed Mining in the Pacific

As generally reported, the Sunnylands summit between President Obama and President Xi of China this past weekend, cast “sunshine on the U.S.-China relationship.”  If this sunshine, refers to new transparency, we should take no comfort in President Xi’s declaration that, “The vast Pacific Ocean has enough space for two large countries like the United...
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Pacific Island Impacts from TPP and Investment Agreements

June 3, 2013
Pacific Island Impacts from TPP and Investment Agreements

New free-trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership, are not only an assault to our sovereignty, but also a black boot to peoples and our biodiversity. If we measured the revenues or assets of corporations alongside the GDP of nations, more than 50% of the 100 biggest economies on Earth would be corporations, and...
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Open Letter to Catherine Davis: Moana Nui not for Sale

May 25, 2013
Open Letter to Catherine Davis: Moana Nui not for Sale

Dear Catherine Davis, The following is a response to the May 24th Pacific Caucus intervention to the World Bank. Although we applaud the Pacific Caucus at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues adopting the Moana Nui 2011 statement, we ask that when using it, you reference it in its entirety: “We, the peoples...
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Activists arrested during a rally against APEC

April 21, 2013
Activists arrested during a rally against  APEC

Press Release April 21, 2013     Activists arrested during a  rally against  APEC APC urged for the immediate release of their colleagues     Jakarta, Indonesia –  The  Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) is calling the Indonesian government to release activists that joined the rally yesterday as the meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)...
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