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Washington’s hatchet job to the EU-West Africa Agreement.

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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

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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

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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

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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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