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The new Fiji constitution and seabed mining

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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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Rewriting National Accounts

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July 29, 2013
Rewriting National Accounts

From the perspective of a blogger/activist addressing the negative impact of globalization on peoples and ecological biodiversity, I recently considered a working group to explore one of most fundamental and underutilized way of addressing economic justice through National Accounting Systems. I’ve been occasionally blogging about its historical and contemporary significance and impact on national...
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No Experimental Seabed Mining in the Pacific

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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

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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

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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

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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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No backroom investment deal

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March 13, 2013
No backroom investment deal

When Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, the Commander of U.S. Forces in the Pacific, says that the US Navy is, “working to set the stage for the region’s military forces to work together more effectively in responding to climate disruption driven disasters,” he sounds as if he is responding to a new threat that...
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SOPAC assists Fiji/Lockheed Martin in new deep seabed mining legislation

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March 12, 2013
SOPAC assists Fiji/Lockheed Martin in new deep seabed mining legislation

Currently, US military contractor, Lockheed Martin, is negotiating with Fiji’s Bainimarama administration to fast-track and sponsor new legislation that would allow the private U.S.-based transnational titan to delve into experimental deep seabed mining.  Because the U.S. has not ratified the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), U.S. industries cannot engage in...
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Nuclear Free Independent Pacific

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February 19, 2013
Nuclear Free Independent Pacific

March 1st is Nuclear Free Independent Pacific (NFIP) Day and groups in the region will hold commemorative events, observing the anniversary of “Castle Bravo,” the first test of a thermo-nuclear hydrogen bomb near the Bikini Atolls in Micronesia in 1954. Between 1945 and 1992 the U.S. conducted (by official count) 1054 nuclear tests, and...
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Consider Rajin-Sonbong

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February 6, 2013
Consider Rajin-Sonbong

This is an updated repost from June 8th, 2010 “The New Pacific Build-up of the Gulf of Tonkin, Redux.” Among progressive media, most of the dialogue surrounding the recent military tensions between North Korea and the U.S. has focused on the nearly 60-year ongoing militarization discourse between the US/ROK (South Korea) cooperation and the...
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Jan. 17, 2013 West Papua action

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January 18, 2013
Jan. 17, 2013 West Papua action

Harold Green’s presentation (center, wearing white Morning Star t-shirt): I want to commend Moana Nui for organizing this demonstration on behalf of our Brothers and Sisters in West Papua to help give voice to their fight for freedom, the fight for their to right to self-determination. This being just 2 days after the birthday of...
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Moana Nui Action Alliance critique and recommendation for the Pacific Plan

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January 14, 2013
Moana Nui Action Alliance critique and recommendation for the Pacific Plan

  support the document Pacific Island Forum Submissions Page We, the peoples of Moana Nui, connected by the currents of our ocean home, declare that we will not cooperate with the commodification of life and land as represented by APEC’s predatory capitalistic practices, distorted information and secret trade negotiations and agreements. We invoke our...
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