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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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International Day of Solidarity for West Papua Independence

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January 8, 2013
International Day of Solidarity for West Papua Independence

International Day of Solidarity for West Papua Independence Indonesia Consulate – 3457 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90010 Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013  11am-1pm Stand with Free West Papua Associations around the world demanding Indonesia stop their campaign of killings, human rights abuses, and the systematic burning of villages for more information and directions: facebook: Free...
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TPP v. ASEAN: The pivot and the island rows

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November 19, 2012
TPP v. ASEAN: The pivot and the island rows

Update:  The Obama administration could take advantage of the U.S.-ASEAN meeting to announce a new broader economic initiative with ASEAN that would in part be aimed at countering the launch of the China-dominant Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).   When Obama heads to Cambodia to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit,...
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Let’s Make a Deal! Navigating the SEEA

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November 1, 2012
Let’s Make a Deal! Navigating the SEEA

The devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandi is a tragic reminder of how unprepared we are to face the escalating conditions of new severe weather that confronts us.  And although the full impact of Sandi may not be immediately known, the larger question is why many Americans are still left disputing what the rest...
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People’s Charter for a Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific

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September 20, 2012

People’s Charter for a Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific   PREAMBLE   l) We, the people of the Pacific want to make our position clear. The Pacific is home to millions of people with distinct cultures, religions and ways of life, and we refuse to be abused or ignored any longer;   2) We,...
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Investing in Catastrophes, Investing in Pacific Islands

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September 19, 2012

The Guardian posted a new article called “Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years.” which announces the, uh, collapse of Arctic sea ice within four years.  That certainly accelerates the timetable for rising sea levels and extreme weather threatening Pacific islands. Coincidentally enough, this also happens to coincide with the...
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Clinton’s Cook Islands visit

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August 28, 2012
Clinton’s Cook Islands visit

from MNAA-CA.org Secretary of State Clinton is expected to attend the annual meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum, Aug. 27 on Rarotonga, Cook Islands.  As Nick Perry (AP) reports, “sending such a high-level delegation would emphasize Washington’s so-called Pacific pivot, a policy shift in which it’s placing increased emphasis on trade, humanitarian aid and...
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