Should women have a seat in FSM Congress?

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This year's FSM National Law Day debates will take place on July 12, 2013 in Chuuk State home of the defending champions from Chuuk High School. The best high school debate teams from each of the four states in the country of the Federated States of Micronesia will be debating on this year's topic: "Be it resolved that the FSM Constitution should be amended to create an additional at-large seat in the FSM Congress for each of the four states, election to which shall be open only to women … [Read more...]

Northwest Election Results

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Congratulations to these newly elected officials to represent the Northwest region in our State and National seats as well as the winners of the Gubernatorial race for the State. These are the unofficial results of the General Elections in Chuuk as made available from the various election authorities. … [Read more...]

Priorities for the Northwest Leaders

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I write the following open letter to all the newly elected leaders who will represent my region of the Northwest (Pattiw, Pafeng, and Namonweito) in the Chuuk State Senate, House of Representatives, and the FSM Congress.  I am very optimistic that the people will have elected new leadership for our small remote outer islands which have a lot of needs and challenges that demand our collective efforts and attention. I'm sure our various elected officials have their personal priorities on how to … [Read more...]

Politics for Sale in Chuuk

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Give a man a spam, and you’ll feed him for a day. Vote a man to scam, and you’ve ruined us for a lifetime. That's my take on the popular saying, "Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you've fed him for a lifetime." Sadly, the current political climate in Chuuk State, FSM including my own Northwest region has  become so divisive that it is no longer able to unite people around the biggest need in our state and our region which is educational reform. Our … [Read more...]

Northwest funding…same old

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FSM Congress has recently appropriated funds (Public Law No. 17-30 on December 29, 2011) to each of the Election Districts in Chuuk. The Northwest Election District #5 (Pafeng, Namonweito, and Pattiw) received a total of $200,000 for what appears to be an exact replica of the last appropriations. Once again, of that amount only $9,000 is set aside for education by way of financial assistance; the rest appears to be going straight into a few people's pockets, lands, homes, and some bandage … [Read more...]

The Case for Justice for Micronesians in Hawaii

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The Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice has just released a report entitled, "Broken Promises, Shattered Lives: The Case for Justice for Micronesians in Hawai'i," which should be read by anyone who wants to understand the historical background,  language, cultural, social barriers facing the Micronesians who have legally migrated to the Hawaiian islands based on the treaties between the United States and those Pacific island nations. Executive Summary The Compacts of Free … [Read more...]

Fan iten Northwest voters

Today I have sent the following email to the two gentlemen who have announced their candidacy for the congressional seat for the Northwest Election District; namely, Mr. Robson Romolow (rtromolow@yahoo.com) and Mr. Williander Jack (ukunik@comcast.net). Ai anean pwe repwe anenia ai tingor ngenir fan iten naurh aremahan Northwest. … [Read more...]

FSM Responds to GAO Report

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report which does not fully support Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) overzealous efforts to curb legal migration of Pacific islanders from the freely associated states (FAS) to the U.S.  Using the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Community Survey (ACS), the report from the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress cited inaccuracies and other issues with which Hawaii and Guam have reported on the financial impact of … [Read more...]

End Racial Discrimination

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Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) is exercising racial discrimination against the legal immigrants from the Pacific island nations of Micronesia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands. Ironically, Senator Inouye claims on his vimeo site to have been responsible for breaking the racist attitude and segration in the House of Representatives. Now he and his usually socially aware and compassionate leaders in the Democratic Party have decided to discriminate against the people who the U.S. government … [Read more...]

New Vision for Old Problems

New Vision for Old Problems Like a failing heart that needs immediate CPR, our outer islands need radically different ideas to solve deep rooted social problems. Politics in the Northwest has been the cause of disunity among our people and the impediment to social and political progress. Far too many community leaders align themselves to the same old problems and the politicians who have failed to change the system. Politicians continue to feed this culture of divisiveness by feeding people’s … [Read more...]