Thursday, September 30, 2004

Puenggen Minagof

Chamorro Concerts coming up in San Diego (Oct. 8) and Las Vegas (October 16).

Head to http://www.guamgifts.com for more info or to purchase tickets.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Ghost in the Shell

For all you anime fans out there, I've just learned an interesting piece of info about one of Japan's premiere anime films, Ghost in the Shell.

Have you ever noticed how realistic the bullet impacts and holes look in the film? The creators of the film apparently did research in Guam on firearms and what it looks like when bullets hit certain substances, wood, stone, metal.

If you watch the DVD of the film which includes a documentary on the technology and the process behind the film, they'll show several seconds of footage of the crew firing guns at targets on the red dirt on Guam.

"Taimanu un tungo'? Takfiha ha'?"
"Munangon i ghost-hu."

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Yanggen lannga yu' didide', as'i'i yu' fan

Gi i ma'pos-na simana, umayute' ham yan i nobia-hu, pues guaha nai na kalang chatsaga'. Magof hu sa' ti gof atdet i inadespattan-mami, ya sigi ha' umaga'chong ham. Lao mamakkat ha'. Pues yanggen ti sesso hu na'halom post guini, despensa yu'...

Lao sigun i tihu-hu, i mas maolek na amot nu este na piniti, nuebu na guinaiya. Lao bai nangga na'ya antes di bai hu fanaligao ta'lo nobia. Lao siempre gi tiempo an lamagom bai hu fanaligao ta'lo.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Forum gi Fino' Chamoru nu i Manmalalagu para Ofisinan Senadot

Gi i mamamailla na mes, para u guaha Forum para i manmalalagu para ofisinan pulitikat gi fino' Chamorro. Hu tugiyi Si Sinora Rosa Salas Palomo yan Si Sinot Pedro Onedera dos na finaisen, para i manmalalagu, estegue unu ginnen i dos.

"Antes di I gera, manhalom magi I Amerikanu siha, ya ma fa’tinas eskuela guini, hinangain-niha para u na’apaka yan civilize I Chamorro siha. Gi este na eskuela siha, ti ma fa’na’gue I famagu’on put I eriyan-niha, island-niha pat kutturan-niha. Enlugat di ayu, ma na’eyak I Chamorro siha put I estorian US, I ketturan US yan I lenguahin US. Achokka’ sina ta konfotme todu pa’go na mampos baba ayu, guaha annok an un atan I sisteman eskuela pa’go na ti meggai matulaika desde ayu na tiempon colonial. Kana’ pupuru ha’ colonial I curriculum pa’go, achokka’ didide’ matulaika. Hunggan pa’go mafa’na’na’gue fino’ Chamorro gi I eskuela siha, lao sigi ha’ mane’eyak I famagu’on Guahan put I tano’ US enlugat di I tano’ Guahan. Sigun I hagas na kongresu Si Robert Underwood, anggen malago hit muna’latomtom I famagu’on-ta, debi di ta na’lalocal yan na’laregional I finana’guen I eskuela-ta siha. Pot hemplo, enlugat di estorian US, fa’na’gue estorian Micronesia. Enlugat di estorian Europa, fa’na’gue estorian Pasifiko pat Asia. Hafa sina ta cho’gue put este na prublema? Hafa sina ta cho’gue kosaki ta suhayi este na ginaddon colonial, ya mismo na’faneyak I famagu’on Guahan?"

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Tinige'-hu nu i PDN put i draft

Letter I just wrote to the PDN with regards to the draft. Its a little choppy because I had a word limit.

The situation in Iraq is getting worse. Americans are dying at an increased rate, 1,048 dead as I’m writing this, 909 since G.I. George Bush said “Mission Accomplished.” More and more Iraqis are dying, tens of thousands over the last year. Each time a missile misses its target, or a bullet is fired into another innocent victim out of fear, more anger is created, fueling more violence against America’s illegal occupation.
Faced with this quagmire and with both Democratic and Republican Senators making regular comparisons to Vietnam, the Bush administration has finally been forced to admit to they may have actually made mistakes about planning for peace in Iraq. How does the administration plan to solve the Iraq debacle? Other then vague troop shifting plans and building at least 12 military bases in Iraq, there are whispers, memos and appropriations in the air which hint that the compulsory draft will return next year.
The plundering and controlling of Iraq to serve American military and economic interests is a tough job, and at present resource levels with more than 700 bases around the world, the US military is stretched too thinly to conquer a land of 25 million people. Legislation is currently in the House and Senate which provides $28 million to have the draft reinstated by June of next year. Public campaigns have already begun to quietly fill draft and appeals board slots which have been empty for decades. Many already feel however that a sort of draft is taking place, with the Bush Administration using the National Guard to cover for their lack of planning. Almost 50% of US troops in Iraq right now are from America’s newly christened “inter” National Guard.
I for one hope that the draft will be reinstated. But not to teach patriotism as one Senator has suggested, and not because I believe this war was justified, instead because of the chance it might give to those of us who believe Guam’s continuing colonial status is unfair and must be fixed.The drafting of Chamorros is something that activists on Guam can use to publicize the unfair treatment that Guam receives from the United States, one aspect being as Congressman Ben Blaz put it “that we are equal in war, but unequal in peace.” If the draft returns I hope that I or someone with thinking similar to my own is drafted. Because the moment I learn that I am going to be forced to fight for a country that tried to eradicate my language, abandoned the Chamorros on Guam in 1941, and still refuses to make use equal through incorporation or independence, I will immediately fly to Guam and make sure my drafting becomes a massive legal case. Through whatever means I can find I will make sure that everyone in Guam and the United States knows that to keep Guam a colony is bad enough, but to make Chamorros and others on Guam fight America’s dirty little wars is immoral and should be illegal.

Friday, September 24, 2004

"Hu Guaiya Hao"

I just googled "Chamoru" and "blog" today and 409 hits showed up. Guess what most of them were? They weren't Chamorus with blogs, instead they were blogs which had lists of how to say "I love you" in all the languages on the planet.

In case you're wondering why I didn't google "Chamorro" and "blog" its because there are way too many people out there with the last name Chamorro, or who love Charissa Chamorro, or who want to discuss Edgar or Violeta Chamorro.

Papet Etgue

In my board the other day, one of the members refered to Joe Murphy's columns as "papet etgue." Para hamyo ni' ti en hilat kumomprende fino' Chamorro, kumekeilek-na "toliet paper."

The ideas of Joe Murphy, no matter how kaduku, kalakas pat taibali have been given so much weight and value on Guam, because of the position he holds on the editorial page of the Pacific Daily News. We need to start a petition or a drive to get rid of Murphy and his bihu papet etgue. He has taken up that highly coveted space for too long, and dictated too much with his often useless, more times pointless and usually dangerous ramblings.

I was reading his most recent papet etgue' yan lana, I've read that piece several times already, over the past few decades. He just re-writes it, over and over, inserting new details. Adding a delegate here, elected governorship there, small changes like internet, hotels in Tumon, tourism everywhere. Joe Murphy, as well as the paper he writes in, reflect the continuing colonial mentality which will keep Guam at its current political status and sadly threaten the survival of the Chamorro people. We need newer voices out there, saying things which need to be said, rather then merely rehashing old colonial tricks in new forms.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Finayi para pa'go na ha'ani

Mananges hit an kumate i paluma, lao taya' tumanges an humagga' i guihan. Ai manuette siha ni' oppan, ni' gaibosa (voice).

Gof fayi este na sinangan, ya hu hahasso na guse'na bai hu fa'poem este yan na'chetton gui' gi i sanme'na-na i thesis-hu. Sa' achokka' guaha na oppan hita ni' Chamorro, bula biahi lokkue nai manaibosa, pot hemplo gi i UN, giya i Kongresun US, and otro na lugat.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

MAS put i sina' fatto i draft ta'lo

Mas put kao sina' guaha draft ta'lo...

Hidden Agenda: A National Draft in the Future?
by Howard Dean

A key issue for young Americans and their families to consider as they prepare to cast their votes in the upcoming presidential election is the real likelihood of a military draft being reinstated if President Bush is re-elected. President Bush should tell us now whether he supports a military draft.
Here is the evidence that makes a draft likely:
The U.S. Army has acknowledged that they are stretched thin and that finding new recruits is challenging. They recently placed 300 new recruiters in the field. Bonuses for new recruits to the Army have risen by 67 percent to a maximum of $10,000 and $15,000 for hard-to-fill specialties.
The extended tours of duty have made service less attractive for both the regular armed forces, and particularly for the National Guard and Reserves. To meet this year's quota for enlistees, the Army has sped up the induction of "delayed entry" recruits, meaning they are already borrowing from next year's quotas in order to meet this year's numbers.
Reservists are now being called away for longer periods. In 2003, President Bush dramatically extended the length of time for the Guard and Reserves deployment in Iraq. Extended tours of up to a year have become common.
In a further sign of a lack of adequate staffing, the armed forces are now in the process of calling up members of the Individual Ready Reserves. These are often older reservists usually waiting retirement. They are typically in their mid-to-late forties, and have not been on active duty and have not trained for some time. Traditionally, they are only supposed to be called up during a time of national emergency. In 2001, President Bush authorized their call up but never rescinded this order even after he declared "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq in May of 2003.
The Armed Forces are already chronically understaffed. In 2003, General Eric Shinseki testified before Congress that an additional 50,000 troops would be needed beyond what the Bush administration said would be necessary to stabilize Iraq after the invasion. The President ignored him. We do not have enough troops in Afghanistan to be able to stabilize the country, as shown by the continual putting off of elections well past their announced date. In an effort to free up yet more troops in the coming years, we are moving troops away from the Demilitarized Zone in Korea and reducing the number of troops on the Korean Peninsula at a time when North Korea poses more of a danger to the U.S. - not less. Because of the President's military adventurism, our Armed Forces are under enormous pressure. The only place to go for more troops is a draft.
Selective service boards have already been notified that 20-year-olds and medical personnel will be called up first.
President Bush will be forced to decide whether we can continue the current course in Iraq, which will clearly require the reinstatement of the draft. The Pentagon has objected to a draft but, the President has ignored other Pentagon recommendations in the past.
American families and young people are owed an explanation about the President's plans. Will the President withdraw from some of our military commitments or will he reinstate the draft? We need to know that before we vote, not afterwards.

Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, is the founder of Democracy for America, a grassroots organization that supports socially progressive and fiscally responsible political candidates. Email Howard Dean at howarddean@democracyforamerica.com

DRAFT

For months there has been hints in the air, small traces here and there which indicated that the mandatory draft might be returning. When Bush was trouncing and shelling recalcitrant, freedom loving and wanting Iraqis into body parts sizzling on the sands of their own land with regular frequency and ease, then these hints were easily dismissed. A report from the DOD, a memo here or there, cryptic statements by Colin Powell, it was all easily denied, and people were easily convinced it was nothing.

In my zine we reported months ago that a Draft would likely be re-instituted, we got a lot of emails saying we were nuts, usually from people in the military at present, or retired. With each passing day however, Iraq becomes more and more of the quagmire that neo-cons fear, which may create a long dragged out war, which will soon sap and steal the resolve and support of the American people. Cheney and Bush have both noted that there are at least 50 countries which they would like to "intervene" in, meaning invade or dominant through other means. To do so, more troops will be needed. As more and more Americans die in Iraq however, promises of college education and other economic incentives aren't as effective. It is obvious that something will soon have to be done, to ensure that the hegemonic needs of this neo-conservative foreign policy has enough warm bodies to produce cold bodies in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and later on the Philippines, Iran, Syria and so on.

This is something we should all watch very closely, because were are talking about further increasing a society which after September 11th, seems willing to accept such invasions and dictation. We are also talking about Chamorros being drafted as they were in Vietnam, by their colonial masters, sent to fight and die for a country which doesn't respect them enough to even remedy their island's colonial status.


Subject: Mandatory Draft Legislation Please Read

Mandatory draft for boys and girls (ages 18-26) starting June 15, 2005, is something that everyone should know about. This literally effects everyone since we all have or know children that will have to go if this bill passes.

There is pending legislation in the house and senate (twin bills: S89 and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so the draft can begin as early as spring, 2005, just after the 2004 presidential election. The administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed now, while the public's attention is on the elections, so our action on this is needed immediately. Details and links follow. This plan, among other things, eliminates higher education as a shelter and includes women in the draft. Also, crossing into Canada has already been made very difficult.

Actions:

Please send this on to all the parents and teachers you know, and all the aunts and uncles, grandparents, godparents . . . And let your children know - - it's their future, and they can be a powerful voice for change!

This legislation is called HR 163 and can be found in detail at this website: http://thomas.loc.gov/ Just enter in "HR 163" and click search and will bring up the bill for you to read.

It is less than two pages long. If this bill passes, it will include all men and ALL WOMEN from ages 18 - 26 in a draft for military action. In addition, college will no longer be an option for avoiding the draft and they will be signing an agreement with Canada which will no longer permit anyone attempting to dodge the draft to stay within it's borders. This bill also includes the extension of military service for all those that are currently active.

If you go to the selective service web site and read their 2004 FYI Goals you will see that the reasoning for this is to increase the size of the military in case of terrorism.

This is a critical piece of legislation, this will effect our undergraduates, our children and our grandchildren. Please take the time to write your congressman and let them know how you feel about this legislation. www.house.gov www.senate.gov

Please also write to your representatives and ask them why they aren't telling their constituents about these bills and write to newspapers and other media outlets to ask them why they're not covering this important story.

The draft $28 million has been added to the 2004 selective service system budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as early as June 15, 2005. Selective service must report to Bush on March 31, 2005, that the system, which has lain dormant for decades, is ready for activation. Please see www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html to view the Selective Service System annual performance plan, fiscal year 2004.

The pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all 10,350 draft board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots nationwide. Though this is an unpopular election year topic, military experts and influential members of congress are suggesting that if Rumsfeld's prediction of a "long, hard slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan (and permanent state of war on terrorism) proves accurate, the US may have no choice but to draft. www.hslda.org/legislation/national/2003/s89/default.asp entitled the Universal National service Act of 2003, "to provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons (age 18-26) in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes."


These active bills currently sit in the committee on armed services. Dodging the draft will be more difficult than those from the Vietnam era. College and Canada will not be options. In December 2001, Canada and the US signed a "smart border declaration," which could be used to keep would-be draft dodgers in. Signed by Canada's minister of foreign affairs, John Manley, and US Homeland Security director, Tom Ridge, the declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among other things, a "pre-clearance agreement" of people entering and departing each country. Reforms aimed at making the draft more equitable along gender and class lines also eliminates higher education as a shelter. Underclassmen would only be able to postpone service until the end of their current semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic year.

What to do:

Tell your friends

Contact your legislators and ask them to oppose these bills. Just type "congress" into the AOL search engine and input your zip code. A list of your reps will pop up with a way to email them directly. We can't just sit and pretend that by ignoring it, it will go away. We must voice our concerns and create the world we want to live in for our children and grandchildren.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Sometimes I dream of Okinawa...

Someone needs to write an article like this for Guam, because Guam and Okinawa share similar dangers and pressures. The U.S. forces on Guam are endangering the Chamorro people and others, but the media refuses to even consider this aspect of their presence.

According to Lee Weber, Joe Murphy and other haole elites, the military is the only reason Guam is habitable. The military does alot more than liberate people and provide cheap gasoline, it is time we start talking about these things, or else find our water lens completely tainted or the island full of shades of people as a nuclear cloud hovers over our island, taking the last traces of Chamorro culture with it.

U.S. forces on Okinawa endangering the people
By Kozue Uehara

On Aug. 13, a transportation helicopter, a CH-53-D Sea Stallion
belonging to U.S. Marines based on O'ahu, crashed on Okinawan
International University in Ginowan city.
The helicopter exploded and filled the scene with smoke. The staff of
the university ran away from shattered-glass windows. Students taking
summer session fled the danger.
Before it crashed, the defective helicopter wandered around, scattering
many parts and oil over the densely populated area, including a 26-foot
fin of the propeller, which penetrated a door and a cement wall and
destroyed the TV in the room where a little child was taking a nap.
Students and people next to the scene were trembling and crying.
U.S. Forces Japan commander Lt. Gen. Thomas Waskow, however, emphasized
the distinguished service of the crews in avoiding death and injury of
residents.
More than 50,000 servicemen and civilian employees of the Army and 75
percent of all U.S. bases in Japan have been in Okinawa since World War
II. The U.S. troops have held up the ideal of their being here for
"security" and "democratization" of the world.
In Okinawa, however, human rights of the residents have not been
enhanced because of the existence of the U.S. forces. There are also
many people who are suffering from hearing loss caused by the roaring
sound of training flights.
In 1959, a U.S. Army jet plane crashed on Miyamori elementary school in
Ishikawa city, Okinawa. The training accident killed 17 people (11
children) and injured 121.
Can the huge U.S. forces imagine the sadness and fear of the people?
The U.S. and the Japanese governments reached an agreement of
restoration for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, in Ginowan city, after
the people's protests against the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl
in 1995 by U.S. servicemen.
Both governments, however, started to pressure Okinawa prefecture in
favor of constructing a substantial military base in Henoko Bay,
Okinawa, with its beautiful coral reefs.
I hope that U.S. military bases are not transferred but are restored to
the people of Okinawa.
There are huge military bases also in Hawai'i. So, many residents in
Hawai'i, I hope, would sympathize with us and our fear of the existence
of military bases on our small island.
Such sympathy and alignment of the people all over the world will surely
empower our movement to try to solve the problem. Through this case, I
would like the people in Hawai'i to reconsider the existence of the
U.S. forces in a foreign country and to know how much they endanger
people living there.

Something I've been working on...

Para hamyo ni' mansusedi humungok dandan Mariachi, sina en hingok esta i kanta, Malaguena Salerosa. Gof ya-hu este na kanta, ya achokka' bula biahi hu gacha gui' didide', i fine'nina na biahi nai hu gof ekungok gui' gi i kachido "Kill Bill mina'dos."

Nai hu hungok ayu, hinasso-ku. "Hey, siempre gos maolek este na kanta, para bei pula gi fino' Chamorro." Pues esta hu tutuhon, ya minaolek'ek'ek'ek. I erihinat na kanta put un kakanta, ya ha kantatayi un chika, na gof ya-na chimiku i labios-na, ya sigi ha' ha langeslanges gui' put i minalago'-na (i lahi) yan i pinika-na (i palao'an). Lao i fina'tinas-hu mismo put i estoria-na i gof gof gof tatan bihu-hu (great great great grandfather) ni' matto giya Guahan gi i 1800's ginnen Mexico. Matto gui' para u fa'cho'cho para i Maga'lahi (espanot) giya Hagatna, gi i kisina-na. Gi i tiempo-na guini, mangguaiya'guan gui' ni' un palao'an Chamorro. Hu chagi bumense yan guma'chungi este na palao'an bula biahi, lao sigi ha' mana'suha. Esta listo na pau hinalang i lahi, nai matto i che'lon i palao'an ni' ha guaiya. Sinangani i lahi ni' i che'lu na ti ya-na i che'lu-na sa' sigi ha' fino' Espanot i pretendiente. Ya achokka' sina i palao'an kumomprende fino' Espanot, esta ha prometin maisa gui', na ti para u asagua i taotao sanhiyong. Chamorro ha' para Guiya.

Pues, este na lahi, ha fa'na'guen maisa gui' taimanu fumino' Chamorro yan kumomprende fino' Chamorro, ya ha apsai dos otro na lalahi, ya ha konne' siha para i gima'n i palao'an ni' ha guaiya. Nai manggaige gi tres gi hiyong i bentana-na, ma laknos i tres guitallan-niha, ya ma kanta ya ma dandan, Malaguena Salerosa, lao ni' nuebu na palabras. Ya pa'go mismo pot i hinanao-na i lahi, yan na achokka' bula chine'gue-na yan lini'e-na, taya' achaigua este na palao'an.

Sigi ha' hu tutuge' este. Estague tinanme' ha'.

Mongmong esta korason-hu
Hagu i minapto'
Guahu i inai siha
Mongmong esta korason-hu
Ya mapoddong gi risaki

Monday, September 20, 2004

Sina hu kasse Si Bush esta ki mapokka' i tano'

In another one of President Bush's stirring speeches before a carefully selected and programmed audience, he once again made an complete moron out of himself. After being asked by an attentive and oddly informed person from the audience about the draft, the president responded saying don't worry, just trust us. Here's the text:

Plant in the audience: Mr. President, if the war on terrorism continues, do you feel that there will be a need for the draft? And do you want to start the draft again?

Pre-programmed president who has forgotten his cue card: Yes, first of all, the war on terror will continue. It's going to take awhile. And, no, we don't need a draft. What we need to do is -- don't worry about it. What we need to do is to make sure our troops are well-paid, and well-housed, and well-equipped.

Lana umbe, kao un hulat humongge na bula na Chamorro yan otro na taotao pau bota este na brinede? Fihu ngoknok i kuentos-na Si Bush, sina hu kasse gui' esta ki mapokka' este na tano' (mundo).

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/09/20040907-6.html

Finayi put gera...

Si Khruschev (hagas maga'lahi Russia) sumangan este, nai umafulo' i US yan i USSR put i pinakin nuklear giya Cuba gi 1962. Achokka' taotao Russia este (ya sigun i US dipotsi i enimigu-ta siha), mungga maduda i minagahet gi i sinangan-na.

Si Khruschev ha kattayi Si John F. Kennedy yan i tiguang-na ni' este:

We and you out not to pull on the ends of a rope which you have tied the knots of war. Because the more the two of us pull, the tighter the knot will be tied. And then it will be neccessary to cut that knot. And what that would mean is not for me to explain to you. I have participated in two wars and know that war ends when it has rolled through cities and villages everywhere sowing death and destruction. For such is the logic of war. If people do not display wisdom, they will clash like blind moles and then mutual annihilation will commence.

Adahi todus hamyo, sa' pau fatto este na dimilas yanggen ti ta tutuhun "demilitarizing" i hinasso-ta yan impottante'na i colonizer-ta, I United States.

Yinaoyao giya Fanahgue'yan

Our message board has had the following thread burning up for the past couple days. It started with a simple question as to whether or not Chamorro culture can be saved. Since then its brought in elements of hip hop, the life and family of Clotilde Gould and the making of Chamorro t-shirts.

Here's the thread:

http://www.aimoo.com/forum/postview.cfm?id=543197&CategoryID=265244&startcat=1&ThreadID=1681991

And here's the link to the message board:

http://messageboard543197.aimoo.com

Conference on the Colonies

The Office of Insular Affairs, a branch of the Federal Agency in charge of colonial citizens, indians and the birds and the bees is sponsoring a conference to showcase the different economic benefits and advantages in investing in the American colonies.

The conference will take place in Los Angeles the 23rd and 24th of September at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown333 S. Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90071. Registration is free.

the website for the conference is http://www.businessopportunitiesconference.com

The bulk of Guam's economy has operated under a soft-neo-liberal framework in which outside investors have traditionally been given tax breaks and incentives in order to invest and develop the island, in exchange for poorly waged, non-unionized labor. The government of Guam now sits in perpetual economic dissaray, because when things were insanely good, this arrangement could be afforded, but now that things are not so good, the cost of living continues to rise, while any increase in wages for the private sector are vehemently resisted. This conference may present a danger to Guam's survival as too much of Guam's profit potential has already been ceded to non-local corporations, and the government seems naturally unwilling to impose any limits on them to benefit the rest of the island. Most recently, the GRT rate increase, saved the government from collapse, but was bitterly opposed by members of the legislature, as well as a well-funded public education campaign by Guam's business elite. A similar proposal to increase Guam's minimum wage was brutally attacked by all the island's media outlets.

For those of you who can attend, this conference will be an interesting experience, to see how Guam is represented (as well as the other colonies), to see if the old orientalist tricks are still being used, and even if they still work.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Just for the record...

Calling me or any other Chamorro activists on Guam "leftists" means to suffer from a lack of imagination. We situate ourselves as indigenous first, which means those labels of left and right don't apply.

I'm pointing this out because some rabid right wing poster invaded my blog today and posted some mindless comments. Please refrain from categorizing my arguments or positions as being "way on the left" because that is just a pathetic way of dimishing them and controlling them.

If you want to have a serious clash or conversation here, please break out of that binary, black/white mindset. Only then can we begin to discuss this issues for reals, and not just resort to Hannity v. Colmes, Rush Windbag style namecalling nonsense.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Save Our Island, Don't sell you Land!

By Monique Hudgens, 11 Years Old, Agana Heights, written 1989

If you would drive around Guam. what would you see?
You would mostly see hotels, shopping centers, buildings, motels,
big buildings, tourist sites and many other things.
If you think about it some of these things don't even benefit the people of Guam.
The people of Guam shouldn't sell their land or Guam will have over 200 hotels.
In the Bible is says, "Do not sell you land because you may want it back."
In a few more years Guam will look more like a hotel paradise
than a paradise of beauty. Do you want an island of beauty, paradise and nature or an island of big bulldozers hurting our island's soil for some money-making hotel? The answer is "no!"
Don't sell your land. It's worth a thousand words.
It's your choice, decision and island. Be wise. Enough is enough!
We waited too long! The push must come to a shove! Basta ilek-hu ahe'!
If you love your island than say no.
Save our heritage for the next generation of kids.
Who would see Guam as a beautiful paradise.

More on Pagan

Check out http://www.chamorro.com, they've got some nice photos, and some information on the possible strip mining there.

Chamorro Survival

The possibility of strip mining taking place on Pagan is something we should all be concerned about. Multi-national, international and national corporations are slowly invading our lives, and because of the way the media represents their presence, or even because of the way we learn economics and life should be from our colonial schooling we think its fine, or dipotsi ha'.

The business leaders of Guam and the CNMI are all in a hurry to give away everything our islands contain to outside investors and corporations. Whether it be a beautiful island such as Pagan, or Guam's water, or the labor of individuals for starvation wages, or even our hopes and dreams, everything is up for sale at Dededo flea market prices to anyone willing to hoflak i damot i manakhilo' guini pat promise that their interventions will increase military presence on Guam.

Life in our islands will become unsustainable soon, and there are many reasons why. The cost of living if our utilitized and basic services continue to be privatized will soar out of control, for many it already has. The natural resources will are all being threatened by poor societal management in the past and present, and will soon be handed over to predatory corporations interested in turning humans and human needs into profits. Lastly, military increases in the islands run their own risk of annhiliation. Who knows what chemicals are currently seeping into our water lens from Si Yu'us ha' tumugo' hafa ma bury after World War II, when Congress legalized the secret burying of hazardous materials and waste on Guam and around the country. Then there is the risk of radiation from nuclear vessels and weapons. Several former Navy men have already testified to the fact that Guam received prolonged radioactive exsposure from the testing in the Marshall Islands, as well as the clean up of ships returning from monitoring testin there.

Lastly, since the 2000 coup de'tat put Shogun Bush and his neo-conservative Mikado into power, the United States has made the world much unsafer through its carnal cravings for fossil fuels and hegemony in the Middle East. Terrorism has increased drastically in the past year, as reported by Bush's own State Department. In the meantime, as the neo-con cabal in Washington is setting America's sights on other nations, such as Iran, North Korea, America is the only country which continues to rapidly upgrade and produce nuclear weapons. New cold wars loom on the horizon, as hot wars are taking place in Afghanistan, Checnya, Sudan, Iraq and Columbia. Through all this, 7,500 nuclear weapons are still out there, roughly half controlled by the US, roughly the other half by Russia. No one seems to realize that as the US postures publicly that limited nuclear war is one of their options, and that first strike nuclear war is their first option in case of any serious conflict, at least one of those Russian nuclear warheads is still aimed at Guam.

If there ever was another war, can anyone still hold the American flag high and proudly knowing that Guam would be sacrificed in the blink of an eye, without any hesitation? Probably without any remorse, by the politicians, commanders and policy planners with whom we beg and plead to increase military presence on the island?

I went off on a tagent there, but all these things are connected to the survival of Chamorros and our island of Guam. So long as we continue to allow corporations both civillian and military to control our island, and our lives, then prospects for survival, prospects for a livable future for anyone on Guam seem dim.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Todu muna'hasso yu' put i diasporan Chamorro...

Noskuantos na ha'ani tatte na tiempo, hu fakcha'i gaige gi as i atungo'n i nobia-hu, un linikidu, pi'ot para gi lagu. Nangga un ratu ya bai ekslipayi hamyo.

Hassan i biahi guini, nai hu li'e stickers ni' Chamorro, pat karata siha ni' gaistickers Chamorro. Lao gi i gima'n i atungo'n i nobia-hu, guaha kuatro na karata manecho, ya todu manggaistickersGuam.

One was my girlfriend's car which has a Guam Seal Sticker with a bamboo outline.

The next was her friend's car, which has a Guam Seal Sticker.

Next was her friend's cousin's car which has both a Guam Seal Sticker and Chamoru in Old English text.

Last was her friend's other cousin's car which had a GUAM- NEDEDOG lisence plate.

Gof paire ayu, lao na'ma'ase lokkue. Sa' todu i Chinamorro pat Guinahan (kosas Guahan) guini, muna'hasso yu' put i atdet na chetnot i taotao-ta pa'go, diaspora.

Taimanu na bai hu suhetan maisa yu', an kada na ha'ani kinahulo'guan yu' ni' i na'hasson put Chamorro diaspora?

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Links na banda

Pa'go ha' hu na'chetton guini i links na banda. Yanggen guaha na malago hao na bei na'saonao, na'tungo' yu.

I've just added a links section. Let me know if there's another link you'd like me to add.

I kannai ni' muna'i, mumaga'si...

Someone needs to do some serious research into analyzing just exactly how much of Guam's economic survival depends upon the military. Because if somehow it could be proven that our perceptions are alot more exaggerated than the reality, then it would be a good start in combating the ideological dependency Chamorros have on the US.

This dependency is maintained in very circular way, because the physical/economic arguments support the ideological arguments, and vice versa.

Karabao in danger yet again...

The US Navy and the local Department of Agriculture have both approved a plan which will slaughter all the wild karabao at Fena lake, that's more than 200 karabao.

The Nasion Chamoru, the Colonized Chamoru Coalition and others are planning two peaceful protests against this measure. Please attend if you can, or at least spread the word to others, we have to fight this and protect our island's karabao.

@ THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE OFFICE IN MANGILAO
FROM 10 A.M. TO 12 NOON, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2004.

@ THE US NAVAL STATION FRONT GATE (BIG NAVY MAIN GATE, RT.1)
FROM 10 AM TO 12 NOON, THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 2004.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

September 11th...

Hu dedicate este na sinangan (ti guahu tumuge') para i manmatai siha gi i hinatme gi 9/11, ya kontodu ayu lokkue ni' manmapuno' giya Afghanistan yan Irak, sa' i hinatmen 9/11 muna'hatmen i Administrasion Bush i taotaogues i dos na nasions, achokka' taya' isaon-niha, fuera di manasaga siha gi hilo' i mitlana na lugat...

Mungga ma na'piniti i korason-miyu.
Lao hasso yu' kada diha,
hsso i bunitu na minuriast-ta i chalek,
i kuentos entre Hita,
hu dingu i familia para bai deskansa.
Gof piniti fina'pos-hu,
lao libre yu' sa' gaige yu' yan Si Yu'us.
Pues basta tumanges,
ya hasso yu' gi annai humihita yan i magof na tiempo siha.
Pues komprende gi korason-miyu
na bai deskansa ya mientras gaige guiniyan-miyu para guahu
Bai la'la' gi halom korason-miyu todu tiempo.

Tinige' Guam Memorial Funeral Home (fa'na'an)

Saturday, September 11, 2004

The Thunderbirds are coming to Guam!

The PDN says it should be fun and a wonderful experience...I don't know, I guess I don't feel American enough to automatically feel that when American planes fly overhead, that they aren't going to bomb me into the stone age.

Yanggen un kuentusi i manamko' ni' mansusedi i gera, sesso ti manmagof siha put i batkon aire Amerikanu ni' manmatto gi 1944. Sa'ti ma gof adahi hayi ma pupuno'. Ma puno' i chapones hunggan, lao ma puno' Chamorro lokkue. Lao ti ma "highlight" este na siniente. Achokka' meggai na Chamorro manmagof na ma li'e i batkon aire Amerikanu, meggai lokkue manma'a'nao.

Parehu i hinasso-ku pa'go.

Kao magahet na kada Chamorro...?

From Hafa, October 1989, p.40-41 by Greg Flores...

Is it true that Every Chamorro...

Has been called to eat a "zillion" times.

Received Holy Communion with a mortal sin.

Has a "last supper painting" hanging in their home.

Has been in Johnston Theater at least once.

Owns a pair of combat boots.

Has on one wall pictures of sons in the military with "boyu" heads.

Has feds pigs when growing up.

Has an uncle or an aunt that looks like "Yoda" or "cabbage patch" doll.

Has thought at least once how fritada is made.

Friday, September 10, 2004

I apuyidu-hu

Bula na emails gi este na simana manmaloffan gi iyo-ku email account put este na ginaddon put i nina'privatize i hanom i islan Guahan. Duru hu hasso pa'go put hafa na sina hu cho'gue, para i Chamorro siha, ta espiha empenu put este. Ti siguru yu' hafa debi di ta cho'gue, lao hu tatangga mohon na guaha otro na taotao, ni' pau chalani i pumalu.

Achokka' estupido didide, este na estoria, ekungok ha'fan. Guaha sumangan-na i primu-hu, yan ni' ayu ha na'chetton este na prublema yan i apuyidu-hu. I apuyidyu-hu mismo Italianu, yan kumekeilke-na gi fino' Chamorro "gimmem hanom." Gi fino' Ingles, kumekeilek-na "drink water." Pues i sinangan-na i primu-hu este, "na'ma'ase Get na ti malalago hao pa'go na sakkan para i efisinan sendaot." I ineppe-hu, "sa' hafa?" Ilek-na "Sa' put todu i prublema siha put i hanom Guahan, maolek este i na'an-mu para un pega gi i tapblerun pulitikat (political signs)." Ilek-hu, "ke sa' hafa?" Ineppe-na, "Sa' Hagu, i gayun hanom! Drink water! I prinemeti-mu, na pon fa'maolek i sisteman hanom giya Guahan!"

Ai na'ma'se, sa' maleffa i primu-hu, na taya' tiningo'-hu put taimanu para ta fa'maolek i sistema, fuera di mungga maprivatize!

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Esta un mit na Amerikanu (yan dos Chamorro) manmatai giya Irak

Puru ha' taibali este na gera, annok pa'go, annok antes, yan yanggen sigi ha' sinilo' i minimum guihi giya Irak, pau annok apmama siempre.

Lao gi este na impottante na "matai na milestone," debi di ta hasso i ti manmatufong, i manmatai na Iraki siha. Ti tufong'on ayu put i mineggai-na yan lokkue sa' ti yan-niha i taotao Amerika manhasso put este. Lao put ayu na ti ma tungo' mas na'ma'ase i manmatai na Iraki kinu i manmatai na Amerikanu siha.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Letter from Tony Artero Sablan put i hanom Guam

Hafa Adai, I am forwarding this to you for I know that you care about our island’s futureand in bettering what we will be handing down to our children. I am sure youwill help lead in the effort of protecting our fresh water resources fromfalling into the hands of big players whose only motive is profit. If you feel that it is not right that the U.S. Navy delivers our Guam water toits military population for free, and we have to pay the Navy for the watersurplus they make available to our civilian community, then you know thatdealing with a merciless profit motive transnational company will be much moredifficult and will be very costly for us. Many of our people will suffer even more over time. For our future generations(our children and grandchildren), get involved now. You do not have to be awater expert nor an expert on any other field, your involvement is urgentlyneeded. Our current Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU) has recentlygiven up the fight to recover our water rights from the U.S. Navy. We are nowobligated to pay the Navy $9 +/- million, per year. The CCU is also consideringbringing in big companies to take over our water system. Let us organize to put good people into water management, to properly manage ourwater and wastewater.

Let us not leave those in-power in when their only motiveis to get into political power plays behaving as if they are our Governor, orwhose other goals are to silver-line their pockets.

For Your Information and if you can, please join us at:
Tues, 09-07-2004, 9:00 a.m. Guam Legislature public hearing on Bill # 331.
Tues, 09-07-2004, 6:00 p.m. CCU's hearing at Umatac Mayor's Office.

Si Yu'os Ma'ase,Antonio Artero SablanTel # 477-7700; e-mail: freeguam@hotmail.com

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Chalmer's Johnson's Article

Gos maolek na tinige' put i estao i mindo pa'go, i estao i militat US, ya i piniligro ni' guaha.

http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=11&ItemID=5685

Achokka' ti ya-hu i states, suette yu' didide'

I guess I'm lucky now, because, now when I complain about the US presidential election, it might actually mean something. On Guam such conversations, which pretend I'm a clear and corporated part of America seem stupid and pointless. Talking American politics on Guam is ridiculous, but unavoidable. We are taught them in school, we are informed of them through the media, so its natural that alot of people would import the terminology, the issues and so on into Guam. (I was speaking on the radio once, and I was accused of being a "left liberal," I couldn't stop laughing, because if you were to actually look at the ways ideas are structuring on Guam, the imported spectrum of "left liberal" and "right conveservative" doesn't work the same way. When I'm in the mainland, I am resolutely a leftist liberal anarchist. On Guam I'm a Chamorro, that's about it.)

While obviously we should know these things, they shouldn't be the politics which we hook ourselves to, whether in loyalty or through ideology. Guam has its own politics, its own government, its own system. Alot of times, we find it hard to remember that. When people compare the US Federal or States governments to Guam, they are forgetting that. They are forgetting that GovGuam is different than the feds, different than the state of California, or the municipality of Long Beach.

I bring all of this up because while I was on Guam, bashing Bush, and boosting Kerry it was very obvious to me that a change in the Commander and Chief wouldn't affect Guam much, and definitely not in the ways I wanted. Both Bush and Kerry are increasing the size and scope of the US military. Neither of them would give the decolonization of Guam any serious consideration. On Guam, although no one cared, I found myself pushing for Ralph Nader. (BIBA RALPH, sigi ha' hu guaiya hao achokka' guaha matakpangi hao ni' bandisou yan traitor.)

But now that I'm back in the states, I'm surrounded by Bush hatred (and despensa i chatfino' Bush love). I see clearly how the differences between the two (although when matched against my politics and beliefs) are sometimes small, they can have huge impacts. So now, that I'm back in the states, and I talk out against Bush and for Kerry, I don't find myself thinking, "lana, kalang manparehu na dos. Taimanu na sina hu na'tunas este gi i hinasso-ku?"

For me Chalmers Johnson put it best as to why he'll support Kerry. "I intend to vote for Kerry because I believe he is the only electable politician in America who might, like Zapatero in Spain, pay attention to public opinion. If we can demonstrate that a majority of the American people want peace, I believe that John Kerry will heed the call."

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Kao en hilat humongge este na Republicans siha?

Hu egga' i Convention Republican giya New York, yan na'ma'ase ti sina hu hongge i tinamamahlaon-niha! Achokka' sigi ha' mandagi, sigi ha' ma fa'baba i taotao Amerika, lao atan siha, hinasson-niha na taiisao.

Ai lana, sinilo' yu' esta, ya ti hu hulat kumuentos tunas put este pa'go. Bei na'paranaihon este estaki masuheta yu'...

Hugo Chavez

HUGO CHAVEZ!

I always find myself being very skeptical of him, yet every Venezuelan I've met or heard from says he is truly doing good for his people...

Here are some articles, which don't paint him as Washington does, as an enemy of his people. But rather the way he really is, as an enemy of Washington, but a leader of his people.

Yanggen guaha chansa-mu para un egga' i mibi, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," egga' ha'. Maolek na perspective put hayi Si Chavez, yan i estorian put nai i US yan i manakhilo' giya Venezuela, ma chagi muna'suha gui' gi un "coup."

Chavez's Programs para i manaisalape
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0817-01.htm

Mas put sa' hafa mangge Si Chavez
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0816-03.htm

I US, ma keketahgue Si Chavez
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0218-01.htm

Election Stuff
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0816-07.htm

Sinangan-na Si Chavez
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0822-01.htm

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