This blog is dedicated to Chamorro issues, the use and revitalization of the Chamoru language and the decolonization of Guam. This also blog aims to inform people around the world about the history, culture and language and struggles of the Chamorro people, who are the indigenous islanders of Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Luta and Pagan in the Mariana Islands. Pues Haggannaihon ha', ya taitai na'ya, ya Si Yu'us Ma'ase para i finatto-mu.
I know in national politics, Fridays are supposed to be quiet days where the media is preparing for the weekend, and so a story that you want to receive far less attention than normal, you release on a Friday afternoon or evening. Hopefully by Monday the country has moved on from your potentially negative story. Under the Trump administration it seems like the President doesn't understand this dynamic and somehow imagines that if news is released on a Friday it will get more coverage, because it is an exciting night of partying. Last week Trump once again redefined political wisdom or convention by, in the middle of hurricane preparations, released a huge number of news, that left the media gasping to figure out how to cover it all. Here are some snippets of that epic Friday news dump.
Trump Under Fire Over Epic Friday News Dump
by Josh Dawsey
It was a Friday night news dump like rarely seen before:
President Donald Trump's administration an…
Independent Guåhan’s educational outreach continues in
Dededo and with their monthly General Assembly returning to Hagåtña For Immediate
Release, August 25, 2017 – Independent Guåhan (IG) continues their efforts
to educate the island community about the possibilities for Guåhan should it
become an independent country, with two educational outreach opportunities in
the last week of August. The first, a village meeting, will take place at the
Dededo Senior Citizens’ Center on Wednesday, August 30th from 6:00 -7:30
p.m. The second, the latest in their monthly General Assemblies (GA) will be
held on Thursday, August 31st from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. at the main pavilion of the
Chamorro Village in Hagåtña. Both events are free and open to the public. Over
the summer, IG held a series of successful village meetings in Malesso’, Chalan
Pågo and Toto, drawing more than 150 people total. Under the leadership of
Melvin Won Pat-Borja, IG will continue this village-based outreach in Dededo on
the 30th. The…
Meggai malago' yu' bei sångan put si Donald Trump yan i sinangån-ña (yan håfa ti ha sångan lokkue') put i nina'triste giya Charlottesville.
Fihu ilek-hu na ti hongge'on i bidadå-ña si Trump. Ya siempre ti siña ha ikak este na malabida pat este na eskareng. Lao atan ha', kulang un chatpago yan sen mutong na fafa'tinas milagro este na taotao. Sigi ha' ha na'långga yan na'manman yu', kada simåna.
Meggai malago' yu' na bai hu sångan, lao ti nahong i ora på'go, guaha meggai otro cho'cho'.
Lao este ha' malago' yu' na bei ensima gi kombetsasion.
Gof na'chalek yan "ironic" na i manapå'ka, ko'lo'lo'ña i manracist, fihu ma såsangna na manchenglong i manminorities gi i manma'pos na tiempo. Gi fino' Ingles, "they are stuck in the past." Ma sångan este, sa' i manAfrican Amerikanu par otr ti apå'ka na råsa siha, guaha ma keketulaika gi halom i Estådos Unidos pi'ot…
Guam gets its 15 mins of national or international media fame refreshed every few years, sometimes because of a typhoon or earthquake. Sometimes because of snake epidemics. Over the past few years, North Korea has had alot to do with Guam getting a little extra attention. Usually these periods are frustrating to analyze in media terms because Guam, even if it is mentioned as the focus of a story, still remains at the periphery of it. But this most recent North Korea scare led to a series of well-written and insightful articles that didn't shy away from Guam's colonial status, but engaged with it. Here below is probably my favorite piece to come out from all the drama.
"Guam: A colonized island nation where 160,000 American lives are not only at risk but often forgotten"
by Gene Park
August 11, 2017
The past few days have been quite hectic due to the threat
to Guam by North Korea and President Trump's shocking response. I am trying to
catch up on my posts on this blog, and so we'll see if I'll be able this month.
Here are a few articles on the initial threat from North Korea to Guam.
North Korea Claims It’s Planning to Fire Missiles Near Guam
SEOUL/GUAM (Reuters) - North Korea said on Thursday it
was completing plans to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to
land near the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam in an unusually
detailed threat that further heightened tensions with the United States.
North Korea’s army will complete the plans in mid-August,
when they will be ready for leader Kim Jong Un’s order, state-run KCNA news
agency reported, citing General Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the Strategic Force
of the Korean People’s Army. The plans called for the missiles to land in the
sea only 30-40 km (18-25 miles) from Guam.
For Immediate Release August 13, 2017 People for Peace Rally: Monday, August 14Guam Groups Organizing A Community Call for Peace Hagåtña, Guåhan — In a call for peace amid dangerous talks of war, two Guam community groups are organizing a “People for Peace” rally at the Maga’låhi Kepuha loop in Hagåtña on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Independent Guåhan and the Prutehi Litekyan/Save Ritidian organization
are inviting the local community to join them with peaceful signs and
positive messages they’d like to share with the world. This
past week, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim
Jong-un exchanged aggressive threats of attack that included plans for a
North Korean missile strike near Guam in mid-August. Historically, Guam
has been forced in the middle of other nations’ conflicts, particularly
as an unincorporated territory of the United States. As a result, many
of Guam’s people know the painful and horrific effects of war as World
II survivors and as vete…