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Wed
22
Feb

First Native Pacific Islander Receives Prestigious Poetry Fellowship

 

Dr. Craig Santos Perez, a native Chamorro from Guam who is an associate professor in the English department at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, has become the first native Pacific Islander to win the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship for Poetry.

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Sun
19
Feb

How Texts From A ‘Hell Prison’ In The Pacific Led To A Powerful Video Diary

 

New York Times "video journalist Megan Specia explains how she connected with and captured the harrowing ordeal of a Kurdish dissident from Iran who has been held for three years in an Australian-funded refugee camp on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island."

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Thu
16
Feb

16 Asian American & Pacific Islander Advisors To President Trump Resign

 

16 members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have submitted their resignations ahead of the expiry of their term indicating uncertainty about whether President Trump would respect their advise if it did not conform to his predetermined beliefs.

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Mon
13
Feb

Hawaii May Be Breaking Law By Accommodating Foreign Fishermen

 

About 700 foreign fisherman operating on vessels based in Hawaii harbors are not officially allowed into the U.S. The state has been granting them local fishing licenses in appararent violation of state laws. The employees vague legal status makes them vulnerable to exploitation. 

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Wed
01
Feb

Troops Who Cleaned Up Radioactive Islands Can’t Get Medical Care

 

U.S. veterans who were involved in clean-up operations at Enewetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands experience much higher levels of cancer and other illnesses presumably related to their exposure to radioactive materials. So far the Department of Defense has refused to accept any link between their work and their health problems and has refused to pay for their healthcare. 

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Wed
04
Jan

Indonesia Halts Military Cooperation With Australia Over 'Insulting' West Papua Posters

 

Future joint exercises between Australia and Indonesia are in doubt after an Indonesian officer complained after seeing posters about West Papau at an Australian Special Forces base in Perth.

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Mon
26
Dec

Despite Climate Change Exodus, Some Marshall Islanders Head Back Home

 

Despite the difficulties of living in one of the world's most climate vulnerable countries, many young Marshallese are returning home from abroad to help confront these challenges. 

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Mon
12
Dec

Broken Men In Paradise: Australia's Cruel Refugee Detention Policy

 

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen visited the Australian asylum seeker detentional facility on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and concluded that "The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons."

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Wed
07
Dec

West Papua's Verdant Heartlands Devastated By Mine Waste – In Pictures

 

"Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of tailings from the Grasberg mine end up in the Indonesian province’s Aikwa delta system every day, which the Kamoro tribe say is destroying the landscape on which they rely for food and trade."

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Mon
05
Dec

New York Times OpEd: Save The Pacific Bluefin Tuna

 

As the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meets in Fiji this week,Jane Lubchenco  and Maria Damanaki issue an urgent call to protect the remaining tuna stocks in the Pacific.

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