Submitted by PIR Editor on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 14:01
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.
Submitted by PIR Editor on Sun, 02/19/2017 - 09:58
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."
Submitted by PIR Editor on Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:53
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.
Submitted by PIR Editor on Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:17
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.
Submitted by PIR Editor on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:10
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.
Submitted by PIR Editor on Mon, 12/12/2016 - 12:25
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."
Submitted by PIR Editor on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:55
"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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