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MENAcing FTAs

February 21, 2011
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MENAcing FTAs

Middle East, North Africa uprisings and Free Trade Agreements The discussion over the uprisings in the Middle-East have been framed as Islam meets pro-democracy vs. dictatorships.  Although it’s an accessible way for those in the Muslim-fearing West to discuss revolution in tolerant and civil terms, I’m not certain that these discussions frame a comprehensive...

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Economic Fundamentals-Money

January 28, 2011
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There has been some discussion recently on the value of money and whether it is fundamentally essential for future economies.  Whether a country is subsistent, independent, regionally integrated, or globally integrated, the value of money, rather, money’s value is complicated. From one perspective, money is often seen as a personal asset that we associate...

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Korea Trade Deal

December 9, 2010
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In response to the upcoming Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement, we should remember that the U.S. only signs one kind of trade agreement, and that is the NAFTA-style agreements that do really well for transnational corporations, intellectual property and patents, while it has mostly caused misery for local farmers, home-grown industries and environmental protections. This video...

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) Negotiations

December 2, 2010
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From Public Citizen: The Obama Administration has begun talks with Asian and Latin American nations to enter into the Trans-Pacific Strategic and Economic Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The talks with Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam were originally initiated by the Bush Administration. As the first trade agreement negotiations entered into by...

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Economic Data on Moana Nui

November 21, 2010
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Economic Data on Moana Nui

Some alternative drawings of maps have been circulating. One like the True Size of Africa had me thinking not only about what the physical geographical size of Africa is, but also, what the geographical size of the Pacific Islands are. Moana Nui, altogether, covers a third of the planet–about 169 million square kilometers (about...

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Zoellick Gold Standard Response

November 11, 2010
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Responding to Nov. 7th Financial Times article, ” The G20 must look beyond Bretton Woods II. The discussion of currency valuation as presented by Zoellick is flawed as a result of one very important omission, the accounting for value of GDP. Two points: 1) One of the objectives of Bretton Woods (1946) was to...

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Clinton and the colonial paradigm

October 22, 2010
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Clinton and the colonial paradigm

From the State Dept. website:  “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Hawaii, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia October 27-November 8. Secretary Clinton arrives in Honolulu on October 27 where she will meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara to discuss a broad range of issues, including...

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State of Aloha screening and panel

October 19, 2010
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InE6Z4a0wrk “State of Aloha captures not just the history of Hawaii, but the spirit of its people.” —Jason Sanders, FILMMAKER Magazine STATE OF ALOHA Documentary feature screening & panel Presented by the Academy for Creative Media Co-sponsored by the William S. Richardson School of Law (Open to the public) Wednesday, October 27, 2010 William...

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Rapa Nui

September 13, 2010
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It’s been nearly a month since my last post and I have not been on vacation.  In case you have been wondering, I’ve been focusing on SaveRapanui.org. The situation there has grown from bad to worse, and I’ve been moderating the website for Santi Hitorangi and Susano Hito as they have been very busy...

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Approaching Statehood Day 2010

August 20, 2010
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As another year has gone by where many have reflected upon the benefits and disadvantages of Hawai‘i statehood, many have continued advocating for sovereignty and independence.  What that means for the citizens: both Kanaka Maoli and residents; both Kingdom-era subjects who supported the monarchy and those who supported the Republic; for those whose families...

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Keanu Sai v. Obama, Clinton, et al

August 4, 2010
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The following is from Dr. Keanu Sai’s website HawaiianKingdom.org.  I met with Keanu a couple weeks ago, shortly after the Olelo taping that is posted below. Often, when I meet with him, I have this unsettled feeling of falling into a rabbit hole, as if I had descended into Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking...

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Marxism and Buddhism

August 2, 2010
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Marxism and Buddhism

Every now and again I come across a story that begs to be blogged and may have little or nothing to do with Hawai’i Statehood history.  This may be one of them, simply because it is such a beautiful construction and it flies in the face of the Christian Fundamentalism and Capitalism construct so...

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