After almost three years in office, President Obama finally visited Guam this week… in the middle of the night, to refuel Air Force One on his way across the Pacific. Hardly what you might call a meaningful visit. With last-minute warning of the president’s impending arrival, The University of Guam FITE (Fellows for Inquiry Towards […]
The Insular Empire will be screening this month on Okinawa, Japan, presented by an organization called Wattaa Loochoo, or “We are Okinawans”. The screening will also include a short talk by Mrs. Shinako, who will report on her recent visit to Guam and meetings with women in the Chamorro community. The aim of the screening […]
I am continually impressed by Julian Aguon. He has a razor-sharp mind and a lightning tongue and a strong heart that beats for justice. In his recent presentation at the University of Guam, he discussed how US Constitutional Law and International Law apply to the question of Guam’s political status. Perhaps not surprisingly, he is […]
Dr. Carlyle Corbin and Attorney Julian Aguon will be speaking at an upcoming public forum on political decolonization, presented by the University of Guam and Guahan Coalition for Peace & Justice. To me, the very fact of this forum is a sign of how high the political collective consciousness has been raised on Guam over […]
J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Assoc. Prof. of American Studies/Anthropology at Wesleyan University, and author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity The Insular Empire is a must-see teaching tool… this excellent project grapples with the moral and legal questions regarding imperialism, military expansion, and self-determination in a way that is brilliantly incisive […]
Dr. Larry Cunningham describes indigenous navigation of the Pacific, long before the arrival of the Europeans.
Guam History professor Anne Perez Hattori describes how the Spanish resettled Chamorros into Catholic villages, and how the “lanchu” system helped to preserve clan structures and ties to ancestral land.
I can barely keep up with the news coming out of Guam lately: Dispatch Japan‘s article “Dead Plan Walking” and KUAM’s report that “Talks Indicate Delays for Buildup” point to the inevitable demise of the ill-conceived military buildup on Guam. In the (repurposed) words of General MacArthur, “old military land-grabs don’t die, they just fade […]
Lately, Guam has been appearing in the annals of Wikileaks – Julian Assange’s non-profit whistleblowing information website. Evidently, the US has been using Guam not only as the ‘tip of the spear,’ but also as a diplomatic tool. Today, the Mainichi Daily News reported on the latest revelation: evidently the US Assistant Secretary of Defense […]
Things on Guam are hopping. Guam’s Governor Eddie Baza Calvo has begun the process of appointing members to the island’s recently reinvigorated Commission on Decolonization (first established by Hope Cristobal during her tenure in the Guam Senate). Calvo’s first appointment? None other than Dr. Lisa Natividad, advisor to The Insular Empire and champion of Guam’s […]