Monthly Archives: June 2009

After Call from Inouye’s Office, Central Pacific Bank got U.S. Aid

While this article is not about military issues, it does provide a glimpse into Senator Inouye’s power, something that drives the military expansion in Hawai’i, including the Project Kai e’e/Navy UARC scandal, the Stryker brigade, and missile defense. After Call From Senator’s Office, Small Hawaii Bank Got U.S. Aid By Paul Kiel and Binyamin… Read more »

Joan Conrow: On Goliath’s Terms

This was a fantastic post by Joan Conrow. She discusses the indigenous people’s resistance to the Peruvian government’s pillage of the Amazon’s resources and relates these events to an interesting article in the New Yorker about how weaker teams (David) can beat stronger teams (Goliath) by not playing by Goliath’s rules.  Something for all movements… Read more »

Navy Seeks Ferry Vessel for Pacific Operations

Brad Parsons posted this interesting information on his Hawaii Superferry blog.  It shows that the Navy is shopping for ferry vessels to charter for use in Guam and the Northern Marianas. Monday, June 29, 2009 Latest from the Coconut Wireless on this Forwarded: Navy Seeks Ferry Vessel for Pacific Operations The U.S. Navy’s Military… Read more »

Defense authorization bill resurrects missile defense field at Fort Greely

Looks like Senator Begich (D-AK), who defeated the disgraced Stevens, is following in his predecessor’s footsteps, wrangling military pork to his state when the administration is trying to cut back the missile defense program.  The article also mentions Sen. Inouye’s influence.  Inouye’s support of missile defense led to the wasteful and dangerously provocative deployment of… Read more »

Abercrombie Amendment may block Futenma relocation

This is very interesting that Abercrombie is proposing an amendment that may block the relocation of the Futenma military base from Ginowan to Henoko.   I question whether he is doing this to support the people of Henoko, or if he is seeking to have a marine air facility to Hawai’i. U.S. move may lead to… Read more »

Maritime Administration to repossess Hawai’i Superferry

Government to repossess Hawaii Superferry boats built at Austal Wednesday, June 24, 2009 By KAIJA WILKINSON Business Reporter The U.S. Maritime Administration says that it plans to repossess and sell a pair of fast ferries built at Austal USA for Hawaii Superferry Inc. Hawaii Superferry owes $136.8 million to the agency – commonly known as… Read more »

Haleakala telescope offers no direct benefits, desecrates a sacred place

VIEWPOINT: Haleakala telescope offers no direct benefits, desecrates a sacred place By KIOPE RAYMOND POSTED: June 21, 2009 The summit area of Haleakala does not have a comprehensive, community-driven, scientifically based and culturally appropriate management plan. A partial list of Haleakala summit users would include 1.7 million annual visitors to Haleakala National Park; National… Read more »

“Hawai’i is a pawn in a chess game”

June 23, 2009 Hawaiians Shrug Off Missile Threat By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD HONOLULU – Hawaii has long lived with the threat of wipeout, whether by tsunami, volcano or foreign invader. Now the Obama administration says North Korea could launch a ballistic missile in the state’s direction – possibly around the Fourth of July, according to… Read more »

Dahr Jamail: Destroying Indigenous Populations

Truthout Original Destroying Indigenous Populations Saturday 20 June 2009 by: Dahr Jamail, t r u t h o u t | Perspective The Fort Laramie Treaty once guaranteed the Sioux Nation the right to a large area of their original land, which spanned several states and included their sacred Black Hills, where they were to… Read more »

Construction halted to protect Hawaiian temple

…And back to a local fight where a developer apparently began clearing an area without proper permits damaging Hawea heiau, one of the few remaining Hawaiian temple sites in East Honolulu.  It appears that the community won a small reprieve with the City stopping construction.  But the more troubling question is “Where was the State… Read more »