Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Place of Hawai‘i in American Studies II

The Place of Hawai‘i in American Studies II March 11-12, 2010 Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Halau o Haumea 2645 Dole Street University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Thursday, March 11 3:00-4:30 p.m. ROUNDTABLE 1: “Occupied Hawai‘i: Issues of Nationhood and Colonialism” Jonathan Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio Ty Kāwika Tengan ‘Ilima Long Seto 4:45- 5:45 RECEPTION 6:00-7:00 p.m…. Read more »

Military working to unleash laser weapons Military working to unleash laser weapons By Mark Abramson, Stars and Stripes European edition, Tuesday, December 29, 2009 Photo courtesy of Boeing The military is testing laser weapons and is developing a system that could be mounted on light vehicles. The Laser Avenger has the laser mounted on the left of the vehicle. Boeing… Read more »

Conversion of Kulani Prison to military school delayed

Governor Lingle suddenly and unexpectedly closed Kulani Prison, one of the most successful offender treatment programs in Hawai’i.  Why?  She said it was to save money.  She then said that the facility would be turned over to the Hawaii National Guard to convert it into a Youth Challenge military school.  However, this article reports that… Read more »

Protests follow Obama in Hawai’i

President Obama arrived in Hawai’i on Thursday for his winter vacation.  Security has been intense, including. as reported in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, a security zone that extended into the sea, blocking a favorite surf spot “Castles”: Bob Ashton, a local resident and surfer, said the Coast Guard was not letting anyone surf Thursday past… Read more »

Guam Military “Buildup Blues, part 1″

Here’s a new YouTube Video about the military buildup in Guam: Senator B.J. Cruz of the Guam Legislature takes us for a spin to show us some of the devastation that the proposed military buildup will bring. Check out

‘Avatar’, Human Terrain System, and Counterinsurgency

The movie everyone is talking about is Avatar, James Cameron’s sci-fi epic adventure about a soldier who joins a mission to pursuade the Na’vi, the native humanoids on the moon Pandora, to relocate from their home, which is the site of a vast deposit of a rare and valuable ore that the humans want, and… Read more »

Anthropology Association Condemns Work with U.S. Counterinsurgency

The following article discusses the American Anthropological Association’s condemnation of anthropologists collaborating with military missions such as the Human Terrain System.   Applying anthropological knowledge to counterinsurgency missions is incompatible with the ethics of the profession. The Army public relations campaign regarding training in Makua valley is designed along the lines of counterinsurgency campaign.  The point… Read more »

Coast Guard analysis of Superferry protest response

Mahalo to Brad Parsons for sharing this article containing the Coast Guard’s analysis of their “unified command” to suppress Hawaii Superferry protests in Nawiliwili harbor. >><< Wednesday, December 23, 2009 The Hawaii Superferry—information sharing leads to operational success Posted by USCG Proceedings of the MSSC Excerpt from U.S. Coast Guard “Proceedings of the Marine… Read more »

Army public relations offensive with student tours at Makua

The Army is going on the public relations offensive by taking groups into Makua valley for tours of the cultural and natural resources of the valley.    Undoubtedly, their spin is that Army training and protection of cultural and natural resources are compatible and successful in Makua.   I’ll bet that they don’t tell the students that… Read more »

Protest the War, Torture and Militarism at Obama’s Kailua vacation getaway

World Can’t Wait and other peace groups are calling for a demonstration near President Obama’s winter vacation site in Kailua, O’ahu: Spread the Word! Tell Obama what’s on YOUR mind! Speak Out Against War, Torture and Militarism! Saturday, December 26 10am President Obama is scheduled to arrive in Hawai`i on December 23rd and will be… Read more »