Volume 2 Issue 9 - September 1, 2004    http://www.geocities.com/freeguahan minagahet@hotmail.com

 

Hafa Adai, yan welcome to the mina'onse na Minagahet

Tackling two big issues this issue: the decolonization of Guam and the privatization of Guam's water utility. Both are vital aspects of Guam's future. One will dictate how our future will be structured politically, what kind of relationship we will have with the United States, and if independence is the next step, then what kind of relationship we will have with the rest of the world. The second, dictates whether or not our island will become another victim of the privatization of resources gone mad. The privatization of water in the US and in other countries has proven to be a dangerous and very deceiving proposition. While corporations promise to lower rates, to provide better service, the opposite tends to take place. Prices skyrocket and service suffers, because unlike a government run utility, when a transnational corporation is in charge of your water, all it really cares about is making a profit off of you.

On a lighter note, we received a lot of positive feedback from our last issue, which was really just cuts and pastes from our message board. To participate in the actual conversation, please head there, by clicking here, FANAHGUE'YAN.

Si Yu'us Ma'ase, ya usuni fan sumahuma minagahet yan na'suha dinagi

Sahuma

 

ARTICLES

If a tree falls, If colonization occurs...

Tinige' Senator Hope Cristobal

"If colonization took place and the press ignored it, did it still happen? Or, if the denial of Chamorro self-determination happens and the U.S. media and the U.N. ignored it, did it still happen?"

 

Why can't Chamoru kids find Guam/CNMI on a map?

By Dr. Gary Heathcote

Through surveys of his Intro to Anthropology classes at the University of Guam, Dr. Gary Heathcote, discovered a shocking statistic: 26% of his students couldn't name a single island in the Marianas Archipelago, this includes Chamoru students.

 

Decolonization soon?

by kaolunggahao

Isn't there supposed to be a plebiscite this year for Chamorro self-determination?

 

MINAGAHET BLOG, No Rest for the Awake...

by the Chamorro Information Activists

We've started a blog which will be updated every day or so with ramblings by our editor, Sahuma. Others can sign up to become members to post, or post their comments. The blog will be in both English and Chamorro. http://minagahet.blogspot.com,

 

HANOM PARA TODO - Fight Water Privatization on Guam

by Sabina Perez

Read and sign up to become a part of Guam's first water right activist group.

 

Mungga maprivatize i hanom Guam

by Michael Lujan Bevacqua

Politicians and businessmen want to take Guam's water away from its people. Sadly, this seems to be happening all over the world. Elsewhere people are fighting and resisting, on Guam we have to do the same.

 

Air Force applying for Hazardous Waste Disposal Permit for Tarague

by Fanai Castro

Read carefully.

 

Privatization is not a cure

by Public Citizen

"Communities that privatize their water and sewer systems run the risk of suffering higher costs, subpar maintenance, lost accountability and local control, stunted economic growth, wasteful duplication of services and other problems."

 

Water is a Matter of Public Debate

by Congressman Dennis Kucinich

"Every human being has the right to clean water. In the United States, water has long been considered a vital resource and thus managed in the public interest by local governments accountable to their constituents."

 

The Alchemy of Water

by Krystal Kyer

"...the goal of capitalism isn't to sustain life, but to produce wealth, even at the cost of life."

 

UN Consecrates Water as a Human Right

by Gustavo Capdevila

"The United Nations Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights issued a statement Wednesday declaring access to water a human right and stating that water is a social and cultural good, not merely an economic commodity."

Art Exhibit September 3 - 15

by Raphael Unpingco

A show by local artist Raphel Unpingco is opening September 3rd at Two Lover's Point.

 

The Importance of Hugo Chavez

by Tariq Ali

A passionate and energizing look at one of Latin America's most important leaders.

 

This issue's antigo na palabra Chamorro -

Achaigua: Equal, similar, on the same level.

for example: Ti manachaigua hit yan i taotao ni' manasaga guihi gi lagu.

 

This issue's quote to think on and apply to Guam -

"The role of the revolutionary is to make revolution irresistible."

Hekkua'. 

 

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