Volume 2 Issue 6 - June 17, 2004    http://www.geocities.com/freeguahan minagahet@hotmail.com

 

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

Preparing for wars, both past and present...Stuck in wars which haunt us from the past and the present.

Most of our politicians and mampos patriotic na taotao siha are all getting ready to show just how much Chamorros on Guam love America, and can't live without her, and will forever be here servants and fodder for foreign and domestic wars. 

There are basic problems with our relationship with the United States, and patriotic Chamorros don't generally help much in fixing them, because they are too busy waving flags, or chastising other Chamorros for not being patriotic or gracious enough.

It is very important that with the 60th anniversary of the reoccupation of Guam coming up we start to really look at the United States, and our political relationship with it. Insanely expensive plane tickets, high shipping costs, gof yafai i ga'chong-ta giya i Kengresu? Todu manaiguini sa' ti mismo ma na'fanaonao' hit giya Amerika, ya ti ma na'fanobra hit lokkue gi Independence. These are all because we aren't equal through incorporation or through independence.

How can we get real equality or representation? By pushing for it. Fanu'on, Fanonnek i Manma'gagasi yan I Manrepresesenta hit giya Amerika yan giya Guahan. Whether on Guam or in the states, this type of change won't be easy, and despite what myths people on Guam may believe, it won't be given, it will have to be fought for. 

Anyone with any ideas on how to get equality is welcome to post at our board,  FANAHGUE'YAN.

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

Sahuma

 

 

ARTICLES:

THE WAR

by The Chamorro Information Activists

Celebrations of militarism and celebrations of Chamorro victimization and dependency upon America have serious consequences, and ones which most people and certainly not the media are willing to discuss. The impacts of the war go way beyond the tragedies recounted each July. The war uprooted and destroyed much of what was then the Chamorro way of life. It left Chamorros with feelings or hurt and betrayal which would never be discussed as tidal waves of patriotism continually wash over Guam, making any such discussions difficult or impossible.

THERE IS MORE WORTH CELEBRATING IN OUR LIVES THAN WAR and the MILITARY!

by Rita Lujan Butler

Written in response to the outpouring of support for the re-re-naming of Marine Drives as "Marine Corps Drive." The author suggests that there is more than just such patriotic nonsense that we need to remember about the war and post-war years.

PAGAN

by Cinta Kaipat

The historical and contemporary struggles of the people of Pagan.

GUAM: Native Chamorros decry US military increase

An interview with Chairman for the Colonized Chamoru Coalition, Rufo Lujan, about the increased militarization of Guam.

John Kerry Speech 1971

by John Kerry

Made in 1971 before the Senator Committee on Foreign Relations. John Kerry, along with other veterans from Vietnam had come home disillusioned and cynical about the war, and gathered together to speak out and protest against it. After meeting together and discussing the immorality of the war in Vietnam, and the atrocities they had been forced to commit in the name of freedom and democracy, they came to Washington D.C., where Kerry made this historic speech. 

SELF DETERMINATION FOR CHAMORUS!

by Kaluko671

IF WE REALLY WANT TO IMPROVE OUT ISLAND, WE NEED TO KOPBLA AMERIKA!

MAPRESU SI BUSH! - PUT BUSH IN PRISON!

By Harvey Wasserman

Bush and his administration have consistently lied to the American people. They have put American men and women into two wars based on lies, exaggeration and falsified evidence, and more than 700 Americans (2 Chamorros) and thousands of Iraqis and Afghanis have been killed. They have also gone far in proving that they serve no interests other than the conservative fundamentalist right wing of the country, as well as the richest 1%. For one writer, the first thing we as a country need to do is pull out of Iraq, the second is to put George Bush in prison. 

Spear of the Nation

by Michael Lujan Bevacqua

Written months ago when popular protests in the US were being met with crackdowns both violent and judicial. The author fears the militarization of the US on a global scale will be matched by its militarization domestically, and how we all need to fight things like pre-emptive war, selective and duplicitous "humanitarian intervention" and militarization in our daily lives now, or else we'll soon be fighting the same enemies the Iraqis are fighting today, the United States government.

PINAGAT kontra i PATRIOT ACT

by Senator Russ Fiengold

Senator Russ Fiengold was the only Senator to vote against the Patriot Act when the Bush Administration hurriedly put it up for Congressional approval in the days following 9/11. Advertised as something for our domestic and international security, it in reality limits and infringes on our civil liberties, and gives governmental authorities unprecedented power to search and disrupt our lives.

Matai Si Reagan

A balanced and critical eulogy for one of the most gofli'e yan lungga na presidents of the past century.

KOSTAT MANAKLA'LU NA KATTA SIHA

ANGRY MAIL TIME!

Online Chamorro Language Instruction

From the Chamorro Information Activists

We're into lesson four of our online lessons! 

 

This issue's antigo na palabra Chamorro -

 Haggan: Turtle, to relax, to be lazy

for example: Ti maolek pa'go para ta fanhaggan, bula na debi di ta cho'gue para i mamamaila!

 

 

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

"Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better…Any portion of such people that can may revolutionize and make their own so much of the territory as they inhabit."

Abraham Lincoln, sa' hafa i Amerikanu siha manmaleffa este?

 

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