Volume 2 Issue 7 - July 5, 2004    http://www.geocities.com/freeguahan minagahet@hotmail.com

 

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

This issue's first article is very different then what is usually published in this zine. The majority of writings you'll  find here, are consistently critical of the United States on several different fronts. But for the first time last month, an article was submitted to us which not only praised the United States, but proposed it to be a nation chosen by God to lead the world.

Rather than just deleting the article which was the inclination of many of us, we decided to publish it, and use it to frame the rest of our issue. The idea that America is a benevolent and inherently good nation is a common one on Guam and in the US. It is an idea maintained by political rhetoric, persistent media reinforcement as well as daily conversations. It has some merit as America has accomplished many good things around the world. But, when dealing with moral issues, or ideas of "goodness," positives do not negate negatives. Which means, although the US government has claimed to do much good in the world, it has done equally as much damage and harm, in promoting and enforcing its interests around the world.

This issue is dedicated to informing our readers as to the sins of the United States both domestically as well as internationally. The articles featured cover American actions and interventions in East Timor, Vietnam, Central America, the Middle East and the Philippines, some of which involved deterring or destroying democracy in order to prop up friendly regimes. Others involved genocide and massacres carried out to support US interests.

And for those of you who think these ideas don't apply to Guam, they most certainly do. Just as the US has worked to limit independent development in places like Iraq or Guatemala, they have also done so here on Guam. Anyone wanting to discuss the issues presented this issue (whether in curiosity or anger) please proceed to our board and post your feedback, questions, or rage at FANAHGUE'YAN.

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

Sahuma

 

ARTICLES:

America - Defender of Freedom, Savior of the World??

by Frederico Garcia

The author proposes that independence is not only not viable economically, but also maybe morally or religiously wrong. Furthermore, the author argues against criticizing the United States and Britain, based on the idea that America is "A nation blessed by God."

The Axis of Evil in Washington D.C.

By Edward Herman

Ed Herman urges Americans to see beyond the facades that are being created by their government, and see that the actions of their government, may be just as evil and immoral as the actions of nations in the so called "axis of evil." 

Twelve Questions for President Bush about Iraq

by Chalmers Johnson

12 very important questions, that the mainstream media doesn't seem to be asking.

US Interventions in the Middle East

by Michael Lujan Bevacqua

Written in response to a Gaffar Peang-Meth editorial in the PDN which blamed the lack of the democracy in the Middle East on "Arab cultures." The author explains that US foreign policy may also play a large role in the current problems there.

Hiroshima: Breaking the Silence

by Open Media Pamphlet Series

Re-examining the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, and the morality of such a terrible attack.

East Timor and the British and US press

by David Edwards and David Cromwell

For twenty years the governments of both the United States and Britain, by supplying military and diplomatic support, assisted in the Indonesian slaughter in East Timor. The populaces of both nations knew little of the slaughter because of the lack of reporting in the Western media. As their nations were making money of the genocide in East Timor, the press by doing nothing were allowing the greatest tragedy since World War II to take place.

History Lesions - The Filipino American War

by Renato Rendator Constantino

Too little is known about this war at the beginning of the 20th century, in which more than 100,000 Filipinos were killed for nothing more than desiring their independence from Spain and the United States.

Instant Imperial Mix Democracy: Buy one, get one free

by Arundhati Roy

Whether locally with privatization or increased military presence, or globally in India, South Africa or Bolivia, the world is being bought, sold or stolen by multi-national corporations.

Making the World Safe for Hypocrisy

by Michael Parenti

An uncomfortable history of the hypocrisy beyond ideas such as "America's support for democracy."

Suppression of Indigenous Movements in the United States

by Ward Churchill

A history of US machinations in suppressing indigenous sovereignty movements.

Still on Catastrophe's Edge

by Robert Macnamara and Dr. Helen Caldicott

Despite the end of the cold war, and the great fear most Americans have towards Saddam Hussein and his mysterious weapons of mass destruction, him and the rest of the axis of evil, are small nuclear dangers compared to the nuclear arsenals of the United States and Russia. The US continues to create nuclear weapons, both large and small, and both it and Russia still have thousands of missiles aimed at each other, at least one I'm sure is aimed at Guam.

WAR

by Howard Zinn

Written on the eve of war with Iraq.

Hegemony or Survival - A Discussion with Noam Chomsky

by Noam Chomsky

An online discussions sponsored by the Washington Post which covers the subject of Chomsky's latest book, Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance.

Shameless in Iraq

by Naomi Klein

A critique about the two day early handover (or underhand as Klein refers to it) in Iraq. 

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 -

 Cho'le: A lump or cyst. A growth filed with nasty stuff.

for example: Ai este na colonization, kalang cho'le gi i tintanos-ta!

 

 

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

"[US] high-level planners and analysts concluded that in the postwar world, the US would seek “to hold unquestioned power,” acting to ensure the “limitation of any exercise of sovereignty” by states that might interfere with its global designs."

Noam Chomsky gi i tinige'-na Hegemony or Survival: American Quest for Global Dominance. 

 

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