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September 28, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

Episode 199, “The Intersection of Indigenous Rights and Militarism”

(hosted by Dr. Lisa Linda Natividad with production assistance of Marlon Molinos and Alan Grossman) was recorded 8/7/14 and aired  9/12/14.     

On September 22-23, 2014, the United Nations will hold a high level plenary meeting of the General Assembly to be called the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples at its headquarters in New York City.  This conference is an opportunity for indigenous peoples throughout the world to negotiate with U.N. member states their terms of engagement as these two entities move towards the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2007.  While the declaration was passed by an overwhelming majority of votes, there were four countries ---including the United States --- who initially opposed the Declaration.  

This episode features a conversation with former Guam senator, Hope Alvarez Cristobal, who has been a champion for Chamorro rights for over three decades.  She has elevated the discourse of the state of Chamorro affairs to the United Nations testifying before the 4th Committee and the C-24 or Committee on Decolonization, as well as participating in bi-annual regional seminars and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Her more recent testimonies to the United Nations have discussed the ongoing and cumulative impacts of U.S. militarism, including the proposed Guam Military Build-Up,  on the rights and well-being of Chamorros.  Ms. Cristobal is a  2014 Democratic Party candidate for the Guam Legislature.  

The host for this episode, Dr. Lisa Linda Natividad, a member of the Guam Commission on Decolonization, will be representing Guahan at the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. 

Music selection: Fanohge Chamoru (National Anthem of Guam) sung by children in the Hurao Cultural Program.

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September 3, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

Episode 198 “USP4GG Global Protest Against China’s Claims in the West Philippine (South China) Sea”

(hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Marlon Molinos and Alan Grossman) was recorded 8/18-22/14 and aired 8/29/14. 

On July 24, 2014, Filipinos around the world were called to stage protests in front of China Embassies and other peaceful rallies to support the Philippine government’s position against China’s aggressive territorial and maritime claims in the West Philippine (South China Sea) 

July 24 marks the second anniversary of China’s creation of the Sansha prefecture with a vast jurisdiction that includes islands and reefs which the Philippines also claims.  Since the formation of this prefecture, China has increased provocative moves against the Philippines including the occupation of Scarborough Shoal denying access to Filipino fishermen and dispatching Chinese frigate to Ayungin Reef.  China has also  constructed a military garrison in Mischief Reef (about 85 miles from Palawan)  and is reportedly planning to build a military base on Mabini Shoal in the Kalayaan Island Group, near Pagasa Island.  

The U.S. Pinoys for Good  Governance (USP4GG) has been at the forefront of global organizing among Filipinos in the diaspora to protest China’s ‘bullying’.  Its mission is to promote good governance in the Philippines (the 12th most populated country in the world with a population of 100 million) by seeking ways to increase the positive political influence of the estimated ten million Filipinos living and working abroad.  It has supported multilateral diplomatic approaches to resolving this maritime and territorial conflict and now supports the Philippines’ petition to a United Nations endorsed tribunal seeking a durable solution to this dispute. 

Program guests are three representatives of the USP4GG which has led this global viral campaign to put pressure on China to back down: Loida Nicolas Lewis, Ted Laguatan, and Dr.  Celia Lamkin.  All three Filipino-Americans were active in the campaign to elect Benigno Aquino III as President of the Philippines and were invited guests at the state dinner given for President Barack Obama on his visit to Manila in April 2014 to sign the Enhanced Defense Cooperative Agreement (EDCA) to support the US Pacific Pivot. The U.S. has been vague about whether this mutual defense treaty with the Philippines covers the islands in dispute, whereas it has repeatedly said the East China Sea islands fall under its security treaty with  Japan. 

Loida Nicolas Lewis is the national chair of USP4GG based in New York City.  She is a lawyer, global entrepreneur, philanthropist and civic leader.  This interview includes an audio clip of her Call to Action for Filipinos to participate in the global protest against China aggression on July 8, 2011.[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgPcunivDXg].  She led the July 24 protest in New York City in front of the United Nations. 

Ted Laguatan is the national co-founder, legal counsel and spokesperson of USP4GG. Together with Nicolas Lewis and another activist lawyer Rodel Rodis,  USP4GG national president, Laguatan founded the Global Diaspora Council  (GFDC) and helped Filipinos in Europe to establish the European Network of Filipinos (ENFID), the only umbrella organization of Filipinos in Europe.  Laguatan heads an ethics based law firm in the San Francisco Bay area where he practices human rights law.  He is also a regular columnist for various publications including the Internet edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer which has a readership of millions.  He organized the July 24 protest in San Francisco. 

Dr. Celia Lamkin is chairperson of the Marianas Chapter of USP4GG.  She is a  retired physician and health and human rights advocate who has lived in Saipan for 20 years.  She organized the simultaneous July 24 rallies held in Saipan and Guam, as well as previous actions related to this cause.   

Music selection: Change the World by Filipinos Unite[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L58Fs-P-K8], a collaboration of Filipino artists calling for peace, unity and awareness in the face of international military aggression against the Philippines over the West Philippine (South China) Sea.  

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September 1, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

Ep. 197, “Arsenals of Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs in 2014”

hosted by Dr. LisaLinda Natividad with production assistance of Marlon Molinos and Alan Grossman) was recorded 8/14/14 and aired 8/22/14. 

 

The Japan Council against A & H Bombs (Gensuikyo) was founded on September 19, 1955 and has organized and led nationwide and global protests against the damage from the hydrogen bomb test, which the United States conducted on March 1, 1954 at the Bikini Atoll in the central Pacific. Through the work of the Council over the years, more than 32 million signatures were collected demanding a ban on nuclear weapons illustrating the strong desire of Japanese people for peace and a ban on nuclear weapons.  These signatures have been provided to national governments and to the United Nations in New York. 

More recently, the Council organized the 2014 World Conference against A and H Bombs, which was held in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan from August 1-9, 2014 with the theme “For a Nuclear-Weapon Free, Peaceful and Just World”. [For more information,  go to: www.antiatom.org/GSKY/en/

Program guest is Mr. Art de Oro (artdeoro@yahoo.com), a local veteran, business man and educator, who attended the 2014 conference as a representative of the Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice. De Oro shares his experience at this conference and insights gained relative to current arsenals of A and H bombs.  [For a related episode, download Ep. 88 “Guam’s Participation in the World Conference Against A and H Bombs”  hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames which aired 10/7/11.] 

Music selections: “Imagine” by John Lennon and “Heal the World” by Michael Jackson performed by Mindanao peace activist Nino Malacaste Desierto (Onin Music). 

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