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February 3, 2016 @ 9:41 am

Ep. 234 “Power, Social Media, Chamorro Identity and Cyberactivism”

Ep. 234 “Power, Social Media, Chamorro Identity and Cyberactivism” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames and produced by Dance Aoki with assistance from Alan Grossman) airs 1/22/16.  This day is the sixth anniversary of Beyond the Fence. 

This episode features individual interviews with Manuel L. Cruz III, Cara Flores-Mays and Moñeka de Oro. 

While an undergraduate at the University of Guam, Manuel L. Cruz III, authored a research paper entitled, “I A’adahi: An Analysis of Chamorro Cyberactivism”, which serves as a touchstone for these conversations about power, social media, Chamorro identity and cyberactivism.  I A’adahi is used by Cruz to refer to those who are vigilant or watch out for others. From January-March 2014, Cruz investigated the types of content Chamorro cyberactivists use to reach their audience, recruit new members, organize, and mobilize individuals to action. He looked at the on-line content of eight Chamorro SMOs (social movement organizations) and persons, or groups, with political and cultural interests: We are Guahan (WAG), Hinasso, Our Islands are Sacred (OIAS), Adventures in Chamoru, Pa’a Taotao Tano (Pa’a), Inetnon Gefpågo (IG), the website Arkiology, and the blog Minagahet Chamoru. Cruz and his professor, Dr. Lilnabeth Somera, presented this research paper at the 2014 Pacific & Asia Communication Association Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia. 

Cruz received his B.A. in Communication with a minor in Chamorro Studies from the University of Guam in 2014. He is now a news reporter for Hit Radio 100 and a graduate student in the UOG English Program. One of his current research projects is an analysis of the arguments for an environmental ‘watchdog’ for Guam.  This builds on his earlier work as a communicator with the UOG Sea Grant, and liaison with local and federal environmental agencies.   

Cara Flores-Mays is a core member and organizer for We Are Guahan.  She is a Chamorro mother and small-business owner specializing in media planning and production. She was instrumental in We Are Guahan’s work to sue the Department of Defense over its proposed use of the ancient village site of Pagat for military training activities. She also produced We Are Pågat with Jason Triplett, a short film that documents the efforts to save Pågat. She is co-founder of Duk Duk Goose, Inc., a local nonprofit that produces Nihi, a children’s show that features Chamorro language and song, for which she is director/producer.  

Moñeka de Oro, another daughter of the Marianas, is a mother, educator and core member and organizer of Our Islands are Sacred. She has an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Guam and is currently a graduate student in the Micronesian Studies Program with an interest in indigenous Chamorro health and healing practices. 

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February 3, 2016 @ 9:29 am

Ep. 233 “From the Front Line on Climate Change - Micronesia”

Ep. 233 “From the Front Line on Climate Change - Micronesia” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames and produced by Dance Aoki with assistance from Alan Grossman) airs 1/15/16. 

This episode presents voices from across Micronesia on climate change —— from the Global Climate March organized here in Guam to the participation of several from our region in the historic COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, November 30-December 12.  For the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, a legally binding and universal agreement on climate was achieved. Although the Paris deal was stronger than many countries had hoped for just months previously, it fell short of the desires of many islands and vulnerable nations on the front line of climate change. 

In the first half, we begin to the west in Micronesia with a clip of the official presentation at COP21 by Palau president Tommy Remengesau, Jr.,  a globally recognized leader in nature conservation and environmental sustainability, who emphasizes the importance of adaptation and partnerships (uploaded to YouTube by Bloomberg Philanthropies).  

We then turn to Guam and the performance of the poem “Island Haze” by John ‘Meta’ Sarmiento, a Tiyan High School teacher and spoken word artist (uploaded to Youtube by Spoken Word for the World). In the interview which follows, he talks about his selection by the Global Call for Climate Change and his experience in Paris with other poets and activists. [For previous interviews with Sarmiento, go to Ep. 5 (2/19/10) “Re-claiming the Future of Guahan: A New Generation” and Ep. 151 (6/14/12) “Guam Filipinos in Support of Chamorro Self-Determination: The Twenty-Something Halo-Halo Generation”.] 

This is followed by an interview with Joni Kerr, one of the key organizers for the Guam march on November 28, part of a global action organized on the eve of the Paris summit. Kerr is a science teacher at Guam Community College (GCC) and faculty advisor for the EcoWarriors, a student environmental organization. 

In the second half, we hear from those to the east in Micronesia, in the Marshall Islands, where the youth are also becoming involved in advocacy for environmental and climate justice. We present a YouTube clip of several young members of the Marshall Islands delegation to COP21— Alson Kelen, Al Alik, Milan Loeak and Broderick Menke, who talk about the changes they have witnessed over the past ten years and what it means to be on the front line. 

This is followed by a Democracy Now clip of Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at a fossil fuel divestment rally at COP21 where she performs the poem, “Tell Them”.  Kathy is a writer, journalist, educator, environmental activist, and spoken word artist who has become a prominent global figure in the struggle of the people of the Marshall Islands for environmental and climate justice. [For previous interviews with Jetnil-Kijiner, go to: Ep. 177 (2/28/14) “Nuclear Remembrance Day- Remember, Recommit, Resist” and Ep. 203 (10/10/14) “Marshallese Poet Speaks To World Leaders at U.N. Climate Summit”.

We conclude with a Youtube clip of Selina Leem, an 18 year old Marshall Islander, who speaks about her anxieties and hope for the future of her nation during the closing plenary of COP21.  She is introduced by the Marshall Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tony deBrum. 

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February 3, 2016 @ 9:03 am

Ep. 232 “Base Nation - How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World”

Ep. 232 “Base Nation - How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames and produced by Dance Aoki with assistance from Alan Grossman) was recorded 1/4/16 and airs 1/8/16. )

Program guest is Dr. David Vine, associate professor of anthropology at American University of Washington, D.C.  Professor Vine first appeared on Beyond the Fence in 2011 (Ep. 86, 9/23/11) to discuss his book Island of Shame:  The Secret History of the Military Base in Diego Garcia (Princeton University Press, 2011). In this book, Vine reveals the shocking truth of how the United States conspired with Britain to forcibly expel Diego Garcia's indigenous people--the Chagossians--and deport them to slums in Mauritius and the Seychelles, where most live in dire poverty to this day. This was done in order to establish and maintain one of the most strategically important and secretive U.S. military installations outside the United States. 

In this episode, he discusses his new book, Base Nation - How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World  (New York, New York: Metropolitan Books, 2015). This book entailed research over the course of six years and more than sixty current and former bases in twelve countries and territories, including Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (the focus of Ch. 4 The Colonial Past).   


According to the jacket cover for Base Nation, “American military bases encircle the globe. More than two decades after the end of the Cold War and nearly three quarters of a century after the last battle of World War II, the United States still stations troops at some eight hundred locations in foreign lands and U.S. territories. These bases are usually taken for granted or overlooked entirely, a little-noticed part of the Pentagons vast operations. . . . Their financial cost is staggering:  though the Pentagon tries to underplay the numbers, Vine’s accounting proves that the true bill approaches $100 billion or more per year.  And by making it easier to wage interventionist wars from home, overseas bases have paved the way for disastrous conflicts that have cost countless lives. For decades, the need for overseas bases has been a quasireligious dictum of U.S. foreign policy. Recently, however, a bipartisan coalition has finally started questioning this conventional wisdom. With U.S. forces still in Afghanistan, the Middle East and beyond, Vine shows why we must reexamine the tenets of military strategy, the way we engage the world, and the base nation which America has become.”   

Base Nation was published as part of the American Empire project, a response to the changes that have occurred in America’s strategic thinking as well as in its military and economic posture. Empire, long considered an offense against America’s democratic heritage, now threatens to define the relationship between our country and the rest of the world.  The American Empire Project publishes books that question this development, examine the origins of U.S. imperial aspirations, analyze their ramifications at home and abroad, and discuss alternatives to this dangerous trend. 

Music selection: Masters of War by Bob Dylan.   

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February 3, 2016 @ 8:56 am

Ep. 231 “Christmas Memories 2015″

Ep. 231 “Christmas Memories 2015” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames and produced by Dance Aoki with assistance from Alan Grossman, Chris Hartig, and Robert Wang) airs 12/25/15. 


In celebration of Christmas Day, we are pleased to offer our sixth annual episode of story-telling and music featuring personal Christmas memories from members of our diverse island community in Guam and the CNMI.  This episode begins and ends with stories of birth and the promise of new life.   

Program guests in the first half are: Natsuko Oshiro Aoki, who lived in Guam at Anderson Air Force Base in the 60’s, worked as a nurse at Guam Memorial Hospital, and gave birth to her ‘Christmas baby’ at the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam (recorded in Kona, Hawai’i by Dance Aoki); Gidell Carnegie, a retired Guam Department of Education teacher who reflects on what it was like before and after the establishment of the separate DoDEA schools for the children of military service members and Department of Defense civilian employees; USMC Chief Warrant Officer Ernest Turner who talks about the participation of Marine Corps JROTC cadets in support of the Toys-for-Tots campaign, a joint seasonal endeavor of the Marine Forces Pacific (Guam and CNMI) and the Guam Chamber of Commerce; Cameron Miculka, Pacific Daily News reporter who recently wrote about his singular experience making bonelos dagu (yam doughnuts), a traditional Chamorro Christmas delicacy; U.S. Army veteran, advocate and artist Joseph Taitague Manglona and his daughter, Yvonne Manglona whose gifts for the village of Inarajan reflect the importance of familia and the spirit of giving; and Jerome Kaipat Aldan, a member of the Save Pagan Island campaign who shares his memories of Christmas on Pagan (excerpt from Ep. 170 “Christmas Memories 2013”, recorded in Saipan by Daisy Demapan).

We lead off the second half of the program with the story of Rodney Cruz, Jr., a U.S. Army retiree, three tour combat veteran and founder/ president of the Iraq, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf Veterans of the Pacific.  A survivor of a suicide attempt in 2011, Cruz is also involved in a newly formed veterans group named Green Valor that initiated a suicide prevention campaign over the past two weeks, especially among those  who have served in the military. This is followed by the stories of Joseph Roberto, a USAF Vietnam veteran and participant in a federally funded program, administered by West Care Pacific Islands, to help homeless veterans, and Thomas F. Devlin, a Vietnam combat veteran, Purple Heart awardee, and co-founder and host of the radio programVet Talk (K-57 AM).  

As a memorial tribute, we re-broadcast the story of Janna Melsness, daughter of a U.S. Air Force pilot stationed in Guam during the Vietnam War and a midwife at Sagua Managu, Guam’s only birthing center.  Janna shared this story last Christmas (Ep. 170 “Christmas Memories 2014).  She passed away four months later, on Easter Saturday. 

This episode includes the song “Some Day at Christmas” by Stevie Wonder and several songs performed by the St. Francis Catholic School Children’s Honor Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Cathy Cruz (recorded for this program on December 22, 2015 at the Inarajan Senior Center).  

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