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May 1, 2017 @ 4:17 am

Ep. 257 “The Tip of the Spear or the Tip of a Nuclear Bomb? A Forum on Nuclear Issues on Guam”

Ep. 257 “The Tip of the Spear or the Tip of a Nuclear Bomb? A Forum on Nuclear Issues on Guam” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames and produced by Alan Grossman with assistance from Tom Maxedon and Manny Cruz) was recorded 2/16/17 and airs 4/7/17.     

This episode provides coverage of the public forum held February 16 at the University of Guam entitled “Tip of the Spear? Or Tip of a Nuclear Bomb?”.  

Guam has long been referred to as the ‘Tip of America’s Spear’ as its position on the edge of Asia makes it an ideal strategic location from which the US can project force into the Pacific Rim and Asia. The inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States has brought a new level of uncertainty to a part of the world where nuclear tensions have already been escalating. In the midst of unresolved territorial disputes in the South China Sea, last year’s unveiling of Guam Killer missiles from China, more missile tests from North Korea, the planned permanent deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile-defense systems in Guam and South Korea, and the US military’s plans to increase their presence in the Marianas, this forum afforded an opportunity to be informed about the U.S nuclear legacy and current threats in the region, to reimagine Guam’s place in the world, and reflect on one’s role in the global struggle for nuclear non-proliferation.  
This forum, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, featured four panelists. It opened with a brief overview of nuclear weapons and contamination in Guam by Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Assistant Professor of Chamorro Studies, who also served as moderator.  This was followed by remarks from:
Dr. James Sellmann, Professor of Philosophy and Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, who highlighted moral considerations regarding nuclear weapons and presented a philosophical argument for nuclear disarmament. [To request a copy of the full text of this paper, contact].

Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, co-chair of the Independent Guåhan Task Force, who discussed  her concerns, as a Chamorro and as a mother, regarding the increasing  vulnerability of Guam as a nuclear target under a Trump administration.  

Raymond Lujan, a Social Work senior, who put out a call to action for solidarity on nuclear disarmament. He represented Guam last year at events in Japan to remember the atomic bombings and to promote solidarity and peace.  These events were sponsored by Gensuikyo (Japan Council Against A and H Bombs) which has waged various kinds of campaigns for: the prevention of nuclear war; the total ban on and the elimination of nuclear weapons; and support and solidarity with atomic survivors. [For more on Guam’s participation, download Ep. 249  “One Thousand Paper Cranes and Other Actions for Peace” which aired 9/2/16.]  

Music selection : "Trump Talking Nukes" by Tim Heidecker, song #21 for Our First 100 Days, a project committed to releasing an original song every day for the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

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