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October 23, 2016 @ 8:10 am

Ep. 251 “From New Caledonia to Guahan: Status Updates on the Decolonization Process”

Ep. 251 “From New Caledonia to Guahan:  Status Updates on the Decolonization Process” (hosted by Dr. Lisa Linda Natividad and produced by Tom Maxedon) was recorded 9/1/16 and airs 10/21/16. 

This episode features coverage of the September 1 community forum entitled “From New Caledonia to Guahan: Status Updates on the Decolonization Process” held at the University of Guam.  This event was sponsored by the Division of Social Work and featured two presenters:

Guam attorney Leevin Camacho is a main organizer of We Are Guahan and worked on the lawsuit against the US Department of Defense (DOD) on the proposed use of  Pågat, the site of an ancient Chamorro village in central Guam, for a live firing range complex as specified in the 2009 Guam and CNMI Military Relocation Draft Environmental Impact Study. Their legal team won this case forcing the DOD to conduct a supplemental environmental impact study before it can proceed with its plan for the military build-up. In this presentation Camacho provides a legal perspective on Guam’s political status, recent territorial decisions, and the issue of who can vote in the self-determination plebiscite, yet to be scheduled. [for a related episode featuring Camacho, download Ep. 48 (12/31/10), "The Lawsuit to Save Pågat Village --- And More" (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames).    

Nic Maclellan is a Pacific-based journalist and researcher, a correspondent for Islands Business magazine in Fiji, and a noted expert on decolonization matters of French self-governing territories. He describes how under the Noumea Accord, the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia is scheduled to hold a referendum on self-determination in late 2018. Like Guam, New Caledonia is listed with the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization,  and the Front de Liberation national Kana et Socialiste (FLNKS) has been campaigning for independence from France since the 1980s.  The  indigenous Kanak people, like the Chamorros of Guam, have been made a minority in their homeland due to colonial settlement and ongoing migration. Maclellan discusses the ongoing transition towards a new political status: the interplay of economic, social and political tensions at a time of global crisis in the nickel industry; French strategic deployments in the South Pacific; the role of the Pacific Islands Forum and the United Nations; and ongoing debates over citizenship and voting rights, including the electoral roll for the 2018 referendum. [for a previous episode featuring Maclellan, download Ep. 159 (8/16/13) “Australians Form A Peaceful Network to Resist US Bases,  Part 2 of 2” (hosted by Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero). 


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