The Hawaiian restoration movement tell the Obama administration to take its ethno-satrapy proposal and shove it has been one of the more inspiring things to watch in a while:
If the Department of Justice was unclear as to which constitutional power Congress exercised in 1898 when it purported to have annexed Hawaiian territory by joint resolution, it should still be unclear as to how Congress “has enacted more than 150 statutes that specifically recognize and implement this trust relationship with the Native Hawaiian community, including the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, the Native Hawaiian Education Act, and the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act” stated in its press release.
It is clear that the Department of Justice had this information since 1988, but for obvious reasons did not cite that opinion in its joint report with the DOI that covered the portion on annexation (p. 26-30). To do so, would have completely undermined all the statutes the Congress has enacted for Hawai‘i, which would also include the lawful authority of the State of Hawai‘i government itself since it was created by an Act of Congress in 1959.
This was precisely the significance of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO Dr. Kamana‘opono Crabbe’s questions to Secretary of State John Kerry. Without any evidence that the United States extinguished the Hawaiian Kingdom as an independent and sovereign State under international law, the Hawaiian Kingdom is presumed to still be in existence and therefore under an illegal and prolonged occupation.
The DOI is holding meetings starting Monday and running through August to solicit public feedback about initiating government-to-government relations with the OHA, which seeks what amounts to tribal recognition and ethnic spoils for its list of registered native Hawaiians (the sign above refers to their list). Crabbe bucked that plan with his letter to Secretary Kerry, and the cat’s out of the bag now. More here. Free Hawaii is sounding the alarm, telling people to protest the DOI, with some suggested slogans:
Kamaki Kanahele Is Not Our King
Robin Danner Does Not Speak For Us
SCHAA Shafts Hawaiian Homesteaders
Abercrombie Against Hawaiians
Hawaiians Say NO To Rule Changes
Go Home DOI
DOI Will leave Hawaiians High & Dry
Bye Bye DOI
No Aloha In OHA
Here’s an interesting series of videos.
The state of Tongan democracy
Why did lots of cartographers used to think California was an island?
Interview with a Vermont secesh gubernatorial candidate, running as a member of the “Liberty Union Party,” which is somewhat of an odd name considering. He’s a socialist, for what it’s worth. Another candidate purported to have secession leanings is running as a Republican, but without support from the party. Questions are being asked about her relationship with an incarcerated child molester.
To the east, Porcfest has begun in New Hampshire.
Seven Washington & Lee students demand the removal of Confederate flags from General Robert E. Lee’s crypt. University president Kenneth Ruscio knows what’s good for him, so he’s apologetic and insists the flags are merely historical:
University President Kenneth Ruscio on Wednesday issued a letter to the W&L community that said “we take these students’ concerns seriously. The issues they have raised are important, and we intend to address them.” Ruscio said W&L invites a prominent speaker during MLK Legacy Week; the undergraduate faculty decides whether classes are held on MLK day; the eight battle flags in Lee Chapel, representing armies of the Confederate States of America, are educational and historical, and the university does not observe Lee-Jackson Day.
Church-bullying piece of shit Ed Sebesta is naturally thrilled with the campaign. (He tattletaled to the Episcopal Church’s presiding bishop recently about southern parishes allowing the Sons of Confederate Veterans to use church space, and considering the apostate bishop Jefferts-Schori’s heavyhanded and litigious tendencies, it wouldn’t be beneath her to intervene.)
Cute little column in the Reno News & Review about the secession trend.
This month’s Tibet brief from the ICT.
China finally agrees that there are more than 6 million Tibetans.
If Barack Obama and the Chinese Communist Party are against something, it’s probably worth supporting:
China is well-known for cracking down on areas seeking self-rule at home. The breakaway regions of Tibet and Xinjiang have become perpetual objects of Beijing’s displeasure. That opposition to regional autonomy is now making itself felt abroad. On Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang scolded Scots seeking independence from London. “We welcome a strong, prosperous, and united United Kingdom,” Li said, speaking alongside Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street. Li’s tongue-twister underscores China’s stance on separatism at home, where on Monday three alleged Uighur separatists were sentenced to death for their role in an October attack on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square that killed six and injured nearly 40. It also speaks, more broadly, to how Scottish nationalism has ignited debates on separatism far beyond London.
But what would happen to the nuclear weapons?
Related: The Basque-Scottish rural sports axis.
Also related, the Max Planck institute is hosting an interesting conference:
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization will convene a conference entitled ‘Are Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities Just Pawns on the Geopolitical Chessboard?’ at the Bavarian State Parliament in Munich, Germany on 27 June 2014 in collaboration with the World Uyghur Congress and the International Campaign for Tibet.
In light of the increasingly alarming situation various regions are facing in the People’s Republic of China, and Crimea in Ukraine, the conference aims to provide a better understanding of the geopolitical complexities that shape the lives of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in the mentioned regions.
Irish Marxist can’t bring himself to support Scottish independence. The knots he ties himself in!
A breakdown of how King Felipe VI’s first big speech addressed Spanish separatism.
Catalonians want their kids to be able to learn in Catalan.
Rosie Gray talks to some foreign policy nabobs who are doing an “I told you so” lap about how we should have dismembered Iraq after the second time we invaded.
What the army thinks about megacities.
David Ignatius says Maliki should watch his head:
President Obama sensibly appears to be leaning toward an alternative policy that would replace Maliki with a less sectarian and polarizing prime minister — and then begin using U.S. military power on behalf of this more broadly based government. The White House is already mulling a list of alternative prime ministers.
The people who will pull the plug on Maliki are Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani and other Iraqi kingmakers. The U.S. should push them to signal unmistakably that Maliki is finished. And they must do so in coordination with Iran, which will effectively have a veto on the next Iraqi prime minister, whether we like it or not.