Archive for September, 2009

September 29, 2009

Toribiong a hit abroad but needs victory at home

By Kambes Kesolei

President Johnson Toribiong has earned great raves in the international arena with a proactive stance on the environment by declaring Palau as the world’s first shark sanctuary and calling for the establishment of Organization of Tuna Exporting Countries to a wide applause in the UN forum, and his push for the community of nations to take likewise immediate actions on climate change, renewable energy, and whole host of other issues critical to the survival of the small islands states was accorded coverage on television, internet, and print media that only leaders of large and powerful countries command in their presentations.

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September 28, 2009

Merikel Ka Mdidichak

By Santy Asanuma

A Palauan society was far more structured and sophisticated before the westerners lost their way in the vast Pacific Ocean and stumbled onto our shores. This sense of communal order was based on the fact that people knew their place in society. But today most Palauan people, if not all, are stunned or repulsed by this beautiful and practical Palauan tradition. Omelidiich has been widely misrepresented and misunderstood and now taken to mean to pull ranks or shame people especially in public. This is far from the truth and the purpose of this tradition. Ka mdidichak is an acceptable Palauan practice as old as the culture to set the record straight on the origin and family tree (ke mla re ker e mei er tia el kebliil malechub e ng beluu) of any member of the community.

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September 21, 2009

Ngerulmud Let Me Be Free

By Santy

With loud gun shots and bombs, democracy fought its way into Palau almost at the same time when the Americans beat the Japanese during the deadly WWII. From talking with old people, it would be safe to say that Palauans were very fearful and not willing participants of democracy as we would want to believe. They just quietly accepted and followed what they were told by their American administrators as they did with the Spaniard Christianity, German industrialization, and the Japanese indoctrination. At best they were quiet participants of democracy not fully knowing its precepts (techel a tekoi ma ikel osisecheklel).

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September 16, 2009

True today as it was yesterday

By Kambes

Sometime in the past week I was on the phone with a close family member, and with much patience listened through a deluge of her assessment on how family members fail to contribute to customs.  She then proceeded to ask me to send emails to relatives in faraway places for monetary assistance to help with a long list of forthcoming customary obligations.

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