Archive for March, 2010

March 31, 2010

Uneven Playing Field

By Santy Asanuma

Democracy is all about rights and equality. One of the conditions that make the field uneven (ng diak el tabesul) for all people living in a democracy is power. This was a prominent preoccupation (aikel meringel ra uldesuir) of the U.S. constitutional framers to have enshrined measures in their Constitution to decentralize authority. In similar situation, the distinction (klekakerous ra kirir e sebechir el meruul) between the batting team, fielding team, and the referees is unmistakable in baseball for the game to have a sense of order and integrity.

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March 29, 2010

Cultural Double Binds or Codependency

By Fuana Tmarsel

An outsider in Palau might be intrigued with weekly cultural events, but as a native, I often wonder if we are entrapped in some futile codependent exercise that needs puncture.

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March 26, 2010

The Renaissance Man

By Jackson Henry

I was fortunate to be in Taipei when the Da Vinci exhibit was held at the Chiang Kai Chek Memorial Hall. I asked Marvin Ngirutang to accompany me to see the exhibit which had created quiet a buzz in Taiwan’s media. The exhibit was awe inspiring and we wished that Palau’s aspiring scholars would have had the opportunity to see the arts and inventions of a man whom many simply call a genius. Leonardo is considered one of the greatest artist who ever lived and the most diversely talented person that ever walked on God’s green earth.

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March 17, 2010

Yobisinebui (You’re It)

By Santy Asanuma

Assigning fault is as old as humanity itself. Adam blamed Eve. Samson blamed Delilah. Elvis blamed Priscilla. I suppose you blame your wife too. And the list can go backward and forward but you will surely not run out of the blame game. Men, especially, do not want to be caught holding a bag full of problems. As young boys and still in our innocence, we had an early training in this passing the blame to next guy by playing the “stoi ka me ka koi…yo bi si ne bui.” When we were bored, we would sit around and do this blame game for no apparent reason.

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March 14, 2010

Transparency

By Jackson Henry

There is no better path to gain public trust than through transparency. In today’s complex “dog-eat-dog” business world, transparency serves as investors’ ultimate shield against corruption and scams. The best definition of transparency in Palauan is “mechelins”, literally meaning clear or translucent. If the water is crystal clear, we say, “kmal mechelins”.

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March 12, 2010

Why public has low opinion of OEK

By Kambes Kesolei

Why do people have such a low opinion of OEK? That question has been asked of me many times. It is also the same question that I have asked myself and others about.

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March 9, 2010

Mengesemramr El Resource (Human Resource)

By Santy Asanuma

A friend of mine once explained that marine resources, land resources, and all other resources can easily be managed and developed. But human resource has his/her own ideas, talks back at you, can be elusive (medediduekel), unpredictable, hard to control, emotional, and can attack (mengesemramr) you if unhappy.  The last two weeks or more Palau has been exploding with visiting various economists and evangelists from different churches to carry out their respective calling of expertise to develop both the non-human resources and the less than twenty thousand human resources inhabiting this small island nation. But an immediate observation can be drawn that not enough Palauans filled the Bai Er a Chemayong during the Tuna Economic Summit for the entire Pacific region and the Catholic Church Retreat though crowded was not exactly bursting with people.

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March 8, 2010

When in Palau, we do what the “tourists” want

by Fuana Tmarsel

Recently I watched a rerun on conference sponsored by the Mechesil Belau and one of the issues of discussion was the legislation that authorized extended hours for nightclubs. This allowed the bars to open until 4 O’clock in the morning. The Mechesil Belau were asking the panel to repeal the bill since it was not accomplishing its original intent – to lure the tourists to the bars so they can spend more money.

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March 4, 2010

The Tree of Life

By Jackson Henry

We applaud President Toribiong for declaring Green Revolution which is seen to further enhance Palau’s image as a champion of the environment.  The world community is also grateful that Palau is a nation “going green” as we commence reforesting our open land  with fruit trees and coconuts.

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March 1, 2010

A Dilukai A Dilukong (Ignorant In Silence)

By Santy Asanuma

The actual “Dilukai” is as extinct as the word itself not being heard among Palauans today. Ask anybody next to you who is 30 something or younger and the chances are he or she may not know what it is. Growing up I saw many local artisans, who were always very colorful in personality and character, worked on these wood sculptures usually figurines of traditional man touting a spear or “chebakl” and woman carrying basket on her head or carrying a child. One ominous (kdekudel) quality of these lifelike figurines is they tell so much about our past ways but not enough as they cannot speak. I used to marvel looking at these figurines in my father’s gift shop in my youth and wondered what would they say if they came to life.

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