Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

The Power of a Pen

By Santy Asanuma

Palau is of an oral culture orientation origin. So the real currency was in the information wielded (meduch el ousbech a tekoi) by those who possessed it. The real power was in the ability to convey sentiments and the know-how knowledge by using proper words and at the proper timing and place. One of these elements lacking would prevent the transfer of information.

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May 27, 2011

PPE’s Contract Extension Sends Positive Messages To Investors Worldwide

By Jackson M. Henry

One of Palau’s most distinguishing natural features is its attraction to oil explorers. Oil puts Palau’s economic potential highly positioned like few other Pacific islands. Not many of our neighbors have the privilege nor the leverage to sit with seasoned Texan oilmen to hammer out deals with the potential of propelling Palau into the exclusive club of wealthy oil exporting nations.

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May 26, 2011

Teb ma Luk (Aggressive vs. Receptive)

By Santy Asanuma

Tribute to 2011 Graduates

In this day and age it is tempting to even promote aggressiveness in our children as their protection in this hostile world and to ensure that they succeed in life. We see it as necessary and justified evil of modern life so we convince ourselves. Since we cannot change the world, we equip our children and allow them that it is okay to fight fire with fire when dealing with unfair situations. This is the response mode we are instilling in our children to an already tensed world including your hamlet or neighborhood.

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May 23, 2011

Casino referendum as a measure of OEK performance

By Kambes Kesolei

In Palau’s politics, decisions (or lack thereof) by the political leadership are habitually made regardless of what the public think. Whether this is beneficial or problematic in Palau politics can be a subject reserved for another time. No scientific polling exists on island to measure public opinions. What is claimed to be citizens’ attitudes about political issues or the performance of the leaders is basically pure speculation. In the case of one high public official with a loud megaphone are all conjured images.

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May 20, 2011

Coke Brand Can Be Source of Inspiration

Jackson Henry

It is the most recognized brand in the world, notably associated with celebrations, happiness and optimism. You got it right, it is Coca Cola. Palaujust witnessed Coke’s 125th year in business on Thursday, May 8, 2011. It is now the beverage of choice for many Palauans. Just about every funerals, Ngasech, birthdays or cultural ceremonies, Cokes are served to quench thirsts and refresh palates. 

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May 18, 2011

Te Mla Melebal (Avoiding Responsibility and Action)

By Santy Asanuma

Remember a toaster, an icebox, a washing machine, a radio, a watch, a car, pants, shoes, shirts, and so forth you had that was around forever and refused to break? I have a long pair of pants that I wore while carrying my daughter in 1993 in a picture at the Nikko Hotel (not in existence anymore) that I still wear to formal occasions in 2011. That’s eighteen years! They sure do not make them as they used to. I mean the pants. But then again I might as well include my daughter as part of a general trend that is making people not aspire for greater things.

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May 16, 2011

Palau’s Top 55 leading public intellectuals

Who are Palau’s leading public intellectuals?

In one of my several daily readings, I came across a list of the world’s top 100 leading public intellectuals as selected by Foreign Policy and Britain’s Prospect magazine. It is a topic that I added to my list previously to explore in this column later on in the local context. After lavishly gorging over the details of the article, I decided to move up the topic for this week’s issue.

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May 14, 2011

Dealing with our bureaucracy, Island style

By Jackson Henry

In ancient Palau, bureaucracy was virtually non-existent. If you want to get anything done, just talk to the village chief. In today’s highly complex, modern and hierarchical world that we live in, bureaucracy is a necessary monster. It has not been replaced as the most efficient method of undertaking mega projects and administering organizations. 

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May 11, 2011

Tsingao Ra Manus (Intellectually Dishonest)

By Santy Asanuma

You are what you believe. This would be similar to the saying that you are what you eat which is readily obvious by just looking. In fact this has recently become a top priority among national policies with non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and injuries as a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices in the food we eat and actions that we take as the leading cause of death in Palau and in other places.

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May 5, 2011

Palau’s Quantum Leap Forward

By Jackson Henry

In 1958, Mao Zedong unveiled a revolutionary program whose objective was to transformChinafrom a backward agrarian society to a modern industrial state in one giant leap. He called it, The Great Leap Forward, involving 900 million peasants, which became the greatest mobilization of humans the world had ever seen. 

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May 2, 2011

Ngdi Renguk E Ngusek (I Love You)

By Santy Asanuma

When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were those of a child; now that I am a man, I have no more use for childish ways. What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror, then we shall see face-to-face. I am not quoting this phrase because it is close to two thousand years old so I am safe from being sued for copyright violation. Better yet it is about love that is beyond what you and I can possibly put into words and still is believable. Go to 1Corinthians 13 and see if you can beat that description of love may it for one another or for country. 

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