Archive for June, 2012

June 30, 2012

Delebechelel A Mesekuuk (In One Accord)

By Santy Asanuma —-

The surgeon fish in school (delebechel) is used in traditional Palauan symbolism because they behave and move in unison (di ta bedeklel ma bedul omrolir e rokui). Even if they are disturbed by a fisherman underwater and would scatter, they would quickly regroup and assemble into single line formation moving tactically in one direction behind the leader in front of the line. The significance of this quality is consciously memorialized and exemplified by being depicted virtually in all the traditional men’s houses (bai) motifs throughout Palau.

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June 27, 2012

Tourist Fees and Tragedy of the Commons

Tia Belau Editorial, June 21, 2012 —

“Chibngii ra tut” has been the mantra for many in the national leadership that it is time for the 16-states in the Republic to start fending for themselves, and not rely on the national government coffers for handouts.

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June 25, 2012

The Price of Progress

By Jackson Henry —-

Since the dawn of history, when the Neanderthals still lived in caves, the forces of progress have been continuously reshaping civilizations. Its power is unstoppable and those who ignore are bound to be left behind or fall in the ashbin of history.

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June 25, 2012

Mudslinging

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

I like to think of myself as an island girl. I enjoy work at the taro patch, and meandering in the woods.  I love fish, and most sea foods including sea cucumber’s intestines, crustacean and mollusks cooked in coconut milk. I take delight in stargazing and especially enchanted with the illumination of a full moon. Though I won’t saunter too far barefooted, I do enjoy the smell of green and the refreshments nature provides. I love the simplicity of a small island – the familiar faces, and the slow paced quality that allows leisure and downtime.  In other words, material development takes a backseat to other things, in my book.

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June 21, 2012

The Caliber of a Father (Father’s Day 2012)

By Santy Asanuma —-

The father can only be important if he is useful since the beginning of time. Imagine a caveman who could not wield (meduch el ousbech) a club to kill an elephant for the cavewoman. Oh, and elephant back when was three to five times the size of modern day elephants. Untold number of men never made it back to their cave homes after these elephant hunting trips. The poor guy had to throw himself directly into life hazards just to make it to the list of important things of the day. Then fighting elephants just to put basic protein source on the table was not enough danger the poor guy had to dig devilish holes into the darkness of the earth just to get to the black coals for the wife to cook with or be toasty during cold nights. Up to this day many men continue to be buried in these coal mining abysses and never to be recovered.

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June 19, 2012

Palau May Soon Be Up For An Economic Marshall Plan

By Hackson Henry —-

Former British PM Winston Churchill called it, “the most unselfish act by a great power in history”. He was referring to the altruistic program thatAmericadid in 1948, called Marshall Plan, which a $13 billion loan helped rebuild the economy of war torn Europe. 

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June 17, 2012

Palau Should Learn From The Successes And Failures Of Other Countries

By Jackson M. Henry —-

When you hear the wordGreece, it conjures images of the Parthenon, Aristotle and one of the world’s first great civilizations. Greeks are credited for founding democracy, the Olympics and philosophy. Even their famous Ionian architectures are still emulated around the world. Here inPalau, the OEK building traces its design to ancientGreece. The dome symbolizes the universe and democracy and the massive pillars are edifice of stability, power and strength.

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June 12, 2012

What was the purpose of the report?

Tia Belau Editorial, June 11, 2012 —-

Many Palauans with democratic and institutional pride think Olbiil Era Kelulau is being derogated and marginalized by flouting the rule of law, not asserting the relevance of the constitution, and just plain lack of seriousness to the challenges of the job.

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June 11, 2012

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June 11, 2012

Techa Oungerachel (Who Is In Charge)

By Santy Asanuma —-

Being interested in people not only individually but as a group, I am always looking for things that are important to them or that can affect their life. In recent years, I have closely paid attention on how people deal with each other in their small circles such social clubs/groups or families. A social phenomenon (tekoi el di mrael mo klou ra beluu) that I have realized is it is becoming harder to pinpoint who is in charge (oungerachel) of anything. This may sound insignificant (ng diak a belkul) but I think this is the center of social disorder (klou a raureng ra beluu ra chisel a beluu).

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June 7, 2012

Incentivizing Investors To Palau’s Far Flung States

By Jackson Henry —-

Harvard scientist B.F. Skinner proved that the central mechanism in shaping and controlling behavior lies in the type of stimulus provided. Through experiments, he showed the world how creature behaviors are modified through positive reinforcements. 

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June 5, 2012

155 Days to Election

Tia Belau Editorial, June 4, 2012 —

Today is June 4, and Palau begins its 5-month countdown to the general elections with the very real possibility that more new political faces will be inaugurated next year. 

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June 4, 2012

Shouldering The Dreams Of A Nation

By Jackson Henry —-

A Bishop once told his congregation, “On your shoulders, dear young people of the entire earth, weights the responsibility to transform tomorrow’s world into a society where peace, harmony and fraternity reign”. The Bishop’s captivating words highlights just how important it is to harness the power of youth here in Palau because the future of this nation lies in their hands. In our quest to build a vibrant economy, Palau’s youth is our greatest asset and the future pillars of our country.

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June 4, 2012

Meruul Oltaut Omiich (Legislate Execute Adjudicate)

By Santy Asanuma —-

A friend of mine and a local orator insisted that I put a breath into the basics. His theory on the current problems befallen upon us these days has something to do with our understanding the structure of government and the basic functions assigned to its parts. He is insistent that government is awry (mengetiualoi) because we have not put investment of our learning into it and continuously bringing it forward and above all is reflective of the people and problems affecting their lives.

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June 3, 2012

The Impulse to End It All

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Death has assaulted Palau violently shaking every family, clan, and the whole society. Every week our friends, co-workers and acquaintances are grieved with a loss of a loved one. This is strenuous both emotionally and economically especially because our culture demands relatives to contribute financially towards funeral expenses. However, natural demise is an understandable human phenomenon that approaches us all as we grow older, or encounter terminal illness. We know that to live is to expect to die – someday.

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