As reported on Friday’s newscast, last Thursday the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees voted to rescind its previous support for a hotly contested new telescope project on Mauna Kea, which is of central and sacred importance to the Hawaiian people.
The Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, would be by far the largest of an already crowded 13-telescope complex near the summit of the mountain.
Native Hawaiians and environmentalists had opposed the other telescopes, but only the TMT has aroused a mobilization powerful enough to prevent construction from going forward. 13:20 minutes (12.2 MB)
A new report by Multnomah County reveals a staggering health disparity for Pacific Islanders in Oregon. Oregon has the fifth largest population of Pacific Islanders in the country, but some are barred from receiving Medicaid. And those who are eligible often still can’t afford it. The US has a checkered history with Pacific Island nations, and those communities in general fly under the public radar. Alan Montesillo spoke with Kristina Narayan, who is a policy associate at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. She explained the history behind the US relationship with Pacific Islands, and what is blocking them from getting healthcare today.
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On August 4, 2014 a huge mine tailings pond breached, releasing an estimated 14.5 million cubic meters of toxic solid and liquid mine wastes into the pristine waters of the Fraser River watershed in southeastern British Columbia. Imperial Metals, which runs the Mount Polley open pit copper and gold mine, applied for a permit to reopen the mine after the disaster. On April 1 (cruel joke), the Province of B.C. accepted the application to reopen the mine, leaving just one month for the public to comment.
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Legislation penalizing organizations for participating in the B-D-S movement against Israel, has been quietly attached to the Fast-Track Legislation that is winding its way through Congress.
The B-D-S movement, which stands for boycott, divest, and sanction, is a growing international effort began in 2005 to pressure Israel for its continued oppression and occupation of Palestine.
It utilizes economic tactics similar to those used against the Apartheid regime in South Africa.
The amendment, introduced by Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, stipulates that, as a general principle of trade agreements, the US should discourage other countries from participating in any form of B-D-S against Israel for political reasons.
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A four-week long protest which has halted construction of the proposed TMT or Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii continues with several new developments this week.
On Tuesday activists took to the streets of Honolulu to bring their message to the centers of state and commercial power in the archipelago.
The thirty-meter telescope would be housed in a massive eighteen-story high structure atop the highest mountain in Hawaii.
It’s a project of the TMT Observatory Corporation, a joint venture of Institutions from the United States, Canada, China, India and Japan.
There are already thirteen other telescopes sited on the mountain, which have also drawn opposition from Native Hawaiians and environmentalists. 16:09 minutes (14.78 MB)