World View: Activists Demand Restoration of Kingdom of Hawaii

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  • Activists demand restoration of the Kingdom of Hawaii
  • East Ukraine fighting gets bloodier as new peace talks are scheduled
  • Mormons provide a free survival manual

Activists demand restoration of the Kingdom of Hawaii

Activists in Hawaii are demanding that the federal government return the land taken from the descendants of the original Polynesian inhabitants of Hawaii after the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893. Hawaii was annexed by the United States in 1898 as a territory. Hawaii was bombed by the Japanese in 1941, and citizens there played a crucial role in the Pacific war, raising national sentiments to make it a state. It became a state in 1959. 

In 1993, Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed into law what has been called the "Apology Resolution," which "apologizes to Native Hawaiians on behalf of the people of the United States for the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii." 

Last month, on June 18, the U.S. Department of Interior announced a series of meetings to be held at various locations in Hawaii to gauge popular sentiment about the formation of a "Native Hawaiian" government. This would be similar to the existing governments of Native American Indian groups, although that comparison is causing controversy because many Native Hawaiians do not wish to be identified as a Native American tribe.

The meetings are still ongoing and are contentious. Some groups favor the Native Hawaiian government proposal, while activists are demanding that any decision be postponed for at least six months to allow the courts to determine the constitutionality of the U.S. annexation of Hawaii versus whether the Kingdom of Hawaii still exists as a valid legal entity. West Hawaii Today and Dept. of Interior and Catholic Online

East Ukraine fighting gets bloodier as new peace talks are scheduled

In the four days since Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko announced the end of the 10-day unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists, 13 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed, with no reports on the numbers of separatists or civilians that have also been killed. 

Since the end of the cease-fire, Poroshenko has sent soldiers, combat tanks, cannons, fighter jets, and helicopters to east Ukraine, with the objective of forcing the pro-Russian separatists to lay down their weapons or to flee across the border back to Russia. 

At the same time, Poroshenko has scheduled peace talks for Saturday with representatives of the pro-Russian separatists. Whether the peace talks will be held remains to be seen. Reuters and Deutsche Welle

Mormons provide a free survival manual

The Mormons (Church of Latter Day Saints) have prepared a manual to help people cope with preparations for all kinds of emergencies, from surviving an ice storm to the Avian flu to all out war. The manual is intended for active Mormons, but anyone can download and read it. In its 500 pages, it tells you about food preservation and storage, emergency kits, bug out kits, ham radios, medical kits, firearms, heating, cooking, lighting, clothing, shelter, and sanitation. As I skimmed through this manual, it occurred to me that to prepare for everything would be a full time job for weeks and then still require lots of time to keep supplies up to date. LDS AVOW (Another Voice of Warning)

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Hawaii, Polynesia, Japan, Apology Resolution, Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, Russia, Mormons, Church of Latter Day Saints 

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