World View: Activists Demand Restoration of Kingdom of Hawaii

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 returnthe land taken from the descendants of the original Polynesianinhabitants of Hawaii after the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in1893. Hawaii was annexed by the United States in 1898 as a territory.Hawaii was bombed by the Japanese in 1941, and citizens there played acrucial role in the Pacific war, raising national sentiments to makeit a state. It became a state in 1959. 

In 1993, Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed into lawwhat has been called the “Apology Resolution,” which “apologizes toNative Hawaiians on behalf of the people of the United States for theoverthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.” 

Last month, on June 18, the U.S. Department of Interior announced aseries of meetings to be held at various locations in Hawaii to gaugepopular sentiment about the formation of a “Native Hawaiian”government. This would be similar to the existing governments ofNative American Indian groups, although that comparison is causingcontroversy because many Native Hawaiians do not wish to be identifiedas a Native American tribe.

The meetings are still ongoing and are contentious. Some groups favorthe Native Hawaiian government proposal, while activists are demandingthat any decision be postponed for at least six months to allow thecourts to determine the constitutionality of the U.S. annexation ofHawaii versus whether the Kingdom of Hawaii still exists as a validlegal 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 announcedthe end of the 10-day unilateral cease-fire in the conflict withpro-Russian separatists, 13 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed, withno reports on the numbers of separatists or civilians that have alsobeen killed. 

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

At the same time, Poroshenko has scheduled peace talks for Saturdaywith representatives of the pro-Russian separatists. Whether thepeace 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 tohelp people cope with preparations for all kinds of emergencies, fromsurviving an ice storm to the Avian flu to all out war. The manual isintended for active Mormons, but anyone can download and read it. Inits 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 Iskimmed through this manual, it occurred to me that to prepare foreverything would be a full time job for weeks and then still requirelots 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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