Who said colonialism is dead?

05 Sep

I saw the program on Guam last night on Foreign Correspondent. One can only marvel at the US Military, and at what looks terribly like an arms race between the US and China, with Japan and (in a small way) us Aussies in the frame as well.

Did you know Guam has the odd status of “organized unincorporated territory of the United States”? (Don’t blame Bush for this; it goes back to 1950.) That means they have an internal right to vote, but no right to vote in the US elections, except for a “straw poll” Presidential vote which is not counted in the real vote, and one House of Representatives member who is a “non-voting delegate” not a full member. Not exactly a shining example of a US passion for democracy though…

As Foreign Correspondent noted: “Most Guamanians are intensely patriotic. Nearly everyone has been in the military or is related to someone who has. The people of Guam have already lost more than their share of men in Iraq… One former soldier is Robert Benavente, now an activist with the indigenous Chamorro Nation movement. Of the Americans, he says ‘They are colonisers, we have been colonised’.”

Sure looks like colonialism, doesn’t it?

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Posted by on September 5, 2007 in Current affairs, Films, DVDs, TV, Observations, Weird


3 responses to “Who said colonialism is dead?

  1. Bruce

    September 6, 2007 at 12:26 am

    I saw it myself and I thought the same thing. The plight of the indigenous population was pretty sad as well, especially considering the indigenous populations on mainland US soil get much, much better consideration.

    Kind of reminds me of the current situation up north…

  2. Dena Braves

    September 6, 2007 at 8:14 am

    I hate that I missed the show. If I understand the situation, basically the U.S. decides whatever it wants to about Guam and the people there have no say. It’s shameful.

  3. marcellous

    September 6, 2007 at 11:07 am

    I’m sorry, I just came in. Who said colonialism is dead?

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