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Yap attack on PIT correspondent rejected by its legislature
May 1, 2019


By Brice Lloyd

Pacific Island Times Yap-based correspondent Joyce McClure won't be kicked off the island as "persona non grata" as demanded as demanded by a body of traditional chiefs there. And questions are being raised about the legitimacy of the letter conveying the chiefly demands to the Yap State Legislature and then on to the Federated States of Micronesia Congress.

On March 29 a letter was hand delivered to Vincent Figir, former governor and current Speaker of the Yap State Legislature, by the Council of Pilung, one of two councils in Yap whose members are traditional chiefs. The COP has ten members, one for each municipality in the four contiguous islands that make up the mainland and is charged in the state constitution with performing “functions which concern tradition and custom.”

Signed by nine of the 10 members, the letter called for the Speaker’s support in “requesting to the FSM Congress the granting of a persona non grata against this particular american citizen.” The citizen, a resident of Yap for nearly three years, is Joyce McClure, a marketing consultant and freelance writer who provides news and travel articles about Yap to the Pacific Island Times and other regional and international media. A list of reasons was headed “Unethical Journalistic Behaviour.”

Similar letters were delivered to Yap Gov. Henry Falan and Yap State Congressman Joseph Urusemal.

The letter was posted on Facebook the following week and picked up by media from Guam, Australia and New Zealand all of which called for freedom of the press and supported McClure. Comments to the Facebook post also supported McClure and some called for the elimination of the COP or, at a minimum, that their attention be concentrated on “culture and traditions” as the law states.

Speaker Figir sent the letter to Senator Theodore Rutun who chairs the Committee for Government Health & Welfare and it, in turn, decided to submit it to the Council of the Whole which is comprised of the state’s ten senators meeting under relaxed rules. On April 30, the COW met to discuss the letter and determine what, if anything should be done with it.

The COW found that the request from the council asking for the Legislature’s support was out of line and that they have no jurisdiction over the subject matter. The accusations, they determined, had no basis in the first place. It was also noted that different font sizes and typefaces were used in the letter, indicating a high probability of plagiarism. A member of the COW was appointed to respectively convey the message of its rejection back to the chiefs.

“It is with great humbleness and gratitude that I thank the committee for their decision,” said McClure upon hearing the news. “But I am saddened that the council was embarrassed by the letter. It is reported by several people who hold positions of high authority within the legislative and administrative branches of the Yap State Government that the council was used by others who, remaining in the shadows, wrote the letter and got the council members to sign it. I hope the council brings them to task for their unconscionable actions that publicly embarrassed the many wonderful people of Yap whom I consider my friends, neighbors and family.”


  • @ poster of this .. when you say " our correspondent" I suspect you are also a correspondent, right?.. The people of Yap have all the rights to kicked anybody from their Islands, why is the FSM leaders ignoring the people's rights?>
  • Kudos to the Yap government for defending free speech and freedom of the press.
  • When did socialist and far leftist like factsmatter cared about freedom of speech?

  • Trump Troll Alert! lol
  • Better a troll than a socialist who pretends to care about freedom of speech which socialist don't like.
  • You have no clue, Ganjaman. Prove me wrong by defining "socialist" and by showing us at least one post of mine demonstrating that I am a "socialist." Good luck. Lol
  • I mean they have the right to kick anybody out if that person's behavior disrespect their traditional custom, so I'm only assuming that the council of chief found this person guilty as charged, otherwise, only if the list of allegations were revealed to this forum, we can have a converse about thius very interesting development.. in FSM of Yap State
  • She reported on how Chinese businessmen have bribed certain Yap chiefs to sell land to them.
  • Socialist idiots who think government should have more control, who think free healthcare is a right, and who advocate for the GND, who defend Venezuela's brutal socialist regime, who embraced fidel castro and were sad when he died like Obama was, who think advocate free college and life wages, who prefer a command economy like socialism over capitalism, who attack and shutdown people who's views are different from theirs, who think group welfare comes before individual rights, who want to get rid of the 2nd amendment, and hate religion and Christianity, love genocide-planned parenthood. All of these you advocate for in this forum on many occasions. Now you guys call yourself socialist Democrats and have elected a punch to the Senate and house. Shall i continue?


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    A new poll shows that far more Democrats have a positive view of socialism than of capitalism. This is bad news for Democrats, and worse news for the country as a whole.

    We have been documenting the Democratic Party's drift to the fringe left for many years. New polling data from Gallup show that its transformation into a far-left socialist party is more or less complete.

    The poll asked a simple question: Do you have a positive or negative image of socialism?

    Overall, just 37% of Americans say they have a positive view of socialism, with 58% holding a negative view. On the other hand, 56% have a positive view of capitalism, and 40% negative.

    But among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents? Fully 57% say they have a positive view of socialism, while just 47% have a positive view of capitalism.
  • Don't pretend to care about freedom of speech because its apparent that you only pretend to care about it like you pretend to care about illegal kids separation when you didn't give a damn when comrade obama was doing it. You pretend but its shows on your comments. You advocate for all the things socialists like Stalin, Castro, Hitler and Mao also advocated for. Free healthcare, more centralized government, living wages, and disarmament of law abiding citizens along with the GND which is has socialism all over it. You are also for genocide of millions of babies and you call it pro-choice.
  • Chinese businessmen did not bribe them, they paid for their land by leasing it. And besides, this qualifies as "economic development" does it not?

  • Yes, Rasta, "socialist idiots"......like Rastafarians who regard the socialist Marcus Garvey as their "prophet?"

    And Rastafarians who call the long-dead emperor of Ethiopia "divine?"

    And Rastafarians who agree with Trump that black people in America should return to Africa, their true homeland?

    Yes, "socialist idiots" indeed. lol
  • Yap is having serious second thoughts about Chinese tourism
    January 26, 2018 By Joyce McClure

    Mysterious Chinese investor Deng Hong is out of prison and back to making plans for the island
    The land on which Yap's Village View Resort sits was leased by its owners to ETG a few years ago. Today, the property is littered with trash and debris and the buildings that were damaged in a storm prior to the lease agreement continue to deteriorate. Families use the beach-side location for picnics but it is not being maintained by the Chinese developer and the landowners have no rights to the property according to the 99-year lease. (Photos: Joyce McClure)

  • Chinese trash!image
  • Thanks for shine more light on this one Fact matter, make sense.
  • Prophet Marcus Garvey was a nationalist and was part of the Pro-African movement and he disagreed with socialism and communism. He said socialists oppresses the colored man and people of color and minority people. His most high Haile Selassie is the offspring of King Solomon. He is from the Tribe of Jesus. And Devine like how Christians consider Jesus devine. Rastafarian agree with Trump on Marriage, relying on ourselfs to achieve ones goals. The entire movement of Rastafarian is based on the believe of returning to the mother africa.

    Socialism won't benefit people of color, black or brown or Micronesians as the prophet Marcus Garvey rightly predicted. Venezuela is near civil war thanks to communism, millions of black babies have been killed in the genocide of Democrats socialist known as planned parenthood, and millions of black families have been torn apart because of Democrat socialist policy of welfare, millions of Uighurs in china face prosecution from socialist in China. Communist socialism only benefit the majority white race and enslave people of color.

    Change your name to SocialistNoFactsMatters. hahaha
  • Now I see why you love Trump so much, Rasta. He too would like to see all black people return to Africa. You are two of a kind. lol
  • So he wants Mexicans to go to Africa too? hahaha. You sir are a dumbass. Lowest black unemployment in US history under the man you claim that wants them to go back to Africa. Trump does not want them back in Africa but Rastafarian most high prophet Marcus Garvey and his imperial Majesty Haile Selassie want africans to go back to mother africa and rebuilt it. Rastafarian embrace nationalism and denounce socialism. You don't care about black people more than you care about the kids who Obama separate and deported. All you and every Democrats care about is the black votes. You Democrats enslave blacks through welfare for their votes and kill them by millions through planned parenthood.
  • Mexicans are not black, Dimwit. They are brown. Trump is deporting Mexicans back to Mexico.

    Afro-Americans, like Barack Obama, are black - duh - and Trump said Obama could not be president because he was born in Kenya, not in Hawaii as this birth certificate clearly demonstrates.

    Stop smoking so much weed, my friend.
  • This large scale economic development project for Yap will help to offset the 20% annual decrement in Compact 2 funding. All the anti-Chinese sentiment, at least most of it, according to my Yapese friends, are instigated by non-native Yapese or Micronesians.

    First, you tell our country that we need to work harder to offset the 20% annual decrement in Compact 2 funding, and when the Yapese come up with a large scale economic development project, they get ridiculed and discouraged on the account of just doing business with a Chinese company.

    I am confused because I thought that the rationalization behind the 20% decrement in annual Compact 2 funding was so that the States and FSM can be motivated to pursue economic development on its own. And now when Yap goes about trying to develop tourism, they are told that it is bad.

  • The Communist and Nazis controlled and censored the media, just like the Democratic Party was exposed doing in wikileaks. Yes, the Democrat Fake News mainstream media is the enemy of a free people.
  • mainstream fakenews gave Hillary Clinton the questions for the 2016 presidential debate. Fake News is the enemy.
  • **
  • I know little, but more than a libtard. XOXO
  • especially a socialist libtard. XOXO
  • McRaven is another Obama official so no wonder. Yes, the Fake news media is the enemy of the people. Fake news like those who went out of their way to get Hillary elected and the same fake news media that kept out the truth that Obama separated kids and deported millions of illegals. The same fake news media that tried to get Trump impeached, the same fake news media that colluded with the Democrats to get the Russian fake investigations started. The fake news media is the propaganda arm of the Democrat socialist party. Stalin, Hitler, Fidel and Mao SHUTDOWN the media while allowing fake news propaganda to keep putting out fake news story. Stalin-Hitler-Mao-Fidel were Socialists. The teachings of these heroes of socialism are alive today in what is now known as Democratic Socialism.
  • Yes, the same fakenews that keep criticizing AG Barr's summary of the Mueller Report, despite the whole Mueller Report has been released to the public, which found no crime committed. Fake News is equivalent to media propaganda for socialist Nazis and Communists. The Nazis censored every news media that's not theirs. The penalty for reading other sources was death. Similarly, the Democrats have succeeded in banning InfoWars and many other conservative views from major social media platforms. They want conservative views in the Fox New Network to be banned also and they are working hard to censor or punish others with different views. Any truth that contradicts with their socialist narratives they would label as "violent hate speech."

    How can one express their views if they deem it equated to violence? If you say, "I dislike illegal aliens crossing the border." They would label your opinion as "violent hate speech." This from the party that labels Margaret Sanger's eugenics program as "Parental Planning" which sounds so harmless and even moral. Not! Killing innocent babies is an abomination! Democrats have become evil socialists, like the Nazis and communists!
  • Please call a truce already. You guys can really use any forum to take up your argument about liberalism and conservatism. Smh.
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