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  • So if 2029 becomes an acceptable consideration to the Commission members, the next immediate step is to organize a political party. It's purpose: to recruit candidates for the next FSM Congressional election--for both 2 years and 4 years term. It'…
  • Because both sides are raising good points, I think it'll be good to set the proposed independent date to 2029. Reasons: 1. Allow Chuuk to develop its private sector toward self-sufficiency--the same goal that FSM and the US are pushing for by 20…
  • I think former FSM President Haglelgam should be allowed to express his personal opinion in regards to matters related to Chuuk's future--since his wife is a Chuukese so his children are half Chuukese. At least that, besides the fact that he is mor…
  • What I am saying is that if AG is the member of the commission who made that advice regarding EBT, then, he is right and he has the responsibility and authority to express such an opinion and advice--mind you, as an AG, for the current Chuuk governm…
  • At the present--and until an "independent" government of Chuuk is seated (if or when)--everything are under the oversight and responsibility of the duly seated Chuuk Government as part of the FSM. I believe that is the process.
  • I don't know what the Independence Commission could do that would make the lives of tens of thousands of Chuukese to be better, especially those who have migrated to the US to seek and find better lives for themselves, their children and their paren…
  • I am a cynical person so excuse me when I ask a cynical question: what would happen inside the independent Chuuk after about 10,000 to 20,000 young Chuukese are deported by US back to Chuuk while they wait in line for their visa applications to re-e…
  • suzuki, while waiting for a lawyer to answer your question about Chuukese born in other states, I believe, the criteria for the US is the passport that you are holding. It does not matter the ethnicity. So after Chuuk had broken away from the FSM;…
  • Because I am a cynical person, here is what I predict the US Government will say to Chuukese, currently living the US mainland, Guam, CNMI and Hawaii-- after Chuuk had broken away from the FSM and is trying to become an self-sufficient and independe…
  • Just some suggestions: 1. Plan to exit FSM on or by 2023; 2) In the meantime, work with Chuuk delegations to get as much as possible for the state; 3) work within the FSM Government--to make the transition easier; 4) develop funding strategies inclu…
  • I guess I am just cynical! The US, yes, makes agreements. The next administration can also withdraw from those agreements; and they usually find reasons, that suits their position, to break the agreements. Some examples of the agreements that the…
  • FM, I agree, however, the term "mutually agreed" is the clause that gives the US a lot of say on the matter. If the US chose for its own selfish reason to say "no", then, whatever is proposition will not be considered as being mutually agreed to un…
  • Some posters talks about Chuuk turning to China if US does not respond favorably to its independence move--breaking away from the FSM. Some have said that China can come in to Chuuk for the rescue. Anybody who wants to predict how US will respond …
  • Taxi- I think you should explain your statement about the independence Commission being interested in Chuuk's future that is described as "non-aligned military status on the world stage". I am sure this statement has been captured by the US Embassy…
  • No, he's just relaying the US positions--that's what the Ambassadors' do.
  • Taxi, please note that "marc" is a Micronesian, not an American. Thus, his interest in the FSM matters is based on his support for the future of his Pohnpeian children. I apologize if I misunderstood something but many posters in support of your…
  • All geopolitical powers do have interest in Micronesia and the Pacific: China, Russia, Australia, India, US. However, the US currently has the upper hand. Under the Compact for the 3 Micronesia nations, the US got the island governments to grant t…
  • I think the "fragmented" Micronesia can never be brought under one political unit as was envisioned during the TTPI time. We've gone separate ways--not because of hatred among ourselves but because we all recognized our unique needs, political aspi…
  • Yes, the $130,000 representation fund is now approved. Given that the next election is less than a year away, it will be easy for the incumbents to dish out $500 or more to constituents without difficulty. You're already seeing it--$500 free money…
  • I think it's not right to imply that because this guy is jew--that his invest plan will work. Remember Bernie Maddoff, a jew, who promoted investment schemes including getting retirement money from many poor people, many of whom were also jews. Hi…
  • FM, thanks, great and most appropriate commerce principle for the current bitcoin investment environment: caveat emptor.
  • Is that the same Jerry who lost a lot of money in his investment in Guam? When the news broke out, over 5 years ago, about the huge military move from Okinawa to Guam, he and his investors, allegedly, bought a lot of properties in Guam hoping that …
  • Taxi, yes, I meant to write $130,000. It's a big money given the number of officials to receive it just before the upcoming election. While I don't make judgement on officials' decisions, I wish some of it could, instead, be added to the Trust Fun…
  • Latest news, as of May 18, 2018, has the following title: "Floyd Mayweather-backed cryptocurrency firm's co-founders accused of fraud. I hope it doesn't happen with what is being proposed for RMI. It is at the ICO's phase where a lot of schemes,…
  • So, maybe, they have worked it out; that everything will be okay. But I heard that the ADB had asked RMI to hold up the implementation until it has had an opportunity to look into it more; since RMI holds millions of loans from ADB, etc. I am ne…
  • Alternative option: if RMI wants to have a different currency--as different from the US dollar/currency as allowed under the COFA--it can also have the option of printing its own money in denominations similar to the US dollars. It can be pegged to…
  • Since I have "zero" understanding on how this the proposed cryptocurrency will actually make money for RMI people or government, I will wait until I see the good senator and other government officials put up at least $10,000 US dollars of personal i…
  • I think that sort of sums up what Taxi has been posting: the Commission will be pushing for its secession strategy but if the Chuuk voters don't give a majority approval, the Commission is okay with continuing on under the FSM Constitution.
  • Taxi-Womw, thank you for taking the time to explain, describe and elaborate on some of the topics that have been raised regarding the on-going secession efforts--especially questions in the minds of people not familiar with the Chuuk's history of th…
  • One issue that has always come up with previous discussions of Chuuk independents is this: Faichuk will want to talk next about its independence from Chuuk. I don't know what is the latest on this sentiment which had always exhibited itself even le…
  • kinen, sorry for my comments--if it sounds like I came out too intrusive. Yes, I'll stop saying anything about this subject matter for now with the hope that the movement will not have any negative impact on others--the non-Chuukese and other FSM s…
  • A lot of good points have been made. I don't want to interrupt the focus of these good threads/points; so let me just add a short recommendation for Taxi and the Commission to consider along with their current secession strategy. I would suggest t…
  • Taxi, thanks for taking the time to clarify some the Commission's positions regarding the secession option. You say the Commission: 1. will not pit Chinese against the US particularly with respect to military matters; 2. will try not to hurt the FS…
  • I know it's easy to say that non-Chuukese should stay away from this discussion on the idea of Chuuk secession. For me, I do believe that Chuukese have the right to vote to approve or disapprove whatever that the leadership put on the ballot. So t…
  • If China is not part of the consideration for Chuuk secession, then, some things probably ought to be kept in mind because it seems that is what has been said by many people. Chuuk secession leaders think that they will get a better deal from the U…
  • So, in the end, if Chuuk's current secession leadership can peel Chuuk away from the FSM, I just wish for the following: There will be accommodation for Chuukese who have already decided to live and work in the US; to continue to do the same withou…
  • IronYouth, if Chuuk had voted to reject the proposed FSM Constitution, it would have been free to negotiate a separate COFA just like the RMI and ROP did. But because Chuuk voters' majority voted "yes" to the FSM Constitution, Chuuk willingly agree…
  • So the two major authorities that are being mentioned in connection with the secession are UN and the US. I believe UN does not get involved with secession efforts; which are considered as domestic matters; which are internal matters of sovereign c…
  • Sandman, thanks for sharing Mr. Stovall's analysis. He is the most expert on COFA's legal perspective. His analysis not only applies to Chuuk but to any of the FAS since the COFA's are pretty much the same. Just some thoughts on this nice evening.
  • AntiC, thanks for the clarification. Yes, there is so much to digest from Taxi's posts; so I'll find time to read later and try to understand what is going on. I also wish they would release whatever is legal/political document as written by Ms __…
  • I have a simple question: Why are the issues of self-determination and freedom of expression coming up now? Was that not the expression of self-determination when the Chuukese voters went to the poll; and voted to accept the FSM Constitution. The…
  • I wonder what would be the best option for Pohnpei to consider--if Chuuk's movement becomes real serious. I guess the following are possible: 1. just stay put and be prepared to focus on staying and improving the "federation" with Kosrae and Yap; 2…
  • I hope and pray that in the end, this whole thing does not end up in a civil war. Nobody wins if America is physically damaged by a civil war. The America that we admire and look up to as a beacon of freedom and goodwill; and military strength; an…
  • US--and the resolutions that it sponsors-- are always rejected by majority of the General Assembly members. Most of the time, the rejection is not based on merits but on the childish reaction on the part of some states--to try to embarrass the US o…
  • Emilie, I think your questions are difficult to answer because I think they are intrusive to the Yap traditional ways--which are not written but practiced faithfully; and are understood within the traditional thinking of the Yapese people. If you…
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  • It really boils down to the basic principle of "sovereign states". All members of the UN General Assembly are independent and "sovereign state" no matter how rich a country is; or the size of population They don't take orders from other sovereig…
  • That's a good news and is a relief for those managing big funds--in the millions. It's good news for RMI and DOI's OIA. This is a wake-up call; and it probably will not be the last. Scary!
  • FM, thanks for the update. It's good to hear that the firm that's managing this account is taking responsibility to make the accounts "whole". I am assuming it means all the lost funds will restored without cost or loss or charges to the RMI Fund.…
  • Regarding RMI's electronically stolen 1 million dollars, it is scary given that a lot of strict protection were put in place to prevent such unauthorized withdraws. First, it's my understanding that the $1 million was stolen from the account which …
  • red, can you provide that in writing--the guidelines--so it'll be easy to comply with. To what extent is "little criticism" acceptable; and who decides what is appropriate or inappropriate criticism. And are we talking about criticism of the Forum…