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January 21, 2009

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I read the article on this link and it does not make sense. Sounds like jibberish...am I the only one who feels the same? Does anyone know what the article is trying to convey?

The article is translated by Google, so the grammar isn't correct when translated from espanol to ingles. It is an article by Jean Allard, a propogand writer from what I got from a friend of mine. And any news from isolated Cuba, I push aside like news from North Korea.

The article is literally lost in translation. It was translated into English; so much of the context has been misinterpreted. For example, translate this Palauan phrase into English "suebk a renguk". The Palauan meaning is lost when translated into English -- "fly my heart".

From what I’ve gathered, the article is actually not about President Toribiong. The article is really about Palau’s foreign affairs in regards to the U.S, Israel, Taiwan, and especially Cuba.

In some parts, the writer seems to mock Palau’s affiliation with U.S. The U.S does not recognize Taiwan in the U.N due to its economic relations with China. However, Palau chooses to recognize Taiwan regardless of our affiliation with the U.S. In the perspective of the writer, Palau’s recognition of Taiwan mocks its own relationship with the U.S.

Then the writer discusses the position that Palau has taken in regards to Israel. The writer does not approve of the support that the U.S and Palau have given to Israel. Further more, the writer implies that the only reason why Palau is supporting Israel is because Palau is economically supported by the U.S and can’t stand on its own economically with out the U.S assistance. Therefore, Palau must follow the U.S in order to receive financial support. Lastly, the writer seems to believe that Palau also supports Israel because our ambassador to the U.N is Stuart Beck, a Jewish lawyer from New York. In a way, the writer seems to imply that the Palauan government & its people can’t think for themselves because of its dependency on the U.S and its lack of knowledge regarding the present situations at hand. The writer mocks Palau’s sovereignty from the U.S. The writer implies that Palau is really not free from the U.S – but now further dependent through economy.

Also, because of the climate change, Palau is facing rising waters that could ultimately drown our islands. At the same time, the global warming has increased the temperature of our climate –that’s why it’s so hot now. Anyway, the writer mocks our environmental endeavors. The writer believes that we are committed to saving the environment, but since we are allies with the wrong people – the U.S. – our work to save the environment & our islands is in vain. The U.S is one of the countries that is responsible for much of the “green house effect” or global warming. The writer believes that our support for the U.S deters our work to slow down or prevent global warming (i.e climate change) therefore deters us from saving ourselves.

Lastly, it seems the writer believes that Palau is against Cuba. Why? In February 7, 1962, the U.S implemented a TRADE EMBARGO against the Castro Administration (Cuba’s leader & current administration). The trade embargo was implemented in order for the U.S government to “bring democracy to the Cuban people.” This means that the U.S government prohibits or does not allow any U.S businesses from conducting business relations with Cuba. Since Palau has always supported the U.S government’s endeavors in the U.N, it also recognizes the TRADE EMBARGO against Cuba. Again, the writer believes that we only recognize this embargo because of our dependency on the U.S. and not because we know the situation. The writer seems perplexed that Palau would be against them when we do not even know them.

The article is literally lost in translation. It was translated into English; so much of the context has been misinterpreted. For example, translate this Palauan phrase into English "suebk a renguk". The Palauan meaning is lost when translated into English -- "fly my heart".

From what I’ve gathered, the article is actually not about President Toribiong. The article is really about Palau’s foreign affairs in regards to the U.S, Israel, Taiwan, and especially Cuba.

In some parts, the writer seems to mock Palau’s affiliation with U.S. The U.S does not recognize Taiwan in the U.N due to its economic relations with China. However, Palau chooses to recognize Taiwan regardless of our affiliation with the U.S. In the perspective of the writer, Palau’s recognition of Taiwan mocks its own relationship with the U.S.

Then the writer discusses the position that Palau has taken in regards to Israel. The writer does not approve of the support that the U.S and Palau have given to Israel. Further more, the writer implies that the only reason why Palau is supporting Israel is because Palau is economically supported by the U.S and can’t stand on its own economically with out the U.S assistance. Therefore, Palau must follow the U.S in order to receive financial support. Lastly, the writer seems to believe that Palau also supports Israel because our ambassador to the U.N is Stuart Beck, a Jewish lawyer from New York. In a way, the writer seems to imply that the Palauan government & its people can’t think for themselves because of its dependency on the U.S and its lack of knowledge regarding the present situations at hand. The writer mocks Palau’s sovereignty from the U.S. The writer implies that Palau is really not free from the U.S – but now further dependent through economy.

Also, because of the climate change, Palau is facing rising waters that could ultimately drown our islands. At the same time, the global warming has increased the temperature of our climate –that’s why it’s so hot now. Anyway, the writer mocks our environmental endeavors. The writer believes that we are committed to saving the environment, but since we are allies with the wrong people – the U.S. – our work to save the environment & our islands is in vain. The U.S is one of the countries that is responsible for much of the “green house effect” or global warming. The writer believes that our support for the U.S deters our work to slow down or prevent global warming (i.e climate change) therefore deters us from saving ourselves.

Lastly, it seems the writer believes that Palau is against Cuba. Why? In February 7, 1962, the U.S implemented a TRADE EMBARGO against the Castro Administration (Cuba’s leader & current administration). The trade embargo was implemented in order for the U.S government to “bring democracy to the Cuban people.” This means that the U.S government prohibits or does not allow any U.S businesses from conducting business relations with Cuba. Since Palau has always supported the U.S government’s endeavors in the U.N, it also recognizes the TRADE EMBARGO against Cuba. Again, the writer believes that we only recognize this embargo because of our dependency on the U.S. and not because we know the situation. The writer seems perplexed that Palau would be against them when we do not even know them.

you double posted about this and it seems you wanted us to hear your interpretation of this article stating specific parts you wanted to stand out...makes me wonder what you're propaganda is...

Double posting was purely an error. Anyway, it's written in plain English the first time so you don't need to read it twice.

And La-di-da, what's your interpretation of the article and what significant parts of this article did I leave out?

Creative criticism is always welcome.

NO HABLA ESPANIOL!!!! Fuck CUBA and its coconut leaders. secondly our tiny small island does not have influence over shit 'cos we don't have the means as far as support such as food nor monitary values to other countries. we have the ability to beg for funds,grants or whatever you may wanna call it to support our little coconut government. time and time again we go thru this shit. our government is too big...way too big for our own good and we think the whole world needs us but it's more like the other way around. JT and his administration ain't gonna make anything different to the economy nor this tiny island of any hopes and changes to this so called republic .
"FUBAR"...is what belau gov't is all about. We cannot manage our own banks 'cos we're crooks or just plain stupid. don't wanna take up too much space to define our failures and blunders but just so you know....we're heading towards the abbys......NGDIAK A ISED!!!!!!

To "Article": To tell you the truth, I am not as interested in the article. I did skim through your interpretation of it though, before I responded, which is why I said, it seems you really wanted us to know about it.

Honestly, nothing terribly significant stood out to me; from the article or interpretation, to even warrant any of my thoughts on this topic.

It's a mute article for me, at this point. So maybe it's just a little "beralm" right now, but who knows. Perhaps there is more detail that was omitted or history we don't know, or connections never mentioned...I don't know.

So I will "Peace Out" on this one.


It's just another media story report - nothing big. let's move on..........

I disagree with those who think this article is insignificant. Maybe the writer's views were extreme and a direct attack at our very small island...but the fact that anyone would think we are significant enough for a media attack is more than interesting...eye-brow raising. I mean, I didn't even think someone in the otherside of the hemisphere even knew we existed!

I think it's also very interesting that we have some influence in the UN. Who is representing us is equally as important....Mr Beck. If I am not mistaken, this is our ONLY "hand" we have at the international level...it may be a very low pair, but you should never underestimate pocket deuces!

la-di-da: I think you're the one who's really trying to stand out. Double-posting happens from time to time as a result of server refresh error. If you're going to try to be witty and suave, you need substance - double-posting is not. Ke kora kellael.

The article is nothing more than anti-US propoganda by supposedly striking at its poor friends. Horse manure.

nothing in the article stood out "to me"...so whoever wants to dissect and analyze it, by all means do...

Article, thanks for being open to responses...as far as criticism, i have none...you are entitled to your own interpretation...

olekioi, not sure what you are getting at, except that you are "melidiiching" me, when really it's not necessary...like i said i am not as interested in the article and was responding to "Article"...so please put down the bb guns...i think Article was able to respond back with some class...

...e suebk a renguk, thanks for that e Article, kinda funny when you put it out there like that. And we know you did not double post intentionally. Some people, huh? ;)

Hahaha...funny one ladida. But you seriously do not think that the article is significant? I mean, we are actually being pbulicized concerning an issue that has nothing to do with 'Survivor Palau'. I mean, I do support the attention we got from Survivor....it was good attention...but we have a chip in the UN!! That is way significant. So we're only a $5 chip in a table of a min of $50 buy in..(man, I make too much analogies with poker...need to fix that) but the fact that our only international 'chip' is in the hands of a foreigner.....not saying that I don't believe Mr Beck has the best intentions...but don't we have qualified Palauans?

Guys,

I think this article is about Palau being insignificant, but relies heavily on the U.S for funds. That being said, They are making it sound like Beck is being incerted in Palau to protect the interest's of both Isreael and U.S with the UN Vote.

Crazy stuff hah....


Dr. Kuartei has mentioned that Cuban doctors are being sent all over the world to assist developing countries.

This should be looked at because they are assisting the Solomon Islands and some other south pacific countries. They can very well help out Palau.

The US stance on Cuba is, in my view, easing up and Palau shouldn't blindly vote on matters no fully discussed with the people. Beck is given too much leeway.

Our island is tiny which makes it seemingly insignificant, but as a member of the United Nations we are SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH TO WRITE ABOUT.

WHY?

Because we VOTE in the UN. And our vote changes the lives of other people from other Nations.
OUR VOTE AFFECTS the LIVES of MILLIONS of PEOPLE!!!

I believe this Cuban writer wanted to introduce Palau to his people in order to put a FACE & a NAME to one of the countries that votes in the UN. He emphasized our lack of self sufficiency & tiny population, but at the same time, made known that our vote in the UN and who we support matters in their daily lives.

This article does hold merit for the CUBANS, and we should take it seriously because it now shows just how much we MATTER to the rest of the world -- it's not just us out there.

And I think its time that WE THE PEOPLE of Palau get to know the issues that we VOTE on in the UN.

Actually, we should get to know the issues before its time to vote! We should get to know who's lives we're about to change BEFORE we take that step and vote against or in support of their welfare. In this day and age, we cannot afford to believe everything we see on TV, read on Tia Belau, hear on WWFM, or words from our own Ambassador.

I believe the writer has a good point about Mr. Beck. HOW MANY OF US KNOW WHO HE IS? AND WHAT ISSUES HAS HE VOTED FOR OR AGAINST ON OUR BEHALF???? WHO'S LIVES HAVE WE CHANGED and will we CHANGE BECAUSE OF HIS VOTE???? Who have we killed with our one little vote in the UN????

And as Hopeful has asked, "don't we have qualified Palauans?" in reference to a Palauan Ambassador to the UN. It's time that we put a Palauan in the UN to speak for us and to relay the activities of the UN to us on a weekly basis so that we are better informed. DID ANYONE SEE THE COLBERT SHOW??? If that is not a good reference for a new Ambassador, then I don't know what is.

And as Mardi has pointed out, there are Cuban doctors out there in the Solomon Islands helping people. We need doctors too -- and we need more than financial assistance to keep our sick from dying. Why can't we have some type of association with Cuba on a medical basis?

I guess all I'm trying to say is that our government, though "COCO-NUTTY" as it may seem, does change the lives of people AROUND THE WORLD -- people we do not know. We make a difference in their lives!!!!

It's time Palau changes. We need to reach out to the world on our own. We can't just sit here and expect the U.S to save us anymore. We can't afford to have someone make decisions for us and be our "FACE" in the global arena.

FYI

Cubans are looking for refuge in US because their country has been and is still suffering economically since Castro took over. I wonder where these so called Cuban doctors got their training from?

We send our medical referrals to the Philippines. Where did the doctors in P.I receive their medical training? For all we know, they received their training in some warehouse in India, or may be even CUBA??!!

Also, many poor Philippine nationals migrate to other countries because their country is in an economic sh*t pit. Then, their government relies on these migrant workers to bring in money to assist in paying back the loans their government acquired from the World Bank. And have you seen the slums in and around Manila? Their government could care less about their poor.

And still yet, we associate with the Philippine government regardless of how they treat their own people. We even take in their poor to work for $150/month in our farms, our schools, our hospitals, and babysit our kids.

How is the Philippines any better than Cuba or us for that matter?

As for Cubans leaving Cuba....Cubans leave Cuba for the same reason Palauans leave Palau and Philippine Nationals leave P.I. We just have different names for our DIASPORA.

Cubans are REFUGEES to the U.S because of the TRADE EMBARGO, PALAUANS are citizens of a nation that has a COMPACT OF FREE ASSOCIATION agreement with the U.S, and the poor P.I national is a migrant worker.

We leave our homelands because we have governments that do not cater to our basic wants & needs (health care, education, & employment).

And in my perspective, our government may be DEMOCRATIC on paper, but it still operates & behaves like it is under a DICTATORSHIP. Our government is no different than Cuba and P.I.


we don't have voting right in UN right now due to nonpayment of dues

Well sh*t. We can't even pay our membership fees at the UN??? Maybe if we stop the PSB fiasco, we'd be able to afford the dues or at least a membership at Costco.


Hello All,
I urge you folks to do research on Cuba's medical care programs for its people and the caliber of its doctors. You will be surprised how this Communist regime has wisely invested in medicine and medical care.

Vote for lifting the embargo and get some doctors to Palau. By the way, the bill for the UN is $500K and not $120K. Palau has never been up to date with its UN membership dues since it became a member of the UN.


Hi All,

I take special interest in that article because the things this reporter says about Palau aren't accurate. Even though we can choose not to acknowledge inaccurate information about us. Truth of the matter is others who do not know better will.

On Ambassador Beck, I saw something on Comedy Central a few years back and nobody has mentioned it so i figured id post the link.

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/182142/august-17-2006/meet-an-ally---palau

Do understand that this is from comedy central so its meant to be funny. How does this make you feel?

Akloogoog, I understand it was all comedy stuff but it would be more fitting if Beck were an Arabian.


Colbert makes fun of serious issues and that's his comedy style.
I thought the video was funny using Stuart Beck look-alike.
I'm sure S. Beck knows how to say thank you in Palauan. He used to live in Palau.

BuckleUp,

You said it all and i'm with you on that.

Buckleup.

You are right on what you said....keep posting
good comment.


I disagree with BuckleUp that Palau operates like Cuba. Cuba is a communist country. the communist party is the sole legal political party and no others are legally allowed to exist. They hold secret elections unlike palau.

Cuba is communistic on paper and in operation. Their leaders do hold many things back from their people. But, at least they are honest about being communistic, and take credit for it. It's not a secret what Cuba is to her people and the world.

In Palauan though, you are told lies just so you elect them into the office. Once they are there, they begin turning their back on us, and steal from the government. When you finally find out that you've been royally screwed, the bastard is done with his term, and fat from his theft. He then receives a slap on the wrist, an article on Tia Belau telling you how he did it, and you watch him walk away like he done nothing wrong.

Talk about POLITICAL RAPE. That's what our leaders in the past 8 years have successfully done to us. They have used democracy to pimp us out!

Betterpalau, I think you have Stockholm Syndrome. Or maybe, your love for Palau (culture, island, & family) has blinded you from seeing how our government & its ELECTED leaders have bastardized the DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM.

Merko bekiis!

Bubkle Up,

If anything, we got the fever from the USA, look where they are economically! The Country is a "super power", it sneezes and the rest of the world is affected.

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