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Jon Letman

Jon Letman is an independent journalist on Kauai. He writes about politics, people and the environment in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Untimely Death Of A Marshall Islands Visionary Hilary Hosia

The Untimely Death Of A Marshall Islands Visionary

Author Jon Letman sat down with Mattlan Zackhras last year for a wide-ranging conversation on his vision and hope for the tiny island nation.

A Different Kind Of Sickness    

A Different Kind Of Sickness    

The U.S. Senate vote on health care brings to mind the failure to recognize the harmful effects of militarism.

Hirono’s Statement On Overseas Bases Flies In The Face Of Reality Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hirono’s Statement On Overseas Bases Flies In The Face Of Reality

Protestations of politicians aside, the U.S. does force its military facilities on foreign lands, including South Korea and Okinawa.

Okinawa Documentary Portrays The Legacy Of War Courtesy: Siglo Ltd.

Okinawa Documentary Portrays The Legacy Of War

Director John Junkerman wants people to know what is going on in Okinawa and the military experience that looms over the island.

How Islam Is Gaining A Foothold In Micronesia Jon Letman/Civil Beat

How Islam Is Gaining A Foothold In Micronesia

A mosque and a Muslim congregation are flourishing in the Marshall Islands by demonstrating Islam is a force for good in the community.

Climate Change Is A ‘Matter Of Life And Death’ For The Marshall Islands Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Climate Change Is A ‘Matter Of Life And Death’ For The Marshall Islands

The first female head of state of a Pacific island nation talks about the biggest threat her country faces.

Marines May Add Aircraft Training On Forbidden Island And Kauai Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Marines May Add Aircraft Training On Forbidden Island And Kauai

The military is studying the possibility of creating places for pilots to train with Ospreys, aircraft that have been contentious elsewhere in Hawaii.

We All Need To Purge Our Inner Gary Johnson Pixabay

We All Need To Purge Our Inner Gary Johnson

Many have sneered over Johnson's stumble over the Syrian city's significance. But how many other Americans would have answered similarly?
Fighting To Save A Remote Okinawan Forest Kimiko Kawamura

Fighting To Save A Remote Okinawan Forest

As helipad construction stokes tensions, a new wave of demonstrations flares up in Okinawa’s remote northern forests.  
Answers Hard To Come By On Asia-Pacific Militarization U.S Navy

Answers Hard To Come By On Asia-Pacific Militarization

The "pivot" of U.S. military and diplomatic resources toward the Asia-Pacific region begs many legitimate questions.
It’s Time to Rehumanize Muslims And Jews Merlin via WikiMedia Commons

It’s Time to Rehumanize Muslims And Jews

With so many forces pushing fear, it’s never been more important to reject the dangerous narrative of hate. Further dehumanization of Muslims and Jews will only produce predictable results.
Protests Growing in Okinawa Over U.S. Military Presence U.S. Marine Corps via Wikimedia Commons

Protests Growing in Okinawa Over U.S. Military Presence

Resentment over what many see as U.S. occupation of one-fifth of the Okinawa islands is significant for Hawaii, where as many as 50,000 residents have Okinawan roots.
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