The Mariana Islands are still littered with dangerous debris left over from World War II but now, with an eye toward China, the U.S. wants to vastly increase its military presence there.
Pagan residents made it through Spanish colonization, Japanese occupation, World War II and a volcanic eruption. Now many just want to go home again.
A Navy plan to bomb Pagan and put a destructive artillery range on Tinian overlooks many potential impacts and suggests little to make up for the destruction.
Little did we know that the island had its own plans for us. Nothing could have prepared us for what was to happen on this trip.
Military officials say they are protecting bird species and other wildlife by confining the target practice to one part of the small island.
Plans to intensify bombing and extend undersea training and testing could harm whales and dolphins, environmentalists fear.
Military training plans for the Northern Marianas are still in the works, despite a lawsuit and islanders’ opposition.