November 7, 2019

Former Guam resident Dana Kiyabu, David Koresh’s sixth wife, talks about her upcoming memoir revealing her life inside the Waco cult’s compound

 Who would have thought the infamous Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh had ties to Guam?

“I was David’s sixth wife,” said Dana Kiyabu, who grew up on Guam. She is a former member of the Branch Davidian community in Waco, Tx.

Kiyabu made a three-day stopover on Guam in October and showed up in a church in Dededo. The Pacific Island Times had a ch...

October 4, 2019

 In the digital age, with technology being more accessible, making a film seems so much easier. Today more and more aspiring filmmakers try to make it big by submitting entries to international film festivals. As YouTube essayists claim, “Any loser with a camera-phone can make a film.”

Yet, filmmaking is not a one-man piece of art. Although Sean Baker’s Tangerine and Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane prove that iPhones can create compelling stories, their success is due to experience and team effort.

Whi...

September 11, 2019

She was well on her way to reach the top of her world. With lofty goals within reach in just a few more years, she had no other plan for her life. Caren Deleon Evangelista was sure this was exactly where she was supposed to do.

But last year, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It derailed everything and put all of her plans on hold. Despite such life-altering event, the 38-year-old Evangelista remained positive. “It was a huge turning point in my life,” said the sergeant first c...

August 14, 2019

 In a café full of laughter and jazz, a quiet man in an orange robe reflects upon his spiritual journey. Since 2005, Adrienne Palacios has been on a path to self-enlightenment through Buddhism.

Originally from Saipan, Palacios moved to Thailand, his mother’s home country, where he learned to make peace with his pain and became the first Chamoru monk. “Pre-monk life, my heart was in pain from different experiences throughout my youth,” he said. “Only a person in pain can cause pain in another. Whe...

July 7, 2019

 Teaching American history in venues as varied as the University of California-Berkeley and San Quentin Prison, now Northwestern University professor Daniel Immerwahr began to sense that traditional American history and the normal maps of the nation failed, or one might say, served to conceal its true dimensions.

Immerwahr is the author “How To Hide An Empire: A Greater History of the United States.” Released in February, Immerwahr’s book is a pathbreaking history of the United States' overseas p...

May 3, 2019

Saipan — When something seems not right, CNMI Rep. Cristina “Tina” Sablan is the first to blow the whistle. On April 12, she asked the CNMI House leadership to place on session agenda the Office of Public Auditor’s opinion that thumbed down a House resolution allowing legislators to drawn down up to $5,000 in monthly allowances from their office allocations. Her request was shut down by the House leadership.

 As a member of the minority bloc, pushing her advocacy for a responsible government is n...

April 3, 2019

When David Greene asks young people where they get their news, they give him names of supposed news organizations that he doesn’t recognize. In this age when anybody can access WordPress or similar platforms, creating a “news” site has become an easy hobby for many. And for those with their own political agenda, the internet offers a democratized platform for spreading “fake news” or propaganda.

 “We have to work really hard to reclaim what news is and what the definition of that is,” said Greene...

January 3, 2019

2018 elections throughout the U.S. revealed that the voters are ready for a change from patriarchy. Many public office positions have been filled by women and voters have sent to Adelup Guam’s first female governor, Lou Leon Guerrero, and first LGBT lt. governor, Josh Tenorio.

As Leon Guerrero assumes office, she is bringing along another Guam’s first: “First Gentleman” Jeffrey Cook. With a male spouse in Adelup, many people are wondering what that would look like and what Cook’s role would be.

Wh...

December 4, 2018

The older generation perceives the millennials as self-entitled and need to just work harder to have a better life. How did millennials become like this?  Is it the new challenges of a changing society? Or is it something close to home?

 Dr. Michael Wetter, a clinical practitioner and best-selling author, believes the millennials are fully to blame for their discomfort with today’s systems. “There’s a difference in work ethic and responsibility when you look at the Great Depression Era and Baby B...

November 4, 2018

                                                              Hacktoberfest organizers Chovin Carlson and Sky Resendez.  Photo by Johanna Salinas

Anyone want to argue the technology isn’t a key to modernizing a community? I thought not. Guam may be far from the wonders of Silicon Valley or enchantments of Tokyo, and certainly an unlikely hub for tec...

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