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September 6, 2018

  Saipan —  What’s the best part of living on a tropical island? Having an air-con, of course.

  Once upon a time, in 1978 to be exact, the island’s primary source of electricity was a 35-year-old...

August 7, 2018

 Saipan — The Mariana Islands are right smack in the middle of typhoon alley. According to the Weather Channel, 41 super typhoons were recorded in the area between 2000 and 2014 alone, compared to 12...

July 7, 2018

Saipan — When the CNMI government was inaugurated 40 years ago, its leaders inherited a public sector that was already big — and practically broke. Then-Interior Deputy Undersecretary Barbara Heller,...

May 31, 2018

Saipan — During the centennial celebration of Philippine independence, a stateside professor on Guam, a.k.a. party-pooper, wrote an op-ed  which reminded everyone that the Philippines actually became...

May 16, 2018

Saipan— In the early and pre-boom days of the Commonwealth of the NMI, Marianas Variety reported that there were “at least five women on Saipan engaged in prostitution, all of whom have a lucrative bu...

April 8, 2018

Saipan — The U.S. seized the NMI and the other Japanese mandated islands in Micronesia during World War II. They were then administered by the U.S.  Navy and, later, by the Interior Department, throug...

March 16, 2018

   Saipan — In 1965, the U.S. government hired Robert A. Nathan Associates to conduct “the first systematic economic survey” of the former Japanese mandated islands in the Pacific. These were the Mars...

February 5, 2018

   Saipan — Before the U.S. invasion of the NMI in 1944, the islands had a booming economy fueled by Japanese investments — and imported labor. By 1940, according to Micronesian historian and sch...

January 1, 2018

Saipan— Evolutionary scientists say we are descendants of people whose brains prioritized bad news. Doomsday scenarios fascinate us. No one will read/watch/listen to the news media if they peddle good...

October 31, 2017

   Saipan — Every time there’s news about corruption or corruption allegations involving an NMI government official, someone, locals included, will inevitably “remember” that Magellan called these isl...

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