2022-09-13 14:36:27

Julian Aguon: U.S. Militarization of Guam Is "Nothing Less Than Cataclysmic"

The geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China is reshaping life in the U.S. territory of Guam, where the already-massive military presence is set to expand as the Pentagon builds up its capabilities in the Pacific. "We are directly in the line of fire," says Julian Aguon, a CHamoru writer and human rights lawyer, who describes the build-up of U.S. troops and military infrastructure on Guam as "nothing less than cataclysmic" for the Indigenous people. Aguon also talks about the ongoing fight for independence in Guam, which he says the U.S. has thwarted for more than a century. "The U.S. is a country that prefers, routinely, power over strength and living over letting live." Aguon is the author of several acclaimed books, including, "The Fire This Time: Stories of Life Under U.S. Occupation" and "What We Bury at Night: Disposable Humanity." His most recent book, released Tuesday, is titled "No Country for the Eight-Spot Butterflies."

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