Pacific Island

  • General Assembly Sep 23, 2019

    ‘You Are Failing Us’: Plans, Frustration at UN Climate Talks

    Scolded for doing little, leader after leader promised the United Nations on Monday to do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels. As they made their pledges at the Climate Action Summit, though, they and others conceded it was not enough. And even before they spoke, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg shamed them over and...

  • General Assembly Sep 21, 2019

    Youth Leaders at UN Demand Bold Climate Change Action

    Fresh off the climate strike that took hundreds of thousands of young people out of classrooms and into the streets globally, youth leaders gathered at the United Nations Saturday to demand radical moves to fight climate change. “We showed that we are united and that we, young people, are unstoppable,” Swedish 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, who started the climate strike...

  • President Jun 11, 2019

    Three Islands Disappeared in the Past Year. Is Climate Change to Blame?

    There is increasing concern that rising sea levels due to climate change will have devastating effects on low-lying islands and coastlines, as scientists have found that three islands have disappeared within the past year, NBC News reported. Tebunginako, a village in the Pacific island nation Kiribati, has essentially been wiped away by the seas. “It’s no longer there,” former Kiribati...

  • Massachusetts Jun 17, 2018

    WWII Airman Remains to be Buried 74 Years After Crash

    An American airman is being buried more than 70 years after he crashed on a Pacific island during World War II.

  • The Associated Press Mar 13, 2018

    National Geographic Acknowledges Past Racist Coverage

    National Geographic acknowledged on Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent. “We had to own our story to move beyond it,” editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg told The Associated Press in an interview about the yellow-bordered magazine’s April issue, which is...

  • artist Sep 21, 2017

    The Man Who Created Emoji Says He Saw Nuance in Pictures

    The tiny smiley faces, hearts, knife-and-fork or clenched fist have become a global language for mobile phone messages. They are displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. They star in a new Hollywood film. The emoji is heir to a tradition of pictographic writing stretching back millennia to Egyptian hieroglyphics and the ideograms used to write Chinese...

  • NFL Nov 30, 2016

    ‘Moana’ a Disney Hit but Portrayal Irks Some in the Pacific

    Disney’s animated movie “Moana” debuted to critical acclaim and box office success over the Thanksgiving weekend, but some people in the South Pacific dislike how it depicts their culture. Of particular concern is the movie’s portrayal of the demigod Maui, who is shown as enormous and egotistical, albeit with a good heart. That has been jarring for some in Polynesia,...

  • Associated Press Sep 22, 2016

    ‘I Was Really Afraid’: Fishermen Who Fled Slavery in San Francisco Sue Boat Owner

    Two Indonesian fishermen who escaped slavery aboard a Honolulu-based tuna and swordfish vessel when it docked at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf are suing the boat’s owner for tricking them into accepting dangerous jobs they say they weren’t allowed to leave.

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