Marshall Islands

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New independent research conducted by a Columbia University team of scientists reveals persistent radiation levels in the northern Marshall Islands where the U.S. conducted a series of Cold War nuclear weapons tests in the mid-20th century.

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Tuberculosis, an ancient bacterial infectious disease imported by New World colonists to what is now known as the Republic of the Marshall Islands, continues to plague Marshallese in the RMI as well as in places like Arkansas where islanders are legally allowed to migrate. Global medical teams are conducting mandatory mass screenings to cure those who are sick and to check the spread, says Arkansas Marshallese public health expert, Sandy Hainline Williams, who periodically travels to the RMI to assist.

courtesy: The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel is producing a series of online climate impact reports from all 50 states titled the “United States of Climate Change.” So far, 33 states have submitted stories, including Arkansas. We learn how award-winning documentary producer Dale Carpenter collaborated with noted cartoonist Nate Powell on “Awaiting a Wave,” which profiles the beginnings of a Marshallese climate refugee crisis.

After voting to eliminate postal ballots late last year, Republic of the Marshall Islands Parliament is considering reinstating mail-in election ballots for offshore Marshallese voters, most of whom live in northwest Arkansas.

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Two months ago, the Republic of the Marshall Islands Embassy in Washington D.C. announced the appointment of Eldon Alik as Consul General for the Marshall Islands Consulate in Springdale, Arkansas. Alik, who assumed office in September has replaced retiring Consul General Carmen Chong Gum, who established the consulate in 2010. As many as 12,000 Marshallese migrants now live in Arkansas as legal migrants under a Compact of Free Association with the U.S. We drop by the Springdale consulate to learn how Consul General Alik intends to serve his people.