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(Washington Post)   The Marshall Islands: Hey, remember how you guys tested your new super weapons on us? Yeah, we're suing all of you nuclear nations to disarm because you treated us like assholes   ( divider line
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2014-04-24 09:40:15 AM  
3 votes:

devildog123: I'm sure the Marshall Islands have absolutely nothing to spend that cash on.

Well, we basically ruined their entire ecosystem, ability to breed healthy children, and nuked the shait out of their livelihoods, soo.......
2014-04-24 01:49:06 PM  
2 votes:
Frankly, I'm astounded at the amount of derp floating around in this thread.

I would encourage all of you to do a bit more research on the Marshall islands and the Federated States of Micronesia before you all go maximum herpa derp.

After gaining military control of the Marshall Islands from Japan in 1944, the United States assumed administrative control of the Marshall Islands under United Nations auspices as part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands following the end of World War II. The Marshall Islands signed a Compact of Free Association with the United States in 1983 and gained independence in 1986 with the Compact's entry into force. From 1999-2003, the two countries negotiated an Amended Compact that entered into force in 2004.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)is a sovereign nation. While the government is free to conduct its own foreign relations, it does so under the terms of the Compact. The United States has full authority and responsibility for security and defense of the Marshall Islands, and the Government of the Marshall Islands is obligated to refrain from taking actions that would be incompatible with these security and defense responsibilities. The United States and the Marshall Islands have full diplomatic relations. Marshallese citizens may work and study without a visa, and they join the U.S. military at a higher rate than any U.S. state.
The U.S. Department of Defense, under a subsidiary government-to-government agreement of the Compact, received permission to use parts of the lagoon and several islands on Kwajalein Atoll. The agreement allows the United States continued use of the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll missile test range until 2066 with an option until 2086. Another major subsidiary agreement of the original Compact provides for settlement of all claims arising from the U.S. nuclear tests conducted at Bikini and Enewetak Atolls from 1946 to 1958.
U.S. Assistance to the Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands is an isolated, sparsely populated, low-lying Pacific island country consisting of approximately 70 sq. miles of land spread out over 750,000 sq. miles of ocean just north of the equator. These characteristics make it vulnerable to transnational threats, natural disasters, and effects of climate change. U.S. assistance focuses on supporting health, education, and infrastructure in the Marshall Islands, as well as the RMI's ability to perform maritime security functions and strengthen climate resilience through disaster preparedness. The U.S. provided $5.1 million in drought assistance in 2013.
Under the Compact, as amended, the U.S. provides the Marshall Islands with approximately $70 million annually through FY 2023, including contributions to a jointly managed trust fund and financial assistance from other U.S. Federal Grants. Marshallese citizens also continue to have access to many U.S. programs and services. A Joint Economic Management and Financial Accountability Committee with members from both governments has been established to strengthen management and accountability with regard to assistance provided under the Compact, as amended, and to promote effective use of the funding provided.
A number of U.S. Government agencies operate programs or render assistance to the Marshall Islands. These include the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Postal Service, the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, the Department of State, and the Department of the Interior. Compact grants are primarily funded through and implemented by the Department of the Interior.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The economy of the Marshall Islands is closely linked to that of the United States, and its GDP is derived mainly from U.S. payments under the terms of the Compact of Free Association. The Army Garrison on Kwajalein Atoll is the number two employer in the RMI. Through the Compact, the United States provides significant financial support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands to help achieve the Compact goals of economic self-sufficiency. The United States is one of the Marshall Islands' top trading partners, and the Marshall Islands has expressed interest in attracting U.S. investment. The Marshall Islands sells fishing rights to other nations as a source of income. Under the multilateral U.S.-Pacific Islands tuna fisheries treaty, the U.S. provides an annual grant to Pacific island parties, including the Marshall Islands, for access by licensed U.S. fishing vessels.
Marshall Islands' Membership in International Organizations
The Marshall Islands and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank. The Marshall Islands also belongs to the Pacific Islands Forum, of which the United States is a Dialogue Partner.
Bilateral Representation
The U.S. Ambassador to the Marshall Islands is Thomas Hart Armbruster; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.
The Marshall Islands maintains an embassy in the United States at 2433 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202-234-5414).
2014-04-24 11:29:32 AM  
2 votes:
I see none of you read the "pro bono" part. Yeah, thanks for your comments. Now go home.

And our brilliant unlawyers are in attendance. Tell you what: since the suit is being filed by actual lawyers, why not shut the hell up and do a "smidge" of research on why naming President Obama is correct procedure.

I would also mock you idiots who are being cynical about their motivations but without you how would we know we're on Fark?
2014-04-24 10:46:04 AM  
2 votes:
Good documentary...

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2014-04-24 09:47:51 AM  
2 votes:
At the time of testing, the Marshall Islands were part of a nuclear nation. They weren't sovereign until after the testing occurred.

So... tough luck.
2014-04-24 09:46:54 AM  
2 votes:
Well, they were part of the United States by right of conquest at the time, so I don't see how a country can complain about something that happened before they existed.
2014-04-24 08:20:13 AM  
2 votes:
ICC:  We find for the plaintiff, all of you need to dispose of your nuclear weapons immediately.

9 Nuclear Powers:  BAHAAHAAHAAHAHHAAAHAHAHAHHAHAH! (wipe tears away)  No.

Way to waste time and money though.  I'm sure the Marshall Islands have absolutely nothing to spend that cash on.
2014-04-24 12:12:10 PM  
1 vote:

trotsky: LOL. Operation Castle in 1954 where, OOPS!, the bomber turned out to be something like 3 times bigger than they thought.

You know, these ingrates should just be happy we didn't wipe their island chain of the face of the Earth by accident.

SAC will be Back.

That was Castle Bravo, at Bikini.  It was one of the first Hydrogen bomb tests.  They used lithium to host the reaction, but they only thought lithium 6 was reactive. It turns out that lithium 7 is also reactive.  Sooo, the mixed ore they used int he bomb was much more reactive than they assumed.

Instead of 4Mt they got 15Mt.  They destroyed the whole island the bomb was on.  Literally, the island disappeared.

Because it was a ground burst, the fallout was a disaster.  The nearby islands were rendered uninhabitable and killed a bunch of Japanese fishermen who were on a boat downwind.
2014-04-24 11:21:07 AM  
1 vote:

ransack.: Well, they were part of the United States by right of conquest at the time, so I don't see how a country can complain about something that happened before they existed.

This text is now purple: At the time of testing, the Marshall Islands were part of a nuclear nation. They weren't sovereign until after the testing occurred.

Smidge204: [ image 450x385]

ffs they're even suing countries that didn't even have a nuclear program at the time.

 At the time? What is it that you think they're suing about?
/hint: not atomic tests in the Marshall Islands
2014-04-24 10:53:33 AM  
1 vote:
How many Divisions does the Marshall Islands have?
2014-04-24 10:19:59 AM  
1 vote:
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Those weren't "tests".  They were trying to kill it.
2014-04-24 09:55:14 AM  
1 vote:
Yeah. Good luck with that.
2014-04-24 09:43:13 AM  
1 vote:
"Hey, Charlie!  Give 'em a $100, and show 'em the door."
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