Make Me Be Good, by Francis X. Hezel, S.J.
How can reform of the failing education system be carried out in an island group where pressures abound to keep good teachers and bad teachers alike? There are tried and tested methods that will help, the author suggests.
Do We Really Need Land Registration in the Marshalls?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Assessment of the problems in recording and registering land weighed against its benefits
September 2004 (MC #52) Land Issues
The Chuuk Problem: At the Foot of the Political Pyramid, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Argument that Chuuk’s political impasse stems from its fragmented traditional authority system.
An Alternative Strategy for Developing a Micronesian Export Industry, by C.L. Cheshire
An inventory of factors to be considered before opening an export business in the islands.
June 2003 (MC #47) Business
The Silent Cry For Help: Spouse Abuse in Micronesia, by Eugenia Samuel
Description of the extent of wife-beating today and how cultural changes have given rise to it.
March 2003 (MC #46) Social Issues
Rough Seas Ahead: The FSM Economy During Compact II, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
A forecast of FSM’s economic future for the next twenty years and beyond.
A Close Look at the Proposed Amendments to the FSM Constitution, by John R. Haglelgam
An impartial review of the pros and cons of each of the 14 proposed constitutional amendments.
Insuring Our Health: Financing Health Care in the FSM, by Marcus H. Samo
How to fashion an insurance program that will relieve the government’s heavy burden of medical costs.
Feast and Famine: US Assistance and the Compact Funding Outlook, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
US funding assistance to FSM for the next two years and the Compact funding outlook.
Why I Can't Get A Loan...and Probably Shouldn't Anyway!, by C.L. Cheshire
Helping prospective businessmen draw up a business plan for a loan may be a bad idea
August 2000 (MC #30) Business
Here's Where We're Headed. Which Way Should We Be Going?, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ and Hilda Heine
A review of what the numbers say about the directions of the Micronesian governments.
Teach Our Children Well: A Look At Our Public Elementary Schools in Pohnpei, by Jasmine Johnson
What are the factors most responsible for success in public elementary schools on Pohnpei?
April 2000 (MC #26) Education
Bringing Health Care to the People: A Look at Dispensaries in the FSM, by Eugenia A. Samuel and Marcus H. Samo
A critical look at how dispensaries operate in the FSM.
January 2000 (MC #24) Health
A Hibiscus In the Wind: The Micronesian Chief and His People, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Chiefs had obligations toward their people as well as the other way around.
December 1997 (MC #20) Cultural
Anthropology's Contribution to Social Problems Research in Micronesia, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Anthropologists’ attempts to situate social problems in the context of cultural change.
March 1995 (MC #17) Social Issues
Changes in Family Structure Leading to Alcoholism, Suicide, and Child Abuse, by Donald H. Rubinstein
Anthropological view of how culture change in the family brings about social problems.
How physical disability is understood and dealt with in the islands.
Spirit Possession in Chuuk: Socio-Cultural Interpretation, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Summary of research done on the ways in which spirit possession is used as a means of dealing with family problems.
July 1993 (MC #11) Cultural
Neglect, Physical Abuse, and Sexual Molestation in Palau, by Richard Shewman
Report on a study of physical and sexual abuse in Palauan families.
June 1992 (MC #07) Social Issues
Effects of Modernization on Three Areas of Island Life, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Modernization poses difficult choices for people, especially regarding gender equality, fairness to those outside the family, and balance of concern between the household and the extended family.