Monthly Archives: March 2010

Japan Lawyers International Solidarity Association speak out Futenma base

Thanks to the Peacephilosophy blog for sharing this statement. There is a Japanese language version of the article on the peacephilosophy website. >><< Thursday, April 01, 2010 Statement on MCAS Futenma by JALISA, Japan Lawyers International Solidarity Association 日本国際法律家協会 普天間基地に関する声明 Statement on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma According to newspaper reports, the government maintains that… Read more »

Pupukea Paumalu was saved, but did it bolster military expansion in Hawai’i and wars in other lands?

The Hawaii Independent carried a story about the recent release of the draft long range resource management plan for Pupukea Paumalu.  The preservation of Pupukea Paumalu (on the north shore of O’ahu, near Sunset Beach) as the North Shore Community Land Trust (NSCLT) is the fruit of a decades long struggle to protect the area… Read more »

Will the Endangered Mariana Fruit Bat throw a wrench into military buildup plans?

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Mariana Fruit Bat or Fanihi (Pteropus mariannus mariannus). This endangered species has cultural significance to the Chamoru people. As an endangered species, the federal government designated “critical habitat” for the survival and recovery of the species which includes Ritidian point… Read more »

Kane’ohe Marine death under investigation Updated at 8:14 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Death of Marine under investigation Advertiser Staff The Navy is investigating the death of a Marine who was found unresponsive Tuesday morning at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe. Military police responded to a 911 call for help at a barracks room on the base early… Read more »

Tokunoshima is not a viable alternative for Futenma relocation

The Japanese government is scrambling to find a replacement site for the Futenma military base.  One of the sites it has proposed for relocating some marine corps functions is Tokunoshima, a small island just north of Okinawa. As you can see from the following slide show, Tokunoshima is not a suitable alternative site.  4000 residents… Read more »

Christian militia terror plot part of growing right wing reaction

Recently Chip Berlet of P0litical Research Associates spoke in Hawai’i about the rise of Right Wing Populism and its potential to veer into a fascist movement.   The recent upsurge in “Tea Party” hate activity directed at members of Congress who voted for health care reform and the tripling of right wing militia activity in the… Read more »

Military brass who disagree should quit

The author calls for Gen. Mixon to resign over his public campaign to undermine the Obama administration’s repeal of the “Don’t ask don’t tell” policy regarding gay persons serving in the military.   It is shameful that Mixon has publicly campaigned to uphold blatant discrimination in the armed services.    But the author is wrong about LT… Read more »

Residents protest against possible relocation of Futenma base to Tokunoshima island Tokunoshima eyed for U.S. helicopters THE ASAHI SHIMBUN 2010/03/29 More than 4,000 people attended a rally on Tokunoshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture on Sunday to protest its possible use as a relocation site for some of the functions of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture. Sources said Tokunoshima was… Read more »

The fight to end colonization in the island-territory of Guahan

Perspectives on Social Justice: The fight to end colonization in the island-territory of Guahan 3.28.10 Blog Post written for the Therapeutic Justice Project blog at By Dr. Hope Cristobal I was 18 in the fall of 1996— “Rock the vote!” was in the air. MTV touted, “Choose or Lose!” Unfortunately that year, I was… Read more »

Colombian social movements launch Colombia No Bases Coalition (Espanol)

A new anti-bases coalition was launched by social movement groups in Colombia.  After the U.S. military base in Manta, Ecuador was evicted by a widespread popular movement, the U.S. negotiated with the government of Colombia to build several new military bases.  The Colombia No Bases Coalition was formed in opposition to these developments.  Apologies that… Read more »