Monthly Archives: May 2011

Marine who fell and died “did not like the Marines”

The parents of Luke Monahan, a 19-year-old Marine who fell from a Waikiki hotel and died shortly afterward, spoke to the Honolulu Star Advertiser about the incident: “He was quiet,” his mother said. “He wasn’t a bad kid. He just didn’t like to do homework. He said that if he went into the Marines he… Read more »

19-year-old Marine dead after fall from Waikiki hotel

A 19-year-old Marine stationed at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneʻohe Bay fell from a Waikiki hotel Saturday morning and died from his injuries.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser identified the man as Private 1st Class Luke Monahan, 19, of Palos Verdes, California.  The newspaper reports “Monahan joined the Marines at the age of 18 and… Read more »

Work for Peace

In remembrance of Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011), poet, musician, prophet.  “The military and the monetary get together whenever they think it is necessary… they turn our brothers and sisters into mercenaries, they are turning our planet into a cemetery..”   Work for Peace Back when Eisenhower was the President, Golf… Read more »

“I walked out of the back door of the Navy and into the front door of the newspaper”

The recent disclosure of a military emails discussing how the military can buy local support for proposed military activities in the Pågat have caused an uproar in Guåhan (Guam).    Kaua’i writer and film maker Koohan Paik pointed out another facet to the the Marianas Variety article.  The article referred to an earlier incident involving racist… Read more »

U.S. Security Spending Since 9/11

The National Priorities Project has just released its finding that the cost of U.S. security spending in the ten years since 9/11 totaled a mind-boggling $7.6 trillion!  Here’s what they find: The United States has spent more than $7.6 trillion on defense and homeland security since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Total homeland security… Read more »

Deception and Diplomacy: The US, Japan, and Okinawa

Distinguished Asia scholar Gavan McCormack has published in the Asia Pacific Journal an excellent analysis of the recent developments in U.S.-Japan relations and the deceptions and subservient posture that lay behind Japan’s decisions.  It is important reading to understand the politics of the Okinawa situation: For the student of contemporary Japan, these are sad times,… Read more »

Pågat ‘sweeteners’ leave a bitter taste

The Navy has displayed its arrogance and hostility towards the people Guahan (Guam) once again with a leaked email that basically calls for bribing the local residents in order to “isolate” opponents of military expansion plans in the Pågat cultural area.   See the article below from the Marianas Variety and the incriminating email. Here’s a… Read more »

Drones arrive in Hawaiʻi – “the future of aviation”?

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard recently got four Shadow 200 RQ-7B unmanned aerial vehicles.    While these UAVs are unarmed, the military is looking for ways to weaponize them. >><< Source: Hawaii Guard gets flock of Shadow UAVs Isle soldiers will be ready to use the unmanned aircraft should… Read more »

Call for solidarity with Jeju anti-bases activists

Resistance to a military base on the island of Jeju (South Korea) are at a critical stage.  One of the leaders of the protest movement Professor Yang was arrested and has been on a hunger strike for 50 days.  Another artist and activist Sung Hee Choi was recently arrested for holding a banner at the… Read more »

Revision of base realignment in Asia could affect Hawai’i troop numbers

Senator Jim Webb, D-Va, suggested that the military revise its plans to relocate marines from Okinawa to Guam.   But this could mean a military expansion for Hawai’i: An influential U.S. senator is questioning a plan to relocate 8,000 Marines and their families from Okinawa to Guam and says an alternative would be to rotate… Read more »