Monthly Archives: January 2012

Okinawan Anti-Bases Delegation Makes An Impression in Washington, D.C.

Even as Tokyo tried to force the Futenma base relocation plan on Okinawa in a desperate effort to salvage its unraveling deal with the U.S., a prominent delegation from Okinawa visited Washington, D.C. to educate political movers and shakers and lobby Congress to close the military bases in Okinawa.  An overview of the delegation “Making… Read more »

Army veteran, 22, suspected in school, college burglaries

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that 22-year old Army veteran Kevin Merk has been arrested as a suspect in several burglaries in the Kane’ohe area: An Army veteran arrested Sunday for allegedly breaking into buildings on the Castle High School campus may also be a suspect in other recent Windward Oahu burglaries, officials said. Kevin… Read more »

Philippines lawyers union denounces possible U.S. military buildup

A Philippines lawyers union denounced the possible increase of U.S. military forces and activities in the Philippines: National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers  Press Release January 27, 2012 NUPL on reports about negotiations seeking for bigger US military role in PH Mendicant errand boys beg US soldiers to use Philippines as war playground On the reported… Read more »

Impacts of Missile Defense in the Pacific, Asia and the World

The Kaua’i Alliance for Peace and Social Justice and the International Forum on Globalization present a thought-provoking evening with prominent peace activists. DOWNLOAD THE POSTER Impacts of Missile Defense in the Pacific, Asia and the World PMRF Missiles Destroy Environment, Democracy, Cultures February 21, 2012 6:30 pm Kapa’a Public Library FREE Speakers: Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator… Read more »

ALONG THE AXIS OF PEACE: Global Resistance to U.S. Military Bases and Space-based Weapons

DOWNLOAD PDF OF THE POSTER   ALONG THE AXIS OF PEACE: Global Resistance to U.S. Military Bases and Space-based Weapons February 18, 2012 7:00 – 9:00 pm Art Auditorium UH Manoa FREE From Vandenberg, California to Kwajalein Atoll, Kaua’i to Jeju, South Korea, Okinawa to the UK, the U.S. global network of military bases and… Read more »

Pentagon to request 2 new rounds of BRAC

Will Hawai’i get a chance to convert military bases to more sustainable alternatives? If defense budget cuts lead to base closures and conversions of excess installations in Hawai’i, we may have a rare opportunity to recover more military occupied lands and facilities.  The Air Force Times reported that Secretary of Defense Panetta will request two… Read more »

Philippines may allow greater U.S. presence in latest reaction to China’s rise

As Kaleikoa Kaeo points out, if you imagine the U.S. military in Hawai’i to be a monstrous he’e (octopus) with tentacles strangling other lands and peoples around the Asia-Pacific region, its tentacles can regrow if they are cut off.  The Washington Post reported that the Philippines government may allow the U.S. to expand its military… Read more »

Suspected unexploded ordnance removed Flat Island, not hazardous

UPDATE: On Sunday, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported: A Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team recovered an item Saturday morning that a swimmer reported might be an unexploded ordnance in Kailua Bay. A Navy spokeswoman said the item is not an ordnance and there is no hazard to the public. The Navy crew recovered the oblong… Read more »

Afghan soldiers step up killings of Allied Forces

The New York Times article “Afghanistan’s Soldiers Step Up Killings of Allied Forces” paints a disturbing picture of the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan: American and other coalition forces here are being killed in increasing numbers by the very Afghan soldiers they fight alongside and train, in attacks motivated by deep-seated animosity between the supposedly… Read more »

6 Marines from Kaneʻohe base killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

News sources have confirmed that the six Marines killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan were from the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay: The helicopter, a CH-53D Sea Stallion from Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, crashed Thursday in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand. The Marine unit, known as the Lucky Red Lions,… Read more »