Monthly Archives: May 2012

Hawai’i Delegation Report Back from the 8th Meeting of the International Network of Women Against Militarism

WOMEN’S VOICES WOMEN SPEAK C/O HAWAI‘I PEACE & JUSTICE 2426 O‘AHU AVENUE HONOLULU HI 96822 WVWS808.BLOGSPOT.COM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2012 Contact: Terri Keko‘olani 808-227-1621 Eri Oura 808-542-0348 Hawai‘i Women Share Experiences from Puerto Rico (Honolulu, O‘ahu). Four Hawai‘i women returned home recently after meeting with other members of the International Women’s Network… Read more »

USS Carl Vinson sailor charged while APEC agent seeks immunity from murder charges

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports “USS Carl Vinson sailor charged with burglary and criminal property damage” (May 18, 2012): A sailor from the visiting aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is charged with burglary and two counts of criminal property damage after he allegedly broke into an occupied Waikiki apartment early Wednesday morning. Bail for Christopher… Read more »

New F-22 rules leave Guard in holding pattern

In an earlier post, I reported on the lawsuit filed against Lockheed Martin, manufacturer of the F-22, by the widow of an F-22 pilot who died in a crash in Alaska in 2010.   As William Cole reports in today’s Honolulu Star Advertiser “New F-22 rules leave Guard in holding pattern” (May 16, 2012), the number… Read more »

Sailor from USS Carl Vinson allegedly terrorized Waikiki residents

In announcing that 2700 Marines may be moved from Okinawa to Hawaiʻi, Senator Daniel Inouye said: “We must build more housing, secure more training areas and improve and expand infrastructure while working with the counties and the state to make certain the Marines transition easily into their new duty station in Hawaii. The one thing… Read more »

The Merry Month of May: Missiles launched as Hawaiʻi braces for another RIMPAC invasion

May is known as the “Merry Month” for its longer days and warm sunshine.   Most of the world observes May 1st as International Workers’ Day or celebrates the ancient pagan rites of spring.  But in the U.S., the radical legacy of May Day has been suppressed and supplanted by the typically tame Labor Day.  In… Read more »

Was Kalaeloa / Barbers Point land banked for possible military return?

The U.S. decision to disperse 9000 Marines from Okinawa to various locations around the Pacific, including 2700 to Hawaiʻi is generating much anxiety and opposition from affected communities as well as enthusiasm from some who hope to cash in on this bonanza.  As reported by William Cole of the Honolulu Star Adverstiser, some residents of… Read more »

Searching for answers and accountability in recent military aircraft crashes

In April 9, 2010, an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashed in Afghanistan killing four people. Almost two years to the day after the crash in Afghanistan, the AP reported “Two U.S. troops die in helicopter crash in Morocco” (April 11, 2012): Two U.S. Marines were killed and two severely injured in the crash of a hybrid… Read more »

Army sergeant sentenced for fatal hit-and-run incident

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Hit-and-run driver sentenced” (May 11, 2012): A state judge sentenced the hit-and-run driver who killed 18-year-old bicyclist Zachary Manago to the maximum 10-year prison term Thursday for leaving the scene of the fatal traffic accident in 2010. In addition, Circuit Judge Edward H. Kubo Jr. ordered Army Sgt. Doug­las Curtis… Read more »

Navy cites increased risk of sonar as the military gears up for RIMPAC

The AP reported today “Navy cites increased risk of sonar” (May 11, 2012) that the Navy has doubled its estimate of the number of marine mammals that could be harmed by powerful sonar tests in waters off Hawaiʻi and California: The U.S. Navy says its use of sonar and explosives could potentially hurt more dolphins… Read more »

Feffer: Small Step Forward in Resolving Okinawa Base Impasse

John Feffer, the editor of Foreign Policy In Focus and a leader with the Network for Okinawa has written an excellent article “Small Step Forward in Resolving Okinawa Base Impasse” (May 3, 2012) that analyzes the implications of the U.S.-Japan deal to move 9000 Marines from Okinawa and distribute them to different locations in the… Read more »