Posts Categorized: Government Documents

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Burning of the Papal Bulls

This week, 350 Hawai’i religious pilgrims visited the grave of Father Damien in Belgium, before flying to Rome for the canonization of Damien on Sunday.   Father Damien is beloved because of his selfless devotion to serve the Hansen’s Disease patients, many of whom were Native Hawaiian, exiled in Kalaupapa, Moloka’i.  How ironic it is that… Read more »

Disarm Now! Mobilizing Call for the NPT Review

Please support this call for nuclear disarmament by leading anti-nuclear and peace groups.   Their is a small window for making progress on nuclear disarmament. In 2010, the countries that are party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty will meet in New York for the 5-year review of the treaty.  Civil society groups will converge to hold… Read more »

Israeli military resisters speak out against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories

The talk by Maya Wind and Netta Mishly, two Israeli women who refused compulsory military service in Israel due to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, spoke eloquently tonight about the conditions in the occupied territories and their decisions to refuse to participate in it.   They gave a very clear analysis of the economic and political… Read more »

US to continue counter-terror cooperation with Philippines

US to continue counter-terror cooperation with RP – Gates By Jaime Laude and Jose Katigbak (The Philippine Star) Updated September 12, 2009 12:00 AM MANILA, Philippines – United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates said his country’s counterterrorism cooperation with the Philippines will continue. Gates voiced the US position in a meeting with Defense Secretary Gilbert… Read more »

“Don’t treat me like a dog. This is our country.”

US troops’ combat role in RP revealed By Nikko Dizon Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 02:23:00 08/27/2009 MANILA, Philippines-The woman who blew the whistle on a fund mess involving the RP-US Balikatan exercises said American soldiers were purportedly “embedded” with Filipino troops in combat situations in Mindanao, and that the United States had taken part… Read more »

Chalmers Johnson: Three good reasons to liquidate U.S. Empire, and ten steps to get there

Soldiers line up at Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan. The US operates 865 bases in more than 40 countries and territories. (Photo: US Department of Defense) Source: Three Good Reasons to Liquidate Our Empire: And Ten Steps to Take to Do So Thursday 30 July 2009 by: Chalmers Johnson  |  Visit article original @ However… Read more »

Cyberwar = real collateral damage

Cyberwar U.S. Weighs Risks of Civilian Harm in Cyberwarfare By JOHN MARKOFF and THOM SHANKER Published: August 1, 2009 It would have been the most far-reaching case of computer sabotage in history. In 2003, the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies made plans for a cyberattack to freeze billions of dollars in the bank accounts of… Read more »

Indigenous peoples of Peru win a historic victory

This is a win for the indigenous peoples of  Peru, and for all indigenous peoples!  Apologies for posting something ‘off-topic’ from demilitarization. However, consider this passage from Thomas Friedman’s ode to globalization, The Lexus and the Olive Tree (1999): The hidden hand of the market can never work without the hidden fist – McDonald’s cannot… Read more »

Help! North Koreans want to nuke Hawai’i, and they eat babies!

Well, not really. But if you took to heart the headlines and the fear mongering press about North Korea’s announced missile launch, you might have concluded that North Koreans were  just monsters bent on obliterating Hawai’i.   The recent announcement by Sec. of Defense Gates that missile defense systems would be deployed to Hawai’i to protect… Read more »