Posts Tagged: Movements and Resistance

Orange County vet accused of murdering four homeless men has a homeless father

The New York Times reported: The man charged on Tuesday with the stabbing deaths four homeless men in Orange County over the last month, Itzcoatl Ocampo, has a personal connection to the area’s group of homeless: his father lives among them. But Ocampo also is a Iraq war vet suffering from combat trauma: After a… Read more »

Waihopai Spybase Protest, January 20-22, 2012

WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST January 20-22, 2012 GO TO THE WEBSITE The Waihopai spybase was subjected to unprecedented public attention by the March 2010 trial and acquittal of the three Ploughshares peace activists who penetrated its high security in 2008 and deflated one of the two domes concealing its satellite dishes from the NZ public. This… Read more »

Army leader describes Hawaiʻi’s role in U.S. empire

Speaking at the 11th annual Hawaii Military Partnership Conference, an annual military-business love fest sponsored by the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, Commander of the U.S. Army Pacific described the monstrous Army heʻe (octopus) in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific: “Obviously our center of gravity is here in Hawaii. It’s where the… Read more »

The Grim Implications of Obama’s New Defense Plan

Joseph Gersonʻs analysis of the Pentagon’s New Strategic Guidance “The Grim Implications of Obama’s New Defense Plan” has been published in Counterpunch: In early January the Obama Administration released the Pentagon’s new Guidance, Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense. It is clearly designed less to cut U.S. military spending than to reorder Pentagon priorities to ensure… Read more »

Panetta: Two combat brigades to be withdrawn from Europe

The realignment of U.S. military troops will mean a reduction of troops in Europe, but an increase in the Asia-Pacific region. This will pose a threat of military expansion in Hawaiʻi and countries in the Asia Pacific reigon.  But the military, corporate and political special interests that benefit from the military industrial complex in Hawaiʻi… Read more »

EPA: Pohakuloa Training Area among the top 10 polluters in Hawai’i

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reported that the Pohakuloa Training Area made the EPA’s top 10 polluters list for Hawai’i in 2010: A Hilo power plant and the Army’s Pohakuloa Training Area made the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s newly released list of the state’s top 10 industrial polluters for 2010. […] The Army’s training area and… Read more »

Okinawa, New Year 2012: Tokyo’s Year End Surprise Attack

Japan Focus just published two excellent articles about the release of the environmental impact study for the military base expansion in Okinawa: “The Fatally Flawed EIS Report on the Futenma Air Station Replacement Facility – With Special Reference to the Okinawa Dugong” by Sakurai Kunitoshi and  “Pre-Dawn Surprise Attack: The “Drop-off” of the Environmental Impact Statement” by… Read more »

Accidents, Rapes, Murders, Suicides, Guns and Explosives

Here is a sampling of recent news stories related to crimes and accidents involving military personnel. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Motorcyclist killed in Ewa Beach was decorated Army sergeant” (1/06/2012): The city Medical Examiner’s Office today identified the 27-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier who died in a motorcycle accident Thursday as Aaron Bennett. Bennett, from… Read more »

A Korean Spring?

As Christine Ahn of the Korea Policy Institute writes in Foreign Policy In Focus, there are interesting and hopeful changes taking place in the Korean peninsula. Many in the west are speculating about what will happen in the aftermath of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.  But the transition to new leadership… Read more »

8 U.S. soldiers charged in death of comrade in Afghanistan

The Washington Post reported that eight U.S. soldiers have been charged with crimes related to the October 3 death of a fellow soldier who apparently committed suicide.  This is the second Asian American military personnel in recent months who allegedly committed suicide after abusive treatment by fellow GIs.  It appears that there were racial elements… Read more »