Posts Tagged: Movements and Resistance

The Secret Life (and death) of Drones

The Washington Post published an interesting article on the intense secrecy surrounding the U.S. drone wars around the world: Since September, at least 60 people have died in 14 reported CIA drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal regions. The Obama administration has named only one of the dead, hailing the elimination of Janbaz Zadran, a top… Read more »

Craig Santos Perez: Our sea of voices

Craig Santos Perez wrote another beautiful letter to the editor about the “giant fish” eating Guahan / Guam.   I like how he is reclaiming the letter to the editor as a powerful literary form: WHEN the giant fish began eating the middle of Guåhan, our ancestors did not receive an environmental impact statement (EIS)… Read more »

“We Are the Many – Across the Pacific Blue Continent”

Listen to a podcast of the “Blue Pacific Continent” forum that was held in Guam on November 30, 2011 via Beyond The Fence, a program of Public Radia Guam- KPRG 89.3 FM: I invite you to tune in to Beyond the Fence which airs every Friday at noon on Public Radio Guam-KPRG 89.3 FM, immediately following Democracy Now…. Read more »

Members of U.S. Congress question costs of military realignment on Okinawa and Guam

The Ryukyu Shimpo reports: Barney Frank, a leading Democratic Congressman was quoted in the U.S. magazine “Foreign Affairs” (December issue) as saying, “I do think we could remove the Marines from Okinawa; whose only purpose has been to destabilize Japanese politics, so when the first alternative government to the conservative regime got elected, we caused… Read more »

Three articles about the international significance of the struggle to save Jeju island

Matthew Hoey, International Outreach Coordinator, Global Campaign to Save Jeju Island recently published three excellent articles on the struggle to save Jeju from military base construction.  More importantly, he explains the significance of the Jeju struggle for peace and security in the Asia Pacific region.  In “Saving Jeju: The winnable fight we can’t afford to… Read more »

U.S. soldier charged with rape, transferred to South Korean custody

Stars and Stripes reports that a U.S. Soldier charged with rape was transferred to South Korean custody: South Korean police charged a U.S. soldier Tuesday with rape and larceny for allegedly attacking a 17-year-old South Korean girl in her residence on Sept. 17, following a night of drinking in Seoul. Pvt. Kevin Robinson, 21, who… Read more »

U.S. and Japan may cut funding for base relocation in Okinawa and Guam

There’s been a lot happening related to the Defense Authorization Act.  The fiscal crisis is finally resulting in some cuts to the military budget.   But the Senate approved inclusion of language authorizing the detention of U.S. citizens. However, regarding the military base realignment in Okinawa and Guam, there have been some positive developments.  It looks… Read more »

Did the Pentagon Help Strangle the Arab Spring?

Nick Turse wrote a great article exposing U.S. military aid to repressive governments in Africa and the Middle East where some “Arab Spring” protests have been crushed by violence: As the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East,… Read more »

Paramilitary Policing From Seattle to Occupy Wall Street

Previously I shared several articles describing how the militaristic response to Occupy protests are indicative of a growing militarization of the police in the U.S.   In “Paramilitary Policing from Seattle to Occupy Wall Street,” Norm Stamper, former Seattle Police Chief who was responsible for the “battle in Seattle” criticizes this trend.  He wrote an amazing… Read more »

Obama Channels Teddy Roosevelt

Last week, President Obama delivered a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, the same town where Theodore Roosevelt gave his “New Nationalism” speech in 1910.   New Yorker columnist John Cassidy described this speech as Obama finding his voice and defining his theme for the 2012 election: This is Obama seeking to define the themes he intends to… Read more »