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US Airman in Japan Charged With Beating Teenage Girl →

An American airman at the US military base in Okinawa, Japan has been suspended for one year after pleading guilty to breaking into a Japanese home, ransacking the place, and punching a teenage girl in the face while she was sleeping. He had been drinking heavily, according to reports.

The delinquency by US troops stationed in Japan is appalling. Between 1972 and 2009, there were 5,634 criminal offenses committed by US servicemen, including 25 murders, 385 burglaries, 25 arsons, 127 rapes, 306 assaults and 2,827 thefts. Last October, “two US servicemen were arrested on suspicion of gang-raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa.”

Tens of thousands of US troops have been stationed in Japan since WWII, and the local population has been firmly against the occupation with frequent protests urging their removal. Up to 85% of the Okinawan population wants US troops out. Not only do they not want to be occupied by a foreign military, but they’re fed up with the outrageous behavior of the American Marines.

Japanese leaders can’t submit to the will of the people on this issue for obvious reasons: the mafia don in Washington won’t allow it. “In 2010, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama pledged to relocate the U.S. base, then backtracked under US pressure,” reports the Washington Post. “Outraged Okinawans staged public protests, demonstrations spread to Tokyo, Hatoyama’s approval rating plummeted to 25 percent and he resigned.”

Seemingly in order to placate the Japanese, Washington pledged last year to relocate about 9,000 US Marines from their bases in Okinawa, with about 5,000 transferred to Guam and the rest spread among other locations in the region. This coincided with Obama’s Asia-Pivot, an unconcealed policy of military containment of China that requires boosting US presence in the region. The deadline for the adjustment was 2014.

But now the US is saying the transfer might take up to 13 years. So, basically, it isn’t happening.

In the meantime, the Japanese people will continue to be ignored by Washington and terrorized by US soldiers for the sake of US power projection in China’s backyard.

Said it before, sayin’ it again: USA - Out of Asia. 

This is something that’s going on as the US aims to expand military presence across Asia in it’s attempt at “containing” the “Chinese threat” that they continually browbeat every time election cycles come up. 

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On the Front Lines of a New Pacific War:

On the small, spectacular island of Jeju, off the southern tip of Korea, indigenous villagers have been putting their bodies in the way of construction of a joint South Korean–US naval base that would be an environmental, cultural and political disaster. If completed, the base would hold more than 7,000 navy personnel, plus twenty warships including US aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines and destroyers carrying the latest Aegis missiles—all aimed at China, only 300 miles away.

Since 2007, when the $970 million project was first announced, the outraged Tamna people of Gangjeong village have exhausted every legal and peaceful means to stop it. They filed lawsuits. They held a referendum in which 94 percent of the electorate voted against construction—a vote the central government ignored. They chained themselves for months to a shipping container parked on the main access road, built blockades of boulders at the construction gate and occupied coral-reef dredging cranes. They have been arrested by the hundreds. Mayor Kang Dong-Kyun, who was jailed for three months, said, “If the villagers have committed any crime, it is the crime of aspiring to pass their beautiful village to their descendants.”

Jeju is just one island in a growing constellation of geostrategic points that are being militarized as part of President Obama’s “Pacific Pivot,” a major initiative announced late in 2011 to counter a rising China. According to separate statements by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, 60 percent of US military resources are swiftly shifting from Europe and the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific region. (The United States already has 219 bases on foreign soil in the Asia-Pacific; by comparison, China has none.) The Jeju base would augment the Aegis-equipped systems in South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and the US colony of Guam. The Pentagon has also positioned Patriot PAC-3 missile defense systems in Taiwan, Japan (where the United States has some ninety installations, plus about 47,000 troops on Okinawa) and in South Korea (which hosts more than 100 US facilities).


On the island of Jeju, the consequences of the Pacific Pivot are cataclysmic. The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, adjacent to the proposed military port, would be traversed by aircraft carriers and contaminated by other military ships. Base activity would wipe out one of the most spectacular remaining soft-coral forests in the world. It would kill Korea’s last pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and contaminate some of the purest, most abundant spring water on the planet. It would also destroy the habitats of thousands of species of plants and animals—many of which, such as the narrow-mouthed frog and the red-footed crab, are gravely endangered already. Indigenous, sustainable livelihoods—including oyster diving and local farming methods that have thrived for thousands of years—would cease to exist, and many fear that traditional village life would be sacrificed to bars, restaurants and brothels for military personnel.


need more information need on this….but OBAMA…i am fucking pissed…America!!! please get out of Korea!!! ASAP!!!


The soft coral gardens are one of the most rare, magical things on this planet.  A wonderland of color, hallucinating shapes, all alive.  Every moment there was a sadness of leaving.

The island is tiny.  Seven thousand navy personnel and 20 warships would not fit in Rhode Island, much less this fishing community.  And we know what happens to the people when US military bases land on them.

In Asia, the US empire maintains neo-colonial military outposts — for projecting armed force for the purpose of political coercion — in Korea (which was partitioned by the US-Korean war), Japan (after the US dropped two atomic bombs), the Philippines (following all-out invasion and occupation), Hawaii (still colonized), Guam (still colonized), Thailand, Singapore, Australia, as well as one or more nuclear submarines and a massive aircraft carrier group patrolling the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait.

American neo-colonialism building an armed wall around groups perceived as potential economic/political adversaries, destroying the land they occupy, creating devastation for communities wherever they set base. US out of Asia- NOW!

If you missed the debate. Here’s the recording.

Day two of Mitt Romney’s foreign tour involves telling a foreign newspaper, owned by a right-wing American billionaire donor, that he wants to get back to Bush-era foreign policy. He thinks that George W. Bush was doing it right; and that’s where he wants to take the country and the world, back to the Bush way of doing things.

lol! reblogging for expansion of truthiness on the interwebs

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7 Deaths in U.S drone attack on Pakistan →


USA continues to murder innocent Pakistanis during the holy month of Ramadan.

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Shakira was one year old when Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Obama ordered the 2009 drone strike that nearly killed her: →


With two other burned little girls, she was put in a trash bin to die. A volunteer doctor with House of Charity discovered the three babies and attempted to save them. Two of the little girls died from their injuries, but Shakira, who is now four, lived to be disfigured.

CNN reports that Shakira arrived in Houston last week with her caretaker for a series of surgeries that “will make it easier for Shakira to grow older.” (“She will never look fully normal,” CNN adds.) 


I can’t bring myself to look at her picture more than once. Heartbreaking. She was only one at the time of the drone strike. One.

Difficult to see, but this is important. Remember, the talking point around drones pushed by the administration (and those who came before) is that they’re “accurate” and “save American lives”… reality, seems to beg to differ. and we wonder why stories like these don’t get more coverage…

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So come, drown yourself in forbidden libations while you deliver a machismo speech on what a cowboy you are for making it through the war. “The Renegade of Afghanistan.” Your friendly “native” Afghan driver will even risk his life to wait outside for you as you feed your inflated sense of self-importance. Never mind that his wife and six children await him at home. Never mind that he drives through precarious, unkempt roads just to service your desire for a vodka tonic. You need to celebrate, dammit. Gloriously, bombastically celebrate the fact that you are a westerner in Afghanistan. You need “closure” (isn’t that what your therapist back home told you?) to all the death you witness and the blood that torrentially rains down from Afghanistan’s skies.


A map of American military bases in the region that surrounds Iran. Leaving aside the illegality of American presence in the region, let’s not be surprised that Iran wants to defend itself and probably is building a nuclear weapon to deter the US. One can imagine how the US will react if China had hundreds of bases in Canada and Mexico. Oh, wait, you won’t be able to imagine such a scenario because: 1) such a possibility is so many light years away that only an extremely brainwashed Westerner can think of it. 2) If such a scenario even remotely became possible, the US will nuke the entire planet in a blink of any eye, thus giving you no time to even think about such a possibility.

…because looking at MENA(+SA) policy, particularly Iran policy, through the official (or at least, understood) policy of “What do you mean? They’re scary and beligirent! That’s why we must _________!” should never be left unexplored. No handwashing should be sufficient to dispel the potential for concern, alarm, or anything from countries, which comes from provocation by the new military base-based imperial enterprise…. complete pictures are important y’all.

Imran Khan: "I hate US policy, not Americans." →


Imran Khan is in full flow. “When people don’t want to be ruled, you can’t rule them,” he says. “The Afghans have stood up against every invader. They lost one million men against the Soviet Union. One million!”

The cricketer-turned-politician is getting louder and louder as he explains the reasons for his opposition to the west’s decade-long war in Afghanistan. “Why do they [the United States and the United Kingdom] think they are going to win?”

For Khan, whose own Pakistani family is descended from Pashtun tribesmen, the conflict is “basically a war of independence”. He does not accept the arguments about counterterrorism or counter-insurgency advanced by western governments. “The Americans claim that it is because of the Haqqani [militant] groups that they cannot win in Afghanistan,” he says. “Are they saying that the three, four or five thousand, maximum, fighters of the Haqqani network are the reason 140,000 Nato troops, part of the greatest military machine in the history of mankind, cannot win in Afghanistan? Because of 5,000 fighters?”

Nor is he impressed by Barack Obama’s decision to set a timetable for full withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. “What has he achieved? And what are they doing right now? There have been more night raids this year than ever before. If even Hamid Karzai [the Afghan president] is complaining about night raids, there has got to be something wrong, because they kill innocent people. And they strengthen the Taliban. It’s totally counterproductive.

He shakes his head wearily. “Obama’s biggest blunder is that he fell in the trap of generals and generals always want more troops and more action.”

In January 2009, after Obama was elected to the White House, Khan wrote an open letter to him in which he pointed out that “the roots of terror and violence lie in politics - and so does the solution”. “I told him, ‘Do not own Bush’s war [in Afghanistan].’ I said: ‘You’re not going to win this.’”

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Two years ago, Haiti unanimously passed a law sharply raising its minimum wage to 61 cents an hour. That doesn’t sound like much (and it isn’t), but it was two and a half times the then-minimum of 24 cents an hour.

This infuriated American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss that pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes. They said they would only fork over a seven-cent-an-hour increase, and they got the State Department involved. The U.S. ambassador put pressure on Haiti’s president, who duly carved out a $3 a day minimum wage for textile companies (the U.S. minimum wage, which itself is very low, works out to $58 a day).

Obama administration put pressure on Haiti not to increase its minimum wage.  (via redforgender)


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Horrifying, indeed.

I need to educate myself better about what companies use basically slave labor so I can avoid them. But unfortunately it’s probably a lot of them. :(

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Supporting Democracy Corporations and helping exploiting people around the world….

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Seriously though, look at history people.

truer memes have never been made.

A proper list on the bottom part of this slide would require 4-point font and would include “Most people in the US itself”.


Read President Obama's full speech on affairs in the Middle East →



Great find.

Wow, any thoughts?  I have too many to share.

I have too many thoughts to delve into everything at once (time constraints), but a couple of quick thoughts:

On Palestine/Israel

In Cairo, we heard the voice of the young mother who said, “It’s like I can finally breathe fresh air for the first time.” 

In Sanaa, we heard the students who chanted, “The night must come to an end.”

In Benghazi, we heard the engineer who said, “Our words are free now. It’s a feeling you can’t explain.”

In Damascus, we heard the young man who said, “After the first yelling, the first shout, you feel dignity.”

 - Why didn’t you hear anything from Ramallah, Gaza, Bil’in, or Sheikh Jarrah? oh, right…

As we did in the Gulf War, we will not tolerate aggression across borders…

- unless you’re Israel…

The United States opposes the use of violence and repression against the people of the region.

We support a set of universal rights. Those rights include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; equality for men and women under the rule of law; and the right to choose your own leaders – whether you live in Baghdad or Damascus; Sanaa or Tehran.

And finally, we support political and economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa that can meet the legitimate aspirations of ordinary people throughout the region.

- So, BDS of Israel until Palestinian statehood? Recognition that (personal preferences and feelings aside) if Hamas wins in elections, they are the elected representatives? #hadtoask…. (emphasis, mine)

What we will oppose is an attempt by any group to restrict the rights of others, and to hold power through coercion – not consent. Because democracy depends not only on elections, but also strong and accountable institutions, and respect for the rights of minorities.

- #nocomment

And we will stand against attempts to single it out for criticism in international forums. But precisely because of our friendship, it is important that we tell the truth: the status quo is unsustainable, and Israel too must act boldly to advance a lasting peace.

- No one can call out Israel, unless it’s us, and our version will sound like this…

The full and phased withdrawal of Israeli military forces should be coordinated with the assumption of Palestinian security responsibility in a sovereign, non-militarized state.

- So, the only path that the US sees as viable is a hyper-militarized Israel with carte-blanche to ‘defend’ itself against threats, perceived or real living in peace alongside a completely non-militarized Palestine?

Palestinians should know the territorial outlines of their state; Israelis should know that their basic security concerns will be met. I know that these steps alone will not resolve this conflict. Two wrenching and emotional issues remain: the future of Jerusalem, and the fate of Palestinian refugees.

- First we need security and borders, then we can talk about Jerusalem and the refugees? Wait, how do you commit to permanent borders based on 1967 borders while leaving Jerusalem out of the picture [or, off the map, as it were]??

In particular, the recent announcement of an agreement between Fatah and Hamas raises profound and legitimate questions for Israel – how can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize your right to exist.

- Read this.

Cultural Geography

Given that this mistrust runs both ways – as Americans have been seared by hostage taking, violent rhetoric, and terrorist attacks that have killed thousands of our citizens – a failure to change our approach threatens a deepening spiral of division between the United States and Muslim communities.

- contextualizing conflict as a “US and Muslim” divide ignores a) the 400+ year history of Islam in the US, b) ignores the Christian population of the MENA (actually greater in number than the WORLDWIDE Jewish population), c) confuses the colonial, economic and political injustices and inequities as if they were a civilizational clash or a religious clash.

Dodging uncomfortable facts

As we do, we must proceed with a sense of humility. It is not America that put people into the streets of Tunis and Cairo – it was the people themselves who launched these movements, and must determine their outcome.

- but it was instead our [reportedly expired] tear gas that met them on the streets…. But generally, I do support that first statement of America approaching calls for change with humility (as I encourage all allies in any struggle to do), when it’s not your life on the line, it is not your voice that should be speaking the loudest. EVER.

Now, we cannot hesitate to stand squarely on the side of those who are reaching for their rights, knowing that their success will bring about a world that is more peaceful, more stable, and more just.

I’m a little curious as to where his intentions lead in this. He calls for opening markets and the relation between peaceful democratic change and the IMF setting new economic policies that open the market for better Euro-American trading leave me scratching my head. Is this billion dollar development fund being repurposed from military aid agreements or out of humanitarian aid budgets? Does this mean that oppressive regimes and dictators now must consider a full economic cutoff by the US once young people are in the streets?

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Japanese Relocation During World War II

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared that the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, would live in infamy. The attack launched the United States fully into the two theaters of the world war. Prior to Pearl Harbor, the United States had been involved in the European war only by supplying England and other antifascist countries of Europe with the munitions of war.

The attack on Pearl Harbor also launched a rash of fear about national security, especially on the West Coast. In February 1942, just two months after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt as commander-in-chief, issued Executive Order 9066, which had the effect of relocating all persons of Japanese ancestry, both citizens and aliens, inland, outside of the Pacific military zone. The objectives of the order were to prevent espionage and to protect persons of Japanese descent from harm at the hands of Americans who had strong anti-Japanese attitudes.

In Washington and Oregon, the eastern boundary of the military zone was an imaginary line along the rim of the Cascade Mountains; this line continued down the spine of California from north to south. From that line to the Pacific coast, the military restricted zones in those three states were defined.

Roosevelt’s order affected 117,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were native-born citizens of the United States. The Issei were the first generation of Japanese in this country; the Nisei were the second generation, numbering 70,000 American citizens at the time of internment. Within weeks, all persons of Japanese ancestry—whether citizens or enemy aliens, young or old, rich or poor—were ordered to assembly centers near their homes. Soon they were sent to permanent relocation centers outside the restricted military zones.

For example, persons of Japanese ancestry in western Washington State were removed to the assembly center at the Puyallup Fairgrounds near Tacoma. From Puyallup to Pomona, internees found that a cowshed at a fairgrounds or a horse stall at a racetrack was home for several months before they were transported to a permanent wartime residence. Relocation centers were situated many miles inland, often in remote and desolate locales. Sites included Tule Lake, California; Minidoka, Idaho; Manzanar, California; Topaz, Utah; Jerome, Arkansas; Heart Mountain, Wyoming; Poston, Arizona; Granada, Colorado; and Rohwer, Arkansas.

As four or five families with their sparse collections of clothing and possessions squeezed into and shared tar-papered barracks, life took on some familiar routines of socializing and school. However, eating in common facilities and having limited opportunities for work interrupted other social and cultural patterns. Persons who became troublesome were sent to a special camp at Tule Lake, California, where dissidents were housed.

In 1943 and 1944 the government assembled a combat unit of Japanese Americans for the European theater. It became the 442d Regimental Combat Team and gained fame as the most highly decorated of World War II. Their military record bespoke their patriotism.

As the war drew to a close, the relocation centers were slowly evacuated. While some persons of Japanese ancestry returned to their home towns, others sought new surroundings. For example, the Japanese American community of Tacoma, Washington, had been sent to three different centers; only 30 percent returned to Tacoma after the war. Japanese Americans from Fresno had gone to Manzanar; 80 percent returned to their hometown.

The internment of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II sparked constitutional and political debate. In the 1940s, two men and one woman—Hirabayashi, Korematsu, and Endo—challenged the constitutionality of the relocation and curfew orders. While the men received negative judgments from the court, in the 1944 case ExParte Mitsuye Endo, the Supreme Court ruled that, “Mitsuye Endo is entitled to an unconditional release by the War Relocation Authority.” Some people refer to the relocation centers as concentration camps; others view internment as an unfortunate episode, but a military necessity. During the Reagan-Bush years Congress moved toward the passage of Public Law 100-383 in 1988 which acknowledged the injustice of the internment, apologized for it, and provided a $20,000 cash payment to each person who was interned.

One of the most stunning ironies in this episode of American civil liberties was articulated by an internee who, when told that the Japanese were put in those camps for their own protection, countered “If we were put there for our protection, why were the guns at the guard towers pointed inward, instead of outward?”

Hmmm, “others sought new surroundings”? My complaint about this lies in the omission of certain extenuating circumstances faced by the post internment community. Huge financial losses were suffered, often rendering return to a viable life in the former community impossible. $25 and a train ticket “home” was a continued slap in the face- particularly to the now-displaced tenant farmers from the Japanese American community. With $25, a train ticket and newly-acquired homelessness- I think that “sought new surroundings” should be clarified to include those who had no other option than to try to find new means of livelihood in “new surroundings” as a matter of necessity. The various reasons for the delay in closing the last of the camps should also be highlighted- including trying to figure out what to do with the Japanese that the US took from Peru as hostages.