辺野古問題取材班】米軍普天間飛行場の移設に伴う名護市辺野古への新基地建設で、１２日に海上保安庁などに過剰な警備について抗議する名護市議会の議員ら６人が１１日午前、船上から作業現場を事前視察した。 議員たちが「暴力的で過剰な警備は許さない」と呼び掛けながら、臨時制限区域を示す油防止膜（オイルフェンス）内を航行していたところ、海上保安官が船を一時拘束した。 議員たちは取材陣と同じ船に乗っていた。船が拘束される際、海上保安官が男性船長（２９）のライフジャケットの胸ぐらをつかみ、緊迫した。船には定員の１ ３人が乗っていたが３、４人の海上保安官が乗り込み、一時定員オーバーとなった。海保のゴムボートで船をオイルフェンス外にえい航した。同議会軍事基地等対策特別委員会の大城敬人（よしたみ）委員長は「暴力的な警備をしていることが分かった。明日の要請の場で抗議したい」と話した。 午後にはオイルフェンス内でカヌーに乗って抗議していた市民３人が一時拘束された。 抗議船の船長（右）の胸ぐらをつかむ海上保安官＝１１日午前１０時５６分、名護市の大浦湾（金良孝矢撮影） CLICK PHOTO TO SEE VIDEO This is the Japanese Coast Guard attempt to destroy the anti-base movement, but they will not succeed. For more on this, please read the article […]
Shortly after Franklin Roosevelt ordered the internment of Japanese Americans in 1942, the War Location Authority hired photographer Dorothea Lange to document the process. I strongly suspect that whoever made the decision knew little about her previous work, but learned that she had worked for the federal government and that she lived in California, where […]
On January 16, 2016, President Obama declared a federal emergency for the city of Flint, Michigan, over the contamination of the city’s drinking water. One year later, not only is the city still struggling to provide clean sources of water to the Michigan city’s population, but the plight of residents in Flint has opened up the conversation about […]
Japan and Asia/日本とアジア
They’ll return bases they’ve used for 70 years and are now decrepit, and replace then with cutting-edge new facilities. They’re tying all this to the return of the Futenma base, with the Japanese government bearing all of the cost. That’s very adept negotiation by the US at the expense of Japan and Okinawa. The new base at Henoko will function as a military port, it will have maintenance facilities and provide logistics (storage and supply) functions, in addition to the airfield. Nearby is the Henoko ammunition depot [now part of Camp Schwab], where the US stored nuclear missiles in the past.
Victims of the bombing were citizens who were in Hiroshima and Nagasaki then, not the Japanese nation. Those people were victims of the Japanese war, started by the state of Japan, just as much as other victims of the Japanese Empire throughout the Asia-Pacific region…Obviously, it was Japan’s colonial rule of Korea that caused as many as 70,000 Koreans to be exposed to the two atomic bombs….If Abe still accompanies Obama to Hiroshima, wearing the mask of a victim, he should at least bow his head at the Korean A-bomb Victims Memorial, together with Obama.
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At around 9:30 a.m., riot police tried to remove protesters sitting in front of the gate with their arms crossed. The protesters shouted, “Stop violence!” and “Don’t hurt the Okinawans!” “I saw vessels coming on TV, and I couldn’t just sit around doing nothing,” said a 70-year-old man from Urasoe. “Okinawa can’t stay like a colony of Japan and the U.S.” The work began after U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed last week to go ahead with the base relocation.
It’s time for socialists to build an alternative. The base is there in cities of all sizes. It is there among thousands of Sanderistas with no place to go. It is there in militant unions and among union insurgents fighting to change their unions — many of whom supported Sanders — as well as among activists from Black Lives Matter, Fight for 15, immigrants’ rights groups, and workers centers. It is there among the millions of working-class African Americans and Latinos who have seen both major parties let their neighborhoods deteriorate. And it is even to be found among those “left behind” white workers who voted for Trump.
Reports of injuries and deaths began to circulate soon after but they did not make major headlines until about seven years ago. On May 27, 2009, Ashley Parham, a teenager in Oklahoma, died when the airbag in her 2001 Honda Accord exploded. The following year Gurjit Rathore was killed in Virginia, when the airbag in her 2001 Honda Accord exploded.
So, let’s put this bluntly: neoliberalism has nothing to do with markets as commonly conceived, and everything to do with the orchestration of social relations in the name of markets. As a result, neoliberalism in principle and in practice is fundamentally about the coercive, non-democratic and unequal reorganization of societies along particular lines. And what are those lines? The intensification and extensification of the differences, inequalities, hierarchies and divisions which pervade capitalist society, as delivered by authoritarian states and global corporations. Therefore, we must always keep in mind that neoliberalism, as an ideology and as a set of “real-life” practices, is a way of seeing the world that is carved from the empty words “free” and “markets.”
War and Empire/戦争＆支配権力
During his 2016 Democratic Party presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders condemned the overweening influence of money on politics and the corruption bred by corporate power. However, Sanders focused most of his critique on the big pharmaceutical, fossil fuel and investment banking firms, only rarely discussing the so-called military-industrial complex and never the private military industry. But more than anything else, this $200 billion industry epitomizes the corruption of the two-party system in the era of Citizen’s United. It is also key to the US global strategy of maintaining a worldwide network of overseas military bases and waging endless wars for access to natural resources, which most of the public would not want to risk its life fighting in.
The claim that the American military protects Japan is false. There is no component of U.S. forces here with the mission to directly defend Japan. For example, the 7th Fleet is based at Sasebo and Yokosuka to maintain American naval supremacy in the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean. The Marines, which are used in land warfare, ride aboard their ships. They do not defend Okinawa. The fighter aircraft at Kadena Air Base (Okinawa Prefecture) and Misawa Air Base (Aomori Prefecture) are deployed to the Middle East. All of Japan’s air space is defended by Air SDF. In Okinawa the U.S. Air Force’s ammunition depot at Kadena and the Navy’s storage facilities at White Beach have nothing to do with defending Japan. However, if U.S. forces were to return to the United States, the American government would have to pay for them. Therefore, as has been noted in Congress any number of times, it is cheaper to keep them in Japan.