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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

THE VIEW INSIDE OF ISRAEL


This Real News segment gives a good view of what it looks like inside Israel in the aftermath of their attack of the humanitarian aid shipments.

It is absolutely evident to me that Israel feels no hesitation to kill anyone they want and to smear anyone who supports the Palestinian people as terrorists. They think they can get away with any kind of brutality.

Sadly for Israel they fail to see that the majority of people around the world now view their occupation of Gaza as a crime.

INSIDE OUR CONGRESSWOMAN'S CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISER


Lisa with one of the Pingree campaign donors

Eight of us from the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home went to nearby Freeport yesterday to hold a vigil outside a campaign fundraiser for our Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (Democrat). The event was held out in the country at the luxurious home of a developer so we had to set up our picket line on the road by the entrance to the lane that went up to the house. Six of us stood there with our banner and signs. Two of our folks, who had invitations to the fundraiser, went inside.

Lisa Savage, the leader of CodePink in Maine, was one of those who went inside. She put on her pink wig, her pink apron, and began handing out literature to the 80 or so people who had gathered and were waiting for Rep. Pingree to arrive.

People had to park their cars out on the road and then walk past our picket line to get into the event. We told them that Rep. Pingree, just last week, voted in favor of another $159 billion for war spending for fiscal year 2011. We also told these good liberals going into the event, that Maine's other Congressman Mike Michaud (also a Democrat) voted "no" on the war funding authorization. We also told them that another $33 billion war funding supplemental, for the remainder of 2010, was soon to be voted on and Pingree had yet to declare how she will vote on it.

After about 45 minutes of us standing out on the road, Rep. Pingree drove up and jumped out of her SUV and went around shaking our hands telling us that she was sorry we didn't agree and that we could come to her office anytime and talk. Gary Higginbottom was standing with us and had just been inside her office last week to talk with her about war funding. (She had refused then to say how she'd vote on the upcoming $33 billion supplemental.) Pingree told us she only voted for the 2011 bill because it included language to repeal the anti-gay Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy in the military.

Pingree then tried to pull an old political trick of pitting the anti-war community against the gay community by inferring that she had done the politically correct thing and how could we expect her not to vote for the gay community. We reminded her that Rep. Michaud had voted "yes" to support the DADT amendment but then voted against the whole bill because of the war $$ in it. We suggested she could have done the same. (The 2011 war $$ authorization bill passed by a margin of 229-186.)

During this whole interchange you could clearly see that Pingree did not like it one bit that we had come to her event. After all, she is a Democrat and says she is against war spending and that should be enough. People like us are only supposed to protest against Republicans and people like George W. Bush - the warmonger.

Inside the fundraiser Lisa was steadily working the crowd and people were taking the literature and no one was asking her to leave. Eventually Pingree jumped back into her car and drove up the lane to the party. When she got out of the car Lisa greeted her. Here is Lisa's take on that moment:

Chellie was less thrilled about the PINK presence inside her fundraiser. Visibly irritated by the stop war spending message aimed at her, she said "I know you people don't like how I voted, but I voted for DADT." Yeah, right.

We figure that after we left the event, many of the folks who had come to attend the fundraiser had a few questions for Chellie. One woman, on her way into the party, told us, "Yes I know how she voted, I've been following this and that's partly why I came, I want to ask her some questions."

So we accomplished our purpose last evening. We wanted Chellie's supporters, and campaign donors, to know how she voted on war spending and to make Chellie have to explain herself to them face-to-face.

As long as Rep. Pingree keeps telling people that she is opposed to the war, and thinks we should stop funding it, then we are going to hold her feet to the fire. We will continue to press her, and all our other members of Congress to Bring Our War $$ Home.

What we are looking for from Rep. Pingree is leadership on this issue. We want to hear her speak out more in Maine about how war spending impacts our state. We also want to see her work harder in Washington DC to end the wars.

If she does that we will support her. If she does not then we will continue to educate the public how our Congresswoman says one thing but does another. At this point she is starting to tarnish her reputation.

Throughout this whole campaign we are trying to keep two key things in mind. First, and foremost, are the innocent civilians in Iraq-Afghanistan-Pakistan who are daily being killed with our war $$. We must speak for them. And secondly, we must speak for the teachers, social workers, city workers, and others being fired all over our state because local and state budgets are being impacted by war spending. So far Maine's share of war spending since 2001 is over $2.8 billion.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

JAMES CAMERON ORGANIZES UNDERSEA EXPERTS TO OFFER REAL SOLUTIONS TO OIL DISASTER

BOTH SIDES OF FLOTILLA STORY


Below are excerpts of what some of the freed passengers had to say. See more here

Andre Abu-Khalil, Al Jazeera cameraman

First they [the Israelis] tried to come by helicopter and tried to come down on the main deck. But the Turkish people were gathering on the rooftop and they managed to grab three of the soldiers, which led to a second helicopter to come and start shooting live bullets on the people.

People [on board] did not have any guns. All what they had were some wooden sticks which is normal.

I was on the Mavi Marmara [the lead ship of the flotilla].

I wasn't on the rooftop deck. I was on the first deck floor where the Israelis tried to climb by the ropes on the deck.

There were 20 Turkish resistance guys throwing tomatoes, anything that they managed to throw, on the Israelis.

Then one of these Turkish guys got a bullet just in the head. When the Turkish people saw that, they pulled him inside when the Israelis started firing on the deck.

[After the Israelis took over the ship] they kept us tied up, hands behind the back, for nine hours until we reached the Ashdod port and from there they took us for individual interrogation and then shipped us all to Be'er Sheva jail.

The organisers [of the flotilla] swapped the four Israelis kidnapped, or caught, by the people on the ship, and because they were beaten up, because it's kind of resistance from our side, we swapped the Israeli soldiers to [get] to treat our injured.


Mohamed Vall, Al Jazeera reporter

The Israeli assault took those of us on the ship by complete surprise.

During that hour an half in the early morning everybody on board the ship thought that no-one would survive the Israeli attack because we saw about 30 war vessels surrounding this ship and helicopters attacking with very luminous bombs, the sound of them makes you think you are dead

That was a fear of war, complete war, on a ship that was full of men, women and even children.

The first soldiers on the ship were not killed, they were not shot at, they were captured by the defenders of the ship.

Moments later another bigger helicopter landed more troops and this time they fired immediately at people and killed as many as they could so that they could reach the cabin and take control of the ship.

I saw blood spilt on the ship and everyone knew that there was no weapons. we all knew the Israelis would intercept us and try to stop us, but we didn't think that they would open fire at the first moment.

I have been shown the picture of a Yemeni man, and this is ridiculous, who was on the ship and most people know that every Yemeni in the world has a Yemeni style knife, that is a cultural thing and does not have anything to do with violence.

I understand now that in Israel they are trying to make a big deal about that, saying that the boat was full of violent people and just because of that one man.


Othman Battiri, Al Jazeera crew member

At 4:15, tens of Navy boats carrying tens of soldiers tried to board the ships. They were met by resistance. Peaceful resistance. Helicopters came and tried to download soldiers. They could not.

At that moment, they started firing live ammunition.

First, they fired sound and gas bombs and rubber bullets. Some people were injured from the rubber bullets. Then, live bullets were used. I saw several men being wounded. We tried to help some of the wounded. I saw four people who were killed.

I saw two people die before my eyes. One of them had a bullet in the chest. The other was bleeding but I did not know where he was shot.

We went down to see the other dead people. One had a bullet in his head as if he was hit by a sniper. Live bullets were every where.

They did not respect that all those on the ships were civilians. There were no weapons.

There was not firing by the activists on the soldiers. As media we stand witnesses on that.

They four dead people that I saw were all Turkish. Two were old men. The other two were younger. One of the young people was a coordinator in the media room. His name is Juwdat.

We heard that more people were killed. I only saw four. Most of the fighting took place on the upper level around the room of ship captain, where the activist tried to prevent the soldiers from trying to control the captain’s room. This is where live ammunition were used.

The attack started at 4:15 and ended around 5:30 when we heard that the ship was controlled by the Israeli's.

Around 7:00 they asked us to leave our rooms and they started tying our hands.


Hazem Farouq, Egyptian MP from the Muslim Brotherhood

Helicopters were flying above us. Four military ships and 10 Navy boats surrounded us. They rained us with sound and gas bombs as if we were in real war.

Four people died before my eyes and in my hands. We could not find any first aid material. What happened required a field hospital to treat the injured. I did not have the necessary material to treat their bleeding wounds.

When we tried to carry the injured, the Israeli soldiers refused to allow men to carry the wounded. They pointed their guns with laser light toward their heads. They asked women to carry the wounded. Some women could not.

The wounded were very hurt because they were not carried in the proper way through the stairs and narrow doors.

Farouq is a dentist who was on board Mavi Marmara, the lead ship of the flotilla. He spoke to Al Jazeera after arriving in Cairo.


Issam Zaatar, Al Jazeera cameraman

I was filming, and then he [an Israeli solider] ran after me with a stun gun.

He could not catch me. One of his colleagues hit my hand from behind with a stun gun. My camera fell down. He ran to crush the camera with his feet.

I told him, don't break my camera. If you want the tapes, I will give them to you. I told him these are media equipment. They had no limits.

They used rubber bullets. They used tear gas bombs. It was an unbelievable scene.


Haneen Zubi, Palestinian member of the Knesset

We were expecting the Israeli army to stop us, to prevent us from entering but surely we didn't expect such a war against us.

It was 14 ships which approached us, nearly at 4.30 in the morning. Fourteen ships that I could count and one helicopter. Maybe more than 10 soldiers, I couldn't say exactly [how many] were getting out of the helicopter.

On the second floor of the ship there were just passengers who are journalists, a nurse and organisers of the flotilla who didn't have anything in their hands.

After 20 minutes, maybe 15 minutes, there were three dead bodies.

It ended at six, when a voice from the microphone said the ship was controlled by the Israelis, 'please enter the rooms'.


Norman Paech, former member of the German parliament

This was not an act of self-defence [by the Israeli army], but rather it was completely disproportionate - although we were counting on our ship being blocked and maybe checked.

This was a very serious offence, this was a war crime.

I personally saw two and a half wooden sticks which were used [by activists].

We had not prepared in any way to fight. We didn't even consider it.

No violence, no resistance - because we knew very well that we would have absolutely no chance against soldiers like this.


Mihalis Grigoropoulos, Greece

I was steering the ship, we saw them [Israeli soldiers] capture another ship in front of us, which was the Turkish passenger vessel with more than 500 people on board and heard shots fired.

We did not resist at all, we couldn't even if we had wanted to. What could we have done against the commandos who climbed aboard?

The only thing some people tried was to delay them from getting to the bridge, forming a human shield. They were fired upon with plastic bullets and were stunned with electric devices.

There was great mistreatment after our arrest. We were essentially hostages, like animals on the ground.

They wouldn't let us use the bathroom, wouldn't give us food or water and they took video of us despite international conventions banning this.


Nilufer Cetin, Turkey

We stayed in our cabin and played games amid the sound of gunfire.

My son has been nervous since yesterday afternoon ... I did not need to protect my son.

They knew there was a baby on board. I put a gas mask and life jacket on my son.

We did not experience any other problems on board, only a water shortage.

We took walks on the deck, played games with my son. The curtains were drawn, so I did not see the raid as it was happening. I only heard the voices.

There are lightly and heavily wounded people.

There are thousands, millions of babies in Gaza. My son and I wanted to play with those babies. We planned to deliver them aid. We wanted to say: 'Look, it's a safe place, I came here with my baby-son.'

I saw my husband from a distance, he looked okay. The ship personnel was not wounded, because they [the soldiers] needed them to take the ship to port.

I will go again if another ship goes.

Cetin returned to Istanbul airport with her one-year-old son.


Youssef Benderbal, France

The instructions were clear. Do not provoke, remain calm and go to meet them [the commandos] saying 'we are pacifists and not terrorists'.

Masked commandos took possession of the ship. They were aiming for the captain's cabin.

Benderbal was not on board Mavi Marmara, the lead ship of the flotilla, but on one of the other five ships. He gave this account to Europe 1 radio after arriving at a Paris airport.


Dimitris Gielalis, Greece

Suddenly from everywhere we saw inflatables coming at us, and within seconds fully equipped commandos came up on the boat.

They came up and used plastic bullets, we had beatings, we had electric shocks, any method we can think of, they used.

Gielalis was on board the ship Sfendoni.


Mutlu Tiryaki, Turkey

When we went up to the deck, they emerged from helicopters and military boats and attacked us.

They approached our vessel with military ships after issuing a warning. We told them we were unarmed. Our sole weapon was water.

VOTING, POLITICIANS, AND STACKING WOOD

An Aegis destroyer is cut out of steel as a message of opposition to the Navy base on Jeju island. The plan is to pour cement on the rocks to make a huge pier for the naval port.

* South Korea held local elections yesterday and the right-wing ruling party took a beating across the nation. The New York Times put it this way: "The results were a blow to [President Myung-bak] Lee's efforts to rally popular support for his campaign to punish North Korea. He also wanted a fresh mandate to push through his controversial $19 billion project to dredge and dam the country’s four main rivers." The latter issue is one reason he has been nicknamed the "bulldozer" by South Korean citizens.

The Hankyoreh newspaper quoted one anti-Lee voter, "A number of things the government announced about the Cheonan [Naval ship that recently was destroyed] incident early on turned out to be lies," said Kim Seung-jun, 33, resident of Seongnam. "I think the government is very much in the wrong in using this to create tension in inter-Korean relations and drive things toward a situation of war."

Citizens in the Gangjeong village on Jeju island fear now that the election is over that the Navy will move forward with their plan to begin construction of a Navy base that will be a home port for Aegis destroyers outfitted with missile offense systems. The residents are holding a round-the-clock vigil and asking for international solidarity. I have been invited to come to South Korea from June 12-20 along with a delegation of leaders from the Asian-Pacific No Bases Campaign that is visiting Guam, Okinawa, and South Korea in order to build links between the various countries where the U.S. is expanding its military operations.

* Here in Maine we are just now learning about, and dissecting, the sudden vote in the House of Representatives in Washington DC on the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R.5136) on May 28 just minutes before Congress went home for the Memorial Day holiday. The vote passed 229-186 and included in it $160 billion for more war in Iraq-Afghanistan-Pakistan (220 Democrats voted in favor of the bill). This means the Dems now own these wars lock, stock, and barrel.

Our two Maine representatives split on the vote. Rep. Chellie Pingree (1st District) voted yes on the bill (even though she keeps saying she opposes funding the Afghanistan war) and Rep. Mike Michaud (from the more conservative 2nd District) voted against it. Michaud issued a news release that stated, "He voted against final passage of the bill because it contained $159.3 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it contained no firm timelines for withdrawal." So now we know who the real leader is and who really means it when they say they oppose the war funding. Word is getting around the state quickly about this vote and people are not happy with Pingree. The guy that previously held her seat in Congress (Tom Allen) used to say "I'm almost there" when he was asked about voting against war funding. Pingree seems to be developing a similar refrain.

The House of Representatives still has not voted on Obama's request for $33 billion war supplemental for the remainder of 2010. So we will still be pressing Pingree on this vote.

* I am almost finished with our Global Network newsletter, just waiting on two more articles before our volunteer doing the layout can finish up with it. I think it is going to be a very good edition. I want to get it printed if possible before I leave for South Korea.

* Yesterday I did a half-hour radio interview with a station in Liverpool, England. It was the second time I have been called by this particular talk show host and he is very interested and sympathetic about our work on space weaponization. He had three other people with him in the studio and they each asked excellent questions. Last Saturday I did an interview from Vancouver, Canada and last week I did an hour on a nationally syndicated talk show - one fellow Veterans for Peace member in Florida heard the show and called in. It's really exciting to know our message is traveling out so far.

* Our little Uncle Sam art contest is over and the first-place winner was #1 and the second place went to #3 .......you can see the art work here

I will send each of the two winners a copy of my book. Thanks to all the artists for sending in their work and thanks to those of you who voted for one of them.

* On the home front, yesterday I finished stacking more than three cords of wood. Housemate Karen Wainberg was a big help in the process.... alot of last weekend was spent on that task. Always feels good to get it done.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

U.S. BASES ON OKINAWA PROVE FATAL FOR JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

AND SO IT BEGINS - TIME TO DEMAND NATIONALIZATION OF ENERGY PRODUCTION

At least 20 sea turtles were found dead this past weekend along a 30-mile stretch of Mississippi beaches from Biloxi to Bay St. Louis.

And the CEO of BP had the gall to say he wants to get his life back. From behind bars maybe.

Robert Reich, Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, writes on his blog, "A petroleum engineer who’s worked in the oil industry tells me BP is doing the minimum to clean up the oil and everything it can to protect its bottom line."

See the full story here

The St. Petersburg Times reports that the oil disasters leading edge could ooze onto Florida beaches sometime late this week.

The oil is arriving just in time for hurricane season. This is also when Florida is supposed to kick off its $25 million advertising extravaganza — financed by BP — touting how clean the Florida beaches are.

"Obviously if that happens we'll have to pull the ads and rebrand," said Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

Rebrand, don't you just love these politicians.........BP has just hired Dick Cheney's public relations person so they can retool their whole message.

I am feeling so much rage right now it is hard to keep from screaming.

Isn't it high time to call for the nationalization of all energy production so we can get the greedy, profit grabbing corporations out of the biz before they friggin kill all life on the planet?

SPACE NUCLEAR POWER - OBAMA GIVES GO AHEAD FOR MORE

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This video (all in French but with important archival film footage) is about Cosmos 954, a Soviet nuclear-powered space surveillance satellite that was launched on September 18, 1977 and crashed in the region of Great Slave Lake near Yellowknife, Canada. Canada and the U.S. launched an immediate cleanup and recovery, called "Operation Morning Light". This report was aired on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation a few months after the accident.

The Russian satellite disintegrated and rained radioactive debris which covered some 124,000 square kilometers. Two hundred and twenty Canadian Armed Forces and the U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Emergency Search Team combed the area until October 1978, trying to salvage fragments of the satellite. But according to the Atomic Energy Control Commission (now the Canadian Nuclear Safety) only 0.1% of the atomic energy source on Cosmos 954 was recovered.

There have been several other space nuclear power accidents over the years. According to journalist Karl Grossman, "In 1964 a U.S. Navy navigational satellite with a SNAP-9A (SNAP for Systems Nuclear Auxiliary Power) nuclear generator on-board failed to achieve orbit and fell to the Earth, disintegrating upon hitting the atmosphere. The 2.1 pounds of plutonium fuel dispersed widely. A study by a group of European health and radiation protection agencies subsequently reported that 'a worldwide soil sampling program carried out in 1970 showed SNAP-9A debris present at all continents and at all latitudes.' Long linking the SNAP-9A accident to an increase of lung cancer in people on Earth was Dr. John Gofman, professor of medical physics at the University of California at Berkeley, who was involved in isolating plutonium for the Manhattan Project."

Then in 1996 the Russian Mars '96 space mission failed to achieve orbit after launch and burned up as it reentered Earth's atmosphere. The space craft was carrying 200 grams of plutonium on-board and the flaming reentry was witnessed by a NASA scientist who was on a star gazing trip as it landed in the mountains of Chile and Bolivia. Those governments, not having the capability to locate the radiological debris, asked then President Bill Clinton to send them assistance. He refused and only the Boston Globe and Christian Science Monitor reported the accident as most of the media ignored this important story.

In 2003 the NASA space shuttle Colombia burned up when it reentered Earth's atmosphere due to heat shields having blown off during launch. All the astronauts on-board were killed. The flaming reentry was watched on TV as the debris was spread across several southern states. NASA immediately sent in search teams and told the public to stay away from the debris. One local sheriff was heard on National Public Radio telling the public that NASA told him the debris could be radioactive. I myself saw NASA personnel in haz-mat suits on TV and it was clear that a nuclear generator or reactor had to have been on the shuttle. To this day NASA denies the story.

In the soon to be published Global Network newsletter, Space Alert, Karl Grossman writes about Obama's plan to restart plutonium production at the Department of Energy nuclear labs across the nation. This is being done as Obama intends to increase the use of nuclear power for missions to Mars and for nuclear rockets.

All we need is one failed rocket, or one falling nuclear powered spacecraft, to spread deadly plutonium-238 across the planet. This stuff lasts for thousands of years and we can't take a chance by playing space nuclear Russian roulette.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT TAKES SPACE ISSUE TO MAINE MODEL U.N. EVENT

A few weeks ago a high school student here in Maine called me and asked if he could meet with me to talk about space issues. He came to my house and we spent some time reviewing the key issues surrounding the militarization and weaponization of space. I gave him my book and the recent edition of the University of San Francisco's Peace Review which did a special edition on the space issue and was edited by several of us from the Global Network.

It turns out that his mother had seen me speak in Lewiston several years ago and had bought our video Arsenal of Hypocrisy and the Space Command's Vision for 2020.

The student is involved in the Maine high school Model United Nations Program where students spend a weekend each representing a different country and debate key international issues. The young man wanted to bring the Star Wars issue to the event.

Just a couple days ago I got a message from the student telling me about his great success at the Model U.N. and I asked him if I could share it on my blog. He agreed and I told him I'd not use his name. I am very proud of the young man for taking the space issue to the Model U.N. program and for helping other students from throughout Maine learn more about our efforts for peace in space. It appears that he did very well.

Dear Mr Gagnon,

The information you provided about the weaponization of space and the world at large was phenomenal, so much so, that the resolution I wrote won an award. Your novel Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire in particular the piece on space privatization opened the eyes of the General Assembly. Superpowers such as China, Russia, and the United States although somewhat unrealistic decided to sign a treaty that would cancel their ASATs [anti-satellite weapons] and militarization of space programs. The one topic that was unanimously agreed on is that the colonization of space is inevitable...it is the last frontier! Clauses from the PAROS [Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space] Treaty were renewed and ICBM debate took place more importantly the United States, Israel, and Malaysia finally agreed to the PAROS Treaty. I accepted an interesting friendly amendment about a "space elevator" that I had no prior knowledge of, but the idea seemed to help make space for all developed and developing nations. The Peace Review also had a wealth of knowledge. The conference shed light on a fairly unknown issue which transcended to about 175 more advocates for peace in space and the Global Network. It was truly a pleasure meeting with you Mr. Gagnon and I will defiantly keep reading your daily blog!

IT'S YOU AND ME

Monday, May 31, 2010

UP TO 19 KILLED BY ISRAEL FOR DELIVERING HUMANITARIAN AID


Israel is out of control, arrogantly thinking they can attack humanitarian aid shipments and activists who were under a white flag in international waters. U.S. taxpayers heavily subsidize the Israeli military and their deadly operations like this tragic event.

Why is carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza a crime? What gives the Israeli regime the right to attack peaceful people? What gives Israel the right to kill innocent people in Gaza or on the high seas?

This is an outrage. The U.S. Congress must cut all military aid to Israel immediately in response to this criminal act of violence.


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If any other country besides Israel did this (say Iran or North Korea) there would be hell to pay. Let's see what the U.N. and the U.S. do now.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

JEJU VILLAGERS CONNECT THE DOTS TO MILITARISM

Gangjeong Village People’s Council, Demands the Navy Base Reappraisal to President Lee

Translation by Sung-Hee Choi (Inchon, South Korea)

While President Lee Myung-Bak, and representatives from Japan and China, visited Jeju Island to be present in the 3rd ROK-Japan-China Summit meeting, the Gangjeong village people’s council announced its position on the whole reappraisal of the Jeju naval base.

The Gangjeong Village People’s Council saying in the press release called The Gangjeong Village People’s Council’s Position on the ROK-Japan-China that, “There is an expectation that the three countries could have a diplomacy with the principal of co-respect and reciprocity. Therefore we could not but be concerned that the Jeju naval base would influence into the diplomacy of three countries of Korea-Japan-China in some degree.”

The Gangjeong village people’s council pointed out that “Originally the Jeju naval base is the business aimed at the protection of the southern trade sea-lane as the 1st purpose and it should be kept in mind that our sea-lane is under the geographical condition that our sea-lane cannot but pass by the territorial waters of China and Japan.”

“Far from that constructing the naval base in the Jeju would help the easing of the tensions in the northeast Asia, there are enough possibilities that it would be seen as part of arms race. For the Jeju to be born again, the plan of the naval base construction should be re-considered.”

The Gangjeong village people’s council announced that, “We request the President to have the meeting with the newly-elected [Jeju Island] governor and review the issue of the Jeju naval base construction from the principal and make a wise decision.”

Following that, “Since the naval base is the strategic business, the [base] candidate area should be chosen after enough study and review considered with the strategic, effective and economic points and its business should be practiced after all the villagers’ agreement procedures such as the public poll and prior environmental review are processed transparently and perfectly."

DESTRUCTION OF IRAQ STILL ONGOING


* Just in case you have forgotten about Iraq the above video should cure your memory loss. It's a perfect example of how corporate globalization is working to destroy every country on the Earth by turning them into slaves of the international banking system.

* Not good news either from the Gulf of Mexico where BP announces their latest "fix" didn't work. How long does the government sit in the front row and watch BP destroy the world's oceans? I heard a report on the radio the other day that oil is traveling via an undersea current to Key West in Florida....this stuff is going global while BP keeps screwing up. Time for some grown-ups to intervene.

* I spent most of yesterday working in our yard on the garden and stacking firewood. Our garden is now mostly all planted with sunflowers, squash, tomatoes, cukes, lettuce, spinach, beets, green beans, carrots, peas, peppers, chard, kale, leeks, and basil. Today I will continue on the wood stacking. It's nice to do something where you can see immediate results.

* I got an email from Denis Delestrac yesterday. He is the Director of Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space. He said he just signed contracts to have the film shown in Spain, Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina during our October 2-9 Keep Space for Peace Week. This will be a great step forward for us as we have had little success in outreach to Spanish speaking countries over the years. He feels confidant that we will have the film available on DVD in October as well.