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I'll be taking an 'unpaid leave of absence' from my job at the Global Network from December 15-March 15, 2020 in order to help my friend Lisa Savage on her campaign for the US Senate in Maine. She's running as a Maine Green Independent Party member and needs to gather 2,000 petition signatures of registered Greens during that period. I'll be back to GN after March 15.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

WALK FOR PEACE - REUNIFICATION


Writers, poets, and artists are walking from near the border of North and South Korea all the way to Jeju Island.

The walk is 527 km and began on December 26. Led by the Writers Association of Korea under the banner of "Peace Relay, Writers walking Line one national road." Line one is originally the 1068 km long national road to SinEuiju in North Korea, but now stops in Imjinkak. . . it is the symbol of division and trauma of the Korean war, and also a symbol of wishes for peace and reunification.

Once they arrive in Mokpo, final station on the southern end of the peninsula, they'll move by ferry to Jeju Island and then walk to Gangjeong village.

January 27 will be the 7th anniversary of Jeju Island having been designated as the ‘World Peace Island.’ It would be nice if Jeju Gov. Woo Keun-Min and South Korea's right-wing President Lee would note the irony.

Obama's new Department of War "Defense Guidance" which calls for a U.S. military "pivot" toward the Asia-Pacific is causing a stir on Jeju Island. People see even more clearly that the Navy base now under construction will be a key outpost for U.S. forces and will play a direct role in the escalation of tensions in the region.

Hello, fellow U.S. citizens, are we hearing the cries of the people in the Asia-Pacific against this madness?

More photos from the peace walk are available here

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