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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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With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush & Obama's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

SPRING ON JEJU ISLAND



Spring has come to Jeju Island in South Korea. So has more arrests.

Prof. Yang Yoon-Mo, the movie critic, was recently arrested for breaking a gate the Navy had created by the area where they want to build the Navy base. He was fined $4,000 and released the next day. Yang refused to pay the fine.

(Please remember that the South Korean embassy in Washington DC has told several of the people that have called about the base that it is the U.S. that is pushing the construction of the base.)

He has lived in this tent, along the rocks by the ocean, for more than eight months. Two villagers put a banner made by visiting high school students, on the top of his tent, on the day he was arrested early in the morning by the Jeju police. The banner says, “Please Keep Gangjeong!”

Inside the tent there are lots of items the villagers have given to him, including a couch.

See many more photos of the village Gangjeong and the resistance to the Navy base here

We must not forget about the struggle on Jeju Island. The courts are expected to rule on the lawsuit against the proposed base on April 22. The Navy is anxious to get the bulldozers moving. Hard days are still ahead.

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