Archive for Januar 1st, 2016

1. Januar 2016

70 intellectuals from the U.S. publicly criticize Ambassador Kennedy’s stand on US-military base Henoko relocation plan

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December 24, Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington, DC

Seventy American intellectuals, including film director Oliver Stone and linguist Noam Chomsky, issued a public statement on December 22 criticizing U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy for her comments on December 17 relating to MCAS Futenma at a press conference at Japan National Press Club. Part of the statement says that Kennedy’s comment regarding the Henoko relocation plan is “…at once a threat, an insult and a challenge for the vast majority of Okinawans who are vehemently opposed to the plan and [shows] brazen disregard for the law, the environment, and the outcome of elections.

As US-citizens we insist that the U.S. government stop forcefully denying basic human rights, including self-determination and living in a healthy, safe environment, to the citizens of Okinawa.

List of U.S. signatories to the above statement:
1. Christine Ahn, Women Across DMZ
2. Gar Alperovitz, Co-Chair The Next System Project, former Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy, University of Maryland
3. Christian G. Appy, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts
4. Sandi Aritza, Translator
5. Davinder Bhowmik, Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature, University of Washington
6. Herbert Bix, Emeritus Professor of History and Sociology, State University of New York at Binghamton
7. Courtney B. Cazden, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
8. Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
9. Marjorie Cohn, Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
10. Elizabeth Cori-Jones, M.Ed. (Harvard)
11. Frank Costigliola, Professor of History, University of Connecticut
12. Fr Bob Cushing, Pastor at St Joseph Church, Georgia
13. Sasha Davis, Assistant Professor, Keene State College
14. Jean Downey, M.A., J.D., Contributing Editor, Kyoto Journal
15. Alexis Dudden, Professor of History, University of Connecticut
16. Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University
17. John Feffer, Director, Foreign Policy In Focus
18. Norma Field, Professor Emerita, University of Chicago
19. Max Paul Friedman, Professor of History, American University
20. Bruce K. Gagnon, Coordinator, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
21.Daniel H. Garrett, Former U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer; Senior Associate, The Asia Institute
22. Joseph Gerson, PhD, Working Group for Peace & Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific
23. Gary R. Goldstein, Professor, Tufts University
24.Mike Gravel, U.S. Senator (1969-1981)
25. Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Portland State University
26. Morton H. Halperin, Political Scientist
27. Laura Hein, Professor Northwestern University
28.Dud Hendrick, Deer Isle, Maine, Member of VFP 2015 delegation to Okinawa
29.Mickey Huff, Professor of History, Diablo Valley College, Director of Project Censored
30.Pat Hynes, Director, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Massachusetts, USA
31.Kyle Ikeda, Associate Professor of Japanese, University of Vermont
32.Vincent Intondi, Associate Professor of History, Montgomery College
33. Xeni Jardin, Technology Journalist
34. Rebecca Jennison, Dept. of Humanities, Kyoto Seika University
35. John Junkerman, Documentary Filmmaker
36. Sheila K. Johnson, Anthropologist
37.Kyle Kajihiro, Board Member, Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice
38.Tarak Kauff, Veterans For Peace, Board of Directors
39.Peter Kuznick, Professor of History, American University
40.Barry Ladendorf, National President, Veterans for Peace
41.Joe Lauria, former Wall Street Journal United Nations correspondent
42.Jon Letman, Journalist
43.Stanley Levin, Korean War Veteran and member of the VFP 2015 delegation to Korea
44.C. Douglas Lummis, Visiting Professor, Okinawa Christian University Graduate School
45.Catherine Lutz, Professor, Brown University
46. Andrew R. Marks, M.D., Professor of Columbia University
47.Kenneth E. Mayers, Major USMCR (Ret’d), Member of the VFP 2015 Delegation to Okinawa
48.Yosi McIntire, lifetime student
49. Katherine Muzik, Marine Biologist, Kaua’i
50. Khury Petersen-Smith, doctoral candidate, Clark University School of Geography, Massachusetts
51.Robert Naiman, Policy Director, Just Foreign Policy
52.Koohan Paik, Program Director, International Forum on Globalization
53. Samuel Perry, Associate Professor, Brown University
54.Margaret Power, Professor of History, Illinois Institute of Technology
55.Craig Quirolo, Founder, Rape Relief
56. Steve Rabson, Professor Emeritus, Brown University
57.Betty A. Reardon. Ed.D., Founding Director Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education
58.Lawrence Repeta, Member, Washington State Bar Association
59.Coleen Rowley, retired FBI Agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel
60.Arnie Saiki, Moana Nui Action Alliance
61.Pete Shimazaki Doktor, Hawai`i Okinawa Alliance & Veterans for Peace Ryukyu Working Group co-founder
62.Tim Shorrock, Journalist and trade unionist
63.Alice Slater, World Beyond War, Coordinating Committee
64. John Steinbach, Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area to the Citizen’s Response
65. Oliver Stone, Academy Award-winning Filmmaker
66.David Swanson, Author
67.Roy Tamashiro, Professor, Webster University
68.Eric Wada, Ukwanshin Kabudan Director, President
69.Lawrence Wittner, Professor of History Emeritus, State University of New York at Albany
70. Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel and former U.S. diplomat who resigned in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq War

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http://english.ryukyushimpo.jp/2015/12/31/24236/

1. Januar 2016

Wie Tomaten aus der EU afrikanische Bauern zu Flüchtlingen machen (Zeit Online)

Mehr als 170.000 Afrikaner sind allein 2014 nach Europa geflohen. 71.000 kamen aus Westafrika. Viele werden in Europa genau dasselbe zu tun wie zu Hause: Tomaten zu pflücken. Tomaten, die von der EU nach Afrika exportiert werden, dort die Preise drücken und mehr Menschen in die Flucht treiben. http://www.zeit.de/2015/51/afrika-eu-handelspolitik-subventionen-armut-flucht

1. Januar 2016

Rund 110.000 Flüchtlinge erreichten 2015 die Region Berlin Brandenburg – RBB

Bis zum 28. Dezember wurden insgesamt 54.462 Asylanträge in Berlin gestellt – mehr als viermal so viele wie im vergangenen Jahr. Flüchtlinge, die Berlin erreichten und dort keinen Asylantrag stellten, wurden im Vorjahr nicht gezählt.

https://www.rbb-online.de/politik/thema/fluechtlinge/berlin/2015/12/letzte-fluechtlinge-2015-in-berlin-und-brandenburg-eingetroffen-.html

1. Januar 2016

U.S. accuses Iran of conducting rocket test near warships (militarytimes.com)

The Iranians fired rockets close to the carrier Harry S. Truman while it was transiting the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, a U.S. Central Command official confirmed to Military Times.

It was reportet that one rocket came about 1,500 yards from the US-carrier

On Tuesday, the Truman joined French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in launching airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2015/12/29/iranians-fire-rockets-near-carrier-harry-s-truman-strait-hormuz/78048842/

Der französische Präsident Hollande besuchte am 4. Dezember den Flugzeugträger „Charles de Gaulle“, der vor der Syrischen Küste im Mittelmeer im Einsatz ist. Das Schiff wird von Fregatten geschützt, eine belgische ist bereits vor Ort, eine deutsche Fregatte Hessen sollte im Laufe des Dezembers ankommen, im Januar folgt eine britische.

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