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IPPNW Astana Declaration 2014

IPPNW 21st World Congress 30 August 2014  Astana Declaration                                             IPPNW第21回 世界大会 アスタナ宣言   2014年8月30日

For more than 50 years, physicians concerned with the medical, environmental and humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons have documented the extreme and unacceptable consequences of their use. The evidence accumulated over the decades since the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has convinced us  that only the complete and rapid elimination of nuclear weapons from the world can assure us of a future.                                            


                                                                   Even in a world without nuclear weapons, we face severe challenges from unsustainable living patterns, global warming, militarism and armed violence, economic inequalities, resource depletion, and the inexcusable poverty that afflicts billions of people on Earth. Only in a world without nuclear weapons, however, will we have a chance to solve those problems. The renewed awakening to the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons that is now driving a political initiative for their abolition is the most hopeful development in more than 20 years since the end  of the Cold War.             


International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War has assembled in Astana, Kazakhstan for its  21st World Congress. The people of Kazakhstan have experienced the horrors inflicted by nuclear weapons first hand. From 1949 until 1989, the former Soviet Union conducted 467 nuclear tests at “The Polygon” in Semipalatinsk, without regard for the health and safety of those living and working near the test site.                                                    


The Polygon was closed in 1991, and the nuclear testing programs of both the USSR and the US were halted, due in large part to courageous public protests by the joint US-USSR Nevada-Semipalatinsk Movement, in which IPPNW played a seminal role. The Kazakh victims of nuclear testing suffer terribly to this day from a whole range of radiation-related illnesses and this toll extends across multiple generations living in the area. We urge the Kazakh government to provide adequate and continuing healthcare and social protections to meet the ongoing needs of those exposed to nuclear test fallout.


Kazakh survivors of nuclear testing bear witness to the dangers we all face as long as nuclear weapons exist. We stand in solidarity with our Kazakh friends in a common demand for the abolition of nuclear weapons, and we commend President Nazarbayev for his leadership in pursuit of that goal.  


We call upon the governments of the world to consider all of the dangerous implications of the nuclear chain. Mining, processing, and exporting uranium raise grave health, environmental and proliferation concerns, and are serious obstacles to nuclear disarmament. We urge States to hasten both the arrival of a nuclear-weapons-free world and the transition to a sustainable, renewable, and safe energy system.                                      


The region in which we have held this 21st Congress is presently beset by armed violence. The tragedy in Ukraine threatens to unravel decades of progress in relations between Russia and the United States—the two largest nuclear-armed States—and could deteriorate into outright civil war, setting those two great powers against each other once again, unless strong and effective diplomacy on all sides replaces armed violence. Ukraine made a historic decision in the 1990s—along with Kazakhstan and Belarus—to return the nuclear weapons based on its territory to Russia, following the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War. The wisdom of that decision is evident today, given the catastrophe that could ensue from the introduction of nuclear weapons into the current conflict.                                                             


 Nevertheless, with Russia and the US holding most of the 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world, thousands of which are on alert and ready to be launched on short notice, the possibility of their use, should events in Ukraine take a desperate turn, cannot be ruled out. The only way to avoid a relapse into the dangerous major-power antagonism the world was hoping had been left behind, is to make a good faith effort to find diplomatic solutions that respect the need for peace and security of all people in the region. First and foremost, the US and Russian presidents should take a joint decision to refrain from making nuclear threats—explicit or implicit—during this crisis.                        

しかしながら、世界中の17,000 の核兵器の大半を米露二国が独占し、そのうち何千台もが緊急時即発射状態にある下では、ウクライナの状況が暗転した場合、核兵器使用の可能性も否定できない。置き去りにされてきた大国間の対立の危険に陥ることを避ける唯一の方法は、地域のすべての人々の平和と安全の必要を尊重する外交的解決法を見つける真摯な努力をすることである。まず、もっとも重要なことは、米国、ロシアの両大統領がこの危機の間にー明白にあるいは暗黙の了解でー核の脅威を起こさない共同決定を行うべきである。

In 2007, IPPNW launched ICAN—the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons—and is now  the lead medical NGO in a campaign that has been embraced by 360 partner organizations in 93 countries. We have brought IPPNW’s medical message about nuclear weapons and nuclear war—including our most recent findings on nuclear famine—to international conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (HINW) in Oslo and Nayarit. Later this year, we will participate in the third HINW conference in Vienna, where we will join our ICAN partners in calling for negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons and pave the way for their elimination.


The nuclear-armed States oppose such a treaty because, once adopted, it will tell them unambiguously that their continued possession, testing, manufacture, stockpiling, transport, and use of nuclear weapons are illegal and that they must negotiate the complete elimination of their nuclear arsenals without excuses and without delay. The ban treaty refutes the notion that only the nuclear-armed States can decide how, when, and under what conditions to complete the task of nuclear disarmament, as the World Court has said they are obligated to do.                        


The step-by-step process favored by the nuclear-armed States is inadequate and, coupled with the modernization programs in which they are all investing hundreds of billions of dollars, is a formula for keeping nuclear weapons for the rest of this century and beyond. With sufficient courage and determination, the ban treaty, championed by ICAN and IPPNW, can be completed in a very short time, and can hasten the arrival of a nuclear-weapons-free world.                           


We recognize that a world without nuclear weapons is not a world at peace, free from the carnage of war and other forms of armed violence. For this reason, we have worked for more than a decade through our Aiming for Prevention programs to address the problem of armed violence.


Numerous major conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, some recent, some decades old, result in the violent deaths of tens of thousands of people every year. Thousands of other lives are lost to armed violence in dozens of smaller, but no less tragic, conflicts around the world.


While recognizing the unacceptable toll taken by armed violence in all its forms, this Congress calls for ceasefires both in Ukraine and in the Gaza Territory as immediate priorities. We reiterate our urgent appeal for a diplomatic solution to the complex and contentious political issues in Ukraine. No effort must be spared in bringing the warring factions together to end the tragic and violent Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and to achieve a comprehensive Middle East peace.


As physicians, we are too well aware of the impact of armed violence on individuals, families, and entire communities, as well as on our capacity to provide for public health. Global military spending in 2013 was US $1.75 trillion—2.4% of world GDP—according to SIPRI. These obscene levels of expenditure on weapons, preparations for war, and the actual fighting of wars, not only fuel the carnage we are witnessing around the world, but also drain resources from health care, education, basic human needs, environmental protection, and all the other social investments that are essential to development and real security.


A small but important step in the right direction was taken last year when the UN General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). As of today, 118 States have signed the ATT, but only 44 States have ratified it. Fifty ratifications are required for the Treaty to enter into force. We urge every State that has not yet signed the ATT to do so. Every signatory State should ratify the Treaty without delay, to ensure that the uncontrolled flow of arms into conflict zones and into the hands of human rights abusers can be prevented.  



                                        We live in dangerous times, surrounded by challenges that can seem intractable. Yet we also see signs of hope. We leave Astana recommitted to achieving a world without nuclear weapons and without war, which provides for the health, safety, and security of all.   



核戦争防止国際医師会議(International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War)発表

邦訳 尾川寿江( コードピンクおおさか )

Translated into Japanese by

Hisae Ogawa / CODEPINK Osaka JAPAN

2014 World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs

 Declaration of the International Meeting

 Sixty-nine years have passed since the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

     In view of the 70th year of the tragedies, we call from here, Hiroshima, to the governments of the nuclear powers and all the other countries to immediately set about committed actions to achieve a “world without nuclear weapons.”  We further appeal to the peoples of the world to build their movements and public voices, powerful enough to press their respective governments to work to reach this goal.

     At present, the world still sees more than 16,000 nuclear warheads.

     In August 1945, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were turned to a “hell” by only two bombs.  By the end of the year, as many as 210,000 people died.  Those who barely survived have later suffered from diseases, wounds in both mind and body, anxiety on their health and many other unmeasurable agonies.  Testimonies of the Hibakusha are telling us that nuclear weapons, if used, would cause catastrophic humanitarian consequences.  There must never be another “hell” anywhere on earth.

Nuclear weapons are posing a threat to the very survival of the humanity.  A recent study shows that even if less than one percent of the existing nuclear arsenal was used, it would cause a climate change on a global scale, which may lead to a famine worldwide.  While financial resources are badly needed to address the problems of poverty, social welfare, health and education, tremendous amount of resources are invested unreasonably in maintaining and modernizing nuclear arsenals.  The world military expenditures have reached 1.7 trillion U.S. dollars.

That a handful of states exclusively keep hold on nuclear arsenals constitutes a serious obstacle in the way to a world order based on equality, reciprocity and peace.  Using nuclear weapons as means for gaining military or political supremacy goes counter to the principle of the U.N. Charter to resolve conflicts by peaceful means, as well as to the agreements and pledges to achieve a “world without nuclear weapons” which nuclear powers themselves have accepted.  The Republic of the Marshall Islands filed lawsuits in the International Court of Justice against the nuclear armed states for violations of their nuclear disarmament obligations.   

Nuclear weapons must be totally banned and eliminated without any further delay.  We call on the governments, particularly of the nuclear powers, to set about the abolition of nuclear weapons as their top priority, starting negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention.  The next NPT Review Conference, which will coincide with the 70th year of the A-bombings, should be the best opportunity to do it.

The voices calling for a treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons now represent the major trend in the world development.  Every resolution that urges the start of negotiations on such a treaty adopted at the UN General Assembly commands the support from two thirds or more of the member states.  Note that the resolution titled “Follow-up to the 2013 high-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament” proposing the immediate start of negotiations was adopted with the support from 137 countries.

The 2010 NPT Review Conference agreed by consensus, including the five nuclear weapon states, on achieving a “world without nuclear weapons,” and further agreed on making “special efforts to establish the necessary framework” to achieve it.  This agreement needs to be seriously addressed and implemented.

The treaty to ban nuclear weapons is the focus of international politics.  Yet nuclear powers are still clinging to the “nuclear deterrence” doctrine, and are even opposing any serious discussions on achieving the elimination of nuclear weapons.

The “nuclear deterrence” doctrine presupposes the actual use of nuclear weapons, including first strike.  This outrage in pursuit of “national interests” by threatening catastrophic consequences should never be condoned.  Further, this doctrine induces the development of nuclear weapons by other countries, and thus results in the increase of the security threat to all countries.  The “nuclear deterrence” policy increases a danger of the outbreak of nuclear war, whether by accident or intention.  We demand that the “nuclear deterrence” doctrine should be abandoned once and for all.

 Facing mounting criticisms, the policy of the nuclear powers is becoming getting to be less and less consistent.  The call of the Hibakusha that the humans and nuclear weapons cannot coexist has affected the world deeply.  The 2010 NPT Review Conference expressed “its deep concern at the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons”.

     The joint statement on the “humanitarian dimension of nuclear disarmament,” which started in 2012, signed by 16 governments and focusing on the atrocity of nuclear weapons and pressing for a ban on the use and the elimination of nuclear weapons, came to a point of having as many as 125 governments as signers at the UNGA session last year.  The Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons” (Nayarit, Mexico) in which 146 governments participated announced that “time has come to initiate a diplomatic process conducive to this goal.”

     The position to cling to “nuclear deterrence” and to maintain these inhumane weapons has no moral legitimacy, nor is it supported by any reason.  We must make this known thoroughly and widely, thus build a groundswell of opinion demanding the start of negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.  By so doing, we will open a prospect for a “world without nuclear weapons”, overcoming resistance by nuclear powers.

Solving all conflicts and confrontations by peaceful and diplomatic means is increasingly important in realizing a world of peace without nuclear weapons.  Increasing reliance on “deterrence”, including the reinforcement of military bases and military alliance, will only aggravate confrontation and tensions.  We demand the withdrawal of foreign military bases and oppose the reinforcement of military alliances and Missile Defense programs.

Heightening tension in the East Asia, involving territorial land and water must be resolved by peaceful and diplomatic means.  ASEAN’s effort to prevent conflicts from escalating into war through dialogue and negotiations and to set the code of conducts demonstrates that a peaceful settlement is possible. 

     The problem of North Korea’s nuclear program must be settled peacefully by the resumption of the Six-Party Talks for the denuclearization of Korean Peninsula, and based on past agreements, including the joint declaration of 2005.  We support the diplomatic solution of Iranian nuclear issue.  We call for convening of an international conference on a Middle-East Zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction as agreed by the NPT Review Conference, as well as sincere efforts to that end by all parties concerned.

     We call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza War.  Israel must immediately end its attacks on the Gaza Strip.  We call for a just solution to the Palestinian question based on the U.N. resolutions concerned.  We also call for an immediate ceasefire and an end to all foreign military interventions in Ukraine.  Its crisis can only be resolved by negotiations, involving all the engaged parties, with respect for the sovereignty and dignity of all Ukrainians.

As an A-bombed country having Article 9 in its constitution, Japan should take the lead in achieving a peaceful world without nuclear weapons.  However, under the Japan-U.S. military alliance, it relies on the U.S. “nuclear umbrella” and is rapidly being transformed into a country to wage wars abroad by exercising the notion of collective self-defense in violation of its Constitution.  This would add to tension with its neighbors, undermine its international credibility, and would consequently threaten peace and stability in Northeast Asia, including Japan.  

     Against such moves of the government, a broad range of Japanese people, especially young generation, are rising in protest as seen in the rally of tens of thousands of people surrounding Prime Minister’s official residence.  This movement, which is making valuable contribution to local and global peace by defending and giving full play to the peace principle of the Constitution, is critically important.

     We extend solidarity to and support the people of Japan and Okinawa in their demand for reduction and dismantling of U.S. military bases in Japan and in opposing the construction of a new U.S. Marine base at Henoko.  We support and work in solidarity with the rehabilitation effort of the people affected by the East Japan Great Earthquake and TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, and the nationwide movement opposing the restart of operations of nuclear power plants.

We must develop our movement in respective countries to press nuclear powers and all other governments to realize a “nuclear weapon-free world”.  Building on the grass-roots actions, let us develop cooperation with international agencies, like-minded national and local governments and other public organizations, and bring these activities together to the international joint actions in New York in April 2015, where the NPT Review Conference will take place, such as an international Abolition conference, march and rally. 

– Let us expand people’s support for the commencement of negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons by promoting the international signature campaign for the “Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons” and making known the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki through A-bomb exhibitions and Hibakusha testimonies.  Making best use of diverse cultural means and social media, we will develop a variety of actions from the grass-roots.      

– We will increase cooperation with the U.N. and other international agencies, national and local governments sharing the same goal with us, including the Mayors for Peace.  Taking the opportunity of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (September 26), the 69th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, and the 3rd International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (December 8-9, Vienna) this year, let us develop international joint actions and rally public support and movements.

– Let us strengthen efforts to provide relief and extend solidarity with the Hibakusha, and promote campaigns to support all nuclear victims, including those suffering from nuclear tests and developments.  We support the victims of the Agent Orange/dioxin and depleted uranium shells and other war victims.  Let us develop solidarity with the movement seeking zero nuclear power plants and a shift to renewable energy.    

Working hand in hand with all the people seeking reduced military spending, improved life and employment, better social welfare, freedom and democracy, defense of human rights, protection of global environment, elimination of gender-based discrimination and solution of social injustice, let us create a grand-scale cooperation and solidarity among people to achieve a “nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world.”

     Let us make the year 2015, 70th anniversary of the A-bombing, a decisive opportunity to attain the abolition of nuclear weapons.  

August 4, 2014

International Meeting, 2014 World Conference against A and H Bombs

CODEPINK Osaka call for Green Tea Party again

Dear sisters & friends,

We are calling for the Green Tea Party NYC reunion.

Please check our call and leave your comment.


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Codepink Osaka visit Corregidor Island in Manila Bay

Corregidor Island

When the Japanese imperial forces attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7,1941 Corregidor Island in the Philippines was under US military control with general Douglas MacArthur as commander of US Army Forces in the Far East. Since the beginning of 20th century Corregidor had been a stronghold of US military with 15,000 soldiers and military personnels, 5,000 of them were the Filipinos.
It had a mile long barrack, the longest in the world. The Island was a stronghold for the US hegemony over the Pacific as well as a guard to protect Manila and the whole of the Philippines.
On the New Year Day, in 1942 the Japanese Army attacked the US fortress in Bataan peninsula and occupied the area. They installed 100 canons along the Bataan Peninsula and started to throw 7,000 tons of cannon balls into the Island. 5,000 US and the Filipino soldiers died.
President Roosevelt ordered general MacArthur to retreat from Corregidor. On March 17 MacArthur left the Island for Australia. In Australia he declared,” I shall return.”
The Statue of general MacArthur,” I Shall Return” Bataan Peninsula at the back
On May 6th America surrendered to Japan. 10,000 US soldiers were kept as POW and forced to walk 150km to the Japanese camp without any food and water for a week. On the way 5,000 soldiers died. This was what they call “Bataan Death March”

On February 16 US troops headed by commander MacArthur started the operation to recapture the Island. 6,000 Japanese soldiers were on the Island. 8,000 tons of cannon balls were thrown into the island from the battleship. 2,000 US soldiers parachuted down on top of the island. They occupied the central part of the Island and then the commander landed the Island. On March 2nd, Japanese troop exploded Malinta Tunnel. 6,000 Japanese soldiers were said to kill themselves. Only 26 of them left alive including 6 women nurses. General MacArthur was successful in recapturing the Island.

On Maech 11,Fukushima Day, we finally made a memorable visit
to the Island with tears.

“No more invasins,!

“No more wars!!”

“Father, your dauther came to see you after 70 years of your death!! ”

Everlasting Peace for the victims, for their families and all of us on this earth.

Philippines Peace Tour Update

✈Codepink Osaka Peace Tour to the Philippines✈
for Reconciliation and Rehabilitation
= March 6~12, 2014 =

The climate change due to the global warming have been devastating
the Pacific area where we make our living to survive. Many women 
and children are suffering from the aftermath of the devastation. They
are in need of our help and solidarity.

During the W.W. II Japanese Imperial Army invaded what they called
“the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.” in the Pacific.
In the Philippines, many people lost their lives and got injured . Our
hearts go to all the victims; Philippinos, Japanese, civilians, soldiers POWs …

We highly respect the Philippine people’ for their great efforts to stop
the nuclear power plant operation and get rid of US military from
their territory.
Let us gather in the Philippines to extend our concerns to the victims
in the past and at present to establish genuine reconciliation among ourselves.

3・6   Kansai Airport < 3・7  meeting women in Subic & Bataan
reconciliation, sisterhood and solidarity , visit BNP
3・8 International Women’s Day events : move to the Mountain Province
3・9  fact finding tour around MP
3.10  meet the victims of war: Japanese and local Philipinos.
3.11 move from M.P.to Manila : sight seeing in Manila
3・12 Manila to Osaka
Contact: Codepink Osaka Japan Hisae OGAWA

Obama’s Pacific Pivot Obama’s “Pacific Pivot” - A Threat to Environment, Democracy and Culture

In Washington’s eyes, the Pacific Ocean is anything but pacific. For more than 100 years, the US has made a habit of sending soldiers across the sea to wage bloody wars in The Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and even inside China. In the process, the US has established temporary and permanent military bases in scores of Pacific Rim nations. Now that situation threatens to become decidedly worse.

In 2011, President Obama announced a new military adventure dubbed the “Pacific Pivot” that called for redirecting 60% of the US military’s money and might toward Asia and the Pacific. The Pentagon has already made numerous enemies in the region — for offenses ranging from servicemen beating and raping local women on Okinawa to the seizure of local Islands (like Pagan in the Marianas) so they can be turned into military bombing ranges.

Meanwhile, the people of the vast Asia-Pacific region have a view of a different future — one without military bases and foreign domination. They even have a different name for this vast stretch of the planet. They call it Moana Nui (“Great Ocean”).

For the residents of Moana Nui, it’s clear that Washington’s ‘Pacific Pivot’ represents “a threat to land, water, cultures, sovereignties and peace among Pacific nations and Indigenous Peoples.”

With the future of the Pacific Basin at stake, 50 scholars and activists from 20 nations are preparing to convene in Berkeley on June 1 for a two-day “teach-in” on the impacts of US plans to further militarize the region and subject it to neoliberal economic remodeling.
The event, dubbed Moana Nui 2013, is sponsored by San Francisco’s International Forum on Globalization (IFG) in collaboration with Pua Mohala i ka Po and the Oceanic Coalition of Northern California. Obama’s “Pacific Pivot” is only one of many issues that will be discussed during the two-day Asia-Pacific teach-in.
“Global corporations are raiding the last resources of Pacific nations,” the organizers warn. “From Borneo to Siberia, from Melanesia and Micronesia to the Philippines and Australia, they’re grabbing land, forests, palm oil, rare earth minerals and other resources. The giant economies – the US and China – race to dominate the supply chain and trade routes, suppressing resistance and, in doing so, threatening world peace.” The US hopes to further its economic influence in the region by imposing a Trans-Pacific Partnership, a “free-trade” agreement that reaches from Japan to Chile – bat manages to exclude China.
“The peoples of the Pacific need help,” the organizers explain. “It is no longer sufficient to speak merely of working to ‘protect local cultures’ and ‘traditional economic practices.’ Local peoples are being rapidly overrun by the larger hegemonic battles of the United States vs. China. As the saying goes, ‘when elephants battle, the ants are crushed.’”
IFG organizer Koohan Paik notes “one major celebrity will be the Mayor of Gangjeong village on Jeju Island, who is leading the battle against the construction of a navy base there.” For the past seven years, Jeju’s traditional fishing community has been nonviolently blockading attempts to destroy precious coastal reefs and beaches to build a massive, joint U.S.-South Korean Aegis missile base. Other participants include: Rosa Koian, from Papua New Guinea; Julian Aguon from Guam; Walden Bello, from the Philippines; Hideki Yoshikawa from Okinawa; Akihiko Kimijima from Japan; and local rights activist Anuradha Mittal, from the Oakland Institute.
The Berkeley event will be a continuation of the first Moana Nui gathering which was held in November 2011, at the University of Hawaii. It was at this Honolulu meeting that IFG forged a unique partnership with 500 front-line activists from 17 countries and dozens of Pacific Island activist groups. The unprecedented convocation brought together people who live thousands of miles apart, across the sea and had rarely join forces before. For three days, they engaged in spirited public meetings, collaborative organizing, protest marches, and strategic campaign planning. The events received enormous attention and praise across the Pacific region and it was clear that other Moana Nui meetings would follow.
Moana Nui is committed to responding to some of the greatest threats ever to face Pacific peoples. Recent shifts in US economic and military strategies are could have broad negative effects on the peoples, resources, economies and geo-politics of the Asia-Pacific region. Washington has already jangled regional nerves by deploying 2,500 US marines to a new base in Australia. And, 20 years after a nonviolent “People’s Revolution” toppled the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, the new leaders of The Philippines have invited the Pentagon to return to the US Navy’s abandoned base at Subic Bay.
These policy shifts, mostly under the Obama Administration’s “Pacific Pivot,” threaten to erode the viability and sovereignty of indigenous peoples and small nations of the Pacific. At the same time, the Pivot, could greatly accelerate dangerous power struggles underway between the US and China, and potentially Russia. At stake are geopolitical issues involving trade, maritime and island resources, and economic and military domination of an 8,000-square-mile region.
The “Great Game” that has been playing out across the vast chessboard that stretches from the Middle East to China, is now shifting to the nations that ring the Pacific Basin. This is not just a Democratic whim that Obama is pursuing. The vision of American power extending even deeper into the region is also embraced by the Republicans. During the Presidential campaign, both Obama and Romney endorsed the idea that the US needed to expand its “presence” in the region. The differences were only a matter of degree: Obama called for building a US fleet of 300 naval vessels to patrol the region: Romney called for 350.
Moana Nui was created in direct response to a dire situation. There are two primary goals, the organizers explain: 1) to stimulate collaborations among Pacific Island peoples and nations, toward common purposes in behalf of their resources, cultures and sovereignty, and 2) to alert U.S. mainland policy-makers, activists and media to the changes now underway in the Pacific — and other destabilizing changes still on the drawing boards.
The struggle against Privatization and Pivotization will require strengthening contacts and support for the indigenous and small nation peoples to enable them to resist domination, defend their traditional cultures, protect their environments, and retain control over their lives. It’s an effort well worth undertaking.
By Gar Smith

col. Ann Wright comments on Syria

Possible Consequences of a U.S. Military Attack on Syria
Remembering the Marine Barracks destruction in Beirut, 1983
by Ann Wright アン・ライト
Its 4am and I can’t sleep, just like 10 years ago when President Bush was telling the world that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the United States must invade and occupy Iraq to rid humanity of these weapons. I didn’t believe President Bush ten years ago and I resigned as a U.S. diplomat.
Now a decade later, President Obama is telling the world that the use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Assad government must be answered by other weapons, even though the results of the UN inspection team have not been compiled—just as the Bush administration refused to wait for the UN report by the inspectors who had been looking for WMD in Iraq.
Ann Wright is a former United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. Secretary of State John Kerry pronounced that the UN inspectors “can’t tell us anything that we don’t already know.” President Obama says that any U.S. attack on the Assad government will be as punishment, not regime change. The strike will be “limited”—but tell that to the civilians who inevitably die when military attacks take place.
President Bush and his advisors either didn’t know or didn’t care about the probable consequences of their decision to invade and occupy Iraq:
• Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and over 4,000 Americans dead;
• Millions of Iraqis and Americans wounded physically and psychologically;
• Legions of young men of the region now experienced in warfare and for hire moving from Iraq to Libya to Syria;
• And the Iraqi “democratic” government unable to control the whirlwind of sectarian violence that now is killing hundreds each week.
• イラクの「民主的」政府が今や毎週何百人もの市民を殺戮する暴力的な派閥間の対立の嵐を抑えることができないでいる
(Although the U.S. invaded and occupied Afghanistan under a different rationale, I also want to acknowledge the Afghan citizens who have been killed or wounded in the U.S. war in Afghanistan.)
President Obama has not spelled out the possible consequences of a military attack on Syria, but U.S. military leaders are warning about the risks. In a letter to the Senate Armed Services committee, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey wrote last month said, “As we weigh our options, we should be able to conclude with some confidence that use of force will move us toward the intended outcome.” “Once we take action, we should be prepared for what comes next. Deeper involvement is hard to avoid.”
General James Mattis, who retired recently as head of the U.S. Central Command, said last month at a security conference that the United States has “no moral obligation to do the impossible” in Syria. “If Americans take ownership of this, this is going to be a full-throated, very, very serious war.”
最近、アメリカ中央指令部長官を辞任したジェイムス・マティス将軍が先月、安全保障会議で述べた。「アメリカ合衆国はシリアで不可能なことをあえて行う道徳的責任を負わない。もし、アメリカ人がそれを主張するのであれば、非常に深刻な戦争になることだろう。 ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・」      

Possible Consequences of A U.S. Military Attack on Syria
As U.S. warships gather off the shores of Lebanon to launch Tomahawk Cruise missiles at targets in Syria, we can make some educated guesses of what the “unintended consequences” could be:
• Syrian anti-aircraft batteries will fire their rockets at incoming U.S. missiles.

• Many Syrians on the ground will die and both the U.S. and Syrian governments will say the deaths are the fault of the other.
• The U.S. Embassy in Damascus will be attacked and burned, as may other U.S. Embassies and businesses in the Middle East.
• Syria might also launch rockets toward the U.S. ally in the region—Israel.
• Israel would launch bombing missions on Syria as it has three times in the past two years and perhaps take the opportunity to launch an attack on Syria’s strongest ally in the region Iran.

• Iran, a country with a population of 80 million and has the largest military in the region untouched by war in the past 25 years, might retaliate with missiles aimed toward Israel and toward nearby U.S. military bases in Afghanistan, Turkey, Bahrain and Qatar.

• イランは8000万の人口を有し中東最大の軍隊を持ち過去25年間戦争を起こさなかった。イランは攻撃を受ければ報復としてイスラエルに対してミサイル攻撃をするであろう。アフガニスタン、トルコ、バーレーン、カタールなど近隣諸国の米軍基地にたいしても報復攻撃をするであろう。

• Iran could block the Straits of Hormuz and impede the transport of oil out of the Persian Gulf.
30 Years Ago, U.S. Warships Bombed Lebanon and the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut Was Blown Up in Retaliation
At this time of crisis, it is worth remembering another time, 30 years ago in October, 1983 when U.S. warships bombarded Lebanon, the country located next to Syria. Within weeks, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by a massive truck bomb that killed 241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. The truck driver- suicide bomber was an Iranian national named Ismail Ascari whose truck contained explosives that were the equivalent of 21,000 pounds of TNT. Two minutes later a second suicide bomber drove a truck filled with explosives into the French military compound in Beirut killing 58 French paratroopers. France is the only country standing with the Obama administration on a military strike on Syria.
Earlier in the year, on April 18, 1983, the U.S. Embassy in Beirut had been blown up by another suicide driver with 900 pounds of explosives that killed 63 people, 17 Americans, mostly embassy and CIA staff members, several soldiers and one Marine, 34 Lebanese employees of the US Embassy and 12 Embassy visitors. It was the deadliest attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission up to that time, and marked the beginning of anti-U.S. attacks by Islamist groups.
The U.S. and French military were in Lebanon as a part of a Multi-National force after the PLO left Lebanon following the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon. ostensibly to create a 40 km buffer zone between the PLO and Syrian forces in Lebanon and Israel. The Israeli invasion was tacitly approved by the U.S., and the U.S. provided overt military support to Israel in the form of arms and material.
Colonel Timothy J. Geraghty, the commander of the U.S. 24th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) deployed as peacekeepers in Beirut, said that the American and the French headquarters were targeted primarily because of “who we were and what we represented…It is noteworthy that the United States provided direct naval gunfire support [which fired a total of 360 5-inch rounds between 10:04 A.M. and 3:00 PM.] — which I strongly opposed for a week — to the Lebanese Army at a mountain village called Suq-al-Garb on September 19 and that the French conducted an air strike on September 23 in the Bekaa Valley. American support removed any lingering doubts of our neutrality, and I stated to my staff at the time that we were going to pay in blood for this decision.”
Some of the circumstances around the incidents in Lebanon in 1983 and now thirty years later in Syria are familiar. U.S. intelligence agencies were aware of potential trouble but did not report the problems in sufficient time for actions to be taken. President Obama said that the U.S. had intercepted signals indicating the Syrian government was moving equipment into place for an attack, but the U.S. did not warn the Syrian government that the U.S. knew what was happening and did not warn civilians that a chemical attack was imminent.
Thirty years before, on September 26, 1983, “the National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted an Iranian diplomatic communications message from the Iranian intelligence agency, the Ministry of Information and Security (MOIS),” to its ambassador, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi, in Damascus. The message directed the ambassador to “take spectacular action against the American Marines.” The intercepted message, dated September 26, was not passed to the Marines until a month later on October 26: three days after the bombing.
Geraghty wrote 20 years later, “ The coordinated dual suicide attacks, supported, planned, organized, and financed by Iran and Syria using Shiite proxies, achieved their strategic goal: the withdrawal of the multinational force from Lebanon and a dramatic change in U.S. national policy. The synchronized attacks that morning killed 299 U.S. and French peacekeepers and wounded scores more. The cost to the Iranian/Syrian-supported operation was two suicide bombers dead.”

Letter from former U.S. government officials appealing to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Dempsey not to obey an illegal order to attack Syria
As Obama administration lawyers in the Justice and State Departments frantically write classified legal opinions to provide legal protection for whatever action the President decides on, others are calling for military officers to look to their constitutional responsibilities.
On August 31, 2013, 13 former officials of the U.S. government, including Pentagon Papers whistleblower Dan Ellsberg, retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern and retired US Army Colonel Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, wrote an open letter to General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, asking him to resign rather than follow an illegal order to attack Syria.
“We refer to your acknowledgment, in your letter of July 19 to Sen. Carl Levin on Syria, that a “decision to use force is not one that any of us takes lightly. It is no less than an act of war.” It appears that the President may order such an act of war without proper Congressional authorization.
As seasoned intelligence and military professionals solemnly sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, we have long been aware that – from private to general – it is one’s duty not to obey an illegal order. If such were given, the honorable thing would be to resign, rather than be complicit.”
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Peace Tour to the Philippines March 2014


2014 3・6(木)~3・9(日) 

Women say ‘No!’ to the Trance Pacific Presence(TPP)of US military, and ”Partnership?”

環太平洋地域・女性フォーラムin フィリピンに参加 します

Women say ‘No!’ to the Trance Pacific Presence(TPP)of US military, and ”Partnership?”


3・6  関西空港よりフィリピンへ


女性フォーラム・オープニング 交流の集いに参加

   3・7 フォーラム全大会〈基調講演〉参加


バザー/ ・・・皆さんの企画を持ち寄ります・・・        

  3・8(午前)女性フォーラム閉会//  フィリピン国際女性デー 集会に参加 


  3・9  帰阪、(別途オプショナルツアー 参加者は3・10日に 帰阪)








[お問い合わせ・お申込み先 : コードピンク大阪ジャパン ・尾川ひさえ : glocaloh@gold.ocn.ne.jp / http://codepink.jp

Women say No to TPP

*Trans Pacific Regional Forum *
“Women say ‘No!’ to Trans Pacific Presence of US Military ”
*Let us meet and share our initiatives, experience and expertise
*Listen to the voices of victims of wars in the past and at present from the regions of Asia and the Pacific
*Raise voices of women for justice and human rights
When: 2014 March 6 ~ 8
3/ 6 evening: Opening & Plenary Session
keynote speeches( the Phlippines, USA, Japan, … )
3/7 Workshops, Documentary Festibal & Fair Trade Bazaar
3/8 morning: join the International Women’s Day events
Afternoon: visit Manila
Optional tours: to Bataan & Subic area
3/9 optional tours
The Forum would provide local women’s groups and individual activists the excellent chance to bring their issues into the global field.
Where: in the Philippines
The Philippines has the best access to the expected attendees from Asia & the Pacific regions. It would provide the affordable accommodation for the event
Codepink JAPAN made the initial plan and asked Ms. Corazon Fabros of the Nuclear Free Philippines to give us advice on local arrangement of the venue, accommodation etc.
Who’s coming
Sisters and brothers from Asia & the Pacific regions (the Philippines, Guam, Micronesia, USA, Japan, Korea China,・New Zealand, Australia ・・
Fundraising:★ attendees have to raise their own fund

visiting YOKOTA US Air Force Base

横田米空軍基地を訪れて (ニディァ・リーフさんのお話の聞き書き) コードピンク大阪ジャパン
                                                   尾川 寿江  

 基礎経済学会の招聘でフクシマを訪れることになり、二度目の来日となりました。フクシマに向かう前に東京に逗留し、首都圏の米軍基地を視察することにしました。 東京都下福生市にある米空軍横田基地です。

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