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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。

Nydia Leaf from GPB NYC visits Japan again


The New York City Granny Peace Brigade joins with other international Peace and Justice organizations in declaring that the United States MUST BEGIN CLOSING OVERSEAS BASES TO ENSURE US & GLOBAL SECURITY.

More than half a century after the end of WWII and the Korean War, the U.S. maintains base sites in Germany, Japan, and South Korea, and in many other locations. (Recently it has announced plans for expanding to Africa.)

Opposition in Japan to the presence of U.S. bases, and especially to bases in Okinawa, is well documented. Overseas bases have impacted relations between the two countries; they are viewed by many in both nations as infringing on Japan’s sovereignty. Bases on foreign soil have important social, legal, environmental, ethical, cultural and financial implications.

In a time of economic crisis, the fiscal burden of maintaining U.S. overseas bases is too great. Unlike domestic bases, overseas bases siphon taxpayer money away from the U.S. Critical needs at home and abroad are not being addressed. In the aftermath of corruption scandals in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. public now knows how private base contractors are the ones enriched and benefiting from the bases.

As Secretary of State Hilary Clinton observed in 2012, the foreign policy objective of the United States has pivoted from Asia to the Pacific Region. However, overseas bases do not bring about “Democracy” in regions – on the contrary, they destabilize them. Bases become lightning rods for attacks on the U.S. encouraging resentment, anger, protests and anti-Americanism. Military spending and weapon flows increase in the regions surrounding bases. They discourage the very diplomacy which is essential to better global relations.

The citizens of Okinawa have paid a high cost because of the presence of U.S. bases. The incidents of health hazards, crime, noise pollution, violations of girls and women, and the destruction of pristine ecological areas in Okinawa demonstrate the need for a new policy on overseas bases.

We support the citizens of Japan who call for closing U.S. bases on their land. The U. S. has a land mass more than twenty-five times that of Japan – let all those acres of land occupied by the United States for its bases, its forces, their families and their recreation (golf courses and cafes) be returned to the people of Japan.

For these and other reasons, the Granny Peace Brigade urges Congress to assume its constitutional responsibilities. It should review Status of Forces Agreements (SOFAs) which are, functionally, treaties, and it must fund the clean up of military toxics sites for restoration to other uses.


March 2013

Codepink Osaka JAPAN actionreport2012・11-12

サンフランシスコで‘No Nuke アクション’に参加
 昨年の11月9日から10日間サンフランシスコに逗留してきました。フクシマの状況をアメリカの市民、研究者等に訴えるグループに入れていただいてシンポジウム等で発言の機会もえました。その合間をぬって現地のNo Nukeアクションにも参加しました。
フクシマ原発事故直後にサンフランシスコに住む日系アメリカ人達が中心になって「Fukushima Response フクシマ・レスポンス」というグループを立ち上げました。日本政府に声を届けようと日本領事館前で毎週集いを開き、政府への申し入れも手渡しています。私たちが参加した時には「あ~許すまじ原発(原爆)を」と歌っている女性たちが次々に発言され、原発ゼロへの思いを共有しました。大阪から来た私たちも発言してと請われてマイクを握って関電前で続けている行動、とりわけ「大飯原発再稼働反対」の思いを訴えました。車イスを押してもらって参加されていた男性(90歳)は原爆投下後初の原水禁大会に参加するために広島を訪れた時の様子を話されました。背後に「Repose Ye in peace, for the Error shall never be repeated. やすらかにお眠りください、あやまちは繰り返しませんから  ノー・モア・ヒロシマ  ノー・モア・ウォー」と書かれた大きなポスターが置かれていました。アメリカ市民として生きてきた彼の思い、そして再びアメリカが関与した原発事故でのノー・モア・フクシマへの思いが込められたポスターでした。

コードピンク10周年 ブッシュの戦争もオバマの戦争も許せません
その間に創立10周年の行動を全米規模で展開していたCodepink Women for Peaceの女性たちとサンフランシスコで合流し行動を共にすることができました。金門橋でのピース・ウォ-―クにも参加しました。


In the Women’s Building

Why We Do What We DoWhy We Do What We Do:
For the Bechtel Action on June 5, 2003
Why do we do what we do?
Get up early, stand up to block
an ugly brown office building
and shut the ugly work
of water-theft down for the day.
Chant, jeers, sing, dance, talk, shout
and watch in silence as our friends
are arrested. Get arrested.
Confront the cops. Observe the cops.
Do yoga,meet lovers, burst into laughter
as the arrested men rock the cop van,hard.
Because we can.
Because we know what it is to hold
the hot limp body of a child suffering from diarrhea,
and to worry about that child.
Because access to clean water as a human right.
Because we shut them down or
they shut us down and in, forever.
Because this government and this corporation
are coupled obscenely and fucking the world.
and we refuse to watch silently, and longer
Because Bechtel makes us thirsty for justice
Because on this planet called Earth
that could be the planet called Water,
we remember he waters of Babylon
poisoned with bombs and sewage and depleted
Because we are here, now, and this is our work.
Because we love the joy of coming together.
Because although it is late, it iis not yet too late.
Because we can.
written by Janet Weil
2003 年6月5 日ベクテル社前抗議行動によせて
をじっと見つめる 次々に逮捕されていくのを
訳 尾川ひさえ

CP Osaka visits S.F.to join 10th anniversary

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