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Country Reports: march 2008
Compiled by Ellen-Rae Cachola

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Asking the wrong questions on the build-up

February 15, 2008
Marianas Variety

Instead, the underlying questions and concerns are mostly those of the military itself and some of the more powerful business people. They include underlying questions like "how can we get enough people to do the building and who would cause the build-up the least trouble?" not, "how much will inequality grow during the build-up?"
Federal Judge Rules Against U.S. Defense Department Plans for Airbase in Habitat of Okinawa Dugong; Species Considered Cultural Icon by Okinawan People
San Francisco Judge Marilyn Hall Patel today issued a final ruling in Okinawa Dugong v. Gates, N.D.Cal., C-03-4350, finding the Department of Defense in violation of the National Historic Preservation Act and requiring it to consider impacts of a new airbase on the endangered Okinawa dugong in order to avoid or mitigate any harm.

Guam’s Women Leaders Say No to U.S. Military Build-Up
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 16:17:15 -0800
From: Deborah Berman Santana <santana@mills.edu>

Maga'haga, a short film that documents the meeting, shows how the decision to increase the U.S. military presence on Guam is being made without the consent of Guam's people. The film also illustrates the unwavering strength and resistance of the island's women.

Plastic Recycling on Guam

February 11, 2008
Famoksaiyan Friends

Recycling of plastic bottles is now possible on Guam

Translated Statement of OWAAMV (Okinawan Women Act Against Military Violence)

February 13, 2008
The OWAAMV protest the sexual violence against an Okinawan girl by a U.S. Marine and demand withdrawal of the U.S. military from Okinawa.


Filipina to file rape case against US serviceman in Japan
February 27, 2008

A Filipina allegedly raped by a US serviceman in Okinawa is to take her case to a Japanese court, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

Join us for a historic trans-pacific call on CNMI
federalization issues- 2/11
February 11, 2008

Bill Omnibus bill S. 2483 Title 7, if enacted, will greatly impact CNMI's labor and immigration practices as well as the indigenous and foreign worker community in the islands. Foreign workers make up one-third of the island chains' population and hail from Asian countries such as the Philippines, Bangladesh, China and Indonesia. Many of them have been long time residents of CNMI. If enacted, this bill could require all foreign workers regardless of length of residency in the islands to return to their home countries with no hope of accessing a pathway to citizenship.
US Troops: Terrorizing Women and Children Enlivening Prostitution
February 22, 2008
Press Statement

Due to the Visiting Forces Agreement, another shooting occurs in Sulu, killing 9 people. The fact finding Mission of the Citizens’ Peace Watch reveal that Filipino and American soldiers fired at civilians.

Rage against Rape, Rage against US Bases and War

February 21, 2008
Kaisa Ka

Kaisa-ka sends solidarity to survivor and family of recent Okinawan rape. They link the presence of US troops to rapes of women and children. To keep soldiers in “fighting form,” they must also have “rest and recreation.”

Activists bare report on GI atrocities against Japanese

By Mar-Vic Cagurangan
Marianas Variety News Staff

Report written by Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence is relevant to the island of Guam as it prepares for arrival of 8,000 Marines from Okinawa. Histories and contemporaries of military abuses by Japanese and U.S. armies link Okinawa and Guam.
"What are they hiding?" Knocking on a US base's door in Zambo, a citizens' group is shut out
February, 19, 2008
Press Release

Members of a citizens’ fact-finding mission walked up inside Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City and confirmed the presence of a little known fortified US military base with communication facilities inside the Philippine military camp.


Are We Eating Genetically Modified Organisms? Hawai`i Consumers Deserve the Right to Know!
February 27, 2008

Please ask Senators Jill Tokuda and Ron Menor to pass SB3232 and SB3233. SB3232 would require labeling for all genetically engineered whole foods sold in Hawaii. SB3233 would compel companies to reveal the location of test plots and production of genetically engineered crops."


Philippines on alert over protest
An assassination plot is attempted to scare people from coming to the protests on Arroyo’s corruption scandal. Bilateral trade between China and the Philippines could be affected company because Chinese company ZTE Corp gave kick backs to an election chief and Arroyo’s husband if they could clear a national broadband contract for the company.

Philippines Update
February 9, 2008
Militarisation of Philippine mining ensue as turf wars between “rebels” and company guards.


U.S. warship Nimitz makes port call in Sasebo
The Japan Times: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008

The U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz made its first port call at Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, on Monday.

Local organizations protest the port call of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz at Saebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. KYODO PHOTO, The Japan Times

U.S. base proponent takes Iwakuni mayoral race
By Eric Johnston

Yoskihiko Fukuda defeats Katsusuke Ihara in the Iwakuni mayoral election. Fukuda’s plan for economic revitalization includes subsidies from Tokyo, including additional U.S. troops.


Thousands Protest Against Philippines' Arroyo
By Manny Mogato
The Star Online

Thousands of people rally against Arroyo for corruption during her election. However, political analysts say the president’s position appears safe due to support from the military and the lower house of Congress and the apathy of many Filipinos, who are sick of the political merry-go-round in Manila.

A child holds a placard calling for the ouster of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during a demonstration along a street in Quezon City, Metro Manila February 14, 2008. (REUTERS/John Javellana) Boston.com

Japan Leaders angry over alleged rape by US Marine
Agence France-Presse
Posted date: February 12, 2008

Another act of sexual violence in Okinawa compels Prime Minister Foreign Minister Masakhiko Komura to rethink U.S. military location plans.

U.S. Marine accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in Okinawa Perfecture
February 12, 2008

Case of Staff Sgt. Tyrone Hadnott who was accused of raping a Junior High School girl in Okinawa. Hadnott was arrested and senior officials of Okinawa Perfecture met U.S. consulate to prevent recurrences of violence by U.S. military forces.


Philippine military recruits residents to defend mines near their communities
February 5, 2008
By Carlos H. Conde, International Herald Tribune

In response to attacks on mining companies by insurgent groups in the Philippines , the military has agreed to recruit and train residents in communities near the mines as a defence force for the companies. The use of these militias, said Clemente Bautista, of the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment, "will only result in more human rights violations against communities, civilians, and organizations opposed to mining operations."

AFP probes 'ugly American' incident
January 26, 2008
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Car accident involving a U.S. soldier stationed in Mindanao for Balikatan exercises leaves the victim at the scene and not paying for his medical expenses.

Urgent Appeal for Information About Military Crimes and Bases
November 7, 2007

An email message asking for help on information between military bases and crime world wide. This is because American soldiers raped a 19 year old girl in Hiroshima. Simulataneous to when Iwakuni base is planning a major expansion.
Solon [congresswoman] hits plan to allow mining firms to have militias
January 31, 2008
By Fernan Marasigan, Reporter, Business Mirror

"Military activities threatened the Lumad and peasant communities in the towns of Tago, Cagwait, Marihatag, San Agustin, Lianga and San Miguel in Surigao del Sur, who are actively opposing the mining operations," Ilagan said.


Press STatement: Denouncing the Seoul Metropolitan City Government's Water Privatization Plan
August 10, 2007
The Joint Action against Water Privatization in Korea held a press conference on 17th October against Seoul City Government’s plan to corporatize and privatize city’s water.

Another Cordilleran murdered in Canada-report
January 24, 2008
By Vincent Cabreza, Northern Luzon Bureau

Migrant worker Arcelie Laoagan from Sagada, Philippines was allegedly found dead behind a church in Calgary, Alberta. Philippine Overseas Employment Adminstration has records of Laoagan in Hong Kong, but not to Canada. This case ties to Jocelyn Dulnuan, another Philippine migrant worker murder in Mississauga City. Police arrested two Latin American immigrants for the murder.


A Message from the Women of Okinawa
February 21, 2008

Okinawan women respond to another rape of an Okinawan, junior high school girl by U.S. soldier. We protest the sexual violence against an Okinawan girl by a U.S. Marine. We demand withdrawal of the U.S. military from Okinawa

Statement on the Death of Cherrie Ann-Guzman-Coleman
November 19, 2007
The Philippine Network on Peace and Security calls on the Okinawan and Japanese authorities to investigate the death of Cherrie-Ann Guzman. Also, they call upon Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to assist in determining the actual cause of death and to protect and promote the well being of their citizens working in military facilities around the world.
Protests spreading in Okinawa over alleged rape by U.S. Marine
Feb 12, 2008
NAHA, Japan

Protests continued to spread Wednesday in Okinawa Prefecture in the wake of the alleged rape by a U.S. Marine of a 14-year-old girl over the weekend.

Rape in the U.S. military: How a fraternal culture and a habit of blaming the victim leave sexual violence unexamined and unpunished
January 30, 2008
By Lucinda Marshall

Anne K. Ream's recent Op-Ed sheds much needed light on how the U.S. military continues to trivialize rape and sexual assault committed by members of the armed forces.

puerto rico coming soon!!!

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