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Japanese Military Joins U.S. And NATO In Horn Of Africa by Rick Rozoff

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April 25, 2010

Japanese navy commander Keizo Kitagawa recently spoke with Agence France-Presse and disclosed that his nation was opening its first overseas military base – at any rate since the Second World War – in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

Kitagawa is assigned to the Plans and Policy Section of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, as his nation’s navy is called, and is in charge of the deployment.

AFP quoted the Japanese officer as stressing the unprecedented nature of the development: “This will be the only Japanese base outside our country and the first in Africa.” [1]

The military installation is to cost $40 million and is expected to accommodate Japanese troops early next year.

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Chomsky In Portland, Maine by Bruce Gagnon

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April 25, 2010

Yesterday I drove two hours north to the University of Maine-Orono where the annual Hope Festival was held. Fellow Bring Our War $$ Home organizer Lisa Savage (Code Pink Maine) and I worked our table handing out literature and asking people in Maine’s 2nd congressional district to call Rep. Mike Michaud and urge him to vote against the upcoming $33 billion war supplemental for Afghanistan.

We had a good table location right by the stage so our big Bring Our War $$ Home banner was easily seen by most of those attending the event. We had to leave early in order to then drive 2 1/2 hours south to Portland in time for the Peace Action Maine annual dinner that featured Noam Chomsky as the speaker.

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Norman Finkelstein + Lowkey and Jody McGwire uphold Palestinian rights

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April 24, 2010 — Popular London rap artist, Lowkey and journalist on wheels Jody McGwire provide some warmup to Norman Finkelstein’s talk to the Arab Students Club at Brooklyn College. Jody reports of his 9 months in Palestine and Lowkey recites poetry condeming western mindset against Arabs.

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Dennis Kucinich: Town Hall Meeting

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April 25, 2010 — Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Gwen Moore (D-WI) hold a town hall meeting on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at Laborers Local 113

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The Tea Party? Where’s the Peace Party? by Sean Fenley

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April 25, 2010

A Mad Tea Party
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Call it the Dove Party, the Isolationist Party, the Republic not Empire Party, the Revitalize America Party what have you, but the Tea Partiers haven’t put together anything close to some of the anti-Iraq War efforts during the presidency of George W. Bush. The Tea Partiers would like to present themselves as the true heirs of the American revolution, but it was George Washington who warned against entangling alliances; and Thomas Jefferson who, in his inaugural address, called for, “peace, commerce, and honest friendship” with all the nations of the world.

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Osie Adelfang: Shifting Sands, Interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

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April 25, 2010

(SOAPBOX #59) – Cindy welcomes author/editor Osie Adelfang of an anthology, telling a story best capsulized as “Jewish Women Confront the Israeli Occupation.”  Now this is significant, because Osie was raised as a Jewish Israeli girl in the USA, and was nourished with the “official” propaganda story of Jewish emigration into an empty land and their subsequent victimization by Arab predators.  This “official” line somehow failed to tell Jewish children of the fact the land was already occupied – by Palestinians.   Continue reading

Houses of Hypocrisy by Philip A. Farruggio

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25 April, 2010

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Now I know this column is going to upset many people. Well, I have upset many people before with my critiques and commentaries…. Why not now? I will focus on our Judea- Christian culture in my commentary today. As a preface, I must address some other areas of worship where hypocrisy reigns as well. Let us not forget the great Hindu traditions echoed by Yogananda and Ghandi…. That are now prostituted by this current Indian government and its economic system. Ghandi fought against both the colonial British rule and the caste system. Sadly, India still maintains a caste system, now under the guise of Free Market Global Capitalism. The fine film Slum Dog Millionaire captured this better than any muckraking book could. Next, we have the brutal Feudalism of many Middle Eastern Moslem nations. Sheiks, dangling mistresses and Western bankbooks, with fleets of limos and million dollar racehorses, jetting to and fro elite resorts….. While serfs garden their oasis. Or the jihadists who praise Allah while celebrating suicide bombings of civilians.

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Flags, Crosses & Circuses…..And Apathy!! by Philip A. Farruggio

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25 April, 2010

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Naomi Wolf, in her fine 2007 book The End of America, hit the nail on the head. She mentions, in her preface, that Nazi propagandists were referring to Germany as ‘ The Heimat ‘ or ‘ Homeland ‘ . Is it a coincidence that the Bush crew used this phrase after 9/11? Hitler’s gang, after the suspicious Reichstag fire, got the German Parliament to pass the Enabling Laws. These laws virtually gave unlimited power to the government, stripping away civil liberties. They disallowed the right to dissent, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press…while legitimizing the arrest of political opponents to the regime. Those deemed enemies of the state were held in custody indefinitely without the right of habeas corpus. Without needing court orders, the government would tap phones and open mail. Continue reading

Global Tamil Forum on Sri Lanka Election

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Low Tamil turnout reflects their disillusion in the Sri Lankan political system

London April 24, 2010 — The Global Tamil Forum views the parliamentary election in Sri Lanka conducted on April 8, as an election that was imposed on the Tamil speaking people of the island. The Tamils living in a highly militarized oppressive condition continue to undergo many forms of immense suffering, depravation of the basic necessities of life, denial of freedom, fear and intimidation. There are still about 100,000 Tamils housed in military run internment camps and their rights have been denied. Thousands of Tamils have been denied their rights to vote in this election.

The very low turn-out at the polls by the Tamils in Northeast Sri Lanka, clearly due to fear, mistrust and despise for these elections, have sent a clear message to the international community that they have hardly any faith in this Sri Lankan form of ethnic-majoritarian democracy and its mode of elections. The government of Sri Lanka in its attempt to justify it as a democratic government and to deceive the international community, imposed the election on Tamil people in an environment of oppression and occupation.

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