The US Gives Nothing In Return by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from www.strategic-culture.org
April 20, 2013

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Negotiating with the US over nuclear issues, sovereignty, peace and much else, is like playing card poker with a punk in a Wild West saloon. You’re never going to win because the punk makes up all the rules of the game. In fact, he can change the rules of the game as he goes along to make sure he always wins.

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Missile Defense Arc Being Created Across Asia-Pacific by Bruce Gagnon

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by Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
March 26, 2013

As part of Obama’s recent announcement about expanding “missile defense” (MD) systems in Alaska, along with studies to determine a possible site for an East Coast base in the US, the Pentagon also announced a second MD X-band radar would go into Japan.

The US military uses X-band radars to precisely track the trajectory of an “enemy” ballistic missile, allowing its forces to launch Army ground-based (PAC-3) and Navy sea-based (SM-3) interceptors as soon as a missile is detected.

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US Criminal Propensity Justifies North Korea’s Nukes by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
March 9, 2013

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea stands out. But it is not because the secretive Stalinist regime is a nuclear pariah threatening global security, as the Western corporate media would have us believe.

No, North Korea stands out for being a beacon of rationality and, incredible as it may seem, peace.

Bear in mind the following features:

No other state on earth has endured a trade embargo or a gamut of diplomatic, financial and economic sanctions more than North Korea. Continue reading

Eric Sirotkin: Sanctions Are A Weapon Of War

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N . Korea threatens ‘aggressors’ with preemptive strike, UNSC backs new sanctions

RussiaToday·Mar 8, 2013

The members of UN Security Council have unanimously agreed to step up sanctions against North Korea, a month after the Communist state carried out a third nuclear test. Just hours ahead of vote, Pyongyang threatened what it called ‘aggressors’ with a pre-emtive nuclear strike in response to the ongoing U.S. joint military drills with South Korea.

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Jeju Island: In the Crosshairs of War

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Regis Tremblay·Jan 15, 2013

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This a brief overview of the struggle to prevent the construction of a massive naval base in the tiny village of Gangjeong, on Jeju Island, S. Korea. In order to understand why the villagers have been opposing the construction 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for five years and risking bodily harm and imprisonment, one must understand the broader context.

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Save Jeju Island, Save Peace

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on Mar 27, 2012

If you want to know more about what is happening in Jeju island, please visit savejejuisland.org.

제주 강정마을에 대해 더 많은 정보를 원하시는 분은, 다음카페 ‘구럼비야 사랑해’를 방문해주세요.

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What Will We Do Now Without The Fearless Leader? by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
December 29, 2011

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I mean the United States, not North Korea, of course. The Koreans will get along if not fine, at least no worse than before Kim Jong Il’s recent departure from the scene. No, the United States faces a crisis it is completely unprepared for. We have had entirely too much invested in demonizing Kim and his nation and what with the recent exit of Gadaffi from the scene, and Saddam’s and Osama’s too, all the leading bugbears of the US’ national security (read: permanent war fear and of late permanent war) state are gone, and we must ask ourselves what are we to do now, with them all gone? Who can replace them? How can we replace them in time to keep people from asking embarrassing questions about our gross overexpenditures on our transparently incompetent and incapable military? Continue reading

The Threat of Warships on an ‘Island of World Peace’ by Noam Chomsky

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by Noam Chomsky
In These Times
Oct. 6, 2011

Jeju Island, 50 miles southeast of South Korea’s mainland, has been called the most idyllic place on the planet. The pristine, 706-square-mile volcanic island comprises three UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites.

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Ann Wright: Gaza Freedom Flotilla and Save Jeju Island, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

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Updated: added the transcript Sept. 15, 2011

by Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
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Sept. 4, 2011

This Sunday (September 4), Cindy welcomes good friend of peace and of Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox, the notable woman of conscience, Ann Wright. Ms. Wright won’t steer you wrong! On this show she will talk about the recent Gaza Freedom Flotilla which she was a leader on the American boat and her recent trip to Jeju Island in South Korea where the Korean occupants are making a courageous stand against a US Naval base being built there. Continue reading

Yang sprung from jail by growing pressure on South Korean government by Bruce Gagnon

by Bruce Gagnon
featured writer
Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
June 1, 2011

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Professor Yang was released from jail today. He was sentenced to one and one-half years in jail with a suspended sentence but with two years probation. There can be no doubt that the international outcry on his behalf has helped spring him from the jailhouse.

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My Friend Sung-Hee Choi Arrested On Jeju Island by Ariel Ky

by Ariel Ky
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Peacevisionary’s Blog
China
May 29, 2011

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A friend of mine, Sung-Hee Choi, a sister peace activist in South Korea, was recently arrested May 17, along with seven other leaders protesting construction of a navy base on Jeju Island.  I have linked my heart in solidarity with her in this struggle because I understand that a line has to be drawn in the sand at Jeju Island, stopping further construction of military bases for the U.S. to threaten Asia.

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Who will speak for the fish, who will speak for the coral? by Bruce Gagnon

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by Bruce Gagnon
featured writer
Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
May 27, 2011

Six seems to be my lucky number. I was able to hand out six leaflets at Bath Iron Works (BIW) yesterday. But I found a way around the road block though. I sent the leaflet language to the local newspaper as a Letter to the Editor and it was printed yesterday. Continue reading

U.S. Enlists Japan As Global Military Partner by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
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January 12, 2011

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During the preceding week the U.S.’s top military officer identified Asia as the central focus of the Pentagon’s attention in the world, U.S. warships joined Japanese counterparts in military maneuvers in the East China Sea for the second time in a month, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in East Asia on a trip that began in China and will end in Japan and South Korea on January 14.

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U.S. Prepares For New Decade Of War In Asia by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
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December 16, 2010

The United States is engaged in the longest war in its 234-year history in Afghanistan, one that will begin its eleventh calendar year in two weeks. Like the war that had been America’s longest before now, that in Indochina, the current one is in the Asian continent.

With repeatedly extended projected withdrawal dates, the latest is 2014, although even that has been characterized by Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell as merely “aspirational,” the campaign in Afghanistan and over the past two years in neighboring Pakistan has marked Asia as the center of U.S. global military strategy and operations.

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U.S. Builds Military Alliance With Japan, South Korea For War In The East by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
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December 14, 2010USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan

Last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton summoned her Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Foreign Ministers Seiji Maehara and Kim Sung-hwan, to Washington for trilateral talks on the Korean crisis in an open affront to China and Russia, which had called for a resumption of six-party discussions with both Koreas, themselves, the U.S. and Japan.

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