A bill, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, passed on Feb 27 in the U.S. House of Representatives (by margin of 388-3) and has passed in the Senate (Unanimous Consent. A record of each senator’s position was not kept). The new law would make it a felony—a serious criminal offense punishable by lengthy terms of incarceration—to participate in many forms of protest associated with the Occupy Wall Street protests of last year.
Updated: added the transcript Sept. 15, 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
Since the summer of 2005, when I began a camp in front of the vacation “ranch” of George Bush, I have traveled to many countries and all over the U.S. meeting with people who have been in long struggles against neoliberalism. Most of us in the U.S. are familiar with the term “neoconservative,” but “neoliberal” is also a well-understood and often used term in other areas.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
On December 1 the U.S. and its South Korean military ally completed four days of naval maneuvers in the Yellow Sea where China claims a 200-mile exclusive economic zone.
The U.S. dispatched the 97,000-ton USS George Washington nuclear-powered aircraft supercarrier for the exercise, accompanied by a carrier strike group consisting of a guided missile cruiser and three guided missile destroyers. The American deployment included 6,000 sailors and 75 aircraft. South Korea supplied destroyers, corvettes, frigates, support ships, anti-submarine aircraft and an undisclosed amount of military personnel.
by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, November 27, 2010
The World is at a dangerous crossroads.
The US is seeking a pretext to wage war on North Korea.
North Korea is said to constitute a threat to Global Security.
From the Truman Doctrine to Obama. The history of the 1950s Korean confirms that extensive war crimes were committed against the Korean people. As confirmed by the statement of General Curtis Lemay:
“Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.”
North Korea lost thirty percent of its population as a result of US led bombings in the 1950s. US military sources confirm that 20 percent of North Korea’s population was killed off over a three period of intensive bombings:
“After destroying North Korea’s 78 cities and thousands of her villages, and killing countless numbers of her civilians, [General] LeMay remarked, “Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.”1 It is now believed that the population north of the imposed 38th Parallel lost nearly a third its population of 8 – 9 million people during the 37-month long “hot” war, 1950 – 1953, perhaps an unprecedented percentage of mortality suffered by one nation due to the belligerence of another.”
During The Second World War the United Kingdom lost 0.94% of its population, France lost 1.35%, China lost 1.89% and the US lost 0.32%. During the Korean war, North Korea lost 30 % of its population.
These figures of civilian deaths in North Korea should also be compared to those compiled for Iraq by the Lancet Study (John Hopkins School of Public Health). The Lancet study estimates a total of 655,000 Iraqi civilian deaths, following the US led invasion (March 2003- June 2006).
We call upon the people of the US, Canada and NATO countries to put pressure on their governments.
A war on North Korea would engulf the entire region.
PEACE IS PATRIOTIC.
SAY NO TO A WAR ON KOREA
SAY NO TO MILITARY ESCALATION
Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 27 November 2010
1. Curtis Lemay quoted in Richard Rhodes, “The General and World War III,” The New Yorker, June 19, 1995, p. 53.
2. See Brian Willson, Korea and the Axis of Evil, Global Research, October 2006
3. The population of North Korea was of the order of 8-9 million in 1950 prior the Korean war.
US sources acknowledge 1.55 million civilian deaths in North Korea, 215,000 combat deaths. MIA/POW 120,000, 300,000 combat troops wounded. (Wikipedia)
South Korean military sources estimate the number of civilian deaths/wounded/missing at 2.5 million, of which some 990,900 are in South Korea.
Another estimate places Korea War total deaths, civilian plus combat at 3.5 million.
Compilation by estimates:
- North Korea:
- NoKo Military
- 130,000 KIA (Pentagon: ¼ “KWM”)
- 294,151 (Nahm93)
- 214,899 KIA + 101,680 MIA (Wallechinsky; Clodfelter, citing [“highly suspect”] Defense Dept. est.) [=316,579]
- 316,579 (COWP)
- 350,000 (Rummel)
- 520,000 (Small & Singer, FAS)
- [MEDIAN: 316,579]
- NoKo Civilian
- 406,000 killed + 680,000 missing (Nahm93)
- Up to 1,000,000 (Wallechinsky; Clodfelter)
- 1,185,000 (Rummel)
- [MEDIAN: 1,000,000]
- NoKo Military + Civilian
- 500,000 (Britannica)
- 700,000 (Dictionary of 20C World History)
- 926,000 (Compton’s)
- 1,316,579 (Wallechinsky; Clodfelter)
- 1,380,151 (Nahm93)
- 1,535,000 (Rummel)
- [MEDIAN: 1,316,579]
- NoKo Military
Russia Today interview of Michel Chossudovsky
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Michel Chossudovsky: The US rather than North Korea is a Threat to Global Security – Russia Today, May 28, 2010
North Korea has announced it will sever all ties and communication with the South in retaliation for what it calls a smear campaign over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Seoul for talks on the escalating row.
An international investigation has found that Pyongyang fired the torpedo which sank the warship, killing 46 sailors.
South Korea has called on the UN Security Council to impose new sanctions on its neighbor.
Pyongyang has also threatened military action against the South, claiming Seoul’s navy trespassed into the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea.
An international investigation found that Pyongyang fired the torpedo which sank the warship, killing 46 sailors.
Michel Chossudovsky, the head of the Center for Research on Globalization, an independent Canadian think tank, argues that North Korea is more prey than a predator.
“North Korea is portrayed in the international media as a threat to global security, but there is absolutely no evidence to that effect. On the other hand, North Korea is the only country in the world that has lost up to a quarter of its population in recent history [during the Korean War, when the North Korean population was wiped out by US bombings],” Chossudovsky told RT.
© Copyright Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 2010
The url address of this article is: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22131
The Advent vigils (four weeks in a row) began today at Bath Iron Works (BIW) here in Maine. BIW is the place where Navy Aegis destroyers are built that are presently being used as part of the U.S.-South Korea (ROK) war games which are bumping up against the coastline of North Korea. I noticed that the USS Cowpens is a part of this U.S. naval battle group that is being led toward North Korea by the aircraft carrier named the USS George Washington.
I know about the USS Cowpens because it was the ship that fired the first shot (cruise missiles) in the 2003 U.S. shock and awe attack on Iraq. I know this because the woman who was driving the USS Cowpens at that historic moment has become a friend of our family and was at our home for Thanksgiving just two days ago.
Everyone that reads my articles knows that I abhor war in all its forms. Then again, anyone that has kept up with me knows that I have a particular dislike for the nation of North Korea. In my articles I have stressed over and over that it’s not Iran, Afghanistan or Iraq that the U.S. should be worried about, it’s North Korea. This situation that we find ourselves in that part of Asia is our entire fault. We could have helped South Korea become a viable threat to North Korea instead of turning it into a “proxy State” that not only does the bidding of the U.S., but relies on the U.S. Military. We should have made them self-sufficient.