Stop Henoko! Okinawans protest against US military base expansion, rape of island women, and ocean destruction

RT, April 29, 2015
Interview with Center for Biological Diversity’s Peter Galvin:

If the US military base in Okinawa is relocated to Henoko, the habitat of the endangered Okinawa dugong sea mammal, will be wiped off the map, said Peter Galvin of the Center for Biological diversity. The species is already down to a few dozen, he added.

RT: What is so wrong about the re-location of the US base from an ecological prospective?

Peter Galvin: The organization I work for, The Center for Biological Diversity focuses on the wildlife environmental protection [of] endangered species. Our focus is to protect wildlife and animals and the environment where they are threatened. And in the case of Okinawa we have a situation where there is an endangered marine mammal, the Okinawa dugong – a very, very rare population of dugongs which is kind of like a sea cow, a little bit like a manatee that they have in the US. And these gentle giants of the ocean… there is between 12 and 15 dugongs remaining in Okinawa… They are a critically endangered population and the site of their habitat in Okinawa, the primary habitat is the site that US and Japanese governments want to fill in to expand a military base in Henoko.

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The base controversy has a strong environmental component to it, as well as folks in Okinawa that are concerned about peace issues, sovereignty issues, and military threat issues. Our focus is environmental issues. In this situation there is a convergence of a variety of issues including environmental issues, peace, Okinawa sovereignty issues – all playing together in one action. It is a very controversial proposal. The base plan would fill in a very rich area of coral reef in a place called Oura Bay which is on the eastern side of Okinawa, north east Okinawa. And it would be just an enormous landfill project into the ocean which has a huge number of people in Okinawa, in Japan, throughout the world up in arms that in this day and age the US and Japanese governments would pay so little heed to the local population, that they would basically just bulldoze over the local opposition and literally bulldoze over the coral reef and fill it in. So the dugong is a desperately endangered marine mammal that we’ve been working to protect for two decades. Our group along with several other groups launched a lawsuit in US Federal Court, a number of years ago to stop this base expansion project. Our case still continues through the court system. But unfortunately, the project is in the beginning phases now. And as you can see there’s a huge amount of controversy in Okinawa over it that is now manifesting.

RT: Could you give examples of how the re-location of the US base to Henoko is harming flora and fauna? We’ve heard about concrete blocks in the ocean. Any other examples?

PG: Literally, you used the word concrete. And yes, as a matter of fact one of the aspects of any kind of project like this is the contractors bore into the ocean at different places to see the strength of the material at the ocean floor. The sound of the drilling, the construction process, and all the ships out there dumping the concrete pilings into the ocean. … Dugongs are herbivores and they feed on sea grass, they graze like a cow… The huge amount of disturbance in the area is causing the dugongs to change their patterns and that’s a risk enough. But here is the real problem: after these boring surveys and the concrete blocks, if the project continues literally millions and millions of tons of soil are brought in and the ocean itself is filled and land is created from the ocean, the coral reef will be entirely decimated, the sea grass in that entire area will be gone. This is the prime feeding habitat for the endangered Okinawa dugong. These species is down to a few dozen individuals and this is its primary habitat. The impact from the base cannot be understated or overstated and will literally wipe this area of the habitat off the map.
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‘Don’t rape the sea!’ Hundreds protest US military base relocation plan in Japan
RT, April 28, 2015

About 300 people protested against the planned relocation of a US military base in Japan’s Okinawa prefecture. The rally fell on the 63rd anniversary of the country’s regaining of sovereignty after its defeat in World War II.

The demonstrators gathered on Tuesday, at the gates of the US Marines’ Camp Schwab in the tourist seaside town of Nago, Kyodo news agency reported. The district has been proposed as a relocation site for the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

The participants of the protest chanted slogans such as “we’re opposed to a new base” and “don’t destroy the beautiful sea.”

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Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, February 28-March 1, 2015 at The New York Academy of Medicine

Updates: http://helencaldicottfoundation.org/symposium-the-dynamics-of-possible-nuclear-extinction-l-february-28-march-1-2015-at-the-new-york-academy-of-medicine/

Advance tickets on sale only until February 25. After that, only cash registration at the door of the event (note: there is no bank machine at the venue)

A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues will be held at The New York Academy of Medicine on Feb 28- March 1, 2015. The public is welcome.
 A project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation

Venue: The New York Academy of Medicine.
1216 Fifth Ave @ 103rd St.
NY, NY 10029

Location, Directions and Parking

TO REGISTER click HERE

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Important notice: Tickets will be on sale until Feb 25th, 2015. Register early to reserve your place. After the cut off date you will have to pay by CASH at the venue.

There will be NO FOOD OPTION for those who do not pre-register.

There is no bank machine in the building.

 

*****THE EVENT WILL BE LIVE STREAMED***** Look for link on website.

The Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction.

Russia and the U.S. possess 94% of the 16,400 nuclear weapons in the global nuclear arsenal. The U.S. maintains its first strike winnable nuclear war policy, and both countries have raised their nuclear arsenals to a higher state of alert because of the situation in the Ukraine. Furthermore it has just been announced that the administration has plans to replace every nuclear warhead and their delivery systems via ship, submarine, missile and plane, at a cost of one trillion dollars over the next thirty years.

This symposium to be held by The Helen Caldicott Foundation will address the following issues:
. What are the human and technological factors that could precipitate a nuclear war between Russia and the U.S., how many times have we come close to nuclear war and how long will our luck hold?
. What are the ongoing technological and financial developments relevant to the nuclear weapons arsenals of the US and Russia?
. What problems are associated with lateral proliferation of nuclear weapons via strenuous corporate marketing of nuclear technology?
. What are the medical and environmental consequences of either a small or large scale nuclear war?
. What are the underlying philosophical, political, and ideological dynamics that have brought life on earth to the brink of extinction?
. How can we assess this situation from an anthropological perspective?
. What is the pathology within the present political situation that could lead us to extinction?
. How can this nuclear pathology be cured?

Moderated by:

Day One: Kennette Benedict, Executive Director and Publisher, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Day Two: Ray Acheson, Director, Reaching Critical Will

The Presenters
(confirmed speakers, this is not the speaking order):

Theodore A Postol-
Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy, 
MIT. Striving for Armageddon. The US nuclear force modernization program, rising tensions with Russia, and the increasing danger of a world nuclear catastrophe
Seth Baum– Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, will address the catastrophic risk of nuclear war
Max Tegmark – Professor of physics at MIT and author of “Our Mathematical Universe,” will discuss artificial intelligence and the risk of accidental nuclear war.
Hans Kristensen – Federation of American Scientists, will address the current size of the global nuclear arsenals
Bill Hartung– Center for International Policy, will discuss the inordinate power and pathological dynamics exercised by the US military industrial complex
Greg Mello -Los Alamos Study Group, the role and funding of the nuclear weapons laboratories inherent within the US nuclear armament dilemma
John Feffer – Institute of Policy Studies will compare the money spent on the US military industrial complex compared with the paltry amount spent on the prevention of global warming
Alex Wellerstein– Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Stevens Institute of Technology – NukeMap, Personalizing the Bomb- what this means for young people today.

Bruce Gagnon – Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, will elucidate the ongoing and dangerous militarization of space

Bob Alvarez – Institute of Policy Studies, will discuss lateral proliferation and describe how a small nuclear exchange could trigger a global holocaust.

Robert Parry – Investigative Journalist, Consortium News. Will discuss Ukraine and the Human Factor: How propaganda and passions can risk nuclear conflagration.
Steven Starr– Associate of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a board member and senior scientist for Physicians for Social Responsibility. Nuclear War: An Unrecognized Mass Extinction Event Waiting to Happen.
Holly Barker – Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Medical, Teratogenic and Genetic pathology related to US nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.
Alan Robock – Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Environmental Sciences. Rutgers University, will outline his pioneering work on Nuclear Famine and Nuclear Winter.
Janne Nolan – Elliott School of International Affairs –  Hooligans at the Gate: The Checkered History of Arms Control
Mike Lofgren – former congressional staffer and author of Anatomy of the Deep State, will describe the merger of corporations and the US government as an underlying cause of the current  nuclear situation
Susi Snyder– (PAX, the Netherlands), Author of the 2013 & 2014 DON’T BANK ON THE BOMB reports
Hugh Gusterson – Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University will describe his anthropological research over many years studying the culture of nuclear weapons scientists at Livermore and Los Alamos.
Robert Sheer – author of STAR WARRIORS will describe how years after his research into the young men who work on nuclear weapons development at Lawrence Livermore Labs “The Madness Persists.
Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics, MIT will present the pathology within the present political system that could lead to catastrophic results if not cured
Dave Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation on what can we do? How the Marshall Islanders are speaking truth to power. The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits Brought by the Marshall Islands Against the 9 Nuclear Nations.
Tim Wright – Campaign Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – some potential and exciting solutions
Helen Caldicott – President of The Helen Caldicott Foundation – An urgent prescription for survival

For full schedule:  http://helencaldicottfoundation.org/symposium-the-dynamics-of-possible-nuclear-extinction-l-february-28-march-1-2015-at-the-new-york-academy-of-medicine/

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Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, February 28-March 1, 2015 at the New York Academy of Medicine

For Symposium updates, the direct link is:  http://helencaldicottfoundation.org/symposium-the-dynamics-of-possible-nuclear-extinction-l-february-28-march-1-2015-at-the-new-york-academy-of-medicine/

A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues will be held at The New York Academy of Medicine on Feb 28- March 1, 2015.

The public is welcome.
A project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation

Venue: The New York Academy of Medicine. 1216 Fifth Ave @ 103rd St. NY, NY 10029

Location, Directions and Parking

The Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction.
Russia and the U.S. possess 94% of the 16,400 nuclear weapons in the global nuclear arsenal. The U.S. maintains its first strike winnable nuclear war policy, and both countries have raised their nuclear arsenals to a higher state of alert because of the situation in the Ukraine. Furthermore it has just been announced that the administration has plans to replace every nuclear warhead and their delivery systems via ship, submarine, missile and plane, at a cost of one trillion dollars over the next thirty years.

This symposium to be held by The Helen Caldicott Foundation will address the following issues:

. What are the human and technological factors that could precipitate a nuclear war between Russia and the U.S., how many times have we come close to nuclear war and how long will our luck hold?

. What are the ongoing technological and financial developments relevant to the nuclear weapons arsenals of the US and Russia?

. What problems are associated with lateral proliferation of nuclear weapons via strenuous corporate marketing of nuclear technology?

. What are the medical and environmental consequences of either a small or large scale nuclear war?

. What are the underlying philosophical, political, and ideological dynamics that have brought life on earth to the brink of extinction?

. How can we assess this situation from an anthropological perspective?

. What is the pathology within the present political situation that could lead us to extinction?

. How can this nuclear pathology be cured?

Moderated by:
Day OneKennette Benedict, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Day Two: To be announced

The Presenters (confirmed speakers, speaking order may change):

Session 1
Seth Baum– Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, will address the catastrophic risk of nuclear war
Max Tegmark– Professor of physics at MIT and author of “Our Mathematical Universe”, will discuss artificial intelligence and the risk of automation accidentally triggering a nuclear war.

Session 2
Hans Kristensen – Federation of American Scientists, will address the current size of the global nuclear arsenals
Bill Hartung– Center for International Policy, will discuss the inordinate power and pathological dynamics exercised by the US military industrial complex
Greg Mello -Los Alamos Study Group, the role and funding of the nuclear weapons laboratories inherent within the US nuclear armament dilemma
John Feffer – Institute of Policy Studies will compare the money spent on the US military industrial complex compared with the paltry amount spent on the prevention of global warming
Bruce Gagnon – Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, will elucidate the ongoing and dangerous militarization of space

Session 3
Bob Alvarez – Institute of Policy Studies, will discuss lateral proliferation and describe how a small nuclear exchange could trigger a global holocaust

Session 4
Steven Starr– Senior Scientist PSR, Clinical Laboratory Science Program Director, University of Missouri. Nuclear War: An Unrecognized Mass Extinction Event Waiting to Happen.
Holly Barker – Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Medical, Teratogenic and Genetic pathology related to US nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.
Alan Robock – Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Environmental Sciences. Rutgers University, will outline his pioneering work on Nuclear Autumn, Nuclear Famine, and Nuclear Winter.
Lynn Eden – author of Whole World on Fire, will discuss the enormous issue ignored by the Pentagon of the effect of the holocaust of firestorms following nuclear war.

Session 5
Janne Nolan – Elliott School of International Affairs will outline the underlying psychological pathology of the nuclear warriors
Mike Lofgren – author of Anatomy of the Deep State, will describe the underlying pathology of US capitalism leading to this current tenuous nuclear situation
Susi Snyder– (IKV Pax Christi, the Netherlands), Contributor to 2014 report DON’T BANK ON THE BOMB

Session 6
Hugh Gusterson – Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, George Mason University will describe his anthropological research after spending one year at the Los Alamos Labs.
Robert Sheer – author of STAR WARRIORS will describe his research into the young men who do the research on nuclear weapons development at Lawrence Livermore Labs

Session 7
Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics, MIT will present the pathology within the present political system that could induce extinction

Session 8
Dave Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation on what can we do? How the Marshall Islanders are speaking truth to power.
Tim Wright – Campaign Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – some potential and exciting solutions
Helen Caldicott – President of The Helen Caldicott Foundation – An urgent prescription for survival

Watch http://nuclearfreeplanet.org/symposium-the-dynamics-of-possible-nuclear-extinction-l-february-28-march-1-2015-at-the-new-york-academy-of-medicine.html for information on how to register in advance- coming soon. Registering in advance will include complimentary lunch.
No other lunch option will be available at the venue.

Schedule to date

DAY ONE: Saturday, February 28

Morning Session

9am – opening (to be confirmed)
9.15 – 9.30 Moderator- Kennette Benedict

9.30 – 9.50 (to be confirmed)
9.50 – 10.10 Seth Baum – Global Catastrophic Risk Institute – The Catastrophic Risk of Nuclear War
10.10 – 10.30 Max Tegmark – Professor of Physics, MIT – Artificial Intelligence and the Risk of Accidental Nuclear War.

10.30 – 11.00 Q&A

11.00 – 11.30 Tea and Coffee

11.30 – 11.50 Alan Robock – Distinguished Professor, Department Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University – Nuclear Famine and Nuclear Winter: Climatic Effects of Nuclear War- Catastrophic Threats to the Global Food Supply
11.50 – 12.10 Bill Hartung – Center for International Policy – Inordinate Power and Pathological Dynamics of the Military Industrial Complex
12.10 – 12.30 Mike Lofgen – Author of Anatomy of the Deep State – US Capitalism Relating to the Tenuous Nuclear Situation

12.30 – 1.00 Q&A

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

Afternoon Session

2.00 – 2.20 Greg Mello – Los Alamos Study Group – The Role and Funding of the US Nuclear Weapons Labs
2.20 – 2.40 Hans Kristensen – Federation of American Scientists – The Current Size of the World’s Nuclear Arsenals
2.40 – 3.00 Bruce Gagnon – Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space – The Ongoing and Dangerous Militarization of Space
3.00 – 3.20 Bob Alvarez – Institute of Policy Studies – Lateral Proliferation Could Trigger a Global Nuclear Holocaust

3.20 – 4.00 Q&A

4.00 – 6.00 On The Beach – film

DAY TWO: Sunday, March 1

Morning Session

9.00 – 9.15 Opening remarks– (to be confirmed)
8.15 – 9.35 Steven Starr – Associate of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a board member and senior scientist for Physicians for Social Responsibility – An Unrecognized Mass Extinction Event Waiting to Happen
9.35 – 9.55 Holly Barker – Department Anthropology, University of Washington –Medical, Teratogenic and Genetic Pathology Related to US Nuclear Testing in the Marshall Islands
9.55 – 10.15 John Feffer – Institute of Policy Studies – Comparison of Spending on US Military Industrial Complex ND Prevention of Global Warming

10.15 – 10.54 Q&A

10.45 – 11.15 Tea and Coffee

11.15 – 11.35 Lynn Eden – Author Whole World on Fire – Holocaust Firestorms Following Nuclear War, Ignored by Pentagon Calculations
11.35 – 11.55 Janne Nolan – Elliot School of International Affairs – Psychological Pathology of the Nuclear Warriors
11.55 – 12.15 Mike Lofgren – Author of Anatomy of the Deep State – US Capitalism Relating to the Tenuous Nuclear Situation

12.15 – 12.45 Q&A
12.45 – 1.45 Lunch

Afternoon Session

1.45 – 2.05 Susie Snyder – IKV Pax Christi, the Netherlands – Don’t Bank on the Bomb
2.05 – 2.25 Hugh Gusterson – Professor Anthropology at George Washington University – Anthropological Research at Los Alamos Labs
2.25 – 2.45 Robert Scheer – Author of Star Warriors – Data on Young Men Researchers at Lawrence Livermore Labs

2.45 – 3.15 Q&A

3.15 – 3.45 Tea and Coffee

3.45 – 4.05 Noam Chomsky – Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics MIT – Pathology within the Existing Political System that could lead to Nuclear War
4.05 – 4.25 David Krieger – President Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – The Law Zero Lawsuits Brought by the Marshall Islands
4.25 – 4.45 Tim Wright – Campaign Director International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ICAN – Some New and Exciting Solutions
4.45 – 5.00 Helen Caldicott – President Helen Caldicott Foundation – While There’s Life There’s Hope

http://nuclearfreeplanet.org/symposium-the-medical-and-ecological-consequences-of-the-fukushima-nuclear-accident-l-march-11-12-2013–online-archive-.html