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Joseph Gerson: Compensating for Decline: Revitalizing U.S. Asia-Pacific Hegemony

In a speech given at the Japan Peace Conference in Sasebo, Japan on Dec. 3, 2010, Joseph Gerson maps U.S. military ambitions in the Asia-Pacific, shedding light on contexts of proposed U.S. military expansion in Okinawa.

Peace in Asia and the Pacific: Alternatives to Asia-Pacific Militarization Conference – Oct. 21 & 22, 2011, American Univ., Washington D.C.

Organizer Joseph Gerson, of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC): Please join us and consider having your organization co-sponsor this uniquely important conference. Even as the Pentagon has been pursuing its Long War across the Middle East and Central Asia, the campaign to contain China has been driving U.S. strategic war planning and military spending. Our movements to prevent war and to address the impacts of the militarization of the federal budget are not prepared to the long term designs of the Pentagon, right-wing and the Military-Industrial-Complex to reinforce and deepen U.S. militarism across the Asia-Pacific.

Katrina Vanden Heuvel: Around the Globe, US Military Bases Generate Resentment, Not Security

Katrina Vanden Heuvel, publisher and editor of The Nation, a progressive news magazine, spotlights The Network for Okinawa in her June 13, 2011 article discussing the U.S. system of 865 military bases worldwide that costs American taxpayers $102 billion annually (not including the 135 newly constructed bases in Iraq and Afghanistan): The plain truth is that the staggering resources we spend to support an empire of bases isn’t making us more secure. Instead, they fuel resentment and consume resources desperately needed to invest here at home, as well as targeted development aid that could be used more wisely and efficiently by non-military experts.

Look for Our Full-page Ad in The Washington Post on Wednesday, 4/28/10!

A full-page ad calling for the closure of the Futenma Marine Corps base and no base relocation within Okinawa prefecture has appeared in The Washington Post on April 28. This ad appears in the wake of the April 25 demonstration of nearly 100,000 Okinawans protesting the planned base relocation.

Solidarity Statement from the Members of the Network for Okinawa

Solidarity statement from the members of the Network for Okinawa in support of the Okinawa rally on April 25, 2010.

Official Press Release – April 20, 2010

Press Release (4/20/10) from the Network for Okinawa.