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Is another Pacific War inevitable? John Feffer says “No” & brings clarity & hope to the issue of excessive military spending in the Asia-Pacific

Some pundits tell us the U.S. is going to war with a "rising China" in the near future. That's why they want to spend more on missile defense surrounding China, military expansion in South Korea and Guam, and another U.S. military mega-base on Okinawa (although 30 facilities already exist on 20% of the island). But is another Pacific War inevitable? John Feffer says "No" and brings clarity and hope to a discussion on excessive global military spending and how we can stop the march towards more wars in this great National Public Radio (NPR) interview, with good audience Q&A. Feffer, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), the D.C.-based think tank that sponsors the Network for Okinawa, explains how the Global Day of Action on Military Spending came into being and how we can reenvision our common future.

Okinawa Network for Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) Statement

The Okinawa Network for Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) object to Tokyo's "Sympathy Budget" subsidies to the U.S. military amid an unprecedented crisis caused by earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. They urge the Japanese and U.S. governments to stop their planned destruction of biodiverse Oura Bay to build a U.S. Marine mega-base and to stop destroying one of the best-preserved areas of Yanbaru Forest to build helipads for jungle training purposes: We urge the US government, as our “Tomodachi" or "Friend”, to decline our sympathy budget, if it truly wishes to help Japan’s recovery and rebuilding. We also urge both Japanese and US governments to stop further militarizing Okinawa: the base construction in Henoko/Oura Bay and the helipad construction in Takae. Please show them your support by posting comments at their website!

Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) event: Living Along the Fenceline screening today in San Francisco

The Women for Genuine Security, an organizational member of the Network for Okinawa, is sponsoring a screening of filmmaker Lina Hoshino's Living Along the Fenceline tonight in San Francisco. The groundbreaking 80-minute documentary tells the stories of seven women whose lives have been affected by the US military presence in their backyards. Their individual journeys of strength and courage represent the unheard stories of communities across the globe that live alongside US bases and bear tragic hidden costs to their land, culture, and spirit. They are teachers, organizers, and healers, moved by love and respect for the land, and hope for the next generation. One of the storytellers is Yumi Tomita (pseudonym), an Okinawan woman in her late 30s. She was raped by US soldiers when she was in high school. It has taken her many years to cope with the shame and trauma of this assault. She finally began to speak of her ordeal in 1995, when a 12-year-old Okinawan girl was kidnapped and raped by U.S. Marines.

Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) in Okinawa

"Friends" don't destroy eco-systems and take taxpayer money during natural disaster and nuclear crises. The Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) in Okinawa focuses on Okinawan humanitarian and ecological values that prioritize life. Peace talks by Ms. Suzuyo Takazato of Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence, Mr. Hiroshi Ashitomi of the Committee against Heliport Construction, and the Elders of Save Life Society.

Bring War Dollars Home by Closing Down Bases

Christine Ahn and Sukjong Hong discuss Washington's exorbitant, wasteful spending on politically, economically, and environmentally unsustainable overseas U.S. military bases. Their focus in this piece is Cheju Island, but the pattern of environmental destruction, disrespect of democratic process, and widespread citizen protest against U.S. bases also applies to Okinawa, the entire Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world.

4.12 Global Day of Action on Military Spending (4月12日:軍事予算を考える世界アクションデイ)

More than 100 endorsers have planned 90 events in 35 countries (including Okinawa) for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) on April 12, 2011. The Institute for Policy Studies (sponsor of Network for Okinawa) co-founded GDAMS with the International Peace Bureau.