Category: Japan

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Ward Churchill: Suppression of Indigenous Sovereignty in 20th Century United States

Ward Churchill   As the 20th century prepares to take its rightful place in the dustbin of history, the last vestiges of sovereignty among the more than 300 indigenous nations trapped inside the claimed boundaries of the United States are rapidly sliding into a kind of final oblivion. In one of official America’s supreme gestures Read more…

Tom Johnson: Nuclear Politics All MOXed Out

  On January 14, 1997, representatives from 171 medical, environmental, and activist organizations in the United States and 18 other countries—including every major nuclear power except China and Israel—sent a letter to President Bill Clinton asking him to overrule a decision by former Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary to process plutonium from nuclear warheads and "burn" Read more…

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Elizabeth Martinez: It’s a Terrorist War on Immigrants

  In the spring of 1997, a Latino immigrant who had worked legally in the United States for 40 years committed suicide after receiving a letter saying that under the new welfare law his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) might end. Not long afterward a wheelchair-bound Russian immigrant threw himself off his balcony from the same Read more…

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David Bacon: Korean Workers Shut Down the Chaebols

David Bacon   Since January 14, pitched battles have raged in the streets of Seoul. Outside the Myongdong Cathedral, union leaders have been directing the general strike paralyzing South Korea, and phalanxes of police have tried to disperse thousands of demonstrators. The strike has become, not just a movement of workers, but a pro-democracy movement Read more…

Kevin Heldman: On the town with the U.S. military in Korea

Kevin Heldman   A mile or so outside of Yongsan U.S. Army Garrison in central Seoul, past the tourist shops and street vendors selling Bulls, Raiders, et al., apparel, past the Burger King and the newly-opened Orange Julius and down a series of narrow roadways packed with American soldiers who are falling in and out Read more…

Chris Gaal: Who Are The Peruvian Terrorists?

Chris Gaal Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) rebels in Peru made headlines around the world when they entered the Japanese ambassador’s residence during a party disguised as servants carrying caviar and champagne, and proceeded to take hundreds of high level officials hostage. The U.S. press has taken the hostage crisis at face value, painting a Read more…

Danielle Knight: Who Benefits, Who Suffers?

Knight   George and Edvino, ages 12 and 13, have been hired as farm workers in Sao Jose dos Pinhais, a town in the state of Parana located in Southern Brazil. This week they are applying pesticides. Edvino, wearing a dusty Yankees baseball cap and Lee Jeans, nervously giggles as George explains how the hand-held Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: To be like them

[Translated by Francisco González] Dreams and nightmares are made of the same stuff, but this particular nightmare claims to be the only dream we are allowed to have: a development model that scorns life and worships things. Can we be like them? Such is the promise of politicians, the goal of technocrats, the fantasy of Read more…

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Brian Small: National Railworkers’ 20 Year Battle

Japanese Labor History, JR FuSaiYo Mondai I’ve found these National Railworker struggle group(Tosodan) guys to be approachable and fun on a personal level. Whenever they’re not overwhelmed with their own court cases and union democracy issues they’re always ready to jump in and support peace and environmental issues. I stumbled upon them by chance thanks Read more…

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John Feffer: Interviewing John Feffer

ZNet: Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book is about? What is it trying to communicate?My new book, North Korea, South Korea: U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis, looks at the current stand-off between the United States and North Korea over the latter’s nuclear program.  The purpose of the book is to Read more…

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