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Opposition parties demand Abe’s wife testify over school land scandal

March 24, 2017

POLITICS MAR. 24, 2017 – 07:00AM JST ( 25 )
Opposition parties demand Abe’s wife testify over school land scandal
Akie Abe
Reuters photo
TOKYO —
Opposition parties stepped up calls Thursday for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie to be summoned to testify in parliament, after the head of a nationalist school operator reiterated under oath in the Diet earlier in the day that she had handed over a donation for the organization on the prime minister’s behalf.

The ruling camp led by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party dismissed the claim by Yasunori Kagoike, which was previously denied by Abe’s wife.

“The curtain did not close on the problem (with Kagoike’s testimony in the Diet), but rather just opened,” main opposition Democratic Party leader Renho said in a press conference, emphasizing the party’s resolve to pursue Abe over the scandal.

Despite Abe’s repeated denials, the Moritomo Gakuen chief told the Diet that the prime minister had donated 1 million yen ($8,900) through Akie to help build a new elementary school.

“Mr. Kagoike’s testimony was one-sided. It is necessary to arrange an opportunity to confirm the facts with Madam Akie under the same conditions,” Renho said, calling on Abe’s wife to appear in parliament as a sworn witness.

The Osaka Prefecture-based school operator has been under fire since it was revealed that it paid a fraction of the appraisal price for land purchased from the state in the city of Toyonaka to open the school. The dubious land deal sparked suspicions of political interference and led to scrutiny of Kagoike’s ties with the Abes.

Akira Koike, the head of the Japanese Communist Party’s secretariat, said, “It is suspected Prime Minister Abe had something to do with (the land deal). We believe this is an extremely serious problem.”

Meanwhile, LDP Diet affairs chief Wataru Takeshita said, “It is clear that we have drawn a line. Nothing new has come out at all about the state-owned land.”

Hakubun Shimomura, executive acting secretary general of the LDP, said, “I believe the people understood that the cut-price state land deal was not affected by political power.”

Kagoike’s comments were in sharp contrast with the explanation provided by the prime minister’s office regarding the alleged donation.

Kagoike said Thursday that the prime minister’s wife handed over the money when they were alone together in a room at a Moritomo Gakuen kindergarten that she was visiting to make a speech. But Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga denied in a press conference that Kagoike and Akie Abe had met alone.

Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the LDP’s junior coalition partner the Komeito party, cast doubt on the credibility of Kagoike’s testimony, stating the chief of the school operator had “failed to present any supporting evidence.”

But an LDP lawmaker expressed concern over the possible negative impact on the Abe Cabinet’s support ratings. “The Moritomo problem will drag on. The prime minister will continue to be faced with difficulties.”

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TV: Explosion hits US nuclear plant — Officials declare emergency alert

March 23, 2017

Latest Headlines from ENENews

TV: Explosion hits US nuclear plant — Officials declare emergency alert — “Fire shuts down reactor” — Gov’t conducting special investigation, possible “serious safety consequences” — “Atmospheric steam dumps” required (VIDEO)
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 04:40 AM PDT

Updates, successes, and events

March 21, 2017

David Swanson via WarIsACrime.org david@davidswanson.org via sg.actionnetwork.org
2:58 PM (1 hour ago)

Hi everybody,

We got my city council here in Charlottesville, Va., to pass a resolution last night telling Congress to move money from the military to human and environmental needs instead of the reverse. Try this at home! Let me know if you need help!

I’ve signed on for a trip to Russia in May to meet with activists, authors, others in Moscow. But of course it’s going to cost more than I’d been told, and I’m flat broke. If you can help, please donate. Thank you to those who already have!

I’m also headed to speak in these places:
March 23 Charlottesville VA – Syria, Yemen, and U.S. Warmaking

April 3 New York – Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

Apr 4 Washington DC – Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

April 8: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest

April 13: David Swanson speaking in Boston, Mass.

April 22: David Swanson speaking in Burlington, Vermont

June 16-18: David Swanson and many others speaking at United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) annual conference in Richmond, Va.

August 2-6: Peace and Democracy Conference at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.

Find more events here.

Also I’m one of the instructors in an online course you may want to sign up for:

Before April 10: Sign up for Online Course: War Abolition 101

Here’s some recent writing, etc.:

City of Charlottesville Passes Resolution Asking Congress to Fund Human and Environmental Needs, Not Military Expansion

Trump’s Budget Counts on Us to Be Dumber Than He

Mike Signer: Profile in Cowardice

Russia Conspiracists Claim to Possess Reality

Talk Nation Radio: William Geimer on Why Canada Should Stay Out of Other People’s Wars

Jimmy Breslin on How to Impeach Trump

Listen to Black Agenda Report Radio

Help “The End of War” Win

City to Vote on Resolution Opposing Trump’s Budget

The Problem With the CIA and Drones

Talk Nation Radio: Ellen Schrecker on McCarthyism Then and Now

The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War, Day Two: David Swanson

Deep state & MSM hysteria

Charlottesville to vote on resolution urging Congress to fund human and environmental needs, not more militarism

Is Advocating Humane Policies Inhumane?

Talk Nation Radio: Tressie McMillan Cottom on For-Profit Colleges and the Society That Produces Them

I confess to meeting with the Russian ambassador in Charlottesville

Audio from Event in Arlington in January

Audio: From Canadian Radio

Our Causes Are Connected, Our Movements Should Be Too

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Nuclear Investigator: Worry over underground explosions at Fukushima

March 21, 2017

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Nuclear Investigator: Worry over underground explosions at Fukushima — New data shows molten fuel is “dropping lower each day”, melting deeper into ground below plant — Disaster far worse than public being told — “Why aren’t we reading about this everywhere?”
Posted: 20 Mar 2017 12:28 PM PDT

“Massive leak” at nuclear plant after reactors contract “small pox” — Stunning Discovery: Contagion has spread all over critical structures — Multiple large cracks found — Experts befuddled… Literally a plot similar to a movie thriller
Posted: 21 Mar 2017 04:07 AM PDT

Update: we start banning nuclear weapons in one week

March 20, 2017

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All forms of ocean life dying in stunning numbers across Pacific

March 20, 2017

Latest Headlines from ENENews

Report: Hundreds of millions of Pacific salmon missing, presumed dead — Gov’t issues emergency order along US West Coast — Japan suffering historic collapse, fish starving to death — All forms of ocean life dying in stunning numbers across Pacific
Posted: 19 Mar 2017 12:40 PM PDT

Upcoming Awesome Events Everywhere

March 20, 2017

 

David Swanson via WarIsACrime.org david@davidswanson.org via sg.actionnetwork.org 

2:54 PM (8 hours ago)

 
 
 
 
Let us know about any event you’re planning. We’ll list it on our events page, and in the calendar on the right side of this website. And we’ll email everyone on our list who lives in your area asking them to attend.

Resources with which to create an event.

Calendar of important peace holidays.

Events list:

2017

Mar 12 – Apr 8 – Leverett, MA to Washington DC – Walk for Sanctuary and a Demilitarized World

Mar 13 – Dublin, Ireland – MEETING ON THE REFUGEE CRISIS at DIT, Dublin

Mar 16 – Sunset Pointe, FL – Central Florida Chapter of World Beyond War Organizing Meeting

Mar 17 – Boston – Meet and Greet Discussion: creating a vision for a Boston World Beyond War chapter

Mar 18 – Supporting People’s Actions to Empower Women at the Margins

Mar 19 – Fordham U, NYC – Sustainability through Overcoming Violence: Restoring Earth; Respecting Women

Mar 19 – New York – U.S. Invasion of Iraq 14th Anniversary demonstration

Mar 19 – Barrington, RI – A potluck lunch, workshops & sing along

Mar 19 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Green Party Anti War Rally

Mar 19 – London UK and everywhere – Fly Kites Not Drones – Sunday 19th March 2017 International Action ALL DAY

March 20 Charlottesville VA – 7 p.m. City Council Meeting: Support Resolution Urging Congress to Fund Human and Environmental Needs, Not More Military Spending

Mar 21 – St. Paul, MN – World Storytelling Day 2017

Mar 21 – Chicago, IL – World Beyond War Chicago Chapter Meeting

Mar 23 – Charlottesville, VA – Syria, Yemen, and U.S. Warmaking in the Middle East – Discussion with Gabe Huck, Theresa Kubasak, Sheila Carapico, and David Swanson

Mar 25 – London – Global Terrorism: The Peace Movement Response

Mar 26 – Corte Madera CA – Book talk by David Hartsough and Norman Solomon

Mar 26-Aug 9 – Buchel Nuclear Base, Germany: Büchel is everywhere – nuclear-free now!

Mar 27-31 – New York – Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Negotiations (part 1)

Mar 31-April 1 – Ann Arbor – Rotary World Peace Conference, Ann Arbor

Apr 1 – Bath, Maine – Christening of the Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer, Thomas Hudner

Apr 2 – Chicago – Beyond Vietnam: Revisiting King’s Radical Revolution of Values

April 3 – New York – Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

Apr 4 – Washington DC – MLK+50 AWAKE – Meet, learn, march to, and vigil at White House

Apr 4 – Washington DC – Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

Apr 6-7 – PNND 2017 Assembly in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Apr 7-9 – Huntsville, Alabama: Pivot Toward War: US Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest

Apr 7-13 – Nevada Desert Experience – Sacred Peace Walk 2017

Apr 9 – Chicago, IL – World Beyond War: Politics Beyond Partisanship

April 10 – June 5 WORLD BEYOND WAR ONLINE COURSE: WAR ABOLITION 101: HOW WE CREATE A PEACEFUL WORLD

Apr 13 – Boston – World Beyond War director and author David Swanson to speak in Boston

Apr 15-28 – Global Days of Action on Military Spending

Apr 17 – Northampton, MA – pat*RIOT’s day march in massachusetts

Apr 18 – Tax Day – Veterans For Peace annual leafletting on the cost of the military in the US Discretionary Budget

Apr 20-23 – Philadelphia, PA – Waging Peace: AFSC’s Summit for Peace and Justice

Apr 22 – Winooski, VT – Conference – Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take?

April 22 – National & Local & Global Marches for Science on Earth Day 2017

Apr 23-28 – Peace Witness in a time of Endless War

Apr 23-29 – Indian Springs, Nevada: 3rd Annual Shut Down Creech Air Force Base

Apr 29 – People’s Climate March on Washington

May 1 – May Day – Events for Immigrants’ Rights

May 4-6 – Guantanano, Cuba – Program of the Fifth Peace Seminar and for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases

May 5-6 – San Diego, CA – The First Mobilization Conference on Social Movements and Protest: Nonviolent Strategies and the State

May 20-27 – Raleigh to DC – Sam’s Ride for Peace – Affirm the Challenge; Ride a Mile

May 21-24 – Washington DC – Alliance for Nuclear Accountability DC Days 2017

May 24-25 – Brussels – Protests against NATO at NATO Summit 2017

May 25 – San Francisco – Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

May 29 – 2017 Memorial Day Event – Letters to The Wall

Jun 2-4 – John Jay College, NYC: Left Forum 2017

Jun 15-July 7 – New York – Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Negotiations (part 2)

Jun 16-18 – United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) annual conference in Richmond, Va.

Jun 18 – New York – Women’s March to Ban the Bomb

Jul 8-16 – Scotland: Coulport Disarmament Camp 2017 by Trident Ploughshares

Jul 27-30 – Chicago – WILPF US 33rd Triennial Congress 2017 in Chicago

Aug 2-6: Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn., including Peace and Democracy Conference organized by World Beyond War

Aug 3-9 – Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Japan – 2017 World Conference against A and H Bombs

Aug 9-13 Veterans For Peace Convention at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Ill. The convention theme is “Education Not Militarization.”

Aug 27-Sept 2 – Innsbruck, Austria: International Institute on Peace Education: Aesthetic Peaces

Sep 3-7 – University of York, UK: 2017 International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War World Congress in the UK

Oct 7 The 16th anniversary of attack on Afghanistan

Oct 19-22 – Kansas City, MO: Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance and Civil Liberties in World War I Through Today

Oct 25-28 – Birmingham, AL – Moving from Civil Rights to Human Rights – Peace and Justice Studies Association 2017 Annual Meeting

Let us know about any event you’re planning.

If you’d like to help plan events, email events@worldbeyondwar.org

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Democracy Convention: unified movement!

March 19, 2017

David Swanson via WarIsACrime.org david@davidswanson.org via sg.actionnetwork.org
11:10 AM (12 hours ago)

World Beyond War and our allies are planning an incredible Peace and Democracy Conference for this August 2-6 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Even better, this will be one of ten overlapping and integrated conferences aimed at building a unified movement for change.

Check out the planning, get involved, and register with an earlybird discount to attend at https://www.DemocracyConvention.org

Send us ideas for the Peace and Democracy Conference. An initial outline of what we’re planning is below (subject to change, including based on your input).
There will be time in this schedule to participate in the other nine conferences, and some of these events will be co-sponsored by two conferences. We are lining up the best speakers and workshop leaders on the following topics. Please let us know speakers and topics you think we should include.

Aug 2 evening: Peace Media.
Aug 2 evening: Peace Education.
Aug 3 morning: Peace Culture. Outgrowing nationalism, materialism, machismo, and exceptionalism.
Aug 3 morning: The Case for War Abolition. Why we can and must end our greatest crime.
Aug 3 afternoon: Peacenvironmentalism. One movement, indivisible.
Aug 3 afternoon: Overcoming Racism and Militarism.
Aug 3 evening: Military Spending Does Even More Damage Than Militaries.
Aug 3 evening: Hole in the Ground, dramatic reading.
Aug 3 evening, off-site: Flyering re Frank Kellogg on Kellogg Blvd.
Aug 4 morning: Divestment from Weapons Dealers.
Aug 4 morning: Replacing War Systems with Peace Systems.
Aug 4 afternoon: Local Resistance to Militarized Police, Military Recruiters.
Aug 4 afternoon: Building Local Power for Peace.
Aug 4 evening: Building Alliances Across Borders.
Aug 4 evening: Nonviolence Training.
Aug 5 morning: Acting Through Local Governments.
Aug 5 afternoon: Ending the Nuclear Nightmare.
Aug 5 evening: Opposing the Latest Wars and Those to Come.
Aug 5 tea ceremony.
Aug 6 early morning Hiroshima event.
Aug 6 morning: Lobbying Officials Who’ve Been Paid Not to Listen.
Aug 6 morning: Law vs War.
Aug 6 afternoon: What If the People Could Choose Peace?
Aug 6 afternoon: Global Governance Beyond Nations.
Aug 6 evening: Peace Honors, Celebrations, Holidays, and What the Nobel Peace Prize Was Supposed to Be.

Check out the planning, get involved, and register with an earlybird discount to attend at https://wwwDemocracyConvention.org
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Amid Renewed Nuclear Worries, Dozens of Classified Bomb Test Videos Made Public

March 17, 2017

Published on
Thursday, March 16, 2017
byCommon Dreams

‘If we capture the history of this and show what the force of these weapons are and how much devastation they can wreak, then maybe people will be reluctant to use them’
byNadia Prupis, staff writer
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A clip from Operation Hardtack. (Screenshot/LLNL)
Just months after President Donald Trump advocated for “greatly” strengthening and expanding the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, dozens of video recordings of weapons tests, long hidden from public view, became available to watch after being declassified.

An estimated 10,000 films exist; 4,200 scanned; and roughly 750 declassified. Now, 64 have been uploaded to YouTube as part of a digitization effort led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Greg Spriggs, who is hoping to use the videos to analyze the weapons’ data and dissuade their future use.

“We need to be able to validate our codes and trust that the answers that are being calculated are correct,” he said. “The legacy that I’d like to leave behind is a set of benchmark data that can be used by future weapon physicists to make sure that our codes are correct so that the U.S. remains prepared.”

Some footage shows mushroom clouds blooming at high altitudes, while others show shock waves caused by an underground explosion. The clips are titled after the names of the missions, conducted between 1945 and 1962—names like Operation Castle, Operation Hardtack, Operation Plumbbob, and Operation Teapot, among others.

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“It’s just unbelievable how much energy’s released,” Spriggs said. “We hope that we would never have to use a nuclear weapon ever again. I think that if we capture the history of this and show what the force of these weapons are and how much devastation they can wreak, then maybe people will be reluctant to use them.”

The project is expected to take about two more years to complete. And it’s good that his team got to the films when they did, Spriggs added.

“You can smell vinegar when you open the cans, which is one of the byproducts of the decomposition process of these films,” he said. “We know that these films are on the brink of decomposing to the point where they’ll become useless. The data that we’re collecting now must be preserved in a digital form because no matter how well you treat the films, no matter how well you preserve or store them, they will decompose. They’re made out of organic material, and organic material decomposes. So this is it. We got to this project just in time to save the data.”

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People’s Climate March for Peace

March 16, 2017

David Swanson via WarIsACrime.org david@davidswanson.org via sg.actionnetwork.org
10:07 AM (2 hours ago)

On April 29 in Washington DC and at other locations around the world, please join in the People’s Climate March for Peace!

Sign up at https://peoplesclimate.org

For the big march in DC a rally for peace and a “feeder march” to join the start of the march are being planned. Watch for details.

Use these flyers on war and climate:
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