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No War: New Study & Action Guide

July 31, 2017

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Attend #NoWar2017! Or plan your own event, or watch the livestream. Participants in the Sept. 22-24 conference in Washington, D.C., will receive copies of the new edition of A Global Security System and be there for the launch of our new Study & Action Guide (see below). Here are few of the many people who will be there:

Coming soon from World Beyond War!

STUDY WAR NO MORE: A Concerned Citizens Study & Action Guide for “A Global Security System: An Alternative to War”

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Study War No More is an online learning tool developed by World Beyond War intended for those concerned with pursuing alternative possibilities to the general futility of war as a means to pursuing peace. It provides guided inquiries and suggests practical actions for students and citizens to understand the nature of “the war system” and the possibilities for its transformation to an authentic “global security system” pursued via peaceful means.

Study War No More is intended to support and expand World Beyond War’s landmark publication: A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (AGSS). Now in its second edition (2016), AGSS will be continually updated to reflect global changes and emergent thinking on approaches to peace and security. AGSS is a required resource for Study War No More.

Coming Soon: Sign-up for Updates! Public Launch in DC at No War 2017 Conference!

Study War No More will launch very soon. Visit GlobalSecurity.WorldBeyondWar.org and submit your email to be notified when the site goes live!

A public launch will take place at World Beyond War’s No War 2017 Conference — War and the Environment, Sept. 22-24 at American University in Washington, D.C.. Come join us at this important conference addressing how the antiwar and environmental movements can work together.

Who is Study War No More for?
Study War No More is designed for a wide range of audiences. It is appropriate and adaptable for use in or with: upper-level secondary school classes (history, social studies); undergraduate and graduate peace studies programs; community groups; activist groups; faith-based groups; local, state or national government officials; and family dinner time conversation.

Study and Action Partners: Learning directly from the pioneers
We think its important to learn directly from those leaders who are pioneering alternative approaches to security. They’ve laid the foundations for an alternative system and provide inspiration for action. This is why each discussion topic of Study War No More will features a short introductory video from “study and action partner organizations” who are leading global thinkers and doers on the issues and approaches being explored. The work of our partners is also featured in each lesson.

Encouraging dialogue and action!
While there is significant research and experimentation on alternative approaches to security, we are far from having all the necessary knowledge to address the problematique of violence between and amongst nations and peoples. Study War No More recognizes that new thinking and knowledge must be developed if we are to overcome a culture of war. The more who participate in this collective inquiry and dialogue the more likely we are to find appropriate solutions. Study War No More also encourages learners to formulate their own solutions and map out systems for common security – we believe this approach is more likely to encourage ownership and political action to bring these systems into being. Citizen action is absolutely essential for the transformation of the present system.

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The Past 5 GOP Presidents Have Used Fraud and Treason to Steer Themselves to Electoral Victory

July 31, 2017

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The Past 5 GOP Presidents Have Used Fraud and Treason to Steer Themselves to Electoral Victory

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The deception started long before Donald Trump.


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People are wondering out loud about the parallels between today’s Republican Party and organized crime, and whether “Teflon Don” Trump will remain unscathed through his many scandals, ranging from interactions with foreign oligarchs to killing tens of thousands of Americans by denying them healthcare to stepping up the destruction of our environment and public lands.

History suggests — even if treason can be demonstrated — that, as long as he holds onto the Republican Party (and Fox News), he’ll survive it intact. And he won’t be the first Republican president to commit high crimes to get and stay in office.

In fact, Eisenhower was the last legitimately elected Republican president we’ve had in this country.

Since Dwight Eisenhower left the presidency in 1961, six different Republicans have occupied the Oval Office.

And every single one of them — from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump — have been illegitimate — ascending to the highest office in the land not through small-D democratic elections — but instead through fraud and treason.

(And today’s GOP-controlled Congress is arguably just as corrupt and illegitimate, acting almost entirely within the boundaries set by an organized group of billionaires.)

Let’s start at the beginning with Richard Nixon.

In 1968 — President Lyndon Johnson was desperately trying to end the Vietnam war.

But Richard Nixon knew that if the war continued — it would tarnish Democrat (and Vice President) Hubert Humphrey’s chances of winning the 1968 election.

So Nixon sent envoys from his campaign to talk to South Vietnamese leaders to encourage them not to attend an upcoming peace talk in Paris.

Nixon promised South Vietnam’s corrupt politicians that he would give them a richer deal when he was President than LBJ could give them then.

LBJ found out about this political maneuver to prolong the Vietnam war just 3 days before the 1968 election. He phoned the Republican Senate leader Everett Dirksen — here’s an excerpt (you can listen to the entire conversation here):

President Johnson:
Some of our folks, including some of the old China lobby, are going to the Vietnamese embassy and saying please notify the [South Vietnamese] president that if he’ll hold out ’til November the second they could get a better deal. Now, I’m reading their hand, Everett. I don’t want to get this in the campaign.
And they oughtn’t to be doin’ this. This is treason.

Sen. Dirksen: I know.
Those tapes were only released by the LBJ library in the past decade, and that’s Richard Nixon that Lyndon Johnson was accusing of treason.

But by then — Nixon’s plan had worked.

South Vietnam boycotted the peace talks — the war continued — and Nixon won the White House thanks to it. As a result, additional tens of thousands of American soldiers, and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese civilians, died as a result of Nixon’s treason.

And Nixon was never held to account for it.

Gerald Ford was the next Republican.

After Nixon left office the same way he entered it — by virtue of breaking the law — Gerald Ford took over.

Ford was never elected to the White House (he was appointed to replace VP Spiro Agnew, after Agnew was indicted for decades of taking bribes), and thus would never have been President had it not been for Richard Nixon’s treason.

The third was Ronald Reagan, elected in 1980.

He won thanks to a little something called the October Surprise — when his people sabotaged then-President Jimmy Carter’s negotiations to release American hostages in Iran.

According to Iran’s then-president, Reagan’s people promised the Iranians that if they held off on releasing the American hostages until just after the election — then Reagan would give them a sweet weapons deal.

In 1980 Carter thought he had reached a deal with newly-elected Iranian President Abdolhassan Bani-Sadr over the release of the 52 hostages held by radical students at the American Embassy in Tehran.

Bani-Sadr was a moderate and, as he explained in an editorial for The Christian Science Monitor earlier this year, had successfully run for President on the popular position of releasing the hostages:

“I openly opposed the hostage-taking throughout the election campaign…. I won the election with over 76 percent of the vote…. Other candidates also were openly against hostage-taking, and overall, 96 percent of votes in that election were given to candidates who were against it [hostage-taking].”

Carter was confident that with Bani-Sadr’s help, he could end the embarrassing hostage crisis that had been a thorn in his political side ever since it began in November of 1979. But Carter underestimated the lengths his opponent in the 1980 Presidential election, California Governor Ronald Reagan, would go to win an election.

Behind Carter’s back, the Reagan campaign worked out a deal with the leader of Iran’s radical faction — Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini — to keep the hostages in captivity until after the 1980 Presidential election.

This was nothing short of treason. The Reagan campaign’s secret negotiations with Khomeini — the so-called “October Surprise” — sabotaged Carter and Bani-Sadr’s attempts to free the hostages. And as Bani-Sadr told The Christian Science Monitor in March of 2013:

“After arriving in France [in 1981], I told a BBC reporter that I had left Iran to expose the symbiotic relationship between Khomeinism and Reaganism.

“Ayatollah Khomeini and Ronald Reagan had organized a clandestine negotiation, later known as the ‘October Surprise,’ which prevented the attempts by myself and then-US President Jimmy Carter to free the hostages before the 1980 US presidential election took place. The fact that they were not released tipped the results of the election in favor of Reagan.

And Reagan’s treason — just like Nixon’s treason — worked perfectly.

The Iran hostage crisis continued and torpedoed Jimmy Carter’s re-election hopes.

And the same day Reagan took the oath of office — almost to the minute, by way of Iran’s acknowledging the deal — the American hostages in Iran were released.

And for that, Reagan began selling the Iranians weapons and spare parts in 1981, and continued until he was busted for it in 1986, producing the so-called “Iran Contra” scandal.

But, like Nixon, Reagan was never held to account for the criminal and treasonous actions that brought him to office.

After Reagan — Bush senior was elected — but like Gerry Ford — Bush was really only President because he served as Vice President under Reagan.

If the October Surprise hadn’t hoodwinked voters in 1980 — you can bet Bush senior would never have been elected in 1988. That’s four illegitimate Republican presidents.

And that brings us to George W. Bush, the man who was given the White House by five right-wing justices on the Supreme Court.

In the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court decision in 2000 that stopped the Florida recount and thus handed George W. Bush the presidency — Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his opinion:

“The counting of votes … does in my view threaten irreparable harm to petitioner [George W. Bush], and to the country, by casting a cloud upon what he [Bush] claims to be the legitimacy of his election.”

Apparently, denying the presidency to Al Gore, the guy who actually won the most votes in Florida, did not constitute “irreparable harm” to Scalia or the media.

And apparently it wasn’t important that Scalia’s son worked for the law firm that was defending George W. Bush before the high court (thus no Scalia recusal).

Just like it wasn’t important to mention that Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife worked on the Bush transition team and was busy accepting resumes from people who would serve in the Bush White House if her husband stopped the recount in Florida…which he did. (No Thomas recusal, either.)

And more than a year after the election — a consortium of newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and USA Today did their own recount in Florida — manually counting every vote in a process that took almost a year — and concluded that Al Gore did indeed win the presidency in 2000.

As the November 12th, 2001 article in The New York Times read:

“If all the ballots had been reviewed under any of seven single standards and combined with the results of an examination of overvotes, Mr. Gore would have won.”

That little bit of info was slipped into the seventeenth paragraph of the Times story on purpose so that it would attract as little attention as possible around the nation.

Why? because the 9/11 attacks had just happened — and journalists feared that burdening Americans with the plain truth that George W. Bush actually lost the election would further hurt a nation that was already in crisis.

And none of that even considered that Bush could only have gotten as close to Gore as he did because his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, had ordered his Secretary of State, Kathrine Harris, to purge at least 57,000 mostly-Black voters from the state’s rolls just before the election.

So for the third time in four decades — Republicans took the White House under illegitimate electoral circumstances. Even President Carter was shocked by the brazenness of that one.

And Jeb Bush and the GOP were never held to account for that crime against democracy.

Most recently, in 2016, Kris Kobach and Republican Secretaries of State across the nation used Interstate Crosscheck to purge millions of legitimate voters — most people of color — from the voting rolls just in time for the Clinton/Trump election.

Millions of otherwise valid American voters were denied their right to vote because they didn’t own the requisite ID — a modern-day poll-tax that’s spread across every Republican state with any consequential black, elderly, urban, or college-student population (all groups less likely to have a passport or drivers’ license).

Donald Trump still lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, but came to power through an electoral college designed to keep slavery safe in colonial America.

You can only wonder how much better off America would be if six Republican Presidents hadn’t stolen or inherited a stolen White House.

In fact — the last legitimate Republican President — Dwight Eisenhower — was unlike any other Republican president since.

He ran for the White House on a platform of peace — that he would end the Korean War.

This from one of his TV campaign ads:

“The nation, haunted by the stalemate in Korea, looks to Eisenhower. Eisenhower knows how to deal with the Russians. He has met Europe leaders, has got them working with us. Elect the number one man for the number one job of our time. November 4th vote for peace. Vote for Eisenhower.”

Two of his campaign slogans were “I like Ike” and “Vote For Peace, Vote For Eisenhower.”

Ike was a moderate Republican who stood up for working people — who kept tax rates on the rich at 91 percent — and made sure that the middle class in America was protected by FDR’s New Deal policies.

As he told his brother Edgar in 1954 in a letter:

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.”

And Eisenhower was right — the only way Republicans have been able to win the presidency since he left office in 1961 has been by outright treason, a criminal fraud involving conflicted members of the Supreme Court, or by being vice-president under an already-illegitimate president.

And that’s where we are today, dealing with the aftermath of all these Republican crimes and six illegitimate Republican presidents stacking the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary.

And this doesn’t even begin to tell the story of how the Republican majority in the senate represents 36 million fewer Americans than do the Democrats. Or how in most elections in past decades, Democrats have gotten more votes for the House of Representatives, but Republicans have controlled it because of gerrymandering.

This raises serious questions about the legitimacy of the modern Republican Party itself.

They work hand-in-glove with a group of right-wing billionaires and billionaire-owned or dominated media outlets like Fox and “conservative” TV and radio outlets across the nation, along with a very well-funded network of rightwing websites.

The Koch Network’s various groups, for example, have more money, more offices, and more staff than the Republican Party itself. Three times more employees and twice the budget, in fact. Which raises the question: which is the dog, and which is the tail?

And, as we’ve seen so vividly in the “debate” about healthcare this year, the Republicans, like Richard Nixon, are not encumbered by the need to tell the truth.

Whether it’s ending trade deals, bringing home jobs, protecting Social Security and Medicaid, or saving our public lands and environment — virtually every promise that Trump ran and won on is being broken. Meanwhile, the oligarchs continue to pressure Republican senators to vote their way.

Meanwhile, a public trust that has taken 240 years to build is being destroyed, as public lands, regulatory agencies, and our courts are handed off to oligarchs and transnational corporations to exploit or destroy.

The Trump and Republican campaign of 2016, Americans are now discovering, was nearly all lies, well-supported by a vast right-wing media machine and a timid, profit-obsessed “mainstream” corporate media. Meanwhile, it seemed that all the Democrats could say was, “The children are watching!”

Fraud, treason, and lies have worked well for the GOP for half a century.

Thus, the Democrats are right to now fine-tune their message to the people. But in addition to “A Better Deal,” they may want to consider adding to their agenda a solid RICO investigation into the GOP and the oligarchs who fund it.

It’s way past time to stop the now-routine Republican practice of using treason, lies, and crime to gain and hold political power.

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Expert: Melted fuel found at Fukushima — Corium up to 6 feet thick below reactor

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(社説)憲法70年 「原発と人権」問い直す

July 23, 2017

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 東京電力福島第一原発の20キロ圏に入る福島県南相馬市小高(おだか)区。大半の地域で避難指示が解除されて12日で1年がたった。

 商店や学校は徐々に再開され、登下校時は高校生たちの声が響く。一方で、シャッターを下ろしたままの店や、庭に草が生い茂った家も目立つ。

 市によると、12日現在の小高の居住者は2046人。11年の原発事故当時の6分の1弱だ。

 憲法が保障していたはずの「ふつうの暮らし」を、原発事故は多くの人から奪い去った。

 ■事故が問うた本質

 漁師の志賀勝明さん(68)は小高への帰還を断念した。海岸近くに建てたばかりの自宅は津波で浸水した。事故後、立ち入りを禁じられた間に荒れ果て、解体を余儀なくされた。

 志賀さんは言う。「自分だけじゃなく、地域のすべての人の人生が変わった。生存権とか、基本的人権とか、憲法の本質的なものを考えさせられたよ」

 南相馬市は昨年5月、全世帯に憲法全文の小冊子を配った。

 小高出身の憲法学者、鈴木安蔵(やすぞう)が終戦直後にまとめた憲法草案要綱は「国民ハ健康ニシテ文化的水準ノ生活ヲ営ム権利ヲ有ス」と生存権を明記し、現憲法25条につながった。多くの市民の生活が暗転したなか、原点を再認識してほしいとの思いが、桜井勝延(かつのぶ)市長にはあった。

 福島県では今も数万人が県内外で避難を続ける。長年のなりわいや家屋を失った人は数え切れず、居住、職業選択の自由(22条)、財産権(29条)の侵害は著しい。多くの子が故郷の学校に通えなくなり、教育を受ける権利(26条)も揺らいだ。

 そして何より、事故は多くの人を「関連死」に追い込んだ。

 「原発事故で、憲法に書いてある生活ができなくされた。これは憲法違反でしょう」。桜井市長は語気を強めて言う。

 ■よりどころは憲法

 「原発は電気の生産という社会的に重要な機能を営むものではあるが、憲法上は人格権の中核部分より劣位」。14年5月、関西電力大飯原発(福井県)の周辺住民らが起こした訴訟で、福井地裁判決はこう述べ、再稼働の差し止めを命じた。

 原発事故の避難者が国と東電に賠償を求めている集団訴訟で、関西原告団代表を務める森松明希子(あきこ)さん(43)は、憲法に立脚した判決に希望を感じた。

 幼い2人の子の被曝(ひばく)を案じ、福島県郡山市から大阪へ避難した。だが地元は避難指示区域ではない。少数派である自主避難者への視線は福島の内でも外でも厳しく、行政の支援や東電からの賠償も乏しい。

 「自分の選択は正しかったのか」。苦悩し、学生時代に学んだ憲法をいま一度ひもといた。

 「恐怖と欠乏から免かれ、平和のうちに生存する権利を有する」(前文)、「すべて国民は、個人として尊重される」(13条)。これこそが自分のよりどころだ、と思った。

 避難するのもとどまるのも、個人の自由だ。どの選択をした人に対しても、憲法が保障する生活が実現できるような支援を。森松さんはそう訴える。

 「ふつうの暮らし」を取り戻すため、憲法を盾にたたかっている人たちがいる。憲法施行70年の日本で、忘れてはならない重い現実といえよう。

 ■主権者が選ぶ針路

 福島の事故より前、原発が憲法と関連づけて問題視されたことはなかったといっていい。

 日本の原子力開発は、憲法施行8年後の1955年に制定された原子力基本法に基づいて進められてきた。同法は「人類社会の福祉と国民生活の水準向上」を目的とし、「平和利用」を明記している。

 澤野義一・大阪経済法科大教授(憲法学)は「原発は当然のように合憲視され、学界でもほとんど論議されたことがなかった」と指摘する。

 資源が乏しい日本で、大量の電力を供給できる原発が経済発展に貢献したのは確かだろう。

 ただ、ひとたび事故が起きれば、無数の人権がただちに脅かされる。そのリスクは「安全神話」のもとで隠され、国民も十分に認識してこなかった。

 多くの国民が被災者となった福島第一原発事故の後も、国や電力事業者は原発を推進する方針を変えようとしない。

 全国の原発の周辺には、事故で避難を迫られる可能性がある30キロ圏だけで400万人以上が暮らす。憲法が目指す社会は守りうるのか。そんな観点から、この国の進む道を見直す必要はないだろうか。

 中欧のオーストリアは78年、国民投票で原発の稼働が否決されたのをきっかけに、原発の建設を禁じる法律を制定した。86年の旧ソ連・チェルノブイリ原発事故を経て、「脱原発」を求める世論は強まり、99年に原発禁止が憲法に明記された。

 日本の針路を選ぶ権利は、主権者である国民一人ひとりにある。この6年超の現実を見据え、議論を広げていきたい。

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 永岡です、災害と防災を考えるネットワーク1・17、第1076回、今週も毎日放送アナウンサーの千葉猛さんと、フリーアナウンサーの野村朋未さんの司会で放送されました。
 九州北部豪雨災害、現地にはボランティアも入られて、豪雨災害に気象庁は正式な名前を付けて、2015年の鬼怒川決壊以来、現地では仮設住宅の建設も始まり、東峰村では入居の手続きも始まり、被災者が一刻も早く入れるように、リスナーより、東大阪市でも100ミリ/時間の雨があり、早めの避難が必要との声がありました。
 九州北部豪雨災害、避難の情報の問題もあり、気象災害で、あらかじめ予測される被害時間からさかのぼり、対策や行動を時系列で組み立てるタイムラインという考えがあり、NPO法人CeMI環境・防災研究所(http://www.npo-cemi.com/ )副所長の松尾一郎さんのお話がありました。
 災害が襲ってきた際に行動を事前に立てること、タイムライン導入を自治体に提言されている松尾さん、九州北部豪雨で、数年前にも九州で豪雨だが、それよりひどく被害の全貌も分からず、これは大阪でも起こるものであり、タイムラインは防災行動計画、松尾さんアメリカの2013年のハリケーン災害でニューヨークの地下鉄が冠水、伊勢湾台風並み、これは日本だと大都市は高潮のこれほどの被害は60年近くなく、ニュージャージーを調査してタイムラインのことを知り、台風だと、日本では熱帯低気圧が風速で決まり、台風発生→何日後に直撃するか、台風は前日、前々日から影響が出るが、その前の晴れている時に、側溝の点検などやれることはあり、しかし従来は気象庁から警報で自治体が活動開始では遅く、早め早めの、先を見越しての対策が必要であり、自治体の防災計画は、気象庁が警報を出した際に行政機関が初めて参集するものだが、警報が出るのは直前、数時間後に雨が降るというものの、雨はこのところ極端で、2012年の京都豪雨でも対応は後手後手になり、あらかじめ予測されるもので、時間割、5日前から計画して、防災行動を3つの要素で考えるもので、住民、消防、自治体も参加して、今まさに九州では6月からタイムライン、長崎県諫早市は参加して、自治体、消防、警察、自衛隊、さらに報道機関も入り、数回の議論でタイムラインを決めて、従来はトップダウン、行政が決めるもの、しかし被害が広がるところでの計画を作るものであり、諫早では台風ではなく前線のことから決めて、諫早では60年前に大被害があり、気象庁から前線の気象情報を知り、気象台での情報→長崎県でこれだけ雨が降る→タイムラインのステージを上げて、気象情報で1、警報で2、そして危険になったら4、4になったら避難する、これは行政だけでなく、高齢者や寝たきりの人をどう避難させるかく決めて、ステージ1では状況を見て、施設の点検、下水が機能しているか、ポンプは稼働するか、家で雨どいはどうか、雨具の用意などであり、3日前、買い物は2日前までに済ませて、風が強いと高齢者は外出すべきでなく、大阪湾は文化があり、2014年にJRが台風で運航を見合わせて、利用者にアンケートを取ったら、8割の人が評価して、明日止めると予告したら対応はできで、減災行動、昔は台風が来るともっと早く対応して、集まり、顔の見える、ボトムアップの考え方がある。
 それを示すタイムライン、自治体で導入されて、大阪では貝塚市の二色浜海水浴場、大きな川があり高潮の心配があり、高潮のタイムラインを現地で作って、自治会の方は、台風が来た際の対応をしておくと、台風が来た先に慌てずに済み、防災報道のレベルが1~5で、それごとに対応、1は準備、3日後に台風が来る際に、持ち出し品を備えて、2は防災本部を設置、声がけ、黄色いタオルを持ち、避難の際にタオルを置く=その家は避難済み、黄色いタオルは配布済み、3になったら貝塚市から高齢者の避難の指示、4では全員避難であり、このタイムライン作りに松尾さんも参加されて、松尾さん、自治会長のリーダーシップが素晴らしく、皆さんボランティアで、議論して計画する面白さが、見えてきて、地域の変わりよう、タイムラインをすると人は変わり、防災に関心のなかった皆さんも参加して、議論して役割を決めたら、皆さん防災担当として意識が変わり、タイムラインは作って訓練して、災害時に備えるもので、高潮のタイムラインは2月に完成で、自治会長の和田さんも住民の変化を知り、今まで住民の避難も、避難訓練はタイムラインを学ぶと、今までの訓練では足りないと分かるものと言われて、そして中で意見の対立もあり、一番の問題は要支援者の対応であり、行政も入り、情報共有して、どう避難させるか、同居する家族、家族が働いている場合はどうするか、コミュニケーションを取って、一緒にやっていくものであり、そうして本当の防災になり、まず地域で考えて、家族で議論、個人がどうするか、行政が避難指示、勧告を出して、個人にもタイムラインはあるべきというのです。
 大阪でもタイムラインの取り組みが、寝屋川市でも始まり、生駒、金剛でも土砂災害は起こり得て、大阪でも土砂災害はあり得て、大阪でも本格的に始めるべきであり、自治体でも地域でもやるべきなのです、以上、松尾さんのお話でした。
 今回の特集、千葉さん、タイムラインの考えは過去になく、台風が来る際の計画を認識して、これからどう対策するかが問題と野村さんも言われました。大雨、梅雨が明けて熱中症対策も必要です、以上、今週のネットワーク1・17でした。

Fukushima and the Tokyo Olympic Games

July 22, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sending you some reactions to my last message to President Thomas Bach of the IOC.
There is mounting support for retreating from the Tokyo Plympic Games 2020.

”Thank you so much for this article. It describes a crime of horrendous dimension.
Thanks for making it public!”

”Your letter to IOC Prez Bach is very pertinent. Forwarding him the report from Truthout on Mr Gunderson’s
current analysis of the state of Affairs in Japan and the followup of the Fukushima disaster is highly important.
A call to cancel or postpone the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo becomes more urgent and deserves international attention
including perhaps the voice of IPPNW. ”

” It would be marvelous if authorities would admit that the Fukushima Problem is not solved and is a very serious problem!
Moving people back and hosting the Olympics is sheer madness. I would say criminal.”

”Your recent messages are posted here:
http://www.opensourcetruth.com/urgent-messages-from-murata-san/

It is increasingly the morality of the Tokyo Olympic Games that is being questioned.
We are reminded that the strongest power’s biggest enemy is ethics and morals.

Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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Dear Friends,

I am sending you my message addressed to President Thomas Bach of the IOC.

With warmest and highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:44 PM

Dear President Thomas Bach,

Please allow me to transmit this extremely alarming mail that may interest you.
It has been sent to me from an American friend.
The widening gap beteen the promoters and the opponents of the of the Tokyo Olympic Games
could not be left unattended.

With highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata

Fukushima Radiation and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Fukushima Radiation and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The commission even has plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to have baseball and softball games played …

Message to President Bach, IOC

July 20, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sending you my message addressed to President Thomas Bach of the IOC.

With warmest and highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

————

Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:44 PM

Dear President Thomas Bach,

Please allow me to transmit this extremely alarming mail that may interest you.
It has been sent to me from an American friend.
The widening gap beteen the promoters and the opponents of the of the Tokyo Olympic Games
could not be left unattended.

With highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata

Fukushima Radiation and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Fukushima Radiation and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The commission even has plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to have baseball and softball games played …

Sign up now for the War and Environment conference and flotilla

July 20, 2017

No War 2017: War and the Environment

We’re slowly adding the best speakers and workshop leaders, including representatives from Friends of the Earth, 350.org, Greenpeace, and other environmental organizations as well as peace ones. This is an opportunity to build a unified movement.
September 22-24 Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Just following the International Day of Peace, and in the tradition of No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism, and the best speech any U.S. president ever gave, this year’s conference will focus on activism, including activist planning workshops, addressing how the antiwar and environmental movements can work together.

We encourage and can help you to hold similar events in other locations, and this event will be livestreamed so that other events can watch it.

WHERE: American University Katzen Art Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
All events in the Recital Hall. Workshops on Sunday in the Recital Hall, and in Rooms 112, 115, 123, and 128.
How to get there.

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Friday, Sept 22: 7-10 p.m.
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WHO: Terrific speakers are being lined up, including by reaching out to environmental organizations that have worked against militarism or are willing to do so. If you can recommend any such organizations, local, national, or global, please contact us. We’d like to get in touch with them and possibly invite them to participate.

Speakers will include: Gar Smith whose forthcoming book is The War and Environment Reader, and Max Blumenthal, Kevin Zeese, Kathy Kelly, Brian Terrell, Bruce Gagnon, Leah Bolger, Peter Kuznick, Ray McGovern, David Swanson, Dale Dewar, Nadine Bloch, Richard Tucker, Pat Elder, Mike Stagg, Natalia Cardona, Lindsay Koshgarian, Suzanne Cole, Eric Teller, a representative of Greenpeace, Robin Taubenfeld, Alice Day, Lincoln Day, Brian Trautman, a representative of Black Alliance for Peace.

WHAT:

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Sept 22

7-8 p.m. Conference Opening Plenary: David Swanson, ________, _________.

8-10 p.m. our friends from the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence will present their annual award. Past recipients have included Coleen Rowley, Katharine Gun, Sibel Edmonds, Craig Murray, Sam Provance, Frank Grevil, Larry Wilkerson, Julian Assange, Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Fingar, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, William Binney, and John Kiriakou.

Sept 23

9-10:15 a.m. Understanding the intersection of pro-environment and anti-war activism, with Richard Tucker, Gar Smith, and Dale Dewar.

10:30-11:45 a.m. Preventing domestic environmental damage of militarism, with Mike Stagg, Pat Elder, _________.

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. catered lunch by D.C. Vegan

1-2:15 p.m. Combining movements globally, with a Greenpeace representative, Robin Taubenfeld, and a representative of Black Alliance for Peace.

2:30-3:45 p.m. Financial tradeoffs, budgets, and conversion, with Lindsay Koshgarian, Natalia Cardona, and Bruce Gagnon.

4-5:15 p.m. Divestment from fossil fuels and weapons with Suzanne Cole, Eric Teller, __________.

5:15-6:45 dinner on your own
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6:45-7:30 Music by __________.

7:30-9:00 Screening of episode 7 of Untold History of the United States, followed by discussion with Peter Kuznick, Ray McGovern, and David Swanson.

Sept 24

9-10:15 a.m. Creative activism for the earth and peace, with Nadine Bloch, Bill Moyer, Brian Trautman.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakout workshop strategic planning sessions in Recital Hall, and in Rooms 112, 115, 123, and 128, and possibly outdoors.

12-1 p.m. catered lunch by D.C. Vegan

1-2 p.m. Reporting back and discussion in Recital Hall

2:15-3:30 p.m. Halting the environmental damage of distant U.S. wars, with Kathy Kelly, Brian Terrell, Max Blumenthal.

3:45-5:00 p.m. Building a Joint Peacenvironmentalist / Envirantiwar Movement, with Kevin Zeese, ______, _________.

5:00-6:30 p.m. dinner on your own
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7:15-9:00 p.m. Film screening and discussion: Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War, with Alice Day and Lincoln Day.

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Fury at Fukushima: Over 1 Billion pounds of nuclear waste “will be dumped into sea”

July 17, 2017

Latest Headlines from ENENews

Fury at Fukushima: Over 1 Billion pounds of nuclear waste “will be dumped into sea” — Top Official: “The decision has already been made” — “The solution is to pour the radioactive liquid into the ocean” — Toxic radioactive water to cause devastation
Posted: 16 Jul 2017 03:15 PM PDT

Fukushima and the Pacific Ocean

July 17, 2017

Dear Friends,

At the Fukushima Daiichi, the volume of contaminated water amounts to one million tons contained in 1000 tanks. On July13,the new Chairman of TEPCO announced in an interview that the massive radioactive contaminated water containing unremovable tritium would be released into the sea, as recommended by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority. It is well known that tritium is a deadly poison. 2 milligram of it is lethal.

The future of the Pacific Ocean is threatened. The reaction of the international community can easily be foreseen.

Recent publications containing anti-Tokyo Olympic Games assertions are noteworthy. Mr.Takao Saito, renowned journalist, published last month a book entitled “How to educate the people” in which he reviews all the violations of the initial official commitments of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Mr.Makoto Sadaka, famous critic, has recently published an article in which he criticizes Dentsu as playing a central role in suspected corruption cases regarding nuclear reactors and the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Fukushima and the Tokyo Olympic Games are closely related. The former helps to play down the consequences of the latter, preventing Japan from consecrateing maximum efforts to bring Fukushima under control. It is simply scandelous to organize Olympic baseball and football games in Fukushima without reassuring its safety as required by civil society. The IOC is increasingly criticized for this.

The Olympic Games seems to stand at crossroads. Rome, Boston Hamburg and Bulgaria have withdrawn candidature for the 2024Olympic Games. Paris and Los Angeles are retained for 2024 and 2028.In addition to enormous financial burden, immigrants and terrorism remain serious discouraging problems for the two cities.

The large scale cyber attack that took place in Europe on June 27 damaged the automatic radiation surveillance system of Chernobyl nuclear reactors in Ukraine. The world is thus seriously warned against the vulnerability of nuclear reactors.

The world is yet to learn the destructive power of nuclear energy in all directions(states,companies,organizations, individuals).The pitiful downfall of TOSHIBA undeniably symbolizes the beginning of the end of the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The mainstream of the world still permits and promotes the existence of more than 440 nuclear reactors, now considered as the most serious threat to security.

This mainstream undeniably needs a change.

It is the law of history.

Mitsuhei Murata

Former Ambassador To Switzerland