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Call for Aloha ‘Aina

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Kahea for Aloha ‘Aina

TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) chief negotiators to meet in Hawaii March 9-15th on the Big island at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Hotel.

This is big!  We need to mobilize for Aloha ‘Aina.  This is the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) of the Pacific that will grant corporate domination of county, state, and national sovereignty, threaten jobs, the environment, sacred sites, labor rights, increase the gap between rich and poor, and increase militarization in the Pacific, etc.
Jim Albertini

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/20/business/tpp-chief-negotiators-to-meet-in-mid-march-in-hawaii/#.VOdJtVq9KK0

The 12 countries involved in a proposed Pacific-Rim free (U.S.corporate dominated) trade initiative will convene a chief negotiators’ meeting in mid-March in Hawaii, sources close to the matter said on Friday, as they scramble to secure a deal by the end of this spring. The 12 countries are the U.S., Japan, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

Global Trade Watch is one of the best one-stop resources for information on TPP. Go to

http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=3129#reports

For TPP/militarization in the Pacific check out  http://imipono.org/2014/11

 

Another important article –The Trans-Pacific Partnership Clause Everyone Should Oppose, about “Investor-State Dispute Settlement,” or ISDS can be found here

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/28792-the-trans-pacific-partnership-clause-everyone-should-oppose

Protest plans are in the works. Your ideas on how to stand for Aloha ‘Aina are most welcomed. My contact information is below. Stay tuned. Check the malu-aina.org website for update plans. And please copy and share this information with others or refer people to the Malu-Aina website. Mahalo.

Jim Albertini for Malu ‘Aina

Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622. Email
: ja@malu-aina.org http://www.malu-aina.org

Push Back the Doomsday Clock!

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

We Are All Down Winders!

      March 1st is known as “Nuclear-Free & Independent Pacific Day.” It commemorates the tragic 15 megaton U.S. nuclear bomb test, code named Bravo, at Bikini atoll in the Marshall Islands of Micronesia, on March 1, 1954. Many people died in the Marshall Islands from radiation contamination and fallout down wind of the Bravo blast and the 66 additional U.S. nuclear weapon tests there. The Bravo test was 1000 times more powerful than the U.S. bomb that destroyed the city of Hiroshima, Japan. (You are cordially invited to attend: The Bravo Test Remembrance Worship Event, Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Church of the Holy Cross 440 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo, Hawai`i – across from UHH new glass building.)

      Today, we are all Down Winders. The mining and milling of uranium for making fuel for nuclear power plants and nuclear bombs, thousands of nuclear bombs tested worldwide, numerous nuclear accidents –Fukushima, Chernobyl, etc. and the widespread use of depleted uranium weapons in training and in war, have now made earth’s entire population DOWN WINDERS.

      The 133,000-acre military Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) located in the center of Hawai`i Island is known to be contaminated with radiation from Depleted Uranium (DU) used in weapons testing, as well as lead and other military toxins. PTA is located in a dry environment, adjacent to a Girl Scout Camp where continued bombing and military maneuvers, together with frequent high winds, risk spreading the contamination in small dust particles that can be transported around the island and beyond. Citizen monitors on numerous occasions have detected radiation in civilian areas beyond the confines of PTA boundaries.

      PTA is also subject to flash flooding, which risks the introduction of military toxins into the ground water and toxins being flushed all the way down to the ocean, endangering humans, plants and animals. On July 2, 2008, the Hawai`i County Council, by a vote of 8-1, passed Resolution 639-08 calling for a halt to all live-fire at PTA and a clean up of Depleted Uranium radiation present at PTA. The U.S. military has ignored the Council’s call and continues to bomb Pohakuloa.

      The land at Pohakuloa is Hawaiian Kingdom Crown and Government lands. It’s been used as a military bombing and training area since WWII. Over 84,000 -acres were simply seized through presidential executive order #11167 at no cost. Nearly 23,000-acres are leased by the Army from the State of Hawaii for 65 years at a total cost of $1.00. Overall, Hawai`i is the most heavily militarized group of islands in the world. The Bayonet Constitution and the Reciprocity Treaty of 1887 stationed the U.S. Navy at Pearl harbor, lead to the removal of Hawai`i’s Queen in 1893, and continued U.S. military occupation ever since.

Down Winders Unite!

Remember the Marshall Islands & “Bravo”!

Stop the Bombing, Shut Down PTA, & Free Hawai`i!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc. 5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622. Email
: ja@malu-aina.org http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. 27, 2015 – 701st week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

What is TPP?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

What is TPP? (Trans Pacific Partnership)

Global Trade Watch is one of the best one-stop resources for

http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=3129#reports
For TPP/militarization in the Pacific check out  http://imipono.org/2014/11

TPP chief negotiators to meet in mid-March on Big Island at Waikoloa Beach Marriott

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

This is big!  We need to mobilize opposition.  This is the NAFTA of the Pacific that will grant corporate domination of county, state, and national sovereignty, threaten jobs, the environment, labor rights, increase militarization in the Pacific, etc.
Jim Albertini

Daily News
TPP Negotiators Settle On Big Island Venue For Hawaii Informal Round
Posted: February 25, 2015
An informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating round slated to take place March 9-15 in Hawaii will be held at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island, according to informed sources.
The hotel is located roughly 18 miles from Kona International Airport on the east side of the Big Island, which is also known as Hawai’i Island.
A number of U.S. industry representatives are planning to attend the informal round with the expectation that it will be an important meeting because the negotiations appear to be in their final stages. TPP countries are planning to hold a ministerial meeting in mid-April at which the U.S. and other parties are aiming to conclude an agreement.
One industry source predicted that negotiators at the Hawaii round could make decisions on technical issues that would have a major commercial impact on trade flows, even though the big-picture issues will likely be left up to ministers.
Several sources said they were operating under the assumption that the goal for the Hawaii round was to try to resolve all but the most politically sensitive issues that will be taken up by ministers the following month. At the same time, these sources noted that this has been the goal for previous rounds, including the Jan. 26-Feb. 1 negotiating session in New York.
Sources said they expect some negotiating groups, such as the one dealing with intellectual property (IP) issues, to meet in Hawaii in addition to chief negotiators. The negotiating groups on state-owned enterprises and investment are holding intersessional meetings this week in Mexico and Washington, respectively.

Arthur Stamoulis
Citizens Trade Campaign

TPP chief negotiators to meet in mid-March in Hawaii

KYODO, JIJI
The 12 countries involved in a proposed Pacific-Rim free trade initiative will convene a chief negotiators’ meeting in mid-March in Hawaii, sources close to the matter said on Friday, as they scramble to secure a deal by the end of this spring.
The negotiating members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership had hoped to hold a ministerial meeting and reach a broad agreement by mid-March. But they decided that more working-level negotiations are necessary as gaps remain over contentious issues such as intellectual property, the sources said.
The chief negotiators’ meeting is being arranged from March 9 to 15, according to the sources.
Japan’s Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari said the TPP countries are going to be “slightly behind schedule” and it now seems difficult to hold a ministerial meeting in early spring as anticipated, but such a high-level gathering will eventually be set sometime by the end of May.
In the United States, trade bills for giving President Barack Obama fast-track authority, formally called trade promotion authority, are expected to be submitted to Congress soon.
A ministerial meeting will be arranged “after that procedure (for TPA), or in parallel with that,” Amari said at a press conference.
Amari’s remark comes on the heels of a comment made Thursday by a senior U.S. congressman visiting Tokyo, who said he expects a bill to give Obama fast-track authority will be enacted this spring.
Paul Ryan, chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, told a Tokyo press conference: “We are in what we call the 11th hour in negotiating the final pieces of TPA.
“We don’t have a set timeline yet, other than the fact that this will be done this spring,” he added.
If the president is given TPA, the government will only have to ask Congress whether it backs the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal across the board without revisions. The TPA legislation will be deliberated at the House Ways and Means Committee.
A Wisconsin Republican congressman who is leading bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers in Japan, Ryan also said at the Japan National Press Club: “We fully anticipate this will be ready in time to make it meaningful and put in the right sequence so that we can hopefully conclude TPP negotiations soon after that.”
On Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his resolve to conclude the free trade negotiations, during a meeting with U.S. lawmakers at the prime minister’s office.
Abe said that economic relations between Japan and the United States have strengthened considerably and that Japan hopes to further boost ties, including through the TPP initiative, according to Japanese officials.
Ryan also said at the press club that trade through the TPP will be a win-win for Japan and the United States. The two countries have struggled to find common ground on how widely Japan should open its agricultural market.
While the U.S.-led TPP initiative aims to abolish all tariffs in principle, Tokyo has sought to protect key agricultural products — rice, wheat, beef and pork, dairy and sugar.
“It’s important for us to acknowledge anxieties but also important for us to work together to find common ground and bridge those gaps so that we can have a trade agreement that builds our alliance together and that grows our economies,” Ryan said.
Japan and the U.S. account for a combined 80 percent of the TPP members’ economies, and their lingering differences on farm products and autos have acted as a drag on the overall negotiations, which began nearly five years ago.
Ryan claimed the TPP would help create more jobs, higher wages, faster economic growth and higher living standards.
“We see this as a way of increasing collaboration between our two countries and together jointly writing the rules of trade in this region, which will be to the benefit of our two countries and the global economy,” he said.
The 10 other TPP negotiating countries are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
Later in the day, the delegation held separate talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. The lawmakers also met Wednesday with Amari.

Some good food for thought

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

https://www.popularresistance.org/10-ways-to-fight-the-corporatocracy/

10 Ways To Fight The Corporatocracy