Archive for September, 2013

Citizens have a duty to resist the crimes of their government

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

U.S. Prepares

to Wage


Illegal War!


“To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”  – Robert H. Jackson, chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials.

“It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.” –  General Douglas MacArthur


NO War on Syria! 

We Protest!

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.
Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
(808) 966-7622.  Email

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (September 6, 2013– 624th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email



9-11 Remembering & What Have We Learned?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Malu ‘Aina and Occupy Hilo are co-sponsors of this event.

WED 9/11 Please join us to remember the victims past and present of 9-11. We’ll gather at 5 pm on the highway outside Walgreen’s in Hilo for sign waving. Then at about 6:30 we’ll hold a candle light vigil and spell a message with the Occupy Hilo Light Brigade. This is a peaceful, family friendly event. Please invite your friends and ohana.  Mahalo.

Ban GMOs on Hawaii Island

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Please pass on the message below from Kerri Marks.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

★ ACTION ALERT Rally to Protect Hawaii Island Wednesday September 4th at the County Building in Hilo from 10 am to 1 pm. Come stand with us to protect Hawaii Island from GMO. Bring a sign or borrow one of ours. Bring a friend, bring a drum, bells, bring your keiki…this is a family friendly event. Then come inside and testify for your favorite GMO prohibition bill at 1:30. We need LOTS of testifiers to show up on Wednesday and possibly Friday the 6th. You can testify in a group, meaning before you read your testimony say that you are also representing the following people, and then list their names. The time you spend reading the names will NOT be counted against your 2 minutes. Make sure you say your name, where you live, and who you are (i.e. mother, organic farmer, business owner, etc) Bring 15 copies of your testimony with you that day to give to the clerk; keep one for yourself to read from, then give it to a press person.

You can submit written or video testimony NOW. Make sure you write which bill or communication you are testifying on and whether you SUPPORT or oppose it. Also write the name of the Committee, which is “Public Safety and Mass Transit.” Please try and keep your comments positive and constructive. 

Council Committee meets in HILO but you can testify there or at satellite locations in Ocean View, Kona, or Waimea. The Pahoa office is CLOSED until further notice. Each testifier will be allowed TWO MINUTES TOTAL for testimony, no matter how many items they testify on. There are 4 items on the agenda; Ms. Ford’s Bill 109, Ms. Wille’s Bill 113, forming a GMO ad hoc committee task force, and a report on the 8/19 Big Island GMO Summit.

★ Please WEAR GREEN in solidarity.

UPDATED AGENDA – The PAHOA office will be CLOSED; no testimony in Pahoa, you have to come to Hilo

These are the FOUR items you can testify on. You need to submit separate testimony for each one. 
★ Send in your testimony NOW
* Video Public Testimony: Those submitting video testimony may email a complete web address (url) to before 12:00 noon TUESDAY 9/3. The email should include the following: Date: 9/4/13, the name of the Committee is “Public Safety and Mass Transit,” agenda item (the communications and bill numbers are listed above), and number of testifiers on the video submittal. Send SEPARATE VIDEOS for each agenda item. Video submittals may contain up to three (3) individual testifiers and shall each be up to three (3) minutes in length. Video testimony will not be played during the meeting; however, it will be distributed to Council Members prior to the meeting. If submitted after the deadline, Council Members will receive the video testimony after the meeting. The Office of the County Clerk reserves the right to refuse testimony containing inappropriate content or that is not in compliance with Council Rule 13 (Public Statements and Testimony) .

Allowable video formats are to be internet-based, downloadable, and accessible to this office and the general public; e.g. YouTube being the most commonly known but any, of similar functionality and format we can access and review, is acceptable.

*Written Public Testimony: The deadline for submission of written public testimony is before 12:00 noon TUESDAY 9/3. The Office of the County Clerk will accept receipt of your written public testimony by mail to the Office of the County Clerk at 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720, by facsimile to (808) 961-8912 or by e-mail to . Please submit SEPARATE WRITTEN TESTIMONY FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM.

Written Public Testimony Submitted Past Deadline: If you miss the deadline for written public testimony, the Office of the County Clerk will accept your written public testimony at the Committee meeting. When submitting written public testimony at a Committee meeting, please see a Committee Services staff person stationed at the front entrance of the Council room and provide them with your written public testimony. The Office of the County Clerk advises that you bring fourteen (14) copies of the written public testimony to expedite distribution to the Council members during the meeting.

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Speak out NOW Against a US Attack on Syria!

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Speak out NOW Against a US Attack on Syria!

President Barack Obama’s announcement that he will seek congressional authorization for military action in Syria is an acknowledgment that he is hearing the voices of opposition to this new war.

Congressional leaders from both parties will schedule votes to authorize the use of military force in Syria early in the week of September 9. In the next week members of Congress will be listening intently to the voices of their constituents as they consider how to vote on the proposed authorization for the use of military force.

One week to stop a war

What your senators and representatives hear from you in the next week could help determine whether the U.S. embarks on a new war or whether the country returns to the diplomacy and international cooperation that will ultimately bring those who have used chemical weapons and committed crimes against humanity to justice.

Add your voice to stop another illegal war under the cover of “humanitarian intervention.” Urge your representatives to vote NO on the authorization for the use of military force.

*Write a letter to your local newspaper. Pass this on to your friends via email. Sign on line petitions against military action. Let your community know that US military force is not the answer. Be sure to mention the names of your representatives by name.

*Call your congressional representatives:

Sen. Brian Schatz 808-523-2061, 202-224-3934

Sen Mazie Hirono 808-522-8970, 202-224-6361

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard 808-541-1986, 202-225-4906

Rep Colleen Hanabusa 808-541-2570, 202-225-2726

* Email your congressional representatives:

They will accept your email and respond only if you send it through their official websites. You will need to input your contact information first and then your message. Use the links below to access the website, then select “Contact” for the email form.

Sen. Brian Schatz

Sen Mazie Hirono

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Rep. Collen Hanabusa http:

Some talking points:

1. What’s needed in Syria is humanitarian aid of food, medicine and shelter, along with international efforts for a cease fire, not bombs and cruise missiles to escalate the violence.

2. In Egypt, more than 1000 unarmed protesters have been killed by the military coup leaders there. Is the US calling for cruise missile strikes in Egypt, or even cutting off U.S. military aid?

3. What is taking place in the U.S. now over Syria is a sequel to the illegal attack on Iraq in 2003.

4. President Obama has no legal constitutional authority to attack another country where there is no imminent threat to the U.S. Congress has not declared war on Syria, nor has the United Nations Security Council authorized the use of force.

5. The end result will be more innocent people killed, another country further destroyed. How many more countries will the U.S. turn to rubble? Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, etc.

6. Put the $1.3 million being spent for every cruise missile, into food, medicine, shelter, schools, health care, job creation, and other unmet human needs.

7. US military intervention in Syria risks further escalation of the war and the possibility of spreading and intensifying the war in neighboring counties.

8. President Obama campaigned on ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and reducing American involvement in those wars. An attack on Syria would be a reversal of his policy to roll back our military involvement.

Read the full Briefing Paper at

Crisis in Syria


Briefing Paper
September 2013

The Rush to Bomb Syria: Undermining International Law and Risking Wider War


Once again, the President of the United States is leading a rush towards war without regard for the United Nations Charter and the international legal regime intended to control prohibited weapons and to respond to threats to peace and security. Even before United Nations inspectors were on the ground in Syria to determine whether a chemical weapons attack had occurred, the U.S. and its allies began moving ships into attack position in a manner that, in the context of public statements by the leaders of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, constituted an undeniable military threat to Syria.

Since World War I, use of chemical weapons has been viewed almost universally as monstrous, and as a violation of treaty-based and customary standards of international humanitarian law. If they were used in Syria by any party, that action should be condemned, and all states should cooperate in identifying the perpetrators and in pursuing their apprehension and prosecution by all legal means. There is no provision of international law, however, that allows ad hoc coalitions of countries to determine for themselves who they believe the guilty parties to be, and to punish them by acts of war against the territory of a sovereign state. The United Nations Charter allows unilateral military action only where a country is under attack or imminent threat of attack. None of the countries proposing the use of force against Syria can make any claim that Syria has attacked them, or that they are under imminent threat of attack. International treaties outlawing chemical weapons and prohibiting their use provide no special exception for such ad hoc use of military force. To the contrary, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the most comprehensive instrument concerning chemical weapons, provides for investigation of alleged violations by specialist bodies constituted by the Convention and recourse to the United Nations to authorize any use of force.

In this instance, it is especially important that transparent, credible procedures be followed for investigation of the allegations of chemical weapons use and a determination of the responsible party or parties, as well as for actions to prevent further use and to punish those culpable.

Key Findings and Recommendations

● Chemical weapons are viewed almost universally as abhorrent, and their use as a crime. All states should cooperate in identifying the perpetrators of the apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria and in pursuing their apprehension and prosecution.

● Under the current circumstances there is no basis in the United Nations Charter, the Chemical Weapons Convention, or other international law for the United States to launch strikes against
Syria absent authorization by the UN Security Council or, if the Council is deadlocked, the UN General Assembly under its Uniting for Peace procedure.

● International law provides no exception for the ad hoc use of force by states in cases involving the actual or possible use of prohibited weapons, such as chemical weapons, by states with which they are not at war. Standing alone, the allegations of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government do not provide a legal basis for military action by any non-party to the conflict.

● Unilateral punitive strikes justified as a defense of the global norm against chemical weapons are unlikely to actually protect Syrians or others against use of chemical weapons and other attacks, may do little to reinforce the norm or even undermine it, and could lead to a significant increase in the level of violence throughout the region.

● There are viable international ways and means to respond to the apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria that should be vigorously pursued before the use of force is considered.

● The U.S. should present its evidence regarding use of chemical weapons in Syria to the Security Council. The Security Council should condemn any use of chemical weapons, forbid further use of chemical weapons, expand the scope of the UN investigation to include the issue of responsibility for attacks, refer the Syrian situation to the International Criminal Court for further investigation and adjudication, and call for convening of a peace conference.

● If the Security Council remains unable to act, the General Assembly should assume responsibility under the Uniting for Peace procedure.

● The U.S.-Russian effort to hold a conference to bring the Syrian conflict to an end should be reinvigorated. The U.S., Russia, and other powers that provide direct or indirect military and logistical support to the warring parties in Syria should use all available means, including cessation of support, to bring about an immediate cease-fire and a negotiated peace.

● The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the most comprehensive instrument concerning chemical weapons, provides for investigation of alleged violations by specialist bodies constituted by the Convention, collective measures by states parties in response to activities prohibited by the Convention, recourse to the UN General Assembly and Security Council in cases of particular gravity, and referral of disputes to the International Court of Justice. Almost all states, 189, are party to the CWC. Syria is among the handful that are not. The agreement governing the relationship between the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, however, makes provision for instances where chemical weapons are used by actors other that CWC parties. Pursuant to CWC procedures, the Executive Council or the Conference of States Parties of the CWC should convene a special meeting to consider the situation in Syria and recommend appropriate responses by states parties and the United Nations.
● For U.S. elected officials, saying no to the easy, violent options offered by a national security and military industrial complex too long ascendant would be the hard choice, the courageous choice, and the right choice.

Ann Wright’s article “Possible Consequences of a U.S. Military Attack on Syria

Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Published on Saturday, August 31, 2013 by Common Dreams

Possible Consequences of a U.S. Military Attack on Syria

Remembering the Marine Barracks destruction in Beirut, 1983

Its 4am and I can’t sleep, just like 10 years ago when President Bush was telling the world that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the United States must invade and occupy Iraq to rid humanity of these weapons. I didn’t believe President Bush ten years ago and I resigned as a U.S. diplomat.
Now a decade later, President Obama is telling the world that the use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Assad government must be answered by other weapons, even though the results of the UN inspection team have not been compiled—just as the Bush administration refused to wait for the UN report by the inspectors who had been looking for WMD in Iraq…