Jim Albertini Na Leo TV 10 min. talk on Pohakuloa

Jim Albertini Na Leo TV 10 min talk on “Experience Pohakuloa Day” April 20, 2023 at Pohakuloa
starts at 37.20 at the link below
 
Jim has a monthly 10 min. Hawaii Speaks Out program on Na Leo TV  Check it out.  He’s been doing the programs for several years.
Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons now sent to Ukraine

Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons have been confirmed used in training on Oahu, at Schodield Barracks, at the Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii Island, and likely at Makua Valley on Oahu and possibly on Kaho’olawe.  The article below exposes the dangers of Depleted Uranium that need to be taken very seriously.
Jim Albertini
 

Using Poison in Ukraine’s Depleted Hope of Victory

U.K. Armed Forces Minister James Heappey, left, with Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace in September 2022. (Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street)

By Elizabeth Vos
Special to Consortium News

Depleted uranium shells have been sent to Ukraine, as confirmed by U.K. Armed Forces Minister James Heappey last week. Britain announced last month that it would send the munitions for use with Challenger 2 tanks, a move that immediately escalated nuclear tensions with Russia, with President Vladimir Putin threatening to place tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus just days later.

The U.K. move comes amid indications that Kiev is increasingly desperate, to the point of being willing to risk scorching the earth it is fighting for.

Over the last few months documents emerging as part of the so-called Pentagon leak allegedly posted online by U.S. National Guardsman Jack Teixera have shown Ukrainian forces are faring far worsethan previously reported by corporate media. As reported by Consortium News, the leaked documents “show the long-planned Ukrainian offensive will fail miserably.”

That the conflict is not going well for Ukraine came as little surprise to those who had been following the story outside of the legacy press echo chamber. However, Britain’s decision to send depleted uranium rounds to Ukraine represents more than a dangerous escalation in the West’s proxy war with a nuclear-armed power.

It is an example of Ukraine’s willingness to target the ethnic Russian population in eastern Ukraine and poison the land it is attempting to retain. Depleted uranium will have effects not only on Russian fighters but also on the civilian population for years to come.

Ukrainian troops in the Donbass region, March 2015. (OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

Radio host Randy Credico, who visited Donbass, recently told Consortium News that residents of that region already live in daily fear of U.S.-made missiles used by Ukraine to target civilians and the emergency services that come to help them: now they are to face the additional prospect of depleted uranium shells, which would not simply kill civilians now, but has the potential to poison future generations.  

Russia intervened in Ukraine after eight years of war by Kiev against the ethnic Russians in the east who declared independence from Ukraine after the U.S.-backed 2014 coup.

The U.S. and British corporate media appear to dismiss concerns of Russian nuclear escalation in response to the use of depleted uranium rounds, and the official line in the West is that such weapons represent a low environmental risk.

The Sordid History of Its Use

U.S. sailors checking rounds of depleted uranium aboard the battleship USS Missouri in 1987. (Public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

However, there are compelling reasons to question the official stance. Depleted uranium rounds were used by U.S. forces in both Iraq wars, as well as in the Balkans in the 1990s.

Depleted uranium munitions are heavier than lead and are typically used to pierce the armor of tanks. On impact the metal shears, burns and vaporizes. This process produces toxic radioactive dust. A 2001 report focusing on the health impacts of depleted uranium on U.S. veterans of the Gulf War published by The Nation explains that:

“D.U. is highly toxic and, according to the Encyclopedia of Occupational Health and Safety, can cause lung cancer, bone cancer and kidney disease… Scientists point out that D.U. becomes much more dangerous when it burns. When fired, it combusts on impact. As much as 70 percent of the material is released as a radioactive and highly toxic dust that can be inhaled or ingested and then trapped in the lungs or kidneys. ‘This is when it becomes most dangerous,” says Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. “It becomes a powder in the air that can irradiate you.”

A 1999 report by The Guardian related the sentiments of scientists speaking in regards to bombing Kosovo with depleted uranium: “One single particle of depleted uranium lodged in the lymph node can devastate the entire immune system.”

Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter commented on the news of depleted uranium rounds being sent to Ukraine by citing increases in leukemia where it had previously been used in Kosovo as well as increases in birth defects and cancer in Iraq following the wars there.

He argues that the U.S. suppresses the health effects of depleted uranium “because we don’t want to take ownership for what we have done.”

U.S. soldiers dispose of a simulated depleted uranium round during training in 2018 on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. (U.S. Army National Gurd/Rory Featherston)

In John Pilger’s film documenting Iraq after the first Gulf War, Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq, he spoke with doctors in Basra where they reported a 10-fold increase in cancer deaths. Pilger also spoke with an Iraqi pediatrician who described an influx of congenital deformities never seen before the war.

In the case of the second Iraq War, the most striking reported effects of depleted uranium and other toxic substances were seen in Fallujah, where U.S. forces bombed mercilessly in 2004.

The rise in birth defects in Iraq have been called “catastrophic,” and The Guardian went so far as to publish a piece in 2014 that accused the World Health Organization of covering up the “nuclear nightmare” left behind in Fallujah by the U.S. and U.K.

Others have compared the city’s health crisis with that following the U.S. nuclear attack on Hiroshima.

The specific role of depleted uranium rounds in the sharply increased rate of cancer and serious birth defects remains controversial, but the accounts of doctors on the ground in Fallujah who have documented such birth defects, cancers, and other health problems are staggering.

Is this the future faced by generations of ethnic Russians in Ukraine?

When Ukraine is already set to lose, if slowly, on the battlefield, what is to be gained by taking out a few more Russian tanks if it permanently renders the land a danger to its inhabitants, permeated with toxic dust particles of radioactive heavy metal?

How can this decision be viewed as anything but a spiteful admission that that land is being lost, and that “salting” it is a final act of malice against ethnic Russians in Donbass?

The use of depleted uranium munitions in Ukraine amounts to a last-gasp of desperation and an attempt to contaminate territory Kiev knows it will not regain, for such weapons would not be supplied by Britain and used by Ukraine on land they were confident they would  recapture.

Elizabeth Vos is a freelance journalist and contributor to Consortium News. She co-hosts CN Live! 

The views expressed are solely those of the author and may or may not reflect those of Consortium News.

May 5, 2023, Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Say NO to WWIII

Speak Up & Stand Up Now! Don’t be Bamboozled

by U.S. Propaganda!

China Wants War Too!

Look how close they put their country to our military bases!

“The single dumbest thing the US-centralized empire asks us to believe is that the military encirclement of its top two geopolitical rivals is a defensive action, rather than an act of extreme aggression.” journalist Caitlin Johnstone http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/57515.htm

See John Pilger on the coming war. Speak up. http://www.infor mationclearinghouse.info/57514.htm

1 . Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject violence & war as solutions. 3. Defend civil liberties.
          4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, anti-Black, anti-Asian, anti-Russian, anti-LGBTQ, etc.  5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai’i 96760

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F-22 Raptors over Big Island 4/28/23

F-22 Raptors over Big Island 4/28/23
The operating cost of an F-22 Raptor is over $85,000 per hour. Some reports say the building cost is over $400 million each.

This is money that should be going for housing, feeding the poor, and protecting the environment instead of escalating tensions for Nuclear War with China, Russia, North Korea, etc.
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Jim Albertini Malu 'Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola'a (Kurtistown) Hawai'i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

April 28, 2023 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Pohakuloa & Red Hill Toxins!

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A federal grand jury is conducting a criminal investigation into the Red Hill fuel spills that sickened thousands of Hawaii families. https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/…/federal-grand-jury-is…/

Meanwhile, in Hawaii County, it doesn’t look like any criminal investigation of Pohakuloa Toxins will be happening here. A picture speaks a thousand words.

                        PTA Commander Kevin Cronin &  County Prosecutor Kelden B.A. Waltjen.  Photo from  PTA Facebook page 

      On April 20, 2023, schoolchildren from around Hawaii  attended “Experience Pohakuloa Day.”     Is Du blowing in the wind?     

      The truth is the Military’s Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) is the largest toxic site on Hawaii Island. PTA is 133,000 acres in size, more than 4 times the size of Kaho’olawe, and as big as the island of Guam. PTA is located in the center of Hawaii Island at an elevation of 6500 feet. Strong winds frequently blow through Pohakuloa carrying military toxins, like Depleted Uranium radiation (DU) oxide particles, around the island. Inhaling DU alpha dust particles is the most dangerous form of radiation. This is according to Hawaii resident, Dr. Lorrin Pang, MD who spent 24 years in the Army Medical Corps and has been listed among America’s Best Doctors. See Dr. Pang’s 17-minute video on DU dangers here – https://vimeo.com/19153948 Dr. Pang explains especially vulnerable are young children and pregnant women. Just like from Red Hill military contaminated water on Oahu, at Camp Lejeune, etc., etc.

      The Hawaii County Council passed resolution 639-08 on July 2, 2008, by a vote of 8-1 that called for 8 actions, including stopping all live fire at PTA, comprehensive independent testing and monitoring, and clean up of DU present at Pohakuloa.  None of the 8 actions called for have been done.  The military has ignored the county’s call to action for 15 years. Millions of live rounds continue to be fired annually at PTA.

Challenge the Military Big Lie: “Pohakuloa is Safe!”

Aloha ‘Aina! Bomb Pohakuloa No More!

1 . Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject violence & war as solutions. 3. Defend civil liberties.
       4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, anti-Black, anti-Asian, anti-Russian, anti-LGBTQ, etc. 5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawai’i 96760

                Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org to receive our posts.

                                 For more information see http://www.malu-aina.org

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