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OKINAWA: fighting to save nature and culture

35,000 citizens recently rallied on Okinawa opposing US military bases

35,000 citizens recently rallied on Okinawa opposing US military bases

There is much talk about whether the Okinawan delegation to DC will be successful in changing US policy. 

Bruce Gagnon for Global News Centre
(BATH, Me.)  The right-wing newspaper, Washington Times, ran a piece on Monday entitled “The other side to the Okinawa story: The ‘All Okinawa’ opposition to US military presence [occupation] is a leftist ruse”.The hit piece was written by Robert Eldridge (political affairs and public diplomacy officer, Marine Corps Installations Pacific on Okinawa). He wrote about the current visit of Okinawan Gov. Takeshi Onaga to Washington to express the demand of his people that the US government close the military bases on their island.  Gov. Onaga was elected in a recent landslide vote by the citizens on Okinawa who have had more than enough of US bases, destruction of their environment and culture, and want them immediately closed.

In the Washington Times Eldridge commented:

Why Monsanto’s “outrage” at the IARC report is hokum

monsanto2Complaints about cherry-picking of data and non-transparent processes ring hollow…

Global News Centre

(GM Watch)   The reasons Monsanto gives for its outrage are especially ludicrous. Monsanto’s chief technology officer Robb Fraley accuses the IARC of “cherry-picking” data in order to reach its conclusion and of doing so in a non-transparent process.

This is pure hokum, as is evident from a glance at the system for regulatory approval of every GMO and pesticide in the world.

Approvals are based solely on a set of safety data provided by the GMO or chemical company that manufactures the product and stands to profit from its approval. Independent studies — which are far more likely than industry studies to find risk — do not get a look in.

Vietnam Veteran benefits

Vietnam_jungle_American people stand up and be counted.  Call, write your members of Congress and Senate.  Urge them to pass Bills HR-969 and S.681.  Your voice must be heard to save lives.

John J. Bury Global News Centre

(MEDIA, Pa.)  Senators Gillibrand (D-NY) and Daines (R-MT) in bipartisonship March 9, 2015, introduced to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Senate Bill S.681 titled The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Act.  The Bill is to companion with House Bill HR-969 of the same title.  Both Bills are important to those veterans who have been ignored for VA benefits ever since 2002.

New book by Sheree Evans focuses on connection between Glioblastoma and Agent Orange

sheree-coverSheree Evans has written her first book, which recalls the story of her husband Tommy, and many other vets and their families, all impacted by Glioblastoma and similar illnesses that the U.S. government has fought to avoid responsibility for.

Tim King – Salem Insider

(SPRINGFIELD)  I spent the summer of 2013 riding my motorcycle coast to coast, giving talks about serious health issues that face American veterans.  The ride, called “Operation Red Dragonfly,” was organized by a widow in Missouri named Sheree Evans, who goes by the nickname of Tiger.

As I covered more than 11,000 miles in roughly two and a half months, Tiger helped me gain access to many vets who live in the dark with regard to serious  I spoke to veteran-oriented audiences all over the US about health hazards they face from serving in uniform.  These include contamination from cancer-causing military base toxins, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, and Agent Orange, a chemical defoilant sprayed over the jungles of Vietnam during the US war there.

U.S. donors offer $150,000 to improve gender equality, education for Vietnam’s rural children

This file photo show children are playing in a rural area in Vietnam.   Tuoi Tre

This file photo show children are playing in a rural area in Vietnam.
Tuoi Tre

The U.S. group Monsanto and the US.-based Room to Read has announced a cooperation program worth VND3.2 billion (roughly US$150,000) to improve education and gender equality for children of farmers in Vietnam.

Global News Centre

(HANOI Tuoitrenews)  The Monsanto group is a giant in the agriculture business while Room to Read is an international non-government organization operating in the field of offering education support.

The joint program of the two organizations is expected to help improve the ability and love of reading among students at the elementary level through the establishment of libraries and book publishers.

It will also help give secondary education to hundreds of girls and equip them with necessary life kills.

U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in Vietnam

seal-team-oneVeterans who qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure are not required to show they were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides when seeking VA compensation for diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.

Global News Centre

(WASHINGTON DC)  VA maintains a list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships associated with military service in Vietnam and possible exposure to Agent Orange based on military records.

This evolving list helps Veterans who served aboard ships, including “Blue Water Veterans,” find out if they may qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure.

A Legacy of Destruction: Monsanto’s dark history exposed in stunning new photo essay

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Mathieu Asselin has been photographing towns impacted by Monsanto and needs about $6,000 to complete his project; click here to support his project.

In an effort to document Monsanto’s toxic legacy, photographer Mathieu Asselin spent three years traveling across the United States capturing images of the people whose lives been most deeply affected, and in some cases destroyed, by the monstrous chemical company that happens to control much of our food supply (and key positions in our government, not so coincidentally).

Nick Meyer Alt Health Works

The Monsanto Company has been active for over 100 years in the United States, and yet the St. Louis based genetically modified seed and chemical giant’s long legacy of nefarious actions has only recently come into public view.

The mainstream in America is just now waking up to the destruction caused to humans, animals and the environment by Monsanto after all these years, but for the people living in communities that have been damaged and even destroyed by the corporation’s unscrupulous practices, the harsh truth has been ever-present (see this ‘Timeline of Crime’ for more on the dark history of Monsanto from the Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance’s page).

Is Monsanto admitting guilt in Zombie Wheat’ settlement?

monsanto_outIf the reports are true, this will be the second major Monsanto settlement this year. In July, the company was ordered to pay residents of Nitro, W.Va., $93 million for exposing them to dioxin from a nearby plant where it has produced the poison for more than a half century.

Global News Centre

(KANSAS CITY)  News emerged this week about a possible settlement between Monsanto and the farmers whose wheat was allegedly contaminated by unauthorized genetically modified seeds produced by the biotech firm. Lawyers for a contingent of soft white wheat farmers in Kansas told a Kansas City federal judge that an agreement had been reached in a class-action lawsuit between Monsanto and a group of wheat farmers in Oregon, where “zombie” GMO wheat contaminated fields last year, throwing off wheat exports in the process.

Launch of “Operation Light at the End of the Tunnel”

cache772_67b3ef674e74a162f34c8264913c2fc9Mike Cerre, a former ABC News Correspondent and Vietnam Veteran, will interview Chuck Searcy, a former Army Intelligence analyst during the war, who now works with Veterans for Peace and an International Advisor for Project RENEW, is working with Vietnamese teams to clean up the dangerous UXO and Agent Orange legacies left from the war.

Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO) Chuck Searcy, a former Army Intelligence analyst who served in Viet Nam 1967-68, has spent nearly twenty years living in Vietnam and working with Vietnamese teams to clean up the dangerous UXO and Agent Orange legacies we left behind.

American people have a voice  

blue-waterThe main item that needs to be addressed by Congress when back in session is House Bill HR-543 – The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Act.

John J. Bury Global News Centre

(MEDIA, Pa.)   Congress is now on recess as of August 4th, returning to their seats in DC on September 8thwhile on recess, they are campaigning for the November election. In their campaign speeches they make promises they probably can not keep. They visit VA medical centers, nursing homes for the aged, union halls, hold round table sessions, meet with constituents. In my opinion, items of this nature should always be on their agenda, not just 3 months prior to the elections looking for votes.

Vietnamese French woman files dioxin lawsuit against 35 US companies

Tran To Nga

Tran To Nga

A French woman of Vietnamese origin, Tran To Nga, has stood as the sole plaintiff in the Agent Orange/Dioxin lawsuit against 35 chemical companies based in the U.S. for producing the toxic substances sprayed in Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s.

Tuoi Tre News

(HANOI)  Her 31-page complaint was sent to the Superior Court (tribunal de grande instance) based in Evry in the southern suburb of Paris, France. In May, the court sent notifications to the 35 defendants in the U.S. about the case.

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