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Drones, Nonviolent Resistance Actions

Exposing the Killer Drones of Hancock Airbase’s 174th Attack Wing

Every first Tuesday of the month since 2010 a handful of us have been protesting the weaponized Reaper drone at Hancock Air Base. In milder weather – from April to November – we also protest on third Tuesdays. We call this work, “street heat.” Why such persistence? Hancock AFB, near Syracuse, our home town, hosts the 174th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard. Although its operations and the identities of its drone personnel are classified, several yearsContinue reading

Middle East


An Op-Ed by Frank Pauc first printed in the Milwaukee Journal President Hollande of France stated that his country’s response to the the Paris massacres would be “merciless”. That is an interesting choice of words. The men who murdered 129 people could also be described as “merciless”. I would be interested in knowing what President Hollande actually plans to do militarily. What sort of ruthless action does he have in mind? Hollande also commented that the brutal violence the residentsContinue reading

Afghan Peace Volunteers, Afghanistan/Central Asia

Life Goes On Under the Helicopters and the Terrible Cost of Avoiding the Dangers of Kabul

When I arrived at the Kabul International Airport on November 4, I was unaware that the same day the New York Times published an article, “Life Pulls Back in Afghan Capital, as Danger Rises and Troops Recede.” My friends Abdulhai and Ali, 17 years old, young men I have known since my first visit five years ago, greeted me with smiles and hugs and took my bags. Disregarded by soldiers and police armed with automatic weapons, we caught up onContinue reading

East Asia, Nonviolent Resistance Actions

Henoko takes on U.S. Imperialism

by Maya Evans, in Japan Henoko Town, Okinawa, around one hundred and fifty Japanese protesters gathered to stop construction trucks from entering the U.S. base ‘Camp Schwab’, after the Ministry of Land over-ruled the local Governors’ decision to revoke permission for construction plans, criticizing the “mainland-centric” Japanese Government of compromising the environmental, health and safety interests of the Islanders.     Riot police poured out of buses at six a.m., out-numbering protesters four to one, with road sitters systematically pickedContinue reading

Afghanistan/Central Asia

Killing Blind

“These are people who had been working hard for months, non-stop for the past week. They had not gone home, they had not seen their families, they had just been working in the hospital to help people… and now they are dead. These people are friends, close friends. I have no words to express this. It is unspeakable. “The hospital, it has been my workplace and home for several months. Yes, it is just a building. But it is soContinue reading

East Asia, Nonviolent Resistance Actions

The U.S. Ought to Un-Swivel Its China Pivot

For the last week, I’ve been walking on a peace march organized by the Nipponzan Myohoji order of Buddhist monks. This march is similar in some ways to another: the Okinawa “Beggars’ March” of 1955-1956. At that time, farmers who had been forcefully removed from their fields by U.S. soldiers in the years following World War II acted peacefully to demand the return of their land, which was the source of their entire livelihood. Some of the farmers had theirContinue reading

Middle East, Migration/Refugees

To Find a Happy Day

When I can’t sleep at night I have the bad habit of listening to world news on the radio. This seems to be a family trait that I inherited from my father. The wave of refugees trying to find safety in European countries continues unabated. The numbers are staggering. As someone from the U.S., I am shamed by our lack of response and indifference, as well as our inability to acknowledge our responsibility in unleashing the chaos and violence inContinue reading

Okinawa Nonviolent Actions
Afghan Peace Volunteers, East Asia

Boat Chase on the Seas of Okinawa

I picked some sea shells at Henoko in Okinawa. Henoko is where the U.S. is relocating their military base against the wishes of 76.1% of Okinawans. I gave the sea shells as gifts to some of the Afghan Peace Volunteers to help them remember Okinawa’s story. “Hold the sea shells just next to your ears. It is said that you can hear the waves and the stories from the shores of Okinawa,” I began, as I recounted my witness ofContinue reading