Category Archives: Environment Articles

Pentagon Proposes to Bomb Pristine Island Chain to Smithereens

By Koohan Paik, IFG Asia Pacific Program Campaign Director

Please see below this article, by Leevin Camacho and Daniel Broudy, about the Pentagon’s plans to offer up some of the last pristine, uninhabited and biodiverse spots left in the world, for FULL-SPECTRUM live-fire training. 

Two-thirds of Tinian, and the entire islands of Farallon de Medinilla and Pagan, as well as one-third of Guam (the ravaged island’s last undeveloped jungles) would be destroyed by this plan. How can these activities possibly coexist with George Bush’s 2009 designation of this area as the “Marianas Trench Marine National Monument” to preserve the environment????


‘Sweetening’ the Pentagon’s Deal in the Marianas: From Guam to Pagan グアムからパガン島へ マリアナ諸島基地作戦に色づけするペンタゴン

By Leevin Camacho and Daniel Broudy — The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 27, No. 1, July 8, 2013

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A Brewing Storm in the Western Pacific

By , IFG Board of Directors, July 23, 2013 (Foreign Policy In Focus)

China’s aggressive territorial claims, Washington’s “pivot” to Asia, and Japan’s hawkish bluster add up to a volatile brew in the Asia-Pacific.

A storm is brewing in the Western Pacific.

As the Asia-Pacific region descends into a period of destabilizing conflict, the Philippines is quickly becoming a frontline state in the U.S. strategy to contain China—the central thrust of the Obama administration’s so-called “Pivot to Asia.” In the most recent development, the Philippine government has offered the United States greater access to its military bases.

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Friends of the Earth Blog – New Video: “Peril in the Pacific”

Friends of the Earth, U.S. has released a new video, “Peril in the Pacific: Trans Pacific trade agreement threatens people and the planet.” The video highlights the threats to the environment and human rights posed by the secret negotiation of the TPP deal and in particular its draft investment chapter.
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On the Front Lines of a New Pacific War

By Koohan Paik and Jerry Mander (IFG Asia Pacific Program)
Originally published December 14, 2012,  The Nation

The US military’s aggressive Asia-Pacific strategy is escalating tensions with China and prompting local resistance throughout the region.

In Seoul, 5,000 anti-base protesters joined Gangjeong villagers who had marched, over a four-week period, up the length of the nation to the capitol. Credit: Fielding Hong

On the small, spectacular island of Jeju, off the southern tip of Korea, indigenous villagers have been putting their bodies in the way of construction of a joint South Korean–US naval base that would be an environmental, cultural and political disaster. If completed, the base would hold more than 7,000 navy personnel, plus twenty warships including US aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines and destroyers carrying the latest Aegis missiles—all aimed at China, only 300 miles away.  Continue reading

Korean Village Could Be First Casualty of US Military’s “Pacific Pivot”

BY KOOHAN PAIK – (IFG Asia Pacific Program Campaign Director)
Originally published OCTOBER 29, 2012 — Earth Island Journal

Residents of Jeju Island are protesting construction of new joint US-South Korean Navy base

In November 2011, President Barack Obama, joined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, announced the “Pacific Pivot,” a strategy to shift the US military’s focus to the Asia-Pacific region. The announcement was a signal to China that the United States would not permit its ascendance to advance any further into the US’s historic zone of economic and military domination, which dates back to the nineteenth-century occupations of the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii. But the announcement of the Pacific Pivot also raised a red flag for environmentalists, Indigenous peoples of the region, and small states within the Pacific Basin, who fear the consequences of this new geopolitical struggle. As an African saying goes: “When the elephants battle, the ants get crushed.”  Continue reading

Urgent Appeal to Endorse Petition to Indian Prime Minister to Stop the Environmentally Disastrous National Investment Board from Being Set Up

The below appears aimed to allow Buffet’s big land grab and Walmart’s (Walton’s) invasion of India…

Dear Friends,

Indian Finance Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram with characteristic confidence declared couple of weeks ago that the National Investment Board (NIB) that he proposed to the Cabinet would be a reality in a matter of weeks.  Little did he realise then that the first major opposition to this idea would come from his Cabinet colleague, Indian Environment and Forests Minister Mrs. Jayanti Natarajan. Continue reading

China Defends Rare Earths Export Restrictions


Bridges Weekly Trade News DigestVolume 16Number 25 • 27th June 2012

Last week, China publicly rejected assertions that the country’s export controls on rare earth elements were designed to protect local industry. At a press conference in Beijing, Su Bo, the country’s vice-minister of industry and information technology, insisted that the export curbs have been placed to protect the environment and are in line with WTO rules. Continue reading