Monday, May 24, 2010


Democracy Now segment on military bases features Kyle Kajihiro, AFSC Hawaii

by Larry Geller

The alleged torpedoing by North Korea of a South Korean ship resulting in 46 deaths has stirred up discussion about the need to keep US military bases in Okinawa. (See also this article). The Japanese Prime Minister has just reversed his campaign promise to shut down the bases.

On today’s Democracy Now, Kyle Kajihiro, Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee in Hawaii, along with activists from Guam and Japan, are interviewed about US bases on Okinawa, Guam and Hawaii. They discuss how the bases came to be established and the current situation. It’s a good historical overview, which will probably be new to most of Democracy Now’s audience.

Catch the program on Olelo at 10 p.m. on channel 56 on Oahu, or on the web at From Japan to Guam to Hawai’i, Activists Resist Expansion of US Military Presence in the Pacific (5/24/2010). The interview was actually conducted on May 3, 2010, before the sinking of the South Korean ship. Also, Amy refers viewers to the web for the complete interview, but I did not see a link posted there yet.

Update: The full interview is now available here.

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