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Photo/IllutrationOnaga infuriated over Osprey crash; U.S. defends aircraft
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN, December 14, 2016

The Osprey aircraft that made a crash landing is seen in waters off Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, at 2:43 a.m. on Dec. 14. (Gen Okada)

NAHA–Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga on Dec. 14 expressed outrage over the crash of a U.S. military Osprey, saying the tilt-rotor aircraft continues to threaten the peaceful lives of civilians in the island prefecture. “We have been demanding the withdrawal of the (Osprey) fleet since our concerns about the aircraft’s safety were not dispelled,” he said. “We are shocked and angered to learn that our fear turned into a reality.”

The Osprey crash-landed around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 off Nago, according to the Japan Coast Guard’s 11th regional headquarters in the prefectural capital of Naha and the Defense Ministry. The five crew members, two of them injured, were airlifted to safety by a U.S. military helicopter, according to the regional headquarters. (more…)

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How easy is it to make sarin?
By Paul Woodward, 2013

“It’s not hard to make sarin. You could mix it in the backyard. Two chemicals melded together.” — Seymour Hersh interviewed on CNN, December 9, 2013.

The idea that the chemical warfare agent, sarin, is easy to make is central to Seymour Hersh’s claim that the August 21 attacks killing hundreds of Syrians could have been carried out by the rebel group, the Al Nusra Front. (With unquestioning confidence in the reliability of his source(s), Hersh rests this claim on classified intelligence reports none of which he claims to have seen.)

Hersh’s backyard sarin production appears to be concocted from fiction. The only non-state actor known to have engaged in large-scale sarin production was the Japanese cult, Aum Shinrikyo. (more…)

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Q: What’s Fracking Got to Do with Free Trade? A: Japan
By Mitch Jones, Food and Water Watch (2013)

With Japan as a free trade partner, they would be able to work around any legislation designed to curb U.S. LNG exports.

Back in September I wrote a blog post on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new “free trade” agreement being negotiated by the U.S. and 10 other Pacific Rim countries. The TPP started under George W. Bush, but it is being pushed hard by President Obama. As I said then, the TPP is a permanent power grab by corporations and financial companies that will make it impossible for the citizens of countries joining the TPP to choose what laws and rules they want to live under. The TPP would permanently enshrine the very economic system that has lead to greater imbalances in income and wealth and increasing economic crises. And, it will be enforced by new international tribunals akin to the WTO.

I also mentioned then that domestic laws designed to protect us from dangerous activities like fracking for shale gas could be undermined by the TPP. But now a new fracking threat is linked to the deal. (more…)

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