The Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo) sent a delegation to the Marshall Islands from Jan. 13-22, 2013 in order to support Rongelap Islanders who have been suffering from US H-bomb Bravo test in 1954.
Rongelap people are at the crossroads, being forced by the United States to go back to their home islands where radioactive contamination still remain. By doing so, the US government is trying to finish its responsibility for the damage of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from July 19, 2012 with Patricia DeBoer, AFSC's Asia Regional Director. Patricia discussed, with other Asia staff, their program work across the continent. They shared stories, obstacles, and successes from their on-the-ground perspective.
They came from China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Hawaii, New Zealand, and from across the US. They represented a wide variety of national interests, perspectives and struggles. They aired some differences. But they also found much common ground.
Relations between Thailand and Cambodia have thawed in recent months, but greater understanding is needed before there will be any real warmth.
Kim Vuth, 32, a peace activist who works with the American Friends Service Committee, said the relationship between former enemies Germany and France could serve as an inspiration for Thailand and Cambodia to coexist peacefully in the future.
He emphasised that peace building was not the job of governments alone.
In December 2004 a major earthquake followed by a tsunami destroyed hundreds of kilometers of coastline on two continents. Entire towns, people’s livelihood vanished in an instant, and hundreds of thousands of people were killed. The tsunami had a devastating impact on countries from Somalia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, to Indonesia. In Indonesia the worst hit areas were in the western and northern portions of Aceh province. It was in this context that the AFSC along with hundreds of other humanitarian organizations entered Aceh to conduct disaster relief and reconstruction.
American Continuities: Obama’s Asian and Nuclear Weapons Policies
Dr. Joseph Gerson
Changzhou, China, June 20, 2010
I have been asked to say a few words about the Obama Administration’s overall foreign and military policies, focusing on its policies toward China and the Asia-Pacific and its approach to nuclear weapons.
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