Global Ethics


朝日放送おはようコール 伊藤惇夫がシリアでの男性拘束他を語る by limitlesslife

 永岡です、朝日放送のおはようコールABCのナットク!ニュース塾、今朝は政治アナリストの伊藤惇夫さんのお話でした。

外務省は、シリア国内で日本人男性が拘束されたと発表しています。犯行声明は発表されず、イスラム国による犯行と見られます。ユーチューブにも動画が流され、男性の詳細は不明、シリアのアレッポで拘束され、伊藤さん、どう巻き込まれたか不明で、立ち入り禁止のところに入っており、アレッポはイスラム国、アルカイダの仲間、テロリスト集団が支配し危険な場所で、この問題は日本人の感覚では分からず、欧米とロシアの利害関係でここで衝突+他の宗教を認めないもので、ここに日本人が入ったのは問題と言われました。

愛媛での少女遺体遺棄事件、遺体が見つからないように押入れに入れたとのことで、日常的に暴行を加えられていたそうです。容疑者の家は子供たちのたまり場で苦情もあり、伊藤さん、尼崎の事件を思わせ、また児童相談所は2005年から問題と指摘しており、警察に対応を要請したものの、防げず、被害者の方は日常的に暴力を振るわれても家に帰らず、マインドコントロール的なものがあり、児童相談所と警察、教育委員会は連携を取っておらず、これに改善の方向もないと言われました。

この週末は豪雨被害、京都・兵庫で記録的な被害になり、死者も出ています。伊藤さん、関東は晴天と言われて、京都の福知山の市街地が冠水し、避難勧告発令、兵庫でも大変な被害で、JRで普通区間が出ています。気象予報士の正木明さん、局地的な大雨(大阪、甲子園は降らず)で、秋雨前線が停滞して、太平洋高気圧を回り込んだ湿った空気が流れ込み前線とぶつかり、今日は大雨は止むが要注意、前線+湿った空気による大雨で、この湿った空気によりどこで大雨になるか決まり、伊藤さん、局地的な豪雨がこの10年増えていると言われました。

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ヒロシマからフクシマ、ベトナムからファルージャ、国家権力は巨大被害を無視する by limitlesslife

Chomsky: From Hiroshima to Fukushima, Vietnam to Fallujah, State Power Ignores Its Massive Harm

Amy Goodman
Democracy Now/Video Report
Published: Wednesday 12 March 2014
Noam Chomsky, now 85 years old, met with Fukushima survivors, including families who evacuated the area after the meltdown: “It’s particularly horrifying when happening to children—but unfortunately, this is what happens all the time.”

World-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and MITProfessor Noam Chomsky traveled to Japan last week ahead of the three-year anniversary of the Fukushima crisis. Chomsky, now 85 years old, met with Fukushima survivors, including families who evacuated the area after the meltdown. “[It’s] particularly horrifying that this is happening in Japan with its unique, horrendous experiences with the impact of nuclear explosions, which we don’t have to discuss,” Chomsky says. “And it’s particularly horrifying when happening to children — but unfortunately, this is what happens all the time.”

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AMY GOODMAN: We end our Fukushima anniversary special with the words of world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author, MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, who also traveled to Tokyo last week. Noam Chomsky is now 85 years old. He met with survivors from Fukushima, including families who evacuated the area. Their meeting was filmed by the independent online media channel, OurPlanet-TV. This is Professor Chomsky speaking in Japan.

NOAM CHOMSKY: Particularly horrifying that this is happening in Japan, with its unique, horrendous experiences with the effect of the nuclear explosions, which we don’t have to discuss. And, of course, it’s particularly horrifying when it’s happening to children, who are defenseless and innocent. But, unfortunately, this is what happens all the time. I mean, I had two daughters about—when they were about the age of your daughter, they would come home from school telling us how in school they were taught to hide under desks in case there was a nuclear war. This was right after the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came very close to nuclear war. And children were very upset. I mean, I knew children who were friends of families who were sure they were never going to survive because the world was going to be destroyed by a nuclear war. But the official line was: “Don’t worry; everything is under control.” The same was true—again, my daughters, when they were about her age, we stopped feeding them milk, because the scientists, who were concerned, recognized that there was a very high level of strontium-90 in the milk that was coming from atomic explosions the U.S. was carrying out, many open-air explosions. And the government assured everyone that there was no problem, but we just—a lot of people, like us, just stopped feeding the children, gave them only powdered milk, which came from before the explosions.

It happens all the time. So, right now, for example, in Iraq, there is a city, Fallujah, which was attacked by U.S. forces using weapons that no one understands, but they leave a high level of radiation. And there’s studies by Iraqi and American doctors showing a very high level of cancer among children, far higher than before, in the whole neighborhood of Fallujah. But the government denies it. The U.S. government denies it. The Iraqi government doesn’t function. The international organizations refuse to look. So it’s all being carried out by independent organizations and citizens’ groups.

And this is simply everywhere. I mean, in 1961, the United States began chemical warfare in Vietnam, South Vietnam, chemical warfare to destroy crops and livestock. That went on for seven years. The level of poison—they used the most extreme carcinogen known: dioxin. And this went on for years. There’s enormous effects in South Vietnam. There are children today being born in Saigon hospitals, deformed children, and horrible deformations. Government refuses to investigate. They’ve investigated effects on American soldiers, but not on the South Vietnamese. And there’s almost no study of it, except for independent citizens’ groups.

It’s—can add case after case, but it’s a horrifying story, and particularly horrifying for you because you’re suffering from it. But that’s the way governments operate: They protect themselves from their own citizens. Governments regard their own citizens as their main enemy, and they have to be—protect themselves. That’s why you have state secret laws. Citizens are not supposed to know what their government is doing to them. Just to give one final example, when Edward Snowden’s revelations appeared, the head of U.S. intelligence, James Clapper, testified before Congress that no telephone communications of Americans are being monitored. It was an outlandish lie. Lying to Congress is a felony; should go to jail for years. Not a word. Governments are supposed to lie to their citizens.

AMY GOODMAN: Author and MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, speaking during his visit to Tokyo last week. Special thanks to OurPlanet-TV. You can visit our website to see our three days of coverage from Tokyo, Japan, at democracynow.org.

Well, we’re on the road again. Tonight, I’ll be speaking at UMass Amherst, at Bowker Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, I’ll be in Flagstaff at Northern Arizona University in Cline Library at 7:00 p.m., Friday in Santa Fe speaking at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. And on Saturday, I’ll be speaking in Denver, Colorado, at 7:00 p.m. Then to St. Louis the following Saturday, on March 29th. Check it out at all democracynow.org.

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ABOUT AMY GOODMAN

Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 900 stations in North America. She is the author of “Breaking the Sound Barrier,” recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.



Climate Change And Violence Linked, Breakthrough Study Finds by limitlesslife

August 2, 2013

 

By Sheila Samples

Shifts in climate change are strongly linked to human violence around the world, according to a comprehensive new study released Thursday by the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University. The research, which was published in Science, examined 60 previous studies from all major regions of the globe.

 

Submitters Website: http://sheilastuff.blogspot.com

Submitters Bio:

Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.