Asia-Pacific calls for protests during Obama's visits to Guam, Indonesia and Australia
Statement by the Working
Peoples Association (Indonesia), People's Democratic Party (Indonesia), Socialist Alliance
Worker (New Zealand), Partido Lakas ng Masa (Philippines), Solidarity
Labour Party Pakistan,Socialist Alternative (Australia), Socialist
Party of Malaysia
and the Confederation Congress of Indonesia Union Alliance. Supported by James Petras
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March 8, 2010 -- We, the undersigned progressive, anti-war,
anti-neoliberalism and anti-imperialist organisations in the
region, call for a wave protests to meet US President Barack Obama's
visits to Guam, Indonesia and Australia in March 2010.
While President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year, in
administration is escalating US-led military aggression all around the
and continuing the Bush administration's so-called “war on terrorism” --
is in reality a return to colonial military occupations in the Third
justified by lies and a campaign of fear and racism. The war-like
the US serve to protect and advance its economic exploitation and
all around the world.
The US has stepped up the war on Afghanistan and spilled it
over the border into Pakistan.
The so-called withdrawal from Iraq is a fraud as the US will
retain hundreds of bases in and around Iraq and the Persian Gulf.
The US is promoting a civil war in Yemen and is stepping up
The US is increasing its military bases in Latin America and
increasing its military provocations against the progressive governments
movements in the region.
The US is building up its military bases on Guam, a small
Pacific nation colonially dominated and deformed by US military
Through the Naval Medical Research Unit 2 (NAMRU 2), which
has recently changed its name to the Indonesia-United States Center for
Research (IUC), the US is gathering intelligence and developing an
industry and biological weapons in Indonesia.
In the agricultural sector, through aid organisations such as
USAID, the US government inserted GMO seeds as part of biotechnology
by seeds corporation company i.e. Monsanto and Dupont. Often this aid is
food for aid as a pretext.
The Obama administration has allocated US$1 trillion to the
military in its latest budget even while millions of workers in the US
been thrown out of work and have lost their homes.
Under President Obama, neoliberal pressure on the Third
World has been intensified. Through the G20, $1.1 trillion is to be
spent on an
economic stimulus to be delivered through the IMF. However, IMF loans to
World countries come with severe with neoliberal conditions which will
destroy the livelihood of millions, while bailing out the banks and
the capitalist system.
The US is supporting the use of dirty energy in developing
countries, such as nuclear, agrofuel and coal. Through the international
financial institution it controls, funds are given. This shows that US
have any commitment to save the global climate.
The US is planning to re-support KOPASSUS (Indonesia’s special
forces), which is notorious for human rights violation in East Timor and
Indonesia. This shows that US doesn’t have any commitment to human
President Obama’s visit to Australia will celebrate and
boost the reactionary US-Australia war alliance and his visit to
to prop up the slavish and corrupt neoliberal regime of Susilo Bambang
Obama's visit to Guam is aimed at consolidating US military domination
colonialism in the Pacific.
We call on the governments of our countries to end their
military treaties and agreements with the US and call for the withdrawal
political and military support for the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq all
We demand the removal of all US bases from our countries and
all the other 130 countries around the world which currently are the
site of US
We also demand an end to the presence of any US troops who
are stationed in our countries, in the guise of conducting “training”
exercises, under military treaties.
We also call upon the governments of our countries to
support a policy of international peace and cooperation based on
demilitarisation and people-to-people solidarity.
In the wake of the global capitalist financial crisis, we
also demand that the governments of Guam, Indonesia and Australia end
support for the global neoliberal agenda led by the US imperialists.
We also demand that the governments of the US and Australia
all the debts owed to them by Third World countries, which are
debts, accrued through economic exploitation and subjugation of our
This neoliberal agenda has imposed the pillaging of our
peoples and the Earth on an unprecedented scale, while the global
elite has grown fat on profits and massive public subsidies.
No prosperity and peace will come out from this increasingly
greedy and destructive capitalist system which the US uses its military
That is why we strive to unite to replace the existing
capitalism system with a new world run and owned by the oppressed and
majority and based on solidarity, cooperation and respect for the
Socialist Alliance: Protest Obama -- promising peace, delivering war
March 6, 2010 -- United States President Barack Obama’s planned stopover in Australia on
March 23 takes place around the time of the seventh
anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq on March 20. The visit aims to underscore the close relationship between the world’s
biggest military superpower and its Australian deputy in the Asia
Pacific. It provides an important opportunity to protest US (and
Australian) war policies.
The planned visit comes as Obama and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd field
rising domestic discontent from dashed hopes and broken promises. In the
US, bank bail outs, housing foreclosures and the US$3 trillion spent
on wars in the Middle East are helping fuel growing disillusion.
Australia may have escaped the worst of the global financial crisis, but
Rudd’s honeymoon is also over.
In the US, the loopy, far-right Tea Party movement is exploiting the
political vacuum. In Australia, Coalition opposition leader Tony Abbott is
experimenting with his own brand of right-wing populism.
Obama supporters make all sorts of excuses for the Democrat
administration’s failure to deliver. But we can’t afford to remain
silent out of fear of being accused of fuelling the far-right’s fire. To
do so would play into the hands of both the far right and the
mainstream apologists for futile, criminal wars.
The protests being organised to coincide with Obama’s visit will not be
the size of those which greeted previous US president George Bush,
particularly during his visit to Sydney for APEC in 2007. However, they
will still be important.
Attitudes are divided over how to respond to an African-American US
president who has excelled at playing to the progressive sentiment of
Tariq Ali, the Pakistan-born author and activist, said Bush was
projected as the product of a coterie of right-wing fanatics “who
hijacked American democracy for policies of unprecedented aggression in
the Middle East”.
Ali has argued that the ideological euphoria that accompanied Obama’s
election, and his vow to heal the nation’s wounds at home and restore
its reputation abroad, has helped maintain this confusion. He persuasively documents the bipartisanship characterising the US (and
Australian) political mainstream in “President of Cant”, an article in
the January-February 2010 edition of New Left Review.
“There has been no fundamental break in foreign policy, as opposed to
diplomatic mood music, between Bush I, Clinton and Bush II
administrations: there has been none between the Bush and Obama
regimes”, he said. “The strategic goals and imperatives of the US …
remain the same, as do its principal theatres and means of operation.
“If a textbook illustration were needed of the continuity of American
foreign policy across administrations, and the futility of so many
soft-headed attempts to treat the Bush-Cheney years as exceptional
rather than essentially conventional, Obama’s conduct has provided it.
“From one end of the Middle East to the other, the only significant
material change he has brought is a further escalation of the War on
Terror — or ‘Evil’, as he prefers to call it — with Yemen now being
sighted as the next target.”
Ali adds that it would be a mistake to think that nothing has changed.
“Substantively, vanishingly little of American imperial domination has
altered under Obama. But propagandistically, there has been a
This partly explains why the widespread global opposition to the wars in
the Middle East — which is growing — is not more vocal.
Among NATO countries, the anti-war mood is gathering strength. A January
27 article in the US Nation said in Germany, 71% of people oppose the
troop escalation. In Britain it was 56% and in France, 82%.
Recently, the Dutch government imploded when it tried to renege on its
promise to withdraw its 2160 soldiers. The Left Party (Die Linke) in
Germany has been strengthened by its principled stand to withdraw the
troops. About 51% of Australians oppose the war in Afghanistan.
In the US, the pro-war propaganda offensive may be having an impact: an
Angus Reid Global Monitor poll in February found 54% supported the war
in Afghanistan, compared with 49% in December.
It is still true that, for Obama and his generals, war weariness looms
large in their political calculations. This could be why the political
message has shifted away from Bush’s “war without end” to “talks” and
The $250 billion cost of the eight-year war in Afghanistan — roughly
$1 million per US soldier — is another major pressure.
While most people around the world want an end to the war, Obama is
ramping it up. There is growing evidence to back the Nation article’s
analysis that the Obama-Pentagon “peace plan for Afghanistan is for more
brutal combat with an emphasis on special operations in the belief that
the Taliban can be pounded into accepting an American-imposed peace
Obama has presided over a massive increase in drone bombing attacks on
Pakistan. His government is also menacing Iran and turning a blind eye
to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine.
He promised peace but delivered war. His visit to Australia, which will
likely include a request for more Australian troops to fight in
Afghanistan, is an opportunity to highlight the hypocrisy of these
unjust and inhumane wars.
The anti-war movement faces a big challenge turning the widespread, but
passive, anti-war sentiment into a more potent political force. Compared
with the early years of the Vietnam War, there is a much greater
understanding of the role and nature of imperialism.
However, this opposition will remain invisible unless we get out onto
11,000 sign petition asking Obama to speak with Guam's people, hear
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM WE ARE GUÅHAN
March 11, 2010, Guam – With the largest military realignment in modern
history slated to hit the US Territory of Guam, more than 11,000 people
the Pacific Island and across the globe signed a petition asking
US President Barack Obama to speak directly with the people of Guam
his short visit next week. Obama's visit is an opportunity for the
island's residents, who do not have the right to vote for president, to
voice the many concerns they have with the buildup.
We Are Guåhan,
a grassroots collective of individuals, families and
organiations working to inform the community about the impacts of the
buildup, began circulating the petition when it was announced last
month that Obama would visit the island, but only speak to military
personnel at Andresen Air Force Base.
After review of the Draft
Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS),
released on November 30, 2009, We Are Guåhan worked with other
concerned organisations and individuals to educate the community on the
impacts of the buildup. We Are Guåhan, along with government of Guam
agencies, other organisations and concerned individuals submitted
thousands of comments on the DEIS – many of them pointing to the
negative impacts outlined there for the people, economy and environment.
the US Environmental Protection Agency's indictment of the DEIS
late February, it has become increasingly clear that the military
realignment to Guam will threaten the health and safety of the island's
"We have not been able to say yes or no to this", says
resident of the village of Tamuning and member of We Are Guåhan.
"Hawaii said no. California said no. But we were never given the
opportunity. It's not fair, especially because it is looking like this
is going to hurt us more than help us."
We Are Guåhan's growing
membership felt that a strong message must be
sent to Washington DC. The petition states: “The military buildup will
permanently change our island and our lives. The needs of all Guam’s
people must come first, for this island is our home. It is critical
that President Obama hear our concerns.”
We Are Guåhan will
deliver the petition to the White House today both by electronic and
There will be a community response on March 19, during Obama’s visit,
to break the silence and demonstrate that the island’s people demand to
have a voice in their future. Obama is not currently planning to speak
with the people of Guam. We Are Guåhan hopes the 11,000 requests for a
forum will change Obama’s plans.
US out of Latin America! Protest Obama’s visit to
Statement from the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network
March 18, 2010 -- The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network calls on US President
Barrack Obama during his visit to Australia to acknowledge and act on
the desire of all peoples concerned with peace and social justice for an
end to the United States’ military and political interference in Latin
We call on supporters of peace to join the protests around Australia
and add your voice to the demand that Obama bring a halt to US
aggressions against Latin America.
For more than two centuries, Latin Americans have suffered constant
attack from the United States, including coup d’etats, assassinations,
disappearances, torture, brutal dictatorships, economic blockades and
sabotage, media lies, biological warfare, subversion, counterinsurgency,
diplomatic blackmail, electoral intervention and military invasions.
In the last decade – since the election of independent, progressive
governments in Venezuela, Bolivia and other Latin American countries –
this US aggression has escalated. Obama’s election in November 2008
raised the hopes of many that he would lead a positive change in US
foreign policy. However, in the last two years, the US government has
carried out the largest ever military expansion in Latin America. This
• Reactivating the US Navy’s Fourth Fleet in Latin American waters,
an action that the Pentagon admitted was a “showing of US force and
power in the region”.
• Increasing its military activity in the Caribbean, Panama and
Central America. Over the last few years, the US has used its air force
bases on the Dutch islands of Aruba and Curazao, just off Venezuela’s
coast, for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaisance missions against
Venezuela. In mid-December, drones of US origin illegally entered
• Deep involvement in a failed attempt to initiate civil war in
Bolivia and bring down the radical, pro-poor government of President Evo
• Providing behind the scenes support for the coup in Honduras last
June that ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. While
the Obama government publicly pretended it was against the coup, US
forces stationed at the Honduran base of Palmerola collaborated with
coup leader Roberto Micheletti, and Washington did everything possible
to sabotage efforts to restore the elected president and democracy in
• Signing an agreement with the brutal Colombian government for
access to seven military bases in that country and unrestricted use of
Colombian territory for military operations. This agreement is
purportedly for counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism operations, but a
2009 US Air Force document reveals that the bases would be used for
“full spectrum military operations” throughout South America and to
increase US forces’ capacity for “expeditionary warfare” in the region.
Colombian authorities have now announced that a new 1000-troop
military base, funded by the US, is to be built on the Guajira
Peninsula, very near the border with Venezuela. Colombia has also
announced the activation of two air battalions at other border areas
The recent escalation of US aggression in the region is a direct
response to the development of Latin American unity and integration
being led by Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia, which is strengthening the
region’s economic and political independence from imperialism.
Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution, in particular, is being targeted
by the US, which is waging a constant campaign to subvert, destabilise
and topple the government of socialist President Hugo Chavez. This year,
the budget for USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy to
advise, train and equip right-wing opposition groups in Venezuela is
nearly $15 million – more than double last year’s allocation.
In the last few weeks, US representatives, including Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton, have ramped up their propaganda attacks on
Venezuela, falsely accusing the Chavez government of failing to combat
narcotics operations, violating human rights, repressing the media, “not
contributing to democracy and regional stability”, and of being the
“regional anti-US leader”.
The peoples of Venezuela and the rest of Latin America want – and
have the right to – peace, democracy and self-determination.
We support the call by President Morales for the outlawing of foreign
military bases in Latin America, and demand that Obama accept President
Chavez’s offer of peace talks, and out an end to his government’s
policy of political, economic and military war against Latin America.
Seruan untuk Melakukan Protes Saat Kunjungan Presiden AS, Obama ke Guam,
Indonesia dan Australia
Perhimpunan Rakyat Pekerja, Socialist Alliance
(Australia), Socialist Worker (Selandia Baru), Partido Lakas ng Masa
(Philippine), Solidarity (Australia), Labor Party Pakistan, Socialist
Alternative (Australia), Parti Sosialis Malaysia dan Konfederasi Kongres
Aliansi Serikat Buruh Indonesia
Kami, organisasi progresif,
anti perang, anti neoliberalisme dan anti imperialis di wilayah asia pasifik
yang bertanda tangan dibawah ini, menyerukan dilakukannya protes terhadap kunjungan
presiden AS Barack Obama ke Guam, Indonesia dan Australia pada bulan maret
Sementara presiden obama dianugrahi penghargaan nobel tahun
lalu, faktanya pemerintahan Obama meningkatkan agresi militer dibawah
kepemimpinan AS diseluruh dunia dan melanjutkan kebijakan pemerintahan Bush
yang disebut “war on terrorism”, yang pada kenyataannya adalah sebuah upaya
untuk kembali ke penjajahan militer kolonialis di Dunia Ketiga yang dijustfikasi
dengan kebohongan dan kampanye ketakutan serta rasisme. Kebijakan perang AS
dilakukan untuk melindungi dan memajukan eksploitasi ekonomi dan dominasi di
AS telah memperhebat perang di
Afghanistan dan memperluasnya diluar perbatasan hingga ke Pakistan
Apa yang disebut dengan penarikan
pasukan dari Iraq adalah kebohongan seiring AS mempertahankan ratusan basisnya
di dalam dan sekitar Irak dan teluk Persia
AS mendorong perang sipil di Yaman
dan memperkuat ancamannya terhadap Iran
AS menambah basis militernya di Amerika
Latin dan meningkatkan provokasi militernya melawan pemerintahan dan gerakan
yang progresif di wilayah itu.
AS membangun basis militernya di
Guam , sebuah negaradi pasifik yang didominasi dan dipengaruhi secara kolonial
oleh penjajah AS.
Melalui Naval Medical Research Unit
2 (NAMRU 2), yang kemudian diganti menjadi Indonesia-United States Center for
Medical Research (IUS), AS mengumpulkan data intelejen, mengembangkan industri
antivirus dan senjata biologis di Indonesia.
Di sektor pertanian melalui lembaga bantuan seperti USAID pemerintah Amerika Serikat memasukkan benih benih GMO sebagai bagian dari percobaan
biotekhnologi perusahaan korporasi benih
seperti Monsanto dan Dupont. Seringkali bantuan bantuan ini memakai dalih food for aid.
Pemerintahan Obama telah
mengalokasikan US$ 1 milyar kepada anggaran militer pada penyusunan anggaran
terbarunya walau jutaan pekerja AS kehilangan pekerjaan dan kehilangan rumah
Dibawah kepemimpinan Obama, tekanan
neoliberalisme terhadap Negara dunia ketiga semakin kuat. Melalui G20, $1,1
miliar dikucurkan dalam stimulus ekonomi yang akan diberikan melalui IMF. Namun
pinjaman IMF ke dunia ketiga datang dengan syarat neoliberal yang kejam yang
tentu saja akan berimplikasi pada penghancuran keberlangsungan kehidupan jutaan
orang sementara menalangi perbankan dan melindungi system kapitalis.
AS mendukung penggunaan energi kotor
dinegara berkembang, seperti energi nuklir, agrofuel dan batubara. Bahkan
melalui lembaga keuangan internasional yang dikuasainya memberikan dukungan
pendanaan. Hal ini menunjukan bahwa AS tidak memiliki komitmen untuk
menyelamatkan iklim global.
AS berencana memberikan dukungan
kembali KOPASSUS (Komando Pasukan Khusus) Angkatan Darat Indonesia yang
terkenal karena pelanggaran HAM yang dilakukan di Timor Leste dan Indonesia. Yang
hingga kini pelanggaran HAM tersebut belum mendapatkan keadilan. Hal ini
menunjukan bahwa AS tidak memiliki komitmen terhadap penghargaan HAM.
Kunjungan Presiden Obama ke Australia akan merayakan dan
mendorong lebih lanjut aliansi perang reaksioner AS-Australia dan kunjungan ke
Indonesia adalah untuk mendukung rezim neoliberal SBY yang korup dan menindas.
Kunjungan obama ke Guam ditujukan untuk mengkonsolidasikan dominasi militer dan
kolonialisme AS di pasifik.
·Kami mendesak pemerintah di Negara
kami untuk mengakhiri perjanjian militernya dengan AS dan untuk membatalkan
semua dukungan politik dan militer atas perang Afghanistan dan iraq sebagaimana
seluruh perang imperialis yang ada.
·Kami menuntut pembubaran semua basis
militer AS dari Negara-negara kami dan seluruh Negara lainnya yang mencapai
total 130 negara di seluruh dunia yang sekarang menjadi tempat basis militer US
·Kami juga menuntut diakhirinya
kehadiran tentara AS yang ditempatkan di negeri kami, dengan kedok melakukan
“pelatihan”, dibawah perjanjian militer.
·Kami juga mendesak pemerintah Negara
kami untuk mendukung kebijakan perdamaian internasional dan kerjasama berasas
pada demiliterisasi dan solidaritas antar rakyat
·Dalam kebangkitan krisis financial,
kami juga meminta kepada pemerintah Guam, Indonesia, dan Australia mengakhiri
dukungan kepada agenda global neoliberal yang dipimpin oleh imperialis AS.
·Kami juga menuntut agar pemerintahan
AS dan Australia membatalkan semua hutang yang dibayarkan ke mereka oleh negeri
Dunia Ketiga, yang merupakan hutang tidak sah, yang terjadi melalui eksploitasi
ekonomi dan penindasan terhadap negeri kami.
Agenda neoliberal ini telah memaksa terjadinya penjarahan terhadap
rakyat dan bumi kita dalam skala yang tidak terperikan sementara elit korporasi
global tumbuh gemuk dalam keuntungan dan subsidi yang massif.
Tidak ada kesejahteraan dan kedamaian yang akan datang dari
sistem kapitalis yang semakin rakus dan bersifat menghancurkan. Yang mana AS
menggunakan kekuatan militernya untuk melindungi sistem ini. Ini mengapa kami
berjuang keras untuk bersatu mengganti sistem kapitalisme yang eksploitatif
yang ada sekarang dengan sebuah tatanan dunia baru yang dijalankan dan dimiliki
oleh rakyat mayoritas yang tertindas dan tereksploitasi dan berdasar pada
solidaritas, kerja sama dan penghormatan atas lingkungan.
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March 16, 2010 -- On March 21, US
President Barack Obama will depart on a short tour of the Asia-Pacific
region. His main destinations will be Indonesia and Australia, but the
trip will include a brief stopover in Guam.
Obama’s time in the north Pacific island nation that is claimed as US
territory will be spent entirely inside the US military bases that
occupy a third of Guam.
Guam is under US occupation. Since 1898, the island has been a US
colony, apart from a two-and-a-half year Japanese occupation during
World War II.
Since then, it has been an important US military base. It currently has
about 3000 soldiers, although an increase is planned.
A petition signed by 11,000 Guamanians (out of a population of 178,000)
has called on Obama to meet with the community to address their concerns
about the military build-up. Serious economic, social and environmental
threats are posed by the proposed troop increase.
The petition was initiated by We Are Guahan, which is a “grassroots
collective of individuals, families and organisations working to inform
the community about the impacts of the build-up”.
It states: “The military build-up will permanently change our island and
our lives. The needs of all Guam’s people must come first, for this
island is our home. It is critical that President Obama hear our
The planned build-up in Guam is related to US and Japanese government
plans to reduce US soldier numbers at the military bases in Okinawa that
the US has operated since World War II.
But whether it goes ahead will be determined by the sometimes fraught
negotiations between the US and Japan over the Okinawa bases.
In Okinawa, opposition to the bases has been fuelled by a provision that
gives US soldiers immunity from local laws as well as anger over the
failure of the US military to adequately prosecute offences by its
Anti-social and criminal behaviour by off-duty soldiers — including
serious crimes such as armed robbery, rape and murder — is a significant
social problem in Okinawa.
In 2006, an agreement between the US and Japan stipulated that about
half of the 18,000 US marines in Okinawa would be moved to Guam by 2014.
Japan agreed to contribute US$6 billion towards the cost of the
The build-up will bring nuclear aircraft carrier berthing facilities to
Guam, as well as a significant increase in military aircraft, a
ballistic missile taskforce, and shooting and bombing ranges. Migrant
workers to assist in this build-up will be recruited from the
Philippines and the Federated States of Micronesia.
At its peak, the build-up is projected to increase Guam’s population by
The choice of Guam was based as much on its colonial status as on any
Jon Blas, resident of the village of Tamuning and member of We Are
Guahan, said in a March 11 statement: “We have not been able to say yes
or no to this.
“Hawaii said no. California said no. But we were never given the
“It’s not fair, especially because it is looking like this is going to
hurt us more than help us.”
On November 20, the military released a Draft Environmental Impact
Statement. Only 90 days were allowed for public submissions.
The February 16 Marianas Variety said requests by Guam’s
non-voting representative in the US Congress, Madeleine Bordallo, for a
longer DEIS comment period were ignored.
Despite a flawed “in-house” process, the DEIS revealed some of the
looming environmental and social catastrophe.
Guam already suffers from the existing military facilities and the
legacy of their role in the US war on Vietnam. This legacy includes the
dumping of toxic and radioactive military supplies.
Located near the Marianas Trench, Guam is a biodiversity hotspot. An
example of the environmental insanity of the military build-up is the
planned dredging of the island’s only hammerhead shark birthing area to
make a berthing area for nuclear aircraft carriers.
Practice bombing and live shooting exercises already take a toll on
Guam’s ecosystem. Highly toxic and radioactive weapons, such as depleted
uranium, are among those used. The build-up will increase their
intensity and the amount of land and sea affected.
Furthermore, there are plans to extend them to the neighbouring island
of Tinian (part of another US colony, the Northern Marianas).
Unlike Guam, Tinian has not had a previous military presence and has a
pristine and spectacularly diverse ecosystem.
The social impacts will further marginalise Guam’s indigenous Chamorro
people. As well as bringing population pressures, the build-up will
increase the destruction of the traditional economy through military
expropriation and destruction of land and sea resources.
The influx of migrant workers and US military personnel will raise
housing prices and strengthen the “military apartheid” that already
exists. Military personnel and their families have high wages, and high
quality education and healthcare for their families.
Schools and health services for local people are underfunded and
inadequate. Locals suffer high unemployment and temporary migrant
workers are paid sweatshop wages.
The arrival of US marines from Okinawa was scheduled to begin in 2010,
but this may be delayed due to disagreements between US and Japan over
the size of the US military presence to remain in Okinawa.
The Japanese coalition government, elected in August, has taken a
tougher stance toward the US military than its conservative predecessor.