An Open Letter to the Emperor (April 24, 2019)

Adam Jonas Horowitz, an American from New Mexico, published an open letter in Counterpunch on April 24, 2019 just before the retirement of Emperor Akihito, the son of Emperor Hirohito, the Emperor of Japan during WWII.  In his letter, he requested that Emperor Akihito should apologize before retiring at the end of that month. He said that apologizing in this case is not losing face, but is in fact the opposite.  It is saving face, and providing an example of responsibility, grace, and courage that will provide peace for not only the victims of the Pacific War, but for the entire world.” Click here to read his entire letter.

Japanese War Crimes and Related Topics: A Guide to Records at the National Archives (July 19, 2019)

This massive (1,717 pages) pdf document was compiled by Greg Bradsher at the U.S, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at College Park, Maryland. It contains vast amounts of information related to military, intelligence, political, diplomatic, economic, financial, social, and cultural activities in the Far East during 1931-1951, as well as information regarding Allied prisoners of war; the organization, functions, and activities of American Allied agencies; and the Japanese occupation of countries and the American occupation of Japan.

South China Sea Dispute: Who Is Abusing World Power? (archived from Oct. 2016)

In the last several months a recurring major news item is the dispute over the South China Sea and the decision of the Arbitral Tribunal (AT) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). If you read the reports from American mass media and the comments from American political leaders, the impression that you get is that China has violated international laws as specified under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and that China is bullying her smaller neighbors and is posing a military threat to the world.

Is that really consistent with the truth? This article provides the background information to understand this issue and to reach a decision. The decision shows that yes there is an abuse of power, but the country doing the abuse is not China, but the U.S. To read the article, click on the following link: