February 2009

February 28, 2009

The US Court Martial recently dismissed the rape charges against an American soldier stationed in Okinawa, Japan who was accused of raping a Filipina migrant worker.

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Court Martial Rape Case vs US Soldier Dismissed

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Harman Renews Push to Prevent Sexual Assult in Military

Re-introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Root Out Permissive Culture and Prosecute “Rapists in the Ranks”

January 27, 2009  

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Chair of the Homeland Security Intelligence Subcommittee, and Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH), Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today reintroduced legislation directing the Department of Defense to develop a comprehensive strategy to prevent rape and sexual assault in the military, and to vigorously prosecute those who commit such crimes.  First introduced in the 110th Congress, a companion bill to the Harman-Turner legislation was introduced in the Senate by former Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). 

            “Where is the outrage when a female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire? Our military leaders must take decisive action by prosecuting perpetrators more vigorously and put an end to the permissive culture that says, ‘boys will be boys,’” said Harman.  “We are making clear to the new White House and Pentagon that this crisis must end.”

“The prevalence of rape and sexual assault in the military is not only malignant – it affects our mission success and the long-term health of our national security apparatus,” added Harman.

“Women serving in our Armed Forces who come forward and report a sexual assault must be protected from their alleged attackers,” Rep. Turner said. “DOD’s record of protecting women who report a rape and prosecute their case is shocking and unacceptable. I believe the legislation that Congresswoman Harman and I have put forward is a critical step in helping to solve this problem.”

For the full article visit Rep. Jane Harman at her virtual office here.


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William Electric Black will direct “The Lonely Soldier Monologues (Women at War In Iraq)” by Helen Benedict, author of “The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq” (Beacon Press, April 2009). It contains monologues of seven soldiers which were gathered through interviews and correspondence for the book.

Ms. Benedict’s book is an intimate, unflinching, and sometimes disturbing portrait of women in today’s military. Audiences will have the thrilling experience of being face-to-face with the characters, adding the immediacy of theater to what is already a rich literary experience.

The actors are Allison Troesch, Athena Colon, Cara Liander, Julia A. Grob, Kim Weston-Moran, Macah Coates and Verna Hampton. Set and lighting design are by Federico Restrepo. Costume design is by Tilly Grimes. Production Coordinator/Manager is Chriz Zaborowski. Sound Design/Drums are by Jim Mussen. Choreography is by Jeremy Lardieri.

Interview from February 11, 2009  — Retired US army colonel Ann Wright talks about her recent trip to Gaza. Throughout Israel’s intensive war in Gaza, reporters and international observers have been barred from entering the region. Wright says that the damage is extensive and Israel’s disproportionate response “criminal.” During her visit to Egypt and Gaza, Philip Rizk, a 26 year old student of Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Cairo was detained after participating in a rally in support of Gazans. Rizk has been an outspoken critic of the Israeli invasion and of the Egyptian government’s feeble response to the suffering of Palestinian civilians. His whereabouts remain unknown and no formal charges have been issued. A demonstration in support of his release will take place on Wednesday, February 11 at 11:30 in front of the Egyptian Consulate in New York.

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