U.S. Military Must Change How it Deals with Rape, Lawmaker Says

 

Michael Muskal
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2012

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier on Wednesday castigated the U.S. military for its policies in dealing with rape and sexual assault and repeated her call for legislation to fix a system she said was broken.

In a floor speech, Speier (D-Hillsborough) called for passage of her legislation that would move rape and assault investigations out of the normal chain of command and put them in the hands of an impartial office. Her speech came in the same week that eight current and former members of the U.S. military filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging they had been raped, assaulted or harassed while serving, and that were targeted by superiors after reporting the attacks.

The Pentagon has repeatedly deplored sexual assaults and has insisted that it has no tolerance for such attacks. In December, it announced a new policy that gives those charging a sexual assault the option of a quick transfer to another unit or installation. The Defense Department has also stepped up training in handling such cases and in preventing assaults.

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Chalmers Johnson, Influential Scholar of East Asia, Dies at 79

 

Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2010

Chalmers Johnson, an influential scholar of East Asia’s political economy whose seminal writings forced a reevaluation of both the Chinese Revolution and the Japanese “economic miracle,” has died. He was 79.

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Senate Panel and House Vote to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Julian E. Barnes
Los Angeles Times (Tribune Washington Bureau)
May 28, 2010

A proposal to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military passed two critical tests Thursday, with the House of Representatives and an important Senate committee endorsing a compromise to end the divisive “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

In a late-night vote in the House, lawmakers endorsed an amendment that would repeal the ban, 234 to 194. In the largely party-line vote, 26 Democrats joined 168 Republicans in opposition. Five Republicans supported the repeal.

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Another Battle of Okinawa

 

Despite protests, the U.S. insists on going ahead with plans for a new military base on the island.

By Chalmers Johnson
Los Angeles Times
May 6, 2010

The United States is on the verge of permanently damaging its alliance with Japan in a dispute over a military base in Okinawa. This island prefecture hosts three-quarters of all U.S. military facilities in Japan. Washington wants to build one more base there, in an ecologically sensitive area. The Okinawans vehemently oppose it, and tens of thousands gathered last month to protest the base. Tokyo is caught in the middle, and it looks as if Japan’s prime minister has just caved in to the U.S. demands.

In the globe-girdling array of overseas military bases that the United States has acquired since World War II — more than 700 in 130 countries — few have a sadder history than those we planted in Okinawa.

To read Chalmers Johnson’s complete opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, click here.

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