Category antiwar

Portland Paper Whitewashes Role in WWII Internments as State Honors Rights Champion, Former Internee Minoru Yasui

(Published on March 29, 2016 in The Huffington Post) The Oregonian photo page from May 10, 1942 somehow, someway found smiling young internees effortlessly going about their daily lives behind barb wire and armed soldiers. A year later, President Roosevelt appointed the paper’s editor and publisher Edwin Palmer Hoyt as director of the Domestic Branch […]

Taking a stand for justice in Palestine

  I wrote the following article back in 2000 during the Second Intifada. I try to provide some historical background to the conflict then, and not much really has changed. Except the body counts. The video here was my impromptu public address just before Obama took office for his first term. Again, not much has […]

When Portland did more than follow orders 

(Published October 2, 2013, Blueoregon.com) September’s passing has witnessed yet another unrecognized anniversary of our city’s landmark episode of wholesale ethnic cleansing which remains unequaled in Portland history. September 1942 saw the close of the Portland Assembly Center prison camp when every local citizen and immigrant resident of Japanese ancestry was at last forced out, […]

My Holiday in Iran 

(Published June 2, 2013, The Guardian) I recently returned from a vacation in Iran, (why does that phrase always trigger “Holiday in Cambodia” by the Dead Kennedys in my head?) my third time there since 1998. Time spent in the Islamic Republic and other regions around the world always motivates me to question why so […]

Requiem for a War: Portland’s peace community responds with silence and contempt to US troop pullout from Iraq. 

  (Originally appeared 12/29/11, BlueOregon.com) President Barack Hussein Obama has made good on the promise and commitment that got him elected: ending the war in Iraq. In a place like Portland, Oregon, that should mean something. For years, there was an opportunity almost every weekend in the Rose City to participate in a public antiwar […]

PORTLAND OFFICIALS SHOW LITTLE INTEREST IN, AND SAY NOTHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT, POSTED DEATH THREATS AGAINST SOLDIER EFFIGY BURNERS 

(Originally published 04/30/07, Portland IndyMedia) This May Day the downtown streets of Portland promise to be a vibrant mix of demonstrators protesting everything from the Iraq War to corporate capitalism to immigration restrictions to US-sponsored terrorism. Portland Police will no doubt be out in force to crack down on the willful jaywalkers, unpermitted marchers, disobedient […]