the peace movement for stopping the war and occupation on Iraq.


by iraq2003jpxx

Self-introductiion

Glad to meet you.
Our group's name is the committee of photo exhibition about Iraq war and children.
This committee was founded in autumn of 2002 when Bush administration prepared the Iraq war.
The general inhabitants in Suginami of Tokyo participated and founded this comitte.
It is the volunteer group which took root in an area of Suginami.

The Iraq War forces Iraqi children to receive damage.
Iraqi children are the main victims of this war.

We want people to know "the fact" of this war.
"The fact" which Mass media will not report to the audience.

Let's create the society without war and discrimination.
Let's get a better understanding about Iraq and Mideast.
Let's wise up the fact of the Iraq more to the inhabitants in Suginami.

These are the mottos of our group.

I will show some photos of exhibitions in the past.

b0052361_6373295.jpgIKUEI high school on Nov. 2002

b0052361_638318.jpgin the vicinity of Ogikubo station's entrance on Jan. 2003

b0052361_639748.jpgin the vicinity of Ogikubo station's entrance on Jan. 2003

b0052361_640681.jpgthe lecture presentation featuring YATCH as Yasuyuki Aizawa who participated the Human Shield on May 2003

b0052361_641891.jpgthe concert and lecture presentation featuring Yasmin Uetsuki who is a Muslim and protests the invasion of Iraq by the U.S. forces on July 2003

b0052361_641489.jpgtne exhibition of Eihuku-cho on Aug. 2003
b0052361_6422891.jpgthe lecture presentation featuring Susumu Fujita who supports Palestinian liberation movement on Sep. 2003

b0052361_6431154.jpgthe exhibiton at the Nishiogi-kan which is a workshop of handicaps on Oct. 2003

b0052361_644480.jpgthe exhibition at the Miyasita Park of Shibuya on Feb. 2004

b0052361_6443795.jpgthe meeting against occupation of Iraq on Mar. 2004

b0052361_6452065.jpgthe exhibition at Kudan social education assembly hall of Chiyoda-ku on Mar. 2004

b0052361_64696.jpgthe exhibition at the "Ensemble Ogikubo" assembly hall on Sep. 2004

b0052361_6464897.jpgthe meeting against Iraq occupation on Oct. 2004

b0052361_6473284.jpgthe exihibition of Hibiya open-air concert hall on Nov. 2004

b0052361_648134.jpgthe exhibition of Asagaya commerce and industry assembly hall on Jan. 2005
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# by iraq2003jpxx | 2005-10-27 19:25
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British soldiers patrol a street market in the southern Iraq city of Basra October 11, 2005. Britain said October 10 it would cut troop numbers in Iraq by 500 but stressed its capability in the south of the country would be unaffected. The announcement came three weeks after a riot in the southern city of Basra that exposed worsening tensions between British forces and Shi'ite militia there. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

British troop numbers in Iraq cut by 500 as Basra bases close

FRANK COCKER


THE number of British troops in Iraq will be cut by about 500 to 8,000 in total, John Reid, the Defence Secretary, announced yesterday.

Updating MPs after the summer recess, Mr Reid said the changes amounted to "relatively minor adjustments" and would not affect the range of activities carried out by UK forces.


They reflected the closure of two small bases in Basra, the transfer of some training tasks to the Iraqi security forces and "structural differences" between brigades.

In a Commons statement, Mr Reid stressed that the UK would not "abandon Iraq before it is ready to stand on its own two feet".

He said UK forces would remain for "as long as we are needed ... and no longer", but again warned of further "obstacles" ahead as insurgents oppose moves towards democracy.

"The biggest obstacle to our leaving Iraq is now the actions of the terrorists themselves," he said. "Terrorist activity only delays our leaving Iraq."

The announcement came three weeks after a riot in Basra that exposed worsening tensions between British forces and Shiite militia there.

Michael Ancram, the shadow defence secretary, told Mr Reid: "For all your brave words, the situation today in Iraq is grim. There are now about 500 insurgent attacks each week, fuelled by growing outside interference - not least in Multi-National Division (south-east).

"The price is now being paid by the crass decision to disband the Iraqi security forces after the war - a decision which gave the insurgents their opening."

Mr Ancram said that British troops must stay in Iraq until the job was done.

But he added that the right of the Iraqi government to ask British troops to stay could not be open-ended.

Some opposition politicians said it was time to consider pulling out when angry crowds attacked British armoured vehicles with petrol bombs.

Britain says it intends to draw down its forces in Iraq as Iraqi troops gain the capabilities to take over responsibility for security.
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# by iraq2003jpxx | 2004-12-26 11:14
◆This is the article of New York Times about Japanese teachers' resistance against the oppression of National Flag and National anthem

By NORIMITSU ONISHI
Published: December 16, 2004

This article is here:
New York Times

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High school students and faculty faced Japan's flag and sang the national anthem at a graduation ceremony in Tokyo in March, as required by law.  Tokyo Shimbun


TOKYO - Toru Kondo, an English teacher at a public high school here, had never before been reprimanded in his 32-year career. But he was recently required to take a two-hour "special retraining course," lectured on his mistaken ways and given a sheet of paper on which to engage in half an hour of written self-examination.

His offense was to defy the Tokyo Board of Education's new regulation requiring teachers to sing the national anthem while standing and facing the national flag. He and scores of colleagues refused, because for them the rising-sun flag and the anthem, "Kimigayo," or "His Majesty's Reign," are symbols of imperialism.

"When the Japanese military invaded Asia, the rising-sun flag led the corps and the 'Kimigayo' was sung when Japanese soldiers won a battle," Mr. Kondo said. "I've been telling students that the two are linked to Japan's militarism."

Many Japanese felt the same way for decades after World War II. But perhaps because they are now more comfortable with their history, or perhaps because Japanese society has moved right, the authorities here have made respect for the flag and anthem mandatory for teachers and students. To supporters, the move is a step to make Japan into a so-called normal country that can be patriotic and proud of itself. To critics, it is dangerous indoctrination that has no place in a democracy.

In a city in Fukuoka Prefecture, education officials conducted a survey this year on how loud students sang the anthem at graduation and enrollment ceremonies, classifying each school as "high," "medium" or "low." In Tokyo, 243 teachers have been punished this year because they did not stand before the rising-sun flag and sing the anthem; 67 more have been warned because they did not instruct their students to do so. The police raided the home of one former teacher here who handed out copies of a magazine article about the issue at a graduation ceremony.

In Tokyo, the only municipality to have meted out broad punishments, the authorities were hoping to use the capital's influence to make respect for the flag and anthem compulsory nationwide. While newspaper polls show voters here opposing such a movement, voters have still remained firmly behind its leader, Shintaro Ishihara, the rightist governor of Tokyo.

The movement suffered a setback recently, from an unexpected corner: Emperor Akihito, who stated his opposition to the regulation. The Imperial Household Agency, some politicians and newspapers played down the comment by the emperor, who, according to the Constitution, is forbidden from interfering in political matters. But others saw in his rare political utterance a sign that he was worried about Japan's direction.

After Japan's defeat in World War II, the rising-sun flag was banned for more than three years under the American occupation. Asian neighbors remain suspicious of Japanese nationalism and of the country's new assertiveness overseas, including sending 550 troops to Iraq. The young in Seoul or Shanghai may consume Pokémon or other symbols of the new Japan. But since they are thoroughly taught about the brutalities of Japanese colonialism, unlike their Japanese counterparts, their often visceral reactions to symbols of the old Japan lie near the surface.

Japan long was ambivalent toward its flag and anthem, and it was only in 1999 that the government made them legal national symbols. Since 1990, public school teachers have been told they "should instruct" students to pay respect to both. But in October 2003, Tokyo made respect compulsory at graduation and enrollment ceremonies in public schools, and disobedience punishable.

The regulation states that the national flag must be raised in front of the stage, with the Tokyo government flag to the right. An official will cry out, "Singing of the national anthem," then teachers and students must rise, face the flag and sing. Board or school officials instruct sitting teachers to stand and sing - and take the names of those who refuse.

"The deputy principal walked down the aisle between the wall and the teachers' seats and approached me and said, 'Please stand up and sing,' " said Mitsuo Kondo, 61, a martial arts teacher, who is not related to the English teacher. "So I said: 'I won't stand up. I won't sing.' "

Mr. Kondo, whose teaching contract was canceled as a result and who now is a part-time carpenter, said he had not opposed the anthem and flag until showing respect was required. He said he used to sing the anthem at the top of his voice.

"Patriotic feelings can't grow by force," he said. Takayuki Tsuchiya, a Tokyo assemblyman, said the new regulation was necessary to counterbalance decades of leftist lectures by teachers, especially members of the Japan Teachers' Union. For decades, he said, the teachers have led a campaign to denigrate the nation's symbols, placing the flag next to toilets.

"The Japan Teachers' Union has been teaching students that the white of the rising-sun flag is the color of bone and red is the color of people's blood," he said. "They are depriving students of the freedom to stand up. They hate the emperor and they hate Japan. Would American kids stand up if you teach them America did terrible things in Vietnam?"

The teachers' union, considered one of Japan's largest left-leaning organizations, has been losing membership and influence in keeping with Japan's overall political shift.

Yuzuru Nakamura, the union's secretary general, said the group did not oppose the flag or anthem, but rejected the Tokyo government's regulation. Mr. Nakamura said he saw it as part of a rising nationalism in a Japan made increasingly insecure by its generation-long economic malaise and China's ascendancy.

"The government needs symbols of unity for the country," he said. "I think the national flag and anthem are being used to establish Japanese ethnicity or identity."

Tokyo officials clearly hoped they could spur the stand-and-sing movement to grow nationwide by drawing the emperor to their side.

In October, Kunio Yonenaga, an education board member who oversees the new regulation in Tokyo but evidently wants his influence to reach beyond, told the emperor: "Making sure that students and teachers raise the rising-sun flag and sing the national anthem at schools across the country is my job. I'm doing my best."

Mr. Yonenaga, who had expected encouragement, was instead rebuked by the emperor, who said, "It's not desirable to do it by force." Taken aback, Mr. Yonenaga, who declined to be interviewed for this article, interrupted the emperor and blurted out, "Thank you for your wonderful words."

Mr. Tsuchiya, the Tokyo assemblyman, could barely disguise his disappointment. Asked why he thought the emperor held such a view, Mr. Tsuchiya mentioned the influence of Elizabeth Vining, a Quaker schoolteacher from Philadelphia, who tutored Akihito, then the crown prince, from 1946 to 1950, and even gave him a nickname. "The emperor was raised by Mrs. Vining, who called him Jimmy," he said.
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# by iraq2003jpxx | 2004-12-20 22:22

The battle in Fallujah continues

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URBAN BATTLEFIELD: US marines of the Light Armored Reconnaissance company of the 1st Battalion 3rd Marines cleared houses on Tuesday in Fallujah, the day after a major battle with insurgents.
SCOTT PETERSON/GETTY IMAGES

●Chritian Science Monitor
◆November 26, 2004 edition
In pockets of Fallujah, US troops still face harsh battles

In Fallujah, just four insurgents tied down a Marine company for hours in a nighttime battle.

By Scott Peterson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

FALLUJAH, IRAQ ? The four insurgents were heavily outnumbered and outgunned by US marines in Fallujah.
But armed with just assault rifles and grenades, the quartet locked an entire company in intense battle for hours, inflicting casualties in hand-to-hand combat and delivering a tough lesson for US forces as they deepen their hunt for an ephemeral and patient enemy that embraces martyrdom.

The climax of the firefight late Monday night could not have been more chaotic or more illuminating of the horrors of urban conflict.

When the team from Alpha Company finally entered the last redoubt of the insurgents - a burning house that had already been hammered by rockets, explosive charges, and tank rounds - they had every reason to believe any remaining gunmen were dead.

Instead, point man Lance Corp. Richard Caseras entered with his team and ran into the spray of an insurgent's AK-47 assault rifle. A second fighter then emerged, a pineapple grenade in each hand, with pins already pulled.

Eyeball to eyeball with their opponents, the marines shot them both dead; the grenades fell to the ground and exploded, blasting the Americans with shrapnel.

The result was a panicked war scene that could have been drawn from the film "Apocalypse Now." In the eerie light of the roaring flames, the wounded men were dragged back out to the street while marines targeted the house with steady gunfire.

US commanders say that such costly battles are taking place across Fallujah, where US Marine and Army units launched an assault more than two weeks ago in a bid to cut off the lethal insurgency that has spread across Iraq.

But the battle Monday, fought amid the maze of houses and alleyways in this ghost city that once held a population of 300,000, shows the difficult and dangerous task of uprooting insurgents who have hunkered down. Protecting civilians may also prove a daunting task as marines try to locate fighters who filter quietly back in as residents return.

"You are seeing individuals willing to die, and take as many Americans and Iraqis with them," says Marine Maj. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, 1st Marine Division commander in an interview. "We overwhelm them, but despite that, they put up a very stiff and determined resistance. This [assault] had to be done, because Fallujah was a sanctuary for insurgents, and now it isn't."

As the shooting lit the battlespace with muzzle flashes and noise, a lone US Navy medical corpsman jumped out to gather the wounded. This correspondent moved to help, joining in to pull the three injured men into the vehicle by their flak jackets.

"I'm so sorry! I should have used the frag[mentation] grenade, and not my M-16 [rifle]," Lance Corporal Caseras yelled to his fallen comrades as the vehicle raced toward a combat hospital at Camp Fallujah. Lance Corp. Nathan Douglass was peppered with shrapnel. Also prone in the back of the armored vehicle, on crates full of ammunition and explosives, lay Corp. Catcher Cuts the Rope (his native American name), with a tourniquet above his knee; grenade shards hit his shoulder and hands.

"Don't worry," Corporal Douglass, from Hillsboro, Ore., said consolingly. "We shot so much into that house. There shouldn't have been anybody left."

The final blow came with heavy fire from a Spectre AC-130 gunship, which destroyed four houses used by the insurgents with 40 Howitzer shells.

The toll from a brutal night: One dead marine and nine wounded, including this correspondent, who was struck in the arm by a small piece of shrapnel.

The firefight brings the casualty rate in the Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) company to 1 man in 5; far less than the 60 percent reached during the battle for Vietnam's Hue City in 1968, the last urban assault before Fallujah waged by US Marines - but far higher than most modern combat operations.

The morning after the battle, as marines returned to the site to further clear the houses, two very young boys emerged from a house across the street, waving in a friendly way at the marines. They were followed by a woman in a black shroud and an older man. A cardboard sign on the wall, invisible during the firefight the night before, read: "There is family."

After granting civilians four hours each day to visit local food-distribution centers, commanders Wednesday extended the curfew to 24 hours a day. A jobs program was put on hold; it is not clear when civilians will be allowed to return.

And insurgents are still being found. On Tuesday, an LAR patrol uncovered five foreign men, suspected of being insurgents, hiding in a house. They had wounds, $1,100 in crisp hundred-dollar bills, and false identification papers.

"It's a man-on-man fight, a classic infantry battle," says marine Col. Craig Tucker, commander of the Regimental Combat Team-7, one of two regiments fighting in Fallujah.

"If you've got a guy sitting in a house with two grenades, who knows he is going to die, we're going to root these guys out, house by house," says Colonel Tucker. "[But] you can't go into every house and knock it down, It's the difference between an organization that follows the rules of war, and one that does not. The challenge for us, is not becoming them."

Such guerrilla tactics, which in the past week have included using a white surrender flag as a cover for attack, or playing dead on the street before jumping up to fire - have kept these marines on edge.

But even as US units apply overwhelming force, they are at risk from the asymmetrical threat posed by rebels - and the presence of civilians.

"I'm telling you marines, you have the authority to use lethal force," Captain Gil Juarez, the LAR commander, told his platoon chiefs when giving the order for Monday's operation. "But be advised: If you make a mistake and frag innocent civilians, there is going to be a [military lawyer] on the scene, and an investigation."

"We'll win the battle, no problem," Captain Juarez continued. "But this is still a war about human relations. This is political war. Everything we do must help toward winning that war."

A clear example of the tricky balance is Monday's battle, which started out as a typical clearing operation, in which LAR vehicles and on-foot scout teams pushed east to west between two clocks, clearing house after house.

Red Platoon began in typical fashion, with a reading the 91st Psalm from the Bible.

"Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness," read Corporal Dustin Barker of Midland, Texas. Citations from the Bible mark his helmet strap.

The marines used explosives, axes, and even their boots to break down doors and storm houses.

They searched rooms and destroyed food stores when they found them to deprive insurgents moving from house to house of support.

"The problem with this, is we are opening [by breaking locks] the whole town up for terrorists to move in," said an intelligence officer with the unit.

In one house, Red platoon found two men sitting around a heater, drinking tea. The kitchen was immaculate - except for a single bowl of beans and another of rice - and did not look as if it had been lived in for weeks. The phone's answering machine had received 61 unanswered calls, up until Nov. 5.

The men knew their own names, but little else. They couldn't identify the couple in the marriage photo above the master bed, and said they had cut it out of a magazine. They were detained.

The first contact for Alpha Company came shortly after a block away.

One marine was shot when he entered a house, and later died on his way to the combat hospital. Corp. Luiz Munoz was also shot in the leg.

The shooting launched the battle. Also wounded was Corp. Peter Mason, a veteran, like this Alpha platoon, of a battle on Nov. 13 that left 15 guerrillas dead.

On that day, he was shot four times in his armor plates and once in the helmet. Eight more bullets put holes in his trousers, but missed his legs.

Even as Corporal Mason was treated for shrapnel wounds Monday, in the gathering twilight, marines shot a second insurgent on the roof.

Then they climbed to the next building to fire three rockets. Two more hours of nighttime combat passed when the fire team entered yet another house, and ran into the rifle fire and grenade carrier.

"I don't know how we can prevent that [in the future]. We did everything right," says Lieut. Matt Bronson, the platoon commander of the teams first into the house, from Barre, Mass. "They are just hoping we don't come into their house; they are waiting for civilians to come back."

●The source of this article
Chritian Science Monitor
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# by iraq2003jpxx | 2004-11-29 01:07

●Look at "Fallujah in Pictures"

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If you want to know the real facts about the occupation in Iraq, Please look at this weblog.

Fallujah in Pictures
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# by iraq2003jpxx | 2004-11-22 22:50
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Tue Nov 16,10:29 PM ET Middle East - AP

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The fatal shooting of a wounded and apparently unarmed man in a Fallujah mosque by a U.S. Marine angered Sunni Muslims in Iraq on Tuesday and raised questions about the protection of insurgents once they are out of action.

Here is the Video of the shooting.
Investigation after a Marine shoots dead a wounded and unarmed Iraqi

International legal experts said the Marine may have acted in self-defense because of a danger that a wounded combatant might try to blow up a hidden weapon; a key issue was whether the injured man was a prisoner at the time.

The shooting happened Saturday, one day after the Marine, who has not been identified, was wounded in the face and after another man in his unit was killed by the booby-trapped body of an insurgent.

However, the incident could cause major political problems for the government of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and his U.S. backers at a time when Iraqi authorities are seeking to contain a backlash among Sunnis to the invasion of the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.

American and Iraqi authorities tried to prevent rage from spreading among Sunnis, many of whom watched dramatic footage of the shooting that aired throughout the day on Al-Jazeera television, a Qatar-based satellite station.

"Look at this old man who was slain by them," said Ahmed Khalil, 40, as he watched the video in his Baghdad shop. "Was he a fighter? Was anybody who was killed inside this mosque a fighter? Where are their weapons? I don't know what to say."

It was unclear to what extent other Iraqis, particularly the majority Shiite Muslims, cared about the shooting.

Maysoun Hirmiz, 36, a Christian merchant in Baghdad, said she was not satisfied by an announcement by the U.S. military that it had removed the Marine from the battlefield and will investigate whether he acted in self defense.

"They will say or do the same thing they did with the soldiers who committed the abuses against Iraqis detainees in Abu Ghraib prison, and they are still free, enjoying their lives while they destroyed other peoples' lives," Hirmiz said.

The central figures who allegedly carried out the physical abuse and sexual humiliation of inmates at the notorious prison west of Baghdad are currently on trial, facing trial or have already been sentenced.

The Abu Ghraib scandal, which erupted last spring when photos of the abuse became public, generated a worldwide wave of revulsion that raised questions about the treatment of Muslim prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan (news - web sites) and elsewhere as part of the Bush administration's war on terror.

The shooting in the Fallujah mosque became public Monday with the airing of the footage taken Saturday by pool correspondent Kevin Sites of NBC News. In his report, Sites said the man who was killed didn't appear to be armed or threatening in any way, with no weapons visible in the mosque.

In a statement Tuesday, the 1st Marine Division said it launched its investigation "to determine whether the Marine acted in self-defense, violated military law or failed to comply with the Law of Armed Conflict."

It was unclear from the statement whether the incident was reported through the chain of command Saturday or only when the pool footage became generally available two days later.

Sites said three other insurgents wounded Friday in the mosque were also shot again Saturday by the Marines.

International legal experts said protection of injured combatants once they are out of action is a basic rule in warfare but that the Marine shown in the video may have acted in self-defense.

Charles Heyman, a British infantry veteran and senior defense analyst with Jane's Consultancy Group in London, defended the Marine, saying soldiers are taught that the enemy "is at his most dangerous when he is severely injured."

Other experts contacted by The Associated Press were careful to avoid a public judgment because of the dangerous and uncertain situation in Fallujah, where U.S. troops were still fighting insurgents.

"It's clearly recognized that people in combat situations are under enormous strain," international Red Cross spokesman Florian Westphal said in Geneva. "Obviously, we were not on the spot so we cannot judge the precise circumstances of what was being shown here."

Westphal said the Geneva Conventions are clear: Protection of wounded combatants once they are out of action is an absolute requirement.

However, the status of the wounded man was unclear. A different Marine unit had come under fire from the mosque on Friday. Those Marines stormed the building, killing 10 men and wounding five, according to Sites. He said Marines treated the wounded and left them.

The same five men were in the mosque Saturday when Marines from another unit arrived. Westphal said he couldn't say for sure from NBC's account whether the man was a prisoner.

Heyman said there is a danger that a wounded enemy may try to detonate a hidden firearm or a grenade, and if the man made the slightest move "in my estimation they would be justified in shooting him."

However, legal distinctions are unlikely to carry much weight among many Iraqis, especially Sunnis already angry over the Fallujah offensive. Allawi said he ordered the assault after Fallujah's leaders refused to hand over Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and other foreign fighters.

But Sunni militants saw the invasion of the city 40 miles west of Baghdad as a plot by the Americans and the Shiites, such as Allawi, against religious Sunnis — an allegation both governments deny.

"The troops not only violated our mosques with their sins and their boots but they stepped on our brothers' blood," said Khalil, the shop owner. "They are criminals and mercenaries. I feel guilty standing here and not doing anything."

At a news conference Tuesday, Iraqi Interior Minister Falah Hassan al-Naqib, himself a Sunni, said that although "killing a wounded person is rejected by us," Fallujah militants were "killers and criminals" who committed brutal acts.

That meant little to Hameed Farhan, 51, who works for the Transportation Ministry in Baghdad.

"I did not see it because there was no electricity at home, but my wife was at her parents and she described it for me," Farhan said. "She was crying. Tears welled up in my eyes. I wanted to scream."
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# by iraq2003jpxx | 2004-11-17 19:31