To the north, the Barents Sea, an offshoot of the Arctic Ocean, bounds them both. This remote region -- approximately 800 miles from Oslo and 900 miles from Moscow -- has, in recent years, become a vortex of economic and military activity.
“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time...
“The termination of the VFA should have happened a long time ago because it violates national sovereignty, and places foreign interests and the security of U.S. military soldiers above the interests of everyday Filipinos..."
Everything we thought we knew about drone warfare -- and America’s wars more broadly -- is about to be thrown out the window. Under the circumstances, one thing is predictable: ever more civilians are going to die in America’s wars.
“We found that a few hundred natives living off their land and fighting for it could tie down thousands of American troops... and provoke a segment of our population to take the view that what happens in the Far East is none of our business.”
In designating the Henoko Oura Bay Coastal Waters as Japan’s first Hope Spot, Mission Blue has confirmed that the area is a special place on par with other natural wonders and Hope Spots around the world.