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Rape of Okinawan Woman by Two US Military Troops Forces Curfew

The curfew runs from 11pm-5am for the 20,000 plus soldiers. The rape and robbery includes a slashed neck (according to some reports) of a 20 something year old woman by the detained 23 year olds will be the central figure for the many who want the US out of Okinawa. A nightmare situation. Okinawans protestors continue to cite a 1995 rape of a 12 year old by three servicemen. (Huffpo – Okinawa)

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Chinese Soldiers Play Hot Potato with Live Grenade

Soldiers play Hot Potato with a life grenade. This can easily be faked. Imagine, you’re tossing around a bean bag, you throw it in a hole then a safe “poof” set off by a person off camera. Still, what’s the point? Is it to test their calm? What if one soldier drops it, which is why they’re practicing in the first place? An explosion at their feet? What if it goes off early? Grenades don’t have electronic timers. When are they going to have a grenade in the palm of their hand that’s tossed to them? Is it like a football option play or “flea flicker”?   [youtube]57FG5vBLKvc[/youtube]

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New York Magazine’s Story About Danny Chen

Touching isn’t the right word for this story. Danny Chen joined the military, only to find that it’s like hell. He killed himself after what seemed like a ton of hazing. The pain he endured was tremendous but even then, he seemed to just suck it up. Yes, military hazing is part of the routine, and if you stand out like he did as a 6’4″ Asian American, you’re bound to get broken down extra, especially by a platoon of non Asian Americans who must have been shorter than he. Chen was definitely not the alpha dog. 8 are now charged for his death and we’ll have to see what happens. (NYmag – Danny Chen)  

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8 Charged with Manslaughter in Death of PVT Danny Chen

He didn’t die from enemy fire. He supposedly killed himself in a guard tower in Afghanistan. It’s another result of hazing in the military. It’s hopefully isolated, yet hazing happens everywhere, from sports to college organizations to the military. This one probably went too far. It’s not exciting news except some form of justice is being served. Hopefully it’s completely fair. This echoes marching band member, Robert Champion’s death at Southwest DeKalb High School as a result of hazing. (NY Times – Danny Chen)

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