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A compendium of articles, reports, essays and investigations into the effects of militarism on the environment and human society. Send additional documents to editor@envirosagainstwar.org.

 

FEATURED REPORTS

Koreas Opt for Diplomacy and Cooperation While Trump Continues to Threaten War (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Choe Sang-Hun and Mark Landler / The New York Times & Reuters)
North and South Korea may have generations of mistrust to work through, but the two Koreas have made big progress in just a few meetings, agreeing to march side-by-side at next month's Winter Olympic -- and even field a common team for ice hockey. Meanwhile, US unwillingness to engage in direct talks with North Korea looks all the more like the real aberration in the region as Washington continues to launch threats of increased sanctions and open war on the Korean Peninsula.

Under Trump's Presidency, Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria Have Soared More than 200% (Alex Hopkins / AirWars)
Sold as the "most precise campaign in history" by US officials, the urban battlefields in Iraq and Syria laid waste by bombs, artillery and improvised explosives told another story. Non-combatant deaths from US air and artillery strikes rose by more than 200 percent compared to 2016, with between 3,923 and 6,102 civilians estimated killed. Roughly 65% of all civilian deaths from Coalition actions since 2014 occurred over the last 12 months. This unprecedented death toll coincided with the start of the Trump presidency.

Nuclear War and Extreme Weather Lead List of Top 2018 Threats (AntiWar.com & Reuters & USA Today & The World Economic Forum)
The World Economic Forum's 13th annual Global Risks Perception Survey reveals that the risk of wars -- both limited and major -- are both increasing substantially. The report predicts that 2018 could see a 79% increase in the risk of state-on-state military conflict. The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply. Top risks for 2018 include threats from extreme weather, economic inequalities, cyber attacks, and nuclear weapons.

Disposable People: Deporting US Veterans (Paul Cox / The Volunteer: The American Lincoln Brigade)
As many as 8 percent of US Army enlistees are immigrants. Despite risking their lives, many face deportation after the end of their service, Today, the ACLU estimates that around 300 US veterans have been deported to countries around the world. These veterans are now stuck in a country they may have left as infants; some do not even speak the language.

ACTION ALERT / VIDEOS: Uncovering and Opposing the Pentagon's Global Empire of Bases (No Foreign Bases Coalition & World Beyond War & Popular Resistance)
Unknown to most Americans, the Pentagon operates a vast, global empire of military bases that circles the planet. This hidden empire consists of nearly 562,000 facilities worth more than $585 billion located on more than 4,800 sites in 42 nations and covering over 24.9 million acres -- equal in size to the entire state of Kentucky. The US cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world.

The Unifying Force of War Abolition (David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy)
Commentary: "Unless we redistribute wealth, we cannot redistribute power. We can't create media unless we have something important to say. We can't protect the Earth’s climate while steadfastly ignoring the top consumer of petroleum on earth because criticizing the military would be inappropriate. But we will go on ignoring it if we don't create good media. We have to do it all, and there are various ways in which we can become more united, more strategic, and potentially more effective."

Trump Expands Offshore Drilling in Assault on Biodiversity and Indigenous Communities (Subhankar Banerjee, Nermeen Shaikh and Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!)
Bipartisan opposition is growing to President Trump's proposal to greatly expand offshore oil and gas drilling. The reversal of the Obama-era restrictions would open more than a billion acres of water in the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil and gas drilling. The Interior Department moved to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all US coastal waters but spared Florida after complaints from Florida's Republican Governor -- triggering protests from every other coastal state.

Sen.Warren Condemns Trump's Offshore Oil Plan (Andrew Emett / NationofChange)
In response to Donald Trump's announcement to permit offshore drilling along US coastlines, Sen. Elizabeth Warren strongly condemned his plan while accusing the president of being "weak-kneed" and beholden to Big Oil, instead of the American people. Enumerating recent natural disasters and oil spills, Warren warned Trump that he will be held responsible for the economic and environmental impact caused by climate change and Big Oil's dwindling safety regulations.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on the Real Reason North Korea Has Nukes (Dave Lindorff / This Can't Be Happening)
Commentary: "We already knew that Tulsi Gabbard was courageous. . . . Now, as basically the only member of Congress with the guts to call out the US as the cause of our current knife-edge threat of a nuclear war, she's demonstrated her courage again."

Trump's War on the First Amendment, Free Speech, the Media, and Public Protest (Patrick Strickland / Al Jazeera & Chris Stevenson International Editor / The Independent)
On January 20, 2017, the day of Donald Trump's inauguration, 230 US citizens -- demonstrators, medics, journalists and bystanders -- were rounded up and arrested by police. Charged with" felony rioting," they faced a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. While their trials continue, Mr. Trump responded to the publication of a book critical of his time in the Oval Office by calling for stronger libel laws so "you wouldn't have things like that happen where you can say whatever comes into your head."

In Trump's White House, Coal Is in Control (The Us Campaign & Lisa Friedman / The New York Times)
President Trump's first year in office has been a boon for the coal industry, with the Trump administration rolling back regulations on coal-fired power plants and withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change agreement. Weeks after Trump's inauguration, Robert E. Murray (a coal company owner and major Trump contributor) sent a memo to the White House with a wish-list of environmental rollbacks. A year later, Trump is on track to fulfill most of Murray's 16 detailed Earth-exploiting demands.

Let's Wrench Power Back From the Billionaires (Bernie Sanders / The Guardian UK)
Commentary: In a time of dire news, an inspiring call to action from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders: "Difficult as it is to comprehend, the fact is that the six richest people on Earth now own more wealth than the bottom half of the world's population" but "If we stand together against powerful special interests, we can eliminate poverty, increase life expectancy and tackle climate change."

Trump to Cut Red Tape on Overseas Sales of US Weapons (Carlo Muboz / The Washington Times & The White House)
The Trump administration is taking aim at another US industry it says it being held back by overregulation and government red tape, moving to reduce federal rules and restrictions governing overseas sales of weapons and armament, in a bid to accelerate American arms deals to a growing international clientele eager to field the latest generation of US-made weaponry. US diplomats and military attaches will be tasked with talking up and promoting the sales of US military-industrial products abroad.

A Model for US Activists: British Protesters Challenge UK Arms Sales to Saudis (Campaign Against the Arms Trade)
Saudi Arabia is the UK's biggest arms customer and most shameful relationship. One of the world's most authoritarian regimes, its repression at home and aggression abroad is propped up and supported by UK arms sales. The UK's military support for the Saudi regime makes us complicit in its wrongs. The UK must end all arms sales and military support to Saudi Arabia.

After US False Missile Alarm: Koreas Meet to Talk Peace and Pentagon Plans to Launch War (AntiWar.com & The New York Times )
A war with North Korea would be "catastrophic" still, about two dozen current and former Pentagon officials and senior commanders insist that planned US attack exercises largely reflect the military's instructions to be ready for any possible military action on the Korean Peninsula. Meanwhile, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard -- long an advocate of diplomacy -- says that America's long history of wars of regime change is the reason North Korea feels the need to have nuclear armed missiles as a deterrent.

ACTION ALERT: Help Create the Largest Protected Area on Earth: The Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary (Greenpeace)
On December 1, 2017, the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area -- a land sanctuary covering 1.5 million square kilometers -- came into force. Now the Antarctic Ocean needs protection. Greenpeace writes: "We are calling for the creation of the biggest ocean sanctuary in the world, to protect the fragile and amazing wildlife in the Weddell Sea, like the irreplaceable penguins, whales and seals that call it home. But we simply can't do it without your help. And we want you to come along for the journey!"

Hawaii's Fake Missile Alert versus a Real Existential Threat (Robert Reich & Jon Letman / The Daily Beast<)
Commentary: "I know this could be the end of my life. Or not. The tub is filling with water. My wife and son are seated on the bathroom floor, the most protected room in the house, I suppose. But the thought this wooden could protect us is laughable but I know there is no time to go anywhere. ""Something must be done. Not just about the flawed warning system in Hawaii, but about a world in which nations are poised to destroy each other with barely a moment's notice.:

Israel Has Already Killed Three Palestinian Children in 2018 (Maureen Clare Murphy / The Electronic Intifada & The International Middle East News Center)
With the second week of 2018 not yet over, Israeli occupation forces had killed three Palestinian children. Fourteen Palestinian boys and girls under the age of 18 were killed by soldiers and police in all of 2017. Two children were shot and killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Thursday. A third child was seriously injured. Amir Abd al-Hamid Abu Musaad, 15, died immediately after being hit in the chest with a live bullet during a protest along the Gaza-Israel boundary.

New York City Just Declared War on the Oil Industry (Bill McKibben / The Guardian UK & Naomi Klein / The Intercept & Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian)
New York City, the home of Wall Street, announced on Wednesday that it will be divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels. That hits fossil fuel giants where it hurts. Five years after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, New York announced it was divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels -- and suing the five biggest oil companies for damages. Our planet's most important city is now at war with its richest industry.

Will I Die at Guantanamo Bay? (Sharqawi Al Hajj / Newsweek)
Commentary: "I was captured when I was in my 20s and brought to Guantanamo Bay in 2004, after more than two years in secret prisons. I have been imprisoned here without charges since then. I am now 43. I feel like an old man. I am one of the last remaining prisoners at Guantanamo. I wonder if I am going to spend the rest of my life here."

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump's Destructive EPA Budget Cuts (Rhea Suh / NRDC Action Fund)
Donald Trump and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, along with their anti-environment allies in Congress, are pushing for bone-deep cuts to EPA funding that would make critical environmental cleanups nearly impossible. Congress must pass a new spending bill by January 19 to keep the government running -- and Trump and his cronies are using this deadline as an excuse to force their extreme anti-environment agenda into law. Ask your representatives to stand up for environmental protections.

It's Time to Bury the Monroe Doctrine (David Swanson /World Beyond War & No Foreign Bases)
The US policy of antidemocratically and often violently seeking to dominate the nations to its south, in the name of preventing some other force from doing so, has seen its shelf-life expire. The Monroe Doctrine -- as evolved and abused over the centuries -- ought to be buried.

UN Sanctions Iran but Not US for Yemen Weapons (Cesar Chelala / CommonDreams & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse)
While the US actively supplies weapons that kill civilians in Yemen, Iran has been accused of failing to halt the transfer of "component." Health facilities in Yemen continue to be hit by Saudi bombs and health and humanitarian workers are increasingly targeted. In a scene out of Guernica, one survivor described a Saudi airstrike killed at least 63 civilians: "It was like something out of Judgment Day. Corpses and heads scattered, engulfed by fire and ashes."

Militarism: Escaping the Trap (Washington Newsletter / Friends Committee on National Legislation)
Militarism permeates US society. Our budget is skewed towards the Pentagon, local towns depend on military industries for revenue, Washington gives surplus military gear to local police to use against their own citizens. Martin Luther King, Jr. called for a shift from a "thing-oriented" to a "person-oriented" society. "When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered."

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GENERAL IMPACTS

Hawaii's Fake Missile Alert versus a Real Existential Threat
(Robert Reich & Jon Letman / The Daily Beast<)

Commentary: "I know this could be the end of my life. Or not. The tub is filling with water. My wife and son are seated on the bathroom floor, the most protected room in the house, I suppose. But the thought this wooden could protect us is laughable but I know there is no time to go anywhere. ""Something must be done. Not just about the flawed warning system in Hawaii, but about a world in which nations are poised to destroy each other with barely a moment's notice.:
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Twitter to Revoke Donald Trump's Twitter Account
(CREDO Mobile & Jack Moore / GQ Magazine)

Donald Trump has used Twitter to demean religions, other countries, immigrants, and world leaders. Now he is using Twitter to threaten a nuclear crisis. Ordinarily an online comment like that would send the CIA and FBI scrambling into action to track down and immobilized the "terrorist threat." It's time to demand that Twitter revoke Donald Trump's Twitter account for violations of the terms of service and institute safeguards to prevent a single tweet from sparking armed conflict.
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Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: The Madness of America's Nuclear Weapons
(William J. Astore / AntiWar.com)

Daniel Ellsberg's new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, is a shattering portrayal of the genocidal nature of US nuclear planning during the Cold War -- and that threat of worldwide genocide (or omnicide, a word Ellsberg uses to describe the death of nearly everything from a nuclear exchange that would generate disastrous cooling due to nuclear winter) persists to this day.
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The GOP Tax Bill: How the Environment Lost
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

The Republican tax bill has major repercussions for our precious environment. While the electric vehicle industry and the wind and solar sector can breathe a little easier that the sweeping legislation preserves their tax credits, fossil fuel producers are likely cheering the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. Environment America notes that the bill continues massive incentives for fossil fuel production amounting to tens of billions of dollars over the next decade.
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ICC Rules Aggression Is a War Crime: Will Washington Be Held to Account?
(Coalition for the International Criminal Court)

Marathon diplomatic negotiations at 16th Assembly of States Parties in New York have achieved consensus on activating International Criminal Court jurisdiction over world leaders who wage aggressive wars -- with conditions. "For the first time since the post-WWII trials in Nuremburg and Tokyo, an international court may be able to hold leaders individually criminally responsible for the crime of aggression."
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Meet the Private Corporations that Have Grown Rich Building A Nuclear Arsenal that Could Kill US All
(Richard Krushnic and Jonathan Alan King / TomDispatch & The Nation)

Many Americans are unaware that much of the responsibility for nuclear weapons development, production, and maintenance lies with the Department of Energy, which spends more on nuclear weapons than it does on developing sustainable energy sources. Key to the DOE's nuclear project are the federal laboratories where nuclear weapons are designed, built, and tested. Meanwhile, a small number of powerful companies are making billions working on weapons systems designed to end life on Earth.
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16 Ways to Cut Defense Spending
(Jon Basil Utley / The American Conservative)

Admiral Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that "the greatest threat to our national security is our debt." Former Congressmember Ron Paul says that only about half the defense budget is for defense, the other half is for militarism abroad. So here are 16 ways to cut its waste, fraud, and abuse of American taxpayers.
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The US Is Stockpiling Nuclear Arms, and the Cost Is Astonishing
(Harry Blain / Foreign Policy In Focus & AntiWar.com)

Thanks to an October 31 report by the Congressional Budget Office, we now have a 30-year outline of both the kinds of destructive weaponry we are buying, and how much it is going to cost. There are good reasons to be worried. Total cost: $1.2 trillion. Enough money to fund five Environmental Protection Agencies. The "deterrence" value of such an investment isn't immediately clear. But the fiscal impacts will certainly further bankrupt the already debt-burdened US economy.
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HUMAN IMPACTS

Under Trump's Presidency, Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria Have Soared More than 200%
(Alex Hopkins / AirWars)

Sold as the "most precise campaign in history" by US officials, the urban battlefields in Iraq and Syria laid waste by bombs, artillery and improvised explosives told another story. Non-combatant deaths from US air and artillery strikes rose by more than 200 percent compared to 2016, with between 3,923 and 6,102 civilians estimated killed. Roughly 65% of all civilian deaths from Coalition actions since 2014 occurred over the last 12 months. This unprecedented death toll coincided with the start of the Trump presidency.
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Nuclear War and Extreme Weather Lead List of Top 2018 Threats
(AntiWar.com & Reuters & USA Today & The World Economic Forum)

The World Economic Forum's 13th annual Global Risks Perception Survey reveals that the risk of wars -- both limited and major -- are both increasing substantially. The report predicts that 2018 could see a 79% increase in the risk of state-on-state military conflict. The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply. Top risks for 2018 include threats from extreme weather, economic inequalities, cyber attacks, and nuclear weapons.
/know/read.php?itemid=20301

Disposable People: Deporting US Veterans
(Paul Cox / The Volunteer: The American Lincoln Brigade)

As many as 8 percent of US Army enlistees are immigrants. Despite risking their lives, many face deportation after the end of their service, Today, the ACLU estimates that around 300 US veterans have been deported to countries around the world. These veterans are now stuck in a country they may have left as infants; some do not even speak the language.
/know/read.php?itemid=20302

ACTION ALERT / VIDEOS: Uncovering and Opposing the Pentagon's Global Empire of Bases
(No Foreign Bases Coalition & World Beyond War & Popular Resistance)

Unknown to most Americans, the Pentagon operates a vast, global empire of military bases that circles the planet. This hidden empire consists of nearly 562,000 facilities worth more than $585 billion located on more than 4,800 sites in 42 nations and covering over 24.9 million acres -- equal in size to the entire state of Kentucky. The US cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world.
/know/read.php?itemid=20295

Hawaii's Fake Missile Alert versus a Real Existential Threat
(Robert Reich & Jon Letman / The Daily Beast<)

Commentary: "I know this could be the end of my life. Or not. The tub is filling with water. My wife and son are seated on the bathroom floor, the most protected room in the house, I suppose. But the thought this wooden could protect us is laughable but I know there is no time to go anywhere. ""Something must be done. Not just about the flawed warning system in Hawaii, but about a world in which nations are poised to destroy each other with barely a moment's notice.:
/know/read.php?itemid=20282

Israel Has Already Killed Three Palestinian Children in 2018
(Maureen Clare Murphy / The Electronic Intifada & The International Middle East News Center)

With the second week of 2018 not yet over, Israeli occupation forces had killed three Palestinian children. Fourteen Palestinian boys and girls under the age of 18 were killed by soldiers and police in all of 2017. Two children were shot and killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Thursday. A third child was seriously injured. Amir Abd al-Hamid Abu Musaad, 15, died immediately after being hit in the chest with a live bullet during a protest along the Gaza-Israel boundary.
/know/read.php?itemid=20285

New York City Just Declared War on the Oil Industry
(Bill McKibben / The Guardian UK & Naomi Klein / The Intercept & Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian)

New York City, the home of Wall Street, announced on Wednesday that it will be divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels. That hits fossil fuel giants where it hurts. Five years after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, New York announced it was divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels -- and suing the five biggest oil companies for damages. Our planet's most important city is now at war with its richest industry.
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Will I Die at Guantanamo Bay?
(Sharqawi Al Hajj / Newsweek)

Commentary: "I was captured when I was in my 20s and brought to Guantanamo Bay in 2004, after more than two years in secret prisons. I have been imprisoned here without charges since then. I am now 43. I feel like an old man. I am one of the last remaining prisoners at Guantanamo. I wonder if I am going to spend the rest of my life here."
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LAND IMPACTS

Nuclear War and Extreme Weather Lead List of Top 2018 Threats
(AntiWar.com & Reuters & USA Today & The World Economic Forum)

The World Economic Forum's 13th annual Global Risks Perception Survey reveals that the risk of wars -- both limited and major -- are both increasing substantially. The report predicts that 2018 could see a 79% increase in the risk of state-on-state military conflict. The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply. Top risks for 2018 include threats from extreme weather, economic inequalities, cyber attacks, and nuclear weapons.
/know/read.php?itemid=20301

ACTION ALERT / VIDEOS: Uncovering and Opposing the Pentagon's Global Empire of Bases
(No Foreign Bases Coalition & World Beyond War & Popular Resistance)

Unknown to most Americans, the Pentagon operates a vast, global empire of military bases that circles the planet. This hidden empire consists of nearly 562,000 facilities worth more than $585 billion located on more than 4,800 sites in 42 nations and covering over 24.9 million acres -- equal in size to the entire state of Kentucky. The US cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world.
/know/read.php?itemid=20295

Trump Expands Offshore Drilling in Assault on Biodiversity and Indigenous Communities
(Subhankar Banerjee, Nermeen Shaikh and Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!)

Bipartisan opposition is growing to President Trump's proposal to greatly expand offshore oil and gas drilling. The reversal of the Obama-era restrictions would open more than a billion acres of water in the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil and gas drilling. The Interior Department moved to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all US coastal waters but spared Florida after complaints from Florida's Republican Governor -- triggering protests from every other coastal state.
/know/read.php?itemid=20297

ACTION ALERT: Help Create the Largest Protected Area on Earth: The Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary
(Greenpeace)

On December 1, 2017, the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area -- a land sanctuary covering 1.5 million square kilometers -- came into force. Now the Antarctic Ocean needs protection. Greenpeace writes: "We are calling for the creation of the biggest ocean sanctuary in the world, to protect the fragile and amazing wildlife in the Weddell Sea, like the irreplaceable penguins, whales and seals that call it home. But we simply can't do it without your help. And we want you to come along for the journey!"
/know/read.php?itemid=20290

New York City Just Declared War on the Oil Industry
(Bill McKibben / The Guardian UK & Naomi Klein / The Intercept & Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian)

New York City, the home of Wall Street, announced on Wednesday that it will be divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels. That hits fossil fuel giants where it hurts. Five years after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, New York announced it was divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels -- and suing the five biggest oil companies for damages. Our planet's most important city is now at war with its richest industry.
/know/read.php?itemid=20284

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump's Destructive EPA Budget Cuts
(Rhea Suh / NRDC Action Fund)

Donald Trump and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, along with their anti-environment allies in Congress, are pushing for bone-deep cuts to EPA funding that would make critical environmental cleanups nearly impossible. Congress must pass a new spending bill by January 19 to keep the government running -- and Trump and his cronies are using this deadline as an excuse to force their extreme anti-environment agenda into law. Ask your representatives to stand up for environmental protections.
/know/read.php?itemid=20281

It's Time to Bury the Monroe Doctrine
(David Swanson /World Beyond War & No Foreign Bases)

The US policy of antidemocratically and often violently seeking to dominate the nations to its south, in the name of preventing some other force from doing so, has seen its shelf-life expire. The Monroe Doctrine -- as evolved and abused over the centuries -- ought to be buried.
/know/read.php?itemid=20278

UN Sanctions Iran but Not US for Yemen Weapons
(Cesar Chelala / CommonDreams & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse)

While the US actively supplies weapons that kill civilians in Yemen, Iran has been accused of failing to halt the transfer of "component." Health facilities in Yemen continue to be hit by Saudi bombs and health and humanitarian workers are increasingly targeted. In a scene out of Guernica, one survivor described a Saudi airstrike killed at least 63 civilians: "It was like something out of Judgment Day. Corpses and heads scattered, engulfed by fire and ashes."
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MARINE AND WATER IMPACTS

Nuclear War and Extreme Weather Lead List of Top 2018 Threats
(AntiWar.com & Reuters & USA Today & The World Economic Forum)

The World Economic Forum's 13th annual Global Risks Perception Survey reveals that the risk of wars -- both limited and major -- are both increasing substantially. The report predicts that 2018 could see a 79% increase in the risk of state-on-state military conflict. The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply. Top risks for 2018 include threats from extreme weather, economic inequalities, cyber attacks, and nuclear weapons.
/know/read.php?itemid=20301

ACTION ALERT / VIDEOS: Uncovering and Opposing the Pentagon's Global Empire of Bases
(No Foreign Bases Coalition & World Beyond War & Popular Resistance)

Unknown to most Americans, the Pentagon operates a vast, global empire of military bases that circles the planet. This hidden empire consists of nearly 562,000 facilities worth more than $585 billion located on more than 4,800 sites in 42 nations and covering over 24.9 million acres -- equal in size to the entire state of Kentucky. The US cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world.
/know/read.php?itemid=20295

Trump Expands Offshore Drilling in Assault on Biodiversity and Indigenous Communities
(Subhankar Banerjee, Nermeen Shaikh and Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!)

Bipartisan opposition is growing to President Trump's proposal to greatly expand offshore oil and gas drilling. The reversal of the Obama-era restrictions would open more than a billion acres of water in the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil and gas drilling. The Interior Department moved to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all US coastal waters but spared Florida after complaints from Florida's Republican Governor -- triggering protests from every other coastal state.
/know/read.php?itemid=20297

ACTION ALERT: Help Create the Largest Protected Area on Earth: The Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary
(Greenpeace)

On December 1, 2017, the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area -- a land sanctuary covering 1.5 million square kilometers -- came into force. Now the Antarctic Ocean needs protection. Greenpeace writes: "We are calling for the creation of the biggest ocean sanctuary in the world, to protect the fragile and amazing wildlife in the Weddell Sea, like the irreplaceable penguins, whales and seals that call it home. But we simply can't do it without your help. And we want you to come along for the journey!"
/know/read.php?itemid=20290

New York City Just Declared War on the Oil Industry
(Bill McKibben / The Guardian UK & Naomi Klein / The Intercept & Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian)

New York City, the home of Wall Street, announced on Wednesday that it will be divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels. That hits fossil fuel giants where it hurts. Five years after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, New York announced it was divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels -- and suing the five biggest oil companies for damages. Our planet's most important city is now at war with its richest industry.
/know/read.php?itemid=20284

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump's Destructive EPA Budget Cuts
(Rhea Suh / NRDC Action Fund)

Donald Trump and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, along with their anti-environment allies in Congress, are pushing for bone-deep cuts to EPA funding that would make critical environmental cleanups nearly impossible. Congress must pass a new spending bill by January 19 to keep the government running -- and Trump and his cronies are using this deadline as an excuse to force their extreme anti-environment agenda into law. Ask your representatives to stand up for environmental protections.
/know/read.php?itemid=20281

It's Time to Bury the Monroe Doctrine
(David Swanson /World Beyond War & No Foreign Bases)

The US policy of antidemocratically and often violently seeking to dominate the nations to its south, in the name of preventing some other force from doing so, has seen its shelf-life expire. The Monroe Doctrine -- as evolved and abused over the centuries -- ought to be buried.
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The Pentagon's Sprawling Empire of Bases: A US Military Land and Sky Grab
(Carol Miller / Space Alert! )

How many new and expanded military bases is the Pentagon building and why is it so difficult to answer this question? While the media has paid some attention to global base relocation and expansions around the world, the massive military expansion within the US has remained mostly under the radar. There are many land, air, and sea space expansions underway in the US itself and every expansion destroys fragile and important ecosystems, harms protected species, range animals, wildlife and people.
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OIL AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

ACTION ALERT / VIDEOS: Uncovering and Opposing the Pentagon's Global Empire of Bases
(No Foreign Bases Coalition & World Beyond War & Popular Resistance)

Unknown to most Americans, the Pentagon operates a vast, global empire of military bases that circles the planet. This hidden empire consists of nearly 562,000 facilities worth more than $585 billion located on more than 4,800 sites in 42 nations and covering over 24.9 million acres -- equal in size to the entire state of Kentucky. The US cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world.
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Sen.Warren Condemns Trump's Offshore Oil Plan
(Andrew Emett / NationofChange)

In response to Donald Trump's announcement to permit offshore drilling along US coastlines, Sen. Elizabeth Warren strongly condemned his plan while accusing the president of being "weak-kneed" and beholden to Big Oil, instead of the American people. Enumerating recent natural disasters and oil spills, Warren warned Trump that he will be held responsible for the economic and environmental impact caused by climate change and Big Oil's dwindling safety regulations.
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In Trump's White House, Coal Is in Control
(The Us Campaign & Lisa Friedman / The New York Times)

President Trump's first year in office has been a boon for the coal industry, with the Trump administration rolling back regulations on coal-fired power plants and withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change agreement. Weeks after Trump's inauguration, Robert E. Murray (a coal company owner and major Trump contributor) sent a memo to the White House with a wish-list of environmental rollbacks. A year later, Trump is on track to fulfill most of Murray's 16 detailed Earth-exploiting demands.
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New York City Just Declared War on the Oil Industry
(Bill McKibben / The Guardian UK & Naomi Klein / The Intercept & Suzanne Goldenberg / The Guardian)

New York City, the home of Wall Street, announced on Wednesday that it will be divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels. That hits fossil fuel giants where it hurts. Five years after the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, New York announced it was divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels -- and suing the five biggest oil companies for damages. Our planet's most important city is now at war with its richest industry.
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Trump's Wars Mean Big Profits for Oil Companies
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Sharon Cho / Bloomberg)

In the last three and a half years, crude oil prices fell precipitously and have languished at prices rarely seen in the post-9/11 era. Citigroup analysts say they expect that to reverse in 2018, as the Pentagon's mounting wars once again drive prices higher. Citigroup says that Donald Trump "looms large" as a potential wildcard whose various overseas wars are likely to drive the price of oil to $80 a barrel within the next year.
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Energy Agency Rejects Trump Bid to Boost Coal, Nuclear Power
(Matthew Daly / Associated Press)

An independent energy agency on Monday rejected a Trump administration plan to bolster coal-fired and nuclear power plants, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump's efforts to boost the struggling coal industry. The decision by the Republican-controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was unexpected and comes amid repeated promises by Trump to revive coal as the nation's top power source.
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The 10 Most Ridiculous Things Media Figures Said About Climate Change and the Environment in 2017
(Kevin Kalhoefer / Media Matters for America / Research)

When it comes to climate change denial, various pundits and media sources unleashed a storefront of fake news during 2017. Here is a short-list of some of the most outlandish whoppers.
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Germany Generates Such a Huge Excess of Wind Energy Consumers Are Paid to Use It!
(Josie Cox / The Independent & Josh Gabbatiss / The Independent)

In Germany -- thanks to the growth of clean, renewable energy -- demand for energy has been outstripped by supply on weekends. This year, when factories across the country powered down and many offices closed, wind power generated such a glut of energy that customers were paid to use it. Germany aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent by 2050. Meanwhile, in Britain, the latest government figures show 'record high' for electrical power produced from sources like wind and solar.
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MILITARISM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Disposable People: Deporting US Veterans
(Paul Cox / The Volunteer: The American Lincoln Brigade)

As many as 8 percent of US Army enlistees are immigrants. Despite risking their lives, many face deportation after the end of their service, Today, the ACLU estimates that around 300 US veterans have been deported to countries around the world. These veterans are now stuck in a country they may have left as infants; some do not even speak the language.
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ACTION ALERT / VIDEOS: Uncovering and Opposing the Pentagon's Global Empire of Bases
(No Foreign Bases Coalition & World Beyond War & Popular Resistance)

Unknown to most Americans, the Pentagon operates a vast, global empire of military bases that circles the planet. This hidden empire consists of nearly 562,000 facilities worth more than $585 billion located on more than 4,800 sites in 42 nations and covering over 24.9 million acres -- equal in size to the entire state of Kentucky. The US cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world.
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The Unifying Force of War Abolition
(David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy)

Commentary: "Unless we redistribute wealth, we cannot redistribute power. We can't create media unless we have something important to say. We can't protect the Earth’s climate while steadfastly ignoring the top consumer of petroleum on earth because criticizing the military would be inappropriate. But we will go on ignoring it if we don't create good media. We have to do it all, and there are various ways in which we can become more united, more strategic, and potentially more effective."
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Trump's War on the First Amendment, Free Speech, the Media, and Public Protest
(Patrick Strickland / Al Jazeera & Chris Stevenson International Editor / The Independent)

On January 20, 2017, the day of Donald Trump's inauguration, 230 US citizens -- demonstrators, medics, journalists and bystanders -- were rounded up and arrested by police. Charged with" felony rioting," they faced a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. While their trials continue, Mr. Trump responded to the publication of a book critical of his time in the Oval Office by calling for stronger libel laws so "you wouldn't have things like that happen where you can say whatever comes into your head."
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Trump to Cut Red Tape on Overseas Sales of US Weapons
(Carlo Muboz / The Washington Times & The White House)

The Trump administration is taking aim at another US industry it says it being held back by overregulation and government red tape, moving to reduce federal rules and restrictions governing overseas sales of weapons and armament, in a bid to accelerate American arms deals to a growing international clientele eager to field the latest generation of US-made weaponry. US diplomats and military attaches will be tasked with talking up and promoting the sales of US military-industrial products abroad.
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A Model for US Activists: British Protesters Challenge UK Arms Sales to Saudis
(Campaign Against the Arms Trade)

Saudi Arabia is the UK's biggest arms customer and most shameful relationship. One of the world's most authoritarian regimes, its repression at home and aggression abroad is propped up and supported by UK arms sales. The UK's military support for the Saudi regime makes us complicit in its wrongs. The UK must end all arms sales and military support to Saudi Arabia.
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Israel Has Already Killed Three Palestinian Children in 2018
(Maureen Clare Murphy / The Electronic Intifada & The International Middle East News Center)

With the second week of 2018 not yet over, Israeli occupation forces had killed three Palestinian children. Fourteen Palestinian boys and girls under the age of 18 were killed by soldiers and police in all of 2017. Two children were shot and killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Thursday. A third child was seriously injured. Amir Abd al-Hamid Abu Musaad, 15, died immediately after being hit in the chest with a live bullet during a protest along the Gaza-Israel boundary.
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Will I Die at Guantanamo Bay?
(Sharqawi Al Hajj / Newsweek)

Commentary: "I was captured when I was in my 20s and brought to Guantanamo Bay in 2004, after more than two years in secret prisons. I have been imprisoned here without charges since then. I am now 43. I feel like an old man. I am one of the last remaining prisoners at Guantanamo. I wonder if I am going to spend the rest of my life here."
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WEAPONS OF WAR

Under Trump's Presidency, Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria Have Soared More than 200%
(Alex Hopkins / AirWars)

Sold as the "most precise campaign in history" by US officials, the urban battlefields in Iraq and Syria laid waste by bombs, artillery and improvised explosives told another story. Non-combatant deaths from US air and artillery strikes rose by more than 200 percent compared to 2016, with between 3,923 and 6,102 civilians estimated killed. Roughly 65% of all civilian deaths from Coalition actions since 2014 occurred over the last 12 months. This unprecedented death toll coincided with the start of the Trump presidency.
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Nuclear War and Extreme Weather Lead List of Top 2018 Threats
(AntiWar.com & Reuters & USA Today & The World Economic Forum)

The World Economic Forum's 13th annual Global Risks Perception Survey reveals that the risk of wars -- both limited and major -- are both increasing substantially. The report predicts that 2018 could see a 79% increase in the risk of state-on-state military conflict. The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply. Top risks for 2018 include threats from extreme weather, economic inequalities, cyber attacks, and nuclear weapons.
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ACTION ALERT / VIDEOS: Uncovering and Opposing the Pentagon's Global Empire of Bases
(No Foreign Bases Coalition & World Beyond War & Popular Resistance)

Unknown to most Americans, the Pentagon operates a vast, global empire of military bases that circles the planet. This hidden empire consists of nearly 562,000 facilities worth more than $585 billion located on more than 4,800 sites in 42 nations and covering over 24.9 million acres -- equal in size to the entire state of Kentucky. The US cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world.
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Trump to Cut Red Tape on Overseas Sales of US Weapons
(Carlo Muboz / The Washington Times & The White House)

The Trump administration is taking aim at another US industry it says it being held back by overregulation and government red tape, moving to reduce federal rules and restrictions governing overseas sales of weapons and armament, in a bid to accelerate American arms deals to a growing international clientele eager to field the latest generation of US-made weaponry. US diplomats and military attaches will be tasked with talking up and promoting the sales of US military-industrial products abroad.
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A Model for US Activists: British Protesters Challenge UK Arms Sales to Saudis
(Campaign Against the Arms Trade)

Saudi Arabia is the UK's biggest arms customer and most shameful relationship. One of the world's most authoritarian regimes, its repression at home and aggression abroad is propped up and supported by UK arms sales. The UK's military support for the Saudi regime makes us complicit in its wrongs. The UK must end all arms sales and military support to Saudi Arabia.
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UN Sanctions Iran but Not US for Yemen Weapons
(Cesar Chelala / CommonDreams & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse)

While the US actively supplies weapons that kill civilians in Yemen, Iran has been accused of failing to halt the transfer of "component." Health facilities in Yemen continue to be hit by Saudi bombs and health and humanitarian workers are increasingly targeted. In a scene out of Guernica, one survivor described a Saudi airstrike killed at least 63 civilians: "It was like something out of Judgment Day. Corpses and heads scattered, engulfed by fire and ashes."
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Trump Secretly Readies Nuke Bombers as Talks Begin in Korea
(Jason Ditz /AntiWar.com & Dan Lamothe / The Washington Post)

During the bilateral talks between North and South Korea, the US Air Force deployed three nuclear-capable B-2 Spirit bombers to Guam, along with some 200 airmen. The troubling fact is that, while the US never formally objected to the Korean peace talks, there were reports that Trump was considering a "limited" sneak attack against North Korea. Deployment of B-2s during the Winter Olympics -- and shortly after Trump tweeted that his "Nuclear Button" was bigger -- was seen as inflammatory.
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ACTION ALERT: Trump's New Nuclear Policy: More Nukes, Including Smaller,
(Ashley Feinberg / The Huffington Post & International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons & Win Without War)

On the order of President Trump, the US Department of Defense is currently concluding a sweeping review of the United States' nuclear policy -- a "nuclear posture review" -- expected to be released at the end of this month. But already now, the text has leaked and shows that the Trump administration will loosen constraints on the use of nuclear weapons and develop more "usable" nuclear warheads.
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