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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

EAW Special Schedule for June (Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War)
The EAW staff will be traveling in South America for the next three weeks. Regular filing of stories will not resume until June 26. We will post articles as time and circumstance allows.

Targeting Nicaragua (Mitchel Cohen & Dan La Botz / NewPol.org & Tortilla Con Sal)
Commentaries: It's pretty clear that the US government has had it in for the Sandinista government in Nicaragua since the revolution in 1979, despite the elections there which at one time voted out Daniel Ortega, and later re-elected him as Nicaraguan president. Nicaragua has been a good example of how Western corporate and alternative news media are able to create a custom-made bizarro-world to suit the propaganda requirements of their countries' elites.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Trump: No Drilling in the Great Lakes; No Mining in Yellowstone Park (Hon. Debbie Stabenow / US Senate & Josh Nelson / CREDO Action)
The Great Lakes are under attack like never before. Today, in a new executive order, Donald Trump os trying to dismantle protections to open the Great Lakes to drilling. Yellowstone National Park is facing one of its biggest threats since it was established nearly 150 years ago. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is considering whether to open up more than 30,000 acres of public lands at the northern gateway of America's oldest and most iconic national park to aggressive gold, silver and other mineral extraction.

Will Trump Keep Korea Promises? (Joe Bernick / Peoples World)
Both North and South have distinct visions of what a unified future might look like. So Donald Trump and his hawkish right-wing advisors meet with North Korean leaders, and some Democrats and liberals are criticizing what appear to be steps towards peace. What gives?

Kings Bay Plowshares: US Indicted for Global Nuclear Terror (William Boardman / Reader Supported News)
On April 4, 2018, the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven, three women and four men, all Catholics, carried out a nonviolent, symbolic action, pouring blood on the world's largest nuclear submarine base and indicting the US for the crime of holding the world hostage to the terrorist threat of nuclear war. The US crime that began in 1945 has reached new intensity with Donald Trump's years of casual rhetoric threatening nuclear holocaust on targets from ISIS to North Korea.

War Games Between South Korea and United States (Associated Press)
The United States has formally suspended a major military exercise with South Korea that was scheduled for August. President Donald Trump had pledged to stop the "war games" after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Pentagon said planning has been halted on the August drill but no decisions have been made on any other military exercises with South Korea. Here is a brief explanation of US-South Korea military exercises.

Report Says Over 1 Billion Small Arms in World -- Nearly Half in the US (Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press)
There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands -- with American men and women the dominant owners, according to a study released Monday. The Small Arms Survey says 393 million of the civilian-held firearms, 46 percent, are in the United States, which is "more than those held by civilians in the other top 25 countries combined."

The US Is Exacerbating the World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis by Outsourcing Its Yemen Policy (Alex Emmons / The Intercept)

Lybian Oil Crescent Ablaze: Satellite Imagery Captures Burning Oil Tanks in Libya (Wim Zwijnenburg / Bellingcat)
Recent eruptions of violence in Libya's so-called 'oil cresent' between armed forces loyal to Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and rival armed groups resulted in another row of burning oil tanks. In the areas around oil terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, clashes continued for days. As a result, various oil tanks at the Fida Oil Farm, west of the Ras Lanuf oil terminal were hit and caught fire. They are still burning.

The Slow Violence of Pollution in Afghanistan (Doug Weir / The Conflict and Environment Observatory)
The State of Global Air report estimates that air pollution was attributable for 51,600 deaths in Afghanistan in 2016. With an annual rate of 406 deaths per 100,000, its air pollution is among the worst in the world. Air pollution in Afghanistan now is killing more people than armed violence.

Farming as Resistance in Guatemala (Trina Moyles / YES! Magazine<)
Threatened by a mining company, indigenous women in the remote highlands of Guatemala are marching, increasing productivity, and planting trees.

They Could Hear Their Children Screaming (Joan Walsh / The Nation)
In the week since Senator Jeff Merkley made newswhen he was turned away from a child-immigrant-detention center in Brownsville, Texas, mainstream news outlets have begun covering the abomination at the border. Only one member of Congress has been able to talk to the mothers who have had their children taken from them: Washington state Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who got into a federal Bureau of Prisons facility near Seattle to meet with roughly 170 immigrant women.

ACTION ALERT: Can Elephants Survive Climate Change? Human Impacts Causing Radical Changes in Animal Behavior (American Wildlife Foundation & David Nield / Science Alert)
An elephant needs 30 to 50 gallons of water every day to survive. Will elephants survive the poaching crisis only to succumb to climate change? Meanwhile, according to a new study, a growing number of mammals are switching to a nocturnal cycle and sleeping during the day, primarily to avoid contact with human beings.

Karzai Blames US, Pakistan For Afghanistan Chaos (Kalinga Seneviratne / InDepth News)
Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has blamed the United States and Pakistan for the chaos created in his country over the past two decades. He firmly believes that the West, including Germany, should admit to their failures in his war-torn country. He began by pointing out western complicity in the chaos that is seen today in the Middle East describing the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the US led forces as justified by "trumped up charges" that led to the rise of terrorism in the region.

US Threatens 'Measures' Against Syria for Defending Its Territory in the Southwest (AntiWar.com & Reuters and the Jerusalem Post)
The US will "take firm and appropriate measures" in response to Syrian government violations in a so-called de-escalation zone in the southwest of the country. President Bashar al-Assad's forces have recovered swathes of territory from rebels with the help of Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, and he has repeatedly pledged to take back "every inch" of the country.

ACTION ALERT Congress May Declare the Forever War (Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic)
A proposed law with bipartisan support would dramatically weaken the ability of legislators to extricate the United States from perpetual armed conflict. Please call your House member and both Senators if you are a US citizen to express your views on this. All can be feached at any of the following phone numbers: 1-202-224-3121, 1-202-225-3121, 1-877-762-8762.

Burlington Mayor Ignores Voters; Continues to Push Air Force to Base F-35s in State (James Marc Leas / Truthout)
The mayor of Burlington, Vermont, clearly has a perverse notion of a representative republic's superiority to direct democracy and deserves to be impeached, recalled, voted out, shamed, bird-dogged, and drummed out of office, something every peace group ought to be proud to help with.

How Big Tech Serves Pentagon and CIA (Tim Johnson / McClatchy News Service)
A funny thing has happened to Google and Amazon on their path toward high-tech success: They have become crucial cogs in the US national security establishment. Both companies are expanding teams of employees with security clearances to work on projects that include deploying artificial intelligence and building digital "clouds" to offering law enforcement facial recognition tools that can even read the mood of people caught on camera.

New Contractors For Expanded Nuclear Weapons Production (Nuclear Watch New Mexico)
The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration recently announced its choice for the new $2.5 billion management and operating contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The new contractor, Triad National Security, LLC, is a limited liability company consisting of the Battelle Memorial Institute, the University of California and Texas A&M University. All three are non-profits -- two are supposed "institutes of higher learning." Make that "institutes of higher earning."

How the Last Superpower Was Unchained, American Wars and Self-Decline (Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch)
Commentary: To George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the rest of the crew, 9/11 seemed like a heaven-sent opportunity -- a "Pearl Harbor of the twenty-first century" calamity that provided a magic formula for the ultimate control of the planet. Think of it as the all-American version of the human comedy: a great power that eternally knows what the world needs and offers copious advice with a tone deafness that would be humorous, if it weren't so grim. If you look, you can find examples of this just about anywhere.

ACTION ALERT: Looking Beyond the Kim-Trump Summit Toward a Lasting Peace in Korea (David Swanson /David Swanson.org & Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives)
Despite the image of the Kim-Trump handshake, the US media and even leading Democrats continue to press for a hard-line against North Korea. If the US government is going to get out of the way of the peace process that Koreans from the North and South are pursuing, the US public is going to have to actively demand it. The corporate media will not help. The Democratic and Republican "leaders" will not help.

An Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience Condemns AI's Role in Nicaragua (Nicolas J. Sandy Davies / United for Peace and Justice & Camilo E. Mejia)
Commentary: Camilo Mejia has written a letter to Amnesty International to challenge the biased and destabilizing role it is playing in the violence and chaos sweeping Nicaragua. Camilo grew up in a Sandinista family in Nicaragua, and was an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience when he was imprisoned in the US as an Iraq War resister.

Pentagon Openly Refuses to End Korean Military Exercises (Jamie McIntyre / The Washington Examiner)
The Pentagon is openly refusing to end war rehearsals in Korea despite Trump's announcement. The US military is making plans to restructure, scale down, and reschedule military training with South Korea, maintaining that training would continue -- just without the high-profile "in-your-face" exercises with aggressive code names like "Max Thunder" and "Key Resolve." We need to end all "war games" in the region and begin withdrawal of all US troops stationed in South Korea.

As Trump and Kim Shake Hands, What Does This Mean for Koreans? (Rebecca Johnson / Open Democracy)
Two vain men met in Singapore, posed for the cameras and signed a joint statement. Neither US President Donald Trump nor North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un deserve to be trusted, so why should we be cautiously hopeful that the Singapore Summit might this time lead to more sustainable peace and disarmament in the Korean Peninsula? To implement the Singapore and Panmunjom commitments, what is needed is a collective plan to denuclearize security relations across North-East Asia.

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GENERAL IMPACTS

Humans 0.01% of Life Have Destroyed 83% Wild Mammals
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian)

A groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity's surprisingly tiny part in it -- as well as our disproportionate impact. Humankind is simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth. While the world's 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, since the dawn of civilisation, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants.
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The Global Pact for the Environment: Protecting Nature from the Devastation of Armed Conflicts
(Doug Weir / Conflict and Environment Observatory)

How would a new legally binding international instrument that seeks to define the principles of environmental law influence ongoing efforts to strengthen the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts?
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Doctors and Scientists Issue Global Warning: Increased Radiation from the "Internet of Things" and the 5G Revolution Risks Widespread Illness and Death
(Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie / The Nation & EHTrust.org)

More than 180 scientists and doctors from 35 countries have sent an urgent appeal to officials of the European Commission demanding a moratorium on the increase of cell antennas for planned 5G expansion citing extreme concerns over health effects from higher radiation exposure including the potential for major increases in neurological impacts, infertility, and cancer. They call for a moratorium on the roll-out of 5G until potential risks to human health have been fully investigated by independent scientists.
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ACTION ALERT: Support for Nuclear Ban Treaty Growing in the US and Around the World
(NuclearBan.US & The International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons (ICAN))

This Treaty, which prohibits the development, testing, production, deployment, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons, was adopted by 122 countries at the UN on 7 July 2017. The US and other nuclear weapon possessor states boycotted the negotiations and have been pressuring other countries not to sign the Treaty. Activists in the US want cities, states, businesses, universities, faith communities, and individuals to defy the US and join the rest of the world to ban nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
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Planetary Emergency: The Invisible Rainbow of Electromagnetic Radiation
(Arthur Firstenberg / Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space & Book Review by Jennifer Wood)

Many are the assaults on our planet. The oceans are dying. The majestic wilderness is no more. The very oxygen we breathe is being converted to carbon dioxide. But there is a new threat: we must leave space alone. On March 29, 2018, the FCC gave its approval to SpaceX's plan to launch the first of 12,000 satellites into low Earth orbit to provide "ultrafast, lag-free Internet" to every square inch of Earth -- 5G from space. The global electrical circuit, which sustains all life, is about to be seriously disturbed.
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Move Over Chernobyl, Fukushima is Now the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster
(John LaForge / CounterPunch & ZeroHedge)

The radiation dispersed into the environment by the three reactor meltdowns at Fukushima-Daiichi in Japan has exceeded that of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe, so we may stop calling it the "second worst" nuclear power disaster in history. Total atmospheric releases from Fukushima are estimated to be between 5.6 and 8.1 times that of Chernobyl. Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 blew apart and burned for 40 days, spreading fallout across the Northern Hemisphere. Fukushima was much worse.
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Combating Militarism on Earth Day
(Steve Fake / Just World Educational)

On April 19, as a prelude to Earth Day, Just World Educational hosted a live Facebook discussion on its Earth Day Appeal, "To Save the Earth, Curb Militarism!" The Live discussion featured Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation and National Co-convener of United for Peace and Justice, and Gar Smith, the director of Environmentalists Against War, a member of the coordinating council at World Beyond War, and editor of The War and Environment Reader.
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On Earth Day: "Why We Oppose War and Militarism"
(Environmentalists Against War)

On February 20, 2003, Environmentalists Against War (a global coalition of antiwar organizations) held a press conference at the San Francisco office of the Sierra Club to announce its opposition to the George W. Bush administration’s imminent attack on Iraq. A joint statement -- signed by more than 100 environmental, antiwar, and social-justice organizations from around the world -- enumerated 11 reasons to reject war and militarism.
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HUMAN IMPACTS

Kings Bay Plowshares: US Indicted for Global Nuclear Terror
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

On April 4, 2018, the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven, three women and four men, all Catholics, carried out a nonviolent, symbolic action, pouring blood on the world's largest nuclear submarine base and indicting the US for the crime of holding the world hostage to the terrorist threat of nuclear war. The US crime that began in 1945 has reached new intensity with Donald Trump's years of casual rhetoric threatening nuclear holocaust on targets from ISIS to North Korea.
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Report Says Over 1 Billion Small Arms in World -- Nearly Half in the US
(Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press)

There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands -- with American men and women the dominant owners, according to a study released Monday. The Small Arms Survey says 393 million of the civilian-held firearms, 46 percent, are in the United States, which is "more than those held by civilians in the other top 25 countries combined."
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Lybian Oil Crescent Ablaze: Satellite Imagery Captures Burning Oil Tanks in Libya
(Wim Zwijnenburg / Bellingcat)

Recent eruptions of violence in Libya's so-called 'oil cresent' between armed forces loyal to Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and rival armed groups resulted in another row of burning oil tanks. In the areas around oil terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, clashes continued for days. As a result, various oil tanks at the Fida Oil Farm, west of the Ras Lanuf oil terminal were hit and caught fire. They are still burning.
/know/read.php?itemid=20908

The Slow Violence of Pollution in Afghanistan
(Doug Weir / The Conflict and Environment Observatory)

The State of Global Air report estimates that air pollution was attributable for 51,600 deaths in Afghanistan in 2016. With an annual rate of 406 deaths per 100,000, its air pollution is among the worst in the world. Air pollution in Afghanistan now is killing more people than armed violence.
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Farming as Resistance in Guatemala
(Trina Moyles / YES! Magazine<)

Threatened by a mining company, indigenous women in the remote highlands of Guatemala are marching, increasing productivity, and planting trees.
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They Could Hear Their Children Screaming
(Joan Walsh / The Nation)

In the week since Senator Jeff Merkley made newswhen he was turned away from a child-immigrant-detention center in Brownsville, Texas, mainstream news outlets have begun covering the abomination at the border. Only one member of Congress has been able to talk to the mothers who have had their children taken from them: Washington state Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who got into a federal Bureau of Prisons facility near Seattle to meet with roughly 170 immigrant women.
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Burlington Mayor Ignores Voters; Continues to Push Air Force to Base F-35s in State
(James Marc Leas / Truthout)

The mayor of Burlington, Vermont, clearly has a perverse notion of a representative republic's superiority to direct democracy and deserves to be impeached, recalled, voted out, shamed, bird-dogged, and drummed out of office, something every peace group ought to be proud to help with.
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Sweden's Military Madness
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War & The Guardian & CNN)

The government of Sweden has reinstated the military draft and sent a war propaganda brochure to all Swedes promoting fear, Russophobia, and warlike thinking. the militarist threat from tiny Sweden hardly compares with that of the Pentagon. While Sweden is fifth in dealing weaponry to poor countries and ninth in dealing weaponry to all countries, we all know who's first. Sweden is, in fact, a customer for US weapons sales.
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LAND IMPACTS

ACTION ALERT: Tell Trump: No Drilling in the Great Lakes; No Mining in Yellowstone Park
(Hon. Debbie Stabenow / US Senate & Josh Nelson / CREDO Action)

The Great Lakes are under attack like never before. Today, in a new executive order, Donald Trump os trying to dismantle protections to open the Great Lakes to drilling. Yellowstone National Park is facing one of its biggest threats since it was established nearly 150 years ago. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is considering whether to open up more than 30,000 acres of public lands at the northern gateway of America's oldest and most iconic national park to aggressive gold, silver and other mineral extraction.
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War Games Between South Korea and United States
(Associated Press)

The United States has formally suspended a major military exercise with South Korea that was scheduled for August. President Donald Trump had pledged to stop the "war games" after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Pentagon said planning has been halted on the August drill but no decisions have been made on any other military exercises with South Korea. Here is a brief explanation of US-South Korea military exercises.
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Lybian Oil Crescent Ablaze: Satellite Imagery Captures Burning Oil Tanks in Libya
(Wim Zwijnenburg / Bellingcat)

Recent eruptions of violence in Libya's so-called 'oil cresent' between armed forces loyal to Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and rival armed groups resulted in another row of burning oil tanks. In the areas around oil terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, clashes continued for days. As a result, various oil tanks at the Fida Oil Farm, west of the Ras Lanuf oil terminal were hit and caught fire. They are still burning.
/know/read.php?itemid=20908

Farming as Resistance in Guatemala
(Trina Moyles / YES! Magazine<)

Threatened by a mining company, indigenous women in the remote highlands of Guatemala are marching, increasing productivity, and planting trees.
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Notes from Paraguay: Return of the Colorado Party and A Forgotten War in South America
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & A Global World & Nikolas Kozloff / Al Jazeera)

June 12 was a national holiday in Paraguay. Chaco Armistice Day, commemorates peace – and the end of a bloody war between Paraguay and its neighbor Bolivia. The conflict erupted over the control of the Chaco region, a contested area that was believed to harbor immense stores of untapped underground oil. The surprising part of the story involves the covert involvement of the US government and, allegedly, the role of major US oil companies in fomenting the conflict.
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ACTION ALERT: Troops at Risk from Burn Pits: The VA Must Be Held Accountable
(Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / The American Conservative & Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives)

"For the nearly 3 million troops who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, burn pit exposure has proven to be prevalent and has contributed to cancer diagnoses, respiratory illness, and neurological and pulmonary damage. There's a registry for veterans who have been affected, but too many veterans are not yet on that registry, with some being rejected care and not receiving the support they deserve. We must do more." -- Hon. Tulsi Gabbard.
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Construction of Israeli Settlements in the West Bank Has Tripled Under Trump's Watch
(Al-Jazeera & Agence France-Presse )

The Israeli government has approved the construction of 2,070 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank. According to Israeli organisation Peace Now, 14,454 settlement units in the West Bank have been approved since US President Donald Trump took office, which is more than three times the amount that was approved in the year and a half before his inauguration.
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Hurricane Maria's Deadly Aftermath: The Tragic Failure of Washington's Response
(Carolina Moreno / Huffington Post)

An extensive Harvard study has found that about 4,645 people -- not the 64 officially reported -- died as a result of Hurricane Maria, and it provided some damning details about life on the island after the storm. Most of the deaths occurred in the aftermath of the storm. Data from this large-scale survey also revealed some sobering information about what life has been like for those trying to manage their health on the island in the wake of the storm.
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MARINE AND WATER IMPACTS

War Games Between South Korea and United States
(Associated Press)

The United States has formally suspended a major military exercise with South Korea that was scheduled for August. President Donald Trump had pledged to stop the "war games" after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Pentagon said planning has been halted on the August drill but no decisions have been made on any other military exercises with South Korea. Here is a brief explanation of US-South Korea military exercises.
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US Considers Direct Military Aid in Attacking Port in North Yemen
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Karen DeYoung and Missy Ryan / The Washington Pos)

US officials are reportedly considering direct US military support for the offensive against the Yemen port of Houdeidah -- the lone source of humanitarian aid for Houthi-controlled northern Yemen, meaning it feeds millions of civilians. The United Arab Emirates, has been pushing toward Hodeidah in an ongoing offensive, with the idea that the fall of the port would be a decisive loss for the Houthi rebels. Human rights groups have been complaining for weeks that the fall of the port would start an immediate famine.
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Hurricane Maria's Deadly Aftermath: The Tragic Failure of Washington's Response
(Carolina Moreno / Huffington Post)

An extensive Harvard study has found that about 4,645 people -- not the 64 officially reported -- died as a result of Hurricane Maria, and it provided some damning details about life on the island after the storm. Most of the deaths occurred in the aftermath of the storm. Data from this large-scale survey also revealed some sobering information about what life has been like for those trying to manage their health on the island in the wake of the storm.
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The US Has Military Bases in 80 Countries. It's Time to Close Them All
(Alice Slater / The Nation & Canadian Dimension)

On the weekend of MLK Day, Baltimore University hosted more than 200 peace, environment, and social-justice activists to launch a Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases. In a series of panels over two days, speakers from every corner of the globe described the extraordinary cruelty and toxic lethality of US foreign policy -- despite King's warning more than 50 years ago that "a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
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Humans 0.01% of Life Have Destroyed 83% Wild Mammals
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian)

A groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity's surprisingly tiny part in it -- as well as our disproportionate impact. Humankind is simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth. While the world's 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, since the dawn of civilisation, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants.
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Carbon Crooks Breaking the Planet as Water Resources Are Stretched Thin
(Bill McKibben / RNZ Community Scoop & Eric Holthaus / Grist)

With half the Arctic summer sea ice gone, the impacts of climate change are becoming dramatically visible -- despite the Carbon Baron's decades-long coverup of the damage they knew they were inflicting on the planet. Meanwhile, as humans have harnessed rivers, built dams, and dug wells to quench our growing civilization, we now have -- for the first time -- a picture of what all those generations have wrought on our blue planet's most defining resource.
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The Global Pact for the Environment: Protecting Nature from the Devastation of Armed Conflicts
(Doug Weir / Conflict and Environment Observatory)

How would a new legally binding international instrument that seeks to define the principles of environmental law influence ongoing efforts to strengthen the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts?
/know/read.php?itemid=20805

ACTION ALERT: Support for Nuclear Ban Treaty Growing in the US and Around the World
(NuclearBan.US & The International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons (ICAN))

This Treaty, which prohibits the development, testing, production, deployment, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons, was adopted by 122 countries at the UN on 7 July 2017. The US and other nuclear weapon possessor states boycotted the negotiations and have been pressuring other countries not to sign the Treaty. Activists in the US want cities, states, businesses, universities, faith communities, and individuals to defy the US and join the rest of the world to ban nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
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OIL AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

Lybian Oil Crescent Ablaze: Satellite Imagery Captures Burning Oil Tanks in Libya
(Wim Zwijnenburg / Bellingcat)

Recent eruptions of violence in Libya's so-called 'oil cresent' between armed forces loyal to Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and rival armed groups resulted in another row of burning oil tanks. In the areas around oil terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, clashes continued for days. As a result, various oil tanks at the Fida Oil Farm, west of the Ras Lanuf oil terminal were hit and caught fire. They are still burning.
/know/read.php?itemid=20908

Notes from Paraguay: Return of the Colorado Party and A Forgotten War in South America
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & A Global World & Nikolas Kozloff / Al Jazeera)

June 12 was a national holiday in Paraguay. Chaco Armistice Day, commemorates peace – and the end of a bloody war between Paraguay and its neighbor Bolivia. The conflict erupted over the control of the Chaco region, a contested area that was believed to harbor immense stores of untapped underground oil. The surprising part of the story involves the covert involvement of the US government and, allegedly, the role of major US oil companies in fomenting the conflict.
/know/read.php?itemid=20883

ACTION ALERT: Troops at Risk from Burn Pits: The VA Must Be Held Accountable
(Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / The American Conservative & Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives)

"For the nearly 3 million troops who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, burn pit exposure has proven to be prevalent and has contributed to cancer diagnoses, respiratory illness, and neurological and pulmonary damage. There's a registry for veterans who have been affected, but too many veterans are not yet on that registry, with some being rejected care and not receiving the support they deserve. We must do more." -- Hon. Tulsi Gabbard.
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ACTION ALERT: How Does Coal-Friendly Power-abusing Scott Pruitt Still Have a Job?
(ClimateTruth.org Action & The New York Times)

How does Scott Pruitt still have a job? With every passing day the list of Pruitt's scandals grows larger, and ever more bizarre. It's enough to make your head spin. This week we learned that Pruitt had his staff assisting him with improper personal tasks. A growing number of critics and DC colleagues claim Pruitt's extreme anti-science, anti-environment, climate-denier agenda is a danger to the American people -- and his dirty dealings and unethical conduct are unacceptable. It's time for him to go.
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Trump Has Plenty of Accomplices in His Reckless Energy Policies
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive)

Some 360,000 Americans now work in the solar industry, more than in nukes and coal combined. In fact, more Americans are now working in California's solar industry than are digging coal nationwide. And the US wind business now employs more than 100,000 people. But President Donald Trump wants to change that. He has already slammed the solar industry's growth by slapping a 30 percent tariff on imported Chinese panels, slowing installations nationwide.
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Hurricane Maria's Deadly Aftermath: The Tragic Failure of Washington's Response
(Carolina Moreno / Huffington Post)

An extensive Harvard study has found that about 4,645 people -- not the 64 officially reported -- died as a result of Hurricane Maria, and it provided some damning details about life on the island after the storm. Most of the deaths occurred in the aftermath of the storm. Data from this large-scale survey also revealed some sobering information about what life has been like for those trying to manage their health on the island in the wake of the storm.
/know/read.php?itemid=20841

Humans 0.01% of Life Have Destroyed 83% Wild Mammals
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian)

A groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity's surprisingly tiny part in it -- as well as our disproportionate impact. Humankind is simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth. While the world's 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, since the dawn of civilisation, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants.
/know/read.php?itemid=20825

Carbon Crooks Breaking the Planet as Water Resources Are Stretched Thin
(Bill McKibben / RNZ Community Scoop & Eric Holthaus / Grist)

With half the Arctic summer sea ice gone, the impacts of climate change are becoming dramatically visible -- despite the Carbon Baron's decades-long coverup of the damage they knew they were inflicting on the planet. Meanwhile, as humans have harnessed rivers, built dams, and dug wells to quench our growing civilization, we now have -- for the first time -- a picture of what all those generations have wrought on our blue planet's most defining resource.
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MILITARISM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Targeting Nicaragua
(Mitchel Cohen & Dan La Botz / NewPol.org & Tortilla Con Sal)

Commentaries: It's pretty clear that the US government has had it in for the Sandinista government in Nicaragua since the revolution in 1979, despite the elections there which at one time voted out Daniel Ortega, and later re-elected him as Nicaraguan president. Nicaragua has been a good example of how Western corporate and alternative news media are able to create a custom-made bizarro-world to suit the propaganda requirements of their countries' elites.
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Kings Bay Plowshares: US Indicted for Global Nuclear Terror
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

On April 4, 2018, the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven, three women and four men, all Catholics, carried out a nonviolent, symbolic action, pouring blood on the world's largest nuclear submarine base and indicting the US for the crime of holding the world hostage to the terrorist threat of nuclear war. The US crime that began in 1945 has reached new intensity with Donald Trump's years of casual rhetoric threatening nuclear holocaust on targets from ISIS to North Korea.
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War Games Between South Korea and United States
(Associated Press)

The United States has formally suspended a major military exercise with South Korea that was scheduled for August. President Donald Trump had pledged to stop the "war games" after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Pentagon said planning has been halted on the August drill but no decisions have been made on any other military exercises with South Korea. Here is a brief explanation of US-South Korea military exercises.
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Farming as Resistance in Guatemala
(Trina Moyles / YES! Magazine<)

Threatened by a mining company, indigenous women in the remote highlands of Guatemala are marching, increasing productivity, and planting trees.
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They Could Hear Their Children Screaming
(Joan Walsh / The Nation)

In the week since Senator Jeff Merkley made newswhen he was turned away from a child-immigrant-detention center in Brownsville, Texas, mainstream news outlets have begun covering the abomination at the border. Only one member of Congress has been able to talk to the mothers who have had their children taken from them: Washington state Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who got into a federal Bureau of Prisons facility near Seattle to meet with roughly 170 immigrant women.
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Karzai Blames US, Pakistan For Afghanistan Chaos
(Kalinga Seneviratne / InDepth News)

Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has blamed the United States and Pakistan for the chaos created in his country over the past two decades. He firmly believes that the West, including Germany, should admit to their failures in his war-torn country. He began by pointing out western complicity in the chaos that is seen today in the Middle East describing the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the US led forces as justified by "trumped up charges" that led to the rise of terrorism in the region.
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ACTION ALERT Congress May Declare the Forever War
(Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic)

A proposed law with bipartisan support would dramatically weaken the ability of legislators to extricate the United States from perpetual armed conflict. Please call your House member and both Senators if you are a US citizen to express your views on this. All can be feached at any of the following phone numbers: 1-202-224-3121, 1-202-225-3121, 1-877-762-8762.
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Burlington Mayor Ignores Voters; Continues to Push Air Force to Base F-35s in State
(James Marc Leas / Truthout)

The mayor of Burlington, Vermont, clearly has a perverse notion of a representative republic's superiority to direct democracy and deserves to be impeached, recalled, voted out, shamed, bird-dogged, and drummed out of office, something every peace group ought to be proud to help with.
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WEAPONS OF WAR

Kings Bay Plowshares: US Indicted for Global Nuclear Terror
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

On April 4, 2018, the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven, three women and four men, all Catholics, carried out a nonviolent, symbolic action, pouring blood on the world's largest nuclear submarine base and indicting the US for the crime of holding the world hostage to the terrorist threat of nuclear war. The US crime that began in 1945 has reached new intensity with Donald Trump's years of casual rhetoric threatening nuclear holocaust on targets from ISIS to North Korea.
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Report Says Over 1 Billion Small Arms in World -- Nearly Half in the US
(Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press)

There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands -- with American men and women the dominant owners, according to a study released Monday. The Small Arms Survey says 393 million of the civilian-held firearms, 46 percent, are in the United States, which is "more than those held by civilians in the other top 25 countries combined."
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New Contractors For Expanded Nuclear Weapons Production
(Nuclear Watch New Mexico)

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration recently announced its choice for the new $2.5 billion management and operating contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The new contractor, Triad National Security, LLC, is a limited liability company consisting of the Battelle Memorial Institute, the University of California and Texas A&M University. All three are non-profits -- two are supposed "institutes of higher learning." Make that "institutes of higher earning."
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Pentagon Openly Refuses to End Korean Military Exercises
(Jamie McIntyre / The Washington Examiner)

The Pentagon is openly refusing to end war rehearsals in Korea despite Trump's announcement. The US military is making plans to restructure, scale down, and reschedule military training with South Korea, maintaining that training would continue -- just without the high-profile "in-your-face" exercises with aggressive code names like "Max Thunder" and "Key Resolve." We need to end all "war games" in the region and begin withdrawal of all US troops stationed in South Korea.
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Recent US and Russia Accused of Killing Civilians in Syria
(Brett Wilkins / AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera)

Amnesty International reports that US and coalition warplanes have pounded areas of Syria's Deir Ezzor and al-Hasaka -- provinces controlled by Islamic State militants -- reportedly killing around 100 civilians, including more than 30 children. Local media reported the victims included children as young as five months old. Meanwhile, air attacks believed to have been carried out by Russia on a Syrian village killed at least 44 people, inflicting the highest death toll in a single attack on the region this year.
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Even Though Google Cancelled Pentagon Maven, Drone Deal Concerns Continue
(Marco Margaritoff / The Drive & the Institute for Public Accuracy & Yasha Levine / Surveillance Valley)

Google will officially not renew its contract with a Pentagon drone project after it expires, according to Bloomberg, following protests by the tech company's staff and the ensuing publicity. But does that mean an end to Pentagon experiments with drones and artificial intelligence. Apparently no. Now is the time for scientists, engineers and employees to stand up and refuse to work of these anti-human projects designed to project force, power, and control by spying on and murdering "designated targets."
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Google and Other Companies Must Endorse Ban on Killer Robots and Military Contracts
(Campaign to Stop Killer Robots)

Google and its parent company Alphabet are starting to address some ethical concerns raised by the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, but, as yet, have not taken a position on the unchecked use of autonomy and AI in weapon systems. These and other technology companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Oracle, should publicly endorse the call to ban fully autonomous weapons and commit to never help develop these weapons.
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Academics Protest Google's Role in Drone Murders
(Andre Damon / World Socialist Web Site)

Three prominent technology scholars published an open letter Monday, which has now received over 900 signatures, condemning Google's collaboration with the Pentagon's illegal "targeted killing" program. The academics published their letter in support of over 3,100 Google employees who issued their own open letter last month protesting the company's participation in a Pentagon program called Project Maven.
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