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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.

 

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Why Were the Saudi Streets So Quiet? (Medea Benjamin / CommonDreams)
With the world's media focused on President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, it's curious that the streets of Riyadh were so empty. Unlike most of Trump's public appearances, there was not a protester in sight. Why didn't they come out to call for the freedom of political prisoners, like the three young men on death row who were arrested as juveniles for protesting? Here's why: Protest is illegal in the kingdom. It's illegal to "distort the reputation of the kingdom" -- punishable by jail, flogging, torture, and publicly beheadings.

ACTION ALERT: Campaign to Block Saudi Arms Deal (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Mark Hensch / The Hill & Rep. Tulsi Gabbard & Bryan Schatz / Mother Jones)
Sen. Rand Paul intends to force a Senate vote on the record $110 billion US arms deals with Saudi Arabia. Paul was expected to introduce the bill on Wednesday. The Arms Export Control Act gives senators 10 days to challenge arms sales, and Paul will have to act fast since the Senate is leaving of Friday for the Memorial Day holiday, after which they have an entire week off. You can bet the Arms Industry's lobbyists will turn out in force to torpedo any such vote.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Washington to Stop Arming Terrorists (Rep. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives & Alex Newman / The New American)
A bipartisan bill to prohibit US taxpayer-funded arming of terrorist groups and their associates is making progress in Congress. Recently a companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The legislation, originally sponsored in the House by Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hi), takes aim at lawless US government "regime change" schemes overseas that often involve providing money, weapons, training, and other support to savage terror organizations.

Trump Targets EPA for Cuts; Ignores Job-creating Renewables Revolution; Makes a $2 Trillion Math Mistake on Budget Plan (Andy Rowell / Oil Change International & EcoWatch & Ryan Teague Beckwith / TIME Magazine & Lawrence H. Summers / The Washington Post & Max Ehrenfreund / The Washington Post)
Analysis: The Trump team prides itself on its business background but choses sto rely on ludicrous supply-side economics. Trump's new budget rests on "a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course" -- a mistake no serious businessperson would make; the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in nearly 40 years. How could the Treasury Secretary, the OMB director and the director of the National Economic Council allow such an elementary error?

Trump's Border Wall Threatens 93 Endangered Species (The Center for Biological Diversity / CommonDreams)
Donald Trump's border wall threatens 93 endangered and threatened species, including jaguars, ocelots, Mexican gray wolves and cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, according to a new study by the Center for Biological Diversity. The study also found that 25 threatened or endangered species have designated "critical habitat" on the border, including more than 2 million acres within 50 miles of the border.

Plan to Drill in Monuments Exposed: Trump Order Could Open Up Area Larger Than Yellowstone to Drilling (Greenpeace / EcoWatch & Jennifer A Dlouhy / Bloomberg)
Areas set aside by the Obama Administration as natural wonders now are under review. Critics say Donald Trump may bow to oil companies and end wilderness protections. An investigation by Greenpeace, published Wednesday by Bloomberg, has revealed that more than 2.7 million acres of iconic US land could be at risk from fossil fuel exploration following Donald Trump's decision to review the protection on dozens of national monuments.

Should Psychiatrists Speak Out Against Trump? (Jane Mayer / The New Yorker)
When Donald Trump accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping him, James Comey, then the FBI director, told colleagues that he considered Trump to be "outside the realm of normal," and even "crazy." Many Americans share this view, but the professionals who are best qualified to make such an assessment have been forced to remain mum. The "Goldwater Rule" forbids mental-health professionals to give opinions on public figures they haven't personally examined. Some may make an exception.

Rape Culture and the Problem of Patriarchy (Robert Jensen / Waging Nonviolence)
Commentary and Analysis: Do we live in a rape culture, or is rape perpetrated by a relatively small number of predatory men? From football-obsessed state schools to elite private campuses, the reality of rape and rape culture continues to be reported by journalists and critiqued by victim-survivors. The only sensible way to understand these issues is through a feminist critique of patriarchy -- "the manifestation and institutionalization of male dominance over women and children."

Washington Has Plans to Nuke Russia and China (Paul Craig Roberts / PaulCraig Roberts.org)
Commentary: Washington's demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion.

US Commerce Secretary Raves about Protester-free Saudi Arabia: "No Bad Placards" (Jen Hayden / The Daily Kos)
When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appeared on CNBC to talk about his trip to Saudi Arabia with Donald Trump, he praised the oppressive Saudi monarchy, declaring: "There was not a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there. Not one guy with a bad placard." Maybe that's because, in 2016, Saudi Arabia beheaded more than 150 of its citizens.

Pentagon Places New Orders for Assassination Mini-Drones (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Patrick Tucker / Defense One)
It's no news that the Pentagon is open to using mini-drones on "kamikaze" missions to assassinate people on the president's "kill list" but it may come as a surprise to learn that the military "urgently" wants another 325 of the flying executioners. Now the military wants cheap kamikaze drones that troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers.

Amid Growing Famine, War, and Poverty Calls for Global Cuts in Military Spending (Global Campaign on Military Spending)
According to the updated 2016 military spending data published by SIPRI, world military expenditure in 2016 increased by 0.4% in real terms, and is now estimated at roughly $ 1686 billion. The top 10 spender in 2016 was the USA. With the world plagued by growing threats of war, famine and poverty, the Global Campaign on Military Spending is calling for a yearly 10% cut in military spending.

Trump Plan to Drill in Monuments Exposed (Greenpeace / EcoWatch)
Areas set aside by Obama as natural wonders now under review. Critics say Trump may bow to oil companies and end wilderness protections.

GE & Blackstone Use Trump's Visit to Strike Saudi Deals; Congresswoman Condemns US/Saudi Arms Agreement (Reuters & Agence France-Presse & AntiWar.com)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has condemned the Trump Administration's $460 billion arms deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia -- a country with a devastating record of human rights violations and a long history of providing support to terrorist organizations that threaten the American people. Meanwhile, GE used Trump's trip to sign $15 billion worth of deals with Saudi Arabia to increase oil production and finance medical health research.

Saudi Arabia's Long Record of Floggings, Beheadings, Mysogeny and Support for Global Terrorism (HumanRightsWatch & Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News)
The State Department's 2016 Human Rights Report made no secret of Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses, including: "citizens' lack of the ability and legal means to choose their government; restrictions on universal rights, such as freedom of expression, including on the internet, and the freedoms of assembly, association, movement, and religion; and pervasive gender discrimination and lack of equal rights that affected most aspects of women's lives." Not to mention the beheadings.

Trump's Real Danger Is Not with Russia but with the Middle East (Sheldon Richman / The Libertarian Institute)
Commentary and Analysis: "While the chattering classes spend all their time rehashing Donald Trump's alleged... coordination with Russians over their alleged hacking of the Democrats' email, a story with far more ominous implications is being ignored. I refer to Trump's trip, beginning today, to Saudi Arabia and Israel. For a guy who promised to concentrate on domestic matters, he's sure engaging in a lot of empire preservation. The two most destabilizing countries in the Middle East are Saudi Arabia and Israel."

The Resolute Forest Products Paper Company Wants to Wage War on Ancient Boreal Forests (Colin Beavan / Yes! Magazine)
An avaricious paper company is clearcutting critical boreal forests but when Greenpeace published a critical report revealing the scope of damage caused by Resolute Forest Products, the company responded by suing Greenpeace for $300 million. You probably haven't read about this in the New York Times, Washington Post, or LA Times. Why? Because Resolute provides the paper for the nation's biggest newspapers and publishers. So it's up to independent media to speak out.

What America's New Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia Says about the Trump Administration (Alex Ward / Vox.com & Kareem Shaheen / The Guardian)
Donald Trump has announced a 10-year, $350 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia which includes tanks, helicopters, ships, aircraft, and a missile-defense radar system. But the Saudis have used US weapons to wage a war in Yemen that has killed at least 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million since March 2015. Millions now are at risk of famine while Saudi warplanes -- equipped with US bombs and missiles -- have targeted hospitals, schools, roads, bridges, farms, livestock, and other civilian targets.

Trump Saudi Arms Deal Boast of "Jobs for Americans' Means Famine and Death for Yemenis (Lauren McCauley / CommonDreams)
The arms deal offered to Saudi Arabia will be used against the people of Yemen, who are currently facing a deadly cholera outbreak and a devastating famine. In exchange for the $110 billion package -- the largest arms deal in history -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has offered to invest at least $200 billion in US infrastructure. One possible outcome of Trump's visit could be a green light to attack the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, where the bulk of the humanitarian aid enters Yemen.

Trump's Saudi Trip Should Not Be to Clinch Arms Deal but to End Yemen War (Medea Benjamin / AlterNet)
Commentary: Donald Trump should use his trip to put a halt to weapons sales and press the Saudis to sit with neighboring countries to find new political solutions. Instead of acting as a salesman for the arms industry, Trump should be a statesmen for the suffering Yemenis. He should use his visit to press for a ceasefire and negotiations to end the conflict in Yemen.

US 3 A.M. Airstrike Kills 30 Syrian Civilians, Including a Dozen Children (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Reuters & Agence France-Presse & Brett Wilkins / Digital Journal)
Adding to the growing civilian death toll caused by US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, a cowardly 3 A.M. airstrike on the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal killed at least 30 civilians. More than a dozen children were reported to be among the dead after airstrikes believed to be carried out by US coalition planes. The United States military has said it makes "extraordinary efforts" to avoid civilian deaths in its air strikes in Syria and Iraq.

Trump's $110 Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia May Be Illegal -- and Congress Can Block It (Akbar Shahid Ahmed / Huffington Post & Al Jazeera)
The human rights arm of the American Bar Association has sent the Senate a legal analysis saying that President Donald Trump's plan for an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth more than $100 billion would be illegal because of the Saudis' bloody role in the ongoing conflict in Yemen, which has killed thousands of innocent civilians and now is about to plunge the nation into a devastating famine. It is illegal to sell US weapons to countries that use these weapons against civilian populations.

Targeting a Living Icon: The Rhino Wars (Al Jazeera & Clinton Wright / The National Geographic)
A war is currently being fought between nations across the world. A war with human casualties on both sides -- but without anyone truly realizing what is at stake. We are in the midst of what can loosely be termed the Second Rhino War. The Second Rhino War is mankind's third attempt at eradicating rhinos from our planet.

A New Novel on the Human Price of Wars (Nick Turse / TomDispatch & Peter Van Buren / TomDispatch)
Daniel Ellsberg calls Peter Van Buren's new novel, "Hooper's War, a "book for our times." CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin says that it's a "stunningly written tale," a "haunting WWII novel that reveals the darkest secrets about war and the warriors." CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou says former State Department official Peter Van Buren has crafted a novel all too "relevant to our own current political and military struggles." The author writes about his newest work.

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GENERAL IMPACTS

Washington Has Plans to Nuke Russia and China
(Paul Craig Roberts / PaulCraig Roberts.org)

Commentary: Washington's demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion.
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Win for Environmentalists: Senate Keeps an Obama-Era Climate Change Rule Limiting Methane Emissions
(The New York Times & EarthJustice & The League of Conservation Voters)

In a surprising victory for President Barack Obama's environmental legacy, a bipartisan majority of pro-environment allies in the US Senate voted 51 to 49 to block consideration of a resolution to repeal the 2016 Interior Department rule to curb emissions of methane, a powerful planet-warming greenhouse gas. Also blocked: planned GOP-backed reductions in the EPA budget designed to gut clean energy funding and use the funds to build Donald Trump's border wall.
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There's No Such Thing as 'Limited' Nuclear War
(Sen. Dianne Feinstein / The Washington Post)

Last month, it was revealed that a Pentagon advisory committee authored a report calling for the United States to invest in new nuclear weapons and consider resuming nuclear testing. The report even suggested researching less-powerful nuclear weapons that could be deployed without resorting to full-scale nuclear war. This is terrifying and deserves a swift, full-throated rebuke.
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US Nuclear Escalations Endanger the World
(Conn Hallinan / Dispatches from the Edge & The Berkeley Daily Planet)

At a time of growing tensions between nuclear powers -- Russia and NATO in Europe, and the US, North Korea and China in Asia -- Washington has quietly upgraded its nuclear weapons arsenal to create, according to three leading American scientists, "exactly what one would expect to see, if a nuclear-armed state were planning to have the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war by disarming enemies with a surprise first strike."
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Worried World Urges Trump Not to Pull Out of Paris Climate Agreement
(Oliver Milman, Jonathan Watts and Tom Phillips / The Guardian)

Donald Trump's scorched-earth approach to environmental protections has shocked current and former government officials overseas who are waiting nervously to see whether the US will destabilize the Paris Climate Agreement. With Trump already peeling away pollution reducing rules imposed by President Obama, alarmed officials around the world are warning Trump – a notorious climate-change denier -- not to reverse historic global climate protection efforts.
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"The Planet's Most Important Lawsuit": Kids Sue Trump over Climate
(John Light / Nation of Change)

As hundreds of thousands gathered in Washington for the People's Climate March, 14 young Americans, ranging in age from 9 to 21, held a press conference in front the Supreme Court. They are among 21 young plaintiffs suing the US government to force it to take action on climate change arguing that federal energy policy threatens to deprive them of "life and liberty." Environmental activists Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein -- and legal scholars alike -- call this "the most important lawsuit on the planet right now."
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The "100 by '50 Act" Is Not Sufficient to Prevent a Climate Catastrophe
(Ezra Silk / CommonDreams)

Commentary: The "100 by '50 Act," billed as "the most ambitious piece of climate legislation Congress has ever seen," is a largely symbolic gesture. Environmental critics warn that this bill will not solve the climate crisis. The bill is incremental, non-comprehensive, and fails to meet the challenge of this historic moment. It's time to go back to the drawing board. We need a true climate emergency bill grounded in climate truth.
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ACTION ALERT: War Is Not Entertainment: Dropping Bombs Does Not Make You Presidential
(Jackie Wattles / CNN & Win Without War)

Noting that Donald Trump has received unwarranted applause for authorizing missile strikes in Syria and dropping a powerful bomb on an ISIS camp in Afghanistan, former CBS anchor Dan Rather schooled his colleagues in the media that: "Dropping bombs, having missile strikes, doesn't make one presidential." Tell CNN, MSNBC, and the mainstream, corporate media: Stop treating war like entertainment and responsibly report on US military action.
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HUMAN IMPACTS

Why Were the Saudi Streets So Quiet?
(Medea Benjamin / CommonDreams)

With the world's media focused on President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, it's curious that the streets of Riyadh were so empty. Unlike most of Trump's public appearances, there was not a protester in sight. Why didn't they come out to call for the freedom of political prisoners, like the three young men on death row who were arrested as juveniles for protesting? Here's why: Protest is illegal in the kingdom. It's illegal to "distort the reputation of the kingdom" -- punishable by jail, flogging, torture, and publicly beheadings.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Washington to Stop Arming Terrorists
(Rep. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives & Alex Newman / The New American)

A bipartisan bill to prohibit US taxpayer-funded arming of terrorist groups and their associates is making progress in Congress. Recently a companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The legislation, originally sponsored in the House by Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hi), takes aim at lawless US government "regime change" schemes overseas that often involve providing money, weapons, training, and other support to savage terror organizations.
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Trump Targets EPA for Cuts; Ignores Job-creating Renewables Revolution; Makes a $2 Trillion Math Mistake on Budget Plan
(Andy Rowell / Oil Change International & EcoWatch & Ryan Teague Beckwith / TIME Magazine & Lawrence H. Summers / The Washington Post & Max Ehrenfreund / The Washington Post)

Analysis: The Trump team prides itself on its business background but choses sto rely on ludicrous supply-side economics. Trump's new budget rests on "a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course" -- a mistake no serious businessperson would make; the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in nearly 40 years. How could the Treasury Secretary, the OMB director and the director of the National Economic Council allow such an elementary error?
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Should Psychiatrists Speak Out Against Trump?
(Jane Mayer / The New Yorker)

When Donald Trump accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping him, James Comey, then the FBI director, told colleagues that he considered Trump to be "outside the realm of normal," and even "crazy." Many Americans share this view, but the professionals who are best qualified to make such an assessment have been forced to remain mum. The "Goldwater Rule" forbids mental-health professionals to give opinions on public figures they haven't personally examined. Some may make an exception.
/know/read.php?itemid=19345

Rape Culture and the Problem of Patriarchy
(Robert Jensen / Waging Nonviolence)

Commentary and Analysis: Do we live in a rape culture, or is rape perpetrated by a relatively small number of predatory men? From football-obsessed state schools to elite private campuses, the reality of rape and rape culture continues to be reported by journalists and critiqued by victim-survivors. The only sensible way to understand these issues is through a feminist critique of patriarchy -- "the manifestation and institutionalization of male dominance over women and children."
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US Commerce Secretary Raves about Protester-free Saudi Arabia: "No Bad Placards"
(Jen Hayden / The Daily Kos)

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appeared on CNBC to talk about his trip to Saudi Arabia with Donald Trump, he praised the oppressive Saudi monarchy, declaring: "There was not a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there. Not one guy with a bad placard." Maybe that's because, in 2016, Saudi Arabia beheaded more than 150 of its citizens.
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Pentagon Places New Orders for Assassination Mini-Drones
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Patrick Tucker / Defense One)

It's no news that the Pentagon is open to using mini-drones on "kamikaze" missions to assassinate people on the president's "kill list" but it may come as a surprise to learn that the military "urgently" wants another 325 of the flying executioners. Now the military wants cheap kamikaze drones that troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers.
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Amid Growing Famine, War, and Poverty Calls for Global Cuts in Military Spending
(Global Campaign on Military Spending)

According to the updated 2016 military spending data published by SIPRI, world military expenditure in 2016 increased by 0.4% in real terms, and is now estimated at roughly $ 1686 billion. The top 10 spender in 2016 was the USA. With the world plagued by growing threats of war, famine and poverty, the Global Campaign on Military Spending is calling for a yearly 10% cut in military spending.
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LAND IMPACTS

Trump Targets EPA for Cuts; Ignores Job-creating Renewables Revolution; Makes a $2 Trillion Math Mistake on Budget Plan
(Andy Rowell / Oil Change International & EcoWatch & Ryan Teague Beckwith / TIME Magazine & Lawrence H. Summers / The Washington Post & Max Ehrenfreund / The Washington Post)

Analysis: The Trump team prides itself on its business background but choses sto rely on ludicrous supply-side economics. Trump's new budget rests on "a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course" -- a mistake no serious businessperson would make; the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in nearly 40 years. How could the Treasury Secretary, the OMB director and the director of the National Economic Council allow such an elementary error?
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Trump's Border Wall Threatens 93 Endangered Species
(The Center for Biological Diversity / CommonDreams)

Donald Trump's border wall threatens 93 endangered and threatened species, including jaguars, ocelots, Mexican gray wolves and cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, according to a new study by the Center for Biological Diversity. The study also found that 25 threatened or endangered species have designated "critical habitat" on the border, including more than 2 million acres within 50 miles of the border.
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Plan to Drill in Monuments Exposed: Trump Order Could Open Up Area Larger Than Yellowstone to Drilling
(Greenpeace / EcoWatch & Jennifer A Dlouhy / Bloomberg)

Areas set aside by the Obama Administration as natural wonders now are under review. Critics say Donald Trump may bow to oil companies and end wilderness protections. An investigation by Greenpeace, published Wednesday by Bloomberg, has revealed that more than 2.7 million acres of iconic US land could be at risk from fossil fuel exploration following Donald Trump's decision to review the protection on dozens of national monuments.
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Trump Plan to Drill in Monuments Exposed
(Greenpeace / EcoWatch)

Areas set aside by Obama as natural wonders now under review. Critics say Trump may bow to oil companies and end wilderness protections.
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The Resolute Forest Products Paper Company Wants to Wage War on Ancient Boreal Forests
(Colin Beavan / Yes! Magazine)

An avaricious paper company is clearcutting critical boreal forests but when Greenpeace published a critical report revealing the scope of damage caused by Resolute Forest Products, the company responded by suing Greenpeace for $300 million. You probably haven't read about this in the New York Times, Washington Post, or LA Times. Why? Because Resolute provides the paper for the nation's biggest newspapers and publishers. So it's up to independent media to speak out.
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Targeting a Living Icon: The Rhino Wars
(Al Jazeera & Clinton Wright / The National Geographic)

A war is currently being fought between nations across the world. A war with human casualties on both sides -- but without anyone truly realizing what is at stake. We are in the midst of what can loosely be termed the Second Rhino War. The Second Rhino War is mankind's third attempt at eradicating rhinos from our planet.
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Trump's War on Clean Energy and the EPA
(Andrea Germanos / EcoWatch & CommonDreams)

According to a draft of the government's 2018 budget proposal, he Trump administration is planning to gut the US Department of Energy's budget for its renewable energy and energy efficiency program -- with a proposal to slash it by 70 percent. Support for sustainable transportation would be cut nearly 70-percent. Energy efficiency programs would be cut 79%. The cuts are so draconian that observers predict the plan is unlikely to win congressional approval.
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US Soldiers Fighting Multiple "Shadow Wars" in Africa
(Nick Turse / VICE News)

Six years ago, a conservative estimate claimed Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations forces were engaged in116 missions across the globe. Today, special operators are carrying out nearly 100 missions in Africa alone -- 1,700 US military troops spread out across 20 countries. Special operations forces were deployed to at least 32 African nations in 2016.
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MARINE AND WATER IMPACTS

Trump Targets EPA for Cuts; Ignores Job-creating Renewables Revolution; Makes a $2 Trillion Math Mistake on Budget Plan
(Andy Rowell / Oil Change International & EcoWatch & Ryan Teague Beckwith / TIME Magazine & Lawrence H. Summers / The Washington Post & Max Ehrenfreund / The Washington Post)

Analysis: The Trump team prides itself on its business background but choses sto rely on ludicrous supply-side economics. Trump's new budget rests on "a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course" -- a mistake no serious businessperson would make; the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in nearly 40 years. How could the Treasury Secretary, the OMB director and the director of the National Economic Council allow such an elementary error?
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Trump's Border Wall Threatens 93 Endangered Species
(The Center for Biological Diversity / CommonDreams)

Donald Trump's border wall threatens 93 endangered and threatened species, including jaguars, ocelots, Mexican gray wolves and cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, according to a new study by the Center for Biological Diversity. The study also found that 25 threatened or endangered species have designated "critical habitat" on the border, including more than 2 million acres within 50 miles of the border.
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Trump's War on Clean Energy and the EPA
(Andrea Germanos / EcoWatch & CommonDreams)

According to a draft of the government's 2018 budget proposal, he Trump administration is planning to gut the US Department of Energy's budget for its renewable energy and energy efficiency program -- with a proposal to slash it by 70 percent. Support for sustainable transportation would be cut nearly 70-percent. Energy efficiency programs would be cut 79%. The cuts are so draconian that observers predict the plan is unlikely to win congressional approval.
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ACTION ALERT: The Dakota Pipeline Is Already Leaking: Write to the 17 Banks Funding Polluting US Pipelines
(Julian Brave NoiseCat / The Guardian & James Trimarco / Nation of Change)

On April 4, Energy Transfer Partners' not-yet-operational Dakota Access pipeline leaked a bathtub-full of shale oil at a pump station in Spink County, South Dakota. The leaks prove that the water protectors have been right all along: Pipelines leaks all the time. The pool of tar left behind is just a warning of what's to come. Of the more than 60 banks helping to finance the expansion of tar sands infrastructure, the indigenous-led environmental campaign Mazaska Talks has identified 17 as worst offenders.
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Trump OKs Seismic War on Whales in the Atlantic
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams)

The Interior Department is moving forward with seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean following Donald Trump's executive order to aggressively expand offshore drilling in protected areas off the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. US government estimates expect that seismic blasting in the Atlantic will injure as many as 138,000 marine mammals -- dolphins and whales. 120 East Coast cities, 1,200 elected officials, 35,000 businesses, and 500,000 fishing families publicly oppose offshore drilling and seismic blasting.
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There's No Such Thing as 'Limited' Nuclear War
(Sen. Dianne Feinstein / The Washington Post)

Last month, it was revealed that a Pentagon advisory committee authored a report calling for the United States to invest in new nuclear weapons and consider resuming nuclear testing. The report even suggested researching less-powerful nuclear weapons that could be deployed without resorting to full-scale nuclear war. This is terrifying and deserves a swift, full-throated rebuke.
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US Nuclear Escalations Endanger the World
(Conn Hallinan / Dispatches from the Edge & The Berkeley Daily Planet)

At a time of growing tensions between nuclear powers -- Russia and NATO in Europe, and the US, North Korea and China in Asia -- Washington has quietly upgraded its nuclear weapons arsenal to create, according to three leading American scientists, "exactly what one would expect to see, if a nuclear-armed state were planning to have the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war by disarming enemies with a surprise first strike."
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Worried World Urges Trump Not to Pull Out of Paris Climate Agreement
(Oliver Milman, Jonathan Watts and Tom Phillips / The Guardian)

Donald Trump's scorched-earth approach to environmental protections has shocked current and former government officials overseas who are waiting nervously to see whether the US will destabilize the Paris Climate Agreement. With Trump already peeling away pollution reducing rules imposed by President Obama, alarmed officials around the world are warning Trump – a notorious climate-change denier -- not to reverse historic global climate protection efforts.
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OIL AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

GE & Blackstone Use Trump's Visit to Strike Saudi Deals; Congresswoman Condemns US/Saudi Arms Agreement
(Reuters & Agence France-Presse & AntiWar.com)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has condemned the Trump Administration's $460 billion arms deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia -- a country with a devastating record of human rights violations and a long history of providing support to terrorist organizations that threaten the American people. Meanwhile, GE used Trump's trip to sign $15 billion worth of deals with Saudi Arabia to increase oil production and finance medical health research.
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Trump's War on Clean Energy and the EPA
(Andrea Germanos / EcoWatch & CommonDreams)

According to a draft of the government's 2018 budget proposal, he Trump administration is planning to gut the US Department of Energy's budget for its renewable energy and energy efficiency program -- with a proposal to slash it by 70 percent. Support for sustainable transportation would be cut nearly 70-percent. Energy efficiency programs would be cut 79%. The cuts are so draconian that observers predict the plan is unlikely to win congressional approval.
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Climate Activists Face Jail for Shutting Tar-sand Valves: Judge Forbids Mention of Climate Change during Trial
(Climate Direct Action & Democracy Now!)

The Climate Action Five are facing jail terms for daring to shut down five oil sand pipeline valves that fuel climate change. Their direct action shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day. The defendants hoped to use the "necessity defense," to argue that they acted to prevent greater harm. But the judge has barred the defense team from arguing that these actions were needed to prevent worse climate harms.The court also banned the defense from mentioning the impacts of climate change.
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ACTION ALERT: The Dakota Pipeline Is Already Leaking: Write to the 17 Banks Funding Polluting US Pipelines
(Julian Brave NoiseCat / The Guardian & James Trimarco / Nation of Change)

On April 4, Energy Transfer Partners' not-yet-operational Dakota Access pipeline leaked a bathtub-full of shale oil at a pump station in Spink County, South Dakota. The leaks prove that the water protectors have been right all along: Pipelines leaks all the time. The pool of tar left behind is just a warning of what's to come. Of the more than 60 banks helping to finance the expansion of tar sands infrastructure, the indigenous-led environmental campaign Mazaska Talks has identified 17 as worst offenders.
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Trump OKs Seismic War on Whales in the Atlantic
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams)

The Interior Department is moving forward with seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean following Donald Trump's executive order to aggressively expand offshore drilling in protected areas off the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. US government estimates expect that seismic blasting in the Atlantic will injure as many as 138,000 marine mammals -- dolphins and whales. 120 East Coast cities, 1,200 elected officials, 35,000 businesses, and 500,000 fishing families publicly oppose offshore drilling and seismic blasting.
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Win for Environmentalists: Senate Keeps an Obama-Era Climate Change Rule Limiting Methane Emissions
(The New York Times & EarthJustice & The League of Conservation Voters)

In a surprising victory for President Barack Obama's environmental legacy, a bipartisan majority of pro-environment allies in the US Senate voted 51 to 49 to block consideration of a resolution to repeal the 2016 Interior Department rule to curb emissions of methane, a powerful planet-warming greenhouse gas. Also blocked: planned GOP-backed reductions in the EPA budget designed to gut clean energy funding and use the funds to build Donald Trump's border wall.
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Worried World Urges Trump Not to Pull Out of Paris Climate Agreement
(Oliver Milman, Jonathan Watts and Tom Phillips / The Guardian)

Donald Trump's scorched-earth approach to environmental protections has shocked current and former government officials overseas who are waiting nervously to see whether the US will destabilize the Paris Climate Agreement. With Trump already peeling away pollution reducing rules imposed by President Obama, alarmed officials around the world are warning Trump – a notorious climate-change denier -- not to reverse historic global climate protection efforts.
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"The Planet's Most Important Lawsuit": Kids Sue Trump over Climate
(John Light / Nation of Change)

As hundreds of thousands gathered in Washington for the People's Climate March, 14 young Americans, ranging in age from 9 to 21, held a press conference in front the Supreme Court. They are among 21 young plaintiffs suing the US government to force it to take action on climate change arguing that federal energy policy threatens to deprive them of "life and liberty." Environmental activists Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein -- and legal scholars alike -- call this "the most important lawsuit on the planet right now."
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MILITARISM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Why Were the Saudi Streets So Quiet?
(Medea Benjamin / CommonDreams)

With the world's media focused on President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, it's curious that the streets of Riyadh were so empty. Unlike most of Trump's public appearances, there was not a protester in sight. Why didn't they come out to call for the freedom of political prisoners, like the three young men on death row who were arrested as juveniles for protesting? Here's why: Protest is illegal in the kingdom. It's illegal to "distort the reputation of the kingdom" -- punishable by jail, flogging, torture, and publicly beheadings.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Washington to Stop Arming Terrorists
(Rep. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives & Alex Newman / The New American)

A bipartisan bill to prohibit US taxpayer-funded arming of terrorist groups and their associates is making progress in Congress. Recently a companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The legislation, originally sponsored in the House by Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hi), takes aim at lawless US government "regime change" schemes overseas that often involve providing money, weapons, training, and other support to savage terror organizations.
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Trump Targets EPA for Cuts; Ignores Job-creating Renewables Revolution; Makes a $2 Trillion Math Mistake on Budget Plan
(Andy Rowell / Oil Change International & EcoWatch & Ryan Teague Beckwith / TIME Magazine & Lawrence H. Summers / The Washington Post & Max Ehrenfreund / The Washington Post)

Analysis: The Trump team prides itself on its business background but choses sto rely on ludicrous supply-side economics. Trump's new budget rests on "a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course" -- a mistake no serious businessperson would make; the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in nearly 40 years. How could the Treasury Secretary, the OMB director and the director of the National Economic Council allow such an elementary error?
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US Commerce Secretary Raves about Protester-free Saudi Arabia: "No Bad Placards"
(Jen Hayden / The Daily Kos)

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appeared on CNBC to talk about his trip to Saudi Arabia with Donald Trump, he praised the oppressive Saudi monarchy, declaring: "There was not a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there. Not one guy with a bad placard." Maybe that's because, in 2016, Saudi Arabia beheaded more than 150 of its citizens.
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Amid Growing Famine, War, and Poverty Calls for Global Cuts in Military Spending
(Global Campaign on Military Spending)

According to the updated 2016 military spending data published by SIPRI, world military expenditure in 2016 increased by 0.4% in real terms, and is now estimated at roughly $ 1686 billion. The top 10 spender in 2016 was the USA. With the world plagued by growing threats of war, famine and poverty, the Global Campaign on Military Spending is calling for a yearly 10% cut in military spending.
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GE & Blackstone Use Trump's Visit to Strike Saudi Deals; Congresswoman Condemns US/Saudi Arms Agreement
(Reuters & Agence France-Presse & AntiWar.com)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has condemned the Trump Administration's $460 billion arms deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia -- a country with a devastating record of human rights violations and a long history of providing support to terrorist organizations that threaten the American people. Meanwhile, GE used Trump's trip to sign $15 billion worth of deals with Saudi Arabia to increase oil production and finance medical health research.
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Saudi Arabia's Long Record of Floggings, Beheadings, Mysogeny and Support for Global Terrorism
(HumanRightsWatch & Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News)

The State Department's 2016 Human Rights Report made no secret of Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses, including: "citizens' lack of the ability and legal means to choose their government; restrictions on universal rights, such as freedom of expression, including on the internet, and the freedoms of assembly, association, movement, and religion; and pervasive gender discrimination and lack of equal rights that affected most aspects of women's lives." Not to mention the beheadings.
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Trump's Real Danger Is Not with Russia but with the Middle East
(Sheldon Richman / The Libertarian Institute)

Commentary and Analysis: "While the chattering classes spend all their time rehashing Donald Trump's alleged... coordination with Russians over their alleged hacking of the Democrats' email, a story with far more ominous implications is being ignored. I refer to Trump's trip, beginning today, to Saudi Arabia and Israel. For a guy who promised to concentrate on domestic matters, he's sure engaging in a lot of empire preservation. The two most destabilizing countries in the Middle East are Saudi Arabia and Israel."
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WEAPONS OF WAR

ACTION ALERT: Tell Washington to Stop Arming Terrorists
(Rep. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives & Alex Newman / The New American)

A bipartisan bill to prohibit US taxpayer-funded arming of terrorist groups and their associates is making progress in Congress. Recently a companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The legislation, originally sponsored in the House by Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hi), takes aim at lawless US government "regime change" schemes overseas that often involve providing money, weapons, training, and other support to savage terror organizations.
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Trump Targets EPA for Cuts; Ignores Job-creating Renewables Revolution; Makes a $2 Trillion Math Mistake on Budget Plan
(Andy Rowell / Oil Change International & EcoWatch & Ryan Teague Beckwith / TIME Magazine & Lawrence H. Summers / The Washington Post & Max Ehrenfreund / The Washington Post)

Analysis: The Trump team prides itself on its business background but choses sto rely on ludicrous supply-side economics. Trump's new budget rests on "a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course" -- a mistake no serious businessperson would make; the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in nearly 40 years. How could the Treasury Secretary, the OMB director and the director of the National Economic Council allow such an elementary error?
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Washington Has Plans to Nuke Russia and China
(Paul Craig Roberts / PaulCraig Roberts.org)

Commentary: Washington's demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion.
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Pentagon Places New Orders for Assassination Mini-Drones
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Patrick Tucker / Defense One)

It's no news that the Pentagon is open to using mini-drones on "kamikaze" missions to assassinate people on the president's "kill list" but it may come as a surprise to learn that the military "urgently" wants another 325 of the flying executioners. Now the military wants cheap kamikaze drones that troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers.
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GE & Blackstone Use Trump's Visit to Strike Saudi Deals; Congresswoman Condemns US/Saudi Arms Agreement
(Reuters & Agence France-Presse & AntiWar.com)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has condemned the Trump Administration's $460 billion arms deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia -- a country with a devastating record of human rights violations and a long history of providing support to terrorist organizations that threaten the American people. Meanwhile, GE used Trump's trip to sign $15 billion worth of deals with Saudi Arabia to increase oil production and finance medical health research.
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What America's New Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia Says about the Trump Administration
(Alex Ward / Vox.com & Kareem Shaheen / The Guardian)

Donald Trump has announced a 10-year, $350 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia which includes tanks, helicopters, ships, aircraft, and a missile-defense radar system. But the Saudis have used US weapons to wage a war in Yemen that has killed at least 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million since March 2015. Millions now are at risk of famine while Saudi warplanes -- equipped with US bombs and missiles -- have targeted hospitals, schools, roads, bridges, farms, livestock, and other civilian targets.
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Trump's $110 Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia May Be Illegal -- and Congress Can Block It
(Akbar Shahid Ahmed / Huffington Post & Al Jazeera)

The human rights arm of the American Bar Association has sent the Senate a legal analysis saying that President Donald Trump's plan for an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth more than $100 billion would be illegal because of the Saudis' bloody role in the ongoing conflict in Yemen, which has killed thousands of innocent civilians and now is about to plunge the nation into a devastating famine. It is illegal to sell US weapons to countries that use these weapons against civilian populations.
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Trump's Foreign Agenda: $350 Billion to the Saudis to Bomb Yemen and a Call for an "Arab NATO"
(Daniel Larison / The American Conservative & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Mythili Sampathkumar / The Independent)

Of all the countries Trump could have chosen for his first visit, he chose to visit Saudi Arabia -- the country whose government is largely responsible for causing a major man-made famine in one of the world's poorest countries and has implicated the US in numerous war crimes because of our government's assistance with their war effort. While Trump will be schmoozing with despots in Riyadh, millions of Yemenis will continue to be starved as a result of deliberate policy choices supported by Washington.
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