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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.


Things Congress Could Do for Peace -- From the Easiest to the Hardest
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & Woeld BEYOND War)

Please consider sending this "To-Do List" to your representatives in Washington: When talking about how to fund useful projects, or talking about the federal budget or the US economy, talk as if US military spending exists. With 67 percent of federal discretionary spending going to militarism, don't talk about the "size" of the government as if only the other 33 percent exists. Be aware of the fact that military spending is an economic drain, not a jobs program, and speak accordingly. And so on . . . .

GHW Bush's Covert Take-over of Reagan's Foreign Policy: Spies, Hidden Wars, Assassinations and Secret Operations
(Seymour M. Hersh / London Review of Books)

During Reagan's presidency, GHW Bush emerged -- by default and very much in private -- as the most important decision-maker in America's intelligence world. "He controlled the strings," the officer said. "We ran small, limited operations that were discreet, with a military chain of command." Congress, and the Constitution, were at first no more of an obstacle to Bush's covert operations than the press. The one member of Congress who knew what was going on was "Poppy" Bush's colleague, Dick Cheney.

Democrats Need to Rein In Our Out-of-Control Military Spending
(Senator Bernie Sanders / In These Times)

At a time when our infrastructure is crumbling, public schools lack the resources to provide a quality educations, and 30 million Americans have no health insurance, most Democrats backed GOP efforts to increase military spending by $165 billion over two years. It has been correctly pointed out that, to a great degree, we have a "one-party foreign policy" where there is almost no debate about the basic premises underlying our long-term positions. In a complicated and volatile world, this is not a good thing.

A Planet in Crisis: The Heat's on Us as We Face Global "Co-extinction"
(Dahr Jamail / TomDispatch)

Climate change could lead to a "domino effect" that might, in the end, annihilate all life on the planet. Organisms will die out at increasingly rapid rates because they depend on other species that are also on their way out. It's a process the study calls "co-extinction." According to its authors, a five to six degree Celsius rise in average global temperatures might be enough to annihilate most of Earth's living creatures.

ACTION ALERT: Humans, Just 0.01% of all Life, Have Destroyed 83% of Wild Mammals; Today, 60% of All Mammals Left on Earth Are Livestock
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian & Avaaz.org)

Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world's foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife now threatens human civilization. The new estimate of the massacre of wildlife -- from a major WWF report involving 59 scientists from across the globe -- finds that the growing consumption of food and resources by the global population is destroying a web of life -- billions of years in the making -- upon which human society ultimately depends.

Amazon Ecosystem at Risk as Bolsonaro Acts; Brazil's Socio-environmental Groups Resist
(Sue Branford and Thais Borges / Mongabay)

In Brazil, the newly elected Bolsonaro administration is barely two weeks old, but the new president and his appointees continue to make incendiary statements and press forward with provisional measures and policies that could seriously infringe indigenous and agrarian reform land rights, and environmental protections. Amazon land thieves also have been emboldened since the election, with the invasion of the Arara Indigenous Reserve. There has been no federal law enforcement response to either conflict.

Back from the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War
(The Back from the Brink Task Force)

With the renewed and growing threat of nuclear war -- by intent, provocation, error, or accident -- the Back from the Brink coalition has sent a letter to Rep. Adam Smith, Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, thaningk him for his leadership and urging him to make nuclear weapons a priority in 2019.

ACTION ALERT: How to Fund the Green New Deal: Bring Back Reagan-era 70% Tax Rates for the Wealthy
(Demand Progress & Politico & New York Magazine)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has an excellent idea to take on concentrated wealth and the climate crisis: tax the rich. Recently, on 60 Minutes, she called for higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires, asking them to pay up to 70% on incomes above $10 million. She wants some of that money to help support the Green New Deal to address the climate crisis. She's already getting attacked by corporate Democrats for her plan. Let's show her that we've got her back.

General Dynamics: Profiting Off War, Surveillance, and Suppression of Migrants
(Invistigate / American Friends Service Committee)

General Dynamics, one of the largest military contractors in the world, is providing weapons and munitions used by the Israeli air force against Palestinian civilians and is involved in monitoring the US-Mexico border and surveilling immigrant communities inside the United States.

ACTON ALERT: Include a New Peace Deal in the Green New Deal
(CODEPINK & Robert C. Koehler / Common Dreams)

CODEPINK wholeheartedly supports Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal and we suggest some additions to address the environmental impact of militarism and the bloated Pentagon budget as a source of revenue. The Green New Deal should take on militarism and war as well as climate change and poverty; they are all linked. It's a rallying cry and vision that virtually transcends political thinking as we know it, reflecting a near-complete dismissal of status quo politics and its obeisance to Big Money.

Women Against the Bomb: The Fate of the Earth Depends on Women
(Beatrice Fihn / The Nation)

On October 20, President Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty after more than 30 years. In doing so, he ended an agreement that abolished an entire class of nuclear weapons and recklessly pushed us to the brink of a new Cold War. He's brought us back to a time when the United States and Russia could develop and expand their nuclear arsenals without restraint.

Why Donald Trump Poses an Increasing Risk to Democracy in the US and What We Can Do about It
(Robert Reich / The Guardian UK)

Commentary: Trump’s entire presidency to date has sacrificed the means of democracy to preserve his personal power, and the shutdown over the border is no different. Here is what MoveOn has planned to win this fight.

Corporations Set to Launch 5G Networks Despite Risks to Human Health and the Environment
(Zacks.com & Salon & Radiation Health Risks.com)

Forget 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution), the stage is set for 5G wireless race in the US telecom space. With the US telecom industry continuously evolving, companies in the sector are fighting it out to stay ahead of the curve. But as next-gen cell networks get closer to reality, public health watchdogs stage a final stand.

Wireless Radiation: Stop the 5G Network on Earth and in Space, Devastating Impacts on Health and the Environment
(Arthur Firstenberg / Global Research)

Telecommunications companies are poised to roll out the fifth-generation wireless network (5G) to deliver unprecedented change on a global scale. We will have "smart" homes, "smart" businesses, "smart" highways, "smart" cities and self-driving cars. What is not widely acknowledged is that this will also result in unprecedented rise in electromagnetic radiation on a global scale -- millions of new 5G base stations on Earth, 20,000 satellites in space, and 200 billion transmitting objects in the Internet of Things by 2020.

Hawking the News: America's Militaristic Mainstream Media
(Gregory Shupak/ Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting)

In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw from Syria the US troops there, which number between 2,000 and 4,000. Trump's claim was widely condemned in corporate media, demonstrating the commentariat's shared belief in American benevolence toward other peoples, in Washington's alleged right and duty to decide other countries' fates, and the forever war the US supposedly has to wage in the Middle East.

626 Groups Present Petition with 'Green New Deal' Demands<
(Nick Sobczyk / E&E News)

Progressive organizers today presented lawmakers with a formal wish list for "Green New Deal" legislation, asking for a sweeping plan to address climate change and move to 100 percent renewable energy. In a letter to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, more than 600 advocacy groups, including Friends of the Earth, Food & Water Watch, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sunrise Movement, and Environmentalists Against War, laid down a set of principles, fleshing out the "Green New Deal."

Transboundary Pollution Poses Growing Global Health Threat
(Business Wire)

Disease-causing toxic pollution is a leading cause of death globally, and harms the health of millions of people, including those who live far from the source of the pollution, according "Pollution Knows No Borders," a new report issued by the non-profit organization Pure Earth.

Jon Kyl Voted for New Nukes After Taking Payments From Nuclear Company
(Alex Kotch / Sludge)

After Sen. John McCain's death in August 2018, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey appointed former Republican Senator Jon Kyl to replace him -- despite Kyl having spent years lobbying his former colleagues for an array of defense, utility, nuclear, tech, and social media companies that have business before the chamber. The senator-turned-lobbyist-turned-senator-turned-lobbyist had a paid board seat at one nuclear company and lobbied for two others. Then he joined the Senate.

After Wildfires, Solar Power Could Play a Greater Role in California's Electric Grid
(J.D. Morris / San Francisco Chronicle)

Advocates of solar power say the technology can play a bigger role in the state's electric grid -- an opportunity they say has become much more necessary as climate change increases the likelihood of extreme weather with the potential to fuel devastating wildfires.

After $8 Billion and 11 Years, US-Backed Afghan Air Force Appears to Be a Failure
( & David Zucchino / The New York Times)

In recent months, some of the airstrikes in Afghanistan have been credited to the Afghan Air Force. This air force is operational, to some extent, though calling it functional would be an exaggeration. US planes still conduct 80% of the strikes inside the country while the Afghan Air Force is responsible for killing more civilians in aerial attacks.

Holy Cop-out: It's Time to Stop Blaming God for Corporate-caused Pollution Catastrophies
(Kyle Piscioniere / Slate)

Climate change keeps challenging our understanding of, well, everything. Carolyn Merchant and Bill McKibben famously argued that our quaint ideas of nature are dead. But nature was only one of climate change's early victims. Other deceased include rationality and, in smaller terms, the way "we" use language. But there's one thing that climate change should kill: claiming that made-made disasters are an "act of God" -- which is simply a legal trick for corporations to avoid financial liability for misdeeds.

Trump's Wall Is a Fascist Monstrosity
(Revolution Newspaper)

Commentary: Trump has shut down the government to get his wall on the border. If this wall gets funded, in whatever form and with whatever concessions, it will represent a major escalation in the attack on immigrants. The Imperialist System has created 65 million refugees through economic plunder and disruption, ecological catastrophe, and war. This system cannot be reformed -- it must be overthrown!

In the Colombian Amazon, Peace Has Environmental Consequences
(Gena Steffens / Nivela & GlobalPost & Camila Bustos and Marcela Jaramillo / The Guardian)

In 2016, after more than half a century of civil war that left some 220,000 dead and more than 7 million displaced, a peace agreement was reached between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian state. The end of what was once the Western Hemisphere's longest-running armed conflict is assumed to be an outcome broadly beneficial to society, but for the environment it has proven to be a double-edged sword.

The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace
(Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: We cannot tolerate a new Democratic-controlled Congress continuing to do business as usual, with a military budget of over $700 billion and a trillion dollars projected for new nuclear weapons over the next ten years, while struggling to find funds to address the climate crisis. It's time to leave the nuclear age and divest from the war machine , freeing up trillions of wasted dollars over the next decade. We must transform our lethal energy system to one that sustains us.

Six Days, Six Deaths: More Murders of Social Leaders in Colombia

Murdered on January 6 for defending land rights in northern Colombia, Maritza Quiroz Leiva becomes the country's 6th murder within six days of the new year. In December, social and communal leader Ignacio Gomez Avila and Viviana Munoz Marin, a young psychologist working for the social reintegration of former FARC members, were killed in the department of Caqueta.

US Sends Troops to Gabon; Trump Warns Congo Against Post-Vote Protests
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Mathilde Boussion / Associated Press)

Congo faces what could be its first democratic, peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960. The Catholic Church has threatened an uprising if untrue vote is announced. Anticipating post-election protests in this far-off land, Donald Trump has ordered US troops to neighboring Gabon and has taken it upon himself to warn the Congolese not to protest.

US Bases in Okinawa Are a Threat to Freedom
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War & Bernie Sanders / US Senate)

The US builds giant military bases in other people's countries to "protect freedom in the US." But consider the people of Okinawa: they are not free to enjoy unpoisoned water, they are not free to live without noise pollution and crashing airplanes, are not free from the fear of attacks by drunken soldiers and rapists and not free from massive environmental destruction. Repeatedly they elect governments to shut down these bases and, repeatedly, more bases are built in the name of "spreading democracy."

The Pentagon's Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed
(Dave Lindorff / The Nation)

On November 15, Ernst & Young and other private firms that were hired to audit the Pentagon announced that they could not complete the job. Congress had ordered an independent audit of the Department of Defense, the government's largest discretionary cost center -- the Pentagon receives 54 cents out of every dollar in federal appropriations -- after the Pentagon failed for decades to audit itself.

US Accused of Killing Greatest Number of Civilians; Press Accuses Taliban of "Threatening" Oil Fields
(The News & Agence France-Pressse & Abdul Matin Sahak / Reuters)

The Taliban blamed US and Afghan forces for almost 90 percent of civilian casualties in 2018 -- in a report that suggested Afghanistan's largest militant group was not responsible for a single death or injury. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Taliban fighters are "threatening" major oil wells near the northern Afghan city of Sar-e Pul following days of fighting in which dozens of members of the security forces have been killed and wounded.

Washington Trained Guatemala's Mass Murderers -- and the Border Patrol Played a Role
(Greg Grandin and Elizabeth Oglesby / The Nation)

Even before Ronald Reagan's 1980 election, two retired generals playing prominent roles in his campaign traveled to Central America and told Guatemalan officials that "Mr. Reagan recognizes that a good deal of dirty work has to be done." Once in office, In office, Reagan supplied munitions and training to the Guatemalan army to carry out that "dirty work." Now two Guatemalan children have died under Border Patrol custody. But the agency's role in Latin American oppression has a long history.

ACTION ALERT: Honor MLK and Say "No to NATO"
(Joe Lombardo and Marilyn Levin / United National Antiwar Coalition)

The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) has initiated a call for a demonstration in Washington, DC on Saturday, March 30, 2019 to protest the fact that NATO leaders will be coming to DC on April 4, 2019 to hold a "celebration" of NATO’s 70th anniversary. April 4 is also the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the date, a year earlier, of Dr. King's famous antiwar speech. This call to action against NATO, War and Racism has now been joined by a broad section of the US peace movement.

State Dept Says No Timeline for Syria Withdrawal as US Attacks Kill Children
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

A senior US State Department official declared Friday that the US "do not intend to have an indefinite military presence in Syria," but also confirmed that there is no definite timeline for actually leaving. Meanwhile, US airstrikes pounded the village of Kishkiyeh in eastern Syria on Friday, killing at least 11 civilians, according to activist group DeirEzzor 24. The death toll was later confirmed by the Syrian government.

What if Osama bin Laden Had Legitimate Grievances?
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / TruthDig & AntiWar.com)

You're not supposed to utter these words, but what the heck: Osama bin Laden had a point. No, his grievances, as well as those of his followers and sympathizers, didn't excuse the mass murder of 9/11 -- not by a long shot. Still, more than 17 years after the attacks on the Pentagon and twin towers, it's worth reflecting on bin Laden's motives and discussing the stark fact that the US has made no moves to address his gripes.

The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization
(Lawrence Wittner / Z Magazine)

Does the US government's priority for military spending explain, at least partially, the discrepancy between the worldwide preeminence of the US armed forces and the feeble global standing of major American domestic institutions?

State Dept Says No Timeline for Syria Withdrawal: US Strikes Kill Children as Fighting Continues

A senior US State Department official declared Friday that the US "do not intend to have an indefinite military presence in Syria," but also confirmed that there is no definite timeline for actually leaving. Meanwhile, US airstrikes pounded the village of Kishkiyeh in eastern Syria on Friday, killing at least 11 civilians, according to activist group DeirEzzor 24. The death toll was later confirmed by the Syrian government.

Reporter Quits NBC Citing Network's Support For Endless War
(Caitlin Johnstone / Caitlin Johnstone.com & William M. Arkin)

Long-time reporter Willian Arkin is leaving NBC and MSNBC, complaining in a remarkable statement that these outlets are captive to the national security state and devoted to Endless War -- cheerleaders for "open and subtle threat mongering" and are reflexively pro-war.

This Is What It Looks Like When Imperialism Comes Home
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / TruthDig & AntiWar.com)

Commentary: "You have to hand it to him -- the man has a way with words and he sure knows how to fire up his base. Early in November, Donald Trump addressed a crowd of supporters in Montana and gushed with pride about his deployment of troops to the US border with Mexico. The commander-in-chief bragged about the job his troops were doing in fending off the "invasion" -- that isn't an invasion at all -- from a "caravan" of asylum-seeking Central American migrants who were, at the time, 700 miles away.

The Future of Peace in the World
(Juan Gomez / Redaccion Chile & Pressenza.com)

Commentary: "Frequently we ask ourselves if peace is possible. Many people are disappointed thinking that it is just a delusion, an unattainable utopia. Even those who support and adhere to the peace movement, still appear to struggle to mobilize for it. There are powerful interests behind the scenes working towards total domination, power and control."

Reflecting On Trump's Syrian Pullout
(Richard Falk Interviewed by Daniel Falcone / CounterPunch)

Daniel Falcone asks journalists and commentator Richard Falk -- an acknowledged expert on American foreign policy -- to assess the true meaning and significance of Donald Trump abrupt announcement to start pulling ground troops out of Syria. Is it this simple and straightforward? What are the implications of Defense Secretary Mattis' resignation? Does this mark a turning point in US foreign policy and military meddling?

Trump: A Loose Cannon for Peace?
(Robert C. Koehler / Peace Voice)

Apparently what's under assault is war itself, or so the Establishment believes, in the wake of the shocking announcement by the president that he plans to withdraw all 2,000 US troops now deployed in Syria and 7,000, or half, the US troops in Afghanistan. "No, can't do that! Can't do that!" the voices of the military-industrial-media complex object. There's never an acknowledgment, by the war establishment, of the consequences of militarism, just abstract discussions of strategy and "interests."

Democrats and Neocons Are the Biggest Losers of Trump's Syria Withdrawal
(Daniel Lazare / TruthDig)

When power is balanced as delicately as it is in the Middle East, minor changes can have major consequences. So while 2,000 troops may not sound like much, Donald Trump's decision to withdraw them from eastern Syria has generated a rich list of winners and losers. Here's a rundown.

ACTION ALERT: Ocasio-Cortez Rips Dem Leadership for Treating Planet-Saving Green New Deal as 'Controversial'
(Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams)

Incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took aim at the Democratic Party on Monday over the newly-announced climate crisis committee -- a body she and other progressives say lacks the teeth needed to avert planetary disaster. Demands for a Green New Deal headed by a committee (whose members agree to receive no money from the fossil fuel lobby) have been deemed too "controversial." In fact, they are essential to the survival of a planet already threatened by accelerating climate change.

There Is No Place for Nuclear Power in a Green New Deal
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive & Portside)

The environmental policy centerpiece of the incoming Democratic House has ignited tremendous grassroots enthusiasm but it is threatened -- by fossil fuel interests from without and pro-nuclear advocates from within. While the draft proposal has ignited tremendous grassroots enthusiasm -- with massively favorable poll readings, even among some Republicans -- some Democrats are still promoting nuclear reactors as a "clean" power source. Moreover, the DoD budget needs to be cut to fund the transition.

Bill Blum, Presente! Honoring an Author, Activist and Powerful Critic of US Foreign Policy
(Chris Agee and Louis Wolf / CovertAction Magazine)

William Blum was an author, historian, and critic of US foreign policy. In 1967, he abandoning his career as a State Department Foreign Service Officer, because of his opposition to the US war in Vietnam. He then became one of the founders and editors of the Washington Free Press, the first '"alternative'" newspaper in the capital. As a freelance journalist in Chile in 1972-3, he covered the Allende government's tragic overthrow in a CIA-backed coup, which cemented his role as a critic of US policies around the world.

Those Corrupt Spineless Iraqi Legislators . . . Are Right
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: "You've got 5,000 armed foreign troops stationed in your country. You don't say a word until the idiot foreign emperor stages a surprise visit. Then you're outraged principally because he didn't notify you or meet with you or put up any pretense that your country belonged to you in any way. At that point you demand that the US occupation of Iraq finally be brought to a bitter better-late-than-never end. And you're damn right."

How Corporate Democrats Aim to Stifle Criticism
(Norman Solomon / Reader Supported News)

Well-informed public discussion is a major hazard for Democratic Party elites now eager to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning the 2020 presidential nomination. National polling shows the public strongly favors bold proposals that Bernie Sanders has been championing -- climate change, Medicare for All, tuition-free public college and reining-in Wall Street corruption. This momentum is a threat to the entrenched corporate forces accustomed to dominating the Democratic Party.

Trump Ignores Climate Change to Enrich Big Timber
(Mark Hand / ThinkProgress)

Nowhere in an 1,800-word executive order to address forest management and wildfires does Donald Trump draw any connection between climate change and increased wildfire risk. Instead, critics say it looks like a potential handout to the logging industry. Far from being a solution to the world's increasing forest fires, commercial logging has been found to actually increase the risk of wildfires.

Could This Be Our Best Hope of Removing Trump From Office?
(Paul Street / TruthDig)

The dog whistle couldn't have been any clearer. When Donald Trump said that "the people would revolt" if he were impeached, his extremist base of neo-Nazis, Klan members, right-wing militias and sympathetic service members most likely heard the following: "Feel free to attack Democrats, liberals, leftists and progressives if the incoming ouse of Representatives acts on its constitutional right to impeach me."

Good Riddance to General Mattis and the Rest of Washington's Mad Dogs of War
(David Stockman / AntiWar.com)

"Mad Dog" Mattis has been fired from the Oval Office twice -- first by Obama for his virulent antipathy to Iran and now by Trump for his resistance to the withdrawal from Syria. On Christmas Eve, there could be no better gift to the American people -- or the long-suffering populations of the Middle East (who have been subjected to Mattis style we'll-kill-you-if-even-look-cross-eye at our occupation of your lands) than Trump's tweet dismissing Mattis. Hopefully more of the Pentagon's Mad Dogs of War will follow.

Bring the Troops Home, But Let's Also Stop the Bombing
(Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies / AntiWar.com)

A good New Year's resolution for the United States would be to put an end to the wars we have been engaged in for the past 17 years, and to make sure we do not allow the same military madness that got us into this mess to sucker us into new wars on North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, or other countries. Yes, let's bring the troops home, but let's also stop the bombing.

22-day-long "Cast Lead Plus10" Campaign Starts December 27
(Helena Cobban / Just World Educational & Miko Peled / Just World Educational)

On December 27, 2008, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead, a massive, 22-day military assault on the Gaza Strip. The ferocity of the attack was unprecedented in six-decade-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed, mostly civilians. In the aftermath, a UN fact-finding team found evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both the Israeli military and Palestinian militias. Investigations by human rights groups came to the same conclusion.

ACTION ALERT: Don't Let the Dem's Bury the Bury the Green New Deal
(Christopher D. Cook / In These Times)

As House Democratic leaders prepare to reclaim power this January, they are clamping down on insurgent progressive initiatives like the Green New Deal, which could be sidelined in favor of a broader climate committee with limited powers -- despite pledges from at least 43 Democrats to support a Green New Deal select committee.

22-day-long "Cast Lead Plus10" Campaign Starts December 27
(Helena Cobban / Just World Educational & Miko Peled / Just World Educational)

On December 27, 2008, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead, a massive, 22-day military assault on the Gaza Strip. The ferocity of the attack was unprecedented in six-decade-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed, mostly civilians. In the aftermath, a UN fact-finding team found evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both the Israeli military and Palestinian militias. Investigations by human rights groups came to the same conclusion.

ACTION ALERT: Elites United in Panic Over Syria Pullout, Afghanistan Drawdown
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & CodePink)

Open-ended war has so much momentum in the US that Donald Trump's announced pullout from Syria shocked the nation. Followed up the same week with a drawdown from Afghanistan, the mainstream is now completely apoplectic. On the left and right, comfort with the status quo was virtually uniform. Criticism of the drawdowns vary depending on the side of the aisle the commenter is on, but the message is uniform opposition to ending a war Congress never authorized in the first place.

The Lethal Crescent: Where the Cold War Was Hot
(Review by Daniel Immerwahr / The Nation)

In August 1945, the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. US firebombing had already wrecked more than 60 other population centers but, as George Orwell warned. atomic bombs portended a new era in world history. In an astonishingly prescient essay, Orwell predicted the atomic future would mark an "end to large-scale wars" and the dawn of a new form of chronic half-war with the US and the USSR locked in a perpetual threat of nuclear annihilation. Orwell called this new standoff the "cold war."

"Alexa, Drop a Bomb": Amazon Wants in on US Warfare
(Nick Mottern / TruthOut & World Can't Wait)

Amazon is seeking to build a global "brain" for the Pentagon called JEDI, a weapon of unprecedented surveillance and killing power, a profoundly aggressive weapon that should not be allowed to be created.

"Alexa, Launch Our Nukes!": The Coming of Hyperwar
(Michael Klare and Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch)

In the years to come, increasing billions of those dollars are going to be invested in creating a future battlespace in which "intelligent" machines fight our wars and, in the end, the only role left for humans may be the dying. In other words, we're heading for a militarized, automated, artificially intelligent Hell on Earth. The very nature of a future AI-driven hyperwar will only increase the risk that conventional conflicts could cross a cataclysmic threshold: an actual nuclear war between two nuclear states.

It's Time the US Ends Its Illegal Presence in Syria and Withdraws from Afghanistan
(Black Alliance for Peace Says)

Commentary: "A real panic among the militarists and flunkeys of the military-industrial complex: They are concerned the US president has gone completely off the ruling-class imperialist script. We find that hard to believe, since a move away from militarism and violence would indicate a fundamental departure from the very essence of the methods and strategy that created the United States. "

Eradicating Peace in Colombia: A Return to War and Pesticides
(Evan King and Samantha Wherry / The North American Congress on Latin America)

Colombia's new president, Ivan Duque, continues to push for failed supply-side drug war policies in Colombia -- a reversal of alternative coca substitution policies negotiated in 2016 as part of country's peace accords. On October 12, the Colombian government kicked off a pilot program of aerial fumigation of coca crops via drones. The initiative lasted 45 days since the drones could only fumigate three to four hectares a day.

ACTION ALERT: Reactions to the Call for Troop Withdrawal from Syria
(Veterans Against the War & World BEYOND War & Massachusetts Peace Action)

Yesterday Donald Trump announced a withdrawal of 2,000 troops from Syria, putting the national security state into a tailspin and the GOP into a full-on meltdown. Removing ground troops and ceasing base construction will be a start. More important is ceasing to bomb from above. The US should close its 800-plus military bases around the world and provide aid instead of arms.

Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change in the Age of Corporate Globalization
(Andrew Lichterman / Western States Legal Foundation )

On those occasions when people talk about global warming and nuclear weapons, the focus usually is on their effects. They are two different ways that the human species can do enough damage to the ecosystems we depend on to threaten our own survival and that of most life on this planet. But at the same time, the threats posed to humanity by global warming and nuclear weapons share common causes. Each are predictable products of an economy and society dependent on endless material growth.

ACTION ALERT: Legislation to Address the Urgent Threat of Climate Change
(Food & Water Watch)

Petition: We are writing today to urge you to consider the following principles as the 116th Congress debates climate change legislation and momentum around the country builds for a Green New Deal. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned, if we are to keep global warming below 1.5°C, we must act aggressively and quickly. At a minimum, reaching that target requires visionary and affirmative legislative action in the following areas . . . .

The Dawn of Empire! Tragic Rise of Overseas Imperialism
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / TruthDig & AntiWar.com)

Empire. It is a word that most Americans loathe. After all, the US was born through its rebellion against Britain, the great empire of the day. According to the old historical narrative, the US has always been a democratic republic. The truth is far more discomfiting. The US was an empire before it had even gained its own independence. Native tribes were conquered and displaced westward. With no Indians left to fight and no Mexican lands worth conquering, Americans looked abroad for new monsters to destroy and new lands to occupy.

The Peace Dividend: The Most Controversial Proposal in the History of the World
(Ron Ridenour interviews author John Rachel / This Can't Be Happening.net)

In 1992 with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the citizens of the United States and the world were promised the arrival of a new era of peace and prosperity. The Cold War was over. Much of the money spent in the military standoff with the Soviets, and the preparation for a cataclysmic war, would now be diverted to peaceful ends. This massive reordering of our priorities and the windfall which would result was called the peace dividend. It never arrived.

Using "Human Shields" as a Pretext to Kill Civilians
(Neve Gordon & Nicola Perugini / Al-Jazeera)

Given the strategic and pervasive adoption of the phrase, "human shields," it seems clear that the term is not only being deployed as a descriptive expression to depict the use of civilians as weapons, but also as a kind of pre-emptive legal defense against the accusations of having killed or injured them. By claiming that the other side is using human shields, the attacker provides itself with a pre-emptive legal defense.

Will Humans Be Extinct by 2026?
(Arctic News Blogspot )

In the Arctic, vast amounts of carbon are stored in soils that are now still largely frozen. As temperatures continue to rise and soils thaw, much of this carbon will be converted by microbes into carbon dioxide or methane, adding further greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Arctic Ocean temperatures increased by as much as 54 degrees F in February 2017. Now, scientists writing in the Arctic News Blog warn that humans could become extinct by 2026 if climate initiatives are ignored across the globe.

Our Children Are Crying Out: "You Are Stealing Our Future"
(Greta Thunberg and Severn Cullis-Suzuki / Democracy Now! & TEDx Talks & the Rio Summit)

In June 1992, 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki spoke from the podium at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and her stark and moving appeal left the media calling her "the girl who silenced the world" -- for six heartfelt minutes. In 2018, a 15-year-old Swedish girl named Greta Thunberg stood behind a UN podium and once more raised a cry for the world's leaders to become "mature" and address the existential threat of planetary climate change. We can ignore climate change only if we ignore our children.

Burning Up: How Capitalism Fuels Climate Change

International climate negotiations have failed to curb runaway greenhouse gas emissions since the first UN treaty on emission reductions was adopted in 1992. Consumer-focused solutions to climate change simply won't be enough to address the systemic nature of the crisis. Australian school pupils understand the simple arithmetic better than they understand politicians' promises -- which is why they went on strike in protest at inaction on climate change. They will not be the last ones of their generation to do so.

Collapse of the Antarctic Ice Cap: An Unheeded Warning from 20 Years Ago
(Andy Caffrey / Climate Action Now!)

120,000 years ago, when Earth's climate was somewhat similar to our situation today, a 100-year span of "climatic havoc" (recorded in the limestone of the Bahama Islands) saw sea levels rise 20 feet and then plunge to at least 30 feet below modern levels -- all within the span of 100 years. Researchers agree sea-level rise has quickened during the past century, along with atmospheric warming, coastal erosion and flooding. People living on the coasts will be among the first to experience the next "Madhouse Century."

Okinawans Protest US Military's Destruction of the Henoko Coral in Okinawa
(Joseph Essertier / World BEYOND War)

On US television, in newspapers, and on US-based Internet sites there has been a near-perfect silence as our military ignores local protests and continues the destruction of critical coral habitat in a once-thriving marine ecosystem in Okinawa. For several years now, democracy-loving people in Okinawa and across Japan, have been demonstrating against this new US military base. Almost all the world's bases -- the ones in other people's countries -- are ours, so why do we want yet another one in Okinawa?

Divestment from Coal, Oil and Gas Is Hitting the Fossil Fuel Industry Where It Hurts
(Bill McKibben / The Guardian)

Bill McKibben writes: We have marked the 1,000th divestment in what has become by far the largest anti-corporate campaign of its kind. Trillions of dollars of investments in dirty coal, oil, and gas industries have been moved out of carbon-intensive companies. The latest to sell their shares -- major French and Australian pension funds, and Brandeis University -- bring the total amount of portfolios and endowments in the global divestment campaign to just under $8 trillion. Governments must now take notice.

Planet of War: Trapped in Unwinnable Regional Wars, the Pentagon Plans for Global Combat
(Maj. Danny Sjursen (US Army) / TomDispatch & Information Clearing House)

Commentary: American militarism has gone off the rails -- and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the US military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly unending wars across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa. Today, training scenarios were no longer limited to counterinsurgency operations. Washington has decided it was time to prepare for "real" war with a host of imagined enemies.

Trump Hands Billions to One of the World's Biggest Drivers of Climate Catastrophe
(Sarah Lazare / AlterNet)

IN 2017, Donald Trump's first federal budget proposal called for dramatic cuts to initiatives aimed at combatting climate change, as well as a wide swath of social programs -- in oder to finance tax cuts for the wealthy and a $54 billion increase in military spending. But Trump's proposal was also environmentally irresponsible because (according to a congressional report released in December 2012) the US military is a key climate polluter and the "largest organizational user of petroleum in the world."

Exclusive: The US Has More Military Operations in Africa than the Middle East
(Nick Turse / Vice.com)

Over the last three years, the United States has conducted more than 30 named operations and activities in Africa. In 2017, US troops carried out an average of nearly 10 missions per day -- 3,500 exercises, programs, and engagements for the year -- across the African continent. There are now 34 US military outposts in at least African 33 countries.

Bill McKibben Calls FBI Tracking of Environmental Activists "Contemptible"
(Steve Hanley / Clean Technica)

An investigation by The Guardian has revealed the FBI has targeted members of 350.org -- the climate activism group founded by Bill McKibben -- as part of an ongoing anti-terrorism campaign. "When much of our government acts as a subsidiary of the fossil fuel industry, it may be par for the course," McKibben says, adding that the FBI's apparent failure to distinguish between nonviolent civil disobedience and domestic terrorism was "contemptible."

The Demands of the Yellow Vest Movement Are Growing into Real Systemic Change
(Phillip J. Watt, / The Washington Times & Popular Resistance)

French citizens have revolted for the fourth week in a row calling for changes in governmental and corporate design. Even though UN Military and thousands of French police have been deployed in response, the police have actually been filmed removing their helmets in solidarity with the French people. The YVM want real change, which is the good. The bad is that they haven't yet identified the key priorities required for real systemic change. And the looting is counter-productive behaviour.

The Latest Odds of a Shooting War Between NATO and Russia:
(Ann Garrison / Special to Consortium News & Alex Christoforou and Mark Sleboda / The Duran)

Hungarian scholar George Szamuely sees a 70 percent chance of combat between NATO and Russia following the incident in the Kerch Strait and that it is being fueled by Russia-gate. There has been a proxy war within Ukraine since 2014, with NATO backing Poroshenko's Ukrainian government and Russia backing the separatists who speak Russian and identify as Russian in Ukraine's southeastern Donbass region. But in the Kerch Strait the hostilities are between Russia and Ukraine, with NATO behind Ukraine.

Study Finds War Is Not an Inherent Part of Human Nature
(Rutgers University & The Scientific American)

Is it in our nature to go to war? Should we just accept the fact that humans have this innate tendency and are hardwired to kill members of other groups? No, says R. Brian Ferguson, professor of anthropology at Rutgers University-Newark. There is no scientific proof that we have an inherent propensity to take up arms and collectively kill.

The Abolition of War Requires New Thoughts, Words, and Actions
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War)

There's action happening now in the US Senate on ending US participation in the war on Yemen. There's a big loophole in the bill. There's the matter of selling Saudi Arabia its weapons. There's the House of Misrepresentatives to worry about. There's the veto threat. There's the question of getting compliance out of a president you've pretty well promised never to impeach, at least not for any of dozens of documented offenses unrelated to Russia. All that being said, the current action is a very good thing

The CIA Killed My Father. Where Is His Body?
(Hajira Hematyara / The Washington Post)

My father was Gul Rahman. Sixteen years ago, he was wrongfully imprisoned by the CIA because it suspected he was a militant. He was then tortured and killed in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan -- the only person known to have been killed at a CIA "black site." I was 10 years old when he disappeared. He was a good and ordinary man and a wonderful father to me and my three younger sisters. For 15 years, my family had been asking for information, pleading to know whether he was alive or dead.

Trump Plans to Downgrade Nuke Waste from Dangerous to "Safe"
(Nicholas K. Geranios / Associated Press)

The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier. The Department of Energy proposal would lower the status of some high-level radioactive waste in several places around the nation, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State -- the most contaminated nuclear site in the country.

At World Climate Summit, Trump Team at Odds With Own Scientists
(James Rainey / NBC News)

The Trump administration continued its rejection of mainstream climate science -- and embraced Earth-warming fossil fuels -- in the second week of the UN climate conference in Poland. Those contrarian views emerged even as US government scientists reported that humanity's actions are driving up temperatures rapidly, with devastating impacts for the Arctic and the rest of the globe. Trump further divorced the US from most other nations by promoting the long-term burning of coal and natural gas.

ACTION ALERT: Two Critical Words Are Missing from the Paris Agreement: "Fossil Fuels"
(Oil Change International & ClimateTruth)

ight now, world leaders are gathered in Poland at this year's UN climate talks, negotiating the rules for how the Paris Agreement will be implemented. This is important. Within the Paris Agreement are critical goals, agreed to by over 100 countries, to take efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 C, a goal shown to be all the more important after the recent IPCC special report. But there are two critical words missing from the Paris Agreement: "fossil fuels."

The Dire Environmental Impacts of Trump's Proposed Border Wall
(Dino Grandoni and Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post)

Documents have revealed that Interior Department officials downplayed federal wildlife experts' concerns about Trump's border wall and show Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke felt obliged to "support the border security mission." Previously hidden documents reveal officials censored a key letter to US Customs and Border Protection citing a number of warnings by career biologists and wildlife managers about the potential impacts of the border wall on the area's rare cats and other animals.

Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism & An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders
(Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War)

Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? Environmentalists need to contest the Pentagon's staggering global footprint. The US military is the world's largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels and the largest source of greenhouse gasses, contributing about 5 percent of global warming emissions.

Trump Echoes Washington's Secret Plans to "Shut Down Government" and "Suspend the Constitution"
(E. Camayd-Freixas / US Immigration Reform and Its Global Impact & History Commons)

In the 1980s, Col. Oliver North and FEMA prepared a secret plan to suspend the US Constitution. The plot included surveillance of political dissenters and preparations to detain up to 400,000 refugees -- undocumented aliens, US residents and citizens -- in response to "national security threats" such as a "mass exodus" from across the Mexican border or domestic "civil unrest" in the form of anti-war protests against a possible US invasion of Central America. As far as anyone knows, these plans are still in effect.

US Dwarfs Rest of the World in Arms Production
(AntiWar.com & USAReally & Radio Free Europe & Reuters)

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has released its latest report on the global arms trade, and as has been the case in recent studies, the conclusion is that the United States dominates the production and sale of arms. The US is not only in a leadership position, but dominates the entire rest of the planet combined. NOTE: Access to websites with further information and action options has been blocked.

Can We Feed Humanity without Destroying the Planet?
(Tim Searchinger, et al. / World Resources Institute)

By 2050, nearly 10 billion people will live on the planet. Can we produce enough food sustainably? Sustainably feeding nearly 10 billion people by 2050 is possible -- but it will require significant innovation and investment by the public and private sector.

Is Insect Extinction a Bigger Threat than Global Warming?
(Robert Hunziker / Transcend Media & John Lieff, MD / Searching for the Mind)

The Paris Accord is riding the wrong horse -- global warming is a long-term project compared to the insect catastrophe happening right now! An alarming loss of insects is likely to take down humanity before global warming hits maximum velocity. The worldwide loss of insects is simply staggering with some extinction reports of 75% up to 90%. And this is happening much faster than the paleoclimate record rate of the past five major extinction events.

How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era
(Daniel May / The Nation & Comments / The Nation)

An essay worth revising: It is hard to imagine a more difficult target, from an organizing perspective, than military policy. The US empire today leaves a great deal of ruin in its wake, but its cost is only vaguely felt by most citizens, while its huge profits are pocketed by a few and its most recognized organization -- the military -- is celebrated as a hallowed public institution. In the wake of the election -- as the need for a constituency to challenge militarism grows in urgency -- how might such challenges be met?

As Glaciers Melt into the Sea Climate Denial Amounts to Mass Murder
(Mort Rosenblum / Reader Supported News & World Beyond War)

Commentary: Let's be clear before it is too late. Any government leader or corporate executive who flouts irrefutable evidence of climatic shifts is complicit in murdering the human race. Barack Obama bragging to a crowd in Texas of his great increases in fossil fuel production is part of a grand fictional enterprise in which eliminating humanity is praised by portions of humanity. Crocodiles and cockroaches will survive as temperatures rise, but humans will be among the first to go. When? Does it matter?

Beyond GDP: It's Time to Accept that the GDP Is Not a Good Measure of Wellbeing
(Joseph E. Stiglitz / Project Syndicate)

What we measure affects what we do. If we focus only on material wellbeing -- on, say, the production of goods, rather than on health, education, and the environment -- we become distorted in the same way that these measures are distorted; we become more materialistic.

Young Blue-Wave Dems Unmask Corporate Attempt at "Bipartisan" Political Indoctrination
(Harvard Kennedy School & Jake Johnson / San Diego Free Press)

Pulling back the curtain on the ostensibly "bipartisan" orientation for newly elected members of Congress at Harvard's Kennedy School in Boston, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib have revealed how -- contrary to the ideologically neutral advertising -- the private "orientation" session (sponsored by the oil-baron Koch brothers) featured a heavy dose of speeches by corporate CEOs and completely shut out the voices of organized labor and members of the progressive community.

Aide of Saudi Prince Implicated in Reporter's Death Also Accused of Torturing Jailed Female Human Rights Activist
(Middle East Eye)

A top aide to Saudi Arabia's crown prince has been accused of personally overseeing the torture of at least one detained female human rights activist earlier this year. Reuters reports that Saud al-Qahtani was present when the activist, along with at least three others, was subjected to sexual harassment, electrocution and flogging between "at an unofficial holding facility in Jeddah."

The 'Great Dying': Rapid Warming Caused "Largest Extinction Event Ever" Scientists Report
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian UK)

Scientists have concluded that a mass extinction known as the "Great Dying" -- that occurred around 252 million years ago and marked the end of the Permian geologic period – was the result of rapid global warming caused by a huge spike in greenhouse gas emissions. The single greatest calamity ever to befall life on Earth, the Great Dying wiped out the vast majority of all marine and terrestrial life on the planet.

In Syria, Yemen, and Around the World, Civilians Continue to Die from US-backed Wars
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams / The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports the US-led coalition has killed at least nine civilians in the town of Hajin. Among the slain were six children. According to the UN refugee agency, the US-backed war on Yemen caused 1,500 civilian casualties from August through October -- an average of 123 casualties per week. Meanwhile, US politicians alarmed by the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are silent on the thousands of civilians being routinely killed by US drones.

The Psychology of Materialism, Violence and War
(Robert J. Burrowes / Scoop)

Analysis: "The individual who uses violence does so because they are very frightened that one or more of their vital needs will not be met. In virtually all cases, the needs that the individual fears will not be met are emotional ones (including the needs for listening, understanding and love) and the violence is simply a dysfunctional attempt to have these needs met."

The Great Drying and the Great Dying: How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet
(Bill McKibben / The New Yorker)

With wildfires, heat waves, and rising sea levels, large tracts of the Earth are at risk of becoming uninhabitable. But the fossil-fuel industry continues its assault on the facts at the same time it conducts its increasingly destructive assault of the planet.

Beyond GDP: It's Time to Accept that the GDP Is Not a Good Measure of Wellbeing
(Joseph E. Stiglitz / Project Syndicate)

What we measure affects what we do. If we focus only on material wellbeing -- on, say, the production of goods, rather than on health, education, and the environment -- we become distorted in the same way that these measures are distorted; we become more materialistic.

Yemeni Women Demand Seat at the Table as Peace Talks Begin in Stockholm
(Aaya Al-Shamahi / Middle East Eye & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com / Posted in accordance with Title 17, Section 107, US Code, for noncommercial, educational purposes.)

Yemeni women are protesting that they have been sidelined from peace talks and consultations on ending Yemen's long civil war -- and they are demanding that this must change. Pictures released of delegates attending the talks showed only one woman present on the negotiating table from both sides of the civil war, which has been going on for nearly four years.

The Ancient Mythical Rites of Pearl Harbor Day
(David Swanson / Foreign Policy Journal)

What the US mainstream media won't inform you in their ritualistic annual Pearl Harbor Day rites is that the Japanese attack was anything but a surprise. On November 3, 1941, the US ambassador sent a lengthy telegram to the State Department warning that Washington's punishing economic sanctions might force Japan to commit "national hara-kiri." He wrote: "An armed conflict with the United States may come with dangerous and dramatic suddenness." And that, it appears, was the very idea.

Climate Change Requires that We Convert the US War Machine Now
(Bruce K. Gagnon / Organizing Notes )

"Climate Change Requires Conversion." This is the message we will be carrying to Bath Iron Works (BIW) during the next Navy destroyer 'christening' protest calling for the conversion of the shipyard to build sustainable technologies so that we can give the future generations a real chance to live on our Mother Earth. The Pentagon is the largest carbon polluter on the planet. We cannot effectively deal with the ravages of climate change by ignoring the colossus in the middle of the teashop.

CNN Fires Professor after Powerful Speech Calling for Palestinian Rights on UN Human Rights Day
(United National Antiwar Coalition Statement)

Temple University professor and CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill was fired from CNN after giving a powerful speech at the United Nations in support of Palestinian rights. The Nov. 29, 2018, UN meeting was to commemorate the 70th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The meeting also fell on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, when 700,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes by the newly declared state of Israel as hundreds of Palestinian villages were destroyed.

The Ignored Legacy of George H.W. Bush: War Crimes, Racism, and Obstruction of Justice
(Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept)

Bush started a war on Iraq based on a "mountain of lies," falsely claiming that "250,000 Iraqi troops and 1,500 tanks stood on the border, threatening the key US oil supplier" when satellite images showed an empty desert. The US committed war crimes in its "shock and awe" attack on Iraq's infrastructure and civilian population. And there was the illegal, covert Contra War against Nicaragua, the Iran-Contra "affair" (which lead to a criminal investigation of GHWB), and Bush's pardons of his political cohorts.

"I Don't Believe It": Trump v US on Climate Change
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News )

"I don't believe it" is not, by definition, a rational argument supported by evidence. It's a statement of faith and, as such, is useless to effective governance. "I don't believe it" is the empty opposite of the Fourth National Climate Assessment that is part of a continuing, multi-disciplinary, real-world examination of climate change that began in 1990. The NCA is the latest report in a 30-year climate watch that has seen steady, unchanging trends toward global catastrophe. And Trump doesn't believe it.

We Need to End the Pentagon's "Forever Wars" and Create a Peace Economy
(Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

Commentary: We are currently involved in military action in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed either as collateral damage from US strikes or from the instability caused by our interventions. Millions have fled, adding to the global refugee crisis. America should not be in the business of destabilizing foreign countries. We must end the "forever war," bring our troops home, and end our terrorist air strikes.

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sound a Planetary Alarm on Climate Change
(Naomi Klein / The Intercept & Jason Murdock / Newsweek)

The bold moral leadership of newly elected members of Congress like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has me feeling more optimistic about our collective chances of averting climate breakdown than I have in years. But a whole lot of things need to happen very quickly if the political tide is going to shift in time -- including finding new ways to engage the public in this fight.

ACTION ALERT: The CIA Killed My Father. Where Is His Body?
(Hajira Hematyara / The Washington Post)

My father was Gul Rahman. Sixteen years ago, he was wrongfully imprisoned by the CIA because it suspected he was a militant. He was then tortured and killed in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan -- the only person known to have been killed at a CIA "black site." My family filed a request for information about what happened to my father's body. The US did not answer. I am hoping the American people will join us in asking Washington to do what is right, so we can do the right thing for my father.

Russia Responds to Trump's Threats with Major Mobilization of Ground and Nuclear Forces

Russia's brass are mulling measures to beef up the army amid Washington's plans to withdraw from the INF Treaty. The Russian Defense Ministry now plans to hold more than 4,000 drills and 8,500 practical combat training events throughout 2019 and Russia's Strategic Missile Force is being rearmed with Yars missile systems and the Avangard complex -- with the hypersonic glide vehicle -- has gone into serial production.

Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg on Humanity's Two Existential Threats: Climate Change and Nuclear War
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! & Paul Jay / The Real News)

World-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky says Republican leaders are dedicated to "enriching themselves and their friends" at the cost of the planet, and warns: "We have to make decisions now which will literally determine whether organized human life can survive in any decent form." And Daniel Ellsberg argues that massive reductions in ICBM's and transforming the economy away from the military-industrial complex are prerequisites for human survival.

Trump Rejects Nuclear Treaty then Gives Russia 60 Days to 'Comply' with Nuclear Treaty
(AntiWar.com & John Lewallen / Avoiding Nuclear War.com)

The US needs to immediately announce a no-first-use nuclear posture and reduce weapons and deployments to avoid an accidental or pre-emptive strike. Both Democrats and Republicans should support the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. At the same time, the US has vowed to ignore the INF treaty, accusing Russia of violating the same treaty. Russia denies it. The apparent goal is to provide the Pentagon with a pretext to deploy more US nuclear missiles inside Europe.

In November, US Killed 206 Civilians in Syria: More Civilians Bombed in Afghanistan
(Xinhua News & MSN & NBC News)

At least 206 civilians were killed in November this year by US-led airstrikes on areas controlled by the Islamic State in eastern Syria -- as many as 77 children and 57 women were among those killed. Meanwhile, Afghan officials say an airstrike killed at least 10 civilians in the eastern Paktia province bordering Pakistan while US airstrikes inside Afghanistan have killed nearly 280 civilians in the first nine months of 2018.

AFRICOM: Uncovering the Pentagon's Vast "Bootprint" in Africa
(Nick Turse / The Intercept)

The US military has long insisted that it maintains a "light footprint" in Africa, and there have been reports of proposed drawdowns in special operations forces and closures of outposts on the continent, due to a 2017 ambush in Niger and an increasing focus on rivals like China and Russia. But through it all, US Africa Command has fallen short of providing concrete information about its bases on the continent, leaving in question the true scope of the American presence there.

Portrait of a Planet on the Verge of Climate Catastrophe
(Robin McKie / The Guardian UK)

As hundreds of politicians, government officials and scientists will gather in Poland for the annual UN climate conference, this year's will be a grim. As recent reports have made clear, the world may no longer be hovering at the edge of destruction but has probably staggered beyond a crucial point of no return. Climate catastrophe is now looking inevitable.

Two Presidents Bush; Two Iraq Wars; One Shared Goal: US Access to Oil
(Middle East Research and Information Project & History.com & Naval History and Heritage Command & Antonia Juhasz / CNN & Portside)

In 2000, Big Oil, including Exxon, Chevron, BP and Shell, spent more money to get fellow oilmen Bush and Cheney into office than they had spent on any previous election. The National Energy Policy Development Group, chaired by Cheney, brought the administration and the oil companies together to plot our collective energy future. In March, the task force reviewed list of targets, outlining Iraq's entire oil productive capacity. Planning for a military invasion was soon under way.

An Empire of Bases Poisons Water, Threatening Its Own Collapse
(Pat Elder / World BEYOND War)

Per-flouro octane-sulfo-nate or PFOS, and Per-flouro-octa-noic acid or PFOA, are the active ingredients in the foam routinely used to train soldiers to extinguish aircraft fires at US military bases around the world. The toxic chemicals are allowed to leach into surrounding soil to poison groundwater. The result is one of the greatest water contamination epidemics in human history. Doubt that? Click on Google News and enter: "PFOS PFAO Military Base."

US Military Bases Pollute Countries Worldwide
(RT News & The Associated Press & RT News)

Rivers and ponds near a US airbase in Germany are increasingly polluted by a toxic chemical believed to cause cancer. Water and soil around the base is contaminated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), a substance thought to cause cancer. The water at or around at least 126 military installations contains potentially harmful levels of perfluorinated compounds, which have been linked to cancers and developmental delays for fetuses and infants, the Pentagon has found.

"I Don't Believe It": Trump vs. US on Climate Change
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News )

The Fourth National Climate Assessment is part of a continuing, multi-disciplinary, real-world examination of climate change that began in 1990. Produced by the 13 government agencies that comprise the US Global Change Research Program, the report warned that climate change is driven by human activity -- including the massive reliance on burning coal, oil and gas. If humans fail to take immediate action, a global catastrophe will strike civilization. Donald Trump's response: "I don't believe it."

Dismantle the American Doomsday Machine: Ellsberg
(Paul Jay / The Real News Network)

Former Pentagon nuclear strategist and whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says Congress should eliminate the nuclear "hair-trigger," retire obsolete ICBM's, and hold hearings into the threat of an atomic war unleashing a nuclear winter. The obstacle to banning these world-ending weapons is not "public opinion" so much as the intransigence of officials and elites in both parties and major institutions that consciously support militarism, American hegemony, and arms production and sales.

In Foreign Policy Speech, Elizabeth Warren Takes Aim at Global Corruption
(Alex Emmons / The Intercept & Sen. Elizabeth Warren)

In a 35-minute speech on November 29, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), laid out a foreign policy vision, linking corruption to the global rise in authoritarianism and calling for US engagement that aggressively fights climate change and corporate power. Warren called for the US to take a "sharp knife" to defense spending, invest in diplomacy, and argued that the US should take aim at corruption, internationally and at home.

Comparing Elizabeth Warren's Address with JFK's 1963 "Peace Speech"
(Michael Brenner / Special to Environmentalists Against War)

Commentary: Elizabeth Warren's speech has evoked an unusual amount of interest. That led me to take a close look at it and to compare it to John Kennedy's historic "Peace Speech" at American University in 1963. A troubling element to Warren's worldview was pointed out by some perceptive readers. The section that addresses challenges from Russia and China is implacably hostile -- making no mention of what might the terms for conciliation, or -- at least -- 'peaceful co-existence.'

The Progressive International: A Global Movement against Fascism, War and Planetary Extinction
(The Common Dreams Staff & Nemonte Nenquimo / Common Dreams)

With fascist movements on the rise and controlling the levers of power in the US and across the world, the Sanders Institute and Europe's DiEM25 have announced the launch of Progressive International with the goal of standing up against right-wing forces with an organized "grassroots movement for global justice." And, from the forests of the Amazon, Nemonte Nenquimo, brings inspiration and a call for Indigenous Resistance against forces that are destroying the natural world.

US Bombs Hospital and Prison in Syria; Kills 18 Women and Children in Afghanistan
(AntiWar.com & BBC World News & Reuters)

The UN has confirmed that a US attack in Afghanistan's Helmand Province killed 23 civilians -- including eight women and 10 children -- adding to the number of Afghan civilians killed by the US. Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reports US attacks are killing many civilians and non-combatants. US strikes against al-Shafa targeted a hospital, a prison, and several homes. The toll of noncombatants is expected to rise as more bodies are found in the rubble.

The Global Extinction Rebellion Begins
(Dahr Jamail / Truthout)

Dr. Gail Bradbrook, a mother of two boys, has seen enough of her government's complicity in pumping increasing amounts of CO2 and methane into an already overburdened atmosphere. A professor of molecular biophysics, her deep understanding of science has led her to confront the existential crisis facing humans. Acting on her love for her children and the disrupted world that is being left to them, she has channeled her horror about this crisis into action, co-founded the group, Rising Up!

Banned in Combat: The Underreported Dangers of Tear Gas
(Alex Horton / The Washington Post )

CS gas is an aerosol compound considered a chemical weapon. It has been outlawed on the battlefield by nearly every nation on Earth, including the US. But as a riot-control agent, 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile is legal to use by both police and federal authorities in the United States and many other countries. On Sunday, US Customs and Border Protection agents fired these chemical weapons over an international border at unarmed refugees and families seeking asylum in the US.

UN Warns World Has Only Two Years to Halt Mankind's Destruction of Life on Earth
(Jonathan Watts / The Guardian & Damian Carrington / The Guardian)

The UN warns the world has two years to halt a 'silent killer' as dangerous as climate change, or face the collapse of human civilization. Humanity has virtually wiped out the majority of other living species on the planet. Now we must stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction. And there's not much time left to act.

Victory for Tanzania's Maasai
(The Oakland Institute)

For years, the Maasai of Loliondo, Tanzania have lived under intimidation, harassment, and violence -- simply for standing up for their land rights. Their homes have been burned. They are beaten and arrested. They suffer from hunger and starvation -- all for the benefit of foreign safari companies. Today, these communities celebrate a major victory!

ACTION ALERT: An Open Letter to Senator Bernie Sanders
(World BEYOND War et al.)

Dear Senator Sanders: We write to you as US residents with great respect for your domestic policies. We support the position of more than 25,000 people who signed a petition during your presidential campaign urging you to take on militarism. We believe that Dr. Martin Luther King was correct to assert that racism, extreme materialism, and militarism needed to be challenged together rather than separately, and that this remains true today.

Listen to the Governor of Okinawa
(Alexis Dudden / Foreign Policy in Focus & Portside)

The first step the US can take to reduce the chance of a naval confrontation with China is to listen to the new governor of Okinawa -- home to over half of the 50,000 US troops stationed in Japan and to US nuclear assets as well. By ending construction of a controversial military base in Okinawa -- scene of long0running protests -- the US can atone for its past conduct, honor the democratic desires of Okinawans, and begin to think more broadly about peace in the East China Sea and beyond.

I Never Expected to Become a Conscientious Objector
(Matt Malcom / World BEYOND War)

Commentary: "I never expected to become a conscientious objector. If you would have asked me two years ago to name the first things that came to mind when I heard this title, it would have been words like coward, afraid, selfish, ignorant, and unpatriotic. I guess it's how growing up tends to work. Now I see that these words couldn't be farther from the truth." Other potential recruits might well consider WBW's "Top Ten Reasons Not to Enlist in the US Army."

Women against the Bomb: Why the Fate of the Earth Depends on Women
(Beatrice Fihn / The Nation)

The breakthrough for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came after we showed political leaders the faulty foundations of the realpolitik arguments underpinning the nuclear world order. When it comes to doomsday weapons, the supposed realists ignore reality -- reality like the 7,000-degree-Fahrenheit ground temperature in Nagasaki after an American B-29 bomber dropped "Fat Man" on the city in August 1945.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Attacking Migrant Families at the Border
(CREDO Mobile & The Huffington Post & Refuse Fascism & The White House)

Every day, Donald Trump's white supremacist war on immigrants grows worse. The US border patrol has just tear-gassed mothers with children and toddlers in diapers seeking asylum on our southern border. Tell Secretary of Defense Mattis: "No lethal force at the border." Trump has no right to lecture about the "sanctity of borders" given that the US border patrol has -- on several occasions -- killed unarmed migrants on the other side of the US-Mexican border.

Global War: To Infinity and Beyond
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Maj. Danny Sjursen / TomDispatch)

Commentary: There are about 800 American military bases worldwide (not counting, the more than 420 bases in Guam, Puerto Rico and the continental US). It is often said that -- in an Orwellian sense -- every nation needs an enemy to unite and discipline its population. Still, the US must stand alone in history as the only country to militarize the whole globe (with space thrown in) in preparation for taking on just about anyone. Now, that's exceptional.

The Three Most Chilling Conclusions From the White House Climate Report
(Rachel Gutman / The Atlantic)

The National Climate Assessment, prepared by scientists at 13 federal agencies, traces the effects that climate change has already wrought upon every region of the United States, from nationwide heat waves to dwindling snowpacks in the West. In blunt and disturbing terms, it also envisions the devastation yet to come.

White House Study Warns Climate Change Will Cost US $500 Billion a Year. Trump's Response: "I Don't Believe It"
(Joe Romm / ThinkProgress & The Huffington Post & Grist & USGS, Department of the Interior)

The White House stands accused of trying to "bury" a 1,700-page scientific report that concludes US temperatures will warm at least 3 more degrees by 2100 unless the use of fossil fuels is dramatically curtailed. It also confirmed that climate change is linked to outbreaks of deadly and costly wildfires, floods, and storms, and quantifies the staggering cost of Trump's climate science denial. The report projects our current path of unrestricted carbon pollution will devastate America.

Since 9/11, the US Has Killed Between 480,000 or 6 Million People in Foreign Wars
(Murtaza Hussain / The Intercept & Nicolas J S Davies / Consortium News)

Compilations of "passive reporting" can never account for more than a fraction of the actual numbers of people killed by US aggression since 2001. At least 480,000 people have been killed in US attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Add the estimated death toll in Libya, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen, and America's post-9/11 wars may have killed 6 million people. Perhaps the true number is only 5 million. Perhaps it is closer to 7 million. Either way, the US body count is in the millions.

ACTION ALERT: US Sanctions on Iran Threaten Children Worldwide
(Reza Saiedi / No Medical Sanctions & Sarah Maan / Change.org)

Despite the recent order from the International Court of Justice that US economic sanctions on Iran not "hurt exportation to the territory of Iran of goods required for humanitarian needs" US sanctions anctions have seriously affected Iran's access to health and medical services. But Iranian patients are not the only victims of Washington's sanctions. Many thousands of patients across the globe also are suffering from sanctions imposed on critical Iranian medical supplies.

The Dramatic Struggle for Our Planet and for Humanity in Henoko, Okinawa
(Joseph Essertier / World BEYOND War)

The US military has had bases in Okinawa for most of the last century and Okinawans have constantly struggled against making their islands into battlefields. Ever since the Battle of Okinawa, in which over 100,000 Okinawan civilians lost their lives (about one-third of the population), a large percentage of the population has opposed US bases and the vast majority of the current population now opposes the new base construction at Henoko. A crime against nature is about to be committed.

UN Warns Climate Window Is Closing: Greenhouse Gases Hit Level Not Seen for Millions of Years
(Harry Cockburn / The Independent & World Meteorological Organization)

The last time a comparable level of carbon dioxide was in the atmosphere, temperatures were over 2C warmer and sea levels 10-20m higher, UN scientists warn. The urgency and extent of the actions needed to address climate change have not sunk in. 'The science is clear. Without rapid cuts in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, climate change will have increasingly destructive and irreversible impacts on life on Earth. The window of opportunity for action is almost closed."

Gore Accuses Trump of Trying to
(Steve Franl / CBS News & Bill McKibben / The New York Review of Books)

Former VP Al Gore has blasted the White House for trying to "bury" a critical government report on climate change by releasing it the day after Thanksgiving. The National Climate Assessment directly contradicts Trump's claim that climate change is not "man-made." Bill McKibben adds: "We're running out of options, and we're running out of decades" and that means that climate change will cease to be a "problem" that can be "solved" and will become a calamity that can't be reversed.

Brazilian Amazon at Risk from "Trump of the Tropics"
(David Mack / BuzzFeed)

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is at its worst level in a decade, Brazilian officials announced Friday, amid concerns that logging in the world's largest forest will only increase once the country's anti-environment president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, takes office. The country's new far-right president-elect has vowed to open up more of the Amazon to logging. His campaign was backed by illegal loggers and miners who want to open the Amazon for more business.

Alarming White House Report: US Scientists Rebuke Trump on Climate Change
(Seth Borenstein / The Associated Press & Axios.com)

White House Report Warns of Human-caused Climate Change As California's catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of disasters are worsening in the US because of global warming. The National Climate Assessment directly contradicts the anti-environmental, pro-coal-and-carbon policies of Donald Trump.

Green New Deal: Young Progressives Are Forcing Democrats to Actually Do Something About Climate Change
(Matt Laslo / VICE)

Some of the Democratic Party's newly elected progressives are pushing leaders to embrace a Green New Deal that would, among other things, respond to climate change by ending US reliance on fossil fuels. Within days after the midterms, 10 House Democrats had already signed on to the call to put the nation on the path to a 100 percent renewable energy economy, build a national "smart" energy grid, and boost domestic manufacturing and exporting of emerging "green" technologies.

Climate Change Action Would Kill Imperialism
(Manuel Garcia, Jr. / CounterPunch & Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I)

Climate change action would kill imperialism, and that is why we can't have it in America. American political power is based on fossil fuels and the US military is the engine that consumes those fuels to produce that power. So long as there is an American political elite that craves lucrative personal prestige and the ability to dominate internationally, the US economy will be fossil-fueled capitalism that maintains the military colossus that enables and protects those elite ambitions.

Trump Calls for Use of "Lethal Force" against Migrants Seeking Refuge at US Border
(The Daily Beast & The Military Times & Tara Copp / Military Times)

The White House has authorized US military troops deployed at the Mexican border to use lethal force and conduct law-enforcement operations. The memo, signed by Chief of Staff John Kelly, gives Department of Defense personnel the freedom to conduct "a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary), crowd control, temporary detention, and cursory search" in order to protect border agents from the migrant families crossing the border to seek a better life.

ACTION ALERT: November 25: San Diego March in Solidarity with the Refugee Caravan
(The San Diego Migrant and Refugee Solidarity Coalition & National Immigrant Solidarity Network, et al.)

We migrant rights and social justice groups, invite individuals and organizations to demonstrate in their cities, and if they are able, to join our rally and march to the US/Mexican border. November 25th marks the anniversary of the 2017 Honduran election stolen by the US-backed, right-wing military dictator Juan Orlando Hernandez. We are demonstrating on this day to draw attention to the US role in creating the current social and political crises driving the mass-exodus from Central America.

US Bombs Continue to Kill in Laos 50 years after the Vietnam War
(Padraic Convery / Al Jazeera & Mark Landler / The New York Times)

This year's Thanksgiving celebration marks 50 years since the American military embarked on the biggest bombing campaign in world history -- decimating the small Southeast Asian country of Laos by dropping more than two million tons of bombs on it at the height of the Vietnam War. Half a century on, innocent lives are still being lost as the country struggles with the leftovers of the conflict.

US and South Korea to Scale Back Provocative Spring Military Exercises Aimed at the North
(AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse)

Though officials had previously been threatening a return to large-scale military exercises in South Korea, the Pentagon has once again agreed with South Korea to dramatically scale back a major exercise, in this case the spring 2019 war-games. This is Foal Eagle, which is usually one of the major Korea wargames for the US, and usually a big source of tensions with North Korea.

Our Planet Is Being Destroyed for Short-term Profit: It's Time to Join the Extinction Rebellion
(Bill McKibben / 350.org & Bill McKibben / The New Yorker)

Commentary from Bill McKibben: "Every once in a great while, I write a piece that I think is important to share. This time it's an essay in this week's New Yorker. I warn you, it's not all easy reading. In fact, given the horrific fires still burning in California, an almost literal pall hangs over the words. But I want you to know I write it from a place of engagement, not despair. So do me the favor of reading this essay, and sharing it with others who might appreciate it. And then back to the fight!"

Trump's Sorry Saudi Saga: "America First" Means "Money First"
(Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

Donald Trump has proclaimed that, dispute the anger toward the Saudi regime over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, "the United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region." To justify his decision, Trump noted that "Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producing nation in the world" and a big client for "Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great US defense contractors."

ACTION ALERT: November 25: San Diego March in Solidarity with the Refugee Caravan
(The San Diego Migrant and Refugee Solidarity Coalition & National Immigrant Solidarity Network, et al.)

We migrant rights and social justice groups, invite individuals and organizations to demonstrate in their cities, and if they are able, to join our rally and march to the US/Mexican border. November 25th marks the anniversary of the 2017 Honduran election stolen by the US-backed, right-wing military dictator Juan Orlando Hernandez. We are demonstrating on this day to draw attention to the US role in creating the current social and political crises driving the mass-exodus from Central America.

Anti-NATO Rally in Dublin Says US Empire Is Failing; It's Time to Change Course
(Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance)

At the No US/NATO Bases conference, an overriding message was the breadth and depth of US empire and the impact of US and western imperialism around the world, including the environmental and health risks. The US empire consists of 800 US bases in 80 countries and US military personnel in more than 170 countries. In addition, the US uses economic war and sanctions to dominate other nations. This has brought misery to people around the globe.

ACTION ALERT: Close NATO's Global Empire of Bases
(Global Unity Statement / No NATO Bases.org)

We, the undersigned peace, justice and environmental organizations and individuals from around the world, endorse the following Statement of Unity and commit ourselves to working together in a broad-based international campaign to organize an International Conference Against all US/NATO Military Bases, with the goal of raising public awareness and organizing nonviolent mass resistance against all US, NATO and EU military bases, and their military missions around the world.

Green Party Urges International Criminal Court to Investigate Crimes against Palestinians
(Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese / Popular Resistance & The Green Party of the United States)

On November 29, 2018, members of the Green Party United States traveled to the International Criminal Court in The Hague to deliver a letter calling for a full investigation of Israel for war crimes it has committed against the Palestinians.The Green Party recognizes that the US is complicit in Israel's crimes by providing financial support, selling weapons and providing political cover. The letter was also signed by more than 1,000 organizations and individuals from the United States.

Demand the US End its Occupation of Africa!
(The Black Alliance for Peace)

October 1, 2018 marked 10 years since the United States African Command (AFRICOM) had been established. The purpose of AFRICOM is to use US military power to impose US control of African land, resources and labor to service the needs of US multi-national corporations and the wealthy in the United States. Today, there are 46 US bases on the continent well as military-to-military relations between the US and 53 of the 54 African countries. US Special Forces troops now operate in more than a dozen African nations.

The War to End War, 100 Years On: An Evaluation and Reorientation of Our Resistance to War
(Robert J. Burrowes / Popular Resistance)

As we commemorate 100th anniversary of the armistice ending 'the war to end war', one can only marvel at how wrong humans can be sometimes. Not content with the violence inflicted during WW I, humans used the 20th century to decimate human and other life as war raged across the planet with an increasingly massive and sophisticated armory. By mid-century -- in a tribute to their technological ingenuity and psychological dysfunctionality -- humans had invented a weapon that could destroy life on Earth.

The Warlords of Greed: Starving Our Poor So We Can Kill Their Poor
(Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone)

Using a time-honored trick, a bipartisan congressional panel argues we should boost the president's record defense bill even more. The bipartisan commission has determined that Donald Trump's recent record defense bill is insufficiently massive to keep America safe, and we should spend more, while cutting "entitlements."

The Anti-War Speech That Sent Eugene Debs to Prison for 10 Years
(Tom Twiss / The Socialist Worker & Eugene V. Debs / The Canton Speech)

Commentary: the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish the corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war and they alone make peace. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose -- especially their lives.

ACTION ALERT: Lawless Trump to Open Arctic to Offshore Drilling
(Sabrina Shankman / InsideClimate News & Brandy Doyle / CREDO Action & & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

The Trump administration has begun the process to open a large area of federal waters off Alaska to oil and gas drilling -- a plan that is already being challenged in court. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will be accepting public comments about oil drilling in 65 million acres of offshore waters in the Beaufort Sea and hold a lease sale in 2019. In one of his final acts as president, Barack Obama placed these water off limits to drilling. One of Trump's earliest acts was to overturn rule with an executive order.

Congressional Blue Wave's New Crusade: A "Green New Deal" for America
(E. A. Crunden / ThinkProgress & The People's Demands for Climate Justice )

A bold new generation of Democrats are already pushing forward on climate action, in a dramatic change of pace that could spell a very different tune in Washington come January, as well as within the wider party. Republicans and Democrats alike have largely waffled on addressing climate change, to the dismay of activists. But that could be about to change and news faces in Washington a are demanding a "Green New Deal" to get to achieve 100 percent renewables energy "because our lives depend on it."

UK Climate Activists Block London's Bridges and Glue Hands to Entrance of Government Building
(Matthew Taylor and Damien Gayle / The Observer and The Guardian)

Protesters, including families and pensioners, blocked five of London's main bridges in one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades. The move was part of a mass civil disobedience campaign organised by Extinction Rebellion, which hopes to force governments to treat the threats of climate collapse and extinction as an existential crisis. The group is calling on the UK government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 -- or face a global catastrophe in as little as 12 years.

Big Oil v. the Planet Is the Fight of Our Lives
(David Sirota / The Guardian UK)

The Carbon Industry's control of the "Oil & Gas Caucus" in Congress has given it political supremacy -- even in left-leaning states -- but immediate action by an incoming Blue Wave of young, dynamic, and progressive congressmembers might make it possible to hold off an impending environmental state of emergency.

Human Extinction by 2026? A Last Ditch Strategy for Human Survival
(Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. / Editorial, TRANSCEND )

Commentary: When evidence of the climate catastrophe (fed by the burning fossil fuels) became incontrovertible, the industry shifted its focus to arguing that the timeframe, which it presented as 'end of the century', meant that we could defer action (and thus profit-maximization) through business-as-usual policies that could continue indefinitely. But now, scientists tell us, we have only 12 years left to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Rep. Gabbard and Sen. Paul Call for End to Support for Saudis, Bahrain, and Yemen War
(Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives & AntiWar.com)

After House Republicans blocked a vote on bipartisan resolution (H. Con Res. 138) to end US military support for Saudi Arabia's genocidal war in Yemen, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard urged Members of Congress to vote against the Republican rule and bring the resolution to the floor for a vote. Meanwhile, iin a 21-77 vote, the Senate rejected a bill from Republican Sen. Rand Paul aiming to block a $300 million arms sale to Bahrain -- one of the participants in the Saudi-led, US-backed war in Yemen.

US Airstrikes Killed Over 100 Civilians in Eastern Syria This Week: Mainly Women and Children
(AntiWar.com & Xinhua News & Zaman Al Wasl News)

Over the past week, daily US airstrikes against a handful of towns in eastern Syria have killed well over 100 civilians, mainly women and children. Most of the airstrikes are just hitting homes across the towns, killing a lot of women and children inside.

America's Permanent-War Complex
(Gareth Porter / The American Conservative)

What President Eisenhower dubbed the "military-industrial complex" has evolved over the decades into a "permanent-war complex" that is now engaged in conflicts in at least eight foreign countries -- none of which are intended to be temporary. The privatization of military and intelligence began before the end of the Cold War and was designed to benefit about 50 dominant US companies. Today, roughly half of the annual defense budget goes to private contractors including Lockheed, Raytheon and Boeing.

Mass Shootings -- When the 'War on Terror' Comes Home
(Priya Satia / San Francisco Chronicle Op-ed)

Commentary: The terrorism of guns and mass shootings in the US is not purely a domestic phenomenon, but a product of America's relationship with the world. Terrorism in American life is inseparable from American violence in the world. The ties between violence and industrial capitalism are deep and systemic, dating from the 18th century. These domestic shootings are shaped by the business of arms. While many struggle to regulate firearms, the arms makers push to keep markets everywhere open.

US Soldiers Died for Nothing in WWI
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)

If the US had not intervened in World War I, it is a virtual certainty that there would have been a negotiated settlement between the warring parties. US interventionism instead brought about the total defeat of Germany. The result of Germany's total defeat? The vengeful Treaty of Versailles, which later provided Hitler with his rationale for his rise to power. So much for making the world safe for democracy.

The War to End War, 100 Years On: An Evaluation and Reorientation of Our Resistance to War
(Robert J. Burrowes / Popular Resistance)

As we mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending 'the war to end war', one can only marvel at how wrong humans can be sometimes. Not content with the violence inflicted during WWI, humans used the 20th century to systematically decimate human and other life as violence and war raged across the planet with an increasingly sophisticated armory. By mid-century, in a tribute to their technological ingenuity and psychological dysfunctionality, humans had invented a weapon that could destroy life on Earth.

GOP House Crushes Attempt to End US Role in Genocidal Yemen War
(Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US Congress & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

Late last night, House Republicans on the Rules Committee voted to block our bill, HConRes 138, from coming to the House floor for a vote. The bill would have ended US support for Saudi Arabia's genocidal war in Yemen, which has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in generations. It's time to end US support for Saudi Arabia's atrocities and bring HConRes 138 up for a vote. Become a citizen co-sponsor and support HConRes 138 today. See which 77 Democrats and 4 Republicans support HConRes 138.

US Bombs Killing Record Numbers of Civilians in Afghanistan and Syria
(Niall McCarthy / Forbes & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

Since Donald Trump announced a new Afghan strategy and committed more troops to the country, the number of bombs dropped by the US coalition has surged dramatically while a change in the rules of engagement has led to more civilian deaths. Meanwhile, in Syria, Trump's threat to "target the families" of rebel forces has lead to the deaths of at least 41 civilians in the town of Hajin while US airstrikes killed another 28 in neighboring al-Shaafa. At least nine children were killed in these US airstrikes.

ACTION ALERT: Address Climate Change, Inequality, and War: Young, Insurgent Congressmembers Demand a Green New Deal
(Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast & Ryan Grim and Briahna Gray / The Intercept & The Select Committee on a Green New Deal)

During her freshman orientation, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected NY congresswoman from New York, showed her determination to address climate change and social inequality by joining an environmental group that had occupied California Democrat Nancy Pelosi's office to push for action by demanding that the party fully support the passage of a Green New Deal for America.

After 17 Years, Many Afghans Blame US for Unending War
(Kathy Gannon / Associated Press)

When US forces and their Afghan allies rode into Kabul in November 2001 they were greeted as liberators. But after 17 years of war, the Taliban have retaken half the country, security is worse than it's ever been, and many Afghans place the blame squarely on the Americans. The United States has lost more than 2,400 soldiers in its longest war, and has spent more than $900 billion on the Afghan cause. None of it worked. Today, Afghanistan is rife with conspiracy theories, including the idea that Americans didn't stumble into a "forever war," but planned one all along.

Veterans Are Not Honored by Forever War: The Original Goal of Veterans Day Was to Assure Enduring Peace
(Daniel L. Davis / The National Interest & David Stockman / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: The Marine heroes of the bloody battle of Belleau Wood did not die "in the trenches for the cause of freedom". Instead, they died there owing to the fanatical megalomania of President Woodrow Wilson. The ives of those who wear the uniform should not be risked on missions intended on "sending a message" or for the security of some other country. We should not sacrifice our citizens for the security of Baghdad, Kabul, or to favor one band of rebels over another in civil wars across the globe.

A Former Marine Views Nov. 11 as "A Celebration of Killing and Dying"
(Camillo Mac Bica / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: Anyone who has experienced the insanity of the battlefield understands that when the shit hits the fan, we kill and sacrifice not for god, flag, country, or even for Corps, but for the man or woman at our side. I have realized that, by living according to the Marine ethos, I have become a murderer, a realization that has caused me (and many others) profound guilt, shame, and moral distress.

In Place of Trump's Nov. 11 Military Parade, Activists Host a Peace Congress in Washington, DC
(Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance)

On November 10 and 11, 2018, the No Trump Military Parade coalition of 250 organizations held a Peace Congress in place of Donald Trump's proposed Military Parade -- which they helped to stop. In a historic show of opposition to the glorification of war and waste of millions of public dollars, the coalition went beyond traditional public peace protest to host a two-day event thainclude anti-poverty, housing, the environment and more.

US Refuses to Adopt a Nuclear Weapon "No-First-Use" Pledge
(Paul Jay Interviews Daniel Ellsberg / The Real News / Posted in accordance with Title 17, Section 107, US Code, for noncommercial, educational purposes.)

Commentary from a former nuclear weapons planner: In an atomic attach, nearly everyone on Earth will die. But if we go back to earlier calculations -- 50 million dead on a first strike versus 150 million or 100 million on a second strike -- there, again, the idea was that we will survive that 50 million well. But our values -- meaning our democracy -- would be very unlikely to survive just one or two explosions on a single city.

US Airstrikes Have Killed Hundreds of Syrians Civilians in 2018
(Brett Wilkins / BrettWilkins.com & CounterPunch & AntiWar.com)

The US-led coalition against Islamic State has carried out more than 100 new air strikes targeting the militant group's remaining strongholds in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, killing at least 80 civilians -- including dozens of women and children -- in recent weeks. US-led bombing resumed on October 24 following a particularly deadly period in which scores of Syrian men, women and children were killed in strikes on homes and mosques in and around the village of al-Sousa.

ACTION ALERT: Tell New House to End War!
(Win Without War & Politico)

On November 11, election night, control of the House of Representatives flipped. And the next day, we woke up in a world where we can end the United States' longest war. Some new members of Congress stepping into office this January were preteens when this war started. They're ready to end this war. You and I are ready to end this war. And we have the political power to do it.

Saudi-Led Attacks on Yemen Port Escalate; 150 Killed in 24 Hours
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Mohammed Ghobari / Reuters)

Heavy fighting between invading Saudi-backed forces and the Shi'ite Houthi movement continues to escalate, with medics saying at least 150 people killed on Monday in just a 24 hour span. Street battles raged on Sunday in residential areas of Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah, forcing medical staff to flee the largest hospital, as Houthi insurgents tried to repel forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

Trump Prepares to Dump Nuclear Treaties and Resume Atomic Arms Race
(Conn Hallinan / Dispatches from the Edge)

Donald Trump's expressed intention to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Force Agreement appears to be part of a broader strategy aimed at unwinding over 50 years of agreements to control and limit nuclear weapons -- and returning to an era characterized by the unbridled development weapons of mass destruction. The White House has already announced that it does not plan to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) when it expires in 2021.

ACTION: Tell Trump Not to Halt Critical Humanitarian Aide to North Korea
(AFSC, CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, et al)

The following letter regarding US NGO humanitarian aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was delivered in-person on Friday, October 26th to the Korea desk, Special Representative for North Korea Policy Steve Biegun, and other relevant bureaus during a roundtable discussion between NGOs, UN actors, and the State Department.

Celebrate Armistice Day, Not Veterans Day
(David Swanson / The Humanist & John Reuwer, MD / World BEYOND War & Neal Cassidy)

Commentary: Do not celebrate Veterans Day on Sunday. Celebrate Armistice Day instead. The danger of honoring veterans without honoring peace is that it becomes little more than a recruiting tool to prepare the next generation for war. Is that what we want?

Help Us Reclaim Armistice Day 2018 As Day Of Peace
(Veterans for Peace & Jack Gilroy / Syracuse.com)

When Armistice Day was declared one year after WW1 ended, people were beginning to understand that the bloodshed was not about valor or glory or medals or service, but about power and money. In the US alone, 15,000 new millionaires were made in the course of the war. In 1954, we dropped the name "Armistice Day" and adopted "Veterans Day." We replaced a sacred day of thanksgiving with a day to glorify warriors. That was not the intent of veterans of World War I.

Did A North Korean Nuclear EMP Bomb Threat Lead Trump to Peace Talks?
(John Lewallen / Avoiding Nuclear War )

Kim and Trump seemed on a catastrophic collision course, threatening war instead of pursuing diplomacy. The sudden change may have been due to Kim testing "thermonuclear nuke . . . which can be detonated at high altitudes for a super-powerful EMP attack."

Since 9/11, US Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Have Killed 500,000 People
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Neta C. Crawford / The Watson Institute)

Brown University has released a new study on the cost in lives of America's Post-9/11 Wars -- in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The study estimates between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed in the course of the three conflicts. This includes combatant deaths and civilian deaths. Civilians make up over half of the roughly 500,000 killed, with opposition fighters and US-backed foreign military forces each sustaining in excess of 100,000 deaths as well.

Remembering Armistice Day
(Jack Kenny / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: Those of us of a certain age may remember that Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day -- the day the guns fell silent in war-torn Europe at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. The Great War -- that we now call World War I -- had reached a ceasefire. In the months and years that followed, the victorious allies would rearrange the boundaries of much of the globe, uprooting peoples and nations in a fragile peace that set the stage for World War II.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Pass Legislation to Protect the Special Counsel Investigation
(CREDO Action & Jonathan Chait / The National Interest & Andrew Prokopandrew / Vox.com)

Donald Trump has fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The new acting attorney general is a Trump loyalist who opposes the special counsel investigation. This is simply unacceptable. The results of Tuesday's election made it clear that the American people want a check on Trump, and an honest accounting of any corruption or conflicts of interest. But Congress still hasn't passed legislation to protect special counsel Mueller's investigation into Trump's potential Russia ties.

Another Shooting Incident: Man Trained to Commit Mass Murder Commits Mass Murder
(David Swanson / DavidSwanson.org)

Commentary: In US mass shootings, military vets are more than twice as likely to be mass shooters. Needless to say, this is a statistic about a large population, not information about any particular individual. While profiling and discrimination are counterproductive, here's what else might be counterproductive: Training people to commit mass murder, launching wars, and returning people traumatized by wars into a heavily armed society taught that mass-killing is the way to solve problems.

Game of Drones: A New Type of War Crime That's Going Unpunished

Unmanned drones are the modern weapons of choice in the fight against terrorism. The tribal areas of Pakistan where various militant groups seek a hideout have been hit by numerous CIA drone strikes. The attacks are far from precise and it's claimed they have often killed or maimed civilians, including children.

43 Years since the 'Green March': Morocco's Occupation of West Sahara

November 6 marks 43 years of Morocco's occupation of the Western Sahara, which displaced the indigenous Saharawis people who were forced into precarious living conditions in the forbidding Sahara desert. Living under occupation, the Saharawi people have been denied basic human rights and are subjected to frequent arrest, intimidation, detention, and torture.

War Crimes Committed by US Arms: How Do Weapons Manufacturers Sleep at Night?
(David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy & Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies / Foreign Policy in Focus)

The five largest US arms manufacturers -- Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics -- owe much of their profits to the sale of weapons to three repressive nations -- Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt -- that have a long history of repressing their own citizens and killing civilians in neighboring countries. But nobody in the Big War lobby is losing any sleep over this relationship.

November 6: International Day to Protect Nature from War
(The United Nations & PAX for Peace, Conflict & Environment Observatory, et al.)

Over the last 60 years, at least 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources -- timber, diamonds, gold and oil. A joint statement by civil society and academics on November 6 -- Environmental Conflict Day -- calls for governments to increase the protection of people and ecosystems by strengthening measures to enhance environmental security before, during and after armed conflicts.

Despite $900 Billion Spent and 2,400 US Lives Lost, Afghanistan Continues to Deteriorate
(Christian Britschgi| / Reason)

The latest Inspector General's report finds that US efforts to stabilize Afghanistan "mostly failed," despite spending $4.7 billion since 2002. The report notes "the US greatly overestimated its ability to build and reform government institutions in Afghanistan" and US aid -- far from reducing violence or strengthening Afghan governance -- often "exacerbated conflicts, enabled corruption, and bolstered support for insurgents." The US-backed regime has lost land to Taliban rebels while civilian deaths have soared.

Don't Microwave the Earth: A Global Appeal to Stop 5G Technology
(Arthur Firstenberg / Cellular Phone Task Force)

If the telecommunications industry's plans for 5G come to fruition, no person, no animal, no bird, no insect and no plant on Earth will be able to avoid exposure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to levels of RF radiation that are tens to hundreds of times greater than what exists today. These 5G plans threaten to provoke serious, irreversible effects on humans and permanent damage to all of the Earth's ecosystems.

The Risk of Extinction from Climate Change May Be Worse than the IPCC Predicted
(Arctic News Blogspot)

Commentary: According to the IPCC's latest report on global warming, things aren't looking good. But, instead of providing good advice, the IPCC bends over backward in efforts to maintain the oil-burning addiction. The Paris Agreement calls for all nations to keep the temperature rise below 1.5ºC. The IPCC should have honored this commitment. Instead, the IPCC report contrives to make it look as if temperatures are lower than they really are -- so polluters can be allowed to keep polluting.

ACTION ALERT: Trump's EPA Tells Children, "You're Disposable"
(CREDO Action & CBS News & Vox)

Dr. Ruth Etzel is the EPA's top expert on children's health. A pediatrician and epidemiologist, her job is to protect children from toxic chemicals, pesticides and lead in our environment. In response to the Flint water crisis, she led a team to create a new federal strategy to protect kids from lead poisoning. But a month ago and with no explanation, Trump's acting EPA chief abruptly put her on leave. After 30 years of service -- with the lead strategy still unreleased -- she was asked to turn in her badge.

Hydro Electric Firm, Honduran Military on Trial for Planning the Murder of Environmental Activist Berta Caceres

Berta Caceres -- a 43-year-old Indigenous Lenca, teacher, and feminist -- was known for her environmental activism, which had earned her the Goldman Prize. Caceres was murdered in 2016. The eight men accused of her murder include members of the Honduran military and executives of DESA, a company that wanted to build a hydroelectric plant that Caceres opposed. The alleged mastermind of the murder plot, DESA Executive President David Castillo Mejia, will face a separate trial.

Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War)

A National Museum -- backed by federal funding and claiming to be "the clearinghouse of veteran voices" where "producers or authors or podcasters in the future" come "for authentic from-the-veteran voices" -- has opened in Columbus, Ohio. Unfortunately it is a war museum that is also openly a war memorial constructed by a war-making society that has normalize permawar. There are deeper and truer lessons to be learned from two devastating new books -- "Guys Like Me" and "There Is No 'Good War'."

US Imposes Sanctions on Iran, Without Cause; Grants Exemptions to 8 Allies
(Amanda Cooper / Reuters & Parisa Hafezi / Reuters)

Nearly 40 years after the 1979 Islamic revolution saw the exit of Western oil companies from Iran, the Iranian oil sector faces yet another costly disruption from US-imposed sanctions. The US granted eight countries waivers from the sanctions. Though the EU were not awarded waivers, they stated they intend to ignore Washington's groundless economic powerplay and keep buying Iran's oil. But there are no waivers for the people of Iran, who will suffer immensely from this latest US act of economic aggression.

Who Is the World's Leading Sponsor of Terrorism? Iran? Saudi Arabia? Or the US?
(Martin Williams / Channel4.com & Jonah Shepp / New York Magazine & Wikipedia)

Donald Trump has claimed that Iran is the world's "leading state sponsor of terror." But is that fair? Before he became president, Trump said the "world's biggest funder of terrorism" was Saudi Arabia! An honest look at history over the past century would suggest the leading sponsor of global terrorism -- both by direct attacks and interventions and by training and arming proxy "rebel" terrorist armies -- has been the United States of America.

World Condemns US Embargo on Cuba
(UN News & Voice of America News)

A total of 189 UN Member States voted in favor of condemning the US embargo on Cuba. The resolution shines a spotlight on the nearly total isolation of the US regarding the embargo, which was first imposed in 1960. The only country to side with the US was Israel. Cuban officials noted that restrictions on lifesaving medicines have caused "Incalculable human damage . . . which is qualified as an act of genocide" in violution of the Convention on the Prevention of Genocide.

US Supreme Court Sides with Kids over Trump on Climate Change Trial
(Reuters & RT News)

The US Supreme Court on Friday rejected for now a bid by the President Donald Trump's administration to block a trial in a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the US government of ignoring the perils of climate change. The administration now faces a high-profile examination of US climate change policy.

The Growth of Human Civilization Now Endangers the Planet
(James E. M. Watson, James R. Allan and colleagues / Nature)

Global conservation policy must stop the disappearance of Earth's few intact ecosystems. A century ago, only 15% of Earth's surface was used to grow crops and raise livestock. Today, more than 77% of land (excluding Antarctica) and 87% of the ocean has been modified by the direct effects of human activities. There is nothing to stop the slow erosion of these places from small-scale and often unplanned industrial activity. In our view, a bold yet achievable target is to define and conserve 100% of all remaining intact ecosystems.

Anti-Drone Protesters Arrested While Blocking Traffic at US Drone Base
(CODEPINK and Veterans for Peace, et al. & Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute)

Four drone protesters arrested at a US drone base in California face trespassing charges with a maximum penalty of six months in prison. Thousands of civilians have been killed. Funerals, weddings, mosques, and schools have been hit by US drones. The activists oppose the use of drones to kill both civilians and "enemy soldiers," explaining the use of "remotely controlled aggressive violence, without any imminent threat, has become normalized in US foreign policy." The US owes the public an accounting of who is being killed.

Trump Suggests Shooting Migrants. Meet One Family that Could Become Victims of US Gunfire
(The Telegraph & Julie Watson / Associated Press)

Donald Trump has suggested that soldiers could open fire on the migrants at the US boarder. Trump warned: "anybody throwing stones, rocks . . . we will consider that a firearm, because there's not much difference." Meanwhile, on the 15th day of their journey, Joel Eduardo Espinar and his family were hurting. 11-year-old Jason had stomach pains. His sister sat on the pavement with her head between her knees. The baby was burning with fever. Espinar's exhausted wife had a nagging cough and sore throat.

Why Jair Bolsonaro's Presidency Threatens Disaster for the Brazilian Amazon
(Avaaz & Christian Poirier / Amazon Watch & Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

The extreme right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro was elected Brazil's president on Sunday in a victory that hands him a powerful mandate to enact a series of sweeping changes to the country's political, economic, social, and environmental order. His victory represents a profound setback for human rights and ecological preservation in the world's fourth largest democracy, with implications for the entire planet, particularly global climate stability.

ACTION ALERT: Congress Should Publicly Condemn Trump's Anti-immigrant Attacks
(CREDO Action & Robert Reich's Website)

Politicians and media moguls have long understood that fear and hate sell better than hope and compassion, no matter how much we might wish it otherwise. Trump's brand of hate has given a political home to violent white supremacists. People have died at the hands of these extremists and instead of stopping this crisis, Trump is making it worse. He just launched another series of anti-immigrant attacks.

US Officials Call for Cease Fire in Yemen Following Revelations of Saudi's Duplicity
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Sudarsan Raghavan / The Washington Post & The Star & Lesley Wroughton and Jonathan Landay / Reuters)

Following Defense Secretary James Mattis' and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's calls Tuesday for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, and talks to be set up in the next 30 days, the US is continuing to push for peace talks, saying they believe "the climate is right" for a UN-backed effort. As doubts about the Saudi's honesty multiply, they are raising questions about whether Donald Trump's administration can trust what Saudi Arabia is telling US officials about its conduct of the war in Yemen

ACTION ALERT: International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases
(World BEYOND War & No Foreign Bases.org et al.)

From Italy to the Indian Ocean, from Japan to Honduras, the far-reaching story of the perils of US military bases overseas -- and what these bases say about America today. American military bases circle the globe. More than two decades after the end of the Cold War -- and nearly three-quarters of a century after the last battles of World War Ii -- the US still stations troops at some 800 locations in foreign lands. Join us in Dublin to strategize and organize.

Voting for Democracy in the Age of Trump
(Michael Waldman / San Francisco Chronicle & Robert Reich / San Francisco Chronicle)

The midterm elections have been marred by controversy over alleged voter suppression in Georgia, North Dakota and elsewhere. Once again, partisans want to make it harder for fellow citizens to cast their ballots. But something else is happening: For the first time in years, citizens have responded with a robust push to expand democratic rights. Tyrants create cults of personality. Trump is beyond that, equating America with himself and disloyalty to him with insufficient patriotism.

Shut Down Creech! The Fourth Annual Vigil Against US Killer Drones
(Toby Blome / CODEPINK)

On October 4, 2018, as part of CODEPINK's week-long anti-drone protest at Creech Assassin Drone Base, 7 protesters and a couple of supporters bravely stepped across the base entrance road to temporarily "halt" the cruel and illegal Air Force "remote killing machine" located at a base in the beautiful Nevada desert. While holding large banners across the roadway, our voices repeatedly called out as loudly as we could muster: "STOP the murder, STOP the War Crimes," "The People Demand Peace!"

Time to End the War in Afghanistan, 'Betrayal' of American Soldiers and Marines
(The Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy & Breitbart News)

Commentary: When Americans join the military, they trust their leaders will only send them on missions that endanger their lives when it is absolutely necessary and to fight for the country's freedom not to "implement the grand strategy of some egghead at a think-tank who's never been in a fight in his life, and who has a great plan for offensive war against people who've never attacked us."

Governments Should Stop Selling Arms to Right Violators
(Robert Fisk / The Independent & Benjamin Kentish / The Independent)

US arms -- bombs, missiles, and guns -- are winding up in the hands of Washington's "enemies" on a regular basis because it's profitable to arm both sides of any given conflict. Now an influential group of British MPs is demanding that governments should look to block arms sales to countries accused of rights abuses. The ministers urged the introduction of monitoring to determine where UK weapons are being deployed, in bid to stop them being used to commit war crimes.

Regulating Apocalypse
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War)

Commentary: I've just read a new book called by James Crossland that looks at efforts to regulate or end war from the 1850s through the 1900s. War needs to be eliminated and replaced with nonviolent arbitration. If we end in nuclear holocaust, will those who tried to end war still have been silly dreamers? Or will world government or mandatory arbitration or disarmament sound slightly less goofy if the alternative that peace advocates identified for many decades as apocalypse turns out to be apocalypse?

One Civilian Killed Every Three Hours in Yemen: Saudis Using Famine as Weapon of War
(gence France-Presse & Anti-War.com & Laura Rozen / Al-Monitor)

A civilian is killed every three hours in Yemen, Oxfam said Friday, calling on the United States, Britain and other European states to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The UN categorises Yemen as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with 14 million people now facing a serious threat of famine. Oxfam is calling on the UK, US and other governments "to suspend arms sales to the Saudis because of their disregard for civilian lives in the war in Yemen."

Nuclear Weapons and UN Disarmament Resolutions
(Move the Nuclear Money Campaign and the Basel Peace Office)

The anti-nuclear campaign has some practical suggestions for reinvesting the money spent on weapons of global mass destruction. The $1 trillion the US plans to spend to "modernize" the nuclear arsenals over the next 10 years could, instead, be used to help end poverty, protect the climate, and achieve sustainable development goals. Meanwhile, world peace is threatened by the increased scale and tempo of war games -- including nuclear drills -- by nuclear-armed states and their allies.

Super Typhoon Yutu: Climate Change Causes Worst US Storm Damage Since 1935
(Martin Petty / Reuters & Haidee V Eugenio and Doyle Rice, Pacific Daily News & USA Today)

Residents of the Northern Mariana Islands are preparing for weeks without power after being hit by the most powerful typhoon in half-a-century. People are in desperate need of immediate housing, food and other assistance. Despite the damage the US president continues to deny the link between the burning of fossil fuels and climate change. Ominously, 7 of the 10 strongest hurricane and typhoon landfalls have occurred since 2006.

Massive US/NATO Drill in Norway Prompts Fears of New World War
(Andreas Berg / Special Ops & Andrew Osborn / Reuters)

Opposition of Norwegian politicians have warned that "Trident Juncture," a large-scale drill involving about 50,000 from 31 nations is exacerbating tensions between the US and Russia, and placing Norway in the middle as Washington increasingly targets Russia with provocations. Meanwhile, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has denounced Donald Trump's decision to leave an arms control treaty that helped end the Cold War. Gorbachev fears a new arms race and an increased risk of nuclear conflict.

Nuke-warhawk John Bolton Put in Charge of WWIII
(Scott Ritter / The American Conservative & Peter Lavelle / RT News)

Donald Trump appears to have surrendered to the anti-arms control philosophy of John Bolton, who views such agreements as unduly restricting American power. Bolton was also behind the 2001 decision by President George W. Bush to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, an act the Russians viewed as inherently destabilizing. The Russians have been asking the US to provide evidence to substantiate its allegations of Russian noncompliance, something the US so far has not done.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to End US Support for the Saudi-led War in Yemen
(Shia News and World Services & CREDO Action )

Saudi Arabia's gruesome assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has captured worldwide attention, but it is just one example of the Saudi regime's brutal disregard for human rights. For more than three years, Saudi Arabia, with massive US support, has been waging a war in Yemen that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis. At last, there is political momentum to finally end United States support for its war in Yemen -- which could lead to the end of the war for good.

ACTION ALERT: Invasions, Coups, Guns, and Drugs: How the US Sparked the Central American Refugee Crisis -- In 8 Simple Steps
(CREDO Action & Roque Planas and Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post)

Tell the mainstream media to push back on Donald Trump's lies about the migrant caravan. Since the 1950s, the US has sown violence and instability across Central America. Decades of Cold War gamesmanship -- together with the relentless global war on drugs -- have left a legacy of chaos and brutality in these countries. In many parts of the region, civil society has given way to lawlessness. It's these conditions the women, men and children are fleeing.

Saudi War Crimes in Yemen Continue with US Aid
(Al-Jazeerah & Daniel Larison / The American Conservative & Colin Dwyer / National Public Radio)

On October 24, the US-backed Saudi coalition bombed a vegetable market near Hodeida, killing at least 21 civilians, including two children. US military assistance is just helping the coalition to blow up civilian targets. Unless the US cuts off support to the coalition and halts this offensive, there will be many more attacks on civilians like the airstrike on this vegetable market. Congress needs to vote for H.Con.Res. 138 and S.J.Res. 54 to stop to this despicable war on one of the world's poorest countries.

Trump's Treaty-busting "Powers" Stem from Congressional Weakness
(Russell Feingold / NBC News)

Commentary: During this administration, everyone has to be watching for potential abuses of power. The Constitution provided for the separation of powers to save us from autocrats but the legislative branch has undermined that. Donald Trump now can unilaterally withdraw from treaties because Congress has abdicated responsibility. The failure to assert Congress' constitutional prerogative now hands an erratic and often vengeful leader the power to undo crucial international agreements.

United Nations Meeting; Statement on War and Pollution
(Conflict and Environment Observatory & Toxic Remnants of War Network Statement)

Across the UN system, initiatives are underway to address the environmental dimensions of armed conflicts. The Security Council is exploring early warning and risk management in connection with climate change, resource conflicts and water scarcity. This statement is delivered on behalf of 15 organisations working to strengthen the protection of civilians and the environment from the impact of conflicts and military activities.

US Military and Economic Policies Are Driving Central America's Mass Migration
(Joseph Nevins / The Conversation & Associated Press & Raymond Bonner / The Nation)

Three essays on the long and ugly history of US military, economic and political interventions in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The US presence in the region has triggered bloody civil wars, destroyed communities, disrupted economies, magnified poverty and inequality. US military bases have proliferated through the region as local populations became the victims of repression orchestrated by regimes dedicated to the expansion of US capital and control over the region's land and mineral resources.

How Many Millions of People Have Been Killed in America's Post-9/11 Wars? Part 1: Iraq
(Nicolas J.S. Davies / Special to Consortium News)

The numbers of casualties of US wars since Sept. 11, 2001 have largely gone uncounted. Our estimate is that about 2.4 million people have probably been killed in Iraq as a result of the historic act of aggression committed by the US and UK in 2003. In this report, I will explain in greater detail how we arrived at that estimate and provide some historical context. In Part 2 of this report, I will make a similar up-to-date estimate of how many people have been killed in America's other post-9/11 wars.

How Many Millions of People Have Been Killed in America's Post-9/11 Wars? Part 2: Afghanistan and Pakistan
(Nicolas J.S. Davies / Consortium News)

In the first part of this series, I estimated that about 2.4 million Iraqis have been killed as a result of the illegal invasion of their country by the United States and the United Kingdom in 2003. I turn now to Afghan and Pakistani deaths in the ongoing 2001 US intervention in Afghanistan. In part three, I will examine US-caused war deaths in Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

How Many Millions of People Have Been Killed in America's Post-9/11 Wars? Part 3: Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen
(Nicolas J S Davies / Consortium News)

In the first two parts of this report, I have estimated that about 2.4 million people have been killed as a result of the US invasion of Iraq, while about 1.2 million have been killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the US-led war in Afghanistan. In the third and final part of this report, I will estimate how many people have been killed as a result of US military and CIA interventions in Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.

US Gun Laws Are behind the Refugee Flight to US
(The Brady Report & Lisa Marie Pane / Associated Press)

The recent photos of imprisoned toddlers huddled under aluminum foil blankets on concrete floors have awakened Americans to the inhumane conditions suffered by migrant children from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. What many people may not realize is that the violence that forced these families to flee in the first place is driven in considerable part by US gun laws. On average, 253,000 US-made firearms flood into Mexico each year.

Trump's Supreme Court to 'Climate Kids/: You Have No Lawful Right to a Future
(Benjamin Hulac / E&E News & Climatewire)

The Supreme Court today halted a federal climate change lawsuit brought by a group of young people, handing the Trump administration at least a temporary victory in its long-running bid to knock down the case. The plaintiffs, 21 children and young adults, sued the government in 2015, arguing that it had violated their Constitutional rights to a safe and livable climate. They are asking for a court-ordered mandate for the government to phase out the burning of fossil fuels nationwide.

NASA Chief to Trump: 'No Reason to Dismiss' Recent UN Climate Report
(Timothy Cama / The Hill)

he head of NASA bucked President Trump this week, saying that he sees no reason to reject the findings of a major climate change report from the United Nations. Trump previously said he would review the dire report issued this month by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but he was also skeptical of it. "It was given to me, and I want to look at who drew it," Trump said, seeming to mistake the detailed and extensive scientific report for a comic book.

Massive Anti-War Rally Held Near Pentagon Goes Unreported by US Media
(Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese / Popular Resistance)

More than 1,000 marched on the Pentagon yesterday but you did not hear about it in the media. It seems that the people in power, including the media, do not want the public to know that the peace movement is growing. Here is our report on the event and the upcoming Peace Congress on November 10.

"Congress Must End US Military Aid to Saudi War in Yemen"
(Hon. Ro Khanna, US Congress / San Francisco Chronicle)

Commentary: Every ghastly new detail we learn about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi suggests that this was a premeditated murder, carried out at the direction of the highest level of the Saudi dictatorship. Since 2015, the Saudis have launched an estimated 18,000 air strikes on Yemen, attacking hospitals, schools, water treatment plants, funerals, markets and even farms. 12 million to 13 million innocent civilians at risk of dying from the lack of food within months.

Politicians, Media and Scientists Call for Action on Earth's Climate Emergency
(The Climate Mobilization & The Portland Press Herald & The Guardian & The Young Turks & NYMagazine)

The publication of the IPCC's report on climate change has dramatically underscored the fact that we face an existential climate emergency, and only a WWII-scale climate mobilization can protect humanity and the natural world. The consequences of catastrophic warming will be political and even military, not just environmental.

12 Years to Catastrophe and a Bold Agenda to Save Planet Is Missing!
(Jake Johnson / Common Dreams)

Hundreds of mammal species have been wiped out due to human activity, planetary warming has sparked global insect die-off that is horrifying scientists, and United Nations experts are warning that the international community has just 12 years to transform global energy systems in order to avert climate catastrophe. But in Washington, Republicans and House Democrats are brushing aside widespread and growing public demands for urgent action in favor of "incremental steps and hearings."

Why Catastrophic Climate Change is Probably Inevitable Now: Thank Facism
(Umair Haque / Eudaimonia & Co)

Commentary: It strikes me that the planet's fate is now probably sealed. We have just a decade in which to control climate change  -- or goodbye, an unknown level of catastrophic, inescapable, runaway warming is inevitable. The reality is: we're probably not going to make it. It's highly dubious at this juncture that humanity is going to win the fight against climate change. That is for a very unexpected -- yet perfectly predictable -- reason: the sudden explosion in global fascism.

Why We Need a New Armistice Day
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Exactly at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, 100 years ago this coming November 11th, people across Europe suddenly stopped shooting guns at each other. Up until that moment, they were killing and taking bullets, falling and screaming, moaning and dying, from bullets and from poison gas. The 'Great War' was the worst, most concentrated violence that white people had ever imposed on themselves, and that they were not used to it. We need a new Armistice Day -- one that honors peace, not war.

Violence against Women is Integral to War and Armed Conflict
(Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, et al.)

The negative impacts of patriarchy on our society are on full display when it comes to weapons, war, and militarism. The dominant discourse on these subjects tends to reinforce the highly problematic gendered norm that men are violent and powerful and women are vulnerable and need to be protected.

Endless War: How Shooting Games Perpetuate War as the New Normal
(Patricia Hernandez / National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth)

The "war on terror" makes it clear that the purpose of modern war is control -- not conflict resolution. Peace isn't on the drone's radar. More war is. For in the "war on terror," enemies could be anyone, anything; it has no particular enemy. Pro-war video games became high in demand in US markets after 9/11 and the military scrambled to develop better simulations to, as the book "Games of Empire" puts it, "anticipate the new challenges of the war on terror."

Jamal Khashoggi's Last Column: "What the Arab World Needs Most Is Free Expression"
(Jamal Khashoggi / The Washington Post & Voice of America)

Commentary: There is only one country in the Arab world that has been classified as "free." That nation is Tunisia. As a result, Arabs are either uninformed or misinformed. A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative. Sadly, this situation is unlikely to change.

An Even More Repressive Saudi Climate for Journalists under Crown Prince
(Justin Shilad/ Committee to Protect Journalists & Nouf Abdulaziz / Hana Al-Khamri @hanaalkhamri)

In Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "new" Saudi Arabia, issues touching on politics, religion, or the royal family are out of bounds. On June 1, a group of Saudi security personnel arrested journalist Marwan al-Mureisi at the bedside of his five-year-old son inside Riyadh's Specialized Medical Center Hospital. They took him and left his child in the hospital alone. Since then, no one has heard from him. His family has been unable to see him or to know where he is held or what accusations were filed against him.

Why is Saudi Arabia under Fire over Jamal Khashoggi, but Not Yemen?
(Lloyd Russell-Moyle / The Guardian)

The alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has rightly triggered a diplomatic crisis for Saudi Arabia, but it apparently has not jeopardized the multibillion-dollar arms deals between the US, Britain and the House of Saud. Unlike Khashoggi, the thousands of Yemeni civilians who have been blown up by the Saudi Royal Air Force don't write for the Washington Post. If the assassination of one man can unify the world against Saudi aggression, why not the preventable deaths of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis?

American Mercenaries Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East
(Aram Roston / BuzzFeed News)

There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen. The company that hired the soldiers and carried out the attack is Spear Operations Group, incorporated in Delaware and founded by Abraham Golan, a charismatic Hungarian Israeli security contractor who lives outside of Pittsburgh. The press office of the UAE's US Embassy, as well as its US public affairs company, Harbour Group, did not respond to multiple phone calls and emails.

Not Worth Another Life: An Afghan Anniversary To Lament
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / AntiWar.com)

The absurd hopelessness was the worst part. No, it wasn't the Commentary: "Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) blowing limbs off my boys, or the well-aimed gunshot wounds suffered by others; it wasn't even the horror of ordering the deaths of other ("enemy") human beings. No, for a captain commanding 100 odd troopers in Southwest Kandahar province at the height of the Obama "surge" of 2011, what most struck me was the feeling of futility; the sense that the mission was fruitless operationally, and, of course, all but ignored at home."

Confessions of an US Afghan Vet
(From Tom Violett / Monmouth County Liaison, Green Party)

Commentary: "No, I never killed anyone in Afghanistan. People like to ask me that question a lot. People also ask me if I regret going over -- and the answer is, of course I do. I'm not asking for "love" or "support" or even attention from this post. I just need to get it off my chest. I gotta be honest -- it was a damn waste of human life and potential. I wish I would have gone to college instead. Learned how to help people instead of kill them. There was nothing good that came from the war."

On Afghanistan War Anniversary: What Lessons Have We Learned?
(Kirkpatrick Sale / The Post & Courier)

Seventeen years ago this month, in response to an attack on American soil, the US under Acting President Dick Cheney (sorry, make that Vice President) launched what became the longest and most expensive war in American history -- a war that, strangely and stupidly, still goes on with no more signs of victory than it has ever had in all these years. The US war on Afghanistan has been responsible for killing 110,000 Afghans -- including 31,000 civilians -- and 2,375 US soldiers. All at a cost of trillions of wasted dollars.

An Act of Desperation: Trump Wants US Military Bases to Store, Export Oil, Coal
(Matthew Brown / Associated Press)

The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of US coal and natural gas to Asia, as officials seek to bolster the domestic energy industry and circumvent environmental opposition to fossil fuel exports. Trump's plan amounts to a "neo-colonial" end-run around West Coast officials who have rejected private-sector efforts to build new coal ports in their states in order to protect both local health and the global climate.

Why More And More Countries Are Blocking Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia And The UAE
(Dominic Dudley / Forbes & Tom O'Connor / Newsweek)

Even before reports of the alleged murder of a reporter during a visit to the Saudi Embassy in Turkey, civilized nations were cutting military ties with the Saudi regime. Spain has become the latest country to halt an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, as criticism continues over the conduct of the war in Yemen -- which may have directly killed 50,000 civilians. Other countries to sever military arms ties with the Saudis include: Belgium, Germany, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, and Canada.

America's Secret War on Yemen. Q: Why Yemen? A: It's About Oil
(Jack Dresser / CounterPunch and United National Antiwar Coalition)

Far too few Americans seem to be asking an obvious question, why is the United States supporting the genocidal Saudi war upon Yemen? Considering that Yemen's humanitarian crisis now exceeds every other disaster in the world, this vital question deserves an informed and serious answer incorporating the geography and history that Americans learn neither from their schools nor their media.

New Saudi Airstrike Hits Bus Carrying Civilians in Yemen
(Deutsche Welle & Al-Jazeera & Ahmen al-Haj / Associated Press)

A bus full of civilians was destroyed when the Saudi-led coalition targeted Houthi rebels in Yemen's port city of Hodeida. At least 17 people -- including eight from one family -- were killed and 20 injured in a Saudi-led airstrike on Saturday. At least 17 people. The latest bombing comes after a coalition airstrike killed 40 children on a school trip.

US War Crimes in Syria: Thousands of Civilians Killed by Coalition Bombs
(Hiba Dlewati / Associated Press & David Swanson / DavidSwanson.com)

Amnesty International has condemned the US-led coalition's failure to adequately acknowledge or investigate the number of civilian deaths cause in its attack on the Syrian city of Raqqa. Searchers have recovered 2,521 bodies from the battle for Raqqa -- most killed by US-backed coalition bombs -- and expect to find at least 3,000 more bodies. AI has previously accused the coalition of underreporting civilian deaths in the campaign to liberate Raqqa. So when is it "justified" to drop bombs on civilians?

ACTION ALERT: Accused of Brutal Murder, Saudi Regime Threatens to Retaliate Against Sanctions
(Medea Benjamin / CODEPINK & Patrick Wintour / The Guardian)

Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was apparently lured to the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey. Mounting evidence suggests he was then murdered by a Saudi hit-team at the behest of the Saudi government. Governments and businesses around the world are pulling back from dealing with the Saudis over this brutal crime. The Saudi monarchy has replied by warning any attempts to oppose sanctions on the operations of the Saudi Royal family will result in economic retaliation on the Saudis part.

Trump on Climate: Shouldn't Entrenched Stupidity Be Grounds for Impeachment?
(Associated Press)

In November 2012, Trumps began calling climate change a hoax, "created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive." Faced with a string of multi-billion-dollar floods and hurricanes, Trump has changed his tune. Sort of. "I think something's happening," he said, "but I don't know that it's manmade. I will say this: I don't want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don't want to lose millions and millions of jobs." But it seems losing hundreds of thousands of homes is acceptable.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump's Unconstitutional Suppression of Protests in the Nation's Capital
(The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund & Veterans for Peace)

New rules proposed by the Trump administration and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke will severely restrict (if not eliminate) peaceful protests near the White House -- and the Trump Hotel -- by imposing restrictions on certain protests, banning all vigils while instituting long waiting periods for requests, granting fewer permits, restricting the use of sound systems and requiring demonstrators to pay steep fees to cover costs of barricades, roadblocks and police overtime.

Outside In: Trump's Plan to Remake the Middle East
(Ted Snider / Mondoweiss)

First Donald Trump cut US financial support for Palestine refugees by 50%. Trump then ordered the State Department to slash an additional $200 million of Palestinian aid. Next Trump shut down the PLO's Washington office and redefined "refugee" to include only those who lived in Palestine prior to Israel's 1948 expulsion. In short, now you have to be over 70 to be a refugee. Soon there will be no "refugees" -- problem erased by definition.

ACTION ALERT: US Out of Africa -- Shut Down AFRICOM
(Black Alliance for Peace & Kathryn Watson / CBS News)

October 1st marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM). The Black Alliance for Peace has launched a "US Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM" campaign designed to end the US invasion and occupation of Africa. BAP demands "that AFRICOM be immediately dismantled. AFRICOM is an integral part of the military industrial complex, that we oppose an embodiment of US imperialism, and it is therefore a great danger to the people of Africa and the world."

New Saudi Airstrike Hits Bus Carrying Civilians in Yemen
(Deutsche Welle & Al-Jazeera & Ahmen al-Haj / Associated Press)

A bus full of civilians was destroyed when the Saudi-led coalition targeted Houthi rebels in Yemen's port city of Hodeida. At least 17 people -- including eight from one family -- were killed and 20 injured in a Saudi-led airstrike on Saturday. At least 17 people. The latest bombing comes after a coalition airstrike killed 40 children on a school trip.

Trump's Troubling Amorality: You Can Kill Journalists As Long As You Give Us Money
(The Guardian & Senator Rand Paul / The Atlantic & AntiWar.com & Mother Jones Magazine)

Responding to mounting evidence that an American-based journalist was entrapped, beaten, tortured, killed and dismembered, Donald Trump noted that Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi was "not a United States citizen." Trump's desire to protect weapons sales and family's relationship with Saudi monarchy could prompt clash with Republicans. Moreover, Trump made it clear that, whatever the outcome, the US would not forgo lucrative arms deals with Riyadh.

Ignoring Climate Change Warnings, Hurricane Trump Continues to Tear Apart the EPA
(Marianne Lavelle / InsideClimate News & Lisa Friedman / The New York Times)

Jeffrey Bossert Clark has repeatedly challenged the science underpinning US climate policy. He'll be defending the administration's policy rollbacks. At the same time, an EPA panel that advises the agency's leadership on the latest scientific information about soot in the atmosphere is apparently to be shut down next year at Donald Trump's order.

12 Years Left to Act: What Climate Failure Would Mean
(Bob Berwyn / InsideClimate News)

Another half-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures will dramatically increase risks to people and ecosystems they depend on, a new report shows. Stopping it means cutting emissions fast. Without a radical transformation of energy, transportation and agriculture systems the planet with confront unprecedented risks to human civilization and the ecosystems that sustain life on Earth.

Can Carbon Farming Save Our Planet?
(The Daily Beast, et al.)

In an apocalyptic report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned the world the planet has 12 years, or until 2030, to reverse global warming. Without drastic change, the Earth is on track to see temperatures rise by almost 5 degrees C by 2100 -- far beyond the 2 degrees needed to contain global warming. Scientists are now working to figure out a technology that can pull carbon out of the air and convert it into useful products. Can "carbon farming" save us -- if we act in time?

China Has Sent 60,000 Soldiers to Plant Trees
(Laura Oliver / World Economic Forum & Xinhua News & Asia Times)

China has redeployed a record number of soldiers to fight pollution and climate change by planting new forests. In 2018, Beijing is on track to reforest an area of 84,000 square kilometers -- roughly the size of Ireland -- as it aims to increase forest coverage to 23% of total landmass by the end of the decade. China's has added 33.8 million hectares in the past five year and hopes to halt spreading desertification by building a "Great Green Wall" of vegetation.

'Time for This War in Afghanistan to End,' Says Departing US Commander
(Mujib Mashal / The New York Times)

Nearly 17 years to the day, since the Pentagon was attacked, the commander of the American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, he stood under the shade of pine trees in Kabul and delivered an emotional farewell. General John W. Nicholson Jr who spent 31 months heading a quagmire of a mission that has cast a shadow on a generation of American military leaders, said he wanted to speak from the heart. "It is time for this war in Afghanistan to end," General Nicholson said. "It is time for this war in Afghanistan to end," General Nicholson said.

Bernie Sander's New Internationalist Vision Draws Praise and Criticism
(Sen. Bernie Sanders / Medium.com & Meagan Day / Jacobin Magazine)

Sanders's life and his task have changed considerably since his presidential campaign catapulted him from relative obscurity into the national spotlight. Now, Sanders seems to be taking more seriously the responsibility he bears to represent the Left on American foreign policy. This responsibility entails using his platform to differentiate a leftist approach to foreign policy from a liberal one, as he's done with domestic policy. In his recent speech, he spelled out a dual opposition to authoritarianism and oligarchy.

This Is the Way the World Ends: Will We Soon See Category 6 Hurricanes?
(Jeff Nesbit / The Guardian)

There is no such thing as a category 6 hurricane or tropical storm -- yet. But a combination of warmer oceans and more water in the atmosphere could make the devastation of 2017 pale in comparison.

Statement on Military Violence Against Women
(International Institute on Peace Education)

Violence against women (VAW) under the present system of militarized state security is not an aberration that can be stemmed by specific denunciations and prohibitions. VAW is and always has been integral to war and all armed conflict. It pervades all forms of militarism. It is likely to endure so long as the institution of war is a legally sanctioned instrument of state; so long as arms are the means to political, economic or ideological ends.

World Scientists Issue Stark Warning: A Final Call to Save the World From 'Climate Catastrophe'
(Matt McGrath / BBC News & Phil Mckenna / Inside Climate News )

A landmark report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns the world is running out of time to make the changes needed to stop a global climate catastrophe. To head off a mass-extinction, we need to take dramatic and costly action over the next decade. Instead, the Trump administration is promoting the dying coal and oil industries by rolling back regulations on the toxic emissions that threaten our existence.

The Fate of Our 190,000-Years-Old Human Race Depends on a Massive Greening Effort Over Just 30 Years
(Juan Cole / Informed Comment)

Commentary: In a new scientific report, terrified scientists are warning -- as vehemently as these polite researchers know how -- that we need to be Net Zero Carbon by 2050 and we have to jump on getting there RIGHT NOW -- during the next decade -- or else, Very Bad Things will happen. What can we do? It isn't so hard, folks. And it isn't expensive. It will actually save us all massive amounts of money. Above all, elect Green politicians: Government has the levers necessary to make things happen quickly.

World's Endangered Bees Enslaved by Capitalism and Climate Change
(Byard Duncan / Reveal News: The Center for Investigative Reporting)

The crime scene was a mess of boxes, some half-assembled, others scattered across patches of dried grass and partially gouged to raw wood. The victims scrambled about looking for food and water. There were thousands of them. Maybe millions. "What we had here was a chop shop of beehives. You had some beehives that were alive, and you had some hives that were dead." It was the largest bee heist in US history -- 2,500 hives, worth nearly $1 million, some stolen from orchards hundreds of miles apart.

After 17 Years, Afghanistan Continues to Prove
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Gulabuddin Ghubar /Tolo News & Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis (US Army, Ret.) / Townhall)

On the 17th anniversary of the US's involvement in Afghanistan, 49% of Americans say their country has failed to win the war. On this grim anniversary, ongoing Taliban attacks were reported in 14 of Afghanistan's provinces. The evidence that our war in Afghanistan is failing and cannot be won is dramatic and overwhelming.

ACTION ALERT: Block Trump's 'Easy-fire' Nukes; Challenge the Expanded Nuclear-War-Powers Obama Created
(Win Without War & Marc Ambiner / Politico)

Can you imagine Donald Trump having access to a nuclear bomb that he and his advisers think is safe to use? Well, the Pentagon is on track to give him exactly that. Thanks to Barack Obama, our current nuclear war plans -- OPLAN 8010-12 -- specifically envision a scenario where the president orders a limited nuclear strike to deter proliferators of weapons of mass destruction. Sarin gas qualifies. So, under Obama's expanded nuclear war plan, Trump could have ordered a nuclear bomb dropped on Syria..

As Climate Warms, Trump Attacks Pollution Laws, Sabotages Regulators
(James Osborne / The Houston Chronicle & Scott Waldman / E&E News Climatewire)

Trump's plans to bail out the financially struggling coal and nuclear power sectors drew criticism from both parties but his policy of "Polluters First" continues to put the country -- and the planet -- at risk. Trump now plans to install Bernard McNamee, a fossil-fuel promoter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In addition, Trump wants to rewrite regulations to undermine the positive health and social benefits of reducing exposure to pollutants like mercury, industrial gases, and radiation.

ACTION ALERT: US Blocking Humanitarian Efforts in North Korea
(Daniel Jasper / KoreaCollaboration & American Friends Service Committee )

US NGO's operating humanitarian assistance programs in North Korea have recently encountered new obstacles in their work: The State Department is now stopping US humanitarian actors from traveling to North Korea by denying applications for special validation passports, which are required for US passport holders to travel to North Korea. This shift in policy jeopardizes life-saving aid and may undermine high-level diplomacy. If your organization would like to sign a letter of concern, contact Daniel Jasper below.

Democracy in Crisis: Trump Threatens Freedom; US Supports 73% of World's Dictatorships
(Michael J. Abramowitz / Freedom House & Rich Whitney / Truthout)

Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets -- including free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, press freedom, and the rule of law -- came under attack around the world. Some 71 countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties. This marked the 12th consecutive year of decline. The US retreated from its traditional role as both a champion and an exemplar of democracy amid an accelerating decline in American political rights and civil liberties.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Ryan Zinke: No Tax on Public Protests
(Brandy Doyle / CREDO Action)

Imagine if Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had to cancel the 1963 March on Washington because he couldn't find a corporate sponsor. Imagine if you needed one to protest Trump. Under a Trump administration proposal, the National Park Service could charge people high fees to hold a protest or demonstration in public spaces around Washington. Charging for protests would make free speech a privilege for groups with big financial backers -- and inaccessible to those who most need a voice.

Latest UN Report on Global Warming Carries "Life-or-Death Warning"
(Associated Press & The New Arab & Agence France-Presse & Phil McKenna / Inside Climate News & Carolyn Gramling / Science News)

In a 728-page report, the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change detailed how Earth's weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if the world's leaders could limit future human-caused planetary warming to just 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit (a half degree Celsius) instead of the currently agreed-upon goal of 1.8 degrees F. A lead author of the report warned that the planet is now facing "a life-or-death situation without a doubt."

ACTION ALERT: No Military Exercise at Jeju Base Petition
(Association of Gangjeong Villagers against the Jeju Navy Base et al.)

The International Fleet Review set for the Jeju Naval Base in Gangjeong Village from 10 October 2018 will be the biggest event for the Korean Navy since the naval base was constructed. It will involve around 50 vessels and 20 aircraft from 45 countries. Gangjeong villagers and civil society organizations are determined to make Jeju Island "the Island of Peace," free of military activities. They are calling for an endorsement for the International Solidarity Statement against the International Fleet Review in Jeju.

ACTION ALERT: Three Days of Action for Yemen in November
(Voices for Creative Nonviolence and Veterans for Peace)

The US-financed Saudi-led war, which now is in its fourth year, has killed thousands of civilians created tens of thousands of refugees Yemen is the world's worst humanitarian crisis, prompted the outbreak of deadly diseases, and left 60% of the population -- 18 million people -- without clean water and sufficient food. The UN has called Yemen "the world's worst humanitarian crisis." And Washington -- along with the Saudi monarchy -- is largely responsible for the carnage in what has been called a "war rime."

Trump's Sanctions Have Cost Venezuela $6 Billion Since August 2017
(Joe Emersberger / teleSUR)

Why is Venezuela's economy in free-fall? In large part because, in August of 2017, Donald Trump imposed sanctions that made it illegal for Venezuela to obtain financing from the US. The was devastating for two reasons: (1) all the Venezuelan governments' outstanding foreign currency bonds are governed under New York state law; and (2) one of the Venezuelan government's major assets -- the state-owned CITGO corporation -- is based in Texas. These "misguided" US sanctions have harmed Venezuelans.

Project Censored: The Real Fight Against Fake News
(Paul Rosenberg / The East Bay Express)

On the 80th anniversary of Orson Welles' famous "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, Project Censored presents the year's Top 10 underreported stories. Project Censored has long been engaged in more than just uncovering stories that don't get enough attention in the mainstream media. The list of underreported stories remains central to Project Censored's mission to honor independent news media, without which we would remain uninformed or misinformed about crucial issues."

Project Censored: The Real Fight Against Fake News
(Paul Rosenberg / The East Bay Express)

On the 80th anniversary of Orson Welles' famous "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, Project Censored presents the year's Top 10 underreported stories. Project Censored has long been engaged in more than just uncovering stories that don't get enough attention in the mainstream media. The list of underreported stories remains central to Project Censored's mission to honor independent news media, without which we would remain uninformed or misinformed about crucial issues."

US Planning BioWar with Virus-armed Bugs and Plants Used as Spies
(Josh Gabbatiss / The Independent & Erin Durkin / The Guardian )

Insects could be turned into "a new class of biological weapon" using new US military plans, experts have warned. The Insect Allies programme aims to use bugs to disperse genetically modified (GM) viruses to crops. Such action will have profound consequences and could pose a major threat to global biosecurity.

2018 Nobel Peace Prize Reveals Trauma of Rape as a Weapon of War
(Haroon Siddique / The Guradian & Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian & Lauren Wolfe / The Guardian)

The Congolese gynaecologist, Denis Mukwege, who has treated thousands of rape victims, and Nadia Murad, the Iraqi Yazidi, who was sold into sex slavery by Isis, have been jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel peace prize. The committee said: "They have both put their own personal security at risk by courageously combating war crimes and securing justice for victims" while helping to "give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence."

ACTION ALERT: The Most Destructive Force for Climate Change You've Never Heard Of
(Amazon Watch)

A company few have even heard of is one of the most destructive forces for climate change in the world. BlackRock, the world's largest investment firm, holds more shares in fossil fuel and other industries that cause climate change than any other company in the world. That means that BlackRock's portfolio constitutes a huge liability for putting the planet on a path towards runaway climate change.

The US Military Is The Worst Polluter on the Planet -- And It's Totally Unregulated
(Project Censored 2010)

The US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet. Impacts include: uninhibited use of fossil fuels, massive creation of greenhouse gases, and extensive release of radioactive and chemical contaminants into the air, water, and soil. In spite of the evidence, the environmental impact of the US military goes largely unaddressed by environmental organizations and was not the focus of any discussions at the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference.

Regenerative Farming: The Next Stage of Organic Food -- and Civilization
(Project Censored & Ronnie Cummins / Organic Consumers Association)

Regenerative agriculture represents not only an alternative food production strategy but a fundamental shift in our culture's relationship to nature. As Ronnie Cummins, director of the Organic Consumers Association and a founding member of Regeneration International, wrote, regenerative agriculture offers a "world-changing paradigm" that can help solve many of today's environmental and public health problems.

Costa Rica Sets an Example for the World: Carbon Neutral by 2021
(Fabiola Ortiz / In Depth News)

In the 1980s, Costa Rica was on the brink of an environmental crisis losing around 70,000 hectares of forests a year, the equivalent to 1.7 percent of the national territory. 22 years ago, Costa Rica introduced a national program to pay landowners to keep the forests standing for people and the planet. Today, the country hosts 5 percent of the world's biodiversity, more than half of its territory is covered with forests, and nearly all of the country's energy needs are met by renewable power sources.

The Environmental Consequences of a Justice Brett Kavanaugh
(Emily Atkin / The New Republic)

If Brett Kavanaugh wins an appointment to a seat on the Supreme Court, SCOTUS will have an entrenched majority of pro-business, anti-regulatory justices. Under this scenario of a conservative majority, it seems likely that the EPA would no longer be required to count so-called "co-benefits" of reducing pollutants like soot and nitrogen oxide when it's regulating mercury, for instance. It would only be required to count the benefits of reducing mercury.

Why Aren't We Talking More About Trump's Nihilism?
(Matt Taibbi / The Rolling Stone)

Commentary: While the press has focused either on Donald Trump's daily lunacies or his various scandals, the real danger of Trump's administration have been his systematic wreckage of the state. A policy that not only recognizes but embraces inevitable global catastrophe is the ultimate expression of Trump's somehow under-reported nihilism. At first climate change was a "hoax." Now the White House says we might as well pollute because global catastrophe is inevitable.

ACTION ALERT: US Defies World Court Amid Threats to Attack Iran
(Women's Action for New Directions & Politico & The New York Times & The Hill & NPR)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran -- further proof that the Trump Administration is setting the stage for another endless war in the Middle East. We need Congress to tell Trump that the American people are not going to stand for war with Iran. Sen. Tom Udall -- joined by several senators, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Bernie Sanders -- has introduced new legislation that limits funding for active military operations in or against Iran.

US Air Force Seeks to Control 70% of Nevada's Desert National Wildlife Refuge
(Project Censored Award & Tay Wiles / High Country News)

The US Air Force wants to take control of nearly 70 percent of the 1.6-million-acre Desert National Wildlife Refuge. The 300,000-acre base expansion would push into intact bighorn sheep and exclude the Moapa Band of Paiutes, whose ancestral lands span much of southern Nevada, and who rely on access to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge for traditional resources, including food and medicinal herbs

ACTION ALERT Tell Congress: Stop Fueling War in Yemen
(Win Without War)

The US is in Yemen because, in part, Raytheon's powerful lobbyists In Washington managed to sway Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Meanwhile, 23 members of the US House have introduced a War Powers Resolution that would withdraw US Armed Forces from supporting unconstitutional hostilities alongside Saudi Arabia in Yemen. This resolution needs urgent public support to stop US involvement in the horrific attacks on the people of Yemen.

Koreans Join Forces to Begin Removing Landmines From Border
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & BBC News)

The Korean War began in 1950, and 68 years later a peace deal is still not finalized. There is hope, however, as troops from both Koreas are active along the demilitarized zone, removing some of the estimated 800,000 landmines buried around the area.

Democracy Index Reports US Democracy in Decline under Trump
(The World Economic Forum & The Economist Intelligence Unit)

For a country that obsesses on the words "freedom" and "democracy," there is an odd reluctance to acknowledge the annual published rankings of global democracies. Perhaps this is because the US has been steadily falling in the Freedom House and Economist listings. The US is no longer in the Top Ten world democracies (It's fallen to #21) and the country has been down-graded from a "democracy" to a "flawed democracy."

2018: Annual Report Finds Freedom in Decline Around the World
(Michael J. Abramowitz / Freedom House)

The year 2017 marked the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. Perhaps most worrisome for the future, is that young people -- with little memory of the long struggles against fascism and communism -- may be losing interest in the democratic project. Meanwhile, Donald Trump's attacks on the free press and the courts, undermine democratic checks and balances and could ultimately have serious consequences for the health of US democracy and America's role in the world.

Is War Like Alcohol Addiction -- Intoxicating and Deadly?
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: War is a self-perpetuating habit that harms its users and can provide a certain momentary high. Is there an epidemic of people falsely thinking of war as being too much like alcohol? I think there is. Why is the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact the only law held to not really exist if it's ever violated? I take the notion that the Pact "didn't work" to be absurd given the progress it brought in almost ending conquest, in reshaping international law, in stigmatizing war and prosecuting war criminals.

Here's What We Could Have If We Slashed The Military Budget
(Lindsay Koshgarian / Jacobin Magazine)

The US military budget sucks up an enormous amount of resources without making the world more peaceful or democratic. Here are a few ways we could better spend that $717 billion.

Torture. Police State. Election Meddling. Authoritarianism: Kavanaugh Is the Wrong Nominee for Our Times
(Popular Resistance Newsletter<)

On the basis of his past rulings, Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court could not only damage women's rights but could also promote the expansion of a police state -- with more surveillance and fewer rights -- while putting at risk the remaining critical environmental protections that have not yet been compromised or destroyed by Donald Trump's polluter-friendly cabinet appointees.

Canada's Bloated War Economy Shortchanges Canada's Citizens
(Matthew Behrens / Rabble)

Canada proudly repeats the mantra about how much the government supports women's rights as human rights. Yet the government continues to approve weapons sales to the world's most misogynist regimes -- the USA and Saudi Arabia -- and is silent as the federal budget continues to fund the War Department to the detriment of children, students, the elderly, and Canada's women.

ACTION ALERT: Tell the International Rescue Committee Not to Honor War Profiteer Larry Fink

CODEPINK and World BEYOND War are co-sponsoring a petition urging the International Rescue Committee not to honor BlackRock CEO Larry Fink with a humanitarian award at its November gala in NYC. BlackRock owns billions of shares in weapons companies that are propping up war and violence in Yemen, Israel, and elsewhere.

Trump's EPA: Science Out, Politics In
(Mark Hand / ThinkProgress)

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to combine the Office of Science Policy and the Office of the Science Advisor, a move that critics contend is another example of the Trump administration trying to diminish the role of scientists at the agency. The merger would downgrade the science advisor's role by placing it into a position lower in the agency, according to experts.

All Wars Are Illegal, So What Do We Do About It?
(Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese / Popular Resistance)

Every war being fought today is illegal. Every action taken to carry out these wars is a war crime. In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact or Pact of Paris was signed and ratified by the United States and other major nations that renounced war as a way to resolve conflicts, calling instead for peaceful ways of handling disputes. A fundamental task of the antiwar movement is to enforce the rule of law. What good are new treaties if we can't uphold the ones that already exist?

UN Report: Increasing Numbers of Afghan Women and Children Are Dying in US Airstrikes
(Agence France-Presse & James Mackenzie and Abdul Qadir Sediqi / Reuters)

An airstrike appears to have killed 12 members of an Afghan family, including ten children aged six to 15, the United Nations said, citing preliminary findings, as US and Afghan forces ramp up aerial bombardments against militants. UN investigators also are reviewing reports of civilian casualties from "a number of alleged air strikes in other parts of the country," including "credible reports" that nine members of a family were killed in an air strike on Saturday in the eastern province of Kapisa.

ACTION ALERT: Ask The International Criminal Court To Investigate Israel's Crimes
(Popular Resistance & The Green Party of the United States)

Since the Nakba in 1947, Israel has displaced, brutalized and murdered Palestinians. Israel's biggest supporter, the US, regularly provides cover for these crimes. For these reasons, US citizens have a special responsibility to demand that Israel be held accountable for its war crimes. To that end, a letter is being circulated worldwide by Peace Action and the Green Party US calling on the ICC to investigate Israel's crimes against Palestinians. The letter will be delivered to the ICC in November.

Bipartisan War Powers Bill Would Stop US Military Involvement in Yemen
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Rebecca Kheel / The Hill & Emily Birnbaum / The Hill)

A bipartisan resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives Wednesday under the War Powers Act. If the bill is passed, it would formally end US military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The war in Yemen was never authorized by Congress, and US participation has become increasingly controversial, as Saudi airstrikes kill staggering numbers of civilians.

US Is Helping to Trap Refugees Fleeing Yemen War
(Khury Petersen-Smith / Foreign Policy in Focus & In These Times)

While both the Houthis and the coalition take actions with destructive consequences for Yemen's population, the overwhelming blame for the devastation and the humanitarian crisis lies with the United States, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The United States is supplying the aircraft to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the precision munitions they're dropping, intelligence and midair refueling of the coalition war planes. The United States also continues to carry out military operations in Yemen directly.

ACTION ALERT: Planning a Vacation? Patronize Peace by Considering These Demilitarized Destinations
(Abir Gupta / StoryPick.com)

Countries often spend millions in order to strengthen their armed forces. But even in this world where most of the countries are stuck in an arms race, there are a few countries that have no army at all. Here is a list of countries that survive without any armed forces.

ACTION ALERT: Support Senate Bill to Block the Trump/Bolton Push for War with Iran
(Win Without War & Julia Conley / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War & Hon. Tom Udall / US Senate & CREDO Action)

Yesterday, at the United Nations, Trump demanded a roomful of world leaders get behind "regime change" in Iran. That's Washington-speak for war. We cannot let this terrible administration drag us into war with Iran. We've got to fight back the best and strongest way we know how: People power. Support Tom Udall's Senate bill to block a preemptive strike against Iran as illegal under the War Powers Act and the United States Constitution which states that only Congress can declare wars.

'Fighting for Freedom' -- America's Abiding Myth
(Gar Smith / The-Edge)

In 1993, a Congressional Research Service report listed "234 instances in which the US has used its armed forces abroad in situations of conflict or potential conflict or for other than normal peacetime purposes." A Global Policy Forum assessment of "US Interventions -- 1798 to the Present" reveals a record of imperial meddling unmatched in the long, bloody history of nations. Of the UN's 192 member states, over the past two centuries, the US has attacked, invaded, policed, overthrown or occupied 62 of them.

US Weapons Responsible for Soaring Civilian Deaths in Yemen and Afghanistan
(International Rescue Mission & AntiWar.com & Reuters)

The US-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen has seen the already huge civilian death toll of the war skyrocket 164% just since June. A single nine-day period in August left nearly 500 civilians killed. In Afghanistan, a soaring number of US airstrikes -- nearly 3,000 strikes in the first six months of 2018 -- have left 149 civilians killed and 204 wounded. Women and children made up more than half of the casualties.

Trump Puts Arms Sales Ahead of Yemeni Lives
(Michael Horton / The American Conservative)

How much is a Yemeni child worth? Not much it seems: about $400 if one uses the Trump administration's calculations. The UK-based charity Save the Children estimates that five million Yemeni children are at risk of starvation. That risk has increased markedly thanks to the Trump administration's fear of endangering $2 billion worth of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. This came after an American-made missile fired by either a Saudi or Emirati jet incinerated a bus full of schoolchildren last month.

War Profiteers: The US War Machine And the Arming of Repressive Regimes
(Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies / CODEPINK)

The US is the leading purveyor of arms, global war and militarism, with 800 military bases in 80 countries around the world and a military budget larger than the next seven countries combined. Since the 1980s, Washington has increasingly used the armed forces in an offensive -- not defensive -- way, to attack other countries from Nicaragua and Panama to Iraq and Libya. These interventions created more global insecurity, disrupting the lives of ordinary people and raising tensions between nuclear-armed nations.

US Weapons Responsible for Soaring Civilian Deaths in Yemen and Afghanistan
(International Rescue Mission & AntiWar.com & Reuters)

The US-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen has seen the already huge civilian death toll of the war skyrocket 164% just since June. A single nine-day period in August left nearly 500 civilians killed. In Afghanistan, a soaring number of US airstrikes -- nearly 3,000 strikes in the first six months of 2018 -- have left 149 civilians killed and 204 wounded. Women and children made up more than half of the casualties.

The 'Silent Green Wave' That Could Rock the November Vote
(Russell McLendon / Mother Nature Network)

Environmental issues tend to fall through the cracks in American politics, where they are often ignored, belittled or even denied by politicians. Yet this familiar political climate, much like Earth's climate, is more changeable than it might seem. There are 15 million Americans who consider themselves to be environmentalists but who never bother to vote. What if a new "Green Wave" of Earth-loving voters decided to show up at polling stations in November?

What If Governments Stopped Fighting and Started Obeying the Law?
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: "Remembering why we still fight in Afghanistan" was the title of a recent newspaper editorial. What's really worth remembering is how we got mislead into this long, blood, costly and illegal war in the first place. After 17 years, why do we still have 48,000 people engaged in the military occupation of a foreign country? What if we simply obeyed world law? Compliance with the 1928 Pact of Paris would mean no more wars. Compliance with the 1907 Hague Convention would mean nonviolent arbitration.

The Effects of Modern War and Military Activities
(Michael J. Lawrence, Aaron J. Zolderdo, Daniel P. Struthers, Steven J. Cooke and Holly L.J. Stemberger / Carleton University)

War is an ever-present force that has the potential to alter the biosphere. Here we review the potential consequences of modern war and military activities on ecosystem structure and function. We focus on the effects of direct conflict, nuclear weapons, military training, and military produced contaminants. Overall, the aforementioned activities were found to have overwhelmingly negative effects on ecosystem structure and function.

Finding New, Peacetime Uses for Costly, Sprawling US Military Bases
(Joe Mathews / San Francisco Chronicle & Ramstein Air Base)

At 200 square miles, California's Camp Pendleton Marine Base is bigger than San Jose. The largest open coastal space between Santa Barbara and Mexico, the property offers scenic mountains, canyons, mesas, estuaries, a lake, a bison preserve, a free-flowing river -- along with theaters, museums, golf courses, a new hospital, scuba center, YMCA, 11 fire stations, five public schools, 14 barbershops, and eight dry cleaners. But now that wars are conducted by drones, how much of the base does the DoD need?

Korea Should Reunify Outside the Western Empire
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: Imagine if the United States made peace with North Korea. There are perhaps three ways to do it. The most likely outcome and the best outcome are not the same. But the reason we're considering any of them at all is because the two Korean governments are already trying to work around the disastrous US presence -- so who knows what's possible?

Mass Murder: Made in America
(Nima Elbagir, Salma Abdelaziz, and Laura Smith-Spark / CNN)

Last month, a CNN investigation found remnants of a US-made bomb at the scene of an airstrike that left dozens of schoolboys dead. Now, an independent Yemen-based human rights group called Mwatana has given CNN exclusive access to a trove of documents that show fragments of US-manufactured bombs at the scene of a string of other incidents since 2015, when the civil war began. In each of these cases, civilians were either killed or put at risk.

Trump's War on the First Amendment: Treating Protest as Terrorism
(Will Parrish and Sam Levin / Guardian)

Indigenous activists in Montana fear the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline could break and spill, destroying tribal waters and desecrating sacred Native American sites. But that's not the most immediate threat. Recently released records reveal the Trump administration has vilified nonviolent pipeline opponents as "extremists" and violent criminals who pose a risk of potential "terrorism." If the pipeline gets final approval, massive demonstrations are anticipated -- along with a police crack-down.

New Zealand Greenpeacers Freed after Blocking World's Largest Oil-search Ship
(Nick Young / Greenpeace Aotearoa, New Zealand)

Charges against Greenpeace New Zealand's Executive Director Dr. Russel Norman and climate activist Sara Howell have been dropped after they were arrested for swimming in front of the world's largest oil and gas exploration ship to stop the search for fossil fuels off the Wairarapa Coast. On September 11, 2018, 33 years after French agents bombed and the flagship vessel -- an act of state-sponsored terrorism that killed one crew member -- the Rainbow Warrior II returned to Auckland.

ACTION ALERT: Aug. 24 Deadline -- Big Oil & Gas vs. Endangered Species
(Miranda Carter / Food & Water Watch)

Bald eagles, grizzly bears, California condors, grey wolves, American alligators . . . The Endangered Species Act (ESA) successfully brought these and other iconic species back from the brink. That's pretty amazing. Now the Trump administration is trying to gut endangered species protections for the benefit of the oil and gas industry. It's possible to stop this if we all speak up loudly and refuse to back down -- but the deadline for comments is September 24.

The International Day of Peace -- September 21
(The United Nations)

The International Day of Peace was created by the UN, it is a global observance by hundreds of millions people and thousands of organizations each year on September 21st. The music and images in this video are entertaining, and the message provides a sense of hope.

The Forever War's Cheerleaders
(Lyle Jeremy Rubin / The Nation)

Commentary: There is a chasm of awareness that often exists between veterans and civilians, especially during an age in which an all-volunteer military prosecutes never-ending wars, and in which those Americans who end up experiencing combat prove statistically negligible. It isn't so much a chasm of awareness as a chasm of memory. The problem with veterans is we keep remembering our wars when we are supposed to join everyone else in forgetting them.

Health Professionals Tackle War
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: When I discovered that militarism is one of the top destroyers of the natural environment, that war wastes more money than anything else, is a major promoter of racism, is the primary threat to civil liberties and the push for militarized police, and is the top barrier to the rule of law and global cooperation, I added that to my case against war. But when I read that militarism is a top public health threat that medical professionals have a responsibility to prevent, I'm struck with conflicting responses.

Climate Catastrophe Threatens Global Health and Food Emergencies
(Justine Calma / Grist & Nicola Davis / The Guardian & Carla Green / The Guardian)

One of the larger themes at this week's massive Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco is the relationship between climate change and human health. City heatwaves could lead to two to three times as many deaths by 2050, the report says. Rising levels of carbon dioxide could make crops less nutritious and damage the health of hundreds of millions of people. By 2100, without a reduction in emissions, California could see a 77% increase in the average area burned by wildfires.

The American War in Yemen: A Descent Into Hell
(Tom Englehardt /TomDispatch & Rajan Menon / TomDispatch)

Despite the thousands killed and the billions spent on Washington's "Global War on Terror," there's not much to show on the anti-terrorism front. Indeed, the Saudi coalition's airstrikes and US drone attacks in Yemen may be moving Yemenis -- enraged by the destruction of their homes and livelihoods and the deaths of loved ones – to join the ranks of Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula. In short, a war on terror has turned into a war of and for terror -- and America's prospering arms barons couldn't be happier.

Trump Cuts Humanitarian Aid for Palestinians; Has No Plan for Peace
(Daniel Estrin / National Public Radio & Ali Sawafta and Maayan Lubell / Reuters)

The Trump administration has confirmed it will no longer fund peace-building programs for Palestinians and Israelis -- including an interfaith youth program and a project for children with disabilities. It's the latest in a series of announcements of the US cutting hundreds of millions of dollars for Palestinians -- a move that could put "Israelis and Palestinians on a collision course for further conflict."

The Original 9/11: 45 Years After the US-backed Coup, the Words of Salvador Allende and Victor Jara Are Still With Us
(Yves Engler / CounterPunch & President Salvador Allende & Victor Jara)

On September 16, 1973, the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, was overthrown in a US-backed coup engineered by Henry Kissinger, "America's preeminent surviving war criminal." The US-installed dictator, General Augusto Pinochet instituted a bloody reign where tens of thousands were tortured, murdered and "disappeared" while hundreds of thousands were driven from the country. Allende committed suicide and folksinger Victor Jara was publicly tortured and executed by the junta.

Military Recruiting inside the US: In Violation of UN Law on Rights of the Child
(Pat Elder / Pat Elder for Congress & The Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Centers)

As a candidate for Congress, I call on the US to join the clear majority of the nations in the world in setting 18 as the absolute minimum age for military recruitment. Currently, 10% of US recruits are 17 year-olds. The UN has put the US on notice regarding US failure to abide by the treaty. The complaints below were adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The Demonization of Russia in a New Cold War Era
(Mairead Maguire / AntiWar.com)

Commentary by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Mired Maguire: "All armies must have an enemy to deem them necessary. An enemy must be created, and the people must be convinced that there is need for action to safeguard the freedom of their country. We must ask the question: Is this leading to more arms, a bigger NATO? Missile compounds are being erected in Romania, Poland and other ex-Soviet countries, while military games are set up in Scandinavia close to the Russian border."

A Yom Kippur Prayer For Our Sins as Individuals and As a Society
(Rabbi Michael Lerner / Tikkun)

The Tikkun community invites you to share this with your friends -- of all religions and none -- as an example of what a religious spiritual practice might contribute to the tikkun-ing (the "healing and transformation") of our world. If you happen to be going to a Kol Nidre and/or Yom Kippur service, bring this with you, feel free to make copies and distribute to the people with whom you pray.

Raytheon, Lockheed and General Dynamics: Complicit in Yemen War Crimes
(Marcelo Guadiana / AntiWar.com & Alex Ward / VOX)

For more than three years, Raytheon, a major US defense contractor, has been aiding and abetting war crimes in Yemen, manufacturing the world's worst humanitarian crises and profiting upon the bodies of Yemeni children torn apart by their bombs. Largely hidden from the public, billions of dollars have been made by American arms manufactures in the US backed war in Yemen. Also involved in making the bomb that killed 44 schoolchildren on a bus in Yemen -- Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.

US-backed Saudi Warplanes Attack Yemen Bus Station: 20 Civilians Killed
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Leith Aboufadel / Al Masdar News)

US lawmakers' patience with the Saudi coalition is wearing thin as the civilian death toll increases. Outrage increased last month after the coalition struck a school bus and killed 40 children, prompting major Congressional moves to limit involvement in the war. But Secretary of State Pompeo has overruled Congress, certifying Washington's continued refueling of coalition aircraft in the Yemen civil war.

Fighting Threatens Millions of Civilians: Yemenis Forced to Eat Leaves to Survive
(Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press & Maggie Michael| / The Daily Star)

A recent bout of fighting between Yemeni government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition and Shiite rebels around the Red Sea port city of Hodeida could jeopardize shipments of 46,000 tons of wheat expected to arrive within the next ten days. Humanitarian workers, infrastructure and food supplies have been targeted in recent days. The fighting could impact World Food Program's ability to supply up to 3.5 million people in dire need.

From Peace to Armageddon: The Israel-Palestine Nightmare
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Sandy Tolan / TomDispatch)

With the endless march of settlements, Israel's continued impunity, a fractured Palestine divided between the West Bank and Gaza, and a Trump administration empowering people who believe Armageddon is near, a solution to the Israel-Palestine nightmare may seem impossible. But maybe a just peace is coming sooner than you think. After all, who predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall or the end of apartheid in South Africa?

US Support for the Bombing of Yemen To Continue, For Now
(Kevin Martin / AntiWar.com & Jonathan Landay / Reuters)

The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen is considered the world's worst at this moment, with well over 10,000 people having been killed (an estimated 20 percent are children) and 15 million of the total Yemeni population of 23 million considered "food insecure." Earlier this year, the US Senate filed to stop US in-air refueling of Saudi jets and other logistical, intelligence and targeting support that allows the continued bombing of civilians in Yemen -- killing schoolchildren with bombs made by US-based Lockheed.

Raytheon's War Crimes in Yemen
(Marcelo Guadiana / AntiWar.com)

Largely hidden from the public, billions of dollars have been made by American arms manufactures in the US backed war in Yemen. For more than three years, Raytheon, a major US defense contractor, has been aiding and abetting war crimes in Yemen, manufacturing the world's worst humanitarian crises and profiting upon the bodies of Yemeni children torn apart by their bombs.

ACTION ALERT: Betsy DeVos Plans to Let Schools Buy Guns With Federal Funds
(Madhuri Sathish / Bustle & Equality PAC & We Are Progressives.org)

In the months after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people, conservatives and gun rights advocates suggested that teachers should be allowed to keep firearms in their classrooms. School district leaders in Parkland ultimately voted against arming teachers, but in a letter issued on Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she will allow schools to buy guns using federal grants.

How Do Weapons Makers Sleep At Night?
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies / CODEPINK)

A new report by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies focuses on the five largest US arms manufacturers -- Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics -- and their dealings with three repressive nations: Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt, all of which have used US-made weapons from the companies listed above to kill, injure, and traumatize huge numbers of innocent people, committing war crimes both in their own countries and in countries beyond their borders.

The US Has Spent $1.5 Trillion On War Since September 11 Attacks
(Amanda Macias / CNBC & Nabih Bulos / The Los Angeles Times)

US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have cost taxpayers more than $1.5 trillion since Sept. 11, 2001. US military operations -- for Operation Freedom's Sentinel (Afghanistan), Operation Inherent Resolve (Syria and Iraq), and Operation Noble Eagle {for homeland security in the US and Canada) -- account for $185.5 billion of that. Currently there are around 14,000 Americans in Afghanistan and 70,000 US Special Operations forces have been deployed to 133 nations on missions Americans are not allowed to know about.

I Remember: A Remembrance of 9/11
(Mark Dunlea / MarkDunlea.org)

Commentary: I remember that many of us said "Do not treat our cries of grief as a cry for war. Seek justice. Treat it as a criminal act. Use it to build peace, not war."

The Human Costs of the Afghanistan War
(Samira Abrar / CODEPINK & Dr. Hakim / CODEPINK)

Commentary: War has had a terrible impact on children in Afghanistan. After almost two decades of United States development efforts, with the hopes of helping the war-weary country take a path to stability and self-reliance, little has changed on the ground for children growing up today in Afghanistan. They are not safer. They do not have more rights. And they have never known peace.

The Trump "Thugocracy" Takes Aim at International Criminal Court, PLO
(Steve Holland / Reuters)

The Trump administration on Monday threatened tough action against the International Criminal Court should it try to prosecute Americans for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and said the PLO's office in Washington would be closed for seeking to punish Israel through the court. The planned PLO closure is yet another pressure tactic by a Trump administration that has slashed funding to a UN agency for Palestinian refugees and to hospitals in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as capital of a future state.

Trump vs. World Law: Accused of Committing War Crimes, the US Threatens the International Criminal Court
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & David Swanson / World BEYOND War)

As the International Criminal Court (ICC) moves to investigate US war crimes committed during the 17-year long war in Afghanistan, the Trump Administration is moving to position itself in direct opposition not just to the investigations, but the court itself. The US has long resisted ICC oversight of its myriad war crimes and misdeeds, and has long insisted that Americans are immune from ICC prosecution.

Is Donald Trump Encouraging Climate Change to Promote Fascism and Genocide?
(Matthew Barad / Keep Colorado Green & Tim Hollo / At the Well & Gaby Galvin / US News and World Report)

Commentary: While the wealthy remain safe in their bunkers, while the nationalists hide behind their borders, the rest of humanity will be left to starve, wither, drown, and burn. This is the world of Donald Trump. This is the future of Climate Fascism.

ACTION ALERT: Idlib Is on the Brink of a Humanitarian Catastrophe
(Amy Goodman and Rania Abouzeid / Democracy Now! & Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives)

The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Tehran on September 8 as the Syrian military threatened a massive invasion of the rebel-held city of Idlib. The UN is warning that an assault on Idlib could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe. Syria already has experienced about half a million dead. Half of the country of 23 million people has been displaced. And while these numbers are massive, every number is a person who was part of a family, who was part of a community. And that is the tragedy of Syria.

Pentagon Misleads American Public on the Afghan War
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Rod Nordland, As Ngu and Fähig Abed / The New York Times)

Seventeen years into the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has gone through several periods of trying to sell the American public on the idea that the war isn't a disastrous failure. This is increasingly difficult, because the war is going really badly.

Trump Forces Caught Plotting Overthrow of Venezuelan Government
(Ernesto Londono and Nicholas Casey / The New York Times)

The Trump administration held secret meetings with Venezuelan military officers to discuss plans to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. Establishing a clandestine channel with coup plotters in Venezuela was a big gamble. Many in the region still deeply resent the United States for backing previous rebellions, coups and plots in countries like Cuba, Nicaragua, Brazil and Chile, and for turning a blind eye to the civil and human rights abuses that followed the installation of US-friendly rightwing military regimes.

ACTION ALERT: Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice. Marches Erupt in 95 Countries around the World
(Rise for Climate.org & Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice is taking off all over the world -- in more than 900 locations in 95 countries! We've seen massive events and actions from Uganda to Paris, across the country and now in San Francisco, where the official count was 30,000. We'll have another end of day recap later today so look out for that. But here's what we got form the middle of the march here in SF!

America's Overblown Fear of Terrorism
(Daniel R. DePetris / The National Interest)

While nobody likes to read about 20-30,000 ISIS members bunkering down in Iraq and Syria or Al Qaeda exploiting proxy conflicts in the region to deepen their foothold, nobody should lose sleep about it either. An American is more likely to die drowning in a bathtub than being killed in a suicide bombing. Only 100 people on American soil have been killed in acts of terrorism over the last 16 years (nearly half of which resulted from a single lone-wolf 2016 mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

Ecuador Ordered To Pay Exxon for Oil Spill Aftermath

Ecuador will be forced to pay economic reparations to the oil giant. The over 30,000 affected people in the Amazon haven't received any compensation. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has ruled in favor of oil giant Chevron and declared Ecuador guilty of violating a bilateral investment treaty signed with the United States in 1997, of withholding justice from the company, and for not providing Chevron with "just and equitable" treatment.

Keystone Pipeline Protesters Fear Federal Surveillance and Crackdowns
(Phil McKenna / Inside Climate News & Nicholas Kusnetz / Inside Climate News)

The US Army Corps of Engineers is defending its claim that the Dakota Access pipeline will have no significant environmental impact, but it issued only a brief summary of its court-ordered reassessment while refusing to release crucial details about potential oil spills. With the Keystone XL pipeline expected to draw protests from indigenous and environmental activists the ACLU is worried that federal law enforcement agencies may be planning a massive surveillance and a militarized crackdown on protesters.

Why Defending Indigenous Rights Is Integral to Fighting Climate Change
(Jade Begay and Ayse Gursoz / Independent Media Institute and Rainforest Action Network)

Even as the Trump regime rolls back regulations meant to protect Americans from pollution, the EPA has released a report that finds that people of color are much more likely to breathe toxic air than their white counterparts. Indigenous and politically marginalized communities are hardest hit by the climate crisis -- even though they are the least responsible for causing it. From Standing Rock to the pipeline fights across the US and Canada, Indigenous peoples are leading the resistance to fossil fuels.

Trump Isn't Winning in Afghanistan He's Repeating the Mistakes of Bush and Obama
(Bonnie Kristian / Reason)

The Trump administration is optimistic about Afghanistan. Since Trump introduced his plan a year ago -- putting more US boots on the ground and committing to our fifth round of re-entrenchment in America's longest war -- the conflict has been punctuated by a key milestone -- its first ceasefire since 2001. But the Pentagon's overall assessments of Afghanistan are bleak. In recent months have seen the "Taliban maintain their grip on much of the country, and the civilian death toll has reached a record high."

Growing Calls for US to Stop Fueling Saudi Atrocities in Yemen
(Jake Johnson / Common Dreams & Jon Queally / Common Dreams & ulia Conley / Common Dreams & Daniel Larison / The American Conservative)

After the US-backed Saudi-led coalition issued a statement on Saturday calling its deadly bombing of a Yemeni school bus "unjustified" and claiming it was the result of mere "mistakes," human rights groups and progressive lawmakers ramped up calls for the US to immediately halt all arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which has been viciously bombing Yemen for years. Meanwhile, munitions experts confirmed that a Lockheed Martin-produced bomb was behind the deaths the children in the bus attack.

Capitalism to the Rescue: Profiting Off PTSD
(Jasper Craven and Suzanne Gordon / Reveal @ The Center for Investigative Journalism)

Every day in America, roughly 20 former service members die by suicide. A lot of these deaths are attributable to a lack of appropriate treatments for PTSD. With this crisis in mind, private companies are racing to develop solutions -- financed by federal grants. Yet many of the proposed cures are unproven and questionable. Multiple studies of alternative PTSD treatments rely on self-reported results, as opposed to what's called the "clinician-administered" PTSD scale, the gold standard.

Why Is ExxonMobil Still Funding Climate Science Denier Groups?
(Elliot Negin / Union of Concerned Scientists)

A decade after pledging to end its support for climate science deniers, ExxonMobil gave $1.5 million last year to 11 think tanks and lobby groups that reject established climate science and openly oppose the oil and gas giant's professed climate policy preferences. Until ExxonMobil stops funding these groups, its avowed support for a carbon tax, the Paris Climate Agreement and other climate initiatives can't be seen as anything more than a cynical PR ploy.

US-backed Saudi-UAE Coalition Admits Yemen School Bus Attack 'Unjustified'
(Al Jazeera)

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have admitted that the bombing of a school bus in Yemen -- which killed 51 people, including 40 children -- was "unjustified." On the day of the attack, a coalition spokesperson insisted the air raid hit a "legitimate military target" that included "operators and planners." Saudi investigators now promise that those behind the mass-slaughter should be held accountable. Lockheed (which made the bomb) and the US (which provided it) also should be held accountable.

Dublin Conference Seeks to Close Hundreds of US Military Bases Around the World
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

The US spends about five times what China does on its military. These costs include maintaining a global garrison that reaches almost every country on Earth, including 800 -1,000 major military bases outside the US. The bases typically evict the local residents and anger neighboring communities generating noise, pollution, and crime -- including physical and sexual violence. On November 16-18 Dublin Ireland will be the site of a conference to discuss efforts to close down US and NATO military bases worldwide.

The Pentagon's "Forever War" in Afghanistan: The Limits of American Courage
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / AntiWar.com & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: "I watched incredibly brave and dedicated officers and men battle the Taliban at the peak of American strength in Afghanistan in 2011. Courage wasn't enough then. It isn't now. Afghanistan will never be what we'd hoped for in 2001 -- a model democracy birthed in America's image. The inconvenient question is this: how many more Americans will die before we accept that truth?"

Future of Diego Garcia: Hearings of the Chagos Case Against the UK
(Lindsey Collen / LALIT & Talk Nation Radio & Roland Oliphant / The Telegraph & Larry Luxner / The Washington Diplomat & Harriet Alexander / The Telegraph)

The Diego Garcia (Chagos) case against Britain is coming up at the International Court of Justice (IJC) at the Hague on September 3-6. It is quite exciting that some light is finally being shed on this British-US land-grab of 1965 -- which lead to the expulsion of the local populations and the creation of a massive US military base. Hearings will be streamed live and on demand in English and French on the ICJ site as well as on UN Web TV, the official UN site.

ACTION ALERT: Social and Ecological Imperatives of War Abolition & WBW's 2018 #NoWar Conference: Sept. 21-22
(Greta Zarro / World BEYOND War )

World BEYOND War is a decentralized, global grassroots network of volunteers, activists, and allied organizations advocating for the abolition of the very institution of war and its replacement with a culture of peace. Our work follows a two-pronged approach of peace education and nonviolent direct action organizing campaigns. More than 75,000 people from 173 countries have signed our declaration of peace, pledging to work nonviolently for a world beyond war. Join us in Toronto on September 21-22.

New Bill Offers Aid to Vets Injured During 1966 Clean-up of Nuclear Bomb Accident
(Leo Shane III / Military Times & Dave Collins / The Associated Press)

Veterans exposed to radioactive debris more than five decades ago haven't made much progress in the courts to have their illnesses recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs, so now they're hoping Congress can intervene. A bill sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal would force VA to offer care to vets involved the 1966 cleanup of a calamitous nuclear-bomb accident in Palomares, Spain,that may have exposed more than 1,600 American service members to deadly levels of radiation.

US Drone Policy Goes from Bad to Worse: The Stimson Center Report for 2018
(Laurie Calhoun / The Libertarian Institute)

Every two years, the Stimson Center Task Force on US Drone Policy issues recommendations to Washington on the use of weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles -- i.e. "drones." The drone program rests on the premeditated, intentional, extrajudicial assassination of persons (usually Muslim males) suspected of possibly plotting possible future terrorist attacks -- or simply being potentially capable of doing so. Now Trump is rolling back the few existing "restraints" on the use of "assassination drones."

War and Nature: SEJ 17th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment
(Society of Environmental Journalists)

Pro Publica's series "Bombs In Our Backyards" did exactly what it set out to do, to expose the menace lurking in the nation's neighbourhoods -- the US military, which ironically, is charged with defending the nation. In a sweeping series, journalist Abrahm Lustgarten revealed the military as the biggest polluter not only in the United States, but surely on the planet.

"Defence Scientists" Gather in Montreal to Research Fighting in Urban Areas
(David Pugliese / Ottawa Citizen)

Defence scientists from a number of countries will be in Montreal in mid-September to participate in an experiment to look at new technologies for fighting and conducting operations in cities. The Contested Urban Environment 2018 experiment will take place from September 10-21 and will involve participants from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the US. The goal? To improve the ability of soldiers to conduct military operations in "complex urban environments."

California Passes Trio of Gun Control Bills
(Amanda Michelle Gomez / ThinkProgress)

California could soon join nine other states that have enacted strict bans on firearms for domestic abusers. The Democratic-controlled legislature sent the domestic violence bill, as well as two other measures -- a lifetime ban on people placed on involuntary psychiatric holds twice in one year and new standard for residents to obtain a concealed weapon permit (eight hours of training and pass a live-fire shooting test) -- to Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) desk for consideration.

Study: US Police Militarization Leads to More Violence, Targets Black People

A new study of more than 9,000 US law enforcement agencies has revealed that militarizing police units has a reverse effect on communities, triggering higher levels of violence, distrust towards law enforcement, and discrimination. Unlike local police officers, SWAT teams receive advanced combat training and therefore have a higher commitment to both military equipment and training.

The Death of Sgt. Van Dale Todd
(Daniel Borgstrom / Daniel Borgstrom.Blogspot.com)

Van had once believed in the Vietnam War, and he was a guy who'd fight for what he believed in. He'd enlisted in the Army, volunteered for the paratroopers, and asked to be assigned to Vietnam. He spent seventeen months in combat with the 101st Airborne in 1969 and 1970. After returning from Vietnam, however, he had a complete change of heart, and joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War and took part in peace marches.

The Fallacy of Calling McCain -- or Anyone Else -- a War Hero
(Daniel Borgstrom / Dissident Voice)

Commentary: A Marine Corps veteran asks: What is it that might qualify someone as a "hero"? "Unlike so many warmongering chickenhawks -- such as Karl Rove, Paul Wolfowitz, Robert Kagan and most other neocons – John McCain did actually serve in the military. But the same could be said for nearly all top Nazis -- including Hitler and Goering. They fought in a war and they loved war. They were destructive persons who learned nothing positive from their military experience."

US Bombs Are Killing Children in Yemen. Does Anybody Care?
(Moustafa Bayoumi / The Guardian)

This is not a column about Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen or Robert Mueller. On the contrary, this is a column about the things we are not paying attention to -- and why we should. On 9 August, the US-backed Saudi-led coalition dropped a bomb on a school bus and killed 44 children. Two weeks later, Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed yet another 26 children and four women. Under US law (the Arms Export Control Act), future US arms sales to the Saudis should be halted.

Standoff over Syria: US and Russia Trade Chemical Weapons Warnings
(Bloomberg & Japan Times)

The US and Russia exchanged warnings about a possible chemical attack in Syria and a Western military intervention in response, on the eve of what may be one of the decisive campaigns in the Middle Eastern country's civil war. Tensions between the nuclear powers flared after National Security Adviser John Bolton told his Russian counterpart that the US is making preparations to attack Syria if it believes President Assad attempts to use chemical weapons in the battle recapture the province of Idlib. The US is ready to respond forcefully, Bolton said during a five-hour meeting in Geneva on Thursday, according to four people familiar with the discussions.

Ending the US-Saudi War on Yemen: Trump Ignores Civilian Casualties
(David Swanson and Shireen Al-Adeimi / Talk Nation Radio)

With little public attention, Donald Trump used his August 13 signing statement for the $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act to override restrictions aimed at minimizing civilian deaths in the US-Saudi war on Yemen. The move came days after the Saudi-led coalition struck a school bus in Yemen with a US-made bomb, killing 54 people, 44 of them children. After three years and tens of thousands killed, Trump has no intention of curbing its role in the bloody war it inherited from Obama.

UN Accuses Saudi-UAE-US Alliance of Possible War Crimes in Yemen
(Alan Fisher /Al Jazeera)

The United Nations has accused the Saudi-UAE military alliance of committing possible war crimes in Yemen, adding there was "little evidence of any attempt . . . to minimise civilian casualties." In a damning report on Tuesday, the UN said air attacks had caused the most direct civilian casualties in the war, and a blockade of Yemeni ports and airspace may have violated international humanitarian law. Fragments of a US-made MK-82 bomb were found near a school bus that was bombed earlier this month.

The Yemen Bus Massacre Is Lockheed's Crime
(Ahmad Algohbary and Faisal Edroos / Al Jazeera & Nima Elbagir, Salma Abdelaziz, Ryan Browne, Barbara Arvanitidis and Laura Smith-Spark / CNN)

Eyewitness reports: "A video taken by one of the boys on the bus, Osama al-Hamran, showed the children excited for the day ahead. In one clip, the children recited verses from the Quran. In another, they were smiling and giggling. After stops at a graveyard for local fighters and a nearby shrine, the bus was supposed to take its young passengers to Saada city for a visit to the ninth-century al-Hadi mosque, a historical site which is venerated by Yemen's Houthi rebels. But the children never made it."

GOP Rejects Call to Curb US Funding for Killing Children in Yemen
(Jon Queally / Common Dreams & The Humanist Report)

Less than a day after Senate Republicans rejected a chance "to slam on the brakes and stop [America's] role in enabling the suffering in Yemen," at least 26 more children were slaughtered by a US-backed Saudi-led bombing in the country. Condemning the bombing the UN's humanitarian chief and head of the UN Children's Fund said the attack -- in which four women, in addition to the children, were killed -- took place as the victims tried to flee the area. Humanitarian groups have also aimed criticism at the US.

Russia Warns: US Preparing "False Flag" Chemical Attack as Pretext to Attack Syria
(RT News & Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge & The Saker & Sputnik)

The US, UK and France are preparing new airstrikes on Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that militants are poised to stage a chemical weapons attack to frame Damascus and provide a pretext for strikes. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov warned that eight canisters of chlorine have been delivered to a village near Jisr al-Shughur to stage the plot. Meanwhile, Trump advisor John Bolton has ominously threatened that any chemical attack would be met with force.

US and Russia Continue Plans for a World-ending Nuclear War
(Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge & Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast & Nikolay Shevchenko / Russia Beyond & Anton Valagin / Rossiyaskaya Gazeta)

FEMA has significantly updated its nuclear disaster plans. The new scenario has been described as "truly terrifying." The new plan includes preparedness for a scenario involving large-scale thermonuclear detonations -- 100 kiloton to 1,000 kiloton detonations -- "over the 60 largest US cities." In Russia, 40 million people recently participated nuclear-war "defense" drills and massive bunkers have been built below Moscow to shelter millions of civilians in the event of a nuclear attack.

Saudi-led Coalition to "Investigate" Its Own War Crimes: Sen. Warren Demands Answers from Pentagon
(Alex Emmons / The Intercept)

In the aftermath of a horrific bombing that killed dozens of children aboard a school bus in Yemen, the US urged the US-backed, Saudi- and UAE-led coalition to examine and account for the loss of civilian lives. But as calls for an investigation mount, a new report from Human Rights Watch finds "fundamental problems" with the way the coalition investigates allegations of civilian harm. Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is demanding answers about the US role in aiding the Saudi and UAE bombing campaign in Yemen.

Revisiting War's Impact on the Syrian Residents of Eastern Ghouta
(Al Jazeera & World Food Program USA & BBC World News )

After a fierce seven-week offensive that left much of Eastern Ghouta in rubble, and an alleged chemical attack, the Syrian army regained control of the areas, which have been held by opposition fighters since 2012. Over the course of 30 days, the war claimed 1,473 civilians lives, including 301 children and 185 women. Syria's state news agency SANA says that "terrorists" are using civilians as human shields. About 400,000 residents of Ghouta have been under siege by Russian-backed Syrian forces since 2013.

US Army Brass Warns Against Overuse of Drones, But 'Pandora's Box' Already Open
(Sputnik International)

War abolition activist Leah Bolger warns that weaponized drones allow wars to be fought without human combatants actually facing each other, and that's not a good thing. In drone warfare, "we don't really know who we're killing. We don't know what the damage is. We don't know who those people are, or all the 'collateral damage,' as they use that euphemism." EAW offers a selection of videos that reveal the potential threat posed by militarized drones -- from hand-grenade quadcopters to the Pentagon's Predator drones.

Secret Israeli Report Confirms Armed Drone Used to Kill Four Boys Playing on Gaza Beach
(Robert Mackey/ The Intercept)

A confidential report by Israeli military police investigators -- concealed from the public until now -- explains how a tragic series of mistakes by air force, naval, and intelligence officers led to an airstrike in which four Palestinian boys playing on a beach in Gaza in 2014 were killed by missiles launched from an armed drone. The testimony raises new questions about whether the attack, which unfolded in front of dozens of journalists and triggered global outrage, was carried out with reckless disregard for civilian life.

US Ignored Call from China and Russia to Sign Treaty to Ban Space War
(Matthew Loffhagen / Outer Places & Joe Pappalardo / Popular Mechanics)

Russian and Chinese diplomats have been lambasting America for refusing to sign the aptly titled "Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space" (PAROS) treaty. Instead, the US is moving forward with tests of all kinds of terrifying weapons, most notably hypersonic rockets. Basically, anything that's ever turned up in a Star Wars movie is fair game in the modern era of very real space war. It's no wonder the Doomsday Clock just ticked forward to two minutes before Nuclear Midnight.

What 15 Years of US Occupation Has Produced: Angry Iraqis
(Reese Erlich / ReeseErlich.com)

What has the US accomplished? Before the 2003 US invasion, Iraq had a thriving economy with public education, a stock exchange, and one of the region's best medical care systems. Today Iraq faces major electricity shortages. In Basra. salt water flows from faucets and militant protests continue in the oil rich city despite harsh government crackdowns. Thousands of Iraqis are demanding jobs and the restoration of basic utility services. Iraq is now listed as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

US-backed Saudi Airstrike on Refugee Camp Kills 22 Children
(Al Jazeera & AntiWar.com & Xinhua)

Yemen's Houthi rebels say air raids by the Saudi-UAE military alliance have killed at least 31 civilians -- including 22 children -- sheltering in a refugee camp. 79 civilians were wounded, again overwhelmingly children. The attack came two weeks after another coalition air attack that killed 51 civilians, including 42 boys who were taking a field trip in a school bus. The US-backed war has so far killed more than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, and displaced about 3 million others.

Senate Blocks Voting on Amendment to Defund Yemen War Crimes
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Hon. Chris Murphy / US Senate)

Sen. Chris Murphy's amendment to withdraw all funding for the US involvement in the war in Yemen was blocked by Senate leadership. According to the United Nations, up to one-third of all Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit civilian targets. Data shows there has been a 37% increase in civilian casualties from airstrikes in 2018 compared to 2017.

How the US Helped Massacre Yemeni Schoolchildren
(Belen Fernandez / Jacobin)

Commentary: Anyone familiar with the United States' track record will be aware that protecting innocents is never really the name of the game. CNN reported that the munition responsible for the school bus massacre in Yemen was a 500-pound "laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin," a pillar of the US military-industrial complex. The bomb's provenance is not enormously surprising given the $110 billion US-Saudi defense deal to which Donald Trump gave birth last year in Riyadh.

Afghanistan's Children Have a Question: "Can We Abolish War?"
(Dr. Hakim / World BEYOND War)

#Enough!, is the name of the Afghan Peace Volunteers campaign to abolish war. Fatima, one of the students -- who participated in the very first street kids' demonstration in Kabul demanding a school for 100 street kids -- also has helped plant trees and has protested war by burying toy weapons. On September 21, 2017 -- the International day of Peace -- she was one of 100 street kids who served a lunch meal to 100 Afghan laborers. "In place of war," Fatima explained, "we will do acts of kindness."

US Army Officer Says "Shame on Us" for Not Putting an End to War
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: Numbness or apathy. These seem to be Americans' go-to responses when each new overseas tragedy unfolds. Recently, 40 Yemeni children were killed by a Saudi airstrike on a school bus. And it is the US that refuels the warplanes, sells the bombs and otherwise enables a Saudi terror campaign that's killed tens of thousands of Yemeni civilians. Then there's Afghanistan, Niger, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, and Pakistan -- all under attack by US troops who are fighting, killing, or dying with no end in sight

It's Time to Rethink the Institution of War
(Dr. Hakim / AntiWar.com & Brian Cloughley / AntiWar.com)

It's frustrating that whereas all human beings wish to live meaningful lives, we seem helpless in the face of a few individuals waging wars and exploiting resources. But we can do something about this insensible status quo. Ordinary folk in the People's Peace Movement are showing us how by taking one barefoot-step at a time, traveling to the Northern areas of Afghanistan to persuade fellow Afghans -- whether they're with "insurgent groups" or with the US/NATO/Afghan forces -- to stop fighting.

ACTION ALERT: Defund the Criminal US/Saudi Military Assault on Yemen
(Washington Post Editorial & AntiWar.com & US Senator Chris Murphy )

On August 9, an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen dropped a bomb that struck a bus packed with young boys in the village of Dayan. The US-made bomb killed at least 51 people, including 40 children. A Saudi spokesmen defended this horrific massacre. The administration's response has amounted to a shrug. The US is complicit in a probable war crime and the Dahyan bombing was not an isolated incident -- previous airstrikes have hit civilian weddings, funerals and food markets.

Are Congress and the White House Reaching Breaking Point on Yemen?
(Eric Eikenberry / Lobe Log)

After a Saudi-led strike killed 40 children in Yemen, a Pentagon spokesperson shrugged: "We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the US sold to them." General Joseph Votel professed the same know-nothingness when he told the Senate that CENTCOM cannot say whether US fuel and US munitions are responsible for airstrikes that are killing civilians. There are growing signs of escalating tension between Congress and the administration over US support for war crimes in Yemen.

ACTION ALERT: With Trump's Military Parade Cancelled, How Should the Peace Movement Respond?
(Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance)

This week, the Trump military parade, planned for November 10, was canceled for 2018. In February, a coalition of groups went public, announcing we would organize to stop the parade and, if it went forward, to mobilize more people at the parade calling for an end to war and militarism. The coalition called for "ending the wars at home and abroad." The question the coalition is asking now is how to build on the success of stopping Trump's military parade. Please join the conversation about where we go from here.

Israeli Peace Activist Uri Avnery Dies at 94
(Haaretz & Rabbi Michael Lerner / Tikkun & Uri Avnery / Gush Shalom)

The peace community grieves and mourns the passing of Uri Avery, the founder and leader of Israel's peace movement, Gush Shalom Until the last moment he continued on the way he had traveled all his life. Two weeks ago, he collapsed in his home when he was about to leave for the Rabin Square to attend a demonstration against the "Nation State Law." A few hours later, he wrote a sharp article against that law. You can read Uri's last article below.

Long-buried WWII Bombs Discovered in France, Poland, England, and Hong Kong!
(Agence France-Presse & The New York Times et al.)

A French fishing trawler netted a World War II bomb containing nearly a ton of explosives off a stretch of the Normandy coast where the June 1944 D-Day landings that led to the liberation of occupied France took place. In Germany, a 1,100-pound WWII-era bomb was found one mile from downtown Berlin. In June, a WWII-era bomb was discovered at a US military base in Stuttgart. In February, a WWII bomb was found in the Thames. In May, people were evacuated when a WWII bomb was unearthed in Hong Kong.

The Earth Is Experiencing an Insect Armageddon
(Living on Earth / Public Radio International & Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) / US House of Representatives & Jessica Else / The Garden Island)

The disappearance of bees and butterflies has concerned scientists and the public for years, but a study from Germany confirms that the abundance of all flying insects has dropped over 75% since 1989. Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex in the UK, discusses the probable causes with host Steve Curwood, and says the problem is so serious, loss of insects could lead to an "ecological Armageddon."

EPA Scientists Rebel over Trump's Pro-Petrol Pollution Plan
(Chris Mooney and Dino Grandoni / The Washington Post)

Staffers at the EPA strongly criticized the logic behind a recent move to loosen future gas mileage rules for cars -- at one point requesting that the EPA's name and logo be removed from a key regulatory report. Documents released Tuesday provide a window into a tense technical battle between experts at two separate government agencies -- the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Weeks before the rollout of a massive new proposal, the two agencies had major disagreements.

David McReynolds (1929 - 2018): Resist in Peace
(War Resisters League & The New York Daily News & WBAI News)

Longtime peace activist Dave McReynolds -- still healthy and mentally sharp at the age of 88 -- has died after a fall at his Manhattan home. During the Korean War, he was a draft resister. He joined the staff of the War Resisters League in 1960 where he worked for almost 40 years. He was one of the first to expose the flow of US arms and advisors in the lead up to the Vietnam War. He ran for president three times, becoming the first openly gay presidential candidate. He was also an gifted photographer.

Big Oil's War on America's Endangered Water Supply
(Joe Romm / ThinkProgress)

An alarming new study reveals fracking is quite simply destroying America's water supply. The natural gas released in the fracking process, is mostly methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Methane emissions are responsible for about a quarter of the human-caused global warming we're suffering today. Thanks to fracking, we are losing potable water forever in many semi-arid regions of the US, while simultaneously producing more carbon pollution that, in turn, is driving ever-worsening droughts in those same regions.

US Supplied Lockheed Martin Bomb that Killed 44 Children in Yemen
(AntiWar.com & CNN)

A week after Saudi Arabia attacked a school bus full of children in northern Yemen, killing at least 42 of them, munitions experts are confirming that the bomb itself which hit the bus was provided to the Saudis by the US. The bomb was identified as a US-made MK-82, a 500-pound bomb made by Lockheed Martin and sold to the Saudis during one of the many US arms deals reached in recent years to supply the Saudi war in Yemen.

ACTION ALERT: Military Parade Postponed! March and Run for Peace Instead
(Vets Against Trump & Common Defense & VoteVets & The Huffington Post & Veterans for Peace)

Last night, the media reported that -- after months of public outcry from veterans, military families, and concerned citizens -- Trump's military parade has been POSTPONED. The DoD estimated the cost at $92 million. A number of peace events are still set for DC in November. Instead of a costly, militaristic parade, VoteVets has submitted a Letter of Intent with the D.C. government to host a 5K-foot-race around the National Mall -- one K for each of Donald Trump's Vietnam War draft deferments.

ACTION ALERT: November Trumparade Postponed but Anti-war Marches and Concerts Still Set to Continue
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War & Kathy Kelly / The Progressive)

One day after more than 187 organizations publicly vowed to counter Donald Trump's planned weapons parade with a parade for peace in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the Pentagon pulled the plug on Trump's $92 million show-of-farce. While the Trumparade has been postponed, a number of large counter protests, concerts, and foot-races are being planned -- in Washington, DC and in cities and towns around the world -- to celebrate Armistice Day, as a global day to honor peace.

ACTION ALERT: Say NO to Trump's Pro-polluter Environmental Rollbacks
(Democratic Climate Action & Emily Holden / Politico)

Trump's official climate plan reinforces what we've known about the president all along: He is anti-environment to the core. We need concerned Americans to step up NOW and make their voices heard on Trump's destructive agenda: a whole range of extreme, anti-environment actions with absolutely no check from the federal government. That means already dangerous weather could get even more dangerous, high temperatures could rise even higher and the costs to respond to catastrophes could get even costlier.

ACTION ALERT: Break the Silence on US Support for the Terror-exporting Saudi Monarchy
(Win Without War & Kate Kizer / The Nation & Max Fisher / Vox)

The US-backed Saudi-UAE coalition bombed a school bus in Yemen, killing dozens of young children -- and the Trump administration said nothing. Trump has effectively handed over decision-making on Middle East foreign policy to the corrupt regimes of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Our government has let the Gulf States get away with brutal repression and human rights abuses. Media pundits looked the other way as the proof of Gulf corruption mounts. No one else is speaking out -- so we've got to.

Warming Warning: US Oil Industry Was Warned of Climate Catastrophe . . . in 1959
(Benjamin Franta / The Guardian & Neela Banerjee / Inside Climate News)

In 1959, Edward Teller warned the US Oil Industry: "Energy resources will run short as we use more and more of the fossil fuels. . . . But [there is] another reason why we probably have to look for additional fuel supplies. And this, strangely, is the question of contaminating the atmosphere. Whenever you burn conventional fuel, you create carbon dioxide. A temperature rise corresponding to a 10 percent increase in CO2 will be sufficient to melt the icecap and submerge New York."

US, Trump, Raytheon Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen
(Katy Kelly / AntiWar.com & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Helene Cooper / The New York Times)

Why is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia spending $200 million per day to bomb Yemen? Many believe the goal is to seize control over "a gold mine" of oil reserves, natural gas, minerals, and a strategic location. The US has provided the Saudis with 6,700 Raytheon missiles -- like the one used in the mass slaughter of 40 Yemeni children in a school bus. Donald Trump claims the right to ignore Congressional requirements that he address Saudi war crimes committed with US funds and bombs.

The US and Napalm: The Burning of Cities; The Incineration of Civilians
(Robert Barsocchini / AntiWar.com & Robert M. Neer / Napalm: An American Biography)

Fire-weapons have been used from ancient times. Napalm-like weapons were used by and against the Romans and Greeks. One term used for them was "wildfire"; another was "Greek fire", as incendiaries were widely used by the Greeks. In Vietnam, images of children horrifically burnt or incinerated by napalm triggered public opposition to the weapon and corporations (particularly Dow Chemical) that produced it. The flaming gel became regarded as a "worldwide synonym for American brutality."

67 Years After America's Atomic Holocaust, Japan's Survivors Still Suffer
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

Americans need to acknowledge the holocaust their leaders unleashed on Japan's civilian population. "Some walked or crawled. Some made it to hospitals where others could hear their exposed bones clacking on the floor like high heels. The dead sounded metallic when thrown into trashcans and trucks, sometimes with their children crying and moaning for them nearby. The black rain fell for days, raining death and horror. Those who drank water died instantly. Those who thirsted dared not drink."

ACTION ALERT: Yemeni Children Matter but Does Raytheon Care?
(CODE PINK & David Swanson.org & Common Dreams & George Galloway & CNN)

We've been given a rare opportunity. While the US military has slaughtered innocents by the hundreds of thousands in the Middle East over the past couple of decades, almost never have US television viewers seen images of the victims, in particular images of them alive just moments before death rained down on them. Now we have video footage of dozens of little boys on a bus less than an hour before US-made Raytheon bombs murdered many of them, wounded others, and traumatized survivors.

Profiting from Trump's War on Children
(Will Evans, Lance Williams, Matt Smith and Aura Bogado / Reveal @ The Center for Investigative Reporting)

By the time Washington started sending immigrant children to Shiloh Treatment Center in 2009, the warning flags were waving red. Three children died after being physically restrained at the US-sponsored detention facility. Children reported being slapped, punched and kicked while in custody. Others testified that they were forcibly injected with psychiatric drugs. There were reports of sexual abuse. And still, the US continued to pay more than $33 million the Shiloh's operator, Clay Dean Hill.

Wildfires Increasing Threat to Planet: Trump Won't Act but California's Governor Just Might
(Amy Goodman, Michael Mann and Michael Brune / Democracy Now! & Michael Brune / Medium.com & )

Even as we deal with the Trump administration's cascade of corruption, the climate-change clock keeps ticking. The math is merciless: If we don't accelerate a phaseout of fossil fuels, today's wildfires, droughts, and extreme weather will seem mild compared to what's coming. We can't count on Washington to tackle this problem. The solution? Take the challenge to the one state that's got the political, moral, and environmental clout to challenge Trump's devastating denial of a visible, existential danger.

Child Separation and the Practice of Genocide: In Canada and the US
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: "While the US removal of immigrant children from their families has been in the news of late, it's not been newly invented. Both settler-colonist Canada and Nazi Germany learned from the US practice of removing Indigenous children from their families in order to "educate" them into another culture."

'By the Youth, For the Youth': A Manifesto for Tomorrow's Activists
(The International Congress of Youth Voices / The Guardian)

'Our vision is to create a global system', says a global coalition of youth activists after gathering for the first International Congress of Youth Voices in San Francisco. After three days of deliberation, the delegates wrote a group manifesto, which has been translated and published in several languages.

Charlottesville Remembered: 'A Battle for the Soul of America'
(Joel Gunter & Roland Hughes / BBC News )

On 12 August, Charlottesville, Virginia will mark the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally that shocked the nation. The violence that day cost the life of a young counter-protester and scarred Charlottesville. In the year since, some residents have attempted to reckon with the legacy of that weekend and the racial inequality that persists in the city. Here, in their own words, some of those closest to the events tell the story of what happened, why it happened, and what it meant to a city and a nation.

The White-right Fighters Who Struck Charlottesville and their Ties to the US Military and Weapons Contractors
(Amy Goodman and A. C. Thompson / Democracy Now!)

This week marks one year since white supremacists and neo-Nazis descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, in the deadly "Unite the Right" rally to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. It became the biggest and deadliest white supremacist rally in the US in decades.

Saudis Vow to Investigate Mass-murder of Yemeni Children: UN Demands an Independent Investigation
(AntiWar.com & Reuters & The Daily Star & Lena Masri / ABC News)

At least 40 children have been killed a US-backed Saudi airstrike on a bus in northern Yemen. The Arab states initially said the attack on the bus was a "legitimate military action" against missile launchers, carried out in accordance with international humanitarian law. The Saudis have promised to investigate but outraged human rights groups and UN officials are demanding an independent inquiry.

Portland Police Protect Right-wing Activists; Maim Citizens with Wanton Gunfire
(Arun Gupta / The Daily Beast & The Real News)

Demonstrators injured by a barrage of police stun grenades and other less-lethal weapons in Portland recall how their city became a terrifying war zone. At least five people sought emergency medical care after the August 4 police onslaught -- a group that includes this reporter's partner (who ended up with third-degree burns), Anthony who was diagnosed with a minor brain hemorrhage after being shot in the head, and a 29-year-old man who had his arm ripped apart.

Caribbean Nations Blame Trump for Weather War
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

As warming temperatures caused by climate change is strengthening hurricanes, leaders in the Caribbean are pleading with Donald Trump to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. Caribbean states and territories have criticized the Trump administration for dismantling the US' response to climate change, warning that greenhouse gas emissions must be sharply cut to avoid hurricanes and sea level rise threatening the future of island nations.

ACTION ALERT: The World Is Disappearing in Flames: Can We Protect Half to Save the Planet?
(Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone & Avaaz: The World in Action)

"Our future," James Lovelock observed, "is like that of the passengers on a small pleasure boat sailing quietly above the Niagara Falls, not knowing that the engines are about to fail." By 2020, two-thirds of wild animals will be gone. Life is being extinguished as fast as when the dinosaurs disappeared because humanity is taking a chainsaw to the tree of life. Our best chance to save our ecosystems and 80-90% of all species is giving them enough safe space to thrive -- by keeping half the Earth intact.

ACTION ALERT: Today the Saudis Dropped US Bombs on a School Bus Filled with Children!
(CODEPINK & Associated Press & Win Without War & The Hill)

Wounded children, their clothes and schoolbags covered with blood, lay on hospital stretchers. The International Committee of the Red Cross said the hospital in Saada received the bodies of 29 children, all under 15 years old. It also received 48 wounded people, including 30 children. The bombs that killed these children were made in the USA. Their blood is on our hands.

Trump Plan to Dump Immigrant Families at Toxic Waste Sites
(E.A. Crunden / ThinkProgress)

Environmental and health advocates want more information about the Trump administration's plans to house detained immigrants, including children, at two Texas military posts with a history of toxic contamination. Under Trump's plan, detained immigrants would be kept near or on toxic waste sites currently slated for government cleanup.

ACTION ALERT: Tell the IRC: No Award for BlackRock CEO

Every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies from war-related hunger and disease -- a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. Meanwhile, US weapons companies, and the financial firms like BlackRock that invest in them, make billions of dollars from this war. So why is the International Rescue Committee, a group that works to save the lives of suffering Yemeni children, giving their annual humanitarian award to Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock and a man who profits from that very same war?

Climate Change and War: Why a Waring Planet Is a Warming Planet
(Stacy Bannerman / Common Dreams)

Commentary: The big environmental organizations seem to have tacitly agreed that the US military is the one entity we won't mention when we talk about the biggest contributors to climate change. Yet the Pentagon uses more petroleum per day than 175 of the world's 210 nations and generates more than 70% of total US greenhouse gas emissions. We cannot cure this man-made cancer on the climate without addressing the socially sanctioned, institutionalized violence perpetrated by US foreign policy.

If Julian Assange Leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy, What Next?
(Hilary Hurd / Lawfare)

WikiLeaks founder and CEO Julian Assange might be nearing his final days in Ecuador's London embassy, where he's lived and worked since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden for rape charges or, potentially, to the United States. The Intercept reported that Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno recently met with British officials to finalize plans to expel Assange from the embassy. The release might occur in the coming weeks, or even days.

'Never Again' Is Now: The US Revives the Specter of Ethnic Concentration Camps
(Nancy Ukai / San Francisco Chronicle)

Paul Tomita, 79, was only 4 years old when he departed the Minidoka prison camp for American Japanese in southern Idaho, one of 10 concentration camps in remote places in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. It was 1943 and his parents had passed a lengthy clearance process to re-enter society. Not charged with a crime, they were nonetheless banned from returning to their Seattle home on the West Coast, which had been designated a military zone.

US Wants Nicaragua to Fall Because It Poses the Threat of a Good Example
(Roger D. Harris / Mint Press & The Task Force on the Americas)

The US has targeted Nicaragua for regime change. Some former supporters of the Sandinista party echo the US talking points: President Daniel Ortega's government has been, "in essence, neoliberal. Then it becomes authoritarian, repressive." But, in Noam Chomsky's words, Nicaragua has been targeted because it poses "the threat of a good example" to the US empire. Since Ortega's return election victory in 2006, Nicaragua had achieved remarkable success in health, education, and economic equality.

Pentagon Expected to Ignore New Call for Accountability for Civilian Deaths
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Rita Siemion / Just Security)

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act includes two provisions dealing with civilian casualties in America's assorted wars. The language requires the Pentagon to create a high-ranking civilian post that would be in charge of establishing uniform processes on recording strikes, investigating casualties, reducing risks to civilians, and establishing uniform standards for accepting responsibility and offering payments for the families of victims. The problem is that the Pentagon may just ignore the language.

ACTION ALERT: Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Global Actions to Abolish Nuclear Arms
(Abolition 2000 & The Global Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons & The Basel Peace Office)

The risk of a nuclear war by accident, miscalculation or intent has risen due to unstable leaders and unresolved tensions. August 6 and 9 are the 73rd anniversaries of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. According to the 'Doomsday Clock' the world is just '2 Minutes to Midnight', the closest we have been to nuclear war since the height of the Cold War. Global gatherings will remember the holocausts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Please raise your voice and make a difference by abolishing nuclear weapons.

ACTION ALERT: The Appeal of the Hibakusha, Japan's A-bomb Survivors
(Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations)

The Hibakusha Appeal is a signature campaign calling for an international treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. The average age of the Hibakusha is now over 80 years old, yet the threat of a global nuclear war seems to be growing larger each day. The horrors of "Hell on Earth" that the Hibakusha have experienced should never be repeated again. Signatures will be collected until 2020, or until such a treaty is realized.

The Real Face of Climate Change!
(Kyla Mandel / ThinkProgress & Damian Carrington /The Guardian)

This summer, much of the world has endured record-breaking heat -- the type of which science tells us is what we can expect from climate change. Unrelenting extreme weather is leading to some unprecedented and shocking events, including record temperatures in Europe, tornadoes in Virginia and Massachusetts, the hottest rainfall on Earth and what many are calling a "fire tornado" with an unprecedented 143 mile-per-hour windspeed.

"S---hole America" -- How Trump Misled the Public on US Poverty
(Foreign Policy & Reader Supported News)

After a UN agency issued a report on the soaring state of poverty in the US -- concluding that 40 million Americans are poor and more than 5 million live in "Third World conditions" -- the Trump administration ridiculed the findings as "inaccurate, inflammatory and irresponsible" and cited its own data in rebuttal. But key economists are questioning the accuracy of the data the administration chose to cite and claiming their research findings were altered or ignored to paint an "an overly optimistic picture."

US-Backed Saudi Airstrike on Family With Nine Children Shows "Clear Violations" of the Laws of War
(Iona Craig and Shuaib Almosawa / The Intercept)

On May 14, a 500-pound, US-made bomb was dropped near a tent in Yemen. Instead, was a nomadic family including 9 sleeping children. Once again, the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen demonstrated how officers in charge of daily air raids were ignoring their own procedures aimed at minimizing civilian casualties. Specialists in international humanitarian law say the incident described in the document shows "clear violations" of the laws of war.

UN 'Running Out of Cash' and Facing Urgent Cuts: Retiring Just One Nuclear Missile Could Save the UN's Mission
(The Guardian & The Basel Peace Office & Union of Concerned Scientists)

The UN is facing an unprecedented shortage of funding for its core budget. 112 out of 193 member states have paid their share; the US, Argentina, Syria, Venezuela and Belarus have not. If the US retired just one Trident missile, the money saved could cover the UN deficit. Better yet, if all the nuclear armed States abandoned plans to upgrade their nuclear weapons, the nearly $100 billion saved could be re-directed into job creation, climate protection, education, health, peace, diplomacy and sustainable security.

Blistering UN Report: Trump's Policies Worseing Poverty & Inequality
(Amy Goodman and Philip Alston / Democracy Now!)

The UN has reported 40 million Americans are living in poverty with 18.5 million in "extreme poverty." When the General Assembly condemned the Israeli military's attacks on nonviolent protesters in Gaza (Since March 30th, more than 120 Palestinians have been killed and more than 13,000 injured by Israeli bullets) only eight countries failed to criticize Israel: "The US, Australia and six other very small countries." On June 19, the Trump administration withdrew the US from the UN Human Rights Council.

Kids and Lawyers vs. Big Oil: Climate Suits Dismissed and Sustained
(Lawrence Hurley / Reuters & Nicholas Kusnetz and David Hasemyer / InsideClimate News)

The US Supreme Court has rejected a bid by the Trump' administration to halt a lawsuit filed by 21 young activists who have accused Washington of ignoring the perils of climate change. Meanwhile New York City has lost a bid to hold the oil industry responsible for the costs of adapting to sea-level rise triggered by increasing heat. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to appeal the ruling.

Daniel Ellsberg Unmasks the Existential Danger of the Nuclear Doomsday Machine
(Paul W. Rea / Environmentalists Against War)

Researcher, writer, and activist Daniel Ellsberg is internationally recognized for blowing the whistle on the outrageous violence in Vietnam. But late in 2017, Ellsberg delivered another disturbing expose -- one that reveals the persistent and growing danger of nuclear weapons. "The Doomsday Machine" emerges from Ellsberg's insider knowledge that atomic weapons on hair-trigger alert for over 60 years ca still -- in less than a half hour, by intent, mistake or a simple error -- bring an end to nearly all life on Earth.

Israel Stops Ship with Humanitarian Aid for Gaza; Beats; Jails Crew, Including American Naval Vet
(Joe Lauria / Special to Consortium News & April Watters / Peoples Internet Radio)

Israeli forces have violently boarded a ship that was headed to Gaza bringing humanitarian aid. The ship reportedly was boarded in international waters. Joe Meadors, a US Navy veteran and a survivor of the deadly 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty is one of the detainees now in Israeli custody.

Ron Dellums, Presente! Remembering the Marine Vet Who became an Antiwar Congressman
(Rachel Swan / The San Francisco Chronicle & Hon. Barbara Lee / US House of Representatives)

As a congressman, Ron Dellums is best remembered for his uncompromising opposition to the Vietnam War and compelling speeches on the House Floor. Some elected officials saw the fiery, Oakland-raised peacenik as a political outlier -- and even as an agitator but, as one of Dellums' aides recalled: "He would go to the floor and challenge his colleagues, and they would challenge him back. And that's how he learned to work with them rather than just name-calling."

US Secret Wars in Africa Rage on Despite Talk of Downsizing
(Nick Turse /The Intercept)

Last October, four US soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger. Since then, talk of US special operations in Africa has centered on missions being curtailed and troop levels cut. Analysts have already stepped forward to question or criticize the proposed cuts. According to figures provided by US Special Operations Command, 16.5 percent of commandos overseas are deployed in Africa. More US commandos are deployed to Africa than any other region of the world except the Middle East.

New War Budget Bans Troop Drawdowns: 10 Senators, 68 Reps Vote "No" on NDAA
(Yonhap News Agency & Office of Rep. Mark DeSaulnier & GovTrack.us)

Congress has passed a defense authorization bill that restricts any drawdown of 28,500 US troops currently stationed in South Korea. The legislation specifically notes that any reduction of forces as "a non-negotiable item as it relates to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization" of North Korea." The budget bill would give an additional $717 billion to the Pentagon. Some politicians are demanding an audit of Pentagon waste (Current estimate: at least $125 billion) before approving a new budget.

The 24 Moral Questions Americans Dare Not Ask
(Nick Turse / TomDispatch & Andrew J. Bacevich / TomDispatch)

Commentary: Since the late eighteenth century, the United States has been involved in an almost ceaseless string of wars, interventions, punitive expeditions, and other types of military ventures abroad. The country has formally declared war 11 times and engaged in undeclared conflicts (many of which are still on-going). The media's current obsession with Donald Trump's every tweet serve as a distraction from critical national security issues that presently receive short shrift or are ignored altogether.

US Supports Saudi-UAE War Crimes in Yemen
(Kathy Kelly / AntiWar.com)

In July of 2018, an Amnesty International report entitled "God Knows If He's Alive," documented the plight of dozens of families in southern Yemen whose loved ones have been tortured, killed, or forcibly disappeared by Yemeni security forces reporting to the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is part of a US-backed coalition that has been bombarding and blockading Yemen for three brutal years. The on-going disappearances, and torture, can sadly be laid at the doorstep of the United States.

Soldiers Say Order to Turn Military Bases into Concentration Camps 'Smacks of Totalitarianism'
(Courage to Resist & The Daily Beast)

In a policy that echoes the infamous detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II and the forcible separation of children of native nations after Wounded Knee, the Pentagon has been ordered to create concentration camps for immigrant detainees at military bases across the US. "It smacks of totalitarianism," said Steve Kleinman, a retired Air Force colonel and military intelligence officer.

Pentagon Shrugs Off Video of US-backed Troops Executing Women, Children
(Nick Turse / The Intercept)

The US has a long tradition of working with unsavory regimes -- from Chile's brutal dictatorship under Augusto Pinochet to Indonesia's military dictatorship under Suharto -- and training "partner-nation" security forces implicated in war crimes. If the response of the Pentagon to the Salak disclosures is any indication, the latest evidence of videotaped executions by US-backed troops in Cameroon will not fundamentally alter America's relationship with the West African nation.

Final Defense Bill Would Limit US Support to Saudi Campaign in Yemen
(Rebecca Kheel / The Hill)

The final version of this year's defense policy bill -- the National Defense Authorization Act -- would put conditions on the US refueling of Saudi Arabian and Emirati planes bombing Yemen. A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015. The US has supported the Saudis with billions of dollars in arms sales, intelligence sharing and logistics like air refueling. But Capitol Hill has grown increasingly frustrated as the civilian death toll rises, mostly caused by Saudi airstrikes.

Iran's Destabilization Is Not in US Interest
(Shahed Ghoreishi / Lobe Log)

On July 3, 1988, the US Navy, on patrol in the Persian Gulf, shot down Iran Air Flight 665 in Iranian territorial waters, killing all 290 passengers on board including 66 children. The US agreed to a $131.8 million settlement for this horrific war crime, but refused to apologize. President Ronald Reagan's egregious decision to award the commander of the Navy ship the Legion of Merit for actions that claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent Iranian civilians continues to haunt US-Iran relations.

Global Report: There are 400,000 Slaves in the "Land of the Free"
(Edward Helmore / The Guardian & Anne T. Gallagher / The Anti-Trafficking Review)

More than 400,000 people could be living in "modern slavery" in the US, a condition of servitude broadly defined in a new study as forced and state-imposed labor, sexual servitude and forced marriage. The Walk Free Foundation describes modern slavery as an often hidden crime that crosses borders and jurisdictions. "The United States is one of the most advanced countries in the world, yet has more than 400,000 modern slaves working under forced labor conditions. This is a truly staggering statistic."

Iran's Destabilization Is Not in US Interest
(Shahed Ghoreishi / Lobe Log)

On July 3, 1988, the US Navy, on patrol in the Persian Gulf, shot down Iran Air Flight 665 in Iranian territorial waters, killing all 290 passengers on board including 66 children. The US agreed to a $131.8 million settlement for this horrific war crime, but refused to apologize. President Ronald Reagan's egregious decision to award the commander of the Navy ship the Legion of Merit for actions that claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent Iranian civilians continues to haunt US-Iran relations.

Camp Humphreys, South Korea: America's Largest Overseas Military Base
(TIME Magazine & The Korea Times & Newsweek & The South China Morning Post)

The new US military base in South Korea is the Pentagon's largest. Built over the protests of local villagers, who were forcibly removed to create the huge $10.8 billion complex, Camp Humphreys features more than 650 buildings – including a 310-000-sq-ft shopping mall, four schools, five churches, a sports complex and an 18-hole golf course. While it is home to nearly 45,000 American troops and contractors, South Korea is footing the bill for 92% of the annual operating costs.

Trump's Treason Demands a Brave Response; It's Time for a Nationwide General Strike
(Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Commentary: How can a democratic country respond to an authoritarian president with nothing but contempt for 242 years of democratic norms, a free press, and a judicial system untainted by political interference? Americans will have to hit the oligarchy in the only place it really hurts them -- in their bankbooks -- by boycotting the wealthy corporate sponsors behind Trump's mis-administration and staging a general strike like the "Candlelight Revolution" that toppled South Korea's corrupt leader.

Pentagon Moves to Make It Easier to Buy and Use US Weapons to Kill Civilians
(AntiWar.com & Defense News & The Intercept)

The Pentagon is considering lowering a transportation fee for foreign buyers of American defense goods as part of a broader push to lower the cost and hurdles for foreign military sales. At the same time, arms control experts are raising concerns about a possible loophole in the Trump administration's new arms export policy, arguing that it gives the administration further cover to sell weapons to some of the world's worst human rights violators.

Losing the Serengeti: The Maasai Land that was to Run Forever
(The Oakland Institute)

This report -- based on field research, never publicly-seen-before documents, and an in-depth investigation into Tanzania's land laws -- is the first to reveal the complicity between Tanzanian officials and foreign companies as they use conservation laws to dispossess the Maasai, driving them off their lands and creating a stifling map of confinement. The violent evictions began on August 10, 2017 and were set to last for two weeks. Maasai villages were destroyed to "preserve the ecosystems and attract more tourists."

Israeli Army Told to Prepare for Large-Scale Invasion of Gaza
(AntiWar.com & The Times of Israel & Al Jazeera & Haaretz)

Israeli army warplanes attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, threatening a three-day ceasefire. Israel has further tightened its blockade on the Gaza Strip -- a measure that human rights groups denounced as 'morally depraved.' Meanwhile, Israel's army has begun drills to prepare to for a "large-scale" attack to conquer all of Gaza. Israel is said to have warned Hamas it is prepared to embark on the military campaign if arson kite launches don't cease by Friday.

The Great Peace Charter XXI: Awaiting Signatures
(Peace From Harmony.org)

What if Trump and Putin had met and agreed on a path of action that would move the planet towards peace by pledging to disarm, abolish nuclear arsenals, commit to diplomatic resolution of differences, and join the rest of the world's nations in a cooperative effort to address climate change and avoid the calamities that are already destroying innocent lives around the world? Here is a proposal that has been offered to Putin and Trump. It awaits their signatures.

Trump and Putin Have a Chance to Revive Promise to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
(The Institute for Public Accuracy & Michael T. Klare / The Nation & Reuters & The National Security Archive)

Russia offered to end the arms race and begin to abolish nuclear weapons 30 years ago. The US ignored the offer. Ronald Reagan was reportedly sympathetic to Mikhail Gorbachev's call for an end to the costly and dangerous nuclear arms race but hard-liners within the administration secretly intervened and sabotaged what might have been a historic opportunity to turn the world away from military conflicts and towards a new era of peace and diplomacy.

War on Freedom: Jailing Americans for Private Profit
(John Kiriakou / Reader Supported News)

Illinois's Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, has made good money from his investments this year, according to his most recent "statement of economic interests." Much of Rauner's money comes from investments in a "health care company" called Correct Care Solutions, a group that provides healthcare services in mental hospitals, prisons, jails, detention centers, and ICE deportation facilities across the country.

Indigenous Colombians Face Extinction: 128 Political, Social and Environmental Activists Assassinated So Far this Year

Colombia's National Indigenous Organization has denounced "the continuous and systematic Human Rights violations, and the physical and cultural extermination of Indigenous Peoples of Colombia." Since the beginning of 2018, a total of 128 social and political leaders have been killed in Colombia. Several Indigenous peoples were among that figure. The ONIC stated that the "figures of rights violation of Indigenous Peoples and Communities . . . go as high as 10,599, between January 1 to July 5, 2018."

It's Time to Cut the Pentagon's Weapons Contractors Loose
(National Priorities Project & Fox News & Political Economy Research Institute)

The average American taxpayer will have paid $14,520 in federal income taxes for 2017. And one of the biggest items on your tax receipt is the US military. Almost half of the military budget -- and 11 cents out of every tax dollar you pay -- goes to corporations whose military contracts brought in more than $300 billion in 2017. Lockheed Martin gets more federal funding in a year than your whole state probably does -- more than the US spends on K-12 education; way more than the government spends to cure cancer.

Israel Exchanges Intense Fire with Hamas Militants in Gaza
(Aron Heller / Associated Press & Al Jazeera)

The Israeli military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing tensions along the volatile border. Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in an airstrike in Gaza City, while three Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a residential home.

Red-hot Planet: All-time Heat Records Set Worldwide over Past Week
(Jason Samenow / The Washington Post & United Nations & Vanessa Romo / NPR )

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week. Africa may have witnessed its all-time hottest temperature Thursday: 124 degrees in Algeria.

US Airstrike Kills at Least 28 Civilians inside Syria
(AntiWar.com & Deutsche Welle)

US and coalition planes in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor attacked a village along the Iraqi border and killed scores of innocent civilians. The airstrike in an area of eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State killed at least 28 civilians who were sheltering in an ice factory. Syrian state media blamed the US-led coalition for carrying out the strike.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Gov. Jerry Brown: It's Time To Protect the Climate by Ending Fossil Fuel Production
(David Turnbull / Climate Truth.org)

All-time heat records have been broken all across the planet this month, and the impacts are growing more dangerous. Los Angeles hit a record 111 degrees on Friday. Montreal hit 97.9 degrees on July 2nd, as part of a heat wave that caused 70 deaths. An emergency of this scale requires a response commensurate with the problem we face -- we just need California Governor Jerry Brown to show the courage to take on Big Oil.

Detaining Immigrant Kids Is Now a Billion-dollar Industry
(Martha Mendoza and Larry Fenn / Associated Press)

Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging US industry that reaps $1 billion annually -- a tenfold increase over the past decade. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children has soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million in 2017. Now the agency is reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody.

Bulldozing Palestine, One Village at a Time: One Village Has Already Been Destroyed 119 Times
(Mariam Barghouti / Al Jazeera & The United Nations)

Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedoin village of 180 people, is about 15km northeast of Jerusalem. Since 2017, the whole Bedouin village has been threatened with demolition by the Israeli authorities. Between 2008 and 2014, some 6,000 Bedouins were forcefully displaced and the area has been inundated with more than 300,000 Israelis living in 125 illegal settlements. Just last year, the Bedouin village of al-Araqib was destroyed for the 119th time by Israeli forces -- even though its residents carry Israeli citizenship.

Searching for Common Ground: Both Russia and the US Are Guilty
(An An Open Letter from The Nation & Robert Scheer / TruthDig )

Concerned about growing tensions between two nations with large quantities of nuclear weapons, an important statement by scores of progressive voices faults Russia for attempting to influence US elections but fails to mention Washington's long history of meddling in other nations' politics -- including sabotaging Mikhail Gorbachev's reform efforts while promoting the rise of Boris Yeltsin. The rape of Russian resources by a new class of billionaires was a US export conflating capitalism with freedom.

Remembering Bolivia's Eco-politics. From 2009: A Plan to End Capitalism and War
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! & Judy Rebick / Rabble.com)

In 2009, indigenous activist Evo Morales attended the United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen -- as the elected president of Bolivia. Morales laid out a detailed plan for reinventing his country's social, political and environmental landscape. The goal has not yet been realized in Bolivia but Morales' "Ten Commandments to Save the Planet" still remain inspiring as guideposts for action.

Fanning the Flames -- The Environmental Impact of Gaza's Incendiary Kites
(Doug Weir / Conflict and Environment Observatory)

The 8th July marked 100 days since the first homemade incendiary kites were launched over Israel from Gaza. It also saw Israel promising punitive measures against Gaza in retaliation. As tensions continue to escalate, this blogs looks at the impact of Palestinian incendiary kites on the environment.

Ethiopia and Eritrea Unite after Ending 20-year Border War
(Elias Meseret / Associated Press)

After 20 years of war, Ethiopia and Eritrea have accepted the terms of a peace agreement and have reestablished a political relationship. "From this time on, war is not an option for the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia," said Ethiopia's new reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, "What we need now is love." Abby, who took office in April, quickly set off a wave of reforms, freeing journalists and opposition figures from prison, opening up the state-run economy, and unblocking hundreds of political websites.

Jared Kushner's Middle East Fantasy
(Philip Gordon and Prem Kumar / The Atlantic & Robert Fisk / The Independent)

Commentary: In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper, Donald Trump's son-in-law has revealed himself to be either strikingly naive -- or deeply cynical. Given the risks of escalating violence and the desperate humanitarian situation in Gaza, Jared Kushner's desire to move forward even in the face of long odds is understandable. Unfortunately, his interview also revealed that he is living in a fantasy world and is preparing an approach more likely to compound the current problems than to resolve them.

South Korean Villagers Tell the Pentagon: 'No Nukes, No THAAD'
(AntiWar.com & Jeongmin Kim / Reuters)

For the past 680 days, hundred of residents from the small farming village of Soseong-ri have been taking shifts around the clock to try to block US vehicles traveling to the site of a proposed US anti-missile launch site. They have a simple message for Washington: "No Nukes; No THAAD." With peace progress being made with North Korea, there is a feeling that THAAD (which President Moon never authorized to deploy in the first place) is no longer needed.

The Latest Terror Plot Is Just Another Fake News Story from the FBI
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

A detailed look into the FBI's report on an alleged July 4 "terror plot" reveals the suspect, Demetrius Pitts, has been serially lynched -- by the FBI, again by the Justice Department, and finally by the news media which parroted the FBI's "fake news" that Pitts was behind a "terror attack." Turns out the "plot" was proposed and promoted by the FBI to entrap Pitts and feed the "terror" narrative. Once again, police-state tactics have railroaded an innocent man and the police state's flimsy story is unchallenged.

Immigrant Soldiers Rocked by Sudden US Army Discharges
(Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke / Associated Press & Perry O'Brien / Common Defense)

Immigrant recruits and reservists are struggling with abrupt, often unexplained military discharges and canceled contracts. They volunteered to join the armed forces for the prospect of US citizenship, a timeworn exchange that's drawn immigrants to the military since the Revolutionary War. It is unclear how many these men and women have been ousted from the Army. Some recruits say they were given no reason for their discharge.

Warships Sailing on Dying Oceans
(Sophie M. Lavoie / NB Media Coop)

Tamara Lorincz asked a Fredericton audience if it would be happy to take leave of the planet while sailing on a warship in a lifeless ocean. "Federal budgets are "moral documents" and our priorities are not on the environment. What about environmental and human security? Do we want to spend 'the precious reserves' we have on military spending? The environment is essential to our sustained survival and there is a need for peaceful alternatives."

US Bombs Are Killing Civilians in Yemen and Making New Enemies for America
(Jane Ferguson / PBS News Hour)

War rains down from the sky in Yemen, where an aerial bombing campaign by Saudi-led and American-backed coalition hammers much of the north. The US military supports the campaign against the Houthi rebels with logistics and intelligence, and sells the Saudis many of the bombs it drops on that country. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson smuggled herself across front lines to report this series.

Man-Made Drought Threatens to Ravage Iraq
(Patrick Cockburn / The Independent)

As Iraq begins to recover from 40 years of wars and emergences, its existence is being threatened by the rapidly falling water levels in the two great rivers on which its people depend. It was on their banks that the first cities were established cities 8,000 years ago and where the flood stories of Gilgamesh and the Bible were first told. Such floods are now a thing of the past -- the last was in 1988 -- and each year the amount of water taken by Iraq's neighbours has been rising.

Behind the Secret US War in Africa
(Wesley Morgan / Politico)

American special operations teams are playing a more direct role in military actions against suspected terrorists in Africa than the Pentagon has publicly acknowledged, planning and participating in combat raids by African troops in multiple countries including Somalia, Kenya, Tunisia and Niger, under a set of classified programs. "Once you start these things, they're hard to turn off. Some of them pan out, and some of them don't," said a former White House official.

African-American Senators Introduce Anti-Lynching Bill -- With No GOP Support
(Vanessa Romo / National Public Radio)

Congress's three African-American senators introduced a bipartisan bill Friday to make lynching a federal crime. The bill defines the crime as "the willful act of murder by a collection of people assembled with the intention of committing an act of violence upon any person." It also classifies lynching as a hate crime that would warrant enhanced sentences. To date, no Republicans have backed the bill.

Trump's Military Drops a Bomb Every 12 Minutes And No One Is Talking About It
(Lee Camp / TruthDig & Whitney Webb / Mint Press)

Commentary: Over 8 years, George W. Bush's military dropped 70,000 bombs on five countries -- and another three nations the US was not even "at war" with. In Trump's first year, he has dropped 44,096 bombs -- 80 times more than Bush. We are a rogue nation with a rogue military and an unaccountable ruling elite. The government and military you and I support are murdering people every 12 minutes. In response to this crime against humanity, there's nothing but silence.

How to Address the Refuge Crisis: Stop the Wars!
(Ramzy Baroud / Politics for the People)

Europe is facing the most significant refugee crisis since World War II. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because they have ignored the root causes of the problem. The disturbing truth is this: Europe is accountable for much of the mayhem under way in the Middle East. Despite the obvious correlation between Western-sustained wars and the EU's refugee crisis, no moral awakening is yet to be realized. Until this fact is recognized by EU governments, the flow of refugees will continue.

ACTION ALERT: March on June 30 -- Protest Defense Contractors Profiting Off Separation of Immigrant Families
(Win Without War & The Daily Beast & SF.Curbed.com)

The Trump administration is planning to imprison migrant families on a military base that is a toxic Superfund site. Major defense contractors are raking in cash from surveilling migrant kids and keeping them from their parents. Trump's cruel immigration policies are a national emergency -- and they're directly propped up by the war machine. Marches nationwide on Saturday will protest Trump's inhumane policies.

Like History's Other Dictators, Trump Detains, Separates Families; Sets Stage for Concentration Camps
(Harvey Wasserman / Solartopia & Juan Cole / Informed Content)

Separating children from their parents -- as Trump and Sessions are doing -- is a monstrous act that has been characteristic of the biggest dictators of the modern era. And now, the US Supreme Court has approved Donald Trump's presumed dictatorial power to ban and imprison any would-be immigrant group he does not like.

Donald Trump and the Threat of a Fascist Dictatorship
(War Criminals Watch and The Conversation & Curtis Johnson / Truthout)

Analysis: "Trump has been called a buffoon or unfit. He has an obsessive need for fawning adulation; his decision-making is based on "gut instinct" that eschews evidence and reason; and his worldview is embedded in the deep history of American chauvinism, white supremacy, genocide and brutal repression. When all this is sorted through however, you have a man not substantially different from other fascist leaders seeking dictatorial powers."

ACTION ALERT: Congressmember Asks UN to Investigate Trump's Border Policies
(Hon. Barbara Lee / US House of Representatives)

Congress member Lee: "More than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents by border patrol agents under Trump's directive. That's why I'm visiting detention sites. The truth about how these innocent children are being treated needs to come out. That is why I'm urging the UN to send experts to observe conditions at the border and throughout the more than 17 states around the country that are now housing children who have been separated from their families. Add your name now to join me."

Why No Outrage Over US Killing of Children Abroad?
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)

National outrage over Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents as a way to deter illegal immigration into the United States has forced the president to abandon the policy. The outrage came from all sides of the political spectrum, especially from the left, and from the mainstream media. What's strange, however, is that there is virtually no outrage over the US government's policy of killing children in foreign countries.

10,000 Children Killed and Maimed in Global Wars
(Verena Dobnik / Associated Press & Maureen Clare Murphy / Electronic Intifada)

The United Nations reports that more than 10,000 children were killed or maimed amid armed conflicts last year: others were raped, forced to serve as armed soldiers or caught in attacks on schools and hospitals. The UN blames the US-backed Arab coalition fighting in Yemen for at least half of the more than 1,300 child deaths or injuries. Meanwhile, Infant mortality in Gaza, in sharp decline since the 1960s, has stagnated over the past decade, which coincides with Israel's ongoing siege of the territory.

ACTION ALERT: Thank Google for Ending Contract with Pentagon
(The World Can't Wait & World BEYOND War & Google)

In early April, more than 3100 Google employees signed a letter that began with the words "Google should not be in the business of war." The letter is a response to the company's participation in a Pentagon artificial intelligence program called Project Maven -- a "customized AI surveillance engine" designed to interpret visual images from US assassination drones.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

ACTION ALERT: Assault on Yemen Port Could Cost 250,000 Civilians Lives
(Tom Miles / Reuters & CODEPINK)

A long-anticipated assault on Yemen's port city of Hodeidah by the US-backed, Saudi-led coalition could cost up to 250,000 lives, according to a senior United Nations humanitarian official. Allied forces were 20 km (12 miles) from Houthi-held Hodeida. It is unknown whether there are plans for an assault to seize the port, the chief entry point for food and supplies needed to ease a famine and cholera epidemic. Coalition officials could not immediately be reached for further comment.

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.

Just Say No to an Illegal War on Iran. The US House Did
(Marjorie Cohn / Truthout)

In a little noticed but potentially monumental development, the House of Representatives voted unanimously for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 5515) that says no statute authorizes the use of military force against Iran. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota), states, "It is the sense of Congress that the use of the Armed Forces against Iran is not authorized by this Act or any other Act."

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.

A Former US Vet Asks: What Was the Point of Regime Change in Iraq?
(Danny Sjursen /The National Interest)

Commentary: "On the evening of 25 January 2007, my platoon left the gates of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Rustamiyah and snaked through the streets of East Baghdad, Iraq. Our mission was to link up with and check on some local Iraqi policemen. It was a dangerous time. Upwards of 100 US soldiers were being killed each month -- many, if not most, in the capital city."

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Casualties Up 42% in a Month as Afghan War Rages On
(Ahmad Shah Erfanyar / Pajhwok)

Nearly 3,000 people have been killed and injured in 205 attacks in Afghanistan in May, showing 42 percent increase in casualties happened in April. Pajhwok Afghan News reports show 1,220 people have been killed and 866 others injured in 173 different attacks in 28 provinces of the country in April.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Block Bomb Sales to War Criminals in Yemen
(Win Without War & Alex Emmons / The Intercept & Al Jazeera)

The heartbreaking humanitarian crisis in Yemen fueled by our tax dollars is taking a horrific turn for the worse. Already, the Saudi-led coalition has driven 8 million Yemenis to the brink of starvation and let loose the worst cholera epidemic in history -- all with direct US support. Instead of demanding Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain stop this brutal offensive and negotiate peace, Trump wants to sell them $2 billion in more bombs for Yemen.

Israelis Shoot, Kill Young Female Medic; US Vows to Veto UN Call to Protect Palestinians
(Agence France-Presse & Reuters & The Jerusalem Post & AntiWar.com)

Two months of violent Israeli crackdowns on public protests along the border. 115 Palestinians were killed in these protests, and over 13,000 wounded. This includes an estimated 3,600 Palestinians hit with live ammunition. The International Committee of the Red Cross is sending two teams of war surgeons to Gaza and setting up a surgical unit to treat the many victims.

France Promotes Israeli-made Rifles Used in Gaza Massacres
(David Cronin / The Electronic Intifada)

The maker of rifles used during Israel's recent massacres in Gaza will soon exhibit its products at an arms fair sponsored by the French government. Amnesty International's investigations have identified the Tavor as likely to have been one of the main guns fired by Israeli snipers attacking Palestinian demonstrators over the past two months. As the manufacturer of that rifle, Israel Weapon Industries ought to be blacklisted by every country which professes concern for human rights.

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.

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.

Dan Ellsberg on What Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Don't Know About Their Own Standoff
(George Perkovich / The Atlantic & Defense One)

It's getting harder to see how Trump and Kim can make the mutual accommodations necessary for diplomacy to succeed. In fact, beneath the surface, the current situation resembles the prelude to the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, which historical research continues to show was much more dangerous than anyone knew at the time. The question is, will the military hold the president back from his impulsiveness? The fear is, they can't hold him back. Who has ever told this president "You can't do this"?

Hundreds Arrested Nationwide as Poor People's Campaign Demands 'End to the War Economy'
(Jake Johnson / Common Dreams)

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s warning 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," the Poor People's Campaign has launched a series of nationwide protests to confront the US war economy, which pours money that could be used to provide healthcare and food to the poor at home into the killing of innocents abroad. The PPC denounces a system that profits "every time a bomb is dropped on innocent people."

A Multinational Peace Vigil in Japan Brings Hope for Peace in Korea
(Joseph Essertier / World BEYOND War)

On May 26, 2018, a multinational group of Japanese, Korean and American activists gathered at the Hope Square next to the Fountain of Hope in Nagoya City, for a candlelight vigil in support of the peace process underway in Korea. People in Japan are jumping on the "peace train" headed for an end to the Korean War.

Parading the Pro-war Myth: The Illusion of War Without Casualties
(Nicolas J.S. Davies / Consortium News and Mint Press News)

Commentary: The latest broadcast of the widely watched Academy Awards ceremony was interrupted by a special presentation devoted to films about war-- "American Sniper," "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty." To pretend to a worldwide audience in 2018 that the US war machine is "fighting for freedom" in the countries it attacks or invades was an absurdity that could only add insult to injury for millions of survivors of US coups, invasions, bombing campaigns and hostile military occupations all over the world.

On Memorial Day: Remember the Victims and the Defeats
(Reader Supported News & CODEPINK)

While flags fly and politicians preach patriotism, millions of our veterans remain neglected. As we begin this Memorial Day weekend, remember those who have lost their lives in war and violence. From the children dying right now of starvation in Yemen, to the peaceful protesters recently massacred in Gaza, to the countless numbers killed by the US in Iraq, Afghanistan, and victims of gun violence here in the US. We know that wars and violence never bring us closer to peace.

We've Seen "Wars on the Homeless" Before: In Nazi Germany
(Terry Messman / The Street Spirit)

Nazi Germany's attempt to eliminate its entire Jewish population is remembered and widely condemned. Less widely remembered are the Third Reich's campaigns to purge gay and lesbian people, political leftists, Polish people, the Sinti and Roma (Gypsy) populations, and the physically and mentally disabled. But in a striking and tragic omission, a strange sort of historical amnesia has clouded our memory of this criminal regime's terrible attacks on the homeless, the jobless, beggars, and vagrants.

The Butterfly Effect: How One Small Action Could Trigger a Nuclear War; US Missile Crews on LSD
(Eric Ortiz/ TruthDig & Robert Burns / The Associated Press & Military.com)

Two young artists from Greece, Spiros Nobilakis and Eugenia Koumaki, created a graphic novel comic to show the interconnectedness of our world and how one small action can have disastrous consequences -- including an out-of-control nuclear war. Case in point: Service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles were caught using LSD and other mind-altering drugs. The activity -- at Warren Air Force Base, a highly secure military base in Wyoming -- went undetected for months.

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."

A Fiscal Conservative's Cure for Imperialism: End Foreign Aid -- to Everyone
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)

Commentary: Americans have only lived under a federal income tax system since 1913. The law requires them to send a certain portion of their income to the US Treasury. Washington then uses a portion of those seized monies to send money or armaments to foreign governments. We call it "foreign aid" but in actuality it is nothing more than government-to-government welfare. The Israeli government then uses the "foreign aid" to underwrite its merciless programs and deadly operations aimed at the Palestinians.

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.

Mike Pompeo's 12-Step Plan for Disaster With Iran
(Scott Ritter / TruthDig)

In what The Washington Post labeled "a silly speech," Trump's new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, provided an American answer to the charge that, when it came to the Iranian nuclear agreement, the US had "no Plan B." The unrealistic demands made upon Iran in Pompeo's address -- coupled by the absolute detachment from reality and historical fact and/or context these demands were made -- made the speech more dangerous than silly.

Probe Says MH17 Downed by Russian Missile: Russia Refutes Claim
(Mike Corder / Associated Press & RT News & Xinhua News)

The missile used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 aboard, belonged to a Russia-based military unit, an international team of investigators said Thursday. Moscow has rejected any involvement in the crash of flight MH17 after the Netherlands and Australia declared Russia "responsible" for the deployment of a BUK missile system that downed the jet in 2014. Russia was not allowed to take part in the investigation of the controversial crash.

The 1994 "Agreed Framework": How US-North Korea Diplomacy Promised Peace, Stability and Denuclearization
(The Arms Control Association & The Washington Post & The Guardian & The Conversation )

In 1994, Bill Clinton and North Korea's Kim Jong-Il secured a "Agreed Framework" that put an end to the North's nuclear weapons program in exchange for US financial aid and assistance with energy technology. By 2000, North Korea was on the verge of agreeing to a historic document that would have denuclearized the Korean Peninsula. If Al Gore had been declared winner of the 2000 presidential election, that might have happened. Instead, George W. Bush's hawks took control and scrapped the agreement.

ACTION ALERT: First-person Shooter Games, the US Military, and Serial Killers: Outlaw Violence Porn:
(Pat Elder / World BEYOND War)

This is distressing "must read" story reveals a common thread among America's mass-killers: they tend to be socially awkward young men transfixed by violent videogames -- the same games the Pentagon employs to encourage young boys to become armed "warriors." Is anyone organizing to censor and outlaw "violence porn," the way society has done for sexual pornography? Our military should not be allowed to rely on these "games" to cultivate the "best murderers" for recruitment into real-time killing.

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.

With Medal of Honor, SEAL Team 6 Rewards a Culture of War Crimes
(Matthew Cole / The Intercept)

For 15 years, SEAL Team 6 senior officers hid reports of skinning, scalping, "canoeing," and mutilating enemy corpses with custom-made hatchets. "By giving Slabinski the award, you close the door on our criminal history," said the former SEAL Team 6 leader. "The cover-up wins. You've closed this ugly part of our command's history, and everyone gets away with it. What everyone learns from this is that cover-ups work -- don't say anything bad about your teammates, keep quiet and we'll get through it. It's disgraceful."

ACTION: An Open Letter to US Leaders Who Met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman
(Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic & the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights)

"Saudi Arabia has bombed, killed, and injured numerous civilians, and has been credibly implicated in "widespread violations" of international law, including war crimes . . . . We, the undersigned professors and civil liberties, human rights, and peace organizations, are writing to express our concern that you did not publicly speak out about Saudi Arabia's grave human rights violations in Yemen when you met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman on his recent trip to the US."

ACTION ALERT: Stop Israel's Deadly Attacks on Gaza's Protesters
(Rabbi Michael Lerner / MoveOn.org & Mark LeVine / Tikkun & Rabbi Michael Lerner / Tikkun & the Network for Spiritual Progressives)

Commentary: B'tselem, the Israeli Human Rights organization, has called on young Israeli soldiers to recognize that they have an obligation in International Law to reject the orders to shoot into crowds of unarmed civilians -- even if some of those civilians attempt to cut down the border fence, burn tires or throw Molotov cocktails. A new petition calls on the US Congress to condemn Israel's armed violence against unarmed Palestinians and encourage both sides to recommit to finding a nonviolent solution.

Israeli Snipers Kill Unarmed, Defenseless People: Isn't That Murder?
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

Commentary: From an Israeli perspective, Palestinians committed original sin by merely existing. From a Palestinian perspective, Israelis committed original sin by merely existing. They are both right, in a narrow sense that is useless for moving forward. Neither has any moral authority in a wider perspective. But where does one go to find any wider perspective?

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.

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.

155 Nations Call for Global Denuclearization: US and 34 Other Nations Refuse
(International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)

155 states -- four-fifths of all UN member and observers states -- have rejected any role for nuclear weapons in their military postures. Nuclear-free security strategies are the norm, not the exception. The five nuclear-weapons states parties to the NPT (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States) are sabotaging the Treaty. They are not taking action to move towards nuclear disarmament, as agreed to under their Treaty obligations.

Unless Strict Laws Are Passed, "Killer Drones" Will Eventually Appear in US Skies
(Ted Rall / Ted Rall.com & The Progressive Populist)

We have succumbed, in recent years, to technological passivity, the assumption that there's nothing we can (or should) do about what an older generation used to call "progress." But that's not true. War goes on, yet most of the world's nations came together to ban landmines and chemical weapons. Drones should be banned too: military drones as well as recreational ones. In 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the feds have the right to launch military drone strikes against American citizens on US soil.

ACTION ALERT: A Voice from Gaza and a Petition for Justice
(Intimaa Alsdudi / ThinkProgress & Care2 Petitions)

Commentary: "Tear gas cans began rolling between us and the crowds. Everyone ran from the area, while Israeli snipers on top of the hills and watchtowers started shooting randomly at the people protesting. At one point, I lost sight of my mom. I could not see her, because there was dark smoke everywhere. Do you know what that feels like? To not know if your mother is okay as snipers are shooting at you and everyone around you?"

As Civilians Die in Gaza, US Slams the Door on the Peace Process
(Mustafa Barghouti / The Nation & Ian S. Lustick / The Nation)

Together, Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have bulldozed what remains of the US-sponsored negotiation process that began more than a quarter of a century ago with the signing of the Oslo Accords. It is time for the world to recognize that Israel's more than 50-year military rule over Palestinians in the occupied territories is not temporary. It is an apartheid regime in which there are two separate and unequal systems of law and governance based on religion.

Big Stake in Syria War -- For the 1% and the 99%
(Bruce Lesnick / Socialist Action & United National Antiwar Coalition)

The US and its Gulf and NATO allies have been fighting a war of aggression against Syria for over five years. Plans to replace the Syrian government with one more subservient to the needs of US corporate interests began well before that. The Pentagon has spent $41.1 billion in Syria since 2001, according to a study by Brown University. US allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar have funneled huge additional sums to ISIS and Al-Qaeda affiliated "rebels" in Syria since at least 2011.

Oil Tankers Threaten an Environmental Disaster off the Coast of Yemen
(The Conflict and Environment Observatory)

Oil infrastructure often poses environmental risks during conflicts and Yemen is no exception. On March 7, the Yemeni government called for international assistance in dealing with a potentially serious oil pollution threat in the Red Sea. The case has served to highlight the wider threat from terrestrial and marine oil pollution in Yemen's civil war and the risks it poses to the Red Sea's ecology. But dealing with the threat will be impossible without cooperation between the warring parties and the international community.

ACTION ALERT: In 2018 the Number of US School Children Gunned Down Has Been Twice as High as Number of US Soldiers Killed in Combat
(The Washington Post & Vox News & Vox News & Credo Action)

The school shooting near Houston on Friday bolstered a stunning statistic: More people have been killed at schools this year than have been killed while serving in the military. America's firearm deaths total more than 32,000 each year. The number of American soldiers killed in all of 2017: 34. A new petition The petition -- directed to Republicans in Congress -- reads: "Put your constituents before the National Rifle Association. Take immediate action to pass gun control legislation."

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.

Can Palestinians Be Killed? Can Israelis Kill Them? Or Do They Only "Die"?
(Juan Cole / Informed Comment )

Social media is being scathing about the diction chosen by the New York Times, CNN and even the London Guardian to speak of the some 55 peacefully protesting Palestinians whom Israeli snipers cold-bloodedly shot dead on Monday and the some 2700 whom they wounded, half of those with live fire. The headlines or lead paragraphs spoke of Palestinians "dying" -- as though they had mysteriously and unexpectedly contracted the unusual disease of bullet penetration.

A Tour of US Hypocrisy, from Africa to the South Pacific
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / TruthDig & AntiWar.com)

Commentary: In foreign policy, Americans like to keep it simple: Good countries versus bad countries. What no one seems to ask is whether idealistic Americans have a clear view of the world. As the US enters its 17th year of perpetual war, these might be questions worth pursuing. Problem is, the truth can be disturbing.

Israel's Attacks on Protesters Leave Gaza's Hospitals on Brink of Collapse
(Halla al-Safadi / Middle East Eye)

The scenes at the emergency entrances at Gaza's hospitals are not for the faint-hearted. Wailing ambulances rush into hospital emergency gates and bloody casualties who were given quick first aid treatment are pulled out of the vehicles, each person hoping to be saved and not fall victim to Gaza's poorly equipped hospitals. Many of the surviving protestors will end up suffering infections and losing limbs.

Radiation Apocalypse: Why 5G Is a Human Health and a National Security Issue
(NBC News & Julie Watts and Abigail Sterling / KPIX & Arthur Firstenberg / Cellular Phone Task Force)

Is a cell tower going up in your neighborhood? If it's not now, it may soon. Wireless carriers are installing millions of them across the US to enable the new, faster 5G cellphone technology. But there are legitimate health concerns. Some of the frequency bands the FCC has made available will allow telecom companies to buy up to 3 GHz of contiguous spectrum at auction. They will then legally be allowed to emit an effective radiated power of up to 900,000 watts to penetrate urban airspace, walls and human bodies.

Gaza Violence Troubles the Region and Alarms the World
(BBC World News)

There have been angry exchanges between Israeli and Palestinian envoys at the UN, as the diplomatic fallout over deadly violence in Gaza gathered pace. Some 58 Palestinians were killed when Israeli troops fired on protesters on Monday. The Palestinian envoy spoke of a "crime against humanity," while Israel accused Hamas of placing their own people in the line of fire.

Jerusalem Embassy: Why Trump's Move Was Not about Peace
(BBC World News)

Analysis: Trump's move to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem was a gift to conservative orthodox Jews dominating Mr. Trump's inner circle and Christian evangelicals like Vice-President Mike Pence. Trump also sided with Israel in its response to the deadly violence on the Gaza border, accusing Gaza's Hamas leaders of "intentionally and cynically" provoking Israel in an attempt at "gruesome propaganda." But, unlike European countries, Trump did not call on the Israeli army to exercise restraint.

ACTION ALERT: Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract
(Kate Conger / Gizmodo & Win Without War)

It's been nearly three months since many Google employees -- and the public -- learned about the company's decision to provide artificial intelligence to a controversial military pilot program known as Project Maven, which aims to speed up analysis of drone footage by automatically classifying images of objects and people. Now, Google employees are resigning in protest over the company's continued involvement in Maven. They are insisting that Google shouldn't be involved in military work at all.

41 Palestinians Killed as Protesters Mark 70th Anniversary of Nakba
(Chloe Benoist / Middle East Eye)

At least 41 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Monday as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, with tensions running high in Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank. The Nakba -- or catastrophe -- saw 750,000 Palestinians displaced from their homes during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. Their descendants now include more than two million in the occupied Palestinian territory, who have been calling for an end to the Israeli occupation and the right to return to their homeland.

World Leaders Condemn Israel's Brutality in Gaza Massacre
(Al Jazeera )

At least 58 Palestinians were killed on Monday in Gaza and more than 2,700 others wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition, tear gas and firebombs at protesters assembled along the border fence with Israel. Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 107 Palestinians and wounded about 12,000 people. Turkish leader Erdogan declared: "What Israel has done is a genocide." The UN HR High Commissioner has expressed concern, stating: 'Israeli Live Fire in Gaza Must Stop.'

Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract
(Kate Conger / Gizmodo)

It's been nearly three months since many Google employees -- and the public -- learned about the company's decision to provide artificial intelligence to a controversial military pilot program known as Project Maven, which aims to speed up analysis of drone footage by automatically classifying images of objects and people. Now, Google employees are resigning in protest over the company's continued involvement in Maven. They are insisting that Google shouldn't be involved in military work at all.

Washington Prepares to Sell Saudis More Weapons After US Bombs Used to Attack a Wedding Party in Yemen
(Alex Emmons / The Intercept & Aric Toler / Bellingcat.com)

Last month, warplanes belonging to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen repeatedly bombed a wedding party in the northern part of the country, killing more than 20 people, including the bride, and injuring dozens of others. The bomb responsible for the massacre contained a serial number tying it to the US-based weapons manufacturer Raytheon. Congress should finally make clear that the US government is no longer willing to reward Saudi abuses with more arms, nor risk US complicity in war crimes.

Torture? Let's Also Not Forget Assassination
(Jacob G. Hornberger / Hornberger's Blog @ the Future of Freedom Foundation)

The nomination of CIA operative Gina Haspel to be CIA director has given rise to powerful arguments against government participation in torture, a practice common to tyrannical regimes. But what about state-sponsored assassinations? When one examines the powers that the Constitution delegated to the federal government, one thing is clear: Assassination, like torture, wasn't among them. The Framers had decided not to give federal officials the power to assassinate or the power to torture people.

Gina Haspel's Legacy: Waterboarding, Up-Close-and-Personal
(Jessica Schulberg and Igor Bobic / The Huffington Post & Fatima Boudchar / The New York Times & Jessica Schulberg / The Huffington Post)

Recalling his experience with waterboarding, a former Army interrogator testified: "You've got water in your lungs, your brain is on fire, your nasal cavity is on fire, your throat is completely swollen up." Appearing at her confirmation hearing in Washington, former CIA torture administrator Gina Haspel pledged not to revive the spy agency's interrogation operation -- but she wouldn't condemn the CIA's past use of torture. This was no comfort to her victims.

Israel Attacks Syria: Attack Called Biggest Strike in Decades
(Associated Press & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Haaretz )

While Israeli officials continue to insist they don't "seek escalation" in Syria, they have been precipitously escalating the conflict along the border -- repeatedly violating Syrian airspace with fighter jets and bombs attacks that have killed scores of people on the ground. After Syria responded by launching 20 missiles , Israel carried out strikes against dozens of Syrian targets in an attack called Israel's most extensive attack on Syria in decades. The Israeli military has warned Syria not to respond to its attacks.

A Soldier's Ten Commonsense Suggestions for Making Peace, Not War
(William J. Astore / TomDispatch )

The Defense Department (or more correctly, the "War Department") hasn't won a victory since the end of WWII in 1945. Yet today, America is waging (and losing) a war on terror in 76 countries and renewing preparations for a struggle against peer competitors Russia and China. With more than a quarter-million US troops stationed at more than 800 bases in 172, the lack of clear victories since then seems to faze no one in Washington. If the US is not winning wars, why does it still need to fight them?

The Origins of Washington's Permanent War Economy
(Thomas K. Duncan and Christopher J. Coyne / The Independent Review)

The military-industrial complex that Dwight D. Eisenhower (1961) warned of has become a vast network of expanded political power, enlarged profits, and increased state authority. National security, in terms of dollars, mentality, and interests, has bled into nearly every aspect of American life, into nearly every federal department, into domestic and international humanitarian efforts, and even into domestic policing. So, how did this permanent war economy emerge?

Trump's Decision on Iran Deal: 'Horrible,' 'Disastrous,' 'Disgraceful'
(Cesar Chelala / AntiWar.com & Daniel Larison / The American Conservative)

Commentary: Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the deal with Iran creates, unnecessarily, a new source of tension in a region besieged by conflicts. Trump is walking away from a deal that got the US almost everything it wanted at virtually no cost, and he is doing it mainly because it allows him to repudiate his predecessor's work. It is a perfect example of putting petty self-interest and pique ahead of the interests of the United States, and it has absolutely nothing to do with putting America first.

A Contest of Competing Timelines: Tehran Says Israel's Netanyahu Lied
(BBC & Al-Akhbar English)

Iran has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "liar" after he accused [Iran] of deceiving the world about its nuclear intentions. Mr. Netanyahu produced what he said were copies of Iranian files detailing a project to build nuclear weapons, which was reportedly mothballed 15 years ago. Iran said it had never sought to build a bomb when it signed an international deal to curb nuclear activity in 2015.

Military Aircraft Crashes: A Growing Threat to Civilians Around the World
(Dahr Jamail / Truthout)

The US military maintains bases in at least 80 countries around the world. The military "doesn't give a damn" about the damage it does, both at home and abroad, but that this isn't big news. They've got a huge fraction of the population sucked into the nearly religious belief that the military is important to their safety . . . it isn't. It's for wrecking other countries and other cultures. Its core competency is death and destruction in the name of Wall Street."

Billions in Extreme Weather Damage and FEMA Plan "Forgets" to Mention Climate Change
(Kate Yoder / Grist & Ryan Grenoble / Huffington Post)

In 2017, an unprecedented string of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires cost the US a record-shattering $306 billion -- four times more than average over the past decade, adjusted for inflation. In March, after a year of record-shattering natural disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released its long-term strategic plan. And that 37-page document somehow neglected to mention climate change. The official explanation: We forgot to mention it.

Borderline Profits: The Military Industrial Complex Stands to Make Millions Off Trump's Militarized Border
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Todd Miller / TomDispatch)

The Border Patrol has increased from a force of 4,000 in the early 1990s to 21,000 today and operates like "a standing army on American soil." The monoliths of the military-industrial complex -- including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Elbit Systems -- have long been tailoring their technologies to homeland security operations. They are now deeply involved in the increasingly lucrative "border market." As one vendor put it many years ago, "We are bringing the battlefield to the border."

Drones Target First Amendment: Chicago Moves to Spy on Public Protests
(Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun-Times)

The American Civil Liberties Union has accused Chicafo Mayor Rahm Emanuel of being behind legislation that would allow police to use drones to monitor the growing number of protests on the streets of Chicago. The groundbreaking bill would allow drones to hover over crowds, for the purpose of taking still photos and making audio and video recordings. The drones could be equipped with facial recognition technology. Eventually they could be armed with tear gas, concussion grenades, and bullets.

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.

In the Steps of Rev. King and Dan Berrigan: Peace Activists Jailed for Targeting Militarism
(World Beyond War & Art Laffin / Pax Christi USA )

On April 4, the 50 anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., seven peace activists entered the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. Carrying hammers and bottles of their own blood, they sought to enact and embody the prophet Isaiah's command to: "Beat swords into plowshares." For upholding the Constitution (through its requirement to respect treaties) and international law (through the UN Charter and Nuremberg Principles) they are now imprisoned and awaiting trial on May 10.

Top 100 Reasons Not to Bomb Iran
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War & RootsAction)

Commentary: (1.) There are over 80 million men, women, and children in Iran. Bombing them would be mass-murder. (2.) If the US government and its allies bomb Libya and Iran when their governments choose not to have nuclear weapons, you can forget about North Korea and the rest of the world choosing not to have nuclear weapons. (3.) The longer the world has nuclear weapons, and the more countries that have them, the greater the likelihood of nuclear war. And 97 more reasons.

Bibi Lies about Iran While Unarmed Men, Women, and Children Are Shot in Gaza
(Juan Cole / Informed Commeny)

Commentary: Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a notorious warmonger, is attempting to bamboozle the clueless Trump into getting on a war footing with Iran. Meanwhile, Israeli troops are systematically shooting unarmed people who pose no threat -- a war crime and a crime against humanity. Meanwhile, Israel manifestly and robustly practices Apartheid against the Palestinians under its military heel. The Statute of Rome identifies Apartheid rule as a "crime against humanity."

Why Can't the Pentagon Win Its Wars?
(Arnold Isaacs and Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch)

The world's self-proclaimed "leading military power" has spent 16 years in Afghanistan and has still not managed to declare "victory." If Americans are right in ceaselessly telling themselves that theirs is the most powerful country the world has ever seen and that their military is the "greatest fighting force ever," as President Trump calls it, should it have been this hard and taken this long to find a way -- if they really have -- to defeat enemies whose war-making resources are a tiny fraction of ours?

Negotiations for an End to the Korean War?
(Dave Lindorff / Counterpunch.org & Popular Resistance)

Media reports and political statements coming out of Washington on the blossoming of peace talks between North and South Korea focus on the issue of whether North Korea's leader is really "serious" about eliminating nuclear weapons arsenal. Missing in all the verbiage has been any reporting on the long history of the US basing nuclear weapons in South Korea, where the US still -- 65 years after the end of fighting on the peninsula -- maintains at least three military bases and 28,000 combat-ready troops.

Beware of White Helmets Bearing News
(Col. Ann Wright (Ret.) / Special to Consortium News)

The use of social media -- especially unveiled videos -- to engage in an act of war is part of a disturbing trend. The celebrated White Helmets of Oscar fame appeared to have made their own feature film in Duma on the night of an alleged chemical attack. Subsequent interviews with eyewitness and children seen in the video have established that there was no gas attack. The US rushed to bomb Syria before the pretext for the attack could be investigated and disproved.

ACTION ALERT: May Day: End Border Militarization
(CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War)

This day, in honor of all working-class, poor, and other oppressed people, we will rise because we want to live in a world without weapons and war, without violence and hate, without bans and walls. A world where people can live without fear, where communities can have what they need to thrive and assert their rights to peace, justice, and health. We call for an end to border-zone militarization and the criminalization of migrants and refugees, and for the divestment of all border funding.

Amnesty International Calls for Global Arms Embargo on Israel As Civilian Casualties Rise on Gaza Border
(Ori Lewis / Reuters & Amnesty International)

Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians along the border with the Gaza Strip in two separate incidents on Sunday, the Israeli military said. As of 26 April, the total number of injured is estimated at 5,511 -- 592 children, 192 women and 4,727 men -- with 1,738 injuries from live ammunition. Amnesty International has called for a worldwide arms embargo on Israel in response to the country's disproportionate response to mass demonstrations.

The Western Media Shuts its Eyes and Closes Its Ears to Douma Testimony
(Jonathan Cook Blog)

On April 26, Russia brought 17 witnesses from Douma to testify before the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague. They included one of the young boys seen in a widely replayed video showing children being doused with water. The residents all stated that there was no chemical weapons attack: their breathing problems were caused by the dust from bombed buildings and a sandstorm. If true, the pretext for the precipitous US attack on Syria was false and the attack itself was illegal.

First Bomb the Wedding, Then Bomb the Rescue Workers
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

In an impoverished mountain village in Yemen, the wedding celebration was still going strong when the first airstrike hit on April 22. The US-backed Saudi attacks killed the bride and "at least 33 people." Since 2009, the US has committed war crimes in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and elsewhere. The US president surely knew such attacks are war crimes under international law as well as US law, but who was going to hold him accountable (any more than anyone has held his predecessor or successor accountable)?

"Torture Queen" Gina Haspel "Followed Orders" and That's the Problem
(The Boston Globe Editorial Board)

Commentary: Gina Haspel, the career spy nominated to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, oversaw a secret facility in Thailand during the time when Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a man accused of involvement in the bombing of a US navy ship, was repeatedly tortured by waterboarding. Hassle later authorized the destruction of videotapes of CIA torture sessions. It is for those two acts in particular that her confirmation as head of the CIA should be denied.

Nearly Every Mass Killer Is a Man. We Should Be Talking about That
(Gary Younge / The Guardian)

Commentary: From the Oklahoma bombing to the massacre in Norway it is always the same. In the immediate aftermath of mass murder, the initial assumption is that it must be a Muslim. But there is a far safer assumption one can make. While a relatively small proportion of mass killers in North America have been Muslim, across the globe, mass killers are almost all men. After the Toronto attack, there should be a debate about toxic masculinity, and the rage that turns so many men towards violence.

ACTION ALERT: Tell EPA's Scott Pruitt: "Stop Your War on Science"
(CREDO Action & Madison Dapcevich / Forbes & ILF Science)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt's escalating war on science has a clear goal: ending the regulations that protect us from smog, pesticides, climate change and other dangerous threats to our health and the environment. Pruitt and the rest of the Trump regime are willing to risk human lives to make their friends a little richer. Pruitt must go. Instead of throwing out hallmark research, much of it funded by taxpayers through the EPA, Pruitt should be following the guidance of real scientific experts.

How Many Millions of People Have Been Killed in America's Post-9/11 Wars? -- Part One: Iraq
(Nicolas J.S. Davies / Consortium News)

The numbers of casualties of US wars since Sept. 11, 2001 have largely gone uncounted, but coming to terms with the true scale of the crimes committed remains an urgent moral, political and legal imperative, argues Nicolas J.S. Davies.

How Many People Has the US Killed in its Post-9/11 Wars? Part 2: Afghanistan and Pakistan
(Nicolas J.S. Davies /Consortium News)

In the first part of this series, I estimated that about 2.4 million Iraqis have been killed as a result of the illegal invasion of their country by the United States and the United Kingdom in 2003. I turn now to Afghan and Pakistani deaths in the ongoing 2001 US intervention in Afghanistan. In part three, I will examine US-caused war deaths in Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

How Many People Has the US Killed in its Post-9/11 Wars? Part 3: Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen
(Nicolas J.S. Davies / Consortium News and Mint Press News)

In the first two parts of this report, I have estimated that about 2.4 million people have been killed as a result of the US invasion of Iraq, while about 1.2 million have been killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the US-led war in Afghanistan. In the third and final part of this report, I will estimate how many people have been killed as a result of US military and CIA interventions in Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.

Bombing Syria and Targeting Truth: Provocations Rooted in Rumor, Bolstered by Press Propaganda
(Ann Wright / United National Antiwar Coalition & Margaret Kimberley / Black Agenda Report)

Without any evidence, the US, France and Britain preceded to attack Syria for an alleged "war crime." The lies which allowed these countries to attack Syria were presented without contradiction. The people with knowledge and expertise who could counter these narratives are "disappeared" from access to newspapers or television stations. The close relationship between the "Deep State," the corporate media, and the establishment elite at home and abroad continues without hindrance.

Days before North-South Summit: South Korean Police Attack Vigilers Protesting US Missile Base; Trump Tells South to Pay $1.8 Billion in Costs
(Zoom In Korea)

It has been nearly one year since the US and the South Korean Defense Ministry resorted to brute force against the residents who were peacefully blocking the road to the THAAD missile deployment site. On April 23, 2018, South Korean police forced 200 residents of Soseong-ri and anti-THAAD activists to disperse from their peaceful protest to make way for additional construction material and equipment to further construction of the widely unpopular THAAD missile base.

No Evidence of Chemical Weapons at Sites Bombed by US; President Carter Suggests Attack on Syria "Borders on War Crime"
(Sputnik News)

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has confirmed that there were no chemical weapons at the Barzeh research center in Damascus -- despite the US claims that it bombed the complex because it was used to produce "chemical weapons." Russian officials questioned the logic of bombing facilities believed to house toxic agents. If toxic agents had been stored at the sites the US targeted, tens of thousands of civilians would have died from toxins released by the missile explosions.

What Mass Killers Tend to Have in Common
(David Swanson / DavidSwanson.org & World Beyond War)

Looking at a long list of mass shootings in the United States, almost all of the shooters are men, and almost all of them are between ages 18 and 59. About 14.76 percent of US men between 18 and 59 are veterans, but at least 35% of these shooters were veterans. In other words, in the US, mass shooters are more than twice as likely to be military veterans. Of course it's possible that people inclined toward mass shootings are also inclined to join the military -- but that relationship is a correlation and not a cause.

ACTON ALERT: Free Sarah And Tulia: Colombia Arrests Social Movement Leaders
(Black Alliance for Peace & Proceso de Comunidades Negras, PCN)

Sara Liliana Quinonez Valencia and her mother, Tulia Marys Valencia, have dedicated their lives to defending the collective ethnic rights of the black community in Alto Mira and Frontera in Colombia. On April 20, 2018, both were arrested by the government and accused of "rebellion." At the time of her arrest, Sara and her nuclear family were living in a state of forced displacement in Cali with protective measures from the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. They should be freed.

War and Slavery: The Roots of America's Gun Culture
(Isaac Chotiner / Slate)

The ubiquity of guns in America is unique in modern Western society, with consequences that are felt every day via gun violence, mass shootings, and increasingly militarized policing. But in her new book, Empire of Guns, Priya Satia takes a historical look at the role of guns in Britain's economic development, tracing how gunrunning became important to the British economy and how guns, in turn, ended up playing a crucial role in the global perpetuation of human slavery.

How the NRA Sells Guns in America Today
(Elliott Woods / The New Republic)

The NRA will tell you that minorities and women are fast-growing markets. But the demographics of gun ownership remain lopsided: gun owners are disproportionately old, Republican, male, white, rural, less educated, and not wealthy and, when it comes to the hard-core activist element of the NRA, the scales tip decidedly in the direction of the demographic markers that describe Donald Trump's core supporters and the audiences for Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

US/Saudi Coalition Kills Scores of Men, Women and Children at Yemeni Wedding Party
(The American Conservative & The Independent & Reuters & Canadian Broadcast Corporation & The United Nations)

The dead were mostly women and children gathered in a tent set up for the wedding in the Bani Qayis district, according to Khaled al-Nadhri, the leading health official in the north-western Hajjah province. Thirty of those injured were reported to be children, with some in critical condition having suffered severed limbs and shrapnel wounds. Footage that emerged from the scene of the airstrike showed scattered body parts and a young boy in a green shirt hugging a man's lifeless body, screaming and crying.

Radioactive Soil on the Loose: How a Clean-up Became a Cover-up
(J.K. Dineen / San Francisco Chronicle)

The scandal involving cheating in the $1 billion cleanup at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has until now focused on allegations of what was left behind at the site: radioactive dirt dumped into trenches to save the time and expense of testing and disposing of it properly. But former shipyard employees and environmentalists say that toxic waste removed from the site is of just as great a concern.

Cluster Bombs Are Back -- and America and Russia Can't Get Enough
(Michael Peck /The National Interest)

Cluster weapons -- those mini-bombs that have maimed and killed many civilians -- are back. Russia has just unveiled a "stealth cluster bomb" and the Trump administration has scrapped plans to eliminate cluster weapons by 2019 -- despite 103 nations signing an international treaty to ban such weapons. So far, 120 nations have joined the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions and 103 have actually ratified it. Unfortunately, the two biggest arms exporters in the world -- America and Russia -- have yet to join.

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.

(Excerpted from The War and Environment Reader, edited by Gar Smith (Just World Books, 2017))

The economic impact of violence in 2015 hit $13.6 trillion -- 13.3 percent of global GDP, equal to the combined economies of Canada, France, Germany, Spain, and the UK. In countries with high levels of "positive peace" -- i.e., attitudes and institutions promoting peaceful societies -- internal resistance movements were less likely to become violent and were more likely to win concessions from the state. The following list highlights initiatives designed to lead the world toward the goal of "positive peace."

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.

For Earth Day: Protecting Nature from War
(The United Nations Environment Programme)

"The environment continues to be the silent victim of armed conflicts worldwide. The toll of warfare today reaches far beyond human suffering, displacement, and damage to homes and infrastructure. Modern conflicts also cause extensive destruction and degradation of the environment. Environmental damage, which often extends beyond the borders of conflict-affected countries, can threaten the lives and livelihoods of people well after peace agreements are signed."

Native Americans on US-Mexico Border Block Trump's Troops
(Jorge Rivas / Splinter News & The Tohono O'odham Nation)

There's at least 75 miles of the US-Mexico border where National Guard troops can't go, no matter what President Donald Trump says. The Tohono O'odham Nation says its people have inhabited what is now southern and central Arizona and northern Mexico since "time immemorial -- in other words, way before any borders were put in place.

Making America Hate Again: A Rise in People Invoking Trump's Racist Taunts
(Will Carless / REVEAL)

Nearly every metric of intolerance in the US has surged over the past 18 months, from reported anti-Semitism and Islamophobia to violent hate crimes based on skin color, nationality or sexual orientation. This renaissance of hate features something new: xenophobic, racist and homophobic attacks punctuated with Donald Trump's name. REVEAL examines more than 150 reports of Trump-themed taunts and attacks stretching across 39 states over the past year and a half.

UN Still Won't Let Chemical Weapons Inspectors Visit Douma
(AntiWar.com & RT News & Sputnik News & TASS & The Daily Star)

Two weeks after tan alleged chemical attack in Douma, chemical inspectors are still waiting for UN permission to enter Douma. In the meantime, there still is no public proof that the April 7 strike took place and -- following on-the-ground reports by Robert Fisk -- growing doubt that it actually happened. Residents within Douma have also expressed doubts about the strike. Speculation is growing that the delays are designed to prevent discovery that the chemical attack never took place.

Pentagon Report Warns: Climate Change Is Destroying Critical Military Facilities
(Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics / Department of Defense)

The Pentagon's "Climate-Related Risk to DoD Infrastructure Initial Vulnerability Assessment Survey" provides stunning evidence of the impact climate change is wreaking on America's military assets. Buildings and coastal bases in the US and around the world have been damaged by massive and repeated flooding, extreme winds have toppled critical electric lines, hurricanes have destroyed piers and pipelines, airfield runways are crumbling into the sea, and wildfires have devastated inland air force bases.

We Have No Word for 'Wall': Native Americans on US-Mexico Border Block Trump's Troops
(Jorge Rivas / Splinter News & The Tohono O'odham Nation)

There's at least 75 miles of the US-Mexico border where National Guard troops can't go, no matter what President Donald Trump says. The Tohono O'odham Nation says its people have inhabited what is now southern and central Arizona and northern Mexico since "time immemorial -- in other words, way before any borders were put in place.

An Appeal for Earth Day, 2018: To Save the Earth, Curb Militarism!
(CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War)

CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War, invite citizens and organizations in the US and around the world to express support for the statement that follows. We are hoping to gather as many individual signatures and organizational endorsements as possible between now and Earth Day, April 22.

Syria and the Myth of Ethical Wars
(David Swanson and Scott Ritter / Talk Nation Radio & Scott Ritter / The American Conservative)

The bottom line is that the US is threatening to go to war in Syria over allegations of chemical weapons usage without having any factual evidence. Moreover, this rush to judgment on Syrian guilt is being done in a highly politicized environment, coming on the heels of an FBI raid on the offices of the president's personal attorney. In such times, a president is often attracted by the prospect of "looking presidential" -- by ordering a military attack -- to distract attention from personal problems.

Rising Seas Threaten Half of US Bases: Pentagon Warned of Climate Change 52 Years Ago
(Sammy Roth / USA TODAY & Dana Nuccitelli / The Guardian)

Military leaders are sounding another alarm about the dangers of climate change, saying in a new report that half of US military sites have already been affected by floods, wildfires, droughts and other weather extremes that are exacerbated by rising global temperatures. It's not like the Pentagon wasn't warned: In 1965, US president Lyndon Johnson's science advisory committee sent him a report predicting climate change that was being triggered by "Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuels -- the Invisible Pollutant."

Former Marine Officer Says Troop Suicides Are from Guilt, Not PTSD
(Matthew Hoh & RootsAction Education Fund)

In the following video clip from a recent RootsAction Education Fund event, US veteran and whistleblower Matthew Hoh shatters the popular myth that post-traumatic stress disorder is behind the high suicide rates for US veterans.How notes that PTSD has the lowest connection to suicide of any mental health problem, according to the US Veterans Administration. The more likely cause is the moral trauma of killing another human being.

Robert Fisk Reports from Douma: Scant Evidence of Alleged Syria Gas Attack
(AntiWar.com & Robert Fisk / The Independent)

"I was with my family in the basement of my home three hundred metres from here on the night but all the doctors know what happened," a doctor in Douma told British reporter Robert FkisL "People began to arrive here suffering from hypoxia, oxygen loss. Then someone at the door, a 'White Helmet', shouted 'Gas!' and a panic began. People started throwing water over each other. Yes, the video was filmed here, it is genuine, but what you see are people suffering from hypoxia -- not gas poisoning."

World War II Bomb Forces Evacuation of 26,000 Residents in Germany
(Deutsche Welle )

More than 26,000 people were forced to flee their homes as bomb disposal experts worked to dismantle a massive WWII British bomb in the small German city of Paderborn. The 1.8-ton bomb was discovered in a garden just 80 centimeters below the surface. In some German towns, a average of a half-dozen WWII bombs are still being unearthed -- every year.

Two Tales of Extremism: Inside Antifa and Neo-Nazi 'Tyrone' Exposed as US Marine
(Fault Lines / Al Jazeera English & Paul Abowd / Al Jazeera)

"We have very dark, sinister, totalitarian forces that are snuffing out the last vestiges of American democracy. And we better revolt, we better respond." A loosely-knit anti-fascist movement known as Antifa has gained new popularity and scrutiny in the US exists to visit violence on rightwing extremists. At the same time, it has been revealed that a notorious agitator known as Neo-Nazi 'Tyrone' was, in fact, a white-supremacist active-duty US Marine named Michael Joseph Chesny whose speciality was explosives.

For Third Week in a Row, Israeli Forces Fire Live Ammunition at Unarmed Protesters in Gaza, Injuring Hundreds

Over half of the 2 million people who live in Gaza are refugees. Gaza has often been called the largest open-air prison because of the decade-long blockade imposed by Israel and enforced both by Israel and Egypt. Despite international condemnation, including warnings by the UN Human Rights Council against the use of lethal force against civilians, who pose no immediate threat to life, Israeli authorities and politicians have praised the army's actions and vowed to continue repressing protesters to "protect" their border.

Who Is the Real Culprit Behind the Chemical Attacks in Syria?
(Muhammad Sahimi / AntiWar.com & Ian Wilkie / Newsweek)

A review of credible reports by objective experts and journalists reveals that, prior to 2014, when Syria gave up its arsenal of chemical weapons, it was more likely that anti-Assad terrorist groups used chemical weapons in the war. Rebel forces have repeatedly been identified as the agents behind chemical attacks. And, in February, Secretary of Defense James Mattis admitted that the US still has "no evidence" that the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent Sarin against its own people in 2017.

ACTION ALERT: All Out Against War on Sunday, April 15
(Spring Action Against War / UNAC & Win Without War & MoveOn.org)

Trump just bombed Syria. He's got ultra-hawk Bolton egging him on. Demand Congress stop a catastrophic Trump/Bolton war. This strike will only create more destruction, chaos, misery, and death in Syria. The only way to end the terrible war in Syria and bring justice to the victims of war crimes -- is to end the war in Syria. Trump's attack was not authorized by Congress, which means it was 100% unconstitutional. Tell Congress: Hold Trump accountable to the Constitution and halt any further illegal wars.

ACTION ALERT: National Day of Action Against War April 14-15
(The United National Antiwar Coalition)

Trump has tweeted, "Russia get ready," promising a missile attack on Syria. Russia says it will shoot down any missiles -- and target their source. US and Russian ships have moved into the waters off Syria. The world is in grave danger. People around the world are looking to see what we in the US will do. We need to show our unwavering opposition to US war in the streets -- now more than ever. Our Spring Actions against the wars at home and abroad will take place this coming weekend. Please join us.

Trump v. Syria: Taking the World to the Brink
(Rick Sterling / Consortium News)

Not content with the destruction of Iraq and Libya based on false claims, Western hawks are now pressing for a direct US attack on Syria. But why is violence being threatened before there is a serious, independent investigation of the chemical incident? If the accusations against Syria are true, why not let it be investigated, especially now that the area was liberated on Monday and safe access can be provided?

A Mediastorm of Unproven Accusations Threatens to Trigger WWIII
(Phil Giraldi / The Unz Review & Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & Tucker Carlson / Fox News & Ron Paul / The Liberty Report)

Donald Trump turns out to be a pretty good liar, even if he frequently has no idea what he's talking about. But, when it comes to lying about poison plots, the prize has to go to the British. From dodgy allegations of Novichok poisoning in the UK to unconfirmed accusations of chemical attacks in Syria, due process and due diligence has been replaced by partisan warhawks frantically trying to stampede the public by waving false flags.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Has No Authority to Broaden War in Syria
(Max Greenwood / The Hill & Roots Action)

Sen. Bernie Sanders has reminded the country that DonaldTrump "has no legal authority" to deepen US military involvement in Syria, and that it is ultimately up to Congress to make that decision. Defend the Constitution: Block Trump's reckless march toward war. Email your House Member and Senators: Demand that Congress immediately cutting off funds for expanding Trump's reckless actions. Alleged Syrian crimes should be investigated and prosecuted, not used as excuses for larger crimes.

Russia, Trump's Critics, Trump's Alt-Right Backers, All Calling Alleged Syrian Gas Attack a Staged "False Flag" Event
(Prison Planet & Newsweek & Haaretz )

Russia's EU ambassador has called a chemical attack in Syria a "staged event." Trump's Alt-right supporters have called it a false flag operation -- designed to keep US troops in Syria. Chemical weapons experts Hans Blix, Scott Ritter, Gareth Porter and Theodore Postol all question the "official" US narrative that Assad employed deadly gas. Even Defense Secretary James Mattis now admits the US had "no evidence" Assad used chemical weapons in 2017. But Trump still attacked Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles.

Questions Arise after Red Crescent Says No Evidence of Chemical Attack in Syria's Douma
(AntiWar.com & RT News)

Questions surrounding a reported chemical weapons attack have begun to arise after the Syrian Red Crescent issued a statement dismissing the allegations of a weekend attack in the city of Douma. The statement insisted their medical personnel in the city had found no evidence any such attack took place. Russian medics who also examined patients in Douma also reported that none showed signs of chemical poisoning. Meanwhile the White Helmets have claimed scores killed and over 500 wounded by exposure.

Calls for Investigations after Conflicting Stories Arise around Alleged Syrian Gas Attack
(The Syrian Arab News Agency & Reuters & South China Morning Post)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an international and impartial investigation in the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma city emphasizing that the seriousness of the new allegations requires "thorough investigation using impartial, independent, and professional expertise." Meanwhile, in the UN Security Council, the US and Russia vetoed competing drafts calling for an investigation into whether the alleged chemical weapons attack actually occurred and, if so, who was responsible.

Nicaragua Reminds the US of its Debts
(Chuck Kauffman / NicaNotes)

Passage by the US House Foreign Affairs Committee of the NICA Act brought a rebuff by the Sandinista government of President Daniel Ortega and a reminder of the US's own unpaid debt to Nicaragua. The US owes Nicaragua an estimated $17 billion -- plus 31 years of interest -- for its illegal Contra War to overthrow the Sandinista government in the 1980s under Ronald Reagan and continued under George H. W. Bush. Read the Nicaraguan government's response to the congressional committee's action.

The Chemical Attack in Syria: No Doubt It's a War Crime: But Is It Also a
(Al Jazeera & Associated Press & RT News)

A chemical attack in Douma produced symptoms of a chlorine attack. Russia's military has rejected claims that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in an attack on the rebel-held town. A Russian general said "a number of Western countries" are trying to prevent the resumption of an operation to remove Army of Islam fighters from Douma and "to this end they are using the West's pet theme of the use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces."

Israeli Forces Kill More Gaza Protesters at April 6 Demonstrations
(AntiWar.com & The New York Times & Al Jazeera)

A week after Gaza's Land Day protests, tens of thousands of demonstrators showed up at the Gaza border for the "day of tires," where protesters burned tires near the border fence. As with the previous week, Israeli forces positioned and the border opened fire on protesters, killing several.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Weapons Investors: "Stop Gun Violence"
(Sen. Elizabeth Warren / CREDO Action & The Brady Campaign & The Nation)

Big Wall Street investors have been profiting off of gun violence in America for far too long. Nine major Wall Street institutions, including heavy hitters like the massive wealth management fund BlackRock, are massive shareholders in the most prominent weapons makers. "Stop profiting from the gun violence epidemic and instead use your power as major shareholders in Smith & Wesson; Sturm, Ruger & Company; and Vista Outdoors to pressure these companies to take concrete steps against gun violence."

A US Soldier Reconsiders His Service: "Are We Who We Thought We Were?"
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / AntiWar.com & TruthDig.com)

Commentary: We, the soldiers and the American citizenry, were told to kick ass, take vengeance, and, in the process, to bring democracy, gender equality, and basic modernity to Kabul and Kandahar. In reality, counter-terror quickly morphed into armed nation-building. The US military backed venal warlords and an increasing illegitimate, corrupt central government run by the Karzai-clique and a slew of drug lords.

Why Is the Pentagon Using Taxpayer Money to Train Young Americans to Shoot Deadly Weapons of War?
(Greta Zarro / Common Dreams)

The culture of war is pervasive in our society, through military-funded Hollywood films and video games, the militarization of the police, and JROTC and ROTC programs in our schools. Perhaps what's key above all, however, is that JROTC, and US militarism as a whole, is embedded in our sociocultural framework as Americans. So much so that to question it is to cast doubt on one's patriotic allegiance to this nation.

New Zealand General Resigns Following Journalists' Claims of War Crime Cover-up in Afghanistan
(Martyn Bradbury / The Daily Blog & New Zealand Herald)

Commentary: Our New Zealand media have a sorry history of being played like propaganda sock puppets by the NZDF. Now that we have full and undisputed evidence that the NZDF lied again where is the wall-to-wall media focus demanding accountability? In 2017, NZ troops killed and wounded 21 Afghan civilians -- mainly women and children -- burned down their village, and lied to cover up the crime. A new book, "Hit and Run," reveals the NZ troops operated out of a CIA compound called "Camp Kiwi."

Google Workers and Scholars Refuse to Work on Pentagon's War Projects
(Google Employees / The New York Times & Julia Conley / Common Dreams & Researchers for Peace)

Commentary: In a public letter to Google's CEO, the firms workers declared: "We believe that Google should not be in the business of war. Therefore we ask that ... Google draft, publicize and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology." Meantime, more than 50 artificial intelligence experts from nearly 30 countries have announced a boycott of a South Korean university whose new defense partnership could lead to the development of "killer robots."

Australia Is Making a Killing Off Killing by Selling to Saudis
(The Juice Media & Michael Brull / The New Matilda)

As the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen spirals out of control -- in part a consequence of Australia's support for a Saudi-led siege on the country -- it is worth cataloguing the government's lies about why it won't disclose military exports to Saudi Arabia. Fortunately, the "Australian" Government has just released an ad that explains its plan to become one of world's top exporters of arms -- and it's surprisingly honest and informative.

Make Peace Great Again! Rally Against NATO in July
(No to NATO.org)

As the world becomes more dangerous by the day, the need for action for peace has never been more vital. With militarism on the rise, the need for a global people's alternative -- of justice, sustainability and peace -- has never been more urgent.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Rolls Back Wilderness Protections
(Rhea Suh / Natural Resources Defense Council)

The Trump administration is fast-tracking a sham planning process for our illegally redrawn national monuments. Speak up now to stop this latest attack on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

Lawmakers Are Trying to Criminalize Pipeline Protesters for "Conspiracy"
(Justine Calma / Grist & Steve Hardy / The Advocate & Nikhil Swaminathan / Grist)

Efforts to prosecute environmental activists with felony or eco-terrorism charges have intensified since Standing Rock. Those tensions are coming to a head in Louisiana and Minnesota, where newly introduced bills seek to make it a felony to plan to trespass, damage, or disrupt pipeline operations -- even if the individuals didn't physically participate or go through with the action.

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
(Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

The war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit. The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

ACTION ALERT: ICE Accused of Humanitarian Crimes Targeting Detainees
(Isra Ibrahim / MPower Change & Josh Marcus / The Intercept)

Emboldened by an openly bigoted White House, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been ramping up their abusive behavior targeting Black and brown communities. One of the most egregious cases involves 92 Somali migrants on a botched deportation flight -- who endured barbaric treatment at the hands of ICE agents, including being beaten and shackled for 40 hours.

ACTON ALERT: No Dow Chemical Shills at EPA; Remove Scott Pruitt from EPA
(CREDO Action & Bess Levin / The Atlantic & Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

Once again, Donald Trump's contempt for the environment is on full display with his recent nomination of Peter Wright, a lawyer for Dow Chemical and a former Monsanto employee, to head up the EPA office that oversees chemical spills at Superfund sites. Dow Chemical is eager to profit from sales of a toxic chemical "originally derived from a nerve gas developed by Nazi Germany." Meanwhile, Trump's EPA chief Scott Pruitt faces mounting pressure to resign amid ballooning scandals.

Trump Friendly Media Giant Set to Control 75% of US New Broadcasts
(The New York Times & PBS Newshour & John Oliver & Courage Campaign)

The country's largest local broadcast group is under fire for requiring local news anchors in dozens of markets to read an identical promo ad script, criticizing "false news" and "fake stories." Sinclair Broadcast Group,which owns or operates 193 US television stations, is seeking to buy Tribune Media, a $3.9 billion deal that's being held up by regulators over antitrust concerns. Sinclair creates singular, politicized content that local stations are then forced to air in lieu of local coverage.

ACTION ALERT: A Call to Congress: Divest from Guns and War
(CODEPINK & Sen. Elizabeth Warren / CREDO Action & The Brady Campaign & The Nation)

As we enter the Spring season, we need to tell Congress it's time for them to do their part and commit to "No Money for Weapons Manufacturers and the NRA." Congress is home for Spring break, so grab your gear and show up at a town hall or public hearing in your community.

Burlington Vermont Votes to Block F-35 Fighter Jets
(The Burlington Peace and Justice Center)

Burlington's City Council voted 9-3 to block USAF plans to base F-35 fighter jets at Burlington's International Airport. The vote came three weeks after the voters approved a citizen initiative to cancel the planned F-35 basing. Noise from the F-35 can damage hearing, children's cognitive abilities, and trigger heart attacks in adults. Nearly 3,000 local homes would become unlivable do to the increased noise. Meanwhile, the F-35 drains $1.4 trillion from health care, education, affordable housing, and infrastructure.

Murder and Racial Bias: How the NYT Offers Excuses for White Killers
(CREDO Action & Dana Liebelson / The Huffington Post & The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence & Timothy Johnson / Media Matters)

White extremist violence has been on the rise since Donald Trump took office, and his racist administration is refusing to do anything about it. By humanizing white killers, The New York Times is using its platform and credibility to reinforce the racism that is both driving this crisis and sweeping it under the rug. This needs to stop now. Tell the Times to "stop humanizing violent white extremists, defaming Black people murdered by police and perpetuating anti-Muslim bias."

Revealing the Pentagon's Unaddressed Burn Pit Perils
(Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News Investigative Unit Exclusive)

Fox News has discovered pits as large as football fields existed next to a number of military bases during the Iraq War; makeshift junkyards, many ignited by jet fuel, left to smolder 24 hours a day. More than 130,000 vets have reported exposure; Will Carr reports from Los Angeles.

From Venezuela to Ghana, a Call for Activists to Confront and Reject US Warmongering
(Ajamu Baraka / Black Alliance for Peace & Seth Kwame Awuku, Esq. / MyJoyOnline)

Commentary: We need an independent movement to address both the economic needs of poor and working people and the escalating attacks on the Black community, immigrants, women, unions, the LGBTQ community, refugees, Muslims, the physically and mentally challenged, youth, students, the elderly, Mother Earth -- all of us.

Palestinian Reality Tour Stuns Americans: Palestine Signs Nuclear Abolition Pact
(Phillip Weiss / Mondoweiss & The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)

On a March night in Brooklyn, two activists from the International Solidarity Movement described their work in Palestine to 70 people crowded into the Commons Cafe. Their tour will continue to many other venues across Canada and the US. The plain-speaking tour is noteworthy because it conveys, in the most unrhetorical manner, some small portion of the immense trauma that Palestinians are experiencing. Yet, despite its troubles, Palestine recently became the 6th state to ratify the UN Atomic Weapons Ban.

'Hostiles' and Hollywood's Untold Story
(Jada Thacker / Consortium News)

Commentary: A movie poster for the recent Western "Hostiles," depicts a Frontier widow, a hardboiled Indian fighter, and an Indian chief. It is a perfect example of a genre that consistently ignores the essential themes of the American Frontier. Every American today who rages at corrupt and incompetent government, who counts out their pennies for rent or mortgage, or who despairs of the growth-driven, mechanized rape of the landscape can thank the American Frontier experience for their trouble.

ACTION ALERT: Do Whatever It Takes: Say No to Bigotry and Torture; Oppose Pompeo and Haspel
(MPower / Muslim Grassroots Movement & Brett Samuels / The Hill & Democracy Now!)

Trump's attempts to appoint Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel to his cabinet are an affront to human rights and basic decency. Trump wants to make Mike Pompeo -- a shameless anti-Muslim bigot -- our Secretary of State and replace him as CIA Director with Gina Haspel, a seasoned torturer. But Senators are preparing for hearings -- and at least two Republicans have already voiced their clear opposition. A public opposed to hatred and brutality can block these appointment, if we contact our Senators ASAP.

Leaked Memo: EPA Shows Workers How To Downplay Climate Change
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent employees a list of eight approved "talking points" on climate change from its Office of Public Affairs -- guidelines that promote a message of uncertainty about climate science and gloss over proposed cuts to key adaptation programs. The talking points boil down to the sort of climate misinformation that Trump-appointee EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has long trumpeted.

How the Military Banned Waterboarding of Trainees -- And Kept Quiet About It
(Jessica Schulberg / The Huffington Post)

Torture apologists cite the military's use of waterboarding trainees in defense of Gina Haspel, Trump's nominee for CIA director. One problem: The military stopped that training in 2007. For years, the military used waterboarding, a centuries-old torture technique, to train US troops to resist interrogation if captured. Torture apologists have long cited this fact in defense of the CIA's use of torture. One problem: The military stopped that training in 2007, ruling it to be too brutal.

Weapons 'R' US: Arming Dictators for Pride and Profit
(William D. Hartung / Defense One)

Last week, as the Senate was debating whether to end US support for Saudi Arabia's brutal war in Yemen, Donald Trump was meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, engaging in one of his favorite activities -- bragging about the US jobs generated by foreign arms deals. If Trump's presentation sparks a debate about the role of jobs in US arms sales policy, it may actually do some good. The bottom line is that creating US jobs should play no role in deciding which countries to lavish with US weaponry.

US Drones Continue Killing Yemen's Children in US-backed Saudi War
(Shuaib Almosawa and Maryam Saleh / The Intercept)

On March 5, 13-year-old Amer Ali al-Saqra Huraidan and his cousin were on their way home from visiting relatives in al-Hudhi, a small town in the eastern Yemeni province of Hadramout. As they drove along a desert highway around 4 p.m. local time, a US drone circled overhead. Somewhere thousands of miles away, the drone operator launched a strike.

The Novichok Incident: Growing Concerns Russia Is Being Falsely Accused to Provoke a Western Power Play
(CNN & Chris Kanthan / NationofChange & Ron Paul / The Liberty Report & Executive Intelligence Review & Craig Murray / Strategic Culture & Patreon.com)

If you're Sherlock Holmes and you go through all the facts and possibilities, would you still conclude that Putin's agents were behind the UK chemical attack? Fact: There is no evidence that Russia retains an active Novichok capability -- unlike the US, Britain and Israel. The fact the UK chose to shut down all avenues of inquiry -- and to falsely claim that the "only possibility" is for all roads to lead to Russia -- demonstrates that we are almost certainly in the midst of a concerted state propaganda operation.

5 Steps to Stop Trump from Blowing up the World by the End of May
(Helena Cobban / Just World Education Blogpost)

Commentary: "You have to believe the world is in trouble when a Defense Secretary hailed by Pres. Trump (and many others) as "Mad Dog Mattis" now looks as if he will be the most moderate high-level person in Washington's national-security team. By the decisions he's made over the past two weeks, to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, and National Security Council advisor H.R. McMaster with John Bolton, Trump is now veering into full 'Dr. Strangelove' mode."

The New Breed: Voices from the March for Our Lives
(Alison Letterman & Emma Gonzales et al.)

Commentary: Tears rain down her face but she doesn't stop shouting she doesn't apologize she keeps calling them out, all of them all of us who didn't do enough to stop this thing. And: young voices from the Washington, DC March for Our Lives.

Why the Shooting Will Continue and How to Address Gun Violence
(Margaret Kimberley / Black Agenda Report & Bruce Lesnick / Socialist Action)

There is nothing worse in America than the act of shooting white people. Ever since the latest attack at a Florida high school there has been talk of little else. The school shooting enveloped every other issue and was used to vilify Russia, the FBI, Bernie Sanders and the National Rifle Association all at once. America has a unique history with firearms. The settler colonial state enshrined gun ownership into the constitution because of a determination to maintain chattel slavery and the violent enforcement, which had to go with it.

The Saudi-Trump War on Yemen
(Juan Cole / Informed Comment & Medea Benjamin / Voices for Creative Nonviolence & UNAC)

Three years ago this month, the then 29-year-old Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia (now its crown prince) launched a ruinous war on Yemen. When the Saudis tried to spread their intolerant form of Wahhabism among Zaydi Shiites, it produced a backlash in the form of the Houthi resistance. But don't get sucked into the media hype surrounding Mohammad bin Salman's US tour -- he is really a brutal bully responsible for bombing and starving Yemeni civilians and he's also gunning for a war with Iran.

Facebook Has Been Weaponized and We're All Targets: Including Emma Gonzales
(Douglas Rushkoff / The Los Angeles Times & Virginia Heffernan / The Los Angeles Times & Tanya Edwards /Yahoo Lifestyle & Chas Danner / New York Magazine)

A powerful tool of human connection and social action has been transformed by profit-seeking opportunists and social engineering clients into a tool for monitoring -- and manipulating -- individual behavior and crowd responses. We now know that Facebook has been used to foment political violence in order to influence foreign elections and has been used to inflame partisan anger inside the US. In a recent case, NRA supporters have circulated a faked video designed to show an anti-gun activist tearing the Constitution.

The Smoking Gun Behind Gun Violence in the US
(Op-ed / Anakbayan-USA)

Commentary: The Philippines are currently under assault by armed "anti-drug" attacks orchestrated by the government. Members of the Anakbayan movement are all-too-familiar with state-sponsored gun violence. They write: "By exposing the smoking gun behind gun violence in the US, we hope to contribute not only to the youth and student movement for justice, but, more importantly, to the mass movement to disarm imperialism and the violence it unleashes on exploited and oppressed peoples all over the world."

Scientists Warn: The Destruction of Nature Is as Dangerous as Climate Change
(Jonathan Watts / The Guardian UK)

Unsustainable exploitation of the natural world threatens food and water security of billions of people, major UN-backed biodiversity study reveals. Among the standout findings are that exploitable fisheries in the world's most populous region -- the Asia-Pacific -- are on course to decline to zero by 2048; that freshwater availability in the Americas has halved since the 1950s and that 42% of land species in Europe have declined in the past decade.

The Fight to Save the EPA & the Struggle to Block Arctic Drilling
(John R. Platt / The Revalator & NationOfChange & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch )

Saving the EPA could be a tough task considering the recent actions by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, which include rolling back regulations for clean air and water, recommending the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, removing climate change from official policies (and from EPA web pages), and extending the use of toxic pesticides. But direct action by Greenpeace/Norway "kayaktivists" has halted drilling for oil in the waters of the Arctic.

15 Years after the "Shock and Awe" Bombing of Baghdad
(Gar Smith / Earth Island Journal & AlterNet & Maureen Dowd / The New York Times)

As bad as the attack on Baghdad was, it was supposed to be much worse. According to documents discovered and cited in the following story (which was published only days before the US invasion), the original missile attack was supposed to have been 20 times more destructive and deadly. Someone apparently decided not to follow the original "Shock and Awe" game-plan. I don't have proof, but I like to think that the following article had something to do with the outcome.

The GI Resistance Continues: Vietnam Vets Return to My Lai, Where US Slaughtered 500 Civilians
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! & The Huffington Post)

As a group of Vietnam War veterans and peace activists travel back to Vietnam to mark the 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez speak with three members of the delegation: Vietnam vet Paul Cox, who later co-founded the Veterans for Peace chapter in San Francisco; Susan Schnall, former Navy nurse who was court-martialed for opposing the war; and longtime activist Ron Carver, who organized an exhibit honoring the GI antiwar movement in Ho Chi Minh City.

Congress OKs $1.3 Trillion Budget; Declares War on Taxpayers
(Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram / Associated Press & Bruce Leonard / Freedom Magazine & Jack Moore / Newsweek)

Congress gave final approval Friday to a giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that ends the budget battles for now, but only after late obstacles skirted close to another shutdown as conservatives objected to big outlays on Democratic priorities at a time when Republicans control the House, Senate and White House. The Pentagon was the big winner with a with $700 billion slice of the pork.

Why Did 55 US Senators Vote for Genocide in Yemen?
(David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy )

Tuesday's debate and vote in the US Senate on whether to end (technically whether or not to vote on whether to end) US participation in the war on Yemen can certainly be presented as a step forward. While 55 US Senators voted to keep the war rolling along, 44 voted not to table the resolution to end it. See which senators voted for and against a measure to end the US-backed genocide in Yemen -- and see how much campaign money they received from so-called "defense" contractors.

On the 15th Anniversary of US Invasion of Iraq, a Call for Reparations
(The Center for Constitutional Rights)

The Center for Constitutional Rights has challenged US militarism abroad for decades,litigating cases challenging torture and extrajudicial killing by private military contractors during the Iraq war since 2004. CCR has also sought accountability for US torture in Iraq by filing cases in foreign courts under universal jurisdiction laws. On March 19, 2018, the 15th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, CCR and its partners in Iraq campaign continue to call for reparations and accountability for the US invasion of Iraq.

Trump Hopes Saudis Will Buy "Finest Weapons" to Kill Yemen Civilians: US Mercenaries Hired to Torture Prince bin Salman's Victims
(Al Jazeera & Juan Cole / Informed Consent & Ryan Parry and Josh Boswell / The Dailymail.com)

Greeting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his first visit to the White House, Donald Trump discussed a 2017 deal for $200 billion worth of Saudi investments with the US, including large purchases of US military equipment. Trump said the military sales -- and, by implication, the continuation of the US-backed humanitarian disaster in Yemen -- would contribute to the creation of 40,000 American jobs. Meanwhile, US mercenaries have already been hired to run Saudi Arabia's torture chambers.

Data, Democracy and Dirty Tricks: A Cyberwar on America to Elect Trump
(Nina Golgowski / Huffington Post & BBC Channel 4 News & The Observer)

Disturbing undercover interviews with executives from UK-based political research firm Cambridge Analytica have revealed admissions of bribery, entrapment and the use of sex workers to sway political elections around the world, including the US. whistleblower has revealed to Channel 4 News how the British data firm (described as "pivotal" in Donald Trump's presidential victory) used a 'data grab' of more than 50 million Facebook profiles to benefit the Trump campaign.

Happy Equinox: Remembering Doug Tompkins
(Tom Butler / The Foundation for Deep Ecology & FDE Founder Doug Tompkins)

To mark both the arrival of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere and the birthday of Douglas R. Tompkins (born on this date in 1943), it seems fitting to circulate some words from Doug. Many of us enjoyed his "rants from the southern listening post."

A Messsage from Three Eastern Ghouta Students: It's Suicide if We Leave Our Basements
(Zouhir Al Shimale and Mersiha Gadzo / Al Jazeera)

It has been nearly five years since Syrian government forces imposed a siege on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta. The past month has been one of the deadliest in the enclave, with more 1,200 civilians killed since the aerial and ground bombardment began on February 18. From deep inside the bombed city, three students explain what life is like in rebel-held besieged enclave, as they try to keep up with their studies with the threat of injury or sudden death always hanging over their heads.

Why Are Schools Still Accepting NRA Money?
(Sophie Kasakove / The Nation)

While the NRA's financial investment in youth shooting programs has surged in recent years, the organization has long emphasized young shooters in its programming. But it wasn't until the early '80s -- coinciding with the NRA's radicalization -- that the NRA adopted an official mandate to "introduce as many of our nation's youth as possible to the legitimate use of firearms." Today, the website boasts that more than one million youth participates.

Los Angeles's Power Plans on Track to Go 100% Renewable!
(Food & Water Watch)

Los Angeles, like other cities and states across the country, is grappling with the question of how to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. This is no small feat for a city with nearly 1.5 million electricity customers and an energy system that relies on fossil fuels. Fortunately, an analysis conducted by Synapse shows that the pathway to renew- able energy can be readily achieved in Los Angeles by 2030.

Patriotism Pushups and Prayer: Preparing America's Children to Fight
(Will Carless / Reveal & The Center for Investigative Reporting)

In rural central Florida, a group of children attending an organized military training camp pray over the breakfast they're about to eat and ask for safety during their upcoming weapons training, during which they will learn how to disarm a knife-wielding attacker, load a rifle and properly handle a handgun. Increasingly, these "boost camps for kids" look more like offshoots of the military than private enterprises, with their uniforms, ex-military staff and weapons -- much of which are paid for indirectly by US taxpayers.

How the New York Times Is Making War with Iran More Likely
(Robert Wright / The Intercept)

It isn't easy to say which country America will fight in its next ill-advised war. Iran? Or, assuming Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un don't hit it off at their summit, North Korea? Maybe even Venezuela or Russia? It's easier to say what one of the major causes of the war will be: the failure by many Americans to employ a specific mental power that we're all capable of employing -- cognitive empathy, the ability of seeing someone else's point of view.

The Pentagon Continues Its Unwelcomed Occupation of Okinawa
(Jon Letman / Truthout)

What the US frames as protection is, in fact, only another form of occupation by a foreign military (the US) that invaded Okinawa decades ago. Okinawans have never given their permission to have bases here, nor have they been asked. More than 72 years after World War II ended, Okinawa remains a "dual colony of the US and Japan." The US says its offering Okinawa "protection." From what? one local jokes: "It would be terrible to be occupied by a foreign power; they might confiscate your lands and build bases on them!"

The My Lai Massacre 50 Years On: The Slaughter the Pentagon Tried to Hide
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!)

Fifty years ago, on March 16, 1968, US soldiers attacked the Vietnamese village of My Lai. They slaughtered more than 500 Vietnamese women, children and old men over the next four hours -- and then attempted to cover up what happened. Today, memorials have been held in My Lai to mark the 50th anniversary of this horrific American military war crime.

USA: A Brainwashed Nation
(Barton Kunstler / Counter Punch)

We are a brainwashed nation and the political energy of "resisters" is expended in outrage, fending off the latest assault on immigrants, the poor, or civil liberties. For the first time in history, our government is controlled by a cabal whose program is to monopolize wealth; impose theocratic values; intimidate the population; militarize the police; privatize the military; destroy civil liberties; and plunder national resources while slashing medical, educational, environmental, and worker safety laws.

Mikhail Gorbachev on the Growing Risk of Nuclear War
(Mikhail Gorbachev / TIME Magazine)

In 1985, negotiations between the USSR and the United States opened the way to ending the nuclear arms race. We reached agreement with one of the most hawkish US presidents, Ronald Reagan, to radically reduce the arsenals. Today, those achievements are in jeopardy. More and more, defense planning looks like preparation for real war amid continued militarization of politics, thinking and rhetoric.

World War III Is Approaching: We Need a New Anti-war Movement -- One that Includes Soldiers
(Paul Craig Roberts / The Institute for Political Economy & Prof. Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research)

Commentary: When will the Russians notice that literally everyone in the Trump regime is issuing threats to Russia -- Mattis, Tillerson, Nikki Haley, the UK PM and Foreign Secretary. Yet the Russians still speak about how much they want to get along with their "partners" the West. We are at a dangerous crossroads. The threat of World War III is real, yet there is no anti-war movement in sight. In the US, Canada and the EU, the peace movement is defunct, ignorant of the broader implications of nuclear war.

Help Refugees, Halt Wars: The Sanctuary Movement Needs an Anti-war Voice
(Azadeh Shahshahani and Maha Hilal / Foreign Policy In Focus and In These Times)

The concept of sanctuary, providing refuge and protection to people who are marginalized and oppressed, has a long history in the United States -- even when the United States itself is responsible for that repression. These days, the concept is most often associated with so-called "sanctuary cities" -- state and local jurisdictions that say they refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to deport undocumented residents. These cities have been relentlessly targeted by the Trump administration.

ACTION March Against Gun Violence; Fight Bullets with Billboards
(Emma Gonzalez / March for Our Lives & MoveOn.org Civic Action)

Commentary: We survived the shooting at our school, but too many of our classmates did not. And since then, Members of Congress have done NOTHING to ensure that gun violence like this never happens again. That's why we're marching to demand that the lives of every student and every American become a priority, and we want you there by our side.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to End the US-Backed War in Yemen
(Mokhtar Alkhanshali / MoveOn.org & Mokha Foundation )

For three years, the US has been providing military support to a Saudi-led war in Yemen that has has only escalated and led to one of the worst humanitarian situations in the world. Over 42,000 people have been harmed, and over 18 million people in Yemen require humanitarian aid. But there is hope. Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy are calling on Congress to exert its constitutional authority and end this inhumane destruction of millions of lives for geopolitical games. A vote is imminent.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Recruiting Children to Join the Army
(Pat Elder / National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy & Nafeesa Syeed and Chloe Whiteaker / Bloomberg)

To meet Donald Trump's goal for a bigger military, Army recruiters are seeking 80,000 more men and women to join the Pentagon's ranks as deployments continue from Iraq to Afghanistan. 11,500 more soldiers are this year than in 2017. Recruiters are boosting efforts to win over "influencers" -- such as high school principals and teachers -- who can encourage youngsters to enlist. The effort includes "educator tours" to bases, where they can climb into helicopters and talk with pilots to learn of opportunities.

ACTION ALERT: Pressure Builds for Clean-up of Military Pollution of Lake Wisconsin
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger)

On behalf of concerned residents, US Senator Tammy Baldwin has requested and recently received an update on the Army's pending cleanup of mercury-contaminated sediments at Gruber's Grove Bay on Lake Wisconsin. The contamination was caused by the direct discharge of industrial wastewater from the Badger Army Ammunition Plant during active production years.

ACTION ALERT: Stand By Imprisoned Whistleblower Reality Winter
(RootsAction & Billie Winner-Davis / Courage to Resist & Kevin Gosztola / Shadowproof Press)

Reality Leigh Winner, an USAF vet, a whistleblower, and a former employee of an NSA contractor, has been in jail for nine months without trial. The government's treatment of Ms. Winner has been shameful, vindictive and indefensible. Winner was arrested and charged under the Espionage Act for allegedly releasing a top-secret document to a US media outlet. The document exposed Russian online intrusions prior to the 2016 presidential election. Held without bail, Winner now spends 12 hours a day in shackles.

Whistleblower's Mother Calls for US to Respect Her Imprisoned Daughter's Legal and Human Rights
(Amy Goodman & Billie Winter-Davis / Democracy Now! & The Huffington Post)

Reality Leigh Winner is a former National Security Agency contractor who has pleaded not guilty to charges she leaked a top-secret document to The Intercept about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Jailed without bail and without charges, Winter spends 12 hours a day in shackles as she faces up to 10 years in prison on charges she violated the Espionage Act.

Pentagon Targets Congress over Brazen Peace Move
(Bruce Fein / The American Conservative)

Commentary: Now that key senators have introduced measures that would end US-aided hostilities in Yemen, we can expect that a coordinated backlash from the military establishment. The multi-trillion-dollar military-industrial-counterterrorism complex has a habit of scuttling any laws that would curtail US in military involvement overseas. This typically involves leaking classified falsehoods. A vote on S.J. Res. 54, to terminate use of the USAF to support Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, is expected this week.

The Lobbying War for War in Yemen: Cashing in by Turning Kids into Corpses
(Ben Freeman / AntiWar.com & Reuters )

Since the war in Yemen began -- and despite the UN confirming that more than 10,000 civilian lives have been lost in the conflict -- the Saudi government and their lobbyists in D.C. have been working hard to keep Yemen off policymakers' radars and keeping US weapons flowing into Saudi Arabia in record numbers. In 2017, Saudi Arabia spent more than $16 million on lobbying. On May 20, 2017, Trump approved a $110 billion arms sale to Riyadh. Five days later a Saudi coalition strike killed 24 civilians at a Yemen market.

Take-A-Knee Against Racism and Militarism
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World Beyond War)

On March 1, 2018, David Swanson participated in a robust round of discussions on the topics of racism, war, freedom of speech, and patriotism at Saint Mary's Hall, a private high school in San Antonio "Military City USA" Texas. Five speakers were invited to address issues related to the "take-a-knee" protests. The embedded videos including the opening remarks, the presentations, and a question-and-answer period with students.

Mainstream Media Finally Reports on the Militarization of America's Schools
(Pat Elder / National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy & The Economist)

There have been three remarkable breakthroughs in the last month regarding the media's willingness to report and comment on the alarming process of the militarization of America's high schools. For more than a generation, the corporate media has imposed an apparent moratorium on in-depth reporting on deceptive, school-based DOD recruiting programs.

NRA Pays Students to Learn to Shoot Guns at School
(Agnel Philip / The Arizona Republic)

The NRA Foundation provided more than $200,000 in grants to 15 Arizona high school clubs between 2010 and 2016, giving equipment and money often used for competitive shooting teams.The gun-rights group has come under intense scrutiny and criticism in the wake of the February shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school, in which an NRA-financed, JROTC-trained gunman killed 17 students. Many of the NRAs corporate partners have since severed ties to the NRA's gun-lobby leadership.

When We Make Guns the King: A Warning about Arming Teachers
(Leah D. Schade / EcoPreacher)

Commentary: Will the NRA-backed plan to arm school teachers truly protect students? Or will it be like pouring gasoline on an already out-of-control fire? The answer seemed to come almost immediately when -- the very next day -- a teacher in a Georgia high school barricaded himself in a classroom and fired his gun, sending terrified students into lock-down. The decision indicates a a troubling ideological acceptance of "the myth of redemptive violence" -- devotion to violence for the sake of curbing violence.

The Illusion of War Without Casualties
(Nicolas J.S. Davies / Consortium News)

America's recent wars have been characterized by relatively low US casualties, but that does not mean that they are any less violent than previous wars. This year's Oscar Award ceremonies included an incongruous tribute to Hollywood war films. To pretend to a global audience that the US war machine is "fighting for freedom" in countries it attacks or invades was an absurdity that could only add insult to injury for millions of survivors of US coups, invasions, bombing campaigns and hostile occupations.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress: Stop Fueling War in Yemen
(Veterans for Peace & Indivisible.org)

Yemen is facing a massive humanitarian catastrophe and we need your help to stop it. American aid is crucial to the Saudi war effort, and removing our assistance would limit Saudi attacks and maybe even push them to the negotiating table. Email your lawmakers now and tell them to support the War Powers Resolution S.J.Res. 54 to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Citizens and Children Are Suing Trump to Save the Planet
(Bob Egelko / The San Francisco Chronicle & Robert Weissman / Public Citizen)

A federal appeals court has given a go-ahead to an unprecedented suit by 21 young people who accuse the federal government of endangering their future, and the planet, by failing to act against global warming. Meanwhile, another legal challenge -- Public Citizen v. Donald J. Trump -- would block Trump's anti-regulatory executive order which would require repealing two existing public safety rules for every new regulation introduced.

Marking International Women's Day with Action
(Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives & Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans / CODEPINK)

Commentary: Women make up half of the world's population, but in 2018, we are still working to guarantee basic fairness and equality. On this International Women's Day, let us honor those who came before us, be inspired by their example, and take on the challenges that are before us with strong hearts. Meanwhile, in Israel, 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi is facing up to 10 years in prison. Each year, Israel prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children in military court. Ahed Tammi is to be tried in a closed court.

Who Has the Power to Destroy Life on Earth? Only Nine Countries
(Don't Bank on the Bomb: 2018 Report)

Nuclear weapons are indiscriminate, inhumane and immoral -- and they are prohibited by international treaty. Still, from January 2014 through October 2017, researchers found 329 banks, insurance companies, pension funds and asset managers from 24 countries that had invested significantly in the top 20 nuclear weapon producers. Of these, 204 were based in North America, 70 were based in Europe, 52 were based in Asia- Pacific, 3 in the Middle East. None were based in Africa or Latin America.

On the Ground With the Parkland Teens as They Plan Their Revolution
(Lisa Miller / New York Magazine)

In Parkland, in the weeks after the shooting, emotional distance from the actual horror is measured in increments. The teenagers who quickly became the faces of the trauma were not those who had been the closest to the violence. Most of those students and their families are suffering in all the cruel and by-now-expected ways. But a different cadre of students has exhibited a very different response: Activated by fury and demanding to be heard, they had the emotional bandwidth to strategize and speak out.

Marking International Women's Day with Action
(Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives & Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans / CODEPINK)

Commentary: Women make up half of the world's population, but in 2018, we are still working to guarantee basic fairness and equality. On this International Women's Day, let us honor those who came before us, be inspired by their example, and take on the challenges that are before us with strong hearts. Meanwhile, in Israel, 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi is facing up to 10 years in prison. Each year, Israel prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children in military court. Ahed Tammi is to be tried in a closed court.

Congress Keeps Funding a War Machine as Vermont Stands Up to the F-35 Fighter Jet
(Medea Benjamin and Elliot Swain / Alternet & Jess Aloe / The Burlington Free Press)

Why did Senate Democrats agree to a boost in military spending that exceeded the cap for fiscal 2018 by $70 billion, bringing the total request to an enormous $716 billion? Because both Democrats and Republicans are on the war-makers' dole. Inevitably, more Pentagon contracts will be awarded to private corporations that use endless war to line their pockets and to bribe local and federal politicians. But people in Burlington are free to vote against a proposal to base noisy F-35 jets near their homes.

Former Defense Secretary William Perry on Trump and the Nuclear Threat
(Robert Scheer / Truthdig)

The following interview with William Perry, the United States Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1997 under President Bill Clinton, was first published on Truthdig in September 2017. We are reposting Perry's warning about the rising danger of nuclear war in response to Donald Trump's call for the modernization of US nuclear forces and Vladimir Putin's response in his speech this week showing Russia's new nuclear weapons arsenal.

War Threatens Our Environment
(World Beyond War)

A major motivation behind some wars is the desire to control resources that poison the earth, especially oil and gas. Oil can be leaked or burned off, as in the Gulf War, but primarily it is put to use in all kinds of machines polluting Earth's atmosphere, placing us all at risk. The interplay of war with oil goes beyond that, however. The wars themselves, whether or not fought for oil, consume huge quantities of it. One of the world's top consumers of oil, in fact, is the US military.

Honduran Businessman Arrested in Death of Environmental Activist Berta Caceres
(Al Jazeera & Global Witness)

Honduran police have arrested a construction executive for his alleged role in the murder of environmental activist Berta Caceres. Global Witness alleges those involved in the killings include some of the country's elite, including serving and former members of the military, politicians, and business leaders. Meanwhile, tens of millions of US dollars intended for social programs have been directed to the police and military -- both of which have been implicated in violence against land and environmental activists.

ACTION ALERT: North Korea Offers Talks; Trump Prepares an Illegal Military Attack
(Win Without War & The New York Times)

The US military is secretly rehearsing for a bloody war with North Korea. Top military brass gathered in Hawaii to draw up plans for attacking the Korean mainland expect that 10,000 American soldiers could be wounded in just the few days of the armed US attack. The human costs of this war would be awful beyond imagining. We have a major chance to turn this growing murmur of worry into a massive outcry for common-sense diplomacy. Don't allow Trump's war games to become a devastating reality.

How the Pentagon Devours the Budget
(Tom Engelhardt and William D. Hartung / TomDispatch & NationOfChange)

Though the Pentagon's budget was already through the roof, it will get an extra $165 billion over the next two years -- paid for by increasing the federal debt and defunding government services. The biggest reductions include a 41% cut in funding for diplomacy and foreign aid; a 36% cut in funding for energy and the environment; and a 35% cut in housing and community development. Up next: the Trump administration is preparing a full-scale assault on food stamps, Medicaid, and Medicare.

The Victims of War: US Ordered to Pay $245 Million in Reparations for Victims of Iraq-Iran War
(Press TV & World Beyond War )

In August 2017, the Iranian Judiciary issued a ordered the US government pay around $245 million in damage to victims of chemical attacks carried out by Saddam Hussein's troops during the 1980 to 1988 imposed war on Iran. Veterans for Peace/Oregon activist Leah Bolger discusses US military concerns for the mental health of returned soldiers. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has lambasted Croatian officials for refusing to accept the court's rulings on the 1990s Bosnia war.

ACTION ALERT: Follow the Gun Money. The Tyranny of the Gun Culture
(Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund & Chris Hedges / TruthDig)

Guns buttress the myth of a rugged individualism that atomizes Americans, disdains organization and obliterates community, compounding powerlessness. Gun ownership in the United States, largely criminalized for poor people of color, is a potent tool of oppression. It does not protect us from tyranny. It is an instrument of tyranny.

ACTION ALERT: To Save the Earth, Curb Militarism! An Appeal for Earth Day, 2018
(CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War)

Our five organizations, CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War, invite citizens and organizations around the US to express support for the statement that follows.

Long before Trump's "Big Lie" Tactics, The Pentagon Saw Climate Change as a Real Threat
(Johanna Peace / Inside Climate News)

In 2009, long before the rise of Donald Trump, a spate of Pentagon reports and intelligence studies made headlines for their common conclusion: Climate change is a real threat to national security. In response, the Pentagon set a goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2015. (An earlier 2007 executive order by President Bush required federal agencies to reduce their energy intensity.) The administration's internal aim was to produce 25 percent of the military's electricity from renewables by 2025.

Top Military Brass Warn The Pentagon Is Losing the Battle Against Climate Change as Bases Worldwide Begin to Flood
(Neela Banerjee / Inside Climate News & John H. Cushman, Jr. / Inside Climate News & Nicholas Kusnetz / Inside Climate News & The Weather Channel & Phil McKenna / Inside Climate News)

A growing number of US military sites are being damaged by sea level rise fueled by climate change, and that will threaten the military's ability to protect vital national security interests if the Pentagon and Congress don't take faster action, a panel of retired admirals and generals warns in a new report. The retired admirals and generals say climate change is putting key military facilities at risk of costly damage that could knock out critical operations for weeks.

Public Health Experts Identify Militarism As Threat
(David Swanson / War Is a Crime)

The World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on the Social Determinants of Health pointed out that war affects children's health, leads to displacement and migration, and diminishes agricultural productivity. Child and maternal mortality, vaccination rates, birth outcomes, and water quality and sanitation are worse in conflict zones.

Is War Ever Justifiable? The Video Debate: Round 2
(David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy & Pete Kilner / US Army (Ret))

To build a movement powerful enough to influence the US oligarchy, we do need this debate, we do need a clearer understanding that no war can ever be justified, and therefore that dumping over a trillion dollars a year into preparing for a possible just war has to stop. After all, 3 percent of that money could end starvation on Earth, 1 percent could end the lack of clean water, a bigger chunk could give us a chance against climate change (rather than serving as the leading cause of climate change).

Normalizing Nukes in the Age of President Strangelove
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Rajan Menon / TomDispatch)

In the Trump era, the Pentagon is calling for new, more "useable" nuclear weapons. Why? To give the commander-in-chief more "flexibility" in conducting "small" and "limited" nuclear attacks -- on declared "enemies" that have not attacked the US, on countries that threaten Washington's allies, on countries that commit "aggression" in the form of cyber-attacks. Hack the US and expect thermonuclear "fire and fury." This new game plan for nuclear war is a "road to hell paved with the worst intentions imaginable."

AR-15's Are Not Designed for Self-Defense: They Are Murder Weapons
(Dr. Ernest E. Moore / NBC News & Sarah Zhang / Wired Magazine & Rebecca Corral / KCBS)

The Parkland shooter's AR-15 was designed to kill as efficiently as possible. It was made for the military, to allow members of the armed forces to better dispatch multiple enemies in short order. It has no other purpose. Given that, there is no reason that these weapons should be broadly available to the civilian population.

Gun Violence Has Dropped Dramatically in Three States With Very Different Gun Laws
(Mike Males / YES! Magazine)

This week, 17 teachers, students, and visitors died in a Florida high school, in a country where mass shootings have been devastatingly routine. This was followed by another day of despairing, angry furor over guns, schools, and shootings that replayed the same reactions from dozens of past shootings. To have an honest, nonpartisan discussion about gun violence, we must look at what happened in New York, California, and Texas.

Two Essays and a Video in Search of the Lost America
(Robert Reich / San Francisco Chronicle & Robert Reich / RobertReich.org & Democracy Now!)

Commentary: When Donald Trump refers to "America," what does he mean? Trump encourages a combination of tribalism, libertarianism and loyalty. But the core of our national identity has never been any of this. It has been found in the ideals we share -- political equality, equal opportunity, freedom of speech and of the press, a dedication to open inquiry and truth, and to democracy and the rule of law. Today, an unbridled selfishness, a contempt for the public, a win-at-any-cost mentality, is eroding America.

Florida School-shooter's Gun Training Provided by the Pentagon and the NRA
(Amy Goodman and Pat Elder / Democracy Now!)

The gunman who fired on students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was a former member of the school's Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Nikolas Cruz took part in a four-person JROTC marksmanship team at the school which received $10,000 in funding from the NRA to promote a program that introduces gun possession to children as young as 13. It's "a win-win proposition for [the NRA] and for the sellers of weaponry," says Pat Elder.

How Trump and Pruitt Are Destroying the EPA
(Peter Fimrite /The San Francisco Chronicle)

Lynda Deschambault knew her career at the Environmental Protection Agency had taken a hard turn in July when her supervisor told her during a performance review to "be as invisible as possible." The next month, she took early retirement. The request, she said, was jarring for a woman who had spent two decades enforcing pollution laws and the cleanup of toxic lands for the EPA's Pacific Southwest region. Managing Superfund sites is not a position that lends itself to blending in.

Britain's House of Lords Debates Nuclear Risks and Abolition
(The Basel Peace Office & Alyn Ware / In Depth News & Abolition 2000)

From May 14-16, the United Nations General Assembly will hold its first ever High-level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament. This conference has become even more important in light of increased nuclear risks, which led the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists on January 25 to move the hands of the Doomsday Clock to 2 minutes to Midnight.

The Death of Syria: "A Monstrous Campaign of Annihilation"
(Rawya Rageh, Alia Malek, Wendy Pearlman and Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!)

There truly are no words to describe the extent of the horrors that we're seeing in Syria -- the malnutrition, the deprivation, the massacres. So many external players sort of robbed people of their dreams and their hopes and their ability to bring about the basic reforms and democracy they were asking for. No one in Syria was asking for this kind of civil infighting. And this just shows you the lengths to which the Syrian government and its supporters were willing to go just to maintain the rule of one man in power.

The American Warlord: Trump Plans Major Boost to Already Record US Arms Sales
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Samuel Stebbins / 24/7 Wall St.com)

The United States is already the world's leading exporter of weapons, by far. This fact is driving record profits for well-positioned US arms-makers on record sales to every country on even sort-of good terms with the US. With the US government increasingly gauging its export success on weapons sales, "enough" simply isn't an option. Now Donald Trump is finalizing a policy guidance to boosts to sales of US-made weapons above and beyond what's already been sent abroad.

Court Determines Military Burn Pits Caused Lung Disease in Service Members
(Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News)

The tens of thousands of US military personnel and private contractors whose health was compromised by the dense black smoke from burn pits -- and who were then denied proper treatment -- may finally be vindicated by a recent court ruling. A judge has ruled that open-air burn pits -- where thousands of chemicals were released into the air when trash and other waste were incinerated at American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan -- are connected to lung disease.

Gun Violence as State-Sponsored Domestic Terrorism
(Rabbi Michael Lerner / The Network of Spiritual Progressives & Henry A. Giroux /Tikkun Magazine)

There are 300 million guns in the United States and, since the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School of 20 young children and 6 teachers a decade ago, 11,000 more children have died of gun violence. There is no defense for putting the policies of the NRA ahead of the lives of children. Today, in Washington and many US states, criminal acts often pass for legislative policies.

Anti-Drone Billboards Pop Up in Syracuse; Encounter Censorship Elsewhere
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

World Beyond War has been raising funds for and renting billboards in opposition to war. We've run into censorship from numerous billboard companies but persevered, and more billboards are on their way. We're currently putting these two new billboards in Syracuse, New York, where drone pilots participate in US wars from Hancock Air Base.

The Environmental Consequences of the Use of Armed Drones
(Doug Weir and Elizabeth Minor / Reaching Critical Will & Toxic Remnants of War)

To date, debate over the implications of the growing use of armed drones has focused on human rights, on the expansion of the use of force into new contexts, and on the imbalances created by the newfound ability to project violence at a distance. Largely missing from the debate over the use of drones are concerns about the environmental and derived humanitarian impacts of drone operations. For starters, the use of these explosive weapons has the capacity to generate toxic remnants.

ACTION ALERT: Standing Up to the NRA: A Domestic Terrorist Organization
(Ashley Curtin / NationofChange & Common Defense & The Us Campaign)

Dallas is home to this year's NRA annual convention but a city council member and the mayor pro tem are urging the NRA to take its convention elsewhere. Huge protests are planned if the NRA goes forth with the convention, which would include the selling of ammunition and assault weapons. For years, the NRA has fed violent, paranoid rhetoric to their millions of members along with apocalyptic, terrorizing propaganda videos, openly threatening peaceful protesters with menacing violence.

ACTION ALERT: Guns Amok: If Congress Won't Act, Perhaps the Banks Will
(Ultraviolet & NewsMax & William Cummings and Bart Jansen / USA TODAY)

Kids are being murdered and Congress has done nothing to stop the sale of these assault weapons -- they are more worried about losing their campaign contributions than people's lives. Now we're calling on Visa, Mastercard, and other credit card companies to stop allowing people to buy assault weapons with their credit cards.

Planet-killing Corporations Want Laws to Treat Eco-activists as "Terrorists"
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

Corporate polluters are comparing nonviolent environmental activists to dangerous "terrorists." In 2017, the American Legislative Exchange Council drafted model legislation calling for severe punishments for anyone caught trespassing on oil, gas or chemical company lands. The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act even includes a clause that any "conspirator" organization would be fined 10 times more than the trespasser, opening the door to crippling penalties for environmental groups like Greenpeace.

14 Environmental Programs Eliminated in Trump's Budget Proposal
(John R. Platt / The Revelatory)

President Trump released his proposed federal budget for 2019 on Monday, and in the process pushed for the complete elimination of more than a dozen key environmental programs. These include, but are not limited to, areas of the government focusing on climate change, public lands and energy efficiency. Trump's proposal also drastically slashes the budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies critical to a sustainable future.

Demanding Justice: Indigenous Women In Guatemala Battle Canadian Mining Giant
(Heather Gies / Upside Down World)

Elena Choc Quib, a unilingual Q'eqchi' speaker from a remote village in rural Guatemala, never imagined travelling outside her country, let alone boarding a plane to Toronto. But everything changed when she and 10 other women were gang raped during a violent eviction more than a decade ago, allegedly on behalf of a formerly Canadian-owned nickel mine.

1.7 Million Afghans Preparing to Sue the US for War Crimes

More than one million statements from Afghan people and organizations have been submitted to the International Criminal Court alleging war crimes were committed by several actors in the country including the US military, the CIA, Afghan forces and the Taliban, local groups working with the Hague-based tribunal. The Kabul-based Human Rights and Eradication of Violence Organization reports that 1.17 million statements have been submitted to the court over the past three months.

In Florida, It's Easier to Buy a Gun than to Vote
(Ruth Milka / NationofChange & Heather Dockray and Andrea Romano / Mashable.com)

The United States, which has the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world, makes it surprisingly easy to buy an assault weapon. In Florida, it's harder to get birth control and purchase over the counter medications, such as Sudafed, than it is to buy a gun.

ACTION ALERT: Student-Shooting Survivors Give Voice to Their Outrage
(Julie Turkewitz, Matt Stevens and Jason M. Bailey / The New York Times & Emma Gonzalez)

Commentary: "If the President wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I'm going to happily ask him how much money he received from the NRA? . . . . I already know. $30 million. And divided by the number of gunshot victims in the US in the one and one-half months in 2018 alone, that comes out to being $5,800. Is that how much these people are worth to you, Trump?"

ACTION ALERT: There Are Many Bills in Congress To Reduce Gun Violence -- And The GOP Has Blocked Them All
(Senator Elizabeth Warren & CREDO Action )

Democrats have bills to ban assault weapons but the Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House. Even when kids die every day in deliberate shootings, accidental shootings, drive-by shootings, and random shootings, the Republicans have blocked even the tiniest gun reform laws to protect our children and communities.

Pentagon Gets Billions as Older Defense Industry Workers Lose Jobs and Benefits
(Stephen Miles / Inkstick Media & Peter Whoriskey / The Week)

The Pentagon's budget is $700 billion for this 2018 and $716 billion for 2019. Senate Chair John McCain declared that without these funds "our military would not be able to defend the nation." (Give the military $620 billion and they're helpless but give them 8% more and everything will be ok?) Meanwhile, McDonnell-Douglas, a major defense contractor, has set enacted cost-saving measures that involve shutting plants to deny pensions to aging members of its workforce -- forcing many workers into bankruptcy.

We Can Avoid War with North Korea -- If We Listen to Women Peacemakers
(Erica Fein / Ms. Magazine Blog & Cindy Sheehan's Soap Box)

The US and North Korea have been at war for 67 years. Since 1953, a united Korea -- that had existed for well over a thousand years -- has given way to a stark division. Conventional thinking isn't just continuing the status quo -- it's putting us on a path to renewed war. If we want to truly achieve peace, we must listen to the voices of those who have witnessed the human costs of war on the Korean Peninsula. And, on all sides of the negotiating table, women must be heard.

ACTION ALERT: Stop the School Shootings: Ban Sales of Military Weapons
(LegitAction Team & Brave New Films & The Huffington Post & Kucinich.com & MomsRising)

The recent shooting in Parkland, Florida is an example of the deadly consequences that can arise when the American people overwhelmingly ask for a policy (like gun safety reforms) that Congress ignores at the behest of a few campaign donors (like the NRA and gun manufacturers). Rich and powerful gun interests are undermining our democratic legitimacy: our lives and our freedoms are at risk. Raise your voice to challenge the Gun Lobby.

Trump Quietly Kills Gun-control Law!
(Ashley Curtin / NationofChange & Dave Lindorff / This Can't Be Happening)

In a very hush manner, Donald Trump signed a bill into law on Tuesday that rolled back an Obama-era regulation that put restrictions on gun purchases for people with mental illnesses. Why do we permit people to buy semi-automatic assault rifles?Something is clearly sick in America. The latest shooting, in Broward County, Florida, did not take place in some crowded, poor, violence-plagued, urban school, but rather in an upscale suburban community -- at a top-performing high school.

It's Time to Deal With Trumputin's Second Amendment Idiocy
(Harvey "Sluggo" Wasserman / Reader Supported News)

Commentary: The first thing to remember about gun violence is that it is A BUSINESS. There is an entire corporate infrastructure that makes BIG MONEY on these murders. Whoever makes and sells the automatic weapons and the bullets that do these slaughters makes a profit on them. Yesterday's shooting, like tomorrow's, puts money in their bank account. They will be enriched by the next mass slaughter and the one after that and the one after that.

Las Vegas Autopsies Reveal The True Brutality Of Mass Shootings
(Nick Wing and Matt Ferner / Huffington Post)

Media coverage often serves to sanitize the graphic, uncomfortable reality of these tragedies. Maybe we don't deserve the privilege of that comfort. In the wake of the Las Vegas mass-shooting in October 2017, reports from the Clark County coroner's office offer a raw account of the power of civilian weaponry. With bullets traveling at 3,000-feet-per-second, the damage these high-powered rifles can inflict on human bodies is extreme -- even when the gunman appears to have no particular firearms expertise.

1,607 More Mass Shootings Since Sandy Hook: Washington Offers 'Thoughts and Prayers'
(German Lopez, Ryan Mark and Soo Oh on / VOX & The Gun Violence Archive & The New York Times)

In December 2012, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children, six adults, and himself. Since then, there have been at least 1,607 mass shootings, with at least 1,846 people killed and 6,459 wounded.

JROTC, Military Indoctrination and the Training of Mass Killers
(Pat Elder / The National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy)

Nikolas Cruz, the south Florida shooter, was enrolled in the Army's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program as a 9th grader at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Army taught Cruz to shoot lethal weapons at a very young and impressionable age.

The Pope's Message on Nuclear Abolition
(Pope Francis / The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)

Commentary: "International relations cannot be held captive to military force, mutual intimidation, and the parading of stockpiles of arms. Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create nothing but a false sense of security. They cannot constitute the basis for peaceful coexistence between members of the human family, which must rather be inspired by an ethics of solidarity."

A Letter from Afghanistan: The Taliban Asks the American People to End this Deadly War
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & The Berkeley Daily Planet)

In an unprecedented 17,000-word letter released on February 14, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (aka, the Taliban) has appealed directly to the American people to "put pressure on your authorities and demand an end to the occupation of Afghanistan. It is not the duty of America to draft laws and suggest systems for other countries," the letter states -- especially when doing so entails the deaths of "3,546 US and foreign soldiers" and "tens of thousands of helpless Afghans, including women and children."

UN: Over 10,000 Afghan Civilian Casualties in 2017
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Reuters)

More than 10,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in violence last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, with militant bombings the main cause while air strikes by US and government forces inflicted a rising toll. US President Donald Trump introduced a more aggressive US strategy in Afghanistan in August including a surge in air strikes.

On the Occasion of the 39th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution
(Phil Wilayto / UNAC Editor Revolution)

The very first attack on a foreign government by the newly formed Central Intelligence Agency was directed against Iran in 1953, when Kermit Roosevelt, orchestrated the overthrow of the immensely popular Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, whose only "crime" was to be the world's first head of state to nationalize his own country's oil resources. The hated Mohammad Reza Shah was placed in power and the US gained control over 40 percent of Iran's oil, previously controlled by the British.

Remembering Vietnam 50 Years On
(Peter Berres / The Lexington Herald-Leader & Jordan Travis / The Traverse City Record-Eagle & Alastair Crooke / Consortium News)

January 30 was the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, an attack by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces that inflicted heavy losses on US and South Vietnamese militaries and lead to the Pentagon's ignominious retreat from the country. 50 years on, military planners appear to have learned the wrong lessons from the Vietnam War -- still focusing on war's "winnability" rather than questioning whether it makes sense to engage in it all.

In Trump's New Budget, 54% of Discretionary Funds Will Go to Military
(Lindsay Koshgarian / The National Priorities Project & Ruth Milka / NationofChange & Sal Rodriguez / Orange County Register)

After a brief government shutdown, the House and Senate passed a budget deal that sets 2018 spending levels at $700 billion for the military -- including an $80 billion budget increase, as well as $71 billion in war and emergency funding (an increase over recent years) -- and massive cuts in domestic spending on health, education, social programs, and the environment. Meanwhile, the unwinable Afghan war cost taxpayers $45 billion during the first year of Donald Trump's administration.

Who Killed Esmond Bradley Martin?
(Margot Kiser / The Daily Beast)

Esmond Bradley Martin was found dead on February 4, a stab wound in his neck and the floor of his home covered with blood. The famous white-haired American wildlife activist and expert on the illegal ivory trade had been murdered within the confines of his estate in Langata, a posh suburb of his adopted country's capital. Was the murder linked to Martin's efforts to circumvent the illegal trade in wildlife or was he killed because of an attempted land grab?

Imagine Peace: Olympics Begin With Both Koreas Marching Together
(Motoko Rich / The New York Times)

The opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics unfurled in frigid temperatures and high spirits as athletes from the two Koreas marched into the stadium together less than 50 miles from the heavily-fortified border between their nations, offering hope of a breakthrough in a tense, geopolitical standoff. The largest Winter Olympics yet, with 92 nations participating, began with the North and South Korean delegations marching under one flag, renewing hopes of a peninsula no longer divided by history and ideology.

Koreas Unite for Peace; Trump Threatens War; Tillerson Boasts of Sanctions and Civilian Deaths
(RT News)

At a time of unprecedented goodwill between Seoul and Pyongyang over the Winter Olympics, the US has doubled down on its inflammatory rhetoric and threats to the Korean Peninsula. "We are seeing how the US every time attempts both to tighten the sanction screws and to threaten it with the use of force," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "I very much hope that [the war] scenario, which could claim the lives of up to 1 million people or even more, won't be carried out."

Drug Wars, Missing Money, and a Phantom $500 Million
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Nick Turse / TomDispatch)

A report by the Defense Department Inspector General on the day after Christmas 2017, raises questions about a combatant command with a history of scandals, including significant failures in planning, executing, tracking, and documenting projects across the African continent, as well as the effectiveness of US assistance efforts there. Nick Turse tells a true-life story of squandered money and drug wars that catches the essence of what may be the true opioid crisis of twenty-first-century America.

ACTION ALERT: A Call for the Baltic Sea to Become a "Sea of Peace"
(Women for Peace, Sweden & Physicians for Social Responsibility, Finland, et al)

We, the organizations and movements that have signed this letter are extremely concerned about the deepening crisis between the United States, EU and Russia and about the rapidly advancing militarization of the Baltic Sea. The hope that awoke with the end of the 'old' Cold War is increasingly waning, and worryingly the lessons of the Cold War that brought mankind and the planet to the brink of nuclear destruction have been all but forgotten.

As Congress Feeds the Merchants of Death, the People Must Divest
(Medea Benjamin / NationofChange )

In recent budget negotiations, Senate Democrats agreed to a boost in military spending that exceeded the cap for fiscal 2018 by $70 billion, bringing the total request to an enormous $716 billion. Inevitably, this means more Pentagon contracts will be awarded to private corporations that use endless war to line their pockets. If neither major political party will stand up to this status quo, what can be done? One answer might be found in the recent push to divest from fossil fuel -- from Norway to New York City.

50 Years in the Making, We Must Again Confront and Reject US Warmongering
(Ajamu Baraka / Black Alliance for Peace)

Mission Statement: The Black Alliance for Peace seeks to recapture and redevelop the historic anti-war, anti-imperialist, and pro-peace positions of the radical black movement. Through educational activities, organizing and movement support, organizations and individuals in the Alliance will work to oppose both militarized domestic state repression, and the policies of de-stabilization, subversion and permanent war agenda of the US state globally.

The War You've Never Heard Of: AFRICOM The US Invasion of Africa
(Nick Turse / Vice News & Nick Turse / The Intercept)

Six years ago, a deputy commanding general for US Army Special Operations Command revealed 116 missions were being carried out by Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations forces across the globe. Today, according to US military documents, special operators are carrying out nearly 100 missions in Africa alone. There are now more special operations personnel devoted to Africa than anywhere except the Middle East -- 1,700 people spread out across 20 countries.

We Can Avoid War with North Korea -- If We Listen to Women Peacemakers
(Erica Fein / MS. Magazine)

Commentary: The US/Canada Summit on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula which met in Vancouver in January was composed of countries that sent troops to fight North Korea during the Korean War. When a global delegation of women demanded a seat at the negotiating table, they were turned away. "Our reason was simple: when women influence the peacemaking process, studies show that agreements are almost always reached, are more likely to be implemented. and are likely to last longer."

ACTION ALERT: Divest from the War Machine -- A Week of Resistance
(CODEPINK / Divest from the War Machine)

This Tuesday's State of the Union address emphasized war, violence, and weapons. As we watch our country invest more of our money in weapons and war, we can take action and send a message to companies like Lockheed Martin that we will not invest in their acts of war.

ACTION ALERT: Trump's New Nuclear Doctrine Called a "Roadmap to Nuclear War"
(The Basel Peace Office, Abolition 2000, Sen. Edward J Markey et al.)

The Trump administration's new Nuclear Posture Review has been criticized as a "roadmap to nuclear war" that calls for developing new low-yield "tactical" nuclear weapons and increases the role of nuclear weapons in US military planning by lowering the bar on the threats that could trigger a nuclear war. It backs a modernization of the existing nuclear arsenal that would increase the nuclear weapons budget by $60 billion per year.

Around the World, Democracy Is in Decline -- Led by the United States
(Amanda Erickson / The Washington Post & The Economist)

Democracy is in under siege around the world, according to a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The annual Democracy Index tracks the health of the world's governments. And the results for 2017 are depressing. In 89 countries, democratic norms look worse than they did last year, the report's authors write. Just 4.5 percent of the world's residents live in fully functioning democracies, down from 8.9 percent in 2015. That precipitous drop is thanks, primarily, to the United States.

It's Time to Take War Off Its Pedestal
(William J. Astore and Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & AntiWar.com)

Commentary: Our troops are human and vulnerable and imperfect. We don't help them when we put them on pedestals, give them flags to hold in the breeze, and salute them as icons of a feel-good brand of patriotism. Talk of warrior-heroes is worse than cheap: it enables our state of permanent war, elevates the Pentagon, ennobles the national security state, and silences dissent. That's why it's both dangerous and universally supported in rare bipartisan fashion by politicians in Washington.

America's Response to School Shootings; Teachers Are Being Trained to Shoot Their Students
(Joel Gunter / BBC News & Patricia J. Williams / The Nation)

Two schoolchildren died on Tuesday and 14 others suffered bullet wounds when a classmate opened fire outside a school in Benton, Kentucky. It was the third shooting incident at a school in 48 hours and the 11th in the three weeks since the start of the year. In lieu of any serious discussion about gun control, there has been instead a proliferation of laws and bills that would arm teachers, and train them to be able to kill -- to kill their own armed students, if necessary.

Creating an Empire of Graveyards
(Tom Engelhardt / NationOfChange)

Commentary: "Since he rode down that Trump Tower escalator into our political lives in June 2015, this sort of thing and more or less nothing else has largely been "the news." It goes without saying -- which won't stop me from saying it -- that not since Nebuchadnezzar's words were first scratched onto a cuneiform tablet has more focus been put on the passing words, gestures, and expressions of a single human being."

What's Behind the Spike in Deadly Terror Attacks in Afghanistan?
(Andrew Wilder / US Institute of Peace)

In Afghanistan, a string of attacks has killed more than 130 people and wounded more than 300 in just over a week. Bombings and gun battles jarred a busy downtown block near a government hospital, an international hotel, a military training academy, and the global charity Save the Children. Andrew Wilder, of the US Institute of Peace, offers some analysis.

America's Second Great Sin: Beyond Slavery Lies the Holocaust of Native Americans
(Reed Lannom / The Orlando Sentinel & Indian Country Today)

A campaign must be started immediately to remove all statues of and monuments to US Supreme Army Gens. William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant and Philip Sheridan for the following reasons: In the 28-year span of the Plains Indian Wars from 1862 to 1890, the same top military leaders who commanded the Union Army in the Civil War were also the top military commanders in the US Army's war of genocide against the Plains Indians. And Abraham Lincoln cannot be given a pass.

ACTION ALERT: Divest from the War Machine
(CODEPINK / Divest from the War Machine)

CODEPINK, in partnership with an array of peace and disarmament groups, is launching a divestment campaign to encourage universities, religious organizations, retirement funds, mutual funds, private investors, and other financial institutions in the United States to take action to reduce violent global conflicts and slow the hyper-militarization of our world by divesting from the US War Machine. Pledge to work with CODEPINK to stop those who are making a killing on killing and stealing our future!

FEMA to Abandon Puerto Rico: Bernie Sanders Proposes Billion-dollar Program to Solarize the Island
(Ashley Curtin / NationofChange & Senator Elizabeth Warren & Julia Conley / Common Dreams & EcoWatch)

As parts of Puerto Rico continue to struggle to recover four months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced it will shut off food and water aid to the island as of Jan. 31. A third of Puerto Rico residents are still without electricity and lack access to clean water. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed a $146 billion recovery package that could lead the way for Puerto Rico to become a leader in solar power and other sustainable energy.

ACTION Divest from the War Machine -- Week of Action, February 5-11, 2018
(World Beyond War & Divest from the War Machine / CODEPINK)

World Beyond War is joining with Code Pink to promote a week of actions to divest from the war machine. The War Machine refers to the massive, global US military apparatus that operates largely thanks to an alliance between the arms industry and policy makers. We need to tell the companies that earn their profits from the spread of war and militarism that their priorities are not our priorities. As we join together to take action against the War Machine here are some ways to get started.

Remembering Investigative Journalist Robert Parry
(Marc Ash / Reader Supported News & Norman Solomon / The Nation)

In 1995, award-winning investigative journalists Bob Parry launched a unique journalistic space called Consortiumnews, where he worked intensely as publisher, editor, and writer for the next 22 years. Last month, he died suddenly following a stroke. He will be missed. What made Bob Parry a trailblazer for independent journalism also made him a bridge burner with the media establishment. He refused to take on faith the official story, whether from governments or news outlets.

Robert Parry's Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews
(Nat Parry / Consortium News & Robert Parry / Consortium News)

Commentary: "With my dad, professional work has always been deeply personal, and his career as a journalist was thoroughly intertwined with his family life. I can recall kitchen table conversations in my early childhood that focused on the US-backed wars in Central America and complaints about how his editors at The Associated Press were too timid to run articles of his that -- no matter how well-documented -- cast the Reagan administration in a bad light."

ACTION ALERT: New Trump Nuclear Policy Veers into Dangerous Territory
(Martin Fleck / Physicians for Social Responsibility)

The Huffington Post has leaked a draft of the Trump administration's new Nuclear Posture Review. The NPR, which officially defines the role of US nuclear weapons, dangerously increases reliance on nuclear weapons rather than pursuing diplomacy to prevent conflict and move towards arms reductions. Help PSR hold our government accountable in calling this reckless policy unacceptable.

Facing Up to US Nukes: In 2017, Activists Occupied a US Nuclear Bunker inside Germany
(John LaForge / CounterPunch)

First-person account: "The fairy tale that nuclear weapons provide state security is a fiction believed by millions. On July 17, five of us proved that state guarantees of 'highly secure' nuclear weapon facilities are just as fictitious. After nightfall, an international group of five peace activists got deep inside the Buchel Air Base and, for the first time in a 21-year long series of protests against its deployment of US nuclear bombs, we occupied the top of one of the large bunkers potentially used for storing nuclear weapons."

As Olympic Truce Raises Promise of Peace, US Responds with New Threats of War
(Kanga Kong / Bloomberg & Veterans for Peace)

The question as to whether the Olympic detente will continue after Games end in March has been complicated the Washington's announcement that it intends to order a resumption of military exercises aimed at destabilizing North Korea. The US announcement came after North Korea issued a call for unification of the two Koreas. It would appear that the US prefers military action to a diplomatic resolution that could bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.

ACTION ALERT: US Aiding Child Sexual Abuses in Afghanistan
(RT News & Win Without War & Human Rights Watch)

A new US government report has found that US military troops stationed in Afghanistan have turned a blind eye on thousands of "gross human rights abuses" by the Afghan military forces over the past few years, including many instances of child sexual abuse. The heavily-redacted report was supposed to remain classified until June 2042. According to the report, the Pentagon has given a free pass to the perpetrators of no less than 5,735 cases of child sex abuse between 2010 and 2016 -- in violation of US laws.

Democrats and Congressional Black Caucus Use DACA to Join the Mad Rush to War
(Glen Ford / Black Agenda Report)

Commentary: The top Democrats in Congress have transformed DACA (the effort to protect childhood immigrants from deportation) into a gargantuan funding tool for the Pentagon. It is Democratic leadership -- not Donald Trump and his mad generals -- that has been the driving force in this year's military spending insanity. In July, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi gave the Pentagon $57.4 billion more than it requested -- ensuring that the what remains of the social safety net will be slashed into oblivion.

How Military and Corporate Advertisers Are Hoping to
(Cooper Hedger and Pat Elder / World Beyond War & Cooper Hedger / Change.org)

SkoolLive's interactive electronic kiosks bring advertising into schools where kids are offered up as a captive audience for a stream of commercial advertising and invited to engage in personal data-trolling. SkoolLive kiosks are making it much easier for the military and corporate America to circumvent federal privacy laws designed to protect children at school. These profit-seeking electronic intruders are an affront to American public education.

Is Trump Plotting a "Bloody Nose" Attack against North Korea: If So, It Would Be a War Crime
(Michael Schmitt and Ryan Goodman / Just Security)

As tensions de-escalate on the Korean Peninsula, the international legal debate over the so-called "Bloody Nose Strategy," which involves "a limited military strike against North Korean sites without igniting an all-out war on the Korean Peninsula" has moved in the other direction. Our best assessment is that it would amount to a violation of the prohibition on the use of force set forth in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter and customary international law. It would also likely fit the definition of a crime of aggression.

Iceland Named the Most Peaceful Country in the World: US Places 114th
(IcelandNaturally.com & The Norwegian Government & G. S. McCLure / Travel & Leisure )

Each year, the Institute for Economics & Peace's project, Vision of Humanity, releases the Global Peace Index to rank the world's most peaceful countries and least safe countries. In 2017, to no one's surprise, Iceland topped the list -- for the tenth year in a row. The USA ranked among the world's less peaceful and more dangerous nations -- 114 out of 163 countries.

US Agents Commit Inhumane Acts on Mexican Border; Arrest Humanitarian
(Rafi Schwartz / Splinter News & E.J. Montini / AZcentral)

United States Customs and Border Patrol officers arrested an immigration activist just hours after his group presented damaging video evidence that captured CBP agents in the act of destroying humanitarian aid -- water and food -- left for undocumented immigrants trying to survive an arduous trek through the Arizona desert. Some 7,000 bodies have been found along the border wilderness. Now, it appears, some of those deaths may have been due to the Border Patrol's criminal acts.

Atomic 'Doomsday Clock' Now One Minute Closer to Nuclear Midnight
(Doyle Rice / USA TODAY)

"Because of the extraordinary danger of the current moment, the Science and Security Board today moves the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to catastrophe," said Rachel Bronson, president of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. "This is the closest the Clock has ever been to Doomsday, and as close as it was in 1953, at the height of the Cold War."

ACTION ALERT: Legislation to Prevent Trump from Starting Nuclear War Introduced as 'Doomsday Clock' Nears Midnight
(Basel Peace Office & Hon. Edward J. Markey / US Senate)

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists today moved the hands of the symbolic Doomsday Clock to 2 Minutes to Midnight, indicating that the world is the closest to possible nuclear Armageddon since the height of the Cold War. Now 22 Senators say US commitment to the elimination of nuclear weapons -- not the creation of new, more "usable" weapons -- should be core components of Nuclear Posture Review.

Forget Trump's Border Wall. A $14-Billion Sea Wall Is Needed to Protect Houston
(Steve Campion / KTRK Eyewitness News & Diana Budds / CO Designs & Fault Lines / Al Jazeera English)

When Hurricane Ike reached the Houston-Galveston area in 2008, it pushed a 19-foot storm surge into the Galveston Bay, causing $29 billion in damage and releasing more than 500,000 gallons of crude oil. Refineries around Galveston Bay and the Houston Ship Channel process 40% of the US' petroleum and half of its jet fuel. Without the construction of a protective sea wall, flood waters could cause a massive disaster, spilling millions of gallons of oil and chemicals into local rivers, the bay, and the Gulf of Mexico.

As the Global Elite Head for Davos, Inequality Continues to Divide the World
(Winnie Byanyima / Al Jazeera)

For the past five years, I have carried Oxfam's call to tackle global inequality to the rich and powerful people attending the World Economic Forum in Davos. I don't sing alone there any more. Nearly every politician I meet in Davos will talk about the evils of inequality. How could they not? The evidence is overwhelming. A new billionaire is created every other day because the top 1 percent pocket more than 80% of the wealth our world creates while the bottom half of humanity gets none of the new wealth.

It's Time to Call Economic Sanctions What They Are: War Crimes
(Patrick Cockburn / CounterPunch)

The record of economic sanctions in forcing political change is dismal, but as a way of reducing a country to poverty and misery it is difficult to beat. Punishing UN sanctions imposed against Iraq from 1990 until 2003 lead to the death of millions of civilians. Saddam Hussein and his senior lieutenants were rightly executed for their crimes, but the foreign politicians and officials who were responsible for the sanctions regime that killed so many deserved to stand beside them in the dock.

Nazi Rallies and White Extremists: From Kiev to Charlottesville
(David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy & Bill Berkowitz / Buzzflash @ Truthout)

Commentary: Nazi rallies in the news in recent years have most prominently been held in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in Ukraine where Nazis are marching 20,000 strong. US taxpayers would fiercely object if they knew that Washington has been quietly providing Kiev's Nazis with weapons. It is time to stop supporting fascism both in Ukraine and in the US. White the White House repeats warnings about "radical Islamic terrorism" it ignores the fact that homegrown white extremists have killed more Americans.

The Rise of Walls in a Warming World
(Todd Miller / San Francisco Chronicle)

In 2015, 400,000 people living in what has become Honduras' "dry corridor" planted seeds and waited for rain that never came. What came instead was an extreme drought that stole their livelihoods. Central America has become ground zero for climate change in the Americas. The coming climate upheavals, which also include superstorms and sea level rise, are predicted to leave unprecedented numbers of people with no other choice but to move. And, increasingly, walls are rising to block their flight.

A New Domestic Threat: Drones in the Hands of Rebels, Robbers, and Madmen
(Paul Buchheit / Common Dreams)

As armed drones become cheaper, smarter, and more readily accessible, they could launch the modern armed revolution of the undervalued human being against the world's entrenched -- and previously inaccessible -- elites. Technologies needed to build autonomous weapons -- intelligent targeting algorithms, geo-location, facial recognition -- are already with us. While the 'good' people of the Earth may be targeted by terrorists, those at the top end of an unequal society may be targeted by revolutionaries.

Trump's 'Mini-Nukes' Would Increase -- Not Diminish -- the Likelihood of Nuclear World War
(Gar Smith / Truthout )

The Pentagon claims a new line of "fashionable, well-tailored mini-nukes" would provide the military with "more options" and "greater flexibility." Instead of facing the terrifying specter of engaging in all-out nuclear war with 400-kiloton thermonuclear planet-killers, mini-nukes would free Washington's military planners to whack at its enemies with smaller, more "palatable" blasts of atomic threat that would obliterate practically anything within a mile of Ground Zero. Or, they could trigger a thermonuclear world war.

Wilderness at Risk as Trump Desecrates the US Interior Dept.
(Elizabeth Kolbert / The New Yorker & Jane Kay / The Reveal)

Commentary: "Nearly all Trump's Cabinet members have shown disdain for the regulatory processes they're charged with supervising. And, when it comes to conflicts of interest, they seem, well, unconflicted . . . . In the decades to come, one can hope that many of the Trump Administration's mistakes -- on tax policy, say, or trade -- will be rectified. But the destruction of the country's last unspoiled places is a loss that can never be reversed."

War and Poverty: End War and Fund Peace by Supporting the New Poor People's Campaign
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

A whole new world opens up if military funding stops. Options include tax cuts for working people and a shift in power to state and local levels. The economy benefits from the removal of military spending -- in tax cuts for working people, the creation of more and better-paying jobs. There would be enough savings to assure that every worker can be retrained for transition to a peace-based economy. And then the $1 trillion doubles to $2 trillion if the rest of the world demilitarizes as well.

Report: White Right-wing Extremists Are a Greater Domestic Threat than Islamic Extremists
(Christopher Mathias / The Huffington Post)

According to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, white supremacists in the United States killed more than twice as many people in 2017 as they did the year before, and were responsible for far more murders than domestic Islamic extremists, helping make 2017 the fifth deadliest year on record for extremist violence in America. Of the 34 people killed, 18 were murdered by white supremacists, marking a 157 percent increase over the 7 people killed by white supremacists in 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will I Die at Guantanamo Bay?
(Sharqawi Al Hajj / Newsweek)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Militarism: Escaping the Trap
(Washington Newsletter / Friends Committee on National Legislation)

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

The Pentagon's Sprawling Empire of Bases: A US Military Land and Sky Grab
(Carol Miller / Space Alert! )

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

January 12-15 Conference: Close All US Military Bases on Foreign Soil
(Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases)

The Coalition Against Foreign Military Bases is focused on closing all US military bases abroad. This campaign strikes at the foundation of US empire, confronting its militarism, corporatism and imperialism. Foreign nations that allow US bases on their soil serve as client states of Washington and are controlled through the economic power of the US, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The US has used regime change tactics, including assassination and military force, to keep its empire intact.

US Special Ops Now at War in 149 Countries -- from Afghanistan to Somalia
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Nick Turse / TomDispatch)

There is no persuasive security rationale for having US Special Operations forces involved in an astonishing 149 countries, given that the results of these missions are just as likely to provoke greater conflict as they are to reduce it, in large part because a US military presence is too often used as a recruiting tool by local terrorist organizations.

Israeli Planes Attack Damascus; Children Die as Syria Attacks Rebel Strongholds
(Al Jazeera)

Israel has launched a series of predawn air strikes then followed up with artillery fire on an army base near the Syrian capital, Damascus. After the air raids, Israel also launched rockets from the occupied Golan Heights. Syria wrote a letter to the UN Security Council demanding that it condemn Israel's cross-border strikes. Meanwhile, ten children were killed in Syrian strikes on a rebel enclave in Ghouta, near the Syrian capital. Warning: Graphic videos of airstrike aftermath.

Police 'Gun-buys' Don't Work When the Police Turn Around and Offer the Guns for Sale
(Martha Bellisle / Associated Press)

After the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives declined to release tracking information on guns associated with crimes, the Associated Press created a database of almost 6,000 firearms sold by law enforcement since 2010 and found more than a dozen firearms sold by police in Washington state since 2010 ended up as weapons seized in the commission of new crimes.

ACTION ALERT: Words and Deeds: Challenging War -- on Billboards and in Baltimore
(World Beyond War & The Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases)

The US maintains a costly global empire of military bases outside its territory, estimated at almost 1000 (95% of all foreign military bases in the world. The annual cost of these bases to the American taxpayers is approximately $156 billion. The support of US foreign military bases drains funds that can be used to fund human needs and enable our cities and States to provide necessary services for the people. Devoting just 3% of US military spending could put an end to starvation everywhere on Earth.

Open Letter to the American People from the Former President of Honduras
(Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales / Socialist Project and The Bullet)

Former Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales writes: The people of the United States, have been sold the idea that your government defends democracy [but the US is] supporting blatant electoral fraud fin Honduras. At least one opposition protester has died in shootings in Honduras after the country announced a curfew and suspended constitutional rights in the face of protests over a disputed election.

Mega-Dams May Be History in the Brazilian Amazon!
(Christian Poirier / Amazon Watch)

Hydroelectric dams have caused great damage to indigenous and traditional communities and the environment, but they are only one of many serious Amazon threats -- new roads, railways, waterways, mines and other infrastructure all result in great destruction. While the just-announced shift in hydropower policy is important, experts agree that major changes are needed before one can talk of a real conservation breakthrough in the Brazilian Amazon.

Western Complicity Is Fuelling Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis
(Stephen McCloskey / Open Democracy)

The United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, has described the conflict in Yemen as "absurd" and "futile," characterised by "the destruction of the country and the incommensurate suffering of its people." A besieged and starved population has been pushed to the brink of famine. The UK, US and France need to re-evaluate their relationship with Saudi Arabia.

ACTION ALERT: Israel Implements a Deliberate Policy to Terrorise Palestinian Children
(Kamel Hawwash / Middle East Eye)

Israel's founding father David Ben-Gurion once said about the Palestinians: 'The old will die and the young will forget.' How wrong was he about the Palestinian people. There are currently some 450 Palestinian children who have been placed in detention by Israel. Warning: Contains graphic video of an armed soldier shooting a Palestinian child.

War on America's Poor: Why Sessions (and the Prison Industry) Needs Pot Laws
(Harvey Wasserman / Op-Ed News)

There are two main reasons behind the US Attorney-General's plan to pursue federal pot prosecutions: power and money. The Republican Party is vested in America's vast private prison system. Every new arrestee means money in the pockets of the investors who own and operate them. Keeping those cells and beds occupied is the essence of the industry and of Pot Prohibition. The Drug War is a giant cash cow for the prison owners, cops, guards, lawyers, judges, bailiffs and others.

Pollution and Global Disease: Washington's War on Americans' Health
(Christopher Ingraham / The Washington Post & Alexandra Jacobo / NationofChange & Sophie Haigney / San Francisco Chronicle)

American lives are shorter on average than those in other wealthy nations, and the gap is growing -- owing to electromagnetic radiation, pollution, and chemical addictions. In 2016, US life expectancy dropped for the second year in a row. Children with low birth-weights -- less than 5 pounds 8 ounces -- are at increased risk for diabetes, heart disease and hypertension in later life.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Twitter to Revoke Donald Trump's Twitter Account
(CREDO Mobile & Jack Moore / GQ Magazine)

Donald Trump has used Twitter to demean religions, other countries, immigrants, and world leaders. Now he is using Twitter to threaten a nuclear crisis. Ordinarily an online comment like that would send the CIA and FBI scrambling into action to track down and immobilized the "terrorist threat." It's time to demand that Twitter revoke Donald Trump's Twitter account for violations of the terms of service and institute safeguards to prevent a single tweet from sparking armed conflict.

The CDC Promotes Trump's Threat of a Nuclear War
(Brett Molina / USA TODAY & Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge.com)

As tensions between North Korea and the US rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want Americans to be prepared in case of a "nuclear event." The CDC's traditional role involves preventative intervention -- hygiene and vaccinations. Teaching the public "how to survive a nuclear detonation" is like teaching the public how to survive an influenza epidemic -- after stepping aside and allowing it to happen. If the CDC took nuclear war as seriously as the flu, it would be working on ways to prevent war.

$406 Billion for Trouble-plagued F-35 Jet but Healthcare "Too Costly" -- as Jets Endanger Childrens' Health
(Ashley Curtin / NationofChange & Reuters & James Marc Leas / Truthout)

Members of Congress say the US is "too broke" to increase spending on programs that intend to improve education and healthcare, but $27 billion more could go to F-35 jet program. Meanwhile, the health of children in a working-class neighborhood of Vermont is suffering from exposure to the roar of jet fighters overhead. This jet noise is set to sharply increase in two years when the Air Force plans to replace the F-16s with four-times-louder F-35 fighter bombers.

The Pentagon's Kadema Air Base Called "World's Most Dangerous Airport"
(The Peace Report / Veterans for Peace & Jon Mitchell / The Japan Times)

The Kadema Air Base on Okinawa Island is the largest US Air Force installation in Asia. Equipped with vast runways and thousands of hangars, homes and workshops, the base and adjoining arsenal cover 46 square kilometers. Over the years, accidents and neglect have polluted local land and water with hazardous chemicals -- including arsenic, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls, asbestos and dioxin -- while US officials hid this information, putting at risk the health of US service members and 184,000 civilians living nearby.

Is Rebuilding after "Victory" Possible? Restoring Mosul Will Take Time, Money, and Will

Nearly every city or town in formerly ISIS-occupied territory needs repair. The longer it takes, the longer many of those who fled the fighting remain uprooted. While 2.7 million Iraqis have returned to lands seized back from the militants, more than 3 million others languish in refugee camps. Worst hit is Mosul. The UN estimates 40,000 homes there need to be rebuilt or restored. Returning residents face billions in construction costs and decades of rebuilding, but the source of financial aid remains uncertain.

Donald Trump's War Crimes
(War Criminals Watch & Marjorie Cohn / TruthOut)

Since World War II, the United States has greatly expanded its global military presence and interventions around the world in order to protect overseas investments and to exploit global resources, including human labor, to establish itself as the dominant superpower. Just two and a half months into his presidency, Donald Trump quickly distinguished himself as a war criminal. His administration stands accused of killing unusually large numbers of civilians, in violation of US and international law.

A Deadly Legacy of Pollution Haunts Overseas US Military Bases
(Whitney Webb / Mint Press & John Lindsay-Poland and Nick Morgan / The Institute for Policy Studies)

Producing more hazardous waste than the five largest US chemical companies combined, the US Department of Defense has left its toxic legacy throughout the world in the form of depleted uranium, oil, jet fuel, pesticides, defoliants like Agent Orange and lead, among other pollutants.

Three-day Conference on US Foreign Military Bases Begins January 12
(Coalition Against Foreign Military Bases)

The United States maintains the highest number of military bases outside its territory, estimated at almost 1000 (95% of all foreign military bases in the world). There are US military bases in every Persian Gulf country except Iran. US foreign military bases are NOT in defense of US national, or global security. They are the military expression of US intrusion into the lives of sovereign countries on behalf of the dominant financial, political, and military interests of a Western ruling elite.

ACTION ALERT: Trump's Un-American War on Immigrants
(Mom's Rising / Mamas Con Poder & Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, Angie Bautista-Chavez, and Laura Muñoz Lopez / Center for American Progress)

The Trump administration is ripping away Temporary Protected Status status from thousands of families. This is un-American. Lives are in grave danger. TPS beneficiaries are integral to the US economy and American society: They have lived in the US for an average of 19 years and are employed at high rates, ranging from 69.2 to 83.5 percent. The contributions made by TPS holders will only continue to grow in the future, as they are collectively raising families that include nearly 275,000 US-born children.

Is Rebuilding after "Victory" Possible? Restoring Mosul Will Take Time, Money, and Will

Nearly every city or town in formerly ISIS-occupied territory needs repair. The longer it takes, the longer many of those who fled the fighting remain uprooted. While 2.7 million Iraqis have returned to lands seized back from the militants, more than 3 million others languish in refugee camps. Worst hit is Mosul. The UN estimates 40,000 homes there need to be rebuilt or restored. Returning residents face billions in construction costs and decades of rebuilding, but the source of financial aid remains uncertain.

36,898 Reported Killed in Iraq in 2016 -- And Probably More Have Died
(Margaret Griffis / AntiWar.com)

At least 36,898 people were killed, and 8,753 were wounded in Iraq during 2017. These figures should be considered lowball estimates, especially considering that the number of casualties being reported publicly was reduced. During 2016, 52,369 people were killed 21,795 were wounded. The Iraqi government censored information about security casualties and perhaps even civilian ones. Consequently, at the end of 2016, the UN was hectored into limiting the number of casualties it was allowed to compile.

Palestinian Refugee Camp Is the Most Tear-Gassed Place on Earth, According to New Study
(brahim Husseini and Liam O'Hare / Al Jazeera)

Refugee camps are among the most vulnerable to tear-gas exposure. A recent report finds that one Palestinian refugee camp in the occupied West Bank may be the most tear-gassed community in the world. While tear gas is usually composed of synthetic or naturally occurring gases, including pepper spray, the specific chemical utilized "is unknown" although Israel is obligated to disclose the composition of the tear gas it uses so medical professionals can treat the symptoms the chemicals cause.

Honduran Election Fraud Follows Decades of Corruption Funded By US Drug War
(Danielle Marie Mackey / The Intercept)

Olancho is gorgeous, with elevated cloud forests flush with orchids and fresh water that tumbles down majestic cliffs, spilling into lowland rainforests or emerald rolling pastures and valleys. But a sinister history lies below the surface and reveals itself only indirectly. A satellite image of a preserved rainforest that traverses the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve reveals a cemetery of hacked trees. The extent of the carnage was almost certainly too big and had happened too fast to be funded by anything other than drugs.

ACTION ALERT: Ekecheiria! An Olympic Peace Week for Korea
(Roots Action & the United Nations)

The United Nations has asked its member states to observe an Olympic truce during the upcoming February 9-25 Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, and for one week on either side. That would be February 2 to March 4. South Korea has asked the United States to delay its war rehearsal flights over South Korea until after the truce. If the world can prove that it can refrain from war during a sports competition, it will have proved that it can do so after the competition as well.

The 10 Most Ridiculous Things Media Figures Said About Climate Change and the Environment in 2017
(Kevin Kalhoefer / Media Matters for America / Research)

When it comes to climate change denial, various pundits and media sources unleashed a storefront of fake news during 2017. Here is a short-list of some of the most outlandish whoppers.

How Dick Cheney and His Allies Created the Korea Crisis
(Gareth Porter / AntiWar.com & Julian Borger / The Guardian)

The Trump administration has been telling people for months that the crisis with North Korea is the result of North Korea's relentless pursuit of a nuclear threat to the US homeland and past North Korean cheating on diplomatic agreements. However, North Korea reached agreements with both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations that could have averted that threat, had they been completed. Instead, a group of Bush administration officials led by then-Vice President Dick Cheney sabotaged both agreement.

Ellsberg's The Doomsday Machine: The Madness of America's Nuclear Weapons
(William J. Astore / AntiWar.com)

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

Why Doesn't Congress Care When Israel Kills American Citizens?
(Alex Kane / The Forward)

When Americans of Palestinian descent are shot dead by Israeli soldiers, no Senators or Congressmen rush to press for accountability from Israel's army, or put the names of Palestinian victims on legislation that would tie US aid to Israel to policy changes. On February 26, 2016, Mahmoud Shaman, a 16-year-old teenager from Florida who had moved to his family's village near Ramallah, was fatally shot an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint. Witnesses said the boy's hands were raised when he was shot.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Is Honored With a Nobel Peace Prize
(Alice Slater / The Nation & Beatrice Fihn / ICAN & Setsuko Thurlow / ICAN)

It has been just 10 years since ICAN first launched its astonishing campaign to ban nuclear weapons, just as chemical and biological weapons have been banned as well as land mines and cluster bombs. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has now closed a legal gap in the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that only requires "good faith efforts for nuclear disarmament" by the then-five existing nuclear weapons states -- the United States, Russia, UK, France, China.

The GOP Tax Bill: How the Environment Lost
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

The Republican tax bill has major repercussions for our precious environment. While the electric vehicle industry and the wind and solar sector can breathe a little easier that the sweeping legislation preserves their tax credits, fossil fuel producers are likely cheering the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. Environment America notes that the bill continues massive incentives for fossil fuel production amounting to tens of billions of dollars over the next decade.

There Is No Military Solution to End War in Yemen
(Al Jazeera & Daniel Larison / The American Conservative)

Every day that the US continues to provide arms and fuel to the Saudi-led coalition is another day that the administration shows that it is not serious about addressing the causes of the humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Yemen. The Red Cross reports that there are now more than a million cases of cholera in Yemen.

ACTION ALERT: For the Sake of a Single Tree
(Neil Cohen / Solartopia.org)

When we found the unedited report from the arborist hired by the city, we were stunned to discover that he actually wrote a GLOWINGLY SUPPORTIVE report about this tree -- but that the city's staff for some reason chose to cut, paste, and rearrange the arborist's written narrative in order to HANG the tree.

The Boys Who Said "No": The Story That Was Missing in the Ken Burn's Vietnam Documentary
(Judith Ehrlich / The Boys Who Said No and Robert Levering / Waging Peace)

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's PBS series, "The Vietnam War," deserves an Oscar for its depiction of the gore of war and the criminality of the warmakers. But it also deserves to be critiqued for its portrayal of the anti-war movement. Millions joined the struggle against the war. Any semblance between the peace movement I experienced and the one depicted by the Burns/Novick series is purely coincidental. A new documentary, "The Boys Who Said 'No'", hopes to set the record straight.

US-backed Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen Kill 136 Civilians in 11 Days
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & The Associated Press)

Saudi Arabia's airstrikes against targets across northern Yemen have continued since the early 2015 invasion, and civilians have borne the brunt of the strikes. Escalating attacks suggest a disturbing trend, with the UN High Commission for Human Rights expressing deep concern. Not only are the civilian death tolls mounting, but the nature of the strikes has been increasingly troubling. Recent strikes have hit a hospital, a prison, a TV station, and a carload of women returning from a wedding.

ACTION ALERT: 1000 Days of War: Stop the Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen
(Win Without War)

December 20, 2017 marks 1000 days of Saudi Arabia's intervention into Yemen's civil war. Thanks to this disastrous war -- that is waged with the support of the US, UK, and France -- millions of Yemeni civilians are on the brink the largest famine the world has seen in decades as millions more face outbreaks of preventable diseases like cholera and diphtheria, and indiscriminate violence. Add your name to a statement on the need to end the war and find a political solution to this man-made disaster.

Carbon Colonialism: The Failure of Carbon Offset Projects in Uganda
(Anuradha Mittal / The Oakland Institute)

As the One Climate Summit began in Paris, the Oakland Institute's new report, Carbon Colonialism: Failure of Green Resources' Carbon Offset Project in Uganda, exposed the false solutions to climate change promoted by some Western corporations and institutions in Africa. In Uganda, one major carbon-offset project -- supported by a number of international financial institutions -- illustrates how climate change is increasingly misused as a pretext for imposing a new form of "carbon colonialism" in Africa.

Call for a Ban as Pentagon Explores Genetic Extinction Warfare
(Arthur Neslen / The Guardian)

A US military agency is investing $100 million in genetic extinction technologies that could wipe out entire species. The technology could be used to wipe out malaria-carrying mosquitos or other pests, but UN experts say fears over possible military uses and unintended consequences strengthen case for a ban. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is debating whether to impose a moratorium on the gene research next year and several southern countries fear a possible military application.

War Against Equality: Over the Past Year, the Income of the USA's Top .001% Increased by 636%
(teleSUR & The Huffington Post)

Global Economic Inequality is surging, further widening the pay gap between the haves and have-nots, according to a new World Inequality report. The report, which highlights the growing gulf between haves and have-nots, was compiled by five economists, including scholars Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty. Average annual income for the bottom 50 percent has remained basically unchanged at $16,000 over the past 40 years. In 2016, the richest one percent held 39 percent of the country's wealth.

War on the First Amendment: Medics, Observers and a Journalist Face 50 Years in Prison for Trump Inauguration Protests
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! & The Huffington Post)

Final arguments are underway today in Washington, DC, in a case that could shape the future of free speech and the right to protest in the US: the first trial of the nearly 200 people arrested during Donald Trump's inauguration. The first so-called trial to go to a jury involves six people, including one journalist, Alexei Wood, a freelance photojournalist. The defendants face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including multiple counts of destruction of property. Evidence against the defendants has been scant.

Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch Have Set Our Future on Fire
(Mark Hertsgaard / The Nation & Climate Nexus / EcoWatch)

Commentary: The fires of hell roared through the City of Angels, dispatched by the lords of darkness. Blasted by 80-mile-an-hour winds that turned palm trees into giant torches. In one of those ironies so glaringly obvious that fate seems to be commanding that humans pay attention, one of the properties scorched by the LA fires belonged to Rupert Murdoch, the founder of Fox News, a lavish donor to the GOP, a close confidant of Donald Trump, and a major purvey of "fake news" about the "hoax" of global warming.

War Against Equality: Over the Past Year, the Income of the USA's Top .001% Increased by 636%
(teleSUR )

Global Economic Inequality is surging, further widening the pay gap between the haves and have-nots, according to a new World Inequality report. The report, which highlights the growing gulf between haves and have-nots, was compiled by five economists, including scholars Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty. Average annual income for the bottom 50 percent has remained basically unchanged at $16,000 over the past 40 years. In 2016, the richest one percent held 39 percent of the country's wealth.

Trump's World of War: US Special Ops Commandos to 149 Countries
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Nick Turse / TomDispatch)

Since 9/11, the US has expanded the size of its force by almost 75%. In terms of geographic sweep, since 2001, the activities of US Special Operations forces have grown in every conceivable way. On any given day, about 8,000 special operators -- from a command numbering roughly 70,000 -- are deployed in approximately 80 countries around the world. This year, US special operators were killed in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Niger and Mali.

US Weapons Industry Bombs the World for Profits but the Pentagon Is Not a Sacred Cow
(teleSUR & The Editorial Board of the New York Times)

In 2016, global arms producers saw $375 billion in profits, with the US weapons industry claiming more than half the global sales. Meanwhile, back in the US, the Pentagon continues to waste about one in five of the dollars it receives. Health care, Social Security, Medicare and other social programs are all on the chopping block as Republicans race to write tax bill that benefits large corporations (including arms makers) but the Pentagon remains a sacred cow, destined to receive yet more taxpayer dollars.

The Brutal Origins of Gun Rights
(Patrick Blanchfield / New Republic)

In her brilliant and devastating new book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, writer and historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz argues that America's obsession with guns has roots in a long, bloody legacy of racist vigilantism, militarism, and white nationalism. What the Second Amendment guarantees is instead something else: "the violent appropriation of Native land by white settlers . . . as an individual right."

Bombs in Our Backyard: Investigating One of America's Greatest Polluters
(Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica)

The Pentagon has poisoned millions of acres and left Americans to guess at the threat to their health. Its oversight of thousands of toxic sites has been marked by defiance and delay. Now ProPublica has published data on 40,000 hazardous sites across the country polluted by US military operations. Journalists and activists can use the data to find local stories.

Bombs in Our Backyard: Dangerous Pollutants in Military's Open-Air Burn Sites
(Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica)

The first results in a national effort to better measure the levels of contaminants released through the burning of munitions and their waste show elevated levels of lead, arsenic and other toxins. Washington appears to have significantly underestimated the amount of lead, arsenic and other toxic pollutants sent into the air from uncontrolled burning of hazardous waste at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia. The plumes drift directly towards an elementary school and residents a little more than a mile away.

ACTION ALERT: A Peoples' Peace Treaty for the US and North Korea
(World Beyond War & NationofChange)

Mainstream US media depicts North Korean Kim Jong-Un as crazy and his country as an insane asylum, but there is logic in their fear of "regime change"-- a fear that only negotiations can address. Alarmed by the threat of a nuclear war, concerned US peace groups have come together to present a People's Peace Treaty to Washington and Pyongyang.

US Sued for Dropping H-bombs on Spain
(Dave Collings / Associated Press & ABC News)

Veterans who say they responded to a 1966 accident involving US hydrogen bombs in Spain and then became ill from radiation exposure asked a federal appeals court on Monday to allow a class action lawsuit against the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Jeremy Corbyn: An Address to The United Nations in Geneva
(The Basel Peace Office & The Labour Press)

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labour Party and a member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament gave the following keynote policy speech on human rights at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec 8. Corbyn told the packed auditorium that: "We need to redouble our efforts to create a global rules based system that applies to all and works for the many, not the few. No more 'bomb first' and think and talk later."

Meet the Private Corporations that Have Grown Rich Building A Nuclear Arsenal that Could Kill US All
(Richard Krushnic and Jonathan Alan King / TomDispatch & The Nation)

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

UN Security Council Members Condemn Trump's Jerusalem Move
(AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera & Rebecca Savransky / The Hill)

Donald Trump's "Jerusalem declaration" has been roundly criticized worldwide, with Israel seemingly the only nation to endorse it. Even there, the declaration sparked massive protests among the Palestinian population under Israeli occupation, who see Trump's move as effectively ending the peace process. At least 31 Palestinians hurt in Israeli army fire on Thursday as anger over the White House move sweeps West Bank and Gaza.

"It's Not a Guns Issue. It's a Mental Health Issue." But What If It's Both?
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & The Berkeley Daily Planet)

After a mass shooting in a church left 26 people dead, Donald Trump quickly moved to deflect growing public concern by claiming: "This isn't a gun situation. This is a mental health problem at the highest level." Once again, the "crazy gunman" meme had been unleashed in the mediastream, shifting attention from the weapons to the individual and suggesting that the solution involved controlling individuals, not their arsenals. But what if owning multiple guns was, itself, a sign of mental illness?

ACTION ALERT: Block the NRA's Plan to Legalize Concealed Weapons Nationwide
(CREDO Action & Dana Liebelson / The Huffington Post & The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence & Timothy Johnson / Media Matters)

It would be laughable if it weren't so deadly. Here's how Republicans have finally moved beyond their thoughts and prayers for the victims of gun violence -- with a reckless, dangerous bill to undermine gun safety laws across the country. The right-wing Republican extremists in the House have passed an NRA dream bill -- The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act -- that would force every state in the US to abide by the weakest state gun laws in the entire country -- a "guns everywhere" vision for America.

The Rollback: Trump's Toxic War Benefits Polluters, Endangers the Public
(Californians for Pesticide Reform & Al Jazeera)

Since US President Donald Trump entered the White House, there is one achievement he can't be denied. He has made good on a campaign promise to repeal hundreds of "job-killing" federal rules, often following recommendations from powerful industries. The US pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement -- essentially breaching the promise to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions -- and has begun to roll-back environmental protections designed to reduce toxic emissions from industrial polluters.

How War Pollutes the Potomac River
(David Swanson and Pat Elder / World Beyond War)

The Pentagon's impact on the Potomac River is not simply the diffuse impact of global warming and rising oceans contributed to by the US military's massive oil consumption. Not only does the home of war-making sit near rising waters -- rising first and foremost because of the impacts of war-making -- the waters of the Potomac and of the Chesapeake Bay into which it flows, and the tides of which raise and lower the waters of the Pentagon Lagoon each day -- are heavily polluted by war preparations.

There's No Such Thing as Precise Air Strikes in Modern Warfare
(Patrick Cockburn / The Independent & The UNZ Review)

The final elimination of ISIS in Iraq and Syria is close, but it has only been achieved at the cost of great destruction and loss of life. This is the new face of war that governments try to conceal: a limited number of combat troops on the ground call in devastating air strikes from planes, missiles and drones -- be they American or Russian -- to clear the way for their advance. US and British claims that smart weapons enable them to avoid killing civilians is simply untrue. There is no such thing as precision air strikes.

The Partisan Economic War on the Equality and the Majority
(Jim Hightower / Otherwords & Sen. Dianne Feinstein / Los Angeles Times & Richard Eskow / Campaign for America's Future)

Commentary: Tax proposals can be complex, but the GOP's 429-page monster is shockingly easy to understand: The Trump-Ryan-McConnell triumvirate intends to take money from millions of working families and give it to the world's wealthiest people and corporations. The GOP bill is an act of class warfare that gives half its cuts to the top 1 percent, raises taxes on 36 percent of working families, adds $71 billion to the cost of a college education while benefitting wealthy individuals and special interests.

US Airstrikes Rise Sharply in Afghanistan -- And So Do Civilian Deaths
(Shashank Bengali / Los Angeles Times)

As US warplanes flew above a cluster of villages where Islamic State militants were holed up in eastern Afghanistan, 11 people piled into a truck and drove off along an empty dirt track to escape what they feared was imminent bombing. They did not get far.

Western Wars Have Killed Four Million Muslims Since 1990
(Nafeez Ahmed / Middle East Eye)

In May 2017, the Washington DC-based, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility released a landmark study concluding that the death toll from 10 years of the "War on Terror" was at least 1.3 million, and could be as high as 2 million. Despite being the first effort to produce a scientifically robust calculation of the number of people killed by the US-UK-led "war on terror, " the 97-page report has been almost completely blacked out by the English-language media.

Grassroots Anti-nuclear Citizens' Group to Accept Nobel Peace Prize on December 10
(The Sunflower / The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation & Kyodo News Service & Vallarta Daily )

Today there are 17,300 nuclear warheads in the hands of nine countries -- the US, Russia, the UK, France, China, India , Pakistan, Israel and North Korea. On December 10, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Hiroshima-bomb survivor Setsuko Thurlow will accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the global campaign to rid the world of nuclear weapons. In November 2017, Mexico’s Senate approved the treaty. The treaty will go into effect when 50 countries have signed and ratified it.

Disposable People: Deporting US Veterans
(Paul Cox / The Volunteer @ The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives)

The plight of the non-citizen veterans of US military service who have been deported stands as a small but telling example of how our country falls far short of living up to its promises. The ACLU estimates that there are around 300 US veterans deported to countries around the world. These veterans are now stuck in a country they may have left as infants; some do not even speak the language.

Trump Provokes Palestinians and World's Muslims with Vow to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Jack Khoury and Noa Landau / Haaretz & Reuters)

Despite widespread warnings of "dangerous consequences," senior US officials say Donald Trump is likely to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital Wednesday and delay embassy relocation for another six months, yet begin planning the move immediately. Saudi King Salman warned Trump that transferring the embassy is a dangerous step that will inflame feelings of Muslims. Fatah has already begun preparations for "three days of rage" protest rallies.

A Free Society Must Give Up Empire
(Robert P. Murphy / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: "If Americans want a free society at home, then they must convince the US government to give up its global empire . . . . If you allow your government to maintain an empire abroad, then you can't possibly expect a free and open society at home. This fact is staring us in the face as police departments across the country accept the surplus military equipment used in foreign occupations."

Why is Defense Waste Taboo in the Tax Debate?
(Jon Basil Utley / The American Conservative)

For all the talk about the big Republican tax cut it's really only about $150 billion per year -- although proponents multiply it by 10 years, so that $1.5 trillion sounds like a lot. Arguments about how to pay for it may end up derailing or neutering it in the end. Which is ironic, since Trump wants to add $50 billion to the defense budget. But no one wants to talk about defense waste during these tax debates. Why is the Pentagon budget untouchable?

America's Military-Industrial Addiction
(JP Sottile / Consortium News & AntiWar.com)

The Military-Industrial Complex has loomed over America ever since President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of its growing influence during his prescient farewell address on Jan. 17, 1961. This year, a robust collection of 208 defense companies spent $93,937,493 to deploy 728 "reported" lobbyists (apparently some go unreported) to feed this year's trumped-up, $700 billion defense-only budget. War, as the great Gen. Smedley Darlington Butler aptly put it, is little more than a money-making "racket."

Western Wars Have Killed Four Million Muslims Since 1990
(Nafeez Ahmed / Middle East Eye)

When a 97-page report by Physicians for Social Responsibility (the Nobel Peace Prize-winning doctors' group) provided the first accounting of civilian casualties from US-led "counter-terrorism" interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, it was almost completely blacked out by the English-language media. The report found the US "War on Terror" had killed perhaps as many as 2 million Muslims. Undisputed UN figures show 1.7 million Iraqi civilians (half children) died due to the West's brutal sanctions.

Why There Is No Peace On Earth: "War Is a Racket"
(David Stockman / Contra Corner & AntiWar.com)

The end of the cold war meant world peace was finally at hand, yet 26 years later there is still no peace because Imperial Washington confounds it. The fact is, the modern Warfare State has been the incubator of American imperialism since the Cold War, and is now proving itself utterly invulnerable to fiscal containment, even in the face of a $19 trillion national debt. The War Party entrenched in the nation's capital is dedicated to economic interests and ideological perversions that guarantee perpetual war -- and perpetual profits.

Saudis to Buy $7 Billion More in US Arms for Yemen War
(AntiWar.com & Reuters & Fortune & BBC World News)

With international complaints about war crimes mounting, and a vote on US involvement in Yemen having just been derailed by the Congressional leadership, another vote on Saudi weapons sales is likely forthcoming, following reports the Saudis have made deals for another $7 billion in US arms related to the devastating war in Yemen. The deals are with Raytheon and Boeing to provide "precision guided munitions."

ACTION ALERT: War on the Bees -- Stop the Monsanto-Bayer Mega-merger
(SumOfUs & Robert-Jan Bartunek and Ludwig Burger / Reuters & Brad Plumer / Vox.com)

Bayer and Monsanto have filed a merger request with antitrust authorities in Europe and the US. If they succeed, we'll face a nightmare scenario: more bee-killing neonics in our fields, more toxic glyphosate on our plates, more corporate control over our food supply. Regulators can still stop this merger, but they’re getting hammered by corporate lobbyists pressuring them to back off. That's why we need to move fast -- antitrust regulators have a limited amount of time to take action, and the clock is ticking.

US Oil: A Weapon of Mass Destruction
(Tammy Webber and Katy Daigle / Associated Press)

US oil refineries that are unable to sell a dirty fuel waste product at home are exporting vast quantities of it around the world, to more than 30 countries, especially to energy-hungry India. Petroleum coke, the bottom-of-the-barrel leftover from refining Canadian tar sands crude and other heavy oils, is cheaper and burns hotter than coal. But "petcoke" also contains more planet-warming carbon and far more heart- and lung-damaging sulfur.

Will Puerto Rico Be Re-born as Singapore or Solartopia?
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive)

Warring visions have now erupted over the energy and economic futures of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Will the islands become a green-powered solartopia or a fossil-fueled robber baron playground like Hong Kong or Singapore? Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed a $146 billion green "Marshall Plan" to rebuild Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Solar panels are already pouring in.

UN to Investigate Extreme Poverty . . . In America, the World's Richest Naton
(Ed Pilkington / The Guardian)

Philip Alston, the United Nations monitor on extreme poverty and human rights, has embarked on a coast-to-coast tour of the US to hold the world's richest nation -- and its president -- to account for the hardships endured by America's most vulnerable citizens. With at least 41 million Americans living in poverty, the UN mission hopes to demonstrate that no country, however wealthy, is immune from human suffering induced by growing inequality. Nor is any nation, however powerful, beyond the reach of human rights law.

Reports of a New US War Crime: This Time in Somalia
(Christina Goldbaum / The Daily Beast)

An investigation by The Daily Beast on the ground in Somalia appears to confirm that American soldiers were involved directly in the deaths of 10 innocent civilians.

Massacre In Somalia: US Troops To Blame?
(Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams / The Liberty Report)

In August 2017, ten villagers in Somalia were killed in a military raid conducted by US and Somali troops. According to a recent investigation by the Daily Beast, they were killed by Americans. A subsequent Pentagon/AFRICOM investigation claimed that those killed were all enemy combatants. Who's telling the truth? But more importantly, why are American troops even operating in a country like Somalia.

US Military to Indefinitely Delay Ban on Outlawed Cluster Bombs
(Phil Stewart / Reuters)

The Pentagon will indefinitely delay a ban on the use of older types of cluster bombs due to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019, officials said, arguing that safety improvements in munitions technology failed to advance enough to replace older stockpiles. Disclosure of the new policy met sharp criticism from Congress and human rights groups.

The UN's Investigating Extreme Poverty . . . In America, the World's Richest Naton
(Ed Pilkington / The Guardian)

Philip Alston, the United Nations monitor on extreme poverty and human rights, has embarked on a coast-to-coast tour of the US to hold the world's richest nation -- and its president -- to account for the hardships endured by America's most vulnerable citizens. With at least 41 million Americans living in poverty, the UN mission hopes to demonstrate that no country, however wealthy, is immune from human suffering induced by growing inequality. Nor is any nation, however powerful, beyond the reach of human rights law.

More Guns on America's Streets as Army Prepares to Start Selling Weapons to US Citizens
(Jared Keller/ Task and Purpose)

The .45 ACP M1911A1 pistol has served the US armed forces for more than a century. Now, thanks to this year's $700 billion federal defense budget, "at least 80,000" of these deadly combat weapons sold to civilian gun owners. The Defense Authorization Act that Congress sent to Donald Trump's desk on Nov. 16 requires the Secretary of the Army to transfer a cache of small arms and ammo to the Civilian Marksmanship Program, including the M1911 and M1911A1 pistols, the M-1 Garand, and .22 rimfire rifles.

The Deadliest Year on Record for Global Land Defenders
(The Oakland Institute & Global Witness)

Three times as many land protectors were killed in 2012 than 10 years previously, with the rate doubling to an average of two people a week in the past four years. 2017 is on course to be the deadliest year on record for land rights defenders. 153 activists have been assassinated so far this year -- and those are the ones we know of. Thousands more face displacement, violence, intimidation, and arrest -- all for standing up for their right to live on their land.

The Duty to Disobey a Nuclear Launch Order
(Marjorie Cohn / Truthout)

On November 19, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command, declared he would refuse to follow an illegal presidential order to launch a nuclear attack. "If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail," the general explained at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia. "You could go to jail for the rest of your life." In the military, there is a legal duty to obey a lawful order -- but also a legal duty to disobey an unlawful order.

Routed in Syria, the US Should Admit Its Crime, Face Punishment
(David Macilwain / Russia Insider)

Commentary: Now the day of reckoning has arrived, marked by the meeting of Presidents Bashar al Assad and Vladimir Putin in Sochi -- a meeting of militaries, whose success on the battlefield against Western-backed terrorists has brought us to this point. So we need to be clear about what happened. As in Bosnia 25 years earlier, mixed ethnic communities who had peacefully coexisted for centuries were turned against one another by foreign actors in a fundamentally malicious plan to "divide and rule."

Wounds of War: Syria's Hospitals, Doctors, and Volunteers Under Attack
(Scott Pelley / 60 Minutes & The Syrian American Medical Society)

Syria's government is trying to quash a rebellion by bombing hospitals. Still, brave doctors -- many of them American volunteers -- are risking everything to save lives. In besieged East Ghouta, Syria, nearly 400,000 civilians are facing severe shortages of basic goods and lifesaving medical care. In its latest brief, "Under Siege: The Plight of East Ghouta," SAMS highlights the devastating impact of the four-year long blockade on the health sector and underscores the pressing need to break the siege.

Fidel Castro's Enduring Environmental Legacy
(teleSUR & Agence France-Presse)

Fidel Castro's commitment to education and health care stand out as monumental achievements for Cuba. While he emerged as a stalwart of anti-imperialism and anti-capitalism, his commitment to environmentalism and Cuba's achievements in the area gets less attention. Cuba is one of the few developing countries that has shown a strong commitment to the environment and sustainability -- despite a number of obstacles such as the long-standing US blockade.

US "Liberated" Libya to Become a Modern-day Slave Market
(Vijay Prashad / AlterNet )

CNN recently aired a powerful report from Libya, where the reporters went into a house and shot footage of an auction of human beings. Yes, a 21st-century slave market -- grotesque: evidence of how terrible the situation is these days not only in Libya, but also in the Sahel region of Africa. The US, Britain and France were the leaders of the NATO-engineered destruction of Libya in 2011. What we see now is the detritus of NATO's disastrous policies.

Appeal to Congress: End US Support for Saudi War in Yemen
(Mark Weisbrot / The Hill)

The New York Times editorial board recently took an unusual position of denouncing what it called "war crimes" by a US ally, in a war in which the United States is actively participating militarily. "Saudis try to starve Yemen into submission," was the headline, and it was no exaggeration. Nearly seven million people, including millions of children, are facing famine owing to blockades of food and medicine and Saudi-coalition bombings carried out with military assistance by the United States.

Saudis Renege on Promise to End Blockade as Millions of Yemen's Civilians Face Disease and Starvation
(AntiWar.com & BBC World News)

Northern Yemen is facing calamitous shortages due to a Saudi blockade, with many civilians dying in from the lack of food, medicine, and a cholera epidemic that is among the worst in human history. Millions are facing malnutrition and outright famine. Despite the Saudi's promise earlier this week that they would lift the blockade on northern Yemen at noon on Thursday, the time came and went. UN and other humanitarian aid ships continue to be blocked from the port of Hodeida and Yemenis continues to die.

US Strikes on Taliban Opium Labs Won't Work, Say Afghan Farmers
(Mohammad Stanekzai and Girish Gupta / Reuters)

On Monday, US Army General John Nicholson announced a "new strategy" of attacking opium factories, saying he wanted to hit the Taliban "where it hurts, in their narcotics financing." But as US and Afghan forces pounded Taliban drug factories this week, farmers in the country's largest opium producing-province and narcotics experts say the strategy just repeats previous failed efforts to stamp out the trade.

What Is the True Cost of Inequality? Freedom? Democracy? Peace?
(Sam Pizzigati / Campaign for America's Future & Marlee Kokotovic / Nation of Change & Richard Eskow / Campaign for America's Future & Paul Buchheit / NationofChange)

The world has never been richer. Credit Suisse's researchers have discerned "a significant increase in wealth across the globe." The problem is, these numbers have benefited only a precious few. The top 1 percent globally now hold 50.1 percent of the world's household wealth. With inequality ripping us apart -- and with few of our national leaders willing or able to confront the problem -- the United States of America may never again be an equitable and functional society.

US Diplomats Accuse Tillerson of Breaking Child Soldiers Law
(Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick / Reuters)

According to internal documents reviewed by Reuters, a group of about a dozen US State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers when he decided in June to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a US list of offenders in the use of conscripted, underage soldiers.

Fight Terrorism: Stop Bombing Cities and other Populated Areas
(Action On Armed Violence & Reaching Critical Will / Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)

When used in populated areas, explosive weapons cause great harm to individuals as well as to communities. According to Action on Armed Violence, between 80 and 90% of the people injured or killed are civilians in incidents where explosive weapons are used in populated areas. The use of these weapons also damages and destroys critical infrastructure such as housing, schools, hospitals, and water and sanitation systems, resulting in devastating long-term effects on people's lives far beyond the conflict itself.

What Happened in Niger? More Remains of Sgt. La David Johnson Recovered in Niger
(Courtney Kube and Corky Siemaszko / NBC News & Derek Royden / NationofChange)

Four weeks after his funeral, more remains of slain US Army Sgt. La David Johnson have retrieved from the spot near the village of Tongo Tongo, Niger, where Johnson and three other US soldiers were ambushed and killed on Oct. 4. There continue to be contrary claims by both soldiers and higher authorities in Niger regarding the attack that left the soldiers dead.

Are US Leaders Planning to Make Nuclear Weapons "Usable"?
(Tom Engelhardt and Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

Under existing nuclear doctrine, as imagined by the Obama administration back in 2010, this country was to use nuclear weapons only "in extreme circumstances" to defend the vital interests of the country or of its allies. However, for Donald Trump, a man who has already threatened to unleash on North Korea "fire and fury like the world has never seen," such an approach is proving far too restrictive.

ACTION ALERT: Keep Trump's Thumb off the Nuclear Button
(Win Without War & Jim McGovern / US House of Representatives & The Union of Concerned Scientists & Nuclear Age Peace Foundation)

Preventing the US from triggering a nuclear apocalypse isn't just general common sense. It's also urgently-needed protection from a president with an itchy Twitter finger and the sole authority to launch nuclear war. Congressman Adam Smith has just introduced a one-sentence bill that gets right to the point: "It is the policy of the US to not use nuclear weapons first." Meanwhile Rep. Jim McGovern has introduced the "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act" to block Trump's ability to start a nuclear war.

When Starvation Is Used as a Weapon: 60 Minutes, Barred from Yemen, Still Got the Footage
(Brit McCandless Farmer / Sixty Minutes @ CBS)

The Saudi-led blockade of Yemen isn't just targeting food supplies. As 60 Minutes found, it's also stopping reporters. Discover how the network's producers got this week's footage of the widespread humanitarian calamity the US-backed Saudi war is having on the desperate men, women and children of Yemen.

Noam Chomsky: Trump Represents Severe Threats to "Organized Human Life"
(Lucien Crowder and Noam Chomsky / Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)

Noam Chomsky, a noted linguist and a pointed criticic of US foreign policy speaks with Bulletin of Atomic Scientist's senior editor Lucien Crowder about the Trump administration's policies on climate change, nuclear modernization, North Korea, and Iran -- and about an intensification of "the extremely severe threats that all of us face." According to Chomsky, the US, under Trump and the Republican Party, is racing toward disaster.

Investigation Reveals US-Led Bombings in Iraq Kill 31 Times More Civilians Than Reported
(Jessica Corbett / Common Dreams)

New York Times reporters looking into the Pentagon's role in civilian deaths inside Iraq have uncovered a "consistent failure by the coalition to investigate claims properly or to keep records that make it possible to investigate." The Times concludes the Pentagon's accounting of war crimes may have made the Global War on Terror "the least transparent war in recent American history."

Crimes Against Humanity: How a Single US Airstrike Devastated a Family in Mosul
(Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal / The New York Times)

How a single US airstrike in Mosul devastated the lives of an innocent Iraqi family. When Basim asked who in his home survived, he was told: nobody. The blast killed Mayada and Tuqa instantly. A second strike hit next door, and Mohannad and Najib were also dead. Only Azza, Najib's mother, was alive, because the explosion had flung her through a second-story window. Not a single person in Iraq or Syria has received a condolence payment for a civilian death since the war Against ISIS began in 2014.

ACTION ALERT: New Film on Jane Goodall; New Campaign to Save Orangutans from PepsiCo
(Rainforest Action Network & Gar Smith / Berkeley Daily Planet)

Every year, thousands of acres of rainforests in Indonesia are burned to make way for palm oil plantations. The oil is used in major brand products including those from snack food giant PepsiCo. As the forests go up in flames, and the smoke enters the sky, hope fades for the survival of orangutans. Help us convince PepsiCo to stop its part in this destruction. And look for a stunning new film on the life and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. It has been called "the greatest documentary of the year."

No Thanksgiving for Yemen: Instead, It's Megadeaths From America
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News )

As Americans get ready for Thanksgiving 2017 over-eating, their government is on the verge of successfully starving millions of Yemenis to death by siege warfare. The US naval blockade of Yemen has been unrelenting since March 2015. The US Navy is an essential element of this perpetual war crime, this endless assault on a civilian population of about 25 million. This is the kind of collective punishment of innocents that we once put Nazis on trial for at Nuremberg.

Massive Overkill: Brought to You by the Nuclear-industrial Complex
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & William D. Hartung / TomDispatch)

Commentary: When it comes to the art of the deal, at least where arms sales are concerned, American presidents, their administrations, and the Pentagon have long been Trumpian in nature. In 2015, for instance, the US once again took the top spot in global weapons sales, $40 billion dollars of them, or a staggering 50.2% of the world market. Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war. But give Donald Trump credit. When it comes to nukes, he's gotten our attention.

Top 10 Ways to Stop Trump Nuking Anybody
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

Commentary: On Tuesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on whether Trump can just up and nuke people or not. The hand-picked witnesses, all former military, all said there was some chance that if Trump ordered a nuking, somebody might refuse to carry out the order. On what grounds? No witness or Senator ever mentioned the illegality of war under the UN Charter or the Kellogg-Briand Pact. Gere are some other possible approaches.

Saudi Alliance Bombs Yemen Airport Stoking Mass Starvation Fears
(Agence France-Presse & AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera)

Yemenis from all walks of life took to the streets Monday to protest a Saudi-led blockade that has left thousands struggling to survive. The United Nations last month blacklisted the Saudi-led coalition for the killing and maiming of children in Yemen. The rebel-held port of Hodeida -- crucial to UN aid efforts -- remains closed. Hopes that Sanaa International Airport would be opened to aid flights were dashed when Saudi warplanes attacked the airport. Over seven million of whom are facing famine-like conditions.

US Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans
(David Swanson /David Swanson.org)

Commentary: Are veterans of the US military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because it's hard to answer. It's important to answer because it's important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic of mass murders in this country.

The Evil that Guns Do
(Michael Winship / Moyers and Company)

The firearms lobby suggests that because morality can't be legislated, the evil of gun violence can only be controlled by . . . more guns. Don't be fooled by the rhetorical camouflage. The NRA still wants to steer clear of any Congressional debate that could change minds and lead to new gun control rules. To claim as a constitutional right the possession of firearms intended for warfare strains credulity. These are killing machines with no purpose other than to maim and destroy.

JPMorgan Chase: The Bank that Is Destroying the Earth for Oil
(Amazon Watch)

Despite the urgent imperative to keep at least two thirds of all fossil fuels in the ground in order to avoid catastrophic climate change, many governments and companies continue to recklessly expand fossil fuel activities across the globe. And, in the lead, is a major US-based bank -- JPMorgan Chase. Customers should be troubled that banks are financing fossil fuel projects that are harming our planet's environmental sustainability and communities that have been stewards of our planet for generations.

ACTION ALERT: What Makes American Society So Violent?
(Emily Costello / The Conversation & Shannon Watts / Everytown for Gun Safety)

There are several factors behind US violence. A child who is spanked learns that physical force is an acceptable method of problem solving. Many states still allow corporal punishment in schools, despite research that clearly shows long-term negative effects. America's gun culture often causes police to fear for their own safety, resulting in unnecessary shootings. A culture of aggression sends men to prison and follows these prisoners behind bars. Increasing use of guns only feeds mass killings.

How Canada's New Feminist Foreign Policy Aims at Eradicating Poverty and Conflict
(Sarah Pittman / Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy & Tasia Alexopoulos / CFFP)

On June 9th, the Canadian Minister of International Development announced that Canada intended to radically alter its foreign aid policy to specifically center on feminism. Called the Feminist International Assistance Policy, it has since made waves around the world. This new foreign policy provides an opportunity for Canada to lead the way in fighting poverty and conflict, filling the vacuum left by the Trump administration. Despite its good intentions, there are still significant problems to be addressed.

The Link between Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence
(Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan / Democracy Now! & David M. Perry /The Nation)

The mass murder in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was a horrific crime. It was also horrifically predictable, and emblematic of the systemic problem we have with guns and violence in the United States. Devin Patrick Kelley was the white, 26-year-old former active-duty member of the US Air Force who is believed to have killed 26 people and injured 20 on Sunday before killing himself. The massacre serves as yet another lethal example of the link between domestic violence and mass shootings.

The World's Coastal Cities Are Not Prepared for the Coming Floods
(Bill McKibben / The Washington Post)

For 10,000 years of human civilization, we've been blessed with a relatively stable climate, and hence flooding has been an exceptional terror. As that blessing comes to an end with our reckless heating of the planet, the exceptional is becoming all too normal, as residents of Houston and South Florida and Puerto Rico found out already this fall.

Conservatives Probably Can't Be Persuaded on Climate Change. So Now What?
(David Roberts / Vox)

When it comes to climate change, US conservatives inhabit a unique position, as part of the only major political party in the democratic world to reject the legitimacy of climate science and any domestic policy or international agreement meant to address it. Instead, the GOP is working actively to increase production and consumption of fossil fuels and to slow the transition to renewable energy.

How US Militarists Hijacked the True Meaning of Armistice Day
(Thomas Knapp / AntiWar.com & Arnold Oliver / AntiWar.com & Danny Sjursen / AntiWar.com)

If America were to accept that Vietnam was a mistake, a tragedy, a ruse, a war crime, or simply unwinnable, then the public could be forgiven for their apprehensiveness regarding future foreign interventions. By convincing people it really was a victory, then those 58,000 American boys didn't die in vain, our military remained undefeated (kind of), and the US can once again spread its values -- and troops -- around the world.

ACTION ALERT: Address the Costs of Endless, Unwinnable, Illegal Wars
(Matthew Hoh / Win Without War & Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) / US House of Representatives & Hon. Elizabeth Warren / US Senate)

$5.6 trillion, with no end in sight. That's the cost of America's wars since 9/11. As a Marine who served in Iraq, I don't need a price tag to tell you about the cost of our wars. I've seen for myself the amputations, traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress disorder and moral injury that lead to massively disproportionate levels of suicide, depression, substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness in vets returned home from war. And I've witnessed the human cost of our wars beyond our borders.

Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna: Stop All Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Now
(Alex Emmons / The Intercept)

For more than two years, Congress has remained quiet as the United States backed a brutal war in Yemen, supporting a coalition that has killed thousands and starved the country into one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 21st century. Earlier this year, Rep. Ro Khanna introduced a resolution that condemned the war and would have used a provision of the War Powers Act to halt US support for Saudi Arabia. Khanna's resolution was fervently opposed by House leadership -- both Republicans and Democrats.

UN Confirms Recent US Airstrike Killed "at Least 10" Afghan Civilians
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & James Mackenzie / Reuters)

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan said at least 10 civilians may have been killed by an air strike in the northern city of Kunduz last week, despite a US military investigation that found no civilian deaths. Some Afghan media have reported much higher figures. Former President Hamid Karzai, who clashed bitterly with the United States over the issue in past years, condemned the air strikes but the government of President Ashraf Ghani has so far made no public comment.

Pacific News Service, Presente!
(New America Media Press Release & Valerie Gorospe, Angel Garcia, and Lucia Calderon / South Kern Sol & New America Media)

For 45 years, Pacific News Service has pioneered new ways to diversify American journalism and communications. Long before terms like civic engagement, youth media, collaborative reporting, and inclusive journalism were in vogue, PNS and New America Media were inventing how to implement them. The board of directors and staff of the nonprofit New America Media, and its parent organization, Pacific News Service, announced today that the two entities will cease operations by November 30, 2017.

US Has Spent a Staggering $4.3 Trillion on Wars Since 9/11
(teleSUR & The Costs of War Project / Brown University)

According to a new report from Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs: "The US wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the increased spending on homeland security and the departments of defense, state and veterans affairs since the 9/11 attacks have cost more than $4.3 trillion in current dollars through fiscal year 2017" -- more than triple the amount reported by the Pentagon.

A New Armistice Day: What If We Celebrated by Halting All War -- Just for a Day
(David Swanson / World Beyond War & Arnold Oliver / Scoop)

Commentary: Exactly at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 99 years ago, people across Europe suddenly stopped shooting guns at each other. It wasn't that they'd gotten tired or come to their senses. Both before and after 11 o'clock they were simply following orders. Armistice Day was widely recognized for almost thirty years until 1954 when the holiday was hijacked by a militaristic US congress and re-named Veterans Day. What if we celebrate this date by halting all war, everywhere, just for a day?

Armistice Day 99 Years On and The Need for a Peace to End All Wars
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

The Outlawry Movement of the 1920s -- the movement to outlaw war -- sought to replace war with arbitration, by first banning war and then developing a code of international law and a court with the authority to settle disputes. The first step was taken in 1928 with the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which banned all war. Today 81 nations are party to that treaty, including the United States.

Time Is Running Out for the Planet
(Bill Moyers and Bill McKibben / Moyers & Company)

Bill McKibben's calling has been to wake up Americans to the once creeping, now billowing threat of global warming. For 30 years climate change has been his beat -- first as a journalist, then as an environmentalist and now as a leader of a global movement to win a race against time. In his latest book, Radio Free Vermont, he turns to humor for inspiration. Sixteen books of first-rate journalism and now a novel -- a meditation on the state of the world as experienced in the state of Vermont.

Civilian Massacres Mount in Yemen and Afghanistan
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & War Is Boring.com & NewNews)

With the US once again escalating the war in Afghanistan, the number of US warplanes dropping munitions on the country are on the rise, and with it, the number of civilians being killed in those strikes. While these civilian casualties remain officially "under investigation," the UN is openly expressing concern about the rising toll. And in Yemen, more than 30 civilians -- mostly women and children -- were killed in a series of 18 US-backed Saudi air strikes on Haran, the scene of a similar massacre days earlier.

Governments Can No Longer Ignore War's Impact on Planet
(Doug Weir / The Ecologist)

Since its inception in 2001, the UN's International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict has mainly served as a reminder of how the environment remains a forgotten victim of warfare. However, in recent years there have been signs that the global community is slowly beginning to address its collective blind spot over the environmental dimensions of armed conflicts -- and the price that people and ecosystems pay for our indifference.

ACTION ALERT: Peace Strike for Colombia
(Alliance for Global Justice & teleSUR)

A National Strike for Peace in Colombia has been called in Colombia to demand steps to protect peace accords that are in danger of failure. The strike was called at the end of a particularly bloody October, with 23 activists killed in 23 days. We demand that Colombia's government end the violence and fulfill commitments to crop substitution programs in Tumaco. Demand that the White House support voluntary eradication and stop encouraging violence against rural Colombians.

International Environmental Conflict Day: Protecting the Planet, Protecting People
(The Toxic Remnants of War Network & United Nations & The Guardian)

The United Nations' International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict takes place on November 6. The international community must face up to the reality that protecting the environment from conflict is vital to protect people.

November 6: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
(The United Nations & Civil Society Statement)

On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. Over the last 60 years, at least 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources, whether high-value resources such as timber, diamonds, gold and oil, or scarce resources such as fertile land and water. Conflicts involving natural resources have also been found to be twice as likely to relapse.

Pentagon: Only Way to Destroy North Korea Nukes Is Ground Invasion -- With Millions Dead
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Yuliya Talmazan and Associated Press)

In response to a letter from two Democratic congress members asking about casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea, the Pentagon replied the only way to locate and destroy with complete certainty all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons program is through a ground invasion. Pentagon planners conceded that such an act of aggression would "at the very least," cause "millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting."

ACTION ALERT: The Surveillance State Is at It Again -- The Liberty Act Is a War on Liberty
(Win Without War & Color of Change)

Loopholes in a legal authority known as Section 702 give the National Security Agency the power to spy on Americans without a warrant. This law expires at the end of 2017, but the House recently introduced a bill called the "USA Liberty Act" that would extend Section 702 for 6 more years. Even worse, the bill lacks common sense reforms that are needed to prevent the kinds of abuse we've already seen with this far-reaching police-state surveillance power.

White House OKs Report Warning Climate Change Is Caused by Humans
(Jean-Louis Santini and Kerry Sheridan / Agence France-Presse & Executive Summary / US Global Change Research Program )

The US government has released a major scientific report that says climate change is "extremely likely" to be caused by human activity and will get worse without major cuts to carbon emissions. The findings of the federally mandated report were approved by the White House, even though they are starkly at odds with the position of Donald Trump, who has labeled global warming a Chinese hoax and named Scott Pruitt. a fossil fuel ally, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Resistance and Resilience in Palestine 100 Years After the Balfour Declaration
(The Oakland Institute)

2017 marks 70 years since the Nakba -- the Catastrophe -- which resulted in the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their land and homes; 50 years since the Six-Day War and Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; and 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, which laid the foundation for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. On this day, the Oakland Institute documents Palestinian resistance and resilience in an extensive series of nine reports and multimedia materials.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Accuses US of Arming Terrorists -- Including Al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia
(Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Represeantatives)

Last December, Rep. Tulsi Gabber introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act (H.R.608) to stop the US government from using taxpayer dollars to directly or indirectly support groups allied with and supporting terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda in Syria. The legislation was based on congressional action taken during the Iran-Contra affair to stop the CIA's illegal arming of rebels in Nicaragua. The bill was endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America, the US Peace Council, and Veterans For Peace.

29 More Civilians Die as Congress Rejects Challenge to Legality of War on Yemen
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Associated Press & AntiWar.com & Yemen Peace Project )

Saudi warplanes attacked the north Yemen Sahar District, in the Shi'ite-dominated Saada Province, bombing a crowded marketplace and a nearby hotel, and killing at least 29 civilians. 28 others were said to have been wounded. This is the latest in a long, long string of attacks on civilian targets by Saudi warplanes. A resolution demanding an end to the US role in the Saudi invasion of Yemen (on the grounds that the aggression lacked authorization under the War Powers Act) was thwarted by the House.

Spreading the Message of "No US Military Bases in the World"
(Ann Wright / OpEd News & Ann Wright / Consortium News & Ann Wright / CODEPINK)

Though the US government denies that it runs an empire, the truth is it maintains a bristling global network of more than 800 overseas military bases in more than 80 foreign countries -- a global empire unprecedented in world history. In many cases, these costly installations give rise to local anger because of displacement, pollution, prostitution and abuse of the local populations. Retired Col. Ann Wright discusses the problem based on her 40 years of experience in the Army and State Department.

Pruitt Purges Scientists from EPA Panels, Eases Restraints on Dangerous Chemicals
(Michael Biesecker / Associated Press & Matthew Brown / Associated Press)

EPA chief Scott Pruitt says he intends to replace the outside experts that advise him on science and public health issues with new board members holding more "diverse views." Pruitt recently overruled experts that recommended banning sales of a top-selling pesticide after peer-reviewed studies showed it damaged children's brains. The Trump administration has halted review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: asbestos, flame retardants, and toxins in homes, offices and industrial plants.

Destroying Raqqa in Order to Save It: Now Who Will Rebuild It?
(Derek Royden / Nation of Change & IRIN News)

The 300,000 people who once called Raqqa home won't be able to return with winter fast approaching. Reconstruction in Raqqa -- and in other cities that fell to ISIL -- will be removing the vast amounts of ordinance, including unexploded coalition bombs and artillery shells. Washington has made it clear that it isn't interested in 'nation building.' The massive amounts of money needed to rebuild so many cities in Iraq and Syria will probably lead most of the country's coalition partners to take a similar position.

ACTION ALERT: US Gun Deaths and Domestic Violence
(Dr. Hans Keirstead / Daily Kos & Shannon Watts / Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America)

Commentary: Given the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the number one predictor of whether someone is going to become a mass shooter isn't their race, ethnicity, or religion, it's whether they have a history of domestic violence or abusive behavior toward women. One in three American women will be in an abusive relationship at some point in her life. If her abuser has access to a gun, the chance that she will be murdered increases 500 percent.

Killing ISIS Fighters Makes Us Terrorists

Commentary: For decades, we have been condemning the dictators of the Middle East for their drumhead courts and their mass hangings. But how can we condemn them now, when we are announcing, quite publicly, that we want our own citizens dead if they joined ISIS.

US Military Activity Is a "Recruiting Tool" for Terror Groups Across West Africa
(Nick Turse / The Intercept)

From mid-January to late March 2013, Green Berets from the 10th Special Forces Group deployed to the impoverished West African nation of Niger. Working alongside local forces, they trained in desert mobility, the use of heavy weapons, and methods of deliberate attack. Until recently, such missions were conducted without notice or media scrutiny. Americans were involved in firefights, but the operations were kept quiet.

How Big Oil Harms Our Children's Brains and Corrupts America's 'Greenest' Governor
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & CREDO Action & Kate Aronoff / In These Times & Michael J. Mishak / Center for Public Integrity and The Nation)

A new study from the Center for Environmental Health adds to the growing body of evidence that unconventional oil and gas (UOG), which includes fracking, is harmful to human healthand especially hazardous to vulnerable populations, including newborns and children. Meanwhile, in California, America's greenest state, the oil industry has spent $122 million in the past six years to shape regulation and legislation.

The Peoples' Budget: A Roadmap for Resistance
(The Economic Policy Institute Policy Center)

For the seventh year in a row, the Economic Policy Institute has provided the Congressional Progressive Caucus with specific policy proposals for an alternative "Peoples' budget" to improve the economic well-being of low- and middle-income families, make needed public investments, strengthen the social safety net, and increase taxes progressively while reducing the deficit in the medium term. It is a progressive vision for investing in 21st century jobs, tackling inequality, and making corporations pay their fair share.

How Can We Turn Military Spending into a Budget for the People?
(Frida Berrigan / Waging Nonviolence)

General Dynamics isn't tightening its belt or trimming its excess or trying to make more with less. It just got a $5 billion contract to build a new class of nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed submarines. Trump's 2018 budget is a brutal behemoth that proposes giving more than $700 billion to the military -- a lot of it going right into the very pockets of the military-industrial complex. The problem isn't only that we are spending more on the military -- it's that it comes at the expense of just about every social good imaginable.

Vets Label Trump a "Blue Falcon" for Attacking Gold Star Wife
(Perry O'Brien / Common Defense & David Smith / The Guardian)

The deaths of four US soldiers killed in Niger were at the centre of a political storm this week. The row, sparked by the president's remarks, drew in bereaved families, Gen John Kelly, and military veterans. Myeshia Johnson, the widow of slain soldier La David Johnson, has beed attacked on Twitter by Donald Trump. Vet warn: "by calling a grieving war widow a liar, Trump has crossed a line in the sand."

How Can We Turn Military Spending into a Budget for the People?
(Frida Berrigan / Wagin Nonviolence)

Commentary: Donald Trump's 2018 budget is a brutal behemoth that proposes giving more than $700 billion to the military -- a lot of it going into the very pockets of the military-industrial complex. That would be bad enough, but the problem isn't that we are spending more on the military -- it's that it comes at the expense of just about every social good imaginable. One year of US military spending could hire every unemployed person in the country and put them to work in a high-paid infrastructure rebuilding job.

Trump Calls Climate Change a "Hoax": The GAO Calls It a "Budget-Busting" Calamity That Will Only Grow
(Michael Biesecker / Associated Press & Andrew Taylor / Associated Press)

A Government Accountability Office report released Monday said the federal government has spent more than $350 billion over the last decade on disaster assistance programs and losses from flood and crop insurance. That tally does not include the massive toll from this year's three major hurricanes and wildfires, expected to be among the most costly in the nation's history. The GAO predicts these costs will only grow in the future, potentially reaching a budget-busting $35 billion a year by 2050.

Trump Bans Three EPA Scientists from Speaking about Climate Change Dangers
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly barred three agency scientists from publicly discussing their climate change research just days before they were scheduled to speak at a Rhode Island Conference. The researchers were booked to appear at the State of the Narragansett Bay and Watershed workshop, an event highlighting the health of New England's largest estuary, where temperatures have risen 3 degrees Fahrenheit and water has risen up to seven inches over the past century.

Startling Evidence: Egypt's Mighty Empire Destroyed by Climate Change, Volcanoes
(Joe McCarthy / Global Citizen & Alicia McDermott / Ancient Origins)

Building the pyramids was challenging feat. But so is mitigating climate change. In many ways, ancient Egypt had a lot of parallels to modern life. It was an economically diverse, culturally vibrant and unequal place forced to deal with a phenomenon that people today know all too well: climate change. Research shows how climate change and volcanic eruptions triggered a chain reaction of drought, famine, instability and social conflict that lead to the collapse of the mighty Egyptian Empire.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to End the Destruction of Yemen
(Asher Orkaby / Foreign Affairs & Daniel Larison / The American Conservative)

Cut off from imports, and under a ceaseless Saudi bombardment, Yemen has become one of the worst humanitarian crises of modern times. Seven million Yemenis are close to famine, nearly two million children suffer from acute malnutrition, and an outbreak of cholera has infected over 600,000 people. The war is indefensible and the US should have no part in it. It is incumbent on the US and the American people to bring this humanitarian disaster to an end and repair the damage that has been done.

Pollution Is Causing More Deaths Worldwide Than War or Smoking
(The Associated Press)

Environmental pollution -- from filthy air to contaminated water -- is killing more people every year than all war and violence. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. According to a major study in the Lancet medical journal, one of out every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 -- about nine million -- was attributed to disease from toxic exposure. The estimated financial cost from pollution-related death, sickness and welfare is $4.6 trillion.

Call for Global Action Against Military Bases: Polluting Foreign Countries Around the World
(CODEPINK & John M. Broder / Los Angeles Times)

For decades, determined activists around the world have been resisting occupation, militarism, and foreign military bases on their lands. As we resist together to abolish war and stop the desecration of Mother Earth, we create a world where every human life has equal value and a safe environment in which to live. Today we invite your organization to plan an anti-militarism action in your community as part of the first annual global week of actions against military bases.

ACTION ALERT: Would Licensing and Insurance Reduce Gun Deaths? Not under the NRA's Plan for Murderers' Insurance
(Sybrina Fulton / Guns Down @ Color of Change.org)

Can tests and insurance stem the loss of lives caused by gun violence? Lockton Affinity, which created and sells NRA Carry Guard insurance, and Chubb Insurance, which underwrites the policies and takes a profit, are perpetuating fear of minorities and immigrants. By offering special protections to gun owners who shoot first and ask questions later, these insurance companies are promoting gun violence. Tell Chubb and Lockton to cut their ties with the NRA and Stop Selling Murder Insurance.

ACTION ALERT: UN to Vote in One Week on Nuclear Disarmament Summit!
(UNFold Zero)

The Non-Aligned Movement, representing 120 countries, has submitted a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly laying out the general mandate and dates for a special United Nations process to advance comprehensive nuclear disarmament to take place at the United Nations in New York from May 14-16, 2018. UNFOLD ZERO asks you to contact your government and urge them to support the resolution.

How the NRA and the Far-right Are Quietly Mobilizing To Kill Gun Safety Reform After Vegas
(Addy Baird / ThinkProgress)

In 2016, the NRA spent more than $3.1 million on lobbying, cementing its place as one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the country. During the 2016 campaign cycle, the NRA spent more than $830,000 on federal campaigns to line the halls of power with legislators who will do their bidding. Not everyone has taken the bait. Den. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bill, along with more than two dozen Democratic co-sponsors, that would outlaw the bump stock modifications.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Stop Diesel Pollution Cheating
(Eleanor Fort / The Union of Concerned Scientists)

Your legislator has the chance to stop reckless pollution. Congress is considering legislation that would reduce oversight of the defeat device industry -- the same types of devices that led to the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal. Tell your members of Congress that they have the duty to fix this bill before it turns into a Dieselgate 2.0. Take Action Today!

Half of Americans Are in or Near Poverty While the US Government Lost Nearly $1 Trillion In FY2017
(Paul Buchheit / Nation of Change & Tyler Durden & Simon Black / ZeroHedge)

In the past 20 years median household expenses increased by 25 to 30 percent, while wages stagnated. As a result, 3 out of 5 Americans spend more than they earn, not on frivolous extras, but on essential needs. People are working longer for decreasing wages and benefits. There are a handful of countries in the world today -- places like Greece -- which are so bankrupt they cannot even afford to pay for basic public services. But the country that has the most unsustainable public finances, by far, is the US.

Washington's War on Economic Democracy
(Chris Kanthan / Nation of Change)

It will be shocking to many Americans to discover that our free market system is deeply and fundamentally flawed. The foundation of an economy is money. And if the creation, value and availability of that money are controlled by few elites instead of a free market, then it doesn't matter how complex and a giant system we build.

Climate Change Is Our New Reality
(Brian Calvert / High Country News & The National Geographic Channel)

Climate change is no longer a hypothetical threat. This summer, it showed up in force. Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Gulf Coast, dumping trillions of gallons of rain on Houston and causing so much damage it will take years for Texas to recover. Other superstorms devastated Florida and the Caribbean. Meanwhile, heatwaves killed trees, dried soil and triggered massive wildfires out West. The country is full of people determined to address climate change. If only that were true of our national leaders.

We Need a Green Army to Respond to Climate Change Impacts at Home
(David Helvarg / Insight @ San Francisco Chronicle)

The enormous toll of our expanding wildfires, hurricanes, and floods has stretched our first-responder system to the limit. And it's only going to get worse. Now is the time to redirect some of the hundreds of billions of dollars that Congress lavishes on the Pentagon to support and expand the government's disaster response organizations and capabilities within the US -- including the Coast Guard, US Forest Service, NOAA, FEMA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

October 1, 2017: America's Deadly Day
(San Francisco Chronicle & The Washington Post & The Guardian)

On Sunday, Oct. 1, 59 people were killed and more than 241 wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. But the Las Vegas shooting was just one of 139 gun-related incidents that threatened American lives that day. Gun Violence Archive figures show half of US' gun murders in 2015 were clustered in 127 cities. That violence was concentrated even further than simply the city level: census tract areas that contain just 1.5% of the country's population saw 26% of America's total gun homicides.

America Needs to Face the Facts about Gun Violence
(Becky O'Malley / Berkeley Daily Planet Editorial)

Commentary: After a gunman shot about 550 of his fellow Americans, killing more than 50, the president of the US announced that he was proud to be an American. Well, I'm sure as hell not. Yes, yes, he was praising the response of those who had the unenviable responsibility for mopping up after the catastrophe. But he was totally ignoring the abdication of responsibility by those who allow this kind of thing to happen more and more often in this benighted country. That would be all of us, Fellow Americans.

Trump Lies as Global Warming's Victims Die: And Big Media Weathercasters Fail to Mention Climate Change
(Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan / Nation of Change)

Scientists have found a direct link between climate change, super-hurricanes and the wildfires in California yet the corporate TV weather reporting aids and abets Trump's misinformation by consistently ignoring the role of climate change in this string of disasters.

Divest from Oil and Coal: Mazaska Talks Global Day of Action (Oct 23rd-25th)
(Divest the Globe And the Action Network)

For far too long, banks have operated in the shadows -- financing the very industries that are driving climate disaster and violating Indigenous rights. The time has come to finally hold these financial institutions across the world accountable. The fossil fuel divestment movement that struck like wildfire at Standing Rock has now been taken global. Will you join #DivestTheGlobe?

The Evil that Guns Do
(Michael Winship / Moyers and Company)

The firearms lobby suggests that because morality can't be legislated, the evil of gun violence can only be controlled by … more guns. Don't be fooled by the rhetorical camouflage. The NRA still wants to steer clear of any Congressional debate that could change minds and lead to new gun control rules. To claim as a constitutional right the possession of firearms intended for warfare strains credulity. These are killing machines with no purpose other than to maim and destroy.

US-backed Arms Blockade Risks Death of Millions of Yemeni Civilians
(Selam Gebrekidan and Jonathan Saul / Reuters)

A ship with 636 containers of steel, paper, medicine and other relief supplies bound for Yemen's suffering civilians, never arrived. Like dozens of other ships carrying humanitarian supplies, the ship was stopped by a Saudi Arabian warship deployed to enforce a US-backed arms embargo. Intended to block shipments to Houthi forces, it also blocks life-saving deliveries to a nation of 28 million people where a quarter of the population is starving and half a million children under the age of five are severely malnourished

War Powers Challenge on Yemen Postponed to November 2
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Dan De Luce / Foreign Policy)

A vote on the House leadership's attempt to pass a resolution that would undermine a bipartisan bill to end US involvement in the Saudi War in Yemen has been postponed to November. The concurrent resolution directs the president to end all military participation in the Saudi war in Yemen immediately, pointing out that Congress never authorized such an operation. Congress has sole discretion to make such a determination, and in over two years of war in Yemen, there's never been such a vote.

PBS's Vietnam Documentary Leaves Out a Lot but it Does Include Nixon's Little-known Act of Treason
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World Beyond War)

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's PBS documentary begins with the ludicrous idea that the US government had good intentions. It ends with praise for the memorial in DC and its tragic list of names -- without mention of the greater number of US veterans of that war who have since died from suicide, much less the vastly greater number of Vietnamese who were killed. The size of a memorial for all the dead would dwarf the current wall. I want to call particular attention to one item the film includes -- Richard Nixon's treason.

North Korea Allegedly Hacks Secret Joint US War Plans to Attack and 'Decapitate' Kim Jong-un
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse)

South Korean ruling party MP Rhee Cheol-hee is claiming that North Korean hackers infiltrated his nation's military network in September 2016, copying 235 GB of sensitive data, including operational plans for the joint US-South Korea attack on North Korea -- including plans for "decapitation" attacks on North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un.

America's Shame: Inside CIA's Black Site Torture Room
(Larry Siems / The Guardian)

There were 20 cells inside the prison, each a stand-alone concrete box. In 16, prisoners were shackled to a metal ring in the wall. In four, designed for sleep deprivation, they stood chained by the wrists to an overhead bar. Those in the regular cells had a plastic bucket; those in sleep deprivation wore diapers. When diapers weren't available, guards crafted substitutes with duct tape, or prisoners were chained naked in their cells. The cellblock was unheated, pitch black day and night.

ACTION ALERT: We Need Real Gun Reform in this Congress
(Marc Ash / Reader Supported News & Courage Campaign Petition)

The current push in Congress to ban "bump stocks" is a purely cosmetic, politically motivated, and virtually meaningless exercise in face-saving by a Congress which has for decades put gun lobby interests ahead of public safety. It totally misses the bigger question of the presence of military weapons in a civil society. The reality is that no other nation on earth has as many firearms or firearm-related deaths per capita as we do. America stands alone in this disgrace, separate from all other nations.

Time for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands to Go All Green
(Harvey Wasserman / Truthdig.com & David R. Baker and Wendy Lee / San Francisco Chronicle)

The terrible global-warmed tragedy that has ripped through Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands now offers us a unique opportunity -- and a vital imperative. As Elon Musk and others in the business of clean, green power have made clear, the islands' centralized fossil-fueled electric grids should not be rebuilt. Instead, they advocate entirely replacing them with decentralized, community-owned micro-grids, powered by solar panels, wind turbines and locally grown biofuels.

Red Cross Warns of 'Harrowing' Spike in Civilian Deaths in Syria War
(Yuliya Talmazan / NBC News & Syriahr.com)

The worst fighting since the 2016 battle for Aleppo is raging in Syria, causing hundreds of civilian casualties, the International Committee of the Red Cross reports. The ICRC reports an "increasingly worrying spike" in military operations in the past two weeks that correlates with high levels of civilian casualties. The organization says as many as ten hospitals have reportedly been damaged in the past 10 days, cutting hundreds of thousands of people from access to even the most basic healthcare.

ACTION ALERT: End the US-backed War on Yemen
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Daniel Larison / The American Conservative & Dan De Luce / Foreign Policy)

A confidential draft of the latest UN blacklist on child victims of armed conflict included Saudi Arabia and its coalition related to the large number of children they've killed and maimed in the war in Yemen. The report confirmed that Saudi actions "objectively led to" 683 child casualties, including attacks on both schools and hospitals within Yemen in the course of 2016." A new bipartisan resolution that seeks to stop US military participation in Saudi Arabia's war against the Houthis in Yemen.

"Trump's Benghazi": How the Trump Team's First Military Raid in Yemen Went Wrong
(Cynthia McFadden, William M. Arkin and Time Uehlinger / NBC News)

Just days into the new Trump administration, in a country virtually unknown to the American public, on a troubled mission approved and ordered by a team that had never worked together before, Navy SEAL Ryan Owen died -- for a purpose that Owens' own father, a former special operator himself, questions. Over the past eight months, NBC News has spoken to more than two dozen officials and special operations insiders to piece together the facts of this Top Secret mission.

What More Is There To Say on Gun Laws?
(BillMoyers / Moyers and Company)

Commentary: Over the years, we've done many, many stories on gun violence in America. We encourage you to watch and read our collection of stories, posts and videos. But mostly, we encourage you to call your congressional and state representatives and tell them that you're tired of the call for prayers, you're tired of the condolences -- you want action.

Gun Culture and the American Nightmare of Violence
(Henry Girouz / Truthout & Moyers & Company)

Focusing merely on mass shootings or the passing of gun legislation does not get to the root of the systemic forces that produced the United State's love affair with violence. A war culture now shapes every aspect of society as warlike values, a hypermasculinity and an aggressive militarism seep into every major institution in the United States, including schools, the corporate media and local police forces.

Prayers and Condolences Are Not Enough: Stop The Gun Madness in This Country
(Bill Berkowitz / The Smirking Chimp & Carolyn Lochhead / The San Francisco Chronicle)

No state permit is required to purchase a rifle, shotgun or handgun in Nevada. Is it really too early to contemplate legislation that might prevent more massacres such as this one, the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history? At the same time, Congress could pass legislation as early as this week that would roll back decades-old restrictions on gun silencers, opening up the market for a device that critics say would make it difficult in a mass shooting to detect where gunfire is coming from.

Trump Sends His 'Warmest Condolences': White House Says It's Premature To Discuss Gun Violence
(The Huffington Post)

Following the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, President Donald Trump on Monday offered his sympathy to the victims, but made no mention of America's pervasive gun violence either in his tweets or his prepared statement from the White House. Trump read prepared remarks from the White House, called the shooting "an act of pure evil" and commended first responders and local officials. Not mentioned in statements from Trump and the White House: the issue of guns.

ACTION ALERT: Military Assault Weapons Do Not Belong on Our Streets
(The Care2 Petitions Team & The Huffington Post & CREDO Action)

In the US, it is perfectly legal to own a fully automatic weapon, including machine guns used by the military. While there are federal restrictions that limit the purchase of new military-style assault weapons, people who bought machine guns prior to 1986 just have to pay a fee and register their weapon. In 2006,there were over 390,000 automatic military-style assault weapons registered to private owners in the US -- that's one machine gun for every thousand people living in the US . . . that we know of.

House Bill Would End US Role in War on Yemen
(Daniel Larison / The American Conservative & Dan De Luce / Foreign Policy)

Two House Republicans and two Democrats have submitted a bill that would end US involvement in the Saudi-led war on Yemen on grounds that Congress has never approved the American role in the war. US involvement in the war is not only unauthorized, but it is enabling the commission of war crimes and other violations of international law. As a result of the war, more than 7 million people are on the verge of starvation in Yemen.

US Military Bases Spread Like Cancer Across the Globe
(Col. Ann Wright (US Army, ret.) / Peace in Our Times)

Statement: "Here in the city of Guantanamo, I want to apologize to the people of Cuba for the military base the US forced on Cuba in 1898, 119 years ago, the military base outside the US that my country has occupied the longest in its history. Secondly, I want to apologize for the purpose of the US Naval Base Guantanamo. I apologize that for 15 years, since January 11, 2002, the Guantanamo prison has been the site for the illegal and inhumane imprisonment and torture of 800 persons from 49 countries."

Agent Orange and the Continuing Vietnam War
(Bill Fletcher, Jr. / Full Disclosure & BlackVoiceNews)

In a 2009 visit to Vietnam, I asked a retired colonel in the Vietnam People's Army about the notorious toxin "Agent Orange." I asked when the Vietnamese first realized the long-term dangers associated with the herbicide. His answer was as simple as it was heart-wrenching: "When the children were born." Despite the official assurances that the use of Agent Orange was both safe and humane, the truth was: it was chemical warfare. And it is not an exaggeration to suggest that it was genocidal.

Bombs in Our Backyard: How Military Outsourcing Turned Toxic
(Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica)

The military is one of the country's largest polluters, with an inventory of toxic sites on American soil that once topped 39,000. At many locations, the Pentagon has relied on contractors like US Technology to assist in cleaning and restoring land, removing waste, clearing unexploded bombs, and decontaminating buildings, streams and soil. One contractor, US Technology, won some 830 contracts -- worth more than $49 million -- to dispose of toxic wastes at Army, Air Force, Navy and logistics bases.

Ken Burns' Vietnam War Film Skirts Devastating Civilian Toll
(Nick Turse / The Intercept)

The $30 million TV documentary, "The Vietnam War," provides lots of great vintage film footage, 25,000 stunning photos, a solid Age of Aquarius soundtrack, and plenty of striking soundbites. Maybe this is what Burns means by "triangulation." The series seems crafted to appeal to the widest possible US audience. But as far as telling us "what happened," I don't see much evidence of that. Combatants are not the main participants in modern war. Modern war affects civilians far more and far longer than combatants.

Ridding Vietnam of Unexploded Ordnance: The Essential Work of Project RENEW
(Chuck Searcy / Conversations on Vietnam Development & Peace in Our Times (Veterans for Peace))

For most Americans, the Vietnam War ended in 1975. But for too many Vietnamese, the war didn't end then. They continued to suffer death, injury, and lifetime disabilities from munitions that remained on the surface or just under the soil. These weapons posed a constant danger to unsuspecting residents throughout the country. In 2001, Vietnam's Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs reported that more than 100,000 Vietnamese had been killed or injured nationwide by bombs and mines.

PBS Revisits Vietnam: Whose "Truth" Matters Most When We Recount the War?
(Camillo Mac Bica / Common Dreams & Veterans For Peace)

Much has been written about the American War in Vietnam. In September 2017, PBS debuted a highly anticipated, 10-episode, 18-hour, "definitive documentary" directed by respected documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The goal, according to the directors, was to "create a film everyone could embrace." Hopefully, the filmmakers will resist the urge to perpetuate what many historians and vets see as a Government-sponsored effort to sanitize and mythologize the US involvement in this tragic war.

Ken Burns' Vietnam War Film Skirts Devastating Civilian Toll
(Nick Turse / The Intercept)

The $30 million TV documentary, "The Vietnam War," provides lots of great vintage film footage, 25,000 stunning photos, a solid Age of Aquarius soundtrack, and plenty of striking soundbites. Maybe this is what Burns means by "triangulation." The series seems crafted to appeal to the widest possible US audience. But as far as telling us "what happened," I don't see much evidence of that. Combatants are not the main participants in modern war. Modern war affects civilians far more and far longer than combatants.

Professor Says Laws Should Not Impede US Rush to Build and Deploy Robot Assassins
(Darwin BondGraham / The East Bay Express)

A new book co-authored by University of California law professor John Yoo argues that America should be first in developing the deadliest, smartest, most autonomous new killing machines. As a member of the George W. Bush administration, Yoo authored several legal memorandums arguing that people captured during the US invasion of Afghanistan were not protected by the Geneva Conventions' ban on torture.

Toxic Chemicals Discovered in Drinking Water Near Army Base in Wisconsin
(Laura Olah / Cease Fire Campaign & Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWA)

CSWAB petitioned the Wisconsin DNR today to develop drinking water Health Advisory Levels for toxic compounds that have been detected in groundwater at US Army Reserve Fort McCoy and other Wisconsin sites that used industrial fire-fighting foams. The petition is the first step in securing enforceable standards and cleanup. Approximately two thirds of the people living in Wisconsin rely on groundwater for their drinking water.

San Juan's Mayor Rebukes Trump over Failure to Address Puerto Rico's Climate Crisis
(Katherine Krueger / Splinter News & Justin T. Westbrook / Jalopnik.com)

Donald Trump took a break from feuding with the NFL last night to tweet about the crisis in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, but the mayor of San Juan says the president only muddled matters by equating the lack of food, water, and shelter for millions with the island's debt crisis. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has denied a request to grant a waiver of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico to ease the shipping of food, fuel and other hurricane relief supplies despite previous waivers earlier this year.

Freedom Is Not Washington's Goal: The US Arms 73 Percent of World's Dictatorships

According to Freedom House's rating system of political rights around the world, there were 49 nations in the world, as of 2015, that can be fairly categorized as "dictatorships." As of fiscal year 2015, the last year for which we have publicly available data, the federal government of the United States had been providing military assistance to 36 of them, courtesy of your tax dollars. That means the United States is currently supporting over 73 percent of the world's dictatorships!

ACTION ALERT: Trump Tweets While Puerto Rico Dies
(Perry O'Brien / Common Defense & Environmentalists Against War & Climate Hawks)

Puerto Rico -- an island of 3.4 million people -- has been without power for a week. 60% of their population is stranded without drinkable water. And 90% of their cell phone towers are down. This is a full-blown humanitarian crisis. And Trump isn't doing enough to help. According to White House sources, Trump doesn't plan to submit an aid request to Congress until the second week of October. Dragging his feet on this will cost innocent lives. Tell Trump Not to Abandon Puerto Rico.

Puerto Ricans Describe 'Horror In The Streets' After Hurricane Maria
(Hayley Miller / The Huffington Post & Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post)

We've heard devastating stories in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, but not nearly enough about the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico. The US territory was slammed by the tropical storm mere days ago. As 3.4 million residents continue to scramble to safety, the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, has called for more federal aid. Many residents do not have access to water, power or roads. It's been described as "apocalyptic."

Hate Crimes in the US Soar Under Trump
(Christopher Mathias / The Huffington Post)

New data obtained by the Huffington Post shows hate crimes rose about 5 percent from 2015 to 2016. The numbers for 2017 aren't looking great either. According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, the number of hate crimes rose across the US in 2016, marking the first time in over a decade that the country has experienced consecutive annual increases in crimes targeting people based on their race, religion, sexuality, disability or national origin.

US Has Killed 2,617 Civilians in Syria: Trump's Airstrikes Kill 17 in Libya
(New China / Xinhua.net & AntiWar.com)

A total of 2,617 civilians have been killed in the US-led anti-terror operations in Syria since late 2014, a monitor group reported Saturday. The death toll includes 615 children and 443 women, said the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Meanwhile, for the first time since Donald Trump's inauguration, the US has carried out airstrikes inside Libya, bombing what they described as an ISIS camp within central Libya, southeast of Sirte. 17 people were killed, and the US claimed all were ISIS.

The US-Trained Warlords Committing Atrocities in Afghanistan
(May Jeong / In These Times)

Investigative Report: In Afghanistan, residents of a village allege that dozens of civilian deaths were commited at the hands of a single US-trained strongman -- just one example of the "Afghan special forces" that the US has supported, armed and delegated to perform as its surrogate in America's longest-running war.

Under Trump, US Has Been Bombing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria at Record Pace
(AntiWar.com & Jennifer Wilson and Micah Zenko / Foreign Policy)

The candidate who once warned America about Hillary Clinton's hawkishness is turning into a war machine. US airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are all at multi-year highs. In the last 193 days of the Obama presidency, there were 21 lethal counterterrorism operations in these countries. Trump has quintupled that number, with at least 92 such operations in Yemen, seven in Somalia, and four in Pakistan.

Trump to Roll Back Limits on Drone Strikes and Commando Raids
(The Hill & The New York Times)

The Trump administration is set to roll back various limits on drone strikes and commando raids put in place under former President Barack Obama. Under the policy, strikes would be expanded to include "foot-soldier jihadists" who do not necessarily have leadership roles, instead of allowing strikes only if militants are considered "continuing and imminent threat" to US citizens. The proposed strikes would also no longer have to go through high-level vetting.

Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine In Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
(Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein / Democracy Now!)

We have these hurricanes, past and the coming ones, with extreme fires, storms, droughts, and massive floods -- 1,300 dead in South Asia now from floods -- and yet Fox, MSNBC, and CNN are hardly mentioning the word "climate change" when it comes to these horrific events, at the same time they are spending 24 hours a day reporting on these manifestations of climate chaos. This is the extreme world -- we're catching a glimpse of it -- that we've been warned about.

ACTION ALERT: ABC Silent on Climate Change
(David Z. Morris / Fortune & Public Citizen & Fareed Zakaria / CNN)

As a brutal hurricane season continues to batter the Caribbean and the United States, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks it might be too late to save coastal cities from the effects of climate change. "I worry that we might not be able to recover from this because all our greatest cities are on the oceans and water's edges, historically for commerce and transportation," deGrasse Tyson said.

California Cities, Counties Sue Oil Companies over Climate Change
(Timothy Cama / The Hill & Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., are suing five major oil companies, blaming them for the effects of climate change. The cities announced Wednesday they each filed a lawsuit in their respective county courts against Chevron Corp., ConocoPhillips Co., ExxonMobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell and BP. The lawsuits by add to an emerging legal strategy to try to hold individual fossil fuel companies responsible for rising sea levels, extreme weather and other effects of human-induced climate change.

ACTION ALERT: "Whose Streets? Our Streets!" St Louis Police Are Out of Control
(Color of Change & Hayley Miller, Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post)

Commentary: Police are out of control in St. Louis and the Mayor has done nothing to stop them. Over the weekend of protests following the not-guilty verdict absolving Jason Stockley of accountability in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, police taunted protesters with Ferguson-era chants like "Whose streets? Our streets?" -- imitating the neo-nazi terrorists in Charlottesville. Police also fired at protesters with rubber bullets, trampled an older woman, and pepper-sprayed people who tried to help her.

Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

The US just experienced its largest rainfall event in memory. For the first time in recorded weather history, two category 4 hurricanes hit in a single season (not yet over). And San Francisco experienced an unheard of 106 degree day. This as the new face of homeland security: containing the damage to our seacoasts, forests, and cities caused by extreme weather events made all the more frequent and destructive by climate change. This is a "war" without a name, but it will be no less real for that.

In this Korean Crisis, Trump's Bullying Tactics Aren't Working and Never Will
(Michael Payne / Nation of Change)

Many experts in world affairs believe that if it were not for America's highly aggressive military agenda that has been aimed at North Korea for many decades, that that nation would never have initiated a nuclear development program. More and more psychiatrists and associated mental health experts are issuing warnings about Trump's mental state. What's going to happen if this president, in some fit of rage, loses control and gives the order to launch an attack, possibly a nuclear one, on North Korea?

Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era
(Tom Engelhard and Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

Deployed to Houston to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief, US troops hadn't even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. This is the new face of homeland security -- containing the damage to US coasts, forests, and other areas wracked by extreme weather made all the more frequent and destructive thanks to climate change. It is a "war" the Trump White House fails to acknowledge.

The American Military: Deployed Everywhere and Winning Nowhere
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch)

In 2007, the Government Accountability Office found that the Pentagon could not account for nearly 30% of the weapons it had distributed in Iraq since 2004 -- about 200,000 guns. Similar stories could be told about Afghanistan, another country where US weaponry has disappeared in remarkable quantities. Someday, historians will have to ask one question above all: Why, year after year, in the face of obvious and repetitive failure, was no one in Washington capable of imagining another course of action?

Egypt Gags Torture Report; Censors Criticism of Its Human Rights Abuses
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Nadine Awadalla / Reuters & Human Rights Watch)

Egypt's military junta has continued its growing media censorship Thursday with a ban on the Human Rights Watch website. This ban appears to have been related to a report released the day before, which the junta was furious about. The report, titled "We Do Unreasonable Things Here," details torture, arbitrary detentions, and disappearances since Egypt's summer 2013 military coup. It tells the story through the accounts of several different detainees.

Have We Been Deceived Over Syrian Sarin Attack? How a Pesticide Caused Mass Casualties in Khan Sheikhoun
(Gareth Porter / Alternet & AntiWar.com)

The United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria issued a report this September that reinforced the official narrative that the Syrian air force dropped a bomb containing nerve gas sarin on the insurgent-controlled town of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria on April 4. But a months-long investigation by AlterNet into the questions around the attack raise serious questions about whether a sarin bomb was the source of the deaths.

'Vietnam War': New Documentary Is Powerful, Flawed and Necessary
(David Wiegand / San Francisco Chronicle)

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's PBS documentary, "The Vietnam War," comprises 18 hours organized in 10 parts airing over the course of nearly two weeks. It feels both overwhelming and, counterintuitively, somewhat insufficient, because no matter how much testimony we hear, see and read about the war, the question of "For what?" will always remain. Nearly 60,000 Americans and more than a million Vietnamese died in a war that every president since Dwight Eisenhower said privately was a futile effort.

Military Defies Trump's Orders: Pentagon Plans for Addressing Climate Change
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

Unlike his White House boss, Defense Sec. Jim Mattis does not believe that climate change is a "hoax" invented by the Chinese. The Defense Department has warned for years that climate change is a national security threat and, despite President Trump's orders, the agency continues to take steps to help the military prepare for the impacts of a warming planet. In an unprecedented act of defiance, the Pentagon is continuing to prepare to deal with the effects of climate change -- even though Trump told them to stop.

Climate Change Could Extinguish Vital Parasites that Support Life on Earth
(Amy Goodman and Colin Carlson / Democracy Now!)

As the United States continues to deal with unprecedented floods and hurricanes, a new study has revealed climate change is also driving the mass extinction of parasites that are critical to natural ecosystems, and could add to the planet's sixth great mass extinction event that's currently underway -- about a third of all parasite species could go extinct by 2070 due to human activity. The loss could have profound ripple effects on the environment and might pave the way for disastrous health outcomes.

Torture, Beatings, Rape: Egypt Censors Report on Government's Human Rights Abuses
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Nadine Awadalla / Reuters & Human Rights Watch)

Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's regular police and National Security officers routinely torture political detainees with techniques including beatings, electric shocks, stress positions, and sometimes rape. The free press no longer exists under al-SIsi and some 424 different websites, mostly media with some human rights groups, are now subject to junta censorship.

Crime and Punishment: Will the 9/11 Case Finally Go to Trial?
(Andrew Cockburn / Letters from Washington @ Harper's Magazine)

After years of glacial legal progress, the momentous charge that our Saudi allies enabled and supported the most devastating act of mass murder on American soil may now be coming to a resolution. Thanks to a combination of court decisions, congressional action, and the disclosure of long-sequestered government records, it appears increasingly likely that our supposed friend and peerless weapons customer will finally face its accusers in court.

Trump Hints at a 'Mini-Nuclear' War: Instead of Missiles, North Korea Launches a Party
(Brian Bender / Politico & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

The Trump administration is considering proposing smaller, more tactical nuclear weapons that would cause less damage than traditional thermonuclear bombs -- a move that would give military commanders more options but could also make the use of atomic arms more likely.

America's War against Freedom: Prison Slavery & the Attica Rebellion
(David A Love and Vijay Das / Al Jazeera & Shaun Gude / Jacobin Magazine)

The US has the world's highest incarceration -- 760 people per 100,000. Between 1999-2010 the use of private prisons increased by 40% at the state level and by 784% at the federal prison level. This rapid expansion is the subject of much debate and has been termed the "Prison-Industrial Complex." Prisoner abuse runs rampant and constitutes a modern-day version of slavery. The 1,300 Attica Prison inmates who rebelled on September 9, 1971 remain a symbol of resistance in the face of institutional injustice.

New Study: Greenhouse Emissions Linked to Fossil Fuel Companies
(Dan Rather / Facebook & Farron Cousins / Nation of Change)

The data provided in this report could likely become one of the most valuable tools in the fight to hold corporations accountable for the harm they have caused to the planet. Documents have shown that ExxonMobil knew about the damage that fossil fuel emissions were causing to the environment in the 1970s and covered up the damage that fossil fuel companies were inflicting on the planet. This cover-up could result in lawsuits against the oil giant.

Climate Denialism Was Literally Killing Us While Exxon Hid the Truth
(Mark Hertsgaard / The Nation & Connor Gibson / EcoWatch)

Multiply the death and destruction Hurricane Harvey a hundredfold to comprehend the scale of devastation in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, where a staggering 16 million children "are in urgent need of life-saving support" after "torrential monsoon rains and catastrophic flooding." Meanwhile, a breakthrough study from Harvard reveals how Exxon covered up its climate-disrupting pollution with an extensive propaganda campaign designed to destroy public trust in climate change science.

Bill McKibben on Hurricanes and the Dangerous New Planet We Have Created
(Democracy Now & The Huffington Post & The New York Times)

Hurricane Irma is the most powerful storm ever recorded over the Atlantic. Houston -- the nerve center of the world hydrocarbon industry -- has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey, one of the most powerful hurricanes in US history. The Pacific Northwest is aflame with wildfires raging over hundreds of thousands of acres. Suddenly, our once-familiar planet is melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We have, in effect, created a new, and increasingly dangerous planet.

How 'Regime Change' Wars Led to the Korea Crisis
(Robert Perry / Consortium News)

The US-led aggressions against Iraq and Libya are two war crimes that keep on costing, with their grim examples of what happens to leaders who get rid of WMDs driving the scary showdown with North Korea

US Economic Sanctions Are an Act of War
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)

If any Third World nations targeted by US sanctions or embargoes were First World nations, there is little doubt that they would respond with a military counterattack against the United States. Few nations are going to permit another nation to intentionally target and kill their citizenry, either by bombs or sanctions.

Trump Sends Billions to Bahrain Dictators to Suppress Freedom
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Mike Stone / Reuters & Amnesty International)

The US State Department has approved $3.8 billion in weapons sales to the tiny island nation of Bahrain. Congress held up a similar sale last year over Bahrain's many, many human rights problems. The $3.8 billion sale is almost entirely going to Lockheed Martin, who will be providing 19 F-16V fighter jets, along with substantial upgrades to the nation's existing fleet of F-16s. Raytheon will be selling 221 anti-tank missiles to go with it.

The Lofoten Declaration: 220 Organizations Call for Rapid, Global Transition to Achieve Low Carbon Future
(Julia Conley / Common Dreams)

As scientists stress that climate change has fueled to the enormous strength of hurricanes that have flooded Houston, devastated the Caribbean, and now threatens Florida, a coalition of more than 220 organizations called for a "managed decline of fossil fuel production" with an immediate end to new oil, gas, and coal development. The Lofoten Declaration demands "unprecedented action to avoid the worst consequences of our dependence on oil, coal, and gas."

ACTION ALERT: Rising Seas -- Brought To You By ExxonMobil
(The Union of Concerned Scientists / Special to Environmentalists Against War)

As Hurricane Harvey finally retreats from the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Irma threatens Florida's coastline, communities are surveying the devastating damage done by these storms. After extreme weather events, communities face years of recovery and costly rebuilding. As the costs add up, it raises the question: Who should be held accountable for the costs being borne by communities across the United States?

In the Wake of Hurricane Harvey: Now Is the Time to Talk About Climate Change
(Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein / Democracy Now!)

The World Meteorological Organization has declared that Hurricane Harvey's devastation is linked to climate change. All past US rainfall records have been shattered and the devastating storm is expected to bring even more rain to Louisiana and Texas in the coming days. And yet, the corporate networks have avoided linking the record-breaking storm to climate change. We examine storm coverage with Naomi Klein, best-selling author of "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

Why US Bases Make Okinawa, Guam Nuclear 'Targets'
(Jon Letman / Al Jazeera)

The pattern remains predictable: a defiant North Korean missile test followed by provocative war games, then another missile launch, more angry threats and warnings, followed by counter-threats and new sanctions, and now a sixth nuclear test and more severe warnings. The island of Guam has come into sharp focus with North Korea's announced plans to fire four Hwasong-12 ballistic missiles near the US territory in response to Donald Trump's threat to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang.

Hundreds of South Korean Villagers Protest Installation of US THAAD Missiles
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Associated Press & Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

Public opposition to the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System missile defense system near a South Korean farming village has grown into major protests, with demonstrators coming out in force after the announcement the government was letting the US install four additional launchers. Some 38 people, including six police officers, were injured after thousands of police were sent to remove hundreds of protesters from a road leading to a former golf course where the THAAD was to be set up.

War, Hunger and Now Cholera: Yemen's Crisis Worsens
(Sudarsan Raghavan / The Washington Post & Megan O'Toole / Al Jazeera)

Last December, the main hospital in the city of Hajjah in northern Yemen had already received 200 suspected cases of cholera. The patients were being treated at a month-old cholera center supported by the World Health Organization. Today, the number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has reached half a million and nearly 2,000 people have died. It is now the largest cholera epidemic in the world.

We Can't Be Silent on Climate Change or The Unsustainability of Capitalist System
(George Monbiot, Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh / Democracy Now!)

It is not only Donald Trump who censors the discussion of climate change; it is the entire body of polite opinion. This is why, though the links are obvious, most reports on Hurricane Harvey made no mention of the human contribution to it. In 2016, the hottest year on record, the US was hammered by climate-related disasters yet the total combined coverage for the entire year on the evening news on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News amounted to 50 minutes. The issue of our lives has been blotted from the public's mind.

Climate Breakdown: We Can No Longer Ignore the Science and the Evidence Before Us
(Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Nation of Change & Marlene Cimons / Nation of Change)

Climate breakdown is happening before our eyes. At the same time, the anti-science movement in the US which includes government officials, industry and others who deny climate change exists, provides cover for elected officials to do nothing or act inadequately on the urgent reality of climate chaos so that corporations continue to threaten the planet. There are 100 companies responsible for 71 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Good government would hold them responsible.

Hurricane Harvey's Lesson: Climate Change Has Become More Powerful than Government
(Charles P. Pierce / Esquire Magazine)

Commentary: Once, long ago, the conservative activist Grover Norquist famously said that he wanted to shrink "government" to a size at which it could be drowned in the bathtub. Well, people actually are drowning in Houston now, and so is the political philosophy that reached its height when Ronald Reagan said in his first inaugural that government wasn't the solution, but the problem itself. We all moved onto a political flood plain then, and we're being swept away.

US Infrastructure Collapsing While Govt. Pours Billions into 'The Black Hole of War'
(Michael Payne / Nation of Change)

The more taxpayer dollars that are sucked into that black hole of war the more cracks appear in the foundation of America, its national infrastructure, at the center of almost everything that goes on in America; from the transportation of goods to massive refineries shut down by Hurricane Harvey. Washington's ongoing obsession with war -- together with the massive costs of the US, military empire -- are contributing to a massive, widespread deterioration that is happening across America.

Nearly 60,000 Rohingya Refugees Flee Violence: Children 'Beheaded and Burned Alive'
(Agence France-Presse & BBC World News & Will Worley / The Independent)

Police in Bangladesh have reportedly begun ignoring government orders to stop the influx of Rohingyas fleeing violence in Myanmar, as the United Nations confirmed that 58,600 refugees have made it through the border crossing since violence erupted last week. Myanmar's security forces have launched a violent campaign against the country's minority Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine State with thousands of homes burned down and civilians attacked by security forces.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump's Appointment of Climate-Denying Non-Scientist to Head NASA
(Joe Romm / ThinkProgress & RL Miller / Climate Hawks)

Donald Trump just nominated an anti-science climate denier to run NASA. Jim Bridenstine is not a scientist. He's a member of Congress with no experience in space. And he has an ugly history of anti-science rants. On the House floor in 2013, Bridenstine demanded President Obama apologize for dedicating federal resources to studying climate change, citing junk science and outright lies to justify his assertion that climate change isn't real.

The Stain of Yemen: US Support in Saudi War Remains Appalling
(The Editorial Board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Of the six wars that the US is involved in, Yemen is surely the most appalling, for at least three reasons. The first is the state that Yemen has been reduced to. It was the poorest country of the Middle East even before the war started. Now, its cities demolished by years of US-backed bombing by Saudi Arabia, it has experienced an estimated 16,200 deaths, many of them children and other civilians. It is now in the grip of malnutrition and a cholera epidemic, with an estimated 500,000 victims.

Top General Forced to Admit He Ignored Growing US-caused Civilian Deaths
(Samuel Oakford / Foreign Policy & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & David Alexander / Reuters)

Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commanding general in Washington's war against the Islamic State has steadfastly ignored evidence that US forces have killed hundreds of innocent civilians. Independent monitors have blamed more than 1,900 civilian deaths in Raqqa on the US-led coalition since June 6. Finally, on September 1, facing mounting criticism, the Pentagon confirmed it had likely killed 61 Iraqi and Syrian civilians, raising the number of civilians it has acknowledged killing since the conflict began to 685.

ACTION ALERT: Houston Hurricane -- A Harbinger of Climate Change
(Jim Hightower / Our Revolution)

Devastating floods along the Gulf Coast and across the world this week are not isolated incidents -- they are our new climate reality. We need members of Congress to take radical steps to combat the worst effects of climate change now before things get even worse. Senators Bernie Sanders and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Tulsi Gabbard, Pramila Jayapaul, Raul Grijalva and many others have introduced legislation to transition our energy economy off of dangerous fossil fuels to renewable energy.

ACTION ALERT: Help Hurricane Recovery Efforts; Condemn Trump's Denial of Climate Change
(Reggie James / Sierra Club & Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post & Petition / The Daily Kos)

Commentary: Our hearts are with those in Texas and Louisiana whose lives were affected by this horrific disaster. Meanwhile, for Donald Trump, Hurricane Harvey proved a golden opportunity to promote himself. Nearly every chance he gets, Trump brags about the size of his hurricane. He has repeatedly worn his own campaign merchandise (which is on sale at his website) to Hurricane Harvey events. Trump made no mention of the dead, suffering or displaced nor did he express any sympathy for them.

Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan
(Book Review by Justin Raimondo / AntiWar.com)

After 16 years of writing about it, I thought I knew a lot about the war in Afghanistan, but Scott Horton's new book, "Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan," revealed how much I didn't know. Did you know that the Taliban tried desperately to surrender, offering to turn over Osama bin Laden to the country of Washington's choice -- but that George W. Bush would have none of it? In July 2001, the Taliban warned the White House that an attack on US soil was coming. The Bush team ignored the warning.

2017 NoWar Conference Will Feature Powerful Film on What War Does to the Earth
(David Swanson / Talk Nation Radio & Scarred Lands Film.com)

Alice and Lincoln Day have produced an amazing film about the impact of war on the natural environment, which fits perfectly with World Beyond War's upcoming conference on that theme. "Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives" was produced between 2006 and 2007 in Australia, California, Vermont, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. The film will be screened at the 2017 No War Conference set for September 22-25 at the American University in Washington DC. (See event details below.)

US Airstrikes Are Wiping Out Entire Families in Yemen and Syria: UN Asks for War Crimes Investigation
(Darius Shahtahmasebi / The AntiMedia & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Bethan McKernan / The Independent & United Nations Human Rights Council)

In June, UN war crimes investigators warned that US attacks in Raqqa killed 300 civilians in a seven-day period. The terror in Syria is not taking place in isolation. The US is delivering this disturbing criminality all over the world. In Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition -- which is armed, trained, and protected by the US and Britain -- is doing the exact same thing. Almost 60 rights groups recently have demanded the UN investigate human rights abuses and possible war crimes in war-torn country.

ACTION ALERT: Help Move Your Government To Ratify the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
(Abolition 2000)

Democracy broke out at the UN this summer when 122 nations working closely with Civil Society adopted a treaty to ban nuclear weapons on July 7, 2017 after three weeks of negotiations; mandated by the UN General Assembly. For the first time in history; nuclear weapons will be ruled unlawful and prohibited; just as the world has done for other weapons of mass destruction such as biological and chemical weapons.

Jeff Sessions Reveals Deadly Misunderstanding
(Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions struck a new blow in his war against police reform by backing Donald Trump's plan to increase local cops' access to military hardware designed for war zones. The long-predicted move will put grenade launchers and bayonets back on small-town police department shopping lists. In a speech riddled with falsehoods, Sessions' explanation of the thinking behind Trump's move was a bizarre and unsubstantiated claim that police reform is somehow harmful to public safety.

How Climate Change Likely Heightened Hurricane Harvey's Fury
(Craig Welch / The National Geographic & Michael E Mann / The Guardian)

While scientists maintain that no single weather event can be solely attributed to climate change, two centuries of fossil-fuel burning has altered temperatures enough to almost certainly make hurricanes worse. And there is another way that oil exploitation has led to increased coastal flooding. Some sea level rise attributed to climate change actually is due to coastal subsidence caused by activities such as oil drilling, which has cause some coastal lands to sink more than 6 inches over the past few decades.

Toxic Armories: National Guard Inaction Exposes Communities to Lead Poisoning
(Rob Davis / The Oregonian)

An award-winning four-part series reveals the disturbing extent of neighborhood lead pollution from National Guard sites across the US. An 18-month investigation has revealed that hundreds of armories were routinely contaminated by dangerous amounts of lead dust. In two Oregon armories, parents unwittingly let infants play on neurotoxin blanketed floors with lead levels 10 times higher than the federal safety standard. The Pentagon knew about the danger for nearly two decades but failed to address the problem.

Domestic Terrorists vs Islamic Terrorists: An Accounting
(David Neiwert / Reveal and The Investigative Fund)

An early high-water mark of Donald Trump's presidency came Feb. 28, with his first address to Congress. Midway through the speech, the new president turned to national security: "We are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from" -- and here he paused for emphasis -- "radical Islamic terrorism." But the inconvenient fact is that episodes of far-right violent extremism are far more common inside the US. From January 2008 to the end of 2016, there were nearly twice as many incidents of rightwing violence.

Hurricane Harvey Triggers Chemical Clouds over Houston: Climate Deniers Close Ranks
(The New Republic & Ellie Shechet / The Slot)

There are huge public health risks from pollution releases during any hurricane, but the risk is particularly high with Harvey. The plants in the area hit directly by the storm "are responsible for roughly 25 percent of the United States' petroleum refining, more than 44 percent of its ethylene production, 40 percent of its specialty chemical feed stock and more than half of its jet fuel."

The Uninhabitable Earth: Climate Change Could Trigger Famine and Economic Collapse Sooner Than You Think
(David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine)

Commentary: If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. It is, I promise, worse than you think. Absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.

Uninhabitable Planet: Humanity Is Getting Very Close to Extinction
(Nathan Curry / VICE )

Commentary: With "Doomsday Preppers" the highest-rated show on the National Geographic Channel, the general public seems to be getting ready for societal collapse. Recent climate data suggest we may have already tripped several irrevocable, positive feedback loops -- as temperatures soar, the permafrost is melting, arctic ice is falling into the sea. The link between climate change and human extinction is basically this: the planet becomes uninhabitable for humans if the average temperature goes up by 4° to 6°C.

7 Reasons We Face a Global Water Crisis
(Leah Schleifer / World Resources Institute & EcoWatch)

Droughts in Somalia. Water rationing in Rome. Flooding in Jakarta. It doesn't take a hydrologist to realize that there is a growing global water crisis. In August, water experts, industry innovators and researchers gathered in Stockholm to address our most pressing water issues. Climate change is warming the planet, making the planet's hottest regions even more scorching as clouds are driven from the equator and toward the poles At the same time, 21 million people worldwide are at risk of historic, and cataclysmic flooding.

New Zealanders Demand Inquiry into Afghan Civilian Deaths During 2010 SAS Raid
(TVNZ & Stuff & Radio New Zealand)

Protesters from New Zealand's Hit & Run Campaign have held a commemoration at the Wellington Cenotaph, demanding an independent inquiry into claims that Afghan villagers were killed or injured in the August 2010 raids led by the New Zealand SAS.

Warming Arctic Spurs Battles for Riches, Shipping Routes
(Frank Jordan / Associated Press)

As climate change pushes the cold and ice a little farther north each year, it is spurring talk of a gold rush for the Arctic's abundant natural resources, prized shipping routes and business opportunities in tourism and fishing. The Arctic, including the fabled Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific, is among the last regions on earth to remain largely unexplored. In April, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reverse Obama-era restrictions on oil drilling.

US Ignores UN Pleas, Continues Bombing Raqqa; US Troops Accused of Executing Children in Somalia
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera)

US and Somali troops attacked a farming village early Friday morning, capturing a group of ten civilians -- including three children -- and summarily executed them one at a time. US African Command confirmed that US troops were involved in the assault. Meanwhile, the soaring civilian death toll form US airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa has gotten so bad that the US issued a formal appeal to Washington to halt the attacks and allow civilians to flee. The Trump administration shruged off the request.

US Ignores UN Pleas, Continues Bombing Raqqa; US Troops Accused of Executing Children in Somalia Raid
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera)

US and Somali troops attacked a farming village early Friday morning, capturing a group of ten civilians -- including three children -- and summarily executed them one at a time. US African Command confirmed that US troops were involved in the assault. Meanwhile, the soaring civilian death toll form US airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa has gotten so bad that the US issued a formal appeal to Washington to halt the attacks and allow civilians to flee. The Trump administration shruged off the request.

UN Panel Condemns Trump's Response to Racism
(Marina Fang / The Huffington Post & UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination)

The United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has released an unusually strong warning criticizing "the failure of the highest political level of the United States of America to unequivocally reject" racism.

The Conflict in Afghanistan Is Trump's War Now
(Andrew J. Bacevich / Los Angeles Times & Daniel Larison / The American Conservative & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Steven Shepard / Politico.com)

The main effect of the ongoing war on terrorism has been to exacerbate the problem that it purports to solve. Trump has defined the mission as "killing terrorists" (which guarantees that more terrorists will be created and ensures the mission will never end). There have been higher numbers of civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria since Trump took office, and his statement that he "lifted restrictions the previous administration placed on our warfighters" promises that the same will happen in Afghanistan.

US Airstrikes Kill More that 100 Civilians in Syria; Women, Children Die
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Samuel Osborne / The Independent & Suleiman Al-Khalidi / Reuters)

US-led coalition air strikes killed at least 42 civilians after targeting densely-populated neighborhoods in the city of Raqqa. The victims included 19 children and 12 women. More than 170 civilians have been killed by US-led strikes on Islamic State in Raqqa city in the past week. The United Nations estimates there are up to 25,000 civilians trapped inside the city, with food and fuel supplies running short.

US-backed Saudis Kill 60 in Hotel Bombing; UN Official Slams Saudis for Blocking Aid to Yemen
(Bethan McKernan / The Independent & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

Riyadh has been repeatedly criticised for causing unnecessary loss of life in its two-and-half-year air campaign to oust Shia rebels from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. In the latest outrage, Saudi-led coalition air strikes near the Yemeni capital destroyed a hotel, killing an estimated 60 people and injured 13. Air strikes have also been known to hit hospitals and other vital civilian infrastructure. The bombing of a funeral gathering mistaken for a military target killed 140 people in October last year.

An inconvenient Truth: The Taliban Tried to Surrender, the US Said No.
(Ryan Grim / Action Network & Jeremy Scahill / The Intercept)

Shortly after the US invaded Afghanistan, the Taliban tried to surrender. But the US said "No way." Only full annihilation was enough for the Bush administration. They wanted more terrorists in body bags. The problem was that the Taliban had stopped fighting (having either fled to Pakistan or put down their weapons and gone back to civilian life) while Al Qaeda was down to a handful of members. So Afghans that the US worked with solved the problem by fabricating bad guys; labelling innocent people as "Taliban."

The Afghan War Lies Trump Will Tell
(The White House & Matt Hoh / Common Dreams)

Commentary: Speaking of the decision to escalate the failed strategies of the 16-year war in Afghanistan, the White House stated: "President Trump's top priority remains . . . protecting the American people." But critics note that "there has never been progress by the US military in Afghanistan." The only "winners" have been the US military contractors, Afghan drug barons, and US allies in the Afghan government, militias and security forces. Most Afghans have only known suffering and destruction.

Trump's Wink and Nod toward White Supremacists Ensures There Will Be More Blood
(Bill Berkowitz for Buzzflash at Truthout)

May 10, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a Joint Intelligence Bulletin that surveyed white extremist violence between the years 2000 to 2016. The report declared that "lone actors and small cells within the white supremacist extremist (WSE) movement likely will continue to pose a threat of lethal violence over the next year." What the report did not anticipate were "United the Right" rallies like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia, which resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Rejects National Climate Report, Silences 50 Climate Experts
(The Conversation / EcoWatch.org & CREDO Action)

Commentary & Analysis: A scientific report done every four years has been thrust into the spotlight because its findings directly contradict statements from the president and various cabinet officials. If the Trump administration chooses to reject the pending national Climate Science Special Report, it would be more damaging than pulling the US out of the Paris agreement. Censoring experts for doing their jobs is an abuse of authority.

Trump's EPA Budget Cuts Slow Uranium Cleanup in Navajo Nation
(Autumn Spanne / Reveal News (The Center for Investigative Journalism))

More than 500 abandoned Cold War uranium mines remain near the Navajo reservation, now home to about 175,000 people. Thousands of these families unwittingly used water from contaminated wells and springs to drink, bathe, hydrate their livestock and irrigate their gardens. Now, EPA head Scott Pruitt has proposed a 30 percent reduction in grants to fund tribes' environmental protection and a 30 percent cut to the Superfund program that funds cleanups of the nation's most toxic sites.

War on the Biosphere: Trump Disbands Climate Committee
(Chas Danner / New York Magazine & The Independent)

In yet another move that indicates the White House does not take the threat of climate change seriously, the Trump administration has disbanded a federal advisory panel that worked to translate the government's climate data into insight for policymakers and the private sector. The 15-member Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment was tasked with helping public and private-sector officials integrate the findings of the National Climate Assessment into their long-term planning.

War May Be the Next Big Venture on Trump's Agenda
(Adria Vasil Interviews Naomi Klein / Now Toronto)

Toronto-based activist and journalist Naomi Klein takes on corporate media's (and her own) Donald Trump addiction, the repercussions of Trudeau's arms build-up, and how NDP leadership contenders are missing a Bernie Sanders-style opportunity. Meanwhile, corporate CEOs, billionaires and bankers busily are quietly using the cover of endless crises in American politics to launch a coup of their own against the welfare state.

Authors Confront the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza
(Rose Aguilar and Malhe Razazan / Your Call Radio & the Kirkus Review)

June 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. After visiting the occupied territories, renowned novelists and essayists Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman marked the anniversary by inviting international writers to bear witness to the human cost the Israeli occupation. They appeared on KALX's Your Call radio to talk about their new book, Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation.

Peace Volunteers Pave Way for Palestinian Homecoming After 20-year Displacement
(Jim Haber / Waging Peace)

A new project in the rural hills of the West Bank, called Sumud: Freedom Camp, is the latest sign of a resurgence of strategic, nonviolent organizing in Palestine that is creating strong bonds between Palestinians and Jewish activists from Israel and around the world. I traveled to Palestine in May with a delegation organized by the Center for Jewish Nonviolence to help a unique coalition of Palestinians, Israelis, Jews and international justice seekers standing in solidarity with the village of Sarura.

UN Report: Saudis Killed 502 Children in Yemen in Past Year
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Khalid Alokozay and Fahim Abedaug / The New York Times)

A Saudi-led military coalition conducting airstrikes in Yemen committed "grave violations" of human rights against children last year, killing 502, injuring 838, according to a draft report by the UN Secretary General António Guterres. "The killing and maiming of children remained the most prevalent violation" of children's rights in Yemen, according to the 41-page draft report obtained by Foreign Policy.

ACTION ALERT: A Peace Monument for Charlottesville and Nine Truths
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

Charlottesville has three Confederate war monuments, one WW I monument and one Vietnam War monument. RootsAction.org, World Beyond War, Pax Christi Charlottesville, Amnesty International Charlottesville, and the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice are proposing creation of a monument to peace. A peace pole is one easy -- and widely recognized -- way to mark a public interest in nonviolence. Note: Armed attacks with fists and clubs are not covered by the First Amendment.

Charlottesville: Responding to Violence with Positive Action
(US Senator Jeff Merkley & Tom Perriello / Slate & Josh Levin / Slate)

Senator Merkley: "It is time that every American denounces racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry, and violence. We need to have some hard conversations with our family and friends of all political leanings about why the hateful ideology on display in Charlottesville takes root in America, and how we can do better."

ACTION ALERT: Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville -- Find an Event Tonight
(Barbara Lee / US House of Representatives & Indivisible & Robert Weissman / Public Citizen & Monique Teal / Daily Kos & Will Fischer / VoteVets & Dan Cantor / Working Families Party )

This weekend, hate groups and domestic terrorists of all stripes went to Charlottesville, VA to push their hateful message of white supremacy, fascism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry. Tonight and tomorrow, Indivisible groups, along with our friends at many other organizations will come together in solidarity with our brave friends in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to fight against white supremacy. Attend an event in your community to show that you're standing with Charlottesville.

Confronting White Supremacy and Hate: A Personal Report from Charlottesville
(Helena Cobban / Just World Educational)

This weekend, for the third time this year, our home-city of Charlottesville has been the target of a campaign by leaders of the hate-filled "Alt-Rights" and their associates to claim the space of this city as their own. Yesterday, one of their apparent supporters, who had driven here from Ohio, plowed his car into a group of anti-hate protesters very near to the downtown mall that is the heart of our city, killing one woman (32-year-old Heather Heyer) and injuring more than a dozen others.

US Airstrikes Kill More Civilians in Afghanistan
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Khalid Alokozay and Fahim Abedaug / The New York Times)

Afghan officials today confirmed that US airstrikes targeted and killed at least 16 civilians, mostly women and children, in the eastern Nangarhar Province, targeting the civilians as they tried to flee out of an ISIS-held district where heavy fighting has been ongoing.

Thousands Have Died Due to Saudi's Closure of Yemen's Airport
(Al Jazeera)

The Norwegian Refugee Council reports at least 10,000 people have died in Yemen as a result of the Saudi-led coalition's closure of Sanaa airport a year ago. The rights group joined 14 other aid organisations that called on warring parties in Yemen to reopen the country's main airport. "Without access to safe, commercial travel, Yemenis are left with no way to access critical medical care. The result is devastating. Thousands of women, men and children who could have been saved lost their lives."

Washington's Long History of Attacking North Korea
(Sheldon Richman / The Libertarian Institute)

The North Korean people have seen their share of "fire and fury" at the hands of the US military. Almost 70 years ago, Harry Truman unleashed America's savage vengeance during the Korean War. More napalm was dropped on Korea than on Vietnam and with much more devastating effect. Gen. MacArthur called the US destruction of North Korea's targeted cities and populations "a slaughter such as I have never heard of in the history of mankind."

Confronting White Supremacy and Hate: A Personal Report from Charlottesville
(Helena Cobban / Just World Educational)

This weekend, for the third time this year, our home-city of Charlottesville has been the target of a campaign by leaders of the hate-filled "Alt-Rights" and their associates to claim the space of this city as their own. Yesterday, one of their apparent supporters, who had driven here from Ohio, plowed his car into a group of anti-hate protesters very near to the downtown mall that is the heart of our city, killing one woman (32-year-old Heather Heyer) and injuring more than a dozen others.

Can US Attack North Korea and Claim 'Self Defense'? Congress Cannot Stop Trump from Launching a Nuclear First-strike
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Dan Lamothe / The Washington Post)

The Congressional Research Service states the president "does not need the concurrence of either his military advisors or the US Congress to order the launch of nuclear weapons" [and] "neither the military nor Congress can overrule these orders." Under the War Powers Act, the president need not seek congressional approval until 60 days after the start of a war. Attempts to stop a nuclear attack order until Congress declares war is unlikely to pass with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.

A-bomb Anniversary in Nagasaki Amid US-North Korea Tension
(Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press)

Amid growing tension between Washington and North Korea, the mayor of Nagasaki said Wednesday that the fear of another nuclear bomb attack is growing at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the US atomic bombing of his city. Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear states to abandon such weapons and criticized Japan's government for not taking part in the global effort toward a nuclear ban.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Threatens North Korea with "Fire and Fury"
(MoveOn.org & The New York Times)

On the anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Donald Trump apparently has threatened a "fire and fury" nuclear attack on North Korea. Trump is making us more unsafe with every unhinged comment, tweet, and threat. His rhetoric threatening North Korea is exacerbating a dangerous situation, putting everyone around the world in grave danger. While a nuclear North Korea is a real concern, the answer must be diplomacy first, not a rush to a potentially devastating nuclear war.

ACTiON ALERT: Tell Trump to Stop Threatening North Korea: Negotiation, Not Detonation
(Roots Action & Nuclear Age Peace Foundation & Medea Benjamin / CODE PINK & Sputnik News & teleSUR & Richard Becker / Global Research & John Laurits / JohnLaurits.com & Jason Le Miere / Newsweek)

Donald Trump claims he has no choice but to threaten North Korea with war -- a war that would prove disastrous to the entire world. Legally, when North Korea tests missiles it breaks no laws. The US tests missiles all the time. But when the US threatens war it commits a grave violation of the law as well as risks getting us all killed. North Korea has repeatedly offered to abandon its nuclear weapons program in exchange for a halt to US/South Korea military exercises. Let's chart a different course before it is too late.

13 US Agencies Confirm Burning Fossil Fuels Is Driving Climate Change and Extreme Weather
(Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein / Associated Press)

Directly contradicting Donald Trump, a draft report produced by 13 federal agencies concludes that the United States is already feeling the negative impacts of climate change, with a stark increase in the frequency of heat waves, heavy rains and other extreme weather over the last four decades.The report calls the long-term evidence that global warming is being driven by human activities "unambiguous . . . . There are no alternative explanations." Plus: Trump names climate denier to Ag Dept. post.

On 72nd A-bomb Anniversary, Hiroshima Highlights Japan's Refusal to Join UN Nuclear Bomb Ban
(Sophie Jackman / The Japan Times)

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui marked the 72nd anniversary of its atomic bombing by calling on the central government to support a treaty banning nuclear weapons. This year's ceremony at Peace Memorial Park near ground zero follows last month's adoption -- by 122 UN members -- of the world's first treaty to comprehensively ban nuclear weapons. But Shinzo Abe, Japan's pro-US leader, has joined forces with the world's nuclear weapon states and refused to participate in the UN treaty.

War Crime: US Airstrikes on Residential District Kills at Least 43 Syrian Civilians
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Xinhua News )

New reports out of the ISIS capital city of Raqqa say US airstrikes hit a number of residential districts in the city over the course of Saturday, killing at least 43 civilians and wounding an unknown, but substantial number of others. There was no obvious specific target for the strikes. A Raqqa-based Red Crescent official report ed that US coalition airstrikes recently had targeted the National Hospital, bombing the hospital's electricity generator and forcing the closure of damaged wards used to treat the injured.

A Conference to End War: Why We Can and Must End Our Greatest Crime
(David Swanson / World Beyond War & Thomas Knapp / AntiWar.com)

Following September 1, the International Day of Peace, World Beyond War will host a three-day meeting in Washington DC to address how the antiwar and environmental movements can work together to end war. Since World War II, the US has killed some 20 million people, overthrown at least 36 governments, interfered in at least 82 foreign elections, attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders, and dropped bombs in 30 countries. The US has used "special forces" in two-thirds of the world's countries.

War and the Environment
(Peace Pledge Union)

Because war disrupts social structures, ecostructures are neglected and abused, with lasting and costly consequences. It's widely agreed that Sudan's 1988 famine was caused by its protracted civil war. The testing and manufacture of nuclear arms has been responsible for some of the most profound and persistent environmental damage to life on Earth. Meanwhile, the complex mixture of poisonous contaminants found on many military sites continues to infiltrate the land, air and water.

The Truth About North Korea: Why the US Should Stop Provoking the DPRK
(John Laurits / JohnLaurits.com)

Commentary: The US dropped 635,000 tons of bombs and 32,557 tons of napalm on North Korea, destroying 5,000 schools, 1,000 hospitals, 600,000 homes, and killing 3 million North Koreans. Pyongyang has reason to fear a foreign invasion -- for 70 years the US and South Korea have staged annual military exercises aimed at invading the North. North Korea has repeatedly offered to halt nuclear missiles tests in exchange for an end to the joint military exercises on the DPRK's border. So far, the US has refused.

American Ground Troops in Yemen as US-Backed Airstrikes Kill More Women, Children
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Thomas Gibbons-Neff / The Washington Post & Sami Aboudi /Reuters )

The Pentagon has confirmed that US ground troops has been deployed into Yemen for an ongoing operation against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Since February 28, the US has conducted roughly 80 airstrikes against al-Qaeda militants in Yemen. On August 4, a US-backed airstrike killed three women and six children in northern Yemen. In March, a coalition air strike killed 22 and wounded dozens in western Yemen. In June, at least 25 Yemenis were killed in a Saudi-led airstrike on a market.

Senate Bill Would Criminalize Free Speech and Jail US Foreign Policy Critics for 20 Years
(Aniqa Raihan / AntiWar.com & Grant Smith / AntiWar.com)

The proposed Israel Anti-Boycott Act would make it a felony for American citizens to express support for campaigns to boycott Israel and would impose a penalty of up to $1 million and 20 years in prison. The bill has bipartisan support, with 32 Republicans and 15 Democrats signed on as cosponsors. The has called the bill a "direct violation of the First Amendment." A 1982 Supreme Court decision upholds the right to support peaceful boycotts to "bring about political, social, and economic change."

Senior Officials Resign from EPA to Protest Scott Pruitt
(Sam Knight / Nation of Change & Kristin Brown / League of Conservation Voters)

An inside look at the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda was proffered in the resignation of a 30-year veteran of the Environmental Protection Agency. Elizabeth Southerland announced this week that she was leaving her post at the agency, where she served as a senior executive with both the Water and Superfund programs. On her way out, she sent a lengthy farewell message to her colleagues criticizing Pruitt's anti-regulatory, polluter-friendly policies.

Peaceful Oil Pipeline Protesters Treated Like Terrorists: Behind the Secret Surveillance Operation at Standing Rock
(Rose Aguilar and Sana Saleem / KALX & Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, and Alice Speri / The Intercept)

Leaked documents and public records reveal a troubling fusion of private security, public law enforcement, and corporate money in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline. The way TigerSwan discusses protesters as "terrorists," their direct actions as "attacks," and the camps as a "battlefield," reveals how the protesters' dissent was not only criminalized but treated as a national security threat.

Pentagon's US Burn Pits Are More Dangerous than Feared
(Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica & CSWAB)

The federal government appears to have significantly underestimated the amount of lead, arsenic and other dangerous pollutants that are sent into the air from uncontrolled burning of hazardous wastes at Pentagon sites inside the US. The first results in a national effort to better measure the levels of contaminants released through the burning of munitions and their waste show elevated levels of lead, arsenic and other toxins.

US Ground Troops in Yemen as US-Backed Airstrikes Kill More Women, Children
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Thomas Gibbons-Neff / The Washington Post & Sami Aboudi /Reuters )

The Pentagon has confirmed that US ground troops has been deployed into Yemen for an ongoing operation against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Since February 28, the US has conducted roughly 80 airstrikes against al-Qaeda militants in Yemen. On August 4, a US-backed airstrike killed three women and six children in northern Yemen. In March, a coalition air strike killed 22 and wounded dozens in western Yemen. In June, at least 25 Yemenis were killed in a Saudi-led airstrike on a market.

Two CIA 'Torture Shrinks' to Face Trial for Prisoner Abuse
(Sheri Fink / The New York Times)

A federal court judge has refused to drop a lawsuit against two psychologists who helped devise the CIA’s interrogation program -- one of the few attempts to hold people accountable for harm caused by the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" tactics. The psychologists profited from their work: in addition to receiving up to $1,800 a day as consultants, they later formed a company that charged taxpayers $81 million to carry out and expand the CIA's interrogation program.

ACTION ALERT: Close All Overseas US Military Bases
(Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance & AntiWar.com)

The Pentagon's imperial reach includes a global real property portfolio that consists of nearly 562,000 facilities, located on over 4,800 sites worldwide and covering more than 24.9 million acres in 42 nations. The Coalition Against Foreign Military Bases is a new campaign focused on closing all US military bases abroad. This campaign strikes at the foundation of US empire, confronting its militarism, corporatism and imperialism. We urge you to endorse this campaign.

If Human Rights and International Law Are Important, How About Sanctions Against the United States?
(Andy Piascik / Z Comm.org & Popular Resistance)

Commentary: As the US imposes sanctions on Russia and moves to do likewise to Venezuela, it's essential to keep in mind which country it is that's the most destructive and dangerous in the world today. The answer overwhelmingly is: the United States. People in the global South know this all too well from the long and brutal history of US foreign policy. The US's club of dictators includes the Somozas, Suharto, Diem, Savimbi, the Duvaliers, Mobutu and others who were loyal servants of Western business interests.

Goodbye Nuclear Power; So Long, Oil and Gas
(Harvey Wasserman / Progressive.org & Kate Aronoff / Nation of Change)

Two of the last four commercial nuclear power plants under construction in the US -- at the V.C. Summer site in South Carolina -- have been cancelled. A decision on the remaining two in Georgia will be made in August. The US may soon be free of all new commercial reactor construction for the first time since the 1950s, marking the definitive death of the dream of "too cheap to meter" radioactive energy. Most teens now see the fossil fuels as bad for society while jobs with oil and gas companies are unappealing.

Biological Warfare: US and Saudis Use Cholera to Kill Yemenis
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

More than two years of bombing has largely destroyed Yemen's water and sewage systems, hospitals and clinics, leaving the population of about 25 million with almost no protection against the spread of cholera. The UN calls Yemen's cholera epidemic is "the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year." This may not be literal biological warfare, but it is certainly biological warfare by other means. This is biological warfare in reality, if not in law.

While US Inequality Grows, Denmark's Citizens Are Increasingly Happy
(Sam Pizzigati / Nation of Change & Joshua Holland / The Nation)

Two years ago, in 2015, just about all the nations in the world agreed to make reducing inequality -- the gap between rich and poor -- a prime United Nations "sustainable development goal." The US -- the world's wealthiest nation -- continues to lead the world in income inequality, with taxes on workers nearly triple the taxes paid by corporations. The hunger and privation that exists in the US are unknown in Denmark. Though Danes pay a lot more in taxes and fees, they get a much more back in social services.

Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantanamo
(Robert Koehler / PeaceVoice )

To read Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantanamo is to run your mind along the contours of hell. The book, by Lakhdar Boumediene and Mustafa Ait Idir -- two Algerian men arrested in Bosnia in 2011 and wrongly accused of being terrorists -- allows us to imagine ourselves at Guantanamo, this outpost of the Endless War.

What Costs More than Transgender Soldiers
(Sam Levine / The Huffington Post)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday cited "tremendous medical costs" as one of the reasons he will no longer allow transgender people to serve in the US military. Since the 2016 Pentagon decision that allowed trans people to openly serve in the military, health care costs have risen by between $2.4 million and $8.4 million a year, according to one estimate. For perspective, here are a few other things that cost way, way more than health care expenses for trans troops.

Burning Raqqa: America's War Against Syria's Civilians
(Laura Gottesdiener & Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch)

The US is now one of the deadliest warring parties in Syria. In May and June, the US-led coalition killed more civilians than the Assad regime, the Russians, or ISIS, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. The US-led coalition has bombed or shelled: at least 12 schools, a health clinic, an obstetrics hospital, residential neighborhoods, bakeries, at least 15 mosques, cars carrying civilians to the hospital, a funeral, water tanks, at least 15 bridges, a refugee camp, and an Internet cafe in Raqqa.

The Drone War Is Not Sustainable: Traumatized "Pilots" Quitting in Droves
(Alex Edney-Browne, Lisa Ling / Los Angeles Times Op-Ed)

Drone pilots have been quitting the US Air Force in record numbers in recent years -- faster than new recruits can be selected and trained. They cite a combination of low-class status in the military, overwork and psychological trauma. Curiously, a widely publicized new memoir promoting America's covert drone war fails to mention what the Air Force euphemistically calls "outflow increases."

Where There's Smoke, There's Danger: The Pentagon's Domestic Burn Pits
(Kelly Macias / The Daily Kos)

Though the face of the mainstream environmental movement is largely white, environmental justice is an issue of pressing concern for people of color. There is a direct link between race, class, and environmental issues and black people are on the forefront of our nation's environmental crisis -- with exposure to lead paint, and the chance of living in proximity to landfills and toxic waste sites disproportionately affecting our community.

Washington's War Crimes: US-Trained Iraqi Soldiers Murdered Women and Children in Mosul
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Human Rights Watch)

Iraq's US trained and armed 16th Division stands accused of committing myriad war crimes during its assault on the city of Mosul. Leahy's Law obliges the US to suspend direct military aid to the 16th Division -- unless the Iraqi government shows that they are making serious efforts to prosecute war criminals and to prevent such actions in the future. The soldiers and officers haven't made ever a token attempt to abide by US or international law.

Marking the Centennial of the Silent Protest against Lynching in America
(NAACP & Chad Williams / Brandeis University)

At the break of summer 1917, racial tension simmered across the nation. In East St. Louis, white residents launched a bloody attack on the rapidly expanding black community. Dozens of black residents were killed and thousands more were left homeless after their neighborhood was burned to ashes. The NAACP wasted no time in composing a retort and soon issued a call for a Silent Protest Parade. Their tactic was silence, but their message resounded: anti-black violence is unjust and un-American.

ACTION ALERT: Why and How to Bring Environmental and Peace Movements Together
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

If war were moral, legal, defensive, beneficial to securing freedom, and inexpensive, we still would be obliged to make abolishing it our top priority -- solely because of the destruction that war and preparing for war inflict on our natural environment. The Pentagon is the world's leading consumer of petroleum and a major polluter. The funds spent on F-35 fighter jets could convert every US home to clean energy. Join us in Washington, DC on September 22-24 for a meeting to unite environmental and peace activists.

ACTION ALERT: The US Bail Industry Is a Corrupt War on the Poor
(Robert Greenwald / Brave New Films)

There is a country where nearly a half-million people have been seized by police, abducted and jailed without trail or conviction. A country where many people, not convicted of any crime, have not only lost their freedom but also have lost their lives. That country is the USA -- the "land of the free." In the past year, 815 people have died in jail awaiting trial. A third of them died within the first three days of incarceration. Most were in jail for one reason only: They were too poor to pay bail.

US-backed Massacre Leaves Mosul a Graveyard of Rubble and Body Parts
(Middle East Eye)

Iraqi soldiers received a brutal, final order in last days of battle with IS -- kill anything that moves. The results can be found crushed into rubble. Hundreds of corpses lie half-buried in the broken masonry and rubble that was once a bustling, historic quarter. The stench of decaying flesh, which comes fast in the 50C summer heat, overwhelms the senses. Feet are the most distinguishable remains; there are many poking from the rubble.

Don't Believe the Dangerous Myths of 'Drone Warrior'
(Alex Edney-Browne, Lisa Ling / Los Angeles Times Op-Ed)

Drone pilots have been quitting the US Air Force in record numbers in recent years -- faster than new recruits can be selected and trained. They cite a combination of low-class status in the military, overwork and psychological trauma. A new book, "Drone Warrior," argues that drones "save lives and empower humanity." Critics, however, call the book "at best, a tale of hyper-masculine bravado and, at worst, a piece of military propaganda designed to ease doubts about the drone program and increase recruitment."

Trump's Legacy: Killing Civilians in Iraq and Syria
(Edward Hunt / Nation of Change)

The ongoing US effort to eradicate the Islamic State by launching airstrikes against targets that include non-combatants is causing significant harm to civilians in Iraq and Syria. Estimates of civilian deaths from airstrikes range from the hundreds to the tens of thousands. Although the US government says that it has killed 603 civilians in airstrikes since the start of military operations in 2014, the monitoring group Airwars estimates that airstrikes have killed at least 4,500 civilians, including nearly 1,000 children.

Yemen's Aid Workers Face the World's Worst Humanitarian Disaster
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!)

The number of cholera cases in Yemen has now topped 368,000, with 1,828 deaths. The World Health Organization estimates some 5,000 Yemenis are falling sick daily -- and Oxfam projects the number of suspected cases of cholera could rise to more than 600,000, making the epidemic "the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began."

An Inconvenient Sequel: "It Is RIGHT to to Save Humanity! It Is WRONG to Pollute This Earth!"
(Steve Inskeep / Morning Edition)

Former Vice President Al Gore helped shape the conversation about climate change with An Inconvenient Truth. Now he's back with a sequel -- called An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, due out next month -- and it follows Gore as he continues the crusade he made famous with that first film. The movie shows Gore standing in Miami floodwater, flying over imploding boulders of ice in Greenland and in Paris -- trying to push the climate agreement over the finish line.

Government Whistleblower Sounds the Alarm as Alaskan Villages Are Threatened by Climate Change
(John Light / The Washington Post & Joel Clement / Washington Post )

The rapidly warming Arctic means that dozens of villages inhabited by Alaskan native peoples need to relocate -- but the money isn't there. Meanwhile, a scientist looking for a way to help Alaska Natives whose villages are sinking was reassigned by the Trump administration to a job collecting royalty checks from fossil fuel companies.

Trump Ignores Climate Change as Seas Threaten to Swallow Alaskan Villages
(John Light / The Washington Post)

Even as the Trump administration struggles to determine how fully to lean into its climate denial, Americans in the Arctic are facing the disruptive effects of three record-breakingly warm years following decades of rising temperatures, rising seas and melting permafrost. The planet's poles are warming at roughly twice the rate of everywhere else, and in the Arctic, evidence was especially clear.

Apocalypse in the Arctic: All Hell Breaks Loose as the Tundra Thaws
(Jeremy Plester / The Guardian & Kevin Loria / Business Insider & The Siberian Times)

Strange things have been happening in the frozen tundra of northern Siberia. A recent heat wave in Siberia's frozen wastes has triggered a massive melting of the region's permafrost and triggered outbreaks of deadly anthrax, which hadn't been seen in the region for 75 years. At the same time, local residents -- and scientists -- have been startled by the appearance of large methane-filled craters and a the region has been rocked by series of violent explosions.

How Toxic Waste Sites Run by the Pentagon Are Poisoning Americans

A detailed new report by ProPublica reveals how the US military continues to engage in unsafe methods to destroy hazardous waste at sites across the country, and how this practice is harming nearby communities. The story, which is "the first in a series examining the Pentagon's oversight of thousands of toxic sites on American soil," exposes how "outdoor burning and detonation is still the military's leading method for dealing with munitions and the associated hazardous waste."

Open Burns, Ill Winds: Bombs in Our Backyard
(Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica & PBS News Hour)

More than 30 years ago, Congress banned US industries from disposing of hazardous waste in "open burns" because uncontrolled incineration created unacceptable health and environmental risks. Companies that had openly burned waste for generations were required to install incinerators, filters, and smokestacks to meet strict limits on emissions. The Pentagon and its contractors received a temporary reprieve to continue burning military waste. That exemption has remained in place ever since.

Report: Troops in Cameroon Tortured and Killed Prisoners At US Base
(Robert Trafford and Nick Turse / The Intercept)

Troops in the West African nation of Cameroon have tortured prisoners at a remote military base that is also used by US personnel and private contractors for drone surveillance and training missions. As the US military has fortified the Cameroonian site, known as Salak, and supported the elite local troops based there, the outpost reportedly has become the scene of illegal imprisonment, brutal torture, and even killings.

Tillerson to Shutter State Department War Crimes Office
(Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy)

Critics have charged the US Secretary of State with giving the green light to perpetrators of mass atrocities. Rex Tillerson reportedly is set to downgrade the US campaign against war crimes by closing an office that worked for 20 years to hold war criminals accountable. "This is a very harsh signal to the rest of the world that the US is essentially downgrading the importance of accountability for the commission of atrocity crimes," says Northwestern University law professor David Scheffer.

'Liberation' from Militants Leaves Devastation in Mosul
(Susannah George  / Associated Press & Jugal K. Patel and Time Wallace / The New York Times)

There was a smell of death in Mosul's Old City when Ayman Hashem came back this week to see what happened to his home. His neighborhood was unrecognizable. "All that's left is rubble and the bodies of families trapped underneath," the 23-year-old said.

Bombing the Rubble: America's Empire of Destruction
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch )

If you want a single word to summarize American war-making in this last decade and a half, I would suggest rubble. It's been a painfully apt term since September 11, 2001. In addition, to catch the essence of such war in this century, two new words might be useful: rubblize and rubblization. Let me explain what I mean. In recent weeks, another major city in Iraq has officially been "liberated" -- meaning: more than a million people were uprooted and major portions of the ancient city were turned into rubble.

ACTION ALERT: Congress Stonewalls Bill to Stop Funding Terrorists
(Mark Anderson / The Progressive Populist & Rep. Tulsi Gabbard / US Congress & Tima Kurdi)

Bipartisan legislation -- Sen. Rand Paul's S 532 and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's Stop Arming Terrorists Act (HR 608) -- would bar the federal government from giving money and weapons to known terrorists. "For years, our government has been providing both direct and indirect support to . . . armed militant groups, who are working directly with or under the command of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS," Rep. Gabbard bravely stated. But neither bill has garnered much support on Capitol Hill.

Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth' Sequel to Include Trump's Exit From Paris Accord
(Dave McNary and Ricardo Lopez / Variety & Democracy Now!)

Al Gore's new climate-change documentary, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" will get a last-minute edit to incorporate Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement. Paramount said the filmmakers have revised the movie to include Trump's controversial move. "An Inconvenient Sequel" is slated for release July 28.

Trump's Air War Has Killed More Than 2,000 Civilians
(Samuel Oakford / The Daily Beast)

Donald Trump promised to "bomb the sh*t" out of ISIS but an Airwars investigation reveals that more and more innocents are being killed in American-led attacks. Civilian casualties from the US-led war against the so-called Islamic State (already high under the Obama administration) are on pace to double under Trump.

Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Hit New Record High
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Rebecca Kheel / The Hill & Sune Engel Rasmussen / The Guardian)

The civilian death toll in Afghanistan, some 16 years into the US-led invasion and occupation, continues to rise precipitously, with the most recent figures out of the United Nations showing 1,662 civilians killed in the first half of 2017, the highest civilian toll of the entire war. A UN report claims that child deaths in Afghanistan have risen 9% while casualties among women are up 23%. The report claims the Taliban's homemade bombs, which have caused 40% of civilian casualties in the first six months of 2017.

Children Losing Limbs in Turkish Attacks
(Hisham Arafat / Kurdistan 24)

At least five civilians including children lost their lives when the Turkish army on Wednesday bombed the outskirts of Syria's northwest Kurdish district of Afrin.According to Afrin hospital, some of the patients were in critical conditions. "We received four wounded civilians, three were in a stable condition, but one was in a critical condition," a nurse in Afrin hospital told Kurdistan24. So far there has been no comment from the Turkish military.

War in Syria Kills over 330,000 -- Shells Hit Russian Embassy in Damascus
(Arab Times Online & Agencies)

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has documented the deaths of 331,765 people across Syria since the conflict erupted in mid-March 2011 with anti-government protests. Included in the overall death toll are 99,617 civilians. A total of 18,243 children and 11,427 women were among the civilians killed.

The UN and Gaza after 50 Years of Occupation: Conference in New York
(Helena Cobban / Just World Books)

Commentary: On June 29-30, the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People convened a highly informative conference in New York to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The UN has been involved in Israeli/Palestinian affairs almost since the organization's founding in 1945. Until 1967, UN peacekeepers oversaw Gaza's boundary. In the past week, two UN reports have detailed the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

How Australian Special Forces Tried to Cover Up Killing of Afghan Children
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Dan Oakes and Sam Clark / Australian Broadcasting's National Reporting Team )

The Australian Federal Police has confirmed to the Austrailian Broadcasting Corporation it is considering whether to launch a full investigation into at least one of the incidents, in which the shooting of a boy in Kandahar Province in 2012 was allegedly covered up by soldiers. Meanwhile, a secretive defense inquiry into the conduct of Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan is examining the alleged killing of at least two children in separate incidents by Australian troops.

Mosul Counts Cost of Airstrike Campaign Against ISIS
(Patrick Cockburn / The UNZ Review)

"There were very few Daesh [ISIS fighters] in our neighbourhood, but they dropped a lot of bombs on them," says Qais, 47, a resident of the al-Jadida district of Mosul. "We reckon that the airstrikes here killed between 600 and 1,000 people."

US Allies Caught on Film Torturing Prisoners in Syria
(Daniel Brown / Business Insider)

A video recently surfaced showing US-backed forces torturing captives near the Syrian city of Raqqa, ISIS' de facto capital that was recently invaded by coalition forces. The video shows men in YPG uniforms kicking and stomping prisoners. One YPG fighter holds a knife as he repeatedly bounces up and down on a stool on the back of one detainee. He then smashes an object over his head.

ACTION ALERT: No Drilling in Arctic Refuge
(Josh Nelson / CREDO Action & Matt Egan / CNN & Alaska Wild.org)

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an irreplaceable, unspoiled wilderness. But If Donald Trump gets his way, millions of acres of our nation's most fragile wildlife lands will be opened up to drilling -- for his friends and donors in the oil and gas industry. Only Congress can vote to hand over this iconic landscape to the fossil fuel industry, and it is currently working out the details of the 2018 fiscal year budget, which includes Trump's proposal. We must pressure Congress to protect ANWR's 19 million acres.

In Battle Against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Civilians Suffer Most
(Petra Cahill / NBC News)

Malnourished, injured and emotionally traumatized civilians have been staggering out of Mosul's Old City as the last remnants of ISIS fighters are driven out of the area. The US military has confirmed that at least 603 civilians had "more likely than not" been "unintentionally killed" by coalition airstrikes since August 2014.

Shocking Resistance to US-backed Military Assault: Woman with Baby Detonates Bomb in Mosul
(The Times of Israel Staff and Agencies)

In the last days of the fight for Mosul, Islamic State increasingly sent female suicide bombers hidden among fleeing civilians. More than 20 female bombers have carried out attacks over the past two weeks. One of the bombers was only 15. Over the weekend, a woman holding an infant, detonated an explosive vest in an attempt to kill Iraqi security forces.

US Airstrikes on ISIS Have Killed 4,000 Civilians in the Last Year
(Ash Gallagher / Yahoo News)

Airwars, an advocacy organization tracking airstrike casualties, says there have been at least four thousand civilian deaths from coalition strikes since last August in Iraq and Syria. But the US has only acknowledged causing around 400 fatalities based on its own investigations. Yet in Iraq specifically, American planes have carried out at least 68 percent of the total airstrikes.

Liberal Media Shifts to the Right as Conservative Syndicates Seizing Control of Local News
(Kelsey Sutton / MIC & Daniel Kreps / Rolling Stone & Adam Johnson / FAIR)

Bret Stephens, a conservative columnist from the New York Times, has joined MSNBC and NBC as an on-air contributor. The network, which has been on a conservative hiring spree. In the past several months, MSNBC hired conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt, a former spokesperson for George W. Bush who worked on the 2008 McCain/Palin presidential campaign. John Oliver, alarmed at the troubling conservative takeover of news outlets, has warned of "potential problems in corporate consolidation of local news."

122 Nations Set to Approve Nuclear Weapons Ban: US Boycotts Meeting
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Edith M. Lederer / The Associated Press)

After protracted international talks, an estimated 129 nations are set to sign a global ban on nuclear weapons -- the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in more than 20 years. Unfortunately, it won't involve any actual disarmament. Why? Because every single nuclear weapons-having nation on the planet (Britain, China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, and the US) has boycotted the effort, along with the entire NATO alliance -- except for the Netherlands.

Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Approved in 122-1 Vote
(AntiWar.com & Ian Sample / The Guardian)

In a decisive 122-1 vote at the United Nations, a global ban on nuclear weapons was approved,a massively important step toward disarmament made somewhat less impactful by all the current nuclear-armed states boycotting the meetings. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia signed on the dotted line: The US did not. All of the countries that bear nuclear arms and many others that either come under their protection or host weapons on their soil boycotted the negotiations.

Trump's Administration Pursues Radical Expansion of Offshore Oil Drilling
(Shiva Polefka / ThinkProgress)

New offshore oil drilling in Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific may be the next phase in Donald Trump's new "energy dominance" strategy. Despite the risk of massive oil spills, mounting bipartisan opposition, and growing public concern, Trump's Department of Interior is moving forward with offshore drilling plans. EarthJustice attorney Erik Grafe has vowed: "We will resist this attempt to sacrifice the health of our coastal communities, wildlife and climate all for the benefit of the oil industry."

Gaza-51-Days Campaign to Run from July 7 to August 27
(Helena Cobban / Just World Educational)

From July 7 through August 27, Just World Educational will be running a broad campaign of public information about the situation of the two million Palestinians trapped in Gaza. We aim to increase the understanding of world publics about these people's plight and its causes, and to bolster the efforts that Palestinians and their allies around the world are making to end Gaza's suffering. This campaign will mark the anniversary of the 51-day military assault that Israel launched against Gaza in July 2014.

Trump's Drone Killed my Daughter: A Yemeni Survivor's Story
(Saleh Mohsen al-Ameri / The Independent)

During the operation, I heard strong explosions hitting the area and Apache planes striking homes and targeting everything mobile. Anyone, who tried to escape from their homes -- whether a man, a woman or a child -- were killed. I saw the dead bodies everywhere. While I was searching among the bodies, I found my daughter Fateem lying dead in the street with her child in her arms. She was covered with blood.

UK Special Forces Accused of Cold-Blooded Executions of Afghan Civilians
(teleSURtv )

The British Special Air Service is facing accusations of war crimes following the exposure of an internal investigation into murderous rampages conducted across Afghanistan that were subsequently covered up. Family members and officials claim that some victims were handcuffed with plastic zip-ties prior to being murdered in cold blood.

UN Peacekeepers Hit by New Allegations of Sex Abuse
(Al Jazeera)

At least 55 UN peacekeepers are accused of sexual exploitation and abuse of civilians across UN missions around the globe since January 2017. Data released by UN show new allegations continue to stream in despite secretary-general's commitment to end scourge.

Out of Sight: The Toxic Footprint of America's Prisons
(Candice Bernd, Zoe Loftus-Farren, and Maureen Nandini Mitra / Earth Island Journal and Truthout)

The plight of US prisoners is a nationwide problem inextricably linked to power imbalances within the criminal legal system. A special investigation by Earth Island Journal and Truthout reveals how the toxic impact of prisons extends far beyond any individual prison, or any specific region in the United States. Though some prisons provide particularly egregious examples, mass incarceration in the US impacts the health of prisoners, prison-adjacent communities, and local ecosystems from coast to coast.

Moral Injury of War: The Invisible Wound of Empire
(Nozomi Hayase / CommonDreams)

Commentary: With the failure of the Democratic establishment, the crisis of liberal democracy is now seized by a new rise of power. The US empire with Trump as commander-in-chief has renewed its vow toward colonial domination. With nationalism and militarism in full swing, Trump's America aims to radically alter the future of this country. A similar trend is happening with US ally, Japan, where the ultra right is pressing to renounce the country's anti-war constitution and revive Japan's prewar imperialism.

On the Fourth: Mourning America's Lost Independence and Freedom
(Ron Paul / The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity & Thomas Knapp / The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism )

Commentary: Some 241 years after the American Revolution, we live in a country that is oppressive, with a government that increasingly views its citizens as the enemy. The US intelligence community has robbed us of our privacy. The military industrial complex stifles peaceful research and development. The US dollar has lost 98 percent of its value over the past century. Today's children can't remember a time without metal detectors, bag searches and a state of perpetual fear.

Isreal Seizes and Dismantles Solar Power Farm in Palestine
(International Middle East Media Center & Steve Hanley / Clean Technica)

The Netherlands has reacted with outrage after Israeli authorities seized dozens of solar panels, from a remote occupied West Bank village, that were donated by the Dutch government. Between 60 and 96 solar panels were seized and taken down, along with related electronic equipment. Equipment not seized was destroyed by Israeli forces and left behind. The cost of the confiscated and damaged equipment was valued at 40,000 euros. Thirty families have lost access to electricity for their homes.

Militarizing the Minds of Police Officers
(Jelani Cobb / The New Yorker)

The image of local police in camouflage and travelling in armored vehicles has blurred the lines between civilian law enforcement and military occupation. Pentagon funds have promoted the "rise of the warrior cop." Today's police officers have become a kind of domestic militia tasked with subduing a potentially lethal enemy. Danger is ambient, ever present, and unpredictable. Last year, 63 police officers were killed by armed assailants. However, of the 1,000 people killed by police, 170 of were unarmed.

Fire Engulfs Syrian Refugee Camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley
(Al Jazeera)

At least one child has died after a fire engulfed a camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Flames and thick clouds of black smoke rose on Sunday from the site near the town of Qab Elias, an hour's drive from the capital, Beirut. Exploding gas canisters could be heard from a distance. The blaze, which destroyed about 100 tents, left at least six people injured according to the Red Cross. Emergency workers said the fire had turned the tent camp into "ashes."

Pentagon Admits It Rarely Talks to Witnesses or Victims of US Airstrikes
(Sarah Knuckey, Ole Solvang, Jonathan Horowitz and Radhya Almutawakel / Just Security & Margaret Griffis / AntiWar.com)

During June, at least 4,928 people were killed in Iraq, and another 1,630 were wounded. How many were victims of US airstrikes is unknown because the Pentagon has now admitted its investigators rarely bother to interview witnesses or survivors of its airstrikes. Human rights groups have long voiced concerns about the inadequacy of US investigations into the consequences of US strikes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere.

Civilian Victims of the US-Led Airstrikes Are Routinely Ignored by Pentagon
(Mike Giglio / BuzzFeed News)

The US-led air campaign against ISIS in Iraq has taken a devastating toll on civilians, with very little accountability. BuzzFeed News visited seven sites in Mosul where witnesses say that innocent people were killed by airstrikes from the US and its allies. Most incidents in which civilian casualties are likely are never fully investigated. Witnesses, victims, and their relatives are "not automatically" contacted and coalition investigators rarely, if ever, visit sites.

NRA Encourages Members to Attack Trump's Critics
(Bill Moyers and Michael Winship / Nation of Change & Zack Beauchamp / Vox Media & Francine Prose / The Guardian)

The gun lobby's new "recruitment ad" is really a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, deliberately crafted to stir anger and fear. Why would someone would suggest using a gun to intimidate, silence, or even shoot innocent people whose only crime is the harboring of different political views? Whose interest are served by turning us into warring stereotypes -- conservative v liberal -- with no consideration of the nuances and the subtle differences that make us individuals?

Dozens of Civilian Prisoners Killed in 'US-led Strike' in Syria
(Al Jazeera)

A suspected US-led coalition air raid on an ISIL-run prison in eastern Syria has killed at least 57 people, according to a monitoring group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that most of the dead in the town of al-Mayadeen in Deir Az Zor province were civilian inmates.

The Return of Famine as a Weapon of War
(Alex de Waal / The London Review of Books)

In its primary use, the verb 'to starve' is transitive: it's something people do to one another, like torture or murder. Today's famines are all caused by political decisions, yet journalists still use the phrase 'man-made' as if such famines were unusual. In Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen -- four countries wracked mass starvation -- the main culprits are wars that result in the destruction of farms, livestock herds and markets, and 'explicit' decisions by the military to block humanitarian aid.

Saudis Face the End of Oil as Dubai Builds a Sun-powered Sustainable City
(Juan Cole / Nation of Change & Jon Jensen and Tom Page / CNN)

Crude oil prices are cratering, down 20% this year, in the biggest 6-month free fall in years. Muhammad bin Salman is in a hurry to find something else for his kingdom to do for a living. As investment guru Dennis Garten recently admitted: these days, petroleum is "a worthless commodity." The future lies in electric automobiles and sustainable energy. Dubai and UAE have announced a $163 billion investment in alternative energy and has built a Sustainable City of 500 homes powered by solar panels.

Filmmaker Sebastian Junger Probes the Nature of ISIS and its Atrocities in Syria
(Rosa Furneaux / The East Bay Express)

Analysis: The idea that people have of ISIS is that they're psychopaths. Which they are. But they were murderous psychopaths for a very rational reason. Why was ISIS was committing atrocities in public. What was the thinking? I suddenly realised, that's us. That's Europe. That's everybody. We've all done that -- used public violence to cow the population and send a message. The awful lynchings of black men in the south were done in the town square -- and everyone was there to see it.

US, Saudis Accused of Brutal Torture, Interrogations in Yemen
(The Associated Press)

Yemen's internationally-recognized government on Saturday ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that US military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. At least 18 detention centers have been accused of using extreme forms of torture -- including the "grill," in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire.

Pentagon Terrorism: US Airstrikes Killed 472 Syrian Civilians in Past Month
(Alexa Liautaud / VICE News & Airwars)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the period between May 23 and June 23 saw the highest civilian death toll in coalition raids for a single month since they began on September 23, 2014. The new deaths brought the overall civilian toll from the coalition's campaign to 1,953, including 456 children and 333 women.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces the Stop Arming Terrorists Act
(Office of Congressional Rep. Tulsi Gabbard)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's Stop Arming Terrorists Act has been introduced in the US Senate by Senator Rand Paul. The bipartisan legislation (H.R.608 and S.532) would prohibit any Federal agency from using taxpayer dollars to provide weapons, cash, intelligence, or any support to al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups, and it will prohibit the government from funneling money and weapons through other countries who are directly or indirectly supporting terrorists.

House Republicans Call for $640 Military Spending Bill
(AntiWar.com & The Hill)

Faced with a massive military spending increase proposal from President Trump, and a Budget Committee which expected to well exceed even that, the House Armed Services Committee has decided to outdo everybody by advancing its own $640 billion base budget. The move sets up a potential showdown with the White House, which proposed a $603 billion defense budget. It also could be in conflict with Congress's budget, as the Budget Committee is eyeing a $621 billion defense budget.

Another "Troop Surge": Trump's Massive Mistake in Year 16 of the Afghan War
(A. Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner / The New York Daily News & The Cato Institute)

Commentary: After President Trump gave Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced it will send an additional 4,000 troops to the embattled nation. Mattis, who has acknowledged that the US is "not winning in Afghanistan right now," is believed to favor a more aggressive strategy requiring thousands more troops beyond the 9,800 already deployed. The fact that this "troop surge" strategy has failed to achieve any lasting gains in 16 years of fighting.

Seeing Through the Wall: 50 Years After the 1967
(Angela Alston / Seeing Through the Wall & Peter Beaumont / The Guardian / http://olddogdocumentaries.org/shop/seeing-through-the-wall/)

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-day War, fought from June 5-10 1967, which saw Israeli forces capture east Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories as well as the Golan Heights and Sinai in a series of lightning advances. For Israelis and for Jews around the world, the 1948 War of Independence was a miracle -- and a new beginning for a suffering people. For Palestinians, it turned out to be a catastrophe. Both narratives are authentic. Need we choose one over the other?

ACTION ALERT: World Refugee Day -- The Worst Refugee Crisis in World History
(CNN & United Nations & Amnesty International USA)

June 20 was World Refugee Day. We are in the midst of the world's worst refugee crisis in history. More than 65 milliion people are now counted as forcibly displaced by the United Nations. That's like the entire population of the UK or France, or about as many as everyone in New York State, Texas and Florida -- all forced from their homes. Just over one-third are refugees, people forced to flee their countries because of persecution, war, or violence.

The US Military Is the World's Biggest Polluter
(Whitney Webb / Mint Press News & EcoWatch)

In May 2017, mainstream media outlets gave minimal attention to the news that the US Naval station in Virginia Beach had spilled an estimated 94,000 gallons of jet fuel into a nearby waterway, less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. While the incident was by no means as catastrophic as some other pipeline spills, it underscores an important yet little-known fact -- that the US Department of Defense is both the nation's and the world's, largest polluter.

US-backed Saudi Airstrikes on Saada Market Kill Dozens of Civilians
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera)

Saudi warplanes have attacked northern Yemen's Sadaa Province, the Shi'ite-dominated home of the Houthi movement, hitting a crowded marketplace in the Shada District, killing at least 25 civilians and wounding an unknown number of others. This is the latest in a series of Saudi airstrikes against Yemen over the past two-plus years that hit civilian targets, with such incidents killing thousands of people and fueling international criticism of growing human rights violations and outright war crimes.

US Drone Kills Two Unnamed "Suspects" in Yemen
(Mohammed Mukhasaf / Reuters & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

A suspected US drone strike killed two men believed to be al Qaeda militants in southern Yemen residents and local sources said. The strike took place in the al Naqba area of Shabwa province where residents heard a loud explosion that completely destroyed a vehicle carrying armed people. Residents from the area say they are unsure who the two slain people were. As is always the case, however, the two slain men were described as "suspects" in reports on the attack

How Nature Heals (Note: EAW Will Return on June 16)
(Kathleen Richards / The East Bay Express)

Every month for the past three years, pediatrician Nooshin Razani and her UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland colleagues have taken a group of patients and their families on a park outing, part of a program called Stay Healthy in Nature Everyday, or SHINE. This collaborative effort between the hospital and the East Bay Regional Park District aims to both improve the health of patients and their families while also encouraging awareness and usage of the green spaces in their backyard -- by letting Nature heal.

Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill
(Lt. Col. Dave Grossman / Phi Kappa Phi National Forum)

Michael Carneal, the 14-year-old killer in the Paducah, Kentucky school shootings, had never fired a real pistol in his life. He stole a .22 pistol, fired a few practice shots, and took it to school. He fired eight shots at a high school prayer group, hitting eight kids, five of them head shots and the other three upper torso. Where does a 14-year-old boy who never fired a gun before get the skill and the will to kill? Video games and media violence.

US Criticized for Using White Phosphorous Weapons Against Syria
(Reuters & The New York Post)

Human Rights Watch expressed concern on Wednesday about the use of incendiary white phosphorous weapons by the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, saying it endangers civilians when used in populated areas. "No matter how white phosphorus is used, it poses a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like Raqqa and Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians," said a spokesperson for Human Rights Watch.

The UN, Human Rights, and the Bombing of Civilians in Syria
(Paulo Sergio Pinheiro / The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic)

Personal Testimony to the UN by Mr. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro: "This update marks the twentieth time that I have addressed this body concerning the unspeakable toll of violence being inflicted on the people of the Syrian Arab Republic. Thus, I have been reflecting upon six years of work that my colleagues on the Commission of Inquiry and I have done, and upon all the lost lives, hopes, and futures that our investigations have documented."

The Six-Day War at 50
(Richard N. Haass / The Project Syndicate & The Yomiuri Shimbun)

Commentary: The world is about to mark the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 war between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria -- a conflict that continues to stand out in a region with a modern history largely defined by violence. The war lasted less than a week, but its legacy remains pronounced a half-century later.

Senate Vote Fails to Block $100 Billion Saudi Arms Deal
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill & Sen. Rand Paul / Fox News & Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge)

The Senate has voted on the resolution introduced by Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) aiming to block portions of President Trump's $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Sen. Paul spoke extensively on the need to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing the humanitarian calamity of the Saudi invasion of neighboring Yemen and the Saudi regime's "very troubled record" on human rights.

US Coalition Strikes on School, Homes, Kill as Many as 370 Civilians in Syria
(The Telegraph)

A March 22, US coalition raid on a mosque outside Aleppo left as many as 46 dead, making it the deadliest attack on civilians in the past two years. Earlier in March, the coalition said its raids in Syria and Iraq and unintentionally killed at least 220 civilians. But other monitors say the number is far higher. Airwars, a UK-based organization that monitors international air strikes against ISIL, suggested as many as 370 civilian deaths could be attributed to coalition raids in the first week of March alone.

Water Shortages to Affect a Quarter of the World's Population By 2050
(Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press)

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that by 2050 global demand for fresh water is projected to grow by more than 40 percent and at least a quarter of the world's population will live in countries with a "chronic or recurrent" lack of clean water. "Water, peace and security are inextricably linked," Guterres said. "Without effective management of our water resources, we risk intensified disputes between communities and sectors and increased tensions among nations."

Rwanda's Children of War-Rape Are Coming of Age
(Danielle Paquette / The Washington Post)

'The Apology': Voices of Japan's Wartime Sex Slaves
(G. Allen Johnson / San Francisco Chronicle)

During WWII, Japan forced thousands of women into military brothels to satisfy the Emperor's soldiers as "comfort women." Japan has yet to apologize for this crime. Tiffany Hsiung's moving new documentary, "The Apology," offers a powerful, intimate portrait of how aging victims from all across Asia -- South Korea, the Philippines, China, Taiwan and others -- have mobilized in an attempt to force an apology (and possibly restitution) from the intractable Japanese government.

Mosul's Children at Risk
(Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press)

Mosul's children are bearing the brunt of the fight between US-backed government forces and the Islamic State group in the city's western half, the UN children's agency warned. "Children's lives are on the line. Children are being killed, injured and used as human shields. Children are experiencing and witnessing terrible violence that no human being should ever witness." It is estimated that 100,000 girls and boys are still in the Old City neighborhood and other areas, living under extremely dangerous conditions.

India's Rising Temperatures, Already Deadly, Are Going to Get Worse
(Katy Daigle / Associated Press)

India is now two and a half times more likely to experience deadly heat waves than a half-century ago, and all it took was an increase in the average temperature less than 1 degree Fahrenheit. Even if countries are able to meet the Paris Agreement goals in curbing climate-warming carbon emissions, that would still only limit the global temperature rise to an estimated 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). Donald Trump's pledge to exit the Paris treaty won't help.

Marawi Fighting Could Turn Philippines Orphans into Terrorists
(Jhesset O. Enano / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The conflict in Marawi City and the declaration of martial law in Mindanao could produce a new generation of war orphans taking up arms against the government, a Muslim professor and researcher has warned: "Emerging rebels are mostly youth who are orphans of war. [They have] no ideology, no direction. They don't know anything but carry arms and shout 'Allahu Akbar'." Statistics from the Department of Education show that the fighting in Marawi has displaced more than 22,000 students.

How the Threat of Apocalypse Justifies American Empire
(Chris Lehmann / In These Times)

Commentary: A new book argues that in the military's hands, warnings of world's end become self-fulfilling prophecies. The American imagination is in the grip of apocalyptic fantasy. We continually rediscover that the end is nigh, be it in the popcult fables of a zombie apocalypse or the Revelation porn of the Left Behind novels. We should break the American addiction to world-disfiguring apocalyptic fantasy in favor of a "practical and inclusive radical optimism."

How US Accidentally Bombed Switzerland in WWII
(Michael Peck / The National Interest)

On the first of April, 1944, the United States committed an act of war against the nation of Switzerland. Though it was April Fool's Day, the citizens of the Swiss town of Schaffhausen found nothing funny about sixty tons of high explosive descending without warning on their heads. Nor were the US and Swiss governments amused.

CSWAB Efforts Lead to Better Water Testing at Former Ammo Plant
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger )

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is requiring the Army to analyze drinking water and groundwater at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant for contaminants resulting from the breakdown of explosives in the environment.

In 1943, America Killed Its Own Troops with Poison Gas
(Michael Peck / The National Interest)

What a perfect night for a weapon of mass destruction. It was December 2, 1943 as Nazi bomber crews began flying over the Italian port of Bari. One eye-witness wrote: "Although the raid only lasted 20 minutes, the results were spectacularly successful for the Germans. Not since Pearl Harbor had the Allies lost so many ships at one time. Hits on two ammunition ships resulted in explosions of major proportions, which shattered windows 7 miles away" and released clouds of chemical gas stored on one ship.

Colombian Gov't Sells Out Indigenous Peoples' Drinking Water To Western Mining Interests
(MintPress News Desk & Caleb T. Maupin / Mint Press News)

Colombia's Wayuu people have struggled to live without water since 2011, as a dam built that year has diverted the tribe's only water source to a coal mine that consumes an astounding 17 million liters of water a day. The Wayuu say 14,000 children have died since the dam was built.

Keep Australia Out of US Wars
(John Menadue / Pearls and Irritations)

Commentary: In the event of war between the USA and any other nation in our region, Australia could not avoid involvement, because of its alliance with the USA. That is the reality we need to address. To avoid the possibility of war, an independent foreign policy for Australia is urgently required. Mr Trump's presidency only adds to the urgency.

How US Accidentally Bombed Switzerland in WWII
(Michael Peck / The National Interest)

Civilians Continue to Die in Syria and Iraq: US Strike Kills 43
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Xinhua News & Margaret Griffis / AntiWar.com & Baseness English)

The civilian death toll of the US air war against ISIS continues to soar today, with the latest US strikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa leveled a large apartment building in the residential area of the city, killing at least 43 civilians and wounding many others. US airstrikes killing dozens of civilians in Iraq or Syria have been nearly daily occurrences at this point, as officials continue to escalate the rate of strikes to try to "pressure" ISIS, and end up killing a soaring number of innocent bystanders.

Missing the Real Story about Manuel Noriega
(Jonathan Marshall / Consortium News)

The death of former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega should have sparked more reflection in the US on Noriega's ugly history of service to the CIA, the hypocrisy of Washington's "sudden discovery" of his abuses once Noriega became an unreliable ally against the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, and George H.W. Bush's bloody and illegal invasion of Panama in December 1989. The real story: Washington's hypocrisy in justifying a bloody invasion that deepened Panama's role in the drug trade.

ACTION ALERT: We, the People of the United States, Sign on to the Paris Agreement
(Patrick McHeffey / MoveOn Petition & Mark Schapiro / The Pacific Standard)

In 2015, a group of young Americans filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, claiming that the government's failure to take sufficient action on climate change was unconstitutional. With legal guidance from Our Children’s Trust, the 21 plaintiffs --  between the ages of nine and 21 --  allege that the government's inaction on climate has violated their Constitutional right to "life, liberty, and property." The case is due to go to trial this year.

Trump's Support of Dictators Echoes Long-standing US Policies
(Robert Reich / Reader Supported News & David Vine / TomDispatch & TruthDig)

Analysis: More than half of America's foreign military bases are located in undemocratic countries ruled by autocratic leaders. US bass and troops are effectively helping block the spread of democracy in countries like Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kuwait, Niger, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The silencing of critics of human rights abuses in these countries makes the US complicit in these crimes. Maintaining US troops in foreign countries costs at least $150 billion a year.

Remembering Past Wars; Preventing Future Wars: Hochschild, Ellsberg, Cabasso and Hartsough
(World Beyond War )

On the Memorial Day weekend -- a century since World War I and a half-century since Vietnam -- World Beyond War hosted a group of authors who gathered in San Francisco to discuss the lessons learned from history and to assess the new tides of anti-war activism currently underway. The speakers included: Adam Hochschild, Daniel Ellsberg, Jackie Cabasso, and David Hartsough.

ACTION ALERT: An Unprecedented Threat: Trump's Decision on the Paris Climate Accord
(Michael Brune / EcoWatch & Ken Kimmell / The Union of Concerned Scientists & Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis / Washington Post)

Donald Trump is about to announce whether he'll keep the US in the Paris Climate Agreement. It is abundantly clear that the Trump and his administration doesn't treat climate change as a real threat. He is willing to cede US leadership in the fight against climate change to other countries. That's why it is necessary to redouble our efforts to protect science -- and fight for science-based policies that protect us all.

Are We Fighting Terrorism, Or Creating More Terrorism?
(Ron Paul / The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity)

Commentary: Do we really believe we are fighting terrorism by terrorizing innocent civilians overseas? "Collateral damage" is just another word for "murder." Last week, US and "coalition" attacks left more than 200 Syrian civilians dead and many hundreds injured. US intervention was supposed to protect the population from government attacks, instead, US-led air strikes have killed more civilians over the past month than air strikes of the Assad government. That is like a doctor killing his patient to save him.

US Troops: Killing Civilians from Syria to Yemen
(Xinhua News & The Intercept & Iona Craig / The Intercept & Matthew Cole / The Intercept)

At least 20 civilians were killed when a US-led airstrike struck their convoy near the northern city of Syria's Raqqa. Last Thursday, 35 civilians were killed by US strikes on IS-held city of Mayadeen in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour. Five civilians including a child were killed and another five were wounded in the latest US Navy SEAL raid in Yemen. The May 23 raid also destroyed at least four homes. Fifteen-year-old Abdullah Saeed Salem al Adhal was shot dead as he fled from his home with women and children.

"Take Out Their Families": Trump's Illegal Terrorist Agenda
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Tom LoBianco / CNN & Gregory Krieg / CNN)

Over the course of the past week, US warplanes have repeatedly targeted the town of Mayadeen, in the ISIS-held part of Syria. The casualties have been overwhelmingly civilian in nature, and many reports suggest those civilians were mostly relatives of ISIS fighters. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump publicly advocated a US military strategy of deliberately killing civilian relatives of ISIS members. To be noted: deliberately targeting civilians is a war-crime, irrespective of who they are related to.

Death in al Ghayil: How Women, Children Died in Trump's 'Highly Successful' Raid
(Iona Craig / The Intercept)

According to residents of the village of al Ghayil, in Yemen's al Bayda province, the first to die in the assault was 13-year-old Nasser al Dhahab. Airstrikes obliterated Mohammed al Ameri's house, killing three of his children, ages 7, 5, and 4. Abdulraouf, whose house appeared to be one of the targets, was the apparent target of at least three separate airstrikes between 2011 and 2013, including one in September 2012 that killed 12 civilians -- a pregnant woman and three children were among the dead. Following the deaths, Abdulraouf called on the families of victims to hire international lawyers to take their cases to court in the United States.

ACTION ALERT: End the Dickey Amendment: Allow Research on Gun Violence
(Nation of Change Petition)

Gun violence kills nearly 100 Americans every day. But Congress refuses to move forward on gun control legislation claiming that there is not enough evidence and not enough research to move forward. In 1996, the NRA-backed Dickey Amendment ordered the Center for Disease Control to halt studies on the effect of gun violence on the American public. Meanwhile, the American Medical Association, the most powerful medical association in the United States, has called gun violence a "public health crisis."

US Kills Record Number of Civilians as War on Terror Fails
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Alex Hopkins / AirWars.org)

The US is eager to brag about their record number of airstrikes in the ISIS war, with the rate of growth in the number of strikes launched limited only by their ability to get enough weapons to drop on people. But NGOs keeping track of the number of civilians the US is killing tell a different story with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights putting the death toll at 225 over the last month -- the most civilians the US has killed in any one month span of the ISIS war.

Trump Killing More Syrian Civilians than Assad
(AntiWar.com & MiddleEastEye)

Donald Trump has signed off on a war crime by fulfilling his campaign promise to "go after the families" of ISIS fighters. In one two-day period in May, US-led coalition air strikes have killed more than 100 Syrian civilians. At least 80 of the dead were described as "relatives" of ISIS fighters. The dead included dozens of women and at least 33 children. Between April 23 and May 23, 146 civilians were killed by Syrian government aircraft while at least 225 civilians were killed by US-led airstrikes.

UN Condemns US Airstrikes as 106 Civilians Are Killed in Syria
(Al Jazeera & PressTV News Videos)

he UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned rising civilian casualties in airstrikes in Syria mostly carried out by the US-led coalition. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has urged all parties in Syria to take greater care and distinguish between legitimate military targets and civilians. At least 106 civilians -- including 42 children -- have been killed in a series of US-led airstrikes on an ISIL-held town in eastern Syria.

US Admits Killing at Least 105 Civilians in Mosul: Iraq Demands Compensation
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Raptly TV & France 24 & BBC News & Rudaw & AP)

Iraqi officials are demanding compensation for victims of a US-led coalition airstrike on March 17. The Pentagon belatedly acknowledged killing at least 105 civilians in an attack the US insists was targeting Islamic State fighters. Other reports claim the devastating attack killed more than 230 civilians. Neighbors insist that there were no IS fighters or explosives inside the house struck by the US strike -- an attack that has been called "one of the most calamitous US airstrikes in modern history."

Roots of The Manchester Attack: The Only Way to Stop the Atrocities Is to End the Wars that Feed Extremism
(The New Cold War & The Intercept & Al-Monitor & Consortium News & Press TV & Iran Daily & War On The Rocks )

Donald Trump left the Middle East having done his bit to make the region even more divided and mired in conflict than it was before. At the same moment that Trump was condemning the suicide bomber in Manchester as "an evil loser," he was adding to the chaos in which al-Qaeda and ISIS have taken root and flourished. It may be a long distance between the massacre in Manchester and the wars in the Middle East, but the connection is there.

The 'War On Terrorism' Isn't Working
(Justin Raimondo / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, then our foreign policy surely qualifies as madness. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, the US has been in a state of constant warfare: the hapless Afghan conflict has become the longest sustained combat in our history. From Iraq to Syria to Somalia and beyond, US forces and their proxies are engaged in a "war on terrorism" that shows no signs of slowing down, only expanding. And where has it gotten us?

ACTION ALERT: Stop Selling US Weapons to Human Rights Violators
(Tessa Levine / CREDO Action)

The United States is responsible for the production and sale of more deadly weapons and military tools than any other country in the world. US laws were written to forbid selling arms to countries that would use our weapons against their own people. Now, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has lifted all human rights preconditions on major sales of fighter jets and other lethal weapons. Congress has the power to stop the arms deals with the despotic regimes in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

It's Time to Ban the Bomb
(Alice Slater / World Beyond War & The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)

This week, the "United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination" released the draft of a treaty that would ban and prohibit nuclear weapons -- just as the world has done for biological and chemical weapons. The Ban Treaty is to be negotiated at the UN from June 15 to July 7 as a follow-up to the March 2017 negotiations that were attended by members of civil society and representatives of more than 130 governments.

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: 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?

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chelsea Manning Is Free but Whistleblowers Still Face Jail -- And the Scorn of the Mainstream Media
(Janine Jackson / Counterspin & Max Anderson / Human Rights Watch)

Chelsea Manning is free but, as a statement from Human Rights Watch notes, Manning's "absurdly disproportionate" 35-year sentence for passing classified documents to Wikileaks in 2010, was prosecuted under the Espionage Act of 1917, which still stands ready for use against the next whistleblower. The corporate media did failed to call for clemency, even though Mannings revelations informed countless media reports -- including revelations about a 2007 US military attack in Iraq that killed two Reuters journalists.

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.

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.

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.

10 Reasons Trump Should Not Strengthen US-Saudi Ties
(Medea Benjamin / Nation of Change)

If the Trump administration truly wants to find a way out of the wars in the Middle East and make the United States safer from terrorists, it would do well to stop arming, aiding and abetting the ruthless Saudi regime.

A New Novel on the Human Price of Wars
(Tom Engelhardt / 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.

America's Empire Includes Military Bases in 45 Undemocratic Nations
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & David Vine / TomDispatch)

Donald Trump has invited a growing list of autocrats to the Oval Office. Egypt, Turkey, Thailand, and The Philippines all have two things in common: They are among the world's 45 "less-than-democratic nations" and they host US military bases. For nearly 75 years, the US has invested tens of billions of dollars building bases in repressive states. Today, US troops are effectively blocking the spread of democracy in Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kuwait, Niger, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

US Denies Launching Airstrike that Killed 42 Civilians in Syria
(Erika Solomon / Financial Times & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

More than 40 civilians have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition strike in eastern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Colonel John Dorrian, the spokesman for the coalition, denied any of its aircraft had struck the city of al-Bukamal. A US strike in Mosul in March was reported to have killed 200 people, and a series of US raids has been linked to many deaths in Syria. A US strike on a mosque in northwestern Syria is believed to have killed more than 45 civilians.

Do We Want an Empire, or a Democracy? How to Revive the Peace Movement
(Daniel May / The Nation)

Americans are reluctant to support bombing countries they've never heard of, so the Pentagon keeps those bombings secret. We refuse to allow our soldiers to be killed, so the president attacks its targets with flying robots and outsources combat to private contractors. We don't want to face the cost of foreign wars, so a small percentage of our citizens are asked to serve -- and serve longer. Such strategies are needed because war is politically unpopular. Our wars are made to feel "distant" by design.

North Korea Wouldn't Have Nukes Today if We'd Kept Our Word in the Past
(Bruce Cumings / The Nation & Justin Raimondo / AntiWar.com & The Burning Platform)

The standard neocon-cold war liberal line is that the North Koreans, in league with Moscow and Beijing, launched a war of aggression on June 25, 1950, when North Korean troops poured across the disputed What this truncated history leaves out is that, in doing so, they preempted South Korea's own plans to launch an invasion northward. Sixty years after the non-ending of the Korean war -- there is, to this day, no peace treaty. The lesson of that conflict is that involvement in other peoples' civil wars is never to our benefit, or theirs.

A Murderous History of Korea
(Bruce Cumings / The London Review of Books)

This April, Kim In-ryong, a North Korean diplomat at the UN, warned of "a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment." A few days later, Donald Trump stated that "we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea." Even a relatively "contained" nuclear war would threaten the survival of the world's population. We have arrived at this point because of an inveterate unwillingness on the part of Americans to face the history of its actions targeting North Korea.

One Week of Gun Deaths in America
(David Waldman / Daily Kos & GunFAIL)

An average week in gun-happy America: five law enforcement officers were involved in gun accidents, three people accidentally shot family members, three people accidentally shot themselves but lied to the cops about it, three people accidentally fired guns they were cleaning or clearing, two people accidentally fired into their neighbors' homes, and two people were accidentally shot to death at their own birthday parties.

Chelsea Manning Set To Be Released On May 17, 2017
(Popular Resistance & Chelsea Manning / The Guardian & Ed Pilkington / The Guardian)

On May 17, 2017, Chelsea Manning will be freed from prison after serving seven years of a 30-year sentence for releasing sensitive Pentagon information to Wikileaks -- including shocking videotaped evidence of US war crimes in Iraq. Pentagon Papers whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, has called Manning a 'hero'. Below is an article Manning wrote thanking those in prison who helped her get through the ordeal. Chelsea's exit from prison comes after Barack Obama commuted her 30-year sentence.

The Globalization of Misery and the Destruction of Mosul
(Tom Engelhardt / Nation of Change Op-Ed)

Commentary: In mid-October 2016, the US-backed Iraqi army first launched an offensive to retake Mosul from the militants of the Islamic State in a campaign that was expected to "take weeks or even months." By the end of January 2017, after 100 days of fierce fighting, only the eastern part of Mosul was marginally back in government hands. US air power has repeatedly caused civilian deaths as hundreds of thousands of desperate and hungry inhabitants try to survive in the battle-scarred city.

GOP Is "The Most Dangerous Organization in Human History": Chomsky
(Lorraine Chow / Nation of Change & Paul Buchheit / Nation of Change )

In a BBC interview, Professor Noam Chomsky repeated his claim that the Republican Party is the most dangerous organization "in human history," in light of its refusal to admit that climate change is real. Americans with wealth and power don't generally care about the middle and lower classes and they are doing real damage to the people they don't care about. In 2016, the richest 1% shifted nearly $4 trillion from the rest of the nation to themselves. Nearly half ($1.94 trillion) came from the nation's poorest 90%.

Fukushima Wildfire Covers Japan in Radioactive Smoke
(Beyond Nuclear & Deutsche Welle)

A raging wildfire in the Fukushima radiation zone not far from the March 2011 Japan nuclear power plant disaster, demonstrates that a nuclear accident has long-term and on-going effects that can worsen over time. The fire, which began on April 21, s being fought from the air with helicopters spraying water. The range of radioactive contamination could be expanded as smoke from the forest fire lofts radioactivity into the air and spreads it to regions that were not contaminated by the nuclear accident.

Tens of Thousands Fill Capital to Protest Deadly US-backed Saudi Aggression in Yemen
(PressTV & Tom Miles / Reuters)

Tens of thousands of people have held a massive rally in the Yemeni capital Sana'a to voice their outrage at the US-backed Saudi military campaign against the impoverished Arab country. Since March 2015, Saudi warplanes have killed more than 12,000 Yemenis. Nearly 3.3 million Yemenis, including 2.1 million children, suffer from acute malnutrition. Meanwhile, the UN warns that a Saudi attack on Yemen's Houthi-controlled port city of Hudaydah could displace a minimum of 400,000 people.

ACTION ALERT: How the Global Bail Bond Industry Wages War on Poor Families
(Color of Change & teleSUR)

Today is Mother's Day. But many Black mothers, who are too poor to pay for their own freedom, are locked up in jails unable to be with their loved ones. The money bail system hurts families and traps communities in debt and poverty by jailing poor Black people. But there is something that is less visible: there are just a few bail bond companies at the top making millions of dollars every year from preying on the poor. California now is on the verge of passing legislation to overhaul the money bail system.

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.

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.

Argentina Protests Court Ruling that Offers Leniency to Criminals Involved in Bloody U.S.-backed Operation Condor
(teleSURtv )

Thousands of people filled Argentina's historical Plaza de Mayo on May 11 to reject a controversial Supreme Court ruling against human rights. The law reduces the sentence of prisoners convicted for dictatorship-era crimes against humanity during Operation Condor. Argentina's "Dirty War" was an offshoot of the U.S.-backed Operation Condor, a covert Cold War-era campaign of violence that lead to thousands of civilian arrests, abductions and deaths across Latin America.

US Military Contractors Using Former Child Soldiers from Africa to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan
(Al Jazeera)

As the military trade grows and private military companies try to find the cheapest available soldiers around the world, who are the mercenaries? And what are the consequences of the privatization of war? Child Soldiers Reloaded looks at the changing nature of war, the business of warfare and the issues behind it. How private companies recruit former child soldiers for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

US Killing Civilians in Battle for Mosul
(Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter / Libertarian Institute)

In addition to around 100,000 Iraqis, an estimated 6,000 American military personnel are now stationed in Mosul, as well as over 3,500 Pentagon contractors. Exact troop numbers are difficult to determine, however, since the administration stopped disclosing troop deployments in Iraq and Syria. More than 8,600 civilians are estimated to have been killed in Nineveh Province since the coalition began its current operation in October 2016. US bombs have contributed to the excessive civilian death toll.

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.

Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Dump Foreshadows the Collapse of the Struggling Nuclear Power Industry
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive)

The collapse of a tunnel at a massive nuclear waste dump at Hanford, Washington, has sent shock waves through a nuclear power industry already in the process of a global collapse. Edwin Lyman of the Union of Concerned Scientists has warned that "collapse of the earth covering the tunnels could lead to a considerable radiological release . . . this a potentially serious event."

The Korean War Forgotten, Unknown, and Unfinished
(H. Patricia Hynes / Truthout)

The American war in Korea lasted three years, one month and two days and ended in a stalemate on July 12, 1953, at 10:12 am. Fighting continued for 12 more hours, with even more "blood and treasure" on all sides wasted in the intense, deadly fireworks of frustrated, war-wearied soldiers. Americans at home had tired of the deadlocked war and they disconnected from it; American soldiers fighting in it did not understand its historical roots. And now, the menace of nuclear war embodies its toxic legacy.

ACTION ALERT: Ask EPA to End Open Air Burns of Munitions
(Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger & Jennifer Mayerle / WCCO-TV)

Toxic pollutants are released when munitions are burned, detonated or incinerated in open-air burn-pits. These toxic emissions endanger public health by contaminating nearby air, groundwater and soils. Military personnel are often the most exposed to these toxic pollutants, mainly at overseas bases. Hundreds of US communities have felt the adverse effects of these toxic pollutants at home. It is time for the EPA to ban the open-burning and open-detonation of waste explosives.

In South Korea, Women Are Leading the Resistance to US-Backed Militarization
(Christine Ahn / The Nation & Foreign Policy In Focus)

Proponents of THAAD say that it's needed to intercept North Korean ballistic missiles. But MIT military analyst Theodore Postol says the system's ability to deter missiles is "insignificant." Rather, Postol explains, THAAD "will definitely be looked upon by China as a significant military provocation by the US" that could trigger military confrontations or war. South Korean women aren't buying the argument, either. Women residents from Seongju and Gimcheon, flanked by local Won Buddhists, have vowed to protest.

Moon Jae-in Elected in South Korea, Promises New Push for Peace With North
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Lee Jung-ae / The Hankyoreh)

In a move that had been widely expected by the polls, Democratic Party candidate Moon Jae-in has won the presidency of South Korea. Moon is a major departure from the recent string of hawks in the South Korean presidency, advocating peaceful reunification with North Korea. He is seen as keen to return to the Sunshine Policy of the early 2000s, aimed at improving bilateral ties and trying to avoid war. That's not likely to sit well with the Trump Administration.

Massive, Relentless Attacks on the US Media; A Precursor to a Totalitarian State?
(Michael Payne / Nation of Change)

What kind of a president with what kind of characteristics would be needed to take this country in the direction of a totalitarian state? The relentless attacks on the media by the Trump administration could be a sign that this government could be heading down a road leading to a dictatorship. Trump and his advisers are trying very hard to figure out how to create laws by which they could take the various elements of the media to court when they strongly criticize something this government does.

How Trump's Genocidal Hero Andrew Jackson Might Have "Avoided the Civil War"
(Harvey Wasserman / Solartopia & Reader Supported News)

Commentary: "Donald Trump's latest insane excursion into US history has been to claim that his great hero, Andrew Jackson, might have prevented the Civil War. Given his racist, genocidal nature, our seventh president could only have done that by giving up slavery in the South, spreading it into the North or giving the Southwest back to Mexico. Jackson, of course, would never have given up slavery, which was the cause of the war and the core of his fortune."

ACTION ALERT: 500,000 Children Face Death from Famine in Yemen. So Ask Ivanka to Tell Her Father to Watch This Video
(Robert Naiman / Just Foreign Policy & Max Bearak / CNN)

It this how foreign policy works these days? Faced with another looming humanitarian disaster -- the deaths of half-a-million children in Yemen -- we no longer resort to phone calls or letters to the Oval Office? Instead, we sign a petition to plead with the president's daughter to persuade him to watch an eight-minute video to learn what is happening to the people (and the "beautiful babies") in Yemen. Well, if that's what it takes, it's worth the effort.

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.

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."

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.

A CIA Plot to Kill Kim? It Would Not Be the First Time the US Has Plotted the Death of a World Leader
(The Guardian)

North Korea has accused the CIA of attempting to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-un, using unspecified biochemical substances. Since 1945, the CIA has succeeded in deposing or killing a string of foreign leaders, but was forced to cut back after a Senate investigation revealed its illegal covert acts in the 1970s. The CIA and South Korean intelligence have refused to comment on the accusation.

Hanover Prepares Mass Evacuation of 50,000 Following Discovery of 13 Buried WWII Bombs
(Al Jazeera)

German authorities in the town of Hanover are preparing the second-biggest mass evacuation in decades ahead of major bombs disposal operation. More than 50,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes to allow bomb squads to remove 13 WWII bombs uncovered at a construction site. Hanover was a frequent target of Allied bombing in the latter years of the war. On October 9, 1943, some 261,000 bombs were dropped on the city.

ACTION ALERT: No President Should Have Absolute Authority to Launch Nuclear Weapons
(The Union of Concerned Scientists)

Donald Trump -- like every president for decades -- has sole authority to launch a US nuclear attack. And no one -- literally no one -- has the authority to stop him. The saber rattling between the United States and North Korea is a stark reminder of why this is so outrageous and unacceptable. It's time to change this deeply flawed system.

"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."

Democrats Propose A Bill To Completely Wean The US Off Fossil Fuels By 2050
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have introduced legislation outlining how the US can completely wean itself off fossil fuels by 2050. The legislation calls for half of all US electricity to derive from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, by 2030. Unfortunately, the bill has little chance of becoming law in a Republican-dominated Congress lead by Donald Trump, who has repeatedly dismissed global warming as a hoax and made boosting fossil fuel production a top priority.

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.

Terror Is in the Eye of the Beholder: America's Blindness to Its Own History of Terrorism
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & John Dower / TomDispatch)

Analysis: In one form or another, populist nationalisms today are manifestations of acute "victim consciousness." The American way of remembering its wars is distinctive for several reasons. Alone among major powers, the US escaped devastation in World War II, and has been unmatched in wealth and power ever since. "Terrorism" has become a word applied to others, never to the US. Yet during World War II, US and UK strategic-bombing planners explicitly called their firebombing of enemy cities "terror bombing."

Rebuilding 'Liberated' Mosul Will Take Many Years and Billions of Dollars
(Ahmed Aboulenein / Reuters & Patrick Cockburn / The Independent)

It could take five years to rebuild the bombed-out Iraqi city of Mosul starting with replacement of destroyed water, electricity and fuel systems. But the Iraqi government lacks the billions of dollars needed to restore the devastated city. While the capture of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria has been presented as the death knell for ISIS, the rebel forces are simply withdrawng to the countryside. Meanwhile, the Iraqi and Syrian armies do not have enough troops to guarantee their long-term control over the "liberated" territory.

Open Burning at US Military Sites Inflames Activists in Nearby Towns
(Dan Ross / FairWarning.org)

The open burning and open detonation of hazardous waste explosives is banned in many countries, including Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. Likewise, in this country, private industry long ago was forced to abandon the primitive disposal practice. But the US military and Department of Energy have been allowed to continue the open burning and detonation of explosives and, in a few cases, even radioactive wastes under a 1980 exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Terror Is in the Eye of the Beholder: America's Blindness to Its Own History of Terrorism
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & John Dower / TomDispatch)

Analysis: In one form or another, populist nationalisms today are manifestations of acute "victim consciousness." The American way of remembering its wars is distinctive for several reasons. Alone among major powers, the US escaped devastation in World War II, and has been unmatched in wealth and power ever since. "Terrorism" has become a word applied to others, never to the US. Yet during World War II, US and UK strategic-bombing planners explicitly called their firebombing of enemy cities "terror bombing."

The Syrian Side of the Story You Never Hear
(Ted Snider / AntiWar.com)

The Syrian story is not the simple narrative of good and evil offered up by Washington and the mainstream media. The conclusion among many independent intelligence and military experts is that "the nerve agent attack described in the WHR [White House report] did not occur as claimed." As Peter Ford, former British ambassador to Syria, points out: "Assad may be cruel [and] brutal,l but he's not mad. It defies belief that he would bring this all on his head for no military advantage."

Rapists in Blue Helmets: The Crimes of UN Peacekeepers
(Nimmi Gowrinathan and Kate Cronin-Furman / Al Jazeera)

Last month's Associated Press report on the estimated 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and United Nations personnel around the world wasn't precisely breaking news. Allegations of serious misconduct directed by peacekeeping troops have dogged the UN for years. But the AP report contained several testimonies from the victims of Sri Lankan peacekeepers, who sexually abused and raped children during the 2007 UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

US Dropping Bombs Quicker Than They Can Be Replaced
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Matt Novak / Gizmodo & Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One)

So many bombs have been dropped in massive air wars in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan that the US has nearly run out of bombs. Between August 2014 and May 2016, the US-led coalition had conducted 12,453 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since . More than 8,500 of the strikes occurred in Iraq and nearly 4,000 in Syria. US warplanes and drones conducted 9,495 of the strikes. More than 41,697 bombs were dropped in those strikes -- with the US "loaning" bombs to allies participating in the strikes.

Survivors Refute Pentagon's False Claims Regarding Likely US War Crime in Mosul Airstrike
(ason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Martha Raddatz / ABC News & Maggie Michael / Associated Press)

Witnesses Deny US Claims ISIS Forced Them Into Houses On March 17, US airstrikes leveled three buildings in Mosul's Old City, killing hundreds of civilians within. The official death toll is still not totally clear, but all told was close to 300 according to some accounts. The Pentagon version is that they were responsible for 14 deaths. Witnesses and survivors of the US strike say the widely publicized story about ISIS using civilians as "human shields" and putting them in the targeted homes never happened.

No US War on North Korea, We Hope . . .
(Dave Lindorff / Nation of Change Op-Ed)

Commentary: "It's not common knowledge in the US, but the reality is that during the Korean War, US bombers dropped, over a period of a couple of years, a tonnage of bombs on North Korea equal to all the bombs dropped in the Pacific Theater during WWII, killing a third of the country's population. Virtually every North Korean has at least one family member who was killed by American bombers during the brutal onslaught."

Water War: Ukraine Builds Costly Dam to Cut River's Flow to Breakaway Crimea
(UAWire & TASS & Mansur Mirovalev / Al Jazeera)

Three years ago, after the Russian annexation of Crimea, the US-backed government in Ukraine built an expensive dam to block the flow of water from the Dnieper River along the North Crimean canal, thereby depriving Crimea of its main source of water. While Crimea responded by building desalination plants, the dam has caused environmental problems inside Ukraine. The costly, ill-considered dam has become a symbol of political corruption.

Exxon Fined $20 Million for Polluting our Air: Sanders Has a Bill to Protect Our Air
(Alexandra Jacobo / Nation of Change)

ExxonMobil has been ordered to pay nearly $20 million in fines after finding that one of the company's chemical plants released millions of pounds of pollutants into the environment. Between 2005 and 2013 Exxon gained more than $14 million in benefits by failing to follow provisions of the Clean Air Act. Senators Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey, along with climate movement leaders responsible for the People's Climate March, announced legislation calling for 100% clean energy by 2050.

Stop the Chemical Warfare on our Soil
(David R. Montgomery / Nation of Change)

One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn't necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled fields undermined the Roman Empire and other ancient societies around the world. Other agricultural myths hinder recognizing the potential to restore degraded soils to feed the world using fewer agrochemicals.

The Shame of Killing Innocent People
(Kathy Kelly / AntiWar.com & Sen. Rand Paul / Rare.us)

According the the UN Human Rights Commission, "At least 3,200 civilians have been killed and 5,700 wounded since coalition military operations began [in Yemin] , 60 percent of them in coalition airstrikes." Between May and September, the US sold $7.8 billion worth of weapons to the Saudis. The US Congress could put an end to US complicity in the crimes against humanity being committed by military forces in Yemen. Congress could insist that the US stop supplying the Saudi led coalition with weapons.

ACTION ALERT: Test US Military Bases for Water Contamination
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger & Jennifer McDermott / Associated Press)

On April 28, the EPA requested public input on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome (to polluters, of course). Details about opportunities for public comment and to register for an upcoming listening session (by telephone) are posted below. In 2016, the mizitary announced plans to examine hundreds of US bases to determine whether chemicals from foam used to fight fires have contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water.

Monkey Wrenching the Sky: The Age of Geoengineering
(Ian Baldwin / The Vermont Independent)

According to the publisher's introduction: "Earth Day 2017 marks the beginning of our series on geoengineering, the most important and underreported global environmental phenomenon of our time, researched and written by Chelsea Green co-founder Ian Baldwin." A wall of silence surrounds the subject of geoengineering but for nearly three-quarters of a century geoengineering has been conducted for reasons that have little to do with addressing climate change and much to do with war and commerce.

Trump: Absolutely a Chance for "Major, Major War" With North Korea
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Amy Goodman and Noam Chomsky / Democracy Now!)

The United States continues to send wildly conflicting signs on their intentions toward North Korea. Massive US "war games" in the region and Trump administration talk of military buildups around the Korean Peninsula have fueled concerns about the US attacking North Korea outright. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman speaks with world-renowned linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky and asks Chomsky about one of the most serious threats to the survival of the human species -- nuclear war.

Drought and War in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen
(Jeffrey Gettleman / The New York Times)

Another famine is about to tighten its grip on Somalia. And it's not the only crisis that aid agencies are scrambling to address. For the first time since anyone can remember, there is a very real possibility of four famines -- in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen -- breaking out at once, endangering more than 20 million lives. International aid officials say it's the biggest humanitarian disaster since World War II. And they are determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

US Airstrike Kills Family of Eight Fleeing Syria Fighting
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Philip Issa / Associated Press<)

US officials have made much of Kurdish YPG forces attacking the town of Tabqa, which is at least somewhat under ISIS control. Locals are trying to flee the fighting, however, and that seems to be where the US is most involved, attacking and killing a family of eight outside of Tabqa as they tried to get away. The family, including five children aged 15 or under, were in a vehicle fleeing the town, and that the US attacked and destroyed the vehicle, killing all within. The Pentagon has yet to comment on the killings.

Children of War: American Weapons Have Poisoned a Generation.
(Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / The American Conservative )

In 2010, seven years after the brutal US attack on Fallujah, "congenital malformations" were observed in 15 percent of all births. Heart defects were the most common, followed by neural tube defects, which cause irreversible and often fatal deformities such as anencephaly, in which the infant is born with parts of the brain and skull missing.

Murder as Messaging: Under Trump, US Foreign Policy Hits Violent New Lows
(Derek Royden / Nation of Change)

In a 14-page response to the White House's assessment of the gas attack in Syria, Prof. Theodore A. Postol takes apart the government's case piece by piece. The main evidence offered involve commercial satellite images of a crater on a road north of the town that Postol was able to locate, "using Google Earth." In the process he discovered, "there is absolutely no evidence that the crater was created by a munition designed to disperse sarin after it is dropped from an aircraft."

US Airstrike Kills 8 Members of Fleeing Family in Syria; US Drone Kills 3 Civilians in Yemen
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Philip Issa / Associated Press & Mohammed Mukhashaf / Reuters)

Reports from multiple local groups in Syria say that the family of eight, including five children aged 15 or under, were in a vehicle fleeing the town, and that the US attacked and destroyed the vehicle, killing all within. The Pentagon has yet to comment on the killings. Meanwhile, three Yemeni civilians were killed when a US drone attacked four suspected al Qaeda militants traveling in a vehicle. The attack was part of the Trump administration's escalating war against an al Qaeda branch in Yemen.

Donald Trump's War on the Environment
(Carolyn Lochhead / The San Francisco Chronicle)

Analysis: Nearly 100 days into a presidency remarkably thin on legislative success, one area where the Trump administration and Republican-led Congress have notched indisputable gains is on the environment. Overshadowed by the implosion on health care and standstill on tax reform, the GOP drive to dismantle, defang and defund environmental laws, rules and science is yielding many of President Trump's most significant victories to date.

Author and Conservationist Kuki Gallmann Shot in Kenya
(Tom Odula / Associated Press)

The Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday. The 73-year-old Gallmann had been with rangers from the Kenya Wildlife Service, assessing damage done to her property Saturday by arsonists who burned down buildings at one of Laikipia Nature Conservancy's tourism lodges.

On Earth Day, Stand Up to Trump's War on the Environment
(Jeff Tittel / Star-Ledger & Former Gov. James J. Florio / Star-Ledger )

This year's Earth Day is the most critical since the first one in 1970. Donald Trump is trying to roll back 47 years of protections. Before the first Earth Day, rivers caught fire, smog and air pollution clogged major cities and people wore masks. Some of our rivers were nothing better than open sewers. After 20 million people across the country came together and marched for the Earth, a law was passed to create the Environmental Protection Agency and people began to talk about the dangers of climate change.

ACTION ALERT: What an Earth Day! Now Let's Get Ready for the Climate March on April 29!
(League of Conservation Voters & The Democratic Legislative Campaign )

What an Earth Day! To change everything, we need everyone, and today was a true show of force! But now, we have less than a week to make the Peoples Climate March on 4/29 the biggest environmental protest in history. Here's what you can do to participate and help out.

The National Security State Was One Big Mistake
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)

America's federal governmental structure was converted from a limited-government republic to a national-security state after World War II. US officials said that the conversion was necessary in order to protect America from the Soviet Union, Red China, and communism. As soon as the Cold War was over and communism was defeated, US officials said, the American people could have their limited-government republic back. There never was a "Peace Dividend." Instead, we were given the unending "War on Terror."

The F-35 and the Incinerating Ski Slope
(David Swanson's Earth Day Address / World Beyond War)

Commentary: A cost estimate for F-35 program (a plane that incinerates human beings when it works and itself when it doesn't) is $1.4 trillion.I have yet to hear anyone suggest that Trump is bombing various countries because he has some sort of intelligent plan to solve some problem. The closest I've heard to that has been the Nixonian theory that it's good to make the world's governments believe you are a nuclear-armed lunatic. But exactly how that is good has not been explained to my satisfaction.

US Killing More Civilians Under Trump: 200 Killed in a Single US Attack on Mosul
(Molly Hennessy-Fiske, W.J. Hennigan / The Los Angeles Times)

The number of civilian casualties has risen in recent months as the US-lead coalition has undertaken the heaviest bombing since the war began, targeting densely populated west Mosul. On March 17, a US-led coalition was responsible for an airstrike in the west Mosul neighborhood of Aghawat Jadidah that local civil defense officials said killed more than 270 -- the highest civilian death toll from an airstrike, among the deadliest incidents in modern warfare. Most civilian deaths are never investigated by the US military.

America's Misadventures in the Middle East
(Chas Freeman / The American Conservative)

About 4 million Muslims have perished since 1990 as a direct or indirect result of US policies and interventions. Since the turn of the century, the death toll among the Muslims of the Middle East from the US "Global War on Terror" is at least 1.3 million and perhaps as many as 2 million people, the vast majority of them civilians. Terrorists, whether home-grown or imported, are "over here" because Americans are "over there" killing, wounding, and humiliating their kin, their loved ones, and others of their faith.

Pentagon Releases Video of ISIS Moving Civilians as Human Shields
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Luis Martinez / ABC News)

Continuing to try to shift the narrative on some US airstrikes that led to particularly large civilian death tolls, the Pentagon today released a video captured by a drone which they say shows ISIS was moving civilians around within the densely populated western half of Mosul to use as "human shields."

New Revelations Challenge Trump's Claims on Chemical Attack in Syria
(Gareth Porter / AntiWar.com)

The Trump administration is pushing the accusation that the Assad regime was the force that carried out the highly lethal chemical attack on April 4 but a leading analyst on military technology has concluded that the alleged device for a sarin attack could not have been delivered from the air but only from the ground, meaning that the chemical attack may not have been the result of the Syrian airstrike. A military intelligence officer has stated that the Pentagon allegedly knew in advance that the strike was coming.

ACTION ALERT: Ground the Drones: Close Creech AFB April 23-29
(Codepink, Veterans For Peace, Nevada Desert Experience, et al.)

Now more than ever, we must resist US assassinations by drones! Within the very first days in the White House, Donald Trump signed off on several drone attacks in Yemen. Last weekend, more than 40 US airstrikes rained down on Yemen, many fired from drones. Trump has clearly embraced Obama's racist policies of extra-judicial killing on suspicion alone with innocent lives lost in the crossfire. Trump's Navy Seals Debacle in January killed 10 children, 6 women and others. Another reason WE MUST RESIST!

Street Turned to Rubble Shows Cost of Fight for Iraq's Mosul
(Mstyslav Chernov and Felipe Dana / Associated Press)

Two houses are all that remain standing on the street with no name in western Mosul, just blocks from the front lines of the battle to retake Iraq's second-largest city from the Islamic State group. The once-bustling neighborhood has been reduced to rubble, its sidewalks piled high with a jumble of concrete, bricks and metal.

Investigation: US Guilty of Civilian Deaths in Air Strike on Syrian Mosque
(Al Jazeera)

Investigators have determined that US forces failed to take necessary precautions before launching a lethal drone strike in northern Syria that hit a mosque full of worshipers in western Aleppo. The series of US attacks on March 16, killed at least 38 people and injured dozens of others. In July 2016, a US coalition air strike on the Syrian city of Manjib killed more than 140 civilians, mostly women and children. In February 2017, US strikes in neighboring Iraq killed as many as 200 civilians in one day.

UN Reports Mosul Operation Has Displaced Nearly Half a Million
(Agence France-Presse)

Nearly half a million people have fled their homes since Iraqi forces launched an operation to wrest Mosul back from jihadists exactly six months ago, the United Nations reports. Iraqi forces began the country's biggest military operation in years on October 17 last year and recaptured the east side of the city in January. But an assault launched the following month on the part of Mosul that lies west of the Tigris River has seen a sharp rise in displacement. "The sheer volume of civilians still fleeing Mosul city is staggering."

Trump Authorizes Chemical War on California Children

The administration's rejection of the science on chlorpyrifos, widely used in California's Central Valley, means its use will continue -- and Latino residents are worried their children's health issues will worsen along with it.

In Africa, 20 Million People Face Starvation because of War
(Max Bearak and Laris Karklis / The Washington Post<)

This year, as South Sudan slipped into famine, desperate populations in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen were each on the verge of their own famine. Starvation now threatens 20 million people -- more than at any time since World War II. As defined by the United Nations, famine occurs when a region's daily hunger-related death rate exceeds 2 per 10,000 people. The persistence of such severe hunger, even in inhospitable climates, would be almost unthinkable without war.

Doubts over Syria Gas Attack; Press Cheers While Trump Kills 'Beautiful Babies' in Four Countries
(Chris Ernesto / AntiWar.com & Jon Soltz / VoteVets)

Donald Trump sounded sincere when he lamented the deaths of "beautiful little babies" allegedly killed by a Syrian government chemical weapons attack. But what about the beautiful little babies killed by Trump's bombs in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq? Military and intelligence personnel familiar with the Syrian chemical weapons intelligence believe Trump's claims are a "sham" and are considering going public due to their concerns over escalating violence in Syria. Protest US media for cheerleading war.

Trump, Russia, and NATO: Why Tiny Montenegro's Not Tiny Now
(Ted Snider / AntiWar.com)

Donald Trump has just approved Montenegro's accession into NATO. Montenegro is a tiny nation, and its inclusion doesn't significantly change the abilities of NATO, but it's inclusion is huge, and its meaning is significant and clear to Russia.

As Trump Strikes Syria, We Should Revisit the History Lessons of US Intervention in Central America
(Daniel Alvarenga / Remezcla)

Dismissing the perils of Trump's election by suggesting that "We survived Reagan" overlooks the fact that hundreds of thousands of people didn't survive Reagan's interventions and proxy wars. If we want more people to survive this new administration, we need to study the ramifications and unintended consequences that our military interventions of the US's involvement in Central America that are still relevant in our current political context -- invasions, coups, drones, the arms trade and death squads.

Survivors Describe US Terror Attack on Mosul's Civilians: Russia Condemns US
(Jane Arraf / National Public Radio & Matt Rehbein and Julia Jones / CNN)

The Pentagon claims it did not know that thousands of civilians were taking shelter in their homes and apartments in Mosul the day US planes unleashed a deadly rain of bombs and rockets. It is believed that nearly 300 Iraqi civilians were killed in the March 17 attack -- many of them were children. Some of the survivors describe the terror of the horrific attack and the human consequences. Meanwhile, Russia has called the Pentagon's excuses for the civilian casualties in Mosul "absurd."

US Attack on Syria an "International Crime" but Trump Suggests More Attacks to Come
(Deutsche Welle & Jeff Mason / Reuters)

The US has called its attack on an airbase in Syria "a strong signal" for the Assad regime. Legal experts, however, criticized the action. In a recent interview, international law expert Stefan Talmon explains why. Undeterred by critics or international law, Donald Trump insists he is open to authorizing additional strikes on Syria if its government uses chemical weapons or barrel bombs.

It's Not Just Syria. Trump Is Ratcheting Up Wars across the World
(Trevor Timm / The Guardian & Jason Le Miere / Newsweek)

Donald Trump's missile strikes on Syria have attracted worldwide attention (and disgraceful plaudits) in recent days. But much less airtime is being given to his administration's risky and increasingly barbaric military escalations on several other fronts across the world. In March, Trump ordered a drone strike every 1.8 days, compared to every 5.4 days under Obama. US-led coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria may have already killed 1,484 civilians in just Iraq and Syria this month alone.

The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria
(Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

All wars -- even the most malicious and aggressive -- are wrapped in humanitarian packaging. If humanitarianism really were the motive, there are many things the US could do besides bombing Syria and killing civilians, such as giving refuge and humanitarian aid. But the idea that a war can be justified by appealing to the vague imperative that we must "do something" is incredibly irrational and immoral.

ACTION ALERT: End Washington's Perpetual Wars; Stop Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda
(Nation of Change & Amnesty International)

For the last 15 years the US has been engaged in perpetual war. Washington tells us to be afraid of terrorist groups but America has played the largest role in the growth of terrorist groups with our constant aggressive military policies. It is time to end this state of perpetual war and bring our troops home. This week, Donald Trump launched missile strikes on Syria, saying he was "concerned" for the lives of Syrians. If Trump really wants to help the victims of war, he needs to stop turning his back on refugees.

The Debacle of Mosul and Beyond
(Robert Logan / AntiWar.com & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

What can we learn from the battle of Mosul, now projected at over seven months? That the USA (other than endless war) has no idea what it is doing, what it is up against, and what victory would even look like against ISIS. ISIS took the Mosul region in six days with a force of 1500 lightly armed men. The region was defended by 30,000 Iraqi troops and another 30,000 police, not to mention the 2 million inhabitants themselves, many of them armed. That alone should have given analysts a clue.

Trump's US Missile Attack on Syria Killed Nine Civilians, Including Four Children
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Reuters & Jerusalem Post)

On April 6, the United States launched some 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase in the Homs Province, doing considerable damage and leading Syrian officials, and their allies, to condemn the action as aggression against a sovereign country. The missiles badly damaged several homes in the villages surrounding the airbase, and that at least nine civilians had been killed in the course of the US attacks -- including four children.

US Airstrikes Kill 21 Civilians in Syria -- Including Children
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & The Associated Press)

While US "outrage" at civilian casualties from Syrian airstrikes is being used as a pretext for military intervention against the Syrian government, US forces own airstrikes near Raqqa, in northeastern Syria, are killing an increasing number of civilians. Activist groups report that a US-led coalition airstrike hit a boat carrying civilians fleeing across the Euphrates River, killing a woman and her six children. Another US airstrike on an Internet cafe in the village of Hanida killed 14 people inside, including four children.

Lawmakers Say Proof Lacking Before Trump Bombed Syria
(Steven Nelson / US News and World Report)

Donald Trump ordered the bombing of a Syrian military base less than three days after civilians died nearby from apparent exposure to chemical gas. But some congressional lawmakers have expressed concern about the factual basis for the attack. Syrian officials said the poison gas actually was disseminated after military planes dropped conventional bombs on the arms depot of a group formerly considered al-Qaida's affiliate in the country. US claims about a 2013 gas attack in Syria turned out to be false.

Don't Jump to Conclusions about the Gas Attack in Syria
(Vijay Prashad / AlterNet)

The US, Britain and France placed a resolution before the Security Council condemning the Syrian gas attack and asking for an investigation. There is no call for armed action because the Council was divided on who perpetuated the act. Meanwhile, the Americans recently admitted to a major atrocity in Mosul, where 200 civilians were killed. That attack did not seize the Security Council or bring forth fulminations from the Western press. Hypocrisy is central to the morals at the UN Security Council.

Trump Condemns Syria Chemical Attack: McCain Blames Trump
(BBC World News & Barbara Plett Usher / BBC World News)

Donald Trump has condemned the killing of dozens of civilians in northern Syria in an apparent chemical weapons attack by Syria's air force, calling it an "affront to humanity." Meanwhile, hawkish Republican Senator John McCain argues that the Trump administration's "hands-off" approach to Bashar al-Assad emboldened the Syrian President to carry out atrocities like the chemical attack for which he's being blamed.

How Trump Killed 9 Babies and Children in Yemen
(Al Jazeera & Mohammed Ghobari / Reuters)

Residents of Yakla, an impoverished Yemeni town that was targeted last month in the first US military raid in the country authorized by President Donald Trump, have said more than a dozen civilians were killed in the botched operation -- including women and nine children under the age of 12. One of those killed was Nora al-Awlaki, an eight-year-old American girl. Two weeks later, US-backed Saudi planes attacked a funeral near Yemen's capital, killing nine women and one child and injuring dozens.

What Life Is Like for ISIS's 400,000 'Human Shields' in West Mosul
(Patrick Cockburn / The Independent & The Unz Review<)

Isolated in their houses and short of food and water, people besieged in the ISIS-held Old City of Mosul say it is like being held in an underground prison with little idea of the ebb and flow of the battle being fought around them. Nobody knows how long the battle for Mosul will go on for now, with many Iraqi soldiers saying that it will be at least a month and possibly much longer. With each passing week, more and more of west Mosul is being destroyed

Does It Matter Who Pulls the Trigger in the Drone Wars?
(Peter Van Buren / WeMeantWell & AntiWar.com)

Commentary: "We're allowing a mindset of "anything Trump does is wrong" coupled with lightening-speed historical revisionism for the Obama era to sustain the same mistakes in the war on terror that have fueled Islamic terrorism for the past 15 years. However, there may be a window of opportunity to turn the anti-Trump rhetoric into a review of the failed policies of the last decade and a half."

Native American and Environmental Groups Sue Over Trump's Keystone XL Pipeline Permit
(Dan Bacher / Daily Kos)

The Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance filed suit on March 27, challenging the Presidential Permit issued by President Trump allowing construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline. "For too long, the US Government has pushed around Indigenous peoples and undervalued our inherent rights, sovereignty, culture, and our responsibilities as guardians of Mother Earth and all life while fueling catastrophic extreme weather and climate change with an addiction to fossil fuels."

ACTION ALERT: Seeking Justice for Darren Rainey: Scalded to Death in Florida Prison
(Roots Action)

On June 23, 2012, Darren Rainey, a mentally ill black man serving a two-year prison sentence for drug possession, was killed by four prison guards at Dade Correctional Institution in Florida. The Florida guards kept Darren Rainey locked in a shower for two hours with the water turned up to a scalding 160 degrees or higher. Prosecutors concluded that Rainey's death was an "accident." After a five-year legal dispute, no charges will be filed against the four prison guards who allegedly tortured and killed Darren Rainey.

Global Trade Is a Major Cause of Death; City Living Promotes Early Dying
(Nikhil Swaminathan / Grist & Seth Borenstein / Associated Press & Qiang Zhang, et al. / Nature & Florence Williams / The Guardian)

Air quality and mortality are affected by local air pollution that can be fed by atmospheric transport of pollutants from distant sources. Some of the pollution in one region is due to the production of consumer goods in another. Nearly 500,000 people succumb to smog-related illness each year on the Asian continent. Meanwhile, more people than ever live in urban environments, where dirty air, noise and stress pose a deadly risk. Heart disease, lung cancer, and strokes are caused by breathing filthy air.

Israel's Next War Is Always 'Inevitable'
(Larry Derfner / Opinion: The New York Times)

Commentary: Israelis have learned to accept that one war follows another, every two or three years. "An Inevitable Conflict in Gaza," ran a newspaper headline earlier this month. What hardly any Israelis will consider (and virtually no influential voices in the West will publicly suggest) is that Israel -- not Hezbollah in Lebanon, nor Hamas in Gaza, nor the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria -- is provoking the next war. Israel, not its militant Islamist or brutal Syrian enemies, is the aggressor in these border wars.

The 'Nature Fix' in a 'Post-Nature' Society
(Brian Calvert / High Country News & Peter Friederici / High Country News)

Immersion in nature has the power to heal, even the ability to affect mental health. As proof, the author of "The Nature Fix" cites the experience of group of combat veterans during an Idaho river trip. But what are we supposed to do with our knowledge that we live at "the end of nature" -- that a major driver of the Earth's powerful cycles has become the human species itslef?

How the US Media Covers Up for the Pentagon's Terrorist Acts
(Ben Norton / Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)

If you read the headlines of major corporate media outlets, you'd think hundreds of Iraqi civilians coincidentally died when they just happened to be hit by a US airstrike. A March 17 US attack in the city of Mosul resulted in a massacre of civilians. It is estimated that between 130 and 230 Iraqis were killed in the incident. The attack was "potentially one of the worst US-led civilian bombings in 25 years" but, in the US, leading news networks went out of their way to craft some of the most euphemistic headlines imaginable.

The Standoff Between Trump and Green Groups Just Boiled Into War
(Darryl Fears and Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post)

The first shots have been fired in what's likely to be a long, bitter war over the environment between conservationists and President Trump. It started Wednesday when a broad coalition of groups sued the Trump administration in federal court, barely 24 hours after the president signed an executive order that lifted a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land. Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, WildEarth Guardians, Defenders of Wildlife, Montana's Northern Cheyenne Tribe and others call the directive illegal.

Drought and War Heighten Threat of Not Just One Famine, but Four
(Jeffrey Gettleman / The New York Times)

Another famine is about to tighten its grip on Somalia. And it's not the only crisis that aid agencies are scrambling to address. For the first time, there is a very real possibility of four famines -- in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen -- breaking out at once, endangering more than 20 million lives. It's the biggest humanitarian disaster since World War II. One powerful lesson from the last famine in Somalia was that famines were not simply about food. They are about something even more elemental: water.

Mosul Battle Shows Attacking Militants in Urban Area Puts Civilians at Risk
(Dan Perry and Susannah George / Associated Press)

As the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul drags on, many might ask: Why has it taken the combined militaries of the United States and Iraq backed by an international coalition more than two years to dislodge a relatively small force of militants lacking heavy weaponry? Now the growing controversy over the high number of civilian casualties believed caused by recent US airstrikes has touched on a major part of the answer: The militants are mingled among tens of thousands of civilians in Mosul.

Civilian Casualties in Iraq, Syria, Undercut US Victories
(Susannah Geoerge and Zena Karam / Associated Press)

Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked militants are quickly moving to drum up outrage over a sharp spike in civilian casualties said to have been caused by US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, posting photos online of a destroyed medical center and homes reduced to rubble. "This is how Trump liberates Mosul, by killing its inhabitants," the caption reads.

Trump Makes It Easier for the Pentagon to Kill Civilians in Somalia
(Charlie Savage and Eric Schmitt / The New York Times)

President Trump has relaxed some of the rules for preventing civilian casualties when the American military carries out counterterrorism strikes in Somalia, laying the groundwork for an escalating campaign against Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa. That sets the stage for an intensified pace of combat there, while increasing the risk that American forces could kill even more innocent civilians.

A US-born American Jihadist Explains What Drove Him to Extremism
(Murtaza Hussain / The Intercept)

"I remember in my youth watching a documentary about the civil war in Lebanon, and the topic that day was the massacre at Sabra and Shatila. I was traumatized that day." "These young people are not all loners who felt like they didn't belong in their communities. If you want to fight jihadism, it is necessary to see these people as human beings who are driven by normal human motivations. . . . The way terrorism has been approached by the government and society has also helped the jihadists in their strategy."

Republicans Unite to Wage War on Internet Privacy -- And How to Fight Back
(Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge & T.C. Sottek / The Verge & The Raw Story & The Common Call )

The House of Representatives passed a resolution today overturning an Obama-era FCC rule that required Internet providers to get customers' permission before sharing their browsing history with other companies. The rules also required Internet providers to protect that data from hackers and inform customers of any breaches. Internet providers now just need a signature from President Trump before they're free to take, share, and even sell your web browsing history without your permission.

Russia Warns US Military Threats Risk Provoking Nuclear War
(Reveal News & The Daily Star & TASS & The Wall Street Journal)

Pentagon missiles in Europe and warships patrolling Russia's borders could lead to nuclear war, Vladimir Putin's military bosses have warned. America's anti-ballistic missile system (ABM) is provoking a "new arms race" that threatens to challenge Russia's ability to defend itself from a nuclear strike. Russia's military leaders warn the introduction of American ABMs along its border "lowers the threshold for use of nuclear weapons" and increases the risk of "sudden nuclear attack."

World Leaders Decry Trump's Attack on Clean Energy and Climate
(Alissa Scheller, Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post & Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post)

Donald Trump has signed a sweeping executive order aimed at reversing former President Barack Obama's efforts to shrink the US' carbon footprint. By undoing the Clean Power Plan, the Trump administration is putting carbon emissions back on an upward trajectory, thereby abandoning any hope of meeting the US emissions reduction targets set out in 2015 in the 195-country Paris Agreement -- the first global climate pact to include China and the US, the world's top polluters.

Trump's Troops Accused of Mass Civilian Slaughters in Iraq, Syria
(Loveday Morris and Liz Sly / The Washington Post)

A sharp rise in the number of civilians reported killed in US-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is spreading panic, deepening mistrust and triggering accusations that the United States and its partners may be acting without sufficient regard for lives of noncombatants. The increase comes as local ground forces backed by air support from a US-led coalition close in on the Islamic State's two main urban bastions -- Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.

'Human Shield' Excuse Does Not Apply in Mosul Massacre: US-backed Coalition Told Civilians Not to Flee
(Guardian Staff and Agencies)

The Pentagon has opened investigations into reports that more than 150 civilians died in US-led bombings to retake Iraqi city from ISIS. The Pentagon was reviewing more than 700 video feeds of coalition airstrikes amid rising concern over a jump in civilian casualties. In previous battles, the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi were emptied of their civilian populations before Iraqi forces battled ISIS. In Mosul, the Iraqi government asked civilians to remain in their homes before the air assault began.

Trump to Repeal Obama's Environmental Legacy: "Nightmare Budget" Would Destroy America As We Know It
(The League of Conservation Voters & Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post & Michael Roberts / OpEd News)

The White House plans to scrap rules on power plant emissions, eviscerate the Clean Power Plan and kneecap US participation in the historic Paris Climate Accord. Trump's OMB Director dismisses funding to address climate change "a waste of money." A review of the programs targeted under Trump's "Nightmare Budget" is both astonishing and appalling.

The Rise of Trump and Warring Kleptocrats Are Destroying America
(Chris Hedges / TruthDig & Earthbound)

Commentary: "The Trump kleptocrats are political arsonists. They are carting cans of gasoline into government agencies and Congress to burn down any structure or program that promotes the common good and impedes corporate profit. They ineptly have set themselves on fire over Obamacare, but this misstep will do little to halt the drive to, as Stephen Bannon promises, carry out the deconstruction of the administrative state'."

The Horrors of the Sudan War Haunt Ugandan Refugee Camps
(Peter Lykke Lind / Al Jazeera)

In the Bidibidi settlement in northern Uganda -- one of the largest refugee settlements in the world -- the adult victims of Sudan's ongoing war are surrounded by clay huts, filled latrines and naked children. The settlement is home to 272,000 South Sudanese; some of the 800,000 who, according to the United Nations, have escaped to Uganda. Here are some of their stories, as told to Al Jazeera.

FBI Says US 'Military Presence' Responsible for Rise in Terror Attacks; War on Terror Is 'Biggest Motivation' for Homegrown Terrorists
(Waqas Mirza / MuckRock.com & Murtaza Hussain and Cora Currier / The Intercept)

The White House and Pentagon claim that America's military is "keeping the US safe from terrorism" when, according to the FBI, the opposite is true. An Intelligence Assessment of terrorist plots against the US and US interests between 2001 and 2010 concluded: "a broadening US military presence overseas" was behind an 11 percent increase in plotted attacks since 2006. The role of US foreign policy in fomenting anti-US "blowback" remains largely unaddressed in the nation's counterterrorism programs.

Iraq Suspends Mosul Offensive after US Airstrike Atrocity
(Martin Chulov and Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian)

The Iraqi government has ordered the US to halt air operations over Mosul. The move comes as international outrage continues to grow over US airstrikes that killed at least 150 people in Mosul's Jadida neighborhood -- one of the deadliest bombing raids for civilians since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Bombs released by US-led coalition forces buried more than a hundred people in the ruins of three houses and raised fresh questions about US rules of engagement.

Airstrike Monitors Overwhelmed by US-Caused Civilian Casualties
(Thomas Gibbons-Neff / The Washington Post)

In the last week, three mass casualty incidents attributed to US-led forces in Iraq and Syria have killed hundreds of civilians, prompting the watchdog group Airways to issue a statement that read: "Almost 1,000 civilian non-combatant deaths have already been alleged from coalition actions across Iraq and Syria in March -- a record claim. These reported casualty levels are comparable with some of the worst periods of Russian activity in Syria."

Climate and Washington Are Both Taking a Turn for the Worse
(Bill McKibben / The Boston Globe & Vinnie Wishrad / League of Conservation Voters)

Arctic ice has set a new record winter low and a record Midwest drought has triggered the worst wildfires in US history -- two million acres burned. Climate change demands action but, instead, Donald Trump's appointees spent the last week dismantling 40 years' worth of hard-fought environmental laws and regulations. Meanwhile US governors and big city mayors are demanding Washington address climate change and on April 29, a People's Climate March will challenge America's Polluter-in-Chief.

Sick Vets Blame Exposure to Agent Orange, But VA Won't Pay
(Anna Douglas / McClatchy News)

In 2011, the National Academy of Medicine concluded that US sailors were likely exposed to Agent Orange in their ships' drinking water or from winds blowing the chemical out to sea. The so-called "blue water" controversy is hampered because the military didn't track Agent Orange's drift and presence during the war. The Department of Veterans Affairs wants more evidence before it will award the sailors benefits. Under pressure from vets, the VA has made some exceptions for sailors with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

ACTION ALERT: Racial Violence Under Trump Prompts Sites to Report Hate Crimes
(The Color of Change & The Huffington Post and ProPublica)

Racist attacks carried out by white supremacists happen often and have been occurring at a much higher rate since Trump, and his team of white supremacists, have taken over the White House. Because the Federal government has failed to act decisively in response to this growing threat, several civil organizations have joined forces to create an online resource that allows anyone to immediately report incidents of hate that they experience or witness in their communities.

Children of Unending War, the Rise of Trump and the Explosion of Hate Groups
(Greg Grandin / The Nation & Michelle Chen / The Nation)

To be "twenty-something" in the US today, means being part of a generation whose county has always been at war. America is becoming a more hateful place and there is growing evidence that our current administration might have something to do with it. The number of anti-Muslim groups has nearly tripled since 2015 and there has also been a spike in reported incidents of "hate" violence. The president's rhetoric is familiar to anyone who lived through the 1990s paramilitary-style "Patriot" movements.

UN Warns: The 'Worst Is Yet to Come' in Mosul
(AntiWar.com & Stephanie Nebehay and Patrick Markey / Reuters & Angus MacSwan and Patrick Markey / Reuters)

Early in the Iraqi government's invasion of Mosul, a decision was made to tell the civilian population not to flee. At the time, this was meant to allow them to target those fleeing as ISIS fighters, and to make up for the lack of preparation to absorb civilians for the long period of time such a fight was going to take. Iraq is rethinking that decision now, after five months of fighting and a growing humanitarian crisis. UN officials are now warning, with some 400,000 trapped in western Mosul, the worst is yet to come.

Child Victims of Mosul Overwhelm Emergency Hospital
(FRANCE 24 English & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Angus MacSwan / Reuters)

There have been thousands of civilian casualties in Mosul during a campaign to drive Islamic State fighters from what was once their main stronghold. The large numbers of the civilian casualties in the battle for Mosul are the result of US and coalition airstrikes, with locals claiming some 3,500 killed in airstrikes over the five-month-long battle. A US attack just last night killed around 230 civilians in just three buildings. As these strikes continue to escalate, so too are the number of victims flocking to the field hospitals.

Keystone Pipeline Approved for Construction -- with Russian Steel?
(The Huffington Post & Snopes.com)

Donald Trump's administration has greenlighted the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Trump previously promised the pipeline would be constructed with domestic steel but abandoned that pledge and granted TransCanada an exemption to use foreign steel during construction. The DeSmogBlog reports that 40 percent of the steel was manufactured by a Canadian subsidiary of Evraz, a company 31-percent owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who is a close ally of Putin and a Trump family friend.

War Crime: Trump's Airstrikes Kill 230 Civilians in a Single Night -- Mostly Women and Children
(AntiWar.com & The Independent )

As the US airstrikes in the Iraqi city of Mosul are increasingly concentrated around densely populated neighborhoods in the city's west, the death toll from those airstrikes in spiraling rapidly out of control, with the most recent figures out of the area suggesting around 230 civilians were killed overnight in US and coalition strikes in just a single neighborhood. The US Central Command says it is researching reports of extensive loss of civilian life in the third such alleged incident in recent weeks.

Two US Bombings in Syria Kill 'At Least 116 Civilians, Including 18 Children and 23 Women'
(CBS News & BBC World News)

An activist monitoring group has reported a US airstrike on school sheltering as many as 50 displaced families has killed at least 33 civilians. A previous US attack on the village of al-Jineh destroyed a mosque and killed between 49 and 75 civilians. In the past two weeks, suspected coalition air strikes have killed at least 116 Syrian civilians, including 18 children and 23 women.

800 US Families Sue Saudi Arabia Over 9/11 Attacks
(Carey Wedler / AntiMedia )

Eight-hundred families of 9/11 victims and 1,500 first responders, along with others who suffered as a result of the attacks, reportedly have filed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia over its alleged complicity in the 2001 terror attacks. Until late last year, families of 9/11 victims were unable to sue foreign countries over their potential involvement in the attacks. The lawsuit charges that officials from Saudi embassies supported two of the hijackers -- Salem al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar -- 18 months before the 9/11 attacks.

US Navy Admits to Having Released Chemicals Known to Injure Infants' Brains
(Dahr Jamail / Truthout)

For decades, the US Navy, by its own admission, has been conducting war game exercises in US waters using bombs, missiles, sonobuoys (sonar buoys), high explosives, bullets and other materials that contain toxic chemicals -- including lead and mercury -- that are harmful to both humans and wildlife.

War on Health; How Trumpcare Benefits Corporations and the Rich

t may become more expensive for people with lower incomes to buy health insurance, but a House Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would make going to a tanning salon cheaper and cut taxes for insurance companies and wealthy investors. In all, the bill unveiled Monday night would cut taxes by nearly $600 billion over the coming decade, according to estimates by the Joint Committee on Taxation.

How Much Is an Afghan Life Worth? That Depends
(Idrees Ali / Reuters )

In March 2014, the US military paid an Afghan man just over $1,000 to compensate for killing his civilian son in an operation near the border with Iran. Six months later, another Afghan father was given $10,000 by the US military after his child, also a civilian, was killed in a US-led military operation in the same province. And Haji Allah Dad lost 20 relatives, including his brother and sister-in-law, in a US-Afghan special forces operation. He received no money from the US no standardized process for paying restitution.

George W. Bush Gave Us Donald Trump. Now He Wants To Be Forgiven.
(Ryan Grim and Alexander Zaitchik / The Huffngton Post)

Commentary: The media is promoting a general public softening toward George W. Bush, once widely scorned as a historic failure; a blood-spattered buffoon and war criminal who belonged in a cell. Normalizing Bush weakens our already weak grip on history, making it harder to see how today's political harvest was cultivated by Bill Clinton (who created NAFTA and unleashed Wall Street) and Barack Obama, who continued the Wall Street bailouts and allowed 90 percent of wealth creation to accrue to the top 1 percent.

Presence of US Military Base in Okinawa Means Jail Without Trial for Protestors
(Anna Field / The Washington Post)

After five months in detention without trial, one of the leaders of Okinawa's movement against the expansion of US military bases in the southern Japanese island prefecture has been released. Hiroji Yamashiro, a 64-year-old who leads the Okinawa Peace Action Center, is one of the most vocal opponents of the construction of new Marine Corps facilities in Okinawa. The overwhelming majority of Okinawans oppose the base.

Trump's Syria Plan Looks a Lot Like 'Mission Creep'
(Military Times Editorial & Al Jazeera)

The US military has sent nearly 100 Army Rangers into the Syrian city of Manbij. But there is something highly unusual about this particular deployment. The elite soldiers, who typically operate in the shadows, arrived in armored vehicles festooned in brightly colored American flags, a gesture designed to make their presence abundantly obvious. And unlike the other 15,000 US troops on the ground in active war zones, the Americans in Manbij are not conducting "counter terror" or "advise and assist" operations.

Trump Budget Would Make America Dirty and Sick Again
(David Lewis / Save the Bay & The San Francisco Chronicle)

Trump's budget proposal is a direct assault on our health and safety. The enormous cuts he is proposing to the US Environmental Protection Agency and other departments will hurt people and the planet by gutting enforcement of laws that protect the water we drink, the air we breathe and the environment that sustains us.

Trump's Budget: America First; Americans and the Environment Last
(Harvey Wasserman / Reader Supported News)

Donald Trump's first budget makes his antipathy to the environment -- and his love for fossil fuels and nuclear power -- clear. In addition to slashing funds to the EPA, he wants massive rollbacks in auto fuel efficiency standards and billions in new investments in nuclear weapons. These cuts hand $54 billion to the Pentagon while crippling air and water protections by ending restrictions on industrial emissions. Adding insult to injury, Trump would add $120 million to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.

Somalia Blames Saudi Coalition for Mass Murder of Refugees
(Abdi Guled / Associated Press)

A helicopter gunship attacked a boat packed with Somali migrants off the coast of Yemen overnight Thursday, killing at least 31 people, according to a UN agency, Yemeni officials and a survivor who witnessed the attack. The "horrific" nighttime gunship attack killed at least 42 Somali refugees -- including many women and children -- off the coast of war-torn Yemen. Somalia Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire called the attack "atrocious" and "appalling."

ACTION ALERT: Resist Trump's Budget Handout to War Profiteers
(CREDO Action & Alex Morash and Craig Harrington / MediaMatters.org)

Half of the federal budget already goes to weapons of war and the military-industrial complex -- and now, Trump wants to increase spending on war profiteers by a full 10 percent. Trump's plan to beef up the defense budget by an additional $54 billion at the expense of civilian domestic spending has been derided by economists and experts for being "wholly unrealistic."

Bill Gates Warns Terrorists Could Kill 30 Million within a Year using Bioweapons
(Harry Walker / The Express & James Rush / The Daily Mail)

Bill Gates has warned the Munich Security Conference that: "The next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus, or a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu." Meanwhile, China accuses US of a secret biological attack using a new strain of bird flu. The US has dismissed claims, saying there is 'absolutely no truth' to them.

Fierce, Critical Reactions to Trump's 'Cruel, Stupid Budget'
(Public Citizen & The Democratic National Committee & Seth Moulton for Congress & Kamala Harris / US Senate & The Washington Post)

Trump's appalling budget would destroy America to empower military, surveillance, incarceration, and pollution interests. It slashes $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department -- hurting rural communities; cuts job-creating funding for infrastructure repair; guts spending to protect clean air and drinking water; defunds the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and suspends the Manufacturing Extension Partnership -- a program that helped create and retain more than 86,602 jobs last year.

Six Years On, the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Is Far From Ove
(Yuko Yoneda / Greenpeace Japan & EcoWatch)

Six years ago, more than 15,000 people perished and tens of thousands of people's lives changed forever. Northeastern Japan was hit by a massive earthquake, followed by an enormous tsunami that wiped out coastal towns one after another. In the days that followed came the horrifying news: the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors went into meltdown. The disaster is still with us.

Trump Cuts Domestic Spending to Fund Pentagon's Bombing of Civilians in Syrian Mosque
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Alex Johnson and Courtney Kube / NBC News)

Donald Trump is set to formally deliver a budget for fiscal year 2018 that includes massive cuts across several departments, centering on domestic spending, as a way to pay for his planned military spending increases. New evidence is emerging on yesterday's bombing of a mosque in the Northwest Syrian village of al-Jineh, in the Aleppo Province, with reports of rising death tolls and recovered pieces of the bomb showing that it was -- despite the Pentagon's official denials -- a US airstrike.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Calls Marine Leaders on the Carpet for Sexual Abuses
(Gellibrand for Senate)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been a champion in the fight against military sexual assault -- but the recent Marines United scandal is a stark reminder of why this work to bring reform and accountability to the military justice system is so important. In response to Gellibrand's stinging criticisms, General Robert Neller replied, "I'm not going to duck this" as he avoided citing any specific mistakes or actions that were or would be made. "I know that's lame answer," the Marine commander stated.

Veterans Administration Paying Victims of Contaminated Lejeune Water

On March 4, the Veterans Administration began providing disability benefits to Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members affected by the toxic chemical contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, NC. The offer only applies to victims who were residents from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 and who are now sick and dying from a short list of eight diseases, including leukemia, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, liver cancer, and Parkinson's disease.

UNICEF: Nearly 50 Million Children Are Refugees or Migrants
(Euan McKirdy / CNN)

Nearly 50 million children worldwide have been uprooted from their homes due to violence, poverty and other factors out of their control, according to a new report released by the UN children's agency. Of that total, 28 million are child refugees who fled conflict, states the UNICEF report, "Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children." Nearly half of child refugees are from Syria and Afghanistan. An additional 20 million are child migrants who left their homes in search of better lives.

Trump Lunches With Saudi War Criminal: Tillerson Threatens to Ditch 'Human Rights'
(Medea Benjamin / AntiWar.com & Michael Wilner / The Jerusalem Post)

While President Trump sat down for a sumptuous meal at the White House on Tuesday, March 14 with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, millions of Yemenis are going hungry thanks to Trump's lunch guest. Meanwhile, the Trump administration's new Secretary of State is reviewing continued US membership in the UN Human Rights Council and may demand "considerable reform" within the organization before the US would agree to remaining in the long-established organization.

US Military Aid and the Death of Honduran Environmental Activits Berta Caceres
(Janine Jackson and Beverly Bell / CounterSpin)

March 2 marked a year since the killing of Honduran indigenous rights and environmental activist Berta Caceres. The private and state actors believed responsible for her murder saw Caceres and her group, the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras -- as a threat to the ability of extractive industries to steal land and water from indigenous lands with state sanction. Such thefts and the resulting violence have been exacerbated by the 2009 coup in Honduras -- a coup the US openly supported.

GOP Cheers Destruction of EPA
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

The Trump administration's zeal for deregulation is seen by environmentalists as a recipe for fossil fuel cronyism, runaway climate change, and a toxic water crises. In 2009 the EPA determined that CO2 emissions "endanger both the public health and the public welfare of current and future generations." Now Trump's EPA pick -- ignoring a preponderance of scientific evidence -- is claiming that carbon dioxide isn't the primary catalyst of global warming.

UN: World Facing 'Greatest Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945'
(BBC World News & Alastair Leithead / BBC News)

The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, according to Stephen O'Brien, the United Nation's humanitarian chief. More than 20 million people face the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria. Without coordinated global efforts, more than 20 million people face starvation and famine. UNICEF has warned 1.4 million children could starve to death this year. $4.4 billion is needed by July to avert disaster.

Stop Targeting Humanitarian Workers
(Dominik Stillhart / Al Jazeera)

Names you've never heard. Places you've never been. Murders that probably passed you by. Six bodies, riddled with bullets, stuffed in a Land Cruiser, abandoned in a barren valley in northern Afghanistan. They were staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross delivering winter food for the goats and sheep owned by local people. We don't know who did it, nor why. Humanitarian workers have to balance the risks they are facing with the life-saving impact of their humanitarian work.

Starving Mosul Civilians Tell of Battle's Horrors; Reporter Shifa Gardi Killed
(Josie Ensor / The Independent & Rudaw)

The battle for Mosul's Old City is expected to be the toughest yet. , Troops will have to abandon their Humvees for house-to-house fighting along Its narrow, densely populated streets. Some 50,000 civilians have fled since the offensive on western Mosul began but more than half a million are thought to still be trapped in the 25 percent of the city still in ISIL hands. Meanwhile, Shifa Gardi a reporter with the Kurdish TV channel Rudaw was killed Saturday afternoon in a bomb attack while covering clashes in Mosul.

US Drone Strikes Have Gone Up 432% Under Trump
(Carey Wedler / Activist Post & Daniel McAdams / AntiWar.com)

Former President Barack Obama earned the ire of anti-war activists for his expansion of George W. Bush's drone wars. The Nobel Peace Prize-winner ordered ten times more drone strikes than Bush. Estimates indicate that 49 out of 50 victims were civilians. In 2015, up to 90% of drone casualties were not the intended targets. Donald Trump, who campaigned on a pledge of "nonintervention," has approved at least 36 drone strikes or raids in 45 days -- one every 1.25 days. An increase of 432 percent.

The Head of the EPA's Environmental Justice Program Has Just Resigned
(Grist & Inside Climate News & Mustafa Santiago Ali)

After 24 years, Mustafa Ali has resigned from his work as the EPA's chief environmental justice enforcer to protest the new administrator's plans to impose deep and damaging cuts for programs designed to protect the poor and minority communities. As a senior adviser and assistant associate administrator, Ali has served under both Democratic and Republican presidents -- but not under Donald Trump.

US-backed Saudi Air Strike on Market Kills 26 in Yemen

An air strike by a Saudi-led Arab coalition on a market in Yemen killed 20 civilians and six rebels on Friday, medical and military sources said. The aircraft tried to target rebels at a roadblock on the southern outskirts of the Red Sea port of Khokha, but the fighters fled to a market where they were attacked, the sources said.

Israeli Education Minister Says Next Lebanon War 'Must Target Civilians'
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Amos Harel / Haaretz)

The 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon was popular with the far-right, but Israel was roundly criticized for the civilian toll of the invasion. Today, many are warning that the next war will involve even more deliberate targeting of Lebanese civilians. Israel's Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Lebanese president agree: There's no line between Hezbollah and Lebanese state. Another war with Israel means Lebanon will be sent back to Middle Ages.

The CIA's Bloody Legacy in South America: Plots, Coups and Civil Wars
(teleSURtv )

TeleSUR's exclusive investigation shows how the CIA has tried to topple Ecuador's government by infiltrating the state, civil society, and the media. According to declassified documents and testimonies of previous agency officials, the CIA had a permanent operation to intervene in political and social decisions of Ecuador. Starting from the 60s, the CIA infiltrated governments, police, civilian groups, and NGOs to advance US interests in the country, and continues to fight for its power and influence in the region.

US Marines Shame Women Soldiers While Marxist Rebel Army Treats Women Fighters with Respect
(Barbara Starr / CNN & Anastasia Moloney / Thomson Reuters Foundation & Associated Press)

While a US Marine Corp sex scandal involving nude photos of female Marines has put the Pentagon into a defensive posture of "damage-control," female soldiers in Colombia's Marxist rebel force insist they are treated equally and with dignity by their male compatriots. But with a peace agreement now in place, the demobilised women guerrillas may face a new struggle as they return to the cities and encounter a society known for its patriarchal and macho culture.

ACTION ALERT: Stand Up to Trump's $58 Billion Military Buildup
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

World Beyond War writes: "President Trump has proposed to move another $54 billion from 'everything else' to 'military spending,' pushing the military budget up to above 60% of discretionary spending for the first time since the (previous) Cold War. The money would be taken from human and environmental spending at home and abroad. We've drafted a sample resolution that you can ask your city, town, county, or state to pass, calling for the US to support human rights at home instead of endless wars abroad."

Trump's "Racist" Environmental Protection Cuts

Donald Trump's proposal to destroy the Environmental Protection Agency has been criticized as an attack on the environment that will have a racist impact among the poor and communities of color. The proposal would remove EPA's environmental justice office, a division tasked with bridging gap in pollution that afflicts black, Hispanic and low-income areas much more than areas occupied by wealthier and white residents.

ACTION ALERT: Investigate Trump's Botched Yemen Raid
(Daily Kos Petition & Mark Sumner / The Daily Kos)

On January 29, 2017, newly inaugurated Donald Trump signed off on a raid into Yemen. The raid ended with the deaths of a US Navy SEAL and an unknown number of civilians, including an 8-year-old American girl. Trump was reportedly not even in the situation room during the raid. Evidence of the raid's "success" turned out to be 10 years old. Sen. Al Franken is leading a movement to investigate the raid but House, Oversight Committee chair Jason Chaffetz (who led 7 investigations into Benghazi) has refused to investigate.

Public Citizen Is Suing Donald Trump for Endangering the Environment
(Robert Weissman / Public Citizen)

A new lawsuit, Public Citizen v. Donald J. Trump, takes direct aim at Trump's most brazen gift to Big Business yet. Via a unilateral directive issued on his second week in office, Trump decreed that for any new regulation enacted, two or more existing public protections would have to be eliminated. Trump's executive order mandated the elimination of existing rules for the purpose of offsetting the costs of new rules -- while ignoring the benefits -- even if the existing rules are entirely unrelated.

Stealing Yemen's Oil as Millions Starve
(Matthew Allen / Russia Insider & Sputnik News)

Why does Saudi Arabia continue to bomb Yemen back into the Stone Age? The crux of the matter is that Yemen has oil reserves, while Riyadh is steadily running out of the commodity. The Saudis and French are illegally siphoning 63% of Yemen's oil as millions of Yemenis suffer from food shortages as Washington wages yet another US-backed "war for democracy and Western values."

ACTION ALERT: Trump's Budget Would Leave Millions to Face Starvation
(MoveOn.org & The Washington Post & Win Without War & Sen. Chris Murphy / The Huffington Post & The Hill)

Donald Trump has proposed large cuts in foreign aid to offset a $54 billion increase for the Pentagon. Cutting funds for diplomacy, crisis prevention, and humanitarian relief by nearly a third would leave the US less secure. Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia are approaching historic famines that will leave 20 million facing death from starvation. As our current Secretary of Defense said in 2013: if you cut funds for the State Department, you're just going to need to buy more bullets for the Defense Department.

Contamination at Largest US Air Force Base in Asia: Kadena, Okinawa
(Jon Mitchell / The Asia-Pacific Journal (Vol. 14, Issue 9, Number 1))

Located in the center of Okinawa Island, Kadena Air Base is the largest United States Air Force installation in Asia. Equipped with two 3.7-kilometer runways and thousands of hangars, homes and workshops, the base sprawls across 46 square kilometers of Okinawa's main island. Now, newly revealed documents have exposed a massive cover-up of accidents and neglect that have polluted local land and water with hazardous legacies of arsenic, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos and dioxin.

Trump State Dept Walks Away from Human Rights
(Yeganeh Torbati / Reuters)

The State Department released its annual report on human rights around the world on Friday but the release was overshadowed by criticism that the Secretary of State gave the report little of the traditional attention or fanfare. Rex Tillerson declined to unveil the report in person, breaking with stablished Democratic and Republican precedent. A senior US official would only answer reporters' questions by phone on condition of anonymity rather than appearing on camera -- also a break with precedent.

Trump Plots to Destroy the Environmental Protection Agency
(John Flesher, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey / Associated Press & Democracy Now!)

The Trump administration plans to slash programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality, while eliminating thousands of jobs, according to a draft of the Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal obtained by The Associated Press. Under the tentative plan from the Office of Management and Budget, the agency's funding would be reduced by roughly 25 percent and about 3,000 jobs would be cut -- about 19 percent of the agency's staff.

Annual Massive US-South Korea War Exercise Risks Provoking Response from North Korea
(Al Jazeera)

North Korea has warned of a "merciless" response if its territorial boundaries are violated during large-scale military drills involving US and South Korean forces. Pyongyang on Thursday reacted to the start of the annual war games with its typical fiery rhetoric, but recent missile and nuclear tests by the North give the usual threats an added weight.

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Senate's Methane Pollution Bill
(Kristin Brown / League of Conservation Voters)

This usurpation of public trust is breathtaking. Literally. To imagine that elected leaders would abandon our communities and side with polluters is not a new story. But the fact that they are willing to sacrifice the health of our children to a legacy of polluted water and particulate-filled air is a scandal beyond measure. It is the equivalent of a "war crime" in peacetime. Sign the petition: Tell the Senate to vote NO on H.J. Res 36 and protect our climate and health.

2013 Cover-up Report: A Million Vets Were Injured In Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
(Rebecca Ruiz / Forbes & Jamie Reno / International Business Times)

According to a 2013 investigation by the International Business Times, the Department of Veterans Affairs had stopped releasing the number of non-fatal casualties of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, thus concealing what the paper called a "grim milestone" -- the unreported fact that these two wars had left 1 million soldiers suffering from serious combat-related injuries. The DVA claimed it stopped releasing the horrific figures because of unspecified "security" reasons.

Trump Exploits Widow's Anguish to Mask His Disastrous Yemen Raid
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Cynthia McFadden, William M. Arkin and Ken Dilanian / NBC News)

The Trump Administration's decision to continue hyping a failed Yemeni raid, despite all evidence to the contrary, as having netted a trove of intelligence continues to blow up in their face tonight, as Pentagon officials once again affirmed that the information gathered was minimal, and things they already knew about. Questions continue to swirl around an operation in which the Navy SEALs lost the element of surprise and quickly found themselves in a major firefight and wound up killing women and 9 children.

ACTION ALERT: Investigate the Failed Yemen Raid: "Trump's Benghazi'
(Will Fischer / VoteVets.org & Linda Sarsour / MoveOn.org)

The most solemn obligation for any president is when to send the men and women who wear our uniform into harm's way. President Trump did that when he sent Navy SEALs into Yemen for a raid that left Chief Petty Officer Ryan Owens and as many as dozens of civilians dead, including an eight-year-old American girl. Last night, President Trump used Ryan Owens' death as a shameful piece of propaganda. He called Owens a "hero" and even suggested he was smiling down from above.

Major Rise in Genital Wounds in War
(Bill Berkowitz / The Smirking Chimp)

American veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are facing struggles that will never be depicted in any military-themed video game, or military recruiting advertisement. Between 2001 and 2013, more than 1,300 men serving in the United States military in Iraq and Afghanistan suffered injuries to the penis, testicles or urinary system, according to a new report published in The Journal or Urology.

Trump Blames Obama and the Pentagon for His Botched Yemen Raid
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Phillip Carter / Vox.com )

Commentary: After authorizing a nighttime raid in Yemen that killed a Navy SEAL, left a village in ruins and numerous civilians dead (including a young American girl), Donald Trump lied about the mission's "success." It was, in fact, a disaster. Now Trump has blamed others for the debacle. The military, in Trump's mind, is to blame for the tragic loss of one of their own. Trump is blameless. His denials of responsibility and evasion fit a broader pattern of weakness for the man who inhabits the world's most powerful office.

Trump's Military Spending Plan Would Put Americans Last
(Ron Paul / The Ron Paul Institute )

Commentary: "President Trump correctly pointed out that the last 15 years of US military action in the Middle East has been an almost incomprehensible waste of money -- six trillion dollars, he said -- and that after all that US war and meddling the region was actually in worse shape than before we started. But then minutes later in the same speech he seemed to forget what he just said about wasting money on militarism." He announced plans to cut social programs to pay for a $54 billion Pentagon build-up.

Study Finds Populist Leaders -- Like Donald Trump -- Tend To Be More Corrupt
(Ruby Mellen / Foreign Policy Magazine & Damien Stroka / Agence France-Presse & Nathan Giannini / Yahoo Finance)

Transparency International's 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index pays special attention to the global rise of populism in the West. It argues that populism is caused by social inequality, which is then exploited by politicians. Taking aim at US President Donald Trump by name, Transparency International notes that, while populist leaders and movements are on the rise in part in response to corruption, they will likely only exacerbate widespread corruption as it continues to seep into democratic institutions.

Government Snipers: Useless, at Best; Dangerous, at Worst?
(BBC World News & The Straight Dope & Team Fortress.com)

Do Secret Service snipers really offer protection for public officials? With scores of snipers on every rooftop, how does a "good" sniper identify a "bad" sniper? A well-trained sniper would take care not to be seen. The sniper's presence would not be known until after the first shots were fired. It would be hard to detect the source of fire in an urban setting. It would be hard for a "good" sniper to be able to detect a "bad" sniper once the target has fled, let alone catch an escaping shooter in his crosshairs.

Great World War for Water' Looming, Pope Francis Warns
(RT News & The National Geographic & The Huffington Post & Bread for the World)

Water scarcity may cause conflict and the whole globe may be on its way to a great world war over water. Underground water is being pumped so aggressively around the globe that land is sinking, civil wars are being waged, and agriculture is being transformed. About two-thirds of the world's population faces water scarcity for at least one month during the year. The United Nations predicts a global shortfall in water by 2030.

Trump Seeks Massive 9% Military Spending Hike: GOP Hawks Slam Plan as Insufficient
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Alex Emmons / The Intercept)

President Trump today unveiled some new details on his budget priorities, seeking a 9% increase, or about $54 billion, in increased military spending for next year, with a series of plans to reduce domestic spending to try to cover the different. The State Department and the EPA are both said to also be marked for substantial cuts in the range of tens of billions of dollars.

ACTION ALERT: Stand against Trump's Anti-environment Agenda
(The Natural Resources Defense Council & Kristen Brown / League of Conservation Voters)

Donald Trump has promised to expand oil and gas drilling, kill the Clean Power Plan and roll back some of our most fundamental environmental protections. It's up to us to show President Trump that we are ready to act -- in and out of court -- against any attempts to derail the progress we've made and force us down a path toward climate chaos. Urge Trump not to threaten our wildlife and wild places or reverse our progress in fighting climate change.

Standing Rock Is Burning -- but Our Resistance Isn't Over
(Julian Brave NoiseCat / The Guardian & Michael Sainato / The Observer)

Just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, water protectors set their makeshift and traditional structures ablaze in a final act of prayer and defiance against Energy Transfer Partner's Dakota Access Pipeline, sending columns of black smoke billowing into the winter sky above the Oceti Sakowin protest camp. The majority of the few hundred remaining protesters marched out, arm in arm.

EPA Head Scott Pruitt Says Destruction of the EPA Is "Justified"
(Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post & Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones)

Donald Trump's new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, climate-change-denier Scott Pruitt, recently told a gathering of conservatives that those who want to eliminate the EPA are "justified" in their beliefs, adding: "I think people across this county look at the EPA much as they look at the IRS." Pruitt's statement was seen as a signal of the White House's intent to roll out a series of executive actions gutting the EPA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and a host of Clean Energy programs.

Donald Trump's Big League Gun Hypocrisy
(The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence)

The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the corporate gun lobby, a multibillion-dollar gun industry, and lapdog politicians who do their bidding. A politician's 10-second "thoughts and prayers" tweet . . . is not an adequate response to a mass shooting. In a recent legal victory, a federal appeals court struck down an NRA-backed Florida law that attempted to restrict doctors from talking to their patients about the dangers of guns.

Scott Pruitt and the the 4 Pols Behind Koch Plan to Kill the EPA
(Alex Kotch / DeSmogBlog & Ken Kimmell / Union of Concerned Scientists)

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz turned heads when he introduced a bill on Feb. 3 to "completely abolish" the US Environmental Protection Agency. Rep. Gaetz's bill (H.R. 861) came the day after a Senate committee voted to confirm Scott Pruitt -- a fossil fuel-friendly climate-change denier who has sued the EPA 14 times -- to head the agency. Gaetz and his three fellow sponsors have all benefited from campaign donations from the Koch brothers, oil, gas and coal companies and large electric utilities.

Private Prisons-for-Profit Need Prisoners: Trump Considers Nationwide Pot Arrests
(Marisa Schultz / The New York Post & Marisa Schultz / The New York Post)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled his strong support for the federal government's continued use of private prisons -- despite the finding that private facilities have more safety and security problems than government-run prisons. Another problem: private prisons are not needed owing to declines in the overall federal prison population. Team Trump may have come up with a solution to that last problem. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has warned states and localities to expect “greater enforcement” of anti-pot laws under the Trump administration.

Report: US Secretly Used Nuclear Weapons in Syria
(Daniel McAdams / AntiWar.com & Foreign Policy Magazine & Doug Weir / The Ecologist)

The recent confirmation that the US used radioactive ammunition in two attacks in Syria in 2015 raises a number of troubling questions: Why was DU used; will it be used again; what will be done to address the health and environmental risks posed by radioactive contamination? DU is known to cause cancers and birth defects. Despite vowing not to use DU weapons in Syria, the US has now admitted that it has fired thousands of deadly rounds during airstrikes on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled areas.

Troubling Questions Posed by US Use of Depleted Uranium in Syria
(Doug Weir / The Ecologist & the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons)

News that the US had used radioactive depleted uranium weapons to attack targets inside Syria first broke last October. But it was not clear at the time where the weapons had been used or what the US was shooting at. The news emerged shortly before the UN voted on a sixth DU resolution to control the use of these deadly weapons. The US was one of only four countries to vote against the text. On November 16 and 22, 1,490 DU rounds and 3,775 rounds, respectively, were used to destroy 399 fuel tankers

Lowest Rainfall in Over 50 Years Is Latest Threat to Children in Syria and Region
(The United Nations International Children's Fund)

Parts of Syria are suffering their lowest levels of rainfall in more than half a century, placing more than 4 million children in the war-torn country at even greater risk. In 2014, a UNICEF report warned that "water scarcity in Syria is now so acute that it may soon drive more civilians to leave their homes, adding to the 6.5 million people already displaced by the conflict."

Trump's Shift On Yemen Risks Plunging The Country Into Famine
(Jessica Schulberg and Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post)

Donald Trump may be on the brink of sparking a full-blown famine in Yemen -- all because of a subtle shift in messaging that risks effectively cutting off humanitarian relief to the war-torn nation. Former President Barack Obama's administration urged a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates not to attack the critical port of Hodeida which receives the bulk of humanitarian supplies entering Yemen. Critics warn that any disruptions to the port would be "sufficient to tip the country into famine."

Trump Prepares to Destroy the EPA
(Rebecca Leber / Grist & Amy Davidson / The New Yorker)

Scott Pruitt, Trump's choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency, was expected to sail through Senate -- possibly as soon as Friday -- despite Democrats' protests that he is unfit to lead an agency that he has repeatedly sued. Meanwhile a cache of documents that might show whether Pruitt was too compromised to deserve the job was due to be released in a few days. So why did Senate Republicans insist on rushing the confirmation vote before the requested document could be released to the public?

Five Things Scott Pruitt Can Do to Cripple the EPA
(Annie Snider / Politico & Wenonah Hauter / EcoWatch)

Donald Trump vowed to gut the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Senate has just confirmed his man to do it -- climate denier Scott Pruitt. The new administrator and President Donald Trump are expected to move quickly to begin unraveling the agency's rules on water and climate change. Meanwhile, the White House completed its pipeline trifecta Thursday by rubber-stamping the Enbridge-Spectra merger after approving the Dakota Access Pipeline and reversing the blocked Keystone XL pipeline.

The 4 Koch-funded Pols Behind the Plan to Kill the EPA -- and What to Expect from Scott Pruitt
(lex Kotch / DeSmogBlog and EcoWatch & Ken Kimmell / Union of Concerned Scientists)

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz turned heads when he introduced a bill on February 3, 2017 to "completely abolish" the US Environmental Protection Agency. Gaetz's bill came the day after a Senate committee voted to confirm Scott Pruitt (a fossil fuel-friendly attorney general who has sued the EPA 14 times) to head the agency. Meet the four GOP reps who have raked in cash from some of the biggest corporations peddling fossil fuels, including Koch Industries, Duke Energy, Chevron and ExxonMobil.

Another Indigenous Environmental Activist Assassinated in Honduras
(teleSUR English & Nina Lakhani / The Guardian)

Indigenous environmental leader and teacher, Jose de Los Santos Sevilla, was attacked and killed in his home early Friday morning by five heavily armed men according to Honduran media. According to an ex-soldier who now fears for his life, it was a unit trained by US Special Forces that was ordered to kill environmental activist and Goldman Environmental Prizewinner Berta Caceras who was slain in March 2016. Honduran soldier claims US Special Ops have circulated a hit-list targeting local activists.

Greenwashing Wars and the US Military
(Ann Wright / Consortium News)

In September 2016, a congress of major conservation groups soft-pedaled criticism of the US military and other war-makers despite the massive damage they inflict on humans, animals, plants, cultural sites and the environment. Retired Col. Ann Wright asks: "How can you conserve nature when you are bombing nature in wars of choice around the world, practicing military operations in areas that have endangered species . . . and bombing islands into wastelands?"

Green Groups File Sweeping Lawsuit AccusingTrump of Usurping Congress's Powers on Regulations
(Chris Mooney / The Washington Post & Donald J. Trump / The White House & William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

Three advocacy groups -- Public Citizen, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Communications Workers of America -- have filed a sweeping federal lawsuit challenging Donald Trump's executive order requiring two federal regulations to be "identified for elimination" for every new one added -- arguing that the order fundamentally takes over Congress's powers to enact laws to protect public health, safety, and the environment.

US Complicit in Saudi Arabia's Killing of Civilians in Yemen
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Oriana Pawlyk / Military.com & Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters)

The US doesn't necessarily like to brag about their involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, given the massive civilian death toll of the Saudi airstrikes and the growing international disquiet about the humanitarian crisis the war has led to. Still, US involvement is increasing, not decreasing.

Trump Treatens Courts, the Separation of Powers, and Democracy Itself
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News )

Donald Trump's screaming tweet, complete with all caps in the original, captures the essence of this president's bald move to take total power over the United States. When he says "the security of our nation is at stake," he refers demagogically to the imaginary threat of terrorists from seven countries.

UN Confirms: US Terror Strike Kills 'At Least 18' Afghan Civilians
(Sune Engel Rasmussen / The Guardian & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Philip Walter Wellman / Stars and Stripes)

Following in Barack Obama's footsteps, Donald Trump has ordered a cowardly 2am terrorist attack on a home in Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of "at least 18" civilians, nearly all women and children. "What the Americans are doing in Helmand is not right," one survivor said. "They target the locals instead of [the] Taliban. We would prefer if the Americans would just leave us alone." The US insistence that there was "no evidence" of any civilians killed in Friday's attacks was disproven by the facts.

Trump Is Our Imperial Vulture Come Home to Roost -- We Must Repent
(Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman / Reader Supported News)

Commentary: The US has removed, disappeared and/or killed any number of duly elected leaders to make way for authoritarian pro-corporate regimes that unleashed more deaths, the denial of democratic rights, and massive suffering to innocent people who stood in the way of America's imperial agenda. . . . The horrors these coups have imposed on innocent people throughout the planet comprise a terrible karmic debt our nation owes the rest of humankind. And now, it seems, Donald Trump is our "payback."

ACTION ALERT: Trump Wages War on Bumblebees; Protect the EPA
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

Donald Trump has been accused of targeting Muslims, media outlets and even department stores in his first month in the White House. Now, the US president may have doomed a threatened bumblebee. According to environmental groups, an executive order freezing new regulations for 60 days could push the rusty-patched bumblebee towards extinction. Pollinators are small but mighty parts of the natural mechanism that sustains us and our world.

Trump's Disastrous Yemen Raid Killed Nine Children: What Went Wrong
(Jack Moore / Newsweek & Reuters)

A new investigation into the Trump administration's Special Forces raid targeting Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen has found the operation went "dreadfully wrong," killing nine children under the age of 13, with the youngest victim a three-month-old baby. Our allies in Yemen and the Middle East warn that such attacks only create new enemies for the US. Meanwhile, Donald Trump insists that criticizing his raid "only emboldens the enemy."

Report: First Atom Bomb Test Caused Generations of Cancer
(Russell Contreras / The Associated Press)

The world's first atomic bomb test caused generations of southern New Mexico families to suffer from cancer and economic hardship, according to surveys gathered by an advocacy group seeking compensation for descendants from the Tularosa area. The surveys released Friday detailed residents' stories from areas around the 1945 Trinity Test and argue that many Hispanic families later struggled to keep up with cancer-related illnesses.

ACTION ALERT: Stop US from Arming Terrorists
(Tima Kurdi and Sen. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives)

"I am the aunt of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian boy who tragically drowned September 2, 2015. The devastating image of my 2-year old nephew's lifeless body, lying face-down on the beach in Turkey, was all over the news across the world. . . . Regime change policy has destroyed my country and forced my people to flee. Tulsi's message was exactly what I have been trying to say for years, but no one wants to listen."

Trump's Pipeline and America's Shame
(Bill McKibben / The New Yorker)

Commentary: The Trump Administration is breaking with tradition on so many fronts that it seems noteworthy when it exhibits some continuity with American custom. And so let us focus for a moment on the news that construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline will resume -- a development that fits in perfectly with a national cultural tradition going back to the days of Plymouth Rock: repressing Native Americans.

Leaked Memo: Trump Plans to Free US Firms to Trade with Warlords
(Lee Fang / The Intercept)

The leaked draft of a presidential memorandum Donald Trump is expected to sign within days suspends a 2010 rule that discouraged American companies from funding conflict and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo through their purchase of rare "conflict minerals" -- tantalum, gold, tin, and tungsten. Critics claim suspending the rule would be "a gift to predatory armed groups seeking to profit from Congo's minerals."

Trump's Botched Yemen Raid a Disaster: Civilians Killed; Terror Target Taunts Trump
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Cynthia McFadden, William M. Arkin and Tracy Connor / NBC Nightly News)

The embarrassing aftermath of the January 29 US raid in Yemen continues, with details on a raid which was initially presented as targeting "al-Qaeda headquarters" in Yemen. The US has claimed 14 AQAP fighters were killed, many of them "female combatants." Among the 40-plus civilians slain was an eight-year-old American girl. Qassim al-Rimi, the alleged target of the attack, was not killed, as the White House boasted. He survived and issued an audio recording that taunted Trump as the "fool in the White House."

More than 900 Afghan Children Killed in 2016
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & The Associated Press & Alastair Jamieson / NBC News)

More than 900 children were killed in Afghanistan In 2016, according to United Nations. The nearly 25 percent increase in child deaths from the previous year was largely caused by mines and munitions left over from decades of conflict. "Conflict-related violence exacted a heavy toll on Afghanistan in 2016, with an overall deterioration in civilian protection and the highest-total civilian casualties recorded since 2009," the UN reported.

Left-Behind Explosives Taking Deadlier Toll on Afghan Children, UN Says
(Mujib Mashal / The New York Times)

On Monday, the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan reported that 2016 had been another year of record civilian casualties in the country, and it expressed particular concern about a 65 percent jump in the number of children killed or wounded by explosive remnants as fighting has spread to heavily populated civilian areas. In 2016, 3,498 civilians were killed and 7,920 others wounded -- a rise of 3 percent over the previous year, the UN report said.

Report: Pentagon's Figures on Airstrikes Badly Flawed
(Andrew deGrandpre and Shawn Snow / Military Times)

The American military has failed to publicly disclose potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes conducted over several years in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, a Military Times investigation has revealed. The enormous data gap raises serious doubts about transparency in reported progress against the Islamic State, al-Qaida and the Taliban, and calls into question the accuracy of other Defense Department disclosures documenting everything from costs to casualty counts.

More US Bombs On Yemen?
(Daniel McAdams / AntiWar.com & The Ron Paul Liberty Report)

Why is President Trump continuing the failed Middle East policy of President Obama? Last weekend's drone strike on Yemen was supposedly aimed at al-Qaeda operatives, but it also killed a significant number of innocent women and children.

About That Intel 'Treasure Trove' From Trump's Botched Yemen Raid
(Daniel McAdams / AntiWar.com & Idrees Ali / Reuters)

The initial triumphalist reporting Donald Trump's Yemen raid gave way to a darker reality: US military cover had been blown before the attack, the mission was poorly planned, an American was killed, at least a dozen innocent women and children were killed, millions of dollars in US military equipment destroyed, and the great "treasure trove" of intelligence seized at the compound turn out to be "old news.

Torture Is a Monster and a Terrorist Lover
(John Kiriakou / Reader Supported News)

Commentary: "Do torture techniques like waterboarding work? Raping prisoners' wives works. We don't do that. Beating and torturing their children in front of them works. We don't do that either. Raping and sodomizing prisoners "works." We don't do that. (At least we're not supposed to. This and other horrors were carried out by military officers and enlisted personnel at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in the last decade.)"

Obama Killed a 16-Year-Old American in Yemen; Trump Just Killed His 8-Year-Old Sister
(Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

In 2010, President Obama directed the CIA to assassinate a US citizen in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, despite the fact that he had never been charged with any crime. The CIA carried out that order a year later with a September 2011 drone strike. Two weeks later, a separate CIA drone strike in Yemen killed al-Awlaki 16-year-old American-born son, Abdulrahman. Now Donald Trump's actions have killed Abdulrahman's eight-year-old sister, Nawar, who bled to death over a two-hour period after being shot in the neck.

SEAL Team 6 Outgunned and Pinned Down by 'Female Combatants' During US Terrorist Strike in Yemen

The Pentagon is hard at work shifting their narrative after media reports of that US soldiers were responsible for a large massacre of women and children in a botched hour-long raid in Yemen. In an attempt to justify the deadly raid, Pentagon officials claimed they netted a "treasure trove of valuable intelligence" including an incriminating video. The Pentagon quickly withdrew the video when reporters pointed out that it was originally released in 2007.

Yemen Accuses US of "Extrajudicial Killings" as Trump's Botched Attack Destroys Village and Kills Civilians, Including an American Child
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

The weekend raid by SEAL Team 6 against the home of a suspected al-Qaeda collaborator in Yemen is facing mounting criticism both domestically and internationally, as even the Pentagon concedes that there were civilians deaths in the attack, which ended up destroying nearly an entire village. Meanwhile, the White House shrugged off questions, insisting that the raid was a "success by all standards."

Pentagon Officials: Trump's Disastrous Yemen Raid OKed 'Without Sufficient Intelligence'
(Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger / The New York Times & Ayesha Rascoe / Reuters)

Almost everything that could go wrong did. The death of Chief Petty Officer William Owens came after a chain of mishaps and misjudgments that plunged the elite commandos into a ferocious 50-minute firefight that also left three others wounded and a $75 million aircraft deliberately destroyed. The Pentagon has acknowledged that the mission also killed several civilians, including some children.

In Deadly Yemen Raid, A Lesson for Trump's National Security Team
(Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Missy Ryan / The Washington Post)

The mission facing the Navy SEALs as they approached a remote desert compound was a formidable one: detain Yemeni tribal leaders collaborating with al-Qaeda and gather intelligence that could plug a critical gap in US understanding of one of the world's most dangerous militant groups. Instead, a massive firefight ensued.

Deadly US Raid May Bolster Yemen's al Qaeda - Crisis Group
(Reuters & Agence France-Press & Al-Monitor & International Crisis Center)

A commando raid approved by new US President Donald Trump this week may have given al Qaeda in Yemen a propaganda boost in killing civilians, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report on Thursday. Local medics said 30 people including 10 women and children were killed in the helicopter-born Navy SEAL attack on a cluster of houses in Yemen's southern al-Bayda province. Apache helicopters also reportedly hit a school, a mosque and a medical facility.

Eight-year-old American Girl 'Killed in Ye