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

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

ACTION ALERT: Campaign to Block Saudi Arms Deal
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Mark Hensch / The Hill & Rep. Tulsi Gabbard & Bryan Schatz / Mother Jones)

Sen. Rand Paul intends to force a Senate vote on the record $110 billion US arms deals with Saudi Arabia. Paul was expected to introduce the bill on Wednesday. The Arms Export Control Act gives senators 10 days to challenge arms sales, and Paul will have to act fast since the Senate is leaving of Friday for the Memorial Day holiday, after which they have an entire week off. You can bet the Arms Industry's lobbyists will turn out in force to torpedo any such vote.

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

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

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

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

Trump's Border Wall Threatens 93 Endangered Species
(The Center for Biological Diversity / CommonDreams)

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

Plan to Drill in Monuments Exposed: Trump Order Could Open Up Area Larger Than Yellowstone to Drilling
(Greenpeace / EcoWatch & Jennifer A Dlouhy / Bloomberg)

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

Should Psychiatrists Speak Out Against Trump?
(Jane Mayer / The New Yorker)

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

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

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

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

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

US Commerce Secretary Raves about Protester-free Saudi Arabia: "No Bad Placards"
(Jen Hayden / The Daily Kos)

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

Pentagon Places New Orders for Assassination Mini-Drones
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Patrick Tucker / Defense One)

It's no news that the Pentagon is open to using mini-drones on "kamikaze" missions to assassinate people on the president's "kill list" but it may come as a surprise to learn that the military "urgently" wants another 325 of the flying executioners. Now the military wants cheap kamikaze drones that troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers.

Amid Growing Famine, War, and Poverty Calls for Global Cuts in Military Spending
(Global Campaign on Military Spending)

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

Trump Plan to Drill in Monuments Exposed
(Greenpeace / EcoWatch)

Areas set aside by Obama as natural wonders now under review. Critics say Trump may bow to oil companies and end wilderness protections.

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

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

Saudi Arabia's Long Record of Floggings, Beheadings, Mysogeny and Support for Global Terrorism
(HumanRightsWatch & Elizabeth McLaughlin / ABC News)

The State Department's 2016 Human Rights Report made no secret of Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses, including: "citizens' lack of the ability and legal means to choose their government; restrictions on universal rights, such as freedom of expression, including on the internet, and the freedoms of assembly, association, movement, and religion; and pervasive gender discrimination and lack of equal rights that affected most aspects of women's lives." Not to mention the beheadings.

Trump's Real Danger Is Not with Russia but with the Middle East
(Sheldon Richman / The Libertarian Institute)

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

The Resolute Forest Products Paper Company Wants to Wage War on Ancient Boreal Forests
(Colin Beavan / Yes! Magazine)

An avaricious paper company is clearcutting critical boreal forests but when Greenpeace published a critical report revealing the scope of damage caused by Resolute Forest Products, the company responded by suing Greenpeace for $300 million. You probably haven't read about this in the New York Times, Washington Post, or LA Times. Why? Because Resolute provides the paper for the nation's biggest newspapers and publishers. So it's up to independent media to speak out.

What America's New Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia Says about the Trump Administration
(Alex Ward / Vox.com & Kareem Shaheen / The Guardian)

Donald Trump has announced a 10-year, $350 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia which includes tanks, helicopters, ships, aircraft, and a missile-defense radar system. But the Saudis have used US weapons to wage a war in Yemen that has killed at least 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million since March 2015. Millions now are at risk of famine while Saudi warplanes -- equipped with US bombs and missiles -- have targeted hospitals, schools, roads, bridges, farms, livestock, and other civilian targets.

Trump Saudi Arms Deal Boast of "Jobs for Americans' Means Famine and Death for Yemenis
(Lauren McCauley / CommonDreams)

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

Trump's Saudi Trip Should Not Be to Clinch Arms Deal but to End Yemen War
(Medea Benjamin / AlterNet)

Commentary: Donald Trump should use his trip to put a halt to weapons sales and press the Saudis to sit with neighboring countries to find new political solutions. Instead of acting as a salesman for the arms industry, Trump should be a statesmen for the suffering Yemenis. He should use his visit to press for a ceasefire and negotiations to end the conflict in Yemen.

US 3 A.M. Airstrike Kills 30 Syrian Civilians, Including a Dozen Children
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Reuters & Agence France-Presse & Brett Wilkins / Digital Journal)

Adding to the growing civilian death toll caused by US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, a cowardly 3 A.M. airstrike on the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal killed at least 30 civilians. More than a dozen children were reported to be among the dead after airstrikes believed to be carried out by US coalition planes. The United States military has said it makes "extraordinary efforts" to avoid civilian deaths in its air strikes in Syria and Iraq.

Trump's $110 Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia May Be Illegal -- and Congress Can Block It
(Akbar Shahid Ahmed / Huffington Post & Al Jazeera)

The human rights arm of the American Bar Association has sent the Senate a legal analysis saying that President Donald Trump's plan for an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth more than $100 billion would be illegal because of the Saudis' bloody role in the ongoing conflict in Yemen, which has killed thousands of innocent civilians and now is about to plunge the nation into a devastating famine. It is illegal to sell US weapons to countries that use these weapons against civilian populations.

Targeting a Living Icon: The Rhino Wars
(Al Jazeera & Clinton Wright / The National Geographic)

A war is currently being fought between nations across the world. A war with human casualties on both sides -- but without anyone truly realizing what is at stake. We are in the midst of what can loosely be termed the Second Rhino War. The Second Rhino War is mankind's third attempt at eradicating rhinos from our planet.

A New Novel on the Human Price of Wars
(Nick Turse / TomDispatch & Peter Van Buren / TomDispatch)

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

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.

A Growing Blowback to Trump's Illegal Military Attacks
(John Nichols / The Nation)

There is an easy way to determine whether a member of Congress is bearing true faith and allegiance to their oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." If they demand that presidents of both parties seek congressional approval for military action, the oath is being taken seriously. If they don't, the oath is abandoned -- along with any sense of duty to defend the most basic premises of the American republic.

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.

Donald Trump: High Crimes and Misdemeanors?
(Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe / The Washington Post & Dahlia Lithwick / Slate & Juan Cole / Informed Comment)

Commentaries: Since the news broke on Tuesday that Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey, Harvard Law School's Laurence Tribe has been arguing that the president's conduct, in and of itself, is illegal and amounts to impeachable "high crimes and misdemeanors." And Juan Cole comments: "Trump is not fit to be president, as a matter of temperament. But his temperament was on full display before the American public and they voted for him anyway, so those voters deserve him."

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.

White House Close to Finalizing More Than $100 Billion in Arms Sales to Saudis
(AntiWar.com & Reuters)

US officials said the US was seeking to reach "billions" of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia as part of Trump's visit to Riyadh. Details are still emerging, but the plan is for this to set out a series of growing deals over the next decade that will involve more than $300 billion going to arms dealers, not just to arm the Saudis, but in extra aid to Israel to ensure their "qualitative military edge" over the Saudis. White House officials said the move would be good for the economy.

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: The American Way of War is a Budget-breaker
(William D. Hartung / Nation of Change)

When Donald Trump wanted to "do something" about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, he had the US Navy lob 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield (cost: $89 million). While $89 million is a rounding error in the Pentagon's $600 billion budget, it's more than twice the $38 million annual budget of the US Institute of Peace and more than half the $149 million budget of the National Endowment of the Arts -- both slated for elimination under Trump's heavily militarized budget blueprint.

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.

Trump's War on Democracy: Hacking the Vote; Rigging the Outcome
(Ari Berman / The Nation & Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! & Greg Palest / GregPalast.org)

Donald Trump has signed an executive order creating a commission on "election integrity," based on his debunked claims that millions voted illegally in 2016. Mike Pence and Kris Kobach are to co-chair the commission. Investigative reporter Greg Palest, says appointing Kobach to the "Voter Integrity Commission," would be "like appointing Al Capone to investigate The Mob." Kobach is the GOP mastermind behind the secretive system that purged 1.1 million citizens from the voter roll in the 2016 election.

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.

America's Ready Supply of Enemies
(Col. Ann Wright (ret.) / AntiWar.com)

Enemies of the US come and go. We now recognize Cuba and Vietnam. North Korea is recognized by 164 countries but not by the US, France, Japan or Saudi Arabia. It took the US 30 years to recognize the Peoples Republic of China. The US refuses to reestablish diplomatic ties with Iran citing Tehran's meddling in the affairs of its neighbors. At the same time, the US has invaded and occupied Iran's neighbors -- including Iraq and Libya -- and has launched military operations in Syria and Yemen.

Trump OKs Seismic War on Whales in the Atlantic
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams)

The Interior Department is moving forward with seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean following Donald Trump's executive order to aggressively expand offshore drilling in protected areas off the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. US government estimates expect that seismic blasting in the Atlantic will injure as many as 138,000 marine mammals -- dolphins and whales. 120 East Coast cities, 1,200 elected officials, 35,000 businesses, and 500,000 fishing families publicly oppose offshore drilling and seismic blasting.

Mother's Day: A Day of Peace; A Day to Protest War
(The Peace Alliance & Donald E. Skinner / UU News)

Too few Americans are aware that early advocates of Mother's Day in the US originally envisioned it as a day of peace, to honor and support mothers who lost sons and husbands to the carnage of the Civil War. In 1870 -- nearly 40 years before it became an official US holiday -- Julia Ward Howe issued her inspired Mother's Day Proclamation, calling on mothers of all nationalities to band together to promote the "amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace."

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.

ACTION ALERT: How to Save 27 National Monuments that Trump Wants to "Unprotect"
(Michael J. Dax and Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz / Nation of Change)

Presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have made "monuments" out of hundreds of millions of acres of public lands to protect them from development, and no president has ever "unprotected" them. The Trump administration has now singled out 27 national monument areas to do just that. The Trump administration wants to know how you feel about your national monument lands. A public comment period opens May 12.

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.

Statement Calling for Immediate Dialogue on the Korean Peninsula Crisis
(The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict)

The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict is deeply concerned by the heightening tensions on and around the Korean Peninsula, and calls for an immediate return to dialogue and communications as the only way to deescalate the situation, prevent violence and promote denuclearisation, peace and cooperation in the region. All efforts must be made to immediately convene such dialogue, working for both denuclearisation and a peace treaty to replace the 60-year-old Korean War armistice.

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.

Revealed (but Not in Western Media): ISIS Funded by 40 Western Countries

From Nafeez Ahmed: Secret Pentagon report reveals West saw ISIS as strategic asset Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to 'isolate' Assad, rollback 'Shia expansion', originally posted in Medium.

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.

Lockheed Martin-Funded Experts Agree: South Korea Needs More Lockheed Martin Missiles
(Adam Johnson / Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR))

The Center for Strategic and International Studies is a think-tank that promotes missile defense spending by providing Official-Sounding Quotes to reporters. But CSIS is not an impartial news source. As FAIR reports, five of CSIS's ten major corporate donors ("$500,000 and up") are weapons manufacturers: Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Boeing, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, and Northrop Grumman. Three of it its top four government donors are the United States, Japan and Taiwan.

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.

Ignoring the Costs of War
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & William D. Hartung / TomDispatch)

In this century of nonstop military conflict, the American public has never fully confronted the immense costs of the wars being waged in its name. The human costs -- including an estimated 370,000 deaths, more than half of them civilians, and the millions who have become refugees -- are surely the most devastating consequences of these conflicts. But the economic costs of our recent wars should not be ignored.

US Fires 2 Nuclear-capable Ballistic Missiles; Says 'Yes' to Nuke Tests, 'No' to a Nuke Ban Treaty
(John LaForge / PeaceVoice)

Twice in seven days, the US shot nuclear-capable long-range missiles 4,000 miles over the Pacific, while refusing to join UN negotiations aimed at securing a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley addressed the US boycott of the New York meeting, explaining that atomic weapons were needed by "those of us that are good, trying to keep peace and safety."

Is Political Hubris an Illness?
(Evan Osnos / The New Yorker)

In the months since he entered the White House, Donald Trump has become a kind of international case study of mental health's role in politics. Trump appears to display a disorder called "Hubris Syndrome" -- identified by "impetuosity, a refusal to listen to or take advice and a particular form of incompetence when impulsivity, recklessness and frequent inattention to detail predominate."

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.

Russian Official Claims US House Bill 1644 Amounts to A 'Declaration of War'
(Sputnik News & GovTrack.us & Mathew Maavak / Sputnik News)

The Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, which passed the House by a near-unanimous vote, calls for enhancing sanctions against North Korea. But the chair of Russia's upper house of parliament's international committee has called the bill "an act of war" because it includes provisions for forced inspections of foreign vessels by US warships and presumes to extends US control over ports in China, Iran, Syria and the Russian Far East. Both acts constitute violations of international law.

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."

Angry South Korean Citizens Protest US Anti-Missile System
(Kim Tong-Hyung / Associated Press )

Anger boiled over in Seosongri village last week when US and South Korean military workers rushed to install key parts of the THAAD anti-missile system. Hundreds of banners now hang on trees and fences along a half-mile stretch of the road leading to a police blocade. The banners say: "Withdraw the illegal THAAD immediately" and "Stop US militarism."

How the US Can Save Billions and Avert a War with North Korea: Withdraw from South Korea
(Doug Bandow / The Hill)

War fever appears to be hitting a fever pitch with Donald Trump warning of a "major, major conflict" with North Korea. US casualties likely would be very high is US forces attacked a North Korean army backed by biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. Casualty estimates start in the tens of thousands. To trigger the war that the US spent 64 years tryng to prevent would be insane. Especially since there is a simple way to remove the North Korean threat to the US: Withdraw US troops from the Republic of Korea.

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."

ACTION ALERT: War Is Not Entertainment: Dropping Bombs Does Not Make You Presidential
(Jackie Wattles / CNN & Win Without War)

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

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."

Let's Call Western Media Coverage of Syria By Its Real Name: Propaganda
(Michael Howard / Paste Magazine)

Commentary: "In his essential study of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, University of Kent Professor Richard Sakwa writes that, somewhere down the road, Western media's reductive, ideological coverage of the conflict 'will undoubtedly become the subject of many an intriguing academic study.' That's if the human race isn't wiped out by environmental catastrophe or nuclear holocaust first."

Donald Trump, an Authoritarian President, Has Committed Impeachable Acts
(Robert Reich /Nation of Change & Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Facebook Page)

Commentary: Donald Trump's authoritarianism is a consistent and coherent philosophy of governing. But it's not America's. The framers of the US Constitution created separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism precisely to avoid concentrated power -- to stop authoritarians like Trump. If Trump isn't impeached for treasonous collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 election, he could be impeached for violating Article I Section 9, the Constitution's "emoluments" clause.

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.

Business Is Booming for Lockheed and Other US Bombmakers
(Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One)

In February 2016, the Pentagon announced it was starting to run low on the smart bombs used in its 9,000-plus airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and Barack Obama asked Congress toe for $1.8 billion to buy 45,000 new bombs. With the bombing campaign costing about $11.2 million per day, Lockheed and other bombmakers back in the US were registering record profits and expanding its munition factories to meet rising demand -- from fighting ISIS to building new weapons for Great Power wars at sea.

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.

Trump Would Be 'Honored' to Meet North Korean Leader. Or He Might 'Nuke' Him: "I Don't Know, I Mean, We'll See."
(AntiWar.com & The New York Post & The Washington Post)

Donald Trump said he would "be honored" to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un amid heightened tensions over the rogue regime's nuclear weapons program. At the same time, Trump did not appear to be ruling out military action against North Korea if the country pushes forward with its nuclear weapons program. Asked whether this meant he is considering a military attack on yet another foreign country, Trump explained his foreign policy position thusly: "I don't know. I mean, we'll see."

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.

Criminal Warrant Issued for Former Leader of US-backed Ukraine Coup
(TASS & Elena Chernenko and Alexander Gabuev / Kommersant)

A Russian court has issued an in-absentia arrest for Ukraine's former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, ruling that he was directly implicated in the toppling of Ukraine's elected pro-Russian regime. A political conspiracy that has been called "The most l=blatant coup in history." Yatsenyuk faces several charges under the Russian Criminal Code, namely participation in an armed group and crimes committed by this group, including intentional murder. He was put on an international wanted list on February 21, 2017.

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.

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