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A Memo to Donald Trump on the Nuclear Threat
(Elliott Negin / Catalyst Magazine, Union of Concerned Scientists)

Comments by the Trump administration seem to be encouraging a new arms race. We have a president who has made some deeply disturbing comments about nuclear weapons. During last year's presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump repeatedly said it was important to be "unpredictable" about whether the United States would use nuclear weapons. As a review of US nuclear weapons policy gets under way, UCS recommends several strategies to make us safer.
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Former President Jimmy Carter Releases a Statement on North Korea
(Jimmy Carter / Fox 5)

Historical analysis: "In June 1994, I met with Kim Il Sung in a time of crisis, when he agreed to put all their nuclear programs under strict supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and to seek mutual agreement with the United States on a permanent peace treaty, to have summit talks with the president of South Korea, to expedite the recovery of the remains of American service personnel buried in his country, and to take other steps to ease tension on the peninsula."
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Who Will Put an End to Donald Trump's Warmongering?
(John Cassidy / The New Yorker)

In this mad Presidency, there have been many mad days, but Friday may have been the maddest yet. It began with Donald Trump Tweeting war threat. "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely." When a reporter asked for a comment to reassure Americans on edge after all the threatening talk, he replied: "Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump," referring to himself in the third person. He appeared to be thoroughly enjoying himself.
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Trump's War on Alaska's Bears Triggers Increase in Orphaned Cubs
(Filipa Ioannou / San Francisco Chronicle)

Last year, under President Obama, the US Fish and Wildlife Service put new restrictions on hunting in Alaska's 16 wildlife refuges -- which span more than 76 million acres -- but they were nullified in April by the Trump administration at the urging of the National Rifle Association and other groups. The new rules allow for practices like shooting bears from helicopters and planes. As a result, there has been a disturbing increase in the number of emaciated, orphaned bear cubs.
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How War Pollutes the Potomac River
(David Swanson and Pat Elder / World Beyond War)

The Pentagon's impact on the river on whose bank it sits is not limited to the impact of global warming and rising oceans (fueled by the military's massive oil consumption). The Pentagon also directly poisons the Potomac River in more ways than almost anyone would imagine. A cruise down the Potomac from its source in the mountains of West Virginia to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay encompasses six Superfund sites created by the Pentagon's reckless disregard for the Potomac's fragile watershed.
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Trump Slashes Science Budgets; EPA Vet Resigns in Dismay
(Marla Cone / The Reveal & EcoWatch and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)

The Trump administration has proposed a series of drastic cuts to science research at federal agencies across the US, with the Environmental Protection Agency slated to bear the brunt. A recent budget proposal aims to eliminate more than $30.6 billion (nearly 21 percent) of research and development funding in fiscal year 2018. Elizabeth Sutherland, a 30-year EPA senior official, has resigned, calling Trump's EPA appointee Scott Pruitt "the leading candidate for worst boss in the world."
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A National Calamity in the Making: Provoking a Civil War Could Be Trump's Plan for Seizing Power
(Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog & Zach D. Roberts / Nation of Change)

The terrorist attack on peaceful counter protesters in Charlottesville was not an isolated incident. The violence is a product of white supremacists and homegrown terrorists. While hateful violence is hardly new to America, never before has a president licensed it as a political strategy. Trump and his consigliere Steve Bannon have been quietly encouraging a civil war between Trump's base of support -- mostly white and worried -- and everyone who's not.
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Behind the Battle for a Statue: Robert E. Lee's Conflicted Legacy
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & Harvey Wasserman / Solartopia)

What if these words by Robert E. Lee were added to the monument that bears his name in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park? "So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that Slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interest of the South. So fully am I satisfied of this that I would have cheerfully lost all that I have lost by the war, and have suffered all that I have suffered to have this object attained." Still, while Lee could be gracious and chivalrous, his core was medieval.
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Trump's War on AlaskaBears Triggers Increase in Orphaned Cubs

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Fake News: Korea Can't Strike US Despite Corporate Media's Claims
(Paul Gottinger / Reader Supported News)

North Korea's missile tests on July 3 and July 28 were described as successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile that put much of the US in range of a strike. Hawkish "experts" immediately claimed the missile tests proved Pyongyang can now strike the US. The corporate media's hyping of the "threat" began pushing the country toward a catastrophic war as Americans were warned how to "prepare" for a nuclear strike -- by covering their heads during the blast and taking showers afterwards! But it was all fake news.
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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.
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ACTION ALERT: Charlottesville: Actions and Reactions
(NationAction & Collier Meyerson / The Nation & Peter Rothberg / The Nation)

This weekend was heartbreaking. White nationalists descended on the community of Charlottesville, Virginia, with a message of hatred, racism, anti-Semitism, and terrorism. Heather Heyer, one of the brave protesters fighting back, was killed and 19 others were injured when a white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of demonstrators. Join the continuing fight against the hatred on display this weekend and too often throughout our nation's history.
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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."
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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.
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Trump's Speech Fails to Condemn Violence of his Alt-Right Supporters
(David Boddiger / SplinterNers & Al Jazeera & Sarah Wildman / Vox)

Commentaries: "Whether or not President Trump is a straight-up racist or simply doesn't want to alienate his white supremacist base no longer matters. Because his response to Saturday's domestic terrorist attack that killed at least one person and injured 19 others leaves no doubt about which side he is on." "We are seeing the beginning of white supremacist movement in the US." In Warsaw, Poland, Donald Trump issued a battle cry that resorted to rhetorical conceits typically used by the European and US alt-right.
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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.
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Is Trump's Ill-considered Threat to Nuke North Korea Just Another Diversion?
(Marc Ash / Reader Supported News)

Analysis: Donald Trump's outrageously irresponsible remarks threatening unspecified military action against North Korea belie a far more complex military and geopolitical reality. North Korea may be "isolated" politically and economically, but the Hermit Kingdom sits in a very crowded and strategically sensitive neighborhood -- sandwiched between two superpowers, China and Russia. A nuclear option is so implausible that it seems more likely that the implied threat is merely Trump's latest diversionary tactic.
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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.
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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."
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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."
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Trump's Solution to Climate Change: Ban the Term
(Bill McKibben / The Guardian)

In a bold new strategy, the US Department of Agriculture -- guardians of the planet's richest farmlands -- has decided to combat the threat of global warming by forbidding its employees from using the words. Under guidance from the USDA's director of soil health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, a list of phrases to be avoided includes "climate change" and "climate change adaptation." Instead, the USDA's staff has been ordered to only use the phrases "weather extremes" and "resilience to weather extremes."
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Trump's Speech Fails to Condemn Violence of his Alt-Right Supporters
(David Boddiger / SplinterNers & Al Jazeera & Sarah Wildman / Vox)

Commentaries: "Whether or not President Trump is a straight-up racist or simply doesn't want to alienate his white supremacist base no longer matters. Because his response to Saturday's domestic terrorist attack that killed at least one person and injured 19 others leaves no doubt about which side he is on." "We are seeing the beginning of white supremacist movement in the US." In Warsaw, Poland, Donald Trump issued a battle cry that resorted to rhetorical conceits typically used by the European and US alt-right.
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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.
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ACTION ALERT: Don't Let Trump Start a Nuclear War
(Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan / Democracy Now! & Harvey Wasserman / Solartopia)

Donald Trump threatened nuclear war this week, just six months into his presidency. The US nuclear system was already dangerous, irresponsible, insane. It can only get worse with Trump holding his finger on the trigger. Words matter. This is how wars start. Richard Nixon was the last president to seriously threaten the use of nuclear weapons. The only reason he relented, he explained privately, was that he "feared the response of the global anti-war movement."
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ACTION ALERT: Stopping the March to War with North Korea
(Will Fischer / VoteVets & CREDO Mobile Petition & Emily Tamkin / Foreign Policy)

The threat of military conflict with North Korea is increasing by the day. This morning, President Trump tweeted that "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. But what's really missing from this conversation is being bold about diplomatic solutions. Donald Trump currently has the power to launch thousands of nuclear weapons at will. H.R. 669, the Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, would stop Trump from starting a nuclear war.
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Take the Nukes Away From the Madman in the White House
(Scott Galindez / Reader Supported News)

Commentary: I have always argued that we are hypocrites to say other countries can't have nuclear weapons but we can. People have always said we were not crazy enough to use them. (Um . . . Hiroshima and Nagasaki.) Even if you ignore those bombings, there now is a madman in the White House threatening fire and fury. Kim Jong-un may be a nut job (and the world is a more dangerous place with him in power) but the new problem is Donald Trump -- a nut job with a more dangerous military at his disposal.
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ACTION ALERT: Call for Global Action Against Military Bases -- 7 October 2017
(NoDalMolin, CODE PINK & Hambastagi)

Determined activists around the world have been resisting occupation, militarism, and foreign military bases on their lands for decades. These struggles have been courageous and persistent. Let’s unite our resistance into one global action for peace and justice. This fall, during the first week of October, 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.
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A Korean War Would Quickly Escalate -- And Could Go Nuclear
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & David Brunnstrom and John Walcott / Reuters & NBC News)

Former US defense officials and experts warn that any new military conflict with North Korea would almost certainly escalate quickly to the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties not seen since World War Two and an untold economic impact worldwide. Recent supercharged rhetoric between the unpredictable Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have heightened the risk of miscalculation that could make that nightmare a reality, they say.
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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.
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North Korea Does Not Trust America for a Pretty Good Reason
(Doug Bandow / The National Interest)

North Korea obviously wants to be a nuclear power with the ability to deter the United States. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to reassure Pyongyang about America's intentions. Unfortunately, however, Kim Jong-un would be a fool to believe any promises made by Washington. Only actions are likely to convince him. The US routinely runs aircraft carriers along North Korea's coast and flies bombers over North Korea's cities. Kim wants to rule an independent nation, not a de facto PRC province.
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Trump White House Weighs Unprecedented Plan to Privatize Much of the War in Afghanistan
(Jim Michaels / USA TODAY & Justin Raimondo / AntiWar.com)

Team Trump hopes to privatize healthcare, schools, public utilities, and air traffic control -- so why not war? The plan includes 5,500 private contractors and a 90-plane private air force to provide air support in the nearly 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. One of the biggest winners in this war-profiteering plan is Erik Prince, founder of the controversial Blackwater security firm and the brother of Trump's Education Secretary, Betsy Devos.
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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.
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Trump Praises His Powerful Missiles, Mattis Threatens Destruction of North Korea's People, Lockheed Investors Rejoice as Profits Soar
(Doina Chiacu / Reuters & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

Continuing months of war rhetoric, Defense Secretary James Mattis today warned North Korea risks a course of action that "would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people." He insisted North Korea needs to immediately "stand down." The US, of course, has constantly threatened their own preemptive strikes against North Korea for years now, and those threats have only grown. Meanwhile, these rumors of war are a big windfall for the Pentagon's No. 1 arms supplier, Lockheed Martin.
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Former US Secretary of Defense Cautions Trump: 'There Is A Deal To Be Made With North Korea'
(William J. Perry / The Huffington Post)

The North Korean leaders are not crazy, as some people believe. The North Korean leadership understands that if it launches a nuclear attack, its country will be destroyed. North Korea might agree to a nuclear deal in return for economic concessions from South Korea and security assurances from the US. In fact, they already did -- when they agreed to abandon their nuclear missile program during Bill Clinton's administration. Unfortunately, when George W. Bush became president, he ended the discussions.
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Former US Officials Explain Why US Should Get Out of Syria
(Oriana Pawlyk / Military.com & David Swanson / World Beyond War )

What's at stake for the US being involved in a conflict that grows more complicated by the day? Everything, said former State Department official Matthew Hoh and former CIA analyst John Kiriakou. US military planes and drones kill a lot of people. Airways has identified thousands of civilian deaths from US and allied airstrikes (4,734 to 7,337 in Syria and Iraq). What purpose is served by US planes over Syria?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A Global Resolution on Peace
(Peace Now.com)

The Global Resolution supports the Culture of Peace that encourages individuals to become agents of peace and non-violence. We, global citizen signatories from 192 Nations, respectfully call upon the United Nations and all countries to create infrastructures in their governments and in civil society to develop and implement policies, programs and practices that promote, establish, and maintain human and environmental security and justice.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Trump TV: Just like North Korea, Donald Trump Launches His Own State Media
(Trump TV & Jake Taper/CNN & Keith Olbermann/ The Closer & Aaron Blake / The Washington Post & Tod Perry / Good Worldwide Inc.)

Commentary: On August 7, the second edition of Trump TV debuted on Facebook with a promise to provide the Real News of the week "from Trump Tower in New York!" In the first 90-second segment, anchor Kayleigh McEnany made a number of questionable claims about Trump's achievements. The Washington Post called the event "a lot like real propaganda -- or state TV." Trump TV is reportedly run by Eric Trump's wife, Lara, and has used campaign funds to finance the broadcasts.
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Global Warming, the Tipping Point, and Environmental/Economic Justice
(SBS News & Kate Aronoff / The Nation)

Scientists report that world temperatures are likely to rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius this century, surpassing a "tipping point" that a global climate deal aims to avert Al Gore's latest film draws climate change back into the political limelight, but fails to draw connections between environmental and economic justice. Seriously confronting the warming of our planet would essentially spell the end for free market capitalism.
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What's So "Moderate" about Constant Warmongering?
(Barbara Boland / Rare )

Commentary: Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain are frequently referred to as "moderates," which is pretty astonishing when you look at how frequently and openly they've campaigned for costly and unnecessary American military interventions overseas. Graham and McCain's "war first, last, and always" stance has consistently resulted in disaster. But their constant inaccuracy has not made them shyer or their rhetoric less sharp.
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The US Has Called for Economic Sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia. How about Economic Sanctions against the US?
(teleSUR & Richard Becker / Global Research and Liberation)

Over the past several decades, the US -- sometimes through the UN Security Council, sometimes on its own -- has imposed sanctions, embargoes, and blockades on dozens of countries. President Barack Obama once described US sanctions as a means of "twisting the arms" of sovereign counties so that they "do what we need them to do." The targets of US sanctions are all countries that oppose US imperialist policies while many US allies -- that are certified violators of human rights -- receive a free pass.
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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.
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Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemorative Events: National Nagasaki Day
(Joseph Gerson / American Friends Service Committee & John Rainwater / Peace Action & Harvey Wasserman / Solartopia)

Hopes and expectations here are high for the recently negotiated Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, anticipating that treaty signings and ratifications that will begin on September 20 can over time impact the nuclear weapons states, which have boycotted the Ban Treaty process. Those of us living in the nuclear weapons states have our work cut out for us.
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US Prepared to Launch 'Preventive War' Against North Korea
(Jason Le Miere / Newsweek)

The United States is preparing for all options to counter the growing threat from North Korea, including launching a "preventive war," national security adviser H.R. McMaster said in an interview with MSNBC that aired Saturday. The comments come following North Korea carrying out two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month. "The president's been very clear about it," McMaster stated. "He said he's not gonna tolerate North Korea being able to threaten the United States."
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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.
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Is the Expanding US Military Presence in Syria Legal?
(Sharmine Narwani / The American Conservative)

In July, the White House and Pentagon requested authority from Congress to build further "temporary intermediate staging facilities" inside Syria in order to combat ISIS more effectively. Yet when questioned about the international law grounds for this US military presence inside Syria, CENTCOM didn't have a response on hand. It's clear that official Washington simply doesn't want to answer the "international law" question Washington's military presence inside on Syria.
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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.
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Congress Pushes for Development of Nuclear Missiles Banned Under US/Russia Treaty
(Sputnik News )

The GOP is preparing several defense bills that would require the Pentagon to violate a 1987 Treaty with Russia that bans development of medium-range missiles. Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the treaty -- which was designed to limit the missile potential of the two superpowers -- might lead to a buildup of missiles on both sides, with Europe and the rest of the world risking getting caught in the crossfire.
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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."
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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.
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Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemorations
(Joseph Gerson / American Friends Service Committee & John Rainwater / Peace Action)

Hopes are high for the recently negotiated Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, anticipating that treaty signings and ratifications set to begin on September 20 can over time influence the nuclear weapons states. Meanwhile, we are asking that the $1.2 trillion that the Pentagon plans to spend to upgrade nuclear weapons and delivery systems instead be used to preserve and expand essential social services, for education, and for green infrastructure modernization to address climate change and create jobs.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Abolishing War: America's Foreign Bases Assure Private Profits, Not National Defense
(David Swanson / World Beyond War & Thomas Knapp / AntiWar.com)

The main purpose of the US "defense" establishment since World War Two has been to move as much money as possible from your pockets to the bank accounts of politically connected "defense" contractors. Foreign bases are an easy way to blow large amounts of money in precisely that way. Shutting down those foreign bases and bringing the troops home are essential first steps in creating an actual national defense.
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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.
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Don't Blame the Generals: Washington Continues to Fight Wars that Can't Be Won
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Leon Hadar / The National Interest)

Donald Trump has faulted Gen. John Nicholson, Jr. for "not winning the war" in Afghanistan. But the truth is the fault is not in the execution of the "Global War on Terror" but in the very conception of the GWOT. It has become increasinglh apparent that this failed global strategy -- begun by George W. Bush -- has made the world more unstable and dangerous and helped ignite several costly wars.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Unsustainable Price of Empire: America Cannot Afford More Military Adventurism
(Doug Bandow / The National Interest)

Commentary: Congress and the president must begin to rethink priorities as America's fiscal situation becomes more precarious. No security imperative requires defending prosperous and populous allies in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, fighting other nations' battles in Africa and the Middle East, engaging in seemingly endless nation-building in Central Asia and the Middle East, and treating the slightest instability anywhere as a summons to act.
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Construction of Trump's Border Wall Set to Begin -- Inside a Wildlife Refuge
(ProPublica and the Texas Tribune & Joe Sexton / ProPublica)

America may get its border wall. It just might have to do without a lot else. US Customs and Border Protection is preparing to use its own funds to start construction on the first part of Trump's wall in November -- a 3-mile segment that will damage one of the nation''s most cherished bird-watching locales. The fiscal 2018 $2.6 billion cost for the first stage of the border wall will mean massive cuts to America's environmental, social, health, and arts programs.
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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.
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Neither Trump Nor Obama Have Felt Constrained by the Constitution When It Comes to Starting a War
(Ron Paul / The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity & Ivan Eland / The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity)

Donald Trump seems to be impatiently racing toward at least one disastrous war. Maybe two. The big question is who will be first? North Korea or Iran? One unnamed Pentagon source has claimed that Trump "is to order a military strike against North Korea within a year." Barack Obama's claim that he didn't need congressional authorization for his wars in Iraq and Syria is equally troubling. However, history shows that Obama was not the first to believe that a president has the imperial authority for war by executive fiat.
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Urgent Warning: Washington Needs to Deescalate Military Threats Against North Korea
(Medea Benjamin / CODE PINK & Nation of Change & Sputnik News)

Why is North Korea paranoid? Perhaps because of Washington's actions. There are 83 US military bases on South Korean soil and US warships often patrol the coast. US-South Korean military exercises have been getting larger and more provocative, including dropping mock nuclear bombs on North Korea. The US has long held a "pre-emptive first strike" policy toward North Korea. This frightening threat of an unprovoked US nuclear attack gives North Korea good reason to want its own nuclear arsenal.
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The 'Great Game' of Global Energy Imperialism
(Zoltan Zigedy / ZZS-Blog)

During June 29 Energy Department meeting, Donald Trump declared a US policy of "energy dominance." Clearly, Russia is a target of the emerging policy. Despite the near total neglect of the foreign policy implications of this emerging policy by US commentators, they have not gone unnoticed in important circles internationally. Trump's recent European tour was a sales trip for US liquified natural gas interests as much as it was a photo-op the G20 summit. It's a battle of OPEC monopoly vs US hegemony.
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China's Great Green Grid: Capturing China's "Wasted" Wind and Solar Power
(Molly Bradtke / New Security Beat)

In 2016 alone, China installed 34.2GW of solar PV and 23.4GW of wind capacity -- nearly 50 percent of the world's new solar and wind capacity. Yet, many of these renewable energy sources remain untapped as provinces continued to build their own local coal-fired plants.
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The Race to Solar-power Africa
(Bill McKibben / Reporter at Large @ The New Yorker)

There is a boom in boom in solar power in sub-Saharan Africa. From Ghana, to Ivory Coast, to Tanzania, and along the way you can a variety of new solar ventures, most of them US-led. Some, such as Ghana's Black Star Energy install solar micrograms -- small-scale versions of the giant grid Americans are familiar with -- while others, such as Off-Grid Electric, in Tanzania and Ivory Coast, market home-based solar systems that run on a panel installed on each individual house.
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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.
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Water and US National Security
(Peter Gleick / Pacific Institute & Army War College & Intellibriefs.com)

Fresh water has long been a vital and necessary natural resource, and it has long been a source of tension, a military tool, and a target during war. National and international leaders must take steps to reduce the risks and threats associated with water insecurity. The failure to address water problems through diplomacy will lead to new and growing security risks, including for the US.
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The National Rifle Association Gets Its Own TV Network!
(Bill Berkowitz / Buzzflash @ TruthOut)

The National Rifle Association now has at its disposal is NRATV. While the fledging network may not yet be among the choices in your cable television package, or available through existing streaming services, given the power of the gun lobbying organization, NRATV may soon be coming to screen near you. NRATV's declared mission is to provide "The most comprehensive video coverage of Second Amendment issues, events and culture anywhere in the world."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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Trump Plan Could Open California's Giant Sequoia Monument to Logging
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

The largest living things standing on the planet, California's giant sequoias have a lineage stretching back to the Jurassic period. But their survival is now in question owing to plans being hatched in Washington. As the Trump administration continues to roll back protections on public lands, timber industry advocates are pushing to reduce federal defenses for California's giant trees.
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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.
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ACTION ALERT: No Pentagon Budget without an Audit!
(Michael C. Burgess and Grover Norquist / USA Today Op-ed & Karl W. Eikenberry / USA Today)

In 1990, Congress passed the Chief Financial Officers Act requiring every department and agency in the federal government to produce verifiable financial statements that can be fully audited. To date, each major agency has been able to complete this task except one -- the Department of Defense. In January 2015, the Defense Business Board issued a report on Pentagon operations that revealed at least $125 billion in administrative waste. This is unacceptable. It is time to audit the Pentagon.
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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.
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War on the Biosphere: Humans Have Created 9 Billion Tons of Plastic
(Tim Radford / Climate News Network & Kate Melges and Nathalie Arfvidson / Greenpeace)

Scientists recently have calculated the mass of all the plastic bottles, bags, cups, toys, instruments and fabrics ever produced and tracked its whereabouts -- another index of the phenomenal change to the face of the planet made by recent human advance. Since about 1950, more than 8.3 billion tons of synthetic organic polymers have been generated, distributed and discarded -- of this, 6.3 billion tons are classified as waste. Read Greenpeace's action page on becoming part of the Plastic-Free Challenge.
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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.
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Environmental Decisions in the Context of War: Bombing ISIL's Oil
(David C. Harary / The Center for Development and Strategy)

Based on this paper's analysis, the best option for military and intelligence decision-makers to choose, would be to target ISIL's petroleum transportation vehicles. This option would pose 26 percent less risk towards the social, environmental, and economic elements of society in Iraq and Syria than not deploying precision-guided munitions at all. So a "war for oil" becomes a "war ON oil."
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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.
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Trump's Unhinged Speech to the Scouts and Why Trump Must Resign by August 9
(John Graham / Life on the Edge & Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman / Reader Supported News)

Commentary: Surely even Trump's acolytes in Congress must know now in their heart of hearts that the man is dangerously unfit for the most powerful office in the world. We do not need more incidents like the speech to the Boy Scouts to know that a deeply disturbed man holds the White House. Republicans in Congress must stop the dangerous game they're playing -- hoping Trump doesn't blow up the world while they advance their agenda behind the uproars he creates.
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Trump's New Interior Pick Loves Oil, Hates Wildlife
(Chris D'Angelo / The Huffington Post & Eric Dexheimer / American-Statesman)

Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs once likened proposed Endangered Species Act listings to "incoming Scud missiles" headed for her state's oil and gas-rich economy. Combs, also a former state representative and agriculture commissioner, regularly sparred with the US Fish and Wildlife Service over species listings. In 2015, she petitioned to have protections removed for an endangered songbird native to central Texas, claiming the bird jeopardized military readiness.
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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.
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ACTION ALERT: Building a Mass Movement to Stop Mass Killing
(Medea Benjamin / CODEPINK & Nation of Change)

Commentary: The $600 billion cost of the US military budget eats up 54% of all federal discretionary funds. No wonder we lack money to address global warming, build public transportation systems, institute a Medicare-for-All health system, or provide the free college education that all our youth deserve. Instead, the funds are spent on "killer drones." How can so many Americans think we had the right to murder people thousands of miles away who were never charged, tried, or convicted of anything?
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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."
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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.
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The Environmental Impact of Trump's Border Wall and Dirty Energy Plans
(Emily Flitter / Reuters & Jessica Corbett / Nation of Change & Natasha Geiling / ThinkProgress)

The US Customs and Border Patrol plans to use a 2005 anti-terror law to sidestep an environmental impact study for a section of Donald Trump's border wall that will pass through a Texas national refuge for endangered ocelots. Meanwhile, as Senate Democrats stay silent on an energy bill that environmentalists call "a pro-fracking giveaway to oil and gas interests that would commit America to decades more of dangerous fossil fuel dependence," Sen. Bernie Sanders is being hailed for speaking out against it.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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