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A compendium of articles, reports, essays and investigations into the effects of militarism on the environment and human society. Send additional documents to editor@envirosagainstwar.org.

 

FEATURED REPORTS

Martin Luther King's 1967 Antiwar Speech: "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence" (Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Riverside Church, NYC )
I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.

The Hidden History of MLK's Murder Conspiracy Trial (Environmentalists Against War & Coretta Scott King et al)
In 1976, lawyer William Pepper began an investigation of the 1968 assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pepper's research uncovered a conspiracy that involved US government, military and intelligence operatives. In 1999, at the behest of the King family, Pepper embarked on a historic four-week trial that presented jurors with reams of documentation and the sworn testimony of 70 individuals, including several who confessed to peripheral roles in the conspiracy to murder Dr. King.

Who Killed Martin Luther King, Jr. and Why? (Kevin Zeese / Popular Resistance & William Pepper / Ratical.org)
Imagine how different the world would have been if Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had not been assassinated. Imagine he continued to speak out against militarism, if the Poor People's Campaign had proceeded under his leadership and if he joined Bobby Kennedy as vice president on the Democratic ticket. It is not difficult to understand why those in power were worried about where he would take the country -- by challenging militarism, capitalism and racism

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Oppose Any New Military Bases on the Okinawa Bay (Friends of the Earth)
The US military is attempting to build a new base in Okinawa, Japan. This base threatens precious ecosystems, endangered species, the democracy of the Okinawan people, and the livelihoods of its Indigenous community. Helipads are already being constructed in a remote area that contains important biological diversity. Help send 20,000 messages to the US Congress to oppose any new US military bases on Okinawa.

ACTION ALERT: Bernie Sanders Set to Tackle Pentagon Spending (Win Without War & Julian Borger / The Guardian & Bernie Sanders / In These Times)
Donald Trump just announced a plan to build laser drones to fire at North Korean missiles. As ludicrous as that sounds, it's just a small part of an enormous and extremely expensive Pentagon plan that experts have slammed as unaffordable, unworkable, and massively dangerous. Stand with Senator Bernie Sanders' call to rein in the United States' dangerous, out-of-control military spending. We must put public dollars into building true safety and security -- not fueling violence and stuffing defense CEOs’ pockets.

Has the US Government Legalized Secret Defense Spending? (Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone)
While a noisy Supreme Court fight captivated America last fall, an obscure federal accounting body quietly approved a system of classified money-moving. October 4, 2018, a little-known government body called the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board essentially legalized secret national security spending. From this point on, the real answer for how big a share of national spending is controlled by the intelligence community is probably . . . "God only knows."

Pentagon Confirms Climate Change Is A National Security Threat, Contradicting Trump (Chris D'Angelo and Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)
More than a year after President Donald Trump nixed climate change from his administration's list of national security threats, the Pentagon has released an alarming report detailing how dozens of US military bases are already threatened by rising seas, drought and wildfire. The report revealed that key military 53 sites are currently vulnerable to repeat flooding due to climate change and rising sea levels worldwide -- in short, Trump's climate denialism is putting buildings, resources and soldiers' lives at risk.

The Wall, The Endless War, and the Troops Who Pay (Gerry Condon / Common Dreams)
The presence of US troops in Syria, as in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and elsewhere, provides motivation for terrorist attacks. US troops are now sitting ducks in a sea of terrorism of the US's own making. Withdrawing the troops from Syria is the way to reduce terrorism and bring an end to the war. The US has no legal right to be in Syria in the first place.

Things Congress Could Do for Peace -- From the Easiest to the Hardest (David Swanson / David Swanson.org & Woeld BEYOND War)
Please consider sending this "To-Do List" to your representatives in Washington: When talking about how to fund useful projects, or talking about the federal budget or the US economy, talk as if US military spending exists. With 67 percent of federal discretionary spending going to militarism, don't talk about the "size" of the government as if only the other 33 percent exists. Be aware of the fact that military spending is an economic drain, not a jobs program, and speak accordingly. And so on . . . .

GHW Bush's Covert Take-over of Reagan's Foreign Policy: Spies, Hidden Wars, Assassinations and Secret Operations (Seymour M. Hersh / London Review of Books)
During Reagan's presidency, GHW Bush emerged -- by default and very much in private -- as the most important decision-maker in America's intelligence world. "He controlled the strings," the officer said. "We ran small, limited operations that were discreet, with a military chain of command." Congress, and the Constitution, were at first no more of an obstacle to Bush's covert operations than the press. The one member of Congress who knew what was going on was "Poppy" Bush's colleague, Dick Cheney.

At Age 70, It's Time To Rethink NATO (Patrick J. Buchanan / AntiWar.com & Rebecca Kheel / The Hill)
NATO this year celebrates a major birthday. The alliance is 70 years old. And under this aging NATO, the US is committed to treat an attack on any one of 28 nations from Estonia to Montenegro to Romania to Albania as an attack on the United States. The time is ripe for a strategic review of these war guarantees to fight a nuclear-armed Russia in defense of countries across the length of Europe that few could find on a map. But now, a new, bi-partiosan Senate bill would block Trump from withdrawing from NATO.

Let's Expose Congress Members for the Warhawks They Are (Maj. Danny Sjursen / TruthDig & AntiWar.com)
As the nation continued to reel from President Donald Trump's shock decision last month to remove all US troops from Syria, news came Wednesday that an unknown number of US soldiers were among at least 15 killed in a bombing in northern Syria. Amid such continued violence, one would think the president's withdrawal would have ever more urgency. And yet, just about everyone in Washington has attacked his decision to pull out.

US Adopts Christian Ideology to Guide Foreign Policy (William Boardman / Reader Supported News)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to the American University in Cairo early this year to deliver what may be the clearest statement of foreign policy principles that will come from this administration. Pompeo's speech began with his acknowledgement that he views the world through a pair of self-reinforcing ideologies: Christian evangelism and American Salvationism.

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

Russia, US Fail to Save Missile Treaty, Washington to Pull Out (Robin Emmott /Reuters & AntiWar.com)
Initially ratified in 1987, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which famously kept all nuclear missiles out of Europe for decades, is set to collapse, with US officials saying they will withdraw from the treaty next month.

ACTION ALERT: US Arrests American-born Journalist: No Charges Given (AntiWar.com & Roots Action & Environmentalists Against War & National Iranian American Council)
Marziyeh Hashemi, a US citizen who works as an anchor and reporter for Iran's state-run PressTV, has been arrested and detained by the US government. She was arrested at St. Louis Lambert International Airport trying to board a flight, and is being held without charges.

A Planet in Crisis: The Heat's on Us as We Face Global "Co-extinction" (Dahr Jamail / TomDispatch)
Climate change could lead to a "domino effect" that might, in the end, annihilate all life on the planet. Organisms will die out at increasingly rapid rates because they depend on other species that are also on their way out. It's a process the study calls "co-extinction." According to its authors, a five to six degree Celsius rise in average global temperatures might be enough to annihilate most of Earth's living creatures.

ACTION ALERT: Humans, Just 0.01% of all Life, Have Destroyed 83% of Wild Mammals; Today, 60% of All Mammals Left on Earth Are Livestock (Damian Carrington / The Guardian & Avaaz.org)
Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world's foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife now threatens human civilization. The new estimate of the massacre of wildlife -- from a major WWF report involving 59 scientists from across the globe -- finds that the growing consumption of food and resources by the global population is destroying a web of life -- billions of years in the making -- upon which human society ultimately depends.

Amazon Ecosystem at Risk as Bolsonaro Acts; Brazil's Socio-environmental Groups Resist (Sue Branford and Thais Borges / Mongabay)
In Brazil, the newly elected Bolsonaro administration is barely two weeks old, but the new president and his appointees continue to make incendiary statements and press forward with provisional measures and policies that could seriously infringe indigenous and agrarian reform land rights, and environmental protections. Amazon land thieves also have been emboldened since the election, with the invasion of the Arara Indigenous Reserve. There has been no federal law enforcement response to either conflict.

Life in Damascus after US Imperialism Is Defeated (Kevin Zeese / Popular Resistance)
This is an excellent series of videos showing the streets of Damascus and interviews with people in Syria about what life is like in the capital now that US/NATO and their allies attempt at taking over the country has been defeated. Life is returning to normal, people are going about their business and there are relaxed smiles on their faces. It is a powerful report that we do not hear in the western media -- life after the US is defeated.

Trump Discussed Pulling US From NATO (Julian E. Barbes and Helene Cooper / The New York Times)
There are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years. Last year, Donald Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States. But who's the real aggressor in the region? It is the US that has slowly encroached on Russia's borders. Moscow has good cause to feel threatened.

Renew the Nuclear Arms Control Treaty, Don't Destroy It (Andrew Lichterman and John Burroughs / Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy)
The INF Treaty and the enterprise of nuclear arms control are at risk, as Andrew Lichterman of IALANA affiliate Western States Legal Foundation and LCNP's John Burroughs explain in the below IPS opinion piece. LCNP and WSLF helped develop a RootsAction-led online campaign enabling constituents to contact their representative and senators to urge action to save the treaty - please participate! As this piece explains, Congress has the authority and power to do so.

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

ACTION ALERT: How to Fund the Green New Deal: Bring Back Reagan-era 70% Tax Rates for the Wealthy (Demand Progress & Politico & New York Magazine)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has an excellent idea to take on concentrated wealth and the climate crisis: tax the rich. Recently, on 60 Minutes, she called for higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires, asking them to pay up to 70% on incomes above $10 million. She wants some of that money to help support the Green New Deal to address the climate crisis. She's already getting attacked by corporate Democrats for her plan. Let's show her that we've got her back.

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GENERAL IMPACTS

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Oppose Any New Military Bases on the Okinawa Bay
(Friends of the Earth)

The US military is attempting to build a new base in Okinawa, Japan. This base threatens precious ecosystems, endangered species, the democracy of the Okinawan people, and the livelihoods of its Indigenous community. Helipads are already being constructed in a remote area that contains important biological diversity. Help send 20,000 messages to the US Congress to oppose any new US military bases on Okinawa.
/know/read.php?itemid=21785

ACTION ALERT: Bernie Sanders Set to Tackle Pentagon Spending
(Win Without War & Julian Borger / The Guardian & Bernie Sanders / In These Times)

Donald Trump just announced a plan to build laser drones to fire at North Korean missiles. As ludicrous as that sounds, it's just a small part of an enormous and extremely expensive Pentagon plan that experts have slammed as unaffordable, unworkable, and massively dangerous. Stand with Senator Bernie Sanders' call to rein in the United States' dangerous, out-of-control military spending. We must put public dollars into building true safety and security -- not fueling violence and stuffing defense CEOs’ pockets.
/know/read.php?itemid=21778

Pentagon Confirms Climate Change Is A National Security Threat, Contradicting Trump
(Chris D'Angelo and Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

More than a year after President Donald Trump nixed climate change from his administration's list of national security threats, the Pentagon has released an alarming report detailing how dozens of US military bases are already threatened by rising seas, drought and wildfire. The report revealed that key military 53 sites are currently vulnerable to repeat flooding due to climate change and rising sea levels worldwide -- in short, Trump's climate denialism is putting buildings, resources and soldiers' lives at risk.
/know/read.php?itemid=21780

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

At a time when our infrastructure is crumbling, public schools lack the resources to provide a quality educations, and 30 million Americans have no health insurance, most Democrats backed GOP efforts to increase military spending by $165 billion over two years. It has been correctly pointed out that, to a great degree, we have a "one-party foreign policy" where there is almost no debate about the basic premises underlying our long-term positions. In a complicated and volatile world, this is not a good thing.
/know/read.php?itemid=21772

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

Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world's foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife now threatens human civilization. The new estimate of the massacre of wildlife -- from a major WWF report involving 59 scientists from across the globe -- finds that the growing consumption of food and resources by the global population is destroying a web of life -- billions of years in the making -- upon which human society ultimately depends.
/know/read.php?itemid=21765

Renew the Nuclear Arms Control Treaty, Don't Destroy It
(Andrew Lichterman and John Burroughs / Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy)

The INF Treaty and the enterprise of nuclear arms control are at risk, as Andrew Lichterman of IALANA affiliate Western States Legal Foundation and LCNP's John Burroughs explain in the below IPS opinion piece. LCNP and WSLF helped develop a RootsAction-led online campaign enabling constituents to contact their representative and senators to urge action to save the treaty - please participate! As this piece explains, Congress has the authority and power to do so.
/know/read.php?itemid=21761

Rooting for the Green New Deal
(Justine Calma / Grist)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Elizabeth Warren. Beto O'Rourke. Those are just a few of the high-profile names either leading the development of or jumping to endorse today's environmental cause celebre, the Green New Deal. Inside congressional halls, at street protests, and, of course, on climate Twitter -- it's hard to avoid the idea, which aims to re-package ambitious climate actions into a single, wide-ranging stimulus program.
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Corporations Set to Launch 5G Networks Despite Risks to Human Health and the Environment
(Zacks.com & Salon & Radiation Health Risks.com)

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

Martin Luther King's 1967 Antiwar Speech: "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence"
(Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Riverside Church, NYC )

I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.
/know/read.php?itemid=21782

The Hidden History of MLK's Murder Conspiracy Trial
(Environmentalists Against War & Coretta Scott King et al)

In 1976, lawyer William Pepper began an investigation of the 1968 assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pepper's research uncovered a conspiracy that involved US government, military and intelligence operatives. In 1999, at the behest of the King family, Pepper embarked on a historic four-week trial that presented jurors with reams of documentation and the sworn testimony of 70 individuals, including several who confessed to peripheral roles in the conspiracy to murder Dr. King.
/know/read.php?itemid=21783

Who Killed Martin Luther King, Jr. and Why?
(Kevin Zeese / Popular Resistance & William Pepper / Ratical.org)

Imagine how different the world would have been if Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had not been assassinated. Imagine he continued to speak out against militarism, if the Poor People's Campaign had proceeded under his leadership and if he joined Bobby Kennedy as vice president on the Democratic ticket. It is not difficult to understand why those in power were worried about where he would take the country -- by challenging militarism, capitalism and racism
/know/read.php?itemid=21784

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Oppose Any New Military Bases on the Okinawa Bay
(Friends of the Earth)

The US military is attempting to build a new base in Okinawa, Japan. This base threatens precious ecosystems, endangered species, the democracy of the Okinawan people, and the livelihoods of its Indigenous community. Helipads are already being constructed in a remote area that contains important biological diversity. Help send 20,000 messages to the US Congress to oppose any new US military bases on Okinawa.
/know/read.php?itemid=21785

ACTION ALERT: Bernie Sanders Set to Tackle Pentagon Spending
(Win Without War & Julian Borger / The Guardian & Bernie Sanders / In These Times)

Donald Trump just announced a plan to build laser drones to fire at North Korean missiles. As ludicrous as that sounds, it's just a small part of an enormous and extremely expensive Pentagon plan that experts have slammed as unaffordable, unworkable, and massively dangerous. Stand with Senator Bernie Sanders' call to rein in the United States' dangerous, out-of-control military spending. We must put public dollars into building true safety and security -- not fueling violence and stuffing defense CEOs’ pockets.
/know/read.php?itemid=21778

Has the US Government Legalized Secret Defense Spending?
(Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone)

While a noisy Supreme Court fight captivated America last fall, an obscure federal accounting body quietly approved a system of classified money-moving. October 4, 2018, a little-known government body called the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board essentially legalized secret national security spending. From this point on, the real answer for how big a share of national spending is controlled by the intelligence community is probably . . . "God only knows."
/know/read.php?itemid=21779

Pentagon Confirms Climate Change Is A National Security Threat, Contradicting Trump
(Chris D'Angelo and Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

More than a year after President Donald Trump nixed climate change from his administration's list of national security threats, the Pentagon has released an alarming report detailing how dozens of US military bases are already threatened by rising seas, drought and wildfire. The report revealed that key military 53 sites are currently vulnerable to repeat flooding due to climate change and rising sea levels worldwide -- in short, Trump's climate denialism is putting buildings, resources and soldiers' lives at risk.
/know/read.php?itemid=21780

The Wall, The Endless War, and the Troops Who Pay
(Gerry Condon / Common Dreams)

The presence of US troops in Syria, as in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and elsewhere, provides motivation for terrorist attacks. US troops are now sitting ducks in a sea of terrorism of the US's own making. Withdrawing the troops from Syria is the way to reduce terrorism and bring an end to the war. The US has no legal right to be in Syria in the first place.
/know/read.php?itemid=21781

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LAND IMPACTS

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Oppose Any New Military Bases on the Okinawa Bay
(Friends of the Earth)

The US military is attempting to build a new base in Okinawa, Japan. This base threatens precious ecosystems, endangered species, the democracy of the Okinawan people, and the livelihoods of its Indigenous community. Helipads are already being constructed in a remote area that contains important biological diversity. Help send 20,000 messages to the US Congress to oppose any new US military bases on Okinawa.
/know/read.php?itemid=21785

Pentagon Confirms Climate Change Is A National Security Threat, Contradicting Trump
(Chris D'Angelo and Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

More than a year after President Donald Trump nixed climate change from his administration's list of national security threats, the Pentagon has released an alarming report detailing how dozens of US military bases are already threatened by rising seas, drought and wildfire. The report revealed that key military 53 sites are currently vulnerable to repeat flooding due to climate change and rising sea levels worldwide -- in short, Trump's climate denialism is putting buildings, resources and soldiers' lives at risk.
/know/read.php?itemid=21780

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

Climate change could lead to a "domino effect" that might, in the end, annihilate all life on the planet. Organisms will die out at increasingly rapid rates because they depend on other species that are also on their way out. It's a process the study calls "co-extinction." According to its authors, a five to six degree Celsius rise in average global temperatures might be enough to annihilate most of Earth's living creatures.
/know/read.php?itemid=21764

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

Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world's foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife now threatens human civilization. The new estimate of the massacre of wildlife -- from a major WWF report involving 59 scientists from across the globe -- finds that the growing consumption of food and resources by the global population is destroying a web of life -- billions of years in the making -- upon which human society ultimately depends.
/know/read.php?itemid=21765

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

In Brazil, the newly elected Bolsonaro administration is barely two weeks old, but the new president and his appointees continue to make incendiary statements and press forward with provisional measures and policies that could seriously infringe indigenous and agrarian reform land rights, and environmental protections. Amazon land thieves also have been emboldened since the election, with the invasion of the Arara Indigenous Reserve. There has been no federal law enforcement response to either conflict.
/know/read.php?itemid=21766

Trump Discussed Pulling US From NATO
(Julian E. Barbes and Helene Cooper / The New York Times)

There are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years. Last year, Donald Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States. But who's the real aggressor in the region? It is the US that has slowly encroached on Russia's borders. Moscow has good cause to feel threatened.
/know/read.php?itemid=21760

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

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has an excellent idea to take on concentrated wealth and the climate crisis: tax the rich. Recently, on 60 Minutes, she called for higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires, asking them to pay up to 70% on incomes above $10 million. She wants some of that money to help support the Green New Deal to address the climate crisis. She's already getting attacked by corporate Democrats for her plan. Let's show her that we've got her back.
/know/read.php?itemid=21763

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

CODEPINK wholeheartedly supports Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal and we suggest some additions to address the environmental impact of militarism and the bloated Pentagon budget as a source of revenue. The Green New Deal should take on militarism and war as well as climate change and poverty; they are all linked. It's a rallying cry and vision that virtually transcends political thinking as we know it, reflecting a near-complete dismissal of status quo politics and its obeisance to Big Money.
/know/read.php?itemid=21758

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MARINE AND WATER IMPACTS

Pentagon Confirms Climate Change Is A National Security Threat, Contradicting Trump
(Chris D'Angelo and Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

More than a year after President Donald Trump nixed climate change from his administration's list of national security threats, the Pentagon has released an alarming report detailing how dozens of US military bases are already threatened by rising seas, drought and wildfire. The report revealed that key military 53 sites are currently vulnerable to repeat flooding due to climate change and rising sea levels worldwide -- in short, Trump's climate denialism is putting buildings, resources and soldiers' lives at risk.
/know/read.php?itemid=21780

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

Climate change could lead to a "domino effect" that might, in the end, annihilate all life on the planet. Organisms will die out at increasingly rapid rates because they depend on other species that are also on their way out. It's a process the study calls "co-extinction." According to its authors, a five to six degree Celsius rise in average global temperatures might be enough to annihilate most of Earth's living creatures.
/know/read.php?itemid=21764

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

Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world's foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife now threatens human civilization. The new estimate of the massacre of wildlife -- from a major WWF report involving 59 scientists from across the globe -- finds that the growing consumption of food and resources by the global population is destroying a web of life -- billions of years in the making -- upon which human society ultimately depends.
/know/read.php?itemid=21765

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

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has an excellent idea to take on concentrated wealth and the climate crisis: tax the rich. Recently, on 60 Minutes, she called for higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires, asking them to pay up to 70% on incomes above $10 million. She wants some of that money to help support the Green New Deal to address the climate crisis. She's already getting attacked by corporate Democrats for her plan. Let's show her that we've got her back.
/know/read.php?itemid=21763

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

CODEPINK wholeheartedly supports Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal and we suggest some additions to address the environmental impact of militarism and the bloated Pentagon budget as a source of revenue. The Green New Deal should take on militarism and war as well as climate change and poverty; they are all linked. It's a rallying cry and vision that virtually transcends political thinking as we know it, reflecting a near-complete dismissal of status quo politics and its obeisance to Big Money.
/know/read.php?itemid=21758

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

The US builds giant military bases in other people's countries to "protect freedom in the US." But consider the people of Okinawa: they are not free to enjoy unpoisoned water, they are not free to live without noise pollution and crashing airplanes, are not free from the fear of attacks by drunken soldiers and rapists and not free from massive environmental destruction. Repeatedly they elect governments to shut down these bases and, repeatedly, more bases are built in the name of "spreading democracy."
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China Introduces Railgun Weapon in South China Sea
(J.D. Simkins / Navy Times & Alan Weedon / Australian Broadcasting Corp)

During a Dec. 20 speech to the 2018 Military Industry List summit, China's Rear Adm. Lou Yuan, the deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, added fuel to the South China Sea fire when he stated the key for Chinese domination in those hotly contested waters could lie in the sinking of two US aircraft carriers. The introduction of China's fierce new railgun weaponry could mean an attack on two of the US Navy's steel behemoths could claim upwards of 10,000 lives.
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Democrats and Neocons Are the Biggest Losers of Trump's Syria Withdrawal
(Daniel Lazare / TruthDig)

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

Pentagon Confirms Climate Change Is A National Security Threat, Contradicting Trump
(Chris D'Angelo and Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

More than a year after President Donald Trump nixed climate change from his administration's list of national security threats, the Pentagon has released an alarming report detailing how dozens of US military bases are already threatened by rising seas, drought and wildfire. The report revealed that key military 53 sites are currently vulnerable to repeat flooding due to climate change and rising sea levels worldwide -- in short, Trump's climate denialism is putting buildings, resources and soldiers' lives at risk.
/know/read.php?itemid=21780

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

Please consider sending this "To-Do List" to your representatives in Washington: When talking about how to fund useful projects, or talking about the federal budget or the US economy, talk as if US military spending exists. With 67 percent of federal discretionary spending going to militarism, don't talk about the "size" of the government as if only the other 33 percent exists. Be aware of the fact that military spending is an economic drain, not a jobs program, and speak accordingly. And so on . . . .
/know/read.php?itemid=21774

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

Climate change could lead to a "domino effect" that might, in the end, annihilate all life on the planet. Organisms will die out at increasingly rapid rates because they depend on other species that are also on their way out. It's a process the study calls "co-extinction." According to its authors, a five to six degree Celsius rise in average global temperatures might be enough to annihilate most of Earth's living creatures.
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ACTION ALERT: Humans, Just 0.01% of all Life, Have Destroyed 83% of Wild Mammals; Today, 60% of All Mammals Left on Earth Are Livestock
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian & Avaaz.org)

Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world's foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife now threatens human civilization. The new estimate of the massacre of wildlife -- from a major WWF report involving 59 scientists from across the globe -- finds that the growing consumption of food and resources by the global population is destroying a web of life -- billions of years in the making -- upon which human society ultimately depends.
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ACTION ALERT: How to Fund the Green New Deal: Bring Back Reagan-era 70% Tax Rates for the Wealthy
(Demand Progress & Politico & New York Magazine)

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

CODEPINK wholeheartedly supports Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal and we suggest some additions to address the environmental impact of militarism and the bloated Pentagon budget as a source of revenue. The Green New Deal should take on militarism and war as well as climate change and poverty; they are all linked. It's a rallying cry and vision that virtually transcends political thinking as we know it, reflecting a near-complete dismissal of status quo politics and its obeisance to Big Money.
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After Wildfires, Solar Power Could Play a Greater Role in California's Electric Grid
(J.D. Morris / San Francisco Chronicle)

Advocates of solar power say the technology can play a bigger role in the state's electric grid -- an opportunity they say has become much more necessary as climate change increases the likelihood of extreme weather with the potential to fuel devastating wildfires.
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Holy Cop-out: It's Time to Stop Blaming God for Corporate-caused Pollution Catastrophies
(Kyle Piscioniere / Slate)

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

Martin Luther King's 1967 Antiwar Speech: "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence"
(Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Riverside Church, NYC )

I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.
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The Hidden History of MLK's Murder Conspiracy Trial
(Environmentalists Against War & Coretta Scott King et al)

In 1976, lawyer William Pepper began an investigation of the 1968 assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pepper's research uncovered a conspiracy that involved US government, military and intelligence operatives. In 1999, at the behest of the King family, Pepper embarked on a historic four-week trial that presented jurors with reams of documentation and the sworn testimony of 70 individuals, including several who confessed to peripheral roles in the conspiracy to murder Dr. King.
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Who Killed Martin Luther King, Jr. and Why?
(Kevin Zeese / Popular Resistance & William Pepper / Ratical.org)

Imagine how different the world would have been if Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had not been assassinated. Imagine he continued to speak out against militarism, if the Poor People's Campaign had proceeded under his leadership and if he joined Bobby Kennedy as vice president on the Democratic ticket. It is not difficult to understand why those in power were worried about where he would take the country -- by challenging militarism, capitalism and racism
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Oppose Any New Military Bases on the Okinawa Bay
(Friends of the Earth)

The US military is attempting to build a new base in Okinawa, Japan. This base threatens precious ecosystems, endangered species, the democracy of the Okinawan people, and the livelihoods of its Indigenous community. Helipads are already being constructed in a remote area that contains important biological diversity. Help send 20,000 messages to the US Congress to oppose any new US military bases on Okinawa.
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ACTION ALERT: Bernie Sanders Set to Tackle Pentagon Spending
(Win Without War & Julian Borger / The Guardian & Bernie Sanders / In These Times)

Donald Trump just announced a plan to build laser drones to fire at North Korean missiles. As ludicrous as that sounds, it's just a small part of an enormous and extremely expensive Pentagon plan that experts have slammed as unaffordable, unworkable, and massively dangerous. Stand with Senator Bernie Sanders' call to rein in the United States' dangerous, out-of-control military spending. We must put public dollars into building true safety and security -- not fueling violence and stuffing defense CEOs’ pockets.
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Has the US Government Legalized Secret Defense Spending?
(Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone)

While a noisy Supreme Court fight captivated America last fall, an obscure federal accounting body quietly approved a system of classified money-moving. October 4, 2018, a little-known government body called the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board essentially legalized secret national security spending. From this point on, the real answer for how big a share of national spending is controlled by the intelligence community is probably . . . "God only knows."
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The Wall, The Endless War, and the Troops Who Pay
(Gerry Condon / Common Dreams)

The presence of US troops in Syria, as in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and elsewhere, provides motivation for terrorist attacks. US troops are now sitting ducks in a sea of terrorism of the US's own making. Withdrawing the troops from Syria is the way to reduce terrorism and bring an end to the war. The US has no legal right to be in Syria in the first place.
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Things Congress Could Do for Peace -- From the Easiest to the Hardest
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & Woeld BEYOND War)

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

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

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

Initially ratified in 1987, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which famously kept all nuclear missiles out of Europe for decades, is set to collapse, with US officials saying they will withdraw from the treaty next month.
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Renew the Nuclear Arms Control Treaty, Don't Destroy It
(Andrew Lichterman and John Burroughs / Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy)

The INF Treaty and the enterprise of nuclear arms control are at risk, as Andrew Lichterman of IALANA affiliate Western States Legal Foundation and LCNP's John Burroughs explain in the below IPS opinion piece. LCNP and WSLF helped develop a RootsAction-led online campaign enabling constituents to contact their representative and senators to urge action to save the treaty - please participate! As this piece explains, Congress has the authority and power to do so.
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Back from the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War
(The Back from the Brink Task Force)

With the renewed and growing threat of nuclear war -- by intent, provocation, error, or accident -- the Back from the Brink coalition has sent a letter to Rep. Adam Smith, Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, thaningk him for his leadership and urging him to make nuclear weapons a priority in 2019.
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Microsoft's Big Win: Pentagon Signs Massive $1.76 Billion Contract
(Liam Tung / ZDNet)

Microsoft has scored a major win with the US Department of Defense (DoD), winning a $1.76 billion contract over five years to supply "enterprise services" to the DoD, Coast Guard, and intelligence community. Microsoft's win comes as the DoD assesses proposals for its $10 billion, 10-year cloud contract known as JEDI or Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure. The Pentagon is expected to announce a single winner of the JEDI deal in the first quarter.
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Women Against the Bomb: The Fate of the Earth Depends on Women
(Beatrice Fihn / The Nation)

On October 20, President Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty after more than 30 years. In doing so, he ended an agreement that abolished an entire class of nuclear weapons and recklessly pushed us to the brink of a new Cold War. He's brought us back to a time when the United States and Russia could develop and expand their nuclear arsenals without restraint.
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Corporations Set to Launch 5G Networks Despite Risks to Human Health and the Environment
(Zacks.com & Salon & Radiation Health Risks.com)

Forget 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution), the stage is set for 5G wireless race in the US telecom space. With the US telecom industry continuously evolving, companies in the sector are fighting it out to stay ahead of the curve. But as next-gen cell networks get closer to reality, public health watchdogs stage a final stand.
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After $8 Billion and 11 Years, US-Backed Afghan Air Force Appears to Be a Failure
( & David Zucchino / The New York Times)

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