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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

ACTION ALERT: Revoke President's Unilateral "Right" to Launch a Nuclear War (NBC News & Robert Weissman / Public Citizen)
Only one person on Earth can unilaterally launch America's nuclear arsenal. He doesn't need anyone's approval to trigger a global thermonuclear cataclysm; he doesn't even need a congressional declaration of war. He is the president of the United States. When it comes to nuclear war, there are no "checks and balances." This must change.

Trump to Repeal Obama's Environmental Legacy: "Nightmare Budget" Would Destroy America As We Know It (The League of Conservation Voters & Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post & Michael Roberts / OpEd News)
The White House plans to scrap rules on power plant emissions, eviscerate the Clean Power Plan and kneecap US participation in the historic Paris Climate Accord. Trump's OMB Director dismisses funding to address climate change "a waste of money." A review of the programs targeted under Trump's "Nightmare Budget" is both astonishing and appalling.

The Rise of Trump and Warring Kleptocrats Are Destroying America (Chris Hedges / TruthDig & Earthbound)
Commentary: "The Trump kleptocrats are political arsonists. They are carting cans of gasoline into government agencies and Congress to burn down any structure or program that promotes the common good and impedes corporate profit. They ineptly have set themselves on fire over Obamacare, but this misstep will do little to halt the drive to, as Stephen Bannon promises, carry out the deconstruction of the administrative state'."

The Horrors of the Sudan War Haunt Ugandan Refugee Camps (Peter Lykke Lind / Al Jazeera)
In the Bidibidi settlement in northern Uganda -- one of the largest refugee settlements in the world -- the adult victims of Sudan's ongoing war are surrounded by clay huts, filled latrines and naked children. The settlement is home to 272,000 South Sudanese; some of the 800,000 who, according to the United Nations, have escaped to Uganda. Here are some of their stories, as told to Al Jazeera.

FBI Says US 'Military Presence' Responsible for Rise in Terror Attacks; War on Terror Is 'Biggest Motivation' for Homegrown Terrorists (Waqas Mirza / MuckRock.com & Murtaza Hussain and Cora Currier / The Intercept)
The White House and Pentagon claim that America's military is "keeping the US safe from terrorism" when, according to the FBI, the opposite is true. An Intelligence Assessment of terrorist plots against the US and US interests between 2001 and 2010 concluded: "a broadening US military presence overseas" was behind an 11 percent increase in plotted attacks since 2006. The role of US foreign policy in fomenting anti-US "blowback" remains largely unaddressed in the nation's counterterrorism programs.

Iraq Suspends Mosul Offensive after US Airstrike Atrocity (Martin Chulov and Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian)
The Iraqi government has ordered the US to halt air operations over Mosul. The move comes as international outrage continues to grow over US airstrikes that killed at least 150 people in Mosul's Jadida neighborhood -- one of the deadliest bombing raids for civilians since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Bombs released by US-led coalition forces buried more than a hundred people in the ruins of three houses and raised fresh questions about US rules of engagement.

Airstrike Monitors Overwhelmed by US-Caused Civilian Casualties (Thomas Gibbons-Neff / The Washington Post)
In the last week, three mass casualty incidents attributed to US-led forces in Iraq and Syria have killed hundreds of civilians, prompting the watchdog group Airways to issue a statement that read: "Almost 1,000 civilian non-combatant deaths have already been alleged from coalition actions across Iraq and Syria in March -- a record claim. These reported casualty levels are comparable with some of the worst periods of Russian activity in Syria."

White House War on Industrial Safety: Why Did Trump Target the CSB? (George Zornick / The Nation)
It's a safe assumption that most Americans have not heard of the US Chemical Safety Board. Donald Trump is certainly banking on that, since he proposed scrapping it in his recent budget proposal. But if the small agency is indeed defunded, the results could be catastrophic -- and we might be left wondering, as the bodies are counted after some large chemical disaster, why nobody was angry when the CSB went away.

Climate and Washington Are Both Taking a Turn for the Worse (Bill McKibben / The Boston Globe & Vinnie Wishrad / League of Conservation Voters)
Arctic ice has set a new record winter low and a record Midwest drought has triggered the worst wildfires in US history -- two million acres burned. Climate change demands action but, instead, Donald Trump's appointees spent the last week dismantling 40 years' worth of hard-fought environmental laws and regulations. Meanwhile US governors and big city mayors are demanding Washington address climate change and on April 29, a People's Climate March will challenge America's Polluter-in-Chief.

Sick Vets Blame Exposure to Agent Orange, But VA Won't Pay (Anna Douglas / McClatchy News)
In 2011, the National Academy of Medicine concluded that US sailors were likely exposed to Agent Orange in their ships' drinking water or from winds blowing the chemical out to sea. The so-called "blue water" controversy is hampered because the military didn't track Agent Orange's drift and presence during the war. The Department of Veterans Affairs wants more evidence before it will award the sailors benefits. Under pressure from vets, the VA has made some exceptions for sailors with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

ACTION ALERT: Racial Violence Under Trump Prompts Sites to Report Hate Crimes (The Color of Change & The Huffington Post and ProPublica)
Racist attacks carried out by white supremacists happen often and have been occurring at a much higher rate since Trump, and his team of white supremacists, have taken over the White House. Because the Federal government has failed to act decisively in response to this growing threat, several civil organizations have joined forces to create an online resource that allows anyone to immediately report incidents of hate that they experience or witness in their communities.

Children of Unending War, the Rise of Trump and the Explosion of Hate Groups (Greg Grandin / The Nation & Michelle Chen / The Nation)
To be "twenty-something" in the US today, means being part of a generation whose county has always been at war. America is becoming a more hateful place and there is growing evidence that our current administration might have something to do with it. The number of anti-Muslim groups has nearly tripled since 2015 and there has also been a spike in reported incidents of "hate" violence. The president's rhetoric is familiar to anyone who lived through the 1990s paramilitary-style "Patriot" movements.

UN Warns: The 'Worst Is Yet to Come' in Mosul (AntiWar.com & Stephanie Nebehay and Patrick Markey / Reuters & Angus MacSwan and Patrick Markey / Reuters)
Early in the Iraqi government's invasion of Mosul, a decision was made to tell the civilian population not to flee. At the time, this was meant to allow them to target those fleeing as ISIS fighters, and to make up for the lack of preparation to absorb civilians for the long period of time such a fight was going to take. Iraq is rethinking that decision now, after five months of fighting and a growing humanitarian crisis. UN officials are now warning, with some 400,000 trapped in western Mosul, the worst is yet to come.

Child Victims of Mosul Overwhelm Emergency Hospital (FRANCE 24 English & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Angus MacSwan / Reuters)
There have been thousands of civilian casualties in Mosul during a campaign to drive Islamic State fighters from what was once their main stronghold. The large numbers of the civilian casualties in the battle for Mosul are the result of US and coalition airstrikes, with locals claiming some 3,500 killed in airstrikes over the five-month-long battle. A US attack just last night killed around 230 civilians in just three buildings. As these strikes continue to escalate, so too are the number of victims flocking to the field hospitals.

The Latest Round in the GOP's War on Wildlife (Colin Dwyer / National Public Radio)
By a largely party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill that repeals Obama-era hunting restrictions on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The House already voted last month to abolish those restrictions -- which were instituted by the Fish and Wildlife Service in 2016 to protect predator species from hunters -- and so the bill now heads to the desk of President Trump, who is widely expected to sign it.

Keystone Pipeline Approved for Construction -- with Russian Steel? (The Huffington Post & Snopes.com)
Donald Trump's administration has greenlighted the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Trump previously promised the pipeline would be constructed with domestic steel but abandoned that pledge and granted TransCanada an exemption to use foreign steel during construction. The DeSmogBlog reports that 40 percent of the steel was manufactured by a Canadian subsidiary of Evraz, a company 31-percent owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who is a close ally of Putin and a Trump family friend.

War Crime: Trump's Airstrikes Kill 230 Civilians in a Single Night -- Mostly Women and Children (AntiWar.com & The Independent )
As the US airstrikes in the Iraqi city of Mosul are increasingly concentrated around densely populated neighborhoods in the city's west, the death toll from those airstrikes in spiraling rapidly out of control, with the most recent figures out of the area suggesting around 230 civilians were killed overnight in US and coalition strikes in just a single neighborhood. The US Central Command says it is researching reports of extensive loss of civilian life in the third such alleged incident in recent weeks.

NATO Sends Unprecedented Weaponry to Estonia to Threaten Russia (AlWaght News & Analysis & Defense News & RT News)
In an act unprecedented since the end of the Cold War, the US-led NATO military alliance has been deploying a massive array of weaponry along the Russian border. Scores of tanks, self-propelled artillery guns and other military hardware have been moved to Estonia from the Britain and Germany. NATO has justified the aggressive show-of-force as a response to hypothetical "Russian aggression."

Team Trump Welcomes Six New Far-Right Figures -- One with Pro-Nazi Links (Sam Kestenbaum / The Forward & Lili Bayer and Larry Cohler-Esses / The Forward)
The far right is getting closer to the Trump White House. While Stephen Bannon, former editor of the "alt-right" Breitbart News, is a top Trump adviser, a new flock of far-right figures is making inroads in the White House. According to The Forward, a historic New-York-based Jewish daily, Trump's top counter-terrorism adviser, Sebastian Gorka, is a member of a far-right Hungarian group listed by the State Department as having been "under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany" during WWII.

Trump Has No Idea How to Tend His Garden: We Are All in Danger (Garrison Keillor / The Washington Post)
Commentary: "Is this president able to put a pencil to paper and write a succession of thoughts? It would seem not. He has impressions but there is not much thinking going on. He hears things that please him and repeats them, like a magpie making a nest. He has no idea how to grow vegetables. We are all in danger."

Trump Team Wanted to Militarize the Inaugural Parade: Pentagon Balked (Jessica Schulberg / The Huffington Post)
The Presidential Inaugural Committee was "seriously considering adding military vehicles to the Inaugural Parade," a Pentagon official wrote in an email dated Dec. 13, 2016. "Such support would be out of guidelines," another Pentagon official wrote. Critics noted the idea of sending tanks and missile launchers down Pennsylvania Avenue would evoke comparisons with the massive military parades in China and North Korea. They were also concerned that the heavy tanks could damage D.C. roads.

Two US Bombings in Syria Kill 'At Least 116 Civilians, Including 18 Children and 23 Women' (CBS News & BBC World News)
An activist monitoring group has reported a US airstrike on school sheltering as many as 50 displaced families has killed at least 33 civilians. A previous US attack on the village of al-Jineh destroyed a mosque and killed between 49 and 75 civilians. In the past two weeks, suspected coalition air strikes have killed at least 116 Syrian civilians, including 18 children and 23 women.

800 US Families Sue Saudi Arabia Over 9/11 Attacks (Carey Wedler / AntiMedia )
Eight-hundred families of 9/11 victims and 1,500 first responders, along with others who suffered as a result of the attacks, reportedly have filed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia over its alleged complicity in the 2001 terror attacks. Until late last year, families of 9/11 victims were unable to sue foreign countries over their potential involvement in the attacks. The lawsuit charges that officials from Saudi embassies supported two of the hijackers -- Salem al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar -- 18 months before the 9/11 attacks.

US Navy Admits to Having Released Chemicals Known to Injure Infants' Brains (Dahr Jamail / Truthout)
For decades, the US Navy, by its own admission, has been conducting war game exercises in US waters using bombs, missiles, sonobuoys (sonar buoys), high explosives, bullets and other materials that contain toxic chemicals -- including lead and mercury -- that are harmful to both humans and wildlife.

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GENERAL IMPACTS

ACTION ALERT: Resist Trump's Budget Handout to War Profiteers
(CREDO Action & Alex Morash and Craig Harrington / MediaMatters.org)

Half of the federal budget already goes to weapons of war and the military-industrial complex -- and now, Trump wants to increase spending on war profiteers by a full 10 percent. Trump's plan to beef up the defense budget by an additional $54 billion at the expense of civilian domestic spending has been derided by economists and experts for being "wholly unrealistic."
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Fierce, Critical Reactions to Trump's 'Cruel, Stupid Budget'
(Public Citizen & The Democratic National Committee & Seth Moulton for Congress & Kamala Harris / US Senate & The Washington Post)

Trump's appalling budget would destroy America to empower military, surveillance, incarceration, and pollution interests. It slashes $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department -- hurting rural communities; cuts job-creating funding for infrastructure repair; guts spending to protect clean air and drinking water; defunds the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and suspends the Manufacturing Extension Partnership -- a program that helped create and retain more than 86,602 jobs last year.
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17 House Republicans Try To Make Donald Trump Care About Climate Change
(Marina Fang / The Huffington Post & Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

The White House wants to cut one-quarter of the Environmental Protection Agency's funding and eliminate 1 in 5 EPA employees but 17 House Republicans have done something Donald Trump and most members of their party have refused to do: acknowledge that climate change is real and commit to finding solutions to combat it.
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ACTION ALERT: Stand Up to Trump's $58 Billion Military Buildup
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

World Beyond War writes: "President Trump has proposed to move another $54 billion from 'everything else' to 'military spending,' pushing the military budget up to above 60% of discretionary spending for the first time since the (previous) Cold War. The money would be taken from human and environmental spending at home and abroad. We've drafted a sample resolution that you can ask your city, town, county, or state to pass, calling for the US to support human rights at home instead of endless wars abroad."
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ACTION ALERT: On Centennial of WWI, a Series of Conferences to End All War World Beyond War
(World Beyond War)

This April 4th will mark 100 years since the US Senate voted to declare war on Germany and 50 since Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against the war on Vietnam (49 since he was killed on that speech's first anniversary). Events are being planned -- in Washington, DC, New York and San Francisco -- to help us try to finally learn some lessons -- to move beyond, not just Vietnam, but all war.
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EPA Head Scott Pruitt Says Destruction of the EPA Is "Justified"
(Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post & Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones)

Donald Trump's new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, climate-change-denier Scott Pruitt, recently told a gathering of conservatives that those who want to eliminate the EPA are "justified" in their beliefs, adding: "I think people across this county look at the EPA much as they look at the IRS." Pruitt's statement was seen as a signal of the White House's intent to roll out a series of executive actions gutting the EPA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and a host of Clean Energy programs.
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Green Groups File Sweeping Lawsuit AccusingTrump of Usurping Congress's Powers on Regulations
(Chris Mooney / The Washington Post & Donald J. Trump / The White House & William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

Three advocacy groups -- Public Citizen, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Communications Workers of America -- have filed a sweeping federal lawsuit challenging Donald Trump's executive order requiring two federal regulations to be "identified for elimination" for every new one added -- arguing that the order fundamentally takes over Congress's powers to enact laws to protect public health, safety, and the environment.
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Radiation at Fukushima Getting Worse Six Years after Meltdowns
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News & The Asahi Shimbun & Nuclear News)

Radiation levels inside the collapsed remains of Fukushima Unit 2 reactor are significantly higher than "unimaginable." Whatever is going on at Fukushima has horrifying possibilities. The triple-meltdown disaster is still out of control. Meanwhile, TEPCO, the firm responsible for the catastrophe, is in charge of the clean-up and the Japanese government is more an enabler of cover-up than a protector. It took five years to discover that Cesium-137 fallout on Tokyo wasn't properly cleaned up.
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HUMAN IMPACTS

Trump to Repeal Obama's Environmental Legacy: "Nightmare Budget" Would Destroy America As We Know It
(The League of Conservation Voters & Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post & Michael Roberts / OpEd News)

The White House plans to scrap rules on power plant emissions, eviscerate the Clean Power Plan and kneecap US participation in the historic Paris Climate Accord. Trump's OMB Director dismisses funding to address climate change "a waste of money." A review of the programs targeted under Trump's "Nightmare Budget" is both astonishing and appalling.
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The Rise of Trump and Warring Kleptocrats Are Destroying America
(Chris Hedges / TruthDig & Earthbound)

Commentary: "The Trump kleptocrats are political arsonists. They are carting cans of gasoline into government agencies and Congress to burn down any structure or program that promotes the common good and impedes corporate profit. They ineptly have set themselves on fire over Obamacare, but this misstep will do little to halt the drive to, as Stephen Bannon promises, carry out the deconstruction of the administrative state'."
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The Horrors of the Sudan War Haunt Ugandan Refugee Camps
(Peter Lykke Lind / Al Jazeera)

In the Bidibidi settlement in northern Uganda -- one of the largest refugee settlements in the world -- the adult victims of Sudan's ongoing war are surrounded by clay huts, filled latrines and naked children. The settlement is home to 272,000 South Sudanese; some of the 800,000 who, according to the United Nations, have escaped to Uganda. Here are some of their stories, as told to Al Jazeera.
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FBI Says US 'Military Presence' Responsible for Rise in Terror Attacks; War on Terror Is 'Biggest Motivation' for Homegrown Terrorists
(Waqas Mirza / MuckRock.com & Murtaza Hussain and Cora Currier / The Intercept)

The White House and Pentagon claim that America's military is "keeping the US safe from terrorism" when, according to the FBI, the opposite is true. An Intelligence Assessment of terrorist plots against the US and US interests between 2001 and 2010 concluded: "a broadening US military presence overseas" was behind an 11 percent increase in plotted attacks since 2006. The role of US foreign policy in fomenting anti-US "blowback" remains largely unaddressed in the nation's counterterrorism programs.
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Iraq Suspends Mosul Offensive after US Airstrike Atrocity
(Martin Chulov and Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian)

The Iraqi government has ordered the US to halt air operations over Mosul. The move comes as international outrage continues to grow over US airstrikes that killed at least 150 people in Mosul's Jadida neighborhood -- one of the deadliest bombing raids for civilians since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Bombs released by US-led coalition forces buried more than a hundred people in the ruins of three houses and raised fresh questions about US rules of engagement.
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Airstrike Monitors Overwhelmed by US-Caused Civilian Casualties
(Thomas Gibbons-Neff / The Washington Post)

In the last week, three mass casualty incidents attributed to US-led forces in Iraq and Syria have killed hundreds of civilians, prompting the watchdog group Airways to issue a statement that read: "Almost 1,000 civilian non-combatant deaths have already been alleged from coalition actions across Iraq and Syria in March -- a record claim. These reported casualty levels are comparable with some of the worst periods of Russian activity in Syria."
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Climate and Washington Are Both Taking a Turn for the Worse
(Bill McKibben / The Boston Globe & Vinnie Wishrad / League of Conservation Voters)

Arctic ice has set a new record winter low and a record Midwest drought has triggered the worst wildfires in US history -- two million acres burned. Climate change demands action but, instead, Donald Trump's appointees spent the last week dismantling 40 years' worth of hard-fought environmental laws and regulations. Meanwhile US governors and big city mayors are demanding Washington address climate change and on April 29, a People's Climate March will challenge America's Polluter-in-Chief.
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Sick Vets Blame Exposure to Agent Orange, But VA Won't Pay
(Anna Douglas / McClatchy News)

In 2011, the National Academy of Medicine concluded that US sailors were likely exposed to Agent Orange in their ships' drinking water or from winds blowing the chemical out to sea. The so-called "blue water" controversy is hampered because the military didn't track Agent Orange's drift and presence during the war. The Department of Veterans Affairs wants more evidence before it will award the sailors benefits. Under pressure from vets, the VA has made some exceptions for sailors with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
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LAND IMPACTS

The Rise of Trump and Warring Kleptocrats Are Destroying America
(Chris Hedges / TruthDig & Earthbound)

Commentary: "The Trump kleptocrats are political arsonists. They are carting cans of gasoline into government agencies and Congress to burn down any structure or program that promotes the common good and impedes corporate profit. They ineptly have set themselves on fire over Obamacare, but this misstep will do little to halt the drive to, as Stephen Bannon promises, carry out the deconstruction of the administrative state'."
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The Horrors of the Sudan War Haunt Ugandan Refugee Camps
(Peter Lykke Lind / Al Jazeera)

In the Bidibidi settlement in northern Uganda -- one of the largest refugee settlements in the world -- the adult victims of Sudan's ongoing war are surrounded by clay huts, filled latrines and naked children. The settlement is home to 272,000 South Sudanese; some of the 800,000 who, according to the United Nations, have escaped to Uganda. Here are some of their stories, as told to Al Jazeera.
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Climate and Washington Are Both Taking a Turn for the Worse
(Bill McKibben / The Boston Globe & Vinnie Wishrad / League of Conservation Voters)

Arctic ice has set a new record winter low and a record Midwest drought has triggered the worst wildfires in US history -- two million acres burned. Climate change demands action but, instead, Donald Trump's appointees spent the last week dismantling 40 years' worth of hard-fought environmental laws and regulations. Meanwhile US governors and big city mayors are demanding Washington address climate change and on April 29, a People's Climate March will challenge America's Polluter-in-Chief.
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UN Warns: The 'Worst Is Yet to Come' in Mosul
(AntiWar.com & Stephanie Nebehay and Patrick Markey / Reuters & Angus MacSwan and Patrick Markey / Reuters)

Early in the Iraqi government's invasion of Mosul, a decision was made to tell the civilian population not to flee. At the time, this was meant to allow them to target those fleeing as ISIS fighters, and to make up for the lack of preparation to absorb civilians for the long period of time such a fight was going to take. Iraq is rethinking that decision now, after five months of fighting and a growing humanitarian crisis. UN officials are now warning, with some 400,000 trapped in western Mosul, the worst is yet to come.
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Child Victims of Mosul Overwhelm Emergency Hospital
(FRANCE 24 English & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Angus MacSwan / Reuters)

There have been thousands of civilian casualties in Mosul during a campaign to drive Islamic State fighters from what was once their main stronghold. The large numbers of the civilian casualties in the battle for Mosul are the result of US and coalition airstrikes, with locals claiming some 3,500 killed in airstrikes over the five-month-long battle. A US attack just last night killed around 230 civilians in just three buildings. As these strikes continue to escalate, so too are the number of victims flocking to the field hospitals.
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Keystone Pipeline Approved for Construction -- with Russian Steel?
(The Huffington Post & Snopes.com)

Donald Trump's administration has greenlighted the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Trump previously promised the pipeline would be constructed with domestic steel but abandoned that pledge and granted TransCanada an exemption to use foreign steel during construction. The DeSmogBlog reports that 40 percent of the steel was manufactured by a Canadian subsidiary of Evraz, a company 31-percent owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who is a close ally of Putin and a Trump family friend.
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US Navy Admits to Having Released Chemicals Known to Injure Infants' Brains
(Dahr Jamail / Truthout)

For decades, the US Navy, by its own admission, has been conducting war game exercises in US waters using bombs, missiles, sonobuoys (sonar buoys), high explosives, bullets and other materials that contain toxic chemicals -- including lead and mercury -- that are harmful to both humans and wildlife.
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New Zealand River Wins Historic "Human Right" to Exist and Thrive
(Eleanor Ainge Roy / The Guardian)

After 140 years of negotiation, New Zealand's Maori tribe has won legal protection and recognition for Whanganui river, the country's third-largest river. Under the new ruling, the Whanganui must be treated as a living entity.
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MARINE AND WATER IMPACTS

Climate and Washington Are Both Taking a Turn for the Worse
(Bill McKibben / The Boston Globe & Vinnie Wishrad / League of Conservation Voters)

Arctic ice has set a new record winter low and a record Midwest drought has triggered the worst wildfires in US history -- two million acres burned. Climate change demands action but, instead, Donald Trump's appointees spent the last week dismantling 40 years' worth of hard-fought environmental laws and regulations. Meanwhile US governors and big city mayors are demanding Washington address climate change and on April 29, a People's Climate March will challenge America's Polluter-in-Chief.
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Keystone Pipeline Approved for Construction -- with Russian Steel?
(The Huffington Post & Snopes.com)

Donald Trump's administration has greenlighted the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Trump previously promised the pipeline would be constructed with domestic steel but abandoned that pledge and granted TransCanada an exemption to use foreign steel during construction. The DeSmogBlog reports that 40 percent of the steel was manufactured by a Canadian subsidiary of Evraz, a company 31-percent owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who is a close ally of Putin and a Trump family friend.
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US Navy Admits to Having Released Chemicals Known to Injure Infants' Brains
(Dahr Jamail / Truthout)

For decades, the US Navy, by its own admission, has been conducting war game exercises in US waters using bombs, missiles, sonobuoys (sonar buoys), high explosives, bullets and other materials that contain toxic chemicals -- including lead and mercury -- that are harmful to both humans and wildlife.
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New Zealand River Wins Historic "Human Right" to Exist and Thrive
(Eleanor Ainge Roy / The Guardian)

After 140 years of negotiation, New Zealand's Maori tribe has won legal protection and recognition for Whanganui river, the country's third-largest river. Under the new ruling, the Whanganui must be treated as a living entity.
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Presence of US Military Base in Okinawa Means Jail Without Trial for Protestors
(Anna Field / The Washington Post)

After five months in detention without trial, one of the leaders of Okinawa's movement against the expansion of US military bases in the southern Japanese island prefecture has been released. Hiroji Yamashiro, a 64-year-old who leads the Okinawa Peace Action Center, is one of the most vocal opponents of the construction of new Marine Corps facilities in Okinawa. The overwhelming majority of Okinawans oppose the base.
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Trump's Budget: America First; Americans and the Environment Last
(Harvey Wasserman / Reader Supported News)

Donald Trump's first budget makes his antipathy to the environment -- and his love for fossil fuels and nuclear power -- clear. In addition to slashing funds to the EPA, he wants massive rollbacks in auto fuel efficiency standards and billions in new investments in nuclear weapons. These cuts hand $54 billion to the Pentagon while crippling air and water protections by ending restrictions on industrial emissions. Adding insult to injury, Trump would add $120 million to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.
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Rex Tillerson's Threatened 'Preemptive' US Attack on North Korea Would Be an International War Crime
(Mark Sumner / The Daily Kos & Tim Hume / Vice News)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cut short his visit to South Korea because of "fatigue," according to Korean officials. Tillers declared "the policy of strategic patience has ended," and revealed that a pre-emptive military attack was "on the table." So far, history has shown that issuing threats to North Korea (or any other country) only provokes increased belligerence from the threatened nation. Sounding more like a general than a Secretary of State, Tillerson declared: "Talk is not going to change the situation."
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Fierce, Critical Reactions to Trump's 'Cruel, Stupid Budget'
(Public Citizen & The Democratic National Committee & Seth Moulton for Congress & Kamala Harris / US Senate & The Washington Post)

Trump's appalling budget would destroy America to empower military, surveillance, incarceration, and pollution interests. It slashes $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department -- hurting rural communities; cuts job-creating funding for infrastructure repair; guts spending to protect clean air and drinking water; defunds the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and suspends the Manufacturing Extension Partnership -- a program that helped create and retain more than 86,602 jobs last year.
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OIL AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

Keystone Pipeline Approved for Construction -- with Russian Steel?
(The Huffington Post & Snopes.com)

Donald Trump's administration has greenlighted the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Trump previously promised the pipeline would be constructed with domestic steel but abandoned that pledge and granted TransCanada an exemption to use foreign steel during construction. The DeSmogBlog reports that 40 percent of the steel was manufactured by a Canadian subsidiary of Evraz, a company 31-percent owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who is a close ally of Putin and a Trump family friend.
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Trump Budget Would Make America Dirty and Sick Again
(David Lewis / Save the Bay & The San Francisco Chronicle)

Trump's budget proposal is a direct assault on our health and safety. The enormous cuts he is proposing to the US Environmental Protection Agency and other departments will hurt people and the planet by gutting enforcement of laws that protect the water we drink, the air we breathe and the environment that sustains us.
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Trump's Budget: America First; Americans and the Environment Last
(Harvey Wasserman / Reader Supported News)

Donald Trump's first budget makes his antipathy to the environment -- and his love for fossil fuels and nuclear power -- clear. In addition to slashing funds to the EPA, he wants massive rollbacks in auto fuel efficiency standards and billions in new investments in nuclear weapons. These cuts hand $54 billion to the Pentagon while crippling air and water protections by ending restrictions on industrial emissions. Adding insult to injury, Trump would add $120 million to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.
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Fierce, Critical Reactions to Trump's 'Cruel, Stupid Budget'
(Public Citizen & The Democratic National Committee & Seth Moulton for Congress & Kamala Harris / US Senate & The Washington Post)

Trump's appalling budget would destroy America to empower military, surveillance, incarceration, and pollution interests. It slashes $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department -- hurting rural communities; cuts job-creating funding for infrastructure repair; guts spending to protect clean air and drinking water; defunds the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and suspends the Manufacturing Extension Partnership -- a program that helped create and retain more than 86,602 jobs last year.
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Naval Exercises Add Trillions of Bits of Plastic to the World's Oceans
(Dahr Jamail / Truthout)

For the next two decades, the US Navy will inject hundreds of thousands of pounds of flares and billions of metal-coated glass fibers into ocean waters off Washington and Oregon. By 2037, the Navy will have left behind more than half a million pounds of flares and trillions of microfibers of chaff (a radar countermeasure dropped by aircraft) in the world's oceans. And a single, upcoming naval exercises will inject 20,000 tons of heavy metals and explosives into the seas.
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17 House Republicans Try To Make Donald Trump Care About Climate Change
(Marina Fang / The Huffington Post & Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

The White House wants to cut one-quarter of the Environmental Protection Agency's funding and eliminate 1 in 5 EPA employees but 17 House Republicans have done something Donald Trump and most members of their party have refused to do: acknowledge that climate change is real and commit to finding solutions to combat it.
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GOP Cheers Destruction of EPA
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

The Trump administration's zeal for deregulation is seen by environmentalists as a recipe for fossil fuel cronyism, runaway climate change, and a toxic water crises. In 2009 the EPA determined that CO2 emissions "endanger both the public health and the public welfare of current and future generations." Now Trump's EPA pick -- ignoring a preponderance of scientific evidence -- is claiming that carbon dioxide isn't the primary catalyst of global warming.
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Meteorologists Debunk EPA Chief's Climate Change Denial
(Mark Moore / The New York Post)

The nation's top meteorological organization debunked Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt's claim that carbon dioxide is not a main factor in climate change, saying it's a fact based on "indisputable findings." In an interview last week, Pruitt said carbon dioxide is not the pollutant it's made out to be. The meteorologists said he's flat-out wrong.
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MILITARISM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

The Rise of Trump and Warring Kleptocrats Are Destroying America
(Chris Hedges / TruthDig & Earthbound)

Commentary: "The Trump kleptocrats are political arsonists. They are carting cans of gasoline into government agencies and Congress to burn down any structure or program that promotes the common good and impedes corporate profit. They ineptly have set themselves on fire over Obamacare, but this misstep will do little to halt the drive to, as Stephen Bannon promises, carry out the deconstruction of the administrative state'."
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The Horrors of the Sudan War Haunt Ugandan Refugee Camps
(Peter Lykke Lind / Al Jazeera)

In the Bidibidi settlement in northern Uganda -- one of the largest refugee settlements in the world -- the adult victims of Sudan's ongoing war are surrounded by clay huts, filled latrines and naked children. The settlement is home to 272,000 South Sudanese; some of the 800,000 who, according to the United Nations, have escaped to Uganda. Here are some of their stories, as told to Al Jazeera.
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FBI Says US 'Military Presence' Responsible for Rise in Terror Attacks; War on Terror Is 'Biggest Motivation' for Homegrown Terrorists
(Waqas Mirza / MuckRock.com & Murtaza Hussain and Cora Currier / The Intercept)

The White House and Pentagon claim that America's military is "keeping the US safe from terrorism" when, according to the FBI, the opposite is true. An Intelligence Assessment of terrorist plots against the US and US interests between 2001 and 2010 concluded: "a broadening US military presence overseas" was behind an 11 percent increase in plotted attacks since 2006. The role of US foreign policy in fomenting anti-US "blowback" remains largely unaddressed in the nation's counterterrorism programs.
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ACTION ALERT: Racial Violence Under Trump Prompts Sites to Report Hate Crimes
(The Color of Change & The Huffington Post and ProPublica)

Racist attacks carried out by white supremacists happen often and have been occurring at a much higher rate since Trump, and his team of white supremacists, have taken over the White House. Because the Federal government has failed to act decisively in response to this growing threat, several civil organizations have joined forces to create an online resource that allows anyone to immediately report incidents of hate that they experience or witness in their communities.
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Children of Unending War, the Rise of Trump and the Explosion of Hate Groups
(Greg Grandin / The Nation & Michelle Chen / The Nation)

To be "twenty-something" in the US today, means being part of a generation whose county has always been at war. America is becoming a more hateful place and there is growing evidence that our current administration might have something to do with it. The number of anti-Muslim groups has nearly tripled since 2015 and there has also been a spike in reported incidents of "hate" violence. The president's rhetoric is familiar to anyone who lived through the 1990s paramilitary-style "Patriot" movements.
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War Crime: Trump's Airstrikes Kill 230 Civilians in a Single Night -- Mostly Women and Children
(AntiWar.com & The Independent )

As the US airstrikes in the Iraqi city of Mosul are increasingly concentrated around densely populated neighborhoods in the city's west, the death toll from those airstrikes in spiraling rapidly out of control, with the most recent figures out of the area suggesting around 230 civilians were killed overnight in US and coalition strikes in just a single neighborhood. The US Central Command says it is researching reports of extensive loss of civilian life in the third such alleged incident in recent weeks.
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NATO Sends Unprecedented Weaponry to Estonia to Threaten Russia
(AlWaght News & Analysis & Defense News & RT News)

In an act unprecedented since the end of the Cold War, the US-led NATO military alliance has been deploying a massive array of weaponry along the Russian border. Scores of tanks, self-propelled artillery guns and other military hardware have been moved to Estonia from the Britain and Germany. NATO has justified the aggressive show-of-force as a response to hypothetical "Russian aggression."
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Trump Team Wanted to Militarize the Inaugural Parade: Pentagon Balked
(Jessica Schulberg / The Huffington Post)

The Presidential Inaugural Committee was "seriously considering adding military vehicles to the Inaugural Parade," a Pentagon official wrote in an email dated Dec. 13, 2016. "Such support would be out of guidelines," another Pentagon official wrote. Critics noted the idea of sending tanks and missile launchers down Pennsylvania Avenue would evoke comparisons with the massive military parades in China and North Korea. They were also concerned that the heavy tanks could damage D.C. roads.
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WEAPONS OF WAR

ACTION ALERT: Revoke President's Unilateral "Right" to Launch a Nuclear War
(NBC News & Robert Weissman / Public Citizen)

Only one person on Earth can unilaterally launch America's nuclear arsenal. He doesn't need anyone's approval to trigger a global thermonuclear cataclysm; he doesn't even need a congressional declaration of war. He is the president of the United States. When it comes to nuclear war, there are no "checks and balances." This must change.
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NATO Sends Unprecedented Weaponry to Estonia to Threaten Russia
(AlWaght News & Analysis & Defense News & RT News)

In an act unprecedented since the end of the Cold War, the US-led NATO military alliance has been deploying a massive array of weaponry along the Russian border. Scores of tanks, self-propelled artillery guns and other military hardware have been moved to Estonia from the Britain and Germany. NATO has justified the aggressive show-of-force as a response to hypothetical "Russian aggression."
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Trump Team Wanted to Militarize the Inaugural Parade: Pentagon Balked
(Jessica Schulberg / The Huffington Post)

The Presidential Inaugural Committee was "seriously considering adding military vehicles to the Inaugural Parade," a Pentagon official wrote in an email dated Dec. 13, 2016. "Such support would be out of guidelines," another Pentagon official wrote. Critics noted the idea of sending tanks and missile launchers down Pennsylvania Avenue would evoke comparisons with the massive military parades in China and North Korea. They were also concerned that the heavy tanks could damage D.C. roads.
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Radioactive Theft in Iraq Raises 'Dirty Bomb' Concerns in Crimea
(TASS & Sputnik News & Reuters & The Independent )

"For the first time in the Russian army's history" the Airborne Forces' three large units have been simultaneously alerted in the Crimea due to an "increased terrorist threat." The alert followed warnings that radioactive materials were detected aboard an Armenian aircraft en route to Bulgaria. The radioactive signature suggested the presence of Ir-192. In 2016, a case containing deadly Ir-192 was stolen from a base in Iraq, stoking fears that it could be used to make a dirty bomb.
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Rare Atomic Bomb Test Footage Reveals Weapons Are Deadlier than Believed
(Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory & Peter Fimrite / The San Francisco Chronicle)

The US conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962, with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 frames per second. Over the decades, around 10,000 of these films remained scattered across the country in high-security vaults, gathering dust and slowly decomposing. Greg Spriggs, a weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is hoping to preserve and share as many as 10,000 deteriorating films known to have been taken of the atmospheric blasts.
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Rex Tillerson's Threatened 'Preemptive' US Attack on North Korea Would Be an International War Crime
(Mark Sumner / The Daily Kos & Tim Hume / Vice News)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cut short his visit to South Korea because of "fatigue," according to Korean officials. Tillers declared "the policy of strategic patience has ended," and revealed that a pre-emptive military attack was "on the table." So far, history has shown that issuing threats to North Korea (or any other country) only provokes increased belligerence from the threatened nation. Sounding more like a general than a Secretary of State, Tillerson declared: "Talk is not going to change the situation."
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Bill Gates Warns Terrorists Could Kill 30 Million within a Year using Bioweapons
(Harry Walker / The Express & James Rush / The Daily Mail)

Bill Gates has warned the Munich Security Conference that: "The next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus, or a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu." Meanwhile, China accuses US of a secret biological attack using a new strain of bird flu. The US has dismissed claims, saying there is 'absolutely no truth' to them.
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Fierce, Critical Reactions to Trump's 'Cruel, Stupid Budget'
(Public Citizen & The Democratic National Committee & Seth Moulton for Congress & Kamala Harris / US Senate & The Washington Post)

Trump's appalling budget would destroy America to empower military, surveillance, incarceration, and pollution interests. It slashes $4.7 billion from the Agriculture Department -- hurting rural communities; cuts job-creating funding for infrastructure repair; guts spending to protect clean air and drinking water; defunds the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and suspends the Manufacturing Extension Partnership -- a program that helped create and retain more than 86,602 jobs last year.
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