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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

Congressional Blue Wave's New Crusade: A "Green New Deal" for America (E. A. Crunden / ThinkProgress & The People's Demands for Climate Justice )
A bold new generation of Democrats are already pushing forward on climate action, in a dramatic change of pace that could spell a very different tune in Washington come January, as well as within the wider party. Republicans and Democrats alike have largely waffled on addressing climate change, to the dismay of activists. But that could be about to change and news faces in Washington a are demanding a "Green New Deal" to get to achieve 100 percent renewables energy "because our lives depend on it."

UK Climate Activists Block London's Bridges and Glue Hands to Entrance of Government Building (Matthew Taylor and Damien Gayle / The Observer and The Guardian)
Protesters, including families and pensioners, blocked five of London's main bridges in one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades. The move was part of a mass civil disobedience campaign organised by Extinction Rebellion, which hopes to force governments to treat the threats of climate collapse and extinction as an existential crisis. The group is calling on the UK government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 -- or face a global catastrophe in as little as 12 years.

Big Oil v. the Planet Is the Fight of Our Lives (David Sirota / The Guardian UK)
The Carbon Industry's control of the "Oil & Gas Caucus" in Congress has given it political supremacy -- even in left-leaning states -- but immediate action by an incoming Blue Wave of young, dynamic, and progressive congressmembers might make it possible to hold off an impending environmental state of emergency.

Human Extinction by 2026? A Last Ditch Strategy for Human Survival (Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. / Editorial, TRANSCEND )
Commentary: When evidence of the climate catastrophe (fed by the burning fossil fuels) became incontrovertible, the industry shifted its focus to arguing that the timeframe, which it presented as 'end of the century', meant that we could defer action (and thus profit-maximization) through business-as-usual policies that could continue indefinitely. But now, scientists tell us, we have only 12 years left to avoid a climate catastrophe.

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

The Pentagon Fails Its First-Ever Audit (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Idrees Ali and Mike Stone / Reuters)
After generations of being a black hole down which money goes, never to return, a team of 1,200 auditors tried to give the Pentagon its first ever comprehensive audit, just to see where all that money went. Unsurprisingly, it went poorly, and was declared a failure. How bad the failure was is something of a mystery at this point, with officials refusing to disclose the exact results, or even ballpark how much money is unaccounted for.

US Airstrikes Killed Over 100 Civilians in Eastern Syria This Week: Mainly Women and Children (AntiWar.com & Xinhua News & Zaman Al Wasl News)
Over the past week, daily US airstrikes against a handful of towns in eastern Syria have killed well over 100 civilians, mainly women and children. Most of the airstrikes are just hitting homes across the towns, killing a lot of women and children inside.

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

Mass Shootings -- When the 'War on Terror' Comes Home (Priya Satia / San Francisco Chronicle Op-ed)
Commentary: The terrorism of guns and mass shootings in the US is not purely a domestic phenomenon, but a product of America's relationship with the world. Terrorism in American life is inseparable from American violence in the world. The ties between violence and industrial capitalism are deep and systemic, dating from the 18th century. These domestic shootings are shaped by the business of arms. While many struggle to regulate firearms, the arms makers push to keep markets everywhere open.

US Soldiers Died for Nothing in WWI (Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)
If the US had not intervened in World War I, it is a virtual certainty that there would have been a negotiated settlement between the warring parties. US interventionism instead brought about the total defeat of Germany. The result of Germany's total defeat? The vengeful Treaty of Versailles, which later provided Hitler with his rationale for his rise to power. So much for making the world safe for democracy.

ACTION ALERT: Tell New House Leaders to Refuse War Lobby Money (World BEYOND War & Lee Fang / The Intercept)
Weapons makers are moving money to the Democrat in line to chair the House Armed Services Committee. Rep. Adam Smith, a hawkish Democrat from Washington state is beholden to the military-industrial complex. Sarah Smith, a working-class activist and democratic socialist, has attacked Smith's pro-war record. Read who's been taking War Lobby contributions and sign the petition asking Democrats (especially those appointed to serve on critical committees) to refuse and return all War Lobby donations.

The War to End War, 100 Years On: An Evaluation and Reorientation of Our Resistance to War (Robert J. Burrowes / Popular Resistance)
As we mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending 'the war to end war', one can only marvel at how wrong humans can be sometimes. Not content with the violence inflicted during WWI, humans used the 20th century to systematically decimate human and other life as violence and war raged across the planet with an increasingly sophisticated armory. By mid-century, in a tribute to their technological ingenuity and psychological dysfunctionality, humans had invented a weapon that could destroy life on Earth.

GOP House Crushes Attempt to End US Role in Genocidal Yemen War (Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US Congress & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)
Late last night, House Republicans on the Rules Committee voted to block our bill, HConRes 138, from coming to the House floor for a vote. The bill would have ended US support for Saudi Arabia's genocidal war in Yemen, which has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in generations. It's time to end US support for Saudi Arabia's atrocities and bring HConRes 138 up for a vote. Become a citizen co-sponsor and support HConRes 138 today. See which 77 Democrats and 4 Republicans support HConRes 138.

With Nearly $6 Trillion Spent Since 9/11, the US Military Can No Longer Afford to Dominate the Planet (AntiWar.com & CBS Evening News)
Starting in late 2001, the US has engaged in wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere around the world. Many of those wars have become more or less permanent operations. Now, a new report by a bipartisan Congressional commission says the US could lose a war against China or Russia. The warhawks claim the Pentagon is "underfunded" and the military needs more money because, unlike China and Russia, the US goal is not self-protection but the maintenance of global power.

US Bombs Killing Record Numbers of Civilians in Afghanistan and Syria (Niall McCarthy / Forbes & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)
Since Donald Trump announced a new Afghan strategy and committed more troops to the country, the number of bombs dropped by the US coalition has surged dramatically while a change in the rules of engagement has led to more civilian deaths. Meanwhile, in Syria, Trump's threat to "target the families" of rebel forces has lead to the deaths of at least 41 civilians in the town of Hajin while US airstrikes killed another 28 in neighboring al-Shaafa. At least nine children were killed in these US airstrikes.

ACTION ALERT: Address Climate Change, Inequality, and War: Young, Insurgent Congressmembers Demand a Green New Deal (Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast & Ryan Grim and Briahna Gray / The Intercept & The Select Committee on a Green New Deal)
During her freshman orientation, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected NY congresswoman from New York, showed her determination to address climate change and social inequality by joining an environmental group that had occupied California Democrat Nancy Pelosi's office to push for action by demanding that the party fully support the passage of a Green New Deal for America.

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

Veterans Are Not Honored by Forever War: The Original Goal of Veterans Day Was to Assure Enduring Peace (Daniel L. Davis / The National Interest & David Stockman / AntiWar.com)
Commentary: The Marine heroes of the bloody battle of Belleau Wood did not die "in the trenches for the cause of freedom". Instead, they died there owing to the fanatical megalomania of President Woodrow Wilson. The ives of those who wear the uniform should not be risked on missions intended on "sending a message" or for the security of some other country. We should not sacrifice our citizens for the security of Baghdad, Kabul, or to favor one band of rebels over another in civil wars across the globe.

A Former Marine Views Nov. 11 as "A Celebration of Killing and Dying" (Camillo Mac Bica / AntiWar.com)
Commentary: Anyone who has experienced the insanity of the battlefield understands that when the shit hits the fan, we kill and sacrifice not for god, flag, country, or even for Corps, but for the man or woman at our side. I have realized that, by living according to the Marine ethos, I have become a murderer, a realization that has caused me (and many others) profound guilt, shame, and moral distress.

In Place of Trump's Nov. 11 Military Parade, Activists Host a Peace Congress in Washington, DC (Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance)
On November 10 and 11, 2018, the No Trump Military Parade coalition of 250 organizations held a Peace Congress in place of Donald Trump's proposed Military Parade -- which they helped to stop. In a historic show of opposition to the glorification of war and waste of millions of public dollars, the coalition went beyond traditional public peace protest to host a two-day event thainclude anti-poverty, housing, the environment and more.

US Refuses to Adopt a Nuclear Weapon "No-First-Use" Pledge (Paul Jay Interviews Daniel Ellsberg / The Real News / Posted in accordance with Title 17, Section 107, US Code, for noncommercial, educational purposes.)
Commentary from a former nuclear weapons planner: In an atomic attach, nearly everyone on Earth will die. But if we go back to earlier calculations -- 50 million dead on a first strike versus 150 million or 100 million on a second strike -- there, again, the idea was that we will survive that 50 million well. But our values -- meaning our democracy -- would be very unlikely to survive just one or two explosions on a single city.

US Airstrikes Have Killed Hundreds of Syrians Civilians in 2018 (Brett Wilkins / BrettWilkins.com & CounterPunch & AntiWar.com)
The US-led coalition against Islamic State has carried out more than 100 new air strikes targeting the militant group's remaining strongholds in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, killing at least 80 civilians -- including dozens of women and children -- in recent weeks. US-led bombing resumed on October 24 following a particularly deadly period in which scores of Syrian men, women and children were killed in strikes on homes and mosques in and around the village of al-Sousa.

ACTION ALERT: Tell New House to End War! (Win Without War & Politico)
On November 11, election night, control of the House of Representatives flipped. And the next day, we woke up in a world where we can end the United States' longest war. Some new members of Congress stepping into office this January were preteens when this war started. They're ready to end this war. You and I are ready to end this war. And we have the political power to do it.

Saudi-Led Attacks on Yemen Port Escalate; 150 Killed in 24 Hours (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Mohammed Ghobari / Reuters)
Heavy fighting between invading Saudi-backed forces and the Shi'ite Houthi movement continues to escalate, with medics saying at least 150 people killed on Monday in just a 24 hour span. Street battles raged on Sunday in residential areas of Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah, forcing medical staff to flee the largest hospital, as Houthi insurgents tried to repel forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

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GENERAL IMPACTS

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

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

The Carbon Industry's control of the "Oil & Gas Caucus" in Congress has given it political supremacy -- even in left-leaning states -- but immediate action by an incoming Blue Wave of young, dynamic, and progressive congressmembers might make it possible to hold off an impending environmental state of emergency.
/know/read.php?itemid=21527

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

Commentary: When evidence of the climate catastrophe (fed by the burning fossil fuels) became incontrovertible, the industry shifted its focus to arguing that the timeframe, which it presented as 'end of the century', meant that we could defer action (and thus profit-maximization) through business-as-usual policies that could continue indefinitely. But now, scientists tell us, we have only 12 years left to avoid a climate catastrophe.
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US Airstrikes Killed Over 100 Civilians in Eastern Syria This Week: Mainly Women and Children
(AntiWar.com & Xinhua News & Zaman Al Wasl News)

Over the past week, daily US airstrikes against a handful of towns in eastern Syria have killed well over 100 civilians, mainly women and children. Most of the airstrikes are just hitting homes across the towns, killing a lot of women and children inside.
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US Soldiers Died for Nothing in WWI
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)

If the US had not intervened in World War I, it is a virtual certainty that there would have been a negotiated settlement between the warring parties. US interventionism instead brought about the total defeat of Germany. The result of Germany's total defeat? The vengeful Treaty of Versailles, which later provided Hitler with his rationale for his rise to power. So much for making the world safe for democracy.
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After 17 Years, Many Afghans Blame US for Unending War
(Kathy Gannon / Associated Press)

When US forces and their Afghan allies rode into Kabul in November 2001 they were greeted as liberators. But after 17 years of war, the Taliban have retaken half the country, security is worse than it's ever been, and many Afghans place the blame squarely on the Americans. The United States has lost more than 2,400 soldiers in its longest war, and has spent more than $900 billion on the Afghan cause. None of it worked. Today, Afghanistan is rife with conspiracy theories, including the idea that Americans didn't stumble into a "forever war," but planned one all along.
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US Refuses to Adopt a Nuclear Weapon "No-First-Use" Pledge
(Paul Jay Interviews Daniel Ellsberg / The Real News / Posted in accordance with Title 17, Section 107, US Code, for noncommercial, educational purposes.)

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

The US and the Soviet Union have come within minutes of an accidental nuclear war on at least two occasions. The INF Treaty came about because of strong opposition and huge demonstrations in Europe and the US. That kind of pressure, coupled with a pledge by countries not to deploy such weapons, will be required again, lest the entire tapestry of agreements that kept the horror of nuclear war at bay vanish.
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HUMAN IMPACTS

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

A bold new generation of Democrats are already pushing forward on climate action, in a dramatic change of pace that could spell a very different tune in Washington come January, as well as within the wider party. Republicans and Democrats alike have largely waffled on addressing climate change, to the dismay of activists. But that could be about to change and news faces in Washington a are demanding a "Green New Deal" to get to achieve 100 percent renewables energy "because our lives depend on it."
/know/read.php?itemid=21525

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

Protesters, including families and pensioners, blocked five of London's main bridges in one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades. The move was part of a mass civil disobedience campaign organised by Extinction Rebellion, which hopes to force governments to treat the threats of climate collapse and extinction as an existential crisis. The group is calling on the UK government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 -- or face a global catastrophe in as little as 12 years.
/know/read.php?itemid=21526

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

The Carbon Industry's control of the "Oil & Gas Caucus" in Congress has given it political supremacy -- even in left-leaning states -- but immediate action by an incoming Blue Wave of young, dynamic, and progressive congressmembers might make it possible to hold off an impending environmental state of emergency.
/know/read.php?itemid=21527

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

Commentary: When evidence of the climate catastrophe (fed by the burning fossil fuels) became incontrovertible, the industry shifted its focus to arguing that the timeframe, which it presented as 'end of the century', meant that we could defer action (and thus profit-maximization) through business-as-usual policies that could continue indefinitely. But now, scientists tell us, we have only 12 years left to avoid a climate catastrophe.
/know/read.php?itemid=21528

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

After House Republicans blocked a vote on bipartisan resolution (H. Con Res. 138) to end US military support for Saudi Arabia's genocidal war in Yemen, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard urged Members of Congress to vote against the Republican rule and bring the resolution to the floor for a vote. Meanwhile, iin a 21-77 vote, the Senate rejected a bill from Republican Sen. Rand Paul aiming to block a $300 million arms sale to Bahrain -- one of the participants in the Saudi-led, US-backed war in Yemen.
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US Airstrikes Killed Over 100 Civilians in Eastern Syria This Week: Mainly Women and Children
(AntiWar.com & Xinhua News & Zaman Al Wasl News)

Over the past week, daily US airstrikes against a handful of towns in eastern Syria have killed well over 100 civilians, mainly women and children. Most of the airstrikes are just hitting homes across the towns, killing a lot of women and children inside.
/know/read.php?itemid=21523

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

What President Eisenhower dubbed the "military-industrial complex" has evolved over the decades into a "permanent-war complex" that is now engaged in conflicts in at least eight foreign countries -- none of which are intended to be temporary. The privatization of military and intelligence began before the end of the Cold War and was designed to benefit about 50 dominant US companies. Today, roughly half of the annual defense budget goes to private contractors including Lockheed, Raytheon and Boeing.
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Mass Shootings -- When the 'War on Terror' Comes Home
(Priya Satia / San Francisco Chronicle Op-ed)

Commentary: The terrorism of guns and mass shootings in the US is not purely a domestic phenomenon, but a product of America's relationship with the world. Terrorism in American life is inseparable from American violence in the world. The ties between violence and industrial capitalism are deep and systemic, dating from the 18th century. These domestic shootings are shaped by the business of arms. While many struggle to regulate firearms, the arms makers push to keep markets everywhere open.
/know/read.php?itemid=21517

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LAND IMPACTS

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

A bold new generation of Democrats are already pushing forward on climate action, in a dramatic change of pace that could spell a very different tune in Washington come January, as well as within the wider party. Republicans and Democrats alike have largely waffled on addressing climate change, to the dismay of activists. But that could be about to change and news faces in Washington a are demanding a "Green New Deal" to get to achieve 100 percent renewables energy "because our lives depend on it."
/know/read.php?itemid=21525

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

Protesters, including families and pensioners, blocked five of London's main bridges in one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades. The move was part of a mass civil disobedience campaign organised by Extinction Rebellion, which hopes to force governments to treat the threats of climate collapse and extinction as an existential crisis. The group is calling on the UK government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 -- or face a global catastrophe in as little as 12 years.
/know/read.php?itemid=21526

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

Commentary: When evidence of the climate catastrophe (fed by the burning fossil fuels) became incontrovertible, the industry shifted its focus to arguing that the timeframe, which it presented as 'end of the century', meant that we could defer action (and thus profit-maximization) through business-as-usual policies that could continue indefinitely. But now, scientists tell us, we have only 12 years left to avoid a climate catastrophe.
/know/read.php?itemid=21528

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

If the US had not intervened in World War I, it is a virtual certainty that there would have been a negotiated settlement between the warring parties. US interventionism instead brought about the total defeat of Germany. The result of Germany's total defeat? The vengeful Treaty of Versailles, which later provided Hitler with his rationale for his rise to power. So much for making the world safe for democracy.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress: "No Funding for Border Wall"
(CREDO Action & Courage to Resist & Don't Attack Iran)

Donald Trump was so desperate for votes that he manufactured a xenophobic crisis ahead of the midterms. In response, voters gave a diverse and progressive group of Democrats control of the House. The message to Trump was "Don't build that wall." The message to troops on the border: "Don't obey illegal orders." And now may be time to revive a 2007 bill that would call any preemptive US attack on the 70 million people of Iran "illegal and criminal -- a crime of the highest magnitude."
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43 Years since the 'Green March': Morocco's Occupation of West Sahara
(TeleSUR)

November 6 marks 43 years of Morocco's occupation of the Western Sahara, which displaced the indigenous Saharawis people who were forced into precarious living conditions in the forbidding Sahara desert. Living under occupation, the Saharawi people have been denied basic human rights and are subjected to frequent arrest, intimidation, detention, and torture.
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War Crimes Committed by US Arms: How Do Weapons Manufacturers Sleep at Night?
(David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy & Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies / Foreign Policy in Focus)

The five largest US arms manufacturers -- Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics -- owe much of their profits to the sale of weapons to three repressive nations -- Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt -- that have a long history of repressing their own citizens and killing civilians in neighboring countries. But nobody in the Big War lobby is losing any sleep over this relationship.
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November 6: International Day to Protect Nature from War
(The United Nations & PAX for Peace, Conflict & Environment Observatory, et al.)

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

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

A bold new generation of Democrats are already pushing forward on climate action, in a dramatic change of pace that could spell a very different tune in Washington come January, as well as within the wider party. Republicans and Democrats alike have largely waffled on addressing climate change, to the dismay of activists. But that could be about to change and news faces in Washington a are demanding a "Green New Deal" to get to achieve 100 percent renewables energy "because our lives depend on it."
/know/read.php?itemid=21525

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

Commentary: When evidence of the climate catastrophe (fed by the burning fossil fuels) became incontrovertible, the industry shifted its focus to arguing that the timeframe, which it presented as 'end of the century', meant that we could defer action (and thus profit-maximization) through business-as-usual policies that could continue indefinitely. But now, scientists tell us, we have only 12 years left to avoid a climate catastrophe.
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US Threatens World: Ban Iranian Oil Tankers or Risk Catastrophic "Accidents"
(AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse & Channel News Asia & Associated Press)

The US State Department has issued a series of warnings demanding that all world ports avoid even nominal contact with Iranian commercial ships, warning that even limited contact could lead to US sanctions. All ports and maritime insurance companies were ordered to "steer clear" of Iranian ships or face US sanctions. The US warned that any country that allowed an Iranian oil tanker to even enter its territorial waters would suffer "catastrophic economic damage."
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November 6: International Day to Protect Nature from War
(The United Nations & PAX for Peace, Conflict & Environment Observatory, et al.)

Over the last 60 years, at least 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources -- timber, diamonds, gold and oil. A joint statement by civil society and academics on November 6 -- Environmental Conflict Day -- calls for governments to increase the protection of people and ecosystems by strengthening measures to enhance environmental security before, during and after armed conflicts.
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"Fish Wars" Are Beginning to Break Out Across the World's Oceans
(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

There are similarities between the world's reliance on oil and a comparable dependence on fish. Every fifth fish caught worldwide is done so illegally, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says. Meanwhile, sea-bordering countries are using military force to protect what they see as critical national assets. With growing demand for the resource and scarcer quantities, the fight for fish is likely to intensify.
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The Risk of Extinction from Climate Change May Be Worse than the IPCC Predicted
(Arctic News Blogspot)

Commentary: According to the IPCC's latest report on global warming, things aren't looking good. But, instead of providing good advice, the IPCC bends over backward in efforts to maintain the oil-burning addiction. The Paris Agreement calls for all nations to keep the temperature rise below 1.5ºC. The IPCC should have honored this commitment. Instead, the IPCC report contrives to make it look as if temperatures are lower than they really are -- so polluters can be allowed to keep polluting.
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Trump's Border Wall Threatens Butterflies, Birds, Botanicals, and Entire Bioregions
(Claire Harbage / National Public Radio & Melissa del Bosque / The Texas Observer & Jonathan Hilburg / The Architect's Newspaper)

The National Butterfly Center, a 100-acre wildlife center and botanical garden in South Texas, provides a habitat for more than 100 species of butterflies. It also sits directly in the path of the Trump administration's proposed $1.6 billion border wall. Construction of the wall will require nullifying 28 existing laws designed to protect public lands, wildlife and the environment. Trump has already begun to divide the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, one of the largest US refuges, to build a levee wall.
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Hydro Electric Firm, Honduran Military on Trial for Planning the Murder of Environmental Activist Berta Caceres
(teleSUR)

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

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

A bold new generation of Democrats are already pushing forward on climate action, in a dramatic change of pace that could spell a very different tune in Washington come January, as well as within the wider party. Republicans and Democrats alike have largely waffled on addressing climate change, to the dismay of activists. But that could be about to change and news faces in Washington a are demanding a "Green New Deal" to get to achieve 100 percent renewables energy "because our lives depend on it."
/know/read.php?itemid=21525

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

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

The Carbon Industry's control of the "Oil & Gas Caucus" in Congress has given it political supremacy -- even in left-leaning states -- but immediate action by an incoming Blue Wave of young, dynamic, and progressive congressmembers might make it possible to hold off an impending environmental state of emergency.
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GOP House Crushes Attempt to End US Role in Genocidal Yemen War
(Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US Congress & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

Late last night, House Republicans on the Rules Committee voted to block our bill, HConRes 138, from coming to the House floor for a vote. The bill would have ended US support for Saudi Arabia's genocidal war in Yemen, which has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in generations. It's time to end US support for Saudi Arabia's atrocities and bring HConRes 138 up for a vote. Become a citizen co-sponsor and support HConRes 138 today. See which 77 Democrats and 4 Republicans support HConRes 138.
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US Threatens World: Ban Iranian Oil Tankers or Risk Catastrophic "Accidents"
(AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse & Channel News Asia & Associated Press)

The US State Department has issued a series of warnings demanding that all world ports avoid even nominal contact with Iranian commercial ships, warning that even limited contact could lead to US sanctions. All ports and maritime insurance companies were ordered to "steer clear" of Iranian ships or face US sanctions. The US warned that any country that allowed an Iranian oil tanker to even enter its territorial waters would suffer "catastrophic economic damage."
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The Risk of Extinction from Climate Change May Be Worse than the IPCC Predicted
(Arctic News Blogspot)

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

The US Supreme Court on Friday rejected for now a bid by the President Donald Trump's administration to block a trial in a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the US government of ignoring the perils of climate change. The administration now faces a high-profile examination of US climate change policy.
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Why Jair Bolsonaro's Presidency Threatens Disaster for the Brazilian Amazon
(Avaaz & Christian Poirier / Amazon Watch & Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

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

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

After House Republicans blocked a vote on bipartisan resolution (H. Con Res. 138) to end US military support for Saudi Arabia's genocidal war in Yemen, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard urged Members of Congress to vote against the Republican rule and bring the resolution to the floor for a vote. Meanwhile, iin a 21-77 vote, the Senate rejected a bill from Republican Sen. Rand Paul aiming to block a $300 million arms sale to Bahrain -- one of the participants in the Saudi-led, US-backed war in Yemen.
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The Pentagon Fails Its First-Ever Audit
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Idrees Ali and Mike Stone / Reuters)

After generations of being a black hole down which money goes, never to return, a team of 1,200 auditors tried to give the Pentagon its first ever comprehensive audit, just to see where all that money went. Unsurprisingly, it went poorly, and was declared a failure. How bad the failure was is something of a mystery at this point, with officials refusing to disclose the exact results, or even ballpark how much money is unaccounted for.
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America's Permanent-War Complex
(Gareth Porter / The American Conservative)

What President Eisenhower dubbed the "military-industrial complex" has evolved over the decades into a "permanent-war complex" that is now engaged in conflicts in at least eight foreign countries -- none of which are intended to be temporary. The privatization of military and intelligence began before the end of the Cold War and was designed to benefit about 50 dominant US companies. Today, roughly half of the annual defense budget goes to private contractors including Lockheed, Raytheon and Boeing.
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US Soldiers Died for Nothing in WWI
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)

If the US had not intervened in World War I, it is a virtual certainty that there would have been a negotiated settlement between the warring parties. US interventionism instead brought about the total defeat of Germany. The result of Germany's total defeat? The vengeful Treaty of Versailles, which later provided Hitler with his rationale for his rise to power. So much for making the world safe for democracy.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell New House Leaders to Refuse War Lobby Money
(World BEYOND War & Lee Fang / The Intercept)

Weapons makers are moving money to the Democrat in line to chair the House Armed Services Committee. Rep. Adam Smith, a hawkish Democrat from Washington state is beholden to the military-industrial complex. Sarah Smith, a working-class activist and democratic socialist, has attacked Smith's pro-war record. Read who's been taking War Lobby contributions and sign the petition asking Democrats (especially those appointed to serve on critical committees) to refuse and return all War Lobby donations.
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The War to End War, 100 Years On: An Evaluation and Reorientation of Our Resistance to War
(Robert J. Burrowes / Popular Resistance)

As we mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending 'the war to end war', one can only marvel at how wrong humans can be sometimes. Not content with the violence inflicted during WWI, humans used the 20th century to systematically decimate human and other life as violence and war raged across the planet with an increasingly sophisticated armory. By mid-century, in a tribute to their technological ingenuity and psychological dysfunctionality, humans had invented a weapon that could destroy life on Earth.
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With Nearly $6 Trillion Spent Since 9/11, the US Military Can No Longer Afford to Dominate the Planet
(AntiWar.com & CBS Evening News)

Starting in late 2001, the US has engaged in wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere around the world. Many of those wars have become more or less permanent operations. Now, a new report by a bipartisan Congressional commission says the US could lose a war against China or Russia. The warhawks claim the Pentagon is "underfunded" and the military needs more money because, unlike China and Russia, the US goal is not self-protection but the maintenance of global power.
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ACTION ALERT: Address Climate Change, Inequality, and War: Young, Insurgent Congressmembers Demand a Green New Deal
(Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast & Ryan Grim and Briahna Gray / The Intercept & The Select Committee on a Green New Deal)

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

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

What President Eisenhower dubbed the "military-industrial complex" has evolved over the decades into a "permanent-war complex" that is now engaged in conflicts in at least eight foreign countries -- none of which are intended to be temporary. The privatization of military and intelligence began before the end of the Cold War and was designed to benefit about 50 dominant US companies. Today, roughly half of the annual defense budget goes to private contractors including Lockheed, Raytheon and Boeing.
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Mass Shootings -- When the 'War on Terror' Comes Home
(Priya Satia / San Francisco Chronicle Op-ed)

Commentary: The terrorism of guns and mass shootings in the US is not purely a domestic phenomenon, but a product of America's relationship with the world. Terrorism in American life is inseparable from American violence in the world. The ties between violence and industrial capitalism are deep and systemic, dating from the 18th century. These domestic shootings are shaped by the business of arms. While many struggle to regulate firearms, the arms makers push to keep markets everywhere open.
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US Soldiers Died for Nothing in WWI
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)

If the US had not intervened in World War I, it is a virtual certainty that there would have been a negotiated settlement between the warring parties. US interventionism instead brought about the total defeat of Germany. The result of Germany's total defeat? The vengeful Treaty of Versailles, which later provided Hitler with his rationale for his rise to power. So much for making the world safe for democracy.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell New House Leaders to Refuse War Lobby Money
(World BEYOND War & Lee Fang / The Intercept)

Weapons makers are moving money to the Democrat in line to chair the House Armed Services Committee. Rep. Adam Smith, a hawkish Democrat from Washington state is beholden to the military-industrial complex. Sarah Smith, a working-class activist and democratic socialist, has attacked Smith's pro-war record. Read who's been taking War Lobby contributions and sign the petition asking Democrats (especially those appointed to serve on critical committees) to refuse and return all War Lobby donations.
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With Nearly $6 Trillion Spent Since 9/11, the US Military Can No Longer Afford to Dominate the Planet
(AntiWar.com & CBS Evening News)

Starting in late 2001, the US has engaged in wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere around the world. Many of those wars have become more or less permanent operations. Now, a new report by a bipartisan Congressional commission says the US could lose a war against China or Russia. The warhawks claim the Pentagon is "underfunded" and the military needs more money because, unlike China and Russia, the US goal is not self-protection but the maintenance of global power.
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US Refuses to Adopt a Nuclear Weapon "No-First-Use" Pledge
(Paul Jay Interviews Daniel Ellsberg / The Real News / Posted in accordance with Title 17, Section 107, US Code, for noncommercial, educational purposes.)

Commentary from a former nuclear weapons planner: In an atomic attach, nearly everyone on Earth will die. But if we go back to earlier calculations -- 50 million dead on a first strike versus 150 million or 100 million on a second strike -- there, again, the idea was that we will survive that 50 million well. But our values -- meaning our democracy -- would be very unlikely to survive just one or two explosions on a single city.
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Trump Removes Oversight on Weapons Deals: Arms Sales Soar 13%
(Mike Stone / Reuters & Annie Linskey / The Boston Globe)

Donald Trump greenlighted the sale of 1,600 semiautomatic pistols to Turkish President Erdogan’s security detail last year, arming the thuggish dictator with some of the best guns money can buy. The very next day, Turkish bodyguards beat up several US citizens protesting outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington. Lawmakers are required to be consulted before allowing sales of high-powered weapons to foreign dictators. Trump wants Congress out of the picture.
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Trump Prepares to Dump Nuclear Treaties and Resume Atomic Arms Race
(Conn Hallinan / Dispatches from the Edge)

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