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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

US Sued for Dropping H-bombs on Spain (Dave Collings / Associated Press & ABC News)
Veterans who say they responded to a 1966 accident involving US hydrogen bombs in Spain and then became ill from radiation exposure asked a federal appeals court on Monday to allow a class action lawsuit against the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

After 20 Years and $6.5 Trillion in Missing Funds, Pentagon to Submit to Audit (Hon. Ron Wyden / US Senate & Bill Chappell / National Public Radio)
Senator Ron Wyden writes: "In September, the Pentagon escaped budget cuts -- while Meals on Wheels and the National Parks budgets were slashed. The Senate voted to increase military spending by an extra $80 billion a year, resulting in a $700 billion Department of Defense budget. I was one of only 8 members of the Senate who voted NO on this bill. Why? One of the reasons was because we don’t know where this money goes since the Pentagon has NEVER had an audit."

America's Enemies, Who's On the List? (Professor James Petras / Global Research & United National Antiwar Coalition & Ajamu Baraka / Black Alliance for Peace)
For almost 2 decades, the US pursued a list of 'enemy countries' to confront, attack, weaken and overthrow. This imperial quest to overthrow 'enemy countries' operated at various levels of intensity, depending on two considerations: the level of priority and the degree of vulnerability for a 'regime change' operation. The author explores how iImperial strategists consider military, economic and political criteria in identifying high priority adversaries.

How US Monopolizes the World's Wealth (Paul Buchheit / NationofChange)
When Washington sends the Pentagon to war, thousands of young lives are put at risk to ensure that a few thousand American households remain free to take most of the world's seized wealth. From 2012 to 2017, the US took nearly 70 percent of the entire global wealth gain over the past five years. Based on their dominant share of US wealth, America’s richest 10% -- much less than 1% of the world's adult population -- took more than half the world's wealth gain in the past five years.

Honoring International Human Rights Day (Amnesty International & The Basel Peace Office)
Today is Human Rights Day, the 69th Anniversary of the UN General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It's a day to remember all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights -- from Hanan Badr el-Din, an Egyptian woman who has been searching for her missing husband since 2013 to young academics, policy analysts and activists who have issued an appeal regarding the rights of current and future generations to a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons.

Jeremy Corbyn: An Address to The United Nations in Geneva (The Basel Peace Office & The Labour Press)
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labour Party and a member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament gave the following keynote policy speech on human rights at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec 8. Corbyn told the packed auditorium that: "We need to redouble our efforts to create a global rules based system that applies to all and works for the many, not the few. No more 'bomb first' and think and talk later."

US Announces Occupation of Syria: There Are Now More US Troops inside Syria than ISIS Fighters (Antiwar.com & Agence France-Presse & Reuters & Darius Shahtahmasebi / The AntiMedia)
Who authorized this invasion of Syria? The Syrian government never authorized US troops to deploy there and isn't supporting the idea of them staying. Who authorized American troops to be on the front lines in another war in a country that has branded American troops as invaders? Imagine if Syria or Russia did this to the US -- invading and building bases under the guise of fighting terrorism.

Is Luke Skywalker Still a Pacifist? (David Goodner / Waging Nonviolence)
Commentary: "A culture raised on Rambo, Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker and James Bond wants to believe that combat and killing can be done with impunity -- that we can declare someone to be the enemy and that for cause and country the soldiers will cleanly and remorselessly wipe him from the face of the Earth."

Stealth Imperialism: 44,000 US Troops Fighting Secret Wars Worldwide (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Stephen Carlson / Stars and Stripes)
When the Pentagon wants to mislead the public about where US troops are, generally speaking, they just lie. Yet sometimes the number of troops is just too big to claim as a rounding error, and questions start happening. This week, the focus is on over 44,000 US military personnel deployed to "unknown," which immediately raises red flags, because that's not a place. Pentagon officials, however, say there is "no good way" to describe where they are.

US and Russia Engaged in a Costly New Nuclear Arms Race (The Sunflower / Nuclear Age Peace Foundation & Scot Paltrow / US News & World Report)
In 2010, the Obama administration negotiated the New START treaty with Russia, which limited both sides' deployed strategic nuclear weapons to 1,550. Despite both countries being on track to meeting the limit by the 2018 deadline, experts and former officials warn the risk of nuclear conflict is far from eliminated. In fact, the stricter limitation on the number of weapons has only spurred both countries to initiate modernization programs to improve the efficiency, accuracy, and lethality of their weapons systems.

Who Profits from Nuclear Bombs? (Don't Bank of the Bomb & Matthew Rocco / Fox Business)
These 20 companies, which are the focus of this report, are involved in the nuclear weapons programmes of the United States, the United Kingdom, France and India. The full "Don't Bank on Bombs" report examines which financial institutions around the world invest in these companies through shares, bonds and loans.

Meet the Private Corporations that Have Grown Rich Building A Nuclear Arsenal that Could Kill US All (Richard Krushnic and Jonathan Alan King / TomDispatch & The Nation)
Many Americans are unaware that much of the responsibility for nuclear weapons development, production, and maintenance lies with the Department of Energy, which spends more on nuclear weapons than it does on developing sustainable energy sources. Key to the DOE's nuclear project are the federal laboratories where nuclear weapons are designed, built, and tested. Meanwhile, a small number of powerful companies are making billions working on weapons systems designed to end life on Earth.

UN Security Council Members Condemn Trump's Jerusalem Move (AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera & Rebecca Savransky / The Hill)
Donald Trump's "Jerusalem declaration" has been roundly criticized worldwide, with Israel seemingly the only nation to endorse it. Even there, the declaration sparked massive protests among the Palestinian population under Israeli occupation, who see Trump's move as effectively ending the peace process. At least 31 Palestinians hurt in Israeli army fire on Thursday as anger over the White House move sweeps West Bank and Gaza.

"It's Not a Guns Issue. It's a Mental Health Issue." But What If It's Both? (Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & The Berkeley Daily Planet)
After a mass shooting in a church left 26 people dead, Donald Trump quickly moved to deflect growing public concern by claiming: "This isn't a gun situation. This is a mental health problem at the highest level." Once again, the "crazy gunman" meme had been unleashed in the mediastream, shifting attention from the weapons to the individual and suggesting that the solution involved controlling individuals, not their arsenals. But what if owning multiple guns was, itself, a sign of mental illness?

ACTION ALERT: Block the NRA's Plan to Legalize Concealed Weapons Nationwide (CREDO Action & Dana Liebelson / The Huffington Post & The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence & Timothy Johnson / Media Matters)
It would be laughable if it weren't so deadly. Here's how Republicans have finally moved beyond their thoughts and prayers for the victims of gun violence -- with a reckless, dangerous bill to undermine gun safety laws across the country. The right-wing Republican extremists in the House have passed an NRA dream bill -- The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act -- that would force every state in the US to abide by the weakest state gun laws in the entire country -- a "guns everywhere" vision for America.

The Rollback: Trump's Toxic War Benefits Polluters, Endangers the Public (Californians for Pesticide Reform & Al Jazeera)
Since US President Donald Trump entered the White House, there is one achievement he can't be denied. He has made good on a campaign promise to repeal hundreds of "job-killing" federal rules, often following recommendations from powerful industries. The US pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement -- essentially breaching the promise to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions -- and has begun to roll-back environmental protections designed to reduce toxic emissions from industrial polluters.

Trump and Jerusalem: Provocation Is Not Diplomacy (Laura Kyle / Al Jazeera & Jaclynn Ashly / Al Jazeera)
For decades American presidential candidates from both parties have promised to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But once elected they have retreated from the idea. On Wednesday, Donald Trump changed that. He overruled his top political and military advisers to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announce plans to relocate the US embassy. Trump's decision has been widely condemned and has sparked protests in many parts of the Middle East and the wider Muslim world.

How War Pollutes the Potomac River (David Swanson and Pat Elder / World Beyond War)
The Pentagon's impact on the Potomac River is not simply the diffuse impact of global warming and rising oceans contributed to by the US military's massive oil consumption. Not only does the home of war-making sit near rising waters -- rising first and foremost because of the impacts of war-making -- the waters of the Potomac and of the Chesapeake Bay into which it flows, and the tides of which raise and lower the waters of the Pentagon Lagoon each day -- are heavily polluted by war preparations.

There's No Such Thing as Precise Air Strikes in Modern Warfare (Patrick Cockburn / The Independent & The UNZ Review)
The final elimination of ISIS in Iraq and Syria is close, but it has only been achieved at the cost of great destruction and loss of life. This is the new face of war that governments try to conceal: a limited number of combat troops on the ground call in devastating air strikes from planes, missiles and drones -- be they American or Russian -- to clear the way for their advance. US and British claims that smart weapons enable them to avoid killing civilians is simply untrue. There is no such thing as precision air strikes.

The Partisan Economic War on the Equality and the Majority (Jim Hightower / Otherwords & Sen. Dianne Feinstein / Los Angeles Times & Richard Eskow / Campaign for America's Future)
Commentary: Tax proposals can be complex, but the GOP's 429-page monster is shockingly easy to understand: The Trump-Ryan-McConnell triumvirate intends to take money from millions of working families and give it to the world's wealthiest people and corporations. The GOP bill is an act of class warfare that gives half its cuts to the top 1 percent, raises taxes on 36 percent of working families, adds $71 billion to the cost of a college education while benefitting wealthy individuals and special interests.

US Airstrikes Rise Sharply in Afghanistan -- And So Do Civilian Deaths (Shashank Bengali / Los Angeles Times)
As US warplanes flew above a cluster of villages where Islamic State militants were holed up in eastern Afghanistan, 11 people piled into a truck and drove off along an empty dirt track to escape what they feared was imminent bombing. They did not get far.

Western Wars Have Killed Four Million Muslims Since 1990 (Nafeez Ahmed / Middle East Eye)
In May 2017, the Washington DC-based, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility released a landmark study concluding that the death toll from 10 years of the "War on Terror" was at least 1.3 million, and could be as high as 2 million. Despite being the first effort to produce a scientifically robust calculation of the number of people killed by the US-UK-led "war on terror, " the 97-page report has been almost completely blacked out by the English-language media.

Grassroots Anti-nuclear Citizens' Group to Accept Nobel Peace Prize on December 10 (The Sunflower / The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation & Kyodo News Service & Vallarta Daily )
Today there are 17,300 nuclear warheads in the hands of nine countries -- the US, Russia, the UK, France, China, India , Pakistan, Israel and North Korea. On December 10, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Hiroshima-bomb survivor Setsuko Thurlow will accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the global campaign to rid the world of nuclear weapons. In November 2017, Mexico’s Senate approved the treaty. The treaty will go into effect when 50 countries have signed and ratified it.

Disposable People: Deporting US Veterans (Paul Cox / The Volunteer @ The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives)
The plight of the non-citizen veterans of US military service who have been deported stands as a small but telling example of how our country falls far short of living up to its promises. The ACLU estimates that there are around 300 US veterans deported to countries around the world. These veterans are now stuck in a country they may have left as infants; some do not even speak the language.

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GENERAL IMPACTS

Meet the Private Corporations that Have Grown Rich Building A Nuclear Arsenal that Could Kill US All
(Richard Krushnic and Jonathan Alan King / TomDispatch & The Nation)

Many Americans are unaware that much of the responsibility for nuclear weapons development, production, and maintenance lies with the Department of Energy, which spends more on nuclear weapons than it does on developing sustainable energy sources. Key to the DOE's nuclear project are the federal laboratories where nuclear weapons are designed, built, and tested. Meanwhile, a small number of powerful companies are making billions working on weapons systems designed to end life on Earth.
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16 Ways to Cut Defense Spending
(Jon Basil Utley / The American Conservative)

Admiral Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that "the greatest threat to our national security is our debt." Former Congressmember Ron Paul says that only about half the defense budget is for defense, the other half is for militarism abroad. So here are 16 ways to cut its waste, fraud, and abuse of American taxpayers.
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The US Is Stockpiling Nuclear Arms, and the Cost Is Astonishing
(Harry Blain / Foreign Policy In Focus & AntiWar.com)

Thanks to an October 31 report by the Congressional Budget Office, we now have a 30-year outline of both the kinds of destructive weaponry we are buying, and how much it is going to cost. There are good reasons to be worried. Total cost: $1.2 trillion. Enough money to fund five Environmental Protection Agencies. The "deterrence" value of such an investment isn't immediately clear. But the fiscal impacts will certainly further bankrupt the already debt-burdened US economy.
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Too Dangerous: US Strategists Call for Eliminating the ICBM Nuclear Arsenal
(Scot J. Paltrow / Reuters)

Of all weapons in the US nuclear arsenal, the ICBM is the one most likely to cause accidental nuclear war, arms-control specialists say. It is for this reason that a growing number of former top Pentagon officials, military scholars and members of Congress are calling for the elimination of ICBMs. Former defense secretaries William Perry and Leon Pancetta are among those warning that, of all weapons in the US nuclear arsenal, the ICBM is the one most likely to cause accidental nuclear war.
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The US Is Stockpiling Nuclear Arms, and the Cost Is Astonishing
(Harry Blain / Foreign Policy In Focus & AntiWar.com)

Thanks to an October 31 report by the Congressional Budget Office, we now have a 30-year outline of both the kinds of destructive weaponry we are buying, and how much it is going to cost. There are good reasons to be worried. Total cost: $1.2 trillion. Enough money to fund five Environmental Protection Agencies. The "deterrence" value of such an investment isn't immediately clear. But the fiscal impacts will certainly further bankrupt the debt-burdened US economy.
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Fight Terrorism: Stop Bombing Cities and other Populated Areas
(Action On Armed Violence & Reaching Critical Will / Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)

When used in populated areas, explosive weapons cause great harm to individuals as well as to communities. According to Action on Armed Violence, between 80 and 90% of the people injured or killed are civilians in incidents where explosive weapons are used in populated areas. The use of these weapons also damages and destroys critical infrastructure such as housing, schools, hospitals, and water and sanitation systems, resulting in devastating long-term effects on people's lives far beyond the conflict itself.
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Are US Leaders Planning to Make Nuclear Weapons "Usable"?
(Tom Engelhardt and Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch)

Under existing nuclear doctrine, as imagined by the Obama administration back in 2010, this country was to use nuclear weapons only "in extreme circumstances" to defend the vital interests of the country or of its allies. However, for Donald Trump, a man who has already threatened to unleash on North Korea "fire and fury like the world has never seen," such an approach is proving far too restrictive.
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ACTION ALERT: Keep Trump's Thumb off the Nuclear Button
(Win Without War & Jim McGovern / US House of Representatives & The Union of Concerned Scientists & Nuclear Age Peace Foundation)

Preventing the US from triggering a nuclear apocalypse isn't just general common sense. It's also urgently-needed protection from a president with an itchy Twitter finger and the sole authority to launch nuclear war. Congressman Adam Smith has just introduced a one-sentence bill that gets right to the point: "It is the policy of the US to not use nuclear weapons first." Meanwhile Rep. Jim McGovern has introduced the "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act" to block Trump's ability to start a nuclear war.
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HUMAN IMPACTS

US Sued for Dropping H-bombs on Spain
(Dave Collings / Associated Press & ABC News)

Veterans who say they responded to a 1966 accident involving US hydrogen bombs in Spain and then became ill from radiation exposure asked a federal appeals court on Monday to allow a class action lawsuit against the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Jeremy Corbyn: An Address to The United Nations in Geneva
(The Basel Peace Office & The Labour Press)

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labour Party and a member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament gave the following keynote policy speech on human rights at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec 8. Corbyn told the packed auditorium that: "We need to redouble our efforts to create a global rules based system that applies to all and works for the many, not the few. No more 'bomb first' and think and talk later."
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Meet the Private Corporations that Have Grown Rich Building A Nuclear Arsenal that Could Kill US All
(Richard Krushnic and Jonathan Alan King / TomDispatch & The Nation)

Many Americans are unaware that much of the responsibility for nuclear weapons development, production, and maintenance lies with the Department of Energy, which spends more on nuclear weapons than it does on developing sustainable energy sources. Key to the DOE's nuclear project are the federal laboratories where nuclear weapons are designed, built, and tested. Meanwhile, a small number of powerful companies are making billions working on weapons systems designed to end life on Earth.
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UN Security Council Members Condemn Trump's Jerusalem Move
(AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera & Rebecca Savransky / The Hill)

Donald Trump's "Jerusalem declaration" has been roundly criticized worldwide, with Israel seemingly the only nation to endorse it. Even there, the declaration sparked massive protests among the Palestinian population under Israeli occupation, who see Trump's move as effectively ending the peace process. At least 31 Palestinians hurt in Israeli army fire on Thursday as anger over the White House move sweeps West Bank and Gaza.
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"It's Not a Guns Issue. It's a Mental Health Issue." But What If It's Both?
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & The Berkeley Daily Planet)

After a mass shooting in a church left 26 people dead, Donald Trump quickly moved to deflect growing public concern by claiming: "This isn't a gun situation. This is a mental health problem at the highest level." Once again, the "crazy gunman" meme had been unleashed in the mediastream, shifting attention from the weapons to the individual and suggesting that the solution involved controlling individuals, not their arsenals. But what if owning multiple guns was, itself, a sign of mental illness?
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ACTION ALERT: Block the NRA's Plan to Legalize Concealed Weapons Nationwide
(CREDO Action & Dana Liebelson / The Huffington Post & The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence & Timothy Johnson / Media Matters)

It would be laughable if it weren't so deadly. Here's how Republicans have finally moved beyond their thoughts and prayers for the victims of gun violence -- with a reckless, dangerous bill to undermine gun safety laws across the country. The right-wing Republican extremists in the House have passed an NRA dream bill -- The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act -- that would force every state in the US to abide by the weakest state gun laws in the entire country -- a "guns everywhere" vision for America.
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The Rollback: Trump's Toxic War Benefits Polluters, Endangers the Public
(Californians for Pesticide Reform & Al Jazeera)

Since US President Donald Trump entered the White House, there is one achievement he can't be denied. He has made good on a campaign promise to repeal hundreds of "job-killing" federal rules, often following recommendations from powerful industries. The US pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement -- essentially breaching the promise to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions -- and has begun to roll-back environmental protections designed to reduce toxic emissions from industrial polluters.
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How War Pollutes the Potomac River
(David Swanson and Pat Elder / World Beyond War)

The Pentagon's impact on the Potomac River is not simply the diffuse impact of global warming and rising oceans contributed to by the US military's massive oil consumption. Not only does the home of war-making sit near rising waters -- rising first and foremost because of the impacts of war-making -- the waters of the Potomac and of the Chesapeake Bay into which it flows, and the tides of which raise and lower the waters of the Pentagon Lagoon each day -- are heavily polluted by war preparations.
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LAND IMPACTS

Meet the Private Corporations that Have Grown Rich Building A Nuclear Arsenal that Could Kill US All
(Richard Krushnic and Jonathan Alan King / TomDispatch & The Nation)

Many Americans are unaware that much of the responsibility for nuclear weapons development, production, and maintenance lies with the Department of Energy, which spends more on nuclear weapons than it does on developing sustainable energy sources. Key to the DOE's nuclear project are the federal laboratories where nuclear weapons are designed, built, and tested. Meanwhile, a small number of powerful companies are making billions working on weapons systems designed to end life on Earth.
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UN Security Council Members Condemn Trump's Jerusalem Move
(AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera & Rebecca Savransky / The Hill)

Donald Trump's "Jerusalem declaration" has been roundly criticized worldwide, with Israel seemingly the only nation to endorse it. Even there, the declaration sparked massive protests among the Palestinian population under Israeli occupation, who see Trump's move as effectively ending the peace process. At least 31 Palestinians hurt in Israeli army fire on Thursday as anger over the White House move sweeps West Bank and Gaza.
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The Rollback: Trump's Toxic War Benefits Polluters, Endangers the Public
(Californians for Pesticide Reform & Al Jazeera)

Since US President Donald Trump entered the White House, there is one achievement he can't be denied. He has made good on a campaign promise to repeal hundreds of "job-killing" federal rules, often following recommendations from powerful industries. The US pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement -- essentially breaching the promise to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions -- and has begun to roll-back environmental protections designed to reduce toxic emissions from industrial polluters.
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How War Pollutes the Potomac River
(David Swanson and Pat Elder / World Beyond War)

The Pentagon's impact on the Potomac River is not simply the diffuse impact of global warming and rising oceans contributed to by the US military's massive oil consumption. Not only does the home of war-making sit near rising waters -- rising first and foremost because of the impacts of war-making -- the waters of the Potomac and of the Chesapeake Bay into which it flows, and the tides of which raise and lower the waters of the Pentagon Lagoon each day -- are heavily polluted by war preparations.
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US Raises Tensions in Korean Peninsula; Builds Mega-Base in South Korea
(David Axe / The Daily Beast)

While Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un wage an escalating war of words over Pyongyang's nuclear-weapons program, the US military is quietly transforming its forces on the Korean Peninsula, expanding their ability to wage war with the North. The centerpiece of the transformation is Camp Humphreys, a sprawling new installation south of Seoul where the majority of the roughly 30,000 US troops in South Korea will soon be based.
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ACTION ALERT: War on the Bees -- Stop the Monsanto-Bayer Mega-merger
(SumOfUs & Robert-Jan Bartunek and Ludwig Burger / Reuters & Brad Plumer / Vox.com)

Bayer and Monsanto have filed a merger request with antitrust authorities in Europe and the US. If they succeed, we'll face a nightmare scenario: more bee-killing neonics in our fields, more toxic glyphosate on our plates, more corporate control over our food supply. Regulators can still stop this merger, but they’re getting hammered by corporate lobbyists pressuring them to back off. That's why we need to move fast -- antitrust regulators have a limited amount of time to take action, and the clock is ticking.
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Polar Bears Massing on Russian Island -- A Sign of Arctic Change
(Maria Antonova / Agence France-Presse)

Climate change means ice, where polar bears are most at home, is melting earlier in the year and so polar bears have to spend longer on land, scientists say. This might wow tourists but means the bears, more crammed together on coasts and islands, will eventually face greater competition for the little food there is on land. Locals are also at risk from hungry animals venturing into villages.
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The Deadliest Year on Record for Global Land Defenders
(The Oakland Institute & Global Witness)

Three times as many land protectors were killed in 2012 than 10 years previously, with the rate doubling to an average of two people a week in the past four years. 2017 is on course to be the deadliest year on record for land rights defenders. 153 activists have been assassinated so far this year -- and those are the ones we know of. Thousands more face displacement, violence, intimidation, and arrest -- all for standing up for their right to live on their land.
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MARINE AND WATER IMPACTS

Meet the Private Corporations that Have Grown Rich Building A Nuclear Arsenal that Could Kill US All
(Richard Krushnic and Jonathan Alan King / TomDispatch & The Nation)

Many Americans are unaware that much of the responsibility for nuclear weapons development, production, and maintenance lies with the Department of Energy, which spends more on nuclear weapons than it does on developing sustainable energy sources. Key to the DOE's nuclear project are the federal laboratories where nuclear weapons are designed, built, and tested. Meanwhile, a small number of powerful companies are making billions working on weapons systems designed to end life on Earth.
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The Rollback: Trump's Toxic War Benefits Polluters, Endangers the Public
(Californians for Pesticide Reform & Al Jazeera)

Since US President Donald Trump entered the White House, there is one achievement he can't be denied. He has made good on a campaign promise to repeal hundreds of "job-killing" federal rules, often following recommendations from powerful industries. The US pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement -- essentially breaching the promise to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions -- and has begun to roll-back environmental protections designed to reduce toxic emissions from industrial polluters.
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How War Pollutes the Potomac River
(David Swanson and Pat Elder / World Beyond War)

The Pentagon's impact on the Potomac River is not simply the diffuse impact of global warming and rising oceans contributed to by the US military's massive oil consumption. Not only does the home of war-making sit near rising waters -- rising first and foremost because of the impacts of war-making -- the waters of the Potomac and of the Chesapeake Bay into which it flows, and the tides of which raise and lower the waters of the Pentagon Lagoon each day -- are heavily polluted by war preparations.
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A Pentagon Nuclear Dumpsite Is About to Be Swamped by Rising Sea Levels
(Joe McCarthy / Global Citizen)

The Enewetak Atoll is all but invisible on Google Maps. Halfway between Australia and Hawaii, the ribbon of land is home to a small indigenous population that has seen their way of life eroded by decisions far outside of their control. For more than half a century, the atoll, which is part of the Marshall Islands, has been contaminated by nuclear explosions and waste. The decades ahead could leave it submerged by rising seas.
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Polar Bears Massing on Russian Island -- A Sign of Arctic Change
(Maria Antonova / Agence France-Presse)

Climate change means ice, where polar bears are most at home, is melting earlier in the year and so polar bears have to spend longer on land, scientists say. This might wow tourists but means the bears, more crammed together on coasts and islands, will eventually face greater competition for the little food there is on land. Locals are also at risk from hungry animals venturing into villages.
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The Global Shipping Industry Needs to Clean Up Its Act
(Maria Gallucci / Grist)

What can the cargo, shipping, and cruise industries do to play a part in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels -- the most ambitious goal laid out in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement? To meet that target, all cargo ships will need to be "zero-emissions" by 2050. That requires ditching cheap, but noxious, bunker fuel and replacing it with promising alternatives like battery storage, sustainable biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, and wind-sail technology.
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Fidel Castro's Enduring Environmental Legacy
(teleSUR & Agence France-Presse)

Fidel Castro's commitment to education and health care stand out as monumental achievements for Cuba. While he emerged as a stalwart of anti-imperialism and anti-capitalism, his commitment to environmentalism and Cuba's achievements in the area gets less attention. Cuba is one of the few developing countries that has shown a strong commitment to the environment and sustainability -- despite a number of obstacles such as the long-standing US blockade.
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ACTION ALERT: Welcome to the Swamp: EPA on the Corporate Chopping Block
(Chris Riotta / Newsweek & CREDO Action)

Wall Street billionaires, corporate lobbyists and far right conservatives flooded the White House almost immediately after Donald Trump's presidential victory, according to records of visitor logs the White House was forced to reveal following a Freedom of Information lawsuit. Meanwhile, Trump's climate-change-denying EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, is moving to replace independent scientists on EPA advisory boards with representatives of the fossil fuel and chemical industries.
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OIL AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

US Oil: A Weapon of Mass Destruction
(Tammy Webber and Katy Daigle / Associated Press)

US oil refineries that are unable to sell a dirty fuel waste product at home are exporting vast quantities of it around the world, to more than 30 countries, especially to energy-hungry India. Petroleum coke, the bottom-of-the-barrel leftover from refining Canadian tar sands crude and other heavy oils, is cheaper and burns hotter than coal. But "petcoke" also contains more planet-warming carbon and far more heart- and lung-damaging sulfur.
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Will Puerto Rico Be Re-born as Singapore or Solartopia?
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive)

Warring visions have now erupted over the energy and economic futures of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Will the islands become a green-powered solartopia or a fossil-fueled robber baron playground like Hong Kong or Singapore? Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed a $146 billion green "Marshall Plan" to rebuild Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Solar panels are already pouring in.
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Cuba Verde: Can Cuba's Low-carbon Ecological Adaptations Endure?
(Bill Weinberg / Earth Island Journal)

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia cut off the flow of cheap oil and ended the guaranteed prices for Cuban sugar, devastating the island's economy. As food supplies dwindled, malnutrition became alarmingly common. The country's leaders responded by implementing a number of petroleum-free alternatives aimed at making the country self-sufficient. With cars few and far between, bicycles became nearly ubiquitous on Havana's streets. Urban gardens sprang up on unused patches of land.
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Oil and Gas Industry Is Causing Texas Earthquakes, a 'Landmark' Study Suggests
(Ben Guarino / The Washington Post)

An unnatural number of earthquakes hit Texas in the past decade. In 2008, two earthquakes stronger than magnitude 3 struck the state. Eight years later, the number of strong quakes increased four-fold. The tremors have multiplied along with a recent increase in natural gas extraction -- including fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, but other techniques as well -- which produces a lot of wastewater that is injected deep into the ground where it can work its way into dormant faults, triggering quakes.
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ACTION ALERT: Welcome to the Swamp: EPA on the Corporate Chopping Block
(Chris Riotta / Newsweek & CREDO Action)

Wall Street billionaires, corporate lobbyists and far right conservatives flooded the White House almost immediately after Donald Trump's presidential victory, according to records of visitor logs the White House was forced to reveal following a Freedom of Information lawsuit. Meanwhile, Trump's climate-change-denying EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, is moving to replace independent scientists on EPA advisory boards with representatives of the fossil fuel and chemical industries.
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ACTION ALERT: House Tax Bill Attacks Clean Energy: Meanwhile, Costa Rica Has Been Carbon-free for 300 Days
(Union of Concerned Scientists & Alexandra Jacobo / NationofChange)

The tax bill being debated in the House is a bad deal. In addition to cutting taxes for the wealthy at the expense of middle class and low-income families, it poses a major threat to the success of electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies that save consumers money, create jobs, and reduce climate and air pollution. Meanwhile, as of November 22, Costa Rica had run on 100% renewable energy for more than 300 days. In 2016, the US generated only about 15 percent of its power from renewables.
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Trump Targets Appalachia; Plots to Plunder America's Wilderness
(Nigel Sizer / The Rainforest Alliance & Adam Federman / The Nation & Adam Federman / The Nation & Kate Aronoff / The Nation)

The Appalachian woodlands, an ecological treasure covering 61,500 square miles of the country's southeast, are now threatened by the Trump administration's unsustainable commercial energy and timber exploitation. A leaked draft of a five-year plan reveals how the DOI plans to prioritize "energy dominance" over conservation. Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior is poised to open up millions of wilderness acres to commercial drilling and mining -- from Utah's red-rock country to Alaska's frigid coastal waters.
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World's Scientists Issue Second "Warning to Humanity"
(William J. Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Thomas M. Newsmen, Mauro Galetti, Mohammed Alamgir, Eileen Crist, Mahmoud I. Mahmoud, William F. Laurance / BioScience / The American Institute of Biological Sciences)

Since 1992 -- with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer -- humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in solving our major environmental challenges. Most are getting far worse. In this paper, a team of leading scientists examine the troubling trends over the last 25 years and suggest possible remedies. The article has received support from more than 15,000 signatories from all ends of the Earth -- the most scientists to ever co-sign and formally support a published journal article.
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MILITARISM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

After 20 Years and $6.5 Trillion in Missing Funds, Pentagon to Submit to Audit
(Hon. Ron Wyden / US Senate & Bill Chappell / National Public Radio)

Senator Ron Wyden writes: "In September, the Pentagon escaped budget cuts -- while Meals on Wheels and the National Parks budgets were slashed. The Senate voted to increase military spending by an extra $80 billion a year, resulting in a $700 billion Department of Defense budget. I was one of only 8 members of the Senate who voted NO on this bill. Why? One of the reasons was because we don’t know where this money goes since the Pentagon has NEVER had an audit."
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America's Enemies, Who's On the List?
(Professor James Petras / Global Research & United National Antiwar Coalition & Ajamu Baraka / Black Alliance for Peace)

For almost 2 decades, the US pursued a list of 'enemy countries' to confront, attack, weaken and overthrow. This imperial quest to overthrow 'enemy countries' operated at various levels of intensity, depending on two considerations: the level of priority and the degree of vulnerability for a 'regime change' operation. The author explores how iImperial strategists consider military, economic and political criteria in identifying high priority adversaries.
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Jeremy Corbyn: An Address to The United Nations in Geneva
(The Basel Peace Office & The Labour Press)

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labour Party and a member of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament gave the following keynote policy speech on human rights at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec 8. Corbyn told the packed auditorium that: "We need to redouble our efforts to create a global rules based system that applies to all and works for the many, not the few. No more 'bomb first' and think and talk later."
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US Announces Occupation of Syria: There Are Now More US Troops inside Syria than ISIS Fighters
(Antiwar.com & Agence France-Presse & Reuters & Darius Shahtahmasebi / The AntiMedia)

Who authorized this invasion of Syria? The Syrian government never authorized US troops to deploy there and isn't supporting the idea of them staying. Who authorized American troops to be on the front lines in another war in a country that has branded American troops as invaders? Imagine if Syria or Russia did this to the US -- invading and building bases under the guise of fighting terrorism.
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Stealth Imperialism: 44,000 US Troops Fighting Secret Wars Worldwide
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Stephen Carlson / Stars and Stripes)

When the Pentagon wants to mislead the public about where US troops are, generally speaking, they just lie. Yet sometimes the number of troops is just too big to claim as a rounding error, and questions start happening. This week, the focus is on over 44,000 US military personnel deployed to "unknown," which immediately raises red flags, because that's not a place. Pentagon officials, however, say there is "no good way" to describe where they are.
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US and Russia Engaged in a Costly New Nuclear Arms Race
(The Sunflower / Nuclear Age Peace Foundation & Scot Paltrow / US News & World Report)

In 2010, the Obama administration negotiated the New START treaty with Russia, which limited both sides' deployed strategic nuclear weapons to 1,550. Despite both countries being on track to meeting the limit by the 2018 deadline, experts and former officials warn the risk of nuclear conflict is far from eliminated. In fact, the stricter limitation on the number of weapons has only spurred both countries to initiate modernization programs to improve the efficiency, accuracy, and lethality of their weapons systems.
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Who Profits from Nuclear Bombs?
(Don't Bank of the Bomb & Matthew Rocco / Fox Business)

These 20 companies, which are the focus of this report, are involved in the nuclear weapons programmes of the United States, the United Kingdom, France and India. The full "Don't Bank on Bombs" report examines which financial institutions around the world invest in these companies through shares, bonds and loans.
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"It's Not a Guns Issue. It's a Mental Health Issue." But What If It's Both?
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & The Berkeley Daily Planet)

After a mass shooting in a church left 26 people dead, Donald Trump quickly moved to deflect growing public concern by claiming: "This isn't a gun situation. This is a mental health problem at the highest level." Once again, the "crazy gunman" meme had been unleashed in the mediastream, shifting attention from the weapons to the individual and suggesting that the solution involved controlling individuals, not their arsenals. But what if owning multiple guns was, itself, a sign of mental illness?
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WEAPONS OF WAR

US Sued for Dropping H-bombs on Spain
(Dave Collings / Associated Press & ABC News)

Veterans who say they responded to a 1966 accident involving US hydrogen bombs in Spain and then became ill from radiation exposure asked a federal appeals court on Monday to allow a class action lawsuit against the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
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US and Russia Engaged in a Costly New Nuclear Arms Race
(The Sunflower / Nuclear Age Peace Foundation & Scot Paltrow / US News & World Report)

In 2010, the Obama administration negotiated the New START treaty with Russia, which limited both sides' deployed strategic nuclear weapons to 1,550. Despite both countries being on track to meeting the limit by the 2018 deadline, experts and former officials warn the risk of nuclear conflict is far from eliminated. In fact, the stricter limitation on the number of weapons has only spurred both countries to initiate modernization programs to improve the efficiency, accuracy, and lethality of their weapons systems.
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Who Profits from Nuclear Bombs?
(Don't Bank of the Bomb & Matthew Rocco / Fox Business)

These 20 companies, which are the focus of this report, are involved in the nuclear weapons programmes of the United States, the United Kingdom, France and India. The full "Don't Bank on Bombs" report examines which financial institutions around the world invest in these companies through shares, bonds and loans.
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Meet the Private Corporations that Have Grown Rich Building A Nuclear Arsenal that Could Kill US All
(Richard Krushnic and Jonathan Alan King / TomDispatch & The Nation)

Many Americans are unaware that much of the responsibility for nuclear weapons development, production, and maintenance lies with the Department of Energy, which spends more on nuclear weapons than it does on developing sustainable energy sources. Key to the DOE's nuclear project are the federal laboratories where nuclear weapons are designed, built, and tested. Meanwhile, a small number of powerful companies are making billions working on weapons systems designed to end life on Earth.
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"It's Not a Guns Issue. It's a Mental Health Issue." But What If It's Both?
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & The Berkeley Daily Planet)

After a mass shooting in a church left 26 people dead, Donald Trump quickly moved to deflect growing public concern by claiming: "This isn't a gun situation. This is a mental health problem at the highest level." Once again, the "crazy gunman" meme had been unleashed in the mediastream, shifting attention from the weapons to the individual and suggesting that the solution involved controlling individuals, not their arsenals. But what if owning multiple guns was, itself, a sign of mental illness?
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ACTION ALERT: Block the NRA's Plan to Legalize Concealed Weapons Nationwide
(CREDO Action & Dana Liebelson / The Huffington Post & The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence & Timothy Johnson / Media Matters)

It would be laughable if it weren't so deadly. Here's how Republicans have finally moved beyond their thoughts and prayers for the victims of gun violence -- with a reckless, dangerous bill to undermine gun safety laws across the country. The right-wing Republican extremists in the House have passed an NRA dream bill -- The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act -- that would force every state in the US to abide by the weakest state gun laws in the entire country -- a "guns everywhere" vision for America.
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Grassroots Anti-nuclear Citizens' Group to Accept Nobel Peace Prize on December 10
(The Sunflower / The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation & Kyodo News Service & Vallarta Daily )

Today there are 17,300 nuclear warheads in the hands of nine countries -- the US, Russia, the UK, France, China, India , Pakistan, Israel and North Korea. On December 10, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Hiroshima-bomb survivor Setsuko Thurlow will accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the global campaign to rid the world of nuclear weapons. In November 2017, Mexico’s Senate approved the treaty. The treaty will go into effect when 50 countries have signed and ratified it.
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Why is Defense Waste Taboo in the Tax Debate?
(Jon Basil Utley / The American Conservative)

For all the talk about the big Republican tax cut it's really only about $150 billion per year -- although proponents multiply it by 10 years, so that $1.5 trillion sounds like a lot. Arguments about how to pay for it may end up derailing or neutering it in the end. Which is ironic, since Trump wants to add $50 billion to the defense budget. But no one wants to talk about defense waste during these tax debates. Why is the Pentagon budget untouchable?
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