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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

Israeli Army Told to Prepare for Large-Scale Invasion of Gaza (AntiWar.com & The Times of Israel & Al Jazeera & Haaretz)
Israeli army warplanes attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, threatening a three-day ceasefire. Israel has further tightened its blockade on the Gaza Strip -- a measure that human rights groups denounced as 'morally depraved.' Meanwhile, Israel's army has begun drills to prepare to for a "large-scale" attack to conquer all of Gaza. Israel is said to have warned Hamas it is prepared to embark on the military campaign if arson kite launches don't cease by Friday.

Israel's Parliament Takes a Troubling Turn towards Totalitarianism (Oliver Holmes / The Guardian)
Israel is in the throes of political upheaval after parliament passes a law that could ban groups critical of the armed forces or the state from entering schools and speaking to students. Meanwhile, anti-authoritarian protests have erupted as the country's ruling party seeks to pass apartheid-style legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as signaling the end of a democratic state.

Commandos Sans Frontiers, the Global Growth of US Special Operations Forces (Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Nick Turse / TomDispatch)
Since Green Berets "liberated" Afghanistan in 2001, the US has been involved in combat there and in a plethora of other forever-wars in Cameroon, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. On any given day, more than 8,000 exceptionally well-equipped special operations soldiers from a US command numbering roughly 70,000 -- active-duty personnel, reservists, and National Guardsmen as well as civilians --are deployed in approximately 90 countries.

The Great Peace Charter XXI: Awaiting Signatures (Peace From Harmony.org)
What if Trump and Putin had met and agreed on a path of action that would move the planet towards peace by pledging to disarm, abolish nuclear arsenals, commit to diplomatic resolution of differences, and join the rest of the world's nations in a cooperative effort to address climate change and avoid the calamities that are already destroying innocent lives around the world? Here is a proposal that has been offered to Putin and Trump. It awaits their signatures.

The Overblown Myth of Russian Aggression (The Independent & Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty & Press For Truth & RT News)
Commentaries: Western pundits are busy peddling a new phenomenon they call 'Russian aggression', which they say represents a global threat of the first order. Have the Russians become an aggressive race, or is this just a smokescreen to conceal the West's own behavior?

A Short History of NATO Aggression (Reuters & RT News & Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty & The National Review)
NATO's military alliance has grown since the start of the Cold War. By 2016, NATO activity on Russia's doorstep "more than doubled" with the deployment of about 1,200 pieces of military equipment, 30 combat jets, and more than 1,000 soldiers inside Eastern European countries. US Navy and NATO military vessels regularly approach Russia's borders via the Baltic and Black Seas. NATO continues to build missile bases facing Russia's borders while upgrading facilities in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and the Baltics.

NATO's 1999 Attack on Serbia Started With a Lie (Venom SRBIJA & Zivadin Jovanovic / Global Research)
In March, the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals and other independent non-party associations paid tribute to the victims of NATO's 1999 aggression on Serbia. This aggression took lives of more than thousand defenders, including military and police officers and also of thousands of civilians, including 87 children. About 10.000 were wounded. We will never know how many lost their lives due to injuries, hidden cluster bombs, chemical poisoning and exposure to depleted uranium weapons.

US Politicians Attack US-Russia Detente because The War Economy Needs an "Enemy" (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Eric Beech / Reuters & Patrick J. Buchanan / AntiWar.com)
Trump has long expressed interest in improving ties with Russia, and this summit was actually one of his first real opportunities at doing so. Russian President Putin revealed in an interview that he had promised Donald Trump that Russia was prepared to extend the New START nuclear treaty, which is set to expire in 2021. Yet it will be difficult for this progress to have any permanence with pro-war politicians in both parties (many beholden to the profiteering of Cold War militarism) so united in undermining it.

Trump-Putin Summit Ends With Talk of Cooperation, US Lawmakers Furious (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Patrick J. Buchanan / Anti-War.com)
Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump declared that US relations with Russia have "never been worse." He then added pointedly, that just changed "about four hours ago." It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in US foreign policy that may determine the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency. Trump blamed our poor relations with Russia, not on Putin, but on the US establishment.

The Vlad and Donald Show -- A Glorious Blow for Peace! (Conald Trump and Vladimir Putin / CNN & David Stockman / AntiWar.com)
Commentary: The Vlad and Donald show in Helsinki was brilliant and breathtaking -- even a beautiful thing to behold. Between them, they left CNN's nattering nabobs of neocon nonsense sounding like the shrieking monkeys they are. And made fools of the newly minted liberal and progressive warmongers on the Dem side of the aisle in Washington -- and the so-called journalists who fill 90% of the space in the so-called mainstream media with endless pro-war propaganda.

Donald Trump Is Getting Away With the Biggest Scandal in American History (David Corn / Mother Jones Magazine)
In 2016, Russia mounted information warfare against the US, in part, to help Trump become president. While this attack was underway, the Trump team covertly colluded with Moscow, seeking to set up a secret communications channel with Putin's office while repeatedly providing cover for the Russian operation. Trump and his lieutenants aligned themselves with and assisted a foreign adversary as it was attacking the US. The evidence is rock-solid: They committed a profound act of betrayal. That is the scandal.

ACTION ALERT: It's Time for Trump to End the US War in Afghanistan (Mujib Mashal and Eric Schmitt / The New York Times & World Beyond War)
Thus far, the United States has spent an outrageous $783 billion with virtually nothing to show for it except the death of thousands of US soldiers, and the death, injury and displacement of millions of Afghans. The Afghanistan War has been and will continue to be, as long as it lasts, a steady source of scandalous stories of fraud and waste. Even as an investment in the US economy this war has been a bust. It's time to act and end the costly, bloody US-imposed war in Afghanistan.

Trump and Putin Have a Chance to Revive Promise to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (The Institute for Public Accuracy & Michael T. Klare / The Nation & Reuters & The National Security Archive)
Russia offered to end the arms race and begin to abolish nuclear weapons 30 years ago. The US ignored the offer. Ronald Reagan was reportedly sympathetic to Mikhail Gorbachev's call for an end to the costly and dangerous nuclear arms race but hard-liners within the administration secretly intervened and sabotaged what might have been a historic opportunity to turn the world away from military conflicts and towards a new era of peace and diplomacy.

Lessons That Should Have Been Learned From NATO's Destruction of Libya (Brian Cloughley / CounterPunch)
The summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the military alliance that is expanding its deployments of troops, combat and surveillance aircraft and missile ships around Russia's borders, took place on July 11-12 and was a farce, with Trump behaving in his usual way, insulting individuals and nations with characteristic vulgarity.

War on Freedom: Jailing Americans for Private Profit (John Kiriakou / Reader Supported News)
Illinois's Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, has made good money from his investments this year, according to his most recent "statement of economic interests." Much of Rauner's money comes from investments in a "health care company" called Correct Care Solutions, a group that provides healthcare services in mental hospitals, prisons, jails, detention centers, and ICE deportation facilities across the country.

Indigenous Colombians Face Extinction: 128 Political, Social and Environmental Activists Assassinated So Far this Year (teleSUR)
Colombia's National Indigenous Organization has denounced "the continuous and systematic Human Rights violations, and the physical and cultural extermination of Indigenous Peoples of Colombia." Since the beginning of 2018, a total of 128 social and political leaders have been killed in Colombia. Several Indigenous peoples were among that figure. The ONIC stated that the "figures of rights violation of Indigenous Peoples and Communities . . . go as high as 10,599, between January 1 to July 5, 2018."

It's Time to Cut the Pentagon's Weapons Contractors Loose (National Priorities Project & Fox News & Political Economy Research Institute)
The average American taxpayer will have paid $14,520 in federal income taxes for 2017. And one of the biggest items on your tax receipt is the US military. Almost half of the military budget -- and 11 cents out of every tax dollar you pay -- goes to corporations whose military contracts brought in more than $300 billion in 2017. Lockheed Martin gets more federal funding in a year than your whole state probably does -- more than the US spends on K-12 education; way more than the government spends to cure cancer.

Israel Exchanges Intense Fire with Hamas Militants in Gaza (Aron Heller / Associated Press & Al Jazeera)
The Israeli military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing tensions along the volatile border. Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in an airstrike in Gaza City, while three Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a residential home.

Red-hot Planet: All-time Heat Records Set Worldwide over Past Week (Jason Samenow / The Washington Post & United Nations & Vanessa Romo / NPR )
From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week. Africa may have witnessed its all-time hottest temperature Thursday: 124 degrees in Algeria.

ACTION ALERT: Oil Is Killing Us: Will Gov. Jerry Brown Act? (Angela Hart / The Sacramento Bee & Bill McKibben / The Los Angeles Times)
Critics of Gov. Jerry Brown are pressuring him to take a stronger stance on an issue that has come to define his legacy -- climate change and the environment. Consumer and health care groups launched a campaign dubbed, "Brown's Last Chance," calling on the governor to freeze all new oil and gas drilling in California and phase out current production. "Fossil fuels are the No. 1 driver of climate change, and we have to address them. Please be part of the solution."

US Airstrike Kills at Least 28 Civilians inside Syria (AntiWar.com & Deutsche Welle)
US and coalition planes in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor attacked a village along the Iraqi border and killed scores of innocent civilians. The airstrike in an area of eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State killed at least 28 civilians who were sheltering in an ice factory. Syrian state media blamed the US-led coalition for carrying out the strike.

ACTION ALERT: Whales Versus Oil. Our Seas Are at Risk (Amelia Meister / SumOfUs.org & Lindsay Jones / The Globe and Mail)
Experts are raising the alarm: The Northern right whale is in danger of extinction. The Canadian government vowed to take "every possible measure" to protect the whales. Yet at the same time, Canadian Environment Minister McKenna approved BP's offshore oil wells running right through the homes of the Northern right whale. This could be the nail in the coffin for these beautiful creatures.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Gov. Jerry Brown: It's Time To Protect the Climate by Ending Fossil Fuel Production (David Turnbull / Climate Truth.org)
All-time heat records have been broken all across the planet this month, and the impacts are growing more dangerous. Los Angeles hit a record 111 degrees on Friday. Montreal hit 97.9 degrees on July 2nd, as part of a heat wave that caused 70 deaths. An emergency of this scale requires a response commensurate with the problem we face -- we just need California Governor Jerry Brown to show the courage to take on Big Oil.

Detaining Immigrant Kids Is Now a Billion-dollar Industry (Martha Mendoza and Larry Fenn / Associated Press)
Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging US industry that reaps $1 billion annually -- a tenfold increase over the past decade. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children has soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million in 2017. Now the agency is reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody.

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GENERAL IMPACTS

Red-hot Planet: All-time Heat Records Set Worldwide over Past Week
(Jason Samenow / The Washington Post & United Nations & Vanessa Romo / NPR )

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week. Africa may have witnessed its all-time hottest temperature Thursday: 124 degrees in Algeria.
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On the 50th Anniversary of the Non-Proliferation Treaty: An Exercise in Bad Faith
(Alice Slater / World BEYOND War)

On July 1, the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) will turn 50 years old. In that agreement, five nuclear weapons states -- the US, Russia, UK, France, and China -- promised, a half a century ago, to make "good faith efforts" to give up their nuclear weapons, while non-nuclear weapons states promised not to acquire them. Every country in the world agreed to join the treaty except for India, Pakistan, and Israel. Despite the passage of 50 years, there are still about 15,000 nuclear weapons on our planet.
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ACTION ALERT: Reject Trump's Supreme Court Pick
(Friends of the Earth & As It Happens / CBC Radio)

If Trump successfully installs Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat, he'll have a rubber stamp on his radical right-wing agenda for a generation to come. Trump's Court could gut our environmental protections, hand even more power to giant corporations, and strip individuals of their voting rights. The risks are so grave that American University environmental law professor Bill Snape likens Kavanaugh to the Harry Potter villain, Lord Voldemort.
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Pope Francis Calls for People Power Ahead of Climate Summit
(350.org & Pope Francis)

As a co-organizer of the global Rise for Climate mobilization, 350.org welcomes today's call by Pope Francis for 'citizens' pressure groups' to take action ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit that is taking place in San Francisco, USA on 12-14 September, to ensure it provides 'suitable responses' to the climate crisis. "Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility, above all on the part of those countries which are more powerful and pollute the most" the Pope said.
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Warships Sailing on Dying Oceans
(Sophie M. Lavoie / NB Media Coop)

Tamara Lorincz asked a Fredericton audience if it would be happy to take leave of the planet while sailing on a warship in a lifeless ocean. "Federal budgets are "moral documents" and our priorities are not on the environment. What about environmental and human security? Do we want to spend 'the precious reserves' we have on military spending? The environment is essential to our sustained survival and there is a need for peaceful alternatives."
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Humans 0.01% of Life Have Destroyed 83% Wild Mammals
(Damian Carrington / The Guardian)

A groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity's surprisingly tiny part in it -- as well as our disproportionate impact. Humankind is simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth. While the world's 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, since the dawn of civilisation, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants.
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The Global Pact for the Environment: Protecting Nature from the Devastation of Armed Conflicts
(Doug Weir / Conflict and Environment Observatory)

How would a new legally binding international instrument that seeks to define the principles of environmental law influence ongoing efforts to strengthen the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts?
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Doctors and Scientists Issue Global Warning: Increased Radiation from the "Internet of Things" and the 5G Revolution Risks Widespread Illness and Death
(Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie / The Nation & EHTrust.org)

More than 180 scientists and doctors from 35 countries have sent an urgent appeal to officials of the European Commission demanding a moratorium on the increase of cell antennas for planned 5G expansion citing extreme concerns over health effects from higher radiation exposure including the potential for major increases in neurological impacts, infertility, and cancer. They call for a moratorium on the roll-out of 5G until potential risks to human health have been fully investigated by independent scientists.
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HUMAN IMPACTS

Israeli Army Told to Prepare for Large-Scale Invasion of Gaza
(AntiWar.com & The Times of Israel & Al Jazeera & Haaretz)

Israeli army warplanes attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, threatening a three-day ceasefire. Israel has further tightened its blockade on the Gaza Strip -- a measure that human rights groups denounced as 'morally depraved.' Meanwhile, Israel's army has begun drills to prepare to for a "large-scale" attack to conquer all of Gaza. Israel is said to have warned Hamas it is prepared to embark on the military campaign if arson kite launches don't cease by Friday.
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The Great Peace Charter XXI: Awaiting Signatures
(Peace From Harmony.org)

What if Trump and Putin had met and agreed on a path of action that would move the planet towards peace by pledging to disarm, abolish nuclear arsenals, commit to diplomatic resolution of differences, and join the rest of the world's nations in a cooperative effort to address climate change and avoid the calamities that are already destroying innocent lives around the world? Here is a proposal that has been offered to Putin and Trump. It awaits their signatures.
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Trump and Putin Have a Chance to Revive Promise to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
(The Institute for Public Accuracy & Michael T. Klare / The Nation & Reuters & The National Security Archive)

Russia offered to end the arms race and begin to abolish nuclear weapons 30 years ago. The US ignored the offer. Ronald Reagan was reportedly sympathetic to Mikhail Gorbachev's call for an end to the costly and dangerous nuclear arms race but hard-liners within the administration secretly intervened and sabotaged what might have been a historic opportunity to turn the world away from military conflicts and towards a new era of peace and diplomacy.
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War on Freedom: Jailing Americans for Private Profit
(John Kiriakou / Reader Supported News)

Illinois's Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, has made good money from his investments this year, according to his most recent "statement of economic interests." Much of Rauner's money comes from investments in a "health care company" called Correct Care Solutions, a group that provides healthcare services in mental hospitals, prisons, jails, detention centers, and ICE deportation facilities across the country.
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Indigenous Colombians Face Extinction: 128 Political, Social and Environmental Activists Assassinated So Far this Year
(teleSUR)

Colombia's National Indigenous Organization has denounced "the continuous and systematic Human Rights violations, and the physical and cultural extermination of Indigenous Peoples of Colombia." Since the beginning of 2018, a total of 128 social and political leaders have been killed in Colombia. Several Indigenous peoples were among that figure. The ONIC stated that the "figures of rights violation of Indigenous Peoples and Communities . . . go as high as 10,599, between January 1 to July 5, 2018."
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It's Time to Cut the Pentagon's Weapons Contractors Loose
(National Priorities Project & Fox News & Political Economy Research Institute)

The average American taxpayer will have paid $14,520 in federal income taxes for 2017. And one of the biggest items on your tax receipt is the US military. Almost half of the military budget -- and 11 cents out of every tax dollar you pay -- goes to corporations whose military contracts brought in more than $300 billion in 2017. Lockheed Martin gets more federal funding in a year than your whole state probably does -- more than the US spends on K-12 education; way more than the government spends to cure cancer.
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Israel Exchanges Intense Fire with Hamas Militants in Gaza
(Aron Heller / Associated Press & Al Jazeera)

The Israeli military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing tensions along the volatile border. Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in an airstrike in Gaza City, while three Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a residential home.
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Red-hot Planet: All-time Heat Records Set Worldwide over Past Week
(Jason Samenow / The Washington Post & United Nations & Vanessa Romo / NPR )

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week. Africa may have witnessed its all-time hottest temperature Thursday: 124 degrees in Algeria.
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LAND IMPACTS

Israeli Army Told to Prepare for Large-Scale Invasion of Gaza
(AntiWar.com & The Times of Israel & Al Jazeera & Haaretz)

Israeli army warplanes attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, threatening a three-day ceasefire. Israel has further tightened its blockade on the Gaza Strip -- a measure that human rights groups denounced as 'morally depraved.' Meanwhile, Israel's army has begun drills to prepare to for a "large-scale" attack to conquer all of Gaza. Israel is said to have warned Hamas it is prepared to embark on the military campaign if arson kite launches don't cease by Friday.
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The Great Peace Charter XXI: Awaiting Signatures
(Peace From Harmony.org)

What if Trump and Putin had met and agreed on a path of action that would move the planet towards peace by pledging to disarm, abolish nuclear arsenals, commit to diplomatic resolution of differences, and join the rest of the world's nations in a cooperative effort to address climate change and avoid the calamities that are already destroying innocent lives around the world? Here is a proposal that has been offered to Putin and Trump. It awaits their signatures.
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Israel Exchanges Intense Fire with Hamas Militants in Gaza
(Aron Heller / Associated Press & Al Jazeera)

The Israeli military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day, threatening to trigger an all-out war after weeks of growing tensions along the volatile border. Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in an airstrike in Gaza City, while three Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a residential home.
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Red-hot Planet: All-time Heat Records Set Worldwide over Past Week
(Jason Samenow / The Washington Post & United Nations & Vanessa Romo / NPR )

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week. Africa may have witnessed its all-time hottest temperature Thursday: 124 degrees in Algeria.
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New Poll Shows Germans Want US Troops Out of Germany
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Jon Stone / The Independent & Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams / The Ron Paul Institute)

A new poll for is showing German voters are growing resistant to the current level of spending on the military in their country, as well as the number of US troops that Germany is playing host to -- 35,000! The poll shows that, even as officials fret Donald Trump was threatening to pull US troops out of Germany, voters actually would welcome the US departure, with only a hair over a third of the Germans wanting US soldiers to stay.
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Bulldozing Palestine, One Village at a Time: One Village Has Already Been Destroyed 119 Times
(Mariam Barghouti / Al Jazeera & The United Nations)

Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedoin village of 180 people, is about 15km northeast of Jerusalem. Since 2017, the whole Bedouin village has been threatened with demolition by the Israeli authorities. Between 2008 and 2014, some 6,000 Bedouins were forcefully displaced and the area has been inundated with more than 300,000 Israelis living in 125 illegal settlements. Just last year, the Bedouin village of al-Araqib was destroyed for the 119th time by Israeli forces -- even though its residents carry Israeli citizenship.
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Searching for Common Ground: Both Russia and the US Are Guilty
(An An Open Letter from The Nation & Robert Scheer / TruthDig )

Concerned about growing tensions between two nations with large quantities of nuclear weapons, an important statement by scores of progressive voices faults Russia for attempting to influence US elections but fails to mention Washington's long history of meddling in other nations' politics -- including sabotaging Mikhail Gorbachev's reform efforts while promoting the rise of Boris Yeltsin. The rape of Russian resources by a new class of billionaires was a US export conflating capitalism with freedom.
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Remembering Bolivia's Eco-politics. From 2009: A Plan to End Capitalism and War
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! & Judy Rebick / Rabble.com)

In 2009, indigenous activist Evo Morales attended the United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen -- as the elected president of Bolivia. Morales laid out a detailed plan for reinventing his country's social, political and environmental landscape. The goal has not yet been realized in Bolivia but Morales' "Ten Commandments to Save the Planet" still remain inspiring as guideposts for action.
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MARINE AND WATER IMPACTS

The Great Peace Charter XXI: Awaiting Signatures
(Peace From Harmony.org)

What if Trump and Putin had met and agreed on a path of action that would move the planet towards peace by pledging to disarm, abolish nuclear arsenals, commit to diplomatic resolution of differences, and join the rest of the world's nations in a cooperative effort to address climate change and avoid the calamities that are already destroying innocent lives around the world? Here is a proposal that has been offered to Putin and Trump. It awaits their signatures.
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Red-hot Planet: All-time Heat Records Set Worldwide over Past Week
(Jason Samenow / The Washington Post & United Nations & Vanessa Romo / NPR )

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East to Southern California, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week. Africa may have witnessed its all-time hottest temperature Thursday: 124 degrees in Algeria.
/know/read.php?itemid=20994

ACTION ALERT: Whales Versus Oil. Our Seas Are at Risk
(Amelia Meister / SumOfUs.org & Lindsay Jones / The Globe and Mail)

Experts are raising the alarm: The Northern right whale is in danger of extinction. The Canadian government vowed to take "every possible measure" to protect the whales. Yet at the same time, Canadian Environment Minister McKenna approved BP's offshore oil wells running right through the homes of the Northern right whale. This could be the nail in the coffin for these beautiful creatures.
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Bulldozing Palestine, One Village at a Time: One Village Has Already Been Destroyed 119 Times
(Mariam Barghouti / Al Jazeera & The United Nations)

Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedoin village of 180 people, is about 15km northeast of Jerusalem. Since 2017, the whole Bedouin village has been threatened with demolition by the Israeli authorities. Between 2008 and 2014, some 6,000 Bedouins were forcefully displaced and the area has been inundated with more than 300,000 Israelis living in 125 illegal settlements. Just last year, the Bedouin village of al-Araqib was destroyed for the 119th time by Israeli forces -- even though its residents carry Israeli citizenship.
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Searching for Common Ground: Both Russia and the US Are Guilty
(An An Open Letter from The Nation & Robert Scheer / TruthDig )

Concerned about growing tensions between two nations with large quantities of nuclear weapons, an important statement by scores of progressive voices faults Russia for attempting to influence US elections but fails to mention Washington's long history of meddling in other nations' politics -- including sabotaging Mikhail Gorbachev's reform efforts while promoting the rise of Boris Yeltsin. The rape of Russian resources by a new class of billionaires was a US export conflating capitalism with freedom.
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Remembering Bolivia's Eco-politics. From 2009: A Plan to End Capitalism and War
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! & Judy Rebick / Rabble.com)

In 2009, indigenous activist Evo Morales attended the United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen -- as the elected president of Bolivia. Morales laid out a detailed plan for reinventing his country's social, political and environmental landscape. The goal has not yet been realized in Bolivia but Morales' "Ten Commandments to Save the Planet" still remain inspiring as guideposts for action.
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ACTION ALERT: With Pruitt Out, What's Next? Trump Targets the Endangered Species Act!
(Liz Butler / Friends of the Earth & Tiffany Finck-Haynes / Friends of the Earth US & 350.org)

You wrote to your Member of Congress. You made phone calls. You took to the streets. And it worked -- last week, Scott Pruitt lost his job as EPA Administrator. This is a huge victory for people and the environment. But our environmental protections are still at risk. A new bill was just introduced in Congress that would overhaul and dismantle the Endangered Species Act. This bill would be a disaster for bees, butterflies, birds, wolves and other valuable wildlife. We can't let that happen.
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US Warships Taunt China in Waters of the Taiwan Straight
(Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali, Jess Macy Yu / Reuters)

Two US warships have passed through the Taiwan Strait on a voyage that will likely be viewed as a sign of support by Donald Trump amid heightened tension with China. Washington has no formal ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to defend it and is the island's main source of arms. The passage through the Taiwan Strait -- the first by a US Navy ship in about a year -- follows a series of Chinese military drills around the island that have stoked tensions between Taipei and Beijing.
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OIL AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

ACTION ALERT: Whales Versus Oil. Our Seas Are at Risk
(Amelia Meister / SumOfUs.org & Lindsay Jones / The Globe and Mail)

Experts are raising the alarm: The Northern right whale is in danger of extinction. The Canadian government vowed to take "every possible measure" to protect the whales. Yet at the same time, Canadian Environment Minister McKenna approved BP's offshore oil wells running right through the homes of the Northern right whale. This could be the nail in the coffin for these beautiful creatures.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Gov. Jerry Brown: It's Time To Protect the Climate by Ending Fossil Fuel Production
(David Turnbull / Climate Truth.org)

All-time heat records have been broken all across the planet this month, and the impacts are growing more dangerous. Los Angeles hit a record 111 degrees on Friday. Montreal hit 97.9 degrees on July 2nd, as part of a heat wave that caused 70 deaths. An emergency of this scale requires a response commensurate with the problem we face -- we just need California Governor Jerry Brown to show the courage to take on Big Oil.
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Warships Sailing on Dying Oceans
(Sophie M. Lavoie / NB Media Coop)

Tamara Lorincz asked a Fredericton audience if it would be happy to take leave of the planet while sailing on a warship in a lifeless ocean. "Federal budgets are "moral documents" and our priorities are not on the environment. What about environmental and human security? Do we want to spend 'the precious reserves' we have on military spending? The environment is essential to our sustained survival and there is a need for peaceful alternatives."
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Oil Drilling Plan Threatens Endangered Gorillas in Congo National Park
( & Chloe Farand / The Independent)

Democratic Republic of Congo's government has announced it has decided to open up parts of Virunga and Salonga National Parks -- home to mountain gorillas, bonobos and other rare species -- to oil drilling. Earlier proposals to allow oil exploration in the parks met fierce resistance from environmental activists, who say drilling would place wildlife at risk and release huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, causing global warming.
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The Peoples' Grid: Unplugging from the Monopoly Paradigm
(Wenonah Hauter / The San Francisco Chronicle & Nick Chaset / San Francisco Chronicle & Peter Fimrite / San Francisco Chronicle)

California's energy future is at a crossroads. The state must decide how it will replace its fossil fuels with renewable energy to avoid climate disaster. The Legislature is considering legislation to hand energy oversight management of the energy grid to an unelected regional board that would govern a single energy market across the Western US. A better option: Community choice aggregators -- public agencies that contract for cleaner, low-cost electricity -- that already provide clean power to millions of Californians.
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Lybian Oil Crescent Ablaze: Satellite Imagery Captures Burning Oil Tanks in Libya
(Wim Zwijnenburg / Bellingcat)

Recent eruptions of violence in Libya's so-called 'oil cresent' between armed forces loyal to Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and rival armed groups resulted in another row of burning oil tanks. In the areas around oil terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, clashes continued for days. As a result, various oil tanks at the Fida Oil Farm, west of the Ras Lanuf oil terminal were hit and caught fire. They are still burning.
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Notes from Paraguay: Return of the Colorado Party and A Forgotten War in South America
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & A Global World & Nikolas Kozloff / Al Jazeera)

June 12 was a national holiday in Paraguay. Chaco Armistice Day, commemorates peace – and the end of a bloody war between Paraguay and its neighbor Bolivia. The conflict erupted over the control of the Chaco region, a contested area that was believed to harbor immense stores of untapped underground oil. The surprising part of the story involves the covert involvement of the US government and, allegedly, the role of major US oil companies in fomenting the conflict.
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ACTION ALERT: Troops at Risk from Burn Pits: The VA Must Be Held Accountable
(Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / The American Conservative & Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives)

"For the nearly 3 million troops who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, burn pit exposure has proven to be prevalent and has contributed to cancer diagnoses, respiratory illness, and neurological and pulmonary damage. There's a registry for veterans who have been affected, but too many veterans are not yet on that registry, with some being rejected care and not receiving the support they deserve. We must do more." -- Hon. Tulsi Gabbard.
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MILITARISM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Israeli Army Told to Prepare for Large-Scale Invasion of Gaza
(AntiWar.com & The Times of Israel & Al Jazeera & Haaretz)

Israeli army warplanes attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, threatening a three-day ceasefire. Israel has further tightened its blockade on the Gaza Strip -- a measure that human rights groups denounced as 'morally depraved.' Meanwhile, Israel's army has begun drills to prepare to for a "large-scale" attack to conquer all of Gaza. Israel is said to have warned Hamas it is prepared to embark on the military campaign if arson kite launches don't cease by Friday.
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Israel's Parliament Takes a Troubling Turn towards Totalitarianism
(Oliver Holmes / The Guardian)

Israel is in the throes of political upheaval after parliament passes a law that could ban groups critical of the armed forces or the state from entering schools and speaking to students. Meanwhile, anti-authoritarian protests have erupted as the country's ruling party seeks to pass apartheid-style legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as signaling the end of a democratic state.
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Commandos Sans Frontiers, the Global Growth of US Special Operations Forces
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Nick Turse / TomDispatch)

Since Green Berets "liberated" Afghanistan in 2001, the US has been involved in combat there and in a plethora of other forever-wars in Cameroon, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, the Philippines, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. On any given day, more than 8,000 exceptionally well-equipped special operations soldiers from a US command numbering roughly 70,000 -- active-duty personnel, reservists, and National Guardsmen as well as civilians --are deployed in approximately 90 countries.
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The Great Peace Charter XXI: Awaiting Signatures
(Peace From Harmony.org)

What if Trump and Putin had met and agreed on a path of action that would move the planet towards peace by pledging to disarm, abolish nuclear arsenals, commit to diplomatic resolution of differences, and join the rest of the world's nations in a cooperative effort to address climate change and avoid the calamities that are already destroying innocent lives around the world? Here is a proposal that has been offered to Putin and Trump. It awaits their signatures.
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A Short History of NATO Aggression
(Reuters & RT News & Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty & The National Review)

NATO's military alliance has grown since the start of the Cold War. By 2016, NATO activity on Russia's doorstep "more than doubled" with the deployment of about 1,200 pieces of military equipment, 30 combat jets, and more than 1,000 soldiers inside Eastern European countries. US Navy and NATO military vessels regularly approach Russia's borders via the Baltic and Black Seas. NATO continues to build missile bases facing Russia's borders while upgrading facilities in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and the Baltics.
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NATO's 1999 Attack on Serbia Started With a Lie
(Venom SRBIJA & Zivadin Jovanovic / Global Research)

In March, the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals and other independent non-party associations paid tribute to the victims of NATO's 1999 aggression on Serbia. This aggression took lives of more than thousand defenders, including military and police officers and also of thousands of civilians, including 87 children. About 10.000 were wounded. We will never know how many lost their lives due to injuries, hidden cluster bombs, chemical poisoning and exposure to depleted uranium weapons.
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US Politicians Attack US-Russia Detente because The War Economy Needs an "Enemy"
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Eric Beech / Reuters & Patrick J. Buchanan / AntiWar.com)

Trump has long expressed interest in improving ties with Russia, and this summit was actually one of his first real opportunities at doing so. Russian President Putin revealed in an interview that he had promised Donald Trump that Russia was prepared to extend the New START nuclear treaty, which is set to expire in 2021. Yet it will be difficult for this progress to have any permanence with pro-war politicians in both parties (many beholden to the profiteering of Cold War militarism) so united in undermining it.
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Trump and Putin Have a Chance to Revive Promise to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
(The Institute for Public Accuracy & Michael T. Klare / The Nation & Reuters & The National Security Archive)

Russia offered to end the arms race and begin to abolish nuclear weapons 30 years ago. The US ignored the offer. Ronald Reagan was reportedly sympathetic to Mikhail Gorbachev's call for an end to the costly and dangerous nuclear arms race but hard-liners within the administration secretly intervened and sabotaged what might have been a historic opportunity to turn the world away from military conflicts and towards a new era of peace and diplomacy.
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WEAPONS OF WAR

US Politicians Attack US-Russia Detente because The War Economy Needs an "Enemy"
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Eric Beech / Reuters & Patrick J. Buchanan / AntiWar.com)

Trump has long expressed interest in improving ties with Russia, and this summit was actually one of his first real opportunities at doing so. Russian President Putin revealed in an interview that he had promised Donald Trump that Russia was prepared to extend the New START nuclear treaty, which is set to expire in 2021. Yet it will be difficult for this progress to have any permanence with pro-war politicians in both parties (many beholden to the profiteering of Cold War militarism) so united in undermining it.
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Trump and Putin Have a Chance to Revive Promise to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
(The Institute for Public Accuracy & Michael T. Klare / The Nation & Reuters & The National Security Archive)

Russia offered to end the arms race and begin to abolish nuclear weapons 30 years ago. The US ignored the offer. Ronald Reagan was reportedly sympathetic to Mikhail Gorbachev's call for an end to the costly and dangerous nuclear arms race but hard-liners within the administration secretly intervened and sabotaged what might have been a historic opportunity to turn the world away from military conflicts and towards a new era of peace and diplomacy.
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It's Time to Cut the Pentagon's Weapons Contractors Loose
(National Priorities Project & Fox News & Political Economy Research Institute)

The average American taxpayer will have paid $14,520 in federal income taxes for 2017. And one of the biggest items on your tax receipt is the US military. Almost half of the military budget -- and 11 cents out of every tax dollar you pay -- goes to corporations whose military contracts brought in more than $300 billion in 2017. Lockheed Martin gets more federal funding in a year than your whole state probably does -- more than the US spends on K-12 education; way more than the government spends to cure cancer.
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US Airstrike Kills at Least 28 Civilians inside Syria
(AntiWar.com & Deutsche Welle)

US and coalition planes in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor attacked a village along the Iraqi border and killed scores of innocent civilians. The airstrike in an area of eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State killed at least 28 civilians who were sheltering in an ice factory. Syrian state media blamed the US-led coalition for carrying out the strike.
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Fanning the Flames -- The Environmental Impact of Gaza's Incendiary Kites
(Doug Weir / Conflict and Environment Observatory)

The 8th July marked 100 days since the first homemade incendiary kites were launched over Israel from Gaza. It also saw Israel promising punitive measures against Gaza in retaliation. As tensions continue to escalate, this blogs looks at the impact of Palestinian incendiary kites on the environment.
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On the 50th Anniversary of the Non-Proliferation Treaty: An Exercise in Bad Faith
(Alice Slater / World BEYOND War)

On July 1, the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) will turn 50 years old. In that agreement, five nuclear weapons states -- the US, Russia, UK, France, and China -- promised, a half a century ago, to make "good faith efforts" to give up their nuclear weapons, while non-nuclear weapons states promised not to acquire them. Every country in the world agreed to join the treaty except for India, Pakistan, and Israel. Despite the passage of 50 years, there are still about 15,000 nuclear weapons on our planet.
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South Korean Villagers Tell the Pentagon: 'No Nukes, No THAAD'
(AntiWar.com & Jeongmin Kim / Reuters)

For the past 680 days, hundred of residents from the small farming village of Soseong-ri have been taking shifts around the clock to try to block US vehicles traveling to the site of a proposed US anti-missile launch site. They have a simple message for Washington: "No Nukes; No THAAD." With peace progress being made with North Korea, there is a feeling that THAAD (which President Moon never authorized to deploy in the first place) is no longer needed.
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Italy's Populist Coalition Divests from Pentagon and Lockheed; Cancels F-35 Order
(Reuters & US News and World Report)

Italy will not buy more Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and is considering whether to stick to the order to which it is already committed, Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said. Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has always been critical of NATO member Italy's order for 90 of the planes, saying the money could be better spent inside Italy to boost social welfare and help stimulate the sluggish economy.
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