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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

Exclusive: The US Has More Military Operations in Africa than the Middle East (Nick Turse / Vice.com)
Over the last three years, the United States has conducted more than 30 named operations and activities in Africa. In 2017, US troops carried out an average of nearly 10 missions per day -- 3,500 exercises, programs, and engagements for the year -- across the African continent. There are now 34 US military outposts in at least African 33 countries.

NATO Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters (Tony Cartalucci / Global Research & RT News)
The recent Kerch Strait incident marks a new low amid the US-led expansion of NATO eastward. The intentional provocation executed by Kiev saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating the protocol for passing through the Strait -- previously agreed upon by Kiev and previously observed by Ukrainian naval vessels. Meanwhile, a photo has surfaced of Ukraine leader Petro Poroshenko posing with a soldier wearing a Nazi Waffen SS symbol on his uniform.

Bill McKibben Calls FBI Tracking of Environmental Activists "Contemptible" (Steve Hanley / Clean Technica)
An investigation by The Guardian has revealed the FBI has targeted members of 350.org -- the climate activism group founded by Bill McKibben -- as part of an ongoing anti-terrorism campaign. "When much of our government acts as a subsidiary of the fossil fuel industry, it may be par for the course," McKibben says, adding that the FBI's apparent failure to distinguish between nonviolent civil disobedience and domestic terrorism was "contemptible."

The Demands of the Yellow Vest Movement Are Growing into Real Systemic Change (Phillip J. Watt, / The Washington Times & Popular Resistance)
French citizens have revolted for the fourth week in a row calling for changes in governmental and corporate design. Even though UN Military and thousands of French police have been deployed in response, the police have actually been filmed removing their helmets in solidarity with the French people. The YVM want real change, which is the good. The bad is that they haven't yet identified the key priorities required for real systemic change. And the looting is counter-productive behaviour.

The Latest Odds of a Shooting War Between NATO and Russia: (Ann Garrison / Special to Consortium News & Alex Christoforou and Mark Sleboda / The Duran)
Hungarian scholar George Szamuely sees a 70 percent chance of combat between NATO and Russia following the incident in the Kerch Strait and that it is being fueled by Russia-gate. There has been a proxy war within Ukraine since 2014, with NATO backing Poroshenko's Ukrainian government and Russia backing the separatists who speak Russian and identify as Russian in Ukraine's southeastern Donbass region. But in the Kerch Strait the hostilities are between Russia and Ukraine, with NATO behind Ukraine.

Black Internationalists Demand Closure of Hundreds of US Military Bases (San Francisco Bay View & The Black Alliaince for Peace)
The United States operates more than 1,000 military facilities on six continents. This enormous presence embodies the US policy of Full Spectrum Dominance, which threatens democracy and self-determination for other nations. Black Alliaince for Peace reaffirms our commitment to this world-wide campaign and has launched a related campaign -- US Out of Africa! -- aimed at shutting down the Pentagon's Africa Command (AFRICOM) -- a US military program that is now present in 53 out of 54 African countries.

Saudi-gate: Investigators Probing Saudi Collusion and Trump's Military Kickbacks (Ken Klippenstein / The Young Turks & Erin Banco / The Daily Beast)
Ignoring calls for sanctions following the murder of a Washington Post reporter, the Pentagon is set to support Saudi Arabia's military forces through 2025. Meanwhile, the Mueller investigation into foreign collusion in the 2016 US presidential election has been expanded to include individuals in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

Study Finds War Is Not an Inherent Part of Human Nature (Rutgers University & The Scientific American)
Is it in our nature to go to war? Should we just accept the fact that humans have this innate tendency and are hardwired to kill members of other groups? No, says R. Brian Ferguson, professor of anthropology at Rutgers University-Newark. There is no scientific proof that we have an inherent propensity to take up arms and collectively kill.

The Abolition of War Requires New Thoughts, Words, and Actions (David Swanson / World BEYOND War)
There's action happening now in the US Senate on ending US participation in the war on Yemen. There's a big loophole in the bill. There's the matter of selling Saudi Arabia its weapons. There's the House of Misrepresentatives to worry about. There's the veto threat. There's the question of getting compliance out of a president you've pretty well promised never to impeach, at least not for any of dozens of documented offenses unrelated to Russia. All that being said, the current action is a very good thing

The CIA Killed My Father. Where Is His Body? (Hajira Hematyara / The Washington Post)
My father was Gul Rahman. Sixteen years ago, he was wrongfully imprisoned by the CIA because it suspected he was a militant. He was then tortured and killed in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan -- the only person known to have been killed at a CIA "black site." I was 10 years old when he disappeared. He was a good and ordinary man and a wonderful father to me and my three younger sisters. For 15 years, my family had been asking for information, pleading to know whether he was alive or dead.

INF Weapons Treaty Pullout Means Big Profits for Arms Industry (Dave Lindorff / RT News)
Trump has been tearing up treaties since taking office, but his latest threat to pull out of the nuclear deal, negotiated by President Reagan in the 80s, may be his biggest mistake. The reality is that it has largely been the US that has been the aggressor through the terrifying and costly decades of the Cold War. The main driver of the current Trump threat to quit the INF Treaty is basically about "keeping up profits in the arms industry and securing the Pentagon bureaucracy."

Pentagon Corrects $331 Million 'Accounting Error,' (RT News)
The Pentagon is clawing back hundreds of millions of taxpayer-subsidized dollars it gifted to Saudi Arabia and the UAE over a three-year period, when it 'accidentally' refueled their aircraft for free during their war on Yemen.

Senate Votes to End Support for Saudi War in Yemen (Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & CODEPINK & World BEYON War)
The US Senate overwhelmingly voted to officially pass the Yemen War Powers Resolution, introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy. Senators have chosen to move toward ending US complicity in the Saudi-led attacks in Yemen, where the humanitarian crisis is growing worse by the day and an estimated 85,000 children have already died.

Trump's Push for Arms in Space Sparks a Space Spat at the United Nations (Paul Meyer / The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists & Jacqueline Klimas / Politico)
At the United Nations, outer space used to be a realm of relative peace and cooperation. That is no longer the case with Donald Trump in the Oval Office. In a troubling break with the past, the US has rejected all four resolutions on space security adopted this fall at the UN General Assembly's First Committee.

Trump Plans to Downgrade Nuke Waste from Dangerous to "Safe" (Nicholas K. Geranios / Associated Press)
The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier. The Department of Energy proposal would lower the status of some high-level radioactive waste in several places around the nation, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State -- the most contaminated nuclear site in the country.

The University of California Is Complicit in Nuclear Build-up (Beatrice Fihn / The Los Angeles Times)
A new nuclear arms race is underway, with California at the center, though it's not clear its citizens realize it. In California, the new nuclear arms race is bringing in a flood of cash to laboratories run by the University of California, where scientists, engineers and technicians have had a hand in designing every single nuclear weapon the US has ever built. California is complicit in the arms race, and if nuclear weapons were ever launched, it would be one of the prime attack targets.

At World Climate Summit, Trump Team at Odds With Own Scientists (James Rainey / NBC News)
The Trump administration continued its rejection of mainstream climate science -- and embraced Earth-warming fossil fuels -- in the second week of the UN climate conference in Poland. Those contrarian views emerged even as US government scientists reported that humanity's actions are driving up temperatures rapidly, with devastating impacts for the Arctic and the rest of the globe. Trump further divorced the US from most other nations by promoting the long-term burning of coal and natural gas.

ACTION ALERT: Two Critical Words Are Missing from the Paris Agreement: "Fossil Fuels" (Oil Change International & ClimateTruth)
ight now, world leaders are gathered in Poland at this year's UN climate talks, negotiating the rules for how the Paris Agreement will be implemented. This is important. Within the Paris Agreement are critical goals, agreed to by over 100 countries, to take efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 C, a goal shown to be all the more important after the recent IPCC special report. But there are two critical words missing from the Paris Agreement: "fossil fuels."

The Dire Environmental Impacts of Trump's Proposed Border Wall (Dino Grandoni and Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post)
Documents have revealed that Interior Department officials downplayed federal wildlife experts' concerns about Trump's border wall and show Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke felt obliged to "support the border security mission." Previously hidden documents reveal officials censored a key letter to US Customs and Border Protection citing a number of warnings by career biologists and wildlife managers about the potential impacts of the border wall on the area's rare cats and other animals.

Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism & An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders (Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War)
Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? Environmentalists need to contest the Pentagon's staggering global footprint. The US military is the world's largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels and the largest source of greenhouse gasses, contributing about 5 percent of global warming emissions.

What the President Could Do If He Declares a State of Emergency (Elizabeth Goitein / The Atlantic)
Commentary and Analysis: "What if a president, backed into a corner and facing electoral defeat or impeachment, were to declare an emergency for the sake of holding on to power? Americans might be surprised to learn how readily a president can deploy troops inside the United States. From seizing control of the Internet to declaring martial law, our laws and institutions might not save us from a presidential power grab. They might be what takes us down."

Trump Echoes Washington's Secret Plans to "Shut Down Government" and "Suspend the Constitution" (E. Camayd-Freixas / US Immigration Reform and Its Global Impact & History Commons)
In the 1980s, Col. Oliver North and FEMA prepared a secret plan to suspend the US Constitution. The plot included surveillance of political dissenters and preparations to detain up to 400,000 refugees -- undocumented aliens, US residents and citizens -- in response to "national security threats" such as a "mass exodus" from across the Mexican border or domestic "civil unrest" in the form of anti-war protests against a possible US invasion of Central America. As far as anyone knows, these plans are still in effect.

"Our Democracy Is At Risk": An Historic Warning from 44 Former US Senators (Max Baucus, et al. / The Washington Post )
Commentary: "As former members of the US Senate, Democrats and Republicans, it is our shared view that we are entering a dangerous period, and we feel an obligation to speak up about serious challenges to the rule of law, the Constitution, our governing institutions and our national security."

Cities Align with UN's Nuke Ban Treaty as Senate Moves to Stop Trump's New Atomic Arms Race (Lydia Wood / NuclearBan.US & Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren)
On December 10, 2018, Berkeley, California Mayor Jesse Arreguin was presented with a certificate from NuclearBan.US, recognizing the city's "Alignment" with the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The recognition was bestowed by campaigners involved with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Meanwhile, Senate democrats are backing legislation to stop Trump's plan to breach the treaty and revive the nuclear arms race.

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GENERAL IMPACTS

At World Climate Summit, Trump Team at Odds With Own Scientists
(James Rainey / NBC News)

The Trump administration continued its rejection of mainstream climate science -- and embraced Earth-warming fossil fuels -- in the second week of the UN climate conference in Poland. Those contrarian views emerged even as US government scientists reported that humanity's actions are driving up temperatures rapidly, with devastating impacts for the Arctic and the rest of the globe. Trump further divorced the US from most other nations by promoting the long-term burning of coal and natural gas.
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ACTION ALERT: Two Critical Words Are Missing from the Paris Agreement: "Fossil Fuels"
(Oil Change International & ClimateTruth)

ight now, world leaders are gathered in Poland at this year's UN climate talks, negotiating the rules for how the Paris Agreement will be implemented. This is important. Within the Paris Agreement are critical goals, agreed to by over 100 countries, to take efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 C, a goal shown to be all the more important after the recent IPCC special report. But there are two critical words missing from the Paris Agreement: "fossil fuels."
/know/read.php?itemid=21636

Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism & An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders
(Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War)

Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? Environmentalists need to contest the Pentagon's staggering global footprint. The US military is the world's largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels and the largest source of greenhouse gasses, contributing about 5 percent of global warming emissions.
/know/read.php?itemid=21638

Trump Echoes Washington's Secret Plans to "Shut Down Government" and "Suspend the Constitution"
(E. Camayd-Freixas / US Immigration Reform and Its Global Impact & History Commons)

In the 1980s, Col. Oliver North and FEMA prepared a secret plan to suspend the US Constitution. The plot included surveillance of political dissenters and preparations to detain up to 400,000 refugees -- undocumented aliens, US residents and citizens -- in response to "national security threats" such as a "mass exodus" from across the Mexican border or domestic "civil unrest" in the form of anti-war protests against a possible US invasion of Central America. As far as anyone knows, these plans are still in effect.
/know/read.php?itemid=21632

The 'Great Dying': Rapid Warming Caused "Largest Extinction Event Ever" Scientists Report
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian UK)

Scientists have concluded that a mass extinction known as the "Great Dying" -- that occurred around 252 million years ago and marked the end of the Permian geologic period – was the result of rapid global warming caused by a huge spike in greenhouse gas emissions. The single greatest calamity ever to befall life on Earth, the Great Dying wiped out the vast majority of all marine and terrestrial life on the planet.
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The Ancient Mythical Rites of Pearl Harbor Day
(David Swanson / Foreign Policy Journal)

What the US mainstream media won't inform you in their ritualistic annual Pearl Harbor Day rites is that the Japanese attack was anything but a surprise. On November 3, 1941, the US ambassador sent a lengthy telegram to the State Department warning that Washington's punishing economic sanctions might force Japan to commit "national hara-kiri." He wrote: "An armed conflict with the United States may come with dangerous and dramatic suddenness." And that, it appears, was the very idea.
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Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sound a Planetary Alarm on Climate Change
(Naomi Klein / The Intercept & Jason Murdock / Newsweek)

The bold moral leadership of newly elected members of Congress like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has me feeling more optimistic about our collective chances of averting climate breakdown than I have in years. But a whole lot of things need to happen very quickly if the political tide is going to shift in time -- including finding new ways to engage the public in this fight.
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Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg on Humanity's Two Existential Threats: Climate Change and Nuclear War
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! & Paul Jay / The Real News)

World-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky says Republican leaders are dedicated to "enriching themselves and their friends" at the cost of the planet, and warns: "We have to make decisions now which will literally determine whether organized human life can survive in any decent form." And Daniel Ellsberg argues that massive reductions in ICBM's and transforming the economy away from the military-industrial complex are prerequisites for human survival.
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HUMAN IMPACTS

Exclusive: The US Has More Military Operations in Africa than the Middle East
(Nick Turse / Vice.com)

Over the last three years, the United States has conducted more than 30 named operations and activities in Africa. In 2017, US troops carried out an average of nearly 10 missions per day -- 3,500 exercises, programs, and engagements for the year -- across the African continent. There are now 34 US military outposts in at least African 33 countries.
/know/read.php?itemid=21655

Bill McKibben Calls FBI Tracking of Environmental Activists "Contemptible"
(Steve Hanley / Clean Technica)

An investigation by The Guardian has revealed the FBI has targeted members of 350.org -- the climate activism group founded by Bill McKibben -- as part of an ongoing anti-terrorism campaign. "When much of our government acts as a subsidiary of the fossil fuel industry, it may be par for the course," McKibben says, adding that the FBI's apparent failure to distinguish between nonviolent civil disobedience and domestic terrorism was "contemptible."
/know/read.php?itemid=21657

The Demands of the Yellow Vest Movement Are Growing into Real Systemic Change
(Phillip J. Watt, / The Washington Times & Popular Resistance)

French citizens have revolted for the fourth week in a row calling for changes in governmental and corporate design. Even though UN Military and thousands of French police have been deployed in response, the police have actually been filmed removing their helmets in solidarity with the French people. The YVM want real change, which is the good. The bad is that they haven't yet identified the key priorities required for real systemic change. And the looting is counter-productive behaviour.
/know/read.php?itemid=21658

The Latest Odds of a Shooting War Between NATO and Russia:
(Ann Garrison / Special to Consortium News & Alex Christoforou and Mark Sleboda / The Duran)

Hungarian scholar George Szamuely sees a 70 percent chance of combat between NATO and Russia following the incident in the Kerch Strait and that it is being fueled by Russia-gate. There has been a proxy war within Ukraine since 2014, with NATO backing Poroshenko's Ukrainian government and Russia backing the separatists who speak Russian and identify as Russian in Ukraine's southeastern Donbass region. But in the Kerch Strait the hostilities are between Russia and Ukraine, with NATO behind Ukraine.
/know/read.php?itemid=21651

Study Finds War Is Not an Inherent Part of Human Nature
(Rutgers University & The Scientific American)

Is it in our nature to go to war? Should we just accept the fact that humans have this innate tendency and are hardwired to kill members of other groups? No, says R. Brian Ferguson, professor of anthropology at Rutgers University-Newark. There is no scientific proof that we have an inherent propensity to take up arms and collectively kill.
/know/read.php?itemid=21654

The Abolition of War Requires New Thoughts, Words, and Actions
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War)

There's action happening now in the US Senate on ending US participation in the war on Yemen. There's a big loophole in the bill. There's the matter of selling Saudi Arabia its weapons. There's the House of Misrepresentatives to worry about. There's the veto threat. There's the question of getting compliance out of a president you've pretty well promised never to impeach, at least not for any of dozens of documented offenses unrelated to Russia. All that being said, the current action is a very good thing
/know/read.php?itemid=21643

The CIA Killed My Father. Where Is His Body?
(Hajira Hematyara / The Washington Post)

My father was Gul Rahman. Sixteen years ago, he was wrongfully imprisoned by the CIA because it suspected he was a militant. He was then tortured and killed in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan -- the only person known to have been killed at a CIA "black site." I was 10 years old when he disappeared. He was a good and ordinary man and a wonderful father to me and my three younger sisters. For 15 years, my family had been asking for information, pleading to know whether he was alive or dead.
/know/read.php?itemid=21644

Trump Plans to Downgrade Nuke Waste from Dangerous to "Safe"
(Nicholas K. Geranios / Associated Press)

The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier. The Department of Energy proposal would lower the status of some high-level radioactive waste in several places around the nation, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State -- the most contaminated nuclear site in the country.
/know/read.php?itemid=21641

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LAND IMPACTS

Exclusive: The US Has More Military Operations in Africa than the Middle East
(Nick Turse / Vice.com)

Over the last three years, the United States has conducted more than 30 named operations and activities in Africa. In 2017, US troops carried out an average of nearly 10 missions per day -- 3,500 exercises, programs, and engagements for the year -- across the African continent. There are now 34 US military outposts in at least African 33 countries.
/know/read.php?itemid=21655

The Latest Odds of a Shooting War Between NATO and Russia:
(Ann Garrison / Special to Consortium News & Alex Christoforou and Mark Sleboda / The Duran)

Hungarian scholar George Szamuely sees a 70 percent chance of combat between NATO and Russia following the incident in the Kerch Strait and that it is being fueled by Russia-gate. There has been a proxy war within Ukraine since 2014, with NATO backing Poroshenko's Ukrainian government and Russia backing the separatists who speak Russian and identify as Russian in Ukraine's southeastern Donbass region. But in the Kerch Strait the hostilities are between Russia and Ukraine, with NATO behind Ukraine.
/know/read.php?itemid=21651

Black Internationalists Demand Closure of Hundreds of US Military Bases
(San Francisco Bay View & The Black Alliaince for Peace)

The United States operates more than 1,000 military facilities on six continents. This enormous presence embodies the US policy of Full Spectrum Dominance, which threatens democracy and self-determination for other nations. Black Alliaince for Peace reaffirms our commitment to this world-wide campaign and has launched a related campaign -- US Out of Africa! -- aimed at shutting down the Pentagon's Africa Command (AFRICOM) -- a US military program that is now present in 53 out of 54 African countries.
/know/read.php?itemid=21652

Trump Plans to Downgrade Nuke Waste from Dangerous to "Safe"
(Nicholas K. Geranios / Associated Press)

The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier. The Department of Energy proposal would lower the status of some high-level radioactive waste in several places around the nation, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State -- the most contaminated nuclear site in the country.
/know/read.php?itemid=21641

The Dire Environmental Impacts of Trump's Proposed Border Wall
(Dino Grandoni and Juliet Eilperin / The Washington Post)

Documents have revealed that Interior Department officials downplayed federal wildlife experts' concerns about Trump's border wall and show Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke felt obliged to "support the border security mission." Previously hidden documents reveal officials censored a key letter to US Customs and Border Protection citing a number of warnings by career biologists and wildlife managers about the potential impacts of the border wall on the area's rare cats and other animals.
/know/read.php?itemid=21637

Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism & An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders
(Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War)

Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? Environmentalists need to contest the Pentagon's staggering global footprint. The US military is the world's largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels and the largest source of greenhouse gasses, contributing about 5 percent of global warming emissions.
/know/read.php?itemid=21638

Can We Feed Humanity without Destroying the Planet?
(Tim Searchinger, et al. / World Resources Institute)

By 2050, nearly 10 billion people will live on the planet. Can we produce enough food sustainably? Sustainably feeding nearly 10 billion people by 2050 is possible -- but it will require significant innovation and investment by the public and private sector.
/know/read.php?itemid=21628

Is Insect Extinction a Bigger Threat than Global Warming?
(Robert Hunziker / Transcend Media & John Lieff, MD / Searching for the Mind)

The Paris Accord is riding the wrong horse -- global warming is a long-term project compared to the insect catastrophe happening right now! An alarming loss of insects is likely to take down humanity before global warming hits maximum velocity. The worldwide loss of insects is simply staggering with some extinction reports of 75% up to 90%. And this is happening much faster than the paleoclimate record rate of the past five major extinction events.
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MARINE AND WATER IMPACTS

The Latest Odds of a Shooting War Between NATO and Russia:
(Ann Garrison / Special to Consortium News & Alex Christoforou and Mark Sleboda / The Duran)

Hungarian scholar George Szamuely sees a 70 percent chance of combat between NATO and Russia following the incident in the Kerch Strait and that it is being fueled by Russia-gate. There has been a proxy war within Ukraine since 2014, with NATO backing Poroshenko's Ukrainian government and Russia backing the separatists who speak Russian and identify as Russian in Ukraine's southeastern Donbass region. But in the Kerch Strait the hostilities are between Russia and Ukraine, with NATO behind Ukraine.
/know/read.php?itemid=21651

Trump Plans to Downgrade Nuke Waste from Dangerous to "Safe"
(Nicholas K. Geranios / Associated Press)

The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier. The Department of Energy proposal would lower the status of some high-level radioactive waste in several places around the nation, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State -- the most contaminated nuclear site in the country.
/know/read.php?itemid=21641

Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism & An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders
(Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War)

Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? Environmentalists need to contest the Pentagon's staggering global footprint. The US military is the world's largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels and the largest source of greenhouse gasses, contributing about 5 percent of global warming emissions.
/know/read.php?itemid=21638

As Glaciers Melt into the Sea Climate Denial Amounts to Mass Murder
(Mort Rosenblum / Reader Supported News & World Beyond War)

Commentary: Let's be clear before it is too late. Any government leader or corporate executive who flouts irrefutable evidence of climatic shifts is complicit in murdering the human race. Barack Obama bragging to a crowd in Texas of his great increases in fossil fuel production is part of a grand fictional enterprise in which eliminating humanity is praised by portions of humanity. Crocodiles and cockroaches will survive as temperatures rise, but humans will be among the first to go. When? Does it matter?
/know/read.php?itemid=21622

The 'Great Dying': Rapid Warming Caused "Largest Extinction Event Ever" Scientists Report
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian UK)

Scientists have concluded that a mass extinction known as the "Great Dying" -- that occurred around 252 million years ago and marked the end of the Permian geologic period – was the result of rapid global warming caused by a huge spike in greenhouse gas emissions. The single greatest calamity ever to befall life on Earth, the Great Dying wiped out the vast majority of all marine and terrestrial life on the planet.
/know/read.php?itemid=21618

The Great Drying and the Great Dying: How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet
(Bill McKibben / The New Yorker)

With wildfires, heat waves, and rising sea levels, large tracts of the Earth are at risk of becoming uninhabitable. But the fossil-fuel industry continues its assault on the facts at the same time it conducts its increasingly destructive assault of the planet.
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Climate Change Requires that We Convert the US War Machine Now
(Bruce K. Gagnon / Organizing Notes )

"Climate Change Requires Conversion." This is the message we will be carrying to Bath Iron Works (BIW) during the next Navy destroyer 'christening' protest calling for the conversion of the shipyard to build sustainable technologies so that we can give the future generations a real chance to live on our Mother Earth. The Pentagon is the largest carbon polluter on the planet. We cannot effectively deal with the ravages of climate change by ignoring the colossus in the middle of the teashop.
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Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sound a Planetary Alarm on Climate Change
(Naomi Klein / The Intercept & Jason Murdock / Newsweek)

The bold moral leadership of newly elected members of Congress like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has me feeling more optimistic about our collective chances of averting climate breakdown than I have in years. But a whole lot of things need to happen very quickly if the political tide is going to shift in time -- including finding new ways to engage the public in this fight.
/know/read.php?itemid=21604

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OIL AND ITS ALTERNATIVES

The Demands of the Yellow Vest Movement Are Growing into Real Systemic Change
(Phillip J. Watt, / The Washington Times & Popular Resistance)

French citizens have revolted for the fourth week in a row calling for changes in governmental and corporate design. Even though UN Military and thousands of French police have been deployed in response, the police have actually been filmed removing their helmets in solidarity with the French people. The YVM want real change, which is the good. The bad is that they haven't yet identified the key priorities required for real systemic change. And the looting is counter-productive behaviour.
/know/read.php?itemid=21658

At World Climate Summit, Trump Team at Odds With Own Scientists
(James Rainey / NBC News)

The Trump administration continued its rejection of mainstream climate science -- and embraced Earth-warming fossil fuels -- in the second week of the UN climate conference in Poland. Those contrarian views emerged even as US government scientists reported that humanity's actions are driving up temperatures rapidly, with devastating impacts for the Arctic and the rest of the globe. Trump further divorced the US from most other nations by promoting the long-term burning of coal and natural gas.
/know/read.php?itemid=21635

Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism & An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders
(Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War)

Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? Environmentalists need to contest the Pentagon's staggering global footprint. The US military is the world's largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels and the largest source of greenhouse gasses, contributing about 5 percent of global warming emissions.
/know/read.php?itemid=21638

Can We Feed Humanity without Destroying the Planet?
(Tim Searchinger, et al. / World Resources Institute)

By 2050, nearly 10 billion people will live on the planet. Can we produce enough food sustainably? Sustainably feeding nearly 10 billion people by 2050 is possible -- but it will require significant innovation and investment by the public and private sector.
/know/read.php?itemid=21628

As Glaciers Melt into the Sea Climate Denial Amounts to Mass Murder
(Mort Rosenblum / Reader Supported News & World Beyond War)

Commentary: Let's be clear before it is too late. Any government leader or corporate executive who flouts irrefutable evidence of climatic shifts is complicit in murdering the human race. Barack Obama bragging to a crowd in Texas of his great increases in fossil fuel production is part of a grand fictional enterprise in which eliminating humanity is praised by portions of humanity. Crocodiles and cockroaches will survive as temperatures rise, but humans will be among the first to go. When? Does it matter?
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Young Blue-Wave Dems Unmask Corporate Attempt at "Bipartisan" Political Indoctrination
(Harvard Kennedy School & Jake Johnson / San Diego Free Press)

Pulling back the curtain on the ostensibly "bipartisan" orientation for newly elected members of Congress at Harvard's Kennedy School in Boston, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib have revealed how -- contrary to the ideologically neutral advertising -- the private "orientation" session (sponsored by the oil-baron Koch brothers) featured a heavy dose of speeches by corporate CEOs and completely shut out the voices of organized labor and members of the progressive community.
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The 'Great Dying': Rapid Warming Caused "Largest Extinction Event Ever" Scientists Report
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian UK)

Scientists have concluded that a mass extinction known as the "Great Dying" -- that occurred around 252 million years ago and marked the end of the Permian geologic period – was the result of rapid global warming caused by a huge spike in greenhouse gas emissions. The single greatest calamity ever to befall life on Earth, the Great Dying wiped out the vast majority of all marine and terrestrial life on the planet.
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The Great Drying and the Great Dying: How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet
(Bill McKibben / The New Yorker)

With wildfires, heat waves, and rising sea levels, large tracts of the Earth are at risk of becoming uninhabitable. But the fossil-fuel industry continues its assault on the facts at the same time it conducts its increasingly destructive assault of the planet.
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MILITARISM AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

Exclusive: The US Has More Military Operations in Africa than the Middle East
(Nick Turse / Vice.com)

Over the last three years, the United States has conducted more than 30 named operations and activities in Africa. In 2017, US troops carried out an average of nearly 10 missions per day -- 3,500 exercises, programs, and engagements for the year -- across the African continent. There are now 34 US military outposts in at least African 33 countries.
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NATO Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters
(Tony Cartalucci / Global Research & RT News)

The recent Kerch Strait incident marks a new low amid the US-led expansion of NATO eastward. The intentional provocation executed by Kiev saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating the protocol for passing through the Strait -- previously agreed upon by Kiev and previously observed by Ukrainian naval vessels. Meanwhile, a photo has surfaced of Ukraine leader Petro Poroshenko posing with a soldier wearing a Nazi Waffen SS symbol on his uniform.
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Bill McKibben Calls FBI Tracking of Environmental Activists "Contemptible"
(Steve Hanley / Clean Technica)

An investigation by The Guardian has revealed the FBI has targeted members of 350.org -- the climate activism group founded by Bill McKibben -- as part of an ongoing anti-terrorism campaign. "When much of our government acts as a subsidiary of the fossil fuel industry, it may be par for the course," McKibben says, adding that the FBI's apparent failure to distinguish between nonviolent civil disobedience and domestic terrorism was "contemptible."
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The Demands of the Yellow Vest Movement Are Growing into Real Systemic Change
(Phillip J. Watt, / The Washington Times & Popular Resistance)

French citizens have revolted for the fourth week in a row calling for changes in governmental and corporate design. Even though UN Military and thousands of French police have been deployed in response, the police have actually been filmed removing their helmets in solidarity with the French people. The YVM want real change, which is the good. The bad is that they haven't yet identified the key priorities required for real systemic change. And the looting is counter-productive behaviour.
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The Latest Odds of a Shooting War Between NATO and Russia:
(Ann Garrison / Special to Consortium News & Alex Christoforou and Mark Sleboda / The Duran)

Hungarian scholar George Szamuely sees a 70 percent chance of combat between NATO and Russia following the incident in the Kerch Strait and that it is being fueled by Russia-gate. There has been a proxy war within Ukraine since 2014, with NATO backing Poroshenko's Ukrainian government and Russia backing the separatists who speak Russian and identify as Russian in Ukraine's southeastern Donbass region. But in the Kerch Strait the hostilities are between Russia and Ukraine, with NATO behind Ukraine.
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Black Internationalists Demand Closure of Hundreds of US Military Bases
(San Francisco Bay View & The Black Alliaince for Peace)

The United States operates more than 1,000 military facilities on six continents. This enormous presence embodies the US policy of Full Spectrum Dominance, which threatens democracy and self-determination for other nations. Black Alliaince for Peace reaffirms our commitment to this world-wide campaign and has launched a related campaign -- US Out of Africa! -- aimed at shutting down the Pentagon's Africa Command (AFRICOM) -- a US military program that is now present in 53 out of 54 African countries.
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Study Finds War Is Not an Inherent Part of Human Nature
(Rutgers University & The Scientific American)

Is it in our nature to go to war? Should we just accept the fact that humans have this innate tendency and are hardwired to kill members of other groups? No, says R. Brian Ferguson, professor of anthropology at Rutgers University-Newark. There is no scientific proof that we have an inherent propensity to take up arms and collectively kill.
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The Abolition of War Requires New Thoughts, Words, and Actions
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War)

There's action happening now in the US Senate on ending US participation in the war on Yemen. There's a big loophole in the bill. There's the matter of selling Saudi Arabia its weapons. There's the House of Misrepresentatives to worry about. There's the veto threat. There's the question of getting compliance out of a president you've pretty well promised never to impeach, at least not for any of dozens of documented offenses unrelated to Russia. All that being said, the current action is a very good thing
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WEAPONS OF WAR

The Latest Odds of a Shooting War Between NATO and Russia:
(Ann Garrison / Special to Consortium News & Alex Christoforou and Mark Sleboda / The Duran)

Hungarian scholar George Szamuely sees a 70 percent chance of combat between NATO and Russia following the incident in the Kerch Strait and that it is being fueled by Russia-gate. There has been a proxy war within Ukraine since 2014, with NATO backing Poroshenko's Ukrainian government and Russia backing the separatists who speak Russian and identify as Russian in Ukraine's southeastern Donbass region. But in the Kerch Strait the hostilities are between Russia and Ukraine, with NATO behind Ukraine.
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Saudi-gate: Investigators Probing Saudi Collusion and Trump's Military Kickbacks
(Ken Klippenstein / The Young Turks & Erin Banco / The Daily Beast)

Ignoring calls for sanctions following the murder of a Washington Post reporter, the Pentagon is set to support Saudi Arabia's military forces through 2025. Meanwhile, the Mueller investigation into foreign collusion in the 2016 US presidential election has been expanded to include individuals in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.
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Trump Plans to Downgrade Nuke Waste from Dangerous to "Safe"
(Nicholas K. Geranios / Associated Press)

The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier. The Department of Energy proposal would lower the status of some high-level radioactive waste in several places around the nation, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State -- the most contaminated nuclear site in the country.
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The University of California Is Complicit in Nuclear Build-up
(Beatrice Fihn / The Los Angeles Times)

A new nuclear arms race is underway, with California at the center, though it's not clear its citizens realize it. In California, the new nuclear arms race is bringing in a flood of cash to laboratories run by the University of California, where scientists, engineers and technicians have had a hand in designing every single nuclear weapon the US has ever built. California is complicit in the arms race, and if nuclear weapons were ever launched, it would be one of the prime attack targets.
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Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism & An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders
(Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater / Common Dreams & World BEYOND War)

Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? Environmentalists need to contest the Pentagon's staggering global footprint. The US military is the world's largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels and the largest source of greenhouse gasses, contributing about 5 percent of global warming emissions.
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US Dwarfs Rest of the World in Arms Production
(AntiWar.com & USAReally & Radio Free Europe & Reuters)

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has released its latest report on the global arms trade, and as has been the case in recent studies, the conclusion is that the United States dominates the production and sale of arms. The US is not only in a leadership position, but dominates the entire rest of the planet combined. NOTE: Access to websites with further information and action options has been blocked.
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In Syria, Yemen, and Around the World, Civilians Continue to Die from US-backed Wars
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams / The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports the US-led coalition has killed at least nine civilians in the town of Hajin. Among the slain were six children. According to the UN refugee agency, the US-backed war on Yemen caused 1,500 civilian casualties from August through October -- an average of 123 casualties per week. Meanwhile, US politicians alarmed by the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are silent on the thousands of civilians being routinely killed by US drones.
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The Ancient Mythical Rites of Pearl Harbor Day
(David Swanson / Foreign Policy Journal)

What the US mainstream media won't inform you in their ritualistic annual Pearl Harbor Day rites is that the Japanese attack was anything but a surprise. On November 3, 1941, the US ambassador sent a lengthy telegram to the State Department warning that Washington's punishing economic sanctions might force Japan to commit "national hara-kiri." He wrote: "An armed conflict with the United States may come with dangerous and dramatic suddenness." And that, it appears, was the very idea.
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