EAW's Breaking News archive
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 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
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.
Time for a Mercy Killing at NATO
(David Stockman / AntiWar.com)
Commentary: Here's a news flash for the Donald: You don't need to your budget-busting $716 billion defense budget to defend Germany from Russia because there is absolutely no reason to believe the latter wants to attack Germany or any other country in Europe. The NATO-28 (excluding the US) are now spending $250 billion per year on defense -- four times Russia's entire military budget. It is time to declare "mission accomplished" with respect to NATO and disband it forthwith. Call it a Mercy Killing,
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.
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.
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.
Trump and the Global NATO Alliance: Intentional Chaos
(Joseph Gerson / Truthout)
Commentary: As the world gears up for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit this week in Brussels and Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled for July 16, there is uncertainty and anxiety across the world about the outcomes of these encounters. Will Trump swing his wrecking ball at NATO allies? Can he engage in serious negotiations with his Russian counterpart and save the increasingly endangered Intermediate Nuclear Forces Agreement?
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.
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.
Trump: Trying to Remake America in His Own Image
(Thomas L. Friedman / Opinion: The New York Times)
Commentary: First Donald Trump remade the Republican Party in his own image, and now he is trying to remake America the same way -- into a selfish, dishonest country with no close friends, totally unpredictable, free of any commitment to enduring values, ready to stab any ally in the back on Twitter if it doesn't do our bidding and much more comfortable with mafia-like dictators than elected democrats. God forbid we become the United States of Trump.
Ethiopia and Eritrea Unite after Ending 20-year Border War
(Elias Meseret / Associated Press)
After 20 years of war, Ethiopia and Eritrea have accepted the terms of a peace agreement and have reestablished a political relationship. "From this time on, war is not an option for the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia," said Ethiopia's new reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, "What we need now is love." Abby, who took office in April, quickly set off a wave of reforms, freeing journalists and opposition figures from prison, opening up the state-run economy, and unblocking hundreds of political websites.
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.
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.
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.
NATO Is the Problem, Not the Solution
(Roger Kotila / Personal Opinion)
Commentary: A Democratic World Federalists proposal titled "NATO & the Community of the Democracies" being developed for the November 2018 Paris Peace Forum claims to promote world peace through a world federation, but actually calls for increased militarization -- the opposite of the DWF's world federalist vision. Why not a "new UN" rather than keeping the old UN? The Earth Constitution provides a model for a world federal union government.
From Singapore to Helsinki: The Case for Peace
(Justin Raimondo / AntiWar.com)
Commentary: North Korea's opacity is a boon to the War Party: they can seize on any glitch in the ongoing negotiations with the Trump administration as "proof" that Kim Jong-un "will never give up his nuclear weapons." The contention is that Pyongyang has a different definition of "denuclearization" than the rest of the world: it means US withdrawal from South Korea, we are told. So what's the real story?
They Went to Jail for Justice
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)
Reviews: C.J. Hinke has produced probably the best collection I’ve read of writings by and about conscientious objectors and war refusers behind bars. It’s called "Free Radicals: War Resisters in Prison." The book is a bit of a time capsule but it’s a shame that the book proceeds chronologically through the 20th century and then breaks off, more or less, in the 1970s. But what has come since may be more familiar, and what is found here is of tremendous value.
Watch Out World: Peace May be Breaking Out
(Alice Slater / World BEYOND War)
Trump should ask Russia -- as well as other countries who are leaving NATO and giving up their nuclear weapons and joining the ban treaty -- to also commit to donate those funds no longer needed to support their nuclear military budgets which would more than adequately and generously support the "Keep People Safely and Happy in Their Home Countries Fund," so we won't need to build walls and hire police forces and homeland security guards to stop impoverished, war-torn, threatened people from migrating.
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.
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.
NATO Fears Trump May Threaten to Pull Troops From Europe
(AntiWar.com & Edward Malnick / The Telegraph)
Donald Trump's visit to the NATO summit in Brussels in expected to come with a flurry of demands for NATO nations to increase military spending. This is virtually a constant for NATO summits. That Trump will be meeting with Vladimir Putin almost immediately thereafter, however, have NATO nations taking a lot more notice with diplomats predicting Trump will make threats to redraw the security landscape in Europe if NATO doesn't give him what he wants.
Jared Kushner's Middle East Fantasy
(Philip Gordon and Prem Kumar / The Atlantic & Robert Fisk / The Independent)
Commentary: In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper, Donald Trump's son-in-law has revealed himself to be either strikingly naive -- or deeply cynical. Given the risks of escalating violence and the desperate humanitarian situation in Gaza, Jared Kushner's desire to move forward even in the face of long odds is understandable. Unfortunately, his interview also revealed that he is living in a fantasy world and is preparing an approach more likely to compound the current problems than to resolve them.
Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet
(Yasha Levine / Public Affairs Publishers & David Swanson / DavidSwanson.org)
Tasha Levine's book, "Surveillance Valley," reveal that Google and other Internet firms have been major military and spy contractors from the beginning. Google partnered with Lockheed Martin on the Iraq war and remains a major partner of the military, the CIA, the NSA, etc. During the Obama years, the tech press and community aired no concerns whatsoever about this militarism, but that changed with the arrival of Trump. Levine maintains that Google employees do not object to militarism, just Trumpian militarism.
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.
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.
The Latest Terror Plot Is Just Another Fake News Story from the FBI
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)
A detailed look into the FBI's report on an alleged July 4 "terror plot" reveals the suspect, Demetrius Pitts, has been serially lynched -- by the FBI, again by the Justice Department, and finally by the news media which parroted the FBI's "fake news" that Pitts was behind a "terror attack." Turns out the "plot" was proposed and promoted by the FBI to entrap Pitts and feed the "terror" narrative. Once again, police-state tactics have railroaded an innocent man and the police state's flimsy story is unchallenged.
A Statement in Advance of the Putin Trump Summit
(Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament & The Basel Peace Office)
Parliamentarians and nuclear disarmament activists are calling on Donald Trump and Russian President Putin to use their July 16 summit to step back from the nuclear brink and make progress on nuclear disarmament. Trump and Putin should consider 'No-First-Use' commitments, better military-to-military communications (upgrading hotlines instead of scrapping them), lowering the "instant-alert". status of US and Russian weapons, and an end to provocative and potentially dangerous military exercises.
Immigrant Soldiers Rocked by Sudden US Army Discharges
(Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke / Associated Press & Perry O'Brien / Common Defense)
Immigrant recruits and reservists are struggling with abrupt, often unexplained military discharges and canceled contracts. They volunteered to join the armed forces for the prospect of US citizenship, a timeworn exchange that's drawn immigrants to the military since the Revolutionary War. It is unclear how many these men and women have been ousted from the Army. Some recruits say they were given no reason for their discharge.
"No to War -- No to NATO": Counter Summit July 7-8, 2018
(No to NATO.org)
NATO's role as a nuclear-armed alliance continues to risk a global atomic war. NATO is pressing its members to spend 2% of GDP on military budgets to fund wars and aggression, even though EU member states submit to strict austerity policies. When NATO members meet in Brussels, a counter summit will greet them. Questions we want to discuss at the counter summit include: How we can organize more effective opposition and what new strategies can be employed for the peaceful conversion of NATO?
Trump Is Right to Criticize NATO
(Vox News & Aaron Mate and David Gibbs / The Real News & Joan Brunwasser / Op-ed News)
Virtually all the aspects of US-Russian conflict have been triggered by NATO. It was NATO that expanded into the former Communist states. It was NATO that violated a 1990 agreement. It was NATO that then expanded into the former USSR's Baltic States. How would the US feel if Russia were to forge a military alliance with Mexico? Maintaining NATO is extremely expensive with no positive results whatsoever so abolishing NATO I think is long overdue. It should have happened in the early 90s.
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."
Victory for the Planet: Scott Pruitt Resigns from the EPA
(Friends of the Earth & Charles P. Pierce / Esquire Magazine)
VICTORY! Scott Pruitt just resigned from his job as EPA Administrator. Pruitt resigned after voters signed petitions, made phone calls, and took to social media to demand that he be kicked out of the EPA. This shows that when people stand up to Trump and his Administration, you can make a difference. You can stop Trump and his minions from destroying our environment.
US Bombs Are Killing Civilians in Yemen and Making New Enemies for America
(Jane Ferguson / PBS News Hour)
War rains down from the sky in Yemen, where an aerial bombing campaign by Saudi-led and American-backed coalition hammers much of the north. The US military supports the campaign against the Houthi rebels with logistics and intelligence, and sells the Saudis many of the bombs it drops on that country. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson smuggled herself across front lines to report this series.
Trump Eager to Invade Venezuela -- Despite Critics, Regional Opposition, and International Law
(Joshua Goodman /Associated Press)
As a meeting last August in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on Venezuela was concluding, President Donald Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling question: With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can't the US just simply invade the troubled country?
Key Issues about US Wars That Neither the Washington Elite Nor the Media Will Answer
(Nick Turse / TomDispatch & Andrew J. Bacevich / TomDispatch)
Since the late eighteenth century, the United States has been involved in an almost ceaseless string of wars, interventions, punitive expeditions, and other types of military ventures abroad. The country has formally declared war 11 times and has often engaged in undeclared conflicts with some form of congressional authorization, as with the post-9/11 "wars" that rage on today. Andrew Bacevich offers a list of key questions about the US, war and national security that should be asked but never are.
ACTION ALERT: Standing Up for Human Rights on Independence Day
(ABC TV New York & CODEPINK & US Senator Kamala Harris)
This July 4, as this nation celebrates its independence and freedom, we celebrate our interdependence and proclaim that an injury to one is an injury to all. While there is one mother or father separated from a child because they were not born on the "right side" of a border, none of us are free. While there is one despondent child sleeping in a cage, none of us are free.
No to NATO: Trump Threatens Military Alliance
(AntiWar.com & Emily Shugerman / The Independent & Reuters )
Next week's NATO summit in Brussels in going to be another round of pushes by US officials, led by President Trump, for other members to increase military spending. President Trump has been writing threatening letters making the rounds to those nations. The long and short of the narrative is that the US cannot, and will not, be "the world's piggy bank" in providing defense for all these other NATO nations who aren't spending at the same level as the US.
Man-Made Drought Threatens to Ravage Iraq
(Patrick Cockburn / The Independent)
As Iraq begins to recover from 40 years of wars and emergences, its existence is being threatened by the rapidly falling water levels in the two great rivers on which its people depend. It was on their banks that the first cities were established cities 8,000 years ago and where the flood stories of Gilgamesh and the Bible were first told. Such floods are now a thing of the past -- the last was in 1988 -- and each year the amount of water taken by Iraq's neighbours has been rising.
57 Unpatriotic Ways the Corp/Dems Have Enthroned TrumPutin
Commentary: As we celebrate our nation's birth, and organize to once again overthrow an illegitimate tyrant, we might pity Trump's classic liberal enabler, Al Dershowitz. The pitiful self-promoting professor is being horribly snubbed by his fellow liberal neighbors on Martha's Vineyard because he now supports Trump. The ordeal must be every bit as painful as being separated from one's children at the Mexican border.
Trump Says NATO Allies Don't Pay Their Share. Is That True?
(Dominique Mosbergen / The Huffington Post & Peter Baker / The New York Times)
Donald Trump has sent letters to the leaders of the NATO countries demanding they increase their defense spending -- and threatening to scale back US military presence around the world if they refuse. "NATO is as bad as NAFTA," Trump has argued, referring to the trade agreement as the "worst trade deal in the history of the world." "It's much too costly for the US." Is Trump right about NATO spending? Yes and no.
Behind the Secret US War in Africa
(Wesley Morgan / Politico)
American special operations teams are playing a more direct role in military actions against suspected terrorists in Africa than the Pentagon has publicly acknowledged, planning and participating in combat raids by African troops in multiple countries including Somalia, Kenya, Tunisia and Niger, under a set of classified programs. "Once you start these things, they're hard to turn off. Some of them pan out, and some of them don't," said a former White House official.
America: The Failed State
(Chris Hedges / TruthDig)
Commentary: America's "corporate coup d'etat in slow motion," has opened a Pandora's box of evils that is transforming the country into a failed state. The "unholy trinity of corruption, impunity and violence" can no longer be checked. The ruling elites abjectly serve corporate power to exploit and impoverish the citizenry. Democratic institutions, including the courts, are mechanisms of corporate repression. Financial fraud and corporate crime are carried out with impunity.
Washington's Forgotten and Peculiar War of 1812 against Canada
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / TruthDig & AntiWAr.com & David Swanson and William Geimer / Talk Nation Radio)
Americans, sadly, know little of their own history. Who among us recalls anything about the War of 1812? Why did we fight? Was it necessary? Did we win? The cherry-picked anecdotes of jingoism answer none of these vital questions, but ask them we must. It was a peculiar war, full of paradox and farce. Thousands died, but little was gained and, in a strange tinge of irony, the side that best championed liberty was not always American. For all its complexity, the War of 1812 deserves a fresh look.
The High Cost of War . . . Is Intentional
(William D. Hartung and Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch)
Remember the Pentagon's $37 screws, the $2,043 nut, and the $7,622 coffee pot? When it comes to government investment on the US economy and our disintegrating infrastructure, there really is little left after the Pentagon grabs its disproportional share but now comes news that the Air Force is set to spend $10,000 (each) for toilet seats to be installed on its Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport planes. Admit it: even taking inflation into account, that's waste on a scale that should make any American proud!
The Pentagon Budget as Corporate Welfare for Weapons Makers
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & William D. Hartung / TomDispatch)
A large part of the Pentagon's new funding will fuel good times in the military-industrial complex but little to help the troops or defend the country. This flood of new funding -- which could crush a generation of Americans under a mountain of debt -- will make it easier to sustain the seemingly endless seven wars that the US is fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. So call this one of the worst investments in history, ensuring as it does failed wars to the horizon.
How America's Wars Fund Inequality at Home
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Stephanie Savell / TomDispatch)
Commentary: In the name of "fighting terrorism," the US is currently waging wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. Never before has the US relied so heavily on deficit spending ("credit-card wars") to pay for its wars. The more money spent on military activities, the more public coffers will be drained by war-related interest payments and the less funding there will be for anything else. Americans should worry about living in a country whose inequality gap could soon surpass that of the Gilded Age.
Get On the Trump Peace Train! He Wants Out of Korea, Germany, Syria -- and NATO!
(Justin Raimondo / AntiWar.com )
Commentary: Finally, an American president has woken up to the fact that World War II, not to mention the cold war, is over: There's no need for US troops to occupy Germany. Vladimir Putin isn't going to march into Berlin in a reenactment of the Red Army taking the Fuehrer-bunker -- but even if he were so inclined, why won't Germany defend itself? When a US President tells us he wants to bring our troops home from defending the world against itself -- I'll be damned if I'll react in any manner except for some very loud cheering.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A Rare, Anti-war, "Peace Economy" Candidate
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' platform is dramatically better than many may realize. It tackles the greatest evil in existence in a way that no other big-2 congressional candidate's website does and which most do not even mention. And in doing so, it makes serious much of the rest of her socialist platform in a way that even presidential candidate Bernie Sanders did not -- a way promoted by the peace movement, the Poor People's Campaign, and Black Lives Matter.
ICE Is a State-Sponsored Terrorist Organization -- It Should Be Abolished
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the Department of Homeland Security's largest police agency, with some 20,000 employees, offices in 50 states and 48 foreign countries. Over the past fifteen years, lacking enough serious criminals to justify its $6 billion budget, ICE has reduced itself (with poisonous political pandering in support) to the horrifying monster we're finally seeing more clearly -- littering the American landscape with the cries of broken families, caged parents and traumatized children.
ACTION ALERT: Tell the USDA: We Need Clear Labels on GMO Foods!
(Friends of the Earth)
URGENT: We only have 2 days left to tell the USDA not to hide genetically engineered food behind smiley-face and sunshine labels! This labeling proposal is nothing more than industry propaganda and wouldn't even cover all GMOs. We have to stop it. But time is running out to speak up.
African-American Senators Introduce Anti-Lynching Bill -- With No GOP Support
(Vanessa Romo / National Public Radio)
Congress's three African-American senators introduced a bipartisan bill Friday to make lynching a federal crime. The bill defines the crime as "the willful act of murder by a collection of people assembled with the intention of committing an act of violence upon any person." It also classifies lynching as a hate crime that would warrant enhanced sentences. To date, no Republicans have backed the bill.
Germany: Protest Demands Closure of Ramstein US Airbase
(EBLNews & Stars & Stripes & Sputnik News & RT Deutsch)
Thousands of anti-war protesters and peace activists attempted to block the entrance to the Pentagon's Ramstein Airbase near the German city of Kaiserslautern on Saturday. One US protestor explained the base is "absolutely necessary for the US drone wars that under German law are considered illegal." Another American taking part in the nonviolent protests added: "The drone killing that the US is doing is totally barbaric and immoral, and we need to stop it."
Protests and Activism on the 50th Anniversary of the Non-Proliferation Treaty
(Alice Slater / Pressenza & Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Common Dreams)
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 which then went on to develop their own nuclear arsenals.
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.
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.
Trump's Military Drops a Bomb Every 12 Minutes And No One Is Talking About It
(Lee Camp / TruthDig & Whitney Webb / Mint Press)
Commentary: Over 8 years, George W. Bush's military dropped 70,000 bombs on five countries -- and another three nations the US was not even "at war" with. In Trump's first year, he has dropped 44,096 bombs -- 80 times more than Bush. We are a rogue nation with a rogue military and an unaccountable ruling elite. The government and military you and I support are murdering people every 12 minutes. In response to this crime against humanity, there's nothing but silence.
US Ends 70-Year Military Presence in South Korean Capital
(AntiWar.com & The Associated Press )
The US military has formally ended a 70-year presence in the South Korean capital of Seoul with the opening of a new military headquarters further south in the city of Pyeongtaek. The relocation (which has been planned for some time) places the new base out of the range of North Korean artillery -- a threat that is now is clearly lessened with North Korea in talks to relocate its artillery and with peace talks underway.
How to Address the Refuge Crisis: Stop the Wars!
(Ramzy Baroud / Politics for the People)
Europe is facing the most significant refugee crisis since World War II. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because they have ignored the root causes of the problem. The disturbing truth is this: Europe is accountable for much of the mayhem under way in the Middle East. Despite the obvious correlation between Western-sustained wars and the EU's refugee crisis, no moral awakening is yet to be realized. Until this fact is recognized by EU governments, the flow of refugees will continue.
Invitation: First International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases November 16-18, 2018
(No to NATO Bases.org)
The increasingly aggressive and expansionist actions of US/NATO forces in violation of international law and the sovereign rights of all nations, have created crises that, unless checked by popular opposition, can lead to unimaginable catastrophe and war. None of us can stop this madness alone from within our national borders. The global peace forces must come together, mobilizing the millions in our countries, and around the world, for peace. We must unite for peace!
ACTION ALERT: March on June 30 -- Protest Defense Contractors Profiting Off Separation of Immigrant Families
(Win Without War & The Daily Beast & SF.Curbed.com)
The Trump administration is planning to imprison migrant families on a military base that is a toxic Superfund site. Major defense contractors are raking in cash from surveilling migrant kids and keeping them from their parents. Trump's cruel immigration policies are a national emergency -- and they're directly propped up by the war machine. Marches nationwide on Saturday will protest Trump's inhumane policies.
Like History's Other Dictators, Trump Detains, Separates Families; Sets Stage for Concentration Camps
(Harvey Wasserman / Solartopia & Juan Cole / Informed Content)
Separating children from their parents -- as Trump and Sessions are doing -- is a monstrous act that has been characteristic of the biggest dictators of the modern era. And now, the US Supreme Court has approved Donald Trump's presumed dictatorial power to ban and imprison any would-be immigrant group he does not like.
Donald Trump and the Threat of a Fascist Dictatorship
(War Criminals Watch and The Conversation & Curtis Johnson / Truthout)
Analysis: "Trump has been called a buffoon or unfit. He has an obsessive need for fawning adulation; his decision-making is based on "gut instinct" that eschews evidence and reason; and his worldview is embedded in the deep history of American chauvinism, white supremacy, genocide and brutal repression. When all this is sorted through however, you have a man not substantially different from other fascist leaders seeking dictatorial powers."
ACTION ALERT: Congressmember Asks UN to Investigate Trump's Border Policies
(Hon. Barbara Lee / US House of Representatives)
Congress member Lee: "More than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents by border patrol agents under Trump's directive. That's why I'm visiting detention sites. The truth about how these innocent children are being treated needs to come out. That is why I'm urging the UN to send experts to observe conditions at the border and throughout the more than 17 states around the country that are now housing children who have been separated from their families. Add your name now to join me."
UN Report: US-backed Saudi Coalition Behind Most Yemen Child Casualties
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera)
The annual "Children and Armed Conflict" report from the United Nations details the deaths of Yemeni children in the Saudi-led invasion. Unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority of the slain were killed by the Saudi-led coalition. The UN report verified 552 children killed in 2017 in Yemen. 67% of the child deaths were directly attributable to the Saudi coalition, predominantly the as result of Saudi airstrikes.
Pentagon Spending Only Promotes More Waste and Suffering. Learn How to Divest from War
(The Institute for Public Accountability & CODEPINK)
America's post-9/11 wars have done more harm than good, resulting in over 370,000 deaths on all sides at a cost of $5.6 trillion and counting. Congress should be acting to end these devastating conflicts, not continuing to fund them. You can engage with the movement to divest from war by consulting the Weapon Free Fund database to search 3,000 commonly held mutual funds and ETFs to find out if you or your community are invested in war.
Why No Outrage Over US Killing of Children Abroad?
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)
National outrage over Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents as a way to deter illegal immigration into the United States has forced the president to abandon the policy. The outrage came from all sides of the political spectrum, especially from the left, and from the mainstream media. What's strange, however, is that there is virtually no outrage over the US government's policy of killing children in foreign countries.
10,000 Children Killed and Maimed in Global Wars
(Verena Dobnik / Associated Press & Maureen Clare Murphy / Electronic Intifada)
The United Nations reports that more than 10,000 children were killed or maimed amid armed conflicts last year: others were raped, forced to serve as armed soldiers or caught in attacks on schools and hospitals. The UN blames the US-backed Arab coalition fighting in Yemen for at least half of the more than 1,300 child deaths or injuries. Meanwhile, Infant mortality in Gaza, in sharp decline since the 1960s, has stagnated over the past decade, which coincides with Israel's ongoing siege of the territory.
Failure to Launch: Trump's Call for a Space Force Unrealistic and Dangerous
(Philip Giraldi / The UNZ Review)
Commentary: Instead of arming outer space, Washington should be working with other countries that have capabilities in that region to demilitarize exploration and both commercial and government exploitation. Everyone has an interest in not allowing outer space to become the next site for an arms race, though admittedly working with other countries does not appear to be something that the Trump Administration enters into lightly. Or at all.
ACTION ALERT: Thank Google for Ending Contract with Pentagon
(The World Can't Wait & World BEYOND War & Google)
In early April, more than 3100 Google employees signed a letter that began with the words "Google should not be in the business of war." The letter is a response to the company's participation in a Pentagon artificial intelligence program called Project Maven -- a "customized AI surveillance engine" designed to interpret visual images from US assassination drones.
Trump's Proposed New Space Force Must Fly over Many Hurdles
(Tom Roeder / The Gazette)
Donald Trump may have ordered the Pentagon to clear the way for a new space force last week, but experts caution that the military is a long way from reaching that final frontier. Even if Congress, which has been resistant to similar proposals in the past, signs off on creating the new service, details as numerous as stars in the Milky Way must be worked out. And fundamental questions remain -- including whether the new force is even needed.
EAW Special Schedule for June
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War)
The EAW staff will be traveling in South America for the next three weeks. Regular filing of stories will not resume until June 26. We will post articles as time and circumstance allows.
DOD to Outsource Drone Killing to Corporate America
(Joseph Trevithick / The Drive)
The US Navy has awarded General Atomics a contract worth more than $39.5 million to fly its own MQ-9 Reaper drones to keep watch over a US Marine task force in Afghanistan, a possible plan The War Zone was first to report on in January 2018. The deal comes as the Marines are sending personnel to train with the US Air Force on operating these same drones as the former service moves ahead in developing its own large, multi-purpose unmanned aircraft.
(Mitchel Cohen & Dan La Botz / NewPol.org & Tortilla Con Sal)
Commentaries: It's pretty clear that the US government has had it in for the Sandinista government in Nicaragua since the revolution in 1979, despite the elections there which at one time voted out Daniel Ortega, and later re-elected him as Nicaraguan president. Nicaragua has been a good example of how Western corporate and alternative news media are able to create a custom-made bizarro-world to suit the propaganda requirements of their countries' elites.
ACTION ALERT: Tell Trump: No Drilling in the Great Lakes; No Mining in Yellowstone Park
(Hon. Debbie Stabenow / US Senate & Josh Nelson / CREDO Action)
The Great Lakes are under attack like never before. Today, in a new executive order, Donald Trump os trying to dismantle protections to open the Great Lakes to drilling. Yellowstone National Park is facing one of its biggest threats since it was established nearly 150 years ago. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is considering whether to open up more than 30,000 acres of public lands at the northern gateway of America's oldest and most iconic national park to aggressive gold, silver and other mineral extraction.
Will Trump Keep Korea Promises?
(Joe Bernick / Peoples World)
Both North and South have distinct visions of what a unified future might look like. So Donald Trump and his hawkish right-wing advisors meet with North Korean leaders, and some Democrats and liberals are criticizing what appear to be steps towards peace. What gives?
Kings Bay Plowshares: US Indicted for Global Nuclear Terror
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)
On April 4, 2018, the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven, three women and four men, all Catholics, carried out a nonviolent, symbolic action, pouring blood on the world's largest nuclear submarine base and indicting the US for the crime of holding the world hostage to the terrorist threat of nuclear war. The US crime that began in 1945 has reached new intensity with Donald Trump's years of casual rhetoric threatening nuclear holocaust on targets from ISIS to North Korea.
War Games Between South Korea and United States
The United States has formally suspended a major military exercise with South Korea that was scheduled for August. President Donald Trump had pledged to stop the "war games" after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Pentagon said planning has been halted on the August drill but no decisions have been made on any other military exercises with South Korea. Here is a brief explanation of US-South Korea military exercises.
Report Says Over 1 Billion Small Arms in World -- Nearly Half in the US
(Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press)
There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands -- with American men and women the dominant owners, according to a study released Monday. The Small Arms Survey says 393 million of the civilian-held firearms, 46 percent, are in the United States, which is "more than those held by civilians in the other top 25 countries combined."
The US Is Exacerbating the World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis by Outsourcing Its Yemen Policy
(Alex Emmons / The Intercept)
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.
The Slow Violence of Pollution in Afghanistan
(Doug Weir / The Conflict and Environment Observatory)
The State of Global Air report estimates that air pollution was attributable for 51,600 deaths in Afghanistan in 2016. With an annual rate of 406 deaths per 100,000, its air pollution is among the worst in the world. Air pollution in Afghanistan now is killing more people than armed violence.
Farming as Resistance in Guatemala
(Trina Moyles / YES! Magazine<)
Threatened by a mining company, indigenous women in the remote highlands of Guatemala are marching, increasing productivity, and planting trees.
They Could Hear Their Children Screaming
(Joan Walsh / The Nation)
In the week since Senator Jeff Merkley made newswhen he was turned away from a child-immigrant-detention center in Brownsville, Texas, mainstream news outlets have begun covering the abomination at the border. Only one member of Congress has been able to talk to the mothers who have had their children taken from them: Washington state Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who got into a federal Bureau of Prisons facility near Seattle to meet with roughly 170 immigrant women.
ACTION ALERT: Can Elephants Survive Climate Change? Human Impacts Causing Radical Changes in Animal Behavior
(American Wildlife Foundation & David Nield / Science Alert)
An elephant needs 30 to 50 gallons of water every day to survive. Will elephants survive the poaching crisis only to succumb to climate change? Meanwhile, according to a new study, a growing number of mammals are switching to a nocturnal cycle and sleeping during the day, primarily to avoid contact with human beings.
Karzai Blames US, Pakistan For Afghanistan Chaos
(Kalinga Seneviratne / InDepth News)
Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has blamed the United States and Pakistan for the chaos created in his country over the past two decades. He firmly believes that the West, including Germany, should admit to their failures in his war-torn country. He began by pointing out western complicity in the chaos that is seen today in the Middle East describing the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the US led forces as justified by "trumped up charges" that led to the rise of terrorism in the region.
US Threatens 'Measures' Against Syria for Defending Its Territory in the Southwest
(AntiWar.com & Reuters and the Jerusalem Post)
The US will "take firm and appropriate measures" in response to Syrian government violations in a so-called de-escalation zone in the southwest of the country. President Bashar al-Assad's forces have recovered swathes of territory from rebels with the help of Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, and he has repeatedly pledged to take back "every inch" of the country.
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