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Talk to, Don't Provoke, North Korea
(Sheldon Richman / The Libertarian Institute)

There's little more we can do than hope that some cool heads around Donald Trump are telling him he'd be nuts to attack North Korea. I don't know who they might be. Still, we must hope. No military resolution of the standoff is available. A conventional US attack would be catastrophic, a nuclear attack far, far worse. Where, then, is the Trump from a year ago? You know, the one who said, "I would speak to him [North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un]. I would have no problem speaking to him."?

The Shame of Killing Innocent People
(Kathy Kelly / AntiWar.com & Sen. Rand Paul / Rare.us)

According the the UN Human Rights Commission, "At least 3,200 civilians have been killed and 5,700 wounded since coalition military operations began [in Yemin] , 60 percent of them in coalition airstrikes." Between May and September, the US sold $7.8 billion worth of weapons to the Saudis. The US Congress could put an end to US complicity in the crimes against humanity being committed by military forces in Yemen. Congress could insist that the US stop supplying the Saudi led coalition with weapons.

ACTION ALERT: Test US Military Bases for Water Contamination
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger & Jennifer McDermott / Associated Press)

On April 28, the EPA requested public input on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome (to polluters, of course). Details about opportunities for public comment and to register for an upcoming listening session (by telephone) are posted below. In 2016, the mizitary announced plans to examine hundreds of US bases to determine whether chemicals from foam used to fight fires have contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water.

Monkey Wrenching the Sky: The Age of Geoengineering
(Ian Baldwin / The Vermont Independent)

According to the publisher's introduction: "Earth Day 2017 marks the beginning of our series on geoengineering, the most important and underreported global environmental phenomenon of our time, researched and written by Chelsea Green co-founder Ian Baldwin." A wall of silence surrounds the subject of geoengineering but for nearly three-quarters of a century geoengineering has been conducted for reasons that have little to do with addressing climate change and much to do with war and commerce.

Trump: Absolutely a Chance for "Major, Major War" With North Korea
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Amy Goodman and Noam Chomsky / Democracy Now!)

The United States continues to send wildly conflicting signs on their intentions toward North Korea. Massive US "war games" in the region and Trump administration talk of military buildups around the Korean Peninsula have fueled concerns about the US attacking North Korea outright. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman speaks with world-renowned linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky and asks Chomsky about one of the most serious threats to the survival of the human species -- nuclear war.

Instead of Threats of War, Trump Should Make an Artful Deal: Halt US War Exercises in Exchange for a Halt to the North's Weapons and Missile Testing
(Bruce Cumings / The Nation & John Delury / The Washington Post)

There is no way to hit North Korea without being hit back harder. There is no military means to "preempt" its capabilities. The prudent move would be to open direct talks with Pyongyang. Start by negotiating a freeze on the fissile-material production cycle, return of Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, and a moratorium on testing nuclear devices and long-range missiles. In return, the US should entertain Pyongyang's long-standing request for to halt its massive joint military exercises with South Korea.

Trolling for a Race War Through Alt-Right v. Alt-Left Conflict
(Matthew Sheffield / Salon.com )

Despite being almost religiously devoted to Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, the legions of online racists referred to as the "alt-right" have already decided to move on to their next big project: sparking widespread political conflict that they hope to turn into a nationwide race war. Today's far right has adopted the tactics of nonviolent civil disobedience to spread a message of hate. And radical fringe groups on the left are accommodating the alt-Right scenario by arming themselves and turning to violence.

Drought and War in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen
(Jeffrey Gettleman / The New York Times)

Another famine is about to tighten its grip on Somalia. And it's not the only crisis that aid agencies are scrambling to address. For the first time since anyone can remember, there is a very real possibility of four famines -- in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen -- breaking out at once, endangering more than 20 million lives. International aid officials say it's the biggest humanitarian disaster since World War II. And they are determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Visit to Site of MOAB Bombing: "It Was More of a Dud"

The April 13 strike by US forces in eastern Afghanistan saw the first deployment of the MOAB, the Mother of All Bombs. The 22,000 lb pound bomb, the biggest non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal, was supposed to send a "message" to other nations. Locals report that the MOAB did way less damage than you'd think. Green trees were still standing 100 meters from the center of the blast, with no sign of damage. Tunnels used by the ISIS fighters appeared all but untouched. Many victims were anti-ISIS fighters.

Should We Bomb Syria (or Anywhere)?
(Colin Beavan / Nation of Change)

Commentary: Critics of nonviolence say that option is the prerogative of the privileged. But actually it's the other way around. Can one actually admit to the "pragmatism" of force in one case without opening the door to the use of force at any scale in all cases? If you declare one war "just," haven't you agreed that every war -- to some degree or in some group's view -- is also in some way just?

The Pentagon Is the Leading Source of Fake News
(teleSURtv )

It seems the Pentagon needs all it can to sugarcoat the U.S. and its aggressive foreign policy. The Department of Defense spent an average of more than $626 million annually on propaganda -- more than all other federal government agencies combined. According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, from 2006-2015, the Pentagon was allocated 66 percent of the $1 billion annual federal spending on public relations. Pentagon employees account for 40 percent of the federal PR workforce.

US Airstrike Kills Family of Eight Fleeing Syria Fighting
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Philip Issa / Associated Press<)

US officials have made much of Kurdish YPG forces attacking the town of Tabqa, which is at least somewhat under ISIS control. Locals are trying to flee the fighting, however, and that seems to be where the US is most involved, attacking and killing a family of eight outside of Tabqa as they tried to get away. The family, including five children aged 15 or under, were in a vehicle fleeing the town, and that the US attacked and destroyed the vehicle, killing all within. The Pentagon has yet to comment on the killings.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Targets Protected Wilderness Areas -- A "Monumental Disaster"
(Center for Biological Diversity & VoteVets & Greenpeace USA)

Donald Trump is poised to threaten more than 1 billion acres of national monument protection in a devastating and unprecedented attack on America's public lands and oceans. No president has ever attempted to withdraw a monument named by a predecessor. Trump is expected to issue an executive order calling for a review of every national monument that's been protected by presidential proclamation since 1996. His goal is to turn these natural wonders over to special interests -- including mining and logging industries.

ACTiON ALERT: Tell Trump to Stop Threatening North Korea
(Roots Action & The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation)

Donald Trump claims he has no choice but to threaten North Korea with war -- a war that could prove disastrous for the entire world. From all appearances, Trump has no clue as to the choices available. When North Korea tests missiles it breaks no laws. The US tests missiles all the time and the US launches nuclear-capable ICBMs. North Korea has repeatedly offered to abandon its nuclear weapons program if the US and South Korea would halt military exercises and other provocations along the shared border.

Escalation Nation: US Fires Nuclear-capable ICBM Over Pacific Ocean
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Fox News)

The test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile would be cause for angry condemned by the US as a dangerous provocation tantamount to an act of war. Not today, however, because the missile in question was test-fired by the US itself. A Minuteman III nuclear-capable ICBM was launched from the US at a target 4,000 miles away in the South Pacific. This provocation appears designed to underscore Washington’s ability to wipe out much of the planet, amid growing concerns about aggressive US warfare.

How US Media Is Preparing Country for Attack on North Korea
(Matt Novak / Gismodo.com)

President Donald Trump continues to beat the drums of war, and the media are going along with him. Trump doesn't have any particular incentive to bomb North Korea or advocate for regime change in the country. It's not even clear that Trump knows the leader of North Korea's name. ut Trump is above all a man who likes to be liked. And so far, the actions that have won him the most praise have been when he dropped a bunch of bombs on Syria.

North Korea Conducts Artillery Drills As US Submarine Arrives
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Julian Borger / The Guardian)

In response to US provocations ranging from economic sanctions to massive military exercises on its borders, nuclear-capable bombers flying nearby and a US naval armada steaming towards its shores, North Korean has opted to ready 300 to 400 long-range artillery pieces as a clear reminder that North Korea remains capable of destroying large swaths of the South Korean capital. And, of course, both Pongyang and Washington possess nuclear weapons.

Trump's Aggressions in Syria Will Have Long-Term Consequences
(Scott Lazarowitz / ActivistPost.com)

Donald Trump's short-sighted military actions in Syria are not based on rational thought but on emotionalism, his feeling terrible about the children and other innocent victims of the chemical attack in Syria this week. But this is purely selective emotionalism, given that he doesn't seem so concerned about all the innocent victims of his own drone bombings that he has been authorizing since he was sworn in as President.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Issues Ominous Order for Senate to Attend White House Meeting on North Korea
(Julian Borger / The Guardian)

The entire US Senate has been ordered to the White House on Wednesday to be briefed by administration officials about the brewing confrontation with North Korea. Preemptive military action, not sanctioned by the UN Security Council, would be illegal, immoral and unwise. It could lead to a prolonged war in the Korean peninsula, and could lead to the use of nuclear weapons. Contact your senators to urge diplomacy to reduce tensions. Additional provocations only increase the risk of war.

Children of War: American Weapons Have Poisoned a Generation.
(Kelley Beaucar Vlahos / The American Conservative )

In 2010, seven years after the brutal US attack on Fallujah, "congenital malformations" were observed in 15 percent of all births. Heart defects were the most common, followed by neural tube defects, which cause irreversible and often fatal deformities such as anencephaly, in which the infant is born with parts of the brain and skull missing.

Trump Hides Benefits of Renewables as CO2 Levels Reach Highest Mark in Human History
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams)

By now it shouldn't be a surprise that the Trump administration is wiping Obama-era climate initiatives off the Internet. This time, the Department of Energy has altered its websites on renewable energy, removing references on how clean energy technologies can reduce the nation's reliance on fossil fuels and help lower climate-changing emissions. At the same time, the amount of carbon in the Earth's atmosphere last week breached the 410 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history

Murder as Messaging: Under Trump, US Foreign Policy Hits Violent New Lows
(Derek Royden / Nation of Change)

In a 14-page response to the White House's assessment of the gas attack in Syria, Prof. Theodore A. Postol takes apart the government's case piece by piece. The main evidence offered involve commercial satellite images of a crater on a road north of the town that Postol was able to locate, "using Google Earth." In the process he discovered, "there is absolutely no evidence that the crater was created by a munition designed to disperse sarin after it is dropped from an aircraft."

Trump v. Kim and the Growing Threat of Nuclear War
(Lawrence Wittner / AntiWar.com & The Guardian)

In recent weeks, the world have been treated to yet another display of the kind of nuclear insanity that has broken out periodically ever since 1945 and the dawn of the nuclear era. On April 11, Donald Trump, irked by North Korea's continued nuclear weapons and missile tests, tweeted that "North Korea is looking for trouble." North Korea's Kim Jong Un responded by announcing that, in the event of a US attack, his country would respond by launching a nuclear strike at US forces massed on his country's borders.

US Airstrike Kills 8 Members of Fleeing Family in Syria; US Drone Kills 3 Civilians in Yemen
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Philip Issa / Associated Press & Mohammed Mukhashaf / Reuters)

Reports from multiple local groups in Syria say that the family of eight, including five children aged 15 or under, were in a vehicle fleeing the town, and that the US attacked and destroyed the vehicle, killing all within. The Pentagon has yet to comment on the killings. Meanwhile, three Yemeni civilians were killed when a US drone attacked four suspected al Qaeda militants traveling in a vehicle. The attack was part of the Trump administration's escalating war against an al Qaeda branch in Yemen.

Donald Trump's War on the Environment
(Carolyn Lochhead / The San Francisco Chronicle)

Analysis: Nearly 100 days into a presidency remarkably thin on legislative success, one area where the Trump administration and Republican-led Congress have notched indisputable gains is on the environment. Overshadowed by the implosion on health care and standstill on tax reform, the GOP drive to dismantle, defang and defund environmental laws, rules and science is yielding many of President Trump's most significant victories to date.

ACTION ALERT: Waterfalls in Antarctica; Trump Fiddles While World Melts
(Tim Radford / Nation of Change & Marlee Kokotovic / Nation of Change)

Scientists poring over military and satellite imagery have mapped the unimaginable: a network of rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and even a waterfall, flowing over the ice shelf of a polar continent with an annual mean temperature of -50C. In a world rapidly warming from the burning of fossil fuels -- that are adding ever more greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere -- researchers expect to observe an increase in meltwater on the south polar surface. Researchers have predicted the melt rates could double by 2050.

The Narcissist-in-Chief: Experts Debates Trump's Mental State: the Narcissist
(Alex Morris / Rolling Stone)

It's now abundantly clear that Trump's behavior on the campaign trail was not just a "persona" he used to get elected -- that he would not, in fact, turn out to be, as he put it, "the most presidential person ever, other than possibly the great Abe Lincoln, all right?" It took all of 24 hours to show us that the Trump we elected was the Trump we would get. If one hadn't been asking the question before, it was hard not to wonder: Is the president mentally ill?

Author and Conservationist Kuki Gallmann Shot in Kenya
(Tom Odula / Associated Press)

The Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday. The 73-year-old Gallmann had been with rangers from the Kenya Wildlife Service, assessing damage done to her property Saturday by arsonists who burned down buildings at one of Laikipia Nature Conservancy's tourism lodges.

On Earth Day, Stand Up to Trump's War on the Environment
(Jeff Tittel / Star-Ledger & Former Gov. James J. Florio / Star-Ledger )

This year's Earth Day is the most critical since the first one in 1970. Donald Trump is trying to roll back 47 years of protections. Before the first Earth Day, rivers caught fire, smog and air pollution clogged major cities and people wore masks. Some of our rivers were nothing better than open sewers. After 20 million people across the country came together and marched for the Earth, a law was passed to create the Environmental Protection Agency and people began to talk about the dangers of climate change.

ACTION ALERT: What an Earth Day! Now Let's Get Ready for the Climate March on April 29!
(League of Conservation Voters & The Democratic Legislative Campaign )

What an Earth Day! To change everything, we need everyone, and today was a true show of force! But now, we have less than a week to make the Peoples Climate March on 4/29 the biggest environmental protest in history. Here's what you can do to participate and help out.

The National Security State Was One Big Mistake
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)

America's federal governmental structure was converted from a limited-government republic to a national-security state after World War II. US officials said that the conversion was necessary in order to protect America from the Soviet Union, Red China, and communism. As soon as the Cold War was over and communism was defeated, US officials said, the American people could have their limited-government republic back. There never was a "Peace Dividend." Instead, we were given the unending "War on Terror."

The F-35 and the Incinerating Ski Slope
(David Swanson's Earth Day Address / World Beyond War)

Commentary: A cost estimate for F-35 program (a plane that incinerates human beings when it works and itself when it doesn't) is $1.4 trillion.I have yet to hear anyone suggest that Trump is bombing various countries because he has some sort of intelligent plan to solve some problem. The closest I've heard to that has been the Nixonian theory that it's good to make the world's governments believe you are a nuclear-armed lunatic. But exactly how that is good has not been explained to my satisfaction.

US Killing More Civilians Under Trump: 200 Killed in a Single US Attack on Mosul
(Molly Hennessy-Fiske, W.J. Hennigan / The Los Angeles Times)

The number of civilian casualties has risen in recent months as the US-lead coalition has undertaken the heaviest bombing since the war began, targeting densely populated west Mosul. On March 17, a US-led coalition was responsible for an airstrike in the west Mosul neighborhood of Aghawat Jadidah that local civil defense officials said killed more than 270 -- the highest civilian death toll from an airstrike, among the deadliest incidents in modern warfare. Most civilian deaths are never investigated by the US military.

America's Misadventures in the Middle East
(Chas Freeman / The American Conservative)

About 4 million Muslims have perished since 1990 as a direct or indirect result of US policies and interventions. Since the turn of the century, the death toll among the Muslims of the Middle East from the US "Global War on Terror" is at least 1.3 million and perhaps as many as 2 million people, the vast majority of them civilians. Terrorists, whether home-grown or imported, are "over here" because Americans are "over there" killing, wounding, and humiliating their kin, their loved ones, and others of their faith.

Pentagon Releases Video of ISIS Moving Civilians as Human Shields
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Luis Martinez / ABC News)

Continuing to try to shift the narrative on some US airstrikes that led to particularly large civilian death tolls, the Pentagon today released a video captured by a drone which they say shows ISIS was moving civilians around within the densely populated western half of Mosul to use as "human shields."

New Discoveries Show Protecting Forests Slows Climate Protection
(Mike Gaworecki / Nation of Change)

According to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, sequestering carbon dioxide is only one of the crucial climate-regulating attributes inherent to the world's forests. Trees are a crucial regulating factor in the cycle of water and heat exchange between Earth's surface and atmosphere -- and thus forests play a key role in regulating local climates and surface temperatures.

New Revelations Challenge Trump's Claims on Chemical Attack in Syria
(Gareth Porter / AntiWar.com)

The Trump administration is pushing the accusation that the Assad regime was the force that carried out the highly lethal chemical attack on April 4 but a leading analyst on military technology has concluded that the alleged device for a sarin attack could not have been delivered from the air but only from the ground, meaning that the chemical attack may not have been the result of the Syrian airstrike. A military intelligence officer has stated that the Pentagon allegedly knew in advance that the strike was coming.

Pro-Bomb Propaganda: Why Do So Many Americans Support Deadly Aerial Warfare?
(Robert Bateman / Esquire Magazine)

Some 90 years of domestic propaganda has changed the way Americans think about war. In most countries, war means armed people involved in up-close-and-personal violence, usually somewhere close to (or within) specific borders. The "military-industrial complex" has used its large public-relations budgets to promote the idea of the antiseptic use of weapons striking from the sky against distant enemies. The American public gobbles it up--just like other Madison Avenue and Hollywood products.

ACTION ALERT: Ground the Drones: Close Creech AFB April 23-29
(Codepink, Veterans For Peace, Nevada Desert Experience, et al.)

Now more than ever, we must resist US assassinations by drones! Within the very first days in the White House, Donald Trump signed off on several drone attacks in Yemen. Last weekend, more than 40 US airstrikes rained down on Yemen, many fired from drones. Trump has clearly embraced Obama's racist policies of extra-judicial killing on suspicion alone with innocent lives lost in the crossfire. Trump's Navy Seals Debacle in January killed 10 children, 6 women and others. Another reason WE MUST RESIST!

Street Turned to Rubble Shows Cost of Fight for Iraq's Mosul
(Mstyslav Chernov and Felipe Dana / Associated Press)

Two houses are all that remain standing on the street with no name in western Mosul, just blocks from the front lines of the battle to retake Iraq's second-largest city from the Islamic State group. The once-bustling neighborhood has been reduced to rubble, its sidewalks piled high with a jumble of concrete, bricks and metal.

Trump, Helpless as Commander-in-Chief, Hands Over War Powers to the Military
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

The US war in Afghanistan, by proxy and/or direct intervention, is approaching the end of its fourth decade. And now the US is running short on big bombs to use there. For the first time in combat, the US used its 21,000-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) explosive against cave and tunnel complexes in Nangarhar Province. But here's the irony: the US helped create those very caves back when the Afghans were fighting to expel the Russians. Conventional wisdom at the moment has it that the Taliban is winning.

ACTION ALERT: Save the EPA; UnTrump the Budget -- EPA Chiefs Speak Out Against Trump
(The Climate Reality Project / EcoWatch & RootsAction.org)

Four former Environmental Protection Agency administrators -- two Democrats and two Republicans -- have in common. All of them have spoken out against the current administration's environmental policies. With military and climate wars destroying lives and environments, threatening the planet and creating enormous flows of desperate refugees, Donald Trump plans to strip $54 billion from human and environmental spending so as to increase already massive spending on the military.

Russia Boasts It Can Wipe Out Entire US Navy With 'Electronic Bomb' as War Fears Grow
(Tom Michael / The Sun & The Daily News)

Russia has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming. A news report from the country -- where the media is essentially controlled by the state -- said the technology could render planes, ships and missiles useless. On April 17, 2014, two Russian bombers armed with nothing more than s small-but-powerful electronic device knocked out all power and controls on the USS Donald Cook, leaving it dead in the Black Sea.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef Nearing Extinction
(Christopher Knaus and Nick Evershed /The Guardian)

Mass coral bleaching -- a phenomenon caused by global warming-induced rises to sea surface temperatures -- has occurred on the Great Barrier Reef four times in recorded history. Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found. The findings have caused alarm among scientists, who say the proximity of the 2016 and 2017 bleaching events is unprecedented for the reef, and will give damaged coral little chance to recover.

Investigation: US Guilty of Civilian Deaths in Air Strike on Syrian Mosque
(Al Jazeera)

Investigators have determined that US forces failed to take necessary precautions before launching a lethal drone strike in northern Syria that hit a mosque full of worshipers in western Aleppo. The series of US attacks on March 16, killed at least 38 people and injured dozens of others. In July 2016, a US coalition air strike on the Syrian city of Manjib killed more than 140 civilians, mostly women and children. In February 2017, US strikes in neighboring Iraq killed as many as 200 civilians in one day.

UN Reports Mosul Operation Has Displaced Nearly Half a Million
(Agence France-Presse)

Nearly half a million people have fled their homes since Iraqi forces launched an operation to wrest Mosul back from jihadists exactly six months ago, the United Nations reports. Iraqi forces began the country's biggest military operation in years on October 17 last year and recaptured the east side of the city in January. But an assault launched the following month on the part of Mosul that lies west of the Tigris River has seen a sharp rise in displacement. "The sheer volume of civilians still fleeing Mosul city is staggering."

Trump Authorizes Chemical War on California Children

The administration's rejection of the science on chlorpyrifos, widely used in California's Central Valley, means its use will continue -- and Latino residents are worried their children's health issues will worsen along with it.

In Africa, 20 Million People Face Starvation because of War
(Max Bearak and Laris Karklis / The Washington Post<)

This year, as South Sudan slipped into famine, desperate populations in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen were each on the verge of their own famine. Starvation now threatens 20 million people -- more than at any time since World War II. As defined by the United Nations, famine occurs when a region's daily hunger-related death rate exceeds 2 per 10,000 people. The persistence of such severe hunger, even in inhospitable climates, would be almost unthinkable without war.

Doubts over Syria Gas Attack; Press Cheers While Trump Kills 'Beautiful Babies' in Four Countries
(Chris Ernesto / AntiWar.com & Jon Soltz / VoteVets)

Donald Trump sounded sincere when he lamented the deaths of "beautiful little babies" allegedly killed by a Syrian government chemical weapons attack. But what about the beautiful little babies killed by Trump's bombs in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq? Military and intelligence personnel familiar with the Syrian chemical weapons intelligence believe Trump's claims are a "sham" and are considering going public due to their concerns over escalating violence in Syria. Protest US media for cheerleading war.

Stop Trump's Dangerous, Unconstitutional Acts of War
(Hon. Barbara Lee / US House of Representatives & Solartopia & Rolling Stone)

Commentary: In the past 15 years,the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force has become a catch-all justification for military action in the Middle East and around the globe. We have seen this blank check used over and over by now three presidents. The AUMF has been used 37 times to authorize: warrantless wiretapping, detentions in Guantanamo Bay, and drone strikes in Somalia and Libya. The AUMF also was used to justify the president's order to deploy troops in Syria.

Karzai Calls Trump's Bomb a Human and Environmental "Atrocity"
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Ellen Mitchell / The Hill)

While the current Afghan government tries to defend the US use of the MOAB "Mother of All Bombs" last week against the Nangarhar Province, former President Hamid Karzai was extremely critical of the action, calling it an "immense atrocity" against fellow human beings. Karzai called the bomb "a violation" of Afghanistan's "sovereignty," and "a disrespect to our soil and environment." Trump, meanwhile, called the operation "another successful event.

Why The Donald Should Cool It On North Korea
(David Stockman / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: The realized truth of modern history is crystal clear. Washington had no business intervening in a quarrel between two no-count wanna be dictators (Syngman Rhee and Kim il Sung) on the Korean peninsula in 1950, and surely has no business still stationing 29,000 US soldiers there 67 years latter. Yet the world is now much closer to the brink of nuclear war than at any time since the dark days of the early Cold War as Donald Trump succumbs to the Deep State's false narrative about the US and North Korea.

Trump Declares a War on Science
(Jonathan Foley / San Francisco Chronicle)

Commentary: The acceleration of the War on Science began with bizarre claims by the White House -- clearly contradicting empirical facts -- regarding the size of crowds, electoral victories, and voter fraud. Then Kellyanne Conway, a Trump adviser, suggested "alternative facts," rather than actual truth, were in play. I don't know what "alternative facts" are, but my parents called them falsehoods and lies. A disturbing pattern has emerged in Washington: Facts and the pursuit of facts don't matter.

The Trump Doctrine
(Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog)

Commentary: What's the "Trump Doctrine" of foreign policy? At first glance, foreign policy under Trump seems inconsistent, arbitrary, and devoid of principle. A few weeks ago, Trump communications director Mike Dubke told Trump's assembled aides that international affairs presented a messaging challenge because the Trump administration lacks a coherent foreign policy. "There is no Trump doctrine," Dubke declared. Of course there's a Trump Doctrine. You just have to know where to look for it.

Has Donald Trump Ceded Foreign Policy to a Cabal of Generals?
(Juan Cole / Informed Comment & Bryan Bender / Politico)

In his less than three months in office, Donald Trump has escalated four wars, and all of his escalations have been failures. To be fair, Trump inherited all four wars from Barack Obama. Trump recently cited the use of a massive bomb in Afghanistan as an example of the "total authorization" he has given his military commanders. But this only deepens fears that Trump is allowing the military to dictate US military action abroad.

Commander-in-Absentia?: Pentagon Dropped Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb without President's Authorization
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Charles P. Pierce / Esquire Magazine)

Commentary: The "Mother of All Bombs" was dropped without White House approval. It's becoming clear that Trump has farmed out his responsibilities as commander-in-chief -- and most of his foreign policy -- to the generals and ex-generals with whom he has surrounded himself. Around the world, several crisis points are hanging by a thread. At the same time, civilian control of the military also is hanging by a thread, because nobody's sure whether the commander-in-chief can keep himself together.

There Is No Military Solution To The North Korea Conundrum
(Justin Raimondo / Antiwar.com)

With North Korea launching ballistic missile tests with disturbing regularity, and US officials openly talking about the possibility of a preemptive strike against the Hermit Kingdom's nuclear facilities, the question of war on the Korean peninsula is now "on the table," as the national security wonks like to say. It should be taken off the table, pronto.

Trump, Russia, and NATO: Why Tiny Montenegro's Not Tiny Now
(Ted Snider / AntiWar.com)

Donald Trump has just approved Montenegro's accession into NATO. Montenegro is a tiny nation, and its inclusion doesn't significantly change the abilities of NATO, but it's inclusion is huge, and its meaning is significant and clear to Russia.

Australia Beckons a War with China
(John Pilger / JohnPilger.com & the Sydney Morning-Herald)

Australia is sleep-walking into a confrontation with China. Wars can happen suddenly in an atmosphere of mistrust and provocation, especially if a minor power, like Australia, abandons its independence for an "alliance" with an unstable superpower. As Australian political, military and intelligence establishments are integrated into the war plans of a growing American obsession -- the shift of trading, banking and development power to the east -- Australia is making an enemy it never bargained for.

Iraq's Al-Sadr Says: Everyone Out of Syria!
(Juan Cole / Informed Comment)

Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Saturday issued a broadside demanding that Russia and the United States withdraw from Syria and that strongman Bashar al-Assad resign as president. Al-Sadr's stand against al-Assad is unusual among Shiite movements. Al-Sadr, who has long been considered quirky by other Iraqi leaders, began by calling on US President Donald J. Trump to stop going to excess in taking frivolous and thoughtless positions and decisions.

Trump Declares a War on Science
(Jonathan Foley / San Francisco Chronicle)

Commentary: The acceleration of the War on Science began with bizarre claims by the White House -- clearly contradicting empirical facts -- regarding the size of crowds, electoral victories, and voter fraud. Then Kellyanne Conway, a Trump adviser, suggested "alternative facts," rather than actual truth, were in play. I don't know what "alternative facts" are, but my parents called them falsehoods and lies. A disturbing pattern has emerged in Washington: Facts and the pursuit of facts don't matter.

The World Is Getting a Taste of the Trump Doctrine
(Robert Dreyfuss / The Rolling Stone & The Center for Civilians in Conflict)

Trump's promise to "bomb the sh-t out of ISIS" is starting to become reality -- with little regard for innocents caught in the blasts. There has been a sudden jump in "collateral damage" from US airstrikes -- in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Afghanistan. Since taking office, it appears that Trump's fallen under the spell of Secretary of Defense Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis and General H.R. McMaster, giving them unprecedented power to utilize US armed might with little or no White House oversight.

As Trump Strikes Syria, We Should Revisit the History Lessons of US Intervention in Central America
(Daniel Alvarenga / Remezcla)

Dismissing the perils of Trump's election by suggesting that "We survived Reagan" overlooks the fact that hundreds of thousands of people didn't survive Reagan's interventions and proxy wars. If we want more people to survive this new administration, we need to study the ramifications and unintended consequences that our military interventions of the US's involvement in Central America that are still relevant in our current political context -- invasions, coups, drones, the arms trade and death squads.

Stand Up for Tulsi Gabbard: Attacked by Democrats for Opposing War
(Robert L. Borosage / The Nation)

Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard has come under attack from some fellow Democrats for expressing skepticism about the Syrian government's responsibility for the chemical attack that provoked the US military strikes. Gabbard had good reason to ask for proof. No time was allowed for an independent investigation into the source of the chemical-weapons attack. No presentation was made to the United Nations or the Congress asking for permission to use force.

Fracking Comes to the Alaskan Arctic
(Scott L. Montgomery / EcoWatch & The Conversation)

Arctic lands and waters hold irresistible allure for global oil companies. Despite opposition from environmental groups and President Obama's 2016 ban on drilling in federal Arctic waters, exploration in Alaska has revealed massive new volumes of oil. This comes at a time of low oil prices, when many observers felt the Arctic would remain off limits.

How Trump's WMD Bomb Would Impact New York City
(Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider & CNN & Daniel Brown / Business Insider)

The US has deployed the largest nonnuclear bomb in its inventory on an ISIS target in a remote part of far northeast Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast -- whose acronym has inspired the nickname "Mother of All Bombs" or "MOAB" -- weighs over 21,000 pounds. It had not been used in combat until now. The Pentagon said the strike "was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and US forces conducting clearing operations in the area."

Survivors Describe US Terror Attack on Mosul's Civilians: Russia Condemns US
(Jane Arraf / National Public Radio & Matt Rehbein and Julia Jones / CNN)

The Pentagon claims it did not know that thousands of civilians were taking shelter in their homes and apartments in Mosul the day US planes unleashed a deadly rain of bombs and rockets. It is believed that nearly 300 Iraqi civilians were killed in the March 17 attack -- many of them were children. Some of the survivors describe the terror of the horrific attack and the human consequences. Meanwhile, Russia has called the Pentagon's excuses for the civilian casualties in Mosul "absurd."

Escalation Nation: Trump Orders Military Advisers to Prepare Plans to Hit North Korea
(Chris Hughes / MSN.com & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

Donald Trump has ordered his military advisers to be ready with a list of options to smash North Korea's nuclear threat. One of the advisers, Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, confirmed his Commander-in-Chief has made the order as a US carrier strike group heads for the region. It is believed that among the options are combined special forces raids and pre-emptive missile strikes.

Bombing the Seas with Plastic: Ocean Pollution Is the Last Straw
(Laura Parker / National Geographic)

Of the eight million tons of plastic trash that flow every year into the world's oceans, the plastic drinking straw is surely not a top contributor to all that tonnage. Yet this small, slender tube, utterly unnecessary for most beverage consumption, is at the center of a growing environmental campaign aimed at convincing people to stop using straws to help save the oceans.

US Attack on Syria an "International Crime" but Trump Suggests More Attacks to Come
(Deutsche Welle & Jeff Mason / Reuters)

The US has called its attack on an airbase in Syria "a strong signal" for the Assad regime. Legal experts, however, criticized the action. In a recent interview, international law expert Stefan Talmon explains why. Undeterred by critics or international law, Donald Trump insists he is open to authorizing additional strikes on Syria if its government uses chemical weapons or barrel bombs.

Why Russia Vetoed UN Resolution on Syria 'Gas Attack'
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & The Associated Press)

US and Western efforts to push through a new UN Security Council resolution condemning the Assad government over last week's alleged chemical weapons attack were, unsurprisingly, vetoed by the Russian government, who insist any such resolution must hold off until an international investigation is conducted. Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov insisted that issuing a statement condemning someone as guilty before the investigation is "incompatible with legal norms."

Trump Profits from Attack on Syria: He Owns Shares in Company that Built the 59 Tomahawk Missiles
(Tom Boggioni / Raw Story & Bill Palmer / The Palmer Report & Hunter Walker and Myles Udland / Business Insider)

While the world is dealing with both the implications and the fall-out from President Donald Trump's missile attack on a Syrian airfield on Thursday, the manufacturer of the Tomahawk missile used in the attack is seeing their stock surge which is good news for their investors -- including the Donald Trump. While the attack did little damage, investors -- sensing an increasing escalation in tensions and the possibility of a widening war -- pushed Raytheon stock up and, thereby, increasing Trump's wealth.

It's Not Just Syria. Trump Is Ratcheting Up Wars across the World
(Trevor Timm / The Guardian & Jason Le Miere / Newsweek)

Donald Trump's missile strikes on Syria have attracted worldwide attention (and disgraceful plaudits) in recent days. But much less airtime is being given to his administration's risky and increasingly barbaric military escalations on several other fronts across the world. In March, Trump ordered a drone strike every 1.8 days, compared to every 5.4 days under Obama. US-led coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria may have already killed 1,484 civilians in just Iraq and Syria this month alone.

Trump v. Kim: Two Unhinged World Leaders Exchange Threats
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

With US warships heading to the Korean Peninsula, Russia has proclaimed it is "extremely worried" that the United States might follow through on recent talk of imposing a unilateral military solution on the Korean Peninsula. In a flurry of Twitter statements this morning, President Trump once again appeared to be threatening unilateral US action, accusing North Korea of "looking for trouble." As the US Armada approaches, North Korea has threatened nuclear retaliation in the event of a US attack.

Trump's Unwinnable War in Syria
(John Kiriakou / Reader Supported News)

Donald Trump, just like Barack Obama before him, seems intent on getting the US involved in an unwinnable civil war in Syria. Launching cruise missiles against rundown Syrian air bases in the middle of the night is easy enough. But there are consequences: Trump has put Syria's Christians in jeopardy. And, as usual, there never seems to be any discussion about whether military intervention is legal, let alone moral or ethical. There is certainly no talk about asking Congress for authorization.

The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria
(Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

All wars -- even the most malicious and aggressive -- are wrapped in humanitarian packaging. If humanitarianism really were the motive, there are many things the US could do besides bombing Syria and killing civilians, such as giving refuge and humanitarian aid. But the idea that a war can be justified by appealing to the vague imperative that we must "do something" is incredibly irrational and immoral.

Resistance: New York Says 'No' to US-Canadian Fracked-Gas Pipeline
(Kimberly Ong / Natural Resources Defense Council)

New York State has blocked the Northern Access Project on April 7, a pipeline that would have carried fracked gas from Pennsylvania to Canada via New York. This is a huge victory not just for New Yorkers but for the entire planet. After a careful and exhaustive study, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation exercised its right under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act to deny certification to the proposed 24-inch diameter, 99-mile pipeline.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress You're Opposed to Trump's War Crimes
(Marjorie Cohn / Truthout & Roots Action)

Just two and a half months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already distinguished himself as a war criminal. His administration is killing unusually large numbers of civilians, in violation of US and international law. It's urgent that your senators and representative in Congress hear directly from you about the US missile attack on Syria. The missile attack puts the United States and Russia -- the world's two nuclear superpowers -- on a collision course while threatening to make the Syrian conflict even more deadly.

General Proclaims: Trump Is An International Outlaw http
(Colonel W. Patrick Lang / Information Clearing House)

Donald Trump's decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie. In the coming days the American people will learn that the Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib. Here is what happened.

Trump's Illegal Act of War Against Syria
(Ronnie Dugger / Reader Supported News)

Commentary: "Thursday, in our names, President Trump committed an act of war firing 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria without authority from Congress and therefore without authority from us, the American people. Under the Constitution, only Congress can declare war. Trump did not ask Congress for war or for authority to use our military forces against Syria."

Mr. Trump Goes to War
(Stephen Eric Bronner / Reader Supported News)

Commentary: "America first!" was the slogan that helped elect Donald Trump president of the United States in 2016. He was insistent that engagement in conflicts abroad should occur only when the American "national interest" was explicitly being served. After waffling on the invasion of Iraq, Trump spent the Obama years warning against heightened involvement in the Middle East and, as late as March 30, 2017, Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley could state that deposing Assad was "no longer a priority."

Washington Leaks "Decapitation" Option: "Kill Kim Jong-Un"
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & Ryan Pickrell / The Daily Caller)

Washington wants the world to know it is considering military action against North Korea. But Washignton's "wide array of options" appears to be dangerously narrow. Instead of considering diplomatic options (which could involve accepting China's "double-halt" proposal (the North would halt its missile and nuclear tests in exchange for an end to South Korea/US military exercises), the only three options placed on the President's table were: Nuclear Weapons, "Decapitation": Target and Kill, and Covert Action.

ACTION ALERT: Protest Trump's Illegal, Reckless Escalations
(Sen. Bernie Sanders / US Sentate & Rep. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives & The Campaign for Peace and Democracy)

As the most powerful nation on earth, the United States must work with the international community to bring peace and stability to Syria, where over 400,000 people have been killed and over 6 million displaced. The horror of Syria’s civil war is almost unimaginable. If there's anything we should've learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it's that it's easier to get into a war than get out of one.

ACTION ALERT: End Washington's Perpetual Wars; Stop Trump's Anti-Immigrant Agenda
(Nation of Change & Amnesty International)

For the last 15 years the US has been engaged in perpetual war. Washington tells us to be afraid of terrorist groups but America has played the largest role in the growth of terrorist groups with our constant aggressive military policies. It is time to end this state of perpetual war and bring our troops home. This week, Donald Trump launched missile strikes on Syria, saying he was "concerned" for the lives of Syrians. If Trump really wants to help the victims of war, he needs to stop turning his back on refugees.

The Debacle of Mosul and Beyond
(Robert Logan / AntiWar.com & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

What can we learn from the battle of Mosul, now projected at over seven months? That the USA (other than endless war) has no idea what it is doing, what it is up against, and what victory would even look like against ISIS. ISIS took the Mosul region in six days with a force of 1500 lightly armed men. The region was defended by 30,000 Iraqi troops and another 30,000 police, not to mention the 2 million inhabitants themselves, many of them armed. That alone should have given analysts a clue.

Trump's US Missile Attack on Syria Killed Nine Civilians, Including Four Children
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Reuters & Jerusalem Post)

On April 6, the United States launched some 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase in the Homs Province, doing considerable damage and leading Syrian officials, and their allies, to condemn the action as aggression against a sovereign country. The missiles badly damaged several homes in the villages surrounding the airbase, and that at least nine civilians had been killed in the course of the US attacks -- including four children.

US Airstrikes Kill 21 Civilians in Syria -- Including Children
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & The Associated Press)

While US "outrage" at civilian casualties from Syrian airstrikes is being used as a pretext for military intervention against the Syrian government, US forces own airstrikes near Raqqa, in northeastern Syria, are killing an increasing number of civilians. Activist groups report that a US-led coalition airstrike hit a boat carrying civilians fleeing across the Euphrates River, killing a woman and her six children. Another US airstrike on an Internet cafe in the village of Hanida killed 14 people inside, including four children.

Lawmakers Say Proof Lacking Before Trump Bombed Syria
(Steven Nelson / US News and World Report)

Donald Trump ordered the bombing of a Syrian military base less than three days after civilians died nearby from apparent exposure to chemical gas. But some congressional lawmakers have expressed concern about the factual basis for the attack. Syrian officials said the poison gas actually was disseminated after military planes dropped conventional bombs on the arms depot of a group formerly considered al-Qaida's affiliate in the country. US claims about a 2013 gas attack in Syria turned out to be false.

Research Concludes US Probably Blamed Wrong Side for 2013 Syria Chemical Attack
(Steven Nelson / US News and World Report)

A new website, called Rootclaim uses math to replace human biases in news analysis. It's a pioneering effort likely to attract controversy and close scrutiny amid sustained focus from mainstream media outlets on "fake news" and biased or shoddy reporting. In 2013, the US claimed Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was responsible for a deadly 2013 chemical attack targeting civilians but a UN investigation failed to reach this conclusion.

Unanswered Questions about the Syrian Gas Attack
(Thomas Knapp / AntiWar.com & Elijah J. Magnier / Wordpress.com)

Commentary: Two key questions remain unanswered, and a third mostly unasked, about a deadly daybreak attack on the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun. The two most obvious questions are who did this, and why? But who and why are the wrong questions. The third question -- the right question -- is: Why is the US involved in this war? The Assad regime has not attacked the US, nor has Congress declared war on Syria. There's simply no rationale for a US military presence in Syria.

US Bombings May Have Derailed Any Investigation into Who Was Behind the Syrian Gas Attack
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & The Times of Israel & Sebastian Murdock / The Huffington Post)

Two days after alleged chemical bombing that killed scores of Syrian, including 27 children, Western diplomats demanded full investigation. The United Nations Security Council went to work on a compromise resolution to begin an investigation of the suspected gas attack. An impartial investigation looks increasingly unlikely, however, because the US has attacked Syria while British and French officials were talking up war before any investigation could take place.

This Is How the Next World War Starts
(David Wood / The Huffington Post)

World War III could start with one miscalculation, by one startled pilot, at 400 miles an hour. And now that Russia is determined to destabilize the West, this scenario is keeping the military establishment up at night.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Unilaterally Attacks Syria in America's Latest Illegal War
(MoveOn.org & Hon. Barbara Lee / US Congress & CREDO Action & VoteVets & The New York Times)

Donald Trump's decision to launch dozens of Tomahawk missiles in a military assault on Syria is an illegal and unauthorized escalation that could have devastating consequences, killing innocent Syrians and potentially costing the lives of US service members. Dmitri S. Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia "deals a significant blow to relations between Russia and America" and poses" a serious obstacle for building of an international coalition to fight" global terrorism.

Don't Jump to Conclusions about the Gas Attack in Syria
(Vijay Prashad / AlterNet)

The US, Britain and France placed a resolution before the Security Council condemning the Syrian gas attack and asking for an investigation. There is no call for armed action because the Council was divided on who perpetuated the act. Meanwhile, the Americans recently admitted to a major atrocity in Mosul, where 200 civilians were killed. That attack did not seize the Security Council or bring forth fulminations from the Western press. Hypocrisy is central to the morals at the UN Security Council.

2013 Story, "Assad Gassed HIs Own People," Was Fake News: Anti-Assad Forces Were Found Responsible
(Robert Parry / Consortium News)

Commentary: Even as The New York Times leads the charge against the Syrian government for this week's alleged chemical attack, it is quietly retreating on its earlier certainty about the 2013 Syria-sarin case. The story of Obama's supposed "red line" retreat in 2013 has become a treasured groupthink of all the "important people" in D.C. But it is nothing more than "fake news" used to bolster calls for flexing military muscles.

ACTION ALERT: Protest Trump's Illegal, Unilateral Attack on Syria
(MoveOn.org & The New York Times)

Without waiting for an investigation to clearly determine the parties responsible for the horrific use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians, Donald Trump has ordered the launch of dozens of Tomahawk missiles to strike Syria. This act was an illegal and unauthorized escalation -- attacking a foreign country that has not attacked, or even threatened, the US. This act of aggression could have devastating consequences, killing innocent Syrians and risking the escalation of violence across the region. Things could spiral quickly

Trump's "America First" Backers Appalled by Syria Attack
(Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post)

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter -- who last month described President Donald Trump as "emperor god" during an appearance on Fox News -- expressed alarm on Friday about the president's decision to respond to a chemical attack in Syria by launching a missile strike against the country.

Trump Condemns Syria Chemical Attack: McCain Blames Trump
(BBC World News & Barbara Plett Usher / BBC World News)

Donald Trump has condemned the killing of dozens of civilians in northern Syria in an apparent chemical weapons attack by Syria's air force, calling it an "affront to humanity." Meanwhile, hawkish Republican Senator John McCain argues that the Trump administration's "hands-off" approach to Bashar al-Assad emboldened the Syrian President to carry out atrocities like the chemical attack for which he's being blamed.

How Trump Killed 9 Babies and Children in Yemen
(Al Jazeera & Mohammed Ghobari / Reuters)

Residents of Yakla, an impoverished Yemeni town that was targeted last month in the first US military raid in the country authorized by President Donald Trump, have said more than a dozen civilians were killed in the botched operation -- including women and nine children under the age of 12. One of those killed was Nora al-Awlaki, an eight-year-old American girl. Two weeks later, US-backed Saudi planes attacked a funeral near Yemen's capital, killing nine women and one child and injuring dozens.

What Life Is Like for ISIS's 400,000 'Human Shields' in West Mosul
(Patrick Cockburn / The Independent & The Unz Review<)

Isolated in their houses and short of food and water, people besieged in the ISIS-held Old City of Mosul say it is like being held in an underground prison with little idea of the ebb and flow of the battle being fought around them. Nobody knows how long the battle for Mosul will go on for now, with many Iraqi soldiers saying that it will be at least a month and possibly much longer. With each passing week, more and more of west Mosul is being destroyed

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