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America's Phony Wars: Winning's Not the Goal, It's All for the Money
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & William Astore / TomDispatch)

Wherever the US military has gone into battle in these years, yet more terror groups have subsequently sprouted like so many malignant weeds. Bureaucracy and mediocrity go unchallenged; massive boosts in military spending reward incompetency and the creation of a series of quagmire-like "generational" wars. In the last 17 years of "forever war," this nation hasn't for one second been mobilized. What sort of war requires no sacrifice? Answer: A phony war conducted to funnel profits into the hands of a few.

The Pentagon Continues Its Unwelcomed Occupation of Okinawa
(Jon Letman / Truthout)

What the US frames as protection is, in fact, only another form of occupation by a foreign military (the US) that invaded Okinawa decades ago. Okinawans have never given their permission to have bases here, nor have they been asked. More than 72 years after World War II ended, Okinawa remains a "dual colony of the US and Japan." The US says its offering Okinawa "protection." From what? one local jokes: "It would be terrible to be occupied by a foreign power; they might confiscate your lands and build bases on them!"

Government Places Army Surplus Pistols on Sale to Arm the Public
(Pat Elder / World Beyond War)

When Congress approved the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in mid-November, it authorized the sale of surplus Army pistols to the public. 8,000 .45 caliber M1911 pistols will be available for sale in 2018 and 10,000 in 2019. After that, the remaining stock of 100,000 military surplus handguns may become available for purchase.

USA: A Brainwashed Nation
(Barton Kunstler / Counter Punch)

We are a brainwashed nation and the political energy of "resisters" is expended in outrage, fending off the latest assault on immigrants, the poor, or civil liberties. For the first time in history, our government is controlled by a cabal whose program is to monopolize wealth; impose theocratic values; intimidate the population; militarize the police; privatize the military; destroy civil liberties; and plunder national resources while slashing medical, educational, environmental, and worker safety laws.

USA: A Brainwashed Nation
(Barton Kunstler / Counter Punch)

We are a brainwashed nation and the political energy of "resisters" is expended in outrage, fending off the latest assault on immigrants, the poor, or civil liberties. For the first time in history, our government is controlled by a cabal whose program is to monopolize wealth; impose theocratic values; intimidate the population; militarize the police; privatize the military; destroy civil liberties; and plunder national resources while slashing medical, educational, environmental, and worker safety laws.

Mikhail Gorbachev on the Growing Risk of Nuclear War
(Mikhail Gorbachev / TIME Magazine)

In 1985, negotiations between the USSR and the United States opened the way to ending the nuclear arms race. We reached agreement with one of the most hawkish US presidents, Ronald Reagan, to radically reduce the arsenals. Today, those achievements are in jeopardy. More and more, defense planning looks like preparation for real war amid continued militarization of politics, thinking and rhetoric.

GOP and Military Join Forces to Block Vote to Ban Yemen War
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Zaid Jilani / The Intercept)

Expectations are that the Senate War Powers vote on the Yemen War, SJ Res 54, will come up for debate and a vote next week. That may not happen if the Republican leadership gets its way, however, as many are opposed to the bill, and are trying to stall a vote.

World War III Is Approaching: We Need a New Anti-war Movement -- One that Includes Soldiers
(Paul Craig Roberts / The Institute for Political Economy & Prof. Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research)

Commentary: When will the Russians notice that literally everyone in the Trump regime is issuing threats to Russia -- Mattis, Tillerson, Nikki Haley, the UK PM and Foreign Secretary. Yet the Russians still speak about how much they want to get along with their "partners" the West. We are at a dangerous crossroads. The threat of World War III is real, yet there is no anti-war movement in sight. In the US, Canada and the EU, the peace movement is defunct, ignorant of the broader implications of nuclear war.

Help Refugees, Halt Wars: The Sanctuary Movement Needs an Anti-war Voice
(Azadeh Shahshahani and Maha Hilal / Foreign Policy In Focus and In These Times)

The concept of sanctuary, providing refuge and protection to people who are marginalized and oppressed, has a long history in the United States -- even when the United States itself is responsible for that repression. These days, the concept is most often associated with so-called "sanctuary cities" -- state and local jurisdictions that say they refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to deport undocumented residents. These cities have been relentlessly targeted by the Trump administration.

ACTION March Against Gun Violence; Fight Bullets with Billboards
(Emma Gonzalez / March for Our Lives & MoveOn.org Civic Action)

Commentary: We survived the shooting at our school, but too many of our classmates did not. And since then, Members of Congress have done NOTHING to ensure that gun violence like this never happens again. That's why we're marching to demand that the lives of every student and every American become a priority, and we want you there by our side.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to End the US-Backed War in Yemen
(Mokhtar Alkhanshali / MoveOn.org & Mokha Foundation )

For three years, the US has been providing military support to a Saudi-led war in Yemen that has has only escalated and led to one of the worst humanitarian situations in the world. Over 42,000 people have been harmed, and over 18 million people in Yemen require humanitarian aid. But there is hope. Senators Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy are calling on Congress to exert its constitutional authority and end this inhumane destruction of millions of lives for geopolitical games. A vote is imminent.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Recruiting Children to Join the Army
(Pat Elder / National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy & Nafeesa Syeed and Chloe Whiteaker / Bloomberg)

To meet Donald Trump's goal for a bigger military, Army recruiters are seeking 80,000 more men and women to join the Pentagon's ranks as deployments continue from Iraq to Afghanistan. 11,500 more soldiers are this year than in 2017. Recruiters are boosting efforts to win over "influencers" -- such as high school principals and teachers -- who can encourage youngsters to enlist. The effort includes "educator tours" to bases, where they can climb into helicopters and talk with pilots to learn of opportunities.

ACTION ALERT: Pressure Builds for Clean-up of Military Pollution of Lake Wisconsin
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger)

On behalf of concerned residents, US Senator Tammy Baldwin has requested and recently received an update on the Army's pending cleanup of mercury-contaminated sediments at Gruber's Grove Bay on Lake Wisconsin. The contamination was caused by the direct discharge of industrial wastewater from the Badger Army Ammunition Plant during active production years.

ACTION ALERT: Trump Fires Tillerson, Appoints Warhawk and Torture Chief to Head State Dept and CIA
(Nancy Pelosi / US House of Representatives & Common Defense & The Washington Post & Matthew Rosenberg / The New York Times)

There is something strange going on. Trump fires Tillerson for criticizing Russia at the same time House Republicans announce there was "no collusion" between Trump and Moscow. If we don't act quickly, our nation's new top diplomat will be Mike Pompeo, a war-hungry, torture-loving, diplomacy-hating demagogue. Meanwhile, Gina Haspel, the new CIA chief-designate has an arrest warrant out for her issued by a European human rights organization for her role overseeing CIA waterboarding.

Trump's Spur of the Moment 'Yes' Unmasked 68 Years of Washington Duplicity
(David Stockman / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: They say that even a blind squirrel occasionally finds an acorn, and The Donald just proved that in spades with his spur-of-the-moment acceptance of Kim Jong Un's proposal for a summit meeting. But the fact is, the Korean "problem" was born, bred and perpetuated in Washington -- and it could be "unmade" with alacrity in the same corridors of Imperial power. The case against North Korea is rooted in a 68-year-old, Washington-propagated tissue of errors, lies, pretense and duplicity.

ACTION ALERT: Stand By Imprisoned Whistleblower Reality Winter
(RootsAction & Billie Winner-Davis / Courage to Resist & Kevin Gosztola / Shadowproof Press)

Reality Leigh Winner, an USAF vet, a whistleblower, and a former employee of an NSA contractor, has been in jail for nine months without trial. The government's treatment of Ms. Winner has been shameful, vindictive and indefensible. Winner was arrested and charged under the Espionage Act for allegedly releasing a top-secret document to a US media outlet. The document exposed Russian online intrusions prior to the 2016 presidential election. Held without bail, Winner now spends 12 hours a day in shackles.

Whistleblower's Mother Calls for US to Respect Her Imprisoned Daughter's Legal and Human Rights
(Amy Goodman & Billie Winter-Davis / Democracy Now! & The Huffington Post)

Reality Leigh Winner is a former National Security Agency contractor who has pleaded not guilty to charges she leaked a top-secret document to The Intercept about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Jailed without bail and without charges, Winter spends 12 hours a day in shackles as she faces up to 10 years in prison on charges she violated the Espionage Act.

ACTION ALERT: Put an End to the Unconstitutional US War in Yemen
(Win Without War & Project on Government Oversight)

After three years of our tax dollars helping Saudi Arabia bomb and starve Yemen, we have three more days to maximize our pressure and cut off US support for this brutal, unconstitutional war. But the Trump administration isn't about to cave in without a fight. They're spewing false information and excuses to justify the continued starvation of 8 million people. So we can't let a single stone go unturned to knock out these hypocritical counterarguments and get our senators on board before Thursday.

Pentagon Targets Congress over Brazen Peace Move
(Bruce Fein / The American Conservative)

Commentary: Now that key senators have introduced measures that would end US-aided hostilities in Yemen, we can expect that a coordinated backlash from the military establishment. The multi-trillion-dollar military-industrial-counterterrorism complex has a habit of scuttling any laws that would curtail US in military involvement overseas. This typically involves leaking classified falsehoods. A vote on S.J. Res. 54, to terminate use of the USAF to support Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, is expected this week.

"Gang of Four" Senators Calls for US-Russia Arms Control Talks
(Gilbert Doctorow and Ray McGovern / Consortium News & AntiWar.com)

In a sad commentary on the parlous state of the US media, a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from four US Senators dated March 8 calling for opening arms control talks with the Kremlin ASAP is nowhere to be found in mainstream newspapers a day after its release on the Senate home page of one of the authors, Jeff Merkley (D-OR). And so, it is left to alternative media to bring to the attention of its readership a major development in domestic politics first reported by Russian news outlets!

Will Trump Say "No Thanks" to a Parade with No Tanks?
(Common Defense & Danielle McLean / ThinkProgress & Ryan Browne / CNN & Alana Abramson / TIME Magazine)

Donald Trump is a step closer to getting his fervently wished for military parade, which is expected to cost taxpayers between $10 and $30 million. But it's likely to be missing some of the oversized hardware that thrilled him at a military procession in Paris. Less than a month after Trump unveiled a fiscal 2019 budget that included $3 trillion in social spending cuts, defense officials late released plans for a massive and costly parade of military might to take place on November 11, Armistice Day, a global day of peace.

The Lobbying War for War in Yemen: Cashing in by Turning Kids into Corpses
(Ben Freeman / AntiWar.com & Reuters )

Since the war in Yemen began -- and despite the UN confirming that more than 10,000 civilian lives have been lost in the conflict -- the Saudi government and their lobbyists in D.C. have been working hard to keep Yemen off policymakers' radars and keeping US weapons flowing into Saudi Arabia in record numbers. In 2017, Saudi Arabia spent more than $16 million on lobbying. On May 20, 2017, Trump approved a $110 billion arms sale to Riyadh. Five days later a Saudi coalition strike killed 24 civilians at a Yemen market.

Take-A-Knee Against Racism and Militarism
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World Beyond War)

On March 1, 2018, David Swanson participated in a robust round of discussions on the topics of racism, war, freedom of speech, and patriotism at Saint Mary's Hall, a private high school in San Antonio "Military City USA" Texas. Five speakers were invited to address issues related to the "take-a-knee" protests. The embedded videos including the opening remarks, the presentations, and a question-and-answer period with students.

Mainstream Media Finally Reports on the Militarization of America's Schools
(Pat Elder / National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy & The Economist)

There have been three remarkable breakthroughs in the last month regarding the media's willingness to report and comment on the alarming process of the militarization of America's high schools. For more than a generation, the corporate media has imposed an apparent moratorium on in-depth reporting on deceptive, school-based DOD recruiting programs.

France and India Announce a Solar Alliance as Trump "Betrays Humankind"
(Deutsche Welle & Sonya Angelica Diehn / Deutsche Welle)

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged hundreds of millions for solar projects in developing countries at the International Solar Alliance summit in New Delhi. The ISA has set a target of producing 1 trillion watts of solar power by 2030. Macron, has pledged an extra $861.5 million for solar energy projects in developing nations. Macron also took a jibe at Trump for leaving the Paris Agreement. So far 61 countries have signed the treaty and 32 have ratified it.

NRA Pays Students to Learn to Shoot Guns at School
(Agnel Philip / The Arizona Republic)

The NRA Foundation provided more than $200,000 in grants to 15 Arizona high school clubs between 2010 and 2016, giving equipment and money often used for competitive shooting teams.The gun-rights group has come under intense scrutiny and criticism in the wake of the February shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school, in which an NRA-financed, JROTC-trained gunman killed 17 students. Many of the NRAs corporate partners have since severed ties to the NRA's gun-lobby leadership.

When We Make Guns the King: A Warning about Arming Teachers
(Leah D. Schade / EcoPreacher)

Commentary: Will the NRA-backed plan to arm school teachers truly protect students? Or will it be like pouring gasoline on an already out-of-control fire? The answer seemed to come almost immediately when -- the very next day -- a teacher in a Georgia high school barricaded himself in a classroom and fired his gun, sending terrified students into lock-down. The decision indicates a a troubling ideological acceptance of "the myth of redemptive violence" -- devotion to violence for the sake of curbing violence.

A US Army Vet's "Modest Proposals" to Address Gun Violence
(Ralph E. Stone / Eclectic Rant & The Berkeley Daily Planet)

Commentary: As the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held in Tardy v. Hogan, certain kinds of rifles, including assault rifles, are "weapons of war," and are not covered under the Second Amendment for the purpose of self-defense. They have no use in hunting and are unnecessarily powerful as home defense weapons. Let's face it, an AR-15 is not for hunting, it's for killing. Common sense should tell us It is time to ban such weapons.

Sleepwalking into Disaster: Are We in a State of Denial about Climate Change
(George Marshall / RainforestInfo.org)

Commentary: The Maldives is a country where 80% of land is less than one metre above sea level and is likely to be rendered uninhabitable within 100 years by sea level rise and storm surges. Whilst their Prime Minister tells anyone who will listen that his is a nation in peril, the tourism industry prepares for an endless expansion of profits and a party that will keep going on forever. Thanks to pervasive media, we are left in no doubt that a long haul lifestyle is the acme of personal achievement.

The Illusion of War Without Casualties
(Nicolas J.S. Davies / Consortium News)

America's recent wars have been characterized by relatively low US casualties, but that does not mean that they are any less violent than previous wars. This year's Oscar Award ceremonies included an incongruous tribute to Hollywood war films. To pretend to a global audience that the US war machine is "fighting for freedom" in countries it attacks or invades was an absurdity that could only add insult to injury for millions of survivors of US coups, invasions, bombing campaigns and hostile occupations.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress: Stop Fueling War in Yemen
(Veterans for Peace & Indivisible.org)

Yemen is facing a massive humanitarian catastrophe and we need your help to stop it. American aid is crucial to the Saudi war effort, and removing our assistance would limit Saudi attacks and maybe even push them to the negotiating table. Email your lawmakers now and tell them to support the War Powers Resolution S.J.Res. 54 to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Citizens and Children Are Suing Trump to Save the Planet
(Bob Egelko / The San Francisco Chronicle & Robert Weissman / Public Citizen)

A federal appeals court has given a go-ahead to an unprecedented suit by 21 young people who accuse the federal government of endangering their future, and the planet, by failing to act against global warming. Meanwhile, another legal challenge -- Public Citizen v. Donald J. Trump -- would block Trump's anti-regulatory executive order which would require repealing two existing public safety rules for every new regulation introduced.

Saber-Toothed "Chemtrails"
(William Thomas / Will Thomas Online.net)

Commentary: Why is nearly everyone ignoring nearly everything (of dire and urgent importance)? Activists know by now that constantly warning of doom gets people highly motivated -- to tune them out! Conversely, insisting that everything's going to be okay when the inverse is already happening does not inspire changed perspective and priorities either. So what's going on? (Or not.) The latest brain and behavior research shows that more facts -- especially irrefutable evidence -- is not the answer.

Marking International Women's Day with Action
(Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives & Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans / CODEPINK)

Commentary: Women make up half of the world's population, but in 2018, we are still working to guarantee basic fairness and equality. On this International Women's Day, let us honor those who came before us, be inspired by their example, and take on the challenges that are before us with strong hearts. Meanwhile, in Israel, 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi is facing up to 10 years in prison. Each year, Israel prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children in military court. Ahed Tammi is to be tried in a closed court.

Garry Davis Had a Vision: World Passports for a Planet Without Borders
(Donnal Walter / World Beyond War & Marc Eliot Stein / World Beyond War)

Commentary: I recently watched the movie. "The World is My Country," which highlights the life and work of Garry Davis, the first "World Citizen." With his creation of a World Passport, he sparked a global citizenship movement, which envisions a peaceful world beyond the divisions of nation states. I've been inspired to join this movement by applying for, and traveling on, a world passport.

As Trump Threats Stir Global Arms Race, New Report Details the Nuclear War Profiteers
(Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams & Maaike Beenes / International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons)

Who benefits from Donald Trump's threats of nuclear war? According to the latest annual report from "Don't Bank on the Bomb," no fewer than 329 financial institutions in 24 countries invested $525 billion in the top 20 companies involved in the production, maintenance, and modernization of nuclear weapons from January 2014 through October 2017. The top three nuclear weapons producers, by investments -- Boeing, Honeywell International, and Lockheed Martin-- are all based in the US.

Who Has the Power to Destroy Life on Earth? Only Nine Countries
(Don't Bank on the Bomb: 2018 Report)

Nuclear weapons are indiscriminate, inhumane and immoral -- and they are prohibited by international treaty. Still, from January 2014 through October 2017, researchers found 329 banks, insurance companies, pension funds and asset managers from 24 countries that had invested significantly in the top 20 nuclear weapon producers. Of these, 204 were based in North America, 70 were based in Europe, 52 were based in Asia- Pacific, 3 in the Middle East. None were based in Africa or Latin America.

ACTION ALERT: Trump's Latest Flip-flop Could Extinguish the World's Elephants for Profit
(Ashley Curtin / NationofChange & Dartunorro Clark / NBC News & MoveOn.org & The Animal Welfare Institute)

The Trump Administration announced yesterday that it is reversing course and will now allow the importation of elephant remains (trophies) on a "case-by-case" basis. This is directly in contrast to President Trump's comments referring to elephant hunting as a "horror show " and suggestion that he would keep the ban in place. The ruling promises to accelerate the extinction of Africa's largest land mammals. Make your voices heard.

Let The Record Show: Negotiations With North Korea Have Worked in the Past
(Catherine Killough / LobeLog & Leon V. Sigal / 38 North)

President Trump has consistently misrepresented the negotiation record between North Korea and the United States. It is neither new nor uncommon to berate North Korea for its imperfect negotiating record, but it has never been more dangerous. For those seeking to prevent a war that could result in millions of casualties on the Korean Peninsula, there are no military options. Given this political environment, correcting the distorted history on US-North Korea negotiations is imperative

America's Children: Caught in the Crosshairs of the NRA and the Gun Industry
(Michael Payne / NationofChange)

Can you imagine the psychological trauma that children across America are going through as they hear of one school shooting after another? Washington spends billions fighting suspected terrorists around the world but does nothing to stop domestic terrorists from slaughtering Americans and their helpless children. Meanwhile, Norway passes ban on semi-automatic weapons.

On the Ground With the Parkland Teens as They Plan Their Revolution
(Lisa Miller / New York Magazine)

In Parkland, in the weeks after the shooting, emotional distance from the actual horror is measured in increments. The teenagers who quickly became the faces of the trauma were not those who had been the closest to the violence. Most of those students and their families are suffering in all the cruel and by-now-expected ways. But a different cadre of students has exhibited a very different response: Activated by fury and demanding to be heard, they had the emotional bandwidth to strategize and speak out.

Marking International Women's Day with Action
(Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives & Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans / CODEPINK)

Commentary: Women make up half of the world's population, but in 2018, we are still working to guarantee basic fairness and equality. On this International Women's Day, let us honor those who came before us, be inspired by their example, and take on the challenges that are before us with strong hearts. Meanwhile, in Israel, 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi is facing up to 10 years in prison. Each year, Israel prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children in military court. Ahed Tammi is to be tried in a closed court.

ACTION ALERT: North Korea Offers Diplomacy Not War. The US Should Respond Constructively
(Benjamin Haas and David Smith / The Guardian & Win Without War)

North Korea has agreed to discuss relinquishing its nuclear weapons and will freeze its nuclear and missile programs if it begins direct talks with the US, in a dramatic easing of tensions after a visit by senior South Korean politicians. The key question: with Trump's State Department in tatters and no qualified diplomats on hand, will the US drop its plans for an unprovoked "bloody nose" attack on the North and also cancel the impending joint-military exercises aimed at toppling the regime in Pyongyang?

A Rare Chance for Peace: North Korea Willing to Discuss Denuclearization
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Jeff Mason and Christine Kim / Reuters)

In comments that could potentially have significant ramifications on convincing the US to join talks with North Korea, South Korean delegation envoys say they were told by Kim Jong-un that the North is willing to discuss scrapping their nuclear arsenal. The White House has long suggested scrapping the nuclear program and missile development as a precondition for talks. North Korea seems very willing to discuss the subject within the talks, and has offered to disarm if the US agrees to halt its threats.

Congress Keeps Funding a War Machine as Vermont Stands Up to the F-35 Fighter Jet
(Medea Benjamin and Elliot Swain / Alternet & Jess Aloe / The Burlington Free Press)

Why did Senate Democrats agree to a boost in military spending that exceeded the cap for fiscal 2018 by $70 billion, bringing the total request to an enormous $716 billion? Because both Democrats and Republicans are on the war-makers' dole. Inevitably, more Pentagon contracts will be awarded to private corporations that use endless war to line their pockets and to bribe local and federal politicians. But people in Burlington are free to vote against a proposal to base noisy F-35 jets near their homes.

Drain the Swamp: The Pentagon Robbed Taxpayers of $16 Billion
(Mandy Smithberger / The Project on Government Oversight & Linda J. Bilmes and Joseph E. Stiglitz / The Washington Post)

Under the law, when a foreign government buys US weapon systems through the Department of Defense those governments are required to reimburse the Department for research, development and other one-time costs for those systems. A recent audit by the Government Accountability Office found the department has waived $16 billion it could have recovered for taxpayers on $250 billion worth of weapons sold under the Foreign Military Sales program from 2012 to 2017.

It's Never Been about the Second Amendment: It's About Corporate Profits
(Leonard C. Goodman / In These Times )

A familiar pattern has emerged after mass shootings. Lawmakers offer thoughts and prayers and then quietly shoot down any restrictions on gun sales, citing their fealty to the Second Amendment. Our bought-and-paid-for politicians only hold the Constitution sacred when it aligns with corporate interests. There is a chance that this time will be different, thanks to the teenagers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are fighting back against lawmakers who protect industry profits over lives.

Israel Complains about Violation of Its Sovereignty While Being a Serial Violator
(David Morrison / Open Democracy)

From 1 July to 30 October 2017, Israel violated Lebanon's airspace 758 times for a total of 3,188 hours. On 10 February 2018, a single unarmed Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace from Syria (and was shot down by an Israeli helicopter). It is not clear that the entry into Israeli airspace was deliberate. The Director General of Israel's Intelligence Ministry said that the incursion "was not an attack".

The University of Nuclear Bombs
(Will Parrish / The East Bay Express)

The University of California's two shadow campuses at Los Alamos and Livermore have competed with one another, as they were designed to do, to produce and to promote the most efficient means of ending life on Earth when used. But it's good for the short-term profits of powerful US corporations. At least 96 percent of the National Nuclear Security Administration's 2017 budget went to contractors such as the UC-Bechtel consortiums, Lockheed Martin, and other military-industrial corporations.

Former Defense Secretary William Perry on Trump and the Nuclear Threat
(Robert Scheer / Truthdig)

The following interview with William Perry, the United States Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1997 under President Bill Clinton, was first published on Truthdig in September 2017. We are reposting Perry's warning about the rising danger of nuclear war in response to Donald Trump's call for the modernization of US nuclear forces and Vladimir Putin's response in his speech this week showing Russia's new nuclear weapons arsenal.

The Ultimate Blowback Universe, A Planet Boiling With Unintended Consequence
(Tom Engelhardt, /TomDispatch)

Commentary: You want to see "blowback" in action? Just do a Google Search for phrases like "warmest years," "rising sea levels," "melting ice," "wildfire season," or "climate refugees," The continued use of fossil fuels consitutes a form of blowback that threatens not just the decline of a single great imperial power but of humanity itself -- of the very environment that nurtured generation after generation of us over these thousands of years. By definition, that makes it the worst form of blowback imaginable.

War Threatens Our Environment
(World Beyond War)

A major motivation behind some wars is the desire to control resources that poison the earth, especially oil and gas. Oil can be leaked or burned off, as in the Gulf War, but primarily it is put to use in all kinds of machines polluting Earth's atmosphere, placing us all at risk. The interplay of war with oil goes beyond that, however. The wars themselves, whether or not fought for oil, consume huge quantities of it. One of the world's top consumers of oil, in fact, is the US military.

Fight Climate Change, Not Wars
(Naomi Klein / EnviroNation & Stephen Kretzmann / Oil Change International)

In 2009, the Obama administration's climate negotiators in Geneva suggested that Washington might be willing to contribute a paltry $1.4-billion to an international climate change fund. Meanwhile, the cost of the the Pentagon's planned "surge" inside Afghanistan was estimated to cost $30-40-billion. Wars drain money that could be spent helping countries adapt to climate change and shift to green energy. Wars also deepen the climate crisis because they are themselves major sources of greenhouse gasses.

Why Are Moderns Wars Costing More and Lasting Longer?
(Associated Press & Stephen M. Walt / Foreign Policy & Barbara F. Walter / Political Violence at a Glance)

According to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, competing global alliances, cyber threats, scarce resources and multiplying political factions and armed groups are making modern conflicts more intractable. As a result, conflicts today last longer -- more than 20 years on average -- and often involve multiple armed groups competing for control of government institutions, natural resources and territory.

Honduran Businessman Arrested in Death of Environmental Activist Berta Caceres
(Al Jazeera & Global Witness)

Honduran police have arrested a construction executive for his alleged role in the murder of environmental activist Berta Caceres. Global Witness alleges those involved in the killings include some of the country's elite, including serving and former members of the military, politicians, and business leaders. Meanwhile, tens of millions of US dollars intended for social programs have been directed to the police and military -- both of which have been implicated in violence against land and environmental activists.

ACTION ALERT: North Korea Offers Talks; Trump Prepares an Illegal Military Attack
(Win Without War & The New York Times)

The US military is secretly rehearsing for a bloody war with North Korea. Top military brass gathered in Hawaii to draw up plans for attacking the Korean mainland expect that 10,000 American soldiers could be wounded in just the few days of the armed US attack. The human costs of this war would be awful beyond imagining. We have a major chance to turn this growing murmur of worry into a massive outcry for common-sense diplomacy. Don't allow Trump's war games to become a devastating reality.

ACTION ALERT: US Arms and Money Are Supporting the War in Yemen
(Sarah Arnold / The Nation & StopTheWar & RootsAction & CREDO Action )

Yemen is facing a massive humanitarian catastrophe and we need your help to stop it. American aid is crucial to the Saudi war effort, and removing our assistance would limit Saudi attacks and maybe even push them to the negotiating table. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Senator Bernie Sanders, have introduced a resolution to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Will you write to your members of Congress to demand that they join them.

Will US Audiences Finally Be Allowed to See Oliver Stone's Banned Doc on Ukraine Coup?
(Off-Guardian & Ukraine on Fire.com & PaulCraigRoberts.org & Russia Insider)

Oliver Stone's seminal documentary "Ukraine on Fire" -- which documents the US role in supporting the Nazi-backed coup that toppled Ukraine's elected government and installed a corrupt, pro-West regime -- has finally been made available to watch in the West. Originally released in 2016, Stone encountered resistance to distributing the film in the US and western countries. Ironically, while the documentary was aired on TV in Russia, people in the 'Free World' were left without access to the full film.

How the Pentagon Devours the Budget
(Tom Engelhardt and William D. Hartung / TomDispatch & NationOfChange)

Though the Pentagon's budget was already through the roof, it will get an extra $165 billion over the next two years -- paid for by increasing the federal debt and defunding government services. The biggest reductions include a 41% cut in funding for diplomacy and foreign aid; a 36% cut in funding for energy and the environment; and a 35% cut in housing and community development. Up next: the Trump administration is preparing a full-scale assault on food stamps, Medicaid, and Medicare.

Top 10 Signs the US Is The Most Corrupt Nation in the World
(Juan Cole / Truthdig & NationOfChange)

In many key ways America's political and financial practices make it in absolute terms far more corrupt than the usual global South suspects. After all, the US economy is worth over $18 trillion a year, so in our corruption a lot more money changes hands. Three American billionaires are worth as much as the bottom 150 million Americans. That kind of wealth inequality hasn't been seen in the US since the age of the robber barons in the nineteenth century. Both eras are marked by extreme corruption.

The Victims of War: US Ordered to Pay $245 Million in Reparations for Victims of Iraq-Iran War
(Press TV & World Beyond War )

In August 2017, the Iranian Judiciary issued a ordered the US government pay around $245 million in damage to victims of chemical attacks carried out by Saddam Hussein's troops during the 1980 to 1988 imposed war on Iran. Veterans for Peace/Oregon activist Leah Bolger discusses US military concerns for the mental health of returned soldiers. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has lambasted Croatian officials for refusing to accept the court's rulings on the 1990s Bosnia war.

ACTION ALERT: Follow the Gun Money. The Tyranny of the Gun Culture
(Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund & Chris Hedges / TruthDig)

Guns buttress the myth of a rugged individualism that atomizes Americans, disdains organization and obliterates community, compounding powerlessness. Gun ownership in the United States, largely criminalized for poor people of color, is a potent tool of oppression. It does not protect us from tyranny. It is an instrument of tyranny.

ACTION ALERT: To Save the Earth, Curb Militarism! An Appeal for Earth Day, 2018
(CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War)

Our five organizations, CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War, invite citizens and organizations around the US to express support for the statement that follows.

Long before Trump's "Big Lie" Tactics, The Pentagon Saw Climate Change as a Real Threat
(Johanna Peace / Inside Climate News)

In 2009, long before the rise of Donald Trump, a spate of Pentagon reports and intelligence studies made headlines for their common conclusion: Climate change is a real threat to national security. In response, the Pentagon set a goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2015. (An earlier 2007 executive order by President Bush required federal agencies to reduce their energy intensity.) The administration's internal aim was to produce 25 percent of the military's electricity from renewables by 2025.

Top Military Brass Warn The Pentagon Is Losing the Battle Against Climate Change as Bases Worldwide Begin to Flood
(Neela Banerjee / Inside Climate News & John H. Cushman, Jr. / Inside Climate News & Nicholas Kusnetz / Inside Climate News & The Weather Channel & Phil McKenna / Inside Climate News)

A growing number of US military sites are being damaged by sea level rise fueled by climate change, and that will threaten the military's ability to protect vital national security interests if the Pentagon and Congress don't take faster action, a panel of retired admirals and generals warns in a new report. The retired admirals and generals say climate change is putting key military facilities at risk of costly damage that could knock out critical operations for weeks.

Public Health Experts Identify Militarism As Threat
(David Swanson / War Is a Crime)

The World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on the Social Determinants of Health pointed out that war affects children's health, leads to displacement and migration, and diminishes agricultural productivity. Child and maternal mortality, vaccination rates, birth outcomes, and water quality and sanitation are worse in conflict zones.

Foreign Minister Tells UN the US Is Training Europe to Use Nuclear Weapons against Russia
(Holly Ellyatt / CNBC & The Moscow Times)

While attending the UN Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US was training Europe's armed forces to use tactical nuclear weapons against Russia. NATO and the US denied the accusation. Lavrov also charged that the US had decided to keep a significant number of rockets in breach of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Russia has also long-objected to the deployment of a US-commanded NATO missile defense system along Russia's border in eastern Europe.

Is War Ever Justifiable? The Video Debate: Round 1
(David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy & Pete Kilner / US Army (Ret))

A contest of ideas and the contenders: David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie and War Is Never Just. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Pete Kilner is a writer and military ethicist who served more than 28 years in the Army as an infantryman and professor at the US Military Academy. He deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a graduate of West Point.

Is War Ever Justifiable? The Video Debate: Round 2
(David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy & Pete Kilner / US Army (Ret))

To build a movement powerful enough to influence the US oligarchy, we do need this debate, we do need a clearer understanding that no war can ever be justified, and therefore that dumping over a trillion dollars a year into preparing for a possible just war has to stop. After all, 3 percent of that money could end starvation on Earth, 1 percent could end the lack of clean water, a bigger chunk could give us a chance against climate change (rather than serving as the leading cause of climate change).

Scientists Raise Alarm: Arctic Melting Is in Overdrive
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch & Justin Mikulka / Desmog Blog)

Over the past few days, many climate scientists took to social media to express dismay over the Arctic's unseasonably warm temperatures and record-low sea ice. At the height of winter, the region is clocking temperatures normally seen in May. "The northernmost permanent weather station in the world -- just 440 miles from the North Pole -- has warmed to 43°F today" and this warming comes "in the middle of months-long darkness during what is normally the coldest time of the year."

Normalizing Nukes in the Age of President Strangelove
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Rajan Menon / TomDispatch)

In the Trump era, the Pentagon is calling for new, more "useable" nuclear weapons. Why? To give the commander-in-chief more "flexibility" in conducting "small" and "limited" nuclear attacks -- on declared "enemies" that have not attacked the US, on countries that threaten Washington's allies, on countries that commit "aggression" in the form of cyber-attacks. Hack the US and expect thermonuclear "fire and fury." This new game plan for nuclear war is a "road to hell paved with the worst intentions imaginable."

AR-15's Are Not Designed for Self-Defense: They Are Murder Weapons
(Dr. Ernest E. Moore / NBC News & Sarah Zhang / Wired Magazine & Rebecca Corral / KCBS)

The Parkland shooter's AR-15 was designed to kill as efficiently as possible. It was made for the military, to allow members of the armed forces to better dispatch multiple enemies in short order. It has no other purpose. Given that, there is no reason that these weapons should be broadly available to the civilian population.

NRA Fallout: Weapons Lobby Targeted by Growing Commercial Boycott
(MoveOn.org & USA TODAY & Fox Business)

Last week, in less than three days, 16 major corporations broke their ties to the NRA. United Airlines. Delta. Enterprise Rent-a-Car. MetLife Insurance. North American Van Lines. Simplisafe Home Security. They all said "enough" and canceled their deals with the NRA. Some Republican governors and members of Congress are finally standing up to the NRA as well, with new supporters coming out in favor of everything from an assault weapons ban to universal background checks and raising the age limit on gun purchases.

Gun Violence Has Dropped Dramatically in Three States With Very Different Gun Laws
(Mike Males / YES! Magazine)

This week, 17 teachers, students, and visitors died in a Florida high school, in a country where mass shootings have been devastatingly routine. This was followed by another day of despairing, angry furor over guns, schools, and shootings that replayed the same reactions from dozens of past shootings. To have an honest, nonpartisan discussion about gun violence, we must look at what happened in New York, California, and Texas.

Trump: If North Korea Doesn't Obey Me, I Might Punish the Whole World
(Eric Levitz / New York Magazine & Alex Ward / VOX.com<)

President Trump used a high-profile speech Friday morning to attack the media, rehash his surprise Electoral College win, promise to build his controversial border wall, and lead a crowd of conservative political activists in chants of, "Lock her up." Then, near the very end of his remarks, Trump casually said he was targeting North Korea with what he called the "heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before." If that fails, Trump threatened to take measures that would be "very unfortunate for the world."

JROTC, Military Indoctrination and the Training of Mass Killers
(Pat Elder / The National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy & World Beyond War)

It's time to connect the dots between military indoctrination and firearms instruction on the one hand, and the propensity for training mass killers -- whether their crimes are committed as soldiers in atrocities overseas or in US high schools. Nikolas Cruz, the south Florida shooter, was enrolled in the Army's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program as a 9th grader at Stoneman Douglas High School. It was the Army that taught Cruz to shoot lethal weapons at a young and impressionable age.

The US Military Attempts a Political Coup in Vermont to Win Support for F-35 Jet
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News & Ashley Curtin / NationofChange & Reuters)

There was a time when pretty much every American understood that the US Constitution provides for civilian control of the military. And there was a time when Americans understood that uniformed military were not to engage in civilian politics. Civilian control of the military is bedrock American constitutionalism. But American militarism has started to spin way out of control in Vermont, where Maj. Gen. Steven Cray he has jumped into the political arena to lobby for the troubled F-35 jet -- in violation of Army Regulations.

Two Essays and a Video in Search of the Lost America
(Robert Reich / San Francisco Chronicle & Robert Reich / RobertReich.org & Democracy Now!)

Commentary: When Donald Trump refers to "America," what does he mean? Trump encourages a combination of tribalism, libertarianism and loyalty. But the core of our national identity has never been any of this. It has been found in the ideals we share -- political equality, equal opportunity, freedom of speech and of the press, a dedication to open inquiry and truth, and to democracy and the rule of law. Today, an unbridled selfishness, a contempt for the public, a win-at-any-cost mentality, is eroding America.

Florida School-shooter's Gun Training Provided by the Pentagon and the NRA
(Amy Goodman and Pat Elder / Democracy Now!)

The gunman who fired on students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was a former member of the school's Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Nikolas Cruz took part in a four-person JROTC marksmanship team at the school which received $10,000 in funding from the NRA to promote a program that introduces gun possession to children as young as 13. It's "a win-win proposition for [the NRA] and for the sellers of weaponry," says Pat Elder.

How Trump and Pruitt Are Destroying the EPA
(Peter Fimrite /The San Francisco Chronicle)

Lynda Deschambault knew her career at the Environmental Protection Agency had taken a hard turn in July when her supervisor told her during a performance review to "be as invisible as possible." The next month, she took early retirement. The request, she said, was jarring for a woman who had spent two decades enforcing pollution laws and the cleanup of toxic lands for the EPA's Pacific Southwest region. Managing Superfund sites is not a position that lends itself to blending in.

Britain's House of Lords Debates Nuclear Risks and Abolition
(The Basel Peace Office & Alyn Ware / In Depth News & Abolition 2000)

From May 14-16, the United Nations General Assembly will hold its first ever High-level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament. This conference has become even more important in light of increased nuclear risks, which led the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists on January 25 to move the hands of the Doomsday Clock to 2 minutes to Midnight.

The Death of Syria: "A Monstrous Campaign of Annihilation"
(Rawya Rageh, Alia Malek, Wendy Pearlman and Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!)

There truly are no words to describe the extent of the horrors that we're seeing in Syria -- the malnutrition, the deprivation, the massacres. So many external players sort of robbed people of their dreams and their hopes and their ability to bring about the basic reforms and democracy they were asking for. No one in Syria was asking for this kind of civil infighting. And this just shows you the lengths to which the Syrian government and its supporters were willing to go just to maintain the rule of one man in power.

Trumplandia Uber Alles: More Money, More Guns, More Bombs, More Wars
(Christopher A. Preble / The National Interest & Eric Margolis / UNZ Review)

The Trump administration released its budget for FY 2019 on Monday, and the reviews are in: military spending advocates are pleased and deficit hawks are dismayed. The top line steers $716 billion to various national security functions. The Pentagon will get $617 billion in its base budget, plus $69 billion to pay for the ongoing wars. The size of the active-duty force will rise by 25,900. Funds for new equipment from corporate weapons manufactures will grow by nearly $19 billion, a 14.9 percent increase over 2018.

Good News for the Earth: Chile Adds 10 Million Acres of Parkland in Historic First
(Elizabeth Royte and Michael Greshko / National Geographic)

On January 29, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet officially declared a major expansion of Chile's parklands creating two new national parks and protecting vast swaths of the country's rainforests, grasslands, and other wild terrains. This major achievement in public-private conservation was made possible by world's largest gift of privately held land -- 10 million acres of protected forests, mountains and rivers donated by American philanthropists Kristine Tompkins and her late husband, Doug.

Power to the People: Socialize Renewable Energy
(Christine Marie / Socialist Action & The United National Antiwar Coalition & Sean Sweeney and John Treat / Trade Unions for Energy Democracy)

As Bill McKibben and others keep reminding us, as the cost of solar and wind energy keeps dropping government efforts to incentivize private investment with guarantees of profitable it would make renewables competitive with fossil fuels and lead to a green capitalism. But the chances of this happening, under the current paradigm of public-private partnerships that guarantee profits, is zero. The global labor movement should demand a green energy transition anchored in public financing, social ownership and democratic control.

The American Warlord: Trump Plans Major Boost to Already Record US Arms Sales
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Samuel Stebbins / 24/7 Wall St.com)

The United States is already the world's leading exporter of weapons, by far. This fact is driving record profits for well-positioned US arms-makers on record sales to every country on even sort-of good terms with the US. With the US government increasingly gauging its export success on weapons sales, "enough" simply isn't an option. Now Donald Trump is finalizing a policy guidance to boosts to sales of US-made weapons above and beyond what's already been sent abroad.

Rivers of Plastic: Oceans of Waste; Corals Are Wasting Away
(Prachi Patel / Scientific American & Wenonah Hauter / YES! Magazine & Chelsea Harvey / Scientific American & Helen Briggs / BBC)

Our seas are choking on plastic. Eight million metric tons wind up in oceans every year. A recent study estimates that more than a quarter of all that waste could be pouring in from just 10 rivers, eight of them in Asia. The Yangtze alone pours up to an estimated 1.5 million metric tons into the Yellow Sea. Meanwhile, new data show that ocean acidification not only stops corals from building, it tears them down.

US Sanctions North Korea for Seeking Peace; US Threatens Iraq for Buying Russian Missiles

Seemingly eager to provoke conflict, the Trump administration is reportedly set to unveil a large package of sanctions against North Korea, even as Pyongyang is continuing to engage its main rival Seoul in pursuit of peace. In another instance of "bully politics," the US has warned Iraq (and a number of other countries) "consequences" of purchasing weapons from Russia instead of the US. Case in point: Iraq's move to purchase S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems from Russia instead of Washington.

Court Determines Military Burn Pits Caused Lung Disease in Service Members
(Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News)

The tens of thousands of US military personnel and private contractors whose health was compromised by the dense black smoke from burn pits -- and who were then denied proper treatment -- may finally be vindicated by a recent court ruling. A judge has ruled that open-air burn pits -- where thousands of chemicals were released into the air when trash and other waste were incinerated at American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan -- are connected to lung disease.

Gun Violence as State-Sponsored Domestic Terrorism
(Rabbi Michael Lerner / The Network of Spiritual Progressives & Henry A. Giroux /Tikkun Magazine)

There are 300 million guns in the United States and, since the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School of 20 young children and 6 teachers a decade ago, 11,000 more children have died of gun violence. There is no defense for putting the policies of the NRA ahead of the lives of children. Today, in Washington and many US states, criminal acts often pass for legislative policies.

Does Peace Need a Business Plan?
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

Analysis: Scilla Elworthy has proposed a "budget for peace" that focuses on positive policies governments should pursue (while attempting to replace oligarchic, militaristic governments). Her total budget is less then $200 million per year -- a relatively miniscule expense (a mere 0.01 percent of the roughly $2 trillion spent on war and war preparations by the world's governments every year). It's a good beginning but the plan needs work.

Anti-Drone Billboards Pop Up in Syracuse; Encounter Censorship Elsewhere
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

World Beyond War has been raising funds for and renting billboards in opposition to war. We've run into censorship from numerous billboard companies but persevered, and more billboards are on their way. We're currently putting these two new billboards in Syracuse, New York, where drone pilots participate in US wars from Hancock Air Base.

The Environmental Consequences of the Use of Armed Drones
(Doug Weir and Elizabeth Minor / Reaching Critical Will & Toxic Remnants of War)

To date, debate over the implications of the growing use of armed drones has focused on human rights, on the expansion of the use of force into new contexts, and on the imbalances created by the newfound ability to project violence at a distance. Largely missing from the debate over the use of drones are concerns about the environmental and derived humanitarian impacts of drone operations. For starters, the use of these explosive weapons has the capacity to generate toxic remnants.

A Secret Nuclear-Powered US Military Base to Be Revealed as the Arctic Melts
(Kate Lunau / Motherboard @ VICE.com)

At the height of the Cold War, the US built a top-secret nuclear missile site beneath the Greenland ice sheet. The US abandoned the base, believing it would remain a secret but, as the Arctic melts, the base -- and its wastes -- are coming back to haunt the present. The question of who should take responsibility for Camp Century's radioactive wastes has become a political hot potato. At this point it isn't clear exactly who is responsible for cleaning it up.

The US Used Biowarfare on North Korea
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & Jeffrey S. Kaye / INSURGE intelligence)

The US bombed North Korea flat with ordinary, non-bioweapons bombs. It ran out of standing structures to bomb. People lived in caves, if they lived. Millions died, most of them from regular old non-scandalous but mass-murderous bombs (including, of course, Napalm which melts people but doesn't give them exotic diseases). It is less known that the US tried to spread diseases like bubonic plague in North Korea. Jeffrey Kaye has just posted online an important report that has been largely unavailable for decades.

ACTION ALERT: Standing Up to the NRA: A Domestic Terrorist Organization
(Ashley Curtin / NationofChange & Common Defense & The Us Campaign)

Dallas is home to this year's NRA annual convention but a city council member and the mayor pro tem are urging the NRA to take its convention elsewhere. Huge protests are planned if the NRA goes forth with the convention, which would include the selling of ammunition and assault weapons. For years, the NRA has fed violent, paranoid rhetoric to their millions of members along with apocalyptic, terrorizing propaganda videos, openly threatening peaceful protesters with menacing violence.

ACTION ALERT: Guns Amok: If Congress Won't Act, Perhaps the Banks Will
(Ultraviolet & NewsMax & William Cummings and Bart Jansen / USA TODAY)

Kids are being murdered and Congress has done nothing to stop the sale of these assault weapons -- they are more worried about losing their campaign contributions than people's lives. Now we're calling on Visa, Mastercard, and other credit card companies to stop allowing people to buy assault weapons with their credit cards.

Planet-killing Corporations Want Laws to Treat Eco-activists as "Terrorists"
(Alexander C. Kaufman / The Huffington Post)

Corporate polluters are comparing nonviolent environmental activists to dangerous "terrorists." In 2017, the American Legislative Exchange Council drafted model legislation calling for severe punishments for anyone caught trespassing on oil, gas or chemical company lands. The Critical Infrastructure Protection Act even includes a clause that any "conspirator" organization would be fined 10 times more than the trespasser, opening the door to crippling penalties for environmental groups like Greenpeace.

ACTION ALERT: A Letter to the Taliban and a Letter to Donald Trump
(David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy & The Action Network)

Advice to the Taliban: Research shows that nonviolent movements are more than twice as likely to succeed. "As long as you allow yourselves to be depicted as viciously violent, you will be a highly profitable advertisement for US weapons makers and US politicians." Advice to Trump: During each of the past 15 years, Washington has informed us that success was imminent. During each of the past 15 years, Afghanistan has continued its descent into poverty, violence, environmental degradation, and instability.

End the "Proxy War" in Syria Before the Entire Region Is Engulfed in Flames
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Amos Harel / Haaretz & Jeffrey D. Sachs / Informed Comment, Common Dreams)

The US government mischaracterizes the war as a civil war among Syrians, rather than a proxy war involving the US, Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Qatar. With Assad's advances, the civil war and America's reduced involvement in the region, Israel has been forced to make significant changes in its policies in the Golan Heights. Faced with an alarming risk of a renewed escalation of fighting, it's time for the United Nations Security Council to step in and end the bloodshed.

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