EAW's Breaking News archive
US Refuses to Adopt a Nuclear Weapon "No-First-Use" Pledge
(Paul Jay Interviews Daniel Ellsberg / The Real News / Posted in accordance with Title 17, Section 107, US Code, for noncommercial, educational purposes.)
Commentary from a former nuclear weapons planner: In an atomic attach, nearly everyone on Earth will die. But if we go back to earlier calculations -- 50 million dead on a first strike versus 150 million or 100 million on a second strike -- there, again, the idea was that we will survive that 50 million well. But our values -- meaning our democracy -- would be very unlikely to survive just one or two explosions on a single city.
US Airstrikes Have Killed Hundreds of Syrians Civilians in 2018
(Brett Wilkins / BrettWilkins.com & CounterPunch & AntiWar.com)
The US-led coalition against Islamic State has carried out more than 100 new air strikes targeting the militant group's remaining strongholds in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, killing at least 80 civilians -- including dozens of women and children -- in recent weeks. US-led bombing resumed on October 24 following a particularly deadly period in which scores of Syrian men, women and children were killed in strikes on homes and mosques in and around the village of al-Sousa.
ACTION ALERT: Tell New House to End War!
(Win Without War & Politico)
On November 11, election night, control of the House of Representatives flipped. And the next day, we woke up in a world where we can end the United States' longest war. Some new members of Congress stepping into office this January were preteens when this war started. They're ready to end this war. You and I are ready to end this war. And we have the political power to do it.
How in Heck did Armistice Day (a Day Dedicated to Peace) become Veterans Day (a Day Dedicated to War)?
(Arnold Oliver / AntiWar.com)
Commentary: In 1954 Armistice Day was hijacked by a militaristic US congress and renamed Veterans Day. Today few Americans understand the original purpose of Armistice Day, or even remember it. The message of peace-seeking has been all but erased. Worst of all, Veterans Day has devolved into a hyper-nationalistic quasi-religious celebration of war and the putatively valiant warriors who wage it. We no longer have a national day to recognize or reflect upon international peace.
Trump Removes Oversight on Weapons Deals: Arms Sales Soar 13%
(Mike Stone / Reuters & Annie Linskey / The Boston Globe)
Donald Trump greenlighted the sale of 1,600 semiautomatic pistols to Turkish President Erdogan’s security detail last year, arming the thuggish dictator with some of the best guns money can buy. The very next day, Turkish bodyguards beat up several US citizens protesting outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington. Lawmakers are required to be consulted before allowing sales of high-powered weapons to foreign dictators. Trump wants Congress out of the picture.
Trump Prepares to Dump Nuclear Treaties and Resume Atomic Arms Race
(Conn Hallinan / Dispatches from the Edge)
Donald Trump's expressed intention to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Force Agreement appears to be part of a broader strategy aimed at unwinding over 50 years of agreements to control and limit nuclear weapons -- and returning to an era characterized by the unbridled development weapons of mass destruction. The White House has already announced that it does not plan to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) when it expires in 2021.
ACTION: Tell Trump Not to Halt Critical Humanitarian Aide to North Korea
(AFSC, CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, et al)
The following letter regarding US NGO humanitarian aid to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was delivered in-person on Friday, October 26th to the Korea desk, Special Representative for North Korea Policy Steve Biegun, and other relevant bureaus during a roundtable discussion between NGOs, UN actors, and the State Department.
Celebrate Armistice Day, Not Veterans Day
(David Swanson / The Humanist & John Reuwer, MD / World BEYOND War & Neal Cassidy)
Commentary: Do not celebrate Veterans Day on Sunday. Celebrate Armistice Day instead. The danger of honoring veterans without honoring peace is that it becomes little more than a recruiting tool to prepare the next generation for war. Is that what we want?
Help Us Reclaim Armistice Day 2018 As Day Of Peace
(Veterans for Peace & Jack Gilroy / Syracuse.com)
When Armistice Day was declared one year after WW1 ended, people were beginning to understand that the bloodshed was not about valor or glory or medals or service, but about power and money. In the US alone, 15,000 new millionaires were made in the course of the war. In 1954, we dropped the name "Armistice Day" and adopted "Veterans Day." We replaced a sacred day of thanksgiving with a day to glorify warriors. That was not the intent of veterans of World War I.
Did A North Korean Nuclear EMP Bomb Threat Lead Trump to Peace Talks?
(John Lewallen / Avoiding Nuclear War )
Kim and Trump seemed on a catastrophic collision course, threatening war instead of pursuing diplomacy. The sudden change may have been due to Kim testing "thermonuclear nuke . . . which can be detonated at high altitudes for a super-powerful EMP attack."
ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress: "No Funding for Border Wall"
(CREDO Action & Courage to Resist & Don't Attack Iran)
Donald Trump was so desperate for votes that he manufactured a xenophobic crisis ahead of the midterms. In response, voters gave a diverse and progressive group of Democrats control of the House. The message to Trump was "Don't build that wall." The message to troops on the border: "Don't obey illegal orders." And now may be time to revive a 2007 bill that would call any preemptive US attack on the 70 million people of Iran "illegal and criminal -- a crime of the highest magnitude."
Trump Versus Nuclear Treaties: Unwrapping Armageddon
(Conn Hallinan / Dispatches from the Edge)
The US and the Soviet Union have come within minutes of an accidental nuclear war on at least two occasions. The INF Treaty came about because of strong opposition and huge demonstrations in Europe and the US. That kind of pressure, coupled with a pledge by countries not to deploy such weapons, will be required again, lest the entire tapestry of agreements that kept the horror of nuclear war at bay vanish.
The UN Votes on Nuclear Arms Issues
(The Basel Peace Office)
October 24-30 was UN Disarmament Week, during which member states voted on a range of disarmament decisions and resolutions. Decisions are binding on the United Nations. Resolutions are not binding but can be very authoritative and influential if supported by key countries. The deliberations and votes took place in an environment of increasing tensions between nuclear-armed States, and also an increasing divide between nuclear-armed and non-nuclear countries.
Since 9/11, US Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Have Killed 500,000 People
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Neta C. Crawford / The Watson Institute)
Brown University has released a new study on the cost in lives of America's Post-9/11 Wars -- in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The study estimates between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed in the course of the three conflicts. This includes combatant deaths and civilian deaths. Civilians make up over half of the roughly 500,000 killed, with opposition fighters and US-backed foreign military forces each sustaining in excess of 100,000 deaths as well.
Remembering Armistice Day
(Jack Kenny / AntiWar.com)
Commentary: Those of us of a certain age may remember that Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day -- the day the guns fell silent in war-torn Europe at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. The Great War -- that we now call World War I -- had reached a ceasefire. In the months and years that followed, the victorious allies would rearrange the boundaries of much of the globe, uprooting peoples and nations in a fragile peace that set the stage for World War II.
US Threatens World: Ban Iranian Oil Tankers or Risk Catastrophic "Accidents"
(AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse & Channel News Asia & Associated Press)
The US State Department has issued a series of warnings demanding that all world ports avoid even nominal contact with Iranian commercial ships, warning that even limited contact could lead to US sanctions. All ports and maritime insurance companies were ordered to "steer clear" of Iranian ships or face US sanctions. The US warned that any country that allowed an Iranian oil tanker to even enter its territorial waters would suffer "catastrophic economic damage."
ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Pass Legislation to Protect the Special Counsel Investigation
(CREDO Action & Jonathan Chait / The National Interest & Andrew Prokopandrew / Vox.com)
Donald Trump has fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The new acting attorney general is a Trump loyalist who opposes the special counsel investigation. This is simply unacceptable. The results of Tuesday's election made it clear that the American people want a check on Trump, and an honest accounting of any corruption or conflicts of interest. But Congress still hasn't passed legislation to protect special counsel Mueller's investigation into Trump's potential Russia ties.
Another Shooting Incident: Man Trained to Commit Mass Murder Commits Mass Murder
(David Swanson / DavidSwanson.org)
Commentary: In US mass shootings, military vets are more than twice as likely to be mass shooters. Needless to say, this is a statistic about a large population, not information about any particular individual. While profiling and discrimination are counterproductive, here's what else might be counterproductive: Training people to commit mass murder, launching wars, and returning people traumatized by wars into a heavily armed society taught that mass-killing is the way to solve problems.
Game of Drones: A New Type of War Crime That's Going Unpunished
Unmanned drones are the modern weapons of choice in the fight against terrorism. The tribal areas of Pakistan where various militant groups seek a hideout have been hit by numerous CIA drone strikes. The attacks are far from precise and it's claimed they have often killed or maimed civilians, including children.
POST-ELECTION ACTION ALERT: Tell New House to End the US War in Afghanistan!
(Win Without War)
Last night, control of the House of Representatives flipped. And today, we woke up in a world where we can end the United States' longest war. After seventeen years, this terrible, failed war is STILL tragically costing lives and throwing trillions of dollars down the drain -- and into the overflowing coffers of the US Arms Industry.
The Military Impacts of November 6: A Post-election Roundup
(Gregory Hellman / Morning Defense @ POLITICO)
Democrats seized the majority in the House for the first time eight years in the midterm elections -- a shakeup that could stymie the ambitions of Donald Trump and pro-Pentagon defense hawks. The takeover puts Democrats in position to launch tough oversight and challenge the GOP on a slew of defense policies. And it gives Democrats substantial leverage in budget negotiations to demand any further hikes in defense spending be matched by more money for domestic priorities.
43 Years since the 'Green March': Morocco's Occupation of West Sahara
November 6 marks 43 years of Morocco's occupation of the Western Sahara, which displaced the indigenous Saharawis people who were forced into precarious living conditions in the forbidding Sahara desert. Living under occupation, the Saharawi people have been denied basic human rights and are subjected to frequent arrest, intimidation, detention, and torture.
A Global Call for US to Stop Being a Threat to Peace
(Chen Weihua / China Daily)
Commentary: US politicians never tire of scaremongering about China. But China, despite all the accusations by the US, has never done anything remotely as destructive to world peace as the US war in Afghanistan. Global polls, including by Gallup, have shown repeatedly over the years that the US is considered the greatest threat to world peace. It's clearly time for these narcissist US politicians to look at themselves more carefully in the mirror.
The Pentagon's Plan to Dominate the US Economy
(William Hartung / TomDispatch & AntiWar.com)
The essence of the Pentagon's scheme for "making America safe" for a never-ending policy of war preparations (and war) is to organize as much of the economy as possible around the needs of military production. What's behind the militarization of the US economy? In large measure, policy is driven by profit and driven by frequent industry "listening sessions" with the likes of the National Defense Industrial Assn., an advocacy organization representing 1,600 companies in the US arms sector.
War Crimes Committed by US Arms: How Do Weapons Manufacturers Sleep at Night?
(David Swanson / Let's Try Democracy & Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies / Foreign Policy in Focus)
The five largest US arms manufacturers -- Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics -- owe much of their profits to the sale of weapons to three repressive nations -- Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt -- that have a long history of repressing their own citizens and killing civilians in neighboring countries. But nobody in the Big War lobby is losing any sleep over this relationship.
A Warning from Moscow: Trump's Breach of Nuclear Treaty Would Free Russia to Install Missiles in Cuba
(RT News & Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge.com)
Donald Trump's unilateral plan to walk away from the crucial Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty has Moscow considering siting military facilities in Cuba. With the US already having installed bases and missiles along the Russian border, a senior Russian official has proposed that his country respond to Trump's provocation by building a military missile base inside Cuba. Moscow has warned that a failure of talks between the US and Russia could trigger "a new Cuban crisis."
Withdrawing From the INF Treaty: One of Trump's Most Dangerous Moves Yet
(Martin Fleck / Foreign Policy in Focus and AntiWar.com & Julian Borger and Martin Pengelly / The Guardian)
On October 21, 2018, Donald Trump announced that the US would unilaterally withdraw from the INF nuclear arms agreement. Withdrawing from the INF treaty would turn back the clock to a dangerous era that put the United States and Russia on the brink of nuclear war. This ill-advised move could fuel a new arms race and ignite another Cold War, or worse. The Kremlin has already hinted that it's prepared to develop new weapons to "restore balance" in preparations for a nuclear war.
November 6: International Day to Protect Nature from War
(The United Nations & PAX for Peace, Conflict & Environment Observatory, et al.)
Over the last 60 years, at least 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources -- timber, diamonds, gold and oil. A joint statement by civil society and academics on November 6 -- Environmental Conflict Day -- calls for governments to increase the protection of people and ecosystems by strengthening measures to enhance environmental security before, during and after armed conflicts.
Despite $900 Billion Spent and 2,400 US Lives Lost, Afghanistan Continues to Deteriorate
(Christian Britschgi| / Reason)
The latest Inspector General's report finds that US efforts to stabilize Afghanistan "mostly failed," despite spending $4.7 billion since 2002. The report notes "the US greatly overestimated its ability to build and reform government institutions in Afghanistan" and US aid -- far from reducing violence or strengthening Afghan governance -- often "exacerbated conflicts, enabled corruption, and bolstered support for insurgents." The US-backed regime has lost land to Taliban rebels while civilian deaths have soared.
Navy's Costliest Carrier Unable to Handle Bombs
(Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg)
The US NAvy's $13 billion Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier -- the costliest warship in history -- was delivered last year without elevators needed to lift bombs from below deck magazines for loading on fighter jets. Previously undisclosed problems with the 11 elevators for the ship built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. add to long-standing reliability and technical problems with two other core systems -- the electromagnetic system to launch planes and the arresting gear to catch them when they land.
Final Thoughts of a Green Party Peace Candidate
(Pat Elder / Pat Elder for Congress & The Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Centers)
Commentary: Our campaign has attempted to define progressivism as it exists in America today. The platform of the Green Party US has been our guide throughout this six-month ordeal. These people loved my platform of universal health care, daycare, college, and a guaranteed wage of $15 per hour, but they often told me, "It ain't gonna happen." Their spirits are broken, and their minds are confused. We must orchestrate an uplifting educational program and figure out a way to reach them.
"Fish Wars" Are Beginning to Break Out Across the World's Oceans
(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
There are similarities between the world's reliance on oil and a comparable dependence on fish. Every fifth fish caught worldwide is done so illegally, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says. Meanwhile, sea-bordering countries are using military force to protect what they see as critical national assets. With growing demand for the resource and scarcer quantities, the fight for fish is likely to intensify.
Don't Microwave the Earth: A Global Appeal to Stop 5G Technology
(Arthur Firstenberg / Cellular Phone Task Force)
If the telecommunications industry's plans for 5G come to fruition, no person, no animal, no bird, no insect and no plant on Earth will be able to avoid exposure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to levels of RF radiation that are tens to hundreds of times greater than what exists today. These 5G plans threaten to provoke serious, irreversible effects on humans and permanent damage to all of the Earth's ecosystems.
The Risk of Extinction from Climate Change May Be Worse than the IPCC Predicted
(Arctic News Blogspot)
Commentary: According to the IPCC's latest report on global warming, things aren't looking good. But, instead of providing good advice, the IPCC bends over backward in efforts to maintain the oil-burning addiction. The Paris Agreement calls for all nations to keep the temperature rise below 1.5ºC. The IPCC should have honored this commitment. Instead, the IPCC report contrives to make it look as if temperatures are lower than they really are -- so polluters can be allowed to keep polluting.
ACTION ALERT: Trump's EPA Tells Children, "You're Disposable"
(CREDO Action & CBS News & Vox)
Dr. Ruth Etzel is the EPA's top expert on children's health. A pediatrician and epidemiologist, her job is to protect children from toxic chemicals, pesticides and lead in our environment. In response to the Flint water crisis, she led a team to create a new federal strategy to protect kids from lead poisoning. But a month ago and with no explanation, Trump's acting EPA chief abruptly put her on leave. After 30 years of service -- with the lead strategy still unreleased -- she was asked to turn in her badge.
Trump's Border Wall Threatens Butterflies, Birds, Botanicals, and Entire Bioregions
(Claire Harbage / National Public Radio & Melissa del Bosque / The Texas Observer & Jonathan Hilburg / The Architect's Newspaper)
The National Butterfly Center, a 100-acre wildlife center and botanical garden in South Texas, provides a habitat for more than 100 species of butterflies. It also sits directly in the path of the Trump administration's proposed $1.6 billion border wall. Construction of the wall will require nullifying 28 existing laws designed to protect public lands, wildlife and the environment. Trump has already begun to divide the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, one of the largest US refuges, to build a levee wall.
Hydro Electric Firm, Honduran Military on Trial for Planning the Murder of Environmental Activist Berta Caceres
Berta Caceres -- a 43-year-old Indigenous Lenca, teacher, and feminist -- was known for her environmental activism, which had earned her the Goldman Prize. Caceres was murdered in 2016. The eight men accused of her murder include members of the Honduran military and executives of DESA, a company that wanted to build a hydroelectric plant that Caceres opposed. The alleged mastermind of the murder plot, DESA Executive President David Castillo Mejia, will face a separate trial.
Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War)
A National Museum -- backed by federal funding and claiming to be "the clearinghouse of veteran voices" where "producers or authors or podcasters in the future" come "for authentic from-the-veteran voices" -- has opened in Columbus, Ohio. Unfortunately it is a war museum that is also openly a war memorial constructed by a war-making society that has normalize permawar. There are deeper and truer lessons to be learned from two devastating new books -- "Guys Like Me" and "There Is No 'Good War'."
US Imposes Sanctions on Iran, Without Cause; Grants Exemptions to 8 Allies
(Amanda Cooper / Reuters & Parisa Hafezi / Reuters)
Nearly 40 years after the 1979 Islamic revolution saw the exit of Western oil companies from Iran, the Iranian oil sector faces yet another costly disruption from US-imposed sanctions. The US granted eight countries waivers from the sanctions. Though the EU were not awarded waivers, they stated they intend to ignore Washington's groundless economic powerplay and keep buying Iran's oil. But there are no waivers for the people of Iran, who will suffer immensely from this latest US act of economic aggression.
Who Is the World's Leading Sponsor of Terrorism? Iran? Saudi Arabia? Or the US?
(Martin Williams / Channel4.com & Jonah Shepp / New York Magazine & Wikipedia)
Donald Trump has claimed that Iran is the world's "leading state sponsor of terror." But is that fair? Before he became president, Trump said the "world's biggest funder of terrorism" was Saudi Arabia! An honest look at history over the past century would suggest the leading sponsor of global terrorism -- both by direct attacks and interventions and by training and arming proxy "rebel" terrorist armies -- has been the United States of America.
World Condemns US Embargo on Cuba
(UN News & Voice of America News)
A total of 189 UN Member States voted in favor of condemning the US embargo on Cuba. The resolution shines a spotlight on the nearly total isolation of the US regarding the embargo, which was first imposed in 1960. The only country to side with the US was Israel. Cuban officials noted that restrictions on lifesaving medicines have caused "Incalculable human damage . . . which is qualified as an act of genocide" in violution of the Convention on the Prevention of Genocide.
US Supreme Court Sides with Kids over Trump on Climate Change Trial
(Reuters & RT News)
The US Supreme Court on Friday rejected for now a bid by the President Donald Trump's administration to block a trial in a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the US government of ignoring the perils of climate change. The administration now faces a high-profile examination of US climate change policy.
ACTION ALERT: Pardon Whistleblower Reality Winner
(Courage to Resist)
On June 3, 2017, NSA contractor Reality Leigh Winner was arrested and charged under the Espionage Act for providing a media organization with a single five-page top-secret document that analyzed information about alleged Russian online intrusions into US election systems. Winner was ultimately sentenced to serve five years in prison -- by far the longest sentence ever given in federal court for leaking information to the media.
The Growth of Human Civilization Now Endangers the Planet
(James E. M. Watson, James R. Allan and colleagues / Nature)
Global conservation policy must stop the disappearance of Earth's few intact ecosystems. A century ago, only 15% of Earth's surface was used to grow crops and raise livestock. Today, more than 77% of land (excluding Antarctica) and 87% of the ocean has been modified by the direct effects of human activities. There is nothing to stop the slow erosion of these places from small-scale and often unplanned industrial activity. In our view, a bold yet achievable target is to define and conserve 100% of all remaining intact ecosystems.
Anti-Drone Protesters Arrested While Blocking Traffic at US Drone Base
(CODEPINK and Veterans for Peace, et al. & Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute)
Four drone protesters arrested at a US drone base in California face trespassing charges with a maximum penalty of six months in prison. Thousands of civilians have been killed. Funerals, weddings, mosques, and schools have been hit by US drones. The activists oppose the use of drones to kill both civilians and "enemy soldiers," explaining the use of "remotely controlled aggressive violence, without any imminent threat, has become normalized in US foreign policy." The US owes the public an accounting of who is being killed.
Trump Suggests Shooting Migrants. Meet One Family that Could Become Victims of US Gunfire
(The Telegraph & Julie Watson / Associated Press)
Donald Trump has suggested that soldiers could open fire on the migrants at the US boarder. Trump warned: "anybody throwing stones, rocks . . . we will consider that a firearm, because there's not much difference." Meanwhile, on the 15th day of their journey, Joel Eduardo Espinar and his family were hurting. 11-year-old Jason had stomach pains. His sister sat on the pavement with her head between her knees. The baby was burning with fever. Espinar's exhausted wife had a nagging cough and sore throat.
Why Jair Bolsonaro's Presidency Threatens Disaster for the Brazilian Amazon
(Avaaz & Christian Poirier / Amazon Watch & Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)
The extreme right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro was elected Brazil's president on Sunday in a victory that hands him a powerful mandate to enact a series of sweeping changes to the country's political, economic, social, and environmental order. His victory represents a profound setback for human rights and ecological preservation in the world's fourth largest democracy, with implications for the entire planet, particularly global climate stability.
ACTION ALERT: Congress Should Publicly Condemn Trump's Anti-immigrant Attacks
(CREDO Action & Robert Reich's Website)
Politicians and media moguls have long understood that fear and hate sell better than hope and compassion, no matter how much we might wish it otherwise. Trump's brand of hate has given a political home to violent white supremacists. People have died at the hands of these extremists and instead of stopping this crisis, Trump is making it worse. He just launched another series of anti-immigrant attacks.
ACTION ALERT: Troops Called to Resist Trump's Illegal Border Order
(Courage to Resist & Christopher Fonzone /Just Security)
Donald Trump has once again declared that active duty US military personnel need to be deployed to the southern border in order to repel an "assault on our country." It's easy to attack a ragtag group of immigrants, traveling in a public caravan, seeking asylum, and this kind of rhetoric plays well to his anti-immigration base, leading up to the midterm elections. However, it's more than just rhetoric.
US Officials Call for Cease Fire in Yemen Following Revelations of Saudi's Duplicity
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Sudarsan Raghavan / The Washington Post & The Star & Lesley Wroughton and Jonathan Landay / Reuters)
Following Defense Secretary James Mattis' and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's calls Tuesday for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, and talks to be set up in the next 30 days, the US is continuing to push for peace talks, saying they believe "the climate is right" for a UN-backed effort. As doubts about the Saudi's honesty multiply, they are raising questions about whether Donald Trump's administration can trust what Saudi Arabia is telling US officials about its conduct of the war in Yemen
Let's Stop the Merchants of Death: US Arms Makers
(Sheldon Richman / AntiWar.com)
America's arms makers, the military contractors, are routinely mislabeled "defense" contractors. But the military-industrial complex has little, if anything, to do with defense. It's about empire, aggression, and illicit profits. It's safe to say that America's major military contractors would not exist were it not for the US government and its mammoth military establishment. When it comes to demanding weapons of mass destruction the Pentagon has no rival and the US is the world's largest arms exporter.
ACTION ALERT: International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases
(World BEYOND War & No Foreign Bases.org et al.)
From Italy to the Indian Ocean, from Japan to Honduras, the far-reaching story of the perils of US military bases overseas -- and what these bases say about America today. American military bases circle the globe. More than two decades after the end of the Cold War -- and nearly three-quarters of a century after the last battles of World War Ii -- the US still stations troops at some 800 locations in foreign lands. Join us in Dublin to strategize and organize.
Voting for Democracy in the Age of Trump
(Michael Waldman / San Francisco Chronicle & Robert Reich / San Francisco Chronicle)
The midterm elections have been marred by controversy over alleged voter suppression in Georgia, North Dakota and elsewhere. Once again, partisans want to make it harder for fellow citizens to cast their ballots. But something else is happening: For the first time in years, citizens have responded with a robust push to expand democratic rights. Tyrants create cults of personality. Trump is beyond that, equating America with himself and disloyalty to him with insufficient patriotism.
Shut Down Creech! The Fourth Annual Vigil Against US Killer Drones
(Toby Blome / CODEPINK)
On October 4, 2018, as part of CODEPINK's week-long anti-drone protest at Creech Assassin Drone Base, 7 protesters and a couple of supporters bravely stepped across the base entrance road to temporarily "halt" the cruel and illegal Air Force "remote killing machine" located at a base in the beautiful Nevada desert. While holding large banners across the roadway, our voices repeatedly called out as loudly as we could muster: "STOP the murder, STOP the War Crimes," "The People Demand Peace!"
What Happens When People Find Out Capitalism Was a Lie?
(Umair Haque / Eduaimonia)
Commentary: "It's hardly just America. In Canada, two provinces have fallen to extremism. In Britain, there is the spectacular folly of Brexit. In Germany, neo-Nazis are on the rise. Poland, Hungary, Italy, Turkey -- the list is endless. The world is destabilizing, fracturing, unravelling, coming undone. Why? And what does the future hold? The truth, my friends, may be grimmer -- and yet a little more hopeful, in a strange and funny way -- than you might think. Let me start at the beginning."
Time to End the War in Afghanistan, 'Betrayal' of American Soldiers and Marines
(The Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy & Breitbart News)
Commentary: When Americans join the military, they trust their leaders will only send them on missions that endanger their lives when it is absolutely necessary and to fight for the country's freedom not to "implement the grand strategy of some egghead at a think-tank who's never been in a fight in his life, and who has a great plan for offensive war against people who've never attacked us."
The Art of Provoking WWIII for Private Profit: Poland to Build 'Fort Trump'
(Doug Bandow / The National Interest & AntiWar.com & The Ron Paul Liberty Report)
Stationing troops overseas isn't cheap. The Pentagon operates multiple bases in different lands, cultures, and economies. It established commissaries, base exchanges, movie theaters, gyms, infirmaries, and schools. It transports and stores military equipment. Although Congress continues to hike military outlays, such increases are not sustainable. Washington is essentially bankrupt. Poland has offered the US $2 billion to build a new military base in the country -- and plans to call it "Fort Trump."
Governments Should Stop Selling Arms to Right Violators
(Robert Fisk / The Independent & Benjamin Kentish / The Independent)
US arms -- bombs, missiles, and guns -- are winding up in the hands of Washington's "enemies" on a regular basis because it's profitable to arm both sides of any given conflict. Now an influential group of British MPs is demanding that governments should look to block arms sales to countries accused of rights abuses. The ministers urged the introduction of monitoring to determine where UK weapons are being deployed, in bid to stop them being used to commit war crimes.
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War)
Commentary: I've just read a new book called by James Crossland that looks at efforts to regulate or end war from the 1850s through the 1900s. War needs to be eliminated and replaced with nonviolent arbitration. If we end in nuclear holocaust, will those who tried to end war still have been silly dreamers? Or will world government or mandatory arbitration or disarmament sound slightly less goofy if the alternative that peace advocates identified for many decades as apocalypse turns out to be apocalypse?
One Civilian Killed Every Three Hours in Yemen: Saudis Using Famine as Weapon of War
(gence France-Presse & Anti-War.com & Laura Rozen / Al-Monitor)
A civilian is killed every three hours in Yemen, Oxfam said Friday, calling on the United States, Britain and other European states to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The UN categorises Yemen as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with 14 million people now facing a serious threat of famine. Oxfam is calling on the UK, US and other governments "to suspend arms sales to the Saudis because of their disregard for civilian lives in the war in Yemen."
Diplomat Tells UN Russia Is Getting Ready for War -- Because of US Aggression
(RT America News)
A top Russian official has told the UN that he country is indeed readying itself for war -- so it can defend its people against American aggression. Russia doesn't seek a confrontation, he said, unlike the US. "Why else would the United States pull out of the [INF] Treaty, increase their nuclear potential, adopt a new nuclear doctrine that lowers the threshold for nuclear weapons use"? Washington's decision to scrap the Cold War-era agreement alarmed both Europe and Moscow.
Nuclear Weapons and UN Disarmament Resolutions
(Move the Nuclear Money Campaign and the Basel Peace Office)
The anti-nuclear campaign has some practical suggestions for reinvesting the money spent on weapons of global mass destruction. The $1 trillion the US plans to spend to "modernize" the nuclear arsenals over the next 10 years could, instead, be used to help end poverty, protect the climate, and achieve sustainable development goals. Meanwhile, world peace is threatened by the increased scale and tempo of war games -- including nuclear drills -- by nuclear-armed states and their allies.
Super Typhoon Yutu: Climate Change Causes Worst US Storm Damage Since 1935
(Martin Petty / Reuters & Haidee V Eugenio and Doyle Rice, Pacific Daily News & USA Today)
Residents of the Northern Mariana Islands are preparing for weeks without power after being hit by the most powerful typhoon in half-a-century. People are in desperate need of immediate housing, food and other assistance. Despite the damage the US president continues to deny the link between the burning of fossil fuels and climate change. Ominously, 7 of the 10 strongest hurricane and typhoon landfalls have occurred since 2006.
Massive US/NATO Drill in Norway Prompts Fears of New World War
(Andreas Berg / Special Ops & Andrew Osborn / Reuters)
Opposition of Norwegian politicians have warned that "Trident Juncture," a large-scale drill involving about 50,000 from 31 nations is exacerbating tensions between the US and Russia, and placing Norway in the middle as Washington increasingly targets Russia with provocations. Meanwhile, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has denounced Donald Trump's decision to leave an arms control treaty that helped end the Cold War. Gorbachev fears a new arms race and an increased risk of nuclear conflict.
Nuke-warhawk John Bolton Put in Charge of WWIII
(Scott Ritter / The American Conservative & Peter Lavelle / RT News)
Donald Trump appears to have surrendered to the anti-arms control philosophy of John Bolton, who views such agreements as unduly restricting American power. Bolton was also behind the 2001 decision by President George W. Bush to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, an act the Russians viewed as inherently destabilizing. The Russians have been asking the US to provide evidence to substantiate its allegations of Russian noncompliance, something the US so far has not done.
Build that Wall . . . Around the South Pole!
(Reuters & RT News)
A group of researchers have devised an audacious proposal to stave off one of the worst effects of climate change -- by building a massive wall under the Antarctic ice sheet to keep it frozen place for the next millennium. It would constitute the largest geoengineering project in human history but if no dramatic action is taken, the world's oceans are set to rise ten feet. If all the ice were to melt, the planet's continents would vanish under 200 feet of rising water.
US to Send Next-generation Nuclear Weapons to Turkey
(Nerdun Hacıoglu / Hurriyet Daily News)
Russian state media claimed on July 2 that the United States is preparing to send the next generation of B61 guided nuclear gravity bombs to NATO bases in European countries, including Turkey. The United States currently has a total of 150 nuclear weapons in five NATO member countries, including Turkey.
A Chance for the US To Distance Itself From Saudi Arabia
(Gareth Porter / Middle East Eye)
The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi now seems very likely to prompt Congress to impose some sanctions on the Saudi government, and it may finally act to end the active US role in the Saudi-UAE war on Yemen. Perhaps more significantly, some senior Democratic Party figures in Congress have called for the first serious reconsideration of the whole US-Saudi "special relationship", citing the need for fundamental changes in the relationship. Such a critical reappraisal is long overdue.
Will Congress Have the Spine to Defy Trump and Defend the US-Russia Nuclear Treaty?
(Bruce Fein / The American Conservative & Jacob Heilbrunn / The National Interest)
Congress commands clear constitutional authority to prohibit Donald Trump from terminating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. But does it have the spine? As Alexander Hamilton explained, the president was denied plenary power over treaties because presidential venality or narcissism might compromise the national interest. Among other things, Hamilton emphasized, "An avaricious man might be tempted to betray the interests of the state to the acquisition of wealth."
ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to End US Support for the Saudi-led War in Yemen
(Shia News and World Services & CREDO Action )
Saudi Arabia's gruesome assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has captured worldwide attention, but it is just one example of the Saudi regime's brutal disregard for human rights. For more than three years, Saudi Arabia, with massive US support, has been waging a war in Yemen that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis. At last, there is political momentum to finally end United States support for its war in Yemen -- which could lead to the end of the war for good.
ACTION ALERT: Invasions, Coups, Guns, and Drugs: How the US Sparked the Central American Refugee Crisis -- In 8 Simple Steps
(CREDO Action & Roque Planas and Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post)
Tell the mainstream media to push back on Donald Trump's lies about the migrant caravan. Since the 1950s, the US has sown violence and instability across Central America. Decades of Cold War gamesmanship -- together with the relentless global war on drugs -- have left a legacy of chaos and brutality in these countries. In many parts of the region, civil society has given way to lawlessness. It's these conditions the women, men and children are fleeing.
Saudi War Crimes in Yemen Continue with US Aid
(Al-Jazeerah & Daniel Larison / The American Conservative & Colin Dwyer / National Public Radio)
On October 24, the US-backed Saudi coalition bombed a vegetable market near Hodeida, killing at least 21 civilians, including two children. US military assistance is just helping the coalition to blow up civilian targets. Unless the US cuts off support to the coalition and halts this offensive, there will be many more attacks on civilians like the airstrike on this vegetable market. Congress needs to vote for H.Con.Res. 138 and S.J.Res. 54 to stop to this despicable war on one of the world's poorest countries.
The INF Treaty and the Crises of Arms Control
(Zia Mian / The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)
The decision by the Trump Administration to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty is causing concern and rightly so. Some of the blame can be laid at the door of generations of American politicians, strategists, military planners and weapon builders, and their advocates ideologically opposed to limiting US military power, wary of treaties and international institutions, and seeking to sustain and expand dominance. Upon reflection, arms control crises are not an exception but the rule.
Trump's Treaty-busting "Powers" Stem from Congressional Weakness
(Russell Feingold / NBC News)
Commentary: During this administration, everyone has to be watching for potential abuses of power. The Constitution provided for the separation of powers to save us from autocrats but the legislative branch has undermined that. Donald Trump now can unilaterally withdraw from treaties because Congress has abdicated responsibility. The failure to assert Congress' constitutional prerogative now hands an erratic and often vengeful leader the power to undo crucial international agreements.
United Nations Meeting; Statement on War and Pollution
(Conflict and Environment Observatory & Toxic Remnants of War Network Statement)
Across the UN system, initiatives are underway to address the environmental dimensions of armed conflicts. The Security Council is exploring early warning and risk management in connection with climate change, resource conflicts and water scarcity. This statement is delivered on behalf of 15 organisations working to strengthen the protection of civilians and the environment from the impact of conflicts and military activities.
US Military and Economic Policies Are Driving Central America's Mass Migration
(Joseph Nevins / The Conversation & Associated Press & Raymond Bonner / The Nation)
Three essays on the long and ugly history of US military, economic and political interventions in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The US presence in the region has triggered bloody civil wars, destroyed communities, disrupted economies, magnified poverty and inequality. US military bases have proliferated through the region as local populations became the victims of repression orchestrated by regimes dedicated to the expansion of US capital and control over the region's land and mineral resources.
How Many Millions of People Have Been Killed in America's Post-9/11 Wars? Part 1: Iraq
(Nicolas J.S. Davies / Special to Consortium News)
The numbers of casualties of US wars since Sept. 11, 2001 have largely gone uncounted. Our estimate is that about 2.4 million people have probably been killed in Iraq as a result of the historic act of aggression committed by the US and UK in 2003. In this report, I will explain in greater detail how we arrived at that estimate and provide some historical context. In Part 2 of this report, I will make a similar up-to-date estimate of how many people have been killed in America's other post-9/11 wars.
How Many Millions of People Have Been Killed in America's Post-9/11 Wars? Part 2: Afghanistan and Pakistan
(Nicolas J.S. Davies / Consortium News)
In the first part of this series, I estimated that about 2.4 million Iraqis have been killed as a result of the illegal invasion of their country by the United States and the United Kingdom in 2003. I turn now to Afghan and Pakistani deaths in the ongoing 2001 US intervention in Afghanistan. In part three, I will examine US-caused war deaths in Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
How Many Millions of People Have Been Killed in America's Post-9/11 Wars? Part 3: Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen
(Nicolas J S Davies / Consortium News)
In the first two parts of this report, I have estimated that about 2.4 million people have been killed as a result of the US invasion of Iraq, while about 1.2 million have been killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the US-led war in Afghanistan. In the third and final part of this report, I will estimate how many people have been killed as a result of US military and CIA interventions in Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.
US Gun Laws Are behind the Refugee Flight to US
(The Brady Report & Lisa Marie Pane / Associated Press)
The recent photos of imprisoned toddlers huddled under aluminum foil blankets on concrete floors have awakened Americans to the inhumane conditions suffered by migrant children from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. What many people may not realize is that the violence that forced these families to flee in the first place is driven in considerable part by US gun laws. On average, 253,000 US-made firearms flood into Mexico each year.
Trump's Supreme Court to 'Climate Kids/: You Have No Lawful Right to a Future
(Benjamin Hulac / E&E News & Climatewire)
The Supreme Court today halted a federal climate change lawsuit brought by a group of young people, handing the Trump administration at least a temporary victory in its long-running bid to knock down the case. The plaintiffs, 21 children and young adults, sued the government in 2015, arguing that it had violated their Constitutional rights to a safe and livable climate. They are asking for a court-ordered mandate for the government to phase out the burning of fossil fuels nationwide.
NASA Chief to Trump: 'No Reason to Dismiss' Recent UN Climate Report
(Timothy Cama / The Hill)
he head of NASA bucked President Trump this week, saying that he sees no reason to reject the findings of a major climate change report from the United Nations. Trump previously said he would review the dire report issued this month by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but he was also skeptical of it. "It was given to me, and I want to look at who drew it," Trump said, seeming to mistake the detailed and extensive scientific report for a comic book.
14-year Gulf Oil Spill Could Be Worst in US History
(Kristin Hugo / The Independent & National Geographic & Diane Hoskins / The Hill)
Oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for the last 14 years in what may soon become the worst oil spill in US history. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan disrupted an offshore drilling operation owned by Taylor Energy. Between 300 and 700 barrels leak into the Gulf each day. That's 12,600 to 29,400 gallons per day for 14 years, and it continues to this day, just 12 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Taylor Energy has argued that there's no evidence to prove any of the wells are leaking.
Massive Anti-War Rally Held Near Pentagon Goes Unreported by US Media
(Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese / Popular Resistance)
More than 1,000 marched on the Pentagon yesterday but you did not hear about it in the media. It seems that the people in power, including the media, do not want the public to know that the peace movement is growing. Here is our report on the event and the upcoming Peace Congress on November 10.
With Growing Global Calls to Abolish Nukes, Trump Vows to Abandon Historic Nuclear Treaty
(Alice Slater / World BEYOND War & Institute for Public Accountability & Fox News & The Guardian)
With 122 nations having voted last summer to adopt a treaty for the complete prohibition of nuclear weapons, just as the world has banned chemical and biological weapons, it seems that the world is locked in a new Cold War time-warp, totally inappropriate to the times. Donald Trump has confirmed the US will leave an arms control treaty with Russia dating from the cold war that has kept nuclear missiles out of Europe for three decades.
In 2017, Trump Was Planning for a Missile That Would Break a Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia
(W.J. Hennigan / TIME Magazine)
(January 3, 2018): "Buried inside the mammoth $700 billion defense bill President Donald Trump signed last month is a relatively miniscule $25 million to fund development of a new road-mobile, ground-launched cruise missile. The program could be easily overlooked amid the Christmas list of military hardware the administration is buying, except for one thing: the missile is prohibited by a 30-year-old Cold War arms control agreement with Russia."
"Congress Must End US Military Aid to Saudi War in Yemen"
(Hon. Ro Khanna, US Congress / San Francisco Chronicle)
Commentary: Every ghastly new detail we learn about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi suggests that this was a premeditated murder, carried out at the direction of the highest level of the Saudi dictatorship. Since 2015, the Saudis have launched an estimated 18,000 air strikes on Yemen, attacking hospitals, schools, water treatment plants, funerals, markets and even farms. 12 million to 13 million innocent civilians at risk of dying from the lack of food within months.
Trump Threatens US-Russia Anti-Nuke Treaty: A Prelude to a New Atomic Arms Race?
(Zeke Miller and Michael Balsamo / Associated Press)
First, Donald Trump announced he was abandoning the Iran Nuclear Deal -- despite all evidence holding that Iran was in full compliance with the agreement. Now Trump says he intends to scrap a landmark arms control agreement with Russia claiming -- again without offering specific evidence -- years of violations by Moscow in developing prohibited weapons. The Kremlin, for its part, has accused the US of violating the agreement, warning that the pullout "would be a very dangerous step."
Pentagon Planning for War with Russia and China at the Same Time
(Aaron Mehta / Defense News)
The Pentagon is in the opening stages of "redesigning the force" around the challenges of Russia and China, the department's No. 2 uniformed official said Tuesday -- while warning that America may not be able to afford preparing for two unique problem sets. In recent strategy documents, the Pentagon narrowed its focus to what it calls the 4 + 1 threats -- Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and terrorism. There was no mention of climate change, hunger, disease, economic instability, or on-going environmental collapse.
ACTION ALERT: Ryan Zinke, Interior's Corrupt and Unfit Secretary, Must Resign
(Josh Nelson / CREDO Action)
The evidence of corruption and incompetence just keeps piling up for Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Considered "the most scandal-plagued member" of Trump's cabinet, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke -- public lands-enemy number-one -- is facing a dozen federal investigations into shady business dealings, unethical behavior, violations of federal law and misuse of taxpayer money.
Washington Is Building a New Atomic Weapon to Threaten Russia
(Manlio Dinucci / Global Research & Sputnik News)
The US has also approved plans to build long-range nuclear missiles that would violate the US-Russia nuclear non-proliferation treaty. However, a decisive difference is ignored: the Russian missiles (assuming their range is intermediate) are deployed in a defensive position inside Russian territory, while the US intermediate-range missiles would be deployed in an offensive position close to the Russian border. It is as if Russia deployed nuclear missiles pointed at the US in Mexico.
Politicians, Media and Scientists Call for Action on Earth's Climate Emergency
(The Climate Mobilization & The Portland Press Herald & The Guardian & The Young Turks & NYMagazine)
The publication of the IPCC's report on climate change has dramatically underscored the fact that we face an existential climate emergency, and only a WWII-scale climate mobilization can protect humanity and the natural world. The consequences of catastrophic warming will be political and even military, not just environmental.
12 Years to Catastrophe and a Bold Agenda to Save Planet Is Missing!
(Jake Johnson / Common Dreams)
Hundreds of mammal species have been wiped out due to human activity, planetary warming has sparked global insect die-off that is horrifying scientists, and United Nations experts are warning that the international community has just 12 years to transform global energy systems in order to avert climate catastrophe. But in Washington, Republicans and House Democrats are brushing aside widespread and growing public demands for urgent action in favor of "incremental steps and hearings."
Why Catastrophic Climate Change is Probably Inevitable Now: Thank Facism
(Umair Haque / Eudaimonia & Co)
Commentary: It strikes me that the planet's fate is now probably sealed. We have just a decade in which to control climate change -- or goodbye, an unknown level of catastrophic, inescapable, runaway warming is inevitable. The reality is: we're probably not going to make it. It's highly dubious at this juncture that humanity is going to win the fight against climate change. That is for a very unexpected -- yet perfectly predictable -- reason: the sudden explosion in global fascism.
Why We Need a New Armistice Day
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)
Exactly at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, 100 years ago this coming November 11th, people across Europe suddenly stopped shooting guns at each other. Up until that moment, they were killing and taking bullets, falling and screaming, moaning and dying, from bullets and from poison gas. The 'Great War' was the worst, most concentrated violence that white people had ever imposed on themselves, and that they were not used to it. We need a new Armistice Day -- one that honors peace, not war.
ACTION ALERT: No Coal from Military Bases
(CREDO Action from Working Assets & Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Bloomberg)
Trump's scandal-plagued Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is considering a dangerously misguided proposal to use West Coast military bases to ship coal and natural gas overseas. Using military bases to ship coal and natural gas overseas would fuel climate change and undermine national security. Demand a halt to this climate destabilizing plan. It threatens both national security and international security.
Trump's Mistaken: Saudi Arms Sales Wont Boost Jobs
(Alexia Fernandez Campbell / Vox.com)
Donald Trump has been pushing back against public pressure to cancel weapon sales to Saudi Arabia in light of recent news that Saudi leaders ordered the assassination of a US resident and journalist who wrote for the Washington Post. Trump wants America to think that tons of US jobs depend on the sale of US military weapons to Saudi Arabia and other shady regimes. But they really don't.
Violence against Women is Integral to War and Armed Conflict
(Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, et al.)
The negative impacts of patriarchy on our society are on full display when it comes to weapons, war, and militarism. The dominant discourse on these subjects tends to reinforce the highly problematic gendered norm that men are violent and powerful and women are vulnerable and need to be protected.
Endless War: How Shooting Games Perpetuate War as the New Normal
(Patricia Hernandez / National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth)
The "war on terror" makes it clear that the purpose of modern war is control -- not conflict resolution. Peace isn't on the drone's radar. More war is. For in the "war on terror," enemies could be anyone, anything; it has no particular enemy. Pro-war video games became high in demand in US markets after 9/11 and the military scrambled to develop better simulations to, as the book "Games of Empire" puts it, "anticipate the new challenges of the war on terror."
Jamal Khashoggi's Last Column: "What the Arab World Needs Most Is Free Expression"
(Jamal Khashoggi / The Washington Post & Voice of America)
Commentary: There is only one country in the Arab world that has been classified as "free." That nation is Tunisia. As a result, Arabs are either uninformed or misinformed. A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative. Sadly, this situation is unlikely to change.
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