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ACTION ALERT: Defund the Criminal US/Saudi Military Assault on Yemen
(Washington Post Editorial & AntiWar.com & US Senator Chris Murphy )

On August 9, an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen dropped a bomb that struck a bus packed with young boys in the village of Dayan. The US-made bomb killed at least 51 people, including 40 children. A Saudi spokesmen defended this horrific massacre. The administration's response has amounted to a shrug. The US is complicit in a probable war crime and the Dahyan bombing was not an isolated incident -- previous airstrikes have hit civilian weddings, funerals and food markets.
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Are Congress and the White House Reaching Breaking Point on Yemen?
(Eric Eikenberry / Lobe Log)

After a Saudi-led strike killed 40 children in Yemen, a Pentagon spokesperson shrugged: "We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the US sold to them." General Joseph Votel professed the same know-nothingness when he told the Senate that CENTCOM cannot say whether US fuel and US munitions are responsible for airstrikes that are killing civilians. There are growing signs of escalating tension between Congress and the administration over US support for war crimes in Yemen.
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ACTION ALERT: With Trump's Military Parade Cancelled, How Should the Peace Movement Respond?
(Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance)

This week, the Trump military parade, planned for November 10, was canceled for 2018. In February, a coalition of groups went public, announcing we would organize to stop the parade and, if it went forward, to mobilize more people at the parade calling for an end to war and militarism. The coalition called for "ending the wars at home and abroad." The question the coalition is asking now is how to build on the success of stopping Trump's military parade. Please join the conversation about where we go from here.
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Israeli Peace Activist Uri Avnery Dies at 94
(Haaretz & Rabbi Michael Lerner / Tikkun & Uri Avnery / Gush Shalom)

The peace community grieves and mourns the passing of Uri Avery, the founder and leader of Israel's peace movement, Gush Shalom Until the last moment he continued on the way he had traveled all his life. Two weeks ago, he collapsed in his home when he was about to leave for the Rabin Square to attend a demonstration against the "Nation State Law." A few hours later, he wrote a sharp article against that law. You can read Uri's last article below.
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Long-buried WWII Bombs Discovered in France, Poland, England, and Hong Kong!
(Agence France-Presse & The New York Times et al.)

A French fishing trawler netted a World War II bomb containing nearly a ton of explosives off a stretch of the Normandy coast where the June 1944 D-Day landings that led to the liberation of occupied France took place. In Germany, a 1,100-pound WWII-era bomb was found one mile from downtown Berlin. In June, a WWII-era bomb was discovered at a US military base in Stuttgart. In February, a WWII bomb was found in the Thames. In May, people were evacuated when a WWII bomb was unearthed in Hong Kong.
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The Next Frontier: Trump and Space Weapons
(Karl Grossman / Popular Resistance & Bruce Gagnon / Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space)

By removing a single word from legislation governing the military, Congress has laid the groundwork for a major shift in US nuclear defense doctrine and a costly effort to field space-based weaponry. But Washington's obsession over dominating the world from space did not begin with Donald Trump. The Pentagon began planning for a military base on the moon in 1959. In 2006, at a time of historic debt, NASA announced its intention to establish a permanent base on the moon by 2024.
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The Earth Is Experiencing an Insect Armageddon
(Living on Earth / Public Radio International & Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) / US House of Representatives & Jessica Else / The Garden Island)

The disappearance of bees and butterflies has concerned scientists and the public for years, but a study from Germany confirms that the abundance of all flying insects has dropped over 75% since 1989. Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex in the UK, discusses the probable causes with host Steve Curwood, and says the problem is so serious, loss of insects could lead to an "ecological Armageddon."
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EPA Scientists Rebel over Trump's Pro-Petrol Pollution Plan
(Chris Mooney and Dino Grandoni / The Washington Post)

Staffers at the EPA strongly criticized the logic behind a recent move to loosen future gas mileage rules for cars -- at one point requesting that the EPA's name and logo be removed from a key regulatory report. Documents released Tuesday provide a window into a tense technical battle between experts at two separate government agencies -- the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Weeks before the rollout of a massive new proposal, the two agencies had major disagreements.
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David McReynolds (1929 - 2018): Resist in Peace
(War Resisters League & The New York Daily News & WBAI News)

Longtime peace activist Dave McReynolds -- still healthy and mentally sharp at the age of 88 -- has died after a fall at his Manhattan home. During the Korean War, he was a draft resister. He joined the staff of the War Resisters League in 1960 where he worked for almost 40 years. He was one of the first to expose the flow of US arms and advisors in the lead up to the Vietnam War. He ran for president three times, becoming the first openly gay presidential candidate. He was also an gifted photographer.
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Congress Rushes to Spend Billions on Space Weapons -- Even if They Don't Work
(Tom Z. Collina and Zack Brown / Defense One)

Before the GOP-controlled Congress spends billions of your tax dollars on new, highly controversial weapons in space, you might think it would seek the opinion of the Defense Department. But no. Strange as it may seem, Republicans are rushing ahead with space-based missile interceptors over the objections of the White House and before a Pentagon review on the subject has been completed. The irony is that even a bare-bones Space Force would be ridiculously costly and more likely to foster war than prevent it.
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UK Reporter Robert Fisk Reveals Al Qaeda Is Using US Missiles
(Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge)

Veteran Middle East war correspondent Robert Fisk recently published a bombshell report that reveals how US weapons manufactured by American arms manufacturers are winding up in the hands of Al Qaeda fighters inside Syria. Fisk has literally been showing up at arms factories and questioning arms dealers -- including officials at the Saudi Embassy in London -- asking: "Why are your weapons in the hands of terrorists?" The answer is simple: capitalist economics and the profit motive.
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How the US Helped Prevent North Korea and South Korea From Reaching Real Peace in the 1950s
(Michael Pembroke / TIME Magazine)

In the long history of Korea, nothing compares to the 20th century division of the peninsula or the war that followed. That war has not finished, and a peace treaty remains elusive. China, North Korea and South Korea all seek a peace treaty, but 11 US presidents since 1953 have been unwilling to agree. If Donald Trump turns out to be the exception, that shift could help put an end to more than a half-century of conflict. The truth is, the US has played a key role in keeping the conflict going as long as it has.
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Big Oil's War on America's Endangered Water Supply
(Joe Romm / ThinkProgress)

An alarming new study reveals fracking is quite simply destroying America's water supply. The natural gas released in the fracking process, is mostly methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Methane emissions are responsible for about a quarter of the human-caused global warming we're suffering today. Thanks to fracking, we are losing potable water forever in many semi-arid regions of the US, while simultaneously producing more carbon pollution that, in turn, is driving ever-worsening droughts in those same regions.
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US Supplied Lockheed Martin Bomb that Killed 44 Children in Yemen
(AntiWar.com & CNN)

A week after Saudi Arabia attacked a school bus full of children in northern Yemen, killing at least 42 of them, munitions experts are confirming that the bomb itself which hit the bus was provided to the Saudis by the US. The bomb was identified as a US-made MK-82, a 500-pound bomb made by Lockheed Martin and sold to the Saudis during one of the many US arms deals reached in recent years to supply the Saudi war in Yemen.
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ACTION ALERT: Military Parade Postponed! March and Run for Peace Instead
(Vets Against Trump & Common Defense & VoteVets & The Huffington Post & Veterans for Peace)

Last night, the media reported that -- after months of public outcry from veterans, military families, and concerned citizens -- Trump's military parade has been POSTPONED. The DoD estimated the cost at $92 million. A number of peace events are still set for DC in November. Instead of a costly, militaristic parade, VoteVets has submitted a Letter of Intent with the D.C. government to host a 5K-foot-race around the National Mall -- one K for each of Donald Trump's Vietnam War draft deferments.
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ACTION ALERT: November Trumparade Postponed but Anti-war Marches and Concerts Still Set to Continue
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War & Kathy Kelly / The Progressive)

One day after more than 187 organizations publicly vowed to counter Donald Trump's planned weapons parade with a parade for peace in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the Pentagon pulled the plug on Trump's $92 million show-of-farce. While the Trumparade has been postponed, a number of large counter protests, concerts, and foot-races are being planned -- in Washington, DC and in cities and towns around the world -- to celebrate Armistice Day, as a global day to honor peace.
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ACTION ALERT: Say NO to Trump's Pro-polluter Environmental Rollbacks
(Democratic Climate Action & Emily Holden / Politico)

Trump's official climate plan reinforces what we've known about the president all along: He is anti-environment to the core. We need concerned Americans to step up NOW and make their voices heard on Trump's destructive agenda: a whole range of extreme, anti-environment actions with absolutely no check from the federal government. That means already dangerous weather could get even more dangerous, high temperatures could rise even higher and the costs to respond to catastrophes could get even costlier.
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Breaking News: Trump's Military Parade Postponed as Activist Protests Mount! Now Let's Get It Cancelled!
(Vote Vets & CNBC & Popular Resistance and 186 International Peace Groups )

Donald Trump's proposed military parade -- an international embarrassment all to honor a man who does nothing but dishonor veterans -- was getting out of control with the costs soaring more than 600 times its original estimate. With citizens and vets struggling with hunger, homelessness, and health problems, the idea of spending millions on an empty military spectacle apparently became untenable. Nearly 200 anti-war groups had called for the parade's cancellation. That remains the goal.
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ACTION ALERT: Break the Silence on US Support for the Terror-exporting Saudi Monarchy
(Win Without War & Kate Kizer / The Nation & Max Fisher / Vox)

The US-backed Saudi-UAE coalition bombed a school bus in Yemen, killing dozens of young children -- and the Trump administration said nothing. Trump has effectively handed over decision-making on Middle East foreign policy to the corrupt regimes of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Our government has let the Gulf States get away with brutal repression and human rights abuses. Media pundits looked the other way as the proof of Gulf corruption mounts. No one else is speaking out -- so we've got to.
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Illuminating the Dark History of Washington's Plan for
(Ian Baldwin / The Vermont Independent)

It is not possible to grasp the preposterous idea that covert military geoengineering is taking place on a planetary scale without our consent unless we understand its historic context, its roots. What is the cultural, political, even civilizational background that has given rise to the outrageous possibility of deliberately altering -- or "dominating" -- an entire Earth system, such as the climate, or the ionosphere?
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Warming Warning: US Oil Industry Was Warned of Climate Catastrophe . . . in 1959
(Benjamin Franta / The Guardian & Neela Banerjee / Inside Climate News)

In 1959, Edward Teller warned the US Oil Industry: "Energy resources will run short as we use more and more of the fossil fuels. . . . But [there is] another reason why we probably have to look for additional fuel supplies. And this, strangely, is the question of contaminating the atmosphere. Whenever you burn conventional fuel, you create carbon dioxide. A temperature rise corresponding to a 10 percent increase in CO2 will be sufficient to melt the icecap and submerge New York."
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US, Trump, Raytheon Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen
(Katy Kelly / AntiWar.com & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Helene Cooper / The New York Times)

Why is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia spending $200 million per day to bomb Yemen? Many believe the goal is to seize control over "a gold mine" of oil reserves, natural gas, minerals, and a strategic location. The US has provided the Saudis with 6,700 Raytheon missiles -- like the one used in the mass slaughter of 40 Yemeni children in a school bus. Donald Trump claims the right to ignore Congressional requirements that he address Saudi war crimes committed with US funds and bombs.
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Polls Show Millennials Are More Skeptical of Foreign Wars
(Sophia Larson / The National Interest)

A June 2018 Chicago Council on Global Affairs study found that each new generation is less in favor of military intervention than their parent's generation, while support for international cooperation remains high across generational lines. So while nothing is guaranteed in American politics, those in favor of peace and non-interventionism should be cautiously optimistic about the future of US foreign policy. Still, some worry that Millennials may not vote. Only 46 percent of Millennials voted in 2012.
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The Slow Violence of Pollution in Afghanistan: Deadlier than War
(Doug Weir / The Conflict and Environment Observatory)

The Health Effects Institute's State of Global Air project has found that Afghanistan has one of the highest per-capita rates of deaths from air pollution. Pollution kills more people in Afghanistan each year than armed violence. Addressing the health and environmental threats posed by pollution in the face of insecurity, high levels of corruption and with limited financial resources remains an enormous challenge.
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The US and Napalm: The Burning of Cities; The Incineration of Civilians
(Robert Barsocchini / AntiWar.com & Robert M. Neer / Napalm: An American Biography)

Fire-weapons have been used from ancient times. Napalm-like weapons were used by and against the Romans and Greeks. One term used for them was "wildfire"; another was "Greek fire", as incendiaries were widely used by the Greeks. In Vietnam, images of children horrifically burnt or incinerated by napalm triggered public opposition to the weapon and corporations (particularly Dow Chemical) that produced it. The flaming gel became regarded as a "worldwide synonym for American brutality."
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Trump Overrides Defense Budget Restrictions; Claims He Is Above the Law
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Donald J. Trump / The White House)

In a 15-page signing statement, Donald Trump revealed that he intends to ignore many of the provisions and congressional restrictions imposed on the $716 billion military spending bill. Trump vowed to ignore any limitations on the Yemen War and any investigation of war crimes. He rejected demands to account for civilian casualties in America's overseas wars. Finally, Trump declared he would void penalties aimed at Russia and would reject any calls to investigate Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
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67 Years After America's Atomic Holocaust, Japan's Survivors Still Suffer
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

Americans need to acknowledge the holocaust their leaders unleashed on Japan's civilian population. "Some walked or crawled. Some made it to hospitals where others could hear their exposed bones clacking on the floor like high heels. The dead sounded metallic when thrown into trashcans and trucks, sometimes with their children crying and moaning for them nearby. The black rain fell for days, raining death and horror. Those who drank water died instantly. Those who thirsted dared not drink."
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ACTION ALERT: Yemeni Children Matter but Does Raytheon Care?
(CODE PINK & David Swanson.org & Common Dreams & George Galloway & CNN)

We've been given a rare opportunity. While the US military has slaughtered innocents by the hundreds of thousands in the Middle East over the past couple of decades, almost never have US television viewers seen images of the victims, in particular images of them alive just moments before death rained down on them. Now we have video footage of dozens of little boys on a bus less than an hour before US-made Raytheon bombs murdered many of them, wounded others, and traumatized survivors.
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The US Needs to Face Up to Its Long History of Election Meddling
(Peter Beinart / The Atlantic)

During the Cold War, America's leaders saw nothing wrong with electoral interference, so long as the United States was conducting it. Dov Levin, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University, has identified 62 American interventions in foreign elections between 1946 and 1989. The large majority -- like Russia's in 2016 -- were conducted in secret. But now, the US turns these covert capers into Hollywood movies and no one blinks twice.
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Instead of Profiting from Peace, Trump Pushes for a Costly Attack on Iran
(Eric Margolis / EricMargolis.com & Muhammad Sahimi / AntiWar.com)

So intense is the Trump administration's hatred for Islamic Iran that it decided to sabotage a multinational nuclear deal that would have meant a bonanza for US and European companies that included a $40-50 billion sale of 210 US and EU jet airliners to Iran. Trump has imposed added sanctions on the Iranian economy -- the latest of a long string of US assaults that have targeted Iran with the overthrow of a democratically elected government, and attacks on Iran's navy, oil platforms in the Gulf and a civilian jetliner.
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Profiting from Trump's War on Children
(Will Evans, Lance Williams, Matt Smith and Aura Bogado / Reveal @ The Center for Investigative Reporting)

By the time Washington started sending immigrant children to Shiloh Treatment Center in 2009, the warning flags were waving red. Three children died after being physically restrained at the US-sponsored detention facility. Children reported being slapped, punched and kicked while in custody. Others testified that they were forcibly injected with psychiatric drugs. There were reports of sexual abuse. And still, the US continued to pay more than $33 million the Shiloh's operator, Clay Dean Hill.
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Wildfires Increasing Threat to Planet: Trump Won't Act but California's Governor Just Might
(Amy Goodman, Michael Mann and Michael Brune / Democracy Now! & Michael Brune / Medium.com & )

Even as we deal with the Trump administration's cascade of corruption, the climate-change clock keeps ticking. The math is merciless: If we don't accelerate a phaseout of fossil fuels, today's wildfires, droughts, and extreme weather will seem mild compared to what's coming. We can't count on Washington to tackle this problem. The solution? Take the challenge to the one state that's got the political, moral, and environmental clout to challenge Trump's devastating denial of a visible, existential danger.
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Should Al Qaeda Be Made America's 51st State?
(David Swanson / DavidSwanson.org & Khaleda Rahman and Anthony Harwood / Daily Mail Online)

Commentary: "Without Al Qaeda the US would not be whole. With it, all is in perfect balance. If there were no Al Qaeda we'd have to invent one. Pretending there's been a major Al Qaeda presence in Afghanistan has worked wonders . . . paying off members of Al Qaeda or related groups in Afghanistan has been a gold mine . . . . Having successfully gotten a major war going, and created the worst human catastrophe on earth, The US-Saudi alliance now passes millions of dollars to Al Qaeda fighters in Yemen."
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Child Separation and the Practice of Genocide: In Canada and the US
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: "While the US removal of immigrant children from their families has been in the news of late, it's not been newly invented. Both settler-colonist Canada and Nazi Germany learned from the US practice of removing Indigenous children from their families in order to "educate" them into another culture."
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New Report: US-backed Saudis in Yemen Are Allied with Al Qaeda
(Win Without War & the Associated Press)

For three years, the Saudi-UAE coalition in Yemen has been using US military support to bomb and starve civilians. But the US has been flat-out ignoring these atrocities because our government believes Saudi Arabia and the UAE are our critical "allies" against Al Qaeda. Turns out, both Saudi Arabia and UAE have been secretly paying off Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen, even recruiting them to join their ranks -- making the US Al Qaeda's de facto air force!
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Trump's "Space Force" No Match for Meteor that Crashed Near US Base in July
(Ellen Mitchell / The Hill & News.com.au)

Defense Secretary James Mattis, who originally opposed plans for a military "space force" now states that he "absolutely" supports the creation of a new space branch for the military. But the proposal for an expanded US military designed to "dominate" the Earth would have been helpless against a meteor-strike like the 2.1 kiloton impact that nearly hit a US military base in Greenland in July. Maybe that explains why the Pentagon has made no mention of the near-miss.
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'By the Youth, For the Youth': A Manifesto for Tomorrow's Activists
(The International Congress of Youth Voices / The Guardian)

'Our vision is to create a global system', says a global coalition of youth activists after gathering for the first International Congress of Youth Voices in San Francisco. After three days of deliberation, the delegates wrote a group manifesto, which has been translated and published in several languages.
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The Secret Agreement that Requires the US to Keep Lying About Israel's Nukes
(Grant Smith / AntiWar.com)

Why does the US give away the lion's share of the foreign aid to a country long known to have a disqualifying secret nuclear weapons program? The last four US presidents have signed a secret "gag order" preventing mention of Israel's nuclear weapons or the US role in creating them. The letter is said to be central for Israel's leader Benjamin Netanyahu because the nuclear arsenal fuels his "sense of impunity, sense of Israel being so powerful, that it can dictate its own terms in the region and beyond."
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How Trump and Three Other US Presidents Protected Israel's Worst-Kept Secret: Its Nuclear Arsenal
(Adam Entous / The New Yorker)

When a delegation of senior Israeli officials visited the Trump White House on February 13, 2017, they wanted to discuss several critical issues. Topping the list was a secret letter concerning a subject the Israelis had promised the Americans never to discuss publicly -- Israel's undeclared nuclear arsenal. The very existence of the letters have been a closely held secret -- unknown even to incoming presidents. The letter pledges that no future US nuclear arms reduction treaty will address Israel's secret nuclear arsenal.
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Charlottesville Remembered: 'A Battle for the Soul of America'
(Joel Gunter & Roland Hughes / BBC News )

On 12 August, Charlottesville, Virginia will mark the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally that shocked the nation. The violence that day cost the life of a young counter-protester and scarred Charlottesville. In the year since, some residents have attempted to reckon with the legacy of that weekend and the racial inequality that persists in the city. Here, in their own words, some of those closest to the events tell the story of what happened, why it happened, and what it meant to a city and a nation.
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The White-right Fighters Who Struck Charlottesville and their Ties to the US Military and Weapons Contractors
(Amy Goodman and A. C. Thompson / Democracy Now!)

This week marks one year since white supremacists and neo-Nazis descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, in the deadly "Unite the Right" rally to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. It became the biggest and deadliest white supremacist rally in the US in decades.
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Saudis Vow to Investigate Mass-murder of Yemeni Children: UN Demands an Independent Investigation
(AntiWar.com & Reuters & The Daily Star & Lena Masri / ABC News)

At least 40 children have been killed a US-backed Saudi airstrike on a bus in northern Yemen. The Arab states initially said the attack on the bus was a "legitimate military action" against missile launchers, carried out in accordance with international humanitarian law. The Saudis have promised to investigate but outraged human rights groups and UN officials are demanding an independent inquiry.
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Portland Police Protect Right-wing Activists; Maim Citizens with Wanton Gunfire
(Arun Gupta / The Daily Beast & The Real News)

Demonstrators injured by a barrage of police stun grenades and other less-lethal weapons in Portland recall how their city became a terrifying war zone. At least five people sought emergency medical care after the August 4 police onslaught -- a group that includes this reporter's partner (who ended up with third-degree burns), Anthony who was diagnosed with a minor brain hemorrhage after being shot in the head, and a 29-year-old man who had his arm ripped apart.
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Caribbean Nations Blame Trump for Weather War
(Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

As warming temperatures caused by climate change is strengthening hurricanes, leaders in the Caribbean are pleading with Donald Trump to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. Caribbean states and territories have criticized the Trump administration for dismantling the US' response to climate change, warning that greenhouse gas emissions must be sharply cut to avoid hurricanes and sea level rise threatening the future of island nations.
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ACTION ALERT: The World Is Disappearing in Flames: Can We Protect Half to Save the Planet?
(Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone & Avaaz: The World in Action)

"Our future," James Lovelock observed, "is like that of the passengers on a small pleasure boat sailing quietly above the Niagara Falls, not knowing that the engines are about to fail." By 2020, two-thirds of wild animals will be gone. Life is being extinguished as fast as when the dinosaurs disappeared because humanity is taking a chainsaw to the tree of life. Our best chance to save our ecosystems and 80-90% of all species is giving them enough safe space to thrive -- by keeping half the Earth intact.
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ACTION ALERT: Today the Saudis Dropped US Bombs on a School Bus Filled with Children!
(CODEPINK & Associated Press & Win Without War & The Hill)

Wounded children, their clothes and schoolbags covered with blood, lay on hospital stretchers. The International Committee of the Red Cross said the hospital in Saada received the bodies of 29 children, all under 15 years old. It also received 48 wounded people, including 30 children. The bombs that killed these children were made in the USA. Their blood is on our hands.
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Trump Demands War in Space to "Dominate" the World
(Popular Mechanics)

The US was the first country to militarize space. In 1959, the Pentagon revealed plans for a military base on the moon. In 1985, the US was the first nation to destroy a satellite in orbit. China has 57 military satellites in orbit. Russia has 83. The US has 157. In January 2018, the US refused to join China and Russia in signing a treaty to assure the "Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space." Peaceful, freedom-loving nations do not wish to "dominate." That is the core verb used by totalitarian military dictatorships.
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NATO Nuclear Sharing: Handing Out Nuclear Bombs to Our Allies
(Tim Street / Oxford Research Group & Center for Security Studies Blog Network)

This primer explains the role US-owned B61 tactical nuclear weapons play in Europe as part of NATO's nuclear sharing arrangements. The US currently deploys some 180 'tactical' nuclear weapons (B61 gravity bombs) across six bases in five European NATO member states -- Belgium, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and Turkey. The fragility of Turkey-NATO relations, have raised questions about the costs, benefits, and security of NATO's nuclear sharing programs.
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Trump Plan to Dump Immigrant Families at Toxic Waste Sites
(E.A. Crunden / ThinkProgress)

Environmental and health advocates want more information about the Trump administration's plans to house detained immigrants, including children, at two Texas military posts with a history of toxic contamination. Under Trump's plan, detained immigrants would be kept near or on toxic waste sites currently slated for government cleanup.
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When It Comes to War, Words Matter
(ayle Morrow and Greta Zarro / The Progressive)

An unheralded word change to Trump's Department of Defense mission statement is unsettling -- to say the least. While the newly stated DoD mission is not surprising to those familiar with the history of US foreign policy, it is foreboding in its explicitness. The statement saying the department's mission is to "deter war" has been replaced by to "provide a lethal Joint Force to defend the security of our country and sustain American influence abroad."
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Why We Are Organizing to Stop Trump's Military Parade
(No Trump Parade & Courtney Kube / NBC News)

At a time when the US military budget is growing, now constituting 57% of our federal discretionary spending, programs for domestic needs such as food, education, housing and health care are being cut and US militarization is infecting most of the countries of the world, our schools and our communities, Donald Trump plans to spend more than $30 million dollars to parade tanks and weapons through the streets of Washington, DC.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell the IRC: No Award for BlackRock CEO
(CODEPINK)

Every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies from war-related hunger and disease -- a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. Meanwhile, US weapons companies, and the financial firms like BlackRock that invest in them, make billions of dollars from this war. So why is the International Rescue Committee, a group that works to save the lives of suffering Yemeni children, giving their annual humanitarian award to Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock and a man who profits from that very same war?
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ACTION ALERT: Why I'm Running as a Green and Not as a Democrat
(Pat Elder / Elder for Congress)

Commentary: "People ask why I'm running as a Green rather than running as a Democrat. They're skeptical of any political party outside the box and they're concerned I'll help a Republican get elected. They're also fearful of a left-leaning democratic socialist agenda. Here's my response."
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ACTION ALERT: As Wildfires Rage Worldwide, Activists Plan March at September Climate Action Summit
( & Nina Chestney / Reuters)

Real climate leadership rises from the grassroots up. Thousands of people from around the world are getting ready to Rise for climate, jobs, and justice on September 8th. In September, world leaders are meeting at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. On Sept. 8th, let's show them we need bold action. Join thousands of people from across the world for a global day of action to demand a just transition to 100% clean energy.
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Climate Change and War: Why a Waring Planet Is a Warming Planet
(Stacy Bannerman / Common Dreams)

Commentary: The big environmental organizations seem to have tacitly agreed that the US military is the one entity we won't mention when we talk about the biggest contributors to climate change. Yet the Pentagon uses more petroleum per day than 175 of the world's 210 nations and generates more than 70% of total US greenhouse gas emissions. We cannot cure this man-made cancer on the climate without addressing the socially sanctioned, institutionalized violence perpetrated by US foreign policy.
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Millions Flow to Pentagon's Banned Contractors Via a Back Door
(Sam Skolnik / Bloomberg Government)

Some of the world's largest companies have benefited from a little-known law that lets the Defense Department override decisions barring contractors accused or convicted of bribery, fraud, theft, and other crimes from doing business with the government. Companies receiving waivers included some accused or convicted of major fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, ethical bidding violations, and in the case of fuel-seller BP, an overall "lack of business integrity."
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If Julian Assange Leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy, What Next?
(Hilary Hurd / Lawfare)

WikiLeaks founder and CEO Julian Assange might be nearing his final days in Ecuador's London embassy, where he's lived and worked since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden for rape charges or, potentially, to the United States. The Intercept reported that Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno recently met with British officials to finalize plans to expel Assange from the embassy. The release might occur in the coming weeks, or even days.
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The Real Reason NATO Exists: It Is a Goldmine for the Military Industrial Complex
(Brian Cloughley / AntiWar.com & NATOWatch)

Donald Trump has ordered members of NATO's military alliance to double spending on weapons, but his reasons have nothing to do with any defense. NATO's members already spend 12 times more on military preparedness than Russia. Russia is a pretext for a spending spree designed to benefit the global weapons industry. Meanwhile, if Trump reduced NATO spending to 2 percent of the US GDP, this could generate a $159 billion peace to meet US health, housing, and infrastructure needs.
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What If Russia Could Really Be Our Friend?
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

Commentary: There is a case to made that "Russia is our friend." The threat of the communists taking wealth away from the rich was a driving force in US foreign affairs from 1920 and long after World War II. Attacking Russian sooner rather than later was a view advocated by Gen. George Patton, Hitler's replacement Admiral Karl Donitz, Allen Dulles, and the OSS. Lies about overblown Soviet threats -- nonexistent missile gaps and a global communist conspiracy -- became profit makers for US weapons companies.
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Russiagate and the New McCarthyism: How Democrats and Corporate Media Are Attacking Progressive Movements
(Alan Macleod / Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)

Russiagate allows the Democrats to ignore calls for change and ignore why they lost to the most unpopular presidential candidate in history. If Russia hacked the election, there's no need for introspection, no need to address the Sanders wing of the party, no need to heed progressive challenges from the left. Meanwhile, small, independent news sources that challenge the establishment can be censored, defunded or deranked by corporate media giants citing "Russiagate" as an excuse to stifle criticism and competition.
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'Never Again' Is Now: The US Revives the Specter of Ethnic Concentration Camps
(Nancy Ukai / San Francisco Chronicle)

Paul Tomita, 79, was only 4 years old when he departed the Minidoka prison camp for American Japanese in southern Idaho, one of 10 concentration camps in remote places in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. It was 1943 and his parents had passed a lengthy clearance process to re-enter society. Not charged with a crime, they were nonetheless banned from returning to their Seattle home on the West Coast, which had been designated a military zone.
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Hiroshima Marks 73rd Anniversary of US Atomic Bombing in WWII
(Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press)

Hiroshima marked the anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing with a somber ceremony Monday to remember the people killed and injured and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons amid hopes of denuclearizing North Korea. Mayor Kazumi Matsui opened his peace address by describing the hellish scene of the blast that morning 73 years ago and the agony of the victims, telling the audience to listen "as if you and your loved ones were there."
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US Wants Nicaragua to Fall Because It Poses the Threat of a Good Example
(Roger D. Harris / Mint Press & The Task Force on the Americas)

The US has targeted Nicaragua for regime change. Some former supporters of the Sandinista party echo the US talking points: President Daniel Ortega's government has been, "in essence, neoliberal. Then it becomes authoritarian, repressive." But, in Noam Chomsky's words, Nicaragua has been targeted because it poses "the threat of a good example" to the US empire. Since Ortega's return election victory in 2006, Nicaragua had achieved remarkable success in health, education, and economic equality.
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Open Letter to Amnesty International on Nicaragua From a Former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience
(Camilo Mejia / CounterPunch & Camilo Mejia vs. Julio Martinez Ellsberg / Democracy Now!)

Commentary: "Through this letter I express my unequivocal condemnation of Amnesty International with regards to the destabilizing role it has played in Nicaragua, my country of birth." AI's report, "Shoot to Kill: Nicaragua's Strategy to Repress Protest," could be dismantled point by point, but that requires time that the Nicaraguan people don't have, therefore I will concentrate on two main points: The report completely lacks neutrality and AI is contributing to the chaos in which the nation now finds itself.
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Pentagon Expected to Ignore New Call for Accountability for Civilian Deaths
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Rita Siemion / Just Security)

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act includes two provisions dealing with civilian casualties in America's assorted wars. The language requires the Pentagon to create a high-ranking civilian post that would be in charge of establishing uniform processes on recording strikes, investigating casualties, reducing risks to civilians, and establishing uniform standards for accepting responsibility and offering payments for the families of victims. The problem is that the Pentagon may just ignore the language.
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ACTION ALERT: Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Global Actions to Abolish Nuclear Arms
(Abolition 2000 & The Global Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons & The Basel Peace Office)

The risk of a nuclear war by accident, miscalculation or intent has risen due to unstable leaders and unresolved tensions. August 6 and 9 are the 73rd anniversaries of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. According to the 'Doomsday Clock' the world is just '2 Minutes to Midnight', the closest we have been to nuclear war since the height of the Cold War. Global gatherings will remember the holocausts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Please raise your voice and make a difference by abolishing nuclear weapons.
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ACTION ALERT: The Appeal of the Hibakusha, Japan's A-bomb Survivors
(Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations)

The Hibakusha Appeal is a signature campaign calling for an international treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. The average age of the Hibakusha is now over 80 years old, yet the threat of a global nuclear war seems to be growing larger each day. The horrors of "Hell on Earth" that the Hibakusha have experienced should never be repeated again. Signatures will be collected until 2020, or until such a treaty is realized.
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The Real Face of Climate Change!
(Kyla Mandel / ThinkProgress & Damian Carrington /The Guardian)

This summer, much of the world has endured record-breaking heat -- the type of which science tells us is what we can expect from climate change. Unrelenting extreme weather is leading to some unprecedented and shocking events, including record temperatures in Europe, tornadoes in Virginia and Massachusetts, the hottest rainfall on Earth and what many are calling a "fire tornado" with an unprecedented 143 mile-per-hour windspeed.
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"S---hole America" -- How Trump Misled the Public on US Poverty
(Foreign Policy & Reader Supported News)

After a UN agency issued a report on the soaring state of poverty in the US -- concluding that 40 million Americans are poor and more than 5 million live in "Third World conditions" -- the Trump administration ridiculed the findings as "inaccurate, inflammatory and irresponsible" and cited its own data in rebuttal. But key economists are questioning the accuracy of the data the administration chose to cite and claiming their research findings were altered or ignored to paint an "an overly optimistic picture."
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US-Backed Saudi Airstrike on Family With Nine Children Shows "Clear Violations" of the Laws of War
(Iona Craig and Shuaib Almosawa / The Intercept)

On May 14, a 500-pound, US-made bomb was dropped near a tent in Yemen. Instead, was a nomadic family including 9 sleeping children. Once again, the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen demonstrated how officers in charge of daily air raids were ignoring their own procedures aimed at minimizing civilian casualties. Specialists in international humanitarian law say the incident described in the document shows "clear violations" of the laws of war.
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More War Memorials? Are We at Peace with That?
(David Montgomery / The Washington Post)

In addition to calling for a costly and divisive military parade, Donald Trump has also signed legislation approving a costly new war monument n the nation's capitol -- the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial. This is one of five new projects designed to celebrate Washington's burgeoning militarism. One of the proposed monuments would celebrate George W. Bush's ongoing Global War on Terror, now in its 17th year. The only question now is where to place them.
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ACTION ALERT: We Don't Need More War Monuments or Military Parades: We Need Peace!
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War)

Washington, DC is already brimming with monuments to wars and warriors, but the government is now planning to spend millions of additional taxpayer dollars erecting five new battle monuments to: World War I, the Gulf War, Native American fighters, African Americans who fought in the US War for Independence, and the (still unfinished) War on Terrorism. There also is to be a memorial to Dwight Eisenhower (that's "Ike the Warrior," not the president who warned of the dangers of the military-industrial complex.
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US Continues Preparations for War in the Arctic
(Matthew Cox / Military.com & Todd South / The Army Times)

As Russia makes moves in the Arctic, some say the Army needs to put more resources into the cold weather fight. Lawmakers want the Pentagon to submit a report to Congress on whether the US military services have the equipment and training they need to survive in cold-weather combat. Conferees want the report presented to the congressional defense committees "not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act on current cold weather capabilities and readiness of the Armed Forces."
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Intelligence Vets Warn: A Trumped-up War on Iran Could Be Catastrophic
(Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity / Consortium News)

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity warned that George W Bush's justification for attacking Iraq was based on lies. Now, VIPS is warning Donald Trump that the Iranian "threat" is overblown and "that you are being played by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu" whose claims about Iran are "based on intelligence exposed as fraudulent several years ago." These intelligence professionals are warning that plans for an illegal and unjustified US attack on Iran could prove to be "all-caps CATASTROPHIC."
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Foolish Wars Have Consequences
(James J. Zogby / Lobe Log)

Commentary: "Fifteen years ago, we were still in the early stages of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, "the war that would change everything." Looking at the Middle East today, I feel an overwhelming sadness as I consider the far-reaching and devastating impact that the Iraq war has had on my country and the region and its peoples."
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America Spends Over $20 Billion Per Year on Fossil Fuel Subsidies. Abolish Them!
(Dana Nuccitelli / The Guardian)

In the 2015-2016 election cycle oil, gas, and coal companies spent $354 million in campaign contributions and lobbying and received $29.4 billion in federal subsidies in total over those same years -- an 8,200% return on investment. Some 88% of Big Carbon's lobbying funds went to Republicans, 97% of whom the voted against taxing carbon pollution. Meanwhile, Donald Trump continues to prop up the dying coal industry. The GOP might as well rebrand itself as the "Grand Oil Party."
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Big Oil Defeats Big Wind as Trump's Uranium Fuel Policies Disintegrate
(Dan Gearino / Inside Climate News & Stephen Lee / BNA News)

Wind Catcher, a 2,000 megawatt wind-power farm planned in Oklahoma, needed clearance from four states but oil and gas industry-connected groups campaigned to stop it. Meanwhile, the nuclear industry says Donald Trump's uranium policies are affecting purchasing decisions. Cameco, world's biggest uranium miner, says prices already too low to make economic sense.
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The Survival of Organized Human Life Is At Risk Due to Climate Change & Nuclear Weapons
(Amy Goodman and Noam Chomsky / Democracy Now!)

We're destroying the environment. We're threatening a terminal disaster with nuclear weapons. For the first time in history, human beings need to ask: "Will human life survive?" And yet, we are focusing on issues of minor importance instead of problems of enormous importance. Questions of how to deal with immigration or the challenge of survival of organized human life on Earth. Those are the topics we should be thinking about, not whether Trump tweeted an insult or misbehaved in a press conference.
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UN 'Running Out of Cash' and Facing Urgent Cuts: Retiring Just One Nuclear Missile Could Save the UN's Mission
(The Guardian & The Basel Peace Office & Union of Concerned Scientists)

The UN is facing an unprecedented shortage of funding for its core budget. 112 out of 193 member states have paid their share; the US, Argentina, Syria, Venezuela and Belarus have not. If the US retired just one Trident missile, the money saved could cover the UN deficit. Better yet, if all the nuclear armed States abandoned plans to upgrade their nuclear weapons, the nearly $100 billion saved could be re-directed into job creation, climate protection, education, health, peace, diplomacy and sustainable security.
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Blistering UN Report: Trump's Policies Worseing Poverty & Inequality
(Amy Goodman and Philip Alston / Democracy Now!)

The UN has reported 40 million Americans are living in poverty with 18.5 million in "extreme poverty." When the General Assembly condemned the Israeli military's attacks on nonviolent protesters in Gaza (Since March 30th, more than 120 Palestinians have been killed and more than 13,000 injured by Israeli bullets) only eight countries failed to criticize Israel: "The US, Australia and six other very small countries." On June 19, the Trump administration withdrew the US from the UN Human Rights Council.
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Kids and Lawyers vs. Big Oil: Climate Suits Dismissed and Sustained
(Lawrence Hurley / Reuters & Nicholas Kusnetz and David Hasemyer / InsideClimate News)

The US Supreme Court has rejected a bid by the Trump' administration to halt a lawsuit filed by 21 young activists who have accused Washington of ignoring the perils of climate change. Meanwhile New York City has lost a bid to hold the oil industry responsible for the costs of adapting to sea-level rise triggered by increasing heat. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to appeal the ruling.
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Daniel Ellsberg Unmasks the Existential Danger of the Nuclear Doomsday Machine
(Paul W. Rea / Environmentalists Against War)

Researcher, writer, and activist Daniel Ellsberg is internationally recognized for blowing the whistle on the outrageous violence in Vietnam. But late in 2017, Ellsberg delivered another disturbing expose -- one that reveals the persistent and growing danger of nuclear weapons. "The Doomsday Machine" emerges from Ellsberg's insider knowledge that atomic weapons on hair-trigger alert for over 60 years ca still -- in less than a half hour, by intent, mistake or a simple error -- bring an end to nearly all life on Earth.
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Israel Stops Ship with Humanitarian Aid for Gaza; Beats; Jails Crew, Including American Naval Vet
(Joe Lauria / Special to Consortium News & April Watters / Peoples Internet Radio)

Israeli forces have violently boarded a ship that was headed to Gaza bringing humanitarian aid. The ship reportedly was boarded in international waters. Joe Meadors, a US Navy veteran and a survivor of the deadly 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty is one of the detainees now in Israeli custody.
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Iran: Another Illegal US War of Aggression?
(Jacob G. Hornberger / The Future of Freedom Foundation)

Commentary: I am getting that Iraq deja vu feeling again, only this time it's about Iran. Remember the build-up to the US war of aggression against Iraq: WMDs. Mushroom clouds. Charts and graphs. Preventive war. The propaganda from US officials was overwhelming, so much so that many Americans completely accepted the notion that the US was an innocent victim about to come under nuclear attack -- rather than the aggressor. As some observers put it: We were "lied into war."
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Stop Weapons Testing on the Potomac! A Long Shot vs. the Big Shots
(Pat Elder / Pat Elder for Congress & The Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Centers)

Commentary: The MK-46 30 mm gun is tested in the Potomac River, not far from my house. The crabs and fish hate it and so do I. Six miles of the river will be shut down for testing on Wednesday, August 1, from Dahlgren down to Swan Point on the Maryland side, and Colonial Beach on the Virginia side. It's loud, it's dangerous, it's poisonous, and it's unnecessary. I'm running for Congress as a Green against Steny Hoyer because issues like this are never addressed by the Democrats or Republicans.
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US Sends Mixed Signals on Plans for Illegal Act of Aggression Targeting Iran
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Phil Stewart / Reuters)

Is the United States preparing the public for another illegal act of Pentagon aggression? In this case, an unprovoked attack on Iran? On one hand, Defense Secretary James Mattis dismisses the idea as "fiction," but other US officials (and sources in the Australian military) have since gone on record as saying the attack is still being considered. The pretext for this war appears to be Saudi Arabia's ongoing Yemen War. The Saudis have previously alleged the Houthis are "tied" to Iran. The Saudi war is backed by the US.
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Ron Dellums, Presente! Remembering the Marine Vet Who became an Antiwar Congressman
(Rachel Swan / The San Francisco Chronicle & Hon. Barbara Lee / US House of Representatives)

As a congressman, Ron Dellums is best remembered for his uncompromising opposition to the Vietnam War and compelling speeches on the House Floor. Some elected officials saw the fiery, Oakland-raised peacenik as a political outlier -- and even as an agitator but, as one of Dellums' aides recalled: "He would go to the floor and challenge his colleagues, and they would challenge him back. And that's how he learned to work with them rather than just name-calling."
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US Secret Wars in Africa Rage on Despite Talk of Downsizing
(Nick Turse /The Intercept)

Last October, four US soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger. Since then, talk of US special operations in Africa has centered on missions being curtailed and troop levels cut. Analysts have already stepped forward to question or criticize the proposed cuts. According to figures provided by US Special Operations Command, 16.5 percent of commandos overseas are deployed in Africa. More US commandos are deployed to Africa than any other region of the world except the Middle East.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell the IRC Not to Honor Blackrock's War-supporting CEO
(Codepink)

The two leading contributors to the current global refugee crisis are climate change and war. It is through the work of the IRC that refugees are able to gain a foothold in their host countries. Honoring Mr. Larry Fink with a humanitarian award directly contradicts the mission and vision of the International Rescue Committee. BlackRock maintains significant stakes in weapons companies such as General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon.
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Wildfires Raging Worldwide Detonate WWII Bombs in Germany
(Deutsche Welle)

The EU says that it is currently involved in the biggest joint mission to fight wildfires in the bloc's history -- with fires raging in Sweden, Greece, England, Germany and Latvia. Meanwhile, a rare forest fire near Potsdam, outside Berlin, has caused some World War II munitions to explode, hampering firefighters. The fire is now reported to be under control.'
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NATO: The Unexamined Alliance
(Conn Hallinan / Dispatches from the Edge & The European Leadership Network)

Commentary: The outcome of the July11-12 NATO meeting in Brussels got lost amid the media's obsession with President Donald Trump's bombast, but the "Summit Declaration" makes for sober reading. The 28-page document "upgraded military readiness" and was "harshly critical of Russia," but there was not much detail beyond that. But details matter, because that is where the Devil hides.
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War No Longer Works: Except for Military Profiteering
(Tom Streithorst / The American Conservative & George D. O'Neill, Jr. / The American Conservative)

Commentary: The US spends more on its military than all its enemies put together yet it still can't win wars. Failed adventures in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan have drained America's power and diminished its prestige. Bloated Pentagon budgets actually make us weaker. Here's the weird bit: nobody seems to care. If any other government department spent as much and accomplished as little, the populace would be in arms. Instead we mumble "Thank you for your service" and increase defense appropriations.
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Weaponized Keynesianism in Washington
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & William Hartung / TomDispatch )

Commentary: The notion that the Pentagon can play a primary role in boosting employment to any significant degree is largely a myth that serves the needs of the military-industrial complex, not S workers or Donald Trump's base. Until the political gridlock in Washington that prevents large-scale new civilian investments of just about any sort is broken, however, the Pentagon will continue to seem like the only game in town. And we will all pay a price for those skewed priorities, in both blood and treasure.
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New War Budget Bans Troop Drawdowns: 10 Senators, 68 Reps Vote "No" on NDAA
(Yonhap News Agency & Office of Rep. Mark DeSaulnier & GovTrack.us)

Congress has passed a defense authorization bill that restricts any drawdown of 28,500 US troops currently stationed in South Korea. The legislation specifically notes that any reduction of forces as "a non-negotiable item as it relates to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization" of North Korea." The budget bill would give an additional $717 billion to the Pentagon. Some politicians are demanding an audit of Pentagon waste (Current estimate: at least $125 billion) before approving a new budget.
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Questioning the Pentagon's $717 Billion Budget
(Republican Policy Committee Summary / GovTrack)

Despite fact that the Pentagon Budget is one of the government's largest and most consequential pieces of legislation, the news media pays little attention to the document's contents or the process that channels billions of tax dollars into programs and operations that are wasteful, lethal, polluting and damaging to America's reputation and standing in the world.
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"Warflation" and the Cost of Military Exercises
(The Wall Street Journal & CNBC)

Call it "Warflation." The military's $700 billion FY 2019 budget marks an increase of 15.5% over FY 2018. At the Singapore summit, Donald Trump vowed to cancel joint US/South Korea military exercises because they were provocative to North Korea and "tremendously expensive." The cost? According to a Pentagon analysis, the military exercises known as Freedom Guardian, (set to begin in August) would have set the US military back $14 million -- less than the cost of a single new fighter jet.
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The 24 Moral Questions Americans Dare Not Ask
(Nick Turse / TomDispatch & Andrew J. Bacevich / TomDispatch)

Commentary: Since the late eighteenth century, the United States has been involved in an almost ceaseless string of wars, interventions, punitive expeditions, and other types of military ventures abroad. The country has formally declared war 11 times and engaged in undeclared conflicts (many of which are still on-going). The media's current obsession with Donald Trump's every tweet serve as a distraction from critical national security issues that presently receive short shrift or are ignored altogether.
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Which Is More Occupied, Crimea or Afghanistan?
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

Commentary: In 2014, the people of Crimea voted to re-join Russia. The vote followed a US-backed coup in Kiev, meaning that Crimea was voting to secede from an undemocratic government. The US has supported the secessions of Kosovo from Serbia, Slovakia from Czechoslovakia, and South Sudan from Sudan. One example of an occupation that Washington is not condemning, however, is the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan where an occupation force of 41,000 remains in place after 16 years.
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US Supports Saudi-UAE War Crimes in Yemen
(Kathy Kelly / AntiWar.com)

In July of 2018, an Amnesty International report entitled "God Knows If He's Alive," documented the plight of dozens of families in southern Yemen whose loved ones have been tortured, killed, or forcibly disappeared by Yemeni security forces reporting to the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is part of a US-backed coalition that has been bombarding and blockading Yemen for three brutal years. The on-going disappearances, and torture, can sadly be laid at the doorstep of the United States.
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Soldiers Say Order to Turn Military Bases into Concentration Camps 'Smacks of Totalitarianism'
(Courage to Resist & The Daily Beast)

In a policy that echoes the infamous detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II and the forcible separation of children of native nations after Wounded Knee, the Pentagon has been ordered to create concentration camps for immigrant detainees at military bases across the US. "It smacks of totalitarianism," said Steve Kleinman, a retired Air Force colonel and military intelligence officer.
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