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ACTION ALERT: Stop the School Shootings: Ban Sales of Military Weapons
(LegitAction Team & Brave New Films & The Huffington Post & Kucinich.com & MomsRising)

The recent shooting in Parkland, Florida is an example of the deadly consequences that can arise when the American people overwhelmingly ask for a policy (like gun safety reforms) that Congress ignores at the behest of a few campaign donors (like the NRA and gun manufacturers). Rich and powerful gun interests are undermining our democratic legitimacy: our lives and our freedoms are at risk. Raise your voice to challenge the Gun Lobby.

Trump Quietly Kills Gun-control Law!
(Ashley Curtin / NationofChange & Dave Lindorff / This Can't Be Happening)

In a very hush manner, Donald Trump signed a bill into law on Tuesday that rolled back an Obama-era regulation that put restrictions on gun purchases for people with mental illnesses. Why do we permit people to buy semi-automatic assault rifles?Something is clearly sick in America. The latest shooting, in Broward County, Florida, did not take place in some crowded, poor, violence-plagued, urban school, but rather in an upscale suburban community -- at a top-performing high school.

It's Time to Deal With Trumputin's Second Amendment Idiocy
(Harvey "Sluggo" Wasserman / Reader Supported News)

Commentary: The first thing to remember about gun violence is that it is A BUSINESS. There is an entire corporate infrastructure that makes BIG MONEY on these murders. Whoever makes and sells the automatic weapons and the bullets that do these slaughters makes a profit on them. Yesterday's shooting, like tomorrow's, puts money in their bank account. They will be enriched by the next mass slaughter and the one after that and the one after that.

Las Vegas Autopsies Reveal The True Brutality Of Mass Shootings
(Nick Wing and Matt Ferner / Huffington Post)

Media coverage often serves to sanitize the graphic, uncomfortable reality of these tragedies. Maybe we don't deserve the privilege of that comfort. In the wake of the Las Vegas mass-shooting in October 2017, reports from the Clark County coroner's office offer a raw account of the power of civilian weaponry. With bullets traveling at 3,000-feet-per-second, the damage these high-powered rifles can inflict on human bodies is extreme -- even when the gunman appears to have no particular firearms expertise.

1,607 More Mass Shootings Since Sandy Hook: Washington Offers 'Thoughts and Prayers'
(German Lopez, Ryan Mark and Soo Oh on / VOX & The Gun Violence Archive & The New York Times)

In December 2012, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children, six adults, and himself. Since then, there have been at least 1,607 mass shootings, with at least 1,846 people killed and 6,459 wounded.

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

Nikolas Cruz, the south Florida shooter, was enrolled in the Army's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program as a 9th grader at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Army taught Cruz to shoot lethal weapons at a very young and impressionable age.

US Wasting Billions on Nuclear Bombs that Serve No Purpose and Are a Security Liability
(Julian Borger / The Guardian)

The US is to spend billions of dollars upgrading 150 nuclear bombs positioned in Europe, although the weapons may be useless as a deterrent and a potentially catastrophic security liability, according to a new report by arms experts. A third of the B61 bombs in Europe under joint US and NATO control are thought to be kept at Incirlik base in Turkey, 70 miles from the Syrian border, which has been the subject of serious concerns.

The Pope's Message on Nuclear Abolition
(Pope Francis / The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)

Commentary: "International relations cannot be held captive to military force, mutual intimidation, and the parading of stockpiles of arms. Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create nothing but a false sense of security. They cannot constitute the basis for peaceful coexistence between members of the human family, which must rather be inspired by an ethics of solidarity."

A Letter from Afghanistan: The Taliban Asks the American People to End this Deadly War
(Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War & The Berkeley Daily Planet)

In an unprecedented 17,000-word letter released on February 14, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (aka, the Taliban) has appealed directly to the American people to "put pressure on your authorities and demand an end to the occupation of Afghanistan. It is not the duty of America to draft laws and suggest systems for other countries," the letter states -- especially when doing so entails the deaths of "3,546 US and foreign soldiers" and "tens of thousands of helpless Afghans, including women and children."

UN: Over 10,000 Afghan Civilian Casualties in 2017
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Reuters)

More than 10,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in violence last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, with militant bombings the main cause while air strikes by US and government forces inflicted a rising toll. US President Donald Trump introduced a more aggressive US strategy in Afghanistan in August including a surge in air strikes.

Behind the Latest Mass-Shooting: The Hidden Role of the Pentagon, JROTC, and the NRA
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & Pat Elder / Counter-Recruit Press)

The worst kept secret in our gun-mad and war-mad culture is that: "US mass-shooters are disproportionately veterans." Even in the latest tragedy, while the teenage shooter wasn't a military veteran, he was a veteran of his high school's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Promoted by the Pentagon and funded by the NRA, the JROTC trained Nikolas Cruz in marksmanship skills that were used to deadly effect on the grounds of the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Big Oil Continues to Lie about Climate Change While Its Critics Are Strong-armed and Silenced
(Elliott Negin / EcoWatch)

ExxonMobil is still very much engaged in trying to stymie any government attempt to seriously address climate change. Meanwhile, Lissa Lucas, a West Virginia resident who is running for a House seat, traveled over 100 miles to testify against an oil-and-gas-industry sponsored bill. She was physically removed from the podium when she began listing oil lobbyists' contributions to local politicians.

New Defense Strategy: War With Great Nations and A New Arms Race
(Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance)

At a time when US empire is fading (something the Pentagon recognizes) and with the US is falling behind China economically, the War Party in Washington has revealed a new National Defense Strategy that focuses on conflicts with great powers and calls for a new arms race, including an escalation of nuclear weapons development. The US military is spread across the world with troops in several dangerous conflict areas that could develop into an all-out wars with China or Russia.

On the Occasion of the 39th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution
(Phil Wilayto / UNAC Editor Revolution)

The very first attack on a foreign government by the newly formed Central Intelligence Agency was directed against Iran in 1953, when Kermit Roosevelt, orchestrated the overthrow of the immensely popular Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, whose only "crime" was to be the world's first head of state to nationalize his own country's oil resources. The hated Mohammad Reza Shah was placed in power and the US gained control over 40 percent of Iran's oil, previously controlled by the British.

The Pentagon's Costly F-35 Fiasco Continues In 2018
(William Thomas / Will Thomas Online)

The F-35 Joint Strike Failure is still flapping around the boneyard, unable to fly very much except for photo-ops. At least $8 billion of the Pentagon's budget for 2015 was devoted to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Already on track to be the most expensive weapon system in history, in 2018, the F-35 is becoming a black hole in the Pentagon budget.

Remembering Vietnam 50 Years On
(Peter Berres / The Lexington Herald-Leader & Jordan Travis / The Traverse City Record-Eagle & Alastair Crooke / Consortium News)

January 30 was the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, an attack by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces that inflicted heavy losses on US and South Vietnamese militaries and lead to the Pentagon's ignominious retreat from the country. 50 years on, military planners appear to have learned the wrong lessons from the Vietnam War -- still focusing on war's "winnability" rather than questioning whether it makes sense to engage in it all.

Trump's Budget Proposal Includes Major Cuts to Environmental Programs
(Mythili Sampathkumar / The Independent)

Donald Trump's budget proposal includes steep cuts to -- or the complete elimination of -- many critical;y important environmental programs. This comes despite a deal made in Congress last week that added hundreds of billions of dollars in new, general funding to the federal budget. Trump's proposed budget reflects many of the priorities outlined in the first proposal submitted last April. Called the "skinny budget," it focused heavily on military spending. Congress must still debate, amend and approve the budget.

Military Leaders Warn Trump Not to Slash Diplomacy Budget
(Mythili Sampathkumar / The Independent)

More than 150 retired generals and admirals have asked Donald Trump not to make deep cuts to diplomacy in a proposed budget that focuses heavily on defense. Trump would slash budgets for the State Department and foreign aid programmes by 32 percent from 2017 while spending $686 billion on the military -- a 13 percent increase from the previous year. More than 1,200 military vets from all branches of the armed forces echoed the call in separate open letters addressed to the Congressional leadership.

Trump Vows Major Expansion of US Nuclear Arsenal
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Stephen M. Walt / Foreign Policy & Conn Hallinan / Dispatches from the Edge)

Talking up his new budget priorities, President Trump announced plans to conduct a massive expansion of the US nuclear weapons arsenal, with an eye toward building a number "far, far in excess of anybody else" -- once again overlooking the fact that the US already has the strongest nuclear arsenal on the planet. The Pentagon also wants to develop a new generation of smaller "usable" nuclear weapons to allow more flexible targeting abilities -- which would actually make nuclear war more likely.

Greenwashing Wars and the US Military: The IUCN Turns a Blind Eye to Terracide
(Col. Ann Wright (US Army Ret.) / Consortium News)

A recent congress of major conservation groups soft-pedaled criticism of the US military and other war-makers despite the massive damage they inflict on humans, animals, plants, cultural sites and the environment, reports retired Col. Ann Wright. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature held a six-day conference in Hawaii followed by 4 days of discussions and 1300 workshops. And yet there was no mention of the environmental destruction caused by military operations and wars.

In Trump's New Budget, 54% of Discretionary Funds Will Go to Military
(Lindsay Koshgarian / The National Priorities Project & Ruth Milka / NationofChange & Sal Rodriguez / Orange County Register)

After a brief government shutdown, the House and Senate passed a budget deal that sets 2018 spending levels at $700 billion for the military -- including an $80 billion budget increase, as well as $71 billion in war and emergency funding (an increase over recent years) -- and massive cuts in domestic spending on health, education, social programs, and the environment. Meanwhile, the unwinable Afghan war cost taxpayers $45 billion during the first year of Donald Trump's administration.

Militarizing America's Energy Policy
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Michael T. Klare / TomDispatch )

According to the Congressional Budget Office, government cash reserves are already starting to fall faster than expected as a result of lost revenue from Trump's "tax reform" bill. At the same time, Mr. Trump's addiction to fossil fuels -- and his belief that freeing Big Energy from every form of restriction and regulation -- remains at the core of the GOP's vision of global domination. Every great power has sought to control energy resources as a means to control the planet -- but this path threatens to destroy the planet.

Why a Peace Treaty Is the First Step in Seeking a Denuclearized North Korea
(Cesar Jaramillo / Open Canada.org)

Despite all eyes on the showing of unity between the Koreas at the Pyeongchang Games this month, North Korea's nuclear program remains the elephant in the Olympic-sized room. But a key issue remains to be addressed: declaring a formal end to the Korean War. A peace treaty for the Korean peninsula may be the only realistic framework to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea.

Who Killed Esmond Bradley Martin?
(Margot Kiser / The Daily Beast)

Esmond Bradley Martin was found dead on February 4, a stab wound in his neck and the floor of his home covered with blood. The famous white-haired American wildlife activist and expert on the illegal ivory trade had been murdered within the confines of his estate in Langata, a posh suburb of his adopted country's capital. Was the murder linked to Martin's efforts to circumvent the illegal trade in wildlife or was he killed because of an attempted land grab?

Russia Charges US Target in Syria Isn't ISIS, It's Oil
(Tass Russian News Agency)

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Washington's illegal military presence in Syria is not aimed at destroying Islamic insurgents but its actually designed to seize Syria's economic assets -- including the al-Isba oil refinery, the Conoco gas field in the Deir ez-Zor province, and the al-Omar and al-Tanak oil fields -- believed to be the largest in Syria with a daily yield of 27,000 barrels of oil.

US, Russia, and Israel Causing Havoc in Syria, Risking a Wider War
(AntiWar.com & The Guardian & Haaretz & The Express)

Israeli officials have been carrying out large-scale attacks against military sites in Syria claiming they are "Iranian" targets. Turkey charges one of its military helicopters has been shot down in Syria by US-backed Kurdish forces. Russia has bombarded Syria's Idlib province with more than 100 air attacks in just a few hours after one of its fighter jets was shot down by rebels.

Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Warns US Is 'Arming Terrorists' in Syria
(Hon. Mevlut Cavusoglu / teleSUR)

The so-called People's Protection Units, or YPG, are simply the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party terrorist organization by another name, writes Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. "An impasse has been created between us by the US' choice of local partner in this war: a group the US government recognizes as a terrorist organization. The so-called People's Protection Units, or YPG. . . To our dismay, terrorists across our borders in Iraq and Syria are using weapons and training provided by the US."

Washington Eager to Waste $1.4 Trillion on War; NATO Allies, Not So Much
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Claudia Grisales / Stars and Stripes & Max Greenwood / The Hill)

The latest brief government shutdown in the US on Friday resulted in a new budget deal that cements a huge 2018 budget by promising a huge military spending increase for 2019 -- in excess of $1.4 trillion in promised military spending over the next two years. But this is just the baseline increase agreed to. The final bill is expected to be higher than anyone requested in the first place. Meanwhile, most NATO member states have yet to make plans to meet the military spending target insisted upon by the US.

One Drone Enters Israeli Airspace; Israeli Bombs Syria in 'Largest Attack Since 1982'
(Reuters & Muraselon: Syrian News & Al Jazeera)

Anti-aircraft fire downed one of eight Israeli warplanes returning from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria in one of the most serious confrontations yet between Israel and Syrian forces based across the border. Israel claimed the airstrikes inside Syria were in retaliation for a drone that entered Israeli airspace and was shot down. But Israel has a history of violating Syrian airspace -- at least a half-dozen times since 2014 -- to attack targets that included the outskirts of Damascus, Syria's capital.

"Iranian" Drone that Entered Israeli Airspace Called an "American Knock-off"; Moscow Accuses US of Covert Drone Attack
(Judah Ari Gross / Times of Israel & Vladimir Isachenkov / The Associated Press)

The Iranian drone shot down by the Israeli Air Force early Saturday morning appears to have been a relatively new stealth model whose design was stolen from an American unmanned aerial vehicle that was captured by Iran in 2011, according to aviation analysts.

Iran Claims "No Permanent Bases" Inside Syria: The US Has Built At Least 8
(Muraselon: The Syrian Reporter & Agnes Helou / Defense News & Inside Syria Media Center)

Senior Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian dismissed media reports claiming that Tehran has set up military bases in Syria, but meantime, confirmed the country's advisory role. Meanwhile, a military "base race" is underway between Russia and the US as each nation seeks to expand its presence inside Syria. While Russia was invited into Syria; the US occupies the country illegally and is in further violation of international law by constructing US-controlled bases inside Syria.

In Wake of US 'Massacre' that Killed Russians in Syria, Senator Demands Release of Trump's Secret War Powers Memo
(NBC News & World Socialist Web Site & The Globe and Mail)

Sen. Tim Kaine is demanding the release of a secret memo that outlines Donald Trump's interpretation of his legal authority to wage war. Kaine's demand comes after the US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria conducted air and artillery strikes that killed an estimated 100 pro-regime fighters. Multiple reports indicate that Russian military contractors were among those killed in "devastating" US air and artillery strikes. The confrontation "raises serious questions about our continued presence in Syria."

Imagine Peace: Olympics Begin With Both Koreas Marching Together
(Motoko Rich / The New York Times)

The opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics unfurled in frigid temperatures and high spirits as athletes from the two Koreas marched into the stadium together less than 50 miles from the heavily-fortified border between their nations, offering hope of a breakthrough in a tense, geopolitical standoff. The largest Winter Olympics yet, with 92 nations participating, began with the North and South Korean delegations marching under one flag, renewing hopes of a peninsula no longer divided by history and ideology.

Koreas Unite for Peace; Trump Threatens War; Tillerson Boasts of Sanctions and Civilian Deaths
(RT News)

At a time of unprecedented goodwill between Seoul and Pyongyang over the Winter Olympics, the US has doubled down on its inflammatory rhetoric and threats to the Korean Peninsula. "We are seeing how the US every time attempts both to tighten the sanction screws and to threaten it with the use of force," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "I very much hope that [the war] scenario, which could claim the lives of up to 1 million people or even more, won't be carried out."

Trump's Nuclear Posture Review Revives Nightmares of Dr. Strangelove
(Derek Royden / NationofChange)

On February 2, the Pentagon officially released the Trump Administration's Nuclear Posture Review, the first such review since 2010. Like most such documents, there's a lot of repetition over its 100 pages but, overall, it makes for terrifying rather than boring, reading. In true Trumpian fashion, nuclear arms are sold throughout the review as a cost-efficient, even cheap, means to maintain American strategic dominance in every corner of the world.

Confessions of a Washington Insider: I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It's Happening Again.
(Lawrence Wilkerson/ The New York Times & Portside)

Commentary: Fifteen years ago, Wilkerson helped Secretary of State Colin Powell promote the hoax that a war with Iraq was necessary. It was "a campaign built on the politicization of intelligence and shortsighted policy decisions to make the case for war. And the American people have apparently become so accustomed to executive branch warmongering -- approved almost unanimously by the Congress -- that such actions are not significantly contested." Once again, the US is being "lied" into war.

Trump's Parade Plan Gets the Boot
(Sen. Rand Paul / Fox News & Major Danny Sjursen / The American Conservative)

Commentary: "A military parade in the nation's capital? Though the martial image of high-stepping soldiers is not one I tend to associate with our nation's Founders' distrust of a standing Army, I'm not against a victory celebration. So I propose we declare victory in Afghanistan, bring home our 14,000 troops and hold a victory parade." "Hail the generals-who-tried! Hail the young soldiers who died for naught but their mates! Hail the forever war and . . . the new American militarism!"

ACTION ALERT: Stop NBC's Winter Olympics Whiteout
(Public Citizen & Kendra Pierre-Louis / The New York Times & Henry Fountain / The New York Times)

Jessie Diggins is a cross-country skier on the American women's team. Diggins is also an advocate for climate action. Yesterday, another Olympian spoke out about the need for immediate climate action. The New York Times told this story. But NBC -- the official network of the Winter Olympics -- did not. In fact, NBC has been silent on the ways climate change is impacting the Winter Olympics and its athletes. We no longer can talk about winter without talking about global warming.

Drug Wars, Missing Money, and a Phantom $500 Million
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Nick Turse / TomDispatch)

A report by the Defense Department Inspector General on the day after Christmas 2017, raises questions about a combatant command with a history of scandals, including significant failures in planning, executing, tracking, and documenting projects across the African continent, as well as the effectiveness of US assistance efforts there. Nick Turse tells a true-life story of squandered money and drug wars that catches the essence of what may be the true opioid crisis of twenty-first-century America.

ACTION ALERT: A Call for the Baltic Sea to Become a "Sea of Peace"
(Women for Peace, Sweden & Physicians for Social Responsibility, Finland, et al)

We, the organizations and movements that have signed this letter are extremely concerned about the deepening crisis between the United States, EU and Russia and about the rapidly advancing militarization of the Baltic Sea. The hope that awoke with the end of the 'old' Cold War is increasingly waning, and worryingly the lessons of the Cold War that brought mankind and the planet to the brink of nuclear destruction have been all but forgotten.

ACTION ALERT: Vets Oppose Trump's Call for Weapons Parade
(Associated Press & VoteVets & Common Defense & The Huffington Post)

Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare for a military parade. Our military should not be used to prop up Donald Trump's fragile self-image. Trump doesn't actually honor the troops, he wants to force the troops to honor him. If Trump wants to see us marching in the streets of DC, we'll go -- In protest. Plans are underway to stage a "Tiananmen Square" moment -- with hundreds of protesters walking into the street to confront the first M1 Abrams tank that lumbers down the road.

Trump Might Well Break International Law Over North Korea
(Jonathan Power / IDN-INPS)

We are soon going to have a clash between President Donald Trump and international law. This is predicable when one examines the presidential discourse over what to do about North Korea and its possession of nuclear-tipped rockets. Trump's threat to "destroy" North Korea with thermonuclear "fire and fury" doesn't sound like the opening words of the UN's Charter.

What Trump Did Not Say about Foreign Policy
(Mohammed Cherkaoui / Al Jazeera)

In his first State of the Union address, Trump also took a page from the Cold War playbook and resurrected the idea that the US is the protector of global freedoms. Just like Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon frequently did in the 1980's, he shaped the sections of his speech that deal with foreign policy around advocacy of freedom and American morality.

ACTION ALERT: How to Back the US Away from Nuclear Madness
(World Beyond War)

In Trump's State of the Union he proposed building more nuclear weapons to counter "rivals" who "challenge" US "values." The Pentagon's new Nuclear Posture Review proposes nuclear weapons to counter even "cyber warfare" and of course for "deterrence," but also for "achievement of US objectives if deterrence fails." How do we back Washington away from madness? This might help. . . .

ACTION ALERT: The Winter Olympics Shows a Path to Peace
(Athletes for Peace / Veterans for Peace)

Commentary: As former and current atheltes, we value the Olympic spirit and tradition of bringing men and women from diverse nations together for peaceful competition and performance. The Olympic Truce represents an important opportunity to defuse tensions and begin the work of reconciliation on the Korean peninsula. We therefore call upon the US Olympic Committee to fully support both Korean governments' current efforts to restore a peace process.

As Congress Feeds the Merchants of Death, the People Must Divest
(Medea Benjamin / NationofChange )

In recent budget negotiations, Senate Democrats agreed to a boost in military spending that exceeded the cap for fiscal 2018 by $70 billion, bringing the total request to an enormous $716 billion. Inevitably, this means more Pentagon contracts will be awarded to private corporations that use endless war to line their pockets. If neither major political party will stand up to this status quo, what can be done? One answer might be found in the recent push to divest from fossil fuel -- from Norway to New York City.

50 Years in the Making, We Must Again Confront and Reject US Warmongering
(Ajamu Baraka / Black Alliance for Peace)

Mission Statement: The Black Alliance for Peace seeks to recapture and redevelop the historic anti-war, anti-imperialist, and pro-peace positions of the radical black movement. Through educational activities, organizing and movement support, organizations and individuals in the Alliance will work to oppose both militarized domestic state repression, and the policies of de-stabilization, subversion and permanent war agenda of the US state globally.

The War You've Never Heard Of: AFRICOM The US Invasion of Africa
(Nick Turse / Vice News & Nick Turse / The Intercept)

Six years ago, a deputy commanding general for US Army Special Operations Command revealed 116 missions were being carried out by Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations forces across the globe. Today, according to US military documents, special operators are carrying out nearly 100 missions in Africa alone. There are now more special operations personnel devoted to Africa than anywhere except the Middle East -- 1,700 people spread out across 20 countries.

Trump's Nuclear Posture Review: Back to Armageddon
(Michael T. Klare / The Nation)

While Donald Trump's proposed expansion of the nuclear stockpile will channel hundreds of billions of dollars into the coffers of US military contractors (consistently among Trump's major cheerleaders), there is much more to all this than prestige and profits. Trump, and his associates in the White House, reject the measured and conservative outlook that governed Obama's nuclear policy and instead profess a stance that is both darker and far more combative.

We Can Avoid War with North Korea -- If We Listen to Women Peacemakers
(Erica Fein / MS. Magazine)

Commentary: The US/Canada Summit on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula which met in Vancouver in January was composed of countries that sent troops to fight North Korea during the Korean War. When a global delegation of women demanded a seat at the negotiating table, they were turned away. "Our reason was simple: when women influence the peacemaking process, studies show that agreements are almost always reached, are more likely to be implemented. and are likely to last longer."

New Defense Strategy: Instead of 'War on Terror' a 'War with Great Nations' -- and the Democrats Who Voted for Trump's New Arms Race
(Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance & Alexandra Jacobo / NationofChange)

Trump's new National Defense Strategy pivots away from the 'War or Terror' to focus on conflicts with "Great Power" and a new arms race -- complete with an escalation of nuclear weapons development. The US' is spread across the world with troops fighting simultaneously in conflicts on several continents -- any one of which could become an all-out war with China or Russia. Who benefits? Weapons manufacturers, defense contractors, lobbyists, and other beneficiaries of the military-industrial complex

ACTION ALERT: Divest from the War Machine -- A Week of Resistance
(CODEPINK / Divest from the War Machine)

This Tuesday's State of the Union address emphasized war, violence, and weapons. As we watch our country invest more of our money in weapons and war, we can take action and send a message to companies like Lockheed Martin that we will not invest in their acts of war.

ACTION ALERT: Trump's New Nuclear Doctrine Called a "Roadmap to Nuclear War"
(The Basel Peace Office, Abolition 2000, Sen. Edward J Markey et al.)

The Trump administration's new Nuclear Posture Review has been criticized as a "roadmap to nuclear war" that calls for developing new low-yield "tactical" nuclear weapons and increases the role of nuclear weapons in US military planning by lowering the bar on the threats that could trigger a nuclear war. It backs a modernization of the existing nuclear arsenal that would increase the nuclear weapons budget by $60 billion per year.

ACTION ALERT: Join the "Off Fossil Fuels" Campaign
(Food and Water Watch)

For five years, Food & Water Watch has worked to ban fracking because it presents unacceptable risks to our water supply. Now, we're taking on dirty energy for another reason: climate chaos. The goal: to move the US from fossil fuels to 100% renewables by 2035. Over 400 organizations have signed onto a letter urging support for this "visionary legislation," including 350.org, Friends of the Earth, Center for Biological Diversity, Progressive Democrats of America, Our Revolution, National Nurses United and more.

Donald Trump Loves the F-35 but the People of Vermont Do Not
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News & Tyler Rogoway / The Drive)

Corrupt practices are driving the Burlington City Council in a headlong campaign to force a neighboring city to host a weapon of mass destruction -- the F-35, a nuclear capable fighter-bomber. In development since 1992 (at a cost of $400 billion and counting), the trouble-plagued F-35 was first flown in 2000 and is still not reliably deployable in 2018. The F-35 can't shoot straight and has more than 200 other deficiencies. Donald Trump sees no problems: he actual (and falsely) believes the F-35 is "invisible."

Around the World, Democracy Is in Decline -- Led by the United States
(Amanda Erickson / The Washington Post & The Economist)

Democracy is in under siege around the world, according to a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The annual Democracy Index tracks the health of the world's governments. And the results for 2017 are depressing. In 89 countries, democratic norms look worse than they did last year, the report's authors write. Just 4.5 percent of the world's residents live in fully functioning democracies, down from 8.9 percent in 2015. That precipitous drop is thanks, primarily, to the United States.

It's Time to Take War Off Its Pedestal
(William J. Astore and Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & AntiWar.com)

Commentary: Our troops are human and vulnerable and imperfect. We don't help them when we put them on pedestals, give them flags to hold in the breeze, and salute them as icons of a feel-good brand of patriotism. Talk of warrior-heroes is worse than cheap: it enables our state of permanent war, elevates the Pentagon, ennobles the national security state, and silences dissent. That's why it's both dangerous and universally supported in rare bipartisan fashion by politicians in Washington.

Trump's Arctic Oil Plan Violates Law, Could Lead to Extinction of Polar Bears
(Sabrina Shankman / InsideClimate News & Zahid Mahmood / CNN)

A new study warns that polar bears are starving as a result of fossil-fuel-driven climate change and could face extinction faster than previously thought. Meanwhile, Earthjustice and other groups warn that a proposed National Petroleum Reserve lease sale failed to consider how burning the fossil fuels might impact climate change. There is also concern that the areas made available for leasing included the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area, which is among the largest and most ecologically significant wetlands in the world.

America's Response to School Shootings; Teachers Are Being Trained to Shoot Their Students
(Joel Gunter / BBC News & Patricia J. Williams / The Nation)

Two schoolchildren died on Tuesday and 14 others suffered bullet wounds when a classmate opened fire outside a school in Benton, Kentucky. It was the third shooting incident at a school in 48 hours and the 11th in the three weeks since the start of the year. In lieu of any serious discussion about gun control, there has been instead a proliferation of laws and bills that would arm teachers, and train them to be able to kill -- to kill their own armed students, if necessary.

ACTION ALERT: Join the "Off Fossil Fuels" Campaign
(Food and Water Watch)

For five years, Food & Water Watch has worked to ban fracking because it presents unacceptable risks to our water supply. Now, we're taking on dirty energy for another reason: climate chaos. The goal: to move the US from fossil fuels to 100% renewables by 2035. Over 400 organizations have signed onto a letter urging support for this "visionary legislation," including 350.org, Friends of the Earth, Center for Biological Diversity, Progressive Democrats of America, Our Revolution, National Nurses United and more.

ACTION ALERT: Join the "Off Fossil Fuels" Campaign
(Food and Water Watch)

For five years, Food & Water Watch has worked to ban fracking because it presents unacceptable risks to our water supply. Now, we're taking on dirty energy for another reason: climate chaos. The goal: to move the US from fossil fuels to 100% renewables by 2035. Over 400 organizations have signed onto a letter urging support for this "visionary legislation," including 350.org, Friends of the Earth, Center for Biological Diversity, Progressive Democrats of America, Our Revolution, National Nurses United and more.

Creating an Empire of Graveyards
(Tom Engelhardt / NationOfChange)

Commentary: "Since he rode down that Trump Tower escalator into our political lives in June 2015, this sort of thing and more or less nothing else has largely been "the news." It goes without saying -- which won't stop me from saying it -- that not since Nebuchadnezzar's words were first scratched onto a cuneiform tablet has more focus been put on the passing words, gestures, and expressions of a single human being."

Trump's State of the Union: Lies, Damn Lies, and Nuclear Posture Reviews
(David Swanson / World Beyond War)

Commentary: Trump's State of the Union gave several justifications for building more weapons -- aka a "safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent." There is, of course, nothing safe or secure about producing, maintaining, or threatening to use nuclear weapons. Nor is there evidence that they have ever deterred anything that the United States wanted deterred. We should all contemplate for a moment what the US objectives are that can be achieved by nuclear weapons "if deterrence fails."

Reality Check: Where Are the World's Nuclear Weapons?
(Reality Check Team / BBC News)

The Pentagon has outlined how it wants to revamp the US nuclear arsenal, and develop new low-yield bombs. Reality Check looks into where the world's nuclear weapons are located and who owns them.

What's Behind the Spike in Deadly Terror Attacks in Afghanistan?
(Andrew Wilder / US Institute of Peace)

In Afghanistan, a string of attacks has killed more than 130 people and wounded more than 300 in just over a week. Bombings and gun battles jarred a busy downtown block near a government hospital, an international hotel, a military training academy, and the global charity Save the Children. Andrew Wilder, of the US Institute of Peace, offers some analysis.

America's Second Great Sin: Beyond Slavery Lies the Holocaust of Native Americans
(Reed Lannom / The Orlando Sentinel & Indian Country Today)

A campaign must be started immediately to remove all statues of and monuments to US Supreme Army Gens. William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant and Philip Sheridan for the following reasons: In the 28-year span of the Plains Indian Wars from 1862 to 1890, the same top military leaders who commanded the Union Army in the Civil War were also the top military commanders in the US Army's war of genocide against the Plains Indians. And Abraham Lincoln cannot be given a pass.

ACTION ALERT: Divest from the War Machine
(CODEPINK / Divest from the War Machine)

CODEPINK, in partnership with an array of peace and disarmament groups, is launching a divestment campaign to encourage universities, religious organizations, retirement funds, mutual funds, private investors, and other financial institutions in the United States to take action to reduce violent global conflicts and slow the hyper-militarization of our world by divesting from the US War Machine. Pledge to work with CODEPINK to stop those who are making a killing on killing and stealing our future!

Protesters Target US Spy Base in Waihopai, New Zealand
(NewsHub.com & Stuff.com & TV New Zealand & NewsTalk ZB)

The annual protest against the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) listening station at Waihopai, near Blenheim, is on again. Protesters say they will be at the main gate at Waihopai Valley Road say the GCSB systematically spies on New Zealanders, and on other countries. In 2008 three peace activists broke into Waihopai and deflated a dome covering one of the satellite dishes.

Donald Trump's For-profit Mercenary Army
(Emily Ludolf / Occupy.com)

Mercenaries have gone corporate. The UN Mercenary Convention, signed in 2001, places limits on what constitutes mercenaries. Although there are notable holdouts, the UN's position is that mercenarism is against international humanitarian law. But this hardly seems to matter because, by exploiting loopholes in international law, the modern mercenary now operates with impunity. US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq increasingly rely on private contractors, Blackwater being the most infamous.

FEMA to Abandon Puerto Rico: Bernie Sanders Proposes Billion-dollar Program to Solarize the Island
(Ashley Curtin / NationofChange & Senator Elizabeth Warren & Julia Conley / Common Dreams & EcoWatch)

As parts of Puerto Rico continue to struggle to recover four months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced it will shut off food and water aid to the island as of Jan. 31. A third of Puerto Rico residents are still without electricity and lack access to clean water. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed a $146 billion recovery package that could lead the way for Puerto Rico to become a leader in solar power and other sustainable energy.

Pentagon Releases Suppressed Afghan Finding: No Military Solution in Afghanistan
(AntiWar.com & The News International & Reuters)

After this morning's revelation that the Pentagon had prohibited the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) from including Afghan district data in his quarterly report to Congress, despite that data being unclassified, media pressure has led to a surprising reversal. Meanwhile, Pakistan's Foreign Office has issued a statement, saying that history has shown there is no military solution that will bring a lasting peace in Afghanistan.

Capitalize on the Olympic Truce, Formalize a Freeze With North Korea
(Kevin Martin / AntiWar.com)

At the recent meeting of foreign ministers (mainly from countries involved in the devastating 1950-53 Korean war), Rex Tillerson dismissed the most promising starting point for negotiations with North Korea -- the "freeze for a freeze" proposal. Under this approach, North Korea would freeze its nuclear and ballistic missile testing and the US and South Korea would postpone joint-military exercises that include simulated nuclear bombing runs and "decapitation strikes" aimed at toppling the North Korean regime.

ACTION Divest from the War Machine -- Week of Action, February 5-11, 2018
(World Beyond War & Divest from the War Machine / CODEPINK)

World Beyond War is joining with Code Pink to promote a week of actions to divest from the war machine. The War Machine refers to the massive, global US military apparatus that operates largely thanks to an alliance between the arms industry and policy makers. We need to tell the companies that earn their profits from the spread of war and militarism that their priorities are not our priorities. As we join together to take action against the War Machine here are some ways to get started.

Trump Arms Cops Amidst School Shootings and Escalates the War on Terror Abroad
(Ashley Curtin / NationofChange & Gareth Porter / Truthout & Antiwar.com)

There have been 11 school shootings this year alone. And Trump's answer to keep children safe at schools is to supply law enforcement with military gear. The candidate who campaigned on a promise to stop waging foreign wars quickly abandoned his non-intervention vows when the generals' made their pitch for the indefinite continuation of the 16-year-old Afghan war -- and showed Trump photographs of Afghan girls in Kabul in miniskirts to convince him that Western values could prevail in Afghanistan.

Vietnam: The War That Never Ends (for the US Military High Command)
(Major Danny Sjursen / TomDispatch & Consortium News)

A 50-year-old war, once labeled the longest in our history, is still being refought by one group of Americans -- the military high command. And almost half a century later, they're still losing it and blaming others for doing so. A preoccupation with the "win-ability" of the Vietnam War has persisted among US military commanders who doggedly pursue the War on Terror, despite all indications of the disastrous reality of both conflicts, writes US Army Major Danny Sjursen.

US Petcoke: A Carbon-based Weapon of Mass Destruction
(Tammy Webber and Katy Daigle / Associated Press)

US oil refineries that are unable to sell a dirty fuel waste product at home are exporting vast quantities of it to India instead. Petroleum coke, the bottom-of-the-barrel leftover from refining Canadian tar sands crude and other heavy oils, is cheaper and burns hotter than coal. But it also contains more planet-warming carbon and far more heart- and lung-damaging sulfur -- a key reason few American companies use it. Instead, US refineries are sending it around the world, especially to energy-hungry India.

Remembering Investigative Journalist Robert Parry
(Marc Ash / Reader Supported News & Norman Solomon / The Nation)

In 1995, award-winning investigative journalists Bob Parry launched a unique journalistic space called Consortiumnews, where he worked intensely as publisher, editor, and writer for the next 22 years. Last month, he died suddenly following a stroke. He will be missed. What made Bob Parry a trailblazer for independent journalism also made him a bridge burner with the media establishment. He refused to take on faith the official story, whether from governments or news outlets.

Robert Parry's Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews
(Nat Parry / Consortium News & Robert Parry / Consortium News)

Commentary: "With my dad, professional work has always been deeply personal, and his career as a journalist was thoroughly intertwined with his family life. I can recall kitchen table conversations in my early childhood that focused on the US-backed wars in Central America and complaints about how his editors at The Associated Press were too timid to run articles of his that -- no matter how well-documented -- cast the Reagan administration in a bad light."

ACTION ALERT: New Trump Nuclear Policy Veers into Dangerous Territory
(Martin Fleck / Physicians for Social Responsibility)

The Huffington Post has leaked a draft of the Trump administration's new Nuclear Posture Review. The NPR, which officially defines the role of US nuclear weapons, dangerously increases reliance on nuclear weapons rather than pursuing diplomacy to prevent conflict and move towards arms reductions. Help PSR hold our government accountable in calling this reckless policy unacceptable.

Nuclear War: A Thousand Buttons
(Conn Hallinan / Dispatches from the Edge)

When President Donald Trump bragged that his nuclear "button" was bigger and more efficient than North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's "button," he was perpetuating the myth that the leaders of nuclear-armed nations control their weapons. But you do not have to be Trump, Kim, Vladimir Putin, Theresa May, Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi, Mamnoon Hussain, or Benjamin Netanyahu to push that "button." There are thousands of buttons and thousands of people who can initiate a nuclear war.

Hawaii's False Alarm Raises Questions About Militarization
(Jon Letman / LobeLog.org)

Commentary: In the days since Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency mistakenly issued an emergency alert warning of an inbound ballistic missile, many of us in Hawaii have been thinking a lot about weapons and war. Everyone agrees that the frightening mishap should serve as a wake-up call not just for Hawaii but the entire country. The debate over how much duct tape and Vienna sausage to keep in stock in case of a nuclear attack overlooks the US role in perpetuating a system that terrorizes people around the world.

Facing Up to US Nukes: In 2017, Activists Occupied a US Nuclear Bunker inside Germany
(John LaForge / CounterPunch)

First-person account: "The fairy tale that nuclear weapons provide state security is a fiction believed by millions. On July 17, five of us proved that state guarantees of 'highly secure' nuclear weapon facilities are just as fictitious. After nightfall, an international group of five peace activists got deep inside the Buchel Air Base and, for the first time in a 21-year long series of protests against its deployment of US nuclear bombs, we occupied the top of one of the large bunkers potentially used for storing nuclear weapons."

Behind Trump's Attack on Solar: A Carbon/Nuclear Energy Crisis
(Harvey Wasserman / The Progressive)

There is virtually no economic margin for any other new energy production construction beyond solar, except wind and natural gas. Even gas -- with its uncertain long-term supply -- is on the cusp of being priced out. The shutdown of four more major reactors would be a huge blow to the downwardly spiraling atomic energy industry.

Heatwaves and Fires: Hell on Earth for Australia's Wildlife
(International Fund for Animal Wildlife & National Geographic & Nikkei Asian Review)

After an intense heat wave in Australia which spiked past 117°F this month, the animal death toll in New South Wales is climbing. The extreme heat and bushfires in New South Wales, Australia are scorching animals' homes. Helpless animals have been left orphaned and suffering from heat exhaustion, starvation and burns. Your urgently needed gift can help save suffering wildlife in New South Wales, Australia and animals in need throughout the world.

2017 Was the Hottest Year on Record for Oceans
(Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

Last year wasn't just one of the hottest years on Earth's surface, as it was the hottest year on record for the global ocean, according to a new study from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP)/Chinese Academy of Science. Researchers Lijing Cheng and Jiang Zhu found that the top 2,000 meters of ocean waters are hotter than ever recorded.

Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms
(David E. Sanger and William J. Broad / The New York Times)

For decades, American presidents have threatened "first use" of nuclear weapons against enemies in only very narrow and limited circumstances. Now, a newly drafted US nuclear strategy that has been sent to the Oval Office for approval would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear attacks on American infrastructure -- including what current and former government officials described as the most crippling kind of cyberattacks.

As Olympic Truce Raises Promise of Peace, US Responds with New Threats of War
(Kanga Kong / Bloomberg & Veterans for Peace)

The question as to whether the Olympic detente will continue after Games end in March has been complicated the Washington's announcement that it intends to order a resumption of military exercises aimed at destabilizing North Korea. The US announcement came after North Korea issued a call for unification of the two Koreas. It would appear that the US prefers military action to a diplomatic resolution that could bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.

ACTION ALERT: US Aiding Child Sexual Abuses in Afghanistan
(RT News & Win Without War & Human Rights Watch)

A new US government report has found that US military troops stationed in Afghanistan have turned a blind eye on thousands of "gross human rights abuses" by the Afghan military forces over the past few years, including many instances of child sexual abuse. The heavily-redacted report was supposed to remain classified until June 2042. According to the report, the Pentagon has given a free pass to the perpetrators of no less than 5,735 cases of child sex abuse between 2010 and 2016 -- in violation of US laws.

Democrats and Congressional Black Caucus Use DACA to Join the Mad Rush to War
(Glen Ford / Black Agenda Report)

Commentary: The top Democrats in Congress have transformed DACA (the effort to protect childhood immigrants from deportation) into a gargantuan funding tool for the Pentagon. It is Democratic leadership -- not Donald Trump and his mad generals -- that has been the driving force in this year's military spending insanity. In July, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi gave the Pentagon $57.4 billion more than it requested -- ensuring that the what remains of the social safety net will be slashed into oblivion.

How Military and Corporate Advertisers Are Hoping to
(Cooper Hedger and Pat Elder / World Beyond War & Cooper Hedger / Change.org)

SkoolLive's interactive electronic kiosks bring advertising into schools where kids are offered up as a captive audience for a stream of commercial advertising and invited to engage in personal data-trolling. SkoolLive kiosks are making it much easier for the military and corporate America to circumvent federal privacy laws designed to protect children at school. These profit-seeking electronic intruders are an affront to American public education.

ACTION ALERT: US Bombers in Guam Seen Readying For Tactical Nuclear Strike on North Kore
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Alex Lockie / Business Insider)

With all other signs of tensions on the Korean Peninsula on the decline, the US is stepping up its deployment of nuclear-capable bombers and general firepower to the airbase at Guam. This is further fueling speculation that the US is preparing itself for the long-speculated sneak attack on North Korea, and that such a sneak attack could involve B-61 gravity bombs as part of a tactical nuclear strike.

Is Trump Plotting a "Bloody Nose" Attack against North Korea: If So, It Would Be a War Crime
(Michael Schmitt and Ryan Goodman / Just Security)

As tensions de-escalate on the Korean Peninsula, the international legal debate over the so-called "Bloody Nose Strategy," which involves "a limited military strike against North Korean sites without igniting an all-out war on the Korean Peninsula" has moved in the other direction. Our best assessment is that it would amount to a violation of the prohibition on the use of force set forth in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter and customary international law. It would also likely fit the definition of a crime of aggression.

Iceland Named the Most Peaceful Country in the World: US Places 114th
(IcelandNaturally.com & The Norwegian Government & G. S. McCLure / Travel & Leisure )

Each year, the Institute for Economics & Peace's project, Vision of Humanity, releases the Global Peace Index to rank the world's most peaceful countries and least safe countries. In 2017, to no one's surprise, Iceland topped the list -- for the tenth year in a row. The USA ranked among the world's less peaceful and more dangerous nations -- 114 out of 163 countries.

US Agents Commit Inhumane Acts on Mexican Border; Arrest Humanitarian
(Rafi Schwartz / Splinter News & E.J. Montini / AZcentral)

United States Customs and Border Patrol officers arrested an immigration activist just hours after his group presented damaging video evidence that captured CBP agents in the act of destroying humanitarian aid -- water and food -- left for undocumented immigrants trying to survive an arduous trek through the Arizona desert. Some 7,000 bodies have been found along the border wilderness. Now, it appears, some of those deaths may have been due to the Border Patrol's criminal acts.

Atomic 'Doomsday Clock' Now One Minute Closer to Nuclear Midnight
(Doyle Rice / USA TODAY)

"Because of the extraordinary danger of the current moment, the Science and Security Board today moves the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to catastrophe," said Rachel Bronson, president of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. "This is the closest the Clock has ever been to Doomsday, and as close as it was in 1953, at the height of the Cold War."

ACTION ALERT: Legislation to Prevent Trump from Starting Nuclear War Introduced as 'Doomsday Clock' Nears Midnight
(Basel Peace Office & Hon. Edward J. Markey / US Senate)

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists today moved the hands of the symbolic Doomsday Clock to 2 Minutes to Midnight, indicating that the world is the closest to possible nuclear Armageddon since the height of the Cold War. Now 22 Senators say US commitment to the elimination of nuclear weapons -- not the creation of new, more "usable" weapons -- should be core components of Nuclear Posture Review.

Pentagon and Military Industrial Complex Only Winners In Endless, Losing, $11 Trillion War on Terror'
(Andrew J. Bacevich / The American Conservative)

No nation in recorded history has ever deployed its troops to more places than has the United States since 2001. We have rained US bombs and missiles on dozens of countries. We've killed an astonishing number of people. And what have Americans gotten in return for the $11 trillion (give or take) expended over the past 16-plus years of continuous war? In Washington, the question goes not only unanswered but unasked.

Forget Trump's Border Wall. A $14-Billion Sea Wall Is Needed to Protect Houston
(Steve Campion / KTRK Eyewitness News & Diana Budds / CO Designs & Fault Lines / Al Jazeera English)

When Hurricane Ike reached the Houston-Galveston area in 2008, it pushed a 19-foot storm surge into the Galveston Bay, causing $29 billion in damage and releasing more than 500,000 gallons of crude oil. Refineries around Galveston Bay and the Houston Ship Channel process 40% of the US' petroleum and half of its jet fuel. Without the construction of a protective sea wall, flood waters could cause a massive disaster, spilling millions of gallons of oil and chemicals into local rivers, the bay, and the Gulf of Mexico.

A National Defense Strategy of Sowing Global Chaos
(Nicolas J. S. Davies / AntiWar.com)

Presenting the 2018 US National Defense Strategy at the Johns Hopkins University, Defense Secretary James Mattis painted a picture of a dangerous world in which US power -- and all of the supposed "good" that it does around the world -- is in decline. "Our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare," he said. "And it is continually eroding." What he could have said instead is that our military is overextended and much of the chaos seen around the world is the direct result of Pentagon adventurism.

The US Maintains More Than 800 Overseas Bases and Has a Military Presence in 172 Foreign Countries
(Alice Slater / The Nation)

On the Martin Luther King Day weekend, Baltimore University hosted more than 200 peace, environment, and social-justice activists to launch a timely new initiative -- the Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases. Ajamu Baraka, Green Party vice-presidential candidate and co-founder of the Black Alliance for Peace, opened the meeting reminding us that Rev. King, in his historic anti-war speech more than 50 years ago at Riverside Church, called the US "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."

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