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Government Whistleblower Sounds the Alarm as Alaskan Villages Are Threatened by Climate Change
(John Light / The Washington Post & Joel Clement / Washington Post )

The rapidly warming Arctic means that dozens of villages inhabited by Alaskan native peoples need to relocate -- but the money isn't there. Meanwhile, a scientist looking for a way to help Alaska Natives whose villages are sinking was reassigned by the Trump administration to a job collecting royalty checks from fossil fuel companies.

Trump Ignores Climate Change as Seas Threaten to Swallow Alaskan Villages
(John Light / The Washington Post)

Even as the Trump administration struggles to determine how fully to lean into its climate denial, Americans in the Arctic are facing the disruptive effects of three record-breakingly warm years following decades of rising temperatures, rising seas and melting permafrost. The planet's poles are warming at roughly twice the rate of everywhere else, and in the Arctic, evidence was especially clear.

Apocalypse in the Arctic: All Hell Breaks Loose as the Tundra Thaws
(Jeremy Plester / The Guardian & Kevin Loria / Business Insider & The Siberian Times)

Strange things have been happening in the frozen tundra of northern Siberia. A recent heat wave in Siberia's frozen wastes has triggered a massive melting of the region's permafrost and triggered outbreaks of deadly anthrax, which hadn't been seen in the region for 75 years. At the same time, local residents -- and scientists -- have been startled by the appearance of large methane-filled craters and a the region has been rocked by series of violent explosions.

Why James Cromwell Faces Arrest, Jail to Oppose Fossil Fuels
(Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan / Nation of Change)

Actor James Cromwell was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the hit movie "Babe," and throughout his career for numerous Emmys. But on a cold December day in 2015, the drama he participated in was no act. Cromwell and five others were arrested in upstate Wawayanda, New York, protesting against the construction of a 650-megawatt fracked gas power plant. He and two others refused to pay their fines and were sentenced to a week behind bars.

ACTION ALERT: Trump and Perry Planning to Cut Clean Energy Funding by 70%
(Public Citizen & NRDC & Nation of Change & League of Conservation Voters)

The bipartisan Energy and Natural Resources Act is supposed to be voted on in the Senate this week has been called "a pro-fracking giveaway to oil and gas interests that would commit America to decades more of dangerous fossil fuel dependence." In a statement opposing the bill Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders declared: "Our job is to move away from fossil fuels toward sustainable energy and energy efficiency. This bill does the opposite."

"Missile Defense Will Protect You," Missile Builders Assure USA Today Readers
(Jim Naureckas / Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting & "Jennifer Sinco Kelleher / Associated Press)

"US Missile Defense Plans to Zap North Korean Threats" was the headline of a USA Today story on July 17, 2017. Strikingly, the piece contains no sources at all substantiating the chilling claim that "North Korea may be only a year or so away" from having missiles that "can hit anywhere in the world with a nuclear warhead." The Aerospace Security Project, a pro-missile lobbying group, assures the public that spending $3 billion on their weapons will somehow provide security against a nuclear attack.

ACTION ALERT: Peace Economies, Perpetual Wars, and the Pentagon Budget: A Webinar
(Code Pink & Nation of Change & Win Without War)

The Trump administration has proposed an increase in the military budget of at least $54 billion dollars, making it more than $600 billion a year. This is more than half of federal discretionary funds! It's no wonder we don't have money to address the crisis of global warming, build effective public transportation systems, institute a Medicare-for-All health system, or provide the free college education that all our youth deserve.

Rising Budget Stakes for Space Warfare
(Jonathan Marshall / Consortium News)

As a backdrop to the Russia-gate hysteria and the heightened fear of China is a budget war over how much US taxpayer money to pour into space warfare. There's a civil war being fought in our capital. It pits the Secretary of Defense and senior generals against a bipartisan band of militant legislators who accuse the Pentagon of standing pat while Russian and China work to achieve military superiority over the US in space. These macho posturing for new war-fighting capabilities in space are deeply destabilizing.

How Toxic Waste Sites Run by the Pentagon Are Poisoning Americans

A detailed new report by ProPublica reveals how the US military continues to engage in unsafe methods to destroy hazardous waste at sites across the country, and how this practice is harming nearby communities. The story, which is "the first in a series examining the Pentagon's oversight of thousands of toxic sites on American soil," exposes how "outdoor burning and detonation is still the military's leading method for dealing with munitions and the associated hazardous waste."

Toxic Harm: Humanitarian and Environmental Concerns from Military-origin Contamination
(Dr. Mohamed Ghalaieny / The Toxic Remnants of War Project)

Exposure to dioxin has been implicated as a cause of birth defects documented in Vietnamese civilians, yet the problem is only now being acknowledged and is still far from resolved -- more than 40 years after the initial contamination. In light of the inherent uncertainty in studying the origins of disease, a key question involves the need for the precautionary principle, which necessitates preventative action in the face of uncertainty and forms the basis of many peacetime health protection norms.

Open Burns, Ill Winds: Bombs in Our Backyard
(Abrahm Lustgarten / ProPublica & PBS News Hour)

More than 30 years ago, Congress banned US industries from disposing of hazardous waste in "open burns" because uncontrolled incineration created unacceptable health and environmental risks. Companies that had openly burned waste for generations were required to install incinerators, filters, and smokestacks to meet strict limits on emissions. The Pentagon and its contractors received a temporary reprieve to continue burning military waste. That exemption has remained in place ever since.

Climate Scientist Blows the Whistle after Trump Administration Tries to Silence Him
(Walter Einenkel / The Daily Kos)

Joel Clement used to be the director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the US Interior Department. Last week, Mr. Clement lost his job and Wednesday he became a whistleblower on the Trump administration and their practice of trying to silence facts and reality. In an op-ed written over at the Washington Post, Clement explains how things have changed since Trump and his fossil-fueled cabinet appointments took over.

Report: Troops in Cameroon Tortured and Killed Prisoners At US Base
(Robert Trafford and Nick Turse / The Intercept)

Troops in the West African nation of Cameroon have tortured prisoners at a remote military base that is also used by US personnel and private contractors for drone surveillance and training missions. As the US military has fortified the Cameroonian site, known as Salak, and supported the elite local troops based there, the outpost reportedly has become the scene of illegal imprisonment, brutal torture, and even killings.

Tillerson to Shutter State Department War Crimes Office
(Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy)

Critics have charged the US Secretary of State with giving the green light to perpetrators of mass atrocities. Rex Tillerson reportedly is set to downgrade the US campaign against war crimes by closing an office that worked for 20 years to hold war criminals accountable. "This is a very harsh signal to the rest of the world that the US is essentially downgrading the importance of accountability for the commission of atrocity crimes," says Northwestern University law professor David Scheffer.

'Liberation' from Militants Leaves Devastation in Mosul
(Susannah George  / Associated Press & Jugal K. Patel and Time Wallace / The New York Times)

There was a smell of death in Mosul's Old City when Ayman Hashem came back this week to see what happened to his home. His neighborhood was unrecognizable. "All that's left is rubble and the bodies of families trapped underneath," the 23-year-old said.

Iraq Demands US Restitution for Mosul Attack
(Associated Press)

Iraqi officials demanded compensation from the US-led coalition following an investigation into a March 17 airstrike in which the Pentagon acknowledged a US bomb targeting Islamic State group fighters in Mosul set off a series of explosions that killed more than 100 civilians.

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Trump/McConnell Fracking Bill
(Food and Water Watch & Common Dreams)

The US Senate is poised to make this hot, dirty summer even worse. As fossil-fueled heat waves bring wildfires, drought, and killer storms to the nation, Donald Trump continues to stack his administration with fossil-fuel lobbyists and climate change deniers. Now our allies on Capitol Hill warn us that Mitch McConnell will try to pass a pro-fracking, pro-drilling, pro-coal energy bill next week to give Trump and the Kochs a much-needed victory.

Bombing the Rubble: America's Empire of Destruction
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch )

If you want a single word to summarize American war-making in this last decade and a half, I would suggest rubble. It's been a painfully apt term since September 11, 2001. In addition, to catch the essence of such war in this century, two new words might be useful: rubblize and rubblization. Let me explain what I mean. In recent weeks, another major city in Iraq has officially been "liberated" -- meaning: more than a million people were uprooted and major portions of the ancient city were turned into rubble.

Interior Selling off Public Lands as Farmers Raise Solar Panels to Block Oil Pipeline
(Greenpeace & Phil McKenna / Nation of Change)

The Interior Department are currently reviewing the status of national monuments, marine sanctuaries, and protections from offshore oil and gas drilling, potentially opening up new drilling activity in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Meanwhile, Trump's Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is meeting almost exclusively with fossil fuel lobbyists, ignoring the voices of people in this country.

Washington's "Defense" Establishment Needs Rent Control
(Jason Sibert / The Progressive Populist )

In the discipline of economics, the term rent means more than a payment to a landlord. Making a profit from the sale of goods or services in a free market is different from rent, which is extracted from the public by entities who hold monopoly rights or something close to it. The military-industrial complex extracts larger rents from the American taxpayer than justified. In 2015, Raytheon -- the world's leading producer of guided missiles -- received 90% of its revenues from the federal government.

Trump Ends Covert CIA Program to Arm anti-Assad Rebels
(Greg Jaffe and Adam Entour / The Washington Post)

Donald Trump has decided to end the CIA's covert program to arm and train "moderate" Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad -- a move long sought by Russia, The program was a central plank of the Obama administration to pressure Assad, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later. Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump's interest in finding ways to work with Russia.

Constitution Torpedoed as Paul Ryan Strips Rep. Lee's War Authorization Amendment from Pentagon Funding Bill
(Barbara Lee / US House of Representatives & Anthony L. Fisher / The Week & Ellen Mitchell / The Hill)

Earlier this week, it looked as though the war in Afghanistan (the longest sustained military conflict in US history) might soon come to an end -- because of one congresswoman who saw through the fog of fear and rage in the days after the 9/11 attacks. Barbara Lee has insisted that, under the US Constitution, Congress, not the President, is entrusted with the role of declaring war. But those hopes were dashed when Speaker Paul Ryan stripped Lee's amendment from the Pentagon Appropriations bill.

After the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty: A New Disarmament Politics
(Zia Mian / The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

A treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons was adopted by an overwhelming vote and met with loud cheers this week at the United Nations. More than 70 years in the making, the treaty offers widely agreed principles, commitments, and mechanisms for ending the nuclear weapons age. Getting here was not easy, and achieving nuclear disarmament will still be a long struggle. But the new treaty creates space and means for a creative new disarmament politics based on law and ethics and democracy.

ACTION ALERT: Congress Stonewalls Bill to Stop Funding Terrorists
(Mark Anderson / The Progressive Populist & Rep. Tulsi Gabbard / US Congress & Tima Kurdi)

Bipartisan legislation -- Sen. Rand Paul's S 532 and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's Stop Arming Terrorists Act (HR 608) -- would bar the federal government from giving money and weapons to known terrorists. "For years, our government has been providing both direct and indirect support to . . . armed militant groups, who are working directly with or under the command of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS," Rep. Gabbard bravely stated. But neither bill has garnered much support on Capitol Hill.

Trump Threatens Iran Nuke Agreement: Iran May Abandon Deal in Face of Major US Violation
(Mehr News Agency & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Mohammad Zargham and Steve Holland / Reuters)

Less than 24 hours after formally certifying Iran's compliance with the P5+1 nuclear deal, the Trump Administration has announced a new round of sanctions against Iran, nominally for having a ballistic missile program. This bizarre disconnect between reality and policy was prefaced by the White House, which simultaneously confirmed Iran's compliance and threatened that Iran "won't go unpunished" for non-specific allegations.

Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth' Sequel to Include Trump's Exit From Paris Accord
(Dave McNary and Ricardo Lopez / Variety & Democracy Now!)

Al Gore's new climate-change documentary, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" will get a last-minute edit to incorporate Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement. Paramount said the filmmakers have revised the movie to include Trump's controversial move. "An Inconvenient Sequel" is slated for release July 28.

ACTION ALERT: Donald Trump vs. the Grand Canyon: Mining America's Natural Monuments for Dirty Profits

Donald Trump may do something far worse to the Grand Canyon than build a Trump Tower in it. According to The Guardian, powerful mining interests and allied officials in Arizona and Utah are urging a receptive Trump administration to lift the Obama-era ban on mining uranium in the area around the Grand Canyon -- a proposal that would pose a serious threat to the groundwater and anyone who drinks it.

Did British Spies Stage a Terrorist Attack and Use Fake News to Get US into WWII?
(Marc Wortman / The Daily Beast)

Sir William Stephenson -- the original model for Ian Fleming's fictional James Bond – was a flamboyant British spy who infiltrated the US in a successful attempt to prod America into entering WWII to prevent the collapse of Great Britain. To fulfill his mission, Stephenson created a bogus news agency in the US that spread "fake news" stories designed to demonize Germany and incite Americans to join the Allied fight against the Reich.

Trump's Air War Has Killed More Than 2,000 Civilians
(Samuel Oakford / The Daily Beast)

Donald Trump promised to "bomb the sh*t" out of ISIS but an Airwars investigation reveals that more and more innocents are being killed in American-led attacks. Civilian casualties from the US-led war against the so-called Islamic State (already high under the Obama administration) are on pace to double under Trump.

ACTION ALERT: Big Military Spending Boost Threatens Our Economy and Security
(Ron Paul / The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity & Win Without War)

On Friday the House overwhelmingly approved a massive increase in military spending, passing a $696 billion National Defense Authorization bill. The Republican-led House found Donald Trump's request for a $50 billion Pentagon increase far too small. The explosion in military spending comes as the US is planning to dramatically increase its military actions overseas. Trump is expected to send thousands more troops back to Afghanistan -- at 16 years and counting, the longest war in US history.

Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Hit New Record High
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Rebecca Kheel / The Hill & Sune Engel Rasmussen / The Guardian)

The civilian death toll in Afghanistan, some 16 years into the US-led invasion and occupation, continues to rise precipitously, with the most recent figures out of the United Nations showing 1,662 civilians killed in the first half of 2017, the highest civilian toll of the entire war. A UN report claims that child deaths in Afghanistan have risen 9% while casualties among women are up 23%. The report claims the Taliban's homemade bombs, which have caused 40% of civilian casualties in the first six months of 2017.

California Extends Landmark Climate Change Law; The Age of the Gas Guzzlers Is Ending
(Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

California lawmakers voted Monday to extend a climate change initiative that Governor Jerry Brown holds up as a model for states and nations looking to lower carbon emissions. Brown's signature will add another decade of life to the state's cap-and-trade program, bolstering the Democratic governor's quest to portray California as a leader in the fight against climate change at a time when Donald Trump is pulling back and gas-powered cars are about to pass from the scene.

Children Losing Limbs in Turkish Attacks
(Hisham Arafat / Kurdistan 24)

At least five civilians including children lost their lives when the Turkish army on Wednesday bombed the outskirts of Syria's northwest Kurdish district of Afrin.According to Afrin hospital, some of the patients were in critical conditions. "We received four wounded civilians, three were in a stable condition, but one was in a critical condition," a nurse in Afrin hospital told Kurdistan24. So far there has been no comment from the Turkish military.

US Building Third Military Airport inside Syria: Trump Wants to Build More Foreign Bases
(Basenews English & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

The Syrian Democratic Forces, a military alliance backed by the US-led Coalition against Islamic State (ISIS), revealed that the US has begun to establish a third airport in Syrian Kurdistan. Meanwhile, the White House has issued a statement calling on Congress to grant Donald Trump unilateral legal authority to open new, temporary military bases in Iraq and Syria. What "temporary" actually means is unclear, since the Pentagon has implied it intends to keep US ground troops in Iraq more or less forever.

War in Syria Kills over 330,000 -- Shells Hit Russian Embassy in Damascus
(Arab Times Online & Agencies)

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has documented the deaths of 331,765 people across Syria since the conflict erupted in mid-March 2011 with anti-government protests. Included in the overall death toll are 99,617 civilians. A total of 18,243 children and 11,427 women were among the civilians killed.

Behind the Hidden War on US Freedom, Democracy, and Equality
(Kristin Miller / Bill Moyers & Company)

In her book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, author Nancy MacLean unearths a stealth ideologue of the American right. James McGill Buchanan, a Southern political scientist and father of "public choice economics," has had a massive impact on the ideology of the far right. None other than billionaire oil baron and political funder Charles Koch has looked to MacLean's theories for inspiration.

ACTION ALERT: Mitch McConnell's Dirty Energy Bill
(Mark Ruffalo and Fisher Stevens / The New York Daily News)

Commentary: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has devised to kill three birds with one dirty energy bill: a legislative victory, a giveaway to the fossil fuel industry, and paving the way to pass Trumpcare after. McConnell is rushing the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 to the floor as early as next week, foregoing committees and hearings. The massive, 850-plus-page energy bill includes much of the fossil fuel industry's wish list.

The UN and Gaza after 50 Years of Occupation: Conference in New York
(Helena Cobban / Just World Books)

Commentary: On June 29-30, the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People convened a highly informative conference in New York to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The UN has been involved in Israeli/Palestinian affairs almost since the organization's founding in 1945. Until 1967, UN peacekeepers oversaw Gaza's boundary. In the past week, two UN reports have detailed the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

How Australian Special Forces Tried to Cover Up Killing of Afghan Children
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Dan Oakes and Sam Clark / Australian Broadcasting's National Reporting Team )

The Australian Federal Police has confirmed to the Austrailian Broadcasting Corporation it is considering whether to launch a full investigation into at least one of the incidents, in which the shooting of a boy in Kandahar Province in 2012 was allegedly covered up by soldiers. Meanwhile, a secretive defense inquiry into the conduct of Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan is examining the alleged killing of at least two children in separate incidents by Australian troops.

Mosul Counts Cost of Airstrike Campaign Against ISIS
(Patrick Cockburn / The UNZ Review)

"There were very few Daesh [ISIS fighters] in our neighbourhood, but they dropped a lot of bombs on them," says Qais, 47, a resident of the al-Jadida district of Mosul. "We reckon that the airstrikes here killed between 600 and 1,000 people."

Inspiring Water Win in New Zealand
(Greenpeace New Zealand )

With our rivers crashing, farmers urgently need cleaner ways of farming. The good news is that sustainable solutions exist. Watch our beautiful new short film: The Regenerators: A Better Way of Farming Related update: Hawke's Bay Regional Council appears to have hammered the last nail in the coffin of the Ruataniwha Irrigation Dam. Councillors confirmed that they will not be using the Public Works Act to grab the land needed to make the dam a reality.

ACTION ALERT: Our Greenest US Senators and Trump's New Threat to America's National Monuments
(Alexandra Jacobo / Nation of Change Staff & The Center for Biological Diversity)

The administration is threatening to roll back protections for 11 marine monuments and sanctuaries. Now for some good news: Check out which Senators have the best environmental records. The list is made up entirely of Democrats and no Republicans. Are you surprised?

Amnesty: US-Backed Coalition Violated International Law in Mosul Killings
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Amnesty International & Bethan McKernan / The Independent & Charlie Savage / The New York Times )

A new report into human rights abuses during battle for Iraqi city claims US-led coalition forces used 'unnecessary' force and indiscriminate targeting which could constitute war crimes.

US Allies Caught on Film Torturing Prisoners in Syria
(Daniel Brown / Business Insider)

A video recently surfaced showing US-backed forces torturing captives near the Syrian city of Raqqa, ISIS' de facto capital that was recently invaded by coalition forces. The video shows men in YPG uniforms kicking and stomping prisoners. One YPG fighter holds a knife as he repeatedly bounces up and down on a stool on the back of one detainee. He then smashes an object over his head.

Who Is the Real Enemy? The White House Targets Iran When it Should Be Focusing on Saudi Arabia
(Philip Giraldi / The UNZ Review)

The problem with the Trump analysis is that he has his friends and enemies confused. He is actually supporting Saudi Arabia, the source of most of the terrorism that has convulsed Western Europe and the United States while also killing hundreds of thousands of fellow Muslims. Random terrorism to kill as many "infidels and heretics" as possible to create fear is a Sunni Muslim phenomenon, supported financially and doctrinally by the Saudis.

ACTION ALERT: No Drilling in Arctic Refuge
(Josh Nelson / CREDO Action & Matt Egan / CNN & Alaska Wild.org)

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an irreplaceable, unspoiled wilderness. But If Donald Trump gets his way, millions of acres of our nation's most fragile wildlife lands will be opened up to drilling -- for his friends and donors in the oil and gas industry. Only Congress can vote to hand over this iconic landscape to the fossil fuel industry, and it is currently working out the details of the 2018 fiscal year budget, which includes Trump's proposal. We must pressure Congress to protect ANWR's 19 million acres.

Vote To Put the Brakes on War
(Peter Certo /OtherWords & AntiWar.com & Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy)

A bipartisan House bill has reasserted Congress' Constitutional authority to declare war, thereby reducing the odds that a reckless president could start a global conflagration. Ironically, by putting a sinister face on Barack Obama's militaristic foreign adventures, Donald Trump might have inspired lawmakers to rein in America's post-9/11 war machine. Reconsidering America's paranoid and bellicose nature -- especially with regard to Russia, China, North Korea and Iran -- would be a good step back from the risk of global annihilation.

US Deploys Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missiles in Baltics for First Time
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Andrius Sytas / Reuters)

Lithuania's Defense Ministry has made a surprise announcement today that the United States has deployed an unspecified number of Patriot missile batteries into Lithuania, nominally for a military drill that is ongoing for the next two weeks.

Trump Considers Escalating US Intervention in Libya
(Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent / CNN)

A new diplomatic and military policy for Libya that could significantly expand US involvement in the country could be finalized by the Trump administration in the next few weeks. The policy, if approved, would aim to further the existing US goal of supporting reconciliation between rival factions in eastern and western areas of Libya. The policy could also lead to the eventual re-opening of the US embassy and the establishing of a new intelligence sharing effort led by US special forces

The Price Of Ignoring Human Rights: Lost Credibility, Brutal Allies And New Enemies
(Doug Bandow / Forbes)

One of Donald Trump's less admirable qualities is his warm regard for foreign dictators. They don't have to be full-fledged despots to win his friendship. The president seems to identify with those who bury liberty in the name of security. Russia's Vladimir Putin is one, but no one views Russia as an ally. Similarly, President Trump has a budding bromance with China's President Xi Jinping, whom the former called "a very good man" and "gentleman," though the relationship appears to run only one-way.

ACTION ALERT: No Drilling in Arctic Refuge

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is an irreplaceable, unspoiled wilderness. If Donald Trump gets his way, millions of acres of our nation's most fragile wildlife lands will be opened up to drilling for his friends and donors in the oil and gas industry.

In Battle Against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Civilians Suffer Most
(Petra Cahill / NBC News)

Malnourished, injured and emotionally traumatized civilians have been staggering out of Mosul's Old City as the last remnants of ISIS fighters are driven out of the area. The US military has confirmed that at least 603 civilians had "more likely than not" been "unintentionally killed" by coalition airstrikes since August 2014.

US Bombers Drill Near North Korea In 'Show of Force'
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Agence France-Presse & The Times of Israel)

In response to North Korea's successful test of an ICBM (their first success ever), the US immediately responded by launching its own missile along North Korea's borders as a "show of force." As part of a solid week of threats, the US dropped numerous bombs in what is also being called a "show of force."

Pentagon Announces $9 Billion in New War Profits for Lockheed
(Mike Stone / Reuters & Oriana Pawlyk / DODBuzz)

In late June, Lockheed Martin Corp's Sikorsky Aircraft Corp subsidiary was awarded a US Army contract worth $3.8 billion for Black Hawk helicopters for sale to Saudi Arabia. In early July, the DoD awarded Lockheed a $4.49 billion "undefinitized" contract to continue producing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters even as it continues to negotiate a price for the jets.

Shocking Resistance to US-backed Military Assault: Woman with Baby Detonates Bomb in Mosul
(The Times of Israel Staff and Agencies)

In the last days of the fight for Mosul, Islamic State increasingly sent female suicide bombers hidden among fleeing civilians. More than 20 female bombers have carried out attacks over the past two weeks. One of the bombers was only 15. Over the weekend, a woman holding an infant, detonated an explosive vest in an attempt to kill Iraqi security forces.

Vote To Put the Brakes on War
(Peter Certo /OtherWords & AntiWar.com & Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy)

A bipartisan House bill has reasserted Congress' Constitutional authority to declare war, thereby reducing the odds that a reckless president could start a global conflagration. Ironically, by putting a sinister face on Barack Obama's militaristic foreign adventures, Donald Trump might have inspired lawmakers to rein in America's post-9/11 war machine. Reconsidering America's paranoid and bellicose nature -- especially with regard to Russia, China, North Korea and Iran -- would be a good step back from the risk of global annihilation.

Trump Considers Escalating US Intervention in Libya
(Barbara Starr / CNN)

A new diplomatic and military policy for Libya that could significantly expand US involvement in the country could be finalized by the Trump administration in the next few weeks, according to two US officials. The policy, if approved, would aim to further the existing US goal of supporting reconciliation between rival factions in eastern and western areas of Libya.

End the Korean War
(Eric Margolis / The UNZ Review)

"I have some pretty severe things we're thinking about," Trump said of North Korea at a news conference in Warsaw. "Doesn't mean we're going to do them." What President Trump really meant is that he has painted the US into a corner with all his threats of war and really does not know what to do next. North Korea called his 'or else' bluff. Good. No action on North Korea is better than any conceivable military operation.

Failures of US Journalism: Hiding US Lies About Libyan Invasion
(Joe Lauria / Consortoium News)

In 2016, when a British parliamentary report demolished the excuse for the US and its allies invading Libya in 2011, it should have been big news, but the US mainstream media looked the other way. Ignoring or downplaying a story is one way US corporate media deliberately buries news critical of American foreign policy. It is often news vital for Americans to understand their government's actions abroad, actions that could mean death or life for US soldiers and countless civilians of other lands.

A Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty -- Rx for Survival
(Robert Dodge / AntiWar.com)

Nuclear weapons have threatened humanity for 72 years, ultimately becoming the greatest eminent threat to our survival. This past Friday, July 7, nuclear weapons at long last joined the ranks of other weapons of mass destruction including biologic and chemical weapons, landmines and cluster munitions in being banned and declared illegal under international treaty law. The UN adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Analysis: Trump's G20 Performance Signals America's Decline as World Power
(Christ Uhlmann / The Australian Broadcasting Corp. & Abby Zimet / Common Dreams & Lorenzo Marsili, Beppe Caccia / Common Dreams)

Commentary: Hundreds of thousands of activists took to the street of Hamburg to protest a G20 divided between two bad alternatives: status quo or authoritarianism. The G20 became the G19 as it ended. On the Paris climate accords the United States was left isolated and friendless.

North Korea Isn't the Only Rogue Nuclear State
(Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone)

North Korea's loony regime of Kim Jong-un conducted a successful missile launch test -- landing about 60 miles south of the Russian city of Vladivostok, according to some reports -- marking a frightening nuclear escalation that has heightened tensions across the planet. That this first serious confrontation in ages is happening now is ironic, given that a little-reported showdown about the use of nuclear power will soon take place in the UN.

US Airstrikes on ISIS Have Killed 4,000 Civilians in the Last Year
(Ash Gallagher / Yahoo News)

Airwars, an advocacy organization tracking airstrike casualties, says there have been at least four thousand civilian deaths from coalition strikes since last August in Iraq and Syria. But the US has only acknowledged causing around 400 fatalities based on its own investigations. Yet in Iraq specifically, American planes have carried out at least 68 percent of the total airstrikes.

ACTION ALERT: Trump's Next Attack on Democracy: Mass Voter Suppression
(Former US Senator Russ Feingold / The Guardian & Common Cause)

Commentary: The most important aspect of any democratic election is participation. A democracy gains its legitimacy through elections only so far as those elections represent the will of the people. Limit voter participation, and there is a direct correlation between the legitimacy of an election and the democratic system. The Trump administration's 'election integrity' commission is declaring war on voters -- our democratic legitimacy be damned

Liberal Media Shifts to the Right as Conservative Syndicates Seizing Control of Local News
(Kelsey Sutton / MIC & Daniel Kreps / Rolling Stone & Adam Johnson / FAIR)

Bret Stephens, a conservative columnist from the New York Times, has joined MSNBC and NBC as an on-air contributor. The network, which has been on a conservative hiring spree. In the past several months, MSNBC hired conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt, a former spokesperson for George W. Bush who worked on the 2008 McCain/Palin presidential campaign. John Oliver, alarmed at the troubling conservative takeover of news outlets, has warned of "potential problems in corporate consolidation of local news."

122 Nations Set to Approve Nuclear Weapons Ban: US Boycotts Meeting
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Edith M. Lederer / The Associated Press)

After protracted international talks, an estimated 129 nations are set to sign a global ban on nuclear weapons -- the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in more than 20 years. Unfortunately, it won't involve any actual disarmament. Why? Because every single nuclear weapons-having nation on the planet (Britain, China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, and the US) has boycotted the effort, along with the entire NATO alliance -- except for the Netherlands.

122 Nations Create Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons
(David Swanson / World Beyond War & Action Network)

Analysis: On Friday the United Nations concluded the creation of the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in over 20 years, and the first ever to ban all nuclear weapons. While 122 nations voted yes, the Netherlands voted no, Singapore abstained, and numerous nations didn't show up at all. But this treaty is a big step in the right direction. When 122 countries declare something illegal, it is illegal on Earth. That means investments in it are illegal. Complicity with it is illegal.

Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Approved in 122-1 Vote
(AntiWar.com & Ian Sample / The Guardian)

In a decisive 122-1 vote at the United Nations, a global ban on nuclear weapons was approved,a massively important step toward disarmament made somewhat less impactful by all the current nuclear-armed states boycotting the meetings. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia signed on the dotted line: The US did not. All of the countries that bear nuclear arms and many others that either come under their protection or host weapons on their soil boycotted the negotiations.

The United Nations Prohibits Nuclear Weapons
(International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)

After a decade-long effort by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and 72 years after their invention, today states at the United Nations formally adopted a treaty, which categorically prohibits nuclear weapons. Until now, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction without a prohibition treaty, despite the widespread and catastrophic humanitarian consequences of their intentional or accidental detonation.

G-20 Protests: "Welcome to Hell" and Goodbye to Gasoline
(teleSURtv & Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch)

"Welcome to Hell." That's the greeting for Donald Trump and other world leaders from tens of thousands of anti-capitalist protesters in Hamburg who aim to disrupt the July 7-8 G20 summit. The Carbon Paradigm has also been disrupted by Volvo's announcement that it is halting production of petroleum-fueled cars. France, Germany, and Norway also have declared plans to ban and abandon the internal combustion engine in favor of clean, renewable, climate-friendly non-carbon transportation.

Trump's Administration Pursues Radical Expansion of Offshore Oil Drilling
(Shiva Polefka / ThinkProgress)

New offshore oil drilling in Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific may be the next phase in Donald Trump's new "energy dominance" strategy. Despite the risk of massive oil spills, mounting bipartisan opposition, and growing public concern, Trump's Department of Interior is moving forward with offshore drilling plans. EarthJustice attorney Erik Grafe has vowed: "We will resist this attempt to sacrifice the health of our coastal communities, wildlife and climate all for the benefit of the oil industry."

US Electoral Meddling in 45 Foreign Countries? Would You Believe 81?
(Nina Agrawal / The Los Angeles Times & Claire Bernish / MintPress News)

Ask an average American who makes a habit of following government-mouthpiece corporate media about interference in national elections and you'll likely elicit a nebulous response concerning Russian hackers and a plan to install Donald Trump in the White House -- but you probably won't hear a single syllable pertaining to United States government's actual attempts to do the same.

Gaza-51-Days Campaign to Run from July 7 to August 27
(Helena Cobban / Just World Educational)

From July 7 through August 27, Just World Educational will be running a broad campaign of public information about the situation of the two million Palestinians trapped in Gaza. We aim to increase the understanding of world publics about these people's plight and its causes, and to bolster the efforts that Palestinians and their allies around the world are making to end Gaza's suffering. This campaign will mark the anniversary of the 51-day military assault that Israel launched against Gaza in July 2014.

Trump's Drone Killed my Daughter: A Yemeni Survivor's Story
(Saleh Mohsen al-Ameri / The Independent)

During the operation, I heard strong explosions hitting the area and Apache planes striking homes and targeting everything mobile. Anyone, who tried to escape from their homes -- whether a man, a woman or a child -- were killed. I saw the dead bodies everywhere. While I was searching among the bodies, I found my daughter Fateem lying dead in the street with her child in her arms. She was covered with blood.

UK Special Forces Accused of Cold-Blooded Executions of Afghan Civilians
(teleSURtv )

The British Special Air Service is facing accusations of war crimes following the exposure of an internal investigation into murderous rampages conducted across Afghanistan that were subsequently covered up. Family members and officials claim that some victims were handcuffed with plastic zip-ties prior to being murdered in cold blood.

UN Peacekeepers Hit by New Allegations of Sex Abuse
(Al Jazeera)

At least 55 UN peacekeepers are accused of sexual exploitation and abuse of civilians across UN missions around the globe since January 2017. Data released by UN show new allegations continue to stream in despite secretary-general's commitment to end scourge.

In India, 1.5 Million Volunteers Plant 66 Million Trees in 12 hours
(Lorraine Chow / Nation of Change & teleSURtv & Chris Baynes / The Independent)

The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh set a new Guinness World Record after 1.5 million volunteers planted more than 66 million tree saplings in just 12 hours along the Narmada river. The effort bested the state of Uttar Pradesh's previous record-breaking feat, when 800,000 participants planted 50 million trees in one day in July 2016.

ACTION ALERT: Cease Fire Campaign -- Stop Burning Military Toxics
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger )

The history of CSWAB is an inspirational story of how ordinary people can create extraordinary good. Our challenge -- to assure that the Pentagon fulfills its commitment to the complete cleanup of toxins that have placed ecological and human health at risk -- has been no small task. Environmental cleanup of the 7,400-acre Badger Army Ammunition Plant will be the largest such project in the history of the state of Wisconsin; expected remediation costs have been estimated to be as high as $250 million.

Out of Sight: The Toxic Footprint of America's Prisons
(Candice Bernd, Zoe Loftus-Farren, and Maureen Nandini Mitra / Earth Island Journal and Truthout)

The plight of US prisoners is a nationwide problem inextricably linked to power imbalances within the criminal legal system. A special investigation by Earth Island Journal and Truthout reveals how the toxic impact of prisons extends far beyond any individual prison, or any specific region in the United States. Though some prisons provide particularly egregious examples, mass incarceration in the US impacts the health of prisoners, prison-adjacent communities, and local ecosystems from coast to coast.

US Nuclear Base Inspection Results Made Secret to Conceal Failures, Dangers
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Max Greenwood / The Hill & Associated Press)

Pass-Fail results of Pentagon inspections of US nuclear weapons facilities have historically been a matter of public record -- and one that has proven an ongoing embarrassment for revealing repeated substandard performance and disastrously bad security. These grades have now been declared off-limits. The Pentagon says this is to prevent adversaries from learning too much about nuclear weapons vulnerabilities. Critics say the blackout serves to hide Pentagon mistakes.

Moral Injury of War: The Invisible Wound of Empire
(Nozomi Hayase / CommonDreams)

Commentary: With the failure of the Democratic establishment, the crisis of liberal democracy is now seized by a new rise of power. The US empire with Trump as commander-in-chief has renewed its vow toward colonial domination. With nationalism and militarism in full swing, Trump's America aims to radically alter the future of this country. A similar trend is happening with US ally, Japan, where the ultra right is pressing to renounce the country's anti-war constitution and revive Japan's prewar imperialism.

On the Fourth: Mourning America's Lost Independence and Freedom
(Ron Paul / The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity & Thomas Knapp / The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism )

Commentary: Some 241 years after the American Revolution, we live in a country that is oppressive, with a government that increasingly views its citizens as the enemy. The US intelligence community has robbed us of our privacy. The military industrial complex stifles peaceful research and development. The US dollar has lost 98 percent of its value over the past century. Today's children can't remember a time without metal detectors, bag searches and a state of perpetual fear.

Isreal Seizes and Dismantles Solar Power Farm in Palestine
(International Middle East Media Center & Steve Hanley / Clean Technica)

The Netherlands has reacted with outrage after Israeli authorities seized dozens of solar panels, from a remote occupied West Bank village, that were donated by the Dutch government. Between 60 and 96 solar panels were seized and taken down, along with related electronic equipment. Equipment not seized was destroyed by Israeli forces and left behind. The cost of the confiscated and damaged equipment was valued at 40,000 euros. Thirty families have lost access to electricity for their homes.

Militarizing the Minds of Police Officers
(Jelani Cobb / The New Yorker)

The image of local police in camouflage and travelling in armored vehicles has blurred the lines between civilian law enforcement and military occupation. Pentagon funds have promoted the "rise of the warrior cop." Today's police officers have become a kind of domestic militia tasked with subduing a potentially lethal enemy. Danger is ambient, ever present, and unpredictable. Last year, 63 police officers were killed by armed assailants. However, of the 1,000 people killed by police, 170 of were unarmed.

ACTION ALERT: Resist Chemical War on Earth's Climate
(Oil Change International & Rainforest Action Network)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its Final Environmental Impact Statement Friday for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a controversial 303-mile pipeline that would carry two billion cubic feet of fracked gas per day from West Virginia through Virginia. Oil Change International found that the Mountain Valley Pipeline will cause nearly 90 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution per year.

Fire Engulfs Syrian Refugee Camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley
(Al Jazeera)

At least one child has died after a fire engulfed a camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Flames and thick clouds of black smoke rose on Sunday from the site near the town of Qab Elias, an hour's drive from the capital, Beirut. Exploding gas canisters could be heard from a distance. The blaze, which destroyed about 100 tents, left at least six people injured according to the Red Cross. Emergency workers said the fire had turned the tent camp into "ashes."

10,000 Protesters Call for G-20 to Focus on Global Climate
(Al Jazeera)

Thousands of people took to the streets of Hamburg to protest a Group of 20 summit set for next weekend. Sunday's demonstration in the northern German city was organised by environmental, labour, human rights, and church groups protesting against the policies of the world's richest countries. Police reported the rally was "completely peaceful," with canoeists protesting on the nearby river Alster, while Greenpeace staged a climate demonstration near a ship laden with coal in the port of Hamburg.

ACTION ALERT: No US War Planes in the Skies over Syria
(The Nation/RootsAction/Daily Kos/Veterans for Peace & Katrina vanden Heuvel / The Nation)

Katrina vanden Heuvel recently reported on the dangers of "a stealth escalation of our military involvement across the Middle East," warning that increased US involvement was launched "without public support, without a sensible strategy or a clear purpose." With the use of US warplanes in Syria, this escalation risks a catastrophic conflict with Russia. That's why The Nation, RootsAction, Daily Kos, Veterans For Peace are calling on Congress to immediately remove all US war planes from Syria.

ACTION ALERT: Stop Fracking Waste from Being Dumped into the Gulf of Mexico
(Nation of Change & The Center for Biological Diversity)

Nation of Change, the Center for Biological Diversity and others, hope to convince the EPA to reject a planl that would allow for unlimited dumping of fracking wastes into the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed permit violates the Clean Water Act because it causes an undue degradation of the marine environment and fails to account how dumping wastewater containing chemicals from fracking and acidizing operations would impact water quality and marine wildlife.

Pentagon Admits It Rarely Talks to Witnesses or Victims of US Airstrikes
(Sarah Knuckey, Ole Solvang, Jonathan Horowitz and Radhya Almutawakel / Just Security & Margaret Griffis / AntiWar.com)

During June, at least 4,928 people were killed in Iraq, and another 1,630 were wounded. How many were victims of US airstrikes is unknown because the Pentagon has now admitted its investigators rarely bother to interview witnesses or survivors of its airstrikes. Human rights groups have long voiced concerns about the inadequacy of US investigations into the consequences of US strikes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere.

Civilian Victims of the US-Led Airstrikes Are Routinely Ignored by Pentagon
(Mike Giglio / BuzzFeed News)

The US-led air campaign against ISIS in Iraq has taken a devastating toll on civilians, with very little accountability. BuzzFeed News visited seven sites in Mosul where witnesses say that innocent people were killed by airstrikes from the US and its allies. Most incidents in which civilian casualties are likely are never fully investigated. Witnesses, victims, and their relatives are "not automatically" contacted and coalition investigators rarely, if ever, visit sites.

NRA Encourages Members to Attack Trump's Critics
(Bill Moyers and Michael Winship / Nation of Change & Zack Beauchamp / Vox Media & Francine Prose / The Guardian)

The gun lobby's new "recruitment ad" is really a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, deliberately crafted to stir anger and fear. Why would someone would suggest using a gun to intimidate, silence, or even shoot innocent people whose only crime is the harboring of different political views? Whose interest are served by turning us into warring stereotypes -- conservative v liberal -- with no consideration of the nuances and the subtle differences that make us individuals?

Trump Wins One: New York Times, AP Retract
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Associated Press & Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept)

Among the most oft-repeated claims of the entire Russia election hacking scandal is that of absolute unanimity among US intelligence agencies, with media and politicians regularly claiming that "all 17 US intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump." It's not true.

US Conference of Mayors Passes Historic Peace Budget Resolution
(World Beyond War )

This week the US Conference of Mayors passed three resolutions urging Congress to move money out of the military and into human and environmental needs -- exactly the reverse of Trump's budget. Those historic actions came after more than 20,000 people signed a petition promoted by World Beyond War and RootsAction.org, and after several cities passed similar resolutions promoted by Code Pink, World Beyond War, and the US Peace Council.

Most US Terrorists Are White, Right-wing, and Racist
(Mirren Gidda / Newsweek)

Donald Trump was elected on a vow to get tough on "radical Islamic terrorism" and has struggled to implement a travel ban barring people from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the US (while tweeting about Islamist terrorist attacks around the world). But, according to a new report, Trump has his facts muddled. The Center for Investigative Reporting has found that within the past nine years, right-wing extremists plotted or carried out nearly twice as many terrorist attacks as Islamist extremists.

All War, All the Time
(Tom Englehardt / TomDispatch & Rebecca Gordon / TomDispatch)

There's just one institution in American society that gets uniformly staggeringly positive votes of "confidence" from Americans in polls and that's the US military (83%). And this should be the greatest mystery of them all. The fact is, the Pentagon hasn't won a significant conflict since World War II, the unaudited Pentagon budget has improvised the homeland, and US forces engaged in illegal incursions in more than a dozen foreign nations are killing hundreds of innocent civilians and turning survivors into enemies.

Is Giant Sequoia National Monument Next on Trump's Hit List?
(Jason Mark / Sierra Magazine & EcoWatch)

When Donald Trump ordered Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke to review national monuments established since 1996 and larger than 100,000 acres to determine whether they should be rescinded or reduced in size, California's national monuments seemed relatively safe. Now a new proposal would slash the Giant Sequoia National Monument by two-thirds. Conservationists say the idea ignores the biological necessity of protecting entire ecosystems. For the sequoias to thrive, the surrounding forests also have to thrive.

ACTION ALERT: House Committee Votes to Repeal Act that Allows Presidents to Start Wars without Congressional Consent
(AntiWar.com & The Hill & Rep. Barbara Lee)

In a stunning move, the House Appropriations Committee today approved an amendment to the military spending bill that would repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. A succession of presidents have used the AUMF to launch numerous wars without having to obey the Constitution's fundamental principle that only Congress can declare war. Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee have fired back, however, calling this attempt to return to "the rule of law" "out of order."

House Panel Votes to Finance Wars in Space
(Jared Serbu / Federal News Radio & AntiWar.com)

The House Armed Services Committee voted late Wednesday night to create a sixth branch of the US armed forces: the US Space Corps, which would absorb the Air Force's current space missions. With an eye toward fighting major future wars in space, the US Air Force today has announced a reshuffle of its senior leadership posts, including the establishment of the new Deputy Chief of Staff for Space Operations post.

Make No Mistake, We Are Already at War in Syria
(Philip Giraldi / The American Conservative)

No one has argued that Syria in any way threatens the United States, and the current policy is also an affront to common sense: like it or not Syria is a sovereign country in which we Americans have set up military bases and are supporting "rebels" (including jihadis and terrorists) who are seeking to overthrow the legitimate government.

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