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Trump Puts Arms Sales Ahead of Yemeni Lives
(Michael Horton / The American Conservative)

How much is a Yemeni child worth? Not much it seems: about $400 if one uses the Trump administration's calculations. The UK-based charity Save the Children estimates that five million Yemeni children are at risk of starvation. That risk has increased markedly thanks to the Trump administration's fear of endangering $2 billion worth of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. This came after an American-made missile fired by either a Saudi or Emirati jet incinerated a bus full of schoolchildren last month.
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War Profiteers: The US War Machine And the Arming of Repressive Regimes
(Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies / CODEPINK)

The US is the leading purveyor of arms, global war and militarism, with 800 military bases in 80 countries around the world and a military budget larger than the next seven countries combined. Since the 1980s, Washington has increasingly used the armed forces in an offensive -- not defensive -- way, to attack other countries from Nicaragua and Panama to Iraq and Libya. These interventions created more global insecurity, disrupting the lives of ordinary people and raising tensions between nuclear-armed nations.
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US Weapons Responsible for Soaring Civilian Deaths in Yemen and Afghanistan
(International Rescue Mission & AntiWar.com & Reuters)

The US-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen has seen the already huge civilian death toll of the war skyrocket 164% just since June. A single nine-day period in August left nearly 500 civilians killed. In Afghanistan, a soaring number of US airstrikes -- nearly 3,000 strikes in the first six months of 2018 -- have left 149 civilians killed and 204 wounded. Women and children made up more than half of the casualties.
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ACTION ALERT: Don't Iraq Iran -- Is the Media Going to Lie for Trump?
(CODEPINK )

Donald Trump appeared at the United Nations to build a case for the US to go to war with Iran. Sign our letter to the New York Times and Washington Post asking them not to be complicit in laying the groundwork for war with Iran -- like they were in the case of Iraq. Tell them to debunk Trump’s lies and distortions, and to promote diplomacy.
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The 'Silent Green Wave' That Could Rock the November Vote
(Russell McLendon / Mother Nature Network)

Environmental issues tend to fall through the cracks in American politics, where they are often ignored, belittled or even denied by politicians. Yet this familiar political climate, much like Earth's climate, is more changeable than it might seem. There are 15 million Americans who consider themselves to be environmentalists but who never bother to vote. What if a new "Green Wave" of Earth-loving voters decided to show up at polling stations in November?
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2018 Planet Candidates: More than 150 Congressional Candidates Pledge to Vote for the Earth!
(Food & Water Action,, Sunrise Movement, Climate Hawks, et al.)

"In 2018, with climate disaster happening in live feed, you either support a mandate for 100% renewables to outlaw pollution, or you're denying the science," said Todd Fernandez, of Climate Action Mondays, NYC. "Time has run out for half-measures." To give voters a clear choice, climate leaders have made a novel demand: to outlaw pollution, categorically. Not regulate or trade it. Ban it. And that's the game-changer. A new litmus-test for a political showdown.
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What If Governments Stopped Fighting and Started Obeying the Law?
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: "Remembering why we still fight in Afghanistan" was the title of a recent newspaper editorial. What's really worth remembering is how we got mislead into this long, blood, costly and illegal war in the first place. After 17 years, why do we still have 48,000 people engaged in the military occupation of a foreign country? What if we simply obeyed world law? Compliance with the 1928 Pact of Paris would mean no more wars. Compliance with the 1907 Hague Convention would mean nonviolent arbitration.
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The Effects of Modern War and Military Activities
(Michael J. Lawrence, Aaron J. Zolderdo, Daniel P. Struthers, Steven J. Cooke and Holly L.J. Stemberger / Carleton University)

War is an ever-present force that has the potential to alter the biosphere. Here we review the potential consequences of modern war and military activities on ecosystem structure and function. We focus on the effects of direct conflict, nuclear weapons, military training, and military produced contaminants. Overall, the aforementioned activities were found to have overwhelmingly negative effects on ecosystem structure and function.
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Finding New, Peacetime Uses for Costly, Sprawling US Military Bases
(Joe Mathews / San Francisco Chronicle & Ramstein Air Base)

At 200 square miles, California's Camp Pendleton Marine Base is bigger than San Jose. The largest open coastal space between Santa Barbara and Mexico, the property offers scenic mountains, canyons, mesas, estuaries, a lake, a bison preserve, a free-flowing river -- along with theaters, museums, golf courses, a new hospital, scuba center, YMCA, 11 fire stations, five public schools, 14 barbershops, and eight dry cleaners. But now that wars are conducted by drones, how much of the base does the DoD need?
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Korea Should Reunify Outside the Western Empire
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: Imagine if the United States made peace with North Korea. There are perhaps three ways to do it. The most likely outcome and the best outcome are not the same. But the reason we're considering any of them at all is because the two Korean governments are already trying to work around the disastrous US presence -- so who knows what's possible?
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German Army Rocket Test Ignites Destructive Wildfire
(The Guardian & Deutsche Welle)

The fire was triggered when rockets tests in the moor by Germany's armed forces -- the Bundeswehr -- went awry. The rockets were fired from helicopters as part of the drill, but the all-terrain fire engine meant to put out the subsequent fire was out of action and its replacement was at the garage for maintenance work. The fire was thus able to spread quickly.
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Mass Murder: Made in America
(Nima Elbagir, Salma Abdelaziz, and Laura Smith-Spark / CNN)

Last month, a CNN investigation found remnants of a US-made bomb at the scene of an airstrike that left dozens of schoolboys dead. Now, an independent Yemen-based human rights group called Mwatana has given CNN exclusive access to a trove of documents that show fragments of US-manufactured bombs at the scene of a string of other incidents since 2015, when the civil war began. In each of these cases, civilians were either killed or put at risk.
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US Caught Plotting a Rightwing Coup in Venezuela
(Lesley Wroughton / Reuters & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Gabriel Hetland / Jacobin & Alliance for Global Justice )

A hallmark of the Trump era is the open embrace of ideas and practices that have long been central to the fabric of US politics -- but publicly disavowed. So it is with white supremacy, police brutality, and now, military coups in Latin America. Now, 45 years after the US overthrow of a democratically elected government in Chile -- and the installation of a brutal and bloody rightwing dictatorship -- members if Washington's imperial elite are planning to seize control of another Latin American nation.
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ACTION ALERT: Pompeo's Push for Arms to Saudis: More Bombs for Yemen and Profits for Raytheon
(Win Without War & Lee Fang and Alex Emmons / The Intercept)

Commentary: You've probably never heard of Charles Faulkner but he's the reason Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lied to Congress last week to keep US weapons flowing into Yemen. Before being appointed as Donald Trump's Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Faulkner worked as a lobbyist for Raytheon, the massive arms maker. Raytheon happens to have a $2 billion arms sale to the Saudis and UAE pending in Congress. Corruption doesn't get much more black and white than that.
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Pentagon Races to Empty Its Coffers by Month's End
(Frank Konkel / Defense One)

The federal government is primed to spend as much as $300 billion in the final quarter of fiscal 2018 as agencies rush to obligate money appropriated by Congress before Sept. 30. Because any unspent funds must be returned to the Treasury Department, the Pentagon is on a spending spree to burn through as much money as possible. But to spend all the money appropriated, they may have to obligate well over $200 billion more in the final quarter of fiscal 2018, which ends in two weeks.
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War on Africa's Elephants: Policing Slaughter-for-Profit
(Laura Geggel / Live Science & Yasemin Saplakoglu / LiveScience)

How do you crack the complicated empire of cartels that kill hundreds of thousands of elephants every year for their ivory? You put an international slew of gumshoe geneticists on their tail. These geneticists have uncovered Africa's three largest ivory cartels -- located in Mombasa, Kenya; Entebbe, Uganda; and Lome, Togo -- by analyzing the DNA within elephant tusks found in illegal trafficking shipments.
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For This Year's International Day of Peace, Korea Takes the Lead
(Kevin Martin / Common Dreams)

There is precious little peace, or near-term hope for it, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine/Israel, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and countless other countries within our military tentacles' reach. This rare, historic outbreak of peace on the Korean Peninsula should be celebrated and supported by all the peoples of the world -- including and especially Americans and our government.
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Trump's War on the First Amendment: Treating Protest as Terrorism
(Will Parrish and Sam Levin / Guardian)

Indigenous activists in Montana fear the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline could break and spill, destroying tribal waters and desecrating sacred Native American sites. But that's not the most immediate threat. Recently released records reveal the Trump administration has vilified nonviolent pipeline opponents as "extremists" and violent criminals who pose a risk of potential "terrorism." If the pipeline gets final approval, massive demonstrations are anticipated -- along with a police crack-down.
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New Zealand Greenpeacers Freed after Blocking World's Largest Oil-search Ship
(Nick Young / Greenpeace Aotearoa, New Zealand)

Charges against Greenpeace New Zealand's Executive Director Dr. Russel Norman and climate activist Sara Howell have been dropped after they were arrested for swimming in front of the world's largest oil and gas exploration ship to stop the search for fossil fuels off the Wairarapa Coast. On September 11, 2018, 33 years after French agents bombed and the flagship vessel -- an act of state-sponsored terrorism that killed one crew member -- the Rainbow Warrior II returned to Auckland.
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ACTION ALERT: Aug. 24 Deadline -- Big Oil & Gas vs. Endangered Species
(Miranda Carter / Food & Water Watch)

Bald eagles, grizzly bears, California condors, grey wolves, American alligators . . . The Endangered Species Act (ESA) successfully brought these and other iconic species back from the brink. That's pretty amazing. Now the Trump administration is trying to gut endangered species protections for the benefit of the oil and gas industry. It's possible to stop this if we all speak up loudly and refuse to back down -- but the deadline for comments is September 24.
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Pompeo Lied to Congress About Yemen To Protect Arms Sales
(Daniel Larison / The American Conservative)

Mike Pompeo's certification earlier this month that the Saudi coalition was working to reduce harm to civilians in Yemen was an obvious sham. According to The Wall Street Journal, Pompeo made the decision to lie for the Saudis and Emiratis because he feared it would hurt arms sales. The US should not be in the business of arming governments that we know will use them to commit war crimes, and that certainly applies to the Saudis and the UAE as long as the war on Yemen continues.
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The International Day of Peace -- September 21
(The United Nations)

The International Day of Peace was created by the UN, it is a global observance by hundreds of millions people and thousands of organizations each year on September 21st. The music and images in this video are entertaining, and the message provides a sense of hope.
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The Forever War's Cheerleaders
(Lyle Jeremy Rubin / The Nation)

Commentary: There is a chasm of awareness that often exists between veterans and civilians, especially during an age in which an all-volunteer military prosecutes never-ending wars, and in which those Americans who end up experiencing combat prove statistically negligible. It isn't so much a chasm of awareness as a chasm of memory. The problem with veterans is we keep remembering our wars when we are supposed to join everyone else in forgetting them.
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US-Russia Nuclear Arms Racing: Still Crazy After All These Years
(Andrew Lichterman and John Burroughs / TruthDig)

President Vladimir Putin's major address on March 1 to Russia's Federal Assembly was candid about the economic and social challenges facing Russians. What attracted attention in the United States, however, was a detailed description, complete with video animations, of an array of new nuclear weapons delivery systems, including a nuclear-powered cruise missile and an underwater drone. The Pentagon's proposals manifest a commitment to an increasing and long-term reliance on nuclear arms. The review also lowers the threshold for use of nuclear weapons.
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Health Professionals Tackle War
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: When I discovered that militarism is one of the top destroyers of the natural environment, that war wastes more money than anything else, is a major promoter of racism, is the primary threat to civil liberties and the push for militarized police, and is the top barrier to the rule of law and global cooperation, I added that to my case against war. But when I read that militarism is a top public health threat that medical professionals have a responsibility to prevent, I'm struck with conflicting responses.
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Climate Catastrophe Threatens Global Health and Food Emergencies
(Justine Calma / Grist & Nicola Davis / The Guardian & Carla Green / The Guardian)

One of the larger themes at this week's massive Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco is the relationship between climate change and human health. City heatwaves could lead to two to three times as many deaths by 2050, the report says. Rising levels of carbon dioxide could make crops less nutritious and damage the health of hundreds of millions of people. By 2100, without a reduction in emissions, California could see a 77% increase in the average area burned by wildfires.
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The Seas Are Trying to Tell Us Something
(Jorge Ramos / Splinter News)

Our feverish oceans are spitting out hurricanes. They are spewing invasive seaweed onto our beaches. Beneath the water, the coral is turning pale. Something is wrong, very wrong. And the seas are trying to tell us something.
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The American War in Yemen: A Descent Into Hell
(Tom Englehardt /TomDispatch & Rajan Menon / TomDispatch)

Despite the thousands killed and the billions spent on Washington's "Global War on Terror," there's not much to show on the anti-terrorism front. Indeed, the Saudi coalition's airstrikes and US drone attacks in Yemen may be moving Yemenis -- enraged by the destruction of their homes and livelihoods and the deaths of loved ones – to join the ranks of Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula. In short, a war on terror has turned into a war of and for terror -- and America's prospering arms barons couldn't be happier.
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Trump Cuts Humanitarian Aid for Palestinians; Has No Plan for Peace
(Daniel Estrin / National Public Radio & Ali Sawafta and Maayan Lubell / Reuters)

The Trump administration has confirmed it will no longer fund peace-building programs for Palestinians and Israelis -- including an interfaith youth program and a project for children with disabilities. It's the latest in a series of announcements of the US cutting hundreds of millions of dollars for Palestinians -- a move that could put "Israelis and Palestinians on a collision course for further conflict."
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How the Top 5 US Arms Makers Fuel Global Conflict
(Valerie Vande Panne / Common Dream)

Most Americans want peace -- in the world, in their country, and in their own homes and communities. So why is it then that so many Americans work for private, for-profit companies profiting from war? And why are so many Americans invested financially in the merchants of death profiting from war and manufactured terror around the globe?
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Evo Morales To Marco Rubio: US is The Real Global Threat, Not Venezuela
(teleSur)

Responding to Senator Marco Rubio's proposal to invade Venezuela because its government "has become a threat for the region and even for the US," Bolivian President Evo Morales declared: "Senator Marco Rubio, warns of using the Empire's army against the people of Venezuela because he assumes a 'threat' against the security of the US" and pointed out that is the US is the real threat to the world's people, citing "its history of interventionism and military coups d'etat in the world."
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The Original 9/11: 45 Years After the US-backed Coup, the Words of Salvador Allende and Victor Jara Are Still With Us
(Yves Engler / CounterPunch & President Salvador Allende & Victor Jara)

On September 16, 1973, the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, was overthrown in a US-backed coup engineered by Henry Kissinger, "America's preeminent surviving war criminal." The US-installed dictator, General Augusto Pinochet instituted a bloody reign where tens of thousands were tortured, murdered and "disappeared" while hundreds of thousands were driven from the country. Allende committed suicide and folksinger Victor Jara was publicly tortured and executed by the junta.
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Accessory to War: Neil Degrasse Tyson Defends the Military-Industrial Complex and Trump's Space Force Proposal
(Marcelo Gleiser / National Public Radio & The Tonight Show & Joe Setyon / Reason)

The book's message rings like a wakeup call, even if an uncomfortable one for the pacifists out there. War makes the world go 'round. It heats up the economy, as governments flush private military industries with lucrative contracts. It heats up scientific research, as governmental. Knowledge flows both ways, from the university laboratory to the military and back. Everyone benefits from the unspoken alliance. The great fuel has been the Cold War and the consequent race to conquer space.
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Epic Polynesian Canoe Voyage Arrives In San Francisco to Honor 'Island Earth'
(KPIX TV & Diane Ako / KITV Island News)

After dodging two hurricanes along the way, a Polynesian voyaging canoe propelled solely by nature's power -- wind, waves, and sun -- arrived in San Francisco after completing a 23-day journey that began in the Hawaiian Islands. The native crew of 13 left Hawaii on August 18th and stayed on course for 2,8000 miles, using only their ancestors' ancient navigation techniques and arriving right on time for California's Global Climate Summit. They were met on shore by members of the indigenous Ohlone community.
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Private Citizens Launch Initiative to Remove the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Engineers set sail from San Francisco with a 2,000-foot-long floating boom designed to help clean Pacific Ocean pollution, specifically, the plastic litter floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an island of trash twice the size of Texas. The system was conceived by Boyan Slat, a 24-year-old innovator who became passionate about cleaning the oceans at the age of 16 after he went scuba-diving in the Mediterranean and was shocked to encounter more plastic bags than fish.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Weakness of Science
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

Commentary: "In a recent interview on National Pentagon Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed the interactions between (1) the US military and (2) astrophysics. The former is an enterprise that I consider evil and Tyson seems to consider mildly worthy of discomfort but the necessary producer of the research for which he lives. The latter is a field of human endeavor that Tyson apparently considers supremely noble, and I consider absolutely inexcusable."
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Military Recruiting inside the US: In Violation of UN Law on Rights of the Child
(Pat Elder / Pat Elder for Congress & The Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Centers)

As a candidate for Congress, I call on the US to join the clear majority of the nations in the world in setting 18 as the absolute minimum age for military recruitment. Currently, 10% of US recruits are 17 year-olds. The UN has put the US on notice regarding US failure to abide by the treaty. The complaints below were adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
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The Demonization of Russia in a New Cold War Era
(Mairead Maguire / AntiWar.com)

Commentary by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Mired Maguire: "All armies must have an enemy to deem them necessary. An enemy must be created, and the people must be convinced that there is need for action to safeguard the freedom of their country. We must ask the question: Is this leading to more arms, a bigger NATO? Missile compounds are being erected in Romania, Poland and other ex-Soviet countries, while military games are set up in Scandinavia close to the Russian border."
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Americans Would Limit Aid to Nuclear Israel
(Grant Smith / AntiWar.com )

Most Americans would place limitations on US aid to Israel under laws triggered by its nuclear weapons program. When told the CIA believed Israel has nuclear weapons, 54.8% of Americans agreed that Arms Export Control Act limitations to the non-signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) should apply. According to formerly top-secret and secret Central Intelligence Agency files, the US secretly conspired in the 1960s to divert weapons-grade uranium from a Pennsylvania-based government contractor into Israel's nuclear weapons program.
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A Yom Kippur Prayer For Our Sins as Individuals and As a Society
(Rabbi Michael Lerner / Tikkun)

The Tikkun community invites you to share this with your friends -- of all religions and none -- as an example of what a religious spiritual practice might contribute to the tikkun-ing (the "healing and transformation") of our world. If you happen to be going to a Kol Nidre and/or Yom Kippur service, bring this with you, feel free to make copies and distribute to the people with whom you pray.
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Kofi Annan, the Last UN Secretary-General Who Paid for His Independence
(Roberto Savio / Independent Press Service)

This testimony to Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, comes a month after his death. Much has already been written, and it is now superfluous to recall his efforts for peace and international cooperation. It is better to place his figure in a crucial context: how the great powers progressively reduced the figure of the UN Secretary-General and charged a high price from those who tried to keep the system's independence.
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As Trump Commits to Endless War, Corporate Media Obsess Over Anonymous Op-Ed
(Reed Richardson / Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)

Trump has effectively endorsed endless US war in Syria but almost no one in the press noticed. On September 9, 2018, Fox News was one of a minority of news outlets that reposted the Associated Press report on the White House announcement that US troops would continue to be occupying Syria for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, Meet the Press -- like most of the corporate mass-media -- devoted the most time on all the Sunday news shows to obsess over the parlor game of "Who-wrote-the-op-ed?"
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Raytheon, Lockheed and General Dynamics: Complicit in Yemen War Crimes
(Marcelo Guadiana / AntiWar.com & Alex Ward / VOX)

For more than three years, Raytheon, a major US defense contractor, has been aiding and abetting war crimes in Yemen, manufacturing the world's worst humanitarian crises and profiting upon the bodies of Yemeni children torn apart by their bombs. Largely hidden from the public, billions of dollars have been made by American arms manufactures in the US backed war in Yemen. Also involved in making the bomb that killed 44 schoolchildren on a bus in Yemen -- Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.
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US-backed Saudi Warplanes Attack Yemen Bus Station: 20 Civilians Killed
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Leith Aboufadel / Al Masdar News)

US lawmakers' patience with the Saudi coalition is wearing thin as the civilian death toll increases. Outrage increased last month after the coalition struck a school bus and killed 40 children, prompting major Congressional moves to limit involvement in the war. But Secretary of State Pompeo has overruled Congress, certifying Washington's continued refueling of coalition aircraft in the Yemen civil war.
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Fighting Threatens Millions of Civilians: Yemenis Forced to Eat Leaves to Survive
(Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press & Maggie Michael| / The Daily Star)

A recent bout of fighting between Yemeni government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition and Shiite rebels around the Red Sea port city of Hodeida could jeopardize shipments of 46,000 tons of wheat expected to arrive within the next ten days. Humanitarian workers, infrastructure and food supplies have been targeted in recent days. The fighting could impact World Food Program's ability to supply up to 3.5 million people in dire need.
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ACTION ALERT: Time to Repeal the Unconstitutional War Powers Act
(The Office of Hon. Barbara Lee / US House of Representatives)

Under the US Constitution, only Congress -- not the president -- can declare a state of war. On September 14, 17 years ago, Rep. Barbara Lee stood alone on the US House floor just days after the 9/11 tragedy and dissented against the Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) -- a resolution that has indefinitely allowed any sitting US president to wage war at any time, in any place, for any reason. Since 2001, US presidents have used the AUMF more than 37 times to use military force in at least 14 countries.
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Latin America's Second World War
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Mary Jo McConahay's "The Tango War" is an engaging, extensive, well-researched, well-written account of a topic that still manages to offend me. World War II is sacred history in the United States, the ultimate clash of pure good and evil, the fundamental origin myth of the military industrial complex. It is the top subject of books, films, and shows. Finding a novel angle on World War II that has not yet been exhaustively covered is, at this point, a significant feat. Finding a whole continent is a major victory.
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From Peace to Armageddon: The Israel-Palestine Nightmare
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Sandy Tolan / TomDispatch)

With the endless march of settlements, Israel's continued impunity, a fractured Palestine divided between the West Bank and Gaza, and a Trump administration empowering people who believe Armageddon is near, a solution to the Israel-Palestine nightmare may seem impossible. But maybe a just peace is coming sooner than you think. After all, who predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall or the end of apartheid in South Africa?
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US Support for the Bombing of Yemen To Continue, For Now
(Kevin Martin / AntiWar.com & Jonathan Landay / Reuters)

The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen is considered the world's worst at this moment, with well over 10,000 people having been killed (an estimated 20 percent are children) and 15 million of the total Yemeni population of 23 million considered "food insecure." Earlier this year, the US Senate filed to stop US in-air refueling of Saudi jets and other logistical, intelligence and targeting support that allows the continued bombing of civilians in Yemen -- killing schoolchildren with bombs made by US-based Lockheed.
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Raytheon's War Crimes in Yemen
(Marcelo Guadiana / AntiWar.com)

Largely hidden from the public, billions of dollars have been made by American arms manufactures in the US backed war in Yemen. For more than three years, Raytheon, a major US defense contractor, has been aiding and abetting war crimes in Yemen, manufacturing the world's worst humanitarian crises and profiting upon the bodies of Yemeni children torn apart by their bombs.
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John Bolton vs. the International Criminal Court
(Thomas Knapp / AntiWar.com & Juan Cole / Informed Comment)

In a September 10 speech, National Security Advisor John Bolton offered "a major announcement on US policy toward the International Criminal Court." Bolton declared the ICC "fundamentally illegitimate" and threatened sanctions against the court and those who cooperate with it in investigating war crimes involving the US or Israel. Bolton finds it unconscionable that anUS soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, or politician might be accused of crimes committed in Afghanistan and be tried in an Afghan court.
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ACTION ALERT: Betsy DeVos Plans to Let Schools Buy Guns With Federal Funds
(Madhuri Sathish / Bustle & Equality PAC & We Are Progressives.org)

In the months after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people, conservatives and gun rights advocates suggested that teachers should be allowed to keep firearms in their classrooms. School district leaders in Parkland ultimately voted against arming teachers, but in a letter issued on Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she will allow schools to buy guns using federal grants.
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Washington Quietly Increases Lethal Weapons to Ukraine
(Ted Galen Carpenter / The American Conservative)

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis acknowledges that US instructors are training Ukrainian military units at a base in western Ukraine. Washington also has approved two arms sales to Kiev's ground forces in the past nine months. The first $41.5 million transaction in December 2017 was limited to small arms -- including the Model M107A1 Sniper Systems, ammunition, and associated parts and accessories. A transaction in April 2018 was more serious and included 210 Javelin anti-tank missiles.
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How Do Weapons Makers Sleep At Night?
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies / CODEPINK)

A new report by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies focuses on the five largest US arms manufacturers -- Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics -- and their dealings with three repressive nations: Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt, all of which have used US-made weapons from the companies listed above to kill, injure, and traumatize huge numbers of innocent people, committing war crimes both in their own countries and in countries beyond their borders.
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The US Has Spent $1.5 Trillion On War Since September 11 Attacks
(Amanda Macias / CNBC & Nabih Bulos / The Los Angeles Times)

US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have cost taxpayers more than $1.5 trillion since Sept. 11, 2001. US military operations -- for Operation Freedom's Sentinel (Afghanistan), Operation Inherent Resolve (Syria and Iraq), and Operation Noble Eagle {for homeland security in the US and Canada) -- account for $185.5 billion of that. Currently there are around 14,000 Americans in Afghanistan and 70,000 US Special Operations forces have been deployed to 133 nations on missions Americans are not allowed to know about.
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I Remember: A Remembrance of 9/11
(Mark Dunlea / MarkDunlea.org)

Commentary: I remember that many of us said "Do not treat our cries of grief as a cry for war. Seek justice. Treat it as a criminal act. Use it to build peace, not war."
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ACTION ALERT: US Troops Out of Afghanistan
(CODEPINK & World BEYOND War)

The US war in Afghanistan is well into its 17th year. The US military now has approximately 8,000 US troops in Afghanistan, plus 6,000 other NATO troops, 1,000 mercenaries, and another 26,000 contractors (of whom about 8,000 are from the US). That's 41,000 people engaged in a foreign occupation of a country. The US is spending $4 million an hour on planes, drones, bombs, guns, while Afghanistan continues its descent into poverty, violence, environmental degradation, and instability. It's time to stop.
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The Human Costs of the Afghanistan War
(Samira Abrar / CODEPINK & Dr. Hakim / CODEPINK)

Commentary: War has had a terrible impact on children in Afghanistan. After almost two decades of United States development efforts, with the hopes of helping the war-weary country take a path to stability and self-reliance, little has changed on the ground for children growing up today in Afghanistan. They are not safer. They do not have more rights. And they have never known peace.
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Leave Syria the Hell Alone
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

Commentary: Last weekend I was on Iranian TV being asked about the meeting in Tehran at which the presidents of Iran and Russia had refused to agree with the President of Turkey to stop bombing people in Syria. I said Iran and Russia were wrong. I also said that nobody involved, least of all the United States, was right. Here's my 5-step plan for Syria. Step 1: "Get the bloody hell out and stay out."
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The Trump "Thugocracy" Takes Aim at International Criminal Court, PLO
(Steve Holland / Reuters)

The Trump administration on Monday threatened tough action against the International Criminal Court should it try to prosecute Americans for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and said the PLO's office in Washington would be closed for seeking to punish Israel through the court. The planned PLO closure is yet another pressure tactic by a Trump administration that has slashed funding to a UN agency for Palestinian refugees and to hospitals in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as capital of a future state.
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The Importance of Remembering World War 1
(Harry Blain / AntiWar.com & Robert M. La Follette)

The First World War -- known as the "Great War" in Europe -- has largely faded from memory on this side of the Atlantic. Arguably, this is because our involvement was so brief -- joining the slaughter over two years after it began and leaving it just over eighteen months later. But, beyond the fact that it claimed the lives of over 100,000 Americans, there are good reasons why, a century later, we should remember this chapter in our history, not least because it has ominous parallels with today.
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After Seventeen Years -- and $1.5 Trillion -- Al Qaeda May Be Stronger than Ever
(Amanda Macias / CNBC & Nabih Bulos / The Los Angeles Times)

he collective wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have cost US taxpayers more than $1.5 trillion since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a Defense Department report. Currently there are approximately 14,000 Americans in Afghanistan. In the days after Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush vowed to "starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest." Seventeen years later, Al Qaeda may be stronger than ever -- thanks to US policies in the Mideast.
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Trump vs. World Law: Accused of Committing War Crimes, the US Threatens the International Criminal Court
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & David Swanson / World BEYOND War)

As the International Criminal Court (ICC) moves to investigate US war crimes committed during the 17-year long war in Afghanistan, the Trump Administration is moving to position itself in direct opposition not just to the investigations, but the court itself. The US has long resisted ICC oversight of its myriad war crimes and misdeeds, and has long insisted that Americans are immune from ICC prosecution.
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Is Donald Trump Encouraging Climate Change to Promote Fascism and Genocide?
(Matthew Barad / Keep Colorado Green & Tim Hollo / At the Well & Gaby Galvin / US News and World Report)

Commentary: While the wealthy remain safe in their bunkers, while the nationalists hide behind their borders, the rest of humanity will be left to starve, wither, drown, and burn. This is the world of Donald Trump. This is the future of Climate Fascism.
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ACTION ALERT: Idlib Is on the Brink of a Humanitarian Catastrophe
(Amy Goodman and Rania Abouzeid / Democracy Now! & Hon. Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives)

The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Tehran on September 8 as the Syrian military threatened a massive invasion of the rebel-held city of Idlib. The UN is warning that an assault on Idlib could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe. Syria already has experienced about half a million dead. Half of the country of 23 million people has been displaced. And while these numbers are massive, every number is a person who was part of a family, who was part of a community. And that is the tragedy of Syria.
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Pentagon Misleads American Public on the Afghan War
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Rod Nordland, As Ngu and Fähig Abed / The New York Times)

Seventeen years into the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has gone through several periods of trying to sell the American public on the idea that the war isn't a disastrous failure. This is increasingly difficult, because the war is going really badly.
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US Again Threatens to Strike Syria: US Politician Says UK Preparing a Chemical Attack to Be Blaimed on Syria
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Phil Stewart / Reuters & Laura Vozzella / The Independent)

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford reports that he has been in discussions with the White House about military options for attacking Syria if they ignore US threats to attack if Syria uses chemical weapons. Meanwhile, Virginia state senator Richard Black, in an MI6 service is planning to stage a chemical weapons attack in Syria, which it would then blame on President Bashar al-Assad as a pretext to strike Syria -- as it has done before.
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Trump Forces Caught Plotting Overthrow of Venezuelan Government
(Ernesto Londono and Nicholas Casey / The New York Times)

The Trump administration held secret meetings with Venezuelan military officers to discuss plans to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. Establishing a clandestine channel with coup plotters in Venezuela was a big gamble. Many in the region still deeply resent the United States for backing previous rebellions, coups and plots in countries like Cuba, Nicaragua, Brazil and Chile, and for turning a blind eye to the civil and human rights abuses that followed the installation of US-friendly rightwing military regimes.
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ACTION ALERT: Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice. Marches Erupt in 95 Countries around the World
(Rise for Climate.org & Oliver Milman / The Guardian)

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice is taking off all over the world -- in more than 900 locations in 95 countries! We've seen massive events and actions from Uganda to Paris, across the country and now in San Francisco, where the official count was 30,000. We'll have another end of day recap later today so look out for that. But here's what we got form the middle of the march here in SF!
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America's Overblown Fear of Terrorism
(Daniel R. DePetris / The National Interest)

While nobody likes to read about 20-30,000 ISIS members bunkering down in Iraq and Syria or Al Qaeda exploiting proxy conflicts in the region to deepen their foothold, nobody should lose sleep about it either. An American is more likely to die drowning in a bathtub than being killed in a suicide bombing. Only 100 people on American soil have been killed in acts of terrorism over the last 16 years (nearly half of which resulted from a single lone-wolf 2016 mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.
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Nearly 90 Elephants Found Dead Near Botswana Sanctuary, Killed by Poachers
(Emily Sullivan / NPR)

The carcasses of 87 elephants have been discovered near a Botswana protected sanctuary, killed and stripped for their tusks. The elephants were discovered by Elephants Without Borders, a conservation nonprofit. The organization said they "discovered the alarming rate while flying the Botswana government aerial [elephant] census."
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Ecuador Ordered To Pay Exxon for Oil Spill Aftermath
(teleSUR)

Ecuador will be forced to pay economic reparations to the oil giant. The over 30,000 affected people in the Amazon haven't received any compensation. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has ruled in favor of oil giant Chevron and declared Ecuador guilty of violating a bilateral investment treaty signed with the United States in 1997, of withholding justice from the company, and for not providing Chevron with "just and equitable" treatment.
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Trump Toys with Dictatorship as a Solution to Political Opposition
(Ryan Koronowski / ThinkProgress)

In another troubling turn toward an authoritarian dictatorship, Donald Trump has declared that more should be done to ban protesters and obstruct authors of books critical of him. Trump's attack on the First Amendment didn't end with his call to curtail protesters' free speech rights. Trump also called for DC to "change libel laws" -- presumably in reaction to a forthcoming tell-all book by journalist Bob Woodward -- and has called on the Justice Department to arrest the author of a critical New York Times op-ed.
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Keystone Pipeline Protesters Fear Federal Surveillance and Crackdowns
(Phil McKenna / Inside Climate News & Nicholas Kusnetz / Inside Climate News)

The US Army Corps of Engineers is defending its claim that the Dakota Access pipeline will have no significant environmental impact, but it issued only a brief summary of its court-ordered reassessment while refusing to release crucial details about potential oil spills. With the Keystone XL pipeline expected to draw protests from indigenous and environmental activists the ACLU is worried that federal law enforcement agencies may be planning a massive surveillance and a militarized crackdown on protesters.
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Why Defending Indigenous Rights Is Integral to Fighting Climate Change
(Jade Begay and Ayse Gursoz / Independent Media Institute and Rainforest Action Network)

Even as the Trump regime rolls back regulations meant to protect Americans from pollution, the EPA has released a report that finds that people of color are much more likely to breathe toxic air than their white counterparts. Indigenous and politically marginalized communities are hardest hit by the climate crisis -- even though they are the least responsible for causing it. From Standing Rock to the pipeline fights across the US and Canada, Indigenous peoples are leading the resistance to fossil fuels.
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Protecting Half the Earth
(Shreya Dasgupta / Mongabay)

How much of the Earth should we protect to save species from going extinct? Some conservationists have suggested an ambitious number: half of the planet. Prominent biologist Edward O. Wilson, for instance, proposes devoting half the world to nature would help save the majority of species. But what half do we protect? According to a new study, achieving this figure simply by creating large protected areas isn't going to save much biodiversity. We need to protect the right areas -- places that. have species in them
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Trump Commits US to 'Indefinite' Military Presence in Syria
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

According to State Department officials, President Trump has recently abandoned his desire to "get out" of Syria and bring US troops home. He has signed a new strategy, which includes new military goals, and eliminates all timelines for removing troops from Syria.Meanwhile, new reports on Israel's arming and funding of Syrian rebel groups reveals that no less than 12 rebel factions, all in southern Syria, were on the receiving end of Israeli aid.
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US Resists as North Korea Presses for Nuke-free Peace
(AntiWar.com & Reuters & Associated Press)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and suspension of future long-range missile tests, while expressing faith in Donald Trump's increasingly embattled efforts to settle a nuclear impasse. Kim reportedly expressed frustration with skepticism about his nuclear disarmament intentions and demanded that his "goodwill measures" be met in kind.
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Trump Isn't Winning in Afghanistan He's Repeating the Mistakes of Bush and Obama
(Bonnie Kristian / Reason)

The Trump administration is optimistic about Afghanistan. Since Trump introduced his plan a year ago -- putting more US boots on the ground and committing to our fifth round of re-entrenchment in America's longest war -- the conflict has been punctuated by a key milestone -- its first ceasefire since 2001. But the Pentagon's overall assessments of Afghanistan are bleak. In recent months have seen the "Taliban maintain their grip on much of the country, and the civilian death toll has reached a record high."
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Growing Calls for US to Stop Fueling Saudi Atrocities in Yemen
(Jake Johnson / Common Dreams & Jon Queally / Common Dreams & ulia Conley / Common Dreams & Daniel Larison / The American Conservative)

After the US-backed Saudi-led coalition issued a statement on Saturday calling its deadly bombing of a Yemeni school bus "unjustified" and claiming it was the result of mere "mistakes," human rights groups and progressive lawmakers ramped up calls for the US to immediately halt all arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which has been viciously bombing Yemen for years. Meanwhile, munitions experts confirmed that a Lockheed Martin-produced bomb was behind the deaths the children in the bus attack.
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US Prepares for Massive New Military Provocations along Russian Border
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Shawn Snow / Marine Corps Times)

In the latest of a series of major NATO wargames aimed at Russia, US Marines are in Sweden to gear up for an amphibious wargame across Sweden and Norway. Described as NATO's largest military exercise in over a decade, it will involve 40,000 NATO troops and dozens of warships. Moscow has objected that this latest in series of NATO "war-games" is an act of war, adding: "This demonstration of military potential will unfold in the immediate proximity to Russian borders and has a clear anti-Russian nature."
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'Mad Scientist' at Air Force Academy Uses Butterfly Wings to Find Chemical Weapons
(Tom Roeder / The Colorado Springs Gazette )

The Air Force Academy has always had the perfect backdrop for mad scientists. Lasers, wind tunnels and bubbling chemistry labs are all part of the scenery at the academy, nationally renowned for its science and engineering programs. Now the school also might have the perfect character for that set: Lt. Col. Joshua Kittle. He pulls the wings off butterflies to detect chemical weapons.
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Capitalism to the Rescue: Profiting Off PTSD
(Jasper Craven and Suzanne Gordon / Reveal @ The Center for Investigative Journalism)

Every day in America, roughly 20 former service members die by suicide. A lot of these deaths are attributable to a lack of appropriate treatments for PTSD. With this crisis in mind, private companies are racing to develop solutions -- financed by federal grants. Yet many of the proposed cures are unproven and questionable. Multiple studies of alternative PTSD treatments rely on self-reported results, as opposed to what's called the "clinician-administered" PTSD scale, the gold standard.
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Why Is ExxonMobil Still Funding Climate Science Denier Groups?
(Elliot Negin / Union of Concerned Scientists)

A decade after pledging to end its support for climate science deniers, ExxonMobil gave $1.5 million last year to 11 think tanks and lobby groups that reject established climate science and openly oppose the oil and gas giant's professed climate policy preferences. Until ExxonMobil stops funding these groups, its avowed support for a carbon tax, the Paris Climate Agreement and other climate initiatives can't be seen as anything more than a cynical PR ploy.
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ACTION ALERT: Spain Cancels Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia Amid Yemen Concerns
(Fritz Parra / Associated Press & Amy Frame / Win Without War)

On September 4, Spain cancelled the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia amid fears that the weapons could be used in the Riyadh-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. The deal was originally signed in 2015 under a conservative government. The new Spanish center-left administration plans to return the 9.2 million euros (10.6 million dollars) already paid by the Saudis. The US should follow Spain's example and cancel further arms sales to the Saudis.
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US-backed Saudi-UAE Coalition Admits Yemen School Bus Attack 'Unjustified'
(Al Jazeera)

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have admitted that the bombing of a school bus in Yemen -- which killed 51 people, including 40 children -- was "unjustified." On the day of the attack, a coalition spokesperson insisted the air raid hit a "legitimate military target" that included "operators and planners." Saudi investigators now promise that those behind the mass-slaughter should be held accountable. Lockheed (which made the bomb) and the US (which provided it) also should be held accountable.
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Dublin Conference Seeks to Close Hundreds of US Military Bases Around the World
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

The US spends about five times what China does on its military. These costs include maintaining a global garrison that reaches almost every country on Earth, including 800 -1,000 major military bases outside the US. The bases typically evict the local residents and anger neighboring communities generating noise, pollution, and crime -- including physical and sexual violence. On November 16-18 Dublin Ireland will be the site of a conference to discuss efforts to close down US and NATO military bases worldwide.
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War on Democracy: For Manafort, US Election Hacking Was an Inside Job
(Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman / Reader Supported News)

Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort worked with the GOP operatives who stole Ohio's 2004 presidential election (while working to install the Kremlin's chosen leader in Ukraine). At 11:14 p.m. on election night, as John Kerry led by 4.2 percent, the vote count mysteriously went dark. When it came back online, Kerry's lead had flipped into a 2.5 percent Bush victory. The statistical impossibility, involving a shift of 300,000 ballots, gave Bush the 20 electoral votes needed for re-election.
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The Pentagon's "Forever War" in Afghanistan: The Limits of American Courage
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / AntiWar.com & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: "I watched incredibly brave and dedicated officers and men battle the Taliban at the peak of American strength in Afghanistan in 2011. Courage wasn't enough then. It isn't now. Afghanistan will never be what we'd hoped for in 2001 -- a model democracy birthed in America's image. The inconvenient question is this: how many more Americans will die before we accept that truth?"
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Future of Diego Garcia: Hearings of the Chagos Case Against the UK
(Lindsey Collen / LALIT & Talk Nation Radio & Roland Oliphant / The Telegraph & Larry Luxner / The Washington Diplomat & Harriet Alexander / The Telegraph)

The Diego Garcia (Chagos) case against Britain is coming up at the International Court of Justice (IJC) at the Hague on September 3-6. It is quite exciting that some light is finally being shed on this British-US land-grab of 1965 -- which lead to the expulsion of the local populations and the creation of a massive US military base. Hearings will be streamed live and on demand in English and French on the ICJ site as well as on UN Web TV, the official UN site.
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Lockheed's F-35 Boondoggle: A $1.7 Trillion Tale of Corruption, Coverup and Collusion
(Gina Harkins / DODBuzz @ Military.com & Dan Grazier / Project on Government Oversight)

Desperate to keep the program on schedule, the Pentagon is downplaying F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flaws that could risk pilots' lives. The F-35s the Pentagon has purchased (and continuities to buy) have hundreds of design flaws. The GAO estimates the DoD will end up spending another $1.4 billion (at least) to correct these flaws. Lockheed holds an exclusive contract to maintain the flawed fleet. With 2,443 F-35s, US taxpayers can expect to be paying Lockheed $12.2 billion a year to keep the aircraft flying.
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How Repairing a Single F-22 Took Six Years and 11,000 Replacement Parts
(Oriana Pawlyk / Military.com)

One of the Air Force's oldest F-22 is set to resume flying again after six years of costly repairs. Boeing, Lockheed and the Air Force worked 27 months to overhaul the plane to get it back into flying status. This required 25,000 man-hours of labor and almost 11,000 individual fixes or parts. Air Force officials did not disclose the total cost to repair the aircraft. Unit cost for a single F-22 was around $150 million in 2009 but some estimates put the per-plane cost at closer to $250 million in current-day dollars. ","
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ACTION ALERT: Social and Ecological Imperatives of War Abolition & WBW's 2018 #NoWar Conference: Sept. 21-22
(Greta Zarro / World BEYOND War )

World BEYOND War is a decentralized, global grassroots network of volunteers, activists, and allied organizations advocating for the abolition of the very institution of war and its replacement with a culture of peace. Our work follows a two-pronged approach of peace education and nonviolent direct action organizing campaigns. More than 75,000 people from 173 countries have signed our declaration of peace, pledging to work nonviolently for a world beyond war. Join us in Toronto on September 21-22.
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ACTION ALERT: Preventing Nuclear War: A Campaign Emerges
(Robert Dodge / AntiWar.com & Prevent Nuclear War)

A national collaborative grassroots coalition to abolish nuclear weapons is rapidly emerging in this country. The effort called "Back from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War" was started last fall after the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by 122 nations -- with the US and other nuclear nations boycotting. This Call was crafted by dozens of organizations including Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Soka Gakkai International.
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New Bill Offers Aid to Vets Injured During 1966 Clean-up of Nuclear Bomb Accident
(Leo Shane III / Military Times & Dave Collins / The Associated Press)

Veterans exposed to radioactive debris more than five decades ago haven't made much progress in the courts to have their illnesses recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs, so now they're hoping Congress can intervene. A bill sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal would force VA to offer care to vets involved the 1966 cleanup of a calamitous nuclear-bomb accident in Palomares, Spain,that may have exposed more than 1,600 American service members to deadly levels of radiation.
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US Drone Policy Goes from Bad to Worse: The Stimson Center Report for 2018
(Laurie Calhoun / The Libertarian Institute)

Every two years, the Stimson Center Task Force on US Drone Policy issues recommendations to Washington on the use of weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles -- i.e. "drones." The drone program rests on the premeditated, intentional, extrajudicial assassination of persons (usually Muslim males) suspected of possibly plotting possible future terrorist attacks -- or simply being potentially capable of doing so. Now Trump is rolling back the few existing "restraints" on the use of "assassination drones."
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War and Nature: SEJ 17th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment
(Society of Environmental Journalists)

Pro Publica's series "Bombs In Our Backyards" did exactly what it set out to do, to expose the menace lurking in the nation's neighbourhoods -- the US military, which ironically, is charged with defending the nation. In a sweeping series, journalist Abrahm Lustgarten revealed the military as the biggest polluter not only in the United States, but surely on the planet.
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"Defence Scientists" Gather in Montreal to Research Fighting in Urban Areas
(David Pugliese / Ottawa Citizen)

Defence scientists from a number of countries will be in Montreal in mid-September to participate in an experiment to look at new technologies for fighting and conducting operations in cities. The Contested Urban Environment 2018 experiment will take place from September 10-21 and will involve participants from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the US. The goal? To improve the ability of soldiers to conduct military operations in "complex urban environments."
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California Passes Trio of Gun Control Bills
(Amanda Michelle Gomez / ThinkProgress)

California could soon join nine other states that have enacted strict bans on firearms for domestic abusers. The Democratic-controlled legislature sent the domestic violence bill, as well as two other measures -- a lifetime ban on people placed on involuntary psychiatric holds twice in one year and new standard for residents to obtain a concealed weapon permit (eight hours of training and pass a live-fire shooting test) -- to Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) desk for consideration.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Trump to Pardon Reality Winner
(RootsAction & Trevor Timm / The Intercept)

On June 3, 2017, NSA contractor Reality Leigh Winner was charged under the Espionage Act for allegedly leaking a top-secret document with information about alleged Russian intrusions into a US election. Winner has now been sentenced to five years in prison, the longest federal sentence ever given for leaking information to the press. Reality Winner took a principled stand on behalf of truth and transparency. Justice has not been served in this case.
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