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US, Saudis Accused of Brutal Torture, Interrogations in Yemen
(The Associated Press)

Yemen's internationally-recognized government on Saturday ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that US military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen. At least 18 detention centers have been accused of using extreme forms of torture -- including the "grill," in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire.

Pentagon Terrorism: US Airstrikes Killed 472 Syrian Civilians in Past Month
(Alexa Liautaud / VICE News & Airwars)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the period between May 23 and June 23 saw the highest civilian death toll in coalition raids for a single month since they began on September 23, 2014. The new deaths brought the overall civilian toll from the coalition's campaign to 1,953, including 456 children and 333 women.

Pakistan Issues Warning as Trump Threatens to Increase US Drone Attacks
(Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali / Reuters & The News)

On June 19, Pakistan shot down an Iranian drone inside its airspace, calling the incursion a breach of national sovereignty. Now the Trump Administration is heading into another major diplomatic row, reportedly set to revise US policy toward Pakistan to more of a hard line approach, complete with an increase in drone strikes against targets inside Pakistan.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces the Stop Arming Terrorists Act
(Office of Congressional Rep. Tulsi Gabbard)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's Stop Arming Terrorists Act has been introduced in the US Senate by Senator Rand Paul. The bipartisan legislation (H.R.608 and S.532) would prohibit any Federal agency from using taxpayer dollars to provide weapons, cash, intelligence, or any support to al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups, and it will prohibit the government from funneling money and weapons through other countries who are directly or indirectly supporting terrorists.

House Republicans Call for $640 Military Spending Bill
(AntiWar.com & The Hill)

Faced with a massive military spending increase proposal from President Trump, and a Budget Committee which expected to well exceed even that, the House Armed Services Committee has decided to outdo everybody by advancing its own $640 billion base budget. The move sets up a potential showdown with the White House, which proposed a $603 billion defense budget. It also could be in conflict with Congress's budget, as the Budget Committee is eyeing a $621 billion defense budget.

Military Spending is the Biggest Scam in American Politics
(Ted Rall / Rall.com)

The militarism scam is the best-kept secret in American politics. Military spending is the biggest waste of federal tax dollars ever and both political parties are equally complicit. As we move past Memorial Day -- the holiday when we remember the war dead, the vast majority who died not to defend America but to oppress people in other countries who never posed a threat to the United States -- we should reconsider the assumption that all military spending is good spending.

Carpet-bombing the Economy: The Corporate Tax Dodgers of the Pentagon
(Philip Ewing / DODBuzz & Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress)

While the official US corporate tax rate is 35 percent, the top 10 defense contractors less than half of that amount. Some brand-name defense giants paid no taxes at all. According to one study, by 2010, the effective corporate tax for America's corporate war profiteers had dropped to a "tiny 10.6 percent." Boeing came in with the lowest tax rate among defense firms -- minus 1.8 percent -- and demanded that taxpayers reimburse the company by claiming a "tax credit."

Another "Troop Surge": Trump's Massive Mistake in Year 16 of the Afghan War
(A. Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner / The New York Daily News & The Cato Institute)

Commentary: After President Trump gave Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced it will send an additional 4,000 troops to the embattled nation. Mattis, who has acknowledged that the US is "not winning in Afghanistan right now," is believed to favor a more aggressive strategy requiring thousands more troops beyond the 9,800 already deployed. The fact that this "troop surge" strategy has failed to achieve any lasting gains in 16 years of fighting.

Homeland Tyranny: Nixon White House Secretly Plotted to Attack Ellsberg, Anti-war Pacifists
(Ari Melber, Noel Hartman and Liz Johnstone / NBC News)

Watergate prosecutors had evidence that operatives for then-President Richard Nixon planned an assault on anti-war demonstrators in 1972, including potentially physically attacking Vietnam whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, according to a never-before-published memo obtained by NBC News.

Seeing Through the Wall: 50 Years After the 1967
(Angela Alston / Seeing Through the Wall & Peter Beaumont / The Guardian / http://olddogdocumentaries.org/shop/seeing-through-the-wall/)

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-day War, fought from June 5-10 1967, which saw Israeli forces capture east Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories as well as the Golan Heights and Sinai in a series of lightning advances. For Israelis and for Jews around the world, the 1948 War of Independence was a miracle -- and a new beginning for a suffering people. For Palestinians, it turned out to be a catastrophe. Both narratives are authentic. Need we choose one over the other?

Poor Countries Do More to Protect Wildlife
(Mike Gaworecki / Nation of Change)

Poorer countries tend to be more active in protecting biodiversity than richer nations. African countries Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, together with South Asian nation Bhutan, were the top five megafauna conservation performers, for instance. Norway came in at sixth, the top-ranked developed country, followed by Canada, which came in at eighth. The United States ranked nineteenth, lower than countries like Malawi and Mozambique that are among the least-developed in the world.

Impeach Perry: The US Energy Secretary Is a Science-denying Ideologue
(Joe Romm / Climate Progress)

After a week full of misleading and inaccurate statements, Energy Secretary Rick Perry remained incredulous and defiant when confronted with climate science-related facts in a Senate budget hearing. Monday on CNBC, Perry falsely claimed that carbon dioxide was not the primary cause of recent global warming, along with a bunch of other nonsense. He also defended his right to be a "skeptic."

ACTION ALERT: Trump's Next Target -- Whales
(Rhea Suh / NRDC & Steve Mashuda / EarthJustice)

The government giveaway of America's Atlantic coast to oil companies has officially begun . . . . The Trump administration has proposed permits for dangerous, large-scale seismic blasting up and down the Atlantic coast, from Delaware to Florida, to detect the presence of oil and gas. And this seismic blasting is dangerous and destructive -- scientists have determined it can injure or even kill whales, dolphins and many other species of marine wildlife.

Plastic Pollution in Antarctica 5 Times Worse than Expected
(Lorraine Chow / Nation of Change & Paul Buchheit / Nation of Change )

As many as 51 trillion microplastic particles -- 500 times more than stars in our galaxy -- litter our seas, seriously threatening marine wildlife. The Southern Ocean, which covers approximately 8.5 million square miles and represents 5.4 percent of the world's oceans, is under increasing threat from fishing, pollution and the introduction of non-native species.

Human vs. Drone Combat Is the New Normal
(David Axe / Motherboard @ Vice & Ben Sullivan / Motherboard @ VICE News)

US human pilots have shot down two enemy drones this month alone. But according to one expert, one day soon -- within the next two decades -- the drones will outmatch the best human pilots. Get used to it. Clashes between drones and manned warplanes could become much more frequent in coming years. And eventually, the drones might start winning. Meanwhile, insurgent forces are, for the first time, building their own air forces -- using commercial drones purchased online and adapted to drop bombs.

The Peace Whisperer: Mastering the Art of Negotiation
(Anna Maria Tremonti / The Current @ CBC Radio)

Adam Kahane has helped resolve some 50 conflicts around the world, credited by Nelson Mandela with assisting the South African government in the post-apartheid era. 'We always have a choice if we want to collaborate.' Says peace negotiator and conflict mediator Kahane. When the president of Colombia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work ending 50 years of civil war in his country, among those he credited was Canadian negotiator Adam Kahane.

US Dangerously Escalates Air War over Syria
(AntiWar.com & Agence France Presse & The New Indian Express)

A growing number of US attacks targeting the Syrian government and militias aligned with the Syrian government are a sign that the US involvement in the Syrian Civil War is widening, and nothing was so indicative of this than yesterday’s US downing of a Syrian Su-22 bomber.

Recognizing Escalation Risks, Australia Halts Air Missions over Syria
(Al Jazeera)

Australia's military said it was temporarily halting air missions over Syria after the shooting down of a Syrian jet by US forces. The decision came amid increasing tension between the US and Russia, which warned it would track coalition aircraft in Syria as potential "targets" and halted a military hotline with Washington over the incident.

ACTION ALERT: World Refugee Day -- The Worst Refugee Crisis in World History
(CNN & United Nations & Amnesty International USA)

June 20 was World Refugee Day. We are in the midst of the world's worst refugee crisis in history. More than 65 milliion people are now counted as forcibly displaced by the United Nations. That's like the entire population of the UK or France, or about as many as everyone in New York State, Texas and Florida -- all forced from their homes. Just over one-third are refugees, people forced to flee their countries because of persecution, war, or violence.

America Will Regret Helping Saudi Arabia Bomb Yemen
(Medea Benjamin / The Guardian)

Selling weapons to Saudi Arabia has consequences. The Yemeni people who have been on the receiving end of US bombs dropped by Saudi pilots know all too well that the United States is complicit in their suffering. The intense anti-US sentiment in Yemen should be a wake-up call for Americans. Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy have been trying to halt the weapons sales but the Trump administration and the majority of US senators have failed to heed their call.

US vs. Russian Dogfights over Syria?
(Juan Cole / Informed Comment & Yara Bayoumi / Reuters)

The problem with the US shooting down that Syrian plane is that the Syrian air Force is allied with the Russian Federation, and the Russian Aerospace forces often fly alongside the Syrian pilots. The Russians complain that the US did not warn them before bombing in east Syria, and they should have under the agreement between Washington and Moscow. And, Russia announced that it would possibly shoot down any US aircraft operating in western Syria.

Reporters Face 70 Years in Prison over anti-Trump March
(Patrick Strickland / Al Jazeera)

Even when heavily armed riot police closed off a square block and surrounded protesters, media workers and legal observers alike, independent journalist Alexei Wood did not realise he was about to be arrested. Yet on that day, January 20, more than 230 people were arrested during protests against the inauguration of right-wing US President Donald Trump. Most were charged with felony rioting which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $25,000. Among them were Wood and other journalists.

The Climate Movement Charges On, Even Without the US
(Winnie Byanyima / Oxfam America)

The spirit of Paris charges on, even without the US. But the oilmen who fuelled this crisis are still doing their dirty business as usual -- because the system perpetuates their wealth and power. The richest one percent today own more than the 99 percent combined; eight men own as much as the bottom 3.6 billion. Political institutions march to the tune of powerful corporations and the super-rich. Tackling the gap between rich and poor and tackling climate change is part of the same struggle.

The US Military Is the World's Biggest Polluter
(Whitney Webb / Mint Press News & EcoWatch)

In May 2017, mainstream media outlets gave minimal attention to the news that the US Naval station in Virginia Beach had spilled an estimated 94,000 gallons of jet fuel into a nearby waterway, less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. While the incident was by no means as catastrophic as some other pipeline spills, it underscores an important yet little-known fact -- that the US Department of Defense is both the nation's and the world's, largest polluter.

Trump vs. Planet Earth
(Associated Press & Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone)

Commentary: "The outrage over Trump's move runs deep because the Paris climate deal was never about just the climate. It was also about unity, equality, trust, sympathy - in short, all the qualities that make it possible for seven billion human beings to live together peacefully on the planet."

US Escalates Syrian War by Shooting Down Syrian Jet inside Syrian Airspace
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Luis Martinez and Katherine Faulders / ABC News)

The US has confirmed that in an incident Sunday evening, an American F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government Su-22 bomber south of Tabqa, accusing the Syrian jet of having dropped bombs on Kurdish fighters. The Russian Defense Ministry blasted the US's action as a "massive violation of international law" and said it will begin treating US-led coalition jets flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as targets.

America's Long Misguided War to Control the Greater Middle East
(Charles Glass / The Intercept)

Commentary/Analysis: The conviction that invasion, bombing, and special forces benefit large swaths of the globe, while remaining consonant with a Platonic ideal of the national interest, runs deep in the American psyche. Nothing undermines the American belief in military force. No matter how often its galloping about results in resentment and mayhem, the US gets up again to do good elsewhere. Failure to improve life in Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya stiffens the resolve to get it right next time.

Russia Accuses US of 'Longstanding Tradition' of Starting Wars and Supporting Terrorism
(Fort Russ News and Al Mayadeen & Associated Press & RIA Novosti)

The Syrian Army has condemned the US attack on a Syrian fighter jet as an act of "US aggression" that confirms Washington is openly supporting terrorism by revealing the open coordination between the Pentagon and ISIS and exposing Washington's "malicious intentions of using terrorism to achieve the desired goals in the region."

Are Marxist Antiwar Meetings Anti-Science?
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org)

Commentary/Analysis: Science requires observing what does and does not work. What science and experience teaches us is that nonviolence has had more success than violence not only in the Philippines but around the world, that nonviolent campaigns are over twice as likely to succeed and those successes very likely to be much longer lasting.

US-backed Saudi Airstrikes on Saada Market Kill Dozens of Civilians
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Al Jazeera)

Saudi warplanes have attacked northern Yemen's Sadaa Province, the Shi'ite-dominated home of the Houthi movement, hitting a crowded marketplace in the Shada District, killing at least 25 civilians and wounding an unknown number of others. This is the latest in a series of Saudi airstrikes against Yemen over the past two-plus years that hit civilian targets, with such incidents killing thousands of people and fueling international criticism of growing human rights violations and outright war crimes.

Lockheed Nears $37 Billion-plus Deal to Sell F-35 Jet to 11 Countries
(Mike Stone / Reuters )

Lockheed Martin Corp is in the final stages of negotiating a deal worth more than $37 billion to sell a record 440 F-35 fighter jets to a group of 11 nations including the United States -- the biggest deal yet for the stealthy F-35 jet, set to make its Paris Airshow debut this week. The sale represents a major shift in sales practices from annual purchases to more economic multi-year deals that lower the cost of each jet.

US Drone Kills Two Unnamed "Suspects" in Yemen
(Mohammed Mukhasaf / Reuters & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com)

A suspected US drone strike killed two men believed to be al Qaeda militants in southern Yemen residents and local sources said. The strike took place in the al Naqba area of Shabwa province where residents heard a loud explosion that completely destroyed a vehicle carrying armed people. Residents from the area say they are unsure who the two slain people were. As is always the case, however, the two slain men were described as "suspects" in reports on the attack

"A War We Don't Want": Defense Secretary Mattis Explains What War with North Korea Would Look Like
(Alex Lockie / Business Insider & Arielle Berger and Sara Silverstein / Business Insider)

Asked why the US doesn't just go to war to stop North Korea from developing the capability to hit the US, Secretary of Defense James Mattis painted a grim scenario: "It will be a war more serious in terms of human suffering than anything we've seen since 1953. It will involve the massive shelling of an ally's capital, which is one of the most densely packed cities on earth [with ametro-area population of 25 million]. "It would be a war that fundamentally we don't want."

How Nature Heals (Note: EAW Will Return on June 16)
(Kathleen Richards / The East Bay Express)

Every month for the past three years, pediatrician Nooshin Razani and her UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland colleagues have taken a group of patients and their families on a park outing, part of a program called Stay Healthy in Nature Everyday, or SHINE. This collaborative effort between the hospital and the East Bay Regional Park District aims to both improve the health of patients and their families while also encouraging awareness and usage of the green spaces in their backyard -- by letting Nature heal.

What Do Spy Agencies Tell Foreign Governments About Americans?
(Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic)

What do spy agencies tell foreign governments about Americans? A new ACLU freedom of information request aims to find out, in concert with civil society groups abroad seeking similar answers from their countries. The US collects vast troves of private information on American citizens and foreigners. How much of that data should be shared with allied democracies like Canada or France? How about repressive, illiberal allies like Saudi Arabia? Or adversaries like Russia or Venezuela?

With US Reactors Failing Financially, China Proposes Building "Mini-Nukes"
(Bloomberg & The Japan News & Channel News Asia)

With more than half of America's nuclear reactors bleeding cash and racking up losses totaling about $2.9 billion a year, China is betting on new, small-scale nuclear reactor designs to be used in isolated regions, on ships and even aircraft -- all part of China's ambitious plan to wrest control of the global nuclear market.

Iran's Leader Blames US for Creating ISIL
(Parisa Hafezi / Reuters & Prof. Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research)

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday blamed the United States for instability in the Middle East and said Washington's fight against the Islamic State militant group was "a lie. You (the United States) and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East . . . who created Islamic State? America . . . America's claim of fighting against Islamic State is a lie." The US is protecting both Al Qaeda and ISIS-ISIL-Daesh with the terrorists portrayed as heroes and "freedom fighters."

How the US Created and Protects Al Qaeda and ISIS
(Prof. Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research)

Recent developments confirm what is known and documented: Washington is behind the Islamic State (ISIS-ISIL-Daesh) and at the same time it is behind the moderate Al Qaeda terrorists, which the Trump administration is supporting as part of America's alleged campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS). And they expect us to believe that they are committed to waging a campaign against terrorists. The fact is, in Syria, the US is protecting both Al Qaeda and ISIS-ISIL-Daesh.

Senate Vote Fails to Block $100 Billion Saudi Arms Deal
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill & Sen. Rand Paul / Fox News & Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge)

The Senate has voted on the resolution introduced by Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) aiming to block portions of President Trump's $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Sen. Paul spoke extensively on the need to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing the humanitarian calamity of the Saudi invasion of neighboring Yemen and the Saudi regime's "very troubled record" on human rights.

Rwanda's Children of War-Rape Are Coming of Age
(Danielle Paquette / The Washington Post)

Japan Restarts Takahama Nuclear Reactor amid Protests
(Tetsuya Kasai / Asahi Shimbun & Eric Johnston / The Japan Times)

Kansai Electric Power Co. restarted its Takahama No. 3 reactor June 6, making it the fifth in operation nationwide under stricter safety standards introduced after the Fukushuima nuclear disaster. The company plans to start generating electricity from the reactor on a commercial basis in July. KEPCO restarted Takahama's No. 4 reactor in May following the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture and the No. 3 reactor at Shikoku Electric Power Co.'s Ikata reactor.

Syria Today and the Legacy of the 1967 War
(Ranj Alaaldin / Brookings)

Analysis: Fifty years on, the legacy of Isreal's 1967 War has been an omnipresent element of the conflict in the Middle East. In Syria, the ongoing civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions now overshadows regional events. While there have been other visible major conflicts in the region since 1967 -- the grueling eight-year Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, the 1990 Gulf war, and the 2003 Iraq war -- the Syrian conflict is unlike any other that has gripped the region in recent decades.

How States Can Lead on Clean Energy
(Gov. Terry McAuliffe / Washington Post Op-ed & Michael Gerson / Washington Post Op-ed)

Opinion: Climate change poses a serious threat. Unchecked, it will affect everything from our water quality to the air we breathe to whether and where residents can make investments or buy a home. The science is real. And the stakes could not be higher. Climate policy is the new culture war, driven by nearly theological passions. Here is the climate bottom line: to avoid the worst climate disruption, it will be necessary to keep more than 80 percent of existing coal reserves in the ground, unexploited.

US War Veteran Now Fighting to Save Africa's Elephants
(Khaled Kazziha / Associated Press )

A decorated US war veteran with two decades' experience in military intelligence, Lt. Col. Faye Cuevas spent half her career providing intelligence support to US counter-insurgencies in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. Now she is using her expertise to fight a different kind of conflict: the war on wildlife poaching.

India's Rising Temperatures, Already Deadly, Are Going to Get Worse
(Katy Daigle / Associated Press)

India is now two and a half times more likely to experience deadly heat waves than a half-century ago, and all it took was an increase in the average temperature less than 1 degree Fahrenheit. Even if countries are able to meet the Paris Agreement goals in curbing climate-warming carbon emissions, that would still only limit the global temperature rise to an estimated 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). Donald Trump's pledge to exit the Paris treaty won't help.

Marawi Fighting Could Turn Philippines Orphans into Terrorists
(Jhesset O. Enano / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The conflict in Marawi City and the declaration of martial law in Mindanao could produce a new generation of war orphans taking up arms against the government, a Muslim professor and researcher has warned: "Emerging rebels are mostly youth who are orphans of war. [They have] no ideology, no direction. They don't know anything but carry arms and shout 'Allahu Akbar'." Statistics from the Department of Education show that the fighting in Marawi has displaced more than 22,000 students.

How the Threat of Apocalypse Justifies American Empire
(Chris Lehmann / In These Times)

Commentary: A new book argues that in the military's hands, warnings of world's end become self-fulfilling prophecies. The American imagination is in the grip of apocalyptic fantasy. We continually rediscover that the end is nigh, be it in the popcult fables of a zombie apocalypse or the Revelation porn of the Left Behind novels. We should break the American addiction to world-disfiguring apocalyptic fantasy in favor of a "practical and inclusive radical optimism."

How US Accidentally Bombed Switzerland in WWII
(Michael Peck / The National Interest)

On the first of April, 1944, the United States committed an act of war against the nation of Switzerland. Though it was April Fool's Day, the citizens of the Swiss town of Schaffhausen found nothing funny about sixty tons of high explosive descending without warning on their heads. Nor were the US and Swiss governments amused.

CSWAB Efforts Lead to Better Water Testing at Former Ammo Plant
(Laura Olah / Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger )

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is requiring the Army to analyze drinking water and groundwater at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant for contaminants resulting from the breakdown of explosives in the environment.

ACTION ALERT: Big Timber Corp Targets Greenpeace in $300 Million Lawsuit!
(Greenpeace USA)

Resolute Forest Products wants Greenpeace to be labeled a criminal enterprise under anti-racketeering laws originally created to prosecute the mafia. This is the biggest threat to Greenpeace's existence in our history. We won't allow ourselves to be silenced by a logging corporation -- or anybody else

Pentagon Loses $1 Billion Worth of Arms in Iraq
(Amnesty International<)

The US Army failed to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of arms and other military equipment in Iraq and Kuwait according to a now declassified Department of Defense (DoD) audit, obtained by Amnesty International following Freedom of Information requests. "This audit provides a worrying insight into the US Army's flawed -- and potentially dangerous -- system for controlling millions of dollars' worth of arms transfers to a hugely volatile region," said an Amnesty International spokesperson.

In Trump's America Reporters Are Beaten and Protesters Face Decades in Jail
(Common Cause & Celisa Calacal and Lauren Kaori Gurley / AlterNet & Patrick Strickland / Al Jazeera)

Our democracy relies on a free, fair, and adversarial media to hold power accountable. But since Donald Trump took office, his repeated attacks on journalists and outspoken hostility towards a free, independent media have been followed by outright physical attacks on reporters. Meanwhile, nearly six months after Trump was sworn into office, more than 200 protesters who gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest his inauguration are facing felony charges that carry sentences of 70 to 80 years.

In 1943, America Killed Its Own Troops with Poison Gas
(Michael Peck / The National Interest)

What a perfect night for a weapon of mass destruction. It was December 2, 1943 as Nazi bomber crews began flying over the Italian port of Bari. One eye-witness wrote: "Although the raid only lasted 20 minutes, the results were spectacularly successful for the Germans. Not since Pearl Harbor had the Allies lost so many ships at one time. Hits on two ammunition ships resulted in explosions of major proportions, which shattered windows 7 miles away" and released clouds of chemical gas stored on one ship.

Complicity: US Bombs Syria 3 Times and Press Says Nothing
(Ben Norton / Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR))

The US has bombed Syrian government-allied forces three times in just eight months. Major media outlets have overwhelmingly failed to ask critical questions about these incidents, preferring instead to echo the Pentagon. For years, media have consistently downplayed the extent of US military intervention in Syria, and repeatedly propagated the long-debunked myth that Washington never pursued regime change there in the first place. The distorted reporting on these US attacks reflects this longer trend.

ACTION ALERT: Trump's Election Commission Amounts to a War on Democracy
(CREDO Action)

Donald Trump just made his move to rig elections for Republicans. A report on the 2016 election indicates that suppression efforts kept 200,000 people from voting in Wisconsin, a state Trump won by less than 23,000 votes. Trump's sham commission on 'election integrity' is led by one of the worst perpetrators of voter suppression in the country, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Tell Democratic officials: Stand up for voting rights and refuse to serve on Trump's voter suppression commission.

Colombian Gov't Sells Out Indigenous Peoples' Drinking Water To Western Mining Interests
(MintPress News Desk & Caleb T. Maupin / Mint Press News)

Colombia's Wayuu people have struggled to live without water since 2011, as a dam built that year has diverted the tribe's only water source to a coal mine that consumes an astounding 17 million liters of water a day. The Wayuu say 14,000 children have died since the dam was built.

ACTION ALERT: House Move to Block Saudi Arms Deal
(News Release from Office of US Rep. Justin Amash)

A bipartisan group of six representatives, led by Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), today introduced a joint resolution of disapproval, H.J. Res. 102, to block proposed sales of precision-guided munitions and other offensive weapons to the Government of Saudi Arabia.

More Bombs Don't Mean More Peace: We Can't Kill Our Way to Victory
(Friends Committee on National Legislation Newsletter)

Donald Trump is proposing massive increases in Pentagon spending, lamenting that "we never win wars anymore." Leaders on the Armed Services committees have proposed a $100 billion increase for next year. But the president doesn't have the final word on how our nation spends its money. The Constitution stipulates that Congress determines spending, and lawmakers from both major political parties have called Trump's overall budget priorities "dead on arrival."

Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Negotiations -- Begun in March -- Set to Resume at UN on June 15
(Physicians for Social Responsibility)

At long last, negotiations have begun for a nuclear weapons ban treaty that will impose on nuclear weapons the same legal status as chemical and biological weapons: illegal under international law. As expected, the US and most of nuclear-armed countries voted "no" on the ban. Unless nuclear-armed states sign onto the ban treaty, it will not directly lead to elimination of nuclear arsenals. But history will view passage of the Ban Treaty as the beginning of the end of the nuclear weapons era.

Keep Australia Out of US Wars
(John Menadue / Pearls and Irritations)

Commentary: In the event of war between the USA and any other nation in our region, Australia could not avoid involvement, because of its alliance with the USA. That is the reality we need to address. To avoid the possibility of war, an independent foreign policy for Australia is urgently required. Mr Trump's presidency only adds to the urgency.

How US Accidentally Bombed Switzerland in WWII
(Michael Peck / The National Interest)

US in Afghanistan: 16th Unwinnable Year; One Million Dead, Three Milliion Refugees
(Vijay Prashad / FRONTLINE & AlterNet)

Commentary: The American war in Afghanistan will soon enter its 16th year. Over this period, the United States and its allies have lost close to 3,000 soldiers, while an unknown number of Afghans have died. The official figure for the Afghan dead, above 150,000, is laughable. Each year, as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan finds, the percentage of women and children among the official death toll increases, many of the deaths a result of aerial bombardment.

Civilians Continue to Die in Syria and Iraq: US Strike Kills 43
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Xinhua News & Margaret Griffis / AntiWar.com & Baseness English)

The civilian death toll of the US air war against ISIS continues to soar today, with the latest US strikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa leveled a large apartment building in the residential area of the city, killing at least 43 civilians and wounding many others. US airstrikes killing dozens of civilians in Iraq or Syria have been nearly daily occurrences at this point, as officials continue to escalate the rate of strikes to try to "pressure" ISIS, and end up killing a soaring number of innocent bystanders.

Lockheed Sees $28 Billion From Saudi Arms Sales, Boeing Expects $50 Billion
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Paul Auskick / 247Walist.com)

The massive US arms deal with Saudi Arabia signed last month by President Trump is continuing to drive up arms makers' stock, though at present the exact dollar values for specific companies are a matter of some speculation. Lockheed Martin, long expected to be one of the big sellers, put their figure at $28 billion. Boeing offered their own estimates on Saudi contracts, saying they believe they're getting $50 billion.

Missing the Real Story about Manuel Noriega
(Jonathan Marshall / Consortium News)

The death of former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega should have sparked more reflection in the US on Noriega's ugly history of service to the CIA, the hypocrisy of Washington's "sudden discovery" of his abuses once Noriega became an unreliable ally against the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, and George H.W. Bush's bloody and illegal invasion of Panama in December 1989. The real story: Washington's hypocrisy in justifying a bloody invasion that deepened Panama's role in the drug trade.

Ottawa Demonstrators Disrupt Major Military Trade Show
(Ingrid Style & David Pugliese / Ottawa Citizen & Sophia Reuss / Rabble)

On May 31, 2017, 40 Canadian peace activists blocked the two main entrances to the annual two-day Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CANSEC) trade show. Traffic was backed up for more than an hour as protestors waved signs reading: "No to Trump's Military Demands." "Stop the Saudi Arms Deal." "Abolish Nuclear Weapons." Although police were called to the scene, there were only smiles -- there was no violence.

ACTION ALERT: We, the People of the United States, Sign on to the Paris Agreement
(Patrick McHeffey / MoveOn Petition & Mark Schapiro / The Pacific Standard)

In 2015, a group of young Americans filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, claiming that the government's failure to take sufficient action on climate change was unconstitutional. With legal guidance from Our Children’s Trust, the 21 plaintiffs --  between the ages of nine and 21 --  allege that the government's inaction on climate has violated their Constitutional right to "life, liberty, and property." The case is due to go to trial this year.

US Military Admits Failures to Monitor Over $1 Billion Worth of Arms Transfers to Iraq
(Amnesty International & Democracy Now!)

The US Army failed to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of arms and other military equipment in Iraq and Kuwait according to a now declassified Department of Defense (DoD) audit, obtained by Amnesty International following Freedom of Information requests. The scathing report criticized "the US Army's flawed -- and potentially dangerous -- system for controlling millions of dollars' worth of arms transfers to a hugely volatile region."

The Saudi Deal Shows Just How Broken The US Arms Export Process Has Become
(A. Trevor Thrall / Defense One)

A system meant to keep weapons sales from undermining US national security has become a sham. The $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia was another sign that the American arms sales process is broken.

The British Vote, Peace, the Environment, and Ariana Grande
(Environmentalists Against War & Al Jazeera & Associated Press)

Labor Party opposition candidate Jeremy Corbyn has been called the "Bernie Sanders of Britain" because of his progressive politics. A win by Conservative candidate Theresa May ("the Maybot") would put the Tories in power. The Tories would prioritize the interests of the rich by reintroducing fox-hunting, legalizing the ivory trade (which sees around 20,000 African elephants killed each year), and putting the profits of the fossil fuel industry ahead of the environment, as ice caps melt and sea levels steadily rise.

Terror in Britain: What Did the Prime Minister Know?
(John Pilger / John Pilger's Website)

The unsayable in Britain's general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy.

Trump's Support of Dictators Echoes Long-standing US Policies
(Robert Reich / Reader Supported News & David Vine / TomDispatch & TruthDig)

Analysis: More than half of America's foreign military bases are located in undemocratic countries ruled by autocratic leaders. US bass and troops are effectively helping block the spread of democracy in countries like Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kuwait, Niger, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The silencing of critics of human rights abuses in these countries makes the US complicit in these crimes. Maintaining US troops in foreign countries costs at least $150 billion a year.

Congressional Hawks Expect Battle for Military Spending Hikes
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Rebecca Kheel /The Hill)

There's been a trend in the US in military spending in recent years. The president asks for a substantial increase in spending, Congress condemns it as too small, proposes an even bigger one, then the House and Senate take turns trying to outdo one another until the budget has been completely busted. But fear of cuts to the State Department, to foreign aid, and to domestic spending are all going to turn some Congressmembers against Trump's reckless military-spending proposals.

Remembering Past Wars; Preventing Future Wars: Hochschild, Ellsberg, Cabasso and Hartsough
(World Beyond War )

On the Memorial Day weekend -- a century since World War I and a half-century since Vietnam -- World Beyond War hosted a group of authors who gathered in San Francisco to discuss the lessons learned from history and to assess the new tides of anti-war activism currently underway. The speakers included: Adam Hochschild, Daniel Ellsberg, Jackie Cabasso, and David Hartsough.

ACTION ALERT: An Unprecedented Threat: Trump's Decision on the Paris Climate Accord
(Michael Brune / EcoWatch & Ken Kimmell / The Union of Concerned Scientists & Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis / Washington Post)

Donald Trump is about to announce whether he'll keep the US in the Paris Climate Agreement. It is abundantly clear that the Trump and his administration doesn't treat climate change as a real threat. He is willing to cede US leadership in the fight against climate change to other countries. That's why it is necessary to redouble our efforts to protect science -- and fight for science-based policies that protect us all.

Environmental impact of US-Australian Talisman Sabre Military Exercises
(Justin Tutty / Darwin No Waste Alliance & Australian Departmentof Defense & Ruby Jones / Australia Broadcasting Corporation)

Analysis: Critics have expressed growing concerns about the impacts of "Talisman Sabre," a joint US-Australian military exercise set to begin in June 2017. Environmentalists fear the "unmanaged risks stemming from the unprecedented changes of a growing foreign military presence" including Special Forces, amphibious landings, parachuting, land force maneuvers, urban operations, air and maritime operations, the firing of live ammo and explosive ordnance from small arms, artillery, naval vessels and aircraft.

What the North Korean "Crisis" Is Really About
(Paul Craig Roberts / The Institute for Political Economics)

Commentary: "The North Korean "crisis" is a Washington orchestration. North Korea was last at war 1950-53. N. Korea has not attacked or invaded anyone in 64 years. N. Korea lacks the military strength to attack any country, such as South Korea and Japan, that is protected by the US. Moreover, China would not permit N. Korea to start a war. So what is the demonization of N. Korea by the presstitutes and Trump administration about?"

Russia Calls House Bill an "Act of War." Will the Senate Block H.R. 1644?
(Gar Smith / World Beyond War & Op-Ed News & Information Clearinghouse)

Top Russian officials are concerned that a bill passed by the US Congress will do more than increase sanctions on North Korea. Moscow claims H.R. 1644 violates its sovereignty and constitutes an "act of war."

US Launches ICMB to Intercept Mock Warhead over Pacific
(ABC News & RT News & CNN)

The US has "successfully intercepted" an intercontinental ballistic missile during the first test of its ground-based intercept system. The test occurred days after the North Korean regime launched its ninth missile this year. The US launched its first ICBM in 1961. North Korea debuted its first ICBM in 2012. Pyongyang has not yet tested its KN-08 and KN-14 missiles.

Trump Faces Showdown With Congress Over Saudi Arms Deal
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Ben Kentish / The Independent)

Donald Trump has been bragging about his massive $350 billion Saudi Arabia arms deal,but a wary Congress may not agree to accept it, especially given complaints from the United Nations and a number of human rights organizations that have documented a series of deadly Saudi airstrikes in Yemen -- on civilian targets including hospitals, markets, schools and a large funeral.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Condemns New US Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia
(Information Clearing House & Tulsi Gabbard / US House of Representatives)

Congresswoman and former US Army Major Tulsi Gabbard has condemned the $460 billion deal with Riyahd, noting that Saudi Arabia is a repressive monarchy that suppresses human rights at home and is arguably the world's largest sponsor of terrorism -- the leading propagator of the Wahhabi Salafist extremism that fuels terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Are We Fighting Terrorism, Or Creating More Terrorism?
(Ron Paul / The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity)

Commentary: Do we really believe we are fighting terrorism by terrorizing innocent civilians overseas? "Collateral damage" is just another word for "murder." Last week, US and "coalition" attacks left more than 200 Syrian civilians dead and many hundreds injured. US intervention was supposed to protect the population from government attacks, instead, US-led air strikes have killed more civilians over the past month than air strikes of the Assad government. That is like a doctor killing his patient to save him.

US Troops: Killing Civilians from Syria to Yemen
(Xinhua News & The Intercept & Iona Craig / The Intercept & Matthew Cole / The Intercept)

At least 20 civilians were killed when a US-led airstrike struck their convoy near the northern city of Syria's Raqqa. Last Thursday, 35 civilians were killed by US strikes on IS-held city of Mayadeen in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour. Five civilians including a child were killed and another five were wounded in the latest US Navy SEAL raid in Yemen. The May 23 raid also destroyed at least four homes. Fifteen-year-old Abdullah Saeed Salem al Adhal was shot dead as he fled from his home with women and children.

"Take Out Their Families": Trump's Illegal Terrorist Agenda
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Tom LoBianco / CNN & Gregory Krieg / CNN)

Over the course of the past week, US warplanes have repeatedly targeted the town of Mayadeen, in the ISIS-held part of Syria. The casualties have been overwhelmingly civilian in nature, and many reports suggest those civilians were mostly relatives of ISIS fighters. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump publicly advocated a US military strategy of deliberately killing civilian relatives of ISIS members. To be noted: deliberately targeting civilians is a war-crime, irrespective of who they are related to.

Death in al Ghayil: How Women, Children Died in Trump's 'Highly Successful' Raid
(Iona Craig / The Intercept)

According to residents of the village of al Ghayil, in Yemen's al Bayda province, the first to die in the assault was 13-year-old Nasser al Dhahab. Airstrikes obliterated Mohammed al Ameri's house, killing three of his children, ages 7, 5, and 4. Abdulraouf, whose house appeared to be one of the targets, was the apparent target of at least three separate airstrikes between 2011 and 2013, including one in September 2012 that killed 12 civilians -- a pregnant woman and three children were among the dead. Following the deaths, Abdulraouf called on the families of victims to hire international lawyers to take their cases to court in the United States.

Thousands March in Brussels to Protest NATO and Trump
(Popular Resistance & Marthe van der Wolf / Voice of America)

War protesters blocked the entrance to the NATO meeting in Brussels to underscore concerns that NATO is actually a war machine, and that far from ensuring peace and security in the world, it only reinforces its instability through the threat of the use of nuclear arms. Peace protesters are demanding that US nuclear weapons be removed from sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Turkey and The Netherlands.

This Memorial Day, Remember the Victims of Democide
(Thomas Knapp / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: "This weekend, Americans will seize the opportunity to sleep in an extra day, fire up the family grill, and maybe -- probably not, but maybe -- wheel out to a family cemetery, lay flowers on graves, and contemplate the memories of their beloved for a few minutes. But to be honest, I'd rather expand the holiday back to its original purpose -- mourning and remembering all those killed in war and by state violence, not just those in uniform. And, furthermore, resolving to put a stop to the carnage."

The Hazards of Military Worship
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Danny Sjursen / TomDispatch)

The US Air Force is running out of ordinary bombs, smart bombs, and in some cases missiles. No kidding. The air war over Syria and Iraq that began in August 2014 and is now two-and-a-half years old has eaten through America's supply of bombs. In the era of Donald Trump, the generals are increasingly running their own wars, which, if the daily drumbeat of news about them is accurate, are only ramping up further. Everywhere you look, from Yemen to Iraq, Syria to Somalia, the American military is growing more assertive as civilian casualties rise.

ACTION ALERT: End the Dickey Amendment: Allow Research on Gun Violence
(Nation of Change Petition)

Gun violence kills nearly 100 Americans every day. But Congress refuses to move forward on gun control legislation claiming that there is not enough evidence and not enough research to move forward. In 1996, the NRA-backed Dickey Amendment ordered the Center for Disease Control to halt studies on the effect of gun violence on the American public. Meanwhile, the American Medical Association, the most powerful medical association in the United States, has called gun violence a "public health crisis."

US Kills Record Number of Civilians as War on Terror Fails
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Alex Hopkins / AirWars.org)

The US is eager to brag about their record number of airstrikes in the ISIS war, with the rate of growth in the number of strikes launched limited only by their ability to get enough weapons to drop on people. But NGOs keeping track of the number of civilians the US is killing tell a different story with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights putting the death toll at 225 over the last month -- the most civilians the US has killed in any one month span of the ISIS war.

Rising Numbers of Children Are Dying in Afghan War
(Ruchi Kumar / Truthout)

In its annual report for 2016, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan documented 11,418 civilian casualties, an increase over previous years. Children accounted for at least 30 percent of these casualties. The report noted 3,512 child casualties (923 deaths and 2,589 injuries), a 24 percent increase from 2015, and the highest number of child casualties recorded by UNAMA in any single year. This year hasn't been any better. The first four months of 2017 have already listed the highest number of children killed.

World to Cut Emissions With or Without Trump
(Zofeen Ebrahim / Nation of Change)

In March, Donald Trump threatened to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord and roll back the widely supported climate protection policies of former president Barack Obama. World leaders are trying to convince Trump to recognize the science and the critical need to address climate change, noting that future climate action will require farsightedness, political courage, intelligent regulations and getting corporations on board.

Audit: US Army Lost Track of Over $1 Billion in Arms in Iraq in 2016
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Thomas Gibbons-Neff / The Washington Post)

In the ever-growing number of wars and interventions the US has gotten itself entangled in since 2001, the Pentagon has had a recurring problem -- sending billions of dollars worth of arms and vehicles into warzones and then quickly losing track of it. A new government audit on the transfers related to the Iraq has found that improper record-keeping and a total lack of accountability after the gear is dispatched has left more than $1 billion in military materiel unaccounted for.

Trump Killing More Syrian Civilians than Assad
(AntiWar.com & MiddleEastEye)

Donald Trump has signed off on a war crime by fulfilling his campaign promise to "go after the families" of ISIS fighters. In one two-day period in May, US-led coalition air strikes have killed more than 100 Syrian civilians. At least 80 of the dead were described as "relatives" of ISIS fighters. The dead included dozens of women and at least 33 children. Between April 23 and May 23, 146 civilians were killed by Syrian government aircraft while at least 225 civilians were killed by US-led airstrikes.

UN Condemns US Airstrikes as 106 Civilians Are Killed in Syria
(Al Jazeera & PressTV News Videos)

he UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned rising civilian casualties in airstrikes in Syria mostly carried out by the US-led coalition. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has urged all parties in Syria to take greater care and distinguish between legitimate military targets and civilians. At least 106 civilians -- including 42 children -- have been killed in a series of US-led airstrikes on an ISIL-held town in eastern Syria.

US Admits Killing at Least 105 Civilians in Mosul: Iraq Demands Compensation
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Raptly TV & France 24 & BBC News & Rudaw & AP)

Iraqi officials are demanding compensation for victims of a US-led coalition airstrike on March 17. The Pentagon belatedly acknowledged killing at least 105 civilians in an attack the US insists was targeting Islamic State fighters. Other reports claim the devastating attack killed more than 230 civilians. Neighbors insist that there were no IS fighters or explosives inside the house struck by the US strike -- an attack that has been called "one of the most calamitous US airstrikes in modern history."

New War Authorization Bill Would Subvert Constitution, Make Trump "21st Century King George III"
(Steven Nelson / UN News & World Report)

New bipartisan legislation would legitimize certain US military campaigns that are currently considered unlawful. Legal experts have raised alarms that the bill could become a blank check for presidential war-making because it further erodes Congress's Constitutional authority to declare war. The new Authorization for the Use of Military Force could be "subject to potentially sweeping interpretations" and "does little to curtail unilateral executive authority."

Roots of The Manchester Attack: The Only Way to Stop the Atrocities Is to End the Wars that Feed Extremism
(The New Cold War & The Intercept & Al-Monitor & Consortium News & Press TV & Iran Daily & War On The Rocks )

Donald Trump left the Middle East having done his bit to make the region even more divided and mired in conflict than it was before. At the same moment that Trump was condemning the suicide bomber in Manchester as "an evil loser," he was adding to the chaos in which al-Qaeda and ISIS have taken root and flourished. It may be a long distance between the massacre in Manchester and the wars in the Middle East, but the connection is there.

The 'War On Terrorism' Isn't Working
(Justin Raimondo / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, then our foreign policy surely qualifies as madness. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, the US has been in a state of constant warfare: the hapless Afghan conflict has become the longest sustained combat in our history. From Iraq to Syria to Somalia and beyond, US forces and their proxies are engaged in a "war on terrorism" that shows no signs of slowing down, only expanding. And where has it gotten us?

ACTION ALERT: Stop Selling US Weapons to Human Rights Violators
(Tessa Levine / CREDO Action)

The United States is responsible for the production and sale of more deadly weapons and military tools than any other country in the world. US laws were written to forbid selling arms to countries that would use our weapons against their own people. Now, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has lifted all human rights preconditions on major sales of fighter jets and other lethal weapons. Congress has the power to stop the arms deals with the despotic regimes in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

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