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Trump's 'Plan B' Is a Distraction: The Real Goal a War with Iran
(AntiWar.com & Haaretz & Al Jazeera)

When the Trump Administration withdrew from the P5+1 nuclear deal, they began talking about a "Plan B." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has set out the US' post-deal strategy this week, threatening the "strongest sanctions in history" and setting out an incredibly broad set of 12 demands that leave no room for diplomacy. "Plan B" ultimately means setting the stage for a massive US war with Iran.
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With Medal of Honor, SEAL Team 6 Rewards a Culture of War Crimes
(Matthew Cole / The Intercept)

For 15 years, SEAL Team 6 senior officers hid reports of skinning, scalping, "canoeing," and mutilating enemy corpses with custom-made hatchets. "By giving Slabinski the award, you close the door on our criminal history," said the former SEAL Team 6 leader. "The cover-up wins. You've closed this ugly part of our command's history, and everyone gets away with it. What everyone learns from this is that cover-ups work -- don't say anything bad about your teammates, keep quiet and we'll get through it. It's disgraceful."
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"Turning Corners" in America's Wars and Going in Circles
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Todd Miller / TomDispatch)

Despite repeated claims that the Pentagon is "turning the corner" in Washington's many illegal, ongoing, foreign wars, al-Qaeda and the Taliban, have somehow morphed into "more than 20 terrorist and insurgent groups" on either side of the Afghani-Pakistani border. The original al-Qaeda morphed into a range of groups (al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and so on). The same thing is now happening to ISIS. No corners have been turned and there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
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New War Opponents: The ACLU, Oxfam, Amnesty International
(David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War)

There is now a multi-issue campaign that -- unlike the women's march or the climate march or so many other marches, and perhaps because it draws its platform in part from one written 50 years ago -- opposes war and militarism. It's called the Poor People's Campaign. Meanwhile, large, well-funded organizations that -- as far as I know, didn't oppose any wars when George Bush II or Barack Obama was president -- are now edging toward opposition at least to certain wars. One of these is the ACLU.
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ACTION: An Open Letter to US Leaders Who Met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman
(Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic & the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights)

"Saudi Arabia has bombed, killed, and injured numerous civilians, and has been credibly implicated in "widespread violations" of international law, including war crimes . . . . We, the undersigned professors and civil liberties, human rights, and peace organizations, are writing to express our concern that you did not publicly speak out about Saudi Arabia's grave human rights violations in Yemen when you met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman on his recent trip to the US."
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Nuclear Weapon States' Plot to Scuttle the Landmark UN Conference
(Alyn Ware / InDepthNews)

Commentary: May 14, 2018 was supposed to see the opening at the United Nations of a three-day High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, scheduled to discuss "effective nuclear disarmament measures to achieve the total elimination of nuclear weapons, including, in particular, on a comprehensive convention on nuclear weapons." But right at the moment when such a conference is needed the most, it has surprisingly been postponed to an uncertain future date.
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Pentagon Running Out of Bombs to Drop on Other Countries
(Aaron Mehta / Defense News)

The Pentagon plans to invest more than $20 billion in munitions in its next budget. But whether the industrial base will be there to support such massive buys in the future is up in the air -- at a time when America is expending munitions at increasingly intense rates. Adding to the challenge, many key US weapons suppliers are foreign-owned -- the US no longer has the domestic capability to produce certain vital parts and materials -- setting up the risk that a conflict with China could rely on Chinese-made parts.
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ACTION ALERT: Stop Israel's Deadly Attacks on Gaza's Protesters
(Rabbi Michael Lerner / MoveOn.org & Mark LeVine / Tikkun & Rabbi Michael Lerner / Tikkun & the Network for Spiritual Progressives)

Commentary: B'tselem, the Israeli Human Rights organization, has called on young Israeli soldiers to recognize that they have an obligation in International Law to reject the orders to shoot into crowds of unarmed civilians -- even if some of those civilians attempt to cut down the border fence, burn tires or throw Molotov cocktails. A new petition calls on the US Congress to condemn Israel's armed violence against unarmed Palestinians and encourage both sides to recommit to finding a nonviolent solution.
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Instead of Diplomacy, Trump Resorts to Threats against Iran
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Ellen Mitchell / The Hill)

Following up on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's bellicose threats toward Iran, Pentagon officials suggested that moving against Iran would require a "whole government solution." They pointed toward the Pentagon being more aggressive toward Iran. Demonstrating why "sanctions" are generally recognized as "declarations of war," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has openly threatened to "crush" Iran with economic sanctions.
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Skip the Fire and Fury: Avoiding a Cataclysmic War With North Korea
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / AntiWar.com & TruthDig.com)

Commentary: One minute he's threatening nuclear war via tweet; the next his adoring followers are chanting "Nobel, Nobel!" It's hard to keep up with President Trump's North Korea policy, such as it is. But what happens if the talks fall apart, or don't happen at all? How will President Trump respond to such a staggering blow to his ego -- should the deal-maker fail to close this big time deal?
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Israeli Snipers Kill Unarmed, Defenseless People: Isn't That Murder?
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

Commentary: From an Israeli perspective, Palestinians committed original sin by merely existing. From a Palestinian perspective, Israelis committed original sin by merely existing. They are both right, in a narrow sense that is useless for moving forward. Neither has any moral authority in a wider perspective. But where does one go to find any wider perspective?
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The Global Pact for the Environment: Protecting Nature from the Devastation of Armed Conflicts
(Doug Weir / Conflict and Environment Observatory)

How would a new legally binding international instrument that seeks to define the principles of environmental law influence ongoing efforts to strengthen the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts?
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Doctors and Scientists Issue Global Warning: Increased Radiation from the "Internet of Things" and the 5G Revolution Risks Widespread Illness and Death
(Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie / The Nation & EHTrust.org)

More than 180 scientists and doctors from 35 countries have sent an urgent appeal to officials of the European Commission demanding a moratorium on the increase of cell antennas for planned 5G expansion citing extreme concerns over health effects from higher radiation exposure including the potential for major increases in neurological impacts, infertility, and cancer. They call for a moratorium on the roll-out of 5G until potential risks to human health have been fully investigated by independent scientists.
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ACTION ALERT: Support for Nuclear Ban Treaty Growing in the US and Around the World
(NuclearBan.US & The International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons (ICAN))

This Treaty, which prohibits the development, testing, production, deployment, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons, was adopted by 122 countries at the UN on 7 July 2017. The US and other nuclear weapon possessor states boycotted the negotiations and have been pressuring other countries not to sign the Treaty. Activists in the US want cities, states, businesses, universities, faith communities, and individuals to defy the US and join the rest of the world to ban nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
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155 Nations Call for Global Denuclearization: US and 34 Other Nations Refuse
(International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)

155 states -- four-fifths of all UN member and observers states -- have rejected any role for nuclear weapons in their military postures. Nuclear-free security strategies are the norm, not the exception. The five nuclear-weapons states parties to the NPT (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States) are sabotaging the Treaty. They are not taking action to move towards nuclear disarmament, as agreed to under their Treaty obligations.
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Unless Strict Laws Are Passed, "Killer Drones" Will Eventually Appear in US Skies
(Ted Rall / Ted Rall.com & The Progressive Populist)

We have succumbed, in recent years, to technological passivity, the assumption that there's nothing we can (or should) do about what an older generation used to call "progress." But that's not true. War goes on, yet most of the world's nations came together to ban landmines and chemical weapons. Drones should be banned too: military drones as well as recreational ones. In 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the feds have the right to launch military drone strikes against American citizens on US soil.
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ACTION ALERT: A Voice from Gaza and a Petition for Justice
(Intimaa Alsdudi / ThinkProgress & Care2 Petitions)

Commentary: "Tear gas cans began rolling between us and the crowds. Everyone ran from the area, while Israeli snipers on top of the hills and watchtowers started shooting randomly at the people protesting. At one point, I lost sight of my mom. I could not see her, because there was dark smoke everywhere. Do you know what that feels like? To not know if your mother is okay as snipers are shooting at you and everyone around you?"
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As Civilians Die in Gaza, US Slams the Door on the Peace Process
(Mustafa Barghouti / The Nation & Ian S. Lustick / The Nation)

Together, Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have bulldozed what remains of the US-sponsored negotiation process that began more than a quarter of a century ago with the signing of the Oslo Accords. It is time for the world to recognize that Israel's more than 50-year military rule over Palestinians in the occupied territories is not temporary. It is an apartheid regime in which there are two separate and unequal systems of law and governance based on religion.
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Big Stake in Syria War -- For the 1% and the 99%
(Bruce Lesnick / Socialist Action & United National Antiwar Coalition)

The US and its Gulf and NATO allies have been fighting a war of aggression against Syria for over five years. Plans to replace the Syrian government with one more subservient to the needs of US corporate interests began well before that. The Pentagon has spent $41.1 billion in Syria since 2001, according to a study by Brown University. US allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar have funneled huge additional sums to ISIS and Al-Qaeda affiliated "rebels" in Syria since at least 2011.
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Oil Tankers Threaten an Environmental Disaster off the Coast of Yemen
(The Conflict and Environment Observatory)

Oil infrastructure often poses environmental risks during conflicts and Yemen is no exception. On March 7, the Yemeni government called for international assistance in dealing with a potentially serious oil pollution threat in the Red Sea. The case has served to highlight the wider threat from terrestrial and marine oil pollution in Yemen's civil war and the risks it poses to the Red Sea's ecology. But dealing with the threat will be impossible without cooperation between the warring parties and the international community.
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ACTION ALERT: In 2018 the Number of US School Children Gunned Down Has Been Twice as High as Number of US Soldiers Killed in Combat
(The Washington Post & Vox News & Vox News & Credo Action)

The school shooting near Houston on Friday bolstered a stunning statistic: More people have been killed at schools this year than have been killed while serving in the military. America's firearm deaths total more than 32,000 each year. The number of American soldiers killed in all of 2017: 34. A new petition The petition -- directed to Republicans in Congress -- reads: "Put your constituents before the National Rifle Association. Take immediate action to pass gun control legislation."
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US Special Forces Accused in Botched Terror Raid That Killed Somali Civilians
(David Brennan / Newsweek)

American Special Forces in Somalia have been accused of involvement in a bungled terror raid that left five civilians dead. Locals in the Lower Shabelle region south of the capital Mogadishu say US special forces and Somali commandos were targeting leaders of the militant Islamist al-Shabab group, but instead killed several farmers on the night of May 9.
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Planetary Emergency: The Invisible Rainbow of Electromagnetic Radiation
(Arthur Firstenberg / Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space & Book Review by Jennifer Wood)

Many are the assaults on our planet. The oceans are dying. The majestic wilderness is no more. The very oxygen we breathe is being converted to carbon dioxide. But there is a new threat: we must leave space alone. On March 29, 2018, the FCC gave its approval to SpaceX's plan to launch the first of 12,000 satellites into low Earth orbit to provide "ultrafast, lag-free Internet" to every square inch of Earth -- 5G from space. The global electrical circuit, which sustains all life, is about to be seriously disturbed.
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Can Palestinians Be Killed? Can Israelis Kill Them? Or Do They Only "Die"?
(Juan Cole / Informed Comment )

Social media is being scathing about the diction chosen by the New York Times, CNN and even the London Guardian to speak of the some 55 peacefully protesting Palestinians whom Israeli snipers cold-bloodedly shot dead on Monday and the some 2700 whom they wounded, half of those with live fire. The headlines or lead paragraphs spoke of Palestinians "dying" -- as though they had mysteriously and unexpectedly contracted the unusual disease of bullet penetration.
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A Tour of US Hypocrisy, from Africa to the South Pacific
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / TruthDig & AntiWar.com)

Commentary: In foreign policy, Americans like to keep it simple: Good countries versus bad countries. What no one seems to ask is whether idealistic Americans have a clear view of the world. As the US enters its 17th year of perpetual war, these might be questions worth pursuing. Problem is, the truth can be disturbing.
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War Is Love: The Language of Propaganda
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War & RootsAction)

Commentary: "It was hard at this peaceful gathering and in the 'training' before it not to notice people's habitual shouts of 'fight back!' and 'go to war!' and 'we must be warriors!' -- not to mention the handing out of US flags. What bothers me far more than peace activists talking war talk, however, is war activists talking peace. I recently debated a 'military ethicist' who literally claimed to support wars 'out of love.' . . . War activists are constantly claiming that war will produce peace."
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Israel's Attacks on Protesters Leave Gaza's Hospitals on Brink of Collapse
(Halla al-Safadi / Middle East Eye)

The scenes at the emergency entrances at Gaza's hospitals are not for the faint-hearted. Wailing ambulances rush into hospital emergency gates and bloody casualties who were given quick first aid treatment are pulled out of the vehicles, each person hoping to be saved and not fall victim to Gaza's poorly equipped hospitals. Many of the surviving protestors will end up suffering infections and losing limbs.
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Radiation Apocalypse: Why 5G Is a Human Health and a National Security Issue
(NBC News & Julie Watts and Abigail Sterling / KPIX & Arthur Firstenberg / Cellular Phone Task Force)

Is a cell tower going up in your neighborhood? If it's not now, it may soon. Wireless carriers are installing millions of them across the US to enable the new, faster 5G cellphone technology. But there are legitimate health concerns. Some of the frequency bands the FCC has made available will allow telecom companies to buy up to 3 GHz of contiguous spectrum at auction. They will then legally be allowed to emit an effective radiated power of up to 900,000 watts to penetrate urban airspace, walls and human bodies.
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Major Trump Blunder Threatens US-North Korea Summit
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Phil Stewart / Reuters & CNBC)

The Max Thunder US aerial exercises in South Korea were cited on Tuesday as North Korea's reason for cancelling talks with the South, and led to warnings about the US summit. Most of the world was relatively surprised that the major exercises had happened at all. Meanwhile, North Korea has a message for US President Donald Trump ahead of next month's summit: Don't listen to your new hard-line national security adviser, John Bolton.
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A Skeptical Vet Exposes the Pentagon as an Aggressive, Illegal Force
(Maj. Danny Sjursen / TruthDig & AntiWar.com)

Commentary: With US troops deployed to 70 percent of the world's countries and the US bombing seven nations (that we know of), it's time to take stock of the role our military plays on this planet. The Pentagon doesn't engage in "defense" but is an institution that obediently kills and sacrifices its soldiers whenever an imperial president wants to start an illegal war. That's the army I've served since before I was 18 years old. Perhaps it's time we should start calling the Pentagon the "Department of Offense."
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Washington's "War on Terror": A Staggeringly Well-Funded Blowback Machine
(Tom Engelhardt /TomDispatch)

The costs of America's wars, still spreading in the Trump era, are incalculable. Just look at photos of the cities of Ramadi or Mosul in Iraq, Raqqa or Aleppo in Syria, Sirte in Libya, or Marawi in the southern Philippines -- all in ruins in the wake of the conflicts Washington set off in the post–9/11 years -- and try to put a price on them. Those views of mile upon mile of rubble, often without a building still standing untouched, should take anyone's breath away. Some of those cities may never be fully rebuilt.
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ACTION ALERT: Stop Trump from Drilling in Alaska National Wildlife Refuge
(CREDO Action & Pamela King / E&E News & Ben Stewart / Greenpeace)

When Big Oil is giving the orders, the Trump administration can move frighteningly fast. Immediately after a sneaky provision in the Trump Tax Scam opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, the Trump team has rushed to seal the deal. Drilling threatens caribou and the cultural future of the Alaska Native Gwich'in people whose way of life depends on this sacred place. Sign the petition to stop this catastrophe before it's too late.
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Gaza Violence Troubles the Region and Alarms the World
(BBC World News)

There have been angry exchanges between Israeli and Palestinian envoys at the UN, as the diplomatic fallout over deadly violence in Gaza gathered pace. Some 58 Palestinians were killed when Israeli troops fired on protesters on Monday. The Palestinian envoy spoke of a "crime against humanity," while Israel accused Hamas of placing their own people in the line of fire.
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Jerusalem Embassy: Why Trump's Move Was Not about Peace
(BBC World News)

Analysis: Trump's move to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem was a gift to conservative orthodox Jews dominating Mr. Trump's inner circle and Christian evangelicals like Vice-President Mike Pence. Trump also sided with Israel in its response to the deadly violence on the Gaza border, accusing Gaza's Hamas leaders of "intentionally and cynically" provoking Israel in an attempt at "gruesome propaganda." But, unlike European countries, Trump did not call on the Israeli army to exercise restraint.
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ACTION ALERT: Proposed GOP Farm Bill Is a War on Nature
(Peter Stocker / Friends of the Earth & Derrick Z. Jackson / Environmental Health News )

The GOP's Farm Bill doubles down on a failing food system that harms our health, decimates soil and pollinators, pollutes our air and water, and accelerates climate chaos. Big Ag and the Republicans are fighting hard to pass this disastrous bill. For both humans and wildlife, the Republican reauthorization of the Farm Bill would usher in the weakest federal protections against pesticide abuse since Silent Spring.
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ACTION ALERT: Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract
(Kate Conger / Gizmodo & Win Without War)

It's been nearly three months since many Google employees -- and the public -- learned about the company's decision to provide artificial intelligence to a controversial military pilot program known as Project Maven, which aims to speed up analysis of drone footage by automatically classifying images of objects and people. Now, Google employees are resigning in protest over the company's continued involvement in Maven. They are insisting that Google shouldn't be involved in military work at all.
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41 Palestinians Killed as Protesters Mark 70th Anniversary of Nakba
(Chloe Benoist / Middle East Eye)

At least 41 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Monday as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, with tensions running high in Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank. The Nakba -- or catastrophe -- saw 750,000 Palestinians displaced from their homes during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. Their descendants now include more than two million in the occupied Palestinian territory, who have been calling for an end to the Israeli occupation and the right to return to their homeland.
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World Leaders Condemn Israel's Brutality in Gaza Massacre
(Al Jazeera )

At least 58 Palestinians were killed on Monday in Gaza and more than 2,700 others wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition, tear gas and firebombs at protesters assembled along the border fence with Israel. Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 107 Palestinians and wounded about 12,000 people. Turkish leader Erdogan declared: "What Israel has done is a genocide." The UN HR High Commissioner has expressed concern, stating: 'Israeli Live Fire in Gaza Must Stop.'
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ACTION ALERT: Protest US Israel Attacks on Palestine
(American Friends Service Committee)

Today, as the US and Israel celebrate the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank continue to protest the systematic denial of their rights. Israel soldiers have killed at least 105 while more than 10,000 protesters have been injured -- 166 critically. Washington offers Israel full support for its violent repression of the largely non-violent Gaza protests. You can ask your representatives to hold Israel accountable for its violence against Palestinian protesters.
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Trump's War on the Press Is an Attack on Democracy Itself
(Mort Rosenblum / Reader Supported News)

Commentary: At a time when trustworthy news organizations face mounting pressure from greedy management, political connivance, fragmentation, and background babble, nothing is more dangerous than Trump's insidious yet relentless campaign to strike America blind. Across the US, corporate capital is being used to purchase -- and dismantle -- once-vibrant but now struggling legacy newspapers. We need to ask who is behind those T-shirts that read: "Tree. Rope. Journalists. Some assembly required."
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Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract
(Kate Conger / Gizmodo)

It's been nearly three months since many Google employees -- and the public -- learned about the company's decision to provide artificial intelligence to a controversial military pilot program known as Project Maven, which aims to speed up analysis of drone footage by automatically classifying images of objects and people. Now, Google employees are resigning in protest over the company's continued involvement in Maven. They are insisting that Google shouldn't be involved in military work at all.
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War Extinctions Ravaging Africa: Animals at Risk
(University of Granada & Phys.org)

An international study involving researchers from the University of Granada has established that the escalation of armed conflicts in the Sahara-Sahel region is leading to a dramatic population decline of species such as the African elephant and dorcas gazelle. The research paper calls for greater emphasis on environmental factors in the peace process initiatives that aim to bring an end to the conflicts.
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Inside the Cutthroat World of Billion-Dollar Military Supply Contracts

The US Government Accountability Office is expected to rule soon on a disputed contract worth more than a billion dollars to supply food to US forces in the Middle East. The decision will mark the most recent twist in a battle over giant US military contracts dating back nearly a decade that includes allegations of sanctions busting, corruption, and fraud. The latest scandal involves a contract where the Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency awarded $1.38 billion for food to a subsidiary of Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport.
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Trump Has No Plan Left on Iran Other Than War
(Jon Wiener and Michael Klare / The Nation)

Commentary: Donald Trump has no Plan B in tearing up the nuclear deal. He said somehow we're going to force the Iranians to come back to the table and give us a better deal, but that's utter nonsense. The Europeans say there's no path to such an outcome. The Iranians say there's no path. And certainly Russia and China would not agree to such a path. Trump has left no path forward other than war.
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Trump's Unprecedented Breach of Iran Accord Threatens International Law
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Deutsche Welle)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized President Trump for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was not right that a deal "voted upon in the UN Security Council and unanimously approved, should be unilaterally terminated." She warned this would damage trust in the international order. Trump's outlaw action has raised questions about the future of the trans-Atlantic partnership and fueled speculation about Washington's growing isolation leading to "the death of the West."
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Washington Prepares to Sell Saudis More Weapons After US Bombs Used to Attack a Wedding Party in Yemen
(Alex Emmons / The Intercept & Aric Toler / Bellingcat.com)

Last month, warplanes belonging to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen repeatedly bombed a wedding party in the northern part of the country, killing more than 20 people, including the bride, and injuring dozens of others. The bomb responsible for the massacre contained a serial number tying it to the US-based weapons manufacturer Raytheon. Congress should finally make clear that the US government is no longer willing to reward Saudi abuses with more arms, nor risk US complicity in war crimes.
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Torture? Let's Also Not Forget Assassination
(Jacob G. Hornberger / Hornberger's Blog @ the Future of Freedom Foundation)

The nomination of CIA operative Gina Haspel to be CIA director has given rise to powerful arguments against government participation in torture, a practice common to tyrannical regimes. But what about state-sponsored assassinations? When one examines the powers that the Constitution delegated to the federal government, one thing is clear: Assassination, like torture, wasn't among them. The Framers had decided not to give federal officials the power to assassinate or the power to torture people.
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Israel Nudges Trump Towards War With Iran
(Robert W. Merry / The American Conservative)

Commentary: If you want to know what's really going on in the Middle East, don't watch Donald Trump, instead watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli leader is promoting the impression that Iran has initiated a series of threats along Israel's boarders. This is nonsense. It was Israel, not Iran, that initiated military action in the ongoing tensions between the two countries -- by repeatedly breaching international law by sending jets and missiles to attack targets inside Syria's borders.
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Trumps Breach of Iran Accord Threatens International Law
(AntiWar.com & Deutsche Welle)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized President Trump for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was not right that a deal "voted upon in the UN Security Council and unanimously approved, should be unilaterally terminated." She warned this would damage trust in the international order.
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ACTION ALERT: Boycott, Divest From and Sanction the US
(David Swanson / World BEYOND War & Resist & United for Peace and Justice)

Petition: "I commit to supporting strategic targeted efforts to boycott, divest from, and sanction the US government until it supports the rule of law, peace, and justice on Earth."
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Trump's Disavowal of Iran Nuclear Deal, Escalating Threat of War with Iran
(Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! )

The day after Donald Trump announced he would pull the US out of the deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran, European nations -- along with China and Russia -- began scrambling to save the landmark nuclear agreement. Former President Obama called Trump's decision a serious mistake and warned it could lead to another war in the Middle East. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded by saying Iran would continue to abide by the agreement and would not renew its nuclear program for now.
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Gina Haspel's Legacy: Waterboarding, Up-Close-and-Personal
(Jessica Schulberg and Igor Bobic / The Huffington Post & Fatima Boudchar / The New York Times & Jessica Schulberg / The Huffington Post)

Recalling his experience with waterboarding, a former Army interrogator testified: "You've got water in your lungs, your brain is on fire, your nasal cavity is on fire, your throat is completely swollen up." Appearing at her confirmation hearing in Washington, former CIA torture administrator Gina Haspel pledged not to revive the spy agency's interrogation operation -- but she wouldn't condemn the CIA's past use of torture. This was no comfort to her victims.
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Daniel Ellsberg Warns of 'No Survivors' if US Goes to War With 'Criminally Insane' Nuclear Weapons
(Nina Burleigh / Newsweek)

Daniel Ellsberg is best known as the defense analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers and exposed Defense Department lies about American involvement in the Vietnam War. But in 1971, when he took those top secret documents out of his office safe at the Rand Corp., he also took a cache of materials related to his job as one architect of America's mutually assured destruction nuclear strategy, or MAD.
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Trump Has Wrecked One of the Most Successful Arms-Control Deals in Modern History
(Fred Kaplan / Slate)

Trump has wrecked one of the most successful arms-control deals in modern history, destroyed any possible leverage to negotiate a new one, further disrupted unity with our allies, further damaged US credibility, strengthened hard-line factions in Iran, exacerbated instability in the Middle East, and possibly boosted the chance of war. What a "deal-maker."
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Trump's Ten Lies: A Response to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Speech
(Ted Snider / Anti-War.com)

After listening to Trump's speech explaining his decision to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Trump's speech contained "over ten lies." So, what were the lies Trump told?
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Say Goodbye to the Iran Deal and Hello to a "Polynuclear" Middle East<
(Ezra Friedman / The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

Commentary: A recent simulation conducted by the Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies and the RAND Corporation confirm that a US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal will likely lead to increased instability. If the current trajectory of events continues, it will likely result in the proliferation of nuclear technology and programs in the region that could very easily lead the world down a road of no return -- to a polynuclear Middle East.
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Israel Attacks Syria: Attack Called Biggest Strike in Decades
(Associated Press & Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Haaretz )

While Israeli officials continue to insist they don't "seek escalation" in Syria, they have been precipitously escalating the conflict along the border -- repeatedly violating Syrian airspace with fighter jets and bombs attacks that have killed scores of people on the ground. After Syria responded by launching 20 missiles , Israel carried out strikes against dozens of Syrian targets in an attack called Israel's most extensive attack on Syria in decades. The Israeli military has warned Syria not to respond to its attacks.
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Ending Wars, Not 'Winning' Them, Should Be America's Goal
(William J. Astore / AntiWar.com & Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch)

Commentary: You can't win wars that should never have been fought. The US should never have fought the Iraq and Afghan wars, nor should we have fought the Vietnam War. The challenge is not about reforming the US military so that it can win wars. Americans must reform our culture and our government so that we can avoid wars, even as we end the ones we're in. For constant warfare is the enemy of democracy and the scourge of freedom.
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A Soldier's Ten Commonsense Suggestions for Making Peace, Not War
(William J. Astore / TomDispatch )

The Defense Department (or more correctly, the "War Department") hasn't won a victory since the end of WWII in 1945. Yet today, America is waging (and losing) a war on terror in 76 countries and renewing preparations for a struggle against peer competitors Russia and China. With more than a quarter-million US troops stationed at more than 800 bases in 172, the lack of clear victories since then seems to faze no one in Washington. If the US is not winning wars, why does it still need to fight them?
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The Origins of Washington's Permanent War Economy
(Thomas K. Duncan and Christopher J. Coyne / The Independent Review)

The military-industrial complex that Dwight D. Eisenhower (1961) warned of has become a vast network of expanded political power, enlarged profits, and increased state authority. National security, in terms of dollars, mentality, and interests, has bled into nearly every aspect of American life, into nearly every federal department, into domestic and international humanitarian efforts, and even into domestic policing. So, how did this permanent war economy emerge?
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America's Perpetual State of Emergency: An Unending War on Domestic Freedom
(Gregory Korte / USA TODAY)

The US is in a perpetual state of national emergency -- 30 separate emergencies, in fact. An emergency declared by President Carter during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis remains in effect almost 40 years later. "What the National Emergencies Act does is like a toggle switch, and when the president flips it, he gets new powers. There are very few constraints about how he turns it on." Since 1976, presidents have declared at least 53 states of emergency -- not counting declarations for floods and tornados.
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Trump's Ten Lies: A Response to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Speech
(Ted Snider / Anti-War.com)

After listening to Trump's speech explaining his decision to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Trump's speech contained "over ten lies." So, what were the lies Trump told?
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Trump's Decision on Iran Deal: 'Horrible,' 'Disastrous,' 'Disgraceful'
(Cesar Chelala / AntiWar.com & Daniel Larison / The American Conservative)

Commentary: Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the deal with Iran creates, unnecessarily, a new source of tension in a region besieged by conflicts. Trump is walking away from a deal that got the US almost everything it wanted at virtually no cost, and he is doing it mainly because it allows him to repudiate his predecessor's work. It is a perfect example of putting petty self-interest and pique ahead of the interests of the United States, and it has absolutely nothing to do with putting America first.
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ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Keep the Iran Nuclear Deal
(RootsAction.org & CODEPINK & Environmentalists Against War)

Congress is not entirely on board with Donald Trump's effort to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by ending the successful Iran nuclear agreement. We are ashamed that our government has broken a deal that was working. Join us in reaching out to the Iranian people with an apology for our president's unscrupulous behavior and a pledge to try to reverse this decision. Unlike our president, we believe that a deal is a deal. Unlike our president, we want to resolve the conflicts in the Middle East, not escalate them.
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A Contest of Competing Timelines: Tehran Says Israel's Netanyahu Lied
(BBC & Al-Akhbar English)

Iran has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "liar" after he accused [Iran] of deceiving the world about its nuclear intentions. Mr. Netanyahu produced what he said were copies of Iranian files detailing a project to build nuclear weapons, which was reportedly mothballed 15 years ago. Iran said it had never sought to build a bomb when it signed an international deal to curb nuclear activity in 2015.
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Denuclearization Means the US, Too
(Jeffrey D. Sachs / Project Syndicate)

There are two types of foreign policy: one based on the principle "might makes right," and one based on the international rule of law. The United States wants to have it both ways. This approach is doomed to fail. As Jesus declared, "all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." Rather than perishing, it's time to hold all countries -- including the US -- accountable to the international rules of nuclear non-proliferation.
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Treason: Obama Iran Deal Officials Targeted by Trump Via Israeli Black Cube
(Juan Cole / Informed Comment & Ronan Farrow / The New Yorker)

Soon after Trump's 2017 visit to Tel Aviv, his aides initiated a "dirty tricks" campaign to smear Obama-era officials Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl. The goal: to discredit the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. "This just eviscerates any norm of how governments should operate or treat their predecessors and their families. It crosses a dangerous line."
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Arms Trade War: Turkey Threatens US -- For Not Providing Turkey with Weapons
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Tuvan Gumrukcu / Reuters / Posted in accordance with Title 17, Section 107, US Code, for noncommercial, educational purposes.)

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is warning that Turkey is prepared to retaliate against the United States if Congress goes through with a plan to halt the sales of US weapons to Turkey. Turkey has been openly threatening to attack US forces within Syria for backing the Kurdish YPG. The US is also irked that Turkey recently bought a Russian S-400 air defense system, choosing it over more expensive US-made options.
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Military Aircraft Crashes: A Growing Threat to Civilians Around the World
(Dahr Jamail / Truthout)

The US military maintains bases in at least 80 countries around the world. The military "doesn't give a damn" about the damage it does, both at home and abroad, but that this isn't big news. They've got a huge fraction of the population sucked into the nearly religious belief that the military is important to their safety . . . it isn't. It's for wrecking other countries and other cultures. Its core competency is death and destruction in the name of Wall Street."
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Billions in Extreme Weather Damage and FEMA Plan "Forgets" to Mention Climate Change
(Kate Yoder / Grist & Ryan Grenoble / Huffington Post)

In 2017, an unprecedented string of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires cost the US a record-shattering $306 billion -- four times more than average over the past decade, adjusted for inflation. In March, after a year of record-shattering natural disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released its long-term strategic plan. And that 37-page document somehow neglected to mention climate change. The official explanation: We forgot to mention it.
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Peace in Korea, War on Iran: Trump's Dystopian Policies
(John Feffer / AntiWar.com & Peter Van Buren / AntiWar.com)

Commentary: Donald Trump is a stern and wrathful leader. He thinks nothing of raining down fire and fury upon the enemies of his "chosen people." Indeed, he even flirts with ending the world if he doesn't receive due respect and the requisite number of burnt offerings. But he can also reward his followers, and those who curry his favor, with positions of power and untold riches. This month, Trump will appear as both of these avatars.
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Trump Hired Israeli Spies to Target Iran Peace Deal; GOP Warns Trump Not to Kill Treaty
(Mark Townsend and Julian Borger / The Guardian)

Aides to Donald Trump hired an Israeli spy agency to orchestrate a "dirty ops" campaign against key Obama administration officials who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal. These "extraordinary and appalling allegations ... illustrate a high level of desperation by Trump and [the Israeli prime minister] Benjamin Netanyahu." A source with details of the "dirty tricks campaign" said: "The idea was that people acting for Trump would discredit those who were pivotal in selling the deal, making it easier to pull out of it."
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New Revelations: The CIA's Kennedy-Era Plot Against Cuba
(Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times & David Talbot / MaryFerrell.org)

Thanks to the cache of John F. Kennedy-related files the government recently released, Miamians now know about the utterly bonkers plot the feds cooked up to stage a false-flag bombing on its own populace in Miami and then blame the deaths and chaos on Fidel Castro.
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11% of Every US Tax Dollar Goes to War Contractors

Almost half of the military budget -- and 11 cents out of every tax dollar -- goes to corporations. Military contracts pulled in more than $300 billion in 2017. The average taxpayer contributes twice as much to military contractors in 2017 ($1,600) as the amount paid to care for all military vets, from WW II to kids just returning from Syria and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, new research finds federal spending on domestic programs creates far more American jobs and yields more broad-based benefits than military spending.
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Borderline Profits: The Military Industrial Complex Stands to Make Millions Off Trump's Militarized Border
(Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch & Todd Miller / TomDispatch)

The Border Patrol has increased from a force of 4,000 in the early 1990s to 21,000 today and operates like "a standing army on American soil." The monoliths of the military-industrial complex -- including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Elbit Systems -- have long been tailoring their technologies to homeland security operations. They are now deeply involved in the increasingly lucrative "border market." As one vendor put it many years ago, "We are bringing the battlefield to the border."
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Drones Target First Amendment: Chicago Moves to Spy on Public Protests
(Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun-Times)

The American Civil Liberties Union has accused Chicafo Mayor Rahm Emanuel of being behind legislation that would allow police to use drones to monitor the growing number of protests on the streets of Chicago. The groundbreaking bill would allow drones to hover over crowds, for the purpose of taking still photos and making audio and video recordings. The drones could be equipped with facial recognition technology. Eventually they could be armed with tear gas, concussion grenades, and bullets.
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Move Over Chernobyl, Fukushima is Now the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster
(John LaForge / CounterPunch & ZeroHedge)

The radiation dispersed into the environment by the three reactor meltdowns at Fukushima-Daiichi in Japan has exceeded that of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe, so we may stop calling it the "second worst" nuclear power disaster in history. Total atmospheric releases from Fukushima are estimated to be between 5.6 and 8.1 times that of Chernobyl. Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 blew apart and burned for 40 days, spreading fallout across the Northern Hemisphere. Fukushima was much worse.
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The Other War Against Whales
(The Conflict and Environment Observatory)

There is a war being waged against whales, and it is being fought with noise. Originally exposed after unusual mass strandings of whales, this new war has left scientists and conservationists concerned about the potential impact of military noise on the wider marine ecosystem as a whole. And it has prompted the question of whether naval activities are bound by environmental norms, or whether this form of warfare is set to continue in the name of national security.
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CIA Insider Warns We're About to Be "Lied to War" Once Again
(John Kiriakou / Reader Supported News)

Commentary: I spent nearly 15 years in the CIA. I like to think that I learned something there. I learned that the CIA will push the envelope of legality until somebody in a position of authority pushes back. I learned that the CIA can wage war without any thought whatsoever as to how things will work out in the end. There's never an exit strategy. I can tell you from firsthand experience that I've seen this before. Our government is laying the groundwork for yet another war.
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ACTION ALERT: Save the Iran Deal
(Win Without War & Basel Peace Office & Al-Akhbar )

Donald Trump and his war-hungry cabinet are about to kill the Iran deal. In 2003, the Bush administration built a similar smokescreen of lies to justify their invasion of Iraq. We've got to get Congress to call out Trump's avalanche of anti-Iran deal lies before before he plunges us into a repeat of the Iraq War. Tell Congress to step in now to prevent war with Iran.
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In the Steps of Rev. King and Dan Berrigan: Peace Activists Jailed for Targeting Militarism
(World Beyond War & Art Laffin / Pax Christi USA )

On April 4, the 50 anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., seven peace activists entered the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. Carrying hammers and bottles of their own blood, they sought to enact and embody the prophet Isaiah's command to: "Beat swords into plowshares." For upholding the Constitution (through its requirement to respect treaties) and international law (through the UN Charter and Nuremberg Principles) they are now imprisoned and awaiting trial on May 10.
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Why Trump's Boasts About the Korea Summit Are Premature
(Robin Wright /The New Yorker & Reader Supported News)

Commentary: An agreement between North Korea and the US will need to include a detailed roadmap for a way forward, including each side's concessions. Seoul will likely press Washington to mirror the optimism and vision we saw at Panmunjom. It remains unclear if the Trump Administration will go along with symbolism or focus on specifics and substance.
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Netanyahu's "Fake News" Stunt Shows Why Iran Nuclear Deal Needs to Remain
(Patrick Cockburn / The Independent & Francois Murphy / Reuters)

The trove of Iranian documents about its nuclear programme presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as proof of Tehran's duplicity contain nothing of substance that was not known before. The vast cache of files presented .were largely historical and related to the period before 2003. Mr. Netanyahu was unable to find any evidence that Iran has breached the agreement signed in 2015. The UN's nuclear watchdog calls the Iran deal "the world's most robust verification regime."
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Artificial Intelligence Would Raise the Risks Nuclear War
(Patrick Tucker / Defense One & Edward Geist and Andrew J. Lohn / RAND Corp)

A new RAND report says ideas like mutually assured destruction and minimal deterrence strategy offer a lot less assurance in the age of intelligent software. Advances in AI have provoked a new kind of arms race among nuclear powers. This technology could challenge the basic rules of nuclear deterrence and lead to catastrophic miscalculations.
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Pentagon Lied to Congress: Army Special Forces Secretly Sent to Yemen
(AntiWar.com & Al-Monitor & The New York Times)

The US military is more deeply involved in the Saudi War in Yemen than officials ever admitted. In fact, new evidence suggests the Pentagon lied to Congress during the March debate about US involvement, presenting the US role at present being limited to targeting and mid-air refueling of Saudi warplanes.
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The Military Doesn't Advertise It, But US Troops Are All Over Africa
(Greg Myr / National Public Radio)

When US troops were ambushed in Niger last October, the widespread reaction was surprise: The US has military forces in Niger? What are they doing there? Yet in many ways, the Niger operation typifies US military missions underway in roughly 20 African countries, mostly in the northern half of the continent. The missions tend to be small, they are carried out largely below the radar.
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Top 100 Reasons Not to Bomb Iran
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War & RootsAction)

Commentary: (1.) There are over 80 million men, women, and children in Iran. Bombing them would be mass-murder. (2.) If the US government and its allies bomb Libya and Iran when their governments choose not to have nuclear weapons, you can forget about North Korea and the rest of the world choosing not to have nuclear weapons. (3.) The longer the world has nuclear weapons, and the more countries that have them, the greater the likelihood of nuclear war. And 97 more reasons.
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Bibi Lies about Iran While Unarmed Men, Women, and Children Are Shot in Gaza
(Juan Cole / Informed Commeny)

Commentary: Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a notorious warmonger, is attempting to bamboozle the clueless Trump into getting on a war footing with Iran. Meanwhile, Israeli troops are systematically shooting unarmed people who pose no threat -- a war crime and a crime against humanity. Meanwhile, Israel manifestly and robustly practices Apartheid against the Palestinians under its military heel. The Statute of Rome identifies Apartheid rule as a "crime against humanity."
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Why Can't the Pentagon Win Its Wars?
(Arnold Isaacs and Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch)

The world's self-proclaimed "leading military power" has spent 16 years in Afghanistan and has still not managed to declare "victory." If Americans are right in ceaselessly telling themselves that theirs is the most powerful country the world has ever seen and that their military is the "greatest fighting force ever," as President Trump calls it, should it have been this hard and taken this long to find a way -- if they really have -- to defeat enemies whose war-making resources are a tiny fraction of ours?
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Negotiations for an End to the Korean War?
(Dave Lindorff / Counterpunch.org & Popular Resistance)

Media reports and political statements coming out of Washington on the blossoming of peace talks between North and South Korea focus on the issue of whether North Korea's leader is really "serious" about eliminating nuclear weapons arsenal. Missing in all the verbiage has been any reporting on the long history of the US basing nuclear weapons in South Korea, where the US still -- 65 years after the end of fighting on the peninsula -- maintains at least three military bases and 28,000 combat-ready troops.
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Netanyahu Pushes "Fake News" to Give Trump an Excuse for War
(AntiWar.com & New York Magazine & Moon of Alabama.org & The Jerusalem Post & Reuters)

On April 30, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a presentation intended to give Donald Trump a justification for killing the successful nuclear deal with Iran. Netanyahu's "evidence,"came from 2003 and was well-known. The International Atomic Energy Agency promptly dismissed Israeli allegations of a "secret" Iranian nuclear program. The UN watchdog says there are "no credible indications" of any Iranian nuclear weapons activities after 2009. Note: the folders Netanyahu presented were all empty.
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Scaremongering Netanyahu Strikes Again: More Lies and Provocations
(Scott Ritter / The American Conservative)

The timing of Netanyahu's presentation -- two weeks before Trump is to announce his decision about the fate of the Iran Nuclear Deal is suspect. Trump has been searching for a way to blame US the treaty-breaking on Iran; the timing of Netanyahu's presentation appears geared toward helping push Trump toward a decision to withdraw from a working agreement. Legally speaking, however, the Israeli argument -- along with the information used by Netanyahu in his presentation -- does not hold water.
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Beware of White Helmets Bearing News
(Col. Ann Wright (Ret.) / Special to Consortium News)

The use of social media -- especially unveiled videos -- to engage in an act of war is part of a disturbing trend. The celebrated White Helmets of Oscar fame appeared to have made their own feature film in Duma on the night of an alleged chemical attack. Subsequent interviews with eyewitness and children seen in the video have established that there was no gas attack. The US rushed to bomb Syria before the pretext for the attack could be investigated and disproved.
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ACTION ALERT: May Day: End Border Militarization
(CODEPINK, Environmentalists Against War, Just World Educational, Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, and World Beyond War)

This day, in honor of all working-class, poor, and other oppressed people, we will rise because we want to live in a world without weapons and war, without violence and hate, without bans and walls. A world where people can live without fear, where communities can have what they need to thrive and assert their rights to peace, justice, and health. We call for an end to border-zone militarization and the criminalization of migrants and refugees, and for the divestment of all border funding.
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ACTION ALERT: Peace Comes to Korea: Let's Understand Why
(David Swanson / David Swanson.org & World BEYOND War & RootsAction)

When peace shows its face, and weapons companies' stocks plummet, we have to do more than just cheer. We have to avoid misunderstanding where peace comes from. We have to recognize the forces that want to destroy it.Peace is bad business for the weapons makers and their investors. BlackRock is the largest investment firm in the world. It controls trillions of dollars and has billions invested in weapons manufacturers.
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Kim Would Give Up Nuclear Weapons For US Pledge Not to Invade
(Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & Choe Sang-Hun / The New York Times)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has told South Korea's President Moon that he is willing to abandon nuclear weapons in return for an end to the Korean War and a promise from the US not to invade. North Korean officials have long said that their nuclear program was only necessary to deter a US attack. A formal pledge from the US would achieve that goal. But Secretary James Mattis said that the future presence of US troops in the region would be "up for negotiation" only after a peace deal is signed.
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Amnesty International Calls for Global Arms Embargo on Israel As Civilian Casualties Rise on Gaza Border
(Ori Lewis / Reuters & Amnesty International)

Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians along the border with the Gaza Strip in two separate incidents on Sunday, the Israeli military said. As of 26 April, the total number of injured is estimated at 5,511 -- 592 children, 192 women and 4,727 men -- with 1,738 injuries from live ammunition. Amnesty International has called for a worldwide arms embargo on Israel in response to the country's disproportionate response to mass demonstrations.
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The Western Media Shuts its Eyes and Closes Its Ears to Douma Testimony
(Jonathan Cook Blog)

On April 26, Russia brought 17 witnesses from Douma to testify before the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague. They included one of the young boys seen in a widely replayed video showing children being doused with water. The residents all stated that there was no chemical weapons attack: their breathing problems were caused by the dust from bombed buildings and a sandstorm. If true, the pretext for the precipitous US attack on Syria was false and the attack itself was illegal.
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China Reports North Korea Nuclear Test Site Has Collapsed; May Be Releasing Radiation
(Justin McCurry /The Guardian)

North Korea's main nuclear test site has partially collapsed under the stress of multiple explosions, possibly rendering it unsafe for further testing and leaving it vulnerable to radiation leaks, a study by Chinese geologists has shown. Nuclear explosions release enormous amounts of heat and energy, and the North's largest test, in September last year, was believed early on to have rendered the site -- a network of tunnels beneath Mount Mantap -- unstable.
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First Bomb the Wedding, Then Bomb the Rescue Workers
(William Boardman / Reader Supported News)

In an impoverished mountain village in Yemen, the wedding celebration was still going strong when the first airstrike hit on April 22. The US-backed Saudi attacks killed the bride and "at least 33 people." Since 2009, the US has committed war crimes in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and elsewhere. The US president surely knew such attacks are war crimes under international law as well as US law, but who was going to hold him accountable (any more than anyone has held his predecessor or successor accountable)?
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