Renewable Revolutionary Railroad Renaissance

The forthcoming book from creative activist and kayaktivist extraordinaire Bill Moyer and his Backbone Campaign colleagues should remake the United States and limit the oncoming onslaught of climate suffering. It's called Solutionary Rail: A People Powered Campaign to Electrify America's Railroads and Open Corridors to a Clean Energy Future.

Here's the idea. There is huge potential for solar and wind energy in vast open spaces of the United States. There is a need for pathways through which to transmit renewable-produced electricity to where it's needed in big cities and small towns. Meanwhile, under-used railroad lines crisscross the country. As coal and oil use drop, those lines will be even more under-used, unless we change something. Yet, trains are more efficient than trucks even now, and would be much more so if electrified. So, we should run electricity lines along newly-improved railroad lines, and use some of the electricity to cleanly power a lot more trains.

By electrifying rail, you make rail less expensive as well as cleaner. With improvements to tracks you also make it faster. More freight and passengers find their way to rail. More jobs are produced in renewable energy. People living near trains get a cleaner and quieter environment. Traffic is lessened on highways, reducing accidents, deaths, injuries, and wear and tear on the roads. Electric trains cost less, take less maintenance, and last longer. Regenerative braking can produce still more power.

This is a solution to air pollution, but its benefits just keep piling up. Electric rail is like the hemp of infrastructure. Faster, more efficient trains would take freight from trucks and planes, and people from planes and cars. Electric trains start and stop more quickly and can run more closely together than diesel trains. They run better on grades. They can run much faster than current U.S. trains on existing upgraded tracks. Restoring or adding double tracks provides three to four times the capacity of a single track.

Unless you're going all the way across the United States, for any shorter distance trip, a fast train from downtown to downtown is going to look mighty appealing when the alternative is a plane ride that involves: traveling to an exurban airport, being treated like a terrorism suspect, waiting hours, flying to an out-of-the-way city to wait additional hours switching planes, never being sure you'll be on time, buying much more expensive tickets, squeezing into a tiny seat with no chance to walk around, airplane food instead of a dining car, lousy internet, obnoxious announcements, and the knowledge that you're contributing mightily to the destruction of the earth's climate.

The Guy Who Went Viral from Presidential Debate Works for Coal Company Opposed to Climate Regulations

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

After Kenneth Bone asked a question about energy to presidential nominees Donald Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton at the presidential town hall debate on October 9, he quickly became a viral internet sensation.

That evening at Washington University in St. Louis, Bone asked, "What step will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?"

Focus: Clinton Foundation and Haiti - Oct 11, 2016


'FOBs': How Hillary's State Dept. gave special attention to 'Friends of Bill' after Haiti quake - ABC News


In Haiti, a factory where big money, State Department and the Clintons meet - ABC News


State Dept admits having list of Bill Clinton’s ‘friends', denies preferential treatment - freebeacon.com


VIDEO: State Dept. admits having list of Bill Clinton's ‘friends', denies preferential treatment - YouTube


Clinton Foundation statement in response to ABC questions and a request to interview Bill Clinton on the subject of Haiti - ABC News


Statement by former president of Haitian senate on new reports of Clinton corruption in Haiti - Donald J Trump for President


Clinton Foundation head declines questions about Congressional request for all communications between foundation and State Dept - PJ Media


Clinton Foundation critics revive scrutiny of Haiti failures in hurricane Matthew aftermath - Washington Examiner


Clinton Foundation asks Haiti hurricane donations, outraged Twitter users lose it - Haiti Sentinel


After hurricane Matthew Haitians fear Clintons will ‘scam’ them again (VIDEO) - WND


With all eyes on Haiti, its diaspora in Florida could swing a close election - Huffington Post


Financial analyst Charles Ortel: Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation refuse to account, in granular and verified fashion, for any of billions of dollars raised to help Haiti - Huffington Post


VIDEO: How the Red Cross, Clinton Foundation, foreign aid amplified devastating impact of hurricane in Haiti - Atlanta Black Star


VIDEO: Bill Clinton's trade policies destroyed Haitian rice farming, now Haiti faces post-hurricane famine - Democracy Now!


ARCHIVE: How the Clintons hurt Haiti - GOP


ARCHIVE: Clintons pushed most wasteful of U.S.-funded Haiti projects - Judicial Watch


ARCHIVE: Explosive charges on the Clintons exploiting Haiti aid funds - americanthinker.com


ARCHIVE: Dinesh D’Souza on the Clinton Foundation: How the Clinton Foundation got rich off poor Haitians - National Review


ARCHIVE: How Hillary Clinton undercut women in Haiti apparel industry, The US Embassy worked with corporate interests to keep the minimum wage low - Haiti Sentinel


VIDEO ARCHIVE: VICE documentary: The Haiti money pit, how the Clinton Foundation ripped off the country - VICE


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Andrew Schwartz: How Clinton's billionaire friends profited from the Haiti disaster relief - YouTube


ARCHIVE: Clinton e-mails point to US intervention in 2010 Haiti elections - The Center for Economic and Policy Research


ARCHIVE: The corrupt Clinton Foundation in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in India - The Daily Caller


ARCHIVE: Joint report to PNG Police Commissioner and PNG Ombudsman regarding Clinton Foundation frauds in Papua New Guinea HIV/AIDS Initiative - Michael Smith News


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Russia: Fly Over Syria at Your Own Risk

Russia Reads US Bluster as Sign of War

 

 


 

 

Editor Note: As U.S. politicians and pundits have fun talking tough about Russia and demonizing President Putin, they are missing signs that Moscow isn’t amused and is preparing for actual conflict.

By Ray McGovern

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Talk Nation Radio: Ann Wright on the Women's Boat to Gaza and Being Kidnapped by Israel in International Waters

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Ann Wright is a retired U.S. State Department official and army colonel who resigned in 2003 in protest of the war on Iraq. She's just returned from another attempt to reach Gaza by sea.

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Delusions of Worthy Wars

Fifteen years ago, on October 19th 2001, Donald Rumsfeld addressed B-2 bomber crews at Whiteman AFB in Missouri, as they prepared to fly halfway across the world to wreak misdirected vengeance on the people of Afghanistan and begin the longest war in U.S. history.  Rumsfeld told the bomber crews, “We have two choices. Either we change the way we live, or we must change the way they live.  We choose the latter.  And you are the ones who will help achieve that goal.”

 

Focus: United States and Russia - Oct 10, 2016


Russia says U.S. actions threaten its national security, Lavrov: 'Russophobia now lies at the heart of U.S. policy' - Reuters


Russian Foreign Minister says US is not fighting Al-Nusra in Syria - Sputnik


Mikhail Gorbachev warns world is at 'dangerous point' amid US-Russian face off over Syria - Telegraph


Russia to build permanent Syrian naval base in Tartus, eyes other outposts - Reuters


Russia to equip navy base in Syria’s Tartus with air defense, anti-sub systems - Sputnik


Russia sends cruise missile ships to Mediterranean - IHS Jane's 360


Russian parliament ratifies indefinite deployment of air force in Syria - Sputnik


Exclusive: Russia builds up forces in Syria, Reuters data analysis shows - Reuters


How scary is the Russian S-400 SAM?, It is the most capable and lethal long-range air defense missile system on the planet - Fighter Sweep


Not by stealth alone: Russian Corvettes to get ability to shoot down enemy jets - Sputnik


New Russian radars give the Pentagon headaches even before being fully deployed - Sott.net

 

Russia, China quickly forming ‘strategy of synergy' in Syria - Sputnik


India to propose to BRICS states creation of fund to restore Syria - Sputnik


Saudi Arabia, Qatar slam Egypt for supporting Russia's proposal for Syria truce - Egypt Independent


Egypt 'ready to agree' new Russian air base on coast - Middle East Eye

 

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At debate Trump, Clinton Spar on Russia As Moscow Ties Crumble - defensenews.com


VIDEO: Clinton: 'What is at stake here is the ambitions and the aggressiveness of Russia’; Trump: 'I think it would be great if we got along with Putin so we could fight ISIS together' - YouTube


U.S. government officially accuses Russia of hacking campaign to interfere with elections - The Washington Post


U.S. army chief issues stark warning to potential enemies, including Russia and China: ‘We will stop you and we will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before' - Military.com


Army chief: U.S. army’s dominance is being challenged by a belligerent Russia and rising China, Future war is ‘almost guaranteed’ - Association of the United States Army


VIDEO: U.S. army chief threatens war with Russia - YouTube


U.S. army leaders warn about Russia's bold moves in information warfare in a bid to to both degrade U.S. military power and damage its democratic institutions - nationaldefensemagazine.org


Army Secretary: Drawdown, Russia and ISIL stretch us ‘very thin' - newsmax.com


Experts: 'Prospects low' for direct US-Russia war, but ‘clashes possible in third states' - Sputnik


Russian experts: Words of US generals on war with Russia shouldn’t be taken seriously - TASS


The US air force just dropped two fake nukes, The tests in the Nevada desert come as tensions rise with Russia - Defense One


War hawks: US think tank already planning 10 ‘killer weapons’ of a US-Russia war - Sputnik


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Do Western Nations Care about Yemeni Lives or Saudi Blood Money?

 How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen since March 2015, or to the Saudi’s western backers, particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons, military training, logistical support and diplomatic cover for its dirty interventionist war.

I'm Headed to Alaska

David Swanson to speak in Fairbanks, Alaska, on "How we abolish the institution of war"

WHO: David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

WHERE: University of Alaska, Schaible Auditorium, Bunnell Building, 303 Tanana Loop, Fairbanks, AK 99775

WHEN: 7 p.m. on October 22, 2016

SPONSORS: University Peace Club and Alaska Peace Center

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  info@alaskapeace.org

WEBSITE: http://alaskapeace.org

FLYER: https://alaskapeace.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/swansonflyerfinal2.pdf

About Safe Zones in Syria

 

1) Safe zones should be established with the full cooperation of Russia which will consent to the location, extension and administration of the area; 2) They should shelter only refugees. No armed groups (both opposition and pro-government) allowed. The safe zone must not be used as as a base to launch attacks against the enemy. 3) A multinational UN peacekeeping force will administer the safe zones until free and fair (UN supervised) elections are held under a new Syrian constitution. 4) Islamic State or Qaeda attacks in the safe zones will be dealt with by US-Russia military operations under the Joint Implementation Center in conjunction with the UN peacekeeping force.

Syria News - Oct 6 , 2016


Moscow says U.S. strikes on Syrian troops jeopardize Russian servicemen, its air defense weapons stand ready to fend off any attack - Fox News


VIDEO (English Subs): Russian Defense Ministry warns US against strikes on Syrian troops creating a threat to the Russian military - YouTube


Lavrov hopes warmongers eager to attack Syria won’t gain upper hand in US - TASS


Lavrov: Russia 'ready' to cooperate with US on Syria ceasefire in multilateral formats - euronews


In Syria crisis, Russia expands alliance with Iran, increases missile presence - WSJ


3rd Russian Black Sea fleet ship leaves for Mediterranean to join anti-ISIS op - RT News 


Russia suspends nuclear agreement, ends uranium research pact with United States - Huffington Post


White House press secretary: Military action against Assad regime not in US interest but it cannot be ruled out - Sputnik


Department of State spokesperson: US discussions on military option in Syria continue despite Russia’s warning - Sputnik


Pentagon says it has the right to defend against Russian anti-air systems in Syria - Military.com

 

War hawks are sensing an opening in Syria - The Nation


White House may consider imposing sanctions on Russia over Syria outside UN - Sputnik


Germany considering a push for EU sanctions on Russia over Syria - WSJ

 

Marine Le Pen blasts EU leaders: 'You’ve done everything to bring down the government of Syria throwing the country into a terrible civil war!' (VIDEO) - theduran.com

 

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Syrian regime forces gain control of key Aleppo area - WPMT FOX43


VIDEO: The Syrian Army continues the large-scale advance inside the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo capturing Bustan al-Basha - YouTube

 

Assad warns rebels that unless they agree to a deal with the government, would have no option but to expel them from Aleppo - Middle East Eye


Assad accuses Western media of hushing up data on civilian casualties in Aleppo - TASS


VIDEO (English): Assad interview to Denmark’s TV 2  - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Assad interview to Denmark’s TV 2 – Syrian Arab News Agency


U.N. envoy De Mistura offers to personally escort al-Qaeda fighters out of Aleppo - CBS News


VIDEO: De Mistura holds press conference on humanitarian situation in Syria - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Press conference by UN Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura - ReliefWeb


Syrian Coalition to discuss De Mistura’s proposal with Aleppo rebel groups - etilaf.org


REPORT: The strategy of Jabhat Al-Nusra / Jabhat Fath Al-Sham in regarding the truces in Syria - Noria Research


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Keywords to add to all electronic communications: As the Surveillance Expands, Best Way to Resist is to Bury the NSA in Garbage

By Dave Lindorff

 

Word that Yahoo! last year, at the urging of the National Security Agency, secretly developed a program that monitored the mail of all 280 million of its customers and turned over to the NSA all mail from those who used any of the agency's thousands of keywords, shows that the US has become a total police state in terms of trying to monitor every person in the country (and outside too).

Tomgram: Engelhardt, This Is Not About Donald Trump

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Focus: The Hillary Clinton's FBI Investigation - Oct 5, 2016


Republicans blast FBI for 'astonishing' agreement to destroy Clinton aides' laptops - Fox News


VIDEO: Republicans blast FBI for 'astonishing' agreement to destroy Clinton aides' laptops - YouTube


Immunity deals stopped FBI from investigating BleachBit use in Clinton email case, search limited to emails written after June 1, 2014, but before Feb. 1, 2015 - Washington Examiner


Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch by four Republican committee chairmen regarding Clinton aides’ immunity - oversight.house.gov


House Oversight Committee ‘looking into' Clinton impeachment - yournewswire.com


Clinton spokesman defends lawyers' immunity agreements (VIDEO) - The Daily Caller


The FBI treated Clinton with kid gloves - WSJ


Cheryl Mills’s legal privileges, The evidence of a politicized Clinton probe keeps building - WSJ


Please tell me these FBI/DOJ ‘side deals’ with Clinton e-mail suspects didn’t happen - National Review


Book: AG Lynch had ‘secret' meetings at White House about email probe - Fox News Insider


Book: How Bill Clinton plotted to 'bushwhack' attorney general Loretta Lynch at airport and got a promise that Hillary wouldn't be prosecuted over classified emails - Daily Mail


AUDIO: Ed Klein reveals bombshell facts about Hillary FBI Investigation - Townhall


Judicial Watch: Hillary can be impeached & FBI Director Comey should be sued (VIDEO) - InvestmentWatch


Kaine's off: The FBI director isn't a Republican... anymore. - POLITICO


The hidden smoking gun: the Combetta cover-up - Clinton Email Investigation Timeline


Documents show Clinton server was plagued by breach attempts - Washington Examiner


State Department hands over 200 pages of Clinton Foundation emails - Washington Examiner


New emails: Top State and Clinton Foundation staffers tasked with boosting Clinton nonprofit around official trip to Ireland - LifeZette

 

Clinton filled State Dept. board with friends, family and donors - Washington Examiner

 

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DOJ abruptly drops case against arms dealer who threatened to reveal Clinton's Libya dealings - Fox News


Department of Justice intervenes to cover up Hillary Clinton's Libyan gunrunning - RedState


Whistleblower: Hillary killed Libya peace deal: Gaddafi agreed to hold free elections, but Clinton's refusal led to thousands of deaths, international migrant crisis and terrorism - Alex Jones' Infowars

 

In email the Clinton team lists all the actions that Hillary took credit for as the architect of the US intervention in Libya and Gaddafi’s toppling - thegatewaypundit.com


The extreme brutality unleashed by Islamic fighters who ousted Gaddafi with the backing of Hillary Clinton’s State Department and NATO is demonstrated in three videos (VIDEO) - WND


Clinton: 'I don't recall' proposing drone strike against WikiLeaks founder Assange - Washington Examiner


Internal White House intel corroborates details of Hillary Clinton’s proposed drone strike on Julian Assange - True Pundit


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A scandal that reveals more than it says: Yahoo Scanned All Users’ Mail for the Government

By Alfredo Lopez

 

If you are one of the approximately 280 million people with Yahoo email accounts, your email was scanned for content and possibly turned over to the U.S. government. Yahoo, on Tuesday, admitted that fact.

Koch Industries and Fracking Lobbyist Mike Catanzaro To Lead Trump Energy Team

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The Washington Post has reported that Mike Catanzaro, a former senior energy staffer for Republican Party House Majority Leader John Boehner with a track record of climate change denial, will lead Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump's energy transition team. 

Syria News - Oct 4 , 2016


Kerry says Russia 'irresponsible' to back Assad, America's strategy includes grounding Syrian and Russian aircraft in specific areas - Reuters


VIDEO: Kerry: Russia and Syria seem to have rejected diplomacy in the pursuit of a military victory - YouTube


VIDEO: White House spokesman Earnest: 'Everybody's patience with Russia has run out' - YouTube


Washington suspends coordination with Moscow, studies 6 options in Syria - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


US considering strikes on Assad again, but there’s little prospect President Obama will ultimately approve them - The Washington Post


U.S., UK, France, Italy, Germany to meet on Wednesday on Syria: Germany - Reuters


US military builds a new air base in Northern Syria - Sputnik


NATO to deploy E-3 AWACS to Middle East as early as October - defensenews.com


Inside the shadowy PR firm that’s lobbying for regime change in Syria - Alternet


Alert memorandum: Obama warned to defuse tensions with Russia by a group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials – Consortiumnews


Opinion: The Obama Administration’s suspension of Syria talks with Russia is the most dangerous development in a new cold war - The Nation

 

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Russia-US dialogue on Syria failed as Washington has no unified stance: Russian FM spox to RT - RT News


Lavrov: Russian-US deal on Syria ruined by advocates of military solution - Sputnik


Most groups US supports in Syria integral part of al-Nusra Front: Russian Defense Ministry - Sputnik


Russia: If not for our campaign in Syria, jihadist ‘black flags’ could be flying over Damascus - CNS


Russia slams UN Security Council resolution on Syria, says it singles out aviation where terrorists on the ground would be allowed to do whatever they want - DW.COM


Russia deploys advanced anti-missile system S-300 to Syria for first time, US officials say - Fox News


Russia Defense Ministry: S-300 missile system designed to ensure the safety of the naval base in [Syrian city of] Tartus and ships located in the coastal area - RT News


Russia sends more warplanes to a base in northern Syria to back the Assad air forces in the battle for Aleppo - Military.com


Duma to ratify unlimited Syria airbase agreement this week: MP - RT Russian politics


Damascus agreed & Russia is ready to send several thousands of special forces & other various units officers this month to Syria - Elijah J. Magnier on Twitter


Moscow counts on BRICS support for Russia's approach in Syria, summit will take place in Goa October 15-16 - Sputnik


Vladimir Putin exits nuclear security pact, citing ‘hostile actions’ by U.S. - The New York Times


40 million Russians involved in annual 4-day defense drills - RT News

 

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Syrian pro-government forces press attack on city of Aleppo - AP


Syria: Government tanks roll into rebel-held Aleppo - Al Jazeera


Syrian army, Kurdish forces liberate Syria’s Shkeif area in northwest Aleppo - Sputnik


Dialogue with armed opposition possible if bloodshed in Syria stops: Assad - Sputnik


‘Same people shedding crocodile tears over Syria, support terrorists in country’: Syrian amb. to UN - RT Op-Edge


Jane’s Defence Weekly: US and its allies (including Turkey and Saudi Arabia) use illicit arms trafficking to channel enormous shipments of light weapons to Syrian rebels - globalresearch.ca


Syria rebels draw closer to al Qaeda-linked group - WSJ


Turkey-backed rebel group in Syria joins jihadist alliance which includes al-Nusra, The group also received aid from the CIA until 2005 - ARA News


Russian expert says Syrian opposition wrecks talks in hope of aid from new US president in the person of Hillary Clinton - TASS


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We got 8 years of change, but not much hope: President Barack Obama’s Crappy Legacy

By Dave Lindorff

 

Barack Obama came into the White House on a wave of passionate new voters, many of them black or young and white, becoming the nation's first black president and promising a new era of "hope and change."

Clinton Tuition Plan Will Find Foe in Military

By Pat Elder

Military recruiting will face its greatest threat since the end of conscription in 1973 if Hillary Clinton’s plan calling for free in-state tuition is enacted into law. Already, recruiting has become extraordinarily tough for the Pentagon, thanks largely to generally improving economic conditions.  Meanwhile, the Pentagon has been noticeably silent on the issue and sticks to its narrative that youth sign up for patriotic reasons.

According to the Clinton website, “Tuition has ballooned out of control and has become increasingly unaffordable even at public colleges and universities.”   Tuition has risen by nearly half in the last decade at four-year public colleges and universities, after inflation, while family incomes have remained stagnant.

Under the Clinton plan, every student from a family making $85,000 a year or less will be able to attend a 4-year public college or university tuition-free. This threshold will increase by $10,000 a year every year over the next four years so that by 2021, all students with a family income of $125,000 will have the opportunity to attend college for free. Students will be expected to work 10 hours a week to help defray the full cost of attendance.

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The National Security Void

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Talk Nation Radio: Samantha Nutt on the Harm of Weapons Dealing and Investment

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Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor and a founder of the renowned international humanitarian organization War Child, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan.

Dr. Nutt is a respected authority for many of North America's leading media outlets. In November 2015, Dr. Nutt spoke at TED Talks Live “War & Peace” at The Town Hall Theater in New York, which aired on PBS on May 30, 2016. Dr. Nutt’s TED Talk can be viewed on TED.com:

http://www.ted.com/talks/samantha_nutt_the_real_harm_of_the_global_arms_trade

Dr. Nutt’s critically-acclaimed debut book, entitled Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid, was released by McClelland and Stewart Ltd. (a division of Random House) in October 2011 and was a #1 national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. 

For more information, see www.warchildusa.org or www.samanthanutt.com

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Focus: FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails - Oct 3, 2016


DOJ and FBI agreed to destroy laptops of Clinton aides with immunity deal: Lawmaker - Fox News


DOJ and FBI agreed to limit search of Clinton aides' laptops to documents created before Jan. 31, 2015 but not after - Daily Caller


Letter from the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte (R - Virginia) to Attorney General Lynch - judiciary.house.gov


Analysis: FBI made ‘side deals' to destroy top Clinton aides' laptops - Townhall


Republicans file complaint to DC Bar on Cheryl Mills, say she violated rule by serving as Clinton’s attorney during the FBI’s probe - Bloomberg


Complaint of the Republican National Committee with the District of Columbia Bar against Cheryl Mills - GOP


FBI Director Comey wants a ‘fresh look’ at Clinton emails after the election, but Trey Gowdy wants one now (VIDEO) - BizPac Review


It's time to impeach FBI Director Comey - GOPUSA


Ex-DOJ official: ‘Comey has to go’, Insiders say FBI director's errors in handling Clinton email case 'embarrassed' agency - WND


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Watch FBI Director James Comey say I dont know 20 times at the Congressional hearing on Hillary Clinton email investigation - YouTube


ARCHIVE: The case against James Comey, Not since Hoover has an FBI director shown such a lack of accountability - POLITICO


VIDEO: Trump says he'll reform the Justice Department's whose integrity has been 'severely questioned,’ just like ‘after Watergate' - YouTube


Questions raised about Clinton's computer technician, FBI’s notes from most recent interview with Combetta do not make reference to crucial March 31, 2015 conference call with Mills - Daily Caller

 

Judicial Watch: FBI used redacted documents to question Clinton aides - cnsnews.com


FBI Docs: Hillary deleted nearly 1,000 emails with David Petraeus - PJ Media

 

State Department admits it ‘lost' Clinton Foundation email - Breibart


It's alive: FBI files reveal how Clinton server was created in K Street lab - Fox News

 

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Under intense pressure to silence Wikileaks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed drone strike on Julian Assange - True Pundit


United Nations: Targeting Wikileaks founder with drone strike criminal violation of human rights - True Pundit


ARCHIVE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claims he’ll be killed by CIA DRONE if he leaves embassy (2015) - True Pundit


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UK Supreme Court Rules UK Government Engaged in Terrorism

By Chris Coverdale

An event occurred recently which may herald the end of Britain’s involvement in war. In a remarkable legal judgement the Supreme Court acknowledged that Parliament’s definition of terrorism appears to extend to the military activities of the UK Government[1].

“ action outside the United Kingdom which involves the use of firearms or explosives, resulting in danger to life … is terrorism… the definition would … appear to extend to military or quasi-military activity aimed at bringing down a foreign government, even where that activity is approved … by the UK Government.”

Letters to the 1% and the 99%


Gordie Fellman: Introduction

[Editor’s note: The next three posts in the Waltham Review are by Brandeis sociology professor Gordie Fellman.  This post is Gordie Fellman’s introduction to his two letters, a letter to the 1 percent and a letter to the 99 percent. The previous post is the Editor’s introduction to Professor Fellman’s posts in the Waltham Review]


I am a professor of sociology at Brandeis University and chair its undergraduate interdisciplinary program in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies.

There is no consensual agreement on the definition of sociology. Here is mine: Sociology is the discipline that allows us to locate sources and dynamics of unnecessary human suffering and ways to reduce it.

Toward that end, I work on both the structural level of analysis—social class, race, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality—and the social psychological level, asking what are humans’ inner dynamics that express complex inner distress and also link to cultural contradictions and pathologies.

My book Rambo and the Dalai Lama: the Compulsion to Win and Its Threat to Human Survival makes the case that humans have so far lived under the adversary paradigm, which takes victory of any sort as its goal. The alternative, the mutuality paradigm, prizes connection, cooperation, empathy, and compassion toward solving human and planetary problems together.

I am now completing a book called The Coming End of War, which offers a three part deconstruction of war, as well as several suggestions for how to come to terms with what war has been and how to move past it.

I have received various teaching and academic honors, none more precious to me than being designated as a very dangerous professor by David Horowitz, in his 2006 book The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. This label clearly refers back to a 2004 article in Horowitz’s FrontPageMag.com blog, where one of Horowitz’s associates attacks the peace studies program I chair at Brandeis as an example of the so-called “dangerous leftism of peace studies.”

Inspired by the now defunct Occupy movement, which started in New York five years ago this week, then quickly spread across America, I have, this election year,  written a Letter to the 1% and a Letter to the 99%, both of which are posted now on the Waltham Review.

Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, What Actually Keeps Americans Safe

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Need to Rein In the Pentagon to Give Peace a Chance

 

 


Obama Warned to Defuse Tensions with Russia

 

A group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials are warning President Obama to defuse growing tensions with Russia over Syria by reining in the demonization of President Putin and asserting White House civilian control over the Pentagon.

ALERT MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

SUBJECT: PREVENTING STILL WORSE IN SYRIA

Damned Nations, Cursed Arms Trade

Samantha Nutt has spent decades working on humanitarian aid in war zones. Her book, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid, is rich in wisdom drawn from experience. But more powerful and pointed, and worth beginning and ending with, is her talk titled "The Real Harm of the Global Arms Trade."

Nutt describes child armies across the global south including eight-year-olds who have never been to school but have fought and killed using automatic weapons. Yet, she says, war can be ended despite its being "as old as existence." (I think part of the path to ending it may involve rejecting myths like the one that war is as old as existence, but never mind that.)

Nutt describes a root cause of war that the wealthy of the world could easily eliminate, because it's not found in the "human nature" of Africans but in the financial records of educated, well-off, comfortable people typically not involved in war directly.

There are 800,000,000 small arms and light weapons in use in the world, Nutt says. There are places where you can get an AK47 for $10, and where you can get an automatic weapon more easily than a glass of clean water. (Of course it would cost a tiny fraction of military spending to provide the world with clean water -- $11.3 billion per year, says the U.N.)

Nutt shows two maps of the world, one highlighting the locations of wars, the other the locations of the big weapons exporters. There's no overlap. Like alcohol for Native Americans and opium for Chinese, weapons of war are products that the United States and Europe (and Russia and China) push on targeted populations. Eighty percent of all war weapons, Nutt says, come from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

Nutt shows two other statistics. One is that small arms sales are up three-fold in the past 15 years. The other is that deaths caused by them are up over three-fold in the same time. Arms shipped to Iraq and Syria are in the hands of ISIS, she notes. Arms shipped to Libya are in the hands of Boko Haram. Weapons' first stop is rarely their last.

So, Nutt concludes, what we need is "transparency" in arms sales. Ignore that bit. I know that even transparency is too much to ask of the U.S. government, but that doesn't make it an appropriate demand. What we need is an end to weapons gifts and weapons sales. Everybody knows the U.S. is selling Saudi Arabia weapons with which to blow people up in Yemen, boost terrorism, and destabilize the region. Knowing it doesn't help anything. And stopping it wouldn't make a single other weapons sale or gift to a single other nation, or to Saudi Arabia next month, morally defensible. There's no proper way to deal arms.

So, if you live in the United Kingdom, make Jeremy Corbin your prime minister. And if you live in any other wealthy northern country, bring nonviolent pressure to bear on your society and your rotten government to end the arms trade. If we can divest from Israeli war crimes and nukes, we can divest from the overarching evil, which is war. Nutt also suggests weapons divestment in her book, along with numerous suggestions for improving and expanding humanitarian aid.

Antiwar and pro-aid activists need to work more closely together. Antiwar groups need Nutt's wisdom on where to best direct aid. Nutt, in my humble opinion, could use a bit more understanding of what's wrong with war. That sounds ridiculous for me to say from the safety of my home as she travels from war zone to war zone, but citing six million Jews as the greatest killing ever done by war misses the problem. And I don't mean by omitting the three million non-Jews killed in the camps (though why omit them?). I mean the 50 million or more killed in the war outside the camps, a war justified in U.S. mythology by the deaths of the Jews, despite the U.S. and U.K. governments' refusals to evacuate them or accept them as refugees.

Perpetuating World War II myths in an antiwar book for Americans is as ill advised as any of the counterproductive amateur attempts at aid that Nutt critiques. (Never mind the reduction by ten fold of the number of Iraqis killed since 2003 in the statistic Nutt uses, or her repetition of the "erase the state of Israel from the map" line/lie, or her claim that arming Paul Kagame is an example of good weapons proliferation, or her claim that we couldn't know Iraq had no nukes or chemical or biological weapons until years after 2003.)

Nutt's focus is not on debunking propaganda for war but on providing aid. She claims that "the single greatest impediment to peace [is] the marginalization of women and girls." Really? I don't deny its significance. But the single greatest impediment? Just a few pages later, Nutt is recognizing NATO's interest in pretending to have a reason to exist as a cause of the violence she's discussing in Somalia -- a place that does not manufacture the weapons used in it and still wouldn't if it stopped marginalizing women. A few lines later, Nutt is describing how using militaries trained and armed for war to provide aid tends to produce, on the contrary, war. Not only does the U.S. invest many times more in war than in aid, but it ruins prospects for private aid organizations by destroying, as Nutt recounts in Somalia, the ability of aid groups to claim neutrality, and the ability of suffering people to trust the advice of foreign doctors.

Nutt writes as well as anyone on the topic of Western society's deep financial investment in war:

"The New York State Teachers' Retirement System, for example, has nearly $2 billion invested in weapons manufacture. When teachers start betting on a boom in weapons sales to see them through their golden years, it's time to load the trunk of the car with flashlights and soup cans."

Later, Nutt writes:

"Peace, development, and security will remain stubbornly out of reach for any civilian population choking on weapons fed to them by countries with eighty times their GDP."

That strikes me as right, and as grounds for putting our efforts into ending arms dealing.

Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:
https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12501

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
 
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
 
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
 
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

Find Events Here.

 

 

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