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Focus: The European Union - Dec 15, 2016

 

Note: I am a believer in the European Union. I think that it is an historical development, a political experiment to be replicated regionally in other parts of the world. Nowadays it is suffering difficulties like any emerging reality but it will ultimately succeed. As the 2016 has been a crisis year for the EU, the 2017 may set a relaunch of the initiative with new elections and changes looming.


EU agrees to extend Russia sanctions until mid-2017 over the turmoil in Ukraine - Reuters


EU fatigue over Russia sanctions shows as Putin reset looms - Bloomberg


Why the EU sanctions against Russia won’t last - Sputnik


Medvedev says EU food embargo remains in response to anti-Russian sanctions - RT Business

 

Federica Mogherini, top EU diplomat, says bloc is prepared for Trump - WSJ


EU foreign policy chief Mogherini speaks on Trump, Russia, Iran deal, Syria - WSJ


Kremlin: Russia not interested in ‘friendship’ with EU against U.S., In WSJ interview foreign policy chief Mogherini said the EU could 'line up with Russia’ to counter some policies of Trump - TASS


Ukraine will not join EU, Dutch are promised: Association deal not conferring to Ukraine candidate status, guarantees for military or financial assistance, or a right for its citizens work within EU - The Guardian


European Council conclusions on Ukraine, 15 December 2016 - EU Consilium


European Parliament votes for mechanism suspending visa-free travels for third countries, brings Georgia and Ukraine closer to visa-free EU travel - rferl.org


Visa-free regime for Ukraine? 'Another kind of danger Europe will have to face': The inflow of Ukrainian migrants to Europe will be a serious challenge to the European labor market - Sputnik


Kiev continues policy of economic and cultural detachment of Donbass from Ukraine: Russian envoy - TASS


Turkey will have backup plans if EU visa deal falls through, Erdogan says - Reuters


Turkey’s relationship with the EU is worse than ever - VICE News

 

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EU leaders plan military overhaul after pressure from Trump - WSJ


Europe’s defense spending and cooperation between their armed forces to rise as global threats proliferate - Bloomberg


EU investment bank to fund defense research: EU summit draft - Business Insider


EU Council draft summit conclusions - EurActiv.com


Website of the European Council, 15/12/2016 - EU Consilium

 

NATO to hold talks with Russia Monday: Stoltenberg - AFP

 

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Brexit: EU leaders to discuss UK's exit without Theresa May - BBC News


European Union's Brexit plans LEAKED: Shock report shows Brussels bigwigs will play hardball - Daily Express


UK confident of negotiating Brexit within two years: May's spokesman - Reuters


UK faces Brexit settlement bill of up to £50bn, Sky sources say - Sky News


Brexit trade deal could take 10 years, says UK's ambassador - BBC News


VIDEO: 'Lonely Theresa May' video at EU summit is Brexit in a nutshell, Footage of PM looking forlorn as EU leaders chat - The Guardian


Lloyd's of London plots EU shift to ward off Brexit threat - Telegraph


Greece snubs lenders approving Christmas bonus to pensioners as Europe divided, lenders suspend a deal to offer Greece short-term debt relief - Yahoo Finance


IMF and EU policymakers take Greece bailout spat online - ft.com


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Focus: Aleppo - Dec 14, 2016


Confusion over Aleppo evacuation as rebels say deal back on, however Syria's government source says ‘there is no agreement, the negotiations are ongoing' - France 24


Syrian rebels shell besieged villages in Idlib province which Damascus ally Iran is demanding to be evacuated before a ceasefire deal - Reuters


UN body says Aleppo rebels may be blocking civilians from fleeing Aleppo and using them as human shields - AFP


Russian Defense Ministry reports more than 360 gunmen lay down arms in Aleppo - TASS


Russian FM minister calls on the US to influence the units of the militant opposition backed by Washington - TASS


Damascus in close contact on military planning with Moscow and Tehran - TASS


Syrian leader Assad's Shi'ite allies helped him win in Aleppo - Reuters


Western media disinformation: Unverified Aleppo “on the spot” executions - Centre for Research on Globalization


U.S. may target heavy weapons seized by Islamic State in Palmyra, US general warns - Reuters

 

ISIS video claims to show abandoned Russian base in Palmyra with significant weaponry left behind - The Guardian


VIDEO: Abandoned Russian military base in Palmyra - YouTube


Obama waives restrictions on military support to foreign forces 'to combat terrorism in Syria' - ibtimes.com

 

Weapons can end up with terrorists now US military aid restrictions to Syria lifted: Kremlin - RT News


No complete confidence US arm supplies to Syria ‘can’t change hands’: State Dept - RT America


Interview with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on the bill to halt U.S. arms supplies to 'individuals and groups who are working directly with al-Qaida, ISIS ...and other terrorist groups' - NPR


Press Release: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduces legislation to stop arming terrorists - Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard


VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduces bill to stop arming terrorists - YouTube

 

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Aleppo: US ambassador Samantha Power blasts Assad, Russia, Iran over Syria atrocities at UN Security Council meeting - Haaretz


Russia ambassador Churkin to Samantha Power: You are not Mother Theresa, remember the role of US and allies in the creation of ISIS as a result of intervention in Iraq and Syria - RT


VIDEO: Ambassador Samantha Power's attack on Syria, Russia and Iran over deaths in Aleppo - YouTube


VIDEO: Russia’s UN Ambassador Churkin responds to Samantha Power on Syria - YouTube


VIDEO (Full statements): US Ambassador Power and Russia Ambassador Churkin at UN Security Council meeting on Aleppo - YouTube


Syria Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari: The Syrian government is innocent of the U.S. and western accusations that it has committed crimes in Aleppo - SANA


VIDEO: Syria Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari statement at the UN Security Council on Aleppo - YouTube


Senators McCain and Graham: Aleppo a ‘testament to our moral failure, everlasting shame' - Newsmax


New York Times editorial: Aleppo’s destroyers: Assad, Putin, Iran - The New York Times


Germany blames Russia over Syria, says sanctions still on table - sg.news


Russian Defense Ministry calls criticism over Aleppo ‘Russophobic hot air’ - themoscowtimes.com


Syria's Assad: Trump can be our natural ally to fight terrorism - Reuters


Assad: All Western aid for Syria sent to terrorist groups, not civilians - Sputnik


VIDEO (Full interview): Assad: West is telling Russia that Syrian Army went too far in defeating terrorists  - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Assad full interview - Syrian Arab News Agency


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VIDEO: Militarizing Police and a Policelike Military

C-Span Video is here.

Speakers:

Jamani Montague

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Jamani Montague is a student activist at Emory University, studying International Studies and Environmental Science. Her research interests include race theory, prison ecology, comparative politics and eco-colonialism. Jamani is the Prison Advocacy Coordinator for RootsAction.org, where she works closely with prisoners, the media, and legal activists to bring civil and environmental justice to those behind bars. She plans to pursue a PhD in Environmental Health Studies and eventually teach in universities and prisons.

 

David Swanson

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 and When the World Outlawed War. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

 

Leah Muskin-Pierret

Leah is an activist working on challenging U.S. militarism in the Middle East. She focuses on ending U.S. complicity in Israeli apartheid to make way for Palestinian liberation. She hopes to chip away steadily at the military industrial complex until that day when activists have all the resources they need and the military needs to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.

Miriam Pemberton
Miriam Pemberton

Miriam Pemberton is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She directs its Peace Economy Transitions Project which focuses on helping to build the foundations of a postwar economy at the federal, state and local levels. She co-chairs the Budget Priorities Working Group, the principal information-sharing collaboration of U.S. NGOs working on reducing Pentagon spending.

In addition to articles and opeds, her publications include two report series. “Military vs. Climate Security” compares federal spending on the two security domains, and argues for a shift of security resources toward mitigating climate change. “A Unified Security Budget for the United States” examined the balance of spending on military forces, homeland security and non-military foreign engagement and argues for a rebalanced security budget.

With William Hartung of the New America Foundation, she is co-editor of the book Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Publishers, 2008). Formerly she was editor, researcher and finally director of the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Focus: Russia - Dec 13, 2016

 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker to launch new Russia hacking inquiry, It will be the third Senate committee to dig into the issue - CNN


House Intelligence Committee Chair Nunes won't start new probe into Russian hacking - TPM


House Intel Committee Chairman Nunes: CIA report on Russia meddling conflicts with DNI testimony - Fox News


Devin Nunes’ letter to DNI James Clapper on the CIA's assessment that Russia sought to tilt the presidential election toward Trump - POLITICO


Congress can’t decide how to probe charges Russia aimed to help Trump - The Washington Post


Obama doubles down on Trump, blames Russia for hacking - New York Post


Top intel office not on same page as CIA regarding Russia hack assessment - Fox News


40 Electoral College members demand briefing on Russian interference, all are Democrats except one Republican - TheHill


Kremlin calls talk of Russian interference in U.S. elections ‘absolute nonsense’  - The Washington Post

 

CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm that first publicly linked the hacking to Russian intelligence, says cyberattack waged on Clinton campaign just days before vote - Yahoo News


Did the Russians “hack” the election? A look at the established facts - Ars Technica


Vladimir Putin "ready" to meet Donald Trump "any moment" but likely after innauguration - CBS News


‘West has been blaming Russia for everything, now there’s backlash’: Gorbachev - RT News


VIDEO: Gorbachev: "World needs Russia & the U.S. to cooperate" - CBS News


Excerpts from AP interview with Mikhail Gorbachev - US News


Syria rebels reach evacuation deal with government in Aleppo, fighters would be evacuated on buses - Al Jazeera


State Dept. unaware of Russia, Turkey deal on Syria cease-fire and a safe passage for rebel fighters looking to leave Aleppo - Washington Examiner


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Moscow sees Rex Tillerson as chance to end sanctions, reboot U.S. ties - WSJ


Priebus: Trump won't rule out lifting Russia sanctions - POLITICO


Tillerson visited White House often over Russia sanctions, advocated against them - Bloomberg


Exxon would win if Tillerson works to lift Russia sanctions - CNN


McCain again voices concerns about Tillerson's ties to Putin - TheHill


EU leaders to discuss extending sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, Merkel and Hollande back extending them - Reuters


Kremlin comments on Merkel, Hollande offer to extend sanctions against Russia: they lead to a deadlock, cannot facilitate solutions to any problems - TASS


Austrian Vice Chancellor repeats call for phasing out of anti-Russia sanctions - Sputnik


EU officials look into Rosneft sale for possible sanctions breach - Reuters


Japan says 'no deal' with Russia that undermines G7 sanctions - SMC


Russia's Putin says Western sanctions an obstacle to talks with Japan: media - Reuters


Putin: Disruptions of EU gas supplies via Ukraine possible - The New York Times


Sweden won't block Nord Stream harbor deals, but raises defense concerns - Reuters


Iran, Russia sign major deal on development of oil, gas fields - Tasnim News Agency


Russia's Rosneft takes part of Egyptian gas field for $1.6B - ABC News


Russia's biggest oil producer rises from slump, looks to 2017 - TheStreet


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Tomgram: Tim Shorrock, American Military Power in Asia and the Trump Factor

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Talk Nation Radio: Craig Murray: Russia Didn't Do It; Vincent Emanuele on Stopping Pipelines and Wars

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Craig Murray is an author, broadcaster and human rights activist. He was British Ambassador to Uzbekistan from August 2002 to October 2004 and Rector of the University of Dundee from 2007 to 2010. See https://www.craigmurray.org.uk

Murray explains that he has met the leaker of either the DNC or Podesta emails and that both sets of emails were leaked by one or more people at either the NSA or the Democratic Party, that Russia played no role at all.

Vincent Emanuele (pictured at right) joined the United States Marine Corps as a squad automatic machine gunner in 2002. After two combat-deployments in Iraq, he refused orders for a third and immediately began organizing with Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War. In 2008, Vince testified to Congress at the Winter Soldier Hearings on Capitol Hill, where he provided detailed accounts of war crimes, atrocities, drug abuse and sexual assault within the military. See https://www.facebook.com/vincentjr.emanuele

Emanuele is just back from Standing Rock and discusses environmental and antiwar strategy. This show contains half our discussion. The second half will appear next week.

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It Was LEAK, not hack

 

 


US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

 

 

 

As the hysteria about Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election grows, a key mystery is why U.S. intelligence would rely on “circumstantial evidence” when it has the capability for hard evidence, say U.S. intelligence veterans.

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

MEMORANDUM

Allegations of Hacking Election Are Baseless

Focus: The Pentagon - Dec 12, 2016


Trump targets F-35 program in latest dig on defense spending, The pilot's helmet alone could cost around $400,000 - WSJ


Government-spending watchdogs praise Trump for taking aim at F-35, the ‘plane that ate the Pentagon’ - newsweek.com


Trump floats lifetime ban on defense firms hiring military procurement officials, Met with deep skepticism within the U.S. defense establishment - Reuters


Trump attack on Lockheed Martin foreshadows war on defense industry, transition spokesman says 'we look to come up with better deals' - Reuters


Lockheed Martin says company already cut F-35 costs - Reuters


Lockheed shares fall after Trump tweets about F-35 jet costs - CBS News


Defense ETFs are under fire from Trump - ETF Trends


Defense experts warn of 'disaster' for Britain after Donald Trump suggests undoing 'out of control' F-35 fighter jet project - Telegraph


F-35 jets bound for Israel grounded due to their inability to take off in bad weather - CNNPolitics.com


'F-35s will help U.S. and Israel air forces operate more jointly and more effectively. Together, we will dominate the skies' - U.S. Dept of Defense on Twitter


Misleading F-35 answers drafted by Pentagon, testing chief says - Bloomberg


Oversight panel demands answers on Pentagon waste report - TheHill


Letter of House Oversight Committee members to Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Pentagon waste report - oversight.house.gov


U.S. GAO Report: Defense Business Transformation: DOD Should Improve Its Planning with and Performance Monitoring of the Military Departments - U.S. GAO


Congress creates new DoD Chief Management Officer, whose primary job will be overseeing and reforming DoD headquarters functions - FederalNewsRadio.com


Final NDAA trims civilian and military jobs in DoD - FederalNewsRadio.com


DoD stuck with too many acquisition reforms and not enough staff - FederalNewsRadio.com


Pentagon taking a more serious look at off-the-shelf technology, Buy technology that is already available rather than spend money a new one - nationaldefensemagazine.org


Washington Post editorial: The Pentagon can’t afford to sweep spending under the rug - The Washington Post


Senate passes annual defense policy bill, sending it to Obama for his signature - The Boston Globe


Ashton Carter essay: The Pentagon must think outside of its five-sided box - The National Interest


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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Yet Another Undeclared U.S. War

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Today, Pope Francis Issued the Catholic Church’s First Statement on Nonviolence—Ever

By Rev. John Dear

            Today, Pope Francis released the annual World Day of Peace Message for January 1, 2017, called “Nonviolence—A Style of Politics for Peace.” This is the Vatican’s fiftieth World Day of Peace message, but it’s the first statement on nonviolence, in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—in history.

            We need to make “active nonviolence our way of life,” Francis writes at the start, and suggests nonviolence become our new style of politics. “I ask God to help all of us to cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values,” Francis writes. “May charity and nonviolence govern how we treat each other as individuals, within society and in international life.  When victims of violence are able to resist the temptation to retaliate, they become the most credible promotors of nonviolent peacemaking.  In the most local and ordinary situations and in the international order, may nonviolence become the hallmark of our decisions, our relationships and our actions, and indeed of political life in all its forms.”

            In his historic statement, Pope Francis discusses the violence of the world, Jesus’ way of nonviolence, and the viable alternative of nonviolence for today. His message is a breath of fresh air for all of us, and offers a framework for all of us to envision our lives and our world.

False Flag; Shock and Awe: Who Cares

 

 


The Syrian-Sarin ‘False Flag’ Lesson

 

 

 

Editor Comment: Amid Official Washington’s desire to censor non-official news on the Internet, it’s worth remembering how the lack of mainstream skepticism almost led the U.S. into a war on Syria.

By Ray McGovern

A review of events leading to the very edge of full-blown U.S. shock-and-awe on Syria three years ago provides a case study with important lessons for new policymakers as they begin to arrive in Washington.

Life on Earth is Dying

On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever.

Scapegoating by the Political Right: A Mask for Privilege

Recently, many commentators have expressed surprise at the romance between the incoming Trump administration and the hate-filled ranks of racial, religious, and nativist bigots.

Focus: Donald Trump and Russia - Dec 11, 2016


Trump says Secretary of State candidate Tillerson’s ties with Russia is a ‘great advantage...he knows many of the players, and he knows them well' - New York Post


VIDEO: Chris Wallace asks Donald Trump: Why pick business exec Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State? - YouTube


GOP senators challenge Trump on Secretary of State prospect Tillerson's Russia ties - Fox News


McCain: Tillerson ties to Putin a 'matter of concern', the Russian president 'is a thug, bully and a murderer, and anybody else who describes him as anything else is lying' - TheHill


VIDEO: Interview with Sen. John McCain on Russia (Tillerson question at 5:55 min) - YouTube


Democratic Sen. Menendez Statement: ‘Reports that Rex Tillerson could be nominated to be our nation's top diplomat is alarming and absurd' - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez


Democratic Sen. Casey: Trump's potential Tillerson nomination raises 'serious questions about whether the incoming Administration will adequately stand up to Russia’s aggression' - The Morning Call


Statement of DNC Communications Director Adam Hodge (bottom of page): 'Trump's outrageous pick of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State...another victory for Vladimir Putin' - bustle.com


Behind the deep ties between Exxon's Rex Tillerson and Russia - CNN


What the Chinese think about Exxon's Rex Tillerson - Yahoo Finance

 

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Trump: Claims of Russian interference in 2016 race 'ridiculous,' Dems making excuses - Fox News


Senate Republicans join Democrats in calling for probe of Russian electioneering hacks - CBS News


McCain, Graham, Schumer, Reed joint statement on reports that Russia interfered with the 2016 election - United States Commitee on Armed Services


Trump, CIA on collision course over Russia’s role in U.S. election - The Washington Post


FBI and CIA give differing accounts to lawmakers on Russia’s evidence in 2016 hacks of American elections - The Washington Post


New York Times editorial: Russia’s hand in America’s election - The New York Times


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Focus: Russia and NATO - Dec 9, 2016

 

U.S. Senators urge Trump to take tough line on Russia - Reuters


Full text of the senators’ letter calling on pres.-elect Trump to stand against Russian aggression, support NATO, Ukrainian sovereignty - Rob Portman


Congress reassures Baltic representatives on NATO commitment - defensenews.com


Republicans ready to launch wide-ranging probe of Russia alleged meddling in the U.S. elections and its potential cyberthreats to the military - Chicago Tribune


Obama orders 'full review' of possible Russian hacking in US election - The Guardian


Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House - The Washington Post


EU, NATO cement 'transatlantic bond' before Trump takes office - Reuters


Joint press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini - NATO


European Defence Action Plan: Towards a European Defence Fund - European Commission


Opinion: US should redesign NATO and let Europe lead its defense - US News


NATO chief urges West to keep pressuring Russia over Ukraine - AP


Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the level of Foreign Ministers - NATO


NATO troops are to be put on heightened alert amid mounting tensions with Russia - Daily Mail Online


Pentagon awards $350Mln contract to integrate joint planning systems for NATO members - Sputnik


Montenegro's accession to NATO faces hurdle, White House and Pentagon support the Balkan state gaining membership but the Senate has yet to approve it and Trump could oppose it - The Guardian


Lavrov: NATO trying to drag Montenegro into alliance before Obama leaves office - TASS

 

Opinion: Lame duck Senate shouldn't ratify NATO's inclusion of corrupt, military midget Montenegro - Forbes


ARCHIVE: NATO supreme commander Wesley Clark overruled in Kosovo, General Jackson rejected his order saying: 'No, I'm not going to do that. It's not worth starting World War III' - New York Times


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Satellite images suggest that Russia appears to be preparing to permanently base its nuclear capable Iskander missile system in Kaliningrad - NPR


Russia’s buildup in Kaliningrad to test Donald Trump on NATO, U.S. calls Moscow’s moves to reinforce its territory between Poland and Lithuania ‘destabilizing’ - WSJ


Inside Russia's stronghold of Kaliningrad 'where World War Three could start' - Daily Mail Online


Russian Foreign Ministry refutes claims on militarization of Kaliningrad exclave - Sputnik


Putin sends a squadron of Russia’s new Su-35S fighter jets to the Finnish border - Daily Mail Online


Russia tests nuclear-capable drone sub that poses a major strategic threat to U.S. ports and harbors - Washington Free Beacon


Russia announces new drone sub that can mimic any other submersible vessel potentially fooling the enemy - SOFREP


US Navy searching for Russian submarines feared to have been sent after NATO warships - Daily Mail Online


Russian ambassador to Swedish television: ‘We have no plans whatsoever to invade Sweden’ - The Washington Post


Trump has Goldman Sachs rethinking Russia - Forbes


One-time Trump adviser Page sees business opportunities in Russia - Reuters


Vladimir Putin advised Oliver Stone on Snowden film - TV3 Xposé


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Black and Foreign Lives Matter: Ending Gun Violence Requires Ending War

Happy Human Rights Day, and what ever happened to the right to life?

We need to stop imagining that when wars come home to the land of their creators that the suffering created is something separate from war. And we need to stop imagining that racist cruelty at home doesn't fuel the distant wars.

Imagine a country in which people condemn gun violence and police violence while actively pushing for a new cold war with Russia or urging the bombing of Syria or cheering a string of drone murders and tolerating the expansion of the U.S. military presence to darn near the whole globe. Or a peace movement that condemns foreign drone murders while failing to focus on the higher number of murders creating by U.S. police officers.

Weapons dealing is an integrated global enterprise that feeds on racist, bigoted, violent, and macho ideologies wherever it can find them. Trying to defeat it with separate anti-gun and anti-war movements not united in their work won't succeed. Most of the guns are sold abroad, many of them deployed against U.S. fighters in the wars. Many gun owners' fantasies are closely related to war.

When local police are given weapons by the U.S. military and training by the militaries of the United States and other nations, and when they employ veterans of the military, which employs veterans of the police and prison industries in turn, demanding that the warlike behavior that results on our streets and in our homes be restricted to foreign wars will not work, not practically and not morally. It makes as much sense as a protester asking that an oil pipeline be rerouted somewhere else. The damage to the earth will still be done, no matter the route. Donald Trump says he'll have less war but more military spending. That's like having more ice cream to lose weight.

Military Recruiting in the United States, and Planning its Decline and Fall

This text is the foreword to a new book by Pat Elder called Military Recruiting in the United States.

Most people in the United States are far from aware of the full extent of military marketing, advertising, and recruitment efforts. We run into movies and comic books and video games and toys and school worksheets and science fairs and television shows and websites all the time that have been funded by and created in collaboration with the U.S. military. But we don’t know it. Or we know it, but we have so internalized the idea that the most expensive and extensive military the earth has ever known is simply normal, that we don’t think of its role in our educational and entertainment systems as in any way questionable. We don’t even think of the military’s marketing as being aimed at recruitment, much less ask each other whether that’s a good thing or being done in a proper way, or whether we ourselves should be forking over some $600 million a year just for the military’s advertising budget.

Focus: Aleppo - Dec 8, 2016

 

Obama and other Western leaders condemn Russia’s role in Aleppo’s ‘humanitarian disaster’, appeal for an immediate ceasefire - windsorstar.com


'No progress' as Kerry, Lavrov meet on Syria: US - AFP


VIDEO: US envoy to UN Samantha Power says Russia 'has walked away from diplomacy' on Syria - France 24


U.N.'s Egeland says U.S. and Russia 'poles apart' on Aleppo - Reuters


VIDEO: Statement of Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to Special Envoy for Syria - UN Web TV


Lavrov: Russia, US military experts, diplomats to meet in Geneva on Dec. 10 to discuss withdrawal of all militants from Aleppo - TASS


Lavrov regrets Obama administration continues unfriendly steps against Russia - TASS


Lavrov says US voiced regret over shelling of Russian hospital in Aleppo but somewhat hazily - TASS


Russian naval task force enters port of Tartus. What does this mean? - southfront.org


Agreement on Russian permanent naval base in Syria's Tartus is on final stage - southfront.org


Russian Special Forces actively participate in military operations in Syria, contributing to elimination of leaders of militants: Reports - southfront.org


Russia deploys military police to Syria - southfront.org


VIDEO: Russia deploys military police to Syria - YouTube


A rising star in the Russian military killed in Aleppo - The Daily Beast


Turkey sending 300 troops to reinforce Syria operation: state media - Reuters


Turkish border guards kill three Syrian Kurdish civilians - kurdistan24.net

 

Turkey launches humanitarian campaign for besieged Aleppo - hurriyetdailynews.com


Iranian-made drone involved in attack on Turkish soldiers in Syria on Nov 24 - hurriyetdailynews.com


50 Iranian students killed over the last three months in Syria, they volunteered to protect Shia shrines – Middle East Monitor


Up to 1,750 ISIS jihadists have returned to Europe, some with 'specific missions’ to carry out attacks, EU report warns - Daily Mail Online


Obama admits he underestimated Islamic State, says 'not on my intelligence radar screen' - Washington Examiner

 

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Syrian army's Aleppo advance slows but victory in sight - Reuters


Syrian Army fully control 50 neighborhoods in the eastern part of Aleppo that account for 70 percent of the territory - southfront.org


Ignoring last distress call from east Aleppo Assad vows to press on, says Aleppo victory will not end the country’s war - CBS


Lebanon cannot disassociate itself from the Syrian conflict, Al Assad warns - GulfNews.com


Full interview with President Assad: Failure of Western states and Turkey in the battle of Aleppo means transformation of the course of the war in Syria - SANA


Lavrov: Combat operations by the Syrian army have been suspended in eastern Aleppo because there is a large operation underway to evacuate civilians - Sky News


Govt forces liberate key district in Aleppo city, Al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda) requests safe passage - southfront.org


Kurdish forces liberate six districts of Aleppo from al-Nusra Front terrorists - Sputnik


Turkey says Syrian Kurdish YPG working with Assad's forces north of Aleppo - Reuters


Assad supporters see domino effect in Aleppo government win - Fox News


Rebels seek ceasefire with Syrian army closer to retaking Aleppo - Reuters


Syrian rebels pin hopes on Trump, hope that his hostility to Iran will offset his desire to improve relations with Russia - WSJ

 

Islamic State makes advances towards Palmyra killing atleast 34 Syrian soldiers: monitor - Reuters


MAP: Military situation in area of Palmyra on December 8, 2016 - southfront.org


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Tomgram: Nomi Prins, The March of the Billionaires

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Focus: The Pentagon - Dec 6, 2016


Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste, almost a quarter of its $580 billion budget spent on overhead and office operations - Washington Post

 

REPORT: The Defense Business Board’s 2015 study on how the Pentagon could save $125 billion - Washington Post


Congress wants hearing on Pentagon wasteful spending charges - TheHill


Chaffetz: Congress will ‘absolutely’ look at $125B in waste at Pentagon - TheHill


Pentagon plays down report on cost-cutting study, says it lacked 'specific, actionable recommendations appropriate to the department' - AP


Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work: 'There is this meme that we’re some bloated giant organization, though there is a little bit of truth in that … I think it vastly overstates what’s really going on' - Daily Caller


Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work’s response to The Washington Post - Washington Post


Defense Business Board recommends a 'disciplined effort to rein in costs and overhead’ at the Pentagon and warns against marginal piecemeal cuts, change must come as a result of 'major surgery’ - (ASMC)


REPORT: Focusing a Transition, Challenges Facing the New Administration: A report by the Defense Business Board - FederalNewsRadio.com


VIDEO: Defense Business Board's Bayer on transition priorities for the Trump administration - Defense & Aerospace Report


Donald Trump Pentagon pick Mattis made nearly $1,000,000 on board of defense contractor - ibtimes.com


ARCHIVE: Auditor finds U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, it lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up - Reuters


ARCHIVE: Donald Trump denounces wasteful Pentagon spending, vows great defense w/no additional spending - Reason.com

 

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Citing high cost, Trump says Boeing’s contract to build Air Force One should be canceled - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Trump accuses Boeing of doing a little bit of a number with new Air Force One - YouTube


Boeing said to offer talks on Air Force One after Trump tweets - Bloomberg Politics


White House: New Air Force One will benefit future presidents - TheHill


Pentagon chief arms buyer 'hopeful' that Lockheed F-35 block buy will proceed, it covers purchases of more than 400 aircraft - Reuters


F-35 crisis as Pentagon’s top weapon testing official warns plan to put unfinished $400bn fighters into service puts pilots at 'significant risk' - Daily Mail Online


Congress calls for a war games 'flyoff' between 40 year old A-10 and new F-35 jets - Daily Mail Online


Air Force grounds ‘combat ready’ F-35 over coolant line flaw - Bloomberg Politics


Yet another F-35 fighter catches fire, The incident did at least two million dollars in damage - popularmechanics.com


When pork flies: The F-35, the Pentagon’s $1.1 trillion flying money pit, is (sort of) ready for duty - Salon.com


The Pentagon is planning a new super rival to the troubled F-35 - The Fiscal Times

 

House lawmakers push for more F-35 funding in FY17 budget - defensenews.com


ARCHIVE: Flawed F-35 is too big to kill, it counts 1,300 suppliers in 45 states supporting 133,000 jobs - Bloomberg


Pentagon's top tester: Littoral ships 'have a near-zero chance of completing a 30-day mission' - Washington Examiner


Acquisition Chief: Littoral Combat Ship program ‘broke' the Navy, is costing taxpayers billions more than budgeted - Military.com


VIDEO: Congressional hearing focuses Navy's use of Littoral Combat Ships - C-SPAN.org


Navy's troubled Littoral Combat Ship at crossroads, GAO says - Stripes


REPORT: Littoral Combat Ship and Frigate: Congress Faced with Critical Acquisition Decisions - U.S. GAO


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Focus: Libya - Dec 5, 2016


IS loses Libya bastion Sirte in major blow to jihadists, almost seven months of fighting have left nearly 700 GNA fighters dead and 3,000 wounded - yahoo.com


US forces conduct 22 airstrikes against Daesh near Libya’s Sirte - Sputnik


With fall of Sirte IS down but not out in Libya, the group is likely to maintain a clandestine presence - Daily Mail Online


As fall of Sirte nears, female suicide bombers attack - US News


Abused, pregnant and behind bars: Women raped by IS are being held as suspects by forces of UN-backed government - Middle East Eye


Libyan forces capture 32 IS militants as they comb through last holdout in Sirte - Libyan Express


Last week Libya’s Tripoli saw worst militias clashes in 2 years - Inquirer News


Brigades from Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos operation denounce murder and kidnap in Tripoli - The Libya Observer


Tripoli clashes halted after clashing armed groups reached ceasefire - The Libya Observer


Op-Ed: Mediation stops Tripoli militia clashes only temporarily - digitaljournal.com


UN envoy Martin Kobler: Extremely alarmed by fighting in Tripoli, calls for calm - Libya - ReliefWeb


US urges armed groups to cease fighting in Libyan capital immediately - Sputnik

 

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Official: Haftar’s Libyan Army declares state of emergency, government institutions except for the house of representatives will suspend activities - Sputnik


Al-Gotrani proposes transitional government led by Haftar, Presidential Council shuns commenting - The Libya Observer


International community must be in contact with Beida (Tobruk) government if Libya’s problems are to be solved says its foreign minister Mohamed Dayri - libyaherald.com


Haftar's Libyan National Army forces threaten to bomb Canadian ship delivering aid to Islamist held area - digitaljournal.com


UN envoy Martin Kobler departs Tobruk after being prevented from going into city by protesters - The Libya Observer


Libya outgoing ambassador Dabbashi bows out of UN with bitter attack on UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler - libyaherald.com


Interview with UN envoy Kobler on Libya - libyaherald.com


Kerry and Gentiloni confirm working with regional states that have influence on the two main sides in Lybia: Egypt, the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia - libyaherald.com


Chairs the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: 'the status quo in Libya is unsustainable’ - Sunshine State News


Moscow wants Hafter involved in political process but will not give him arms, says it has political and economic interests in Libya 'but not military interests' - libyaherald.com


Will Egypt intervene in Libya? - Libya Prospect


A shift on policy towards Libya? On abandoning efforts to create a Libyan unity government and instead lending support to the Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar - atlanticcouncil.org


Libya sticks to plans to boost output by 50 per cent after OPEC deal - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide


Libyan oil has to be depoliticized and demilitarized: NOC chairman Sanalla - libyaherald.com


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