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Dear Libertarians: The Radical Violent Revolutionaries Are Winning

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

This may be a shock to those who have heard me say, in some of me less than kindler, gentler moments, that Libertarians are Ayn Randian Regressives who more often that not parrot faux liberty talking points literally spoon fed them by some Koch Brothers inspired think tank, talking points that in fact serve as a pillar that upholds the empire of the ruling elite even as they espouse to tear it down. The truth is, however this view ignores the fact that on the surface, we agree on many issues- Libertarians and I.

 

Pay No Attention to the Apocalypse Behind the Curtain

By David Swanson, Remarks in London, England, July 2, 2014.

Thank you to Bruce Kent and the Movement for the Abolition of War and to Veterans For Peace and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Thank you to the Stop the War Coalition and everyone else for helping spread the word.

In 8 days, on July 10th Mary Ann Grady-Flores, a grandmother from Ithaca, NY, is scheduled to be sentenced to up to one year in prison.  Her crime is violating an order of protection, which is a legal tool to protect a particular person from the violence of another particular person.  In this case, the commander of Hancock Air Base has been legally protected from dedicated nonviolent protesters, despite the protection of commanding his own military base, and despite the protesters having no idea who the guy is.  That's how badly the people in charge of the flying killer robots we call drones want to avoid any questioning of their activity entering the minds of the drone pilots.

Last Thursday a place in the U.S. called the Stimson Center released a report on the new U.S. habit of murdering people with missiles from drones.  The Stimson Center is named for Henry Stimson, the U.S. Secretary of War who, prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor wrote in his diary, following a meeting with President Roosevelt: "The question was how we should maneuver them into the position of firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves. It was a difficult proposition." (Four months earlier, Churchill had told his cabinet at 10 Downing Street that U.S. policy toward Japan consisted of this: "Everything was to be done to force an incident.")  This was the same Henry Stimson who later forbid dropping the first nuclear bomb on Kyoto, because he'd once been to Kyoto. He'd never visited Hiroshima, much to the misfortune of the people of Hiroshima.

I know there's a big celebration of World War I going on over here (as well as big resistance to it), but in the United States there's been an ongoing celebration of World War II for 70 years. In fact, one might even suggest that World War II has continued in a certain way and on a lesser scale for 70 years (and on a greater scale in particular times and places like Korea and Vietnam and Iraq).  The United States has never returned to pre-World War II levels of taxes or military spending, never left Japan or Germany, has engaged in some 200 military actions abroad during the so-called post-war era, has never stopped expanding its military presence abroad, and now has troops permanently stationed in almost every country on earth.  Two exceptions, Iran and Syria, are regularly threatened.

So it is altogether appropriate, I think, that it was the Stimson Center that released this report, by former military officials and military-friendly lawyers, a report that included this rather significant statement: "The increasing use of lethal UAVs may create a slippery slope leading to continual or wider wars." 

At least that sounds significant to me. Continual wars? That's a pretty bad thing, right?

Also last week, the U.S. government made public a memo in which it claims the right to legally murder a U.S. citizen (never mind anybody else) as part of a war that has no limit in time or space.  Call me crazy, but this seems serious.  What if this war goes on long enough to generate significant enemies? 

Last year the United Nations released a report that stated that drones were making war the norm rather than the exception.  Wow.  That could be a problem for a species of creatures who prefer not being bombed, don't you think?  The United Nations, created to rid the world of war, mentions in passing that war is becoming the norm rather than the exception.

Surely the response to such a grave development should be equally significant. 

We've grown habituated, I think, to reading reports that say things like "If we don't leave 80% of known fossil fuels in the ground we're all going to die, and lots of other species with us," and then experts recommend that we use more efficient light bulbs and grow our own tomatoes.  I mean we've become used to the response not remotely fitting the crisis at hand.

Such is the case with the UN, the Stimson Center, and a good crowd of humanitarian law experts, as far as I can tell.

The Stimson Center says of murders by drone, they should be "neither glorified not demonized."  Nor, apparently, should they be stopped.  Instead, the Stimson Center recommends reviews and transparency and robust studies.  I'm willing to bet that if you or I threatened massive continual or widening death and destruction we'd be demonized.  I'm willing to bet the idea of our being glorified wouldn't even come up for consideration.

The United Nations, too, thinks transparency is the answer.  Just let us know whom you're murdering and why. We'll get you the forms to do a monthly report.  As other nations get in on this game we'll compile their reports and create some real international transparency. 

That's some people's idea of progress.

Drones are, of course, not the only way or -- thus far -- the most deadly way the U.S. and its allies wage wars.  But there is this minimal pretense of ethical discussion about drones because drone murders look like murders to a lot of people.  The U.S. president goes through a list of men, women, and children on Tuesdays, picks whom to murder, and has them and anyone standing too close to them murdered -- although he also often targets people without knowing their name.  Bombing Libya or anywhere else looks less like murder to many people, especially if -- like Stimson in Hiroshima -- they've never been to Libya, and if numerous bombs are all supposedly aimed at one evil person whom the U.S. government has turned against.  So, the United States goes through something like the 2011 war on Libya that has left that nation in such a fine state without it occurring to any military-friendly think tanks that there's an ethical question to be pondered.

How, I wonder, would we talk about drones or bombs or so-called non-combat advisors if we were trying to eliminate war rather than ameliorate it?  Well, I think that if we saw the complete abolition of war as even our very distant goal, we'd talk very differently about every type of war today.  I think we'd stop encouraging the idea that any memo could possibly legalize murder, whether or not we'd seen the memo.  I think we'd reject the human rights groups' position that the U.N. Charter and the Kellogg-Briand Pact should be ignored.  Rather than considering the illegality of tactics during a war, we'd object to the illegality of the war itself.  We wouldn't speak positively of the United States and Iran possibly joining hands in friendship if the basis for such a proposed alliance was to be a joint effort to kill Iraqis. 

In the U.S. it's not unusual for peace groups to focus on 4,000 dead Americans and the financial costs of the war on Iraq, and to steadfastly refuse to mention a half-million to a million and a half Iraqis killed, which silence has contributed to most Americans not knowing what happened.  But that's the strategy of opponents of some wars, not opponents of all wars.  Depicting a particular war as costly to the aggressor doesn't move people against war preparations or rid them of the fantasy that there could be a good and just war in the days ahead.

It's common in Washington to argue against military waste, such as weapons that don't work or that the Pentagon didn't even ask Congress for, or to argue against bad wars that leave the military less prepared for other possible wars.  If our project was aimed ultimately at war's elimination, we'd be against military efficiency more than military waste and in favor of an ill-prepared military unable to launch more wars.  We'd also be as focused on keeping young people out of the military and militarism out of school books as we are on preventing a particular batch of missiles from flying.  It's routine to profess loyalty to soldiers while opposing their commanders' policies, but once you've praised soldiers for their supposed service, you've accepted that they must have provided one.  Celebrating World War I resisters, as I know some of you have been doing recently, is the sort of thing that ought to replace honoring war participants.

We may need to not just change our conversation from opposing specific war after specific war to discussing the ending of the whole institution.  We may also need to alter at least subtly every part of the conversation along the way. 

Instead of proposing that veterans in particular have earned our gratitude and should receive healthcare and retirement (which one hears all the time in the U.S.), we may want to propose that all people -- including veterans -- have human rights, and that one of our chief duties is to cease creating any more veterans.

Instead of objecting to troops urinating on corpses, we may want to object to the creation of the corpses.  Instead of trying to eliminate torture and rape and lawless imprisonment from an operation of mass-murder, we may want to focus on the cause. We can't go on putting $2 trillion a year globally, and half of that just in the United States, into getting ready for wars and not expect wars to result. 

With other addictions we're told to go after the biggest dealers of the drug or to go after the demand by the users.  The dealers of the drug of war are those funding the military with our grandchildren's unearned pay and dumping buckets of money into propaganda about Vietnam and World War I.  They know the lies about past wars are even more important than the lies about new wars.  And we know that the institution of war could not survive people learning the truth about it to such an extent that some people begin to act on that knowledge.

U.S. public opinion has moved against wars.  When Parliament and Congress said no to missiles into Syria, public pressure of the past decade played a big role.  The same is true of stopping a horrible bill on Iran in Congress earlier this year, and of resistance to a new war on Iraq.  Congress members are worried about voting for another war like Iraq, whether in Iraq or elsewhere.  Her vote to attack Iraq 12 years ago is the only thing that has kept us thus far from seeing Hillary Clinton in the White House.  People don't want to vote for someone who voted for that.  And, let's get this said early to our dear friends at the Nobel Committee: another peace prize will not help things.  The United States doesn't need another peace prize for a war maker, it needs what Bruce and so many of you have been working on over here: a popular movement for the abolition of war!

A number of peace activists have started up a new effort called World Beyond War at http://WorldBeyondWar.org aimed at bringing more people into peace activism. People and organizations in at least 58 countries so far have signed the Declaration of Peace at WorldBeyondWar.org.  Our hope is that, by bringing more people and groups into the movement, we can strengthen and enlarge, rather than compete against, existing peace organizations.  We hope that we can support the work of groups like the Movement for the Abolition of War, and that we can, as groups and individuals, work globally.

The website at WorldBeyondWar.org is intended to provide educational tools: videos, maps, reports, talking points.  We make the case against the idea that war protects us -- an outrageous idea, given that the nations that engage in the most war face the most hostility as a result.  A poll at the start of this year of people in 65 nations found the U.S. in a huge lead as the nation considered the greatest threat to peace in the world.  U.S. veterans are killing themselves in record numbers, in part over what they've done to Iraq and Afghanistan. Our humanitarian wars are a leading cause of suffering and death for humanity. And so we also refute the idea that war can benefit the people where it is waged.

We also lay out the arguments that war is deeply immoral, a first-cousin of and frequent cause of, not alternative to, genocide; that war destroys our natural environment, that war erodes our civil liberties, and that just transferring a bit of what we spend on war to something useful would make us beloved rather than feared around the world.  One and a half percent of what the world spends on war could be spent to end starvation on earth.  War has taken 200 million lives over the past century, but the good that could be done with the resources dumped into war far outstrips the evil that could be avoided by ending war.  For one thing, if we quickly redirected war's resources we'd have our best shot at doing something to protect the climate of the planet.  That our concept of "defense" doesn't include that illustrates how far we've gone toward accepting the inevitability of what is after all the perfectly avoidable and perfectly horrible and completely indefensible institution of war.

Having accepted war, we try for cheaper wars, better wars, even more one-sided wars, and what do we get?  We get warnings from respectable war supporters that we're beginning to make war the norm and risking continual warfare. 

On the one hand this is a case of unintended consequences to rival those who sought the truth about god's creation and ended up with the guy who's on the money around here, Charles Darwin.  On the other hand it's not unintended at all.  A professor at Stanford University has just put out a book arguing that war is so good for us that we must always keep it going.  That strain of thought courses through the veins of our military funded academia and activism. 

But that kind of thinking is increasingly unpopular, and this may be the moment in which to expose it, denounce it, and crystallize into action the growing popular sentiment against war, and the realization into which we've stumbled that particular wars can be prevented, and if particular wars can be prevented then each and every one of them can be prevented.  I look forward to working on that project, with the urgency it demands, and together with all of you.

Lavrov Elbows Kerry Out

 

 


The Risk of a Ukraine Bloodbath

 

 

Editor Note: Pressured by neocons and the mainstream U.S. media, the Obama administration is charting a dangerous course by seeking a military solution to Ukraine’s political crisis and possibly provoking Moscow to intervene to protect ethnic Russians.

By Ray McGovern

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko – by thumbing his nose at the leaders of Russia, Germany and France as they repeatedly appealed to him to renew the fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine – has left himself and his U.S. patrons isolated, though that’s not the version of the story that you’ll read in the mainstream U.S. press.

American Revolutionaries | Acronym TV 009

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

Adam Kokesh, who recently served four months in prison in connection with an Independence Day incident in which he videotaped himself loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza, near the White House, sits down with Dennis to discuss Libertarianism, performance art in protest, and the book he wrote in prison, Freedom.

Yet another step toward a police state: FaceBook Experiments with Manipulating Your Mind

By Alfredo Lopez

 

How does the news on the Internet make you feel?

Ukraine News - July 2, 2014


Ukraine relaunches attack on rebels after failed truce - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Ukraine’s Poroshenko announce end of ceasefire, vows to attack rebels - Reuters


VIDEO: Ukraine attacks separatists after truce fails - Al Jazeera


Ukraine retakes border crossing from rebels as Poroshenko goes on attack - The Guardian


Pro-Russian rebels capture police HQ in Ukraine - The Seattle Times


VIDEO: Bus blasted in Ukraine's Kramatorsk, at least 4 dead - YouTube


VIDEO: Kramatorsk. Mortar shelling. Video surveillance cameras - LiveLeak.com


Crew of Russian TV journalists come under mortar fire in Ukraine, Three were killed within the past month - ITAR-TASS


Slavyansk blacked out as a result of warfare in eastern Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Interview with separatist military commander Strelkov, talks about alleged chemical attack of Ukrainian military - YouTube


Bill on constitutional changes in Ukraine not foreseeing de-centralization promised by Poroshenko: Party of Regions - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Donetsk Peoples Republic intends to leave Ukraine's jurisdiction and integrate with Customs Union - The Voice of Russia


Donetsk Peoples’ Republic may nationalize Akhmetov’s enterprises - A Socialist in Canada


Richest Ukrainian Akhmetov Walks $13 Billion Tightrope - Businessweek


Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine, looks west as war next door imperils its Russian market - The Washington Post


Turchynov Deems Possible Dissolution Of Communist Party Faction After Parliament Procedural Regulations Changed - Ukranian News


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Putin Accuses Ukraine Leader Poroshenko of Shunning Road to Peace - VOA


Putin to West: Stop turning world into 'global barracks,' dictating rules to others - RT News


Top 10 takeaways from Putin's foreign policy speech - RT News


Russia could not afford to let NATO troops arrive in Sevastopol to radically change the balance of force in the Black Sea: Putin - Itar-Tass


VIDEO (English): Full Putin's foreign policy speech - YouTube


POLL: Poll Shows Russian Support for Arming Separatist Militants in Ukraine - atlanticcouncil.org


NATO chief Breedlove to move forces from U.S. to Europe to respond to Russia in Ukraine - McClatchy DC


Excerpts of NATO chief Breedlove speech: Russian actions bring Europe to decisive point - U.S. Air Force


VIDEO: NATO General Breedlove Blames Russia for Rising Tensions - VOA


NATO defensive measures excessive: Russia’s ambassador - ITAR-TASS


State Department reiterates the US' support to Ukraine through Poroshenko's end to the country's cease-fire with the pro-Russian separatists - KUNA


VIDEO: State Department press briefing on Ukraine - YouTube


U.S. choice of new ambassador to Russia may cause chill in relations - Russia Beyond The Headlines

 

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I'm Speaking in England This Week and You're Invited

David Swanson from the Coordinating Committee of WorldBeyondWar.org will be visiting London from the United States on July 2nd before heading up to speak in Northern England with CAAB.org.uk on the Fourth of July.  Swanson is an author whose books include: War No More: The Case for Abolition (2013), War Is A Lie (2010), When the World Outlawed War (2011), and The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012). See http://davidswanson.org

LONDON:
July 2, 2014, 8:00 p.m., Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holburn.
David Swanson from WorldBeyondWar.org
Also speaking: Ben Griffin of Veterans For Peace UK (http://veteransforpeace.org.uk) Ben is a former SAS soldier who refused to return to Iraq in 2005. He is now the coordinator of Veterans For Peace UK.
Hosted by London Region Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (http://cnduk.org) Chair: Jim Brann
Organized by Movement for the Abolition of War (http://abolishwar.org.uk)
RSVP to Bruce Kent brucek@uk2.net

NSA MENWITH HILL BASE:
July 4, 2014, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Annual Independence FROM America Demonstration at the main entrance to NSA Menwith Hill HG1 4QZ.

Speakers: Caroline Hughes, David Swanson, Annie Machon
Learn more: http://caab.org.uk

Meme with Wings: Are Western Anti-Fracking Activists Funded by Putin's Russia?

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

At a June 19 speaking event at London's Chatham House, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen claimed the Russian government is covertly working to discredit hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the west from afar.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Iraq News - July 1, 2014


U.S. sends 300 more troops, helicopters and drones to Iraq, consider second operations centre in the autonomous Kurdish region - Yahoo News


Pentagon says the U.S. military is directing up to 40 unmanned and manned aircraft missions per day in and around Baghdad - World Tribune


US Rushes Hellfires to Iraq, Trying to Rebuild Arsenal - From ABC News


Iraq’s bid to regain Tikrit: armed US drones enlisted to keep militants at bay - The Australian


Russian Jets and Experts Sent to Iraq to Aid Army - NYTimes.com


Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki: Russian jets will turn tide - BBC News


Bomb ISIS Or We'll Ask Iran To Do It, Top Iraqi Politician Warns United States - huffingtonpost.co.uk


US to co-operate with Iran for countering ISIS militants: military chief - DAWN.COM


Saudi King Tells Kerry He Will Press Sunnis To Join Iraq Government - Gulf Business


Iraq crisis: US steps up drone flights amid intelligence blame game - The Independent


CIA let Iraq spy network wither after troop withdrawal, officials claim - Fox News


Former Marine Corps Adviser: The Current Chaos In Iraq 'Was Totally Predictable' - Business Insider


WikiLeaks: PM Barzani Had Warned US of Current Iraq Crisis - Rudaw


Opinion: US Intelligence Failure in Iraq - huffingtonpost.com


How 2 shadowy ISIS commanders designed their Iraq campaign - Merced Sun-Star


In Iraq and Syria, ISIS Militants Are Flush With Funds - NYTimes.com


Russia Asks UN to Stop Syrian Terrorist Oil Sales - ABC News


Blackwater threatened to kill US investigator in Iraq in 2007 -  NYTimes.com


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Sunni militants declare Islamic state in Iraq and Syria - Fox News


Full text of the ISIS announcement of Caliphate (English) - myreader.toile-libre.org


ISIS declaration of Islamic state threatens anti-Shiite Sunni alliance - Fox News


Syria rebels say IS caliphate 'null and void' - Yahoo News


ISIS Crucifies 8 Syrian Rebel Fighters, According To Human Rights Group - huffingtonpost.com


We will stand by ISIS until Maliki steps down, says Al-Suleiman leader of Iraq's Sunni biggest tribe - Telegraph


VIDEO (English subtitles):  Al-Suleiman leader of the tribal rebels speaks about the independent Sunni state - LiveLeak.com


Iraq Sunni group calls for autonomy in decentralized Iraq - Middle East Eye


Iraqi Shiites Fleeing ISIS Fear A Divided Iraq Would Leave Them Homeless - huffingtonpost.com


Kurds’ deputy PM Talabani calls for decentralised Iraq - FT.com


Barzani: Kurds will hold referendum in Kirkuk and other disputed areas on joining Iraqi Kurdistan - middleeastmonitor


VIDEO: Barzani says Kurdish Self-Rule in Kirkuk to Stay - Iraq Business News


Maliki's coalition: Kurdish annexation of Kirkuk is a declaration of war - middleeastmonitor


Turkey rejects Kurdish independence, wants Iraq unity government, officials say - Reuters


Maliki must not run for 3rd term: Muqtada al-Sadr Speech - Iraqi News


Prisoner Deaths Indicate Mass Executions By Iraqi Police - huffingtonpost.com


Iraq’s Christians See Putin As Savior - The Daily Beast

 

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Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form

As a Syrian rebel, I think the word or phrase that best describes me is:
A) Moderate
B) Very moderate
C) Crazy moderate
D) Other

Complete the form for your $500,000,000 in weapons here.

Talk Nation Radio: Ted Glick: We Must Block Exports of Fracked Gas

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-ted-glick-we-must-block-exports-of-fracked-gas

On July 13th a rally in Washington D.C. will seek to prevent the opening of a first U.S. facility to export gas from fracking.  See http://StopGasExports.org  We speak with one of the organizers of the rally, Ted Glick.

Ted Glick has devoted 46 years of his life to the progressive social change movement. He was active in the peace movement against the Vietnam war, was a founder and national coordinator of the National Campaign to Impeach Nixon and has been actively involved in progressive coalition-building and independent politics efforts since 1975. Since 2003 he has played a leadership role in the effort to stabilize our climate and for a clean energy revolution. He was a founder in early 2004 of the Climate Crisis Coalition, and he is currently  the National Campaign Coordinator of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. For three and a half months in the fall of 2007 he ate no solid food as part of a climate emergency fast focused on getting Congress to pass strong climate legislation. Over the course of his activist career, he has been arrested 17 times for acts of nonviolent civil disobedience, including five times between October, 2006 and  May 2010 on climate issues. Since 2000, he has been writing Future Hope, a nationally-circulated column of political and social commentary , accessible at http://tedglick.com

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Audio on Afghanistan and Iraq on the Coy Barefoot Show

GUEST: David Swanson, author, activist, and blogger. His books includes Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union and War is a Lie and When the World Outlawed War. Follow him on Twitter.

TOPIC: David reacts to the news that Bowe Bergdahl has been released— and that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue.

ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Friday, June 6, 2014.

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Ukraine Sovereignty? Schmovernty!

 

 


Who Violated Ukraine’s Sovereignty?

 

 

Editor Note:   The West has accused Russia of violating a 1994 pledge to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for its surrender of Soviet-era nuclear weapons. But the West’s political and economic interference might also represent a violation, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

By Ray McGovern

Did Russia’s annexation of Crimea on March violate the 1994 Budapest agreement among Ukraine, Russia, Great Britain and the U.S.? Specifically, in Paragraph One, Ukraine agreed to remove all nuclear weapons from its territory in return for a commitment by Russia, Britain and the U.S. “to respect the independence and sovereignty and existing borders of Ukraine?”

In Iraq, The U.S. is The Problem, not the Solution

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

The oil rich country of Iraq is facing a possible collapse.

Again.

Sunni militants, largely shut out of the new government installed by the U.S. after our illegally invasion and occupation are overtaking large parts of Iraq in a quickly developing story. U.S. foreign policy seems to lack the imagination to do anything but intervene militarily. How that intervention takes shape, whether it be in aid, advising, air strikes, boots on the ground, or the kind of shock and awe only a Nobel peace prize winning Commander in chief can deliver remains to be seen.

Joining Dennis on Acronym TV this week to discuss the situation in Iraq are Lila Garrett and Dr. Dennis Loo.

How is Harlem Like Afghanistan?

by Debra Sweet        Anand Gopal has written a fascinating book after learning Pashto and living in Afghanistan for 5 years. No Good Men Among the Living, through the stories of 3 Afghans, tells the tale of how the US quickly defeated the Taliban in 2001, and then so oppressed, alienated, and night-raided the population, that they revived the Taliban, and created thousands of indidigenous operators becoming enriched by US contracts.

Iraqis Are Not Abstractions

by Debra Sweet        Today, help on challenging how people in the U.S. are looking at "helping" Iraq:  Larry Everest writes in Revolution, More U.S. Killings and War Crimes in Iraq? HELL NO! today:

When you hear the commander-in-chief of the U.S. empire talk about freedom and giving people "the opportunity to forge their own future," here's what that has meant for the people of Iraq:

Exclusive: North Dakota Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

For the first time, DeSmogBlog has published dozens of documents obtained from the North Dakota government revealing routes and chemical composition data for oil-by-rail trains in the state carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale.

Hint of things to come in the US?: Profiles in Courage and Repression in Egypt and Pakistan

By Alfredo Lopez


As bad as things get for our movement in this country, we are not yet feeling the full throttle of repression and, if one needs a reminder of that and perhaps a profile of what's in store for us if we don't organize now, the situation facing Internet activists in the Middle East provides it.

The Great Human Delusion: All Parents Love their Children

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, there is a widespread belief that all parents love their children. This is not so. Many parents are so badly emotionally damaged as a result of their own childhood experience that they are not capable of loving their children. Moreover, the fear, self-hatred and powerlessness that characterise most humans means that parental violence against children is chronic even if one or both parents are capable of love.

Mapping Militarism

World Beyond War has created a set of online interactive maps to help us all see where and how war and preparations for war exist in the world today.  You can find the maps we’ve created thus far at http://bit.ly/mappingmilitarism and send us your ideas for more maps here.  We’ll be updating some of these maps with new data every year and displaying animation of the progress away from war or the regress toward more war as the case may be.

The following are still screen-shots of some of the maps available in interactive form at the link above.

spending

This map displays annual spending on war and war preparations. When you view the interactive version, the key at the bottom left is adjustable. Here the darkest color is set to $200 billion. You can raise or lower it. Or you can click on one of the colored squares and change the colors if you don’t like blue.  When you run the cursor over one of the countries on the interactive version it will give you details. You can also choose to see the same data as a graph without the map by clicking the full-screen symbol on the graph at the top of the page. Then you’ll see this:

spendinggraph

At the moment, the nation “United States” has been clicked on. The bar for the United States is noticably larger than for the other nations. It would be about twice as high if all U.S. military spending were included. But then at least some of the other nations’ would be higher as well. The data used here for the comparison across nations comes from a report called “The Military Balance” by IISS. By comparing, as well as possible, absolute spending dollars, it becomes clear that the U.S. military dwarfs all others. Maps and charts that show military spending as a percentage of GDP (of a nation’s economy) have their own use, but they seem to imply that if a government has more money if can buy more weapons without becoming more militaristic, that in fact it will become less militaristic if it does not buy more weapons.

Another way to look at spending on war and war preparations by national governments is as a per-capita figure. Perhaps nations with more people can make an argument in defense of more spending. Here’s a screenshot of that map:

percapita

The above map of military spending per capita has something in common with the basic spending map: The United States is still the darkest color. But China’s not a (very) distant second-place anymore. And the U.S. isn’t in first place anymore. It’s been edged out by Israel and Oman. And trailing right behind it are Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Kuwait, and the land of the Nobel Peace Prize: Norway, followed by Australia and the United (for the moment anyway) Kingdom.

Countries don’t just spend money on their own militaries. They also sell and give weapons to other countries. We’ve included a couple of maps displaying those nations that make the most weapons transfers to others. Here’s one, using data from the Congressional Research Service:

transfers

This just seems to be the United States’ night at the Oscars. But here the distant runners up are Russia, France, Germany, Italy, China, and the U.K. This gives us a different view of the weapons industries in these countries. They aren’t just arming their own governments. And they aren’t just arming wealthy allies either. Here’s a look at who’s arming poor nations:

poor

We decided it was worth a particular look at where all the U.S.-made weapons are being shipped to. Here’s that map (all nations colored the same if they received any major weapons systems from the United States in 2012). Click it to go to the interactive versions:

received

We’ve also included at http://bit.ly/mappingmilitarism maps showing who has how many nuclear weapons and who has biological and chemical weapons. They might surprise you.

There are also maps of which nations have troops right now in Afghanistan, which nations are experiencing wars at the moment, and which nations have recently been hit with missiles (most of them from drones).

Because the United States does things that other nations do not, there are a number of U.S.-specific maps. For example: Here are nations with U.S. troops permanently stationed in them. The interactive version will give you the details. The data is from the U.S. military:

ustroops

The above does not include special forces or the CIA or drone strikes. The few gray nations without U.S. troops permanently in them stand out, including Iran and Syria. Should Greenland be worried?

We’ve also included a map of U.S. military actions since 1945. It has quite a bit of color on it.

And we’ve included a series of maps indicating some level of national interest in replacing war with the rule of law. While the International Criminal Court is seriously flawed, it might be improved by greater membership, particularly by major war makers. Here is which countries are now members:

iccAlso available is a map of which nations are party to the long-forgotten treaty that bans war, known as the Kellogg-Briand Pact. That membership ought to be very surprising. There’s also a map of which nations have ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions banning the horrendously awful and murderous cluster bombs, a.k.a. flying landmines.

See if you find these maps useful, and let us know what you think is missing.

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Iraq News - June 26, 2014


Syrian warplane airstrikes targeting ISIS kill at least 50 in Iraq, authorities say - Fox News


Iran Secretly Sending Drones and Supplies Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say - NYTimes.com


More Details on Advanced Warnings Kurdish Intelligence Gave U.S. About ISIS Upcoming Attack in Iraq - NBC News


US planning to split Iraq into three states according to a report obtained by Time magazine - Gulf Daily News


POLL: Not Worth It: Huge American Majority Regret Iraq War, Exclusive Poll Shows - NBC News


Lebanon’s Hezbollah ready to fight ISIS in Iraq - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


ISIS Suicide Bomber Blows Up Part of Beirut Hotel: Official - NBC News


Detained French national recruited by ISIS militants for suicide attack in Lebanon - AhlulBayt News Agency


Saudi Funding of ISIS - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback - The Atlantic


VIDEO: Who’s funding ISIS? - Al Jazeera America


Russian diplomat urges UN to probe into oil exports by terrorists in Syria, Iraq - ITAR-TASS


After Opening Way to Islamist Rebel Groups of Any Stripes, Turkey Is Paying Heavy Price - NYTimes.com


Abbas says he backs Syria's "war against terrorism", Assad election as Syrian president will help to end the country's three-year war - Al Akhbar English


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US officials say Maliki still committed to form a new government, shrug off Maliki blast on 'national salvation' govt - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says he's committed to forming a new government, rejects 'national salvation' government - YouTube


Iraq's Powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Sadr warns will 'shake the ground' against militants - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Iraqi Shiite fighters parade in show of force in Baghdad - YouTube


In Iraq, former militia program eyed for new fight against ISIS, They were known as the Awakening Councils - Yahoo News


Iraq: Tribal forces pledge to confront ISIS advance on Haditha Dam - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Sunni tribes register in Basra to help Iraqi army against ISIS radicals - AhlulBayt News Agency


ISIS not impacting Iraqi oil sector much, Push to Shiite south would be difficult for Sunni insurgents: Analyst - UPI.com


Shiite villagers describe ISIS ‘massacre’ in northern Iraq - The Washington Post


Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 13 south of Baghdad - AP


Report: Christian Father Allegdely Commits Suicide After ISIS Members Rape Wife and Daughter in Front of Him Because He Couldn't Pay Poll Tax - christianpost.com


ISIS strengthened on Syria border after Nusra Front unit joins it - THE DAILY STAR


Syria jihadists now using Humvees seized in Iraq: NGO - THE DAILY STAR


REPORT (English): New issue of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām’s magazine: “Islamic State Report 4″ - JIHADOLOGY

 

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Does the U.S. have a moral obligation to Iraqis? With regard to ISIS, what to do?

 Originally Posted at PopularResistance.orgLila Garrett with Dennis Trainor, Jr in part one of Acronym TV this week. ~Topics Discussed ~ ISIS in Iraq, Barack Obama as a War President, The U.S.

Recent Federal Court Decision Could Muddy Waters for Keystone XL South, Flanagan South

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On June 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down a ruling that will serve as important precedent for the ongoing federal legal battles over the Keystone XL and Flanagan South tar sands pipelines.

War Stories: Bad Wars and the Voice of Disillusion

By John Grant

 

      When lo! An angel called him out of heaven,

      Saying, Lay not thy hand upon the lad, . . .

Ukraine News - June 25, 2014


Putin asks parliament to cancel Russian authorization to use force, wants to extend cease-fire in Ukraine - AP


Ukraine's Poroshenko welcomes Putin's step towards military de-escalation - Yahoo News


US welcomes Putin call to revoke authorization to use force in Ukraine - AFP


EU hopes for implementation of Putin’s offer to revoke right to use army in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Putin & Fischer press conference in Austria (recorded live feed) - YouTube


OSCE chair says some solutions to Ukrainian crisis must be found in next few days - ITAR-TASS


Contacts on resolving conflict in Ukraine should continue until certain results reached: Russian Deputy FM - The Voice of Russia


Ukraine rebels down helicopter, killing nine despite truce - GlobalPost


Ukraine president says may revoke ceasefire after helicopter downing - Khaleej Times


Donetsk separatist leader: Kiev sabotages ceasefire agreements - ITAR-TASS


Miners call on all sides to the military conflict in Donbas to lay down their weapons, cease fire, and stop killing people and destroying enterprises - Interfax


Coal mines in Ukraine could close amid conflict - worldcoal.com


VIDEO: Ceasefire holds in Ukraine's flashpoint city of Slavyansk - YouTube


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UN Estimates 423 Killed in Ukraine's East - ABC News


UN: Numbers of Displaced Ukrainians Rising - VOA


Despite recent positive steps, Ukraine situation remains deeply worrying, Security Council told - United Nations News Centre


VIDEO: Ukraine situation remains deeply worrying, Security Council told - unmultimedia.org


VIDEO: Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power at UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine Situation - dvidshub.net


TRANSCRIPT: Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power at a Security Council Meeting on the Situation in Ukraine - usun.state.gov


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Austria defies US, EU over South Stream during Putin visit (VIDEO) - DW.DE


VIDEO: Austria and Russia sign South Stream gas pipeline treaty - RT Business


Putin: US unhappy with South Stream because it wants to deliver gas to Europe - RT Business


U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers to Break With Obama Over Russia Sanctions - moneynews.com


Russia to set own barriers in response to Ukraine's EU trade pact - Reuters


Russia to Substitute 95% of Ukrainian Defense Imports - RIA Novosti


Putin's Renunciation of Force in Ukraine Sends Ruble and Stocks Skyrocketing - The Moscow Times


Ukraine Supreme Court Clears Tymoshenko Of All Charges In Gas Case - Eurasia Review


Shale gas won't be extracted in Donetsk, says separatist leader - Ukrainian Journal

 

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Face-off at the DMV

  I took Kevin to the DMV yesterday to get his learners permit.  I’d planned on sleeping in, but Patty roused us at 7.  “It could take most of the morning,” she said, “and you’ll never get the grass cut if you sleep in.”  She seemed to believe that was a negative.

 

We got there early, before the doors opened, but two dozen people were already ahead of us.  We slowly worked our way toward the front of the line, and were almost there by 10 am.  I’d read the sports section of the paper twice, and Kevin stayed busy texting on his phone.  But then things took an odd turn.  

Talk Nation Radio: Nell Bernstein: Close All Juvenile Prisons

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-nell-bernstein-close-all-juvenile-prisons

Most kids commit crimes. Those locked up in juvenile prisons are more likely to commit crimes as adults than are those left alone.  So, why do we lock them up? What drives such counterproductive programs that create such misery despite demonstratd failure to achieve their purported ends? And how can we alter our approach?  We speak with Nell Bernstein.

Nell Bernstein is the author of Burning Down the House (forthcoming from The New Press) and All Alone in the World (The New Press), a Newsweek "Book of the Week." She is a former Soros Justice Media Fellow and a winner of a White House Champion of Change award. Her articles have appeared in Newsday, Salon, Mother Jones, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She lives in Albany, California.

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Audio: Connect the Dots on Iraq

Listen to Lila Garrett's Connect the Dots on KPFK: AUDIO.

Guests include:

David Swanson organizer of WORLD BEYOND WAR does an in depth analysis of our intervention in this civil war in Iraq including its connection to those interests in the US determined to feed and maintain our permanent war economy.

Former Congressman Bob Filner served as Chair of the Congressional Com. On Veteran Affairs from 2006-2010.   As chairman, Filner increased spending on veterans healthcare, and a new GI bill for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.  Filner describes the serious cut backs by this Congress on those benefits. This includes the 50,000 vets on medical lists waiting to see a doctor for months…even years.

Senate Candidate  Shenna Bellows, Democrat from Maine, whom journalist John Nichols has called “possibly the future of progressive politics in America”, describes Maine’s extreme rightwing leadership.  About Bellows' opposition, Republican Susan Collins,  author Stephen King writes: “Senator Susan Collins is considered a moderate who compromises a lot. Sounds good, but when it comes down to casting votes that serve Mainers, she always seems to end up with her Republican colleagues, led by Mitch McConnell.”

Lila Garrett (Host of CONNECT THE DOTS)

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