Category U.S. Foreign Policy

Although 2 Out of 3 Americans Oppose Increasing US Military Spending, the US Government Is Boosting It to Record Levels

Current public opinion on military spending has a clear partisan dimension.

Why Won’t the U.S. Give Peace a Chance? by Ted Rall

Here’s to the day the two Koreas see through us.

The Pentagon Budget as Corporate Welfare for Weapons Makers | Tomgram: William Hartung

In translation, they’re telling Congress that they have more money than even they can spend in the time allotted.

Joe Penny | Drones in the Sahara

“We were surprised,” he said. “For us, this is another form of colonization.” Out of apprehension that he could get in trouble for voicing his views openly, he declined to give his last name.

ACLU | Why the U.S. War on ISIS Is Illegal

No court has ever addressed the government’s legal justifications for military action in so many different parts of the world. Now, in a case brought by the ACLU, one court will.

Flowers and Zeese | New Defense Strategy: War with Great Nations and Arms Race

The anti-war movement, which atrophied under President Obama, is coming back to life.

Ilan Pappe’s 10 Myths About Israel (Video | Book Review)

“…the key myth that Pappe challenges is the notion that Israel is a democracy.”

Blowback: How U.S. Drones, Coups and Invasions Just Create More Violence

FOR EVERY ACTION, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Sir Isaac Newton called it his Third Law of Motion. The CIA calls it “blowback.”

No foreign bases: Challenging the footprint of US Empire

“95% of all foreign military bases in the world are US bases. In addition, [there are] 19 Naval air carriers (and 15 more planned), each as part of a Carrier Strike Group, composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, and a carrier air wing of 65 to 70 aircraft — each of which can be considered a floating military base.”

Listening Angels + Father Time + Take Action for Peace | WAMM Newsletter

Is there a group of human beings so evil that they don’t deserve human rights? The International Red Cross [ICRC] does not think so.

Arrests at Rep. Hoyer’s office — pending Yemen War legislation

Senate War Powers resolution on ending unauthorized US support for the war in Yemen – A bipartisan Senate resolution on Yemen will be introduced in mid-January and has a good chance of passing.

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program

With regard to international WMD non-proliferation conventions, Israel has either not become a signatory of these conventions or has yet to ratify them.

Tom Engelhardt | Mapping a World from Hell: 76 Countries Are Now Involved in Washington’s War on Terror 

The Costs of War Project has produced not just a map of the war on terror, 2015-2017 (released at TomDispatch with this article), but the first map of its kind ever. It offers an astounding vision of Washington’s counterterror wars across the globe…

The ICC Just Announced It Will Treat War As a Crime

How can war’s status as a crime effectively deter the world’s leading war-maker from threatening and launching more wars, large and small? How can laws against war actually be put to use?

Challenges Facing the Anti-War Movement: Code Pink Conference

Ajamu Baraka of Black Alliance for Peace talks about the challenges that the anti-war movement currently faces in the US

The Nation’s 2017 Progressive Honor Roll

“The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Here are some of the progressives who bent the arc in 2017.

Two on the media: Russiagate and Nationalize the Internet

It’s Time to Nationalize the Internet To counter the FCC’s attack on net neutrality, we need to start treating the Internet like the public good it is. Network cables are plugged in a server room on November 10, 2014 in New York City. U.S. President Barack Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to implement […]

After Trump’s Jerusalem Move, Media Worry About ‘Violence’–Not Violation of International Law

The American “recognition” of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital further entrenches and condones Israel’s occupation, ethnic cleansing and colonization of Palestinian land.

The US Military Is the Biggest “Big Government” Entitlement Program on the Planet

It actively picks private sector winners by targeting billions of dollars to an elite group of profit-seeking contractors.

The Environmental Consequences of the Use of Armed Drones

Killer drones destroy the environment…and much much more on their impact.