Category Military Madness

How Corporations Won the War on Terror, by William Hartung

“To put such a figure in perspective, the $75 billion in Pentagon contracts awarded to Lockheed Martin that year was significantly more than one and one-half times the entire 2020 budget for the State Department and the Agency for International Development, which together totaled $44 billion.”

US reliance on defence contractors led to mission failures: Study, Costs of War

“The stunning Taliban victory last month in Afghanistan is drawing attention now to even graver consequences: the extent to which the US reliance on contractors may have heightened the difficulties of the Afghan security forces.”

DN! Peace Activist Kathy Kelly on Reparations for Afghanistan and What the U.S. Owes After Decades of War

“I think we would have to look to the U.N. and groups that have a reputation for being able to truly assist people in Afghanistan, and then reparations through dismantling the war system.”

We’re Number One in Weapons Sales, by Polly Mann

The main recipient region in 2016–20 was Asia and Oceania (accounting for 42 percent of global arms imports), followed by the Middle East (33 percent), Europe (12 percent), Africa (7.3 percent), and the Americas (5.4 percent).

DN! Afghanistan: Interviews with Jeremy Corbyn, Sarah Chayes, and Obaidullah Baheer

Chayes: ” … the behavior of those Afghan leaders that we, the United States, kind of put forward toward their own citizens, and the role of U.S. officials and U.S. development organizations in reinforcing and protecting and enabling, I mean, just an unbelievably corrupt and abusive governmental system, so that, you know, my Afghan friends, who were not in university — they were ordinary villagers in and around Kandahar — they just didn’t know what to make of it. It was like, ‘Look, the Taliban shake us down at night, but the government shakes us down in the daytime’”

Updates: Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, by Women Against Military Madness

“Unless something changes, military skirmishes will continue between Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Hamas in Palestine on the one hand, and the U.S. and its allied client-partners on the other, and may develop into a devastating new war in the Middle East.”

Where’s Humanity with an Exploding National “Defense” Budget? by Marie Braun

“The vast bulk of military expenditures today have nothing to do with keeping us safe. And the advocates for war are a small minority – politicians, militarists, weapons makers, oil companies, and relatively small fanatical groups like al Qaeda.”

Afghanistan: Who’s to Blame and What Next? panel by Code Pink

Includes Biden’s full speech to the U.S. nation and responses of the panelists.

76th Year Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration Events, Minneapolis/St. Paul

All are welcome to all Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance events in Minneapolis./St. Paul, August 5, 6, and 8

Resisting Drone Terror: Behind the Scenes of Shut Down Creech!

This fall will mark the 12th year CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace and allies have gathered at Creech Air Force Base for weeklong, nonviolent actions to resist the U.S. drone assassination program! About Shut Down Creech! Shut Down Creech! is a national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down killer drone operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, […]

Hedges: The Collective Suicide Machine and the Fall of Kabul

The return of the Taliban to power will be one more signpost of the end of the American empire — and nobody will be held accountable.

Hedges: Bless the Traitors

“Daniel Hale is one of the most consequential whistleblowers,” Edward Snowden said on a May Day panel held at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst on the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the Pentagon Papers.

Was it Just? America and Her Suicidal Combat Veterans, by Matthew Hoh

“The cost of war, to many veterans, is a deep and permanent wounding of the soul and the conscience.”

Biden’s Bombing of Iraq and Syria Only Serves the Weapons Industry, by Glenn Greenwald

“The U.S. government is a lawless entity. It violates the law, including its own Constitution, whenever it wants. The requirement that no wars be fought absent congressional authority is not some ancillary bureaucratic annoyance…”

What Is It Costing to Build Armageddon? by Bill Adamski and Jay Kvale 

“Demonstrating dramatic downsizing by way of example, both superpowers can jointly demand that the seven other nuclear states follow.”

A People’s Guide to the War Industry -4: The New BOSS

“Capitalists profit when they adeptly shift costs onto others (humans, other animals, the planet itself). This includes enforcing poor labor safety, crushing labor unions, and polluting the natural world. We, the people, see so much pollution and harm because that’s how the system is designed. Those are intentional byproducts of capitalism.”

Militarization of the Arctic

Dangerous US NATO Expansion in Norway GNspace4peace In recent years, the US and NATO have been militarizing the Arctic through Norway as a means to confront Russia. This militarization is increasing tensions between nuclear-armed nations. As the Arctic melts away, these powerful nations are competing for dominance in the region as new routes are established, […]

70% of Americans Say Arms Sales Make Us Less Safe. We’re the World’s Top Dealer. By William D. Hartung

“One area where President Biden could readily begin to fulfill his campaign pledge to reduce the harm to civilians from U.S. arms sales would be firearms exports.”

People of conscience: Palestinians ask you to boycott Israel, by Omar Barghouti

“BDS has drastically redefined solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality, as an ethical obligation to end complicity, above everything else. In the face of flagrant oppression anywhere…”

1000 Grandmothers by Holly Near, sung by Emma’s Revolution for Abuelas Responden

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