Category Military Madness

Now that the War Is Over: A Man-Made Crisis, The Afghan People Face Freezing and Starvation, I Am Livid, Dominik Stillhart

“It’s so infuriating because this suffering is man-made. Economic sanctions meant to punish those in power in Kabul are instead freezing millions of people across Afghanistan out of the basics they need to survive. The international community is turning its back as the country teeters on the precipice of man-made catastrophe.”

The Doublespeak and Newspeak of Release from Guantánamo, By Maj. Todd E. Pierce (Ret.)

“The judge issued an order stating that the U.S. Government must release him from Guantánamo imprisonment. But then again, maybe he won’t be released, even for another decade or more—a scenario which wouldn’t be unprecedented.”

Your Rights Are at Risk, Journalism is Not a Crime

The UN working group on arbitrary detention issued a statement saying that “the right of Mr. Assange to personal liberty should be restored”.

House Approves $778 Billion Military Budget

“What possible justification is there for throwing $768 billion at the Pentagon…”

Code Pink: The Cost of War at Home, with United for Peace and Justice

What are the effects of the costs of war on the home front?

Not So Much ICE, Boycott Pillsbury, Climate Crisis and Militarism, WAMM Newsletter

Boycott Pillsbury! WAMM Newsletter Volume 39 Number 5 Fall II 2021 Minnesota-based General Mills owns Pillsbury, which operates a factory illegally within an Israeli settlement on militarily-occupied Palestinian land. According to the U.N. High Commission on Human Rights, this places General Mills in violation of international law: UN Security Council Resolution 2334. A “boycott” is […]

Reining In the Pentagon, by Mandy Smithberger and William Hartung

“It’s estimated that, in the decades to come, more than 1,700 U.S. military installations worldwide may be impacted by sea-level rise. Future rounds of base closings, both domestic and global, should be planned now with the impact of climate change in mind.”

Reflections on War, Women Against Military Madness

We say, after 20 years of death, enormous destruction, and trillions of dollars, can’t we finally have peace?! 

The WAMM Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons

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End the Silence! Lift the Deadly Sanctions!

Unilateral coercive sanctions violate basic human rights, sanctions undermine peaceful relations and the sovereign equality of nations, sanctions create potential criminal and civil liability for U.S. authorities, media has failed to inform the public about the consequences and global condemnation of U.S. sanctions.

Coleen Rowley: What are the Prospects for Peace?

“The U.S. always portrays itself as the greatest force on the planet for peace, justice, human rights, racial equality, etc. Polls tell us that most other nations actually regard the U.S. as the greatest threat to stability. What in your view is the truth here?”

Norman Solomon: Stop Calling the Military Budget a ‘Defense’ Budget

As Orwell wrote in a 1946 essay, political language “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

The Kabul Strike: Drone Whistleblowers React

While the media and decision makers are reckoning with the Kabul strike the voices of drone whistleblowers have been conspicuously absent from these national discussions.

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.”