The U.S. empire of bases that spans some 80 countries — about 40% of nations — is now part of the growing American Covid-19 disaster

From LA Progressive and TomDispatch, Aug 2020 A Navy Spouse’s Take on Why We’re Not Getting Better American military personnel are getting sick in significant numbers in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. As The New York Times reported in a piece buried in the back pages of its July 21st edition, “The infection rate in the services has tripled over the past six …

In 2013 the supreme court gutted voting rights – how has it changed the US?

The supreme court struck down a formula at the heart of Voting Rights Act – now voters who are discriminated against bear the burden of proving they are disenfranchised. By Sam Levine and Ankita Rao in The Guardian, 25 Jun 2020 Seven years ago today, the supreme court issued one of the most consequential rulings in a generation in a case called Shelby county …

How Endless War Contributes to Police Brutality

By Bonnie Kristian, Responsible Statecraft. June 7, 2020 | EDUCATE! The indefensible death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers and the indiscriminate police violence in subsequent protests have returned police misconduct to the center of our national conversation. It is not a conversation we may quickly or easily conclude. The problems in American policing are multitude and systemic, matters of both policy and culture. Much of this can only be corrected at the …

The End of War as We Know It

By Danny Sjursen, Tom Dispatch.May 27, 2020 | EDUCATE! The Coming Of A Social-Distancing Version Of War The Future of Forever War, American-Style Covid-19, an ongoing global human tragedy, may have at least one silver lining. It has led millions of people to question America’s most malignant policies at home and abroad. Regarding Washington’s war policies abroad, there’s been speculation that the coronavirus might, in …

By year 3 of Iraq war, over 2.6 million people wounded, 655K people killed. Pre-war sanctions had already killed 500K children under age 5

When the U.S. invasion of Iraq was in only its third year, a Johns Hopkins University study concluded that 655,000 people had already been killed in that war. Prior to that, the United Nations estimated that pre-war sanctions enforced on Iraq at the behest of the U.S. had killed over 500,000 children under the age of five. Based on the Johns Hopkins estimate of Iraqis …

U.S. Military Could Collapse Within 20 Years Due to Climate Change, Pentagon Report Says + Fragility from Food System, Water Shortage

DOD report says a combination of global starvation, war, disease, drought, and a fragile power grid could have cascading, devastating effects. By Nafeez Ahmed, Oct 24 2019 According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also …

Even the Warriors Say Wars Make Us Less Safe

By Staff, Worldbeyondwar.orgFebruary 27, 2020 | EDUCATE! Above Photo: Jem Stone/Flickr Experts Say U.S. Executive Secret War Harming U.S. National Securitycollected by Fred Branfman Admiral Dennis Blair, Former Director Of National Intelligence “Admiral Dennis Blair, the former director of National Intelligence (in the) New York Times [49]: While “drone attacks did help reduce the Qaeda leadership in Pakistan,” he wrote, “they also increased hatred of America.” He said the drone has …

Report Commissioned By Pentagon Says A Combination Of Global Starvation, War, Disease, Drought, And A Fragile Power Grid Could Have Cascading, Devastating Effects. And over 600 million people live at sea level.

According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also collapse. This could all happen over the next two decades, the report notes. The senior US government officials who wrote the report are from several key …

US spends $1.5 Trillion annually on war

By William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger, Tomdispatch.comNovember 2, 2019 | EDUCATE! In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And keep …

Debt-migration connection from Africa to Europe

By Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute, Globetrotter November 5, 2019 | EDUCATE! Above Photo: Kevin Van den Panhuyzen/Flickr If you ask African migrants in Europe who came across the Mediterranean Sea in a boat if they would make the journey again, most of them would say “yes.” Many of them had been in vans and trucks that took them across the dangerous Sahara Desert, …