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Trauma Inflicted on Children in the War on Terror Is Clouding Global Society’s Future

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A mother carries her infant son across the border from Syria in 2013. (S. Rich / UNHCR

  • The loss of childhood, the crippling effects of trauma, the narrative of grief, and the cruel removal of any sense of hope or of a secure future have been seeping into global discourse about children for many years now. Isn’t it time to begin to see their global crisis for what it is: one of the major threats to a stable future for the planet?
  • Related: From the Archives | Chris Hedges: Pity the Children

Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch / Truthdig 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Child_w%3APeace_Banner%20_%26_Dove.jpgJun 17, 2017 | “This is a war against normal life.” So said CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, describing the situation at this moment in Syria, as well as in other parts of the Middle East. It was one of those remarks that should wake you up to the fact that the regions the United States has, since September 2001, played such a role in destabilizing are indeed in crisis, and that this process isn’t just taking place at the level of failing states and bombed-out cities, but in the most personal way imaginable. It’s devastating for countless individuals—mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, friends, lovers—and above all for children.

Ward’s words caught a reality that grows harsher by the week, and not just in Syria, but in parts of Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya, among other places in the Greater Middle East and Africa. Death and destruction stalk whole populations in Syria and other crumbling countries and failed or failing states across the region.  In one of those statistics that should stagger the imagination, devastated Syria alone accounts for more than five million of the estimated 21 million refugees worldwide. And sadly, these numbers do not reflect an even harsher reality: you only become a “refugee” by crossing a border.  According to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in 2015 there were another 44 million people uprooted from their homes who were, in essence, exiles in their own lands.  Add those numbers together and you have one out of every 113 people on the planet—and those figures, the worst since World War II, may only be growing.

Karen J. Greenberg, a TomDispatch regular, is the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. Her latest book is Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State, out in paperback this May. She is also author of The Least Worst Place: Guantánamo’s First 100 Days.  

Rose Sheela and CNS interns Anastasia Bez, Rohini Kurup, and Andrew Reisman contributed research for this article.

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From the Archives | Chris Hedges: Pity the Children, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • War brings with it a host of horrors, but the worst is what it does to children. The suffering of the young, perpetrated by those who carry weapons, exposes war’s demented pathology. 
  • The Great Human Delusion: All Parents Love their Children

 

 

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How We Cover Mass Shootings Affects How Many There Will Be

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  • The shooting at a congressional baseball practice sadly presents the media with another opportunity to assess the way they cover high-profile violence.
  • Related: Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For

Erin Schumaker, Huffington Post

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06/14/2017 | As information filters in about the gunman who opened fire Wednesday on Republican congressmen at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, news organizations weigh their responsibility to inform the public of a newsworthy event against the possibility that the reporting will inspire future attacks.

A second shooting, later in the day at a San Francisco UPS facility, wasn’t related, but it only heightened the news frenzy. 

Erin Schumaker is Senior Healthy Living Editor, HuffPost

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Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For, Adam Johnson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) 

  • http://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CNBCTrumpsDealsFeatured.jpg Reports on the Trump/Saudi arm deals focused on who would get paid–and ignored who it would cost.
  • As of Monday afternoon (May 22, 2017), no major newspaper—New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, LA Times, Chicago Tribune or Daily News—has run an editorial condemning Trump for cozying up with and selling massive amounts of arms to the Saudi dictatorship. As FAIR noted last week (5/17/17), this outrage remains solely directed at dictatorships not in good standing with the US State Department.
  • Related: The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news

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Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For

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Reports on the Trump/Saudi arm deals focused on who would get paid–and ignored who it would cost.

  • As of Monday afternoon (May 22, 2017), no major newspaper—New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, LA Times, Chicago Tribune or Daily News—has run an editorial condemning Trump for cozying up with and selling massive amounts of arms to the Saudi dictatorship. As FAIR noted last week (5/17/17), this outrage remains solely directed at dictatorships not in good standing with the US State Department.
  • Related: The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news

Adam Johnson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpg May 22, 2017 | The Trump administration wrapped up a weapons deal with the Saudi Arabian government this week that will be worth up to $350 billion over the next ten years. News of the deal came as Trump visited Riyadh and paid fealty to one of the United States’ most enduring allies in the Middle East.

The vast majority of the reports on the topic, however, omitted a rather key piece of context—namely, whom the weapons will be used to kill.

The famine and brutal two-year-long war in Yemen being waged by the Saudis that has killed over 10,000 civilians wasn’t mentioned once in reports of the $300 billion deal to Saudi Arabia by CNN (5/19/17, 5/20/17), Washington Post  (5/19/17), The Independent (5/19/17), New York Daily News (5/20/17), CNBC (5/20/17, 5/22/17), CBS News (5/20/17), Business Insider (5/20/17), Time (5/20/17), Fox News (5/20/17), Reuters (5/20/17), ABC News (5/20/17), Fortune Magazine (5/20/17) or Chicago Tribune (5/20/17).

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The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news, Bruce Riedel, Brookings 

None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

 

From the Archives | America's Child Soldiers: JROTC and the Militarizing of America

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Junior ROTC drill competition in Mongovermy, AL, 2008. (Photo: Scott*)

  • What goes on in schools in your town?  Isn’t it time you found out?
  • Related: Chicago Veterans for Peace launches billboard campaign to end the militarization of Chicago's schools

Ann Jones, TomDispatch / Truth-out 

Monday, December 16, 2013 | Congress surely meant to do the right thing when, in the fall of 2008, it passed the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA). The law was designed to protect kids worldwide from being forced to fight the wars of Big Men. From then on, any country that coerced children into becoming soldiers was supposed to lose all U.S. military aid.

It turned out, however, that Congress -- in its rare moment of concern for the next generation -- had it all wrong. In its greater wisdom, the White House found countries like Chad and Yemen so vital to the national interest of the United States that it preferred to overlook what happened to the children in their midst.

Ann Jones is an independent writer and photographer. She is the author of Kabul in Winter, War Is Not Over When It's Over, and the feminist classic Women Who Kill, among other books. Her journalism appears most often in The Nation and online at TomDispatch.com.

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Chicago Veterans for Peace launches billboard campaign to end the militarization of Chicago's schools, George N. Schmidt, Substance News 

  • 'We, the Chicago Chapter of Veterans for Peace, are pursuing a many-pronged campaign to bring Peace at Home and Peace Abroad by focusing on youth and the demilitarization of public education'
  • The West’s War on Children

 

 

A Government of War Criminals

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Trump Delegates Warmaking to Generals. “A Nuclear War could Start without Trump”

By Stephen Lendman, April 18, 2017

He’s letting hawkish generals make battlefield decisions – overseen by Defense Secretary Mattis, National Security Advisor McMaster and Joint Chiefs chairman Dunford.

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“Making America Great Again” by Reducing the World to Ashes?

By Felicity Arbuthnot, April 18, 2017

If the US makes a nuclear attack on North Korea, the megalomaniacal, narcissistic and seemingly frighteningly ill informed Donald Trump – who, in an early telephone call to President Putin was reported as having to put his hand over the mouthpiece and ask someone what the START Treaty (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, 4) was – could trigger the unimaginable.

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Who is Behind “Fake News”? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, April 17, 2017

  • The mainstream corporate media is desperate.
  • They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which it categorizes as “fake news”.
  • Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites.

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A Government of Morons and War Criminals

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, April 16, 2017

Clinton twice launched military attacks on Serbia, ordering NATO to bomb the former Yugoslavia twice, both in 1995 and in 1999, so that gives Bill two war crimes. George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and attacked provinces of Pakistan and Yemen from the air. That comes to four war crimes for Bush. Obama used NATO to destroy Libya and sent mercenaries to destroy Syria, thereby committing two war crimes. Trump attacked Syria with US forces, thereby becoming a war criminal early in his regime.

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Destroying Palestinian Agriculture? Israeli Planes Spray Herbicides Inside Gaza for the Fourth Time This Year

By Natasha Roth, April 17, 2017

Israeli planes sprayed herbicides inside the Gaza Strip for the second day running on Wednesday and the fourth time this year, according to local farmers and Israeli rights NGO Gisha. A video published on Wednesday, allegedly of the crop-dusting, shows a plane flying low and spraying over farmland.

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