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Special Report | 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision of Guns Over Butter

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Story 1: 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision * Story 2: Trump's FY2020 Budget Request Bloats Militarized Spending—and Slashes Actual Human Needs * Story 3: The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit, * Related: From the Archives | The Business of War is the Cause of War.

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Story 1: 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision, Paul N. Van De Water, Joel Friedman and Sharon Parrott, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities / Portside

March 11,2019 | President Trump’s 2020 budget, released March 11, 2019, would make poverty more widespread, widen inequality and racial disparities, and increase the ranks of the uninsured.

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Story 2: Trump's FY2020 Budget Request Bloats Militarized Spending—and Slashes Actual Human Needs,LindsayKoshgarian , Ashik Siddique, National Priorities Project / Portside

March 11, 2019 | Of course, presidential budgets rarely come to pass. But President Trump’s intentions are clear, and if his recent willingness to shut down the federal government is any indication, there are plenty of fights ahead.

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Story 3: The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit, MattTaibbi, Rolling Stone / Portside

March 17, 2019 | When the Defense Department flunked its first-ever fiscal review, one of our government’s greatest mysteries was exposed: Where does the DoD’s $700 billion annual budget go?

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From the Archives | The Business of War is the Cause of War. Sergey Baranov & Ethan Indigo Smith, Waking Times

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  • No one actually wants war. People want peace, and to see their children grow. Wars, although they may appear, are not fought between people. They are foughtbetweenmilitary industrial factions and alliances warring for domination and control.
  • Related: How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street


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From the Archives | The Business of War is the Cause of War

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  • No one actually wants war. People want peace, and to see their children grow. Wars, although they may appear, are not fought between people. They are fought between military industrial factions and alliances warring for domination and control.
  • Related: Special Report | 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision of Guns Over Butter
  • Related: How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street

Sergey Baranov <> and Ethan Indigo Smith, Waking Times


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Who benefits from war?

Certainly not the people on the warring sides. People always suffer in war; their futures ruined and their lives destroyed. In fear, they look to their government to protect them, the very same government that is invested in war. War is a dirty business that profits off death and destruction while generating blood money for the profiteers. The people are told to look the other way, outside of their country – where the ‘enemy’ supposedly resides.

Sergey Baranov is the author of Path: Seeking Truth in a World of Lies.

Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher, Ethan Indigo Smith (is) guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity. (His) work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour

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Special Report | 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision of Guns Over Butter, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Story 1: 2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision * Story 2: Trump's FY2020 Budget Request Bloats Militarized Spending—and Slashes Actual Human Needs * Story 3: The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit, * Related: From the Archives | The Business of War is the Cause of War.

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How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street, Ellen Brown, Truthdig.com


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  • Wall Street owns the country.
  • Related: Central Banks Have Gone Rogue; The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself.
     

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Bases, Bases, Everywhere … Except in the Pentagon’s Report

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  • These installations exist somewhere between light and shadow, writes Nick Turse. While acknowledged as foreign military outposts, they are excluded from the official inventory. 
  • “U.S. bases abroad cost upwards of $50 billion per year to build and maintain, which is money that could be used to address pressing needs at home in education, health care, housing, and infrastructure.”

Nick Turse,  TomDispatchConsortium News / Rise Up Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/David%20Vine%20%7C%20Base%20Nation%20jaCKET%20ILLUS.jpgJanuary 16, 2019 | Within hours of President Trump’s announcement of a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, equipment at that base was already being inventoried for removal. And just like that, arguably the most important American garrison in Syria was (maybe) being struck from the Pentagon’s books — except, as it happens, al-Tanf was never actually on the Pentagon’s books. Opened in 2015 and, until recently, home to hundreds of U.S. troops, it was one of the many military bases that exist somewhere between light and shadow, an acknowledged foreign outpost that somehow never actually made it onto the Pentagon’s official inventory of bases.

Officially, the Department of Defense maintains 4,775 “sites,” spread across all 50 states, eight U.S. territories, and 45 foreign countries. A total of 514 of these outposts are located overseas, according to the Pentagon’s worldwide property portfolio. Just to start down a long list, these include bases on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia, in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa, as well as in Peru and Portugal, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. But the most recent version of that portfolio, issued in early 2018 and known as the Base Structure Report (BSR), doesn’t include any mention of al-Tanf. Or, for that matter, any other base in Syria. Or Iraq. Or Afghanistan. Or Niger. Or Tunisia. Or Cameroon. Or Somalia. Or any number of locales where such military outposts are known to exist and even, unlike in Syria, to be expanding.

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Was Ending the Draft a Grave Mistake? Danny Sjursen, Truthdig

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Was Ending the Draft a Grave Mistake?


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Switching from all-volunteer to mandatory military service could force Americans to reconsider their ever-expanding empire.

Danny Sjursen, Truthdig

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Apr 03, 2019 | I spent last week at Angelo State University in remote central Texas as a panelist for the annual All-Volunteer Force (AVF) Forum. It was a strange forum in many ways, but nonetheless instructive. I was the youngest (and most progressive) member, as well as the lowest-ranking veteran among a group of leaders and speakers that included two retired generals, the chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a few former colonels and several academics.



The AVF is ultimately an unfair, ineffective and unsustainable organization charged with impossible, ill-advised missions by policymakers and a populace that actually care rather little for the nation’s soldiers. As the AVF nears its 50th anniversary, there’s no better time than now to assess the model’s flaws and its effect on American democracy.



Despite having remarkably diverse life experiences and political opinions, all concluded that America’s all-volunteer military is not equitable, efficient or sustainable. The inconvenient truth each of the panel participants had the courage to identify is that the end of the draft in the U.S. had many unintended—and ultimately tragic—consequences for the republic.

Danny Sjursen is a U.S. Army officer and former history instructor at West Point. He served tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Lots of Fs for These Ds: Report Card Shows Majority of Senate Ds Supporting Trump and War

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  • Part 1: Lots of F's for These D's: Report Card Shows Majority of Senate Democrats Aiding Trump's Right-Wing Court Takeover
  • Progressives will hold Democrats accountable if they don't take the fate of our courts seriously.
  • Part 2: Here’s How the 2020 Candidates Stack Up on War and Peace
  • What hope is there that one of the Democrats seeking the presidency in 2020 could be a real peace candidate?

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Part 1: Lots of F's for These D's: Report Card Shows Majority of Senate Democrats Aiding Trump's Right-Wing Court Takeover

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"This report card should send a message to every Democrat, especially those who have their eyes on the White House in 2020, that progressives will hold them accountable if they don't take the fate of our courts seriously," said Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice.
Klobuchar  gets an F.  Bernie & Warren are As.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 | As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) continues to ram through President Donald Trump's extreme and unqualified judicial nominees at a record pace, a report card released on Friday slammed Senate Democrats for aiding the right-wing takeover of America's courts.



"Senators can condemn Trump until they're blue in the face, but actions speak louder than words, and when it comes to judges, too many Democrats vote too often with Trump." —Brian Fallon, Demand Justice



According to Demand Justice, a progressive advocacy group that focuses on the federal judiciary, a majority of Senate Democrats voted to confirm Trump's judges 60 percent of the time or more in 2017 and 2018.

Jake Johnson <>, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: Here’s How the 2020 Candidates Stack Up on War and Peace

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What hope is there that one of the Democrats seeking the presidency in 2020 could be a real peace candidate? Could one of them bring an end to these wars and prevent new ones? Walk back the brewing Cold War and arms race with Russia and China?

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies, Independent Media Institute / Portside

March 28, 2019 | Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time, to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace. This hasn’t stopped the war yet, and President Trump has threatened to veto the bill. But its passage in Congress, and the debate it has spawned, could be an important first step on a tortuous path to a less militarized U.S. foreign policy in Yemen and beyond.

While the United States has been involved in wars throughout much of its history, since the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. military has been engaged in a series of wars that have dragged on for almost two decades. Many refer to them as “endless wars.” One of the basic lessons we have all learned from this is that it is easier to start wars than to stop them. So, even as we have come to see this state of war as a kind of “new normal,” the American public is wiser, calling for less military intervention and more congressional oversight.

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK for Peace, is the author of "Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran" and "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection."
Nicolas J. S. Davies is a researcher for CODEPINK and the author of "Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq."

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