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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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https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540April 18, 2017 | Selected articles

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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Series | War and the State: Part 1, War And The Health Of The State: What Causes War

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  • Strange bedfellows indeed, war and welfare. Yet they seem to have gotten on quite well. It would never occur to us that we owe our welfare benefits to the killing of innocents abroad. Yet that seems to be the case. State does what is expedient when it comes to serving its ultimate cause: war. It cannot be otherwise.
  • First installment of a six part analysis
  • Related: An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single Superpower World

Arthur D. Robbins, Dandelion Salad

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March 24, 2017 | War has indeed become perpetual and peace no longer even a fleeting wish nor a distant memory. We have become habituated to the rumblings of war and the steady drum beat of propaganda about war’s necessity and the noble motives that inspire it. We will close hospitals. We will close schools. We will close libraries and museums. We will sell off our park lands and water supply. [1] People will sleep on the streets and go hungry. The war machine will go on.

What are we to do?

Arthur D. Robbins, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single Superpower World, John W. Dower,  TomDispatchTruthout / Rise Up Times

https://i0.wp.com/www.truth-out.org/images/Images_2017_03/2017_0328td_.jpg The United States has demonstrated an almost religious devotion to the task of developing and deploying ever more sophisticated weapons of mass destruction. (Photo: Senior Airman Tyler Woodward / US Air Force)

Here, then, is a trend line intimately connected to global violence that is not heading downward. In 1996, the UN’s estimate was that there were 37.3 million forcibly displaced individuals on the planet. Twenty years later, as 2015 ended, this had risen to 65.3 million — a 75% increase over the last two post-Cold War decades that the declinist literature refers to as the “new peace.”

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