All Views Articles for 2018-02-05

Monday, February 5, 2018
In a 2015 speech to the U.S. Congress, the very Congress that is so beholden to the war machine, Pope Francis asked why deadly weapons were being sold to those who inflict untold suffering on society. The answer, he said, was money, “money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood.” (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr/cc) Medea Benjamin, Elliot Swain
As Congress Feeds the Merchants of Death, the People Must Divest
If neither major political party will stand up to this status quo, what can be done?
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"We must demand that these funds that would be taken from the pressing needs of our nation such as healthcare, education and infrastructure not be spent on these suicidal weapons."(Photo: Melissa K. Elliott/flickr/cc)  Robert Dodge
With Trump's Nuclear Doctrine the Cold War Resumes
Scientific studies have demonstrated the potential catastrophic global environmental effects following a limited regional nuclear war, using just 100 Hiroshima size weapons that would potentially kill 2 billion people.
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"The rise of authoritarian and fascist regimes, and the weakening of a common sense of purpose, cooperation and solidarity have brought us to a dangerous precipice." (Photo: Flickr/Dan Cook/cc) Ronnie Cummins
Degeneration Nation 2018: The Darkest Hour
Which is more frightening? The destruction of the environment and the climate that sustain human civilization as we have known it? Or the collapse of democracy and the rise of endless war and fascism?
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"Can Israelis begin to see non-Jews – whether Palestinians like Ghada ot Africans – as fellow human beings, as equally deserving of compassion? Or will Israelis sink further into the darkness of a banal evil that threatens to engulf them?" (Photo: Adam Helweh/Flickr/CC) Jonathan Cook
A 14-Year-Old Girl Forced Into the Gaza Cage
Another routine mishap for Israel’s occupation.
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"Conservatives even tend to believe that inequality is part of the natural order, and that any attempt to change it is senseless." (Photo:Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Paul Buchheit
3 Reasons Why So Many People Still Support Trump
Nationalism, exceptionalism, narcissism, racism.
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"While ICE abuses certainly predate the arrival of the Trump administration, there has been a notable increase in the number of arrests of people who don’t have criminal records, those who show up to routine check-in meetings with agents, and even people previously offered humanitarian exceptions." (Photo: U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Flickr) Brian Tashman
Congress Needs To Hold ICE Accountable for Abuses
While Trump uses his bully pulpit to extol ICE and ignore its abuses, grassroots activists and immigrant community leaders are drawing attention to ICE’s role in terrorizing communities.
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Federal police officers hold their weapons while patrolling the city of Monterrey, Mexico (Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters) Belén Fernández
Is Mexico The Most Dangerous Country On Earth?
"Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States."
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"In our country, civilians should be in charge of the war makers, end of story." (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter) William Astore
Our Enemy, Ourselves
Ten commonsense suggestions for making peace, not war.
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