Category: Anti-War & International Law

It’s not just ‘Guns vs. Butter’

Does our massive military spending really make us safer?

by Kevin Martin

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is not just a disaster for addressing climate change, it is also detrimental to world peace. The Pentagon long ago determined climate change and its effects such as famine and drought help drive armed conflict—and are major factors in current wars in Africa and the Middle East.

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NFP Statement on U.S. Acts of Aggression

The United States movement toward what in any other time would be understood to be acts of war, in the destruction of the lives and property of members of sovereign nations, is not satisfactory. In recent days, we have had two acts of aggression, one the rocket bombing of Syria and the other the MOAB bombing of Afghanistan, without an invocation of the War Powers Act or a declaration of war. Presently, Mr. Trump is threatening to do “something about” North Korea without a public discussion or congressional action.

If our nation is to expect lawful behavior of its citizens, it must expect to obey is own constitution and international law. This implies action in conformity with the U. S. Constitution and the charter of the United Nations. Attacks on sovereign nations without lawful and visibly constitutional action prior, to give sanction to the attacks, no matter how nobly motivated supposedly these attacks are, take us outside of U.S. and international law and make us a nation of brute force rather than of laws. Please write to or call our leaders on this matter.

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The Death of the American Heart

by Mary Pipher

Our country has a long history of religious tolerance and sanctuary for the downtrodden from all over the world. However, we also have a long, sad history of demonizing the other. This moment in time is in keeping with the worst of our nativist traditions. Currently, there are over 65 million displaced people globally, including four million Syrians. While most of these refugees are in crowded camps, some countries have absorbed hundreds of thousands of refugees. Meanwhile, in America we have not been doing our share.

Under President Trump’s Executive Order, issued January 27, we would welcome no one. At the moment there is a stay on this order, however President Trump will soon issue a new order. This will mean family members will not be reunited and people whose lives are at risk will be abandoned in dangerous places. Already we are seeing massive deportations of asylum seekers and immigrant workers.

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What Happens When All We Have Left Is The Pentagon?

Trump’s Vision of a Militarized America
By William D. Hartung
tomdispatch.com

At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds. If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers. He and his team are now promising that spending on defense and homeland security will increase dramatically in the years to come, even as domestic programs are slashed and entire civilian agencies shuttered.

The new administration is reportedly considering a plan -- modeled on proposals from the military-industrial-complex-backed Heritage Foundation -- that would cut a staggering $10.5 trillion in federal spending over the next decade. The Departments of Energy, Commerce, Transportation, and State might see their budgets slashed to the bone; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized; and (though the money involved would amount to chicken feed) the National Endowments for the Arts and for the Humanities would be eliminated altogether. In the meantime, the ranks of the Army and Marines would be expanded, a huge naval buildup would be launched, and a new Star Wars-style missile defense system would be developed -- all at a combined cost of up to $1 trillion beyond the already munificent current Pentagon plans for that same decade.

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Trump’s Latest Comments Stoke Talk of a New Nuclear Arms Race

While His Press Secretary Tries to Explain
The Washington Post
By John Wagner

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For a second straight day, President-elect Donald Trump sent provocative signals Friday about expanding the U.S. nuclear arsenal, while his staff scrambled to temper remarks that suggested a break with four decades of policy charted by presidents of both parties.

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