Military

Assassination attempt or self-defence?

I was approached by a campaign for a street artist named Ropi, 23 years old, Argentinean national, who is imprisoned in Pernambuco for allegedly trying to assassinate a military policeman. The only (two) media reports I have found are incomplete,…

Mind The Military Emissions Gap

For the past nine days at COP26, governments have been releasing information about what they will do – or will not do, as the case may be – to meet the targets of the Paris Climate Accord. According to a…

War Exercise Despite Pandemic (III)

The US Army Europe and the Bundeswehr prepare for the major Defender Europe 21 large-scale exercise – targeting Russia. NATO countries are preparing for a second major “Defender Europe” exercise. Opening activities are scheduled for May. Last year’s Defender Europe…

German Bundeswehr’s Nuclear Combat Exercise

According to reports, the Bundeswehr has started this year’s “Steadfast Noon” nuclear combat exercise. Within the framework of the so-called Nuclear Sharing, the German Air Force is practicing the various stages German pilots need to go through to drop US…

COP25 Madrid: No free pass for military emissions anymore – Military is a climate killer!

There are few activities on earth as environmentally catastrophic as waging war. One of the biggest culprits of burning oil is the military and, whenever and wherever there is a conflict or a major military exercise, the amount of oil…

Why I Can’t Read the Washington Post

Someone recklessly left a copy of a Washington Post lying around in this coffee shop, and I succumbed to morbid curiosity long enough to notice an article that begins: “Major U.S. defense manufacturers say they will stand by the Trump administration regarding whether American-made…

Trump gives military green light to escalate Afghanistan war

By Patrick Martin President Donald Trump announced a major escalation of the US war in Afghanistan in a nationally televised speech Monday night, although he gave no details either about the number of additional troops that will be sent or…

What I Said at the Peace Hub of the Climate March

Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them. Most countries on earth burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military. And that’s without even calculating how much worse for the climate jet fuel is than other fossil…

U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

Democracy Now! Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The tsunami’s immediate death toll was more than 15,000, with close to 3,000 still missing.…