U.S. Militarism’s Toxic, Planet-Killing Impact on Climate Policy | Medea Benjamin

Twenty years of Pentagon violence and waste should ring alarm bells inside the head of every American, warning us that we have allowed our government to spend trillions of dollars waging war while ignoring real existential dangers to our civilization and all of humanity.

Source: Opinion | U.S. Militarism’s Toxic, Planet-Killing Impact on Climate Policy | Medea Benjamin

Five Ways the U.S. Created and Prolonged the Afghan Crisis 

Media coverage of the Taliban takeover of Kabul would lead most Americans to believe that U.S. involvement in Afghanistan began after 9/11, with the invasion to topple the previous Taliban government. But Afghanistan has been at war continuously for 42 years, and the Pentagon has been involved every step of the way, under both Republican More

Source: Five Ways the U.S. Created and Prolonged the Afghan Crisis – CounterPunch.org

 

Nearly two decades ago, the Central Intelligence Agency began its sadistic program of torture and abuse, and the Department of Defense created a prison at Guantanamo to evade U.S. law. We are still learning about the horrors of the Global War on Terror. On July 16, military prosecutors finally asked to erase information obtained through torture and abuse. Several days later, the Biden administration transferred its first detainee out of Gitmo, repatriating a Moroccan man who had been cleared for release five years ago. These two items provide an opportunity to document the inadequacy and the errors of the mainstream media’s coverage of CIA’s unconscionable crimes.

Source: The Continuing Horror of CIA’s Torture and Abuse – CounterPunch.org

If You Grew Up With the U.S. Blockade as a Cuban, You Might Understand the Recent Protests Differently 

During the early morning of July 17, Johana Tablada joined tens of thousands of Cubans as they gathered along the Malecón boulevard in Havana to stand with the Cuban Revolution. “We are human beings who live, work, suffer, and struggle for a better Cuba,” she told us. “We are not bots or troll farms or anything like that.” She referred to what has been called the Bay of Tweets, a social media campaign developed in Miami, Florida, that attempted to inflame Cuba’s social problems into a political crisis. More

Source: If You Grew Up With the U.S. Blockade as a Cuban, You Might Understand the Recent Protests Differently – CounterPunch.org

Julian Assange Rots in Jail as U.S. Slaughters First Amendment 

Years pass, and journalist Julian Assange languishes in a British jail. His crime? Truthful reporting of U.S. military atrocities in Iraq, reporting that sparked a lust for vengeance among U.S. politicos and military men. With Assange, the American empire would manage what imperialists couldn’t with whistleblower Edward Snowden, who slipped through their fingers by wisely More

Source: Julian Assange Rots in Jail as U.S. Slaughters First Amendment – CounterPunch.org

175 Years of Border Invasions: The Anniversary of the U.S. War on Mexico and the Roots of Northward Migration 

Amid renewed fear mongering about an “invasion” at the U.S.-Mexico border, this week’s 175th anniversary of the 1846–1848 war the U.S. government instigated with Mexico is a reminder that throughout U.S. history, invasions have gone almost exclusively from north to south, not vice versa. A near-continuous series of invasions—military, political, and economic—moving from north to south has helped produce the poverty, violence, and insecurity driving people to migrate from south to north.

Source: 175 Years of Border Invasions: The Anniversary of the U.S. War on Mexico and the Roots of Northward Migration | Portside