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Ask Beatty – 11.13.17

Mass shootings.  Sexual assault.  Domestic Violence.  Beatty talks about all of the things that we can we all DO to keep ourselves sane in the midst of this madness.   My guest today is  Sonia Satra, actress, founder and CEO of Moticise, an award -winning wellness program, international speaker, mother and wife, who recently conquered Mount Kilimanjaro.  She shares the …

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Paul Fitzgerald Elizabeth Gould – Neoconizing the Just War Doctrine in the service of American Empire

Over the years only a small handful of policy pundits have struggled to find a core principle that might explain the American government’s irrational desire to expand its Cold War military alliance (NATO). With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the demobilization of Warsaw Pact forces, the organization no longer had a reason to live and should …

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Nadia Prupis – New Documents Show US Knew Helping Saudis in Yemen Could Be War Crime

As the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia comes under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the Gulf nation’s weekend bombing campaign in Yemen, a Reuters exclusive published Monday reveals that the Obama administration approved a $1.3 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia last year despite warnings that it could implicate the U.S. in war crimes. The Saudi-led …

ARLINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 14, 2001:  (SEPTEMBER 11 RETROSPECTIVE) A military helicopter flies in front of the Pentagon September 14, 2001 in Arlington, Virginia at the impact site where a hijacked airliner crashed into the building.  (Photo by Stephen J. Boitano/Getty Images)

Tom Engelhardt – Bombs Away! Their Precision Weaponry and Ours

On the morning of September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda launched its four-plane air force against the United States. On board were its precision weapons: 19 suicidal hijackers. One of those planes, thanks to the resistance of its passengers, crashed in a Pennsylvania field.  The other three hit their targets — the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and …

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Warrior Connection – 08.21.16

The August 21st edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion About the effects of military deployments and operations on children and family. We also read two new poems about war written by Jared Worley, USAF veteran, and published in SITREP: VETERAN PERSPECTIVES ON WAR AND PEACE, Western Illinois University 2016.

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MARCUS WEISGERBER – Despite Objections, Pentagon Takes Step Toward Buying New Nuclear Weapons

The U.S. Air Force took a first step toward buying controversial new nuclear weapons Friday, asking defense companies to submit bids to design and build cruise missiles and ICBMs. The move comes amid the highest tension with Russia since the end of the Cold War and flies in the face of senators who have called on the Obama administration to cancel plans to build the …

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Chuck Spinney – Why Are Defense Policy Wonks So Ineffectual?

Today, America’s foreign policy is a shambles.  Its primary features are (1) a perpetual war on terror, and (2) the seemingly inevitable march into a new and unnecessary cold war against Russia and China.  At the same time, President Obama is leaving his successor with a budget plan containing a front loaded and political engineered* procurement bow wave that guarantees steeply rising …

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John Pilger – Eerie Silence about a New World War

Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at …

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BRYAN SCHATZ – The Obama Years Have Been Very Good to America’s Weapons Makers

The Obama years have been a boom time for America’s weapons makers. Since 2009, the United States has approved arms deals worth some $200 billion—more than under any other presidency. The deals include sending Apache helicopters to Qatar, “bunker buster” bombs and cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia, and Hellfire missiles all over the place. Predicting an increase in weapons sales …

Craig Whitlock – More Air Force Drones Are Crashing Than Ever as Mysterious New Problems Emerge

record number of Air Force drones crashed in major accidents last year, documents show, straining the U.S. military’s fleet of robotic aircraft when it is in more demand than ever for counterterrorism missions in an expanding array of war zones. Driving the increase was a mysterious surge in mishaps involving the Air Force’s newest and most advanced “hunter-killer” drone, the …