as the global population grows to 9 billion by midcentury will there be enough food and water?
world population: 8.1 billion 2023 China 1.4B India 1.3B US 331M
attempts to return to the same approach would align with the popular definition of insanity.
it is urgent to rebuild a global peace movement opposed to all military alliances and the ongoing massive increases in defense budgets.
we must revive the values of liberalism, pluralism, understanding, and democracy. And resist the "us verses them" urge. cfr.org Antisemitism and anti-muslim hate are surging.
US border patrol
it is not clear to the little girl...
Russian aggression in UkraineUkraine
Israel aggression in PalestinePalestine
Iran -State oppression and civil unrest and protests
Iran security forces are targeting schoolgirls to put an end to the mass anti-regime protests.
U.S. AR-15 is a combat rifle.
in a civil society people don't shoot people. The AR-15 is a combat rifle. If u have an AR-15 with a 30-round mag then u r hunting people.
"I've hunted for 60 years and I've never had to shoot 17 deer at once."
U.S. armored vehicles around the world
when it comes to national security policy, the U.S. has been on a steady hypermilitarized arc for decades.
U.S. is the best military brand in the world. U.S. armored vehicles, tanks and Javelin anti-tank missiles, aircraft and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, artillery like howitzers, and tactical Switchblade drones, as well as ammunition. see US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
F-35 is an $80M fighter jet with 2 $1M JASSM joint air to surface standoff missiles 450kg/1000lb cruise missile with an armor piercing warhead, and 2 LRASM long range anti-ship missiles, and 2 AIM-9X air-to-air combat missiles on its wings, and a 25mm cannon.
U.S. $768 billion
for fiscal year 2022 the NDAA authorized $768b in defense spending. Compare a 1 year budget vs. over a 10 year span for Biden's Build Back Better $2trillion.
U.S. fiscal year budget
the FY 2022 U.S. defense budget request of $715b, reflects a 1.6% increase, when compared to the FY 2021 enacted amount of $703.7b.
Russian aggression in Ukraine
UN votes to suspend Russia from its Human Rights Council
UN resolutions are non-binding, but a diplomatic victory for Ukraine as the UN General Assembly condemns Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 07 Apr 2022
UN says "bad Russia"
UN General Assembly vote, 141 of 193 nations reprimand Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, demand withdrawal of forces. Resolution deplores Russia's aggression and condems Putin, increasing international isolation. 02 Mar 2022
NATO map select NATO MEMBERS in left nav or Active layers in lower right.
Michael McFaul, fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Russia. @McFaul Twitter /and article in journalofdemocracy.org
read Peter Strzok, Compromised
7 Oct 2001, in retaliation to the 9/11 terror attacks in America 1300 U.S. troops were deployed to Afghanistan.
chart pgPeterson Foundation Afghanistan and Iraq war costs are estimated to be $2 trillion.
good luck trying to get translators for your next war if you cannot be trusted to keep your promises to local allies.
American conservatives assumed that military power would enable the U.S. to accomplish a radical idealogical agenda, particularly in the Middle East. neocon neoconservatism described the thinking of aggressive foreign policy through military might, and made the strident case for U.S. global military dominance, and open-ended wars. That effort to force liberal democracies on other cultures and countries proved to be a costly failure. see Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, President George W. Bush.
ISIL vs. affiliates, al-Qaeda vs. Taliban
Sunni-Shia conflict as well as the intra-Sunni conflict
ISIL was formed by defectors from al-Qaeda in 2014 in Syria who then attacked their parent organisation and its Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra. ISKP was formed primarily by defectors from the Taliban in both Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2015, who then went on to attack the Afghan branch. In both cases, the defectors considered their former organisations not extreme enough or not committed enough to attack fellow Sunnis, who they considered deviants, or Shia Muslims.
the threat of ISKP in Afghanistan Aljazeera Aug 2021
Taliban before U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: open-bed Toyota trucks, primary weapon: AK-47, that the Russians left behind.
Taliban after U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: brand-new .50 Cal turret mounted Humvee armored vehicles: high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), primary weapon: M4, that the U.S. left behind.
no gun left behind
the U.S. M4/M4A1 5.56mm carbine service rifle, is a lightweight, gas-operated, direct impingement, shoulder fired weapon and a 30 Rd mag capacity. The short barrel, 14.5 inch barrel length with built-in accessory rail, and telescoping stock, provides soldiers operating in close quarters with improved handling and the capability to rapidly and accurately engage targets at extended range, day or night. The M4 has a maximum range of 600 m, rate of fire of 700-950 rpm, muzzle velocity of 2,900 fps. The trigger unit of the M4A1 is modified to fire full-auto instead of the 3-round burst in the M4.
the goal of the Israeli aggression is to expel Palestinians from Palestine.
virtual border wall
autonomous surveillance towers the Intercept
Voting Rights Act of 1965, considered the most important civil rights statue, overturned totalitarian apartheid in the South. GOP effort to make voting harder and donating easier, is the opposite of the Voting Rights Act.
the recent GOP effort to restrict voting rights of Americans is against democracy.
the platform of the GOP seems to be against a multiracial democracy.
Noam Chomsky chomsky.info
Ilhan Omar for telling the truth The Intercept