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Pulitzer-winning photographer who captured the despair of war dies at 104 21.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Former Associated Press photographer Max Desfor, whose photo of hundreds of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge in 1950 captured the desperation of wartime and helped win him a Pulitzer Prize, has died at the age of 104.

Desfor, who died Monday in Silver Spring, Md., volunteered...

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Trump's National Defense Strategy: Something for Everyone (in the Military-Industrial Complex) 20.2.2018
The stories at Truthout equip ordinary people with the facts and resources to create extraordinary change. Support this vital work by making a tax-deductible donation now! Think of it as the chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages: Do very real threats to the United States inadvertently benefit the military-industrial complex or does the national security state, by its very nature, conjure up inflated threats to feed that defense machine?  Back in 2008, some of us placed our faith, naively enough, in the hands of mainstream Democrats -- specifically, those of a young senator named Barack Obama. He would reverse the war policies of George W. Bush, deescalate the unbridled Global War on Terror, and right the ship of state. How'd that turn out?  In retrospect, though couched in a far more sophisticated and peaceable rhetoric than Bush's, his moves would prove largely cosmetic when it came to this country's forever wars: a significant reduction in the use of conventional ground troops, but more drones , ...
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Former AP photographer Max Desfor dies at 104 19.2.2018 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Associated Press photographer Max Desfor, whose photo of hundreds of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge in 1950 helped win him a Pulitzer Prize, died Monday. He was 104....
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"The US's Culture of Violence Contributes to the Sanctification of the Second Amendment": An Interview With Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 19.2.2018
A gun display showing the Statue of Liberty holding a pistol is seen at a National Rifle Association outdoor sports trade show on February 10, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Second Amendment was born of slave patrols and militia massacres of Indigenous people. (Photo: Dominick Reuter / AFP / Getty Images) The Second Amendment had little utility while white supremacy reigned, says Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Loaded. It was only in the post-World War II era -- with the rise of the Black, Indigenous and Mexican freedom movements -- did white nationalists, including state and local officials, being using it as a legal tool to preserve or restore white dominance. A gun display showing the Statue of Liberty holding a pistol is seen at a National Rifle Association outdoor sports trade show on February 10, 2017, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Second Amendment was born of slave patrols and militia massacres of Indigenous people. (Photo: Dominick Reuter / AFP / Getty Images) In Loaded: A Disarming ...
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'America is at war' with 'violent criminal aliens' says GOP Senate candidate Lou Barletta 17.2.2018 News
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta declared that "America is at war" over illegal immigration in a new mailer, painting a picture of dangerous, violent criminals flooding the country as he campaigns for U.S. Senate. The language shows how President Trump's rhetoric on a signature issue has filtered down to fellow Republicans, while Democrats accused Barletta of extremism. "I won't sugarcoat it … "America is at war," says a Barletta fund-raising solicitation that landed in some mailboxes this past week, just as the Senate took up an immigration debate (the emphasis in this quote and others in this story from the original document). Barletta, a longtime hard-liner on illegal immigration, is the leading Republican seeking to challenge Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in Pennsylvania, and his mailer is one demonstration of how Trump's rhetorical style has filtered down to fellow Republicans, experts said. Democrats pointed to it as an example of what they say is Barletta's extremism.
With Koreas Olympic thaw, war-split families want reunions 16.2.2018 AP Top News
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) -- When Kang Hwa-seon married into a family that lived in a thatched house in this eastern coastal city in the early 1940s, she was in essence a mother to her little brother-in-law. She fed him, took him to school, watched him grow into a handsome boy who carried her baby daughter on his shoulder....
In peace as in war, Colombia's ex-rebels live apart from society 16.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

This compound in the mountains southwest of Bogota was supposed to be abandoned by now, its white pre-fab houses and water treatment plant dismantled, its residents packed up and gone.

It was hastily erected by the government as part of the November 2016 accord that ended a five-decade conflict...

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Court received 1.17 million war crimes claims from Afghans 16.2.2018 AP Top News
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Since the International Criminal Court began collecting material three months ago for a possible war crimes case involving Afghanistan, it has gotten a staggering 1.17 million statements from Afghans who say they were victims....
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NASA is bringing back Cold War-era atomic rockets to get to Mars 16.2.2018 LA Times: Business

In the race to land humans on Mars, NASA is blowing the cobwebs off a technology it shelved in the 1970s: nuclear-powered rockets.

Last year, NASA partnered with BWXT Nuclear Energy Inc. for an $18.8-million contract to design a reactor and develop fuel for use in a nuclear-thermal propulsion engine...

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The Costs of US Wars Are Staggering, but Most Americans Continue to Ignore Them 15.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
US Army soldiers engage in a live-fire exercise in the Zabul province of Afghanistan, July 1, 2010. (Photo: The US Army ) Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. I'm in my mid-thirties, which means that, after the 9/11 attacks, when this country went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq in what President George W. Bush called the "Global War on Terror," I was still in college. I remember taking part in a couple of campus antiwar demonstrations and, while working as a waitress in 2003, being upset by customers who ordered " freedom fries ," not "French fries," to protest France's opposition to our war in Iraq. (As it happens, my mother is French, so it felt like a double insult.) For years, like many Americans, that was about all the thought I put into the war on terror. But one career choice led to another and today I'm co-director of the  Costs of War Project  at Brown University's  Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs . Now, when I ...
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In chronicling the war in Syria, Feras Fayyad knew he was documenting history before it could be reshaped 15.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Director Feras Fayyad’s powerful documentary “Last Men in Aleppo” follows volunteer members of the White Helmets as they rescued civilians inside the Syrian war’s Battle of Aleppo from 2015 to early 2017 and is the first Syrian film to earn an Oscar nomination.

Arrested twice by the Assad regime...

Trump's military parade could cost as much as $50 million 15.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A U.S. official says the Department of Defense has worked up five different options for the military parade President Trump has requested, ranging in cost from $3 million to $50 million.
Shifting Alliances Make Syria's Tangle of Wars More Dangerous 15.2.2018 Wall St. Journal: World
With so many actors upping their stakes in Syria, and with fleeting alliances of convenience, the potential has grown for a disastrous miscalculation and for the conflict to expand dramatically and beyond Syria’s borders.
As Gaza deteriorates, Israel turns to world for help 15.2.2018 AP Top News
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Four years ago, Israel inflicted heavy damage on Gaza's infrastructure during a bruising 50-day war with Hamas militants. Now, fearing a humanitarian disaster on its doorstep, it's appealing to the world to fund a series of big-ticket development projects in the war-battered strip....
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'Black Panther,' already a cultural moment, is about to shatter movie business assumptions 14.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The fictional African land of Wakanda, which outsiders wrongly assume to be a Third World country, is the most technologically advanced nation on Earth in the Marvel comic book universe. This weekend, the new film about Wakanda’s protector, Black Panther, is also poised to destroy long-held assumptions...

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A Trip Down Memory Lane, Pentagon-Style 13.2.2018
Around 20 social justice activists associated with Code Pink and other peace groups rallied in front of The White House to protest the renewed bombing of Iraq on August 20, 2014. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian ) If you're in the mood, would you consider taking a walk with me and, while we're at it, thinking a little about US wars? Nothing particularly ambitious, mind you, just -- if you're up for it -- a stroll to the corner.  Now, admittedly, there's a small catch here. Where exactly is that corner?  I think the first time I heard about it might have been back in January 2004 and it was located somewhere in Iraq. That was, if you remember, just nine months after American troops triumphantly entered a burning Baghdad and the month after Iraq's autocratic ruler, Saddam Hussein, was captured near his hometown, Tikrit.  Yet despite President George W. Bush's unforgettable May 1, 2003, " mission accomplished " moment when, from the deck of an aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego, he  declared  "major ...
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Did Delco man order massacre of 600 Liberians hiding in a church? He says it's 'all lies' 13.2.2018 News
Nearly three decades after the fact, an international human rights organization believes it has found - in Delaware County - the man who led a massacre of 600 unarmed civilians during the first Liberian Civil War. He maintains it's "all lies."
With 'Propaganda Pots,' Bari Ziperstein gives Cold War messages a new dimension 13.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary
The Los Angeles artist draws upon Eastern Bloc posters from the Cold War for the inspiration and imagery behind ceramic designs now on view.
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The Constitutional podcast finale: 'Ourselves and our posterity' 12.2.2018 Washington Post
In the "Constitutional" finale, we address listener questions about the history — and future — of the nation's governing document.
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No one wins after Israel's strikes, but Syrians definitely lose 12.2.2018 Washington Post
No one wins after Israel's strikes, but Syrians definitely lose
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