By Staff of KFYR-TV – WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to the Morton County Sheriff’s Office, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants all people camping on its property north of the Cannonball River to leave by Dec. 5. The Corps sent a letter to Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault Nov. 25, saying the decision is to protect the general public from violent confrontations between protesters and law enforcement in that area. He also says the decision was made to protect inhabitants of the camps from the harsh North Dakota winter and that medical, emergency and fire response teams cannot be provided.
By Julia Carrie Wong for The Guardian – The US army corps of engineers has completed its review of the Dakota Access pipeline and is calling for “additional discussion and analysis”, further delaying completion of a project that has faced massive opposition from indigenous and environmental activists. The statement comes amid heightened tensions between Native American activists and the surrounding community over the pipeline, which the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says could contaminate its water supply and destroy sacred sites.
By Steve Horn for Desmog – Robert Crear, one of the lobbyists working for Dakota Access pipeline co-owners Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, formerly served as a chief of staff and commanding general for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Army Corps and other federal agencies are currently reviewing the permit granted for the controversial pipeline’s construction near the Missouri River and Lake Oahe in North Dakota…
By Staff of Tele Sur – Victims of the paramilitary operation against the FARC-EP in 2002 called on the former president to take responsibility for the crimes. As Colombians mark the 14th anniversary of “Operation Orion” – a military offensive in the city of Medellin against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that led to the takeover by paramilitary groups who killed and tortured people – victims are calling for the prosecution of the official who authorized the operation: former President Alvaro Uribe.
By Staff of Auckland Peace Action – The government has indicated it plans to deploy the NZ military against a peaceful flotilla opposing the entry of warships into Auckland Harbour in November. “This is a major crackdown on protests. It even bans swimming in parts of the Harbour while these warships are around,” said Auckland Peace Action member Valerie Morse. The NZ Navy is hosting wargames with a US warship in mid-November in the Hauraki Gulf. Auckland Peace Action is organising a flotilla to demonstrate New Zealanders’ opposition to war and weapons.
By Pat Elder for World Beyond War – Countering military recruitment in the nation’s high schools confronts an ugly mix of a distinctively American brand of institutionalized violence, racism, militarism, nationalism, classism, and sexism. It confronts the greatest problems in American society. I will spend a few minutes on the despicable public policy involving tens of thousands of American government employees both in and out of active duty, whose job it is to persuade high school kids to enlist in the Armed Services. It is an extraordinarily deceptive and reprehensible psychological pursuit.
By Carol Morello and William Booth for The Washington Post – The United States signed an unprecedented pact with Israel that will provide the Jewish state with the largest amount of military aid ever awarded, $38 billion over 10 years, with promises of the latest in fighter jets, missile defense systems and cutting-edge technology. The signing did not take place between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — or their defense secretaries — but occurred in a quiet ceremony on a top floor of the State Department, and neither of the men who signed the pact was a household name.
By Ed Pilkington for the Guardian. Chelsea Manning has made an impassioned critique against the US military’s new rules allowing transgender people openly to serve in the armed forces, arguing that the reforms fall short of true equality. As the highest-profile transgender individual in the armed services today, Manning’s criticisms carry particular weight within the debate around opening up the military. The army soldier said she responded to the defense secretary Ash Carter’s announcement of the rule change on Thursday with initial relief, followed by a dawning concern. Writing for the Guardian from her prison cell in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking US state secrets to WikiLeaks, Manning raised two main objections to the revised policies. Since 2014 she has been suing the US government in federal court to be allowed to live fully as a woman while in custody. So far, her wishes have only been partially granted. She has been given access to hormone treatment, cosmetics and speech therapy. But the military is continuing to hold her in a male lock-up within Fort Leavenworth, and insists that she must wear her hair at regulation length for male personnel.
By Gili Cohen for Haaretz – Conscientious objector Tair Kaminer, 19, was sentenced to another 45 days in military prison on Sunday for refusing to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. The sentence, imposed by the IDF’s Tel Hashomer induction base commander Col. Eran Shani, will be the sixth term served by Kaminer. She has already served some 125 days in lock-up. By the time Kaminer completes her latest sentence, she will have spent almost 170 days in military detention.
By Staff of Unicorn Riot – Cleveland has struggled with state violence in recent years; the killing by police of twelve-year-old Tamir Rice is one example among many. The police department is currently run under a consent decree reached with the Department of Justice. Foreshadowing coming events, community protests in Cleveland have been targeted with counterinsurgency-style policing in the last two years, with mass arrests taking place and protesters being detained at Burke Lakefront Airport.
By John Hedges for Anphblacht – THE Galway Alliance Against War has welcomed the “peace action” on Wednesday morning at Shannon Airport in which two peace activists were arrested while waving a Tricolour flag on a runway in protest at the presence of United States military aircraft. The two were named by Galway Alliance Against War as Dave Donnellan and Colm Roddy. Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW) said in a statement that the action in the centenary year of the 1916 Rising “which at its heart was a stand in opposition to imperialist war”.
By Staff of Tele Sur – According to a report among the plans is also the negotiation of another military base in the border with Paraguay and Brazil. A military delegation sent by Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Wednesday signed an agreement on military cooperation with the United States, which entails the establishment of a U.S. military base in Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of the South American nation.
By Staff of Empire Files – On Memorial Day, politicians will speak at ceremonies all over the country and repeat their favorite mantra: “Support the troops.” This pledge is hammered into the American psyche at every turn. But there is a hidden, dark history that shows that the politicians are in fact no friend to service members–but their greatest enemy. An easy way to prove this truth is to look at how they so quickly betray and abandon their soldiers after purposely ruining their lives, and even after using them as literal lab rats.
By Mariam Elba for Waging Nonviolence – Conscientious objectors from the Israeli military, or “refusers,” are a small but growing group within an increasingly right-wing and militarized society. Last month, several young refusers visited 12 U.S. cities as part of a speaking tour sponsored by theAmerican Friends Service Committee and the Refuser Solidarity Network. On April 27, following an event in New York City hosted by Columbia/Barnard Jewish Voice for Peace, I spoke with refusers Yasmin Yablonko and Khaled Farrag, who each run their own support groups for conscientious objectors.
By Eleanor Goldfield for Occupy – This week – I’ll tell you what I’m not covering and then I think it’s about time I uncovered those moments and times on the front lines — that suck — when the powers that be unleash their flailing pawns to break us and stop us. As we recognize the need to recognize our own and each other’s health and wellness, hear the tale of two activists who are neither broken nor stopping. And lastly but most of the budget – our military. But first, I am a hypocrite.