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US defense budget US Congress approves record defense budget of USD 778 billion 

Despite its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden administration’s first defense budget is USD 38 billion higher than last year’s and more than the combined defense budgets of the next 11 countries

What role does the military play in climate change?

A gaping hole in the COP26 official agenda was the oversized role of the military industrial complex in environmental devastation. The US is a global leader on this front with the Pentagon being a bigger polluter than 140 countries combined

Colin Powell. Former US secretary of state Colin Powell leaves legacy of war crimes and lies

Post September 11, 2001, Powell, along with secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld and president George Bush Jr, was among the leading architects of the so-called global war on terror that killed almost a million people across the globe

War in Yemen Anti-war groups ask US lawmakers to end support to Saudi-led war in Yemen

Despite the assurances given by US president Joe Biden earlier this year, the US continues to extend crucial military support to the Saudi-led coalition’s war efforts in Yemen

Bush Obama 9/11 How can the US wake up from its post-9/11 nightmare?

The only hope for the future is to abandon the futile quest for hegemony and instead commit to peace, cooperative diplomacy, international law, and disarmament.

Anti-war and rights groups demand end to “unlawful” US airstrikes and drone attacks

A letter signed by 113 groups reminded Joe Biden of his promise to end forever wars and center the protection of human rights in his foreign policy, an assurance he has given repeatedly since assuming presidency in January

US conducts yet another round of airstrikes on Syria, Iraq

The airstrike on Syria was the second since Joe Biden assumed office. According to Syrian Arab News Agency, one child and three adults were killed in the attack

After release of whistleblower Reality Winner, now attention on Assange, Hale and Snowden

Winner was released for good behavior while in prison and will continue to remain under transitional custody for the remainder of her sentence. Meanwhile, activists and journalists are calling for attention to cases against Julian Assange, Daniel Hale and Edward Snowden

US civil society stands up against anti-China bill as Senate moves closer to passing it

A bipartisan vote closed debate on the omnibus US Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), which many argue includes provisions that could escalate trade disputes between the US and China and could further rising anti-Asian racism 

Opposition mounts to US arms sales to Israel

Several US congresspersons and rights groups have objected to the Joe Biden government’s decision to sell weapons worth USD 735 million to Israel, citing continued violations of human rights in Gaza and other occupied Palestinian territories

Iran COVID wave, US sanctions Rights groups demand end of sanctions against Iran amid fresh COVID-19 wave

Iran, one of the worst COVID-19 affected countries in the world, has been facing difficulties in getting supplies of vaccines and other medical requirements due to US sanctions

Activists and anti-war groups slam US decision to proceed with arms sales to UAE

The Joe Biden administration had earlier suspended its predecessor’s decision, pending review, to sell USD 23 billion worth of arms including 50 advanced F-35 fighter jets and 18 MQ 9-B unmanned Aerial Systems to the UAE

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