Non-Military Federal Agencies Under Trump Expand Already Enormous Arsenals

Given that during the height of the Iraq War the Army used around 6 million rounds per month, with its planned purchase of 1.6 billion rounds, DHS would have ammo left over after matching the Army’s peak daily outpouring of hot lead for two solid decades.

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WASHINGTON -- The massive purchases of ammo and weapons by non-military federal agencies, like the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration (SSA), that first began under the Obama administration has continued unabated under the Trump administration, while receiving less media coverage. According to a report released last

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Protests Sweep Japan to as Right-Wing Government Pushes for Further Militarization

Japan’s citizens are enraged by the nationalism gripping the former imperialist power. Inflammatory public displays by right-wing lawmakers along with a precipitous increase in the purchase of US weaponry have sparked massive protests.

An anti-war protest in Toyko, Japan. (Photo: Akinori Gomi)

TOKYO -- Massive protests took place across Japan on Thursday to mark 71st Constitution Memorial Day as tens of thousands of people rallied against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s continued attempts to scrap the pacifist aspects of the 1947 U.S.-penned Constitution. The protests drew up to 60,000 participants in Tokyo alone, where Japanese people of

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7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on American Empire

Seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire from Dr. Chomsky.

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Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters -- linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the

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Trump Hypes ‘Caravans’ of Asylum-Seekers as Pretext to Militarize US Border

With each non-enforcement of the Posse Comitatus restrictions separating police and military roles, the U.S. moves closer to acceptance of a de facto assumption of the domestic policing function by the military — also known as a police state.

The US president said today that while there is no "adequate wall and security", the Armed Forces will be in charge of monitoring the border with Mexico. AP / R. Franklin

WASHINGTON – After stirring concerns about “caravans” of Central American asylum seekers heading to the United States, President Donald Trump announced during a press conference Tuesday that he would deploy the National Guard to the U.S.’ southern border to strengthen its protection. “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be

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The Murder of Black-Activist Marielle Franco Marks Brazil’s Return to a Dictatorial Past

The tragic death of Marielle Franco, a black activist against violence in Rio, and a city councilor, fuels fears that the current militarization of security in Brazil is the prelude to a return to its dictatorial past.

A woman stands near a banner featuring councilwoman Marielle Franco at the entrance of City Hall where thousands have gathered to pay their respects to the slain 38-year-old and her driver Anderson Pedro Gomes who were both gunned down the night before by two unidentified attackers, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, March 15, 2018. (AP/Leo Correa)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece for DemocraciaAbierta, following this year’s political carnival in Rio where I reflected on resistance against –and repression from—the Brazilian government, and on how challenging the times that lay ahead were. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, I am here writing again in the wake of this tragedy that

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El gasto militar ya está llevando a la bancarrota a Estados Unidos

Desde 2001, el gobierno de los Estados Unidos ha gastado más de $ 1.8 trillones en las guerras en Afganistán e Irak, es decir, $ 8.3 millones por hora.

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Mark my words, America’s war spending will bankrupt the nation. For that matter, America’s war spending has already bankrupted the nation to the tune of more than $20 trillion dollars. Now the Trump Administration is pushing for a $4.4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2019 that would add $7 trillion to the already unsustainable federal deficit in

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