Joint Statement of Guiding Principles From the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

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We, the Foreign Ministers and principals of the Global Coalition, have come together in Kuwait City united in our determination to defeat ISIS/Da’esh through a focused, sustained, multifaceted effort. We know our enemy: ISIS/Da’esh is intrinsically malevolent, celebrates cruelty, systematically violates international law and regularly commits gross abuses of human rights. Yet three and a half years into this effort, ISIS/Da’esh stands undeniably degraded – it has lost its territorial hold in Iraq and only a few pockets of land remain under its control in Syria. Its leadership, on-line presence and global networks are under pressure. But our work is not done. ISIS/Da’esh remains a serious threat to the stability of the region and to our common security. Enduring defeat will come when ISIS/Da’esh no longer has safe havens from which to operate; when it no longer poses a threat to our homelands; and when it can no longer convey its ideology of hate globally. Recognizing that we are at an inflection point, where we must sustain attention to Iraq and Syria to secure our significant gains, while simultaneously adapting our footing to curb ISIS/Daesh’s global ambitions, we offer these Guiding Principles as our vision for the future of this Coalition.

Ultimately to achieve a full and enduring defeat of ISIS/Da’esh, the Coalition will fully eliminate ISIS/Da’esh as a territorial threat in Iraq and Syria and stabilize liberated communities in an inclusive manner. We will mobilize Coalition members and external partners, using a whole-of-government approach, to disrupt ISIS/Da’esh networks and its branches and affiliates, including possible new manifestations and variants, and deny its freedom of movement, safe havens, and access to resources in accordance with and in support of UNSCR 2396. We will combat ISIS/Da’esh’s ideology to prevent its reemergence, recruitment, and expansion. We will support local voices that offer an alternative vision to ISIS/Da’esh’s propaganda, and we will redouble our efforts to deny ISIS/Da’esh space to exploit social media and the Internet. We will work to consolidate our gains to date and prevent a re-emergence of ISIS/Da’esh by supporting Iraqi-led political and security sector reforms, and, through UNSCR 2254, committing to reach a political solution in Syria, thus helping to address root causes for the appearance of ISIS/Da’esh.

Our approach rests on a number of key pillars. First, we see this Coalition as a mobilizing and coordinating mechanism nested in a much larger diplomatic, military and counterterrorism ecosystem, in accordance with the principles of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations, and relevant Security Council Resolutions. Second, we recognize nations bear primary responsibility for defending their homelands against ISIS/Da’esh; our Coalition must work by, with, and through our partners. Third, membership in this Coalition is voluntary, as are the contributions each of us makes to this effort. Fourth and finally, we agree there is no single approach to the defeat of ISIS/Da’esh– each one is tailored to address the unique nature of the threat in a given country or region – importantly, most approaches to ISIS/Da’esh globally will not mirror our efforts in Iraq and Syria, where Coalition-led military action has been central. That said, we agree there is great utility in sustaining collaboration and unity of purpose across the Coalition against ISIS/Da’esh and ISIS-related threats on a global scale.

At the heart of our collaboration are the Coalition’s Working Groups, and each one has a unique path forward.

The Counter-Finance Working Group (CIFG) focuses on identifying and disrupting ISIS/Da’esh’s ability to generate revenue and access the regional and international financial systems. As ISIS/Da’esh adapts in response to its territorial losses in Iraq and Syria, the CIFG will adapt with it, leveraging its collaboration with like-minded multilateral organizations and encouraging members to take more concrete actions against ISIS/Da’esh financing.

The Foreign Terrorist Fighter Working Group (FTF WG) focuses on supporting and encouraging preventive, counter-terrorism-related information sharing through appropriate bilateral and collective law enforcement channels (such as Interpol), rehabilitation/reintegration, law enforcement and legal/criminal justice actions to mitigate the FTF threat (including FTF and their families returning, relocating and resurfacing). The FTF WG will continue to serve as a platform for an international whole-of-government approach, enhancing collaboration and capacity building within and across disciplines and seeking close connections and where possible integration with relevant international CT structures such as the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

The Communications Working Group seeks to contest the information space in which ISIS/Da’esh operates and to ensure that the contraction of the group’s territory is followed by its ideological defeat. It co-ordinates and coalesces the strategic communications approaches of Coalition members; fosters external partnerships to amplify the reach and impact of the international community’s efforts to degrade ISIS/Da’esh propaganda; and it builds resilience in vulnerable audiences – all aimed at reducing ISIS/Da’esh’s capability to use propaganda to recruit, and to incite and inspire violence. We will share expertise and best practice to tackle future propaganda threats from other violent extremist organizations.

The Working Group on Stabilization plays a central role coordinating and promoting international stabilization efforts in Iraq and, where possible, in Syria. Successful IDP return is essential to consolidate the military defeat of ISIS/Da’esh. In the course of 2018, as stabilization work in Iraq begins to conclude, the group will also assist the Iraqi Government’s efforts to secure the significant military gains against ISIS/Da’esh and prevent new violence in liberated areas by supporting the transition from stabilization to sustainable reconstruction. At the same time, the Police Training Sub Group will strengthen its focus on “blue training” and support the Iraqi government’s efforts to restructure the Federal police and create a civilian police force that represents and is trusted by all citizens in Iraq. In Syria, the Working Group on Stabilization will coordinate and promote stabilization efforts with the aim of strengthening credible, inclusive and non-sectarian governance, in accordance with and in support of UNSCR 2254.

The defense aspects of the Coalition also will continue to evolve as the nature of the threat changes and the Coalition increasingly focuses on ISIS/Da’esh networks and branches. As with the Coalition’s Foreign Ministers, Defense Ministries also will continue to coordinate regularly on how best to address the threat. The Coalition will pursue its military commitment in Iraq and Syria, and the existing Coalition Force Command in Tampa will continue to support the efforts in the region, in order to secure and stabilize the liberated areas to help retain our significant successes against ISIS/Da’esh to date.

Across lines of effort, we will work to ensure women and women’s organizations are fully and actively engaged and included in peacebuilding and stabilization efforts, in accordance with UNSCR 2242, and will seek to ensure our policies and practices are gender-informed and guided by international legal frameworks.

The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS/Da’esh was founded in September 2014 based on the worldwide concern over ISIS/Da’esh and the threat it poses to international peace and security. The Coalition has made enormous progress since then, but our work is not done. Looking ahead, we recognize the need to remain alert to the inevitable evolution of the ISIS/Da’esh threat, and to flexibly adapt our response, including through existing multilateral and regional counterterrorism and CVE institutions. We will revisit these Guiding Principles as appropriate. We recognize that the Coalition and its Working Groups serve to focus the international community’s attention on countering the global/transnational threat of ISIS/Da’esh. With that in mind, the Coalition should look to share its expertise into international counterterrorism efforts wherever possible, with an eye to a time in the future when the international community is confident it has the tools to address and neutralize ISIS/Da’esh and ISIS-related threats.

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Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, February 10, 2018, #131


Dane Wigington

With each passing day the transformation of our world is accelerating, the human race is pushing our once thriving planet past the point of no return. Though there is still no shortage of enthusiasm for sports spectacles like the “Superbowl”, a sincere interest in salvaging life on Earth is not common. Whether actively or passively ( due to their apathy), so many in our population are actually participating in their own demise, it is not just the criminally insane power-brokers who are to blame. What would any rational individual conclude about the self destructive behavior of humanity? The latest installment of Global Alert News is below.

Some will tell us that our efforts to awaken the masses (to what is unfolding) is futile and pointless, but, in fact, such an effort is the point and purpose of being. Why are we here? If not to fully face the unvarnished truth, if not to fully engage in this epic battle for the greater good, then why? Every single individual that our combined efforts help to awaken matters in ways that none of us can yet fully comprehend. Every single additional awakened individual helps to tilt the scale in the right direction, helps to alter our current course of certain near term demise. Of all the threats we collectively face, climate engineering / weather warfare / biological warfare is the greatest and most immediate (short of nuclear cataclysm). When trying to wake others to this critical issue, sharing credible data from a credible source is the most effective and efficient strategy. All of us are needed to help turn the tide, make your voice heard.

Geoengineering Watch wishes to express our most sincere gratitude to Mary Hollowell, teacher, and Clayton State University students promoting awareness of aerosol geoengineering. Thanks to Fayette Woman magazine for including this photo in its January 2018 issue on health.


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Is Doomsday upon us? Scientists have set the clock to "two minutes to midnight" over global nuclear threat

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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) has moved the “Doomsday Clock” 30 seconds closer to midnight, leaving us only two minutes away from global Armageddon. The decision to move the hands of this hypothetical timepiece was made last January 25 amidst growing concern of a nuclear attack — particularly between North Korea and the United States. This is the closest we have ever been to midnight since 1953, when both our country and the then-U.S.S.R started work on hydrogen bombs, a far more powerful class of nuclear weapons than atomic bombs.

Lawrence Krauss, the chair of the BAS Board of Sponsors and the director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University said that no one factor can be “blamed” for their decision to inch the clock hands further. Despite erroneous reports that President Donald Trump is solely to blame for the movement, Krauss emphasized that several factors influenced the board’s decision. These included the increased reliance on and the highly probable risk of nuclear war; a massive loss of trust in political institutions, the media, and even science (Krauss noted that “facts” are no longer seen as reliable); and confused responses to climate change. These threats have undermined each and every government’s ability to help their citizens; a domino effect, Krauss explains, that led to their approval to move the clock forward.

Adjusting the Doomsday clock requires a united decision by the BAS’ Board of Sponsors, which includes 15 Nobel laureates and the BAS’ Science and Security Board which is composed of scientists whose field of study focus on nuclear technology and climate change. They meet twice a year to discuss all events that are of global importance.

The danger of nuclear conflagration

Nuclear war is a very real threat. Officials have stated that the threat of war between the United States and North Korea “[increases] every day” — an alarm further acknowledged when North Korea tested intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of hitting large parts of our country only last December.

There is also evidence that proves that the global nuclear realm is escalating. Other countries, such as China, are increasing their nuclear capabilities. Countries in the Middle East as well remain a threat due to their focus on expanding their nuclear arsenals.

When the Cold War ended in the early 1990s, the number of nuclear weapons made by both our country and Russia decreased. Incidentally, that was the furthest we’ve ever been to midnight, according to Doomsday clock predictions — we were then a massive 17 minutes away from destruction. Nevertheless, the years have inched us slowly (and then quite rapidly) back into chaos. The start of the new century saw other countries developing their own nuclear power.

Tick, tock, where are the watchmen?

The Doomsday clock was established in 1947 as a metaphor to show how close humanity is to destroying the world through our own making. It was originally set to seven minutes to midnight. The time stayed the same until 1949 when the Soviet Union successfully tested its first atomic bomb. This caused BAS to move the clock from seven minutes to midnight to three minutes to midnight.

The clock has moved back and forth over the years but has generally remained between three to four minutes from destruction. Its movement to two minutes to midnight is meant to send a powerful message to world leaders, say BAS.

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Nigerian drug gangs sow Global terror, threaten Europe, Asia and America


In the first of a two-part report, JESUSEGUN ALAGBE and ERIC DUMO take a look at how drug and cult gangs of Nigerian origin are now calling the shots in other parts of the world

Until August 6, 2017, not many people had heard of the town called Ozubulu. A sleepy community tucked away in the slopes of Anambra State in the Southeastern part of the country, the area, like most rural ones across Nigeria, enjoyed relative tranquility even though social amenities needed to make life worthwhile are still largely missing. But on the morning of that fateful day, everything changed. At about 6:30 am, a gang of young men wielding guns and other dangerous weapons stormed St. Philips Catholic Church in the community while an early morning mass was going on. Without blinking an eye and minding the sanctity of the environment they were in, the men opened fire on worshippers – among them the very old and little children. By the time the dust finally settled, at least 13 people had been killed while another 18 were left battling for their lives after sustaining serious injuries.

While various theories as to the reason behind the gruesome attack emerged in the hours and days following the tragedy, the overwhelming consensus appears to tilt towards the fact that the massacre was a fallout of a feud between two drug cartels of Nigerian origin based in South Africa. According to reports, one of the warring factions was allegedly headed by one Aloysius Ikegwuonu, popularly known as Bishop, a native of Ozubulu, who has since denied the allegations. The young man, whose father was among the victims, has since visited victims and relatives of the dead and held meetings with leaders within the community.

However, sources told Saturday PUNCH that the fracas leading to the killings in Ozubulu might have begun as far back as five years ago when a particular drug gang based in South Africa failed to adequately account for the money realised from cocaine they allegedly sold on the streets from a consignment that came into the southern African nation through Pakistan.

According to the source, a mafia in the Asian country, enraged by the development, has been venting its fury on all those involved in the breach, killing several Nigerians based in South Africa.

It was also said that about the same time that St. Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu was attacked, a similar armed siege was also laid at a restaurant in Johannesburg, South Africa, named Galito and allegedly owned by one of Bishop’s partners. Manager of the place and a staff were said to have been injured and hospitalised as a result of the attack.

Confirming the attack on the restaurant, the source said, “I was informed that a shooting incident occurred that Sunday morning at a business place owned by the Chairman of Ozubulu Town Union in South Africa and the manager was taken to the hospital.

“From my enquiry, the chairman of the union is neutral on the matter and he had made several efforts to ensure that the crisis was settled amicably.”

Speaking further, the source told Saturday PUNCH that the drug war was connected to the death of a young man from Imo State named Ginika, who he claims was one of Bishop’s most trusted allies but defected to a rival gang known as Obrocha.

“Some gangsters killed Ginika in an unrelated issue and the Imo State community made sure they were jailed. They have been in prison for a long time.

“Then there was another guy from Umuleri in Anambra State that was killed at a church in Johannesburg. He was rumoured to be friends with the ones in prison, who claimed that Bishop set them up and sent them to jail so that he could take over the place they used to sell drugs.

They demanded three things from Ozubulu community in South Africa before there could be peace. One, they demanded the payment of $1m, two, that they should be freed from prison; and three, that they kill certain people as revenge for their loss.

“Obviously, the Ozubulu community couldn’t meet up with these demands hence the attack on their town.

“Five people from Ozubulu have already been killed who were allegedly in connection with this gang war. That excludes the worshippers,” the source said.

But while the police carry on with investigations to unravel those behind the bloodletting, and all those allegedly fingered continue to deny any involvement in the tragedy, the incident has highlighted how Nigerian drug cartels and cult groups are now giving other rival gangs in Europe, America, Asia and other parts of the world a run for their money right on their own turf.

In Switzerland for example, a conservative European nation, recent drug busts by law enforcement agents have shown clearly the growing threat of Nigerians cartels in the country’s cocaine business.

In February 2017, a court sitting in Lausanne, a prominent city, sentenced two Nigerian asylum seekers working for a Togolese criminal group to prison. They were punished for trafficking cocaine into the country and also laundering money in a thorough investigation that covered most parts of Europe.

This incident followed the dismantling of a major cocaine supply network headed by Nigerians and involving around 30 people by the Swiss police. The drugs were said to have been brought in from France and the Netherlands through females working for the gang.



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Is this the global pandemic experts are warning about? They say it will be unstoppable because of the ease of travel

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How prepared is the world to take on another pandemic? Not very, according to two of the world’s foremost experts on the subject. Speaking at the recently concluded World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Dr. Sylvie Briand, a specialist in infectious diseases from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Elhadj As Sy, the secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, each shared their thoughts on the matter of the world’s preparedness for the next pandemic.

According to the two experts, the world should stop looking at pandemics as sort of isolated incidents and instead start recognizing them as the population-wiping abominations that they truly are. As Elhadj As Sy stated to the AFP, “Pandemics are becoming a real threat to humanity.” And Dr. Brand agrees, adding: “We know that it is coming, but we have no way of stopping it.” They spoke at Davos in a discussion titled, “Are We Ready For The Next Pandemic?”

Evidently, the answer to their question there is a resounding no. But why exactly do they feel like concern levels should be raised much higher in regards with pandemics, and how will they affect the world’s populations?

Based on their talk, their main concern is the fact that a global pandemic could be a very real possibility in the near future because of the ease of air travel. They believe that something seemingly simple such as a flu virus could end up mutating and ultimately result in the death of millions of people. In fact, this sort of scenario has already happened in the past: the swine flu pandemic of 2009 occurred because of a mutated flu virus. Its death toll has since been estimated to be around 300,000 people all over the world, in around 60 different countries.

Only recently, a plague outbreak happened in Madagascar, which prompted 10 nearby African countries to be on high alert. Although the Madagascar plague outbreak was stopped and there were international aid efforts to minimize the damages that it caused, it still resulted in the deaths of more than 200 individuals, as the outbreak was said to have ravaged the island throughout the winter.

So what exactly does ease of travel have to do with all of this? Dr. Briand lays it out thusly: “When we travel, the viruses travel with us.” In short, she views the availability of easy travel options as one of the possible catalysts for the spread of viruses in the next pandemic, which could very well be a global one. “Humanity is more vulnerable in the face of epidemics because we are much more connected and we travel around much more quickly than before,” she concluded.

There’s a fair chance that they could turn out to be exactly right, and the entire world could suffer major consequences as soon as the next pandemic occurs. But there are ways for you to increase your odds of survival, regardless of whether the disease spreads in your location or not.

Indeed, there are a number of things that you can do to increase your chances of surviving the next pandemic. Firstly, you should make it a point to work with your body’s natural defenses, and do what’s necessary to help it function at optimal performance. Second, you can improve your body’s overall condition by clearing out any harmful bacteria that you may be harboring inside your own digestive system. You can do this through the use of antibacterial herbs, foods, or other solutions that you can consume regularly.

Always remember, there are many ways for you to prepare yourself for the attack of all sorts of diseases. You can listen to the experts, but always listen to your body first.

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Early humans witnessed global cooling, warming, and massive fires from comet debris impacts says major study

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New research suggests toward end of Ice Age, human beings witnessed fires larger than dinosaur killers

On a ho-hum day some 12,800 years ago, the Earth had emerged from another ice age. Things were warming up, and the glaciers had retreated.

Out of nowhere, the sky was lit with fireballs. This was followed by shock waves.

Fires rushed across the landscape, and dust clogged the sky, cutting off the sunlight. As the climate rapidly cooled, plants died, food sources were snuffed out, and the glaciers advanced again. Ocean currents shifted, setting the climate into a colder, almost “ice age” state that lasted an additional thousand years.

Finally, the climate began to warm again, and people again emerged into a world with fewer large animals and a human culture in North America that left behind completely different kinds of spear points.

This is the story supported by a massive study of geochemical and isotopic markers just published in the Journal of Geology.

The results are so massive that the study had to be split into two papers.

“Extraordinary Biomass-Burning Episode and Impact Winter Triggered by the Younger Dryas Cosmic Cosmic Impact ~12,800 Years Ago” is divided into “Part I: Ice Cores and Glaciers” and “Part 2: Lake, Marine, and Terrestrial Sediments.”

The paper’s 24 authors include KU Emeritus Professor of Physics & Astronomy Adrian Melott and Professor Brian Thomas, a 2005 doctoral graduate from KU, now at Washburn University.

“The work includes measurements made at more than 170 different sites across the world,” Melott said.

The solid line defines the current known limits of the Younger Dryas Boundary


The KU researcher and his colleagues believe the data suggests the disaster was touched off when Earth collided with fragments of a disintegrating comet that was roughly 62 miles in diameter – the remnants of which persist within our solar system to this day.

“The hypothesis is that a large comet fragmented and the chunks impacted the Earth, causing this disaster,” said Melott. “A number of different chemical signatures – carbon dioxide, nitrate, ammonia and others – all seem to indicate that an astonishing 10 percent of the Earth’s land surface, or about 10 million square kilometers, was consumed by fires.”

According to Melott, analysis of pollen suggests pine forests were probably burned off to be replaced by poplar, which is a species that colonizes cleared areas.

Indeed, the authors posit the cosmic impact could have touched off the Younger Dryas cool episode, biomass burning, late Pleistocene extinctions of larger species and “human cultural shifts and population declines.”

“Computations suggest that the impact would have depleted the ozone layer, causing increases in skin cancer and other negative health effects,” Melott said. “The impact hypothesis is still a hypothesis, but this study provides a massive amount of evidence, which we argue can only be all explained by a major cosmic impact.”

The study:

Extraordinary Biomass-Burning Episode and Impact Winter Triggered by the Younger Dryas Cosmic Impact ∼12,800 Years Ago. 1. Ice Cores and Glaciers


The Younger Dryas boundary (YDB) cosmic-impact hypothesis is based on considerable evidence that Earth collided with fragments of a disintegrating ≥100-km-diameter comet, the remnants of which persist within the inner solar system ∼12,800 y later. Evidence suggests that the YDB cosmic impact triggered an “impact winter” and the subsequent Younger Dryas (YD) climate episode, biomass burning, late Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions, and human cultural shifts and population declines. The cosmic impact deposited anomalously high concentrations of platinum over much of the Northern Hemisphere, as recorded at 26 YDB sites at the YD onset, including the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 ice core, in which platinum deposition spans ∼21 y (∼12,836-12,815 cal BP). The YD onset also exhibits increased dust concentrations, synchronous with the onset of a remarkably high peak in ammonium, a biomass-burning aerosol. In four ice-core sequences from Greenland, Antarctica, and Russia, similar anomalous peaks in other combustion aerosols occur, including nitrate, oxalate, acetate, and formate, reflecting one of the largest biomass-burning episodes in more than 120,000 y. In support of widespread wildfires, the perturbations in CO2 records from Taylor Glacier, Antarctica, suggest that biomass burning at the YD onset may have consumed ∼10 million km2, or ∼9% of Earth’s terrestrial biomass. The ice record is consistent with YDB impact theory that extensive impact-related biomass burning triggered the abrupt onset of an impact winter, which led, through climatic feedbacks, to the anomalous YD climate episode.

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Come on now: Scientists say “apocalyptic predictions” about global warming by the U.N. are NOT credible

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Adding to the general confusion and disagreement about the true dangers of global warming, a new study has determined that the UN’s “apocalyptic” global warming predictions are completely overstated.

Researchers from the University of Exeter used new calculations to determine the likely impact that greenhouse gases would have on global warming, and they were able to discount extreme scenarios like the UN’s prediction of the world warming by as much as 19.8 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. They’ve now reduced the range of potential outcomes at the end of the century by more than half.

Their modeling method looked at how much our planet’s average surface temperature would rise should the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere double.  While past attempts to determine equilibrium climate sensitivity have looked at the historical temperature records, the new study focused on the year-to-year global temperature fluctuations. They analyzed how responsive short-term temperature changes were to slight bumps in the climate regardless of greenhouse gas emissions.

While the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the UN has predicted that equilibrium climate sensitivity would be in the range of 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius, the new study sees a range of 2.2 to 3.4 degrees Celsius. This means the “end of the world” according to the UN is not as close as they would like you to believe.

However, the researchers concede that their new model does not take any possibility of rapid climate shifts caused by the planet itself into consideration. For example, the thawing of the carbon-rich permafrost on the planet, ice sheets melting in Antarctica, or a gulf stream collapse could all cause a big shift.

Experts are praising the new study

Their “ingenious” approach was lauded by University of Leeds Professor Piers Forster. In a companion article published in the journal Nature, he wrote: “The idea underpinning this work is so enviably simple that it will make climate scientists ask, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’”

This study is not likely to go down well with some global warming alarmists, however. A professor from the University of Colorado Boulder, Roger A. Pielke Jr., called the new study “clever” on Twitter, writing: “If your climate advocacy is grounded in ‘[it’s] gonna be bad, really bad’ arguments, then new science (‘not as bad’) puts you in an awkward position. No doubt some catastrophists will today feel a need to diss the new study lest they give evil deniers due.”

You may recall a similar story last year about how global warming climate models are blatantly incorrect and biased toward churning out overblown predictions designed to frighten the masses. On that occasion, a paper that was published in Nature Geoscience concluded that faulty software models were used by the IPCC and widely cited by those with a vested interest in furthering the global warming narrative. They showed that climate change was not quite the urgent threat to our planet that it had been made out to be. Is anyone starting to notice a pattern here?

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World’s richest 1% bagged 82% of global wealth in 2017, while poorest half got nothing

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The inequality crisis is worsening, according to a new study by global charity Oxfam, which found that the world’s richest 42 people own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 50 percent worldwide.

The annual report showed that 2017 saw the biggest increase in the number of billionaires in history, with new ones created at a rate of one every two days. Their wealth has increased by 13 percent a year on average in the decade from 2006 to 2015.

The fortunes of the super-rich increased by $762 billion in just 12 months to March 2017 which is enough to end extreme poverty seven times over. Nine out of 10 of the world’s 2,043 billionaires were men.

“Eighty two percent of the new wealth created has gone to [the] top 1 percent, while 0 percent has gone to the world’s poorest 50 percent,” said the report.

According to Mark Goldring, chief executive of Oxfam, the statistics signal that “something is very wrong with the global economy.”

“The concentration of extreme wealth at the top is not a sign of a thriving economy but a symptom of a system that is failing the millions of hard-working people on poverty wages who make our clothes and grow our food,” he said.

Oxfam‘s executive director Winnie Byanyima blamed “tax dodging” as a major cause of global inequality and urged leaders to crack down on tax havens and inject money into education, healthcare and jobs for young people.

“[It] reveals how our economies are rewarding wealth rather than the hard work of millions of people,” Byanyima told Reuters, adding “The few at the top get richer and richer and the millions at the bottom are trapped in poverty wages.”



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The Trump administration is turning the State Department into a global weapons dealer

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In the Trump administration, an agency started to promote peace is now fomenting war.

The Trump administration will soon announce its next move in the ongoing assault on diplomacy and human rights currently taking place in the United States. Through a plan dubbed “Buy American,” the administration is calling for U.S. attachés and diplomats to play a larger role in the sale of U.S. weapons, effectively solidifying their role as lobbyists for the arms industry rather than agents of diplomacy.

This means the State Department, the agency that is meant to foster diplomatic relations and maintain peaceful engagement with other countries, will now openly operate as a weapons dealer. The administration is essentially forcing the State Department to undermine itself, as seeking out and expanding opportunities for increased weapons sales are certainly not conducive to fostering peaceful global relations.

The “Buy American” plan will increase U.S. officials’ involvement in facilitating weapons sales, while simultaneously easing rules that limit U.S. weapons sales to governments with poor human rights records. The move displays an increasingly undeniable truth-that the United States government views human rights not as the foundation of human dignity but as an impediment to corporate profits.

More Riches for the Merchants of Death

Though it has long been the case, U.S. officials around the world will now officially serve as salespeople for U.S. military corporations. Embassy staffers will now be charged with promoting weapons sales and briefing visiting senior U.S. officials so they can help finalize pending arms deals.

This move by the Pentagon and the U.S. State Department to advance the interests of the arms industry will increase profits for the merchants of death that are already thriving thanks to U.S. involvement in perpetual warfare around the globe. Shares of the five biggest military corporations-Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics-have more than tripled over the last five years and currently trade at or near all-time highs, so they are literally making a killing on killing.

Additionally, foreign military sales in fiscal year 2017, under the purview of both Obama and Trump, climbed to $42 billion, compared to $31 billion in the prior year, according to the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency. And global arms sales in 2016 rose for the first time since 2010, with 57.9 percent of global arms sales coming from U.S. companies.

Existing arms sales restrictions have not prevented U.S. weapons from being used to aid repressive military interventions. U.S. weapons companies that stand to profit from the administration’s new plan have long made billions from the sale of bombs, missiles and aircraft that have been vital to the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, a campaign that has decimated the country’s sewage and health infrastructure, killed thousands, and caused a humanitarian crisis. In addition, U.S. military corporations enjoy deep business connections with Israel, and profit from supplying the military tools used to uphold Israel’s occupation of Palestine. U.S. fighter jets, tanks, attack helicopters, bombs, and missiles have been integral to Israel’s brutal attacks on the Palestinian people in recent decades.

If present arms sales “restrictions” have enabled U.S. weaponry to play a major role in such atrocities, what tragedies will U.S. weapons contribute to under human rights standards weakened or revoked with this new plan?

‘Buy American’ Is the Culmination of Arms Industry Influence

The move to turn the U.S. State Department into an outright arms brokerage platform is a reflection of the immense power and influence of the arms industry. Military corporations have engaged in extremely aggressive lobbying over the past several years, spending a total of more than $1 billion on lobbying since 2009 and employing anywhere from 700 to 1,000 lobbyists in any given year. To put that in perspective, the arms industry has employed significantly more than one lobbyist per member of Congress each year.

Consider also that Trump has made common practice of populating his administration with former weapons industry executives. The practice is so rampant that in November 2017, Senate Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain, warned Trump he shouldn’t nominate any more candidates from military corporations. Examples of Trump’s industry-heavy administration include Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a former board member at General Dynamics; White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who worked for a number of military firms and was an adviser to Pentagon contractor DynCorp; former Boeing executive and now Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan; former Lockheed Martin executive John Rood, nominated as undersecretary of defense for policy; former Raytheon Vice President Mark Esper, newly confirmed as Secretary of the Army; Heather Wilson, a former consultant to Lockheed Martin, who is Secretary of the Air Force; Ellen Lord, a former CEO for the aerospace company Textron, who is Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition; and National Security Council Chief of Staff Keith Kellogg, a former employee of the major military and intelligence contractor CACI.

The “Buy American” policy is being coordinated by Trump’s National Security Council and drafted by State, Defense and Commerce Department officials, meaning the plan is largely being crafted through a commercial lens by individuals trained in increasing shareholder profits, not upholding or protecting human rights. Those writing the policy have deep connections to the corporations that stand to benefit from the change, and they may very well return to positions with those companies after their stint as government officials, thanks to the revolving door between military corporations and the government.

A federal government that unabashedly caters to the interests of weapons manufacturers is a bipartisan creation, and the Trump administration is simply building on the war-friendly foundation built for it by previous administrations. But this move to officially turn U.S. diplomats into arms brokers is an appalling statement by this Administration that it views diplomacy and human rights as disposable, especially if they interfere with commercial interests and shareholder profits.

“Buy American” and other moves enabling the wholesale takeover of the U.S. government by arms industry influence have more to do with the power and profits of this country’s majors weapons makers than they do with any imaginable benefit for the average citizen. The administration is embarking on this new scheme supposedly all in the name of creating great American jobs, though research shows that dollar for dollar, investment in civilian industries like infrastructure, healthcare, and education creates more jobs than investment in the military sector.

As 46 million people in the U.S. live in poverty, as funding is stripped from vital life-affirming sectors and services, and as the country falls deeper into despair, the American public would do well to wake up to the fact that their tax dollars are funding the official, blatant transformation of the U.S. government into the largest arms dealer in the world.

An Opportunity for Action

A mobilized and informed public has the power to cast a light on the corporations behind this headlong rush to weaponize the world. Since many military corporations are publicly traded companies, Americans can urge the financial institutions that represent them-their universities, their cities, their pension funds, their banks-to pull investments from these merchants of death.

This is why CodePink and a coalition of over 70 national organizations are embarking on a Divest from the War Machine campaign

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