Australia: Cancel Talisman Saber War Games

The US-Australian Talisman Saber 09 (TS09) military exercise started as The Guardian went to press. TS09 which began on July 6 at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area near Rockhampton will conclude on July 26. Military of both countries will be met by peace campaigners calling for the war games to be canceled.

Japan: Reveal All Secrets Related to Japan-US Security Treaty

Four former administrative vice foreign ministers in early June acknowledged the existence of a secret Japan-US agreement allowing US nuclear weapons to be brought into Japan.


US Needs to Listen to President Arias on its Role in Latin America

Oscar Arias, the president of Costa Rica and the person who will serve as mediator of the crisis in Honduras, writes in an OpEd piece July 10th in the Miami Herald, “This coup demonstrates, once more, that the combination of powerful militaries and fragile democracies creates a terrible risk.”


Swine Flu Not as Bad as Expected

While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated last week that as many as 1 million Americans may have contracted the H1N1 virus, it doesn't seem to be any more dangerous than the seasonal flu, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters on a teleconference call, July 10.

Racist Extremists Infiltrating US Military

In a strongly worded letter to members of Congress, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) founder Morris Dees expressed serious concerns about growing signs that members of neo-Nazi groups are infiltrating the US military.


The Peace Movement in the USA

United for Peace and Justice grew out of the struggle to prevent the war in Iraq and it was the coming together of the traditional peace and disarmament groups nationally and a range of local peace and justice centers and coalitions and new grass roots groups that emerged in this struggle to prevent the war.

Light at the End of the Unemployment Line? (July 8th)

After a disappointing unemployment report earlier this month that saw the loss of 467,000 jobs in the month of June and a rise in the unemployment rate to 9.5 percent, predictions of an economic turnaround soon have fallen flat. Despite positive signs in housing and manufacturing activity, poor jobs number remain the 'lagging economic indicator.'


Small Business Owners Slam Chamber of Commerce

Charging the US Chamber of Commerce with supporting only the 'interests of Fortune 500 companies,' small business owners this week sharply criticized the business the group for refusing to endorse the Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act.


Splitting the Corporate Health Care Monopoly

Weakening health reform in exchange for bipartisanship is unacceptable, Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., warned Senate Finance Chair Max Baucus, D-Mont., July 7th, according to a report in Washington-based Roll Call.

Environmental Costs of Pesticides, Herbicides and Fertilizers

With the advent of the so-called Green Revolution in the second half of the 20th century—when farmers began to use technological advances to boost yields—synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides became commonplace around the world not only on farms, but in backyard gardens and on front lawns as well.

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