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from The Economist Jan 25th 2018 The Next War

IN THE past 25 years war has claimed too many lives. Yet even as civil and religious strife have raged in Syria, central Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq, a devastating clash between the world’s great powers has remained almost unimaginable.
No longer. Last week the Pentagon issued a new national defence strategy that put China and Russia above jihadism as the main threat to America. This week the chief of Britain’s general staff warned of a Russian attack. Even now America and North Korea are perilously close to a conflict that risks dragging in China or escalating into nuclear catastrophe.
As our special report this week on the future of war argues, powerful, long-term shifts in geopolitics and the proliferation of new technologies are eroding the extraordinary military dominance that America and its allies have enjoyed. Conflict on a scale and intensity not seen since the second world war is once again plausible. The world is not prepared.
The pity of war

The pressing danger is of war on t…

America's reluctant septuagenarian workforce, Peter Whoriskey, January 21, 2018

Tom Coomer has retired twice: once when he was 65, and then several years ago. Each time he realized that with just a Social Security check, "you can hardly make it these days." So here he is at 79, working full-time at Walmart. During each eight-hour shift, he stands at the store entrance greeting customers, telling a joke and fetching a "buggy." Or he is stationed at the exit, checking receipts and the shoppers that trip the theft alarm. "As long as I sit down for about 10 minutes every hour or two, I'm fine," he said during a break. Diagnosed with spinal stenosis in his back, he recently forwarded a doctor's note to managers. "They got me a stool."
The way major U.S. companies provide for retiring workers has been shifting for about three decades, with more dropping traditional pensions every year. The first full generation of workers to retire since this turn offers a sobering preview of a labor force more and more dependent on their ow…

Tillerson’s Promise of More War in Syria Gets Warm Reception From Corporate Media: by Gregory Shupak, Jan 29, 2018

JAN 29, 2018

Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases held Jan 12-14, 2018, Baltimore 2018

Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases held Jan 12-14, 2018, Baltimore 2018 University of Baltimore, Learning Commons Town Hall
Baltimore, Maryland
Organized by: Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases
Peace, justice and environmental organizations in the United Statesmet for a 3-day national conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases onJanuary 12-14, 2018, at the University of Baltimore, Maryland. Endorsers include: Alliance for Global Justice • Black Alliance for Peace • CODEPINK • Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space • International Action Center • Liberty Tree Foundation • MLK Justice Coalition • Nuclear Age Peace Foundation • Popular Resistance • United National Antiwar Coalition • U.S. Peace Council • Veterans For Peace • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom • World Beyond War • and United for Peace and Justice.
Attended by 200 people (space limited attendance) and viewed by thousands via live streaming, the historic Conference on U.S. Foreig…