On St. Francis Day, the Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini (Democratic Party) sent the Frecce Tricolori fighters to fly over the Basilica of Assisi. “It is the strongest homage that our Italy has been able to pay to the Poverello (the little poor fellow), whom thousands of people turn to, while the pandemic aggravates poverty,” the Franciscan magazine wrote.
Less than a year after the United States and the U.S.-backed Organization of American States (OAS) supported a violent military coup to overthrow the government of Bolivia, the Bolivian people have reelected the Movement for Socialism (MAS) and restored it to power.
Last month the Maryland Department of the Environment released a report that found no cause for alarm regarding the presence of PFAS in the St. Mary’s River and its oysters near a navy base that dumped the substances into the water during routine fire-fighting exercises. The chemicals, per – and poly fluoroalkyl substances, are linked to cancer and fetal abnormalities.
The lack of any peace candidate or peace party, combined with Trump’s tendency to only ever do the right things for insanely wrong reasons, and the virtual exclusion of all talk of peace from political discourse, means that troop withdrawals and war-alliance-dismantlings and even the ending of wars can all be treated as nefarious evil deeds, while anything that facilitates mass murder is good humanitarianism.
Flash! Nuclear bombs and warheads have just joined landmines, germ and chemical bombs and fragmentation bombs as illegal weapons under international law, as on Oct. 24 a 50th nation, the Central American country of Honduras, ratified and signed a UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.