UK prime minister delivers ultimatum to Russia, heightening war danger By Laura Tiernan

13 March 2018 — WSWS

British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that Russia was “highly likely” to be responsible for deploying “a military grade nerve agent” against double agent Sergei Skripal, which she declared “an indiscriminate and reckless act against the United Kingdom.”

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‘Modernization’: Media's Favorite Euphemism for Military Buildup By Adam Johnson

12 March 2018 — FAIR

Reuters: U.S. F-35 fighter modernization could cost $16 billion through 2024

Reuters (2/12/18)

One of the most effective rhetorical tools in normalizing massive military budgets is to treat spending billions—and sometimes trillions—of dollars as something one has to do in order to be “modern.”  “Modernization” is, after all, a normative label; who doesn’t want to be modern? Here are just a handful of examples over the past month:

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