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  • Episode 42

    Laura Carlsen interviewed

    Counterpunch Radio | 05-23-16

    This week Eric welcomes back to the program Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, to discuss the ongoing disappearances of activists in Mexico, the reassertion of US hegemony in Latin America, and how militarization and free trade are the cornerstones of US imperial power in the region. Eric and Laura begin with an analysis of the recent kidnappings of Mexican activists and the frightening similarities with the infamous Ayotzinapa disappearances of 2014. The conversation then shifts to Central America and Honduras, and the role of Hillary Clinton and the US in that country. Eric and Laura also discuss how the Trans-Pacific Partnership and privatization are at the heart of much of the negative developments in the Americas, and how this drive is connected to geopolitical and strategic considerations. All this and much more in this wide-ranging conversation...Read More »

  • A Military Budget for a New World

    William D. Hartung

    The New York Times | 05-13-16

    Your editorial makes an essential point: The Pentagon has more than enough funding, if only it would spend its resources more wisely. In addition to trimming the F-35, scaling back the administration’s $1 trillion nuclear weapons modernization plan, and cutting excess military bases, the Pentagon should dramatically reduce its use of private contractors....Read More »

  • The U.S. peanut donations to Haiti don’t look good

    Matt Balitsaris

    The Washington Post | 05-04-16

    Regarding the May 2 letter, “U.S. peanuts save lives in Haiti”: The peanut dump is more about unloading surplus U.S. peanuts than bolstering food security in Haiti...Read More »

  • What Is The Military Spending Hundreds Of Millions Of Tax Dollars On?

    William D. Hartung interviewed

    Rising Up With Sonali | 05-03-16

    During the peak of the US war in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush, and military officials touted our success at bringing Afghans back to their feet through the building of schools. It was a noble sounding goal. If young Afghans were able to receive education, it would undermine the Taliban, and win over the “hearts and minds” of Afghan people to the American occupiers...Read More »

  • Public Comment- Saudi Arabia & 9/11

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Berkeley Daily Planet | 04-22-16

    As William Hartung, senior adviser to the Security Assistance Monitor opinioned “We should not be trading Saudi friendship for cluster bombs (banned by international law).” ...Read More »

  • Tunisia’s Getting More Guns Than Democracy

    Seth Binder quoted

    Foreign Policy | 04-21-16

    “The [nearly] $100 million budget request is not the total amount going to Tunisia,” said Seth Binder, an analyst at the Security Assistance Monitor. “There are other pots of money going around used to finance militaries abroad,” like the shadowy Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF), a Defense Department funding program to train and equip foreign militaries to combat terrorist activities...Read More »

  • The Un-Freedom Agenda

    Seth Binder quoted

    Foreign Policy | 04-20-16

    Over the course of Issoufou’s first term, U.S. security assistance to Niger has climbed from just under $400,000 in 2011 to $41 million in 2016, according to Seth Binder, a specialist on U.S. military aid at the Center for International Policy’s Security Assistance Monitor, which tracks the funding streams that accompany the projection of U.S. military power abroad...Read More »

  • Saudi-U.S. Tensions Haven’t Slowed Obama’s Weapons Spigot

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Vocativ | 04-20-16

    “The White House claims these sales are going to stabilize the region, but it’s the opposite,” William Hartung, a senior adviser to the Security Assistance Monitor, a watchdog group, told Vocativ. “The idea that you can reassure the GCC with more weapons makes no sense. It’s a huge mistake.”...Read More »

  • After We Audit the Pentagon, Maybe We Should Audit the Audit

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Hit and Run Blog | 04-19-16

    For a brief history of Pentagon waste, read William Hartung's look at the issue here. The military's ongoing inability to audit itself "may be spectacularly bad bookkeeping," Hartung writes, "but it's great for defense firms, which profit all the more in an environment of minimal accountability." Funny how that works out...Read More »

  • Obama Went From Condemning Saudis for Abuses to Arming Them to the Teeth

    William D. Hartung quoted

    The Intercept | 04-19-16

    “Many Americans would be surprised to learn that his administration has brokered more arms deals than any administration of the past 70 years, Republican or Democratic,” said William Hartung, a senior adviser to Secure Assistance Monitor, a progressive group that tracks arms sales...Read More »

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