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  • RSPO Recertifies IOI Group, But NGOs Have Yet to See ‘Real Action on the Ground’

    CIP quoted

    Sustainable Brands | 08-09-16

    Less than five months after the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) suspended Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group’s certification, that suspension has been lifted – much to the dismay of NGO campaigners. While the RSPO’s Complaints Panel has said it is “satisfied that IOI has met the conditions set out in its letter to IOI,” Greenpeace Indonesia and the Center for International Policy says they have yet to see any real action on the ground...Read More »

  • Think Tanks and their Corporate Funders: Who’s Selling What?

    Bill Goodfellow quoted

    Nonprofit Quarterly | 08-09-16

    The article concedes that much of Brookings’ work appears unconnected, at least on the surface, to corporate interests. Still, as Bill Goodfellow, the executive director of the Center for International Policy, another think tank, said, “People think of think tanks as do-gooders, uncompromised and not bought like others in the political class. But it’s absurd to suggest that donors don’t have influence. The danger is we in the think tank world are being corrupted in the same way as the political world. And all of us should be worried about it.”—Ruth McCambridge...Read More »

  • Thousands of Pages of Confidential Think Tank Documents Detail Corporate Ties

    Bill Goodfellow quoted

    DESMOG | 08-09-16

    “People think of think tanks as do-gooders, uncompromised and not bought like others in the political class,” Bill Goodfellow, executive director of one think tank, the Center for International Policy, told The New York Times. “The danger is we in the think tank world are being corrupted in the same way as the political world. And all of us should be worried about it.”...Read More »

  • Researchers or Corporate Allies? Think Tanks Blur the Line

    Bill Goodfellow quoted

    New York Times | 08-07-16

    “People think of think tanks as do-gooders, uncompromised and not bought like others in the political class,” said Bill Goodfellow, the executive director of the Center for International Policy, a Washington-based think tank. “But it’s absurd to suggest that donors don’t have influence. The danger is we in the think tank world are being corrupted in the same way as the political world. And all of us should be worried about it.”...Read More »

  • Zombie Carbon Emissions Haunt the Planet

    Jeff Horowitz quoted

    07-28-16

    As trees, which keep temperatures cooler, die, tropical areas will get even warmer and come to resemble a different climate, said Jeff Horowitz, the founder of the nonprofit Avoided Deforestation Partners...Read More »

  • Did Anything Good Come Out of Afghanistan?

    Matthew Hoh quoted

    The Atlantic | 07-27-16

    An Atlantic reader, Matthew Hoh, who served as a political officer with the U.S. State Department in Afghanistan and is now a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, writes: In her Aspen Institute address on Afghanistan [that The Atlantic covered on June 28], former first lady Laura Bush failed to provide data to show that the vast sacrifice of U.S. lives and money in Afghanistan over the past 15 years has proved worthwhile...Read More »

  • How Nigeria’s kleptocracy steal from public purse

    Security Assistance Monitor quoted

    07-25-16

    U.S. military and police aid to Nigeria totaled $45.4 million from 2010 to 2014, according to Security Assistance Monitor...Read More »

  • Cargill suspends new purchase agreements with Malaysian palm oil giant IOI

    quoted

    Mongabay News | 07-18-16

    “Cargill gave IOI every opportunity to reform and IOI failed to meet their expectations. The market has spoken. IOI is not a source of responsibly produced palm oil,” said Deborah Lapidus, campaign director at the Center for International Policy...Read More »

  • Standoff Brews Over the Future of US Security Assistance

    quoted

    Defense News | 07-13-16

    In 2015, Kenya received $48.2 million in funding for 1206 counterterrorism train-and-equip missions, according to figures compiled by Security Assistance Monitor...Read More »

  • Yes, Now You Can Purchase Your Very Own Russian T-72 Tank or Air Defense System

    William D. Hartung quoted

    The National Interest | 07-11-16

    There are U.S. companies that export foreign-supplied arms from the U.S. I believe they purchase, store them here and then re-export. What I'm less sure of is whether a U.S.-based firm would need a license for coordinating a deal where the equipment never touches U.S soil...Read More »

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