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  • Donald Trump Is Filling Top Pentagon and Homeland Security Positions With Defense Contractors

    William D. Hartung quoted

    The Intercept_ | 03-22-17

    The Trump administration is the “military-industrial complex personified,” said William Hartung, director of the Arms & Security Project at the Center for International Policy. Hartung noted that while the administration is bringing arms industry officials into government, it is also demanding a massive increase in military spending and appears to be escalating conflicts in Syria and Yemen...Read More »

  • A Budget Alarmingly Short on Humanity

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Tuscaloosa News | 03-19-17

    No American in their right mind would say that we shouldn't adequately fund our military. But as William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project with the Center for International Policy, noted in a New York Times op-ed column: There are "shadow" security assistance programs buried within the Pentagon's budget that should be cut because "they do more harm than good."...Read More »

  • Amazon Deforestation, Once Tamed, Comes Roaring Back

    Glenn Hurowitz quoted

    The New York Times | 02-24-17

    A decade after the “Save the Rainforest” movement captured the world’s imagination, Cargill and other food giants are pushing deeper into the wilderness...Read More »

  • Report: Arms Transfers to Mexico Spike 184 Percent; US the Top Supplier

    Colby Goodman quoted

    cnsnews | 02-22-17

    Purchases and transfers of military equipment to Mexico have increased dramatically over the past five years compared to the five before, with the U.S. accounting for more than half of all transfers...Read More »

  • Trump ready to approve weapons packages to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain that Obama blocked

    William D. Hartung quoted | 02-08-17

    The Trump administration is poised to move quickly to approve major weapons packages for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain that President Obama blocked during his final months in office over human rights concerns in both nations, U.S. officials and congressional sources say...Read More »

  • Ex-Diplomat: Congress to Scrutinize Tillerson Efforts to 'Make Deal' With Russia

    Harry Blaney quoted

    Sputnik International | 02-02-17

    On Wednesday, the US Senate in a final vote confirmed Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, as President Donald Trump's secretary of state by a 56 to 43 vote, with Republicans backing the nominee and most Democrats opposing him...Read More »

  • Memorandum

    by Bill Goodfellow


    John Niles, the Center for International Policy’s board chair, has announced that I will be stepping down as executive director. After 42 years, I need a change and I believe CIP will benefit from a leader with new ideas and new energy. With Donald Trump in the White House, we face enormous challenges and we will have to dramatically ramp up our activities to respond to what I believe is the greatest threat to world peace since the end of World War II...Read More »

  • A Message from CIP's Board Chair

    by John O. Niles III


    We are witnessing the end of an era. On January 20, President Barack Obama concluded his term of office, having governed with civility and compassion, rationality and restraint. And our very own Bill Goodfellow decided – long before the conclusion of the terrifying Presidential election – that he will step down as the Center for International Policy’s longtime executive director...Read More »

  • Are Trump & Mexican President Provoking Conflict to Distract from Low Approval Ratings at Home?

    Laura Carlsen interviewed

    Democracy Now | 01-27-17

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a meeting with President Trump that was scheduled for next week, as tensions between the two countries rise. The move came after Trump announced plans Wednesday to expand the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico—a wall Trump has repeatedly said he would force Mexico to pay for. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S. would impose a 20 percent tax on all goods imported from Mexico and use the proceeds to pay for the expanded border wall. But after widespread outrage at the plan, Spicer walked back his statements only hours later, saying the import tax was just "one idea."...Read More »

  • Trump's order to begin wall construction opens wider rift with Mexico

    Laura Carlsen quoted

    Los Angeles Times | 01-25-17

    Pesident Trump’s executive order to immediately start construction of a border wall has widened his rift with Mexico and placed pressure on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to boycott a meeting with Trump planned for next week...Read More »

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