Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: The Corporate Connection

By William D. Hartung, Derek Paulhus

Aug-10-2017 | Report

The U.S. arms sales relationship with Saudi Arabia is increasingly controversial as a result of the brutal Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen, which has utilized U.S.-supplied weaponry to target civilians, causing thousands of deaths in the process... Read More »

Spending on the Pentagon and Related Programs: A Primer

By William D. Hartung

Jul-26-2017 | Report

Coming up with a reliable number for spending on the Pentagon and related programs can be complicated. There are multiple funding streams, and not all of them come by way of the Pentagon’s budget. Articles on Pentagon spending often give incomplete numbers, or fail to explain which aspects of spending on national defense are being described. This fact sheet is designed to provide a guide to the different funding streams and where things stand as of July 2017... Read More »

US Foreign Military Training Reached Record Highs in 2015

By Security Assistance Monitor

May-03-2017 | Report

Washington, DC – The number of US foreign military trainees increased substantially in FY 2015, growing from 56,346 in FY 2014 to 79,865 in FY 2015, according to a new Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) report released today on trends in US foreign military training. The report, which is based on an analysis of the US “Foreign Military Training” report released earlier this year, marks the highest number of US military trainees in any year since FY 2006... Read More »

The Lies on Afghanistan Trump Will Now Tell

By Matthew Hoh

Aug-21-2017 |

There has never been progress by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, unless you are asking the U.S. military contractors or the Afghan drug barons, of whom an extremely large share are our allies in the Afghan government, militias and security forces, there has only been suffering and destruction... Read More »

And the Foreign Affairs Reorganization Fight Is On!

By Diana Ohlbaum

Aug-10-2017 |

Buffeted by a double whammy of restructuring proposals—one from the White House recommending a transfer of the State Department’s Population, Refugees, and Migration Bureau (PRM) to the Department of Homeland Security, another from development experts recommending a merger of PRM’s programs into the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)—the heavyweights are striking back... Read More »

Why diplomacy with North Korea works better than ‘fire and fury’

By William D. Hartung

Aug-09-2017 |

President Trump’s statement that North Korea will face “fire and fury” “like the world has never seen” if it continues to make threats against the United States is reckless and alarming... Read More »

Politics and Prose with Melvin Goodman

Jul-17-17 | Politics and Prose

Mel Goodman, a former CIA analyst, has been writing and speaking on CIA transgressions since 1991, when he testified against the confirmation of Robert M. Gates to become the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.... Read More »

NAFTA 101 Briefing Series: Agriculture and Migration

Jun-29-17 | Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:00am–11:00am The Gold Room — 2168 Rayburn House Office Building

NAFTA 101 Briefing Series: Agriculture and Migration, What Was Promised, What Was Delivered, and How We Can Do Better With NAFTA-Renegotiations ... Read More »

#87 in the Great Minds Series: Whistleblower at the CIA

Jun-25-17 | WHERE: 939 San Vicente Blvd Santa Monica, CA. 90402 DATE: Sunday, June 25, 2015, 4:30PM TICKETS: $25.00 includes Smorgasbord and drinks PDLA and SCADA MEMBERS, $20.00

Russia expert and former CIA analyst Mel Goodman tells the inside story of political corruption at the organization, and what he did to try to stop it. Moderated by Robert Scheer.... Read More »

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