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The Lies on Afghanistan Trump Will Now Tell

by Matthew Hoh

Common Dreams, 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

LobeLog, 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

The Hill, 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 »

A Bevy of Good Ideas on Foreign Aid Reform….If Anyone’s Listening

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, Aug-08-2017 |

There are lots of difficult problems with no good solutions. Foreign aid isn’t one of them... Read More »

Where is the Opening for Aid Reform?

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, Aug-04-2017 |

It’s hard to reconcile the optimism of the development community with the signals coming from the Trump administration... Read More »

What’s Behind Trump’s Obsession with Bashing Mexico?

by Laura Carlsen

Americas Program, Aug-04-2017 |

Donald Trump deflected part of the global spotlight on the G20 to engage in one of his favorite sports– publicly bashing Mexico... Read More »

Boosting the Pentagon at the Expense of Domestic Programs Puts Lives at Risk

by William D. Hartung

Medium, Jul-29-2017 |

Pentagon spending is at one of the highest levels in history, but you would never know it if you only listened to the Pentagon, the generals, and military hawks in Congress... Read More »

The Myth of American Exceptionalism

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, Jul-27-2017 |

Like too many nations, the United States likes to think of itself as a chosen nation and a chosen people... Read More »

A Guide to Trump’s $1 Trillion Defense Bill

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Jul-25-2017 |

In May 2012, TomDispatch featured a piece by Chris Hellman and Mattea Kramer, both then analysts at the National Priorities Project, headlined “War Pay: The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget.” ... Read More »

The Hidden Costs of “National Security”

by William D. Hartung

Common Dreams, Jul-25-2017 |

You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon... Read More »

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