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Guest Column: Congress Must Approve Iran Nuclear Deal

by Michael Barnes, Wayne Gilchrest

Capital Gazette, Aug-31-2015 | Article

Two former Maryland members of Congress call on Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin to support the Iran deal... Read More »

Lifting Cuba Trade Embargo Is Good Business

by Michael Barnes

The Baltimore Sun, Aug-23-2015 | Article

Americans increasingly support lifting the trade embargo with Cuba, so what's the holdup?... Read More »

Nuclear Deal: Diplomacy or War?

by William D. Hartung

CounterPunch.org, Aug-21-2015 | Article

As President Obama has indicated on numerous occasions, the political fight over the Iran nuclear deal boils down to a stark choice: diplomacy or war... Read More »

Ted Deutch's Path to War

by Frick Curry

Sun Sentinel , Aug-07-2015 | Letter

If Congress forces the U.S. to walk away from the deal, the unlikely international coalition so carefully constructed by U.S. diplomats will collapse and there will be nothing holding back Iran from moving full speed ahead on its nuclear program... Read More »

F-35 Still Isn't Ready for Prime Time

by William D. Hartung

Real Clear Defense, Aug-04-2015 | Article

The Pentagon should fill out the force with newly produced, upgraded F-18s and F-16s as needed, while building a limited number of F-35s. This approach would provide a better defense, and it would also be a better deal for taxpayers... Read More »

The Iran Nuclear Deal Through the Lens of History

by Melvin A. Goodman

Washington Post, Aug-02-2015 | Letter

The verification for the nuclear agreement with Iran is more than adequate if the political will exists in Washington over the next decade... Read More »

Insulting America's Sacred Idols: Helping Veterans Recover From Moral Injury

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, Jul-30-2015 | Article

As a nation we are mortally afraid to insult, afraid to judge, afraid to affirm the moral injury that inflicts veterans. We are afraid to say the wars were wrong, what we were doing there had no purpose, that young Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines died scared and barbarically thousands of miles from home without reason... Read More »

U.S. Assistance to Nigeria Should Be Tied to Human Rights

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Jul-29-2015 | Article

In his recent visit to Washington, newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had harsh words for U.S. restrictions on military aid to his nation. In particular, he singled out the Leahy Law, which blocks U.S. aid to military units involved in serious human rights abuses. In a speech at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Buhari denounced the law, accusing it of “aiding and abetting Boko Haram” by denying Nigeria “appropriate strategic weapons to prosecute the war against the insurgents.”... Read More »

Toxic Tourism

by Tom Barry

Boston Review, Jul-29-2015 | Article

According to Mexican tourism officials, magical experiences and eco-adventures await those who travel to the remote mountains and canyons of the Sierra Tarahumara in the border state of Chihuahua. They also assure tourists that they will be safe and that the native Tarahumara people are the major beneficiaries of the government-sponsored tourism industry... Read More »

Iran Deal Should Be First Step Towards a More Secure Middle East

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Jul-14-2015 | Article

Once the Iran nuclear deal is in place, the remaining, serious security issues in the region should be addressed diplomatically, not by pouring more arms into an area already wracked by conflict... Read More »

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