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We still can’t afford the F-35

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Apr-14-2014 | Article

The troubled F-35 combat aircraft program has turned a corner. At least that’s what program advocates claimed last Tuesday at a hearing before the Airland Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee... Read More »

Lessons From the Costa Rican Elections

by Laura Carlsen

Counterpunch, Apr-08-2014 | Article

We talked to Maria Florez-Estrada, legislative adviser to the Broad Front and communications coordinator for Villalta’s campaign, for her take on what happened and what the elections mean for the future of Costa Rica.... Read More »

EU-Africa Summit: The sore case of illicit Financial Flows

by Christian Freymeyer

The Africa Report, Apr-02-2014 | Article

True beneficial ownership transparency, including public registers, is vital to help realize more sustainable economies in Africa and Europe alike... Read More »

Get Rid of the Pentagon's Slush Fund

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Apr-01-2014 | Article

President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are to be commended for their recent proposal to keep the FY2015 Pentagon budget within the caps established in law... Read More »

Dealing With Russia Under Putin

by Melvin A. Goodman

NY Times, Mar-25-2014 | Letter

The United States never seriously tried to make Russia a part of Mikhail Gorbachev’s preference for a “common European home,” which is a contributing factor to today’s problems... Read More »

Why CIA Director John Brennan Must Resign

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Mar-13-2014 | Article

Brennan has clearly worn out his welcome with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), and recent history tells us that when a CIA director is found in the crosshairs of the committee it is time to go... Read More »

Ukraine's Crisis Doesn't Justify Overspending on the Pentagon

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Mar-11-2014 | Article

Russia's military takeover of Crimea is an unacceptable violation of international law, but it provides no justification for increasing the Pentagon's already bloated budget, as many observers have been asserting in recent weeks... Read More »

The Making of a New Cold War

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Mar-10-2014 | Article

Twenty years ago, the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union marked a virtual end to the long-standing military and ideological threat that Moscow represented to the United States... Read More »

El Chapo Capture: What Happens When the Kingpin Falls?

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, Mar-06-2014 | Article

U.S. officials are propping up the capture of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as a major drug war victory. They're wrong... Read More »

Don't Give Up on Spending Discipline at the Pentagon

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Mar-04-2014 | Article

The details of the Pentagon’s new budget have just been released. The outline provided by Secretary of Defense Hagel last week already sends a mixed message about how his department plans to deal with an era of diminished resources and changing threats ... Read More »

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