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Who's Going to Get Rich Fighting the Islamic State?

by William D. Hartung

Foreign Policy, Oct-27-2014 | Article

Obama's small war means big profits - and little oversight - for defense contractors and hired guns... Read More »

Keep the U.S. Trade Embargo Against Cuba?

by Wayne Smith

Washington Post, Oct-24-2014 | Letter

The editorial board wrote that the United States should not end the trade embargo against Cuba until that country grants “genuine freedom to its people.” That is what might be called an all-or-nothing approach... Read More »

The Mass Shooting in Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

Foreign Policy in Focus, Oct-24-2014 | Article

The murder and disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico's drug wars... Read More »

Time to Reduce Economic Dependence on Pentagon Spending

by William D. Hartung, Miriam Pemberton

The Hill, Oct-17-2014 | Article

Continuing tensions in Ukraine, an expanding war in Iraq and Syria, and record stock prices for major firms like Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics all seem to indicate happy days on the way for companies and communities that depend on Pentagon spending. But putting off planning for a transition from reliance on Pentagon spending would be a serious mistake... Read More »

With American Help Iraq's Cycle of Violence Spirals

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, Oct-15-2014 | Article

The cycle of violence that has been devastating the people of Iraq for 11 years is not working, will not work, and will only prolong the suffering of millions of Iraqis... Read More »

Stop Saying the Pentagon Can’t Pay for Our Wars

by Stephen Miles, Ethan Rosenkranz, Erica Fein

Defense One, Oct-15-2014 | Article

Recent flare-ups around the world have Washington politicians and their sympathizers predictably sounding the alarm bells over sequestration and calling for an increase in the Pentagon’s budget. Dire warnings by credible and powerful voices deserve to be taken seriously. Yet, a closer look reveals that the Pentagon has plenty of money sitting around with which to fund new contingencies... Read More »

How Best to Battle the Islamic State

by Harry Blaney

Washington Post, Oct-10-2014 | Letter

The United States can best help fight the Islamic State by using its best leveraged military technology, diplomacy, logistics, aerial capability and intelligence: exactly what President Obama and his national security team are doing... Read More »

Self-Serving Fodder for Money: Why Leon Panetta’s Memoir is a Fraud

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Oct-10-2014 | Article

If Leon Panetta had been a half-decent director of the Central Intelligence Agency or a half-decent secretary of defense, then his ironically-titled “Worthy Fights” could have been viewed as a credible critique of the national security policy of the Obama administration... Read More »

Pena Nieto on Indigenous Rights: Praise Abroad, Protest at Home

by Laura Carlsen

Truthout, Oct-09-2014 | Article

Following the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, Mexican indigenous leaders accused President Enrique Peña Nieto of portraying himself as a champion of indigenous rights in the international forum while violating them at home... Read More »

Mexico's Drug War is Killing Children

by Laura Carlsen

The Guardian, Oct-07-2014 | Article

Young people are now targeted by the very people sworn to protect them. If this isn’t the ultimate duplicity of abusive law enforcement, what is... Read More »

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