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Beware the "New Cold War"

by Charles Knight

Huffington Post, Jan-26-2015 | Article

While "a New Cold War" has not yet been adopted as an official framework for US foreign and military policy, there are among foreign and military policy-makers many who will be tempted by its appeal. We should be circumspect about following them down this path... Read More »

A New Year's Wish: More Tree Hugging CEOs

by Jeff Horowitz

Huffington Post, Jan-22-2015 | Article

With the close of yet another UN climate meeting (this last one in Lima), we have more than a little hope that this year's gathering in Paris will result in a truly global consensus on climate change actions. But though there has been some progress on the geo-political front, the stark reality is that any agreement will take time to implement, and time is a luxury we cannot afford. More and more, many of us find ourselves searching for solutions that don't require a worldwide accord before we can begin to save the planet. It turns out that one such solution comes from a rather surprising place: the corporate boardroom... Read More »

Dysfunctional Drones Underscore Mission Mess at Homeland Security

by Tom Barry

Truthout, Jan-21-2015 | Article

President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are committed to more drone surveillance of US borders. Over the past year, the president has called for emergency supplemental funding for DHS to fund a "sustained border security surge," including new funding for border drones... Read More »

Presidential War Lies, Standing Ovations and the Great Waste of Everything

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, Jan-21-2015 | Article

At President Obama's behest, as indicated in his State of the Union Address, Congress will soon take up authorizing further American war in the Middle East. Based upon previous years of debate in Congress and on the campaign trail, little attention will be paid by our elected leaders to the real costs and failed results of our war policies and continued war will be authorized... Read More »

The State of the Pentagon Budget Is Uncertain

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Jan-21-2015 | Article

President Obama spoke about a lot of things in his hour-and-10-minute State of the Union address last night, but there's one thing he didn't mention: the caps on Pentagon spending required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The president's claim that "the state of the union is sound" may or may not be accurate, but the state of the Pentagon budget is uncertain... Read More »

The Death of American Ambassador Extraordinaire: Robert White vs. the Death Squads

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Jan-16-2015 | Article

The death of Ambassador Robert E. White is a reminder of what an American envoy can do to advance our principles and to guide our foreign policy. As an ambassador to Paraguay and El Salvador in the 1970s and 1980s, White demonstrated a commitment to social justice and human rights. Sadly, he was dismissed from the Foreign Service in 1981 by Secretary of State Alexander Haig because the Reagan administration had decided on a policy of militarism in Central America.... Read More »

Can the F-35 Be Stopped?

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Jan-12-2015 | Article

At a price tag of $1.5 trillion to build and operate over its lifetime, the F-35 combat aircraft is the most expensive weapons program ever undertaken by the Pentagon. It is overpriced, underperforming and unnecessary... Read More »

I Stand With Charlie Hebdo, But I Also Stand With the Victims of Our Bombs

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, Jan-09-2015 | Article

The killings at the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris are abhorrent. But let us not forget the daily abhorrence of our wars in the Muslim World, wars that have seen over a million Afghans, Iraqis, Libyans, Pakistanis, Somalis, Syrians and Yemenis killed and millions more wounded and maimed physically and psychologically, while millions of men, women and children endure another cold winter, homeless and hungry... Read More »

Obama Should Not Prop Up Mexico's President

by Laura Carlsen

Huffington Post, Jan-06-2015 | Article

President Obama has nothing to gain -- and much to lose -- by propping up Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto. Peña Nieto will be in Washington today, seeking to bolster his support in the United States as it rapidly unravels in his own country... Read More »

Good Reasons to Open Our Doors to Cuba

by Elizabeth Newhouse

Washington Post, Jan-05-2015 | Letter

If the United States wants influence and better human rights in Cuba, it needs to be there. China and Vietnam are not analogous to this island 90 miles from Florida with the natural affinities Cubans and Americans have... Read More »

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