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New Book Assesses State of 'America's War Machine' Five Decades After Ike's Speech

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Nov-23-2015 | Article

The McCartneys' book provides a crisp, clear analysis of the state of the MIC more than 50 years after Eisenhower and his advisors coined the term. The authors deploy dozens of examples to make their case that unfortunately, the MIC is alive and well, with an outsized role in determining not only how much to spend on the Pentagon, but also on whether the country is at war or at peace... Read More »

Merchants of Menace: How US Arms Sales are Fueling Middle East Wars

by William D. Hartung

CounterPunch, Nov-20-2015 | Article

The majority of the Obama administration’s major arms sales have gone to the Middle East and Persian Gulf, with Saudi Arabia topping the list with over $49 billion in new agreements. This is particularly troubling given the complex array of conflicts raging throughout the region, and given the Saudi regime’s use of U.S.-supplied weaponry in its military intervention in Yemen... Read More »

News Flash: Bomber Lobby Wants More Bombers

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Nov-20-2015 | Article

The ink is barely dry on the Air Force's press release announcing the selection of Northrop Grumman as the prime contractor to build 100 new bombers, and the bomber lobby is already pushing to double that amount... Read More »

Pentagon Slush Fund Survives

by William D. Hartung

US News, Nov-18-2015 | Article

The use of the war budget as a slush fund is nothing new, but it has to stop. Even Obama and the secretary of defense object to Congress' Pentagon slush fund... Read More »

Inequality, Austerity, Jobs and Growth

by William D. Hartung

UStream TV, Nov-18-2015 | Video

William Hartung speaks at a panel on "Global Security and Economics: Dangers and Hopes," at a conference sponsored by Economists for Peace and Security, November 18th, 2015. Co-panelists included Heather Hurlburt of the New America Foundation and Steve Clemons of the Atlantic. A video of the panel is here, starting 30 minutes into the tape... Read More »

Interviews from Mexico - Mining in Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

Nov-16-2015 | Video, Interview

According to different studies, from 20 to 50% of Mexico’s national territory has been granted in concessions to foreign mining companies. Much of this is open pit mining. To talk about the impact of mining on Mexico’s future, host Laura Carlsen speaks with Miguel Mijangos, a member of the Network of Those Affected by Mining (REMA). Mijangos explains the devastating effets of mining on health and the environment and outlines the privileges granted by corrupt governments to mining companies such as Goldcorp... Read More »

G20 Leaders Sign Off on Tax Transparency for the Few

by Financial Transparency Coalition

Nov-16-2015 | Press Release

G20/OECD plans on automatic exchange of financial information and corporate profit shifting well intentioned but miss the mark on inclusion... Read More »

Rand Paul Is Right on Defense

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Nov-13-2015 | Article

A piece on Rand Paul's suggestion that conservatives should restrain the Pentagon budget if they are to be considered true "fiscal conservatives." It uses the Paul statement as a jumping off point to talk about all the reasons the Pentagon is overspending.... Read More »

Laura Carlsen on Marijuana Legalization

by Laura Carlsen

CCTV America, Nov-10-2015 | Video, Interview

So what's behind the increase and how is policy across the Americas shifting? CCTV America was joined by Laura Carlsen from Mexico City. She's Director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy.... Read More »

Interviews from Mexico - Women's Shelters

by Laura Carlsen

teleSUR English, Nov-05-2015 | Video, Interview

Domestic abuse is endemic in Mexico, with all social classes at risk and with wide reaching effects beyond the individual victim. In today's program, host Laura Carlsen interviews Wendy Figueroa, director of the National Network of Shelters. They discuss the dimensions and characteristics of domestic abuse in Mexico, how women can escape situations of domestic violence, the shelters' work, functioning, accomplishments, and future perspectives, and what society can do to break the vicious cycle of violence and abuse. ... Read More »

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