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Letter to the Director of the National Protection Unit of Colombia's Interior Ministry

by CIP

Mar-02-2015 | Letter

CIP joins numerous other organizations and individuals in calling on Colombia's ministry of the interior to address the serious security issues faced by activists in Colombia... Read More »

The Pentagon Doesn't Need More Money

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Mar-02-2015 | Article

The Pentagon has more than enough funding to protect the country. But you would never know it if you listened to the cries for more coming from key members of Congress and hawkish DC think tanks... Read More »

Can the Violence in Honduras Be Stopped?

by Sarah Kinosian, William D. Hartung, Lisa Haugaard

Foreign Policy In Focus, Feb-19-2015 | Article

Nearly 100 percent of the murders in Honduras' second city go unsolved. Community development, not militarization, is the answer... Read More »

Why Should We Listen to Neoconservatives Who Criticize Obama?

by William D. Hartung

LA Times, Feb-13-2015 | Letter

We will be living with the consequences of our disastrous intervention in Iraq for years to come. The last thing we should do is double down on the policies that got us into our current predicament in the first place... Read More »

Reform Pentagon Acquisition By Slowing Down the F-35

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, Feb-12-2015 | Article

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Ashton Carter, the incoming next defense secretary, agree on one thing – the need for acquisition reform at the Pentagon. They should start by looking at the F-35 program... Read More »

Rein In the Pentagon's Military Aid Programs

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Feb-09-2015 | Article

Arming and training foreign military and police forces is serious business. The principal goal of these programs is to bolster allies and promote stability. But this form of assistance too often fails to meet its objectives. Done poorly, it can fuel conflicts, enable human rights abuses, and draw the United States into unnecessary wars... Read More »

Five Ways to Save Money at the Pentagon

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Feb-05-2015 | Article

The Obama administration’s budget proposal for FY 2016 is $35 billion higher than the caps set out in current law. Over the next decade the mismatch between what the Pentagon wishes it had and what it is likely to get is even greater. Something will have to give. There are at least five ways the Pentagon’s proposal can be brought into line with budgetary reality... Read More »

What Makes Salvador Brazil's Most Violent City

by Sarah Kinosian

In Sight Crime, Feb-04-2015 | Article

Despite Salvador's economic boom in recent years, problems like economic inequality, racial tensions, and unemployment persist, feeding crime and violence. As murder rates and drug use continue to climb in northern Brazil, it looks like those who live on the periphery of Bahia's capital will likely remain vulnerable to the whims of the underworld... Read More »

Put the Pentagon On a Real Budget

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Jan-30-2015 | Article

It's budget season again, which means it's time for another round of budget gimmicks on the part of the Pentagon. The Obama administration's new Pentagon budget proposal exceeds the budget caps established in current law by $34 billion. That's a hefty sum even by Pentagon standards... Read More »

Benjamin Netanyahu: the Anti-American Obstructionist

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Jan-29-2015 | Article

There are Israeli officials who believe that Netanyahu has gone too far this time. The only way to lend some credibility to our concerns and the concerns of those Israelis is to adopt a tougher stand on issues of concern. President Obama may find that there is more support than he expects, both at home and abroad for standing up to the intransigence of the Israeli Prime Minister... Read More »

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