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Big forests, big ag: Are rainforests the right place for industrial agriculture?

by Glenn Hurowitz

Mongabay, Jul-20-2017 |

The chimpanzee nest was a few months old, but there it was, right next to the tracks of the endangered forest elephant... Read More »

Is the CIA Reformable?

by Melvin A. Goodman

Truth Out, Jul-20-2017 |

In this excerpt, , former CIA intelligence analyst Melvin A. Goodman ponders the meanings of the words whistleblower, dissident and contrarian, how they apply to himself and others, and whether the CIA can ever be repaired or rebuilt... Read More »

Political Analyst Laura Carlsen on plight of mothers of the missing

by Laura Carlsen

CGTN America, Jul-16-2017 | Interview

Political analyst Laura Carlsen, who works with an organization that advises citizen search groups in Mexico, joined Elaine Reyes to discuss the plight of mothers on a quest to find their missing children... Read More »

Fixing the Met: Art Lovers Speak

by Montana Mathieu

NY Times, Jul-14-2017 |

The next director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will have a full inbox. Here, 20 well-known Met watchers offer their own bold ideas and expectations... Read More »

There’s only one way to fix North Korea problem now

by David Cortright

CNBC, Jul-07-2017 |

Instead of issuing empty threats, the president and his advisers need to get serious about developing an effective diplomatic plan for containing the North Korean nuclear problem. It's time for the self-proclaimed 'master of the deal' to get to work on a coordinated strategy.... Read More »

The Foolishness of Regime-Change Fantasies

by Stephen Miles

LobeLog, Jul-07-2017 |

The United States has tried its hand a lot at regime change. By one count, the US tried to overthrow 72 different governments during the Cold War alone—and that’s before the most recent misadventures in Iraq and Libya... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: How Clinton, Bush and Obama joined to alienate Russia

by Melvin A. Goodman

The Washington Post, Jul-05-2017 | Letter

In her July 2 op-ed, “Blind on Russia,” Anne Applebaum continued the mythology that “nobody paid much attention as Russia . . . turned into something quite different” from a “Western-oriented, liberalizing state.”... Read More »

Pentagon Cries Poverty as Trump Marches to War

by William D. Hartung

Democratic Socialists of America, Jul-05-2017 |

When Donald Trump’s administration ordered the bombing of a Syrian air base in response to a chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians, the decision was greeted warmly in the mainstream media, as if it were a well-considered decision designed to dissuade the Assad regime from engaging in further chemical attacks... Read More »

Debunking Myths that Fuel Irresponsible U.S. Defense Policy

by Taner Bertuna, Colby Goodman

Lob Log, Jun-30-2017 |

As President Trump continues to authorize record-breaking U.S. arms deals to Saudi Arabia and many other countries around the world and propose major increases in Pentagon spending, he is positioning himself to claim wins on two of his campaign promises: build a military that is “gonna be so strong nobody’s gonna mess with us,” and increase U.S. jobs... Read More »

Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis

by William D. Hartung

Common Dreams, Jun-20-2017 |

At this point, it’s no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi royal family. It could in the end destabilize the Middle East in ways not seen in our lifetimes (which, given the growing chaos in the region, is no small thing to say)... Read More »

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