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A Guide to Trump’s $1 Trillion Defense Bill

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Jul-25-2017 |

In May 2012, TomDispatch featured a piece by Chris Hellman and Mattea Kramer, both then analysts at the National Priorities Project, headlined “War Pay: The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget.” ... Read More »

The Hidden Costs of “National Security”

by William D. Hartung

Common Dreams, Jul-25-2017 |

You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon... Read More »

Redesigning the Foreign Aid Architecture

by Diana Ohlbaum

Lobe Log, Jul-25-2017 |

Donald Trump is hardly the first U.S. president to call for bureaucratic reorganization to improve government efficiency and effectiveness... Read More »

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 »

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