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Sanctioned Russian Bank Wooed D.C. With Glitzy Parties and High-Powered Lobbyists

by Ben Freeman

Daily Beast, May-31-2018 | Article

From hiring ex-congressmen to hosting the Bolshoi Ballet, VTB tried hard to convince Washington to drop sanctions... Read More »

FOR PROGRESS WITH NORTH KOREA, DUMP JOHN BOLTON

by William D. Hartung

Inkstick, May-29-2018 | Article

He may not know how or on what timeline, but I believe that Donald Trump truly does want to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Why he wants to do it — whether to get a Nobel Prize or to be able to brag that he’s a better deal maker than Barack Obama — doesn’t matter... Read More »

A Major Win for Trump’s War Cabinet

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Counterpunch, May-25-2018 | Article

President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to run away from a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should not be a surprise to anyone... Read More »

Regime change in Iran could cost the US trillions

by William D. Hartung

CNN, May-24-2018 | Article

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech this week on next steps in US policy toward Iran read more like a call to war than a carefully crafted foreign policy stance. So much so that the obvious next question is what it might cost if the Trump administration seeks to provoke regime change in Iran... Read More »

Deregulating firearms exports risks putting guns in the wrong hands

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, May-24-2018 | Article

The Trump administration just released a new rule that will make it easier for terrorists, tyrants, and criminal gangs to receive U.S.-supplied guns and ammunition... Read More »

The Saudi Lobby’s Scheme to Destroy the Iran Deal

by Ben Freeman, William D. Hartung

The American Conservative , May-23-2018 | Article

They gave Obama their tepid approval, then poured millions into a three-year campaign to kill it—and won... Read More »

Do we really need $716 billion for the Pentagon?

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, May-19-2018 | Article

As Congress continues its consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019, there is one question that is not being asked: Do we really need $716 billion to defend the United States? ... Read More »

BlackRock: Funding War, Preaching Social Responsibility

by William D. Hartung

Medium, May-11-2018 | Article

With $5 trillion in assets under its control, BlackRock is the largest corporation of its kind in the world. In recent years the company has been seeking to burnish its image by urging the companies it funds to take into account the concerns of the communities in which they operate, including showing leadership on “environmental, social and governance matters.” ... Read More »

MILITARY READINESS COMES SECOND IN CONGRESS

by William D. Hartung

Inkstick, May-10-2018 | Article

Report shows lawmakers cater to contractors, not the troops... Read More »

How the Saudis Wooed Donald Trump

by Ben Freeman, William D. Hartung

The Nation, May-10-2018 | Article

All it took was flattery, arms, and a little bit of cash... Read More »

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