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Sojourner Truth 12-08-2015

by Laura Carlsen

Sojourner Truth Radio, Dec-08-2015 | Interview

Laura Carlsen speaks on Sojourner Truth Radio about electoral changes in Latin America including Venezuela’s and Argentina’s recent elections... Read More »

Is the U.S. Facilitating the Use of Mercenaries in Yemen?

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log , Dec-08-2015 | Article

The recent New York Times report that the United Arab Emirates is paying, arming, and training retired soldiers from Colombia and other Latin American countries to fight in Yemen marks a troubling turning point in the evolution of the current generation of Mideast wars... Read More »

Mercenaries in Yemen--the U.S. Connection

by Laura Carlsen

The Huffington Post, Dec-03-2015 | Article

Latin American mercenaries are leaving the ranks of the national armies of their countries to fight in the deserts of Yemen, wearing the uniform of the United Arab Emirates. They have been contracted by private US companies and in some cases directly by the government of the Arab country, which, thanks to vast oil reserves, has the second largest economy of the region... Read More »

Pentagon Waste Machine Is Still Well-Fueled

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Dec-03-2015 | Article

The Pentagon paid $43 million for a gas station in Afghanistan that was never used. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction estimates that the gas station should have cost about $500,000, but somehow it ended up costing 86 times that amount... Read More »

CIP Applauds U.S.-Cuba Agreement

by Elizabeth Newhouse

Nov-25-2015 | Press Release

The Center for International Policy welcomes the landmark agreement by the governments of the United States and Cuba to dramatically increase the cooperation by the two countries on shared environmental issues. ... Read More »

Voters and courts on both sides of the border are pushing against the US-Mexico drug war

by Laura Carlsen

This Is Hell!, Nov-24-2015 | Interview

Laura Carlsen explains on This Is Hell Radio why a recent Mexican Supreme Court decision to legalize marijuana (for four citizens) is the beginning to a conversation about personal freedom, the health and social implications of legalized marihuana, and a way out of US-imposed military conflict.... Read More »

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 »

Interviews from Mexico - Cinema and the War on Drugs

by Laura Carlsen

TeleSUR English, Nov-19-2015 | Video, Interview

Interviews from Mexico - Cinema and the War on Drugs: In this episode of TeleSur's "Interviews From Mexico" Host Laura Carlsen interviews film director Bernardo Ruiz, whose latest production, Kingdom of Shadows, considers the human face of the war on drugs through the three individual stories, of a human rights activist, a former drug smuggler, and a retired undercover U.S. federal agent. Ruiz discusses what he hoped to accomplish with the film and the various facets of the war on drugs.... Read More »

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