Commentary - Human Rights, Peace & Security

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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 »

An Indefensible Budget Deal

by William D. Hartung

US News, Oct-27-2015 | Article

The Pentagon doesn't deserve more money from Congress in the debt ceiling deal.... Read More »

Defense Veto Opens Door to Ending Pentagon Slush Fund

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Oct-26-2015 | Article

President Obama's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week is a positive step towards imposing long overdue discipline on the Pentagon budget. In vetoing the bill, he noted that it "fails to authorize funding for our national security in a fiscally responsible manner." This was a not-so-veiled reference to the fact that the bill relied on a budget gimmick - a multi-billion dollar Pentagon slush fund that violates the caps on Pentagon spending established in current law. For this reason alone, the veto deserves to be upheld.... Read More »

Obama to Host President of World's Biggest Climate Backslider


Huffington Post, Oct-25-2015 | Article

When the Indonesian president visits Washington this week, Obama will be playing host to a world leader among the top ranks of climate polluters... Read More »

On the F-35, What Does Canada Know That the U.S. Doesn't?

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Oct-22-2015 | Article

An important byproduct of the Liberal Party's victory in the Canadian election this week is the decision to cancel the proposed purchase of the F-35 combat aircraft.... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: U.S. Military Assistance

by William D. Hartung

NY Times, Oct-08-2015 | Letter

“U.S. Financing Fails to Sustain Foreign Forces” (front page, Oct. 4), about the routine failures of American foreign arms and training programs to meet their objectives, underscores the need for a move away from reliance on these programs as a central component of United States strategy.... Read More »

Trim the Pentagon's Shadow Work Force

by William D. Hartung

US News, Oct-08-2015 | Article

What accounts for the discrepancy in the ratio of contractors to costs? Is it inefficiency, poor counting or an unexplained increase in the cost-per-contractor? These are crucial questions if the Pentagon's shadow work force is to be brought under control. ... Read More »

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