Commentary - Human Rights, Peace & Security

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No need to boost war budget

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Feb-17-2016 | Article

The Pentagon’s proposed $582 billion budget is more than enough to address current security challenges. But members of Congress who agreed to this spending level in last year’s budget deal are already crying out for more... Read More »

More Lies From Spies: the Tall Tales of Robert Gates


Counter Punch, Feb-04-2016 | Article

Former CIA director and secretary of defense Robert M. Gates, who served both Bush administrations as well as the Obama administration, has produced his third self-aggrandizing memoir. His most recent effort, “A Passion for Leadership,” is in the form of lessons learned, but there is no acknowledgement of any flaw or stumble, let alone mistake. In view of Gates’ emphasis on “integrity,” it’s useful to review his CIA career, particularly his relationship with CIA director William Casey... Read More »

A Golden Age for Pentagon Waste

by William D. Hartung

U.S. News, Feb-03-2016 | Article

Waste at the Pentagon is nothing new. But recent revelations suggest that it may be reaching historic levels.... Read More »

Five Things Heritage Gets Wrong About Pentagon Spending

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Jan-27-2016 | Article

The Heritage Foundation has asserted that Americans deserve an "honest debate" about the costs of national security. I couldn't agree more... Read More »

The Drug War and Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

The New York Times, Jan-25-2016 | Letter

Ioan Grillo’s conclusion that the United States (and American taxpayers) “should use its drug-war aid to push harder” for anti-corruption and judicial reforms is off base... Read More »

Dr. King's Antiwar Legacy

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Jan-18-2016 | Article

Celebrations of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often center on the universalist rhetoric of his "I Have a Dream" speech and its call for a nation in which the founding promise of equal treatment for all will be fulfilled; a world in which "justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a might stream... Read More »

Mel Goodman on Robert White (and More)


Tell Somebody, Jan-07-2016 | Interview

Melvin A. Goodman was a guest on the January 7, 2016 edition of Tell Somebody: A weekly public affairs program on KKFI-FM 90.1, Kansas City community radio. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy where he was a colleague of the late Robert White, former US ambassador to El Salvador, and was a CIA analyst and colleague of Ray McGovern. He is the author of National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism, and of the forthcoming book The Path to Dissent: A Whistleblower at the CIA... Read More »

The FARC and the Colombian government continue to reach for peace

by Laura Carlsen

CCTV America, Dec-18-2015 | Video, Interview

Since 2012, the Colombian government has been negotiating a peace deal with Latin America’s largest guerilla army, the FARC. This comes after an armed conflict between the two sides that has lasted more than 50 years and seen 200,000 people killed and millions displaced. Political analyst Laura Carlsen joins Elaine Reyes on the set of “Americas Now to discuss the current state of the peace talks.... Read More »

When Will Republican Candidates Speak Out About Pentagon Waste?

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Dec-16-2015 | Article

The dominant theme of last night's Republican debate was that only a "tough" Republican president who radically increases Pentagon spending can make America safe again. But throwing more money at the Pentagon will not make us safer. The Pentagon's $600 billion-plus budget wastes tens of billions of dollars that could be put to better use. We need more spending discipline at the Pentagon, not more spending... Read More »

Venezuela And The Waning Pink Tide

by Laura Carlsen

On Point, Dec-08-2015 | Interview

Laura Carlsen speaks on NPR’s On Point about Venezuela’s major election Sunday Dec. 8 where the opposition took the legislative majority... Read More »

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