Commentary - Human Rights, Peace & Security

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Pentagon Slush Fund Survives

by William D. Hartung

US News, Nov-18-2015 | Article

The use of the war budget as a slush fund is nothing new, but it has to stop. Even Obama and the secretary of defense object to Congress' Pentagon slush fund... Read More »

Inequality, Austerity, Jobs and Growth

by William D. Hartung

UStream TV, Nov-18-2015 | Video

William Hartung speaks at a panel on "Global Security and Economics: Dangers and Hopes," at a conference sponsored by Economists for Peace and Security, November 18th, 2015. Co-panelists included Heather Hurlburt of the New America Foundation and Steve Clemons of the Atlantic. A video of the panel is here, starting 30 minutes into the tape... Read More »

Interviews from Mexico - Mining in Mexico

by Laura Carlsen

Nov-16-2015 | Video, Interview

According to different studies, from 20 to 50% of Mexico’s national territory has been granted in concessions to foreign mining companies. Much of this is open pit mining. To talk about the impact of mining on Mexico’s future, host Laura Carlsen speaks with Miguel Mijangos, a member of the Network of Those Affected by Mining (REMA). Mijangos explains the devastating effets of mining on health and the environment and outlines the privileges granted by corrupt governments to mining companies such as Goldcorp... Read More »

Rand Paul Is Right on Defense

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Nov-13-2015 | Article

A piece on Rand Paul's suggestion that conservatives should restrain the Pentagon budget if they are to be considered true "fiscal conservatives." It uses the Paul statement as a jumping off point to talk about all the reasons the Pentagon is overspending.... Read More »

Laura Carlsen on Marijuana Legalization

by Laura Carlsen

CCTV America, Nov-10-2015 | Video, Interview

So what's behind the increase and how is policy across the Americas shifting? CCTV America was joined by Laura Carlsen from Mexico City. She's Director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy.... Read More »

Interviews from Mexico - Women's Shelters

by Laura Carlsen

teleSUR English, Nov-05-2015 | Video, Interview

Domestic abuse is endemic in Mexico, with all social classes at risk and with wide reaching effects beyond the individual victim. In today's program, host Laura Carlsen interviews Wendy Figueroa, director of the National Network of Shelters. They discuss the dimensions and characteristics of domestic abuse in Mexico, how women can escape situations of domestic violence, the shelters' work, functioning, accomplishments, and future perspectives, and what society can do to break the vicious cycle of violence and abuse. ... Read More »

We Need a Proper, Vetted National Defense Budget

by William D. Hartung

Wall Street Journal, Nov-03-2015 | Article

Sen. John McCain and Rep. Mac Thornberry’s arguments against President Obama’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) miss the point... Read More »

Guatemala Corruption Probe Reveals Government Graft

by Laura Carlsen

Nov-02-2015 | Interview

Laura Carlsen discusses the Guatemala corruption probe and its political crisis on CCTV America... Read More »

Laura Carlsen Discusses Global Obesity Epidemic

by Laura Carlsen

Oct-28-2015 | Interview

Laura Carlsen discusses the global obesity epidemic on CCTV’s The Heat... Read More »

The “War Scare” in the Kremlin, Revisited: Is History Repeating Itself?

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, Oct-27-2015 | Article

History seems to be repeating itself. Washington and Moscow are once again exchanging ugly broadsides over the confrontations in Ukraine and Syria. The Russian-American arms control and disarmament dialogue has been pushed to the background, and the possibilities of superpower conflict into the foreground. ... Read More »

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