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Zika Messaging

by Jeff Blum

Sep-27-2016 | Letter

Resources dedicated to fight the spread of the Zika are running low. Congress should put partisan politics aside and provide funding to combat the virus. Because Zika primarily threatens pregnant women, sound family planning policies must be a central part of combating this virus.... Read More »

Refugee Messaging

by Jeff Blum

Sep-27-2016 | Letter

We must raise awareness that women and girls fleeing violence and economic hardship are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, violence and abuse; and we must do more to increase options for assistance. ... Read More »

IAVA Forum Messaging

by Jeff Blum

Sep-27-2016 | Letter

As some of you probably already know IAVA and NBC are hosting a candidate forum on veterans issues and national security with Hillary and Donald tonight at 8PM ET. This is a great opportunity for us to promote our series of candidate questions. Find sample tweets and questions here. ... Read More »

The financial imperative for war in Afghanistan

by Bill Goodfellow

NY Times, Jul-10-2016 | Letter

The July 7 editorial “A final commitment in Afghanistan” viewed the war in Afghanistan primarily in military terms. The main reason the U.S.-backed Afghan government has been losing is the rampant corruption that undermines public support for the government and fuels the insurgency. Since 2001, the United States has spent more than $110 billion on the reconstruction of Afghanistan, which, in current dollars, is more than we spent on the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II. This amount does not include the hundreds of billions the United States spent on the war in Afghanistan itself... 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 »

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 »

Ted Deutch's Path to War


Sun Sentinel , Aug-07-2015 | Letter

If Congress forces the U.S. to walk away from the deal, the unlikely international coalition so carefully constructed by U.S. diplomats will collapse and there will be nothing holding back Iran from moving full speed ahead on its nuclear program... Read More »

The Iran Nuclear Deal Through the Lens of History

by Melvin A. Goodman

Washington Post, Aug-02-2015 | Letter

The verification for the nuclear agreement with Iran is more than adequate if the political will exists in Washington over the next decade... Read More »

The Greek Crisis

by Harry Blaney

Independent UK, Jun-23-2015 | Letter

The articles about the Greek crisis and the UK's future in Europe all point to the sad state of European leadership and a growing trajectory in the British government to cut ties with the EU and thus, in my view, with the world at large... Read More »

Struggle Goes Far Beyond the Eurozone — It is About Europe’s Unity and Security

by Harry Blaney

Financial Times, Jun-23-2015 | Letter

Does anyone in Europe know what they are doing to themselves? The basis for the euro and the EU should and must be, in the end, “one for all and all for one”... Read More »

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