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Where is the Opening for Aid Reform?

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, Aug-04-2017 |

It’s hard to reconcile the optimism of the development community with the signals coming from the Trump administration... Read More »

What’s Behind Trump’s Obsession with Bashing Mexico?

by Laura Carlsen

Americas Program, Aug-04-2017 |

Donald Trump deflected part of the global spotlight on the G20 to engage in one of his favorite sports– publicly bashing Mexico... Read More »

Boosting the Pentagon at the Expense of Domestic Programs Puts Lives at Risk

by William D. Hartung

Medium, Jul-29-2017 |

Pentagon spending is at one of the highest levels in history, but you would never know it if you only listened to the Pentagon, the generals, and military hawks in Congress... Read More »

The Myth of American Exceptionalism

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, Jul-27-2017 |

Like too many nations, the United States likes to think of itself as a chosen nation and a chosen people... Read More »

Spending on the Pentagon and Related Programs: A Primer

by William D. Hartung

Jul-26-2017 | Report

Coming up with a reliable number for spending on the Pentagon and related programs can be complicated. There are multiple funding streams, and not all of them come by way of the Pentagon’s budget. Articles on Pentagon spending often give incomplete numbers, or fail to explain which aspects of spending on national defense are being described. This fact sheet is designed to provide a guide to the different funding streams and where things stand as of July 2017... Read More »

A Guide to Trump’s $1 Trillion Defense Bill

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Jul-25-2017 |

In May 2012, TomDispatch featured a piece by Chris Hellman and Mattea Kramer, both then analysts at the National Priorities Project, headlined “War Pay: The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget.” ... Read More »

The Hidden Costs of “National Security”

by William D. Hartung

Common Dreams, Jul-25-2017 |

You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon... Read More »

Redesigning the Foreign Aid Architecture

by Diana Ohlbaum

Lobe Log, Jul-25-2017 |

Donald Trump is hardly the first U.S. president to call for bureaucratic reorganization to improve government efficiency and effectiveness... Read More »

Big forests, big ag: Are rainforests the right place for industrial agriculture?

by Glenn Hurowitz

Mongabay, Jul-20-2017 |

The chimpanzee nest was a few months old, but there it was, right next to the tracks of the endangered forest elephant... Read More »

Is the CIA Reformable?

by Melvin A. Goodman

Truth Out, Jul-20-2017 |

In this excerpt, , former CIA intelligence analyst Melvin A. Goodman ponders the meanings of the words whistleblower, dissident and contrarian, how they apply to himself and others, and whether the CIA can ever be repaired or rebuilt... Read More »

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