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BURNED: Deception, Deforestation and America’s Biodiesel Policy

BURNED: Deception, Deforestation and America’s Biodiesel Policy

by Glenn Hurowitz

Feb-01-2018 | Report

This report by Mighty Earth and Action Aid USA provides a dramatic on-the-ground glimpse of the unintended negative consequences of food-based biofuels. It shows that instead of driving large-scale climate solutions, the RFS has largely served as a mandate for corn ethanol and food-based biodiesel production, including soy and palm biodiesel produced overseas... Read More »

SAUDI ARMS SALES AND THE PROMISE OF JOBS

SAUDI ARMS SALES AND THE PROMISE OF JOBS

by William D. Hartung

Jan-29-2018 | Report

The promise of jobs created by US weapons exports plays a major role in generating support for arms sales in Congress and the Executive Branch. During President Trump’s 2017 state visit to Saudi Arabia, he pledged $110 billion in new arms offers in the name of “jobs, jobs, jobs.”... Read More »

Commentary and Media Appearances in 2017

Commentary and Media Appearances in 2017

by William D. Hartung

Jan-03-2018 | Report

This listing includes articles by project director William D. Hartung; articles quoting or citing the project or its work; and radio and TV appearances. The project published 5 research reports; articles that appeared in 99 newspapers and web sites; project director William D. Hartung was quoted in 56 news outlets and appeared on 15 radio and TV programs. The 170 total media “hits” registered by the project added up to over three per week... Read More »

US Arms Transfers to the UAE and the War In Yemen

US Arms Transfers to the UAE and the War In Yemen

by William D. Hartung

Sep-27-2017 | Report

The central role of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the war in Yemen has yet to receive the attention it deserves... Read More »

Chocolate's Dark Secrets

Chocolate's Dark Secrets

by Glenn Hurowitz

Sep-13-2017 | Report

A new investigation by Mighty Earth, “Chocolate’s Dark Secret,” finds that a large amount of the cocoa used in chocolate produced by Mars, Nestle, Hershey’s, Godiva, and other major chocolate companies was grown illegally in national parks and other protected areas in Ivory Coast and Ghana. The countries are the world’s two largest cocoa producers... Read More »

Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: The Corporate Connection

by Derek Paulhus, William D. Hartung

Aug-10-2017 | Report

The U.S. arms sales relationship with Saudi Arabia is increasingly controversial as a result of the brutal Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen, which has utilized U.S.-supplied weaponry to target civilians, causing thousands of deaths in the process... Read More »

Spending on the Pentagon and Related Programs: A Primer

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 »

US Foreign Military Training Reached Record Highs in 2015

US Foreign Military Training Reached Record Highs in 2015

by Security Assistance Monitor

May-03-2017 | Report

Washington, DC – The number of US foreign military trainees increased substantially in FY 2015, growing from 56,346 in FY 2014 to 79,865 in FY 2015, according to a new Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) report released today on trends in US foreign military training. The report, which is based on an analysis of the US “Foreign Military Training” report released earlier this year, marks the highest number of US military trainees in any year since FY 2006... Read More »

The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm

The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm

by William D. Hartung

Apr-12-2017 | Report

The Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Center for International Policy released a report today on the proposed Trump military budget in historical, strategic, and budgetary perspective. The report entitled, The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm, reveals the full costs of U.S. spending on national security-related functions and demonstrates that much of that money is being misspent due to special interest lobbying and a distorted view of what will make America and its allies safer... Read More »

The Future of Pentagon Spending  in the New Political Climate

The Future of Pentagon Spending in the New Political Climate

by William D. Hartung

Nov-16-2016 | Report

The results of the presidential election have troubling implications for the future of Pentagon spending, and for how the U.S. military is likely to be used in the years to come. We need the wisdom of everyone who cares about peace to figure out the best way to move forward in what could be a very difficult period for the issues and values we care about most. There is no more important time than right now to be doing this work.... Read More »

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