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Trump’s Space Force

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, September 2018 | Article

On June 18th, President Trump announced that he was directing the Pentagon to develop a new branch of the U.S. military, a “Space Force” that would give the U.S. “dominance” in that realm. It would be, he said — and here he used a classic phrase from the Jim Crow era of racial segregation — “separate but equal” to the U.S. Air Force... Read More »

Trump’s Space Force Is Putting Us All in Danger

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, September 2018 | Article

On June 18th, President Trump announced that he was directing the Pentagon to develop a new branch of the U.S. military, a “Space Force” that would give the U.S. “dominance” in that realm. It would be, he said -- and here he used a classic phrase from the Jim Crow era of racial segregation -- “separate but equal” to the U.S. Air Force... Read More »

WILL $100 MILLION IN DEFENSE CEO SALARIES MAKE US SAFER?

by William D. Hartung

Inkstick, September 2018 | Article

The Senate just approved a $675 billion Pentagon spending bill by a vote of 85 to 7. When defense-related activities like nuclear warhead research and development at the Department of Energy are taken into account, the total figure is well north of $700 billion... Read More »

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Press Release: CIP’s Foreign Influence Transparency Proposal Becomes Law

by Ben Freeman

08-13-18

Today the President signed into law the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill includes provisions from the Countering Foreign Propaganda Act, first introduced by Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), which the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative (FITI) at the Center for International Policy helped to craft and loudly supported.... Read More »

Recent Pentagon Increases Exceed Russia’s Entire Military Budget

by William D. Hartung

06-26-18

The House of Representatives’ $716 billion Fiscal Year 2019 Pentagon spending bill is one of the largest since World War II. Spending at this level is both dangerous and unnecessary. It’s good news for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and other weapons contractors, but bad news for the rest of us... Read More »

Open Society Foundations Announce Summer 2018 New Executives Fund Recipients

by CIP

05-31-18

Eight newly appointed leaders of nonprofit organizations, in countries ranging from the United States to Senegal, have been awarded New Executives Fund grants to help implement their vision of change, the Open Society Foundations announced today. The recipients represent a wide array of organizations focused on open society concerns, including but not limited to youth empowerment, women’s rights, antidiscrimination, and drug policy reform... Read More »

A Trumped-Up Space Force

William D. Hartung quoted

10-02-18

Space, the “final frontier,” isn’t what it used to be. In the 1960s and early 1970s I grew up a fan of NASA as well as Star Trek with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. NASA was (and is) a civilian space agency, even though its corps of astronauts was originally drawn from the ranks of military test pilots... Read More »

India should work towards breaking Pakistan in 4 parts, says BJP MP Subramanian Swamy

CIP quoted

09-28-18

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said that India should break Pakistan into 4 parts by assisting the Balochis, the Sindhis and the Pashtuns to form their own country as they don’t want to live with Pakistan... Read More »

War Powers Act Invoked to End US Support for Saudi-Led Slaughter of Civilians in Yemen

William D. Hartung quoted

09-27-18

This resolution should be a no-brainer for Congress. What more do they need to finally end this tragedy?... Read More »

William Hartung on the Military-Industrial Complex and Yemen

William D. Hartung interviewed

09-28-18

William Hartung joieds Scott Horton to talk about the reasons for the war in Yemen and its effects in the region. As usual, little attention is being paid to America’s role in supporting Saudi Arabia in waging the war, and even less to the role of powerful lobbying from arms manufacturers, though efforts from some journalists and certain members of congress are looking to change that... Read More »

Assessing the damage of Mexico’s deadly earthquakes … one year later

Laura Carlsen interviewed

09-15-18

Political Analyst Laura Carlsen joins anchor Elaine Reyes on the set of “Americas Now” to discuss the accusations of corruption. She also describes the losses suffered by residents outside of Mexico City... Read More »

Foreign influence event and Foreign Lobby

Ben Freeman interviewed

09-14-18

In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of FARA and the launch of new Foreign Lobby Watch tools, the Center for Responsive Politics is hosting a discussion on foreign influence featuring a demo of CRP’s newly released Foreign Lobby Watch database followed by a panel of experts... Read More »

Building informed democracy in an era of endless war

06-30-18 | Open the Govt.

We’d like to invite you to join a series of strategy roundtables to identify the primary barriers to public access to information on different aspects of U.S. wars, as well as the accountability tools and mechanisms that need to be strengthened (think whistleblower protections, FOIA, Congressional oversight, etc).... Read More »

Dismantling Racism in U.S. Foreign Policy

06-11-18 | FCNL

Join us on June 26th at the Friends Committee on National Legislation for a conversation with CIP Pres. Salih Booker on racism in U.S. foreign policy, the lack of diversity among policymakers, and some ways to move forward... Read More »

Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade

05-22-18 | DATE: May 22, 2018 TIME: 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM LOCATION: Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20036

The inaugural Forum on the Arms Trade annual conference, "Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade," is a half-day event that will take place at the Stimson Center on May 22, 2018. The conference will feature leading experts, journalists, and members of civil society and the government. Join us as we look into the effects of the global arms trade on human and national security, and discuss how the U.S. can better assess risk when transferring arms. ... Read More »

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