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Trump, Taiwan and the Weapons Deal

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The president-elect stumbles over the protocols of geopolitics and war, tweeting all the way. It's not just insane. It's awkward. "Since 1979," the ...

If Voting Made Any Difference, They Wouldn't Let Us Do It

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

There is still a lot Americans can do to topple the police state tyrants, but any revolution that has any hope of succeeding needs to be prepared to reform the system from the bottom up. And that will mean re-learning step by painful step what it actually means to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

U.S. Arms Sales Approvals Set To Reach Nearly $40 billion

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - The U.S. government is on track to approve nearly $40billion in foreign military sales in the 2016 fiscal year that e...

Head Choppers For Hillary

Riley Waggaman | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Riley Waggaman

We understand that part of the job of Secretary of State involves "diplomacy", that long-forgotten art of talking to people instead of drone-bombing them. And we recognize that being an effective diplomat means building cordial, constructive relationships, even with countries that lob off the heads of Hogwarts graduates.

Hillary Clinton Is Pro Gun Control, But She's Also Big on Arms Deals

Dieter Holger | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Dieter Holger

While touting her gun control record and lambasting rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' firearm policy, Hillary Clinton keeps under wraps her heavy-handed involvement in the arms trade during her time as America's top diplomat.

China, Climate, and the Opportunity Costs of 9/11

John Feffer | Posted 09.10.2016 | World
John Feffer

Despite all the meetings, promises, and apocalyptic threats, global carbon emissions have risen from the Kyoto Protocol of 1997 until today -- from around 6.5 billion metric tons per year to nearly 10 billion. If both China and the U.S. had tackled this issue back in 2001, perhaps we wouldn't currently be in this pickle. Chalk that up as another opportunity cost (which might just cost us the planet). Instead of haggling over currency, hacking, and sea-lanes, the two superpowers should be thinking big. Between them, the U.S. and China account for nearly one-third of the global economy, nearly one-quarter of the world's population, and more than two-fifths of the world's carbon emissions. What these two countries do by definition has an enormous global impact.

The Iran Deal: Just Another Sales Opportunity

Stephan Richter | Posted 08.06.2016 | Politics
Stephan Richter

Despite all the protests in the Republican camp about the Iran nuclear deal, many Republicans -- especially the vast chorus of consultants working for the U.S. defense industry -- are actually very happy about this deal.

Germany's Arms Sales and the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is no secret that the German military equipment being purchased by Saudi Arabia will most likely be used to crack down on anti-government demonstrations inside Bahrain, and/or the Shia-majority region of eastern Saudi Arabia.

Obama Must Rewrite His Foreign Policy Legacy

Laura Carlsen | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

To stand up to a retooled and more powerful than ever military-industrial establishment requires boldness and a deep commitment to peace. If President Obama seeks to leave a meaningful legacy in his second term, this is the place to start.

Monopolizing War? What America Knows How to Do Best

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.13.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

It's pop-quiz time when it comes to the American way of war: three questions, torn from the latest news, just for you. Good luck!

U.S. Arms Sales Tripled Last Year

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.27.2012 | Business

Worldwide weapons sales by the United States tripled in 2011, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service. U.S. arms sales to b...

U.S. Points Finger, And Arms Exports, At Human Rights Abusers

IWatch News | Zach Toombs | Posted 06.22.2012 | World

Every May and June, different branches of the State Department paint contrasting portraits of how Washington views dozens of strategically significant...

Russia's Show of Syrian Force

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 06.05.2012 | World
Matthew RJ Brodsky

Instead of wasting resources trying to convince Moscow to abandon its Middle East interests in order to press ahead with more UN resolutions, Washington would do well to assert its role as world leader and work with those countries that have a common interest in Syria.

Arms and the World

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Arms sales are not as straightforward as one might think. For one thing, Russia and the United States are both eager to maintain their respective positions as the most successful merchants of death dealing devices.

"Convenient" Base Is Unexamined Excuse for U.S. Silence on Bahrain Crackdown

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.13.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Pressure is building on the Obama administration to delay a proposed arms sale to Bahrain, which brutally suppressed its pro-democracy movement and continues to squash dissent.

Stop Aiding Human Rights Abusers in Bahrain

William Hartung | Posted 09.17.2011 | World
William Hartung

The Obama administration has denounced the repression in Bahrain, but it has taken few concrete actions to back up this rhetoric.

Reading the Pictures: David Cameron--Escorting Arms Dealers to Huge Mid-East Defense Expo--Drops By Tahrir Square

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Shaw