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Countering Violent Extremism and Bridging the Security-Development Gap

Dr. Khalid Koser | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
Dr. Khalid Koser

There remains in many administrations a gap between those government agencies charged with security, and those with responsibility for overseas development. Countering violent extremism depends on bridging this gap.

Marriage Equality: A Personal View From the Military

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

The other day was one of those truly great days. When I turned on NPR, the Attorney General of South Dakota was talking about marrying homosexual couples immediately. A wonderful end to an incredible journey.

The Energy Sector is Undermining National Security and Development in Mozambique

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Political stability and absence of violence in Mozambique are in their lowest levels in two decades.

Washington's Way of Dealing With Hostages: More Bureaucracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For Al-Qaeda affiliates around the world, holding westerners hostage and threatening to kill them if their governments don't pay for their release is big business. In fact, kidnapping is a massive windfall for terrorist organizations in general.

Surveillance Reform: The Congressional-Intelligence Complex Strikes Back

Patrick G. Eddington | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Patrick G. Eddington

Despite the revelations provided by Edward Snowden about the scope and illegality of the U.S. government's mass surveillance programs, the Intelligence Community's power to fight back remains potent -- especially when its ostensible watchdogs are its biggest supporters and apologists.

This Soldier. My Fear. And Bringing Us All Together in Peace.

Jennifer Kushell | Posted 06.19.2015 | Good News
Jennifer Kushell

This week I received a friend request on Facebook by someone whose profile picture scared me. My choice to explore it further, rather than delete, block and quickly try to forget it, turned into one of the most fascinating conversations of my life, that now thousands around the world are involved in after just 48 hours.

Does Endless War And Illegal Surveillance Sound Like Security To You?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Too many candidates are endorsing the conventional political wisdom that more military invasion, occupation, droning and Pentagon spending will somehow make us more secure. That's why we think that now is a more important time than ever to challenge the status quo.

Washington in Wonderland

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

For more than a decade and at very considerable expense, the United States has been attempting to create an Iraqi government that governs and an Iraqi army that fights; the results of those efforts speak for themselves: they have failed abysmally.

The Big Issue Apple Needs to Address

S. Kumar | Posted 06.09.2015 | Technology
S. Kumar

There is one area in which Apple and Cook are being coy and its time for Americans to call the tech giant out on that.

National Security and Privacy Secretly Wed in Las Vegas

Spencer Green | Posted 06.02.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Following months of rumors, it's been revealed that Privacy and National Security were secretly married weeks ago in Las Vegas, Nevada. "We're tired of all the naysayers constantly describing us as incompatible. We'll show you. We'll show you all! Ha!" the couple wrote.

NSA Winds Down Phone-Records Collection Program

AP | Ken Dilanian | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed t...

How to Find Common Ground on One of the Most Pressing Issues of Our Time

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

We must recognize that striking the "right" balance between personal liberty and national security requires constant attention and reassessment. This is especially true following periods of crisis, when there is understandable pressure to tip the scales in favor of national security.

'Green News Report' - May 21, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Major oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast; Another settlement reached...

Kate Sheppard

Jeb Bush: It's 'Intellectual Arrogance' To Agree With Scientists About Humans Driving Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that while he acknowledges "the climate is changing," he's not clear on...

Two Years After Snowden, a Plea for Perspective

Riley Roberts | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Riley Roberts

In the days ahead, as we reappraise Edward Snowden's complicated legacy, now two years old -- and as Congress considers a package of sensible NSA reforms -- what's called for is a dose of clear-eyed realism, an appetite for nuance, and a high tolerance for uncertainty.

A Simple Formula for Peace and Security in Africa

Henri Fouda | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Henri Fouda

In the coming months, several African countries will be holding elections. The flurry of electoral activity marks progress towards democratic rule in a continent where, until recently, military coups were a common practice for the transfer of political power.

Ex-Im and the Pax Americana

Dante Disparte | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Dante Disparte

For more than 80 years, the Export-Import Bank of the United States has played a central role in facilitating market access for U.S. firms and for providing a fixed price on the uncertainty and credit risk of international trade.

Kate Sheppard

The GOP Senator In Charge of Homeland Security Disagrees With The Pentagon On Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says he disagrees with the Penta...

Entrepreneurs Tasked With Saving the World

Dante Disparte | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Dante Disparte

In the past few years more than 80 innovative startup companies as of April 2015 have been valued at more than $1 billion. With the most innovative and those with the most potential reaching well beyond this mark.

GOP Budget Subsidizes Military Industrialization on the Frontier of Climate Change

Heather Gautney | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Apparently unimportant to the House Majority is the potentially devastating impact of their budget resolution on everyday people -- the $4.5 trillion in cuts to domestic spending on which many Americans deeply depend, including food stamp programs, Pell Grants, Head Start, and Medicaid.

World Chaos

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The civilized world -- by which I mean coherent nation-states built on democratic processes that embrace tolerance and the rule of law -- can learn from the buffalo.

Institutionalized Racism: National Security Threat and Mental Health Crisis

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Over the past nine months, the FBI has arrested five African Americans suspected of sympathizing with ISIS. These arrests necessitate an examination of why some African Americans might be drawn to violent extremist groups.

Pentagon Says Global Cyber Threat Is Growing

Reuters | Phil Stewart | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

PALO ALTO, California, April 23 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday disclosed a cyber intrusion this year by Russian hackers who accessed an un...

The NSA's Earth Day Mascot Will Scare You Into Recycling

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green

Americans throw a lot of trash away -- about 4.4 pounds per person every day. But the National Security Agency has a simple solution for our planet-ki...

The New Sponsor of Terrorism: Climate Change

Jon Soltz | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Jon Soltz

Today, on Earth Day, let's continue to protect ourselves, and ask our politicians to vote for policies that protect us. Included in that is a campaign to defeat the newest sponsor of terrorism -- climate change.