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World Chaos

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 04.24.2015 | 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 04.24.2015 | 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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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.

An Open and Personal Email to Hillary Clinton From a Contemporary

David Bradford | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
David Bradford

Your actions in this regard demonstrate an utter disregard for the law and the importance of being transparent. I hope you can admit to your error of judgement, supply the entire contents of that email server to an independent third party for analysis, and do your best in the future to recognize the gravity of all of your actions while you are representing we the people.

Entrepreneurialism and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Entrepreneurs play an important role in national economic health and economic competitiveness. What is less recognized, and becoming increasingly important, is the role entrepreneurs also play in national security.

The Long-Range Threat Is Poor Education, Not Nukes

Hal Donahue | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
Hal Donahue

Without a strong education base, a global power cannot maintain its leadership position. The United States' massive investments in education following World War II and during the Cold War space race allowed the nation to successfully compete on existing resources. This trend is ending.

The New American Order

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and a way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name. The evidence of this is all around us, and yet it's as if we can't bear to take it in or make sense of it.

A Bumper Crop of Banana(s) Republicans

John Bradshaw | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
John Bradshaw

Under the new "Cotton doctrine," America's commitments are only good for as long as the president who signed them remains in office. This is the way banana republics do business, not the United States. It's an approach unworthy of our diplomatic traditions, and one that damages our ability to work with other nations.

Being Wrong in Washington as a Career Enhancer

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In our era in Washington, whole careers have been built on grotesque mistakes. In fact, when it comes to our various conflicts, God save you if you're right; no one will ever want to hear from you again. If you're wrong, however... well, take the invasion of Iraq.

Rationalizing Lunacy: The Intellectual as Servant of the State

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

Policy intellectuals -- eggheads presuming to instruct the mere mortals who actually run for office -- are a blight on the republic. Like some invasive species, they infest present-day Washington, where their presence strangles common sense and has brought to the verge of extinction the simple ability to perceive reality. A benign appearance -- well-dressed types testifying before Congress, pontificating in print and on TV, or even filling key positions in the executive branch -- belies a malign impact. Do we really need that chatter? Does it enhance the quality of U.S. policy? If policy/defense/action intellectuals fell silent would America be less secure? Let me propose an experiment. Put them on furlough. Send them back to school for reeducation. Let's see if we are able to make do without them even for a month or two.

Cyber Crime

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 03.05.2015 | Technology
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The guys with the guns in the old days usually got caught eventually and sent off to the lockup. The cyber thieves of today are living it up on our money, contemptuous of the law.

Kate Sheppard

Climate Change Helped Fuel The Syrian Conflict, New Paper Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

An unprecedented climate change-fueled drought contributed to the political unrest in Syria, a new paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the Na...

It May Be Speaker John Boehner and the GOP That Do Not Love America

Michelle Kraus | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Rudy, oh dear Mr. Former Mayor, it seems that that you got it all wrong when you accused the president of not loving America. It's so hard to watch you spout such stuff because you were such a respected man.

Boehner's and Bibi's Blunders 'Liberate' U.S. Foreign Policy from NeoCons

Paul Abrams | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Now, thanks to Speaker Boehner, the Republicans have no credibility or standing on national security. None, zero, zorch, nada. The next time you hear a Republican bleating about national security, you can have a good laugh.

Republicans Shift To National Security Ahead Of 2016

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

By Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Feb 28 (Reuters) - If this week was any indication, Republicans could spend much of the 2016 p...

4 Ways the Drug War Harms National Security

James Carli | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
James Carli

Just think of where we could be as a nation if some of the people spending years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense could have, instead, studied sustainable architecture or climate change adaptation?

National Security and the 2016 Election

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Like it or not, the 2016 presidential election will be about national security. And most Americans and most voters will be very fearful of the threat that the Islamic State represents and confused about how we should respond. The Islamic State is a true threat, and one that presents difficult if not impossible choices.

Jeb, Swearing He's His Own Man, Bear Hugs Brother's Failed Foreign Policy

Rep. Ruben Gallego | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Rep. Ruben Gallego

For anyone who served on the ground in Iraq there is something horrifying about the idea of the ideologically blind, strategically ignorant "thinkers" -- Paul Wolfowitz chief among them -- who sent us into a misguided war without a plan to win the peace coming back into office. And yet, Jeb wants to get the gang back together.

'Green News Report' - February 19, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.21.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Another day, another oil explosion, this time at an Exxon refinery in C...

In Whose America?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In sum, we, the people, are ever less in control of anything. The police are increasingly not "ours," nor are the NSA and its colleague outfits "our" intelligence agencies, nor are the wars we are fighting "our" wars, nor the elections in which we vote "our" elections.

Iowa Wants to Let You Carry Your Drivers License On Your Phone

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

There's now a technology to replace almost everything in your wallet. Your cash, credit cards, and loyalty programs are all on their way to becoming obsolete.

Obama's Last National Security Strategy

John Feffer | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

This National Security Strategy will not likely silence administration critics or secure the White House for a Democratic successor in 2016. But it at least illuminates what Obama will try to accomplish globally in his last two years in office and, more importantly, how he will spin those efforts.

Our Addiction to Fossil Fuel Is Taking Us on the Road to Nowhere

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 04.12.2015 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

Energy security was high on the agenda of world leaders in 2014. Governments all over the world are now trying to come up with plans to ensure stable energy supply. Our quest for energy security must go hand in hand with the quest for true security. Our addiction to fossil fuel is taking us on the road to nowhere.