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Get Out! - The Only Sane Response to the Islamic State

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
David J. Dunn, PhD

The Islamic State (ISIS) proves the law of unintended consequences. Congratulations America! We killed Christianity in the Middle East and unleashed a terror organization with far greater reach and power than Al Qaeda ever possessed.

By Air, Land And Sea, The Military Is Going Green To Save Lives And Money

Michael Brower | Posted 09.05.2014 | Green
Michael Brower

The military isn't going green for fun or for positive public relations -- they're doing it because it saves lives and money. The fact is, oil markets are global, no matter the origin of the product. This means, for every $10 rise in the price of a barrel of oil, it costs the Department of Defense an additional $1.3 billion -- more than the entire procurement budget of the Marines.

Global Problems Call for Global Solutions

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Sometimes, amid the heated political debate about what should done by the U.S. government in world affairs, a proposal cuts through the TV babble of the supposed experts with a clear, useful suggestion.

Education for the World We Want (Part 1)

Suna Senman | Posted 08.15.2014 | Education
Suna Senman

How does a society that teaches preschoolers to play well, share toys and not hit raise highly educated leaders to justify revenge, invade countries and develop weapons to kill?

In Quest of a Strategy

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

According to ancient legend, the Roman emperor Nero placidly played his fiddle while the great city burned down. I have the uneasy feeling our leader in the White House is engaging in a similar bout of escapism.

Does War Have a Future?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Perhaps the rulers of nations, learning nothing since the time of Alexander the Great, will continue to mobilize their citizens for war until only small bands of miserable survivors roam a barren, charred, radioactive wasteland.

Drones, Trains, and China: How America's Budget Is Fighting the Wrong Battle

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you want a measure of rise and decline, look no further than this comparison between U.S. and Chinese infrastructural build-ups, between, that is, Washington's global military-first strategy and Beijing's civilian-first one.

The Three-War Doctrine

John Feffer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

If the War Party wins in 2016, all bets are off. We will prepare to fight in the Eurasian heartland, the South China Sea, and the resource-rich lands of Africa -- because if we don't fight them there, we'll have to fight them here. Just when it seemed like we were about to give peace a chance, the United States will suddenly revert to a three-war doctrine.

What's Really Wrong With Pentagon's Proposed Pay Cuts

Sarah Smiley | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Sarah Smiley

Having my sons courted by a recruiter who will tell them about the "great deal" of the military is, in my mind, exposing them to a promise that is quickly becoming an illusion.

Europe Begins to See the Light

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 07.05.2014 | World
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

If there is one salutary benefit to Vladimir Putin's aggression it has surely been a wakeup call to remind the Europeans why they still need a military deterrent.

Earth: Game Over?

John Feffer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
John Feffer

The United Nations recently released another in its series of reports on climate change. This one tries to put a price tag on what we need to do over the next 15-20 years to stop the global mercury from rising.

NATO on Viagra

John Feffer | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
John Feffer

NATO should be getting the message. Someone in Brussels should be ordering a big cake, compiling the festschrift, preparing golden parachutes for the top brass, and getting the "mission accomplished" banner printed up.

Breathless in North Korea

Christine Ahn | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Christine Ahn

While repression in North Korea is widely recognized, less understood is why North Korea is such a militarized nation.

Ukraine's Crisis Doesn't Justify Overspending on the Pentagon

William Hartung | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

In fact, the situation in the Ukraine is an example of the limits of military power, not the need for more of it.

Martin Dempsey: NSA Leaks Will Cost Billions

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer says it will take two years of study and billions of dollars to overcome the loss of security to mil...

The Pentagon's Phony Budget War

Mattea Kramer | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Despite cries of doom since the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change any time soon.

Top Five Things to Know About President Obama's 2015 Budget Proposal

Jo Comerford | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Jo Comerford

The president wants to provide pre-kindergarten to every student and expand the existing Head Start program, which provides early childhood education to low-income families. The budget proposal would dedicate $66 billion over 10 years to this initiative.

If You Want to Cut Military Costs, End Military Discrimination

Carlos Harrison | Posted 05.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Carlos Harrison

The Department of Defense recognizes that it has a Hispanic retention problem. As any business operator knows, that's expensive. Losing a trained employee means they have to start over teaching a new one.

Salt and Terror in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

Several articles on Afghanistan's worsening hunger crisis, appearing in the Western press, prompt readers to ask how Afghanistan could be receiving vast sums of non-military aid and yet still struggle with severe acute malnourishment among children under age five.

The Campaign to End All War

Dennis Trainor | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Dennis Trainor

Originally Posted at AcronymTV In this interview with David Swanson, we discuss a campaign, still in its planning stages, to eliminate "the inst...

Reasons to Be Cheerful About U.S. Foreign Policy

John Feffer | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Whether it's rising temperatures or the terrible violence in the Central African Republic, there are plenty of reasons to believe that we'll continue on our downward spiral. But a few trend lines suggest otherwise.

Afghan Street Children Beg for Change

Kathy Kelly | Posted 03.02.2014 | Impact
Kathy Kelly

Kabul, Afghanistan is "home" to hundreds of thousands of children who have no home. Many of them live in squalid refugee camps with families that have been displaced by violence and war.

Let Them Hear the Rumble! Invest in People, Not War

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

As millions of Americans struggle with inadequate health care, low wages, deteriorating public services and uncertainty about their futures as the wage gap between the wealthy elite and the working poor widens, billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars are pouring into the coffers of the Department of Defense every year.

Give Americans a Budget to Be Thankful For

Jo Comerford | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Jo Comerford

This Thanksgiving, Congress should set aside dysfunction and the austerity mindset and give the American people a reason to be thankful: a federal spending and revenue plan that takes our best interests to heart.

An $88,000 Piano for an Army Chapel? What Military Cutbacks?

Chris Rodda | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

If service members so afraid of being "out" as Christians that they're afraid to even go church, then how can there be so many service members attending worship services that the military needs to build mega-church size chapels to accommodate the large crowds?