America Must Choose Diplomacy Over War

America Must Choose Diplomacy Over War

The 2016 election and its terrifying aftermath have pulled millions of Americans into a maelstrom of racism, xenophobia, anti-immigrant hysteria, and Islamophobia, which simultaneously reflects and prepares the ground for an even more militarized,...
The $1.7 Trillion Status Expenditure

The $1.7 Trillion Status Expenditure

Among the Kwakiutl and several other indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest, the potlatch was a ritual of hospitality. The host would invite guests to a big feast and then distribute gifts. The distribution was a way of demonstrating the host’s status: the more...
The War Machine

The War Machine

IPS’s Peter Certo, editor for Foreign Policy in Focus, discusses the role of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, the U.S. establishment press, the war machine, Islamophobia, and the Syrian refugee crisis on Telesur’s Interviews from Washington, DC. Watch...
Congress Mulls Iran Nuclear Pact

Congress Mulls Iran Nuclear Pact

IPS’s Phyllis Bennis joins a roundtable discussion hosted by Progressive Democrats of America to discuss the role the military-industrial complex has played, both in past and present, as Congress debates the Iran nuclear agreement. Watch below (begins at...
America’s Warfare Welfare State

America’s Warfare Welfare State

The United States has been at war for more years than it has been at peace. War is not a “last resort,” something we fall back on when diplomacy, sanctions and other tools fail. It has become our normal condition. Within just the past two decades, we have...
The State of the Military-Industrial Complex Is Strong

The State of the Military-Industrial Complex Is Strong

War may dwindle, Peace may grow; But weapons makers Never slow. What can you do with a bunch of used generals? If you keep them active, they need new assignments. These can be expensive. But if you let them retire with fat pensions, they’ll go to work for arms...
Defense Industry Scare Tactics Won’t Create Jobs

Defense Industry Scare Tactics Won’t Create Jobs

As indicated by the recent rollout of the House Republican budget strategy, the gloves are off in the battle to define the country’s spending priorities in the run-up to the November elections. But neither party adequately addresses the largest item in the...
Senators Moving On To The Next War

Senators Moving On To The Next War

Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) want war with Iran and refuse to learn lessons from the futile wars this country has perpetrated since U.S. troops landed in Korea in 1950. They begin with “facts not in evidence,” as lawyers say....
Author Event: Prophets of War

Author Event: Prophets of War

William Hartung’s Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex is an exposé of America’s largest military contractor, Lockheed Martin. When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous warning about the...
War: The Wrong Jobs Program

War: The Wrong Jobs Program

More than 40 years ago, long before anyone had ever heard of Barack Obama, before the collapse of Bear Stearns, and before contemporary debates about bailouts and debt ceilings, two authors, Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy, considered a tricky problem. In times of...

The Defense Industry Threatens America’s Economy

Weapons are Our biggest threat; For falling deeper Into debt. India has the military-industrial complex all figured out. So does Saudi Arabia. Neither of them has one. Who needs to build weapons when you can simply buy them at a discount elsewhere? Not that anyone...