SOTU: Really, Mr. President?

The following is a summary of the analysis IPS fellow Phyllis Bennis made of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy comments during the State of the Union address. It’s included in the interactive transcript on PBS NewsHour’s website. President...
Ruled by Rifles

Ruled by Rifles

The Pentagon and the National Rifle Association have a lot in common these days. They’re in love with guns. They maintain powerful lobbies. They refuse to acknowledge the dangerous consequences of their policies. And they’re both on the defensive. After...
Spend More on the Climate, Less on the Military

Spend More on the Climate, Less on the Military

As deserts expand and droughts persist, desperate people begin fighting over the water that remains. Elsewhere, rising sea levels create mass migrations. These portraits of human tragedy caused by climate change have become environmental security threats that the U.S....

Will Pentagon Be Exempt From Budget Cuts?

Two major bipartisan reports – including one commissioned by President Barack Obama – released over the past 10 days argued against such an exemption. But powerful Republicans, whose party won control of the House of Representatives and boosted their...

Military Spending Takes its Place at the Table

The two chairs of the Deficit Reduction Commission have floated their trial balloon. Here’s my good news/ bad news quick take on their proposals for military spending: Good news: Cutting military spending—the formerly untouchable component of the...

Tea Party at the Pentagon?

It’s a cold morning in January 2011. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Rand Paul (R-KY) wake up early to put on their Revolutionary War costumes. They’re joined by a miscellaneous group of anti-government protestors, libertarian activists, and all-around...

A Look at Global Militarization

In 2009, the U.S. government spent some $650 billion on its military. This is more than the next 46 highest-spending countries combined. Much of this treasure ended up in the hands of profit-driven weapons manufacturers. In the following short film, directed by...

A World Made by War

You could even say that I celebrated my ninth birthday last week, without cake, candles, presents, or certainly joy. I’ve had two mobilized moments in my life. The first was in the Vietnam War years; the second, the one that leaves me as a nine-year-old, began...

Take This Job and…

The song Take This Job and Shove It hit No. 1 on the country music charts in 1978. The blue-collar worker in the song that Johnny Paycheck made famous was working up the nerve to leave the factory after 15 years on the production line. It wasn’t necessarily the...

More Jobs, Less War

The Great Recession may be officially over but the United States is stuck in a prolonged economic crisis, with joblessness hovering around 10 percent. Millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans are fed up. They want jobs. But many lawmakers are reluctant to...

Uncle Sam Shouldn’t Bankroll Lawmaker Libraries

The only two constants in life are death and taxes. Congress has decided to combine the two by sending tens of millions of tax dollars, in lieu of flowers, to underwrite non-profit institutions named after recently deceased lawmakers, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and...