Tag Archives: military industrial complex

Interview with legendary whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg following his 89th arrest for resisting nuclear weapons, nuclear war and government secrecy

Still today, hardly any people know just how much falsehood was fed to them to justify what we did. By Dennis Bernstein  Covert Action Magazine  September 24, 2019 The Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in Livermore, California, designs new nuclear weapons and conducts plutonium research.  [Credit: worldatlas.com] [Daniel Ellsberg, a consultant to the White House in 1961, drafted […]

Elizabeth Warren’s Green Imperialism Isn’t the Answer

The plan rightly acknowledges that America’s armed forces use a downright obscene amount of energy. (According to Common Dreams, “The Pentagon’s carbon footprint is 70 percent of total U.S. emissions …

We need a New Green Foreign Policy to go with our New Green Deal, by Anne Winkler Morey

One can not build sustainability and equity at home and while destroying the rest of the planet. Period.

See Which Companies Make Billions from Selling Weapons Around the World

Private companies building and selling guns is not the same thing as the government encouraging their use in other nations’ war zones, but President Eisenhower’s prescient warning is great food for thought.

The Left’s Embrace of Amazon’s Corporatism Proves Haunting Power of Two-Party Paradigm

Bezos is currently worth around 120.5 billion dollars. If he took a tiny pay cut and knocked his net worth down to a measly 120 billion, none of his workers would need to be on welfare.

Recipe Concocted for Perpetual War is a Bitter One

Perpetual war is leading to a host of societal ills, yet debates on war and peace are almost entirely absent from public discourse, Robert Wing and Coleen Rowley observe.

Alan Maki | Climate change and the military-industrial complex

How much of what is produced from the Tar Sands will be consumed by the Military-Industrial Complex?

The Legacy of Psychological Warfare: The Deep State

Together, the anonymous sources of the “deep state” and the mass corporate media have become accustomed to controlling the narrative told to the public.

Jonathan Marshall: US Arms Makers Invest in a New Cold War

As Lee Fang observed recently in The Intercept, “The escalating anti-Russian rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign comes in the midst of a major push by military contractors to position Moscow as a potent enemy that must be countered with a drastic increase in military spending by NATO countries.”

Viet Con — by the inimitable Mr. Fish

and because you’ve shown good will to the United States in the years since we invaded and occupied your country, slaughtered more than 3 million of your people…

Henry A. Giroux | Why Teachers Matter in Dark Times

Public schools and higher education are “dangerous” because they hold the potential to serve as laboratories for democracy.

Amy Goodman: Obama’s Trillion-Dollar Nuclear-Arms Train Wreck

Conventional wisdom holds that the likelihood that these unconventional weapons will be used has decreased since the end of the so-called Cold War. That perception has been challenged lately, especially since President Barack Obama announced a 30-year, $1 trillion program to modernize the U.S. nuclear-weapon arsenal.

Wm. D. Hartung: How Not to Audit the Pentagon

Why has waste at the Pentagon been so hard to rein in? The answer is, in a sense, not complicated: the military-industrial complex profits from waste. Closer scrutiny of waste could mean not just cheaper spare parts, but serious questions about whether cash cows like the F-35 are needed at all. An accurate head count of the hundreds of thousands of private contractors employed by the Pentagon would reveal that a large proportion of them are doing work that is either duplicative or unnecessary.

Liza Burr | Israeli Historian Ilan Pappe on Changing Perceptions: Israel/Palestine

From the article: Islam is not the issue. The issue is Israel’s human and civil rights record, on which Israel should be measured with the same yardstick by which other countries are measured.

Phillip A. Farruggio: And the War Just Keeps on Comin’

Farruggio: Perhaps if we really wanted to get rid of this threat from ISIS and other loony groups of religious warriors, we might consider: A) That we had NO business ever going militarily into the Middle East at all, and our illegal invasions and occupations only fueled the anger and wrath of our victims, B) That we do not need more than 1,000 military bases in more than 100 different countries, and C) That we all need to curb the **** about America being aChristian nation, the jihadists similar rhetoric about Islam, and the Israelis’ about Judaism. Enough of the garbage of who are the chosen people! Enough!

Can the Left and Right Unite to End Corporate Rule? An Interview with Ralph Nader and Daniel McCarthy

From the article: Each side, the left and the right, is willing to let its own unfaithful allies get away with murder.

The Global Drone Trade, by the Numbers

From the article: Between 2010 and 2014, the organization’s data shows, 439 drones passed through international hands, compared with 322 in the previous five years. Israel delivered 165 units. The U.S. came in second with 132…

Bruce Gagnon: I Am Here

small boy
whistling
warming hearts
he deserves
a chance
to live
we fight for him

Interview with Henry GIroux: Current “Reforms” Attempt to Drive Young People Out of Democracy

 Right off, it is crucial to make corporate power and its effects visible. And that means not just material relations of power but also the ideologies that legitimate corporate power. This means that it is crucial to recognize that there is no correlation between corporate power and democracy. When corporate power speaks in the name […]

▶ Naomi Klein and Stephen Zunes “Taking On The Empire”

Editor’s Note: This is an amazing panel. It draws together what Zunes calls “messianic militarism” in our times and looking back in history to worldwide colonialism/imperialism (and to the Doctrine of Discovery and native rights in this country although they are not mentioned directly) and the “settler states” that withdrew from the Durban conference led […]