Tag Archives: military spending

Are Sanders and Warren Throwing a Lifeline to the Military-Industrial Complex?  by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies

Among the frontrunners in the Democratic Party presidential primary, Senators Warren and Sanders not only have the most progressive domestic agenda, but also the most anti-war, pro-diplomacy foreign policy agenda. By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies   Direct to Rise Up Times from the authors.  August 26, 2019 The sharpest distinction between them is […]

Protestors say No to NATO! Yes to Peace! in Washington DC

On March 30, 2019 protesters gathered in DC to rally and march in a No to NATO, Hands Off Venezuela protest at the White House at the beginning of a week of activities around NATO’s 70th anniversary being celebrated in Washington this year. April 4th is also the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence speech and of his assassination one years later.

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.

Here’s how we put an end to violent conflict

In comparison to progress made in medicine, education, and financial access, progress in peacebuilding has been glacial.

The Cost of War: Jack Nelson Pallmeyer at Peacestock (Video)

Militarism as religion in America, permanent war state, and non-military solutions.

Accounting, or not, for the cost of war by Adam Johnson

Politics is priorities, and ours align with a specific class whose interests are far out of line with the collective good.

New Infographics showing world military spending in 2016

World military spending 2016:
$1.69 Trillion

The “Elite” ─ The Rulers 21st Century Style

Can you have a democracy that organizes itself around violence and war?

Ajamu Baraka A Renewed Peace Movement Is the Antidote to Misguided Black Politicians

The corporate media perceive no Black peace opinion worth measuring.

Ann Wright and Marie Braun speak on KFAI Radio: Military Madness, Ban Nuclear Weapons

 Peace activists Ann Wright and Marie Braun are featured on Northern Sun News with Don Olson on KFAI Radio. PLAYLIST TRACKS: Listen Now Download Guest: Marie Braun Title: Peace Activist Topics: Report on peace movement, questions  for Sen Amy Klobuchar, update on local peace activities Guest: Ann Wright Title: US Army Cool (Ret) former US Foreign Service Officer […]

DN! Noam Chomsky on the first 75 days of the Trump Presidency (Videos and Transcript)

Three video segments cover  peace and Iran, health care, and the rights of working people. A link to the full 70-minute interview and transcript is included. Over the first 75 days of the Trump administration, the White House has taken multiple steps to escalate the possibility of a U.S. war with Iran. Trump included Iran on both […]

Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste

The military feared Congress would use the confidential data as an excuse to slash defense spending

Glen Ford | None of Them Have Ever Been My President

The Black movement against police terror didn’t need a Donald Trump waiting in the vestibule of the White House to get “mad.”

What Did We Buy With the $5 Trillion That the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Have Cost Us?

We were lied into that war, and it has weakened our economy. If anyone can tell me what benefits that war brought the average American, I’d like to hear it.

Joe Scarry |IT’S A LOCK: Why the US Can’t Break Its Addiction to War

But the question of how to push back against the problem has seemed gargantuan. Four hundred and thirty-five Congressional districts: how to begin?

Pentagon Faces More Scrutiny Over $766 Million Task Force

ProPublica: Earlier this month, we reported that the Pentagon was making it difficult for the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction to investigate reports of gross waste and mismanagement by the now-defunct, five-year Task Force for Business Stability Operations. One of its projects, a gas station, cost 140 times what it should have.

Amidst Republican Opposition, Senate Passes Amendment To Ban Torture As US Policy

From the article: Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who introduced the amendment with Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said it was important because the presidential executive order banning torture could one day be lifted by a future president.

David Swanson: Populist Except for Pentagon

Five of the six populist agendas propose nothing related to military spending. It might as well not exist. davidswanson’s blog  May 12, 2015 Katrina vanden Heuvel says there’s an emerging populist agenda. Of course populist agendas tend to emerge in times of demobilization for election distraction — that is to say, in moments when huge […]

Leo O’Hagan: Why Does the US Spend More on Defense Than 8 Next Countries Combined?

“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes…known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few…No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” James Madison 1795

John Pilger: Why the Rise of Fascism Is Again the Issue

From the article: Above all, they want Ukraine’s mighty neighbour, Russia. They want to Balkanise or dismember Russia and exploit the greatest source of natural gas on earth. As the Arctic ice melts, they want control of the Arctic Ocean and its energy riches, and Russia’s long Arctic land border. Their man in Moscow used to be Boris Yeltsin, a drunk, who handed his country’s economy to the West. His successor, Putin, has re-established Russia as a sovereign nation; that is his crime.