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Military Support for Diplomacy and Development

By David Cortright Amidst the darkness of Washington politics, a recent bright spot was the letter to Congress signed by more than 120 former senior military officers urging support for diplomacy and development. The letter is an encouraging sign of the growing recognition within the military of the need for greater civilian efforts to achieve international security. […]

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Trumpcare: An International Embarrassment

by Mel Gurtov, Paul Ryan justifies the current Trumpcare bill as promoting freedom—the right not to have to buy health insurance and thus be “free” to be unhealthy.  It’s a revolting position to take, not to mention inhumane and short-sighted, reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s infamous advice to the starving French masses: “let them eat cake.”  […]

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While Our Attention is Elsewhere, Climate Change Worsens

by Mel Gurtov, Donald Trump’s presidency has gotten so much attention that the latest threats to climate stability have received only passing notice. To be sure, Trump’s belief that climate change is a Chinese “hoax”, and his appointment of climate change deniers to head major agencies, have been widely publicized. Even so, the news of […]

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Switching Sides: America and Russia in US Public Opinion

by Mel Gurtov, Once upon a time in the US you could fairly predict what Americans believe about Russia. Their beliefs would parallel their views of the USSR during the Cold War, with Democrats being relatively more optimistic and uncritical of Russia than their Republican counterparts.  As one example, take the spring 2015 poll by […]

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2 ½ Minutes to Midnight – Our World in Peril

by Robert F. Dodge, M.D., The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced Thursday its latest nuclear Doomsday Clock. In doing so they moved the symbolic minute hand ahead 30 seconds to two and one-half minutes till midnight.  Midnight represents the nuclear apocalypse. The decision to move the minute hand is made by the Bulletin’s Board of Directors […]

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How to Make Enemies

By Mel Gurtov, About two weeks ago I wrote a commentary, “Unfit to Command,” which argues that Donald Trump lacks the temperament, intelligence, and leadership qualities to be in charge of US foreign policy. He makes a habit of shooting from the lip (i.e., tweeting), lying, and making policy proclamations without consultation. He also seems […]

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Time for Americans to Accept Responsibility for Our Military Interventions

by Jared Keyel The United States must accept responsibility for the damage its military actions have caused and recognize there are alternatives for the future. In the nearly decade and a half since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the United States has invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, carried out bombing campaigns throughout the Middle East, and […]

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Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty: Arresting the Wrong Suspects

By John LaForge Here at the United Nations, talk is focused on the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (N-P.T.). At about 11 a.m. Apr. 28, I was handcuffed with 21 other nuclear realists after blocking an entrance to the US Mission. I say “realists” because US media won’t pay much attention to US violations of nuclear weapons […]

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Tax Day and the End of the Nuclear Age

by Robert F. Dodge, M.D. Following the arrival of spring each year, our nation renews its commitment to our priorities on Tax Day, April 15, from education to health care, infrastructure and national defense. Included among these expenditures are nuclear weapons programs—weapons that can not and must not ever be used. The funding for these programs, […]

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More Than Good Karma: Women Must Negotiate Salary and Raises

By Laura Finley Evidently, only men are supposed to ask for raises. Women who do will only annoy their bosses and instead should simply have faith in the system and hope for good karma. This is what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently stated. Although he later apologized for his “inarticulate” response, the fact remains that […]

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