California governor Jerry Brown. Photo via Vice Motherboard It’d be expensive by JASON KOEBLER In a scathing speech in front of some of the most important climate scientists in the world on Dec. 14, 2016, California governor Jerry Brown vowed to fight president-elect Donald Trump’s anti-environmental policies every step of... Read more
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin in October 2016. Kremlin photo Outrageous media hoaxes, Internet trolls and repression at home are all key instruments in the Kremlin’s political tool box by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN The American press is awash with reporting on how fake news is flooding the Internet, and may have impacted the... Read more
Who stayed there? Good question, because years of visitor documents have gone missing by NEIL GORDON One year ago, we learned that the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations — the Pentagon’s Afghanistan economic development coordination office, which shut down in 2015 — had spent nearly $150 million on private housing in Afghanistan for... Read more
FBI photo How Obama lost — and Putin won by BRIAN E. FRYDENBORG It is fitting that, on the 75th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, I’m writing about an attack that has been far worse in its overall effects on America than Pearl Harbor was. If Dec. 7, 1941 is a... Read more
Sports day at Fort Belvoir. U.S. Army photo Dumb weapons, rape-preventing lip balm and NASCAR by MATTHEW GAULT The Pentagon spends a lot of money every year on junk it doesn’t need. Add to that the bookkeeping errors, bloated bureaucracy and just plain old mismanagement and you’ve got a budget pushing $600... Read more
Cops across the Pacific? by TIM SHORROCK Despite the attention being given to America’s roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater Middle East, crucial decisions about the global role of U.S. military power may be made in a region where, as yet, there are no hot wars: Asia. Donald Trump will arrive... Read more
Putin handling all comers in his direct line interview. Kremlin photo Podcast — America’s media landscape just got a lot more Russian by MATTHEW GAULT In the run up to America’s 2016 presidential election, fake-news mills churned out stories about both candidates. On Dec. 4, 2016, a man walked into a Washington pizza place... Read more
It’s 2016. Do you know where your bombs are falling? by REBECCA GORDON Update: On Dec. 13, 2016, the Associated Press reported the Obama administration had decided to halt some arms deals with Saudi Arabia over concerns about human rights abuses in Yemen, citing an anonymous U.S. official. The long national... Read more
Comics about corruption in one of the world’s worst war zones, part two by ALEX DE WAAL & VICTOR NDULA This project was co-sponsored by Cartoon Movement, Justice and Security Research Program and the World Peace Foundation. Read part one here. Read more
Pete Souza/White House photo Will Trump continue Obama’s slow move toward accountability? by SAMUEL OAKFORD During his campaign for U.S. president, Donald Trump promised to “bomb the shit” out of the Islamic State and target the families of accused terrorists — an outright violation of international law. He advocated that the United States... Read more
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