Corruption and compromise in Trump administration real estate investments

Excerpts from the NYTimes.com, April 2018 From New York to Florida, Panama to Azerbaijan, we found that Trump projects have relied heavily on foreign cash — including from wealthy individuals from Russia and elsewhere with questionable, and even criminal, backgrounds. We saw money traveling through offshore shell companies, entities often used to obscure ownership. Many news organizations have since dug …

America’s military spending, which will rise to US$716 billion in 2019, is almost half the total of the world’s military spending.

La Croix, April 2018 excerpt In contrast to Russia and China, the war industry in the US is heavily privatized, including the use of mercenaries. First, some statistical context. America’s military spending, which will rise to US$716 billion in 2019, is almost half the total of the world’s military spending. It is bigger than the next 15 biggest countries’ combined …

Cambridge Analytica parent company SCL Elections had access to secret info from Defense Ministry, which praised SCL for training it gave to psychological warfare group

Revealed: graphic video used by Cambridge Analytica to influence Nigerian election: Whistleblower says firm directed AggregateIQ to target voters with Islamophobic video in 2015 By Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian, Wed 4 Apr 2018 Play Video 2:05  How Cambridge Analytica ​tried to intimidate Nigerian voters – video report Cambridge Analytica sought to influence the Nigerian presidential election in 2015 by using graphically violent imagery to …

Another con: here’s where your tax dollars for defense are really going

By William Hartung, The Nation, October 2017 Here’s a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle? The answer (in case you didn’t already know): P-e-n-t-a-g-o-n. Hawks on Capitol Hill and in the US military routinely justify increases in the Defense Department’s already munificent budget by arguing that yet more money is needed to “support the troops.” If you’re already …

How we learned not to care about war and the human and financial cost

Sixteen years of autopilot wars, but who’s counting? By Andrew Bacevich.  Published on Monday, October 09, 2017 by TomDispatch 16 Comments Thousands of Iraqi civilians have been killed in recent months by imprecise bombings by the U.S.-led coalition in Mosul. (Photo: arif_shamim/Flickr/cc) Consider, if you will, these two indisputable facts.  First, the United States is today more or less permanently engaged in hostilities in not one …

Increasing droughts, lower crop yields (just 40% already in Utah and forecast to go to 10%), and increased stress and conflict

A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation. The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers, will be the Southwest. Already a water-stressed part of the country, this region is projected to experience …

Choosing peace and not war

President John F. Kennedy was speaking at a time when, like now, Russia and the United States had enough nuclear weapons ready to fire at each other on a moment’s notice to destroy the earth for human life many times over. At that time, however, in 1963, there were only three nations, not the current nine, with nuclear weapons, and …

US military should get out of the Middle Easat

Three years ago, in London for a keynote, I had a chance to talk with people from three different Middle Eastern countries and multiple classes.  They all agreed that the best thing the US could do in the Middle East was to get out, and proceeded with long stories why and history of US and western involvement in the region. …