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One Senator is Blocking a Bill to Support Peace Efforts in Northern Uganda

Courtesy of Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, millions of Americans have seen how a single United States senator can use procedural chicanery to prevent important legislation from moving forward.  By withholding his “consent” from a resolution extending unemployment benefits to out of work Americans last week, Bunning prevented social security checks from reaching many thousands of people in need. 

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The ACLU is Suing USAID

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing USAID, the US Agency for International Development, for refusing to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests. The ACLU is seeking documents from July and September 2009 that relate to abstinence education programs supported by USAID.

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Pentagon Considers Climate Change a National Security Threat

Thankfully, for the sake of those of us relying on them for our safety, the U.S. Department of Defense seems to understand both the difference between climate and weather and that an attempted assassination by 1,000 cuts cannot change the underlying truths of the IPCC’s 2007 climate assessment.

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What the QDR Says about the UN

The U.S. Department of Defense just released its most recent edition of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), a Congressionally mandated run down of U.S. defense strategies and priorities. Those interested in the structure of American defense parse the document carefully, as seemingly innocuous omissions and minute wording choices could signal a long-term shift in Department priorities.

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US Aid Reshuffling on Haiti Shows the Need for a Contingency Disaster Fund for Humanitarian Relief

The Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the lead American agency on humanitarian relief efforts like the one underway in Haiti. The problem is, it is just one office within the relatively small U.S. READ MORE

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Defense Contractors and International Development – What’s Going on Here?

Last week, it was announced that DynCorp – a major private security firm – had acquired Casals Associates, an international development company. Last year, L-3, the sixth largest defense contractor in the US, bought International Resources Group, which “provides specialized management, policy and training support to U.S. READ MORE

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