Human Rights
0 Containing global violence costs nearly $10 trillion a year

A U.S. Army Soldier from Alpha Company, 13th Psychological Operations Battalion pulls security from a humvee at a vehicle control point in the village of Kapisa, Afghanistan.Staff Sgt. Michael L. Casteel The price of insecurity is quite high. The Institute for Economics and Peace estimates that the world spent $9.46…

World Politics
0 Philippines Response Turning the Corner, says US Official

The international relief effort in the Philippines responding to the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan is slowly improving. Roads are clearing, making it easier for lifesaving supplies to reach people in need. Trucks and cars now move between Tacloban city and its airport. US officials are cautiously optimistic that the…

World Politics
0 Syria 911

Analysis President Obama gave a very compelling, powerfully argued speech yesterday in which he made the case for a military strike against Syria and also the case for delaying military intervention while we see if the Syrian government adheres to Russia’s proposal that the Assad government give up its chemical…

World Politics
0 Is Africa the new ‘playground’ for Al Qaeda?

Analysis That’s the gist of a new report by Global Post, which says the links between local rebel movements in Mali, Nigeria and Somalia and the Islamist terror group Al Qaeda are growing stronger. The report coincides with today’s anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9-11. It’s a good series,…

World Politics
0 The case for divorcing foreign aid from military support

Development expert and economist Bill Easterly, writing in The Guardian, argues that A firewall should be built between U.S. foreign aid and national security. Says Easterly: US foreign aid programs should be for poverty relief and should not be taken over by national security interests, abetted by delusions of nation-building.…

World Politics
3 Libya: Making the case for humanitarian warfare?

On CNN’s Global Public Square blog, Stewart Patrick writes that the U.S. military’s support of the popular revolution in Libya and its defeat of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi vindicates the Obama Administration’s decision to engage in warfare on humanitarian grounds. Patrick, who is a senior fellow at Foreign Affairs and…

0 Grenades vs foreign aid

GOOD magazine has posted this graphic that compares how much the U.S. spends on the military (a lot) versus foreign aid (not a lot). I’m not sure it works (kinda busy) but here it is anyway:

Human Rights
1 New humanitarian standard for warfare?

Flickr, Jayel Aheram Except for euphemistically calling warfare “intervention,” I think this article in The Atlantic about our current military efforts in Libya “The New Standard for Humanitarian Intervention” is a good read. Says the author Robert Pape: We may be witnessing an historic shift in international norms. Gandhi and…

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