Just last week we were reading various reports about sharply rising food prices and demonstrations that were turning into riots in a number of countries. And then we had a revolution in […]
Nuclear weapons just not sexy anymore
The U.S. nuclear-weapons program is long on money, short on recruits. It’s becoming more and more difficult to interest young officers and scientists in nuclear weapons.
Canadian Embassy emails reveal Canadian, US lobbying on tar sands-derived oil
Recently released emails written by employees of the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC and other Canadian government workers show that the Embassy directly lobbied the Bush Administration and Congress in an attempt […]
The government’s checkbook too screwed up to audit, says GAO
You know the company’s in trouble when the auditor tells the company that its bookkeeper can’t manage the company’s finances, reconcile balance sheets among different departments, or prepare credible financial statements. And […]
Torture and the ticking time bomb (read: nuclear) scenario
Its uniqueness and unreality render it useless as a justification for torture. Perfect for a movie, though.
Assange—Just the facts, Ma’am, just the facts
The great Wikileaks dump has been interesting in any number of ways. I’ve learned a lot. It’s true that a number of commentators have said that this is all stuff we knew […]
Are nonproliferation and disarmament, once joined at the hip, headed for divorce?
Love and marriage, love and marriage, nonproliferation and disarmament go together like a horse and carriage. But have they become a house divided against itself?
Opposition to New START pits Republicans against traditional allies
In the rush to thwart President Obama, Republicans trample their own values. Republican foot-dragging on President Obama’s signature nuclear initiative places them at odds with the defense establishment.
The front line of disarmament: blocking a nuclear facility six times the cost of the Manhattan Project
The first step to disarmament is simply to impede expansion of nuclear facilities. The American public has no idea of the huge sums being thrown at the nuclear-weapons industry.
Presidential candidates’ date with destiny: Ethanol subsidies expire Dec. 31
Sooner or later, they will all obediently troop to Iowa. Presidential wannabees of all stripes will march through diners and farms, pressing the flesh and taking the ethanol pledge. Flip-flops may occur, […]