Last year, Thomas Hedges wrote in The Guardian about the trillions of US Dollars in taxpayer money that has gone unaccounted for since the 1990s:
“Over the last 20 years, the Pentagon has broken every promise to Congress about when an audit would be completed,” the director of the Audit the Pentagon coalition, Rafael DeGennaro, told the Guardian. “Meanwhile, Congress has more than doubled the Pentagon’s budget.”
Now the Pentagon has finally conducted its first-ever comprehensive audit – and unsurprisingly failed it. Barbara Lee comments:
The unchecked waste, fraud, and abuse at the Pentagon is an insult to the American people.
Today, it is 100 years since the end of World War I. Armistice Day – the 11th November – was a holiday of peace, and in some places still is. However, there are examples where the holiday’s name has been changed to “Veterans Day”. It has even happened that Veterans For Peace groups are not welcome. Read about the true meaning of Armistice Day, about Veterans For Peace reclaiming Armistice Day and a warning that we are heading for another tragedy like WWI.
Let’s hope that the world leaders are serious in their commemorations today. Will they now for example end the arms race and (often illegal) wars that many of them are involved in and take the profit out of war? Or will they just blame nationalism?
In a recent article in the Swedish newspaper Göteborgsposten, Håkan Boström writes that:
The ambition of those in power to protect the free society must not in itself be a threat to freedom.
Read his article (in Swedish) or download the report ”Smearing Sweden – International Influence Campaigns in the Swedish Election 2018”, funded by a Swedish government agency.