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New Study: Militarizing the Police Doesn’t Reduce Crime

Brad Polumbo Foundation for Economic Education
A federal program created by Congress more than 30 years ago transferred 80,000 rifles, 12,000 bayonets, 4,000 combat knives, nearly 500 ‘bomb detonator robots,’ 50 airplanes, ‘night-vision sniper scopes,’ and more to local police.

A Washington Echo Chamber for a New Cold War

Cassandra Stimpson and Holly Zhang TomDispatch
demonstrator with protest sign A Rising China Lifts All Boats (Submarines, Aircraft Carriers, and Surface Ships), Not to Speak of Fighter Planes, in the Military-Industrial Complex.

China & the US: 21st Century's "Great Game"

Conn Hallinan Foreign Policy in Focus
For China, the global war for influence is about trading partners. For the U.S., it could mean something more volatile. China recently softened its language toward the U.S., stressing peaceful co-existence.
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