The Pentagon’s Dirty Deal

Should U.S. taxpayers be forced to subsidize the mass murder of Syrian civilians?

Despite objections from both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate, the Pentagon believes so. » Read more

Senator Webb is (still) wrong on Burma

Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.), perennially oblivious to the brutality of the Burmese military government, has always opposed United States economic sanctions on the junta. Despite his attempts to gut them, U.S. sanctions were not only maintained but strengthened and are beginning to produce important results. » Read more

Burma: Don’t lose the endgame

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it is time to relax sanctions on Burma, and the business community is cheering. They promise that U.S. business engagement will bring rule of law and human rights to Burma.

Not so fast. We’ve heard these arguments before, and from the same business actors. Let’s not forget U.S. sanctions led to political reform in Burma. Now that reform has begun, it is important not to relax our leverage too soon, lest we squander the precious and hard-fought gains for Burma’s human rights and democracy activists. » Read more

Lifting sanctions on Burma’s regime would be a mistake

Last Sunday international election monitors and media outlets reported a remarkable event in Burma. Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi — who spent years under house arrest, and sometimes in prison, fighting for democracy and justice — was elected to parliament. All week, calls have grown for all economic sanctions and international pressure on the Burmese regime to be lifted.

Heeding these calls would be a serious mistake. » Read more

Myanmar’s Continuing Repression

United to End Genocide President Tom H. Andrews in a letter to the editor of the New York Times, "Aung San Suu Kyi’s movement from prison cell to house arrest to candidate for Parliament is good news. But so long as the government continues attacks on civilians, including recent violence in Kachin state where 50,000 people have been driven from their homes and cut off from aid, the need for sustained pressure remains." » Read more

Defense Department must cut ties to Syria weapons supplier

I was heartened to hear Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s forceful and passionate condemnation of the Syrian government’s escalating atrocities against its own people. Then I learned that another branch of our government, the Defense Department, was forking over $1 billion to the largest single supplier of the Syrian military’s weapons. Even worse, the company, Rosoboronexport, is a state-run company of one of the two United Nation’s Security Council members who vetoed the most recent emergency resolution against the escalating violence and mass murder – Russia. » Read more