Matt Southworth, Campaigns Program Assistant at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), discusses his transition from Army soldier to peace activist; the work done by the diverse membership of the Friends Committee (they aren’t necessarily Quakers); the Congressional Research Service’s report “The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11;” how a diversion of war funds for one year could pay off all US state deficits; why it’s hard to calculate the level of Pentagon fraud and waste, while they remain exempt from financial audit; the increased number of generals and high-ranking officers compared to levels during WWII; and why economies based on war are unsustainable and will eventually collapse.
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Ahmed Al Omran will be on to discuss Saudi Arabia, specifically his piece: Saudi Arabia unrest: a blogger’s view.
Bio: Ahmed Al Omran is a multimedia journalist and leading Saudi blogger. His blog, Saudi Jeans, is one of the most well known and longstanding blogs in the Middle East.
Blogging for the past seven years, he has developed a vast knowledge of the online scene in the region. Ahmed has written op-eds for both The New York Times and The Guardian. Over the past few years, he has been frequently quoted in international media, and has appeared on CNN, BBC, France24, CBC, Al Hurra, and other TV and radio networks to talk about Saudi Arabia and Internet use by youth in the Middle East.
Gareth Porter will be on to discuss Pakistan Moves to Curb More Aggressive U.S. Drone Strikes, Spying. Read it here.
Bio: Gareth Porter is an American historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy. Porter has written regular news reports and news analysis on political, diplomatic and military developments in regard to Middle East conflicts for Inter Press Service since 2005.
Matt Southworth will be on to discuss the war budget.
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