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Congress Should Reform Security Assistance in Africa

By Michael Shank and Madeline Rose on 08/14/2013 @ 06:33 PM

Tags: foreign policy, peaceful prevention

U.S. security assistance spending has never been audited or overseen in any coordinated way, allowing U.S.-made and U.S.-delivered tear gas canisters to be used against civilians peacefully protesting in Egypt

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Home for Recess

By Jim Cason on 08/10/2013 @ 07:00 PM

Tags: budget, energy, budget update, syria, iran, ppdc

The House and Senate rushed through a series of votes in late July before heading home for the recess that lasts through the first week of September.

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The Threat of Terror

By Diane Randall on 08/06/2013 @ 07:03 PM

Tags: Afghanistan, Middle East

Who are we at war with? Why can we kill people in other countries with drone strikes? And what are the implications for the security of US citizens as other countries develop and use drone technology?

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Complex Crises Fund Cut in FY2014 Appropriations

By Madeline Rose on 08/05/2013 @ 04:00 PM

Tags: budget, peaceful prevention of deadly conflict, war is not the answer

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A Critical Month for Nuclear Disarmament

By David Culp on 08/05/2013 @ 11:00 AM

Tags: nuclear weapons

Following the advice of the Pentagon and the State Department, President Obama has proposed cutting the number of strategic nuclear weapons by another one-third and reducing the stockpile of weapons by up to half.

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The Mission Field of Washington, DC

By Diane Randall on 07/31/2013 @ 05:41 PM

Tags: Quakerism

FCNL endeavors to bring Light to the decision-making of our elected officials.

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What Hunger Looks Like

By Alicia McBride on 07/14/2013 @ 10:02 PM

A week ago I was skimming the paper over the head of my son, who insisted on "mommy lap" while he ate his breakfast—pancakes and blueberries and milk. And then I wasn't skimming. I was reading every word of this story, about a bus that drives around rural Tennessee, making sure that as many children as possible get at least one meal—750 calories—a day during the summer. Many of these children eat free breakfast and lunch during the school year, but that help ends when school is out.

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Better Oversight of Overseas Operations Needed

By Michael Shank and Matt Southworth on 07/12/2013 @ 01:34 PM

Tags: foreign policy

If Overseas Contingency Operations are here to stay, so too should stay an effective and trustworthy inspector general.

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Exactly What We Need

By Sandy Robson on 07/11/2013 @ 11:01 AM

Tags: Quakerism

At a protest organized by Quaker youth, I joined hundreds of Friends in demanding justice for the agricultural workers who supply Wendy's restaurant’s tomatoes. The protest is a perfect example of exactly what we need – inspired youth who lead the Quaker community to put our faith into action.

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The Beginning of the End

By David Culp on 07/10/2013 @ 06:00 PM

Tags: nuclear

Today in the House of Representatives, Congress members debated and voted on the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee bill. FCNL and other arms control organizations had a victory with one of the amendments offered.

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