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  • Glenn Hurowitz quoted by The Hill, "Obama faces big green tests in 2012", 08/20/11: Still, as the oil sands protests near, Glenn Hurowitz, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy who has been critical of Obama, said activists are in a very different place with the president then they were three years ago. "I don’t think that in 2008 many environmentalists and Obama supporters thought they would feel compelled to protest outside the White House in 2011 because the administration was seriously considering letting the oil industry import massive quantities of ultra-polluting tar sands oil,” he said.
  • Paul Lubeck quoted by StarNews Online, "Islamist Threat with Qaeda Link Grows in Nigeria", 08/18/11: Looking toward Nigeria would be “natural” for the Qaeda affiliate, said Paul Lubeck, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who studies the region. “They are global jihadists,” he said of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. “It’s automatic that you would look to the largest Muslim state in Africa to expand.”
  • William Hartung quoted by Agence France-Presse, "Post 9/11, US Economy Pays Steep Price", 08/18/11: "The war in Iraq, which had nothing to do with terrorism, was a huge price to pay to get rid of one dictator," William Hartung, a defense expert at the New America Foundation, told AFP. // "And whereas in the past the US has financed wars in part with tax increases, that war was launched at the same time as tax cuts," Hartung said.
  • Wayne Smith quoted by Bloomberg, "Cuba Court Upholds 15-Year Sentence of US Contractor for Alleged Spying", 08/05/11: The ruling comes as President Barack Obama has pledged to improve relations and loosen travel with Cuba, which has been under a U.S. trade embargo for almost five decades. While the court’s decision is “disappointing,” the Cuban government may still release Gross for humanitarian reasons, said Wayne Smith, director of the Cuba program at the Washington-based Center for International Policy. // The Cubans can say that he was guilty of what he was accused of, but they can come out looking good if they release him ," Smith, who was chief of mission at the U.S. Interest Section in Havana from 1979 to 1982, said in a phone interview.
  • Bill Hartung quoted in Maryland Gazette, "As federal cutbacks loom, Maryland businesses fear losses", 08/05/11: Proposed “cuts” in future Pentagon spending aren’t really reductions, said William D. Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington. Such cuts are measured against the Pentagon’s hoped-for spending growth, not against spending levels, so they are really reductions in the rate of growth, he said. // “The industry has been in a period of growth for a long time,” said Hartung, author of “Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.” // There is a lot of “wiggle room” with the reductions, which will come down to what Congress does each year, he said. Hartung expected some effect on programs that already have cost problems, such as the F-35 fighter jet being developed by Lockheed. // “There may be a little overreaction,” he said. “The reductions may not be as high as some say.&rdqou;
  • Bill Hartung quoted in The Nation, "Will the Pentagon Suffer in the Debt Deal?", 08/04/11: "Bill Hartung, a noted defense expert writing in the Huffington Post, says: “The good news is that the Pentagon budget is finally on the table in deficit reduction talks. But it will take a lot more hard work to ensure that it is truly reduced as part of ongoing negotiations over the size and shape of the federal budget.”
  • Bill Hartung quoted in TurthDig, "War, Debt, and the President", 08/02/11: “This year is the 50th anniversary of [Dwight] Eisenhower’s military-industrial complex speech,” William Hartung of the Center for International Policy told me while the Senate assembled to vote on the debt ceiling bill. Speaking of the late general turned Republican U.S. president, Hartung said: “He talked about the need for a balanced economy, for a healthy population. Essentially, he’s to the left of Barack Obama on these issues.”
  • Bill Hartung quoted in ThinkProgress, "Experts Skeptical that Debt Deal will Result in Significant Military Spending Cuts", 08/02/11: “In the short-term, the budget deal crafted by the president and the congressional leadership gives the Pentagon virtually a free ride. It reduces projected Pentagon spending by less than one percent. [...] Real cuts in Pentagon expenditures can be imposed without reducing our security. Any longer-term deal should reflect this reality.”
  • Bill Hartung quoted via Al Jazeera English, "Military hawks upset with debt deal", 08/02/11: "In the short term, the budget deal crafted by the president and the congressional leadership gives the Pentagon virtually a free ride," complained William Hartung, director of the Arms Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He noted that military spending will be reduced by less than one per cent at most over the next two years, according to the deal and that bigger cuts would only take effect in 2013.
  • Bill Hartung quoted by National Security Network, "Experts Respond: How the Deal Affects Defense", 08/01/11: "In the short-term, the budget deal crafted by the president and the congressional leadership gives the Pentagon virtually a free ride. It reduces projected Pentagon spending by less than one percent.  These proposed reductions are further diluted by the fact that they will be counted against a broad ‘security' category that will include the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies beyond the Pentagon proper. These miniscule reductions are unacceptable.  Real cuts in Pentagon expenditures can be imposed without reducing our security. Any longer-term deal should reflect this reality."
  • Raymond Baker quoted by iWatch News, "Stolen State Assets: World Bank report details obstacles to recovery", 07/25/11: The problem, says Raymond Baker, the director of Global Financial Integrity, a financial watchdog group, is that even in nations like Switzerland that have changed procedures and rules to reduce bank secrecy, “it’s not entirely clear” how foreign governments can get stolen assets back. // The first efforts to put the spate of new rules to the test, Baker says, “will probably come from Egypt or Tunisia.”
  • Heather Lowe quoted by the National, "New Corp faces potential US probe over alleged payments to UK police officers", 07/20/11: Heather Lowe, legal council with Global Financial Integrity, a Washington-based NGO, said while there are "some grounds" for investigation, "there are a lot of factors going into whether or not a company will be charged", including overlapping jurisdictions between the US and UK. Even then, Ms Lowe said, "it may be that the US government isn't willing to give up that jurisdiction, or give up that control, because it is a big case in the US. Those kinds of decisions can be very political."
  • Heather Lowe quoted by India Infoline, "New Corp probe may shed light on US anti-corruprtion act", 07/19/11: “The public is outraged by the possible link between Murdoch’s News Corp. and the U.S. Chamber’s aggressive lobbying efforts to emasculate the FCPA, but that may only be the tip of the iceberg,” said GFI’s Legal Counsel and Director of Government Affairs, Heather Lowe. “The U.S. Chamber acts at the direction of its Board and its largest donors, and the link between FCPA violations and U.S. Chamber Board membership is crystal clear.” // “It looks like the Chamber’s theory is that if its Board and other members are being prosecuted for international bribery, then the best solution is to weaken the law to make it harder to bring FCPA cases,” said Lowe. “These companies were not prosecuted for one random act of bribery, but for systemic, egregious violations of the FCPA. You don’t weaken fraud laws because more people are being prosecuted for running ponzi schemes, and you don’t weaken environmental laws because more companies are being prosecuted for chemical or oil spills. The Chamber’s drive against the FCPA is no different.”
  • Heather Lowe quoted by DailyIndia, "US securities watchdog still dragging feet on key anti-corruption and transparency laws", 07/15/11: "Section 1504 requires all U.S. and foreign oil, gas and mining companies, which must report to the SEC, to publicly report how much they pay governments for the extraction of their oil, gas and minerals," said Global Financial Integrity Legal Counsel and Director of Government Affairs Heather Lowe. // "This is expected to impact approximately 90 percent of internationally operating oil companies and help combat everything from undisclosed investor risk to tax evasion to corruption. It is a game changer, put simply, for anti-corruption and good governance efforts worldwide." // "Requiring these companies to report on payments made will benefit investors," noted Ms. Lowe. "Being able to determine if a company is engaging in best business practices and having a clearer picture of their risk profile enables savvy, informed investing choices." // "The SEC needs to issue rules for 1504 and get the ball rolling," said Ms. Lowe. "Secrecy and lack of accountability is bad business. Data about the payments made to foreign governments by oil, gas, and mineral companies are key pieces of information for investors, anti-corruption advocates and US tax collectors. Congress has required that this information be made publicly available, and the SEC needs to get the rules in place in time for companies to prepare for the 2012 fiscal year."
  • Heather Lowe quoted in Bloomberg, "IRS Delays Overseas Bank Reporting Rule Criticized by Aegon", 07/14/11: Heather Lowe, the director of government affairs at Global Financial Integrity, a Washington-based group focused on ending bank secrecy, said the delay is unnecessary. // “That’s certainly going to open up the time period for lobbying,” she said.
  • Raymond Baker quoted by Tax Research UK, "First full country-by-country reporting standard proposed in US", 07/13/11: Global Financial Integrity director Raymond Baker commented on the addition, stating: “For investors, the more information available about a company’s business practices and balance sheets, the better. This reporting requirement would also help anti-corruption and economic development efforts in developing countries by creating more transparency and accountability in the business dealings between multinational companies and governments.”
  • Raymond Baker quoted by Cayman Islands News, "US senator introduces revised tax haven bill", 07/12/11: “Passage of the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act would be a game changer,” said Global Financial Integrity (GFI) director, Raymond Baker, one of the NGOs backing the bill. “It would close offshore tax loopholes, remove incentives to send money and jobs overseas, level the playing field between small businesses and multinational corporations, and strengthen law enforcement and tax collection capacities.”
  • Glenn Hurowitz quoted by Paper Magazine, "Reprocessing nuclear waste", 07/11/11: There are “major economic risks for Southeast Asia’s agriculture and timber sectors if they don’t take prompt action to conserve their forests,” reports Glenn Hurowitz, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. “Global consumers are increasingly demanding deforestation-free products,” he says, adding that Nestle, McDonald’s, Unilever and others have pledged to obtain their palm oil from sources certified “sustainable” by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
  • Laura Carlsen quoted by AlterNet, "Why is US pumping AK-47's and military rifles into the hands of Mexican drug cartels?", 07/05/11: Laura Carlsen, an analyst on U.S.-Mexico relations who heads up the Americas Program in the Center for International Policy and has long resided in Mexico, agrees with Gibler. Carlsen said, “They came out with absolutely nothing in terms of results on this.” She boiled the issue down to the following: “The whole problem was that it wasn't even illegal to go in and get assault rifles, in grand part thanks to NRA successfully lobbying against gun-control laws, so they couldn’t get to them that way. The thing is, they lost track of many of the guns they let across the border and thus couldn’t “prove” any crimes or eventual wrongdoings.”
  • Laura Carlsen quoted by Al Jazeera English, "Mexican opposition 'set for election victory'", 07/04/11, "[The PRI] appears to have won by a landslide, and this means that they're very well positioned to go into these elections. It was critical because Mexico state is a very powerful state and it is a power centre for the PRI." // "When the PAN [...] came into power [...] people expected changes and they didn't see it. And then that party has also brought the country to a critical state because of the drug war that was launched. That has led to 40,000 people dead in the country and a general situation of chaos, not only because of the violence but because of the erosion of political institutions." // Carlsen said that there was "mounting evidence of the scandalous use of public funds in this Mexico state election, as well as vote buying", pointing the finger at the PRI. // "One of the other critical things is that the Mexican people and the Mexican electoral institutions will have to be repaired ... for the next elections, because another thing that we saw clearly [in these elections] was that the electoral institutions ... were unable to stop some of the electoral law violations that the PRI put into place: by using excessive propaganda, by going over the spending limits," she said.
  • Glenn Hurowitz quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, "Gore: Obama lacks 'bold action' on global warming", 06/30/11, "It is one of many issues where Obama is going to have problems with his progressive base," said Glenn Hurowitz, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, who has been critical of Obama's environmental and energy policies. // "Gore's telling the world what most environmentalists know in their hearts — that Obama is not our friend, and he hasn't lived up to his promises," Hurowitz said.
  • Tom Barry quoted by, "The Drug War's Einsatzgruppen", 06/30/11, As Tom Barry of the Center for International Policy observes, the Commission's strategy document leaves the impression it "is a drug war agency, not one dedicated to finding ways to improve criminal justice in Arizona." Once again, this is typical of law enforcement nation-wide: "Whether at the state or county government level, the war on drugs is the main prism through which criminal justice and law enforcement agencies view crime and violence."
  • Raymond Baker quoted by Business Standard, “Make it criminal to park money abroad illegally”, 06/25/11, “Such break-ups will immediately reflect high profits for shell companies set up in tax havens and will force them to shut down,” he said. // “Such break-ups will immediately reflect high profits for shell companies set up in tax havens and will force them to shut down,” he said.
  • Glenn Hurowitz quoted by Newser, “Gore, criticizing fellow Democrat, says Obama hasn’t taken ‘bold action’ on global warming’, 06/22/11, "It is one of many issues where Obama is going to have problems with his progressive base," said Glenn Hurowitz, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, who has been critical of Obama's environmental and energy policies. // "Gore's telling the world what most environmentalists know in their hearts - that Obama is not our friend, and he hasn't lived up to his promises," Hurowitz said.
  • Raymond Baker quoted by Business Insider, “The Economics of Money Laundering”, 06/20/11, The Global Financial Integrity Project led by Raymond Baker focuses on flows of finance illicitly removed from developing countries, concluding that for every dollar of aid ‘given’ to developing countries, there are $10 going the other way due to corruption, multi-national company tax evasion and straight out fraud,” he said.
  • Tom Barry quoted by Subversify, “The United States’ Illegal Slaves”, 06/17/11, According to Tom Barry from The Center for International Policy: “There isn’t a real precise definition of criminal aliens. The general definition is that these are non-citizens who have committed crimes, either immigrants who are illegal or legal immigrants that have committed crimes. However, the definition – the working definition – has expanded dramatically since 1996, when they added a whole new level of criminal violations that mean that a criminal violation is not only faced criminal consequences for that but then is deported, but more particularly, since 2005, that simple border-crossers, illegal border-crossers, are now criminal aliens and are not just deported – put over the border – but spend time in prison first, before they’re deported.”
  • Dev Kar quoted in the Wall Street Journal, “SABMiller Under Scrutiny”, 06/17/11, Analysts said multinationals and major resource companies are able to find tax loopholes without evading taxes. "Multinational companies can easily take these countries for a ride," said Dev Kar, a senior economist at Washington-based Global Financial Integrity, a nonprofit group aimed at curtailing illegal cross-border financial flows. "They have cards in their favor, whereas smaller countries do not have the skilled manpower."

  • Raymond Baker quoted via, "Bring back black money, end tax havens. But how?", 06/07/11, According to Raymond Baker of Global Financial Integrity, 'Thousands of companies provide helpful mispricing services to tens of thousands of their overseas customers in hundreds of thousands of transactions moving billions of dollars into Western accounts.'
  • Tom Barry quoted in Arizona Daily Star, "Border seen as unlikely terrorist crossing point", 06/07/11, Claims of terrorist threats on the Southwest border distract legislators and policymakers from addressing long-term solutions to drug smuggling and illegal immigration, said Tom Barry, senior analyst at the Center for International Policy in Washington. "It's politically motivated," Barry said, "playing on that sense of fear that certain people are susceptible to."
  • Laura Carlsen quoted via Russia Today, "Pakistanis protest 'Playstation' project", 06/06/11, “There is a big concern that the use of those drones by the US government has more to do with the US control over Mexican territory than actually going up to drug lords and winning the drug war,” says Laura Carlsen, director of the Mexico City-based Americas Program of the Center for International Policy.
  • William Hartung quoted in The Herald, "Anger as US arms dealer takes over running of Scottish nuclear bomb base", 06/03/11, William Hartung, from the Center for International Policy in New York and the author of a book on the Lockheed Martin, said a nuclear weapons depot was much too sensitive to be handed over to a private firm. “This is particularly true in the case of Lockheed Martin,” he told the Sunday Herald.
  • Wayne Smith quoted in Washington Examiner, "Experts meet to seek changes in Cuba", 06/03/11, “The Center [for International Policy] believes it’s important for all Americans [and all people for that matter] to have true equality.”
  • Wayne Smith quoted by Associated Press, "Younger Castro brother turns 80 in aging regime", 06/03/11, "Good Lord, no," chuckled Smith, who is now a senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for International Policy. "When we left in 1961, I expected to be back shortly. Here we are more than 50 years after the revolution and we still haven't come to a decent relationship with them."
    "It will be interesting to see how far they get before he [Raul] does pass from the scene, because of course he will," Smith said.
  • Wayne Smith quoted via the Sacramento Bee, "Experts Weigh in on Questions of Race in Cuba", 06/02/11, “The United States and Cuba share a common challenge. Both have black minority populations and thus residual traces of racism; both must focus on how to eliminate these inconsistencies.”
  • Matthew Hoh quoted in The American Thinker, What About Afghanistan? 05/18/11, This insurgency, as Matthew Hoh points out, "is composed of multiple, seemingly, infinite groups," and is primarily fueled by "what is perceived by the Pashtun people" generally as "a continued and sustained assault, going back centuries, on Pashtun land, culture, traditions and religion by internal and external enemies."
  • Glenn Hurowitz quoted by Arianna Huffington, The Bin Laden Bounce: How Will Obama Use This Moment of Unexpected Unity?, 05/05/11, "If this is to be the beginning of the end for al Qaeda and repressive governments everywhere, we have to make it our national mission not just to hunt down terrorist leaders, but also to wipe out the single greatest source of their money and power: oil."
  • Melvin Goodman quoted by the St. Petersburg Times, Is CIA's 'Triumph' a turning point for maligned agency?, 05/04/11, "That's the origin of the disaster [with Al-Qaeda]. We were just pouring arms in there and not looking at who they were going to, which were some of the worst of the fundamentalists.''
  • Global Financial Integrity cited by WSJ's LiveMint blog , A Taxing Lesson from Britain, 05/03/11
  • Global Financial Integrity cited by The Wall Street Journal, Corruption news roundup, 05/03/11
  • Global Financial Integrity cited by Reuters, Q+A-SEC Rules on Resource Sector Face Delays, 05/03/11
  • Matthew Hoh quoted by Inter Press Service, also carried by RT, 05/02/11, "I am hopeful that this provides closure to the American public for 9/11, and that closure provides some form of political backbone for members of Congress to become more engaged in the debate on the war,"
  • Tom Cardamone quoted in The Street, The Street, 05/02/11, "9/11 really focused everybody's attention on money laundering and terrorist financing and how you get at it. The Patriot Act did that to a great degree."
  • Tom Andrews quoted in Slate, Slate, 05/02/11, "Obviously, the operation that was successful did not require the military occupation of a nation. It required good intelligence. It required the capacity to execute a precision-based operation. And it demonstrates the sort of precision needed to fight terrorism. This is coming on the eve of the decision of the president to do an accelerated transition from Afghanistan."
  • Matthew Hoh quoted by The Washington Times, The Washington Times, 05/02/11, "Where do we find bin Laden? In a villa, next to a Pakistani military academy an hour or two northeast of Islamabad. Families that have lost service members in Afghanistan are told their child or husband or wife is fighting al Qaeda and keeping us safe from terrorism. It has nothing to do with that. This needs to be a wake-up call.”
  • Matthew Hoh quoted by The Australian, The Australian, 05/01/11, "The new team is like shifting deckchairs on the deck of Titanic," he complained. "The policy is not working. I would have liked to see new outside minds to take a look at it."
  • GFI report cited by Macleans & Business Line,, Business Line, 05/01/11
  • Selig S. Harrison quoted by The Express Tribune, The Express Tribune, 05/01/11, He explicitly calls to “aid the six million Baloch insurgents fighting for independence from Pakistan in the face of growing ISI repression.” He continues by explaining the various merits of such meddling by stating that an “independent Balochistan would serve US strategic interests in addition to the immediate goal of countering Islamist forces.”
  • Wayne Smith quoted by Associated Press, Bangor Daily News, 04/28/11, “He was someone who did a disservice to the cause of democracy and freedom.”
  • Melvin Goodman quoted by Mercury News, Mercury News, 04/28/11, "If you have a noncontroversial personality, you can survive these things," said Goodman, adding that he believes a military leader like Petraeus is a bad fit for the CIA and that he doubts Panetta will shake up the Pentagon.
  • Matthew Hoh quoted in the Daily Kos, The Daily Kos, 04/27/11, " Unless the people force this issue from the grass roots, sources in the Pentagon tell me we’re looking at a token 10,000-12,000 troop withdrawal [in July 2011] with a sketchy timeline — 2014 or even longer — for our continued military presence.”
  • Center for International Policy mentioned by MSNBC, MSNBC, 04/27/11
  • Matthew Hoh quoted in the Washington Post, 04/26/11, "Unless the people force this issue from the grass roots, sources in the Pentagon tell me we’re looking at a token 10,000-12,000 troop withdrawal [in July 2011] with a sketchy timeline — 2014 or even longer — for our continued military presence."
  • Wayne S. Smith quoted in the Christian Science Monitor, 04/20/11, "Raul Castro was saying they needed to bring in new leadership, bring the new generation forward. But he has named his longtime No. 2 to be No. 2."
  • Melvin Goodman quoted in Politico, 04/21/11, "[Panetta] did not do any shaking up whatsoever. What I think is pretty clear is this is a guy who gets captured by a bureaucracy pretty fast which is what I'd worry about if he went to the Pentagon.I don't think he has the energy, especially for a bureaucracy as big and complex as the Pentagon."
  • Dev Kar quoted in Economy Watch, 04/19/11, "The illegal money that consists of India’s underground economy drains out in foreign lands. India’s underground economy is believed to be 50 percent of the country’s GDP - US$640bn at the end of 2008."
  • Robert E. White cited in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 04/19/11, "White, who was there from 1979-1981, testified that he never witnessed any acts of torture but officials, including Vides Casanova, had authority to stop and prevent the acts."
  • Tom Barry quoted in the Arizona Daily Star, 04/19/11, "The agency expects the new approach to be more cost-effective, the GAO reported, which is a great sign. They are aware their budget will be more closely scrutinized than before. Part of this analysis has to be a cost-benefit evaluation, not just a numbers game. Are these billions worth it?"
  • Global Financial Integrity report cited in Current Intelligence, 04/18/11, "A recent report by Global Financial Integrity estimated that $462 billion in assets left the country illegally between 1948 and 2008 – two-thirds of it since the liberalisation of the economy in 1991. Some estimates say there is $200 billion of black money – 15% of last year’s GDP – hidden in Swiss bank accounts alone."
  • Global Financial Integrity report cited in the Wall Street Journal, 04/18/11, "figures show manipulation of export and import data by companies wanting to send money out of the continent to repatriate profits—so called trade mispricing—reached $35.2 billion 2008."
  • Selig S. Harrison quoted in the Baltimore Examiner, 04/18/11, "An independent Balochistan will not be a threat to U.S. interests," elaborating, "The U.S. has nothing to fear from an independent Balochistan."
  • Matthew Hoh quoted by PressTV, 04/15/11, “Some are annoyed by the fact that the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has 600,000 outstanding claims for disability.”
  • William Hartung quoted by Press TV,04/09/11, “Those genuinely concerned about war costs need to go where the money is – Afghanistan.”
  • Dev Kar quoted by Reuters, 04/06/11, "Angola in 2009 said it imported $20.5 billion from the world, and the world said it exported $15.9 billion to Angola. So you have a discrepancy of $4.6 billion."
  • Heather Lowe quoted in the Wall Street Journal, 03/30/11, "You can see a Libyan partially owned foreign bank being a potential vehicle for that."
  • GFI quoted by Inter Press Service, 03/29/11, "These illicit financial flows were generally the product of corruption, bribery and kickbacks, criminal activities and efforts to shelter wealth from a country’s tax authorities."
  • Matthew Hoh quoted in RT News, 03/25/11, "War is hell and that's why you only go to war when it’s in the absolute interest to your national security. "
  • Matthew Hoh quoted in The Nation, 03/23/11, “Unless the people force this issue from the grassroots, sources in the Pentagon tell me we’re looking at a token 10,000-12,000 troop withdrawal with a sketchy timeline—2014 or even longer—for our continued military presence.”
  • Heather Lowe quoted in the Wall Street Journal, 03/22/11, "That's just an open invitation to criminals to create structures with more layers in different jurisdictions to make it more difficult to figure out who the beneficial owner is."
  • Matthew Hoh quoted in the Huffington Post, 03/22/11, "It would be a great service to our country if someone like Rep. Shuler, a centrist or Blue Dog Democrat, would take a greater role in providing the President with other options for our country in Afghanistan. If Shuler, who has proven himself already to be a leader within the Democratic Party, takes a bigger role or steps forward on this issue, he could bring along other centrist Democrats (and possibly Republicans) who understand that our current policy in Afghanistan costs far more than it benefits this nation."
  • Matthew Hoh quoted by the Examiner, 03/19/11, "having our young men die or get maimed for the Karzai regime was more than just nonsensical – it was downright criminal."
  • Laura Carlsen quoted by Color Lines, 03/21/11, despite the Obama administration’s claims that it would boost development aid for Mexico, its budget proposal seeks “minimal” humanitarian assistance and maintains support for hardline policing tactics. “It doesn’t … look at the root causes of why organized crime has been able to grow so much,” Carlsen said. It certainly fails to consider Americans’ demand for drugs—a direct product of domestic policies focused on prohibition and punishment.
  • Robert E. White quoted in The Huffington Post, 03/18/2011, the visit by Obama to Romero's tomb "is like a U.S. stamp of approval on the positive influence Romero's life and death have had on Latin America and the world." The visit "is a declaration that the United States is no longer identified with oligarchic governments," also carried by CBS.
  • Matthew Hoh quoted by Inter Press Service, 03/17/11, the list included Afghans holding every kind of non-combat function in the Taliban network, including propagandists and workers who make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). 
  • Laura Carlsen quoted in Foreign Policy in Focus, 03/15/2011, "Women often lead community organizations and movements that are on the frontline of battles against human rights violations and militarism."
  • Wayne Smith quoted on Znet, 03/16/2011, “No one should give money to the dissidents, much less for the purpose of overthrowing the Cuban government” since “when the US declares its objective is to overthrow the government of Cuba and later admits that one of the means of achieving that goal is to provide funds to the Cuban dissidents, these dissidents finds themselves de facto in the position of agents paid by a foreign power to overthrow their own government.”
  • Matthew Hoh quoted in Medill on the Hill, 03/15/2011, “The idea that were going to have a conditions based withdrawal has a logical fallacy to it.”
  • Laura Carlsen quoted in Activist Post, 03/15/2011, “The binational relationship suffered some serious blows in the weeks preceding Calderon’s Washington visit. The release of thousands of Wikileaks cables between the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and the State Department revealed U.S. officials’ deep concerns regarding the Mexican government’s capacity to carry out its high-risk war on drug cartels.”
  • Laura Carlsen quoted in The Slate, 03/11/2011, "If there's one thing we know about [a military approach], it's that it doesn't work."
  • Wayne Smith quoted by AP in The Washington Post, 03/03/2011, "If they sentence [Allan Gross] to 20 years and then put him in prison ... I think it will have a very damaging effect on US-Cuban relations," also carried by The Huffington Post, Yahoo, Fox, Seattle Times...
  • Raymond Baker quoted in CBS News, 02/28/2011, "With all those revenues flowing through the national government, through the treasury, it's pretty easy to tap those revenues for various purposes," also carried by Bloomberg, Daily India, MSG, Yahoo, TopNews, Sify.
  • Raymond Baker quoted in Christian Science Monitor, 02/25/2011, "Skyrocketing prices for oil, other minerals, and foodstuffs generated funds which easily escaped abroad."
  • Tom Cardamone quoted in Inter Press Service, 02/19/2011, "A classic way is to create entities in different jurisdictions that are all interconnected, but appear separated because of the secrecy that each jurisdiction allows. Someone will create a shell company in the Cayman Islands that will be controlled by a trust in Panama and connected to a bank account in Liechtenstein – and because you’re in three different secrecy jurisdictions, there are three separate entities and nobody really knows who controls each one."
  • Melvin Goodman quoted in Caledonian Mercury, 02/17/2011, "What the Bush administration did was try to round up as many people as they could who would make the case for them”.
  • Matthew Hoh quoted in, 02/18/2011, "There is more a crime syndicate than a conventional military force.”
  • Selig S. Harrison quoted in International Business Times, 02/16/2011, “It takes 16 to 25 days for Chinese oil tankers to reach the Gulf. When high-speed rail and road links through Gilgit and Baltistan are completed, China will be able to transport cargo from Eastern China to the newly Chinese-built Pakistani naval bases at Gwadar, Pasni and Ormara, just east of the Gulf, within 48 hours.”

  • Dev Kar quoted in Business Standard India, 02/15/2011, “India can consider decrease in indirect tax, improve direct tax collection, reduce interface between the government and the people by going in for a massive automisation. Besides, the government can also carry out customs reforms and improve governance.”

  • Karly Curcio quoted in The National , 02/14/2011, "Economic growth can be a driver of illicit flows. When there's more cookies in the cookie jar more people want to get their hands in there."

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