Don’t Let the United States Surrender the War on AIDS: An Action Alert from Duke Global Health Brigades

AUTHOR: BRAVEEN RAGUNANTHAN As many of you have heard, Global Health funding is in extremedanger in the current Congressional budget negotiations. Congress is scrambling to put together a last-minute budget deal before they leave for Winter Recess, and on the table right now is a proposal to increase defense spending by $6 billion at the expenseContinue reading “Don’t Let the United States Surrender the War on AIDS: An Action Alert from Duke Global Health Brigades”

Coming Soon to a Citizen Near You: Indefinite Detention

AUTHOR: SHREYAN SEN Indefinite military detention is here, in all its official glory, and it now applies to American citizens. When it comes to the National Defense Authorization Act, there has been a wave of confusion regarding exactly what applies to whom, and this obfuscation is incredibly dangerous at such a crucial period. I’m writingContinue reading “Coming Soon to a Citizen Near You: Indefinite Detention”

How the military is used by the 1% without regard for the 99%

This image from the We are the 99% project has generated a lot of discussion on one Duke student’s wall.  Specifically, one of the Executive Board Members of Duke College Republicans (Duke CR) [not speaking as an official representative of her organization] said this: ” The fact that you CAN join the army in order toContinue reading “How the military is used by the 1% without regard for the 99%”

A Gluttony of Defense

WSJ today pointed out a certain anomaly in the latest U.S. budget proposal–as almost every department gets major cuts, the Defense Department has had their budget increased. Most of the other increases in the budget are generally understandable (e.g. increases in funding for Veterans Affairs and the National Nuclear Security Administration)– Iraq and Afghanistan haveContinue reading “A Gluttony of Defense”