Archiv: budgets


10.12.2020 - 13:46 [ HungaryToday.hu ]

PM Orbán Sticks to Veto of EU Budget if Rule of Law Conditionality Stays

Commenting on a proposal by European People’s Party group leader Manfred Weber that decisions on issues concerning the rule of law should be left up to the European Commission while disputes should be settled by the Court of Justice of the European Union, Orbán said: “Everyone’s talking all kinds of nonsense and this is also true for Mr. Weber.”

“We’re not stupid, we weren’t born yesterday . we can put two and two together,” the prime minister said, insisting that Weber’s proposal meant that the EU wanted to “force anything onto member states that can be painted as a rule of law issue with a simple majority vote”.

10.12.2020 - 13:37 [ PolskieRadio.pl ]

Compromise on offer for Poland as EU leaders seek deal on budget

Speaking during a working visit to Prague, where he met Czech President Milos Zeman, Duda said: “There is a preliminary agreement drawn up. Work on it is still underway.”

He added: “The agreement is the result of very strenuous efforts by Poland, Hungary but also the German presidency” of the EU.

02.12.2020 - 14:56 [ theGuardian.com ]

Israel moves towards fourth election with no-confidence vote

Wednesday’s vote, which is not final and requires several more readings, was largely seen as a gambit by Benny Gantz, the former head of the opposition who reluctantly joined Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition this year, to assert his authority.

In a televised speech on Tuesday night, Gantz, who serves as defence minister, accused the country’s longest-serving leader of lying and sidelining his demands, in particular, a proposed budget.

22.11.2020 - 14:02 [ Progressive International / Twitter ]

Guatemala’s government slashed $25 million from healthcare and education — just days after Hurricane Eta battered its poorest communities. The people are rising up. PI member @MSICG : “We demand a Constituent Assembly. This dictatorship has failed us.”

22.11.2020 - 13:02 [ New York Times ]

Protesters in Guatemala Set Fire to Congress Building Over Spending Cuts

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Guatemala’s capital on Saturday, setting fire to the nation’s congressional building in a show of anger over a budget bill passed this week that cut funding for health care and education.

The demonstrations in Guatemala City, which also included peaceful marches in the central plaza, rocked a nation still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes that displaced thousands of people, destroyed homes and obliterated critical infrastructure.

16.11.2020 - 19:09 [ theGuardian.com ]

EU faces crisis as Hungary and Poland veto seven-year budget

The EU is facing a crisis after Hungary and Poland vetoed the bloc’s historic €1.8tn (£1.6tn) budget and coronavirus recovery plan over attempts to link funding to respect for democratic norms.

The move unravels months of negotiations over the scale and terms of the EU’s spending and sets the stage for a stormy videoconference meeting of the bloc’s leaders on Thursday.

29.10.2020 - 03:09 [ teleSUR ]

Uruguay: Workers Hold a Large Mobilization Against Budget Cuts

The meme reads, „Amid Uruguay’s COVID-19 crisis: two-thirds of the budget cut has to do with health, education, and housing. The new budget reduces salaries and benefits, creates new positions for colonels and generals, and gives tax privileges to large companies and rural owners.“

23.07.2020 - 11:57 [ The Hill ]

House passes major conservation bill, sending it to Trump’s desk

Trump announced his support for fully funding the LWCF and addressing the parks maintenance backlog in March. His support for the LWCF marks an election year reversal, as he had previously proposed slashing the fund’s budget by about 97 percent.

Trump credited two GOP senators facing competitive races, Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Steve Daines (Mont.), who have been among the bill’s major backers.

16.06.2020 - 08:34 [ the Daily Pennsylvanian ]

‘A fundamentally broken system’: Why protesters are calling to ‚defund the police‘

Defunding the police is largely understood to mean reallocating funds from police departments to other community resources. Some activists, however, are calling for police departments to be completely dismantled. Regardless, these calls to ‚defund the police‘ — which are supported by about one-third of Americans — involve reimagining the current policing system in the United States.

10.06.2020 - 13:25 [ Streetsblog.org ]

BRUTAL MATH: The NYPD’s $6B Budget Must Be Cut, Advocates and Lawmakers Say

(04.06.2020)

As the city budget process begins, Streetsblog has been asking Council members to put an actual figure on their vague demands for cuts as part of the #defundTheNYPD movement, but none has provided a target number, citing ongoing budget negotiations.

10.06.2020 - 11:49 [ NYPD - nyc.gov ]

NYPD: Intelligence and Counterterrorism

The Deputy Commissioner oversees both the Intelligence Bureau, which is responsible for intelligence collection and analysis; and the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau operations, including the partnership with the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, the first and largest of its kind in the nation.

New York City is home to more than 8 million people and hosts over 58 million visitors from all over the world annually. The Intelligence and Counterterrorism Bureaus provide some of the most highly trained and best equipped officers to patrol the city, collect and analyze data, and collaborate with partner agencies.

10.06.2020 - 11:41 [ NYPD - nyc.gov ]

NYPD: Counterterrorism

The CT Bureau reviews possible terrorist targets and develops innovative, forward-thinking policies and procedures to guard against attacks, training first responders and specialized units and developing intelligence capabilities for detecting and preventing terrorist attacks. The bureau coordinates with federal, state, and other law enforcement agencies in intelligence gathering and sharing, and plays an integral role in the FBI’s Joint Terrorist Task Force.

Critical Response Command (CRC) is one of the Department’s first lines of defense against a terrorist-related attack. A permanent cadre of hand-selected police officers devoted to counterterrorism, CRC members are trained to respond swiftly, with sufficient expertise and force, to the most highly organized and heavily armed attacks. All CRC team members are trained in special weapons and long-range guns, explosive trace detection, radiological and nuclear awareness, biological and chemical weapons awareness, and are equipped with the skills to detect an impending attack and utilize the best possible response to an emerging situation. The team conducts daily counterterrorism deployments to critical infrastructure sites throughout New York City, saturating strategic locations with a uniform presence to disrupt and deter terrorist planning and hostile surveillance operations.

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Domain Awareness System (DAS) is a powerful counterterrorism and policing tool jointly developed and built by the NYPD and Microsoft. As a central platform, DAS is used to aggregate data from internal and external closed-circuit television cameras, license plate readers, and environmental sensors, as well as 911 calls and other NYPD databases. DAS uses an interactive dashboard interface to display real-time alerts whenever a 911 call is received or a sensor is triggered.

10.06.2020 - 11:23 [ NYPD - nyc.gov ]

NYPD: Intelligence

Through its International Liaison Program, the Intelligence Bureau posts officers in law enforcement agencies in major cities around the world. These liaisons support the NYPD by providing situational awareness and exchanging best-practices related to policing with local agencies. Similarly, members of the Intelligence Bureau in New York work closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to keep the city safe.

The Intelligence Bureau’s investigative activities are conducted in accordance with rules established pursuant to a federal court decree.

10.06.2020 - 11:22 [ NYPD - nyc.gov ]

NYPD: Information Technology

The Information Technology Bureau (ITB) plays an integral role in establishing the NYPD as one of the leading counterterrorism and crime-fighting forces in the nation, developing and implementing cutting-edge technology to support strategies, programs, and procedures that promote safety, efficiency, and effectiveness.

The bureau provides the department with state-of-the-art technological support, building a leading IT and telecommunications infrastructure. ITB comprises six divisions, each with its own specialized directive, which report directly to the Deputy Commissioner, Information Technology. The six divisions are:

10.06.2020 - 11:11 [ NBC News New York ]

NYPD Commissioner Addresses Calls to Defund Department

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said he gets “beyond concerned” when he hears calls to defund the police. He spoke with NBC New York’s Melissa Russo about what that could mean.

08.06.2020 - 00:43 [ New York Times ]

De Blasio Vows for First Time to Cut Funding for the N.Y.P.D.

The mayor on Sunday declined to say precisely how much funding he planned to divert to social services from the New York Police Department, which has an annual budget of $6 billion, representing more than 6 percent of Mr. de Blasio’s proposed $90 billion budget.

06.06.2020 - 09:38 [ David Zahniser, L.A. Times reporter / Twitter ]

„Eric, do you really believe that Los Angeles police officers are killers?“ LAPPL board member Jamie McBride said. „The same officers that provide you 24-hour security at your residence 365 days a year?“

06.06.2020 - 09:30 [ Emily Alpert Reyes, L.A.Times reporter / Twitter ]

During a contentious meeting between LAPD officers and @MRodCD7 , one officer says that if the city is going to cut, it should start by cutting protection details at council members‘ homes (see minute 15:30 or so)

05.06.2020 - 05:17 [ Curbed.com ]

What L.A. could do with its $1.8 billion police budget

The LAPD will receive a $120 million increase in funding under Garcetti’s budget, which was adopted by default Monday after the City Council declined to review it by the June 1 deadline. More city money will be dedicated to policing than any other service this budget year. If you added up the budgets for housing, streets, and transportation, then tripled the sum, it still would not match the city’s LAPD budget.

04.06.2020 - 11:59 [ The Hill ]

LA city council president introduces motion to cut LAPD funding

„Today we intrdcd a motion to cut funding to the LAPD, as we reset our priorities in the wake of the murder of #GeorgeFloyd & the #BlackLivesMatter call that we all support to end racism. This is just one small step. We cannot talk about change, we have to be about change,“ Martinez tweeted.

24.05.2020 - 11:17 [ The Intercept ]

New York City and Los Angeles Slash Budgets — but Not for Police

Public-interest advocates have long battled to save funds for public services during yearly budget negotiations, but the current health and economic crisis is making the debate over how cities should spend their reduced funds uniquely urgent and fraught. And with crime at historic lows, a growing number of people — including for the first time, some city council members — are now explicitly demanding that cities save money for much needed services by cutting police budgets.

30.03.2020 - 07:12 [ theCenterSquare.com ]

In face of massive budget hole, Cuomo criticizes Schumer, Congress for not doing more to help states

The governor expanded his criticism to the entire New York congressional delegation, saying that all three federal rescue bills passed in recent weeks failed to address the state’s looming budget deficit despite his direct communication with senators and representatives.

“Why would you do that to the state of New York?” he asked of the restriction on Medicaid restructuring. ‘Why would you say, ‘Stop a Medicaid redesign that saves taxpayers money that has to be passed by the Assembly and has to be passed by the Senate’? Why would a federal government … trample a state’s right to [address] a Medicaid program that it runs? I don’t even know what the political interest is that they’re trying to protect.”

05.10.2019 - 13:09 [ New York Times ]

THE PARDONS; BUSH PARDONS 6 IN IRAN AFFAIR, ABORTING A WEINBERGER TRIAL; PROSECUTOR ASSAILS ‚COVER-UP‘

(25. Dezember 1992)

Mr. Weinberger was scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 5 on charges that he lied to Congress about his knowledge of the arms sales to Iran and efforts by other countries to help underwrite the Nicaraguan rebels, a case that was expected to focus on Mr. Weinberger’s private notes that contain references to Mr. Bush’s endorsement of the secret shipments to Iran.

05.10.2019 - 13:01 [ NPR.org ]

William Barr Supported Pardons In An Earlier D.C. ‚Witch Hunt‘: Iran-Contra

(14.01.2019)

Barr, who is scheduled to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for his confirmation hearings, ran the Justice Department once before, under President George H.W. Bush.

Back then, the all-consuming, years-long scandal was called Iran-Contra. On Dec. 24, 1992, it ended when Bush pardoned six people who had been caught up in it.

„The Constitution is quite clear on the powers of the president and sometimes the president has to make a very difficult call,“ Bush said then. „That’s what I’ve done.“

14.09.2019 - 22:19 [ theGazette.com ]

For Tulsi Gabbard, ‚wasteful‘ foreign policy at root of all other issues

“Every time your local city council member, your state representative, your member of Congress tells you there’s not enough money to make sure we have clean water, there’s not enough money to have quality health care for all … there’s just not enough money to make sure our kids have the tools they need to get the best education possible,” that’s the cost of current foreign policy, said Gabbard, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

In the 18 years since Sept. 11, 2001, taxpayers have spent $6 trillion for the War on Terror, she said. The bill continues to go up at a rate of $4 billion a month for the war in Afghanistan.

04.09.2019 - 16:32 [ PoliticsHome.com ]

Sajid Javid declared he was “turning the page on austerity” as he unveiled a £13.8 billion Whitehall spending spree.

There will be a £6.2 billion increase in NHS funding next year, including £2 billion of new capital funding to upgrade 20 hospitals.

In education Mr Javid announced an increase in spending of £7.1 billion by 2022-23, with a minimum of £5,000 extra for secondary schools per pupil next year, and at least £3,750 per primary pupil.

23.07.2019 - 14:40 [ Daily Mail ]

Boris vows to end austerity by borrowing to fund £26billion pledges and tax cuts – but faces massive Tory mutiny over his No Deal Brexit plan as he is elected Conservative leader

Supporters of the former foreign secretary told The Telegraph he would press ahead with key policies by borrowing to pay for them if that was required.

‚We are talking about a fiscal loosening of less than 1 per cent of total public spending,‘ one aide said.

‚It would do a lot to get things moving for the middle classes, to get them spending more money.‘

03.07.2019 - 10:36 [ Tulsi Gabbard ‏/ Twitter ]

I understand the importance of national security as well as the high cost of war. As president, I’ll redirect the money now wasted in regime change wars & new cold war into healthcare, a green economy, education, & much more.

22.06.2019 - 16:26 [ PoliticsHome.com ]

EXCL Theresa May defied Tory MPs to launch ‚legacy spending spree‘

They include high-profile pledges on mental health support, as well as a vow to slash carbon emissions in the UK to net-zero by 2050 – despite a warning from Philip Hammond that it will cost £1trillion.

The Chancellor is also fiercely resisting Mrs May’s plan to boost education spending by a staggering £27bn.

16.06.2019 - 19:28 [ Mother Jones ]

Space Force Yes! Baby Nukes No! What Congress Is Sticking in the Pentagon Budget.

For 58 straight years, the National Defense Authorization Act, as the spending bill is formally called, has cleared both chambers of Congress, often with broad bipartisan majorities. This time around, only two Republicans out of 26 who serve on the committee voted for the complete, amended bill, which Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the highest-ranking GOP member, said “sadly takes our military backwards in several key areas.”

12.06.2019 - 11:06 [ Noah Barkin ‏/ Twitter ]

Some important messages from @AKK at #GACON2019 – #China is a systemic challenge & competitor but not an enemy – Germans should not put US in same basket as Russia, Turkey, etc just because of #Trump – Germany must do more, including investing in own defence out of self-interest

05.05.2019 - 16:42 [ pressherald.com ]

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20 billion for rural internet

(12.04.2019)

The agency has spent billions subsidizing rural broadband — $34.5 billion from 2010 to 2017, according to the Government Accountability Office — with more money coming from other programs. As of the end of 2016, there are 24 million Americans without access to broadband.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Friday that he hopes to start the auction in December and the fund proceeding later this year.

03.04.2019 - 07:59 [ New York Times ]

With Trump, NATO Chief Tries to Navigate Spending Minefields

He flew across the ocean to celebrate NATO’s 70th anniversary with the largest and most important member of the military alliance. So to outsiders it appeared to be an awkward moment on Tuesday for Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general, as he sat stiffly by while President Trump criticized German defense spending and predicted that the United States would get along with Russia.

15.03.2019 - 12:51 [ Tulsi Gabbard / Youtube ]

Tulsi Gabbard: We must end wasteful wars

Leaders in both parties think that we should be acting as the policemen of the world and that we should continue to go around overthrowing and toppling dictators or countries who we don’t like. These wars are causing more suffering and costing us, the American people, trillions of dollars in the process. Unless we end these regime-change wars we will not have the resources we need to serve the needs of our people and our communities right here at home.

15.03.2019 - 12:51 [ Tulsi Gabbard ‏/ Twitter ]

As president, I will end the US policy of regime change wars, work to end the new cold war/nuclear arms race, & put the trillions of $ wasted on these wars back in the pockets of the American people & needs of our communities. tulsi.to/PeaceDividend #TULSI2020 #MedicareForAll

08.03.2019 - 17:51 [ Senator Rand Paul ‏/ Twitter ]

This week, I am introducing legislation to end a war that should have ended long ago, the war in Afghanistan. The United States has been fighting the War on Terror since October of 2001 and it has cost 6 trillion dollars.

07.03.2019 - 16:39 [ Tulsi Gabbard / Youtube ]

Tulsi Gabbard: Wasteful wars bring more suffering and cost trillions

The trillions of dollars wasted on regime change wars should be invested in our healthcare, education, infrastructure, etc.

28.01.2019 - 14:29 [ Salالدين ‏ / Twitter ]

“Our defense relationship is critical to both nations, which is why I support the United State’s commitment to provide Israel with 38 billion dollars in military assistance over the next decade.” – @KamalaHarris at AIPAC 2017

No thank you. Next, please.

27.12.2018 - 17:18 [ George Eaton / Twitter ]

After EU forces Italy to reduce planned deficit from 2.4% to 2%, France is permitted 3.2%.

26.11.2018 - 10:12 [ Express.co.uk ]

‚Italians will SUFFER!‘ Tajani WARNS ‚isolated‘ Italy change budget or face CONSEQUENCES

He said: „Italy seems to me isolated.

„Italy must not threaten. It seems that the government has understood the mistakes, but we will see if it will change.

„If it doesn’t, Italians will suffer. We’ll see. I do not think there’s a desire to change, but we’ll see.“

26.11.2018 - 10:01 [ Morningstar.co.uk ]

EU Is Not At „War“ With Italy, Juncker Says After Budget Row Meeting

„I made it very clear that we are not [at] war with Italy. Italia for me is a lifelong story because I grew up with young Italians, immigrants […] Ti amo Italia,“ Juncker said in Brussels.

The Italian part of his remarks translate as „I love you Italy“.

On Saturday, Juncker hosted a dinner with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who emerged from the meeting saying he hoped to avoid EU punitive action.

26.11.2018 - 09:57 [ Ansa.it ]

Pensions move to up spending, youth hit

(13.11.2018) Changes in the pension system planned by the government that would effectively lower the retirement age, allowing people to end their working lives when their age and number of years of social-security contributions reach 100, would have negative effects, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday.

22.11.2018 - 15:44 [ Reuters ]

Italy to resist budget pressure ahead of EU elections

Leaders of Rome’s populist government said they would press ahead with expanding the deficit next year, a day after the European Commission kicked off disciplinary procedures against Italy over that plan in a dispute that has alarmed the whole euro zone.

21.11.2018 - 19:01 [ Alex Wickham, senior political correspondent @BuzzFeedUK ‏/ Twitter ]

Surprised more wasn’t made of the Sunday Times story that No10 is planning to encourage a crash in the financial markets. Now @peston also says that’s the plan:

21.11.2018 - 18:56 [ itv.com ]

Theresa May’s cunning plan to get Brexit deal through Parliament

But MPs would then stare into the „abyss“, she said, recognise that a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster and another referendum too risky, and would then approve the deal – perhaps slightly modified – when brought back to them a second time.

This is what ministers refer to as the „TARP model“ – as recently coined by former government aide Rupert Harrison.

For the uninitiated, TARP was the US scheme to bail out bust banks after the Crash in 2008.

21.11.2018 - 18:53 [ BBC ]

May in Brussels for Brexit talks

– Theresa May arrives in Brussels for talks with EU Commission president
– She faced Brexit criticism from all sides at Prime Minister’s Questions
– UK and EU are seeking to finalise text of declaration on future relations
– France (fishing) and Spain (Gibraltar) have issues with the current draft
– Tory Brexiteers‘ efforts to force no confidence vote seem to have failed, for now
– The PM published the 585 page draft withdrawal agreement last week. This, and the declaration on future relations, are due to be finalised at an EU summit next Sunday.

21.11.2018 - 12:07 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Will Juncker sweeten the Brexit deal? May pins hopes on concessions from EU chief over tea as MORE Tory MPs vow to oppose her package

Some 56 Eurosceptic MPs have now signed up to the ‚Stand up for Brexit‘ campaign which commits them to voting down any deal based on Mrs May’s Chequers proposals.

Worryingly for Mrs May, high-profile Tory Remainers are also promising them to vote against, with the latest names including Culture Committee chair Damian Collins.

21.11.2018 - 11:52 [ Belfast Telegraph ]

Brexit Unionists try to ramp up pressure on May over Brexit deal – forcing vote climbdown in Commons

The Government climbdown and unwillingness to force votes came after the DUP voted with Labour once and abstained five times during Finance Bill votes on Monday. Yesterday, Mr Dodds had made clear the DUP was ready to continue voting against the Government and called on Mrs May to dump her exit plan.

21.11.2018 - 11:38 [ John McDonnell, Mitglied im House of Commons / Twitter ]

Absolutely staggering. The Government has just accepted all Labour amendments to the Finance Bill because they couldn’t rely upon DUP to support them. Tories in office not in power. A government falling apart in front of us.

21.11.2018 - 10:57 [ Independent.co.uk ]

DUP expected to abstain for second time on crucial Budget votes

MPs from the Democratic Unionist Party are expected to abstain for a second time on crucial Budget votes in the Commons in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

It comes after Eurosceptics in the party faced questions over the apparent collapse of their efforts to trigger a no confidence in the prime minister.

20.11.2018 - 07:35 [ theGuardian.com ]

European Union: EU ministers approve spy school plan in raft of defence initiatives

Foreign and defence ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed to launch a European spy school as part of a push to strengthen Europe’s defences.

Other projects signed off include a European armoured vehicle, cyber response teams and a high-atmosphere airship for intelligence gathering and reconnaissance.

20.11.2018 - 07:25 [ europa.eu ]

Defence cooperation: Council launches 17 new PESCO projects

There will be 17 new projects in addition to the initial 17 projects agreed on 11 December 2017 and formally adopted on 6 March 2018.

The projects cover areas such as training, capability development and operational readiness on land, at sea and in the air, as well as cyber-defence.

18.11.2018 - 11:38 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron unite amid Brexit chaos

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are set to meet to bolster their alliance and promote European unity as the fallout from the Brexit deal continues.

The German Chancellor and the French President are understood to have made a breakthrough on a new budget for the eurozone ahead of the meeting in Berlin, where Mr Macron will address the Parliament.

13.11.2018 - 10:25 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Etat für die Verteidigung: Das Plus für 2019 wird aufgestockt

Bis 2024 soll der Wehretat auf 1,5 Prozent der jährlichen Wirtschaftsleistung steigen – auch ein Zugeständnis an die Forderungen aus den USA nach einem deutlicheren Engagement Deutschlands im Rahmen der NATO. Die Staats- und Regierungschefs der NATO-Mitgliedsländer hatten 2014 beim Gipfel in Wales vereinbart, die Ausgaben für Verteidigung zu erhöhen und an den Wert von zwei Prozent der jährlichen Wirtschaftsleistung heranzuführen.

01.09.2018 - 15:56 [ cnbc.com ]

Japan’s military seeks record spending to reinforce N.Korea missile defenses

Japan’s military has asked for another increase to its annual budget.
A $2.1 billion request has been made for two ground-based radar missile tracking stations built by Lockheed Martin.
Other big buys include six Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters.

21.08.2018 - 09:30 [ Bloomberg.com ]

JPMorgan, HSBC Among Banks to Help Manage Saudi Dollar Bond

(5.3.2018) The world’s biggest oil exporter plans to borrow the equivalent of $31 billion this year to bridge an expected budget deficit of $52 billion and fund growth plans after its economy shrank last year. The kingdom on Friday said it’s increasing a $10 billion syndicated loan by $6 billion after existing lenders and new banks showed “an exceptional response.”

13.07.2018 - 18:39 [ Ulrich Speck ‏/ Twitter ]

Opinion poll in Germany: only 15% of Germans agree with Merkel that Germany should reach the 2 percent of GDP Nato defense spending goal in 2024. 24% say 1,5 percent is right, 36% say it is already too much.

(10.7.2018)

12.07.2018 - 14:30 [ CBS News ]

Trump declares victory at NATO, says U.S. now „treated fairly“

Less than an hour before Mr. Trump addressed reporters in the hastily called news conference, NATO leaders reportedly declared an emergency session over the U.S. leader’s hammering of America’s allies over their defense spending. In a series of tweets from the Belgian capital before Thursday’s meetings, Mr. Trump complained the United States „pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe“ and demanded that members of the military alliance meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which „must ultimately go to 4%!“

12.07.2018 - 13:19 [ CNN ]

Trump says NATO allies agreed to boost defense spending after his pressure

President Donald Trump said Thursday in an unscheduled news conference that all NATO members have agreed to increase their defense spending after he told them he was „extremely unhappy.“
„Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they never thought of before,“ Trump said.

11.07.2018 - 13:47 [ RT/ Youtube ]

Trump-Stoltenberg tense talk at NATO summit (FULL VIDEO)

Trump criticized bloc members that approved the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe. The president criticized Germany in particular, calling it a hostage of Russia.

11.07.2018 - 13:35 [ CNN ]

Trump opens NATO summit with blistering criticism of Germany

President Donald Trump came out brawling in his first public comments here ahead of NATO’s annual summit, accusing a close US ally of being „a captive of Russia“ and all-but ordering members of the alliance to increase their defense spending „immediately.“

05.06.2018 - 12:42 [ War is Boring ]

The Trillion-Dollar Military Budget: The hidden costs of ’national security‘

(26.7.2017) You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon.

Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well in excess of half a trillion dollars a year and counting. Adjusted for inflation, that means it’s higher than at the height of Pres. Ronald Reagan’s massive buildup of the 1980s and is now nearing the post-World War II funding peak.

And yet that’s barely half the story. There are hundreds of billions of dollars in “defense” spending that aren’t even counted in the Pentagon budget.

Under the circumstances, laying all this out in grisly detail — and believe me, when you dive into the figures, they couldn’t be grislier — is the only way to offer a better sense of the true costs of our wars past, present and future, and of the funding that is the lifeblood of the national security state.

24.04.2018 - 14:13 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Paul Ryan Sets New Record For Lying

Paul Ryan recently went on ‚Meet the Press‘ and revealed how little he actually cares about the budget, at least when it comes to his donors… Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.