Peace and Disarmament

06.05.2020

Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America’s Long Lost Wars

Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America’s Long Lost Wars

By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies As President Trump has complained, the U.S. does not win wars anymore. In fact, since 1945, the only 4 wars it has won were over the small neocolonial outposts of Grenada, Panama, Kuwait and Kosovo. Americans… »

05.05.2020

Mapping Militarism 2020

Mapping Militarism 2020

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War A new collection of maps found here displays what militarism looks like in the world. Here’s a brief guide to using and understanding them. Across the top are 10 drop-down menus on these topics: Wars, Weapons, U.S. Weapons, Money, Nukes, Chemical and Biological, U.S. Military, Air… »

03.05.2020

SIPRI Numbers: New Record Level of Global Military Expenditure – Arms Race Continues

SIPRI Numbers: New Record Level of Global Military Expenditure – Arms Race Continues

Global military spending reaches new record high – SIPRI figures show: the international arms race continues Despite the burning need to solve the major global problems together on the basis of cooperation, the industrial nations continue to rely on arms races and rivalry. The SIPRI figures clearly show the disproportionate… »

02.05.2020

The Fury of the Virus, the Folly of War

The Fury of the Virus, the Folly of War

“Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19,” United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said on March 23rd. “The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks all, relentlessly. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world…The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. »

30.04.2020

More Concerns: Legislative Oversight Amid Covid-19

More Concerns: Legislative Oversight Amid Covid-19

At times of difficulty, confusion seems to reign. Congressional leadership acts with one legislative piece after another, but more often, a bill contains something to placate the people while substantial concessions are made elsewhere. For those watching, it’s an all-too familiar tune. Misaligned priorities are clearer today as Covid-19 continues… »

30.04.2020

Global Military Expenditure Sees Largest Annual Increase in a Decade, Reaching $1917 Billion in 2019 – SIPRI

Global Military Expenditure Sees Largest Annual Increase in a Decade, Reaching $1917 Billion in 2019 – SIPRI

Total global military expenditure rose to $1917 billion in 2019, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The total for 2019 represents an increase of 3.6 per cent from 2018 and the largest annual growth in spending since 2010. The five largest spenders in 2019,… »

28.04.2020

Military Spending on the Rise while Health Budgets Remain Insufficient in Confronting the COVID-19 Pandemic

Military Spending on the Rise while Health Budgets Remain Insufficient in Confronting the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the release of SIPRI’s newest report, showing global military spending in 2019 at a new high of US$1,917 billion, the International Peace Bureau (IPB) is calling for an end to the military spending pandemic, starting with an annual reduction of military expenditure of 10% and a complete ban on… »

24.04.2020

Sharing Sorrow, Bringing Hope

Sharing Sorrow, Bringing Hope

The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony co-hosted by Combatants for Peace and the Parents Circle – Families Forum will take place on Monday April 27th. Broadcast live, around the world from Tel Aviv and Ramallah 5:30pm UTC, 1:30pm New York time, 6:30pm London time, 7:30pm Paris/Berlin/Geneva time, 8:30pm Israel/Palestine time. This… »

22.04.2020

The Humanitarian Initiative: Celebrate and Keep Going

The Humanitarian Initiative: Celebrate and Keep Going

By Catherine Maia and Jean-Marie Collin* Current generations, who have not experienced the fear of a direct nuclear confrontation, have forgotten this feeling of anguish that, after the explosion of atomic bombs in Japan, was omnipresent in presidential speeches, films, music and even civil protection programmes. Yet, today, we are… »

21.04.2020

Will America’s Corruption End on a Ventilator or in a Mushroom Cloud?

Will America’s Corruption End on a Ventilator or in a Mushroom Cloud?

By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Little by little, Americans are understanding just how badly our government has let us down by its belated and disastrous response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and how thousands more people are dying as a result. But there are two other… »

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