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15.05.2020

$72.9 billion. Wasted.

$72.9 billion. Wasted.

By Alicia Sanders-Zakre Nine nuclear armed states spent roughly $73 billion on their nuclear arsenals last year! That’s $138,699 per minute! These numbers come from our latest investigation, published today: “Enough is Enough: Global Nuclear Weapons Spending in 2020.” This estimate includes costs to maintain current nuclear warheads and nuclear… »

13.05.2020

The U.S. Military Is Hell-Bent on Trying to Overpower China

The U.S. Military Is Hell-Bent on Trying to Overpower China

By Vijay Prashad On April 1, Admiral Philip Davidson—the head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command—told the U.S. Congress that he would like $20 billion to create a robust military cordon that runs from California to Japan and down the Pacific Rim of Asia. His proposal—titled “Regain the Advantage”—pointed to the… »

10.05.2020

US Blocks UN Global Ceasefire Resolution, Objecting to Indirect Reference to World Health Organization

US Blocks UN Global Ceasefire Resolution, Objecting to Indirect Reference to World Health Organization

“It’s bad enough that Trump is responsible for so many deaths in his own country, now he is actively complicit in causing even more across the globe.” By Julia Conley, staff writer – Common Dreams International diplomats were stunned and frustrated Friday night after the U.S. again blocked a United Nations… »

08.05.2020

Students and Schools Lead Global Revolt Against Single-Use Plastics

Students and Schools Lead Global Revolt Against Single-Use Plastics

May 7, 2020 —– Youth leaders from around the world today reaffirmed their commitment to a plastic-free future as Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) digitally launched the global Plastic-free Campuses program.  The initiative seeks to create a worldwide network of schools and universities repudiating single-use plastic and promoting alternative systems. »

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… »

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,… »

29.04.2020

Why Did the World Health Organization Wait Until March to Declare a Global Pandemic?

Why Did the World Health Organization Wait Until March to Declare a Global Pandemic?

The 2005 regulations pushed on the World Health Organization by the United States and the Europeans hampered the WHO’s ability to declare an emergency and a pandemic. By Vijay Prashad When U.S. President Donald Trump cut off his government’s funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), one of his grievances was… »

24.04.2020

Cuba to the Rescue, But Don’t Tell the American People

Cuba to the Rescue, But Don’t Tell the American People

By Medea Benjamin While Bernie Sanders paid a political price for uttering something positive about Cuba’s literacy program, the current pandemic has shown the whole world the heroic side of Cuba’s health care system. I saw this heroism firsthand when I worked with Cuban doctors in poor, remote villages in… »

21.04.2020

50th Anniversary of Earth Day

50th Anniversary of Earth Day

This week, on Wednesday, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While we may not be able to come together in the streets this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t take powerful, collective action online. From April 22 to 24, people across the world will come… »

21.04.2020

The Covid-19 Pandemic Evidences the Need to Cooperate Despite Political Differences

The Covid-19 Pandemic Evidences the Need to Cooperate Despite Political Differences

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba The impact of COVID19 can already be measured and will be assessed in the future by the striking numbers of people infected, the unacceptable numbers of deaths, the unquestionable damages to the world economy, production, trade, employment and personal income of… »

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