I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere
can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for
their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“One in Ten” – Veterans Day on 11/11/11
This Veteran's Day, EPS fellow Jurgen
Brauer shared some of his thoughts with us.
"Quick: How many Veterans (former military
personnel) are alive today in the United States? Alright, not TODAY, but
give me a round-about number, an estimate, your best guess!
"According to the Department of Veterans Affairs —
and it should know — the answer is about 22.7 million as of Sept. 30,
2010. Since the US population was about 307 million, this would come to
7.4 percent. But wait, only adults qualify. That segment of the
population amounted to about 236 million people, so that the Veterans
percentage is more on the order of 9.6 percent: one in ten persons of
the US adult population has Veterans status. California
is home to most Veterans, about 2 million of them. Then follow Texas
and Florida, with about 1.7 million each.
"These are rather substantial numbers and they
imply equally substantial outlays, US$108.6 billion in fiscal year 2010
(which ended on Sept. 30, 2010), the latest
numbers available. In terms of federal monies, Justice and
International Affairs each had to make due with half that, for
Read Dr. Brauer's
full blog post at
If We Don't Solve the Jobs
Crisis We May End Up With Our Streets in Flames and Society
by EPS fellow Marshall Auerback,
November 10, 2011, for Alternet
Unless our policy makers can make job creation the top
priority, the mass riots and burning streets of Europe may be coming
soon to a neighborhood near you.
"Employers added fewer jobs than was forecast in
October, which lots of folks scratching their heads over what to do
"In response to the latest unemployment figures,
our nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve, has again begun talking
about additional stimulus measures, such as the purchases of mortgage
backed securities (MBS) or a bond-buying program known as 'QE3'. But
neither of these measures worked before, so why should we expect more
success this time?
"The Fed’s policies are akin to putting a Band-Aid
on a massive bleeding wound. Right now, the US economy is crushed by
massive private indebtedness and sluggish job growth. What we really
need are policies designed to promote job growth, so that people can
service their debts and become open to spending again. Admittedly, the
Fed isn’t the only problem. Our whole constellation of policy makers –
the Fed, Congress, the Treasury and the White House – keep obsessing
about the faux 'costs' of the growing budget deficit, rather than the
real costs of long term unemployment. And if they don’t give up this
flawed economic thinking, then the burning streets and mass riots
happening in Europe may soon be coming to a neighborhood near
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Oil: A Time Machine - Journey Beyond Fanciful Economics and Frightful Politics
by EPS member Cyrus Bina
From the Linus Publications website's description:
"This book is a systematic study of oil in its historical stages, as
a time machine. This is a groundbreaking theoretical (and empirical)
innovation in step with The
Economics of the Oil Crisis (1985). This volume unites
separate domains of economics, politics, and international relations into
an organic whole, capturing domestic, foreign, and global environmental
policies. As a specific exploration in political economy, this book is
about the evolution of a commodity that eventually transformed into the
pervasive, almost mystical force that it is today."
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book and the author can be found at
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The Network of European Peace Scientists is a network of
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Peace Science Conference.
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Nuclear Threats and Countermeasures
A new report by the American Security Project uses
compelling visuals and facts to depict modern nuclear security
challenges to encourage debate among policy makers and the American
"The American Security Project
(ASP), with support from the Consensus for American Security,
released a new report entitled 'Nuclear
Security Index: Assessing Modern Nuclear Threats and the Tools to
Combat Them' (NSI). This unbiased, fact-based report describes the
nuclear threats to the United States and the tools that the US and its
partners use to defend against such threats.
"The spread of nuclear weapons continues to be an
urgent national security concern for the United States. The analysis
included within the NSI is intended to encourage productive, informed
debate about nuclear security challenges while also encouraging broader
citizen participation in that debate. The NSI was produced with the
American public in mind and it distills this highly technical subject
and the complex debate surrounding it."
more details and to read the full report, see
In Other News
Delayed Global Fund money a sign of economic times
November 8, 2011 for IRIN Plus News Global
HIV/AIDS news and analysis
"The Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria has
more than halved the estimated amount of money available in its next
round of funding, the disbursement of which has been delayed until
2013, due to the world economic crisis.
"The delay in Round 11 funding was announced at the Fund's latest
board meeting on September 26 , the second
such delay, which has pushed the application deadline back to at
least March 1, 2012.
"The size of the pot has also shrunk - to US$800 million, less
than half of the $1.5 billion projected for the round as of mid-2011,
according to Christoph Benn, director of the
Fund's external relations and partnerships.
"More than 70 percent of antiretroviral drugs in the developing
world are funded by the Global Fund and in Africa, and it finances
about 85 percent of TB programming, according to Stop TB director,
Mario Raviglione. Reductions in Global Fund
money and international global health funding are likely to reverse
recent gains in the fight against TB and increase mortality, he
complete article is posted at
The Globalization of Protest
by Joseph E. Stiglitz,
November 4, 2011 for Project
"The protest movement that
began in Tunisia in January, subsequently spreading to Egypt, and then
to Spain, has now become global, with the protests engulfing Wall
Street and cities across America. Globalization and modern technology
now enables social movements to transcend borders as rapidly as ideas
can. And social protest has found fertile ground everywhere: a sense
that the 'system' has failed, and the conviction that even in a
democracy, the electoral process will not set things right – at least
not without strong pressure from the street.
"In May, I went to the site of the Tunisian
protests; in July, I talked to Spain’s indignados;
from there, I went to meet the young Egyptian revolutionaries in
Cairo’s Tahrir Square; and, a few weeks ago,
I talked with Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York. There is a
common theme, expressed by the OWS movement in a simple phrase: 'We are
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Call for papers
The 12th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science
Conference, annual meeting of NEPS has announced a call for
All abstracts (150-250 words) with tentative title submitted
before February 18, 2012 will be considered for the conference.
Proposals received after February 18, 2012 will only be considered if
any presentation slots are still available.
For more details about this
call for papers, visit
Research Grant in Peace and Security
The Kanta Marwah
research grant in Peace and Security was officially announced October
2, 2011 at the unveiling ceremony of Mahatma Gandhi's statue at
This research grant is set up as a memorial to Mahatma
(M.K.) Gandhi, and in recognition of the work being carried by
international affiliates of Economists
for Peace and Security (EPS) and Mahatma Gandhi Peace
Council of Ottawa.
For more information about
the Kanta Marwah
Research Grant, see
The Piracy Issue
EPS Quarterly, September 2011. The articles in this
issue explore the effects of piracy on economics and the possible uses of
the discipline of economics on the problem of piracy.
Table of contents
from the Director
Pirates At Bay: The Atalanta Mission In
The Horn Of Africa
Economic Cost of Piracy
Oceans Beyond Piracy Project
Olaf J. de Groot and Anja Shortland
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Economics of Peace and
Security Journal Vol. 6, No 2 - On peace, war, and violence - is now available online
·Sterling Huang and David Throsby on economic, political,
social determinants of peace
·Alvaro Riascos and Juan
Vargas on violence and growth in
Pickering on the (supposed) bellicosity of “mountain people”
·Vincenzo Bove on the demand
and supply of peacekeeping
·John Gilbert, Tanigawa
Takahiko, Krit Linananda,
and Alongkorn Tuncharoenlarp
on the deadweight cost of war
·Zachary Tambudzai on
determinants of military expenditure in
The Journal is a peer-reviewed online publication hosted
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related to the political economy of personal, communal, national,
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Support the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act
Currently, billions of taxpayer dollars subsidize
unhealthy, processed foods, while farmers who grow healthy foods work
without support — but that can change.
Leaders in Congress have
introduced the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act to support local farmers
and food markets. A recent Union
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will boost local economies, create jobs, and encourage consumption of
fruits and vegetables. As a bonus, these farmers are also more likely
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With enough support, this bill could become part of the
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- January 6 — 8, 2012 Annual
meetings of the Allied Social Sciences Association and American Economics Association in Chicago, IL.
will present two sessions on Friday, January 6. The EPS
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- January 13 — 14, 2012 EURASIAN
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Middle Eastern peace science scholars, encourage interaction with
the worldwide peace science community, and bring together research
on conflict and peace-related topics from throughout the world.
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- March 9 — 11, 2012 Eastern
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- June 21 — 22, 2012 The
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- June 25 — 27, 2012 The
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