Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is
made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress,
rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
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Climate of Peace - Creating an Action Agenda
World Congress 2016 on Military and Social Spending
September 30 – October 3, 2016 Technische Universitat Berlin,
In 2014 the world’s governments spent over $1,700
billion on the military sector. The Congress organizers believe
this money must instead be spent on:
· Climate change mitigation/adaptation, preserving
· Humanitarian programs to support the most vulnerable
· Peace: disarmament, conflict prevention &
resolution, human security
· Public services/social justice, human rights, gender
equality and green job-creation
· Sustainable development, new production and consumption
patterns, ante-poverty programs
We strongly believe the absolutely necessary ‘great
transformation’ of global human society can only be achieved when
also reallocating military expenditure and handling conflict
differently. After all, we are facing ä crisis of civilization,
which is more far-reaching than an ecological and economic crisis alone.
We are living on one single Planet Earth but exploiting its
resources as if We had three. We witness how our predominant
economic and Developmental model has failed to provide justice,
livelihood and human security for all. We now also face the resurgence
of militarism and confrontational politics. Hence, we view this
priority shift in government spending as one element in ä much
broader global transformation towards ä green, socially just and
peaceful society. The main aim of this congress is to bring the
issue of military spending, often seen as a technical question,
into broad public debate and to strengthen the global community of
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A Top Priority to Address Poverty:
Strengthening the Child Tax Credit for Very Poor Young Children
By Chuck Marr,
Chloe Cho and Arloc Sherman for Center
on Budget and Priorities Project, August 9, 2016
With a growing body of research showing that boosting
the incomes of poor families can yield important long-term benefits
for young children, policymakers should make it a priority to
strengthen the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for the poorest young
children. Today, the poorest
children qualify for only a very small CTC or no tax credit at all
(as explained below under “How the CTC Works Now”), even though
they are the children who need it most and for whom it would have
the largest beneficial impact.
Research indicates that the income that the CTC and
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) deliver provides important benefits
for children, improving their health and education and their
expected earnings as adults. The positive effects of such income
support in both the short term and the long term are clearest for
the poorest and youngest children.
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Growing Issue of Climate Migration
By Sari Klein for American Security Project, July 20, 2016
Climate change is usually presented as an environmental
issue, but its consequences also present legitimate threats to
global security. The societies we have built are founded on stable environmental
conditions, and climate change is already weakening this foundation
enough to cause major repercussions. As that foundation crumbles,
people will move to places of less danger and with more opportunity
putting an increasing numbers of migrants and displacees
on the road. Migration is serious secondary effect of climate
change. The United Nations (UN) and the International Organization
for Migration (IOM) estimate between 50 million and 200 million
people could be displaced by 2050 because of climate change’s
effects. The IOM also estimates the likelihood of being displaced
by a natural disaster is 60 percent higher today than 40 years ago.
One of the biggest challenges in addressing
climate-induced migration is that legally the term ‘climate refugee’
does not exist. Even though the phrase is frequently used, climate
and environmental issues do not fall within the definition of a
refugee established in the 1951 Refugee Convention (the United
Nations Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Status of Refugees
and Stateless Persons). This is important because people who have
been legally declared a refugee are given protection in the
international system such as having safety from being returned to
the dangers they have fled; access to fair and efficient asylum
procedures; and measures to ensure that their basic human rights
are respected to allow them to live in dignity and safety while
helping them to find a longer-term solution.
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Interactive Map of American Gun Violence
Trace updated June 22, 2016
In relentless succession, a parade of
towns and cities have joined the bloodstained ranks of
American mass shooting locations. The mere mention of the places —
Charleston, Chattanooga, Colorado Springs, San Bernardino — evokes
images made familiar at Columbine and Virginia Tech and Tucson and
Newtown: the police battalions rushing to respond, the shocked
survivors and bereft loved ones, the eerie portraits of newly
But the truth is that these cities and towns and the
events that now define them, however lethal they were and however
large they understandably loom, comprise just a small fraction of
the gun violence recorded in America during this or any year. In
2013, the last year for which government statistics are available,
less than 2 percent of more than 33,000 gun deaths in the country
were due to mass shootings. Tallies of gun-related fatalities are
in turn dwarfed by totals for gun injuries. Every 12 months, more
than 118,000 people are shot; many are left with devastating
physical impairments and crippling health care bills.
Thanks to a nonprofit, nonpartisan project known as the
Gun Violence Archive, data on gun homicides and non-fatal shootings
is now available well before the federal government releases its
statistics. That data includes location information that makes it
possible to plot those shootings on a map showing how many have
taken place in your vicinity. Where someone was killed, the
shooting is coded in red (this includes multiple victim incidents
with a mix of fatalities and injuries). Shootings resulting in
injuries but not deaths are coded in yellow.
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28, Issue 2, June 2016
The “National Security and Transparency”
This issue is comprised of edited
transcripts from a panel session held during the Allied Social
Sciences Associations meetings in San Francisco, CA, January 3,
Chair: Richard Kaufman
- Linda J.Bilmes
- Ron Unz
- Richard P.F.
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Quarterly Volume 28 Issue 1, March 2016
The Inequality, Austerity, Jobs, and
This issue is comprised of edited
transcripts from a conference held on November 18, 2015, in Washington,
James K. Galbraith
· Keynote Address
· Panel One
Jobs, Growth, Wages and Inequality: What’s The Agenda?
· Panel Two
Austerity and Global Finance: Cure or Poison?
· Panel Three
Global Security and Economics: Dangers and Hopes
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Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Volume 11, Number 1 (2016)
Two stand-alone articles by Frank Lehrbass and Valentin Weinhold on Russian risk-taking and by J.
Paul Dunne and Ron P. Smith on the top-100 firms in the global arms
industry are followed by a three-article symposium on Greece and
Turkey. The first of these, by Eftychia Nikolaidou, examines the role of military
expenditure and arms imports in the Greek debt crisis; the second,
by Christos Kollias,
Suzanna-Maria Paleologou, and
Andreas Stergiou, looks at the economic constraints on Greek
military expenditure; and the third, by Gulden Ayman and Gulay Gunluk-Senesen,
explores Turkey's security policies and expenditures during the
reign of the AKP party.
Table of Contents
rationalist explanation of Russian risk-taking
evolution of concentration in the arms market
J. Paul Dunne, Ron P. Smith
- The role of
military expenditure and arms imports in the Greek debt crisis
expenditure in Greece: Security challenges and economic
changing security perceptions and expenditures in the 2000s:
Substitutes or complements?.
Gulden Ayman, Gulay Gunluk-Senesen
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What is The Cost of The B-21 Bomber
“There are only two phases of a program.
The first is 'It's too early to tell.' The second: 'It's too late
to stop,’” said veteran Pentagon reformer Ernie Fitzgerald.
Because of this, it is troubling that
the Air Force is hiding the initial price of the new B-21 stealth
bomber. Congressional auditors found that the cost of Pentagon
weapon systems grew $469 billion beyond initial estimates. Given
the complexity and cost risks inherent to this program, the public
deserves to know the baseline contract price of the B-21 program so
the Pentagon and the contractors can be held accountable for any
The Air Force has promised to deliver an
effective and affordable bomber. But price estimates released by
the Air Force for the program have ranged from $33.1 billion to
$58.4 billion—an increase of $25 billion, or 76 percent. Publicly
releasing the actual contact price is key
to oversight of this program and of the rest of our planned nuclear
modernization, which is currently projected to cost taxpayers $1
The Air Force has resisted releasing the
figure, claiming the contract price would allow potential
adversaries to identify some of the new plane’s capabilities, like
its range and how many weapons it can carry. The Chairman of the
Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), has
said this argument is “nonsense” since the program’s budget is
unclassified and the Air Force has already released the per-unit
cost, drawings of the new bomber, and a list of top-tier suppliers
for the program.
In a closed-door 19-7 vote, members of
the Senate Armed Services Committee eliminated the Chairman’s
requirement to publicly disclose the cost.
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