Archive for January, 2011

G.O.P. Splits Over Plans to Cut Defense Budget

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To hear the Republican leadership tell it, the once-sacred Pentagon budget, protected by the party for generations, is suddenly on the table. But a closer look shows that even as Speaker John A. Boehner and Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, insist on the need for military cuts, divisions have opened among Republicans about whether, and how much, to chop Pentagon spending that comes to more than a half trillion dollars a year.

Andrew Bacevich: Pentagon, Inc.

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The Pentagon presently spends more in constant dollars than it did at any time during the Cold War — this despite the absence of anything remotely approximating what national security experts like to call a “peer competitor.” What are Americans getting for their money? Sadly, not much.

New Signups in the New Year

January has been an excellent month for our Global Day. Within the last few weeks, we’ve received the support of Changemaker in Dhaka, School of Americas Watch in Washington, and the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space in Brunswick, Maine. We’re also honored to have the support of the international Food Not Bombs network.

Thanks to all who have supported us so far. Keep the word out!

New Translation: L’Invitation en Français

Our invitation letter is now available en Français, courtesy Colin Archer at IPB.

2010 Roundup of Military Spending and Arms Trade in Latin America

2010 developments in Latin American military spending, arms transfers, and social movements, compiled by Chiara at IPB.