Make Jobs, Not Wars

“A new round of federal budget cuts (in the US) is slated to start on March 1.  If nothing is done, the cuts will deny food to young children, turn low-income families out of their homes, and reduce funds for education and training.  These indiscriminate across-the-board cuts (called “sequestration”) come on top of an average 7.6 percent cut in federal funds to states since 2010.  The looming federal cuts would make things worse, hurting vulnerable people, shifting burdens to states and localities, and threatening economic growth.”  Read more…

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Asian Demand Pushes Increase in Arms Transfers

According to the report:

Asia and Oceania accounted for 44 per cent of global arms imports, followed by Europe (19 per cent), the Middle East (17 per cent), the Americas (11 per cent) and Africa (9 per cent).

India was the world’s largest recipient of arms, accounting for 10 per cent of global arms imports. The four next largest recipients of arms in 2007–2011 were South Korea (6 per cent of arms transfers), Pakistan (5 per cent), China (5 per cent) and Singapore (4 per cent).

‘Major Asian importing states are seeking to develop their own arms industries and decrease their reliance on external sources of supply,’ said Pieter Wezeman, senior researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme. ‘A large share of arms deliveries is due to licensed production.’

Check out the press release, also available in French, Spanish and Swedish, here.

The Elephant in the Room: Military Spending and Development

Check out this document from our partner org. Pax Christi.

Elephant in the Room

Download the full version here.

Fact Sheet: SIPRI Summary

Official calculations for global military spending in 2010. More info at

SIPRI Summary

Military Spending Flash Facts

Flash facts from our Washington, DC event:

GDAMS Flash Facts