(Stockholm, 13 April 2015) World military expenditure totalled $1.8 trillion in 2014, a fall of 0.4 per cent in real terms since 2013, according to figures released today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database is accessible at www.sipri.org.
By Daniel Boffey
Decommissioning Trident nuclear weapons would be popular with voters and supported by a majority of candidates standing in the general election, luminaries from music, the arts and the legal world have claimed. Continue reading–>
By Jen Maman
I watched a short documentary last week about a young boy in Uganda named Locheng, who dreams of learning how to read and write (watch it if you can, it’s only 12 minutes but is very powerful). Primary school in his village costs the equivalent of $14, which he cannot afford. So he just hovers outside the classroom – peeking in through the windows and trying to make sense of the strange script on the board. Continue reading–>
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) pledges to increase UK military spending if the party wins May’s general election, according to a statement published on Tuesday. Continue reading–>
Source: Independent Catholic News
On Monday, 13 April, Pax Christi is joining the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, to challenge the $1.75 trillion that is spent on the military and war every year. In London Pax Christi will be conducting a ‘people’s ballot’ inviting people to choose their priorities for a safer world.
You can find a list of events here: http://demilitarize.org.uk/events-2/
There is also an on-line ballot: http://demilitarize.org.uk/gdams-survey-2015/