EU cannot give military responses to political problems

By Sabine Lösing

Three key reports have moved through parliament’s security and defence subcommittee which represent an alarming approach to problems facing the European Union.

First, there is the implementation of the common security and defence policy (CSDP) report by Arnaud Danjean. This report, along with other key debates in parliament, takes the form of a ‘military wish list’ ahead of this June’s council meeting.

These reports demand enhanced armament cooperation, including the pooling and sharing of resources. This approach fosters the further development of a military industrial complex and supports the merging of civilian and military research in order to use civilian capabilities for military purposes. Continue reading–>

Salon Writer: ‘National Security’ Means Less Money For Military, More For Education and Health Care

By Tom Johnson

In the early 1990s, politicians floated the term “peace dividend” regarding a hoped-for post-Cold War reduction in the U.S. defense budget, and Pentagon spending indeed fell somewhat in the mid- and late ‘90s. Sean McElwee, a research associate at the lefty think tank Demos, argues that America now needs a post-9/11, post-Afghanistan, post-Iraq peace dividend which would allow greatly increased spending on certain domestic programs. Continue reading–>

Iran will have to spend most of its post-sanctions windfall at home

By    Lesley Wroughton and Sam Wilkin

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) -Iranians will demand their government spend a windfall from the lifting of economic sanctions on improving the quality of life at home, limiting the degree to which a future nuclear deal could fund Tehran’s allies on Middle East battlefields. Continue reading–>