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UN expert urges States to be more transparent on military expenditure

At the conclusion of an expert consultation convened by the Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order in Brussels on 15 May and attended by senior representatives of several organizations including NATO, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI), Transparency International, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces […]

NZ Budget, Frigates or Families / Welfare or warfare?

The NZ Budget was released on Thursday, 16 May, and military spending has gone up by an unexpected 13.82% from last year, tragic. We published some comparative facts and figures in the GDAMS Aoteroa New Zealand index page and on Facebook. The “centrepiece” of the Budget was a $493 million package for families, and as the […]

Paying for the Climate Change Pivot – world leaders can’t really fight climate change unless they slash military spending

We only have a few decades to deal with climate change. If humanity fails to cut back dramatically on carbon emissions by 2050, according to an alarming new UN report, our planet may warm past the point of our ability to fix the problem. Given global dependence on oil, gas, and coal, weaning every economy […]

Global military spending trumps global aid

Russia and China are among the nations that are sharply increasing their military spending while contributions to global humanitarian aid decrease. The possibility of rising U.S. and Russia-China tension, the Ukraine and Syrian crisis, the conflict in Africa particularly in the Central African Republic and South Sudan, the ongoing instability in the Middle East, the […]