Inertia, waste and fraud in the military expenditure

 

By Pere Ortega and Jordi Calvo Rufanges

“For the first time since the crisis began in 2008, there is an increase in the Spanish military budget…(But) as it occurs every year in the proposal of the general state budgets, the amount destined to the Defense Ministry is being undervalued…” So says the Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau (IPB member organisation, Barcelona) in its new report on the 2015 budget, “Inertia, waste and fraud in the military expenditure: Spanish Defense Budget Analysis in 2015″. English edition

 

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By Francesca Panetta, Executive Producer

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Meteoric rise of SNP shows forceful rejection of Trident in Scotland

Media release by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament UK

The spectacular gains of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the general election are a stark indicator of opposition to the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system, which is based in Scotland, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has said.

The meteoric rise of the anti-Trident SNP has seen their number grow from 6 MPs in the previous parliament to 56 MPs, in an unprecedented election which saw swings of almost 40% to the SNP in some seats. This huge influx comes ahead of the final vote on whether or not to replace Britain’s ageing nuclear weapons system, expected in early 2016. Continue reading –>