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…

You can do something about this. If you are in the US, learn more about the issue. Sign the Jobs-Not-Wars petition to tell elected Representatives in Washington that the US needs a new set of priorities that place the needs of the people ahead of the profits of the privileged. Then, kindly pass this on to your friends and family in the US. 

 

Burma: Military Spending ChalIenged in Parliament

Written by Aye Nai, this write-up was published 19 February 2013 by Democratic Voice of Burma, an independent Burmese media organisation.

“Burma’s notorious armed forces will continue to receive the largest portion of next year’s national budget, despite criticisms from a number of MPs over the lack of transparency in the ministry’s expenditures and policies.

The defence ministry has been allocated 20.86 percent – or over one fifth – of the national budget for the fiscal year 2013-2014, which is currently being debated in parliament. It represents an incremental decrease from the previous year, when it received around one quarter of the national budget.” Read more…

Japan’s Defence Budget

This article was written by Pavin Chachavalpongpun, associate professor at Kyoto University’s Centre for Southeast Asian Studies. It was published on 13 Feb 2013 in Prachatai.en, an independent web newspaper produced in Thailand. 

“Japan’s Shinzo Abe administration had decided to raise the defence budget for the first time in 11 years. The government called for spending 4.68 trillion yen (US$52 billion) on defence, an increase of 0.8% from last year, in the new fiscal year which will begin this April.

The increase in defence budget was justified by the argument that Japan has in recent years engaged in a number of territorial disputes with its neighbours, including the conflicts over Senkaku/Diaoyu with China, Takeshima/Dokdo with South Korea and the Kuril Islands with Russia.”  Read more…

 

 

January-February 2013 Newsletter

This issue of our newsletter includes:

  • a short history of GDAMS and some comment on its  impact
  • a menu of tools which can be used for actions and events on the Global Day
  • an article on the new trends in US militarisation of Latin America
  • an initial reaction to  the current trend towards military spending reductions

Download the newsletter  here.

 

 

December 2012 Newsletter

The next GDAMS is taking place on 15 April 2013 and we are looking forward to working with as many groups as possible to organize attractive events on that day.

In this issue of our newsletter you will find a review of GDAMS 2012 events and an introduction to the discussions among UN agencies on a new development framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015. GDAMS is a great opportunity to remind all involved actors about the importance of disarmament and of reducing military spending to achieve sustainable development.

The Newsletter is available for download here.