Adjusting health expenditure for military spending and interest payment: Israel and the OECD countries

“Compared to OECD countries, Israel has a remarkably low percentage of GDP and of government expenditure spent on health, which are not reflected in worse national outcomes. Israel is also characterized by a relatively high share of GDP spent on security expenses and payment of public debt.Objectives: To determine to what extent differences between Israel and the OECD countries in security expenses and payment of the public debt might account for the gaps in the percentage of GDP and of government expenditures spent on health.

Methods: We compare the percentages of GDP and of government expenditures spent on health in the OECD countries with the respective percentages when using primary civilian GDP and government expenditures (i.e ., when security expenses and interest payment are deducted).”  Read more…

Burma: Billion-dollar Military Budget Irks MPS

Written by Lawi Weng; Date published:  21 February 2013, The Irrawaddy

“RANGOON — Burmese opposition lawmakers have expressed dissatisfaction with a proposed budget that will give the country’s armed forces more than US $1 billion in funding in the coming fiscal year, and have criticized the lack of transparency in military spending.

Earlier this week, a draft budget was submitted to Parliament that will again make the military by far the largest recipient of public funds, granting it more than one-fifth of the total budget—slightly lower than the amount it was awarded last year.”  Read more…

Source: *”The Irrawaddy Publishing Group (IPG) was founded in 1993 by a group of Burmese journalists living in exile in Thailand. The Irrawaddy is a leading source of reliable news, information, and analysis on Burma and the Southeast Asian region.”

 

 

Militarism Watch: Building Research Skills for Demilitarization Activism

Militarism Watch increases the capacity in social change movements and academia for research that serves activism & campaigns against U.S. militarization. Militarism Watch responds to the need for skills to research the many aspects of U.S. militarism, to inform our choices and work on emerging issues, and to increase our effectiveness in advocacy and media outreach.” Read more…

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.