18 January 2016: Times change, and with them, our reactions to events. Here is the latest news about the Global Campaign on Military Spending :
11 countries upgrade naval power amid South China Sea tensions
Source: Want China Times
No fewer than 11 countries are upgrading their navies amid escalating tensions in the South China Sea, reports our Chinese-language sister paper China Times. Continue reading –>
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–>
Niger revises 2015 budget higher on defence spending
Source: Reuters Africa
NIAMEY (Reuters) – Niger’s parliament on Monday revised the country’s 2015 budget to 1,732.4 billion CFA francs ($2.90 billion) from 1,707 billion approved in December, to meet higher defence expenses as its troops battles Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgents. 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–>