SIPRI: Global military spending remains high at $1.7 trillion

(Stockholm, 2 May 2018) Total world military expenditure rose to $1739 billion in 2017, a marginal increase of 1.1 per cent in real terms from 2016, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). China’s military expenditure rose again in 2017, continuing an upward trend in spending that has lasted for … Continue reading SIPRI: Global military spending remains high at $1.7 trillion

11% increase in Pentagon’s budget

For starters, it’s about an $80 billion increase in the Pentagon’s budget from 2017 to 2019. In real terms, that’s about 11 percent — a larger two-year increase than the DoD received during the height of the Reagan military buildup in the mid-1980s. To put this massive increase in perspective, here are a few other … Continue reading 11% increase in Pentagon’s budget

France proposes big military spending increase

France unveiled Thursday a draft of its 2019-2025 military budget plan, setting €295 billion (U.S. $361 billion) on spending, which included better barracks, larger orders of Army armored vehicles, and studies on next-generation nuclear submarines and airborne nuclear missiles. That spending plan compares to €190 billion in the present 2014-2018 budget law. The Armed Forces … Continue reading France proposes big military spending increase

The failure of War on Terror and War on Drug

After fighting the longest war in its history, the US stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How could this be possible? How could the world’s sole superpower have battled continuously for more than 16 years – deploying more than 100,000 troops at the conflict’s peak, sacrificing the lives of nearly 2,300 soldiers, spending … Continue reading The failure of War on Terror and War on Drug

Israel’s global military and security reach

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zxzi_2WOBM Jeff Halper Founder Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions Author of War Against the People, Pluto Press 2015 Talks about Israel: A regional military power with ever and increasing global reach Summer 2016 How embedding security and military 'niche-filling'  permits ongoing occupation and delivers Israel global influence Palestine: an occupied nation turned into a 'military-security testing laboratory' Israel: NATO, The EU, … Continue reading Israel’s global military and security reach