Why We Need a Peace EconomyPOVERTY – Getting Worse not Better
The Census Bureau reported in 2011 that 46.2 million Americans were living below the official poverty line. This was the highest number in the 52 years that the bureau has reported on this topic. The poverty line varies by family size; in 2010 it was $22, 314 for a family of four.
World Trouble SpotsYEMEN, Home of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American Citizen killed without due process.
Active in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and suspected of being involved in the October 2010 Cargo bombs, and perhaps 2009 Fort Hood Shootings and failed Christmas Day bombing, al-Awalaki was killed by an American Drone. His death came despite an American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Constitutional Rights suit seeking to prevent his targeted killing.
We Don’t UnderstandThe F-22 Raptor – Why can’t pilots breath?
Prototypes of this the most expensive fighter jet in history ($ 400 million each?) were built in the late 1990s, and 187 purchased from Lockheed Martin ending in December 2011. Unhappily there have been around 35 “hypoxialike” events which means that pilots have had trouble breathing.
Why We Need a Peace EconomyHUNGER – LET THEM EAT CAKE.
Forty Six million Americans participate in the
Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program,
better known as Food Stamps. With very few
exceptions these people need the food. The House
of Representatives draft bill (summer 2012) would
cut $16.5 billion over 10 years, which according to
the Congressional Budget Office would mean that 2
– 3 million people would lose benefits, and 300,000
children would loose school lunch priviledges. The
Senate Bill “only” cuts $4.5 billion.
World Trouble SpotsCOSTA RICA – ONE OF 21 COUNTRIES WITHOUT AN ARMY
The 1949 Constitution of Costa Rica does not allow a standing army. Nor do Samoa, the Solomon Islands and 12 other countries, many of which may not be familiar. Six additional countries including Iceland and Panama don’t have armies but have substantial police forces and/or rely on larger countries for protection. These 21 are not trouble spots. The world would be a better place if more countries adopted their approach.
We Don’t UnderstandCluster Bombs Keep on Killing.
In 2008, 107 countries agreed to adopt a Convention on Cluster Munitions banning their stockpiling, use, and transfer, and calling for clearing unexploded munitions. The United States, and Russia and China have not signed on. In Vietnam, Iraq, and Yugoslavia where we used these bombs, years later, ordinary citizens keep dying.