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Military Production and Deployment as a Stimulus for Economic Growth

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trade / war

(source) [This post is by guest-writer Line Løvåsen]. The military-industrial complex War makes a profit (in monetary terms), peace doesn’t. President Eisenhower warned us in a speech in 1961 about the military-industrial complex (MIC): We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. (source) The MIC is a state-industry alliance and the only part of economic production intent on destruction and conducted in secrecy. The post-Cold-War world […]

Human Rights Facts (39): The Arms Industry in 2008

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human rights facts / statistics / trade / war

(source) From SIPRI: Global military spending reached a record $1,464 billion last year with the United States taking up by far the biggest share of the total. Arms shipments were up 4 percent worldwide from 2007 and 45 percent higher than in 1999. The United States accounted for 58 percent of the worldwide increase between 1999 and 2008. China and Russia both nearly tripled their military spending over the decade. Other countries such as India, Saudi […]

Measuring Human Rights (5): Some (Insurmountable?) Problems

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measuring human rights / statistics

If you care about human rights, it’s extremely important to measure the level of protection of human rights in different countries, as well as the level of progress or deterioration. Measurement in the social sciences is always tricky; we’re dealing with human behavior and not with sizes, volumes, speeds etc. However, measuring human rights is especially difficult. Some examples. I talked about the so-called catch 22 of human rights measurement in this post. In order to measure whether […]