(First written 10/2/06)
Did you know that global military spending this year ($1 trillion) is about 15 times the amount the world spends on international aid? That there are enough bullets floating around to put two into every human being? That 1,000 people on average die every day from armed violence? You can read more about this in a report by Amnesty International and Oxfam called Arms Without Borders. Also, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute produces a report on the arms trade every year if you’re interested in this element of our global economic mess.