Archive for March 23rd, 2014

23/03/2014

India’s Arms Imports Triplicate Those of Second and Third Largest Weapons Importers—China and Pakistan

Stockholm — India’s arms imports are now almost 3 times as high as those of the second and third largest arms importers—China and Pakistan—according to new data on international arms transfers published on 17 March 2014 by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Overall, the volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons grew by 14 per cent between 2004–08 and 2009–13.
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An Arjun MBT being test driven on the bump track at the Central Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), at Avadi, Chennai | Source: Image, taken from Ajai Shukla's blog at ajaishukla.blogspot.com | Author: Ajai Shukla, uploaded by User:Sniperz11| Wikimedia Commons

An Arjun MBT being test driven on the bump track at the Central Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), at Avadi, Chennai | Source: Image, taken from Ajai Shukla’s blog at ajaishukla.blogspot.com | Author: Ajai Shukla, uploaded by User:Sniperz11| Wikimedia Commons

The volume of Indian imports of major weapons rose by 111 per cent between 2004–08 and 2009–13, and its share of the volume of international arms imports increased from 7 to 14 per cent. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s imports of major arms increased by 119 per cent.

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23/03/2014

Number of People Living in Households with Zero Income from Work, Doubled in Greece, Ireland and Spain

Human Wrongs Watch

The number of people living in households without any income from work has doubled in Greece, Ireland and Spain, and risen by 20% or more in Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Slovenia and the U.S., warns a new OECD report, adding that young people are at greater risk of poverty than before the crisis: the share of 18-25 year-olds in households with incomes below half the national median has climbed in most countries – by 5 percentage points in Estonia, Spain and Turkey, by 4 points in Ireland and the U.K., and by 3 points in Greece and Italy.
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This shows death rates in metropolitan areas of the United States according to inequality of income and the average per capita income. This chart was created by Patrick Hayes using data from J. Lynch G.A. Kaplan, et al., "Income inequality and Mortality in Metropolitan Areas of the United States ," American Journal of Public Health 88 (1998): 1,074-80 | Public Domain

This shows death rates in metropolitan areas of the United States according to inequality of income and the average per capita income. This chart was created by Patrick Hayes using data from J. Lynch G.A. Kaplan, et al., “Income inequality and Mortality in Metropolitan Areas of the United States ,” American Journal of Public Health 88 (1998): 1,074-80 | Public Domain

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Income inequality and social divisions could worsen and become entrenched unless governments act quickly to boost support for the most vulnerable in society, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD new report, which was issued on 18 March 2014.

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