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"G8 arms exports fuelling poverty and human rights abuses"

July 1 is International White Band Day and people around the world wear white bands and wrap public buildings in white "to send a message to the G8 world leaders that they demand action on trade justice, debt cancellation, and more and better aid." President Bush, Chancellor Schröder and the other G8 leaders meet next week in Scotland. The Make Poverty History campaign is much more than the Live8 concerts.

While it is difficult to justify to voters more foreign aid in economically difficult times, it should be less controversial with voters to ban arms exports to poor countries, who should spend their money on fighting poverty rather than domestic and foreign opponents. According to a report by Amnesty International, Oxfam, IANSA the United States and Germany are among the world's largest arms exporters and

G8 member states are undermining their commitments to poverty reduction, stability and human rights with irresponsible arms exports to some of the world's poorest and most conflict-ridden countries. G8 weapons have been exported to countries including Sudan, Myanmar (Burma), the Republic of Congo, Colombia and the Philippines.


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Anonymous on :

Food for thought From an advert in The Guardian UK They told William Wilberforce slavery would never be abolished. But slavery is history. They told Nelson Mandela apartheid would never be overturned. But apartheid is history. They told Vaclav Havel the Berlin Wall would never fall. But the Berlin Wall is history. With dreams and determination, anything can be achieved. Millions of people around the world dream of an end to poverty. Do the G8 leaders meeting at Gleneagles have the determination to make that dream come true? To them, we say this. Make history MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY

Martin on :

Die Gesamtkosten für einen erfolgreichen Kampf gegen Malaria in Afrika würden zwei bis drei Milliarden Dollar im Jahr betragen – jeder Einwohner in reichen Industriestaaten müsste dafür nur zwischen zwei und drei Dollar jährlich aufbringen – soviel wie für eine Tasse Cappuccino im Café. (Zahlen von Jeffrey D. Sachs, Leiter des UN-Millenniumsprojekts)

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