For years I’ve appreciated the Global Peace Index (GPI), and interviewed the people who make it, but quibbled with exactly what it does.
Laurel Thompson recently attended Canada’s largest defense industry trade show CANSEC. What she saw left her with questions for those who work in the industry.
Humanitarian crises and violent conflicts take place in an interlinked, multidimensional context. Killian McCormack and Emily Gilbert challenge the idea that humanitarianism is a neutral endeavor and instead aim to reveal the “violent geographies produced through militarized humanitarianism.”
The parallels between the police-prosecution-prison system and the war system are extensive. I don’t mean the direct connections, the flow of weapons, the flow of veterans. I mean the similarities: the intentional failure to use superior alternatives, the ideology of violence used to justify horrible ideas, and the expense and corruption.
Nobody wins in war but the profiteers. We must end war or it will end us.
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