Fact of the Week
Fact of the Week: 24 June 2001
In 1998, estimated spending on nuclear weapons and related programs by the United States
was $35.1 billion, or just shy of $130 per capita. This figure is at least 10% of 1999 GDP
per capita for no less than 40 of the world's countries.
Sources: Brookings Institution (weapons spending);
U.S. Census Bureau (U.S. population); and
CNN (1999 GDP per capita)
Links to the best of the Left on the web
Our Picks for Links of the Week: 24 June 2001
A Do-It-Yourself SIOP:
The government's nuclear war plan is top secret. But new software is showing
what the Pentagon keeps hidden (Bret Lortie, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists).
The U.S. Nuclear War Plan: A Time for Change:
The National Resources Defense Council's assessment of American
nuclear war plans.
Firm's Iraq Deals Greater than Cheney Has Said:
While Dick Cheney was chairman of Halliburton, its foreign subsidiaries
had extensive and lucrative contracts with Iraq (Colum Lynch, Washington Post).
Whatever Happened to Competition?:
The local paper is apt to be in a partnership with a TV station--if the same company doesn't own them both.
(Carl Sessions Stepp, American Journalism Review).
Bush's Tax Savings: Unreal!
Bush and his cabinet will personally enjoy huge savings from his tax cut (Michael Scherer, The Nation).
Same Sexers Under Siege:
The right-wing crusade to roll back gay civil rights gains and block further
advances is gathering momentum (Doug Ireland, The Nation).
Chris Matthews and Bill O'Reilly ignore the economic interests of the working class
that they purport to support (Noam Scheiber, The New Republic).
Does a $19 billion endowment serve Harvard University, or is it the other way
around (Johanna Berkman, New York Times Magazine)?
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