In celebrating UN International Day of Peace, it is pertinent to ask whether peace is possible, whether it can pay, and how we can build it into the fabric of daily life. Is war inevitable, necessary or beneficial, as we are often led to believe, with humanity doomed to ever-increasing military spending? Years and even decades of perpetual war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya have pushed militaristic spending to its highest-ever level – US$1.82 trillion for 2018. By contrast, the UN budget for peacekeeping operations for the same year was only US$6.7 billion.

Why do taxpayers ...


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