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Economics

The economic argument

The Defence Committee's first report on Trident replacement was much better than I had dared hope for.

Margaret Legum, 'It doesn't have to be like this: Global economics - a new way forward'

Wild Goose Publications, 2003. ISBN 1 901557 76 6; 232pp; £9.99

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Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbott (dirs) based on a book by Joel Bakon, 'The Corporation'

English language; running time 144mins; at cinemas on limited release

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Simon Tormey, 'Anti-Capitalism: A Beginner's Guide'

Oneworld Publications 2004; ISBN 1 8516 8342 9; 192pp; £9.99

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DSEi: the tip of the subsidy iceberg

The Defence Systems Equipment International (DSEi) is the highly-visible tip of a very large murky iceberg of UK government financial support for arms exports.

Colin Hines, 'Localisation: A Global Manifesto'

Earthscan, 2000. ISBN 1 853836 12 5. 290pp £10.99

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Command and control: the economies of militarised prostitution

Military occupation creates new economies, andin countries devastated by war prostitution offers women an opportunity to earn a living. Sian Jones looks at the commodification of women by and for soldiers, aid workers and the traffickers.

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Business is booming!

The nuclear industry has always been intrinsically bound up with state militarism and in the globalised marketplace. Now some companies are happily crossing national boundaries with these most sensitive of commodities. Janet Kilburn looks at British government contracts for nuclear weapons production.

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Economies of militarism: making the links

When we made the decision to put this issue of Peace News together we did so because we knew that many of the issues being tackled by the so-called new breed of anti-globalisation activists are directly and undeniably linked with militarism. But that in many ways the international peace movement has been quite slow and ineffective at making those links visible. This issue of Peace News is one attempt to further expose and highlight those links.

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A time to celebrate?

With the fall of the PRIafter 75 years in government there is some hope that Mexico may change its military operation in Chiapas and withdraw forces to pre- 1994 positions. In light of possible changes in military posture, combined with the new presidents, commitment to neo-liberal economic policy, Harry Cleaver argues that human rights advocates must shift their understanding of repression in such a manner as to grasp economic as well as police and military based repression.

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