November 17, 2014 - A new global study says there were nearly 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, 44 percent more than the year before.
The London-based Institute for Economics and Peace says those attacks in 2013 resulted in nearly 18,000 deaths.
Its Global Terrorism Index reported four groups dominated the attacks - the Islamic State group, Boko Haram, al-Qaida and the Taliban - and were responsible for 66 percent of the fatalities. read more>>>
The Institute for Economics and Peace – November 18, 2014
The Global Terrorism Index Report analyses the impact of terrorism in 162 countries and identifies the social, economic and political factors associated with it. two page pdf press release>>>
The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) is the first index to systematically rank and compare 162 countries according to the impact of terrorism.
The GTI uses four indicators to measure the impact of terrorism: the number of terrorist incidents, the number of deaths, the number of casualties and the level of property damage. These indicators are used to create a weighted five year average for each country, which takes into account the lasting effects of terrorism.
The score given to each country therefore indicates the impact of a terrorist attack on a society in terms of the fear and subsequent security response. much more about>>>
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014
Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds