The $113 Billion Hole: Ten Things America Gave Up This Year to Pay for the War in Afghanistan

Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress: 'The war is affecting more than just Western soldiers and their families and Afghan citizens. It has become a costly drain on our nation s treasury; the money that is being spent on the war represents resources that are being drained away from important domestic priorities in a nation with sky-high unemployment and crumbling infrastructure. Using data from the National Priorities Project, ThinkProgress calculated ten investments America could've afforded if it didn't spend $113 billion - the allotment made in Fiscal Year 2011 - on the war in Afghanistan.'

http://www.truth-out.org/113-billion-hole-ten-things-america-gave-year-pay-war-afghanistan/1308503801



Evaluating the Drug War, By the Numbers

Akiba Solomon and Stokely Baksh, Colorlines: 'At the estimated cost of $1 trillion, the War on Drugs has triggered the mass incarceration, mostly of black and brown people through harsh penalties for non-violent drug violations like simple possession... In addition, people with drug convictions (and their families) have been evicted from public housing, deemed ineligible for food stamps and college financial aid, and denied employment. This failed war has destroyed mothers, fathers, children, grandparents - whole communities. One thing it hasn t done: End the use and sale of drugs.'

http://www.truth-out.org/evaluating-drug-war-numbers/1308497442

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Just Say NO to the War On Drugs

Comedian Elon James White takes on America s failed forty-year war on drugs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UqDunp0JTE&feature=player_embedded


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