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Bush could end poverty - but instead spends $320 million a day on war

Issue No. 2035

Poverty in the Kibera slum in Kenya could be eradicated with the money spent on war (Pic: Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk)

Poverty in the Kibera slum in Kenya could be eradicated with the money spent on war (Pic: Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk)


From the slums of Kenya to the streets of Washington there is disgust at George Bush and Tony Blair's 'war on terror'.

Pentagon figures released last week revealed that the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are costing the US government a staggering $320 million a day.

This is money that could be spent on fighting poverty and saving lives. Instead it is poured into death and destruction.

So far the US has spent $500 billion on war. That's enough to wipe out the entire debt of the world's poorest 54 countries.

Stanislaus Alusiola is from the Kibera shanty town in Kenya. He spoke to Socialist Worker at the World Social Forum, which is currently taking place in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

'There is terrible poverty in Africa that could be stopped with a tenth of the money spent on war,' he said. 'Why do we live in such conditions – with HIV/Aids, no schools and no toilets – yet there is so much money for war?

'Bush is a tyrant. He is destroying Iraq, eyeing Iran and now he has encouraged Ethiopia to invade Somalia. We need a world where Bush and Blair are gone and people's needs come first.'

We have a chance to play our part in stopping this madness – join the demonstrations in London and Glasgow on 24 February.


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