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Friday, 05 June 2009 00:18

2009 June 5

Global Peace Index Misrepresents Canada as a Peaceful Nation

PEJ News -Joan Russow - Global Compliance Research Project - The Global Peace Index , see http://www.visionofhumanity.org/gpi/results/rankings.php, ranks countries according to a series of indicators. While most of the indicators are important, there are many that are not clear and there are many indicators that should have been included. Under the current index Canada is high on the peace Index at number 8, and is marked as such on the Global map on the site.. If, however, other relevant indicators were added Canada would be much lower.

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INCLUDED BUT MISAPPLIED INDICATORS

One indicator is involvement in wars. 2002-2007
During this period, Canada has been involved in a substantial war in the invasion and occupation of
Afghanistan

Another indicator is violence at demonstrations
This indicator is ambivalent, because it appears to refer to the protestors being violent and not the military and police being violent.
In Canada, Police have been agent provocaters, have often provoked violence, and have resorted to using pepper spray.
For example at the May 27, 2009 rally , against the armament exhibition, in Ottawa, several protesters were pepper sprayed. In one case, a woman shouted out that those weapons will be used against my people; I am a Palestinian. After she said that, she was pepper sprayed.

Another indicator is the number of people killed in a war
Canada, as well as other belligerent states, only counts the national casualties. There is no clear indication of how many afghani were maimed or killed by Canada's bombing, Canada's military, or Canada Private security industries.


THERE IS AN INDICATOR FOR PERCENTAGE OF MILITARY EXPENDITURES BUT IT IS MISCALCULATED.
This indicator is meauring the percentage of military expenditures in relation to the GDP
The GDP, however, is an inaccurate measure of quality of life or
even quality of the Economy because the GDP goes up with, for example,
environmental disasters that require clean up. An accurate measurement
would be the percentage spent on the military in relation to the
amount of money available for federal or national programs. In Canada,
over 10 percent of the Federal funds available for programs is spent
on the military. If the Military budget is viewed as a percentage of
the GDP it is about 1.5% which sounds like nothing. Pro- military
groups always use the GDP percentage.

OMITTED INDICATORS WHICH IF INCLUDED WOULD NOT RESULT IN CANADA BEING DESIGNATED AS A PEACEFUL NATION.

There is no indicator about arms sales.
Canada is now the seventh major exporter of arms

There is no indicator about hosting exhibitions of armaments
Canada has a major exhibition of armaments every year

There is no indicator about war games \ Canada
Canada permits in Canadian Habours, US, other NATO states and Canada war games, with nuclear powered and nuclear- arms capable vessels, nuclear arms capable aircraft, and
DU bullets.

There is no indicator for nuclear weapons
While Canada is a non-nuclear arms state, it supplies uranium to
the nuclear-arms states, and Canada sold the civil nuclear technology, in the
1960s, to both India and Pakistan - this technology enabled both states to eventually
become nuclear states.

There is no indicator for possession of nuclear powered or nuclear arms
vessels and aircrafts
Canada does not have them but permits them in its waters, in its
urban ports, and over its airspace.

There is no indicator on willingness to accept war resisters
Canada has refused to allow US war resisters to stay in Canada

There is no indicator on discrimination against peace activists
Canada refused to allow Medea Benjamin, from Code Pink to come to Canada

ADDITIONAL INDICATORS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF A PEACEFUL STATE

There is no indicator for foreign military bases - the US has over 740 bases.

There is no indicator for Capital punishment The US still has capital punishment


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