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Terrorist Attacks More Than Quadrupled In Decade Since Sept. 11

Reuters | Peter Apps | Posted 02.02.2013 | World

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - The number of terrorist attacks each year has more than quadrupled in the decade since September 11, 2001, a study relea...

Shocker: America Spends $2.16 Trillion on Violence Annually

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

One out of every 7 dollars spent in the U.S. is spent containing violence. Is this really how we want to measure America's success, how we want to develop as a society, and how we want to leave the world for our children and our children's children?

One Week After Colorado Shooting, US Government Still Failing to Safeguard America

Michael Shank | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

while President Barack Obama has mentioned that assault weapons belong in the hands of US soldiers and not on the streets of America, he has left it to Congress to move forward on an assault weapons ban. That's too bad because Congress isn't remotely close to doing anything.

Why the Gun Control Debate Doesn't Do Justice to Colorado Killings

Michael Shank | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

The tragic Colorado theater shooting must stimulate a debate on more than mere gun control. Here's why.

The Price of Peace

Sasha von Oldershausen | Posted 06.13.2012 | World

The most peaceful place in the world? It's not a California beach, nor the Scotland Highlands. For the second year in a row, Iceland ranks as the most...

Launched by Australian Visionary, U.S. Peace Index Hits Year Two

Jim Luce | Posted 07.15.2012 | Home
Jim Luce

The U.S. Peace Index was launched last year with the aim is to further understand the types of environments that are associated with peace and its economic impacts at a more specific regional level.

The Club for Growth and the Demise of Our Democracy: A Look Beyond Lugar's Loss

Michael Shank | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

Republican Sen. Richard Lugar joins the ranks this month of his ousted moderate colleagues and predecessors. Frankly, it is a little depressing. Wait, more than a little. A lot.

PHOTOS: Florida's HORRIBLE Violence Ranking -- And What It Costs

Posted 06.25.2012 | Miami

This won't surprise you: Florida's a violent place, and so is Miami-Dade. In fact, you're probably getting whacked with a machete while you read t...

New Study Shows Violence Costing America Over $460 Billion

Michael Shank | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

The U.S. Peace Index is based on analysis of homicide, violent crime, policing, incarceration rates and availability of small arms data. With improvements in all five of these indicators from the 2011 to the 2012 USPI, the U.S. was found to be more peaceful than at any time since 1991.

The Devastating Cost Of Violence To The US Economy

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business

April 24 (Reuters) - Violence and its aftermath cost the U.S. economy some $460 billion last year, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace'...

Why 2013 Budgets Won't Cut It and the Untapped Treasury in Violence

Michael Shank | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

Politicians need to realize that in the pursuit of available funds, there are untapped dividends available where they may least suspect it. Increasing the peace not only improves quality of life but the economy as well.

Trayvon Martin's Lesson for Maryland: Appeal Gun Law Ruling by Federal Judge

Michael Shank | Posted 05.29.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank

Lest we think the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida has little legal relevance for our Washington metro area, think again. All eyes should be on the state of Maryland.

Bringing Florida to Justice, Not Just George Zimmerman

Michael Shank | Posted 05.25.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank

A bigger question that must also be asked is "Who is Florida?" We could ask a question about the direction America is headed on race and violence but let's stick to Florida for a moment.

Why the World Bank Needs Jeff Sachs at the Helm

Michael Shank | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Michael Shank

Given the World Bank's focus on poverty, economics and climate, and given Sachs' wealth of experience in all three, there is no better candidate.

What America's Manufacturing Sector and Labor Policies Can Learn From Germany

Michael Shank | Posted 04.25.2012 | Business
Michael Shank

The German manufacturing strategy is based on making existing products better again and again, or as a Mercedes ad put it: "We are inventing the car. Since 1886."

Economic Consequences of War on U.S. Economy: Debt, Taxes and Inflation Increase; Consumption and Investment Decrease

Michael Shank | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

The organization for which I work, the Institute for Economics and Peace, released a new report this week detailing the macroeconomic effects of U.S. ...

What Nevada, Florida and South Carolina Have in Common & What Republican Candidates Ignored: A Credible Economic Cure

Michael Shank | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

As the Republican candidates leave Nevada, one topic seems to have escaped their attention entirely: a credible economic cure for what ails the states where they're waging their campaigns for president.

Republican Candidates and Congress Quit Climate Change; Private Sector Counters, Creating Consumer Label

Michael Shank | Posted 04.03.2012 | Green
Michael Shank

We need more of this kind of innovativeness and initiative. The climate isn't cooling anytime soon and it's clear that climate talks will continue to be inconclusive. So companies and consumers, the ball is in your court.

Time for a Peace Industry and a Super PAC to Support It

Michael Shank | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

I'm talking about the majority of businesses that perform better when poverty and violence is not prevalent. If financial incentives motivate politicos, then put some numbers on those dividends available from reducing violence.

What My Amish and Mennonite Forefathers Would Think About My Job in Congress (and Why I Left)

Michael Shank | Posted 03.10.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

Despite overwhelming data, policymakers are not in hot pursuit of the very policies that would increase the peacefulness, improve economic productivity, and cut costs across the board as we concurrently cut violence levels in this country.

House Punt on Payroll Deal Highlights Need for Radical Reform

Michael Shank | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

America's tendency is to pursue policies that react primarily to violence, not aim to prevent it. As a result, not only is America less economically prosperous, it is less peaceful. The way forward, then, is to learn from what the index is telling us.

Honoring River Phoenix's Legacy Of Activism

Michael Shank | Posted 02.04.2012 | Impact
Michael Shank

Realizing that every moment must be used to leave the world a better place, River's activism in social justice, animal rights, environment and peace causes inspired what has become the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.

Iraq's Lesson for Libya: Thousands of Armed, Young, and Unemployed Men Now Need Jobs

Michael Shank | Posted 01.31.2012 | World
Michael Shank

Is the National Transitional Council a legitimate, representative body? When will elections be held? Is the new Libya going to be run by Islamists? Certainly these are important issues. Just as important, however, is the Libyan economy and how to get Libyans back to work.

Tax Loophole Users, Companies with Negative Tax Rates, Exacerbating US Income Inequality

Michael Shank | Posted 01.16.2012 | Business
Michael Shank

The fact that companies are paying no taxes when America's working families are still struggling to winter what Fed Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke continues to recognize as a failed or failing recovery is a prime example of what is exacerbating income inequality in America.

Perry's Gaffe Represents Poor Texan and U.S. Educational Performance; Civics Lesson Needed

Michael Shank | Posted 01.11.2012 | Education
Michael Shank

Without a strong American commitment to a quality education, it is no surprise that Rick Perry, a son of this education system, cannot recall government agencies.