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The US War in Iraq Costs:

The War in Iraq Costs
(As of: December 24, 2007)

From Cost of War URL: http://www.costofwar.com

12/23: 4 recruiter suicides lead to Army probe

Less than a year into the job, Henderson — afflicted by flashbacks and sleeplessness after his tour of battle in Iraq — went into his backyard shed, slid the chain lock in place, and hanged himself with a dog chain. >> Read More

Military Families Speak Out (MFSO)
Come to Washington February 6-9, 2009 to demand "The Change WE Need"

President Elect Obama opposed the war in Iraq before it started, calling it a "dumb war."  But he and his advisors have also said that they plan to spread the return of combat troops from that "dumb war" out over sixteen months and to keep tens of thousands of other troops on the ground in Iraq indefinitely. 
For More information, visit: http://www.mfso.org

12/24: December 08 Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) News

President Elect Obama opposed the war in Iraq before it started, calling it a "dumb war."  But he and his advisors have also said that they plan to spread the return of combat troops from that "dumb war" out over sixteen months and to keep tens of thousands of other troops on the ground in Iraq indefinitely >> Read More

8/28: When It Comes to Guns, We're No. 1
The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released said >> Read More

8/20: Pentagon sets goals to hit before end of Bush term
The Pentagon has set 25 goals to meet by the end of the Bush administration, including implementation of a long-term plan for detaining terrorism suspects, according to a memo obtained by Reuters>> Read More

The US War in Iraq Costs: $450,547,000,000 (As of: September 11, 2007)

From Cost of War URL: http://www.costofwar.com
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Military Casualities

Total U.S. Death: 3,774
Total U.K. Death: 169
"Coalition" Forces Death: 129

Total U.S.-U.K.-"Coalition Forces" Death: 4,072 (as of September 10, 2007)
Total Wounded: 27,186 (As of August 9, 2007)
URL: http://icasualties.org/oif/

Updates Number of Iraqi Civilian Had been Killed

(Recent report from different human rights groups put the estimate of 1 million Iraqis had been killed)
Named and identified victims of the war in Iraq: A memorial, February 2006
To those who knew and loved them, and are in no need of reminding, we offer our condolences.

Latest: A week of Civilian Death in Iraq (Iraq Body Count)

6/30: Marines drop charges against Madden: 'A signal vets can speak out'
''I think it's a total victory,'' Madden said, speaking on his cell phone from Columbia, S.C., where he is participating in a bus tour of East Coast military installations.  ''The country is on our side, and it really puts the Marine Corps in a bad light if they try to intimidate.'' >> Read More

5/22: We're No. 1! America Leads the World in War Profits
The United States is a proud nation of firsts -- among them weapon sales, military expenditure, oil consumption, CO2 emissions, external debt, private military personnel and more. >> Read More

5/24 (Shameful!) Congress Passes Deadline-Free War Funding Bill
The Senate -- in a rush to get started on their Memorial Day vacation - immediately took up the War Funding measure passed by the House earlier this evening.  The measure to keep the war and occupation going, passed 80-14. 

The most interesting votes -- Clinton and Obama voted NO -- I read that as a recognition of the power of the peace movement (not the power of their anti-war sentiments). 

The full roll call should be posted soon, check here

3/29: The US Military's March 2007 Fuel Contracts
In March 2006, for instance, DoD covered over $3 billion in contracts issued within a week >> Read More

3/28: $3.15B in US DESC Fuel Contracts Over the Past Week
Over the past week, the US Defense Logistics Agency has announced approximately $3.15 billion worth of fuel contracts for jet fuel, diesel, naval distillate, and turbine fuel via the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) at Fort Belvoir, VA. The totals include $2.1 billion for diesel and jet fuel, $1.01 billion for turbine fuel, and $35.7 million for naval distillate. >> Read More

3/27: U.S. Army’s Top Buyer: 2008 Budget Stands
The costs of war in Iraq and Afghanistan have not forced the U.S. Army to amend its 2008 acquisition request, now being debated in Congress, the service’s top buyer said March 27 >> Read More

Peace NO War Network Specail Report:
3/19: Military Industry Confidential - Little Know World of the Aerospace Military Industry
By: Lee Siu Hin

Every year in Washington D.C. just a day after the anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the related major antiwar protest, little notice by peace activists at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in downtown D.C., there’s a large 4-day (March 19-22) U.S. Missile Defense Conference and Exhibit, organized by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) to promote more money for the missile defense program. >> Read The Article
3/16: DoD Annoucemnets of Today's Iraq War Casualties >> Read More
3/15: DoD Annoucemnets of Today's Iraq War Casualties >> Read More

3/14: DoD Annoucemnets of Today's Iraq War Casualties >> Read More

3/13: DoD Annoucemnets of Today's Iraq War Casualties >> Read More

3/14: $100 BILLION for War? The Impact on Your Congressional District and State
As Congress prepares to vote on $100 billion in more war spending, NPP brings to the table a new state-level publication on what this new price tag would mean for your state and congressional district.  It also shows the number of dead and wounded in each state and what the total amount spent on the Iraq War could buy your congressional district in children's health insurance, affordable housing units and new elementary schools >> TAKE ACTION!

Total DoD Military Spending This Week (3/12-3/16): $1,427,330,613

3/16: Department of Defense Military Contracts
Total Amount DoD Spend Today (3/16): $322,468,280
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3/15: Department of Defense Military Contracts
Total Amount DoD Spend Today (3/15): $196,644,238
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3/14: Department of Defense Military Contracts
Total Amount DoD Spend Today (3/14): $406,823,742
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3/13: Department of Defense Military Contracts
Total Amount DoD Spend Today (3/13): $240,902,090
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3/12: Department of Defense Military Contracts
Total Amount DoD Spend Today (3/12): $260,492,263
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3/26: Judge dismisses lawsuit against Rumsfeld

Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld cannot be tried on allegations of torture in overseas military prisons, a federal judge said Tuesday in a case he described as "lamentable." >> Read More

3/13: Study shows thousands of veterans return with mental illness
Nearly a third of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who received care from Veterans Affairs between 2001 and 2005 were diagnosed with mental health or psychosocial ills >> Read More

3/16: Pentagon Send Additional 30,000 Troops
The Pentagon is sending an additional Army brigade of 2,600 troops to Iraq , raising the number of soldiers approved for President George W. Bush's security plan to nearly 30,000, a senior defense official said on Friday (3/16) >> Read More

3/12: Cold War Weapons, Arriving Now
Drawn-Out Programs Dominate European Spending (with U.S. Military Companies)

Who said the Cold War is over? The glacial speed of procurement means European countries are just now getting weapons conceived when the Berlin Wall was still standing. For example: six of the nine partner countries in Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program have signed a memorandum of understanding on production, sustainment and follow-on development. That signals a determination to sign order contracts at a future date >> Read More

3/15: House Panel Approves $96B, Deadline For Wars
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved spending another $95.5 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this year, but set a deadline for most U.S. troops to be out of Iraq by August 2008. >> Read More
3/15: U.S. Joint Strike Fighter Behind Schedule, Costs Swelling

Costs for the Joint Strike Fighter, a new generation of attack aircraft for the U.S. armed forces and its allies, have swollen 12 percent per aircraft, according to a U.S. government report >> Read More

3/14: $100 BILLION for War? The Impact on Your Congressional District and State
As Congress prepares to vote on $100 billion in more war spending, NPP brings to the table a new state-level publication on what this new price tag would mean for your state and congressional district.  It also shows the number of dead and wounded in each state and what the total amount spent on the Iraq War could buy your congressional district in children's health insurance, affordable housing units and new elementary schools >> TAKE ACTION!

3/14: Department of Defense Military Contracts
Total Amount DoD Spend Today (3/14): $406,823,742
>> Read More
3/14: DoD Annoucemnets of Today's Iraq War Casualties >> Read More

3/14: U.S. Lobbies Europe Over Disputed Missile Shield Plan

The U.S. wants to set up a radar system in the Czech Republic and a missile battery in Poland as part of a shield that would counter missiles fired by what Washington calls “rogue states” like Iran and North Korea. >> Read More

3/13: U.S. Lawmakers, White House Wrangle Over Supplemental Bill

U.S. House Democrats are still struggling to round up enough votes to ensure that the $95.5 billion emergency wartime supplemental spending bill they proposed last week can pass the full House. >> Read More
3/12: New Weapons, Defenses Debut at AUSA Show
The symposium, from March 7-9, drew about 1,400 at ft.  Lauderdale, FL. >> Read More

3/12: Halliburton to move it's HQ in Dubai
U.S. oil services firm Halliburton Co. is moving its headquarters and chief executive to Dubai in a move that immediately sparked criticism from some U.S. politicians. >> Read More

2/23: Dead Men Walking - What sort of future do brain-injured Iraq veterans face?
In a flash, the blast incinerates air, sprays metal, burns flesh. Milliseconds after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonates, a blink after a mortar shell blows, an overpressurization wave engulfs the human body, and just as quickly, an underpressure wave follows and vanishes. Eardrums burst, bubbles appear in the bloodstream, the heart slows. A soldier—or a civilian—can survive the blast without a single penetrating wound and still receive the worst diagnosis: traumatic brain injury, or TBI, the signature injury of the Iraq War. >> Read More

2/19: 737 U.S. Military Bases = Global Empire
The total of America's military bases in other people's countries in 2005, according to official sources, was 737. Reflecting massive deployments to Iraq and the pursuit of President Bush's strategy of preemptive war, the trend line for numbers of overseas bases continues to go up. >> Read More

2/7: Mistrial in Watada's Case!
The court martial of a US army officer who refused to fight in Iraq was ruled a mistrial after a dispute over a pre-trial agreement.

Military judge Lieutenant Colonel John Head halted the case involving First Lieutenant Ehren Watada following possible inconsistencies concerning a "stipulation of fact" agreed before the hearing.

A date for a new court martial has been set for March 19. >> Read More

2/6: Bush Wants Another $93 Billion for Iraq War!
On Monday February 5th, The Bush administration has requested an additional $93 billion in supplemental funding for the war and occupation in Iraq (that would bring the total war spending for this year to more than $140 billion, and another $141 billion has been requested for 2008) while calls for reducing Medicaid spending by about $25 billion over five years, which would just slightly dent the more than $1.2 trillion the federal government will spend on health care for the poor over the next five years. It clears to shows that President Bush do not want to end the war, instead pour more money and more lives into to the war machine to continue their un just war in Iraq and Afghanistan. >> Read More

1/3: Stand with Lt. Ehren Watada Against Illegal and Immoral War in Iraq + Feb 5: National Day of Action
"My fellow soldiers are fighting and dying in Iraq and their families are suffering because of the lies and deceptions crafted by the Bush Administration.  The Iraq war is not only a crime against domestic and international law but [it] is a terrible moral injustice against the Iraqi people."  Lt. Ehren Watada
As the first Army officer to publicly speak out against the war and refuse deployment to Iraq, Lt Watada will be punished by the U.S. Army with a maximum six years in prison. The military's intention IS to SILENCE VOICES OF RESISTANCE and make an example out of Lt. Watada. >> Read More
12/26: Military considers recruiting immigrants and foreigners
The armed forces, already struggling to meet recruiting goals, are considering expanding the number of noncitizens in the ranks -- including disputed proposals to open recruiting stations overseas and putting more immigrants on a faster track to US citizenship if they volunteer -- according to Pentagon officials. >> Read More

9/29 (Bad News): Wars get $70 billion in defense bill
Congress on Friday authorized an additional $70 billion in emergency funds to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through early next year, including nearly $24 billion for the Army and Marine Corps to repair and replace worn-out equipment. >> Read More
9/29: Senate OKs detainee bill -- House approves wiretaps

House Republicans pushed through the House a bill to authorize Bush's warrantless wiretapping program, hoping to add it to their list of accomplishments even though it has no chance of Senate passage before this weekend's scheduled adjournment. >> Read More
9/29: Senate Passes Bill on Building U.S.-Mexico Border Fence
9/29: Summary of H.R.5631 - The Militay Budget Bill
9/28: Summary of  H.R. 5825 - Electronic Surveillance Bill

Recent News on U.S. Conscientious Objectors
Agustin Aguayo goes AWOL rather than deploy to Iraq
For background and breaking news:http://agustin-aguayo.blogspot.com/
Agustin Aguayo
U.S. Conscientious Objector Stationed in Germany, Forced to Deploy to Iraq, Goes Absent without Leave (AWOL) 
First publicly known case of a soldier refusing to deploy from Germany joins a growing group of U.S. soldiers refusing to deploy to Iraq.
Army Specialist Agustín Aguayo, 35, refused orders to deploy to Iraq for a second time after two-and-a-half-year struggle in which he diligently pursued all available legal avenues to obtain conscientious objector status and an honorable discharge from the Army. All of his efforts, both within the Military and in the civil courts in the U.S., have so far failed.
Agustín turned himself in to the Military Police on the base in Schweinfurt saying that he would not deploy to Iraq and would accept a court martial after several Article 15s (non-judicial punishment) for refusing to pick up his weapon. Instead, MPs followed him to his home to get his gear and prepare to deploy. Aguayo escaped and is currently Absent without Leave (AWOL) in Germany.
(Read full press release
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 September 2006 )
Mark Wilkerson Refusing War on Moral Grounds
For more info and breaking news visit: http://markwilkerson.wordpress.com
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AWOL Conscientious Objector Turns Himself In at Ft. Hood
Following Press Conference with Cindy Sheehan
Wilkerson Latest in Growing Number of Iraq War Military Resisters
Crawford, TX~ 22-year old Army Specialist Mark Wilkerson held a press conference this morning to announce his plan to turn himself in to Fort Hood in Texas, after being AWOL (Absent Without Leave) for more than 18 months. Wilkerson, who served in the 720th Military Police Battalion in Iraq from March 2003 to March 2004, made the decision to refuse redeployment on moral grounds, and went AWOL when his request for ‘Conscientious Objector’ status was denied by the Army in November 2004. (Read full Press Release )
Statement by Mark Wilkerson made at Camp Casey, Crawford,TX
Thursday August 31, 2006:
"First, I would like to thank you all for being here today.  Today is a big day for me.  I am turning myself in from being absent without leave, or AWOL, from the military.  I have been AWOL for a year and a half.
(Read full statement )
Last Updated ( Friday, 01 September 2006 )
Help Lt. Watada Put the War on Trial!
photo by: Lori Hurlebaus
For full reports, breaking news, and to donate:
Friends and Family of Lt. Watada is moving forward with plans for a regional mobilization near Ft. Lewis in support of bringing the troops home, a "people's
hearing" on the legality of the Iraq War, and many other events "to help Lt. Watada put the war on trial” leading up to an expected court martial in the fall.

On August 17, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada succeeded in placing the war on trial during an Article 32 pre-trial hearing in a military courtroom at Fort Lewis, Washington. The investigating officer recommended that Lt. Watada be referred to a general court martial on all charges – including five charges for political speech.
On June 22, 2006 Lt. Ehren Watada became the first US commissioned officer
Complete Article 32 report
to refuse to deploy to the unlawful Iraq war and occupation. He has been charged with "contemptuous words" towards President Bush and conduct unbecoming of an officer. These charges represent the first military persecution of an objector for First Amendment speech since 1965. Including the charge for not deploying to Iraq Lt. Watada faces over seven years in military prison.

8/15: WATADA WATCH: Video of Lt. Watada's Aug. 12 VFP speech  

(UFPCC) Truthout posted at the link below Lt. Ehren Watada's address on Sat., Aug. 12, 2006, to the Veterans for Peace convention in Seattle, WA.  --  NOTE:  IF YOU CAN, please attend the rally in support of Lt. Watada on the day before his Article 32 (pretrial) hearing.  --  The rally will be held on Wed., Aug. 16, at the bridge over I-5 at Exit 119, near Fort Lewis.  --  UFPPC will join many other supporters in beginning to gather at 4:00 p.m.; a rally will be held about 6:00 p.m.  --  As large a turnout as possible is important to demonstrate support for Lt. Watada's stand for the rule of law, for the U.S. Constitution, for democracy, and against an unjust, immoral, and illegal war....  Read more >>

8/15: Number of violations by US military recruiters up sharply

(UFPCC) A GAO report released Monday said the number of alleged and substantiated violations by U.S. military recruiters rose 50% in a single year, the Washington Post reported Tuesday, 8/15  --  Substantiated violations rose 57.5% and the number of cases that were criminal violations increased 106%, though the Post refrained from calculating the percentage.  --  This occurred despite the fact that the number of new recruits declined 14%, to 215,000 in fiscal 2005.  --  The GAO report also said that "20 percent of active-duty recruiters believe that irregularities -- such as coercion, concealing information that would disqualify a candidate and falsifying documents, among others -- occur frequently.  A majority of recruiters also reported dissatisfaction with their jobs." Read more >>

3/17: House votes to declare NO PERMANENT BASES policy+another $72 billion on War >> Read More

3/1: UK Military families to Protest at Downing Street, London

On Wednesday 1 March  at 12 midday  Pauline Hickey, Peter Brierley, Rose Gentle and Janet Lowrie will deliver a letter to Tony Blair at Downing Street asking for a meeting with the Prime Minister. They wish to raise their concerns about the continuing war and occupation in Iraq. They are calling for the withdrawal of the British troops. >> Read More

2/23: The Real Cost of the Iraq War

So how much will the war cost? The question occasionally appears in the media, never a new issue, never a settled one either. Still, there are some certainties about the costs of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. >> Read More

2/21: Rumsfeld Declares War on 'Bad Press'

Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld has signaled that he plans to intensify a campaign to influence global media coverage of the United States, a move that is likely to heighten the debate over press freedom and propaganda-free reporting.

Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York last week, Rumsfeld said that Washington will launch a new drive to spread and defend U.S. views, especially in the so-called war on terror.

He cited the Cold War-era initiatives of the U.S. Information Agency and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, widely viewed outside the United States as sophisticated propaganda outlets, as a model for the new offensive. >> Read More

2/9: Programs Bush Wants to Cut or Kill
President Bush proposed to eliminate or cut 141 programs in his 2007 budget, with potential savings in millions (but will jack up billions in military spending!)  >> Read More
2/8: Pentagon budget ensures global domination
The Pentagon’s hunger for money seems to be insatiable. The Bush Administration has requested a whopping $439.3 billion to feed its appetite the next fiscal year, an increase of seven percent.
This is just the regular military budget. There will be an estimated $50 billion in supplemental spending for Iraq and Afghanistan. And then there’s the money proposed to be spent on nuclear weapons, $16 billion, which is separately tallied in the Department of Energy budget. This brings the total to at least $506 billion or so, provided the “supplemental” demand does not reach higher.
What is the reason for this unrestrained expenditure? To maintain U.S. global supremacy in the years to come. Don’t take my word for it. Read the primary military strategy document of the Bush Administration, made public in September 2002. “Our forces will be strong enough to dissuade potential adversaries for pursuing a military buildup in hopes of surpassing, or equaling the power of the United States,” states the National Security Strategy. No wonder The Washington Post said that the doctrine “gives the United States a nearly messianic role.”
It is determined to play this role, which provides an easy cover for advancing U.S. corporate interests.
Amazingly, U.S. military spending is now almost equal to that of the rest of the world combined! >> Read More

2/3: Bush to Request $439.3B Defense Budget for 2006
Take Actions Against It!
President Bush next week will request a $439.3 billion Defense Department budget for 2007, a nearly 5 percent increase over this year. The spending plan would include $84.2 billion for weapons programs, a nearly 8 percent increase, including billions of dollars for fighter jets, Navy ships, helicopters and unmanned aircraft. The total includes a substantial increase in weapons spending for the Army, which will get $16.8 billion in the 2007 budget, compared with $11 billion this year. >> Read More
Take Action Against Bush's Military Funding! >> Read More
How much money had been wasted on war and wepons: January 2006 Department of Defense Military Contracts
January 2006: National Guard Deployments >> Read More

1/28: Bush to Propose 'Trimming' Army Reserve
President Bush will use his new budget to propose cutting the size of the Army Reserve to its lowest level in three decades and stripping up to $4 billion from two fighter aircraft programs. >> Read More

1/23: Halliburton Cited in Iraq Contamination
Water supplied to a U.S. base in Iraq was contaminated and the contractor in charge, Halliburton, failed to tell troops and civilians at the facility, according to internal documents from the company and interviews with former Halliburton officials. >> Read More

1/29: Pentagon Can Now Fund Foreign Militaries
Congress has granted unusual authority for the Pentagon to spend as much as $200 million of its own budget to aid foreign militaries, a break with the traditional practice of channeling foreign military assistance through the State Department. >> Read More

1/29: US Army forces 50,000 soldiers into extended duty
The U.S. Army has forced about 50,000 soldiers to continue serving after their voluntary stints ended under a policy called "stop-loss," but while some dispute its fairness, court challenges have fallen flat. >> Read More

1/29 Audit: U.S.-Led Occupation Squandered Aid
A U.S. government audit found American-led occupation authorities squandered tens of millions of dollars that were supposed to be used to rebuild Iraq through undocumented spending and outright fraud. In some cases, auditors recommend criminal charges be filed against the perpetrators. >> Read More
Read the reports from the Inspector General Office:
Challenges Faced in Carrying Out Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund Activites
Other reports: http://www.sigir.mil/audit_reports.html

1/29: Two Soldiers, One Marine Killed in Iraq
Two soldiers were killed yesterday and one Marine was killed Jan. 27 in three separate incidents in Iraq. >> Read More

1/29: U.S. expands 'targeted killing'
Predator airstrikes on suspected terrorists are widening despite international criticism

Despite protests from other countries, the United States is expanding a top-secret effort to kill suspected 'terrorists' with drone-fired missiles as it pursues an increasingly decentralized 'al-Qaida,' U.S. officials say. The CIA's failed attempt to assassinate al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri in Pakistan on Jan. 13 was the latest strike in the government's "targeted killing" program, a highly classified initiative that officials say has broadened... >> Read More

1/29: CIA unlikely to back off al Qaeda attacks in Pakistan   
The Bush regime is unlikely to shy away from using Predator missile attacks on 'al Qaeda' leaders in Pakistan, despite the risk of political backlash for U.S. ally, President Pervez Musharraf, officials and intelligence experts say. >> Read More

1/29: Spy data system a 'boondoggle'
After 6 years and $1.2 billion, NSA still hasn't set up Trailblazer
A program that was supposed to help the National Security Agency identify electronic data crucial to the nation's safety is not up and running more than six years and $1.2 billion after it was launched, according to current and former government officials. >>
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1/27: Soldier could get 300 years for smuggling drugs
A Fort Bliss military intelligence soldier faces over 300 years in prison after he was convicted Thursday of bringing about 175 pounds of cocaine into the United States on military aircraft over a period of almost two years. >> Read More

1/27: Army to Investigate Gay Porn Allegations
Army officials are investigating allegations that members of the celebrated 82nd Airborne Division appear on a gay pornography Web site, a spokeswoman said  >> Read More

Nov 18 02: Big Brother is Watching Everyone

1) GROUNDED: The Feds DO maintain an air travel blacklist (Salon)
2) You Are a Suspect (New York Times)
5) US Hopes to Check Computers Globally (Washington Post)

Nov 10, 2002 Updates

US Department of Defense Contracts for the Week of Nov 4 - 8, 2002
Total Amounts: 756,070,983!
Also: UN Report on Child Soldiers Ignores Worst Offenders