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Arms Trade

Francis: When a Visitor Changes Your Home

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

At the formal welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House, a very traditional template was transformed by the "Vicar of Christ," whose presence turned everyone's language to one reference after another to those Christ called "the least of these" in the 25th chapter of Matthew.

Supplying the World's Third Most-Deadly War

John Lindsay-Poland | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
John Lindsay-Poland

The massive militarization represented by billions of dollars of U.S. and European arms sales to Mexico as well as illegal gun trafficking is bad news for the many Mexicans devastated by the abuses of police and soldiers.

North Korea's Africa Strategy and What It Means for the West

Samuel Ramani | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

On June 11, 2015, a UN report revealed that North Korea had provided marine engines and military patrol boat replacement parts to Angola, in violation of UN sanctions.

Africa's Rising Political Violence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

It would be nice to be able to say that the threat of Islamic fundamentalism has peaked in Africa, and that the worst is over, but given the current state of affairs that simply is not the case. In all likelihood, the threat will grow -- considerably -- in the years to come.

The Pentagon's Arguments for Runaway Arms Trading Are Indefensible

William Hartung | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

The next time the Pentagon congratulates itself on another "good year" for arms transfers, Congress, the public, and the press should take a closer look at how those arms are being used. Being the world's leading arms trading nation is nothing to brag about.

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?

Derek Flood | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

In the case of the Islamic State, the question we need to ask is: What can we do to make things right? What can we do to protect the vulnerable? What can we do to stop the violence?

Exporting Things That Go Boom in the Night

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

No one should be surprised that, even with the government officially shut down, the Obama administration didn't turn off the lights in the offices where arms deals are a major focus of attention.

U.S. To Sell $10.8 Billion In Missiles To Gulf Allies

Agence France Presse | | Posted 12.17.2013 | World

The Pentagon said Thursday it plans to sell Washington's Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates $10.8 billion worth of missiles and mun...

The Cold War Redux?

Michael T. Klare | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Michael T. Klare

Did Washington just give Israel the green light for a future attack on Iran via an arms deal? Did Russia just signal its further support for Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime via an arms deal?

Key Arms Measure Faces Strong GOP Opposition

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senate opponents of a treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade said Wednesday they have the votes to block ratif...

You'll Never Guess Who Blocked The UN Arms Treaty

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2013 | World

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, March 28 (Reuters) - Iran, Syria and North Korea on Friday prevented the adoption of ...

Arms Trade Treaty: Myths and Realities

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 05.27.2013 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

The leadership of the National Rifle Association and their allies are mounting a campaign of lies and fear to build American opposition to the treaty, inaccurately arguing that the treaty would infringe on Americans right to bear arms.

The Hidden Benefits of an Arms Trade Treaty

Chris_Wright | Posted 05.26.2013 | World

An Arms Trade Treaty won't solve all the complex issues that lead to criminality, conflict and terrorism, but by galvanising states around the world to clamp down on illicit sales of weapons, it is a vital part of the solution.

The Myth of the UN Gun Grab

Angela Kane | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Angela Kane

Don't be deceived by the gun-grab rhetoric. An international commitment to strong standards on arms transfers will help to ensure that the global arms trade meets the legitimate security needs of all countries.

Human Rights Groups Answer NRA Fear-Mongering

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amnesty International and other human rights groups on Thursday pushed back against the National Rifle Association's ongoing campaign to...

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker Opposes 'Very Dangerous' Gun Ban | John Celock | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Virginia has proposed a resolution opposing a United Nations arms trade treaty that has not been finalized yet. Sta...

The Pentagon as a Global NRA

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.16.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

While the administration is pledging to try to curb the wholesale spread of ever more powerful weaponry at home, what is it doing about the same issue abroad where it has so much more power to pursue the agenda it prefers?

Monopolizing War? What America Knows How to Do Best

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.13.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

It's pop-quiz time when it comes to the American way of war: three questions, torn from the latest news, just for you. Good luck!

LOOK: Google Tool Visualizes Explosion In Global Arms Trade

Posted 08.29.2012 | Technology

Google recently launched a project to map out the flow of small arms, light weapons and ammunition transfers in and out of countries around the world....

United Nations Fails To Agree On Landmark Arms Trade Treaty

Reuters | Posted 09.27.2012 | World

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, July 27 (Reuters) - Delegations from around the world failed on Friday to agree a landmark U.N....

France and U.K. Urged Not to Cave in to U.S. Pressure at Global Arms Trade Talks

Louis Belanger | Posted 09.22.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

Efforts to end the irresponsible and poorly-regulated international arms trade are at risk of failure, as negotiations at the United Nations enter a c...

Race Against Time for an Arms Trade Treaty

Louis Belanger | Posted 09.18.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

As the final date of the Arms Trade Treaty Conference gets ever closer, there is an increasing willingness by States to aim at compromise to achieve a treaty. What is certain, though, is that States must not use the 'spectre' of consensus to conclude the conference with a weak treaty.

WATCH: "A Short Film About Guns"

Louis Belanger | Posted 09.11.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

"A Short Film About Guns" examines the illegal arms trade and how it functions across the globe. The short film, directed by Minos Papas, features f...

Business of Making Bullets Tops $4 Billion

Louis Belanger | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

According to a new study by Oxfam, the ammunition trade tops $4 billion and yet the world has little regulation to control and keep track of who the bullets are sold to.

Arms Down

John Feffer | Posted 06.10.2012 | World
John Feffer

We are in a dangerous zero-sum world in which a military reduction in the United States means a military increase somewhere else. To break out of this situation and create a virtuous circle of military reductions, we must pursue a three-prong strategy.