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The Pentagon's Arguments for Runaway Arms Trading Are Indefensible

William Hartung | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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
Chris_Wright

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Russia Ships Arms to Syria in Violation of Arms Embargoes

Louis Belanger | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

It is deeply regrettable that two countries would seek to arm the government of Syria while it is virtually waging war on its own people, sending tanks and troops into cities to kill innocent civilians. However, this is something we see time and again.

Obama Administration Seeks to Resume Military Aid to Uzbekistan Dictator

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
Stephen Zunes

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, in a move initiated by the Obama administration, has voted to waive Bush-era human rights restrictions on military aid to the Islam Karimov dictatorship in Uzbekistan, one of the most brutal and repressive regimes on the planet.

Michele Bachmann Presents Questionable Theory

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann said she opposed the United Nations taking away gun rights at a recent ...

Tracking Bout

Kathi Lynn Austin | Posted 12.18.2011 | World
Kathi Lynn Austin

If you haven't heard Viktor Bout's name before, you are certain to know of the wars he has fueled with his lethal supplies -- in countries such as Rwanda, Congo, Liberia, Colombia, and Afghanistan.