arms trade

Antimilitarist protest against arms fair in Alicante

From 29 to 31 May the UDT (Undersea Defence Technology Europe) arms fair took place in Alicante, State of Spain. This is one of the most important fairs of the military industry, focusing - as the name says - on wars in the sea.

Bristol Against the Arms Trade Take the Fight to the Fair

British Activists from Bristol Against the Arms Trade and Bath Stop The Drones claim a victory as Drone conference moved away from Bath

Following a raucous protest in Bristol, and a packed out public meeting in Bath, the Clarion Events UAV conference had to be moved to deepest darkest Wiltshire.

Banks in the Business of War

Jordi Calvo Rufanges

There are various reasons for the existence of war or organised armed violence. Amongst those that we can identify and understand with ease are economic reasons. It is difficult to demonstrate that the business people who benefit from the preparation and outbreak of war want the conflicts to occur. However, it is not completely outlandish to think that some businessman, greedy and lacking scruples, might uncork a bottle of champagne when he knows that an armed conflict is going to happen. He might even open two bottles if a long war is predicted. This joy that we presume of the arms industry executive might not even be a result of chance.

Stop financing the arms trade: Protest against War Profiteer EADS

Wendela de Vries

European arms giant EADS is selling all over the world: From India and Pakistan to Colombia and Kazakhstan. In 2011 it made a revenue of 50 billion euros, a quarter of which was earned by arms trade. The 2011 arms profit was 11.6 billion euro. With that amount of money you could provide basic education for all the children in the world who presently cannot go to school. EADS also produces civil planes, for example the Airbus passengers plane.

South Africa: Ceasefire Campaign calls for reconsideration of the Defence Review

On 27 April the Defence Review Committee appointed by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans published its draft report. That report is available at www.sadefencereview2012.org. On 14 May the Ceasefire Campaign made a submission to the Committee, criticising the draft report. That submission is available at www.ceasefire.org.za.

Venezuela: Armándonos para el desarme

Rafael Uzcátegui

En los pasados dos años, como director de Ultimas Noticias, Eleazar Díaz Rangel utilizó las cifras del Instituto Internacional de Investigaciones de Paz de Estocolmo (SIPRI) para intentar desmontar las acusaciones sobre el alto gasto en armamentos del país: “Venezuela ha disminuido sensiblemente la carrera armamentista en los últimos años, a diferencia de la imagen que difunden los medios de comunicación”, afirmó el veterano periodista, palabras que fueron extensamente divulgadas por el sistema de medios estatales. Sin embargo, la lectura que hace Rangel del informe anual más respetado sobre transferencia de armas en el mundo es bastante sesgada, por decir lo menos.

Editorial

So the no-news is that for the year 2011 the total world military spending amounted to $1,74 trillion ($1,740,000,000,000) as announced by SIPRI on the 17 April - which coincided with the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. This is just a "slight" increase from last year, just 0.3 percent. According to SIPRI, this figure means that for the first year in 13 years, the world military spending has leveled out.

Global Day of Action on Military Spending

Through four months of fruitful outreach, fortifying and expanding the network of civil society groups that make up the Global Day on Military Spending (GDAMS) coalition, the second Global Day last Tuesday, 17 April, was a tremendous success worldwide.

Swedish defence minister resigns over Saudi weapons plant

Sten Tolgfors may have resigned. But no one has so far taken responsibility for the scandal of the Saudi arms factory. The fundamental problems do not disappear with the resignation of the Minister of Defence. This is a systemic crisis on full public display, where the problems inherent in the Swedish defence and arms export policy have been made unambiguously clear to all, writes Anna Ek, president of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society.

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