Arms trade
US arms sale to Saudi and UAE Biden administration decides to sell more arms to Saudi Arabia and UAE 

The US announced the sale of over USD 5 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the same day that the UN announced the extension of the truce in Yemen for two more months

UN announces extension of Yemen ceasefire for two more months

The extension raises hopes for peace in Yemen, which has been devastated by the war for almost a decade resulting in death and displacement. The situation in Yemen has been called the worst human rights disaster of the century

President Xiomara Castro repeals neoliberal ZEDE Law in landmark step and other stories

Today we look at the repeal of the ZEDE law in Honduras, US threats against the China-Solomon Islands security pact, and more

SIPRI military expenditure Global military expenditure increases for seventh year in a row: SIPRI report

Four out of the top 10 biggest military spenders are NATO members that collectively spent nearly half of total global expenditure in 2021, or a total of USD 982 billion

Saudi-led war in Yemen Seven years of Saudi atrocities on Yemen

The war in Yemen, backed by the US and the UK, has caused the death of over 110,000 people and completely destroyed the Arab world’s poorest country. Around two-third of its total population of nearly 30 million is now dependent on some kind of international humanitarian aid 

Anti-war protest - Italy Workers in Italy protest ammunition dispatches to Ukraine disguised as humanitarian aid

Cargo workers at the Pisa airport refused to load ammunition disguised as humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Dock workers in Genoa also pointed out the disembarkation of tanks at the seaport, allegedly destined for Ukraine

War in Yemen The global links of the recent escalation in the Yemen conflict 

The failure of the UN to play its primary role of a peacemaker in Yemen affects its humanitarian interventions and provides opportunities for the global war industry to make profits out of human misery

US-Egypt arms deal US approves massive arms sale to Egypt despite deteriorating human rights situation 

The USD 2.5 billion arms deal was approved despite calls by rights groups and even some members of Congress for a tougher stance on Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who Donald Trump once called “my favorite dictator”

Saudi airstrikes in Yemen Saudi Arabia-led coalition continues airstrikes in civilian areas in Yemen

UAE, a partner in the Saudi coalition waging a war in Yemen, has demanded the US to redesignate the Houthis as a terrorist orgnization 

US weapons sale to Saudis US senate rejects resolution seeking ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia

The resolution presented jointly by some Republican and Democrat senators sought to limit the sale of US weapons to Saudi Arabia due to its involvement in the war in Yemen and its alleged war crimes

SIPRI report on arms trade Governments buy more weapons in first year of COVID-19 boosting global arms trade 

Data published by SIPRI for the year 2020 shows the world’s top 100 weapons manufacturers increased their overall sales in comparison to previous years as governments chose to increase arms procurement despite COVID-19-related economic hardships

US weapons sale to Saudi Arabia US takes a U-turn, approves $650 million weapons sales to Saudi Arabia 

The sale of air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia will mark a U-turn in US president Joe Biden’s foreign policy declared in the first week of February. At that point, he had promised to end the US role in the war in Yemen and the sale of all offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia