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The black hole that is military spending

Amid a pandemic and dire economic crises across the world, military spending has continued relentlessly. The US has been the biggest spender by a huge margin

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

Protests in Nagaland after Indian forces kill at least 15 civilians and other stories

Today we look at protests against civilian killings by Indian armed forces in Nagaland, a brutal mob lynching of a Sri Lankan man in Pakistan, and more

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

Port workers strike against extended shifts and no contract in Canada and other stories

Today we look at a strike by workers at the Port of Montreal, the establishment of RUNASUR- a regional unity platform-in Bolivia, and more

SIPRI global military expenditure 2020 Despite the horrors of COVID-19, global defense spending rises led by the US

The US military budget in 2020 alone was around USD 778 billion, which is almost 39% of the total global military expenditure and marked an increase by 4.4% from the previous year

West Asian countries are buying more arms: SIPRI report

In today’s episode, we take a look at the latest SIPRI report on the rise of arms imports by certain west Asian countries, the march in Australia protesting violence on women, the imposition of fresh sanctions on Syria and the developments in the Breonna Taylor case

SIPRI report global arms sale Latest SIPRI data shows 25% rise in arms imports by Middle East and North Africa countries

Complementing the increase in arms imports by West Asian and North African countries, the United States, France and Germany saw a substantial increase in their respective weapons exports, with the US continuing as the world’s largest arms exporter 

Arms sales Renewed global pressure to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

More than 90 human rights and anti-war organizations wrote a letter to the US president demanding cancellation of billions of dollars of arms sales to the two countries on the day that the European Parliament adopted a resolution asking member countries to do the same

Anti-war groups and opposition demand the UK government suspend arms sale to Saudi Arabia

The demand to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia has gained widespread support in the UK and across party lines in the parliament following Joe Biden’s announcement for the same last week

US companies sold more than 60% of all arms in the international market in 2019

US sanctions against Russia and China have helped maintain its hegemony in the global arms trade with 12 of its companies featuring in the world’s top 25 arms producing and military service providers

US to sell advanced weapons worth billions to the UAE

Sale of F-35 fighter aircraft and advanced drones to the UAE is expected to increase the arms race in the Middle East region. Activists have especially flagged the potential use of these weapons in Yemen

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