arms sales

Business as usual? Arms sales of SIPRI Top 100 arms companies continue to grow amid pandemic

Sales of arms and military services by the industry’s 100 largest companies totalled $531 billion in 2020—an increase of 1.3 per cent in real terms compared with the previous year. This is according to new data released today by the…

U.S. Freezes Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Reviews Deal with UAE Made Under Trump Admin

The Biden administration has frozen U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia and is examining sales to the United Arab Emirates, including the sale of Lockheed Martin F-35 jets, which were approved by the Trump administration as part of UAE’s normalization…

Ilhan Omar calls on Biden to reverse Trump’s deals with the Middle East

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has called America’s allies in the Gulf “dictators” and said that agreements between regional states and Israel are not “peace deals”. Omar made her comments in an article in The Nation. Calling on President-elect Joe Biden…

U.K. Labour Leader Calls for End to Israeli Arms Sales

In Britain, Labour Party and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is renewing calls for the U.K. to stop selling arms to Israel in light of the recent U.N. inquiry that found that Israel may have committed war crimes and crimes against…

Germany’s SPD to extend freeze on arms sales to Riyadh

The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), which is part of the ruling coalition, says it has plans to extend an embargo on arms supplies to Saudi Arabia despite pressure from major European countries not to do so. Rolf Muetzenich,…

UK selling tens of millions of pounds worth of arms to India and Pakistan

Last night India carried out air strikes in Pakistan. These followed years of tensions and the killing of 40 soldiers. UK has licensed £550 million worth of arms to India since May 2015. UK has licensed £42 million worth of…

Global arms industry: First rise in arms sales since 2010

We reproduce here the latest press release from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Sales of arms and military services by the world’s largest arms-producing and military services companies—the SIPRI Top 100—totalled $374.8 billion in 2016, according to new…

Let the media coverage of Manchester victims be a model for all young victims of war

Donald Trump, the so-called leader of the free world, made his first foreign visit as president to an absolute monarchy, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a petrostate legendary for its complete absence of democratic institutions and rampant violations of human…

This is what the disarmament and anti-war groups are up against…

Disarmament Digest Monday 23 November 2015 News: Nuclear: Russia resumes nuclear trade with Iran as sanctions lifted Russia will resume exporting nuclear technology to Iran, President Vladimir Putin has decreed on a visit to Tehran. Russia says it will help…