Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tag: Arms Sale

UK secretly selling arms to Saudi Arabia and elsewhere under opaque licencing system

Campaigners say licensing system designed for ‘less sensitive’ trade deals is being abused, The UK is secretly selling arms to Saudi Arabia and other countries under an opaque type of export licence, it has been reported. The military and defence industry is a major player in the UK economy, worth about...

Israel sells $5 billion of weapons to Iran’s neighbour

Israel agreed on Tuesday to sell nearly $5 billion of its infamous 'Iron Dome' defence system to Iran’s northern neighbour, Azerbaijan, in a mutually beneficial trade deal. Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev told reporters that historical trade between the two countries was strong, as Israel buys a large proportion of its...

Spain king to visit Saudi with sale of warships on agenda

Madrid (AFP) - Spain's king will begin his first state visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday, with the possible sale of five warships to the oil-rich kingdom on top of the agenda, sparking protests from rights groups. Felipe VI will be accompanied during his three-day visit by Foreign Minister Alfonso...

Hillary Clinton Acknowledges Saudi Terror Financing in Hacked Email, Hinting at Tougher Approach

Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have maintained their alliance for seven decades despite disagreements over oil prices, Israel, and, more recently, the Obama administration’s rapprochement with Iran. Judging by a 2014 email purportedly written by Hillary Clinton to John Podesta, her current campaign chairman, and published by WikiLeaks, there have...

America’s Russia Policy Has Failed

By any number of measures, Washington’s Russia policy has failed. While ostensibly suffering from diplomatic and economic isolation under a U.S.-led international sanctions regime, Moscow has succeeded in challenging a wide range of American interests, most notably in Ukraine, Syria, and cyberspace. Coming up with a new approach on Russia should therefore be a top priority for either President Hillary Clinton or President Donald Trump soon after Jan. 20, 2017.

You Must Be Kidding!

Adventures in an American World of Frustration. Recently, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories. Written by Steve Kroll, a long-dead friend, it focused on the eternally frustrating everyday adventures of Nina, a little girl whose...

Poland seeks US approval to buy Patriot missiles in $5bn deal

Polish government in final stages of negotiation with arms manufacturer Raytheon to buy eight of its missile defence systems. Poland has announced it will seek formal US approval to buy eight Patriot missile defence systems from weapons maker Raytheon, marking a key move toward closing the estimated $5bn deal. The deal...

U.S. Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

The debate over the recent U.S. offer to sell M1A2 Abrams battle tanks to Saudi Arabia has raised the question of Saudi dependency on U.S. equipment for its defense needs in general and for the prosecution of its war in Yemen in particular. Saudi Arabia has requested up to...

Obama administration arms sales offers to Saudi top $115 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has offered Saudi Arabia more than $115 billion (86 billion pounds) in weapons, other military equipment and training, the most of any U.S. administration in the 71-year U.S.-Saudi alliance, a report seen by Reuters has found. The report, authored by William Hartung...

Britain is now the second biggest arms dealer in the world

Two-thirds of UK weapons have been sold to Middle Eastern countries since 2010. Britain is now the second biggest arms dealer in the world, official government figures show – with most of the weapons fuelling deadly conflicts in the Middle East. Since 2010 Britain has also sold arms to 39 of...

U.S. set to approve sales of Boeing fighters to Qatar, Kuwait

The United States is poised to sell $7 billion worth of Boeing Co fighter jets to Qatar and Kuwait after years of delays, and it may start notifying U.S. lawmakers as early as next week, four U.S.- and Gulf-based sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The sales had stalled...

A calamity is unfolding in Yemen and it is time the world woke up

Homes flattened by air strikes. Boys killed by discarded cluster bombs. Babies dying in incubators. This is Yemen in 2016. MEE sent Peter Oborne to survey the devastation. SANAA - The humanitarian calamity in Yemen entered a terrifying new phase of horror this month as air strikes on the capital...

The Death Toll in Yemen Is So High the Red Cross Has Started Donating...

Almost a year and a half into Saudi Arabia’s U.S.-backed bombing campaign in Yemen, the humanitarian toll has become so extensive that the International Committee of the Red Cross has taken the unusual step of donating entire morgue units to Yemeni hospitals. “The hospitals were not able to cope,” said...
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Pentagon and State Department, or the People of Syria?

The U.S. Peace Movement Has to Decide Which Side It Is On — And Soon. An “Anti-Regime-Change” Position on Syria is NOT the same as a “Pro-Assad” Position! That is for the Syrian People to Decide Free of Foreign Intervention! “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat...

America Is Complicit in the Carnage in Yemen

A hospital associated with Doctors Without Borders. A school. A potato chip factory. Under international law, those facilities in Yemen are not legitimate military targets. Yet all were bombed in recent days by warplanes belonging to a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, killing more than 40 civilians. The United States...

Iraqi parliament in the dark about $2.7 billion loan deal

BAGHDAD — US Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones announced July 21 that the Iraqi government has started withdrawing the $2.7 billion loan secured on June 29. However, the Iraqi parliament had not been briefed on the deal, making it illegal in the eyes of many of its members. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Iraqi government and the US...

U.S. approves $1.15 billion sale of tanks, equipment to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The approval for land force equipment coincides with Saudi Arabia leading a military coalition in...

Revealed: the £1bn of weapons flowing from Europe to Middle East

AK-47s, machine guns, explosives and more travel along new arms pipeline from Balkans to countries known to supply Syria. Eastern European countries have approved the discreet sale of more than €1bn of weapons in the past four years to Middle Eastern countries that are known to ship arms to Syria,...

Making a Killing: The 1.2 Billion Euro Arms Pipeline to Middle East

An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East. As Belgrade slept on the night of November 28, 2015, the giant turbofan engines of a Belarusian Ruby Star Ilyushin II-76 cargo plane roared into life, its hull laden with arms destined...

The Role of Sanctions in U.S.-Russian Relations

Sanctions are a critical tool in persuading Russia to change its Ukraine policy. But the West’s overreliance on them risks undercutting their long-term effectiveness. Sanctions have been a central element of U.S. Russia policy following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the undeclared war in eastern Ukraine. They...

Obama may be preaching tough love to Saudi – but arms sales tell another...

Despite his rhetoric, and his administration’s perceived shift toward Iran, Obama has not fundamentally changed the US status quo toward Saudi Arabia. When President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for a meeting of Gulf leaders, he was greeted at the airport by the governor of Riyadh, instead...

Tunisia’s Getting More Guns Than Democracy

As Washington earmarks nearly $100 million for military aid to Tunis, arms manufacturers sense a new gold rush. But it may come at the cost of the country's fragile democracy. In the early morning hours of March 7, dozens of Islamic State fighters appeared in the center of Ben Guerdane,...

UK licences £2.8bn of arms sales to Saudis since kingdom entered Yemen war

Government releases £7m of military export licences in last three months of 2015 despite calls to suspend arms sales. The British government released licences for the export of £7m of arms to Saudi Arabia in the last three months of 2015, taking the total value of such licences since the...

Obama Went From Condemning Saudis for Abuses to Arming Them to the Teeth

In the 2002 speech against the Iraq War that helped propel him to the presidency, then-state Sen. Barack Obama denounced not just the looming invasion of Iraq, but also human rights abuses by our “so-called allies” in Saudi Arabia: Let’s fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle...

Global military spending nearly $1.7T amid Mideast conflicts

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — ., driven by conflicts including the battle against the Islamic State group, the Saudi-led war in Yemen and fears about Iran, a report released Tuesday shows. The study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute also noted that the Chinese expansion in the South...

Qatar Wants to Buy Dozens of U.S. Warplanes. Why Won’t Washington Sell Them?

The White House can’t decide whether to sign off on a multibillion-dollar arms deal with the Persian Gulf kingdom, a sometime ally that has close ties to Islamist militants and Iran. The Obama administration is paralyzed over whether to sell dozens of advanced U.S. fighter jets to the tiny kingdom...

State: $33 Billion in GCC Weapon Sales in 11 Months

DUBAI and WASHINGTON — The US State Department has facilitated $33 billion worth of weapons sales to its Arab Gulf allies since May 2015, according to department figures. The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have received weapons including ballistic missile defense capabilities, attack helicopters, advanced frigates and anti-armor missiles,...

Yemen: Embargo Arms to Saudi Arabia

(Sanaa) – The United States, United Kingdom, France, and others should suspend all weapon sales to Saudi Arabia until it not only curtails its unlawful airstrikes in Yemen but also credibly investigates alleged violations. Since March 26, 2015, a coalition of nine Arab countries has conducted military operations against the...

Profits of death: disaster capitalists fan flames of war in Syria

American, European and Russian corporations are the only ones winning from humanitarian disasters of their own making. As a tentative ceasefire continues to hold in Syria, with the next round of peace talks having resumed this week, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there might be an end in sight...

Iran Seeks Russian Fire Power

After decades of isolation from the international arms market, Iran is gearing up for a military shopping spree. Lagging behind U.S.-equipped regional rivals, it has turned to Russia for assistance. On Feb. 15, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan landed in Moscow for a two-day visit. According to media reports, Tehran...

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