Thursday, December 13, 2018

Tag: Arms Sale

David Cameron backs brilliant arms deals with Saudi Arabia… hours after Europe says we...

We've got more work to do in Saudi Arabia. David Cameron has praised British arms companies that have done business with Saudi Arabia - hours after the European Parliament voted for an arms trade embargo with the Kingdom. The Prime Minister made the comments during a question and answer session with...

How US Helps Al Qaeda in Yemen

For nearly a year, the Obama administration has turned a blind eye to the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen since Saudi Arabia invaded in March 2015 to crush an Iranian-supported insurgency and restore a discredited former president to power. But Washington cannot so easily ignore the rapid resurgence of a...

Asia and the Middle East lead rise in arms imports; the United States and...

Stockholm, The volume of international transfers of major weapons has grown continuously since 2004 and rose by 14 per cent between 2006–10 and 2011–15, according to new data on international arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Six of the top 10 largest arms importers...

British and US military in command room for Saudi strikes on Yemen

Saudi Arabian foreign minister also reveals UK and American officials have access to lists of targets, but do not choose them. British and American military officials are in the command and control centre for Saudi airstrikes on Yemen, and have access to lists of targets, although they do not play...

Who Profits From the Refugee Crisis?

Wars and persecution have driven the number of refugees to record-breaking highs worldwide, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reported in June 2015. Currently 59.5 million people - nearly 1 percent of the world's population - are refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced. Half of them are children. This...

Saudi arms sales are in breach of international law, Britain is told

Government accused over refusal to suspend export licences in wake of strikes on Yemen. The government has been put on notice that it is in breach of international law for allowing the export of British-made missiles and military equipment to Saudi Arabia that might have been used to kill civilians. The...

After Executing Regime Critic, Saudi Arabia Fires Up American PR Machine

Saudi Arabia's well-funded public relations apparatus moved quickly after Saturday’s explosive execution of Shiite political dissident Nimr al-Nimr to shape how the news is covered in the United States. The execution led protestors in Shiite-run Iran to set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, precipitating a major diplomatic crisis between the two major...

Saudi Arabia’s mounting security challenges

Saudi Arabia faces an increasingly complex web of security challenges at a time when its economy is depressed. With oil prices unlikely to rise in the next couple of years, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud will have to balance carefully his foreign policy priorities. The kingdom announced its new...

U.S. Foreign Arms Deals Increased Nearly $10 Billion in 2014

WASHINGTON — Foreign arms sales by the United States jumped by almost $10 billion in 2014, about 35 percent, even as the global weapons market remained flat and competition among suppliers increased, a new congressional study has found. American weapons receipts rose to $36.2 billion in 2014 from $26.7 billion...
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Ceasefire in Yemen Faces Collapse as U.S. Continues Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, Fueling...

United Nations-brokered peace talks in Yemen's nine-month-old civil war are faltering, amid disputes between rival factions over the release of prisoners. Meanwhile, local officials have reported intensifying clashes and renewed airstrikes despite an ongoing ceasefire. Over the weekend, U.S.-backed, Saudi-led airstrikes killed 19 Yemeni civilians in their homes and...

Defense Contractors Laud Themselves for Steering Candidates Toward Militarism

A group formed this year by executives and lobbyists for the defense contracting industry is taking credit for “driving the national debate on foreign policy during the 2016 presidential election,” and in particular for getting Republican presidential candidates to call for escalating military action in Syria. In an email to...

Iraq: Islamic State atrocities fuelled by decades of reckless arms trading

Decades of poorly regulated arms flows into Iraq as well as lax controls on the ground have provided the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) with a large and lethal arsenal that is being used to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity on a massive scale in...

Why Russia needs China to buy its weapons

Despite intellectual property concerns, Russia recently agreed to sell 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to China - a deal worth $2 billion. But what is driving Moscow to seek deeper trade ties with Beijing? The deal, announced last week by Russian defense conglomerate Rostec, makes China the first foreign contractor...

Stock Prices of Weapons Manufacturers Soaring Since Paris Attack

The Paris attacks took place on Friday night. Since then, France’s president has vowed “war” on ISIS and today significantly escalated the country’s bombing campaign in Syria (France has been bombing ISIS in Iraq since last January, and began bombing the group in Syria in September). Already this morning, as Aaron Cantú noticed, the stocks...

UAE told UK: crack down on Muslim Brotherhood or lose arms deals

Files reveal plans for crown prince to demand David Cameron act against Islamist group in return for BAE Systems and BP deals. The United Arab Emirates threatened to block billion-pound arms deals with the UK, stop inward investment and cut intelligence cooperation if David Cameron did not act against the...

Lockheed Martin, Boeing Rally Around Saudi Arabia, Wave Off Humanitarian Concerns

Representatives from two major defense contractors whose advanced weaponry is being used in the Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign that has killed scores of civilians in Yemen were quick to defend the human rights record of the Persian Gulf kingdom in a panel discussion held last week in Washington, D.C. Ronald...

US Overseas Arms Sales 2015: Defense Deals Of $46.6B Made By Pentagon As Global...

U.S. overseas defense sales reached the second-highest end-of-year figure in Pentagon history after $46.6 billion worth of hardware was sold in fiscal year 2015, with military officials citing the wars against the Islamic State militant group as the driving force behind the significant increase. Despite the good news for...

Pentagon Agency Handled Record Foreign Arms Sales in 2015

WASHINGTON — One key indicator of the health of the US aerospace and defense sector, foreign military sales, rose to a record high of $46.6 billion for fiscal 2015, but US officials are warning of a dip in sales next year. The 2015 FMS increase was linked to the war...

Oil prices and the Syrian civil war

Most watch in disbelief as hordes of Middle Eastern migrants enter Europe with little to no resistance from border control. Whereas refugees are normally women and children, these migrants are for the most part young males of fighting age leaving a war zone. That prompts concerns on their true...

Yemen: Call for suspension of arms transfers to coalition and accountability for war crimes

Damning evidence of war crimes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which is armed by states including the USA, highlights the urgent need for independent, effective investigation of violations in Yemen and for the suspension of transfers of certain arms, said Amnesty International in a new report published today. ‘Bombs fall...

Turkey’s statistics institute reveals scale of arms exports to Syria

An official report released by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) has revealed the scope of arms exports to Syria, a definitive confirmation that weapons have been sent to Syria despite the government's firm denial. According to a news report in the Birgün daily that relied on information released by Cumhuriyet...

This Is How You “Boost” GDP: US Sells Over $4 Billion In Weapons To...

War, what's it good for? Aside from countless deaths of innocent civilians of course, it means a GDP boost for the biggest exporter of weapons on earth, the United States, and even more profits for the US military-industrial complex. Profits which mean the shareholders of America's arms manufacturers get even...

Egypt to buy S-300 air defense system from Russia

Israeli intelligence official says Jewish state not concerned by weapons deal, as Cairo is not viewed as enemy. Egypt is set to buy the S-300 missile defense system from Russia, a senior Israeli intelligence official told Reuters Wednesday, following an announcement from Moscow last month that it would deliver the advanced...

Major deal: Israel to purchase four patrol ships from Germany to defend gas rigs

Germany will provide Israeli navy with ships at cost of NIS 1.8 billion and finance third of costs; deal announced day before Israel and Germany mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen signed a contract Monday under which Israel...

Iraqi prime minister to visit Moscow, resume arms deal

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has received an official invitation from the Russian president to visit Moscow later this month to discuss arming Iraq for its war on terrorism, Iraq’s government spokesman said Sunday. Saad al-Hadithi said that Abadi will discuss relations between Baghdad and Moscow in all...

The US-Saudi war with OPEC to prolong oil’s dying empire

Whoever controls the price of oil can play god with the global economy - that’s why the US and Saudi Arabia are leading the way to smash OPEC and re-create a new global oil cartel. “No one can set the price of oil,” said Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi earlier...

GCC seeks formal US security pact

NEW YORK // The UAE is hoping that talks between US president Barack Obama and GCC leaders next week will lead to a formal security arrangement between the traditional allies, the country’s ambassador to Washington said. “We are looking for some form of security guarantee, given the behaviour of Iran...

Kuwait to order Boeing F/A-18 fighters worth $3 Billion

New York (AFP) - Kuwait plans to order 28 Super Hornet advanced fighter jets worth $3 billion from Boeing, a person close to the deal told AFP Thursday. The order for the F/A-18E/F multirole aircraft marks an important victory for Boeing over European rivals, which had been pitching the Eurofighter...

Iran deal must include Gulf security guarantees, France agrees

ISLAMABAD — French President Francois Hollande threw his weight Tuesday behind demands by Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf Arab monarchies that a prospective deal with Iran over its nuclear program come with guarantees of their security. After talks in Riyadh, Hollande and Saudi King Salman issued a joint statement,...

Houthi arms bonanza came from Saleh, not Iran

Claims Iran is supplying the Houthis with weapons ignore the fact the group was already flush with American arms from ex-president Saleh. As the Saudi bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen continues, notwithstanding a temporary pause, the corporate media narrative about the conflict in Yemen is organised decisively around...

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