Arms trade Headlines

  • Vostok-2018: Russia launches biggest post-Soviet war games – in pictures

    Russia’s military exercises in Vostok, the largest since a cold war drill in 1981, involve forces from the country’s central and far east districts and include 297,000 service personnel, more than 1,000 aircraft, 36,000 tanks and other vehicles plus 80 warships. Troops from China and Mongolia are also taking part in the exercises, which run from 11-17 September in Russia’s far east Continue reading...

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  • Spain to proceed with Saudi bomb deal days after halting it

    Ministers had said €9m sale would be called off over concerns about use in Yemen The Spanish government has confirmed it will proceed with the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, days after saying the €9.2m (£8.2m) deal had been halted amid apparent concerns over the use of such weapons in the war in Yemen. Josep Borrell, the foreign minister, announced the U-turn on Thursday, saying the government had reviewed the contract and felt it had to be honoured. Continue reading...

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  • Yemen civil war: Poll shows most Britons oppose Saudi Arabia arms sales, as MPs call emergency debate

    Survey reveals majority of Conservative voters now against the UK selling weapons to Kingdom
  • Philippines' Duterte shops for arms on controversial Israel trip

    Visit by president who once compared himself to Hitler marred by Holocaust remarks The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, who once compared himself to Hitler and his bloody war on drugs to the Holocaust, will meet the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Monday on a first visit by a Filipino head of state to Israel. The hardline former mayor and prosecutor wants to buy weapons, after pivoting away from a previous reliance on US arms reduced by human rights concerns and diplomatic...

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  • Arms industry spends millions to promote brands in schools

    Defence groups sponsor lessons that promote building and sale of military hardware Arms manufacturers are spending millions of pounds a year promoting their brands in Britain’s schools, the Observer has learned. The companies, which between them have sold tens of billions of pounds of weapons to overseas governments, including those with poor human rights records, sponsor a series of school events at which their brands are prominently on display. In addition, they issue teaching materials for...

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