Arms trade Headlines

  • Civilians own 85% of world's 1bn firearms, survey reveals

    Nearly 40% of all guns are in hands of US citizens, according to report that says rich countries hold more weapons than poorer nations Latest statistics show the proliferation of privately owned guns is on the rise, with wealthy countries outstripping developing and war-torn countries. In a detailed report, weapons watchdog the Small Arms Survey has researched the numbers of guns across 230 countries. Continue reading...

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  • Will Bilderberg still be relevant as the future of war is transformed?

    This year’s summit is all about war – but what they all want to conquer is artificial intelligence This year’s Bilderberg summit is a council of war. On the agenda: Russia and Iran. In the conference room: the secretary general of Nato, the German defence minister, and the director of the French foreign intelligence service, DGSE. They are joined in Turin, Italy, by a slew of academic strategists and military theorists, but for those countries in geopolitical hotspots there is nothing...

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  • UK accused of failing to pass on fears over Saudi Arabia arms deal

    Government ‘turning blind eye’ to arms exports that are diverted to terrorists or criminals An arms sales watchdog has accused the UK government of a serious failure to disclose intelligence that could save the lives of thousands of people involved in ongoing global conflicts. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (Birn) highlighted the dangers of the “diversion” of arms and ammunition legally supplied to Saudi Arabia but then passed on to third-party “proxy fighters” including terror...

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  • Geoff Hoon accused of directing illegal South Korea lobbying

    Former UK defence secretary denies directing lobbyist to put pressure on top politicians when he worked for arms firm A former cabinet minister has been accused of directing illegal lobbying in South Korea to secure a large contract for a major arms firm he was working for. Geoff Hoon, who was a defence secretary in Tony Blair’s administration, was working in a senior post for the AgustaWestland arms firm when he is alleged to have directed the lobbyist. Continue reading...

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