The Arms Trade

Whilst people are living below the poverty line, unable to receive the necessary health care (particularly mental health care), etc. money can be found for arms – as illustrated by the graphics below (courtesy of New Internationalist).

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired represents, in the final analysis, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and are not clothed.” President Dwight Eisenhower

World Military Expenditure 1998-2010

Top 10 Military Spenders

10 Largest Arms Producing Corporations, 2009

Largest Exporters of Conventional Weapons, 2006-10

Corruption

1. SIPRI Military Expenditure Database 2011.

2. SIPRI Yearbook 2011.

3. SIPRI: nin.tl/v1bj70.

6. September 2011: nin.tl/vbLmlJ.

David M. Davison

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