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The global arms trade

merchantsofdeath.Lithograph by Mabel Dwight

Merchants of Death – Lithograph by Mabel Dwight

Worldwide total military spending amounts to some $1.69 trillion per year. Of this, about $375 billion goes to buying arms.

The volume of international transfers of major arms in the period 2014-18 was 7.8 per cent higher than in 2009-13 and 23 per cent higher than in 2004-2008, according to data on arms transfers published in March by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Continue reading

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War profiteers not welcome in Canada! Opposition organized to Ottawa weapons fair

By NICK LIN

MakeCanadaZonePeace-CapturingPeaceThe annual CANSEC weapons fair is being held in Ottawa May 29 and 30. Anti-war activists are holding a protest during the opening speech by Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan on May 29. Two other federal ministers – Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement – and Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff will also deliver keyote addresses. The “weapons fair” is organized by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), involving some 900 corporations. It  has been hosted annually in Ottawa since 1998 and just as often opposed by the people of that city. Continue reading

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Picket Arms Manufacturers’ Trade Show — May 29

Make Canada a Zone for Peace!

Ottawa
No Weapons for Saudi Arabia! No New Nuclear Arms Race!
Yes to Peace!
Wednesday, May 29 – 7:00 am

EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa
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The largest war profiteer/arms manufacturer trade show in Canada (Cansec) is happening in Ottawa on May 29-30. Multinational corporations making billions in profit off nuclear weapons manufacturing and violence overseas — including Canada’s weapons sales to Saudi Arabia — will be there. The U.S. military is the single largest contributor to global warming, while Canadian Forces overseas operations are exempt from Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan will speak on the morning of May 29 at the EY Centre.

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The defence secretary from Boeing

merchantsofdeath.Lithograph by Mabel Dwight

Merchants of Death – Lithograph by Mabel Dwight

Boeing vice-president Patrick Shanahan, who formerly led the company’s missile defense subsidiary, became Deputy Defense Secretary – the second highest position in the Pentagon – and now replaces Gen. James Mattis as Acting US Defense Secretary in the Trump administration, effective January 1st. [1]

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Gaza ‘laboratory’ boosts profits of Israel’s war industry

Gaza functions as a live testing area for Israeli weapons manufacturers | GABRIEL SCHIVONE*

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Mohammed Zaanoun. ActiveStills

(October 5) – After exploring the vast surveillance regime along the US-Mexico border and finding Israeli systems installed at every turn, the author Todd Miller and I were drawn to investigate Israel as the largest homeland security industry in the world. Israel’s arms industry is twice the size of its US counterpart in exports per capita and employs a percentage of the national workforce double that of the US or France, two of the top global arms exporters. Continue reading

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Bombardier’s attempt to enter US market: Boeing uses US state to crush its competitor

Since this article was published a week ago, the US Commerce Dept. has levied additional tariffs on Bombardier at the behest of Boeing, now amounting to some 300 per cent on a sale of the C Series of aircraft to Delta Air Lines Inc. Yesterday, Bombardier announced that Airbus SE, a European Union monopoly and the main rival to Boeing, has assumed 50.1 majority ownership of the C Series airliner, without putting up a dime, in a deal that lasts only seven years. Jetliners ordered for the US market will be assembled in Mobile, Alabama to circumvent the tariffs. The C Series was originally intended to end the duopoly in the narrow-body jet market between Airbus’s A320 family and Boeing’s 737. Continue reading

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Selling the Canada-Ukraine-Saudi arms deal

By TONY SEED

Demonstration against 2016 CANSEC arms show in Ottawa

(Aug. 2) – On August 1, the state broadcaster invited the Ukrainian ambassador  to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko, to grace its Power & Politics program and celebrate the coming into force of a free trade agreement between the two countries. Five minutes of bashing Russia as the justification for military intervention – Canadian Forces training of Ukrainian troops, now at some 4,200 – followed. Finally, CBC host Terry Milewski asked this diplomat* to explain how the free trade agreement will “affect the lives of our viewers.”  Continue reading

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