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Mainstream Media Are Ignoring U.S. Accountability in Saudi Arabia’s Destruction of Yemen

Journalist Andrew Cockburn has written extensively on the slaughter of Yemeni people at the hands of the Saudis. In a recent interview on “Democracy Now!”, he argues that this is a “very cruel war that we are helping to wage.”

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Russian Threat Is Good for Business, U.S. Defense Contractors Tell Investors

As the media and politicians work to cast Russia as a great threat to Americans, the arms industry is pressuring NATO member states to spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic products on weapons and defense systems.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 READ MORE

For the U.S., There’s No Business Like the Arms Business

Why do major U.S. exports like Hollywood movies and Midwestern grain garner regular media coverage, while trends in weapons exports remain in relative obscurity?

Posted on Jul 30, 2016 READ MORE

American Battlefields

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 ENLARGE


Posted on Jan 11, 2016 ENLARGE

Ending the Gun Lobby’s Con Game

The apologists for the weapons industry demonstrate their intellectual bankruptcy by regularly contradicting themselves with a straight face.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 READ MORE

Those Radical Aussies, and How They Tackled Gun Violence

What worked so well for Australia—firearm confiscation—unfortunately seems out of reach for the U.S. Even so, there are common-sense approaches in some foreign countries that could work here. Pictured right, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE

Let’s Focus on the Gun-Makers

Governments at all levels account for roughly 40 percent of gun industry revenue. The federal government alone accounts for about 25 percent. Taxpayers have a right to demand responsibility from an industry that gets so much of our money.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE

Guns R Us: The Stats Behind America’s Firearms Industry

Of all the revolvers, rifles, pistols, shotguns and other types of firearms made in the U.S. since 2013, only 4 percent were sent abroad. The other 10,413,880 stayed home.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Vladimir Putin Opens Russian ‘Military Disneyland’

The Russian president used the opening of Patriot Park to announce a dramatic expansion of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE

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Black and Latino People Killed by Cops Are Far More Likely to Be Unarmed Than Whites

While one glance at the news about recent police killings would probably lead you to assume that more unarmed minorities are killed than are weaponless whites, the actual numbers might astound you.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton’s State Department Authorized Billions in Arms Sales to Foundation Donors

As secretary of state, Clinton was charged with rejecting or approving weapons deals—and when it came to Clinton Foundation donors, Clinton’s State Department did a whole lot of approving.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE

Gun Safe

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 ENLARGE


Posted on Feb 24, 2015 ENLARGE

American Weapons Provided to Syrian Rebels Fall into al-Qaeda’s Hands

The al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (the Succor Front) not only took the territory of the moderate Muslim Syria Revolutionaries Front this weekend, it also polished off the Movement of the Resolute.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE

Here’s How the U.S., China and Russia Are Supplying Islamic State’s Weapons

The U.S. is preparing to send more military supplies to the Middle East to fight Islamic State at the same time a report has revealed that many of the radical group’s weapons come from America. So how can we be sure the deadly equipment we’re sending won’t end up in the same hands?

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE

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‘Less Lethal’ Flash-Bangs Used in Ferguson Leave Some Feeling the Burn

A journalist says he was singed by a flash-bang fired by St. Louis County police trying to disperse a crowd, raising questions about how to use these military-style devices safely and appropriately.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE

National Flaws

Posted on May 11, 2014 ENLARGE

Hear This Guy Explain the Auto-Aiming Rifle

For up to $27,000, inexperienced shooters can become expert marksmen with a long-range rifle that features a computer targeting system.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Designer of the World’s Most Popular Gun Dies After a Lifetime of Sleeping Well

Mikhail Kalashnikov is dead 64 years after creating the AK-47, a gun so simple, cheap and effective, it continues to be the weapon of choice for the world’s killers.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE

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A Year After Sandy Hook, Are We Any Safer? In a Word, No

Since the massacre that was supposed to have changed the national debate over gun control, more state laws have been enacted that loosen gun restrictions than restrict them. So the lesson from Sandy Hook is that we need to change our name to the Insane States of America.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE

Drones and Taliban

Posted on May 31, 2013 ENLARGE

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Sexual Assaults and Nuclear Missiles: What’s the Matter With the Military?

After years of repeated reports of sexual assaults—and years of promises to prevent them, and then years of studies and commissions to find the best way of doing so—a Defense Department study released Tuesday estimates that some 26,000 people in the military were sexually assaulted in the last fiscal year, up from about 19,000 the year before.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE

Weapons of Mass Dubyas

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 ENLARGE

Arms Race

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 ENLARGE

Gunning for Santa

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 ENLARGE

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The Bomb Bazaar

More than 650 companies showcased their weapon systems at the 2012 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exhibition last month in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE

Money Collector

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 ENLARGE

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Need to Bear Arms? The Internet Can Help

The bowels of the Internet can be a scary place, as evidenced by a site called The Armory—a no-questions-asked, anonymous weapons-supply store.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE

Flickr / M Glasgow (CC-BY)

Gun Crazy

We may not be sure that the bloodbath in Tucson had anything to do with politics, but we know it had everything to do with our nation’s insane refusal to impose reasonable controls on guns.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE

Israel’s Nuke Capability

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 ENLARGE

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Haitians Protest U.N. ‘Occupation’

A crowd of about 100 protesters has blocked the entrance to the U.N. military headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spraying anti-U.N. slogans on vehicles and carrying banners saying “Down with the occupation!” while news comes that U.N. peacekeeping forces will remain in the beleaguered country for an additional year.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 READ MORE

Russia’s Inflatable Army

They say image is everything. To that end, Russia has developed blowup versions of tanks, jets and the rest of its arsenal. The inflatables, which, the BBC reports, appear to be real weapons to radar and thermal detectors, are all about looking tough on the cheap. Remind you of anyone?

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE

The Belts

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 ENLARGE

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Israel to Loosen Up on Gaza Blockade

Responding to mounting international pressure in the wake of its bloody raid on an aid flotilla in May, Israel announced it will ease its three-year-long blockade of the Gaza Strip, forbidding only weapons and related material.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE

More Hot Water for Blackwater

Once-esteemed (by the government, at least) mercenary corporation Blackwater is in some hot legal water after the company’s former president and four other former employees were slapped with federal charges over the alleged stockpiling of automatic weapons.

Posted on Apr 17, 2010 READ MORE

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U.S. Turns Up the Heat on Iran

The Obama administration is increasing the speed at which the U.S. is deploying military defenses in the Persian Gulf, putting ships and anti-missile systems in the area in response to worries about a possible Iranian missile attack and in an effort to put pressure on Tehran.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE

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U.S.-Taiwan Arms Sale Irks China

The U.S. State Department has defended a proposed deal to sell $6.4 billion in weapons to Taiwan, claiming the exchange would aid “security and stability” between the island and its mainland big brother, China.

Posted on Jan 30, 2010 READ MORE

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Russia Arms Myanmar Regime

While the U.S. is by far the world’s largest arms supplier, Russia has reportedly signed a deal with Myanmar—against which many in the West have imposed sanctions—to provide the country formerly known as Burma with 20 MiG-29 fighter planes. For, you know, uh, defense.

Posted on Dec 25, 2009 READ MORE

Magic Bomb Wand Would Be Funny if It Didn’t Kill People

What’s wrong with a $60,000 wand that can detect explosives and truffles from up to a kilometer away? Nothing, if it works. The U.S. military, technicians, journalists and people with eyes have been trying to get Iraqi officials to see reason, but that doesn’t bother one Gen. Jabiri, who says ... (Continued)

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


Don’t Tase Me, Bro

Many a protester—and the occasional speeding grannie—has faced off against Taser-wielding law enforcement officers. The Man now has a new rapid-fire stun gun that multiplies all of the ethical problems of gaining “voluntary compliance.” After the jump, a video of Taser employees zapping each other.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 READ MORE

DoD / Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald, USAF

Deep-Sixing the F-22

I’ll believe it when it finally happens. But the news that Congress might actually stop production of a high-tech, job-generating and, most of all, high-profit weapons system because it fills no legitimate national security function is a considerable victory for President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, as well as for logic.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 READ MORE

AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Signs Weapons Spending Reform Bill

President Obama signed a weapons acquisition bill on Friday that aims to curb massive cost overruns in defense programs while increasing oversight and stimulating competition for contracts. The bill was passed unanimously by both the House and Senate earlier this week.

Posted on May 22, 2009 READ MORE

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AP photo / Eyad Baba

Israeli Attacks Kill 2 in Gaza Tunnels

Two Palestinians were killed Saturday during Israeli airstrikes on tunnels between Gaza and Egypt that Israel says are used to bring supplies and weapons into Gaza—the first such air raids in two months, according to Al-Jazeera English.

Posted on May 2, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Obama Wants a Nuke-Free World

The U.S. led a round of chest-thumping following North Korea’s alleged missile test Sunday, but President Obama also acknowledged that the United States is the only country to have used nuclear weapons against others and, as such, has a “moral responsibility” to lead the world toward a nuclear stockpile of zero.

Posted on Apr 5, 2009 READ MORE

Drugs, Guns and Reality

It’s an indictment of our fact-averse political culture that a statement of the blindingly obvious could sound so revolutionary. Nevertheless, Hillary Clinton deserves high praise for acknowledging that the U.S. bears “shared responsibility” for the drug-fueled violence sweeping Mexico.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 READ MORE

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Mexican Drug Lords Depend on Gun-Crazy America

More than 6,000 people died in Mexico’s drug war last year, far too many as a result of U.S.-purchased firepower. Though Mexico has strict gun laws, smugglers have no trouble legally purchasing military-grade weapons, such as AK-47 rifles, in the U.S., and then shipping them south of the border, where they are used with devastating effect.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE

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Getting to Zero

John Isaacs, executive director of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, joins the podcast with a status report on the spread of nuclear weapons. Cutting a deal with Iran and North Korea while getting the U.S. and Russia to downsize their own arsenals won’t be easy, but it may be only a matter of time—and diplomacy.

Posted on Feb 20, 2009 READ MORE

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