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Friday, 16th January 2009

U.S. Weapons at War: Major New Report Details the Global Impact of Arms Sales and Military Assistance

U.S. Weapons at War: Major New Report Details the Global Impact of Arms Sales and Military Assistance
Source: New America Foundation

As the world marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this week, a new report from The New America Foundation finds that U.S. arms transfers are undermining human rights, weakening democracy and fueling conflict around the world.
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U.S. arms sales reached $32 billion in 2007, more than three times the level obtained when President Bush first took office. "It's not just the volume of U.S. weapons exports that matters, it is how these weapons are likely to be used," asserts report co-author Frida Berrigan.

The report finds that of the top 25 U.S. arms recipients in the developing world during 2006/07, more than half (13) were either undemocratic governments or regimes that engaged in major human rights abuses. Transfers to these countries totaled more than $16.2 billion in 2006/07.

In addition, of the 27 nations engaged in major armed conflicts in 2006/07, more than two-thirds (20) were receiving arms and training from the United States.

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