Biggest Military Spenders. Vets Lose When Big Pharma and Defense Corporations Rake in the Big War Bucks. Photo Credit: DVIDSHUB / Flickr Creative Commons.
4 U.S. Companies Getting Rich Off Gulf Arab Conflict With Iran. In mid-May, President Barack Obama hosted top officials from Gulf Arab states at Camp David, the idyllic presidential retreat in Maryland.
The meeting was designed to assure Gulf Arab leaders that the U.S. still has their back, even though the Obama administration is hurtling full-speed ahead toward a landmark nuclear deal with Iran. Many of the monarchs from the Gulf decided to snub Obama by not showing up for the retreat. Instead, they sent other top officials, a way of showing their displeasure at the impending nuclear deal with Iran, the state they have been battling over Middle East hegemony for years. Despite the snubs, the Obama administration announced at the summit that there will be more security assistance and expedited weapons sales for Gulf Arab states as a way of ensuring their strategic position against Iran. Profiting from colonization: Airbnb rents illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land; REMAX sells them.
Housing rental giant Airbnb profits off of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, Al Jazeera revealed in a new report.
The website lists segregated settlements in the occupied West Bank as if they were in Israel. In reality, these settlements were built in direct violation of international law, and are not legally considered part of the country. Airbnb, which is headquarted in California, is popular in Israel, and growing. Settlers host lavish rooms for hundreds of U.S. dollars per night. Yet the website never informs potential customers that these are illegal properties, nor does it mention that, were clients to rent a room, they would have to travel through Israeli military checkpoints. The U.S. Western Powers Protect Arms Markets Ignoring Civilian Killings.
UNITED NATIONS - The West continues its strong political and military support to one of its longstanding allies in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia –- despite withering criticism of the kingdom’s battlefield excesses in the ongoing war in neighboring Yemen.
A Saudi-led coalition has been accused of using banned cluster bombs, bombing civilian targets and destroying hospitals – either by accident or by design—using weapons provided primarily by the US, UK and France. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said last week the armed conflict in Yemen continues to take a terrible toll on civilians, with at least 81 civilians reportedly killed and 109 injured in December. As a result, the toll of civilian casualties, recorded between 26 March and 31 December 2015, are estimated at more than 8,000 people, including nearly 2,800 killed and more than 5,300 wounded.
Exporting death: Why America excels at arming the planet. This article originally appeared on AlterNet.
The United States is driving the global surge in militarization, as the number one arms exporter over the past five years—during which it shipped deadly weapons to at least 96 countries—according to a disturbing new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). From 2011 to 2015, the U.S. oversaw the dramatic rise in weapons transfers, the global volume of which jumped a stunning 14 percent compared to levels seen during the previous five years.
The Middle East was the top recipient of American arms, and within the region, Saudi Arabia was the number one importer. These shipments continued despite human rights calls for an arms embargo, over concerns that the Saudi-led coalition is committing widespread war crimes in Yemen. In fact, SIPRI researchers note that the coalition has been able to continue its relentless aerial assault of Yemen thanks primarily to U.S. and European shipments. Meet the American firm whose internationally banned cluster bombs are killing civilians in Yemen. This article originally appeared on AlterNet.
On December 12, Muhammad Ahmad was sitting on a hill with six friends watching the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition launch air strikes on the port of al-Hayma, located in Yemen’s Hodaida governorate less than a mile from his fishing village. Suddenly, the 33-year-old saw something strange: “About 20 white parachutes in the air, falling toward the port. Less than a minute later, each one released a cloud of black smoke as it neared the ground and exploded,” Ahmad told Human Rights Watch researchers. “Less than five minutes later, it happened again, another bomb let out a group of about 20 parachutes and the same thing happened,” he continued. Defence industry's stock rises as state budgets bid to meet terror threat. The yellow flare from an RAF Tornado jet lit up Akrotiri base in Cyprus as it hurtled down the runway and roared into the night sky.
It was one of four British jets that joined a mission to destroy an oilfield in eastern Syria just hours after MPs had voted in favour of Britain joining a 15-month bombing campaign last Wednesday night. When the stock market opened that Thursday morning, shares in British defence companies leapt. BAE Systems, the £16bn company that is Europe’s biggest weapons manufacturer, rose by four percentage points in early trading. This is why they hate us: The real American history neither Ted Cruz nor the New York Times will tell you.
The soi-disant Land of the Free and Home of the Brave has a long and iniquitous history of overthrowing democratically elected leftist governments and propping up right-wing dictators in their place.
U.S. politicians rarely acknowledge this odious past — let alone acknowledge that such policies continue well into the present day. In the second Democratic presidential debate, however, candidate Bernie Sanders condemned a long-standing government policy his peers rarely admit exists. “I think we have a disagreement,” Sanders said of fellow presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “And the disagreement is that not only did I vote against the war in Iraq. If you look at history, you will find that regime change — whether it was in the early ’50s in Iran, whether it was toppling Salvador Allende in Chile, or whether it was overthrowing the government of Guatemala way back when — these invasions, these toppling of governments, regime changes have unintended consequences. Iran, 1953. War = Profit (Documentary) Defense Contractors: Fraud, Waste & Crime.
Arms Sales. Fighting Caps on Military Budget, Top Defense Contractors Increase Lobbying Budget by 25% The halls of Congress were filled with defense lobbyists last spring trying to convince the Republican majorities to lift the budget cap on the Department of Defense.
Companies such as Boeing, General Electric, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and many others ramped up their spending on lobbying, increasing their budgets by 25% in an effort to push Congress into giving the Pentagon more money in the coming years. The Center for Public Integrity reported that “an army of more than 400 lobbyists” invaded Capitol Hill to urge increased spending on military hardware.
War Is A Racket (Quote) Profits Of War. Meet the 0.01 Percent: War Profiteers. Haliburton Profits. War Industry Sees Profits Surge. War is unhealthy for all but the Military-Industrial Complex Global turmoil and bloody conflicts are not bad news for everyone.
The defense industry has been enjoying a nice run in the stock market from armed conflict breaking out across the world from Gaza to Ukraine to Syria. War: Who Profits? Dividends of Death: Defence Stocks. War does what it needs to. It kills. It disrupts. Who They Fight For. $1.45 Million Missile.