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How the U.S. Is Feeding the Middle East's Huge Appetite For Bombs And Fighter Planes

The Middle East continues to be one of the world’s most lucrative arms markets, with two Gulf nations – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – taking the lead, according to a new study released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

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It's Not Just Syria: 6 Other Countries Haven't Banned Chemical Arms

If Syria eventually agrees to relinquish its stockpile of chemical arms under the 1993 international Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), what of the six other countries that have either shown reluctance or refused to join the treaty?

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How American Weapons Are Crushing Dissent in Egypt

When the dust settles from the ongoing deadly confrontations between the Egyptian armed forces and thousands of Islamist protesters in the streets of Cairo and Alexandria, the eventual winner will be the United States – specifically U.S.-made weapons systems in the hands of the country’s 440,000-strong military.

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Israeli Isolation Underscored as Palestine Wins Decisive Victory at United Nations

Amidst thunderous applause – and the spontaneous unfurling of a Palestinian flag in the General Assembly hall – the U.N.’s highest policy-making body Thursday voted overwhelmingly to elevate Palestine from an “observer” to a “non-member state”.

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Human Rights Groups to World: Ban Futuristic Killer Robots That Could Wreak Havoc

The predator drone – an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – is one of the relatively new lethal weapons used by the United States for targeted killings of suspected terrorists, particularly in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.

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Will the Nuclear Disarmament Summit Amount to Anything?

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 12, 2010 (IPS) - Against the backdrop of a major summit meeting of world leaders on nuclear non-proliferation hosted by the United States, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed strong doubts about the longstanding proposal to create a nuclear-free zone in the militarily-volatile Middle East.

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Polluted Water More Deadly Than War

The devastating earthquake in Haiti last January claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people, making it one of the biggest single natural disasters this year.

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Independent Groups Debunk Israeli War Propaganda

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - As the Israelis try to justify the massive loss of civilian life in Gaza, their arguments and counter-charges continue to be shot down either by the United Nations or by international human rights organizations.

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