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It’s been 50 years since President Eisenhower, in his farewell address to the United States, warned of the conjunction of the military and the arms manufacturers, and the undue pressure they could exert on lawmakers and state policy. Today we have moved from the Cold War to Continual War, all at great public expense - even in an age of austerity. We thought it was time to bring the arms industry into the line of fire, and made it the topic of our December issue's main feature.
In our latest Radio NI interview, Nyan Storey talked with Dinyar Godrej, editor of the issue, about the arms trade, arguments about legitimate military spending and the balance of power, and arms dealers' connections with David Cameron's 'pro-Democracy' tour of the Middle East.