New Internationalist

Arms trade infographic

Issue 448

The ‘war on terror’ saw the west splurge its peace dividend in a frenzy of arms spending. Check out some astonishing facts and figures…

  1. SIPRI Military Expenditure Database 2011
  2. SIPRI Yearbook 2011.
  3. SIPRI: nin.tl/v1bj70
  4. Robert Pollin and Heidi Garret-Peltier, ‘The US Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities’, PERI, 2009.
  5. William D Hartung, ‘Military Spending: A poor job creator’, Center for International Policy,
  6. September 2011: nin.tl/vbLmlJ
  7. Mike Ludwig, ‘US Military Paid $1.1 Trillion to Contractors That Defrauded the Government’, Truthout, 20 October 2011: truth-out.org

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  1. #1 Damien Flinter 28 Dec 11

    Ta, nice summation

  2. #2 Sami Wannell 29 Dec 11

    A bit pernickity, but there's been far too big a trend recently to call any sort of data representation an ’infographic’, whereas originally the idea was for *innovative* displays of data.

    Other than the strike fighter, these are all just normal graphs ^_^

    (/pernickity)

    really good issue though!

  3. #3 Sami Wannell 29 Dec 11

    A bit pernickity, but there's been far too big a trend recently to call any sort of data representation an ’infographic’, whereas originally the idea was for *innovative* displays of data.

    Other than the strike fighter, these are all just normal graphs ^_^

    (/pernickity)

    really good issue though!

  4. #4 Carol Garman 02 Jan 12

    There are so many things that could be said but it all boils down to disgusting. It is disgusting to make killing people a profitable enterprise. Like General Smedley said, ’War is a racket.’

  5. #5 BrianG 05 Jan 12

    PEACE ON EARTH is a nice idea, but not PROFITABLE.

  6. #8 Roger Hawcroft 09 Oct 15

    I am really impressed by the way New Internationalist presents what is often complex information in a very clear and easily accessible format.

    I would love to have this information, in a similar format, but comparing/contrasting this expenditure on arms with the cost of eliminating poverty, disease, poor sanitation, providing clean water, providing education, maternity needs, etc. for the majority world.

    I'd bet that it would be a small fraction of the USA's military expenditure, let alone that of the World as a whole.

    Thank you for making this type of information accessible. Do you have such information in relation to charities, ie. numbers in the World, Funds Raised, How much reaches its target, what actual impact they have, etc.?

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