Tag: Arms Trade

Trump Administration Approves F-16 Fighter Jet Sales to Taiwan

The Trump administration is moving forward with an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, American officials said Friday. The move is certain to further anger China at a time when a long-running trade war between Washington and Beijing has upended relations between the world’s two largest economies and contributed to stock market […]

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The Treaty’s Dead. Now Level the Field.

After more than 30 years, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (I.N.F.) Treaty ended last week, with an American withdrawal on Friday and a Russian withdrawal on Saturday. Although the United States abided by the terms of the treaty, Russia violated it by fielding more than 100 banned intermediate-range missiles, and China, which was never bound by […]

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What These Student Debaters Learned From the 2020 Democratic Debates

WASHINGTON — For the 20 Democratic candidates who tussled onstage in Detroit last week for their party’s nomination, the debates were a chance to goose poll numbers, undercut rivals and wring donations from potential voters. For the nearly 200 students who attended a summer debate program last week run by the Washington Urban Debate League, […]

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Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots

Toby Walsh, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, is one of Australia’s leading experts on artificial intelligence. He and other experts have released a report outlining the promises, and ethical pitfalls, of the country’s embrace of A.I. Recently, Dr. Walsh, 55, has been working with the Campaign to Stop Killer […]

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Lawmakers Accuse Trump and Aides of Delaying F-16 Sales to Taiwan

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in Congress from both political parties have accused the Trump administration of delaying an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, the self-governing democratic island off the coast of China that is supported by the United States. Chinese officials have said they object strongly to the sale of 66 jets […]

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Trump Vetoes Bipartisan Resolutions Blocking Arms Sales to Gulf Nations

WASHINGTON — President Trump vetoed a series of bipartisan measures on Wednesday that would have blocked the sale of billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Lawmakers from both parties sent an angry joint message to Mr. Trump last month, saying that he could not go around Congress in […]

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Anyone Can Hire a Team of Spies

The plan was simple: give the government of Uzbekistan the ability to monitor everyone’s communications. I first heard the story about five years ago from an American defense consultant. I had spoken to him over the years about arms sales, particularly those involving the former Soviet Union. He had been involved in overseeing foreign military […]

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Impeachment, Contempt Citations and More: 3 Major Issues Congress Voted On Today

The House was busy on Wednesday, considering a range of divisive issues. Here’s a roundup of what the chamber voted on: Impeaching the president Representative Al Green, Democrat of Texas, drafted an article of impeachment for President Trump over comments that the House condemned this week as racist. The vote constituted the first action by […]

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Taiwan Set to Receive $2 Billion in U.S. Arms, Drawing Ire From China

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The United States has tentatively approved the sale of $2 billion in military hardware to Taiwan, demonstrating support for its unofficial ally in a move likely to exacerbate deteriorating ties between Washington and Beijing. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, part of the United States Defense Department, notified Congress of two proposed arms […]

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American Missiles Found in Libyan Rebel Compound

Libyan government fighters discovered a cache of powerful American missiles, usually sold only to close American allies, at a captured rebel base in the mountains south of Tripoli this week. The four Javelin anti-tank missiles, which cost more than $170,000 each, had ended up bolstering the arsenal of Gen. Khalifa Hifter, whose forces are waging […]

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Grenades, Land Mines and U.S. Weapons Parts: Argentina Foils Huge Smuggling Operation

BUENOS AIRES — Law-enforcement officials in Argentina suspected they would find plenty of weapons when they began raiding houses across the country this week as part of a monthslong investigation into the thriving arms trade that is outfitting Brazil’s violent drug trafficking gangs. It soon became clear that this was no ordinary gun bust. Investigators […]

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Saudi Arabia Is Running Out of Friends

LONDON — Last week was especially bad for the monarchy of Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, a United Nations expert released a report calling for an investigation into the role of Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, in the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The next day in Washington, the Senate voted to […]

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Britain to Suspend Issuing Arms Licenses to Saudi Arabia

LONDON — Britain will temporarily suspend the approval of any new licenses to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, the government said on Thursday, after a court ruled that ministers had acted unlawfully in allowing the sale of weapons when there was a clear possibility they might be used in violation of international humanitarian law in […]

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Senate Blocks Trump Administration’s Arms Sales to Gulf Nations in Bipartisan Rebuke

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted to block the sale of billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in a sharp and bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to circumvent Congress to allow the exports by declaring an emergency over Iran. In the first of a series of three back-to-back votes, Republicans […]

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Democrats to Scrutinize Ex-Lobbyist’s Role in Trump’s Arms Sales to Gulf Nations

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are examining whether a former arms-industry lobbyist serving as a midlevel State Department official played a role in the Trump administration’s decision last month to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without seeking legislative approval, lawmakers and current and former government officials said. A House committee plans […]

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Trump Allows High-Tech U.S. Bomb Parts to Be Built in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — When the Trump administration declared an emergency last month and fast-tracked the sale of more American arms to Saudi Arabia, it did more than anger members of Congress who opposed the sale on humanitarian grounds. It also raised concerns that the Saudis could gain access to technology that would let them produce their […]

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Trump Administration Plans to Sell More Than $2 Billion of Arms to Taiwan

PARIS — The Trump administration is proposing to sell more than $2 billion worth of tanks and other military equipment to Taiwan, American officials said on Thursday. The sale would add to tensions between the United States and China, which are already clashing over trade, communications technology and a military buildup in the Pacific region. […]

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Senators Look to Force 22 Votes Blocking Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators will try to force nearly two dozen votes rebuking the Trump administration’s decision to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress and sell billions of dollars of munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The legislation, led by Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top […]

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