Arms Dealing

The Takeaway

Try the Morgue: An Inside Look at the World of Arms Trafficking

Friday, October 19, 2012

Since the '80s, Eva Maria Staal (not her real name) has sold weapons in Chechnya, Pakistan, China and beyond. Her work, while legal, frequently brought her in close contact with all kinds of underworld figures — from drug dealers to child and sex traffickers. Her debut novel “Try the Morgue,” draws on these experiences. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside the Global Arms Trade

Friday, November 18, 2011

Andrew Feinstein investigates the global arms trade and the collusion that often exists among senior politicians, weapons manufacturers, felonious arms dealers, and the military—a situation that compromises our security and undermines our democracy. His book Shadow World looks at the corruption and the cover-ups behind a range of weapons deals, from the largest in history—between the British and Saudi governments—to the guns-for-diamonds deals in Africa and the imminent $60 billion U.S. weapons contract with Saudi Arabia.

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The Takeaway

Libyan Arms Imports: A Troubling History

Friday, March 04, 2011

Since 2004, when the U.N. and U.S. removed an eighteen-year arms sanction, Libya has stockpiled weapons at a rate that far outpaced its military’s size or need. Arms have been sold to Libya at alarming rates — and for alarming profits — by countries throughout Europe. Most notably Italy, Malta, Germany and Russia. Those very same weapons are likely being used in a violent and deadly crackdown against protesters by the Gadhafi regime. The U.N. has now again imposed sanctions against the regime, halting the sale of weapons.