Arms sales still increasing
Despite the financial crisis, the sales of weapons continued to rise during 2009, according to the international peace research institute Sipri, which is based in Stockholm.
Compared to the year before, the world's biggest arms producers increased sales by almost 15 billion dollars, or by 8 per cent. That is the seventh year in a row that the arms trade went up. Sipri estimates that the sales will continue rising, mainly due to the money the US administration continues to spend on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.