24/01/2011 |

2010 Roundup of Military Spending and Arms Trade in Latin America

January 24, 2011 by IPB

Compiled by Chiara at IPB:

Chavez Announces $4B Loan To Buy Russian Arms

By Nabi Abdullaev

November, 30th — Venezuela has received a $4 billion loan from Russia to buy Russian arms, said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Russia also has supplied 100,000 Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles to Venezuela. Construction of two plants producing AK-103 rifles and ammunition under Russian license will be completed in 2011.

Brazil unveils massive navy buildup plans

From UPI.com

November, 22nd — Brazil’s plans for a massive naval buildup, which would include nuclear-powered submarines, were greeted with concern that the country’s huge defense outlay would trigger copycat actions in neighboring Latin American countries.

Latin American Mayors unanimous in support global nuclear weapons ban by 2020

From Mayors for Peace

October, 17th —  The Mayor of Hiroshima received unanimous support from Latin American Mayors during his visit to the Latin American ‘Semana del Municipalismo’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On Wednesday October 13th FLACMA (Federación Latinamericana de Ciudades, Municipios y Asociaciones de gobiernos locales) signed an agreement with Mayors for Peace in support of the campaign to eliminate all nuclear weapons by 2020.

New Publication from the Small Arms Survey – ‘Small Arms in Brazil: Production, Trade, and Holdings’

By Pablo Dreyfus, Benjamin Lessing, Marcelo de Sousa Nascimento, and Júlio Cesar Purcena, a joint publication of Viva Rio, ISER, and the Small Arms Survey.

October — It is not difficult to find evidence of Brazil’s high levels of armed violence. The proof is in the grim statistics of the country’s hospitals, morgues, and prisons. This Special Report looks at two aspects of this problem. First, it explores the thriving Brazilian small arms industry, which, together with international trafficking networks, contributes to control failures and fuels small arms violence. Second, it maps out weapons holdings—by weapon type, holder, and location.


Argentina plans 50 percent boost in defence spending

From UPI.com

September, 1st —  Argentina is planning a 50 percent increase in its defence spending but has left open-ended the amount that will eventually go into the military regeneration program. The government wants to make up for years of neglect since the country’s 1982 defeat by Britain in the Falklands. As part of the military regeneration, the Defense Minister, Nilda Garre, said Argentina was looking seriously into reviving its dormant nuclear development program, because now, Argentina is ready to begin applying “nuclear technology” in defence issues. “Foreign Affairs, the Argentine Atomic Energy Commission and regulators have fully agreed to work in the development of nuclear propulsion engines which could be used in vessels or submersibles”, indicated Garré.


No More Foreign Military Bases

From Campaña América Latina una Región de Paz

August, 14th — With the presence of more than 200 people representing numerous organizations, movements, continental and national networks, the second continental meeting of the campaign “America Latina, A Region of Peace: No More Foreign Military Bases” was held on August 14, 2010, in Asuncion.