Small arms en Q & A: Small arms not a black-and-white issue <p>The growing proliferation of small arms around the world is making ongoing conflicts more fatal and contributing to human rights violations. The value of authorized international transfers of small arms and light weapons reached $8.5 billion last year, according to one study &mdash; more than double the estimate from 2006. Many believe matters are getting worse. Or are they? Keith Krause, program director for the Small Arms Survey, which conducted the study, says the answer isn&#39;t so simple.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Small arms Conflict Zones Diplomacy Iran Sudan China Global Economy United States Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:15:04 +0000 Emily Lodish 5725098 at In America, guns are a boom, regulation a bust <p>HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. &mdash; It&rsquo;s no secret the United States is the world&rsquo;s leading weapons exporter by far. However, America is also the top importer, a driving force behind a major increase in the global small-arms industry. Washington was chiefly responsible for the collapse of talks last summer on a UN arms trade treaty &mdash; a reflection of the vast political influence wielded by the US gun lobby, which is spending tens of millions of dollars to ensure the highly lucrative industry keeps expanding.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Small arms Americas Business Global Economy United States Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:15:00 +0000 Jennifer Wilmore 5727356 at US weapons help fuel Mexican gang violence <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 20px; ">MEXICO CITY &mdash; After a drugs gang murdered his son last year, the poet Javier Sicilia decided the best way to help staunch the flow of American guns fuelling the violence wracking his country would be to campaign across the border. But his<span style="line-height: 20px; ">&nbsp;appeal had little effect on the flow of assaul rifles and other small arms to the gangs responsible for most of the</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">&nbsp;60,000 people killed during the last six years.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Small arms Mexico United States Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:15:00 +0000 Dudley Althaus 5727462 at China supplying Africa with guns <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 20px; ">JOHANNESBURG &mdash; China&rsquo;s aggressive new strategy to sell weapons in Africa was on clear display at here recently.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">The pavilion for Chinese manufacturers was among the three largest at a defense exhibition earlier this year, amid worries over&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">the growing number of Chinese small arms coming to Africa.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Small arms China Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:15:08 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5727474 at