What’s New September 2002

This page lists recent changes made to this site such as new pages, or updates to existing sections. The "Find Out More" links will take you to the changes. If this jumps to the middle of a page, you can easily scroll up to understand the context of the new information a bit further.

Date of Update


September 29, 2002

  1. The Arms Trade spending section has been updated with new information about spending in 2001. The latest figures show 2001 with a decline (mostly due to poor economic conditions worldwide) in an otherwise generally rising trend in the period 1994-2001. Top sellers over a number of years were generally unchanged, with the United States, Russia France, and United Kingdom typically dominating sales, while the top buyers were typically from the Middle East, though increasing in Asia as well. Buyers in the developing world (some 60 to 70% of all sales were to the developing world) have been heavily concentrated in just a few nations, such as Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, China, and Taiwan. The world continues to spend some 800 billion dollars annually on military spending. Compare that to say the United Nations' 10 billion dollar budget, set up after World War II for "preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security." Find Out More »
    - Related Section(s): Arms Trade / Geopolitics / United Nations and Development

  2. Updates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development page have been added. The updates include an overview of the outcome of the summit, with additional links to detailed analysis and further information. Find Out More »
    - Related Section(s): Sustainable Development / Trade and Economic Issues / Environmental Issues

  3. Some additional links to other web sites and articles have been added on the issue of hunger. These links include those that look at industrial agriculture as well as issues related to land rights, hunger and agriculture. Find Out More »
    - Related Section(s): Food Dumping / Poverty and Hunger / Trade Related Issues

  4. A few additional articles on various aspects of the so called "war on terror" have been posted. Articles include those on the issue of the media, on ideology, geopolitics, and the war on freedom. Find Out More »
    - Related Section(s): Middle East / Geopolitics