Still no word from China about Ai Weiwei, except the announcement that he was being investigated for “economic crimes.” Additional news reports suggest the Chinese government is attempting a smear campaign by alleging that he’s a plagiarist and by accusing him of producing “obscene art.” Whatever the rubric under which Mr. Ai has been arrested, few doubt that the real reason is China’s desire to intimidate and silence dissent, particularly in the wake of the Middle East uprisings and similar calls for rebellion across China itself.
In this second to last frame of Dollars Against the Wars, we suggest a link between the three ongoing wars the United States is enmeshed in, and the vast network of arms sales and munitions trafficking. The US, it should be noted, is the world’s leading arm’s dealer. For more on the role of the US in supplying the world lethal weaponry, link to this page at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).
Here’s just one fun fact you can find from the above link:
Foreign Military Financing: Foreign Military Financing refers to congressionally appropriated grants given to foreign governments to finance the purchase of American-made weapons, services and training. Since 1950, the US government has provided over $91 billion in FMF to militaries around the world. The vast majority of these funds goes to Israel and Egypt to reward them for making a cold peace in 1979.
This is just great, isn’t it? Some “free market.” The US gives money to foreign governments to buy American-made “weapons, services and training.” Well, fuck! We’re using tax money to pay other governments to buy weapons made by private US companies. What a racket!
Nevertheless, it’s a safe bet that these three dollars will not end up in a wad of bills exchanged in some back alley in Cairo for the purchase of a RPG.