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Infographic of the Day: Arms Sales Around the World

Arms Sales

We're all dimly aware that America's defense contractors sell weapons around the world. But you'd probably be surprised at just how huge a business it is: The U.S. accounts for nearly 70% of weapons exports around the world, and the market comes to over $55 billion.

All that information is laid out in a useful new infographic created for GOOD by Column Five Media. Here, for example, are the items that are the hottest sellers on the international market:

Arms Sales

But what might be most troubling is that our old BFF's Saudi Arabia—a petro-monarchy with deep ties to Washington, where domestic charities regularly fund terrorism—are the biggest arms buyers, having accrued nearly $37 billion in foreign arms between 2001-2008.

Check out the entire chart at GOOD.