World military expenditure in 2020 is estimated to have been $1981 billion, the highest level since 1988 — and world military expenditure in 2020 was 2.6 per cent higher in real terms than in 2019 and 9.3 per cent higher than in 2011.
The five-year civil war between Houthi rebels and pro-government troops backed by a US-supported Saudi-led military coalition has devastated Yemen. Some 24 million Yemenis rely on humanitarian aid to survive, aid President Trump has now suspended.
Since President Trump’s assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, widespread alarm has centered on whether he is again dragging us into another war like Iraq, to detract from his impeachment. The situation is even more potentially disastrous.
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