This afternoon the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the UK will be cutting the aid budget from 0.7% of spending to 0.5%. This followed last week’s announcement of a 10% increase in military spending. Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said: “This is a terrible decision. It sends entirely the wrong message. It
Campaign Against Arms Trade has urged the government to rethink its priorities following the announcement that it will be increasing the military budget by an extra £16 billion over the next four years. The Ministry of Defence budget is around £40 billion per year, so this represents a 10% increase. Andrew Smith of Campaign
Defence agreement between Qatar and UK will deepen military relationship Agreement offers UK base for Qatari air force Since 20105 the UK has licensed at least £540 million worth of arms to Qatar Campaign Against Arms Trade has condemned a new military agreement between the UK and Qatar. The agreement, which was
UK has provided military training for 18 countries on Foreign Office list of ‘human rights priority countries’ since 2018 Militaries receiving training include Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel and Kazakhstan Training for repressive regimes include commando training,
The UK Cabinet Office is in the final week of calls for evidence to its ‘Integrated Review’ – a major overhaul of its military, security, foreign and international development policy. The Prime Minister describes it as “the biggest assessment of Britain’s place in the world since the end of the Cold War”,
Last year, as the world unknowingly stood on the brink of the worst international crisis since World War Two in the form of the Coronavirus pandemic, its nations stood very well prepared… for war. According to data published today by SIPRI, world military spending in 2019 amounted to at least $1,917 billion.
We hope all CAAT’s supporters are well and keeping safe. A lot of CAAT’s work will be evolving over the coming months as we adapt to the current crisis. Staff are working remotely, local group meetings and activities are moving online, and we’re looking at how Covid-19 interlinks with our different areas of work.
A focus on sustainable, human security would reinterpret the “first duty” of government in terms of ensuring the security of people in the UK – and, inseparably, of people around the world – from the threats they actually face: most importantly, climate change.