The Science Museum justified its plans to host a ‘welcome reception’ for arms dealers from Farnborough International by telling us that Farnborough International was a ‘legitimate organisation’. So I went to Farnborough this week and saw what ‘legitimate’ looks like.
Stop The Shipment campaign succeeds as South Korea ends tear gas sales to Bahrain The Stop The Shipment campaign was launched in October to prevent a massive shipment of over 1.6 million rounds of tear gas from South Korea to Bahrain. CAAT supporters worked with Bahraini and South Korean activists to put pressure on
British made tear gas used in Egypt- photo by Omar Robert Hamilton This September's DSEI arms fair will once again give authoritarian governments and dictatorships the opportunity to stock up on what is fast becoming the weapon of choice for repressive regimes- tear gas. Some of the world's leading suppliers
On this day, two years ago, a group of Bahraini citizens gathered at the “Pearl Roundabout” to call for democratic freedoms and equal rights for the majority Shia population. They were part of the “Arab Spring”, the wave of protests that swept the region in 2011. The ruling regime responded with violence. Peaceful
The Natural History Museum is not the most obvious place to have an anti-arms trade protest - but then again it's not the most obvious place to have the official welcome reception for an arms fair either. Yet it was under
The BAE AGM: far removed from reality Symon Hill reports from the Annual General Meeting of the world's second-largest arms company. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the BAE Systems Annual General Meeting. Shareholders were today welcomed into the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, to be greeted by
CAAT protests continuing arms sales to Bahrain. CAAT protesters outside BIS Since the New Year, at least ten people have been killed by security forces in Bahrain. Three were killed in custody. Others suffocated on tear gas, which has been fired into people's homes where they can't escape. We have
Dear Colleagues, I attended the presentation given by the arms company Thales a few months ago as a personal interdisciplinary exercise. The problem was as follows. Given a group of thoroughly decent academics listening to a presentation of some highly technical problems posed by an organisation devoted to the production, inter alia, of tools of