David Cameron has just returned from yet another overseas trade mission – this time to India. It's been billed as the largest UK trade mission ever, with over 100 delegates – government ministers, MPs, "leaders of industry", university grandees and assorted hangers-on. In the name of cementing trade ties we have seen Cameron playing cricket,
Damning words from Judge Stefan Apostol. He was speaking in a courtroom in Vienna, at the conclusion of a corruption trial. Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly. He's laughing but we're not - and nor are the Austrian judiciary. Although the trial received almost no publicity in the UK, the individual on trial and
Campaigners in Wales hold an annual vigil at their local BAE Systems factory as well For fifteen years, a dedicated group of campaigners have kept a monthly presence outside the gates of their local arms factory – BAE Warton in Lancashire. In the run up to September's month of
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
The UK government should go beyond the call for an Olympic truce and take steps to end the arms trade says Kaye Stearman. It's good to see the UK government leading the call for a worldwide truce during the 2012 London Olympics. UK
Jamie Kelsey-Fry writes for New Internationalist on protest on the opening day of the London arms fair. A ‘die-in’ outside the offices of BAE Systems. Photo by Jamie Kelsey-Fry. There was a moment on Tuesday during the series of actions against the UK’s biennial Defence and Security Systems International (DSEI) exhibition,
Brenda Heard of Friends of Lebanon on how arms fairs, such as DSEI, fuel conflict worldwide. The images have become commonplace. Pick-up trucks laden with rocket launchers and machine guns. Dusty men with their rifles, poised as so many Rambos. Billows of smoke that linger after the bomber has flown on to its next target.