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.
Kaye Stearman asks: "Why do MPs care so passionately about animal rights while failing to tackle issues like the arms trade?" One night in June as I was drifting off to sleep, I was galvanised by the passionate debate being played out on the normally soporific Today in
Ann Feltham, CAAT's Parliamentary Co-ordinator, attended the International Development Committee hearing on 19 July which saw BAE under attack by MPs for its shameful inaction in paying £29.5 million to the Government of Tanzania. Media eyes may have been focused on the Murdochs' Select Committee appearance, but the real pleasure for CAAT supporters was the
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