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
Abi Haque on CAAT's first-ever alternative careers event. Our excitement about holding the first ever Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) alternative careers event was well rewarded. The event at the University of York on the evening of 10 February saw a fantastic turn-out of over 60 students. In fact, the room was
Why did Lord Green take the Trade Minister post when he clearly had problems with the ethics of arms sales? Kaye Stearman ruminates on ethics, religion and arms sales. What started out green, then rapidly turned yellow, white and red?. No, it's not a chameleon. It's the new UK Trade Minister. Why? Well, he is called Green, quickly turned yellow, waved
A giant Dick Olver, chairman of BAE, paying peanuts BAE managed to escape with a fine of £500,000 plus costs in court today. Its plea bargain (worth £30 million) to end years of corruption investigations was structured so poorly that if the court fined more, this would be
We braved the snow to demonstrate outside BAE's court hearing Will a giant Dick Olver get away with paying peanuts? Sub-zero temperatures didn't deter us from voicing our anger outside court today. Arms company BAE was inside and set to get away with paying utter peanuts: buying an
Westminster Magistrates Court Kaye Stearman explains, as far as she is able, what happened when BAE pleaded guilty in court. Tuesday 23 November 2010 9.45 - I arrive at Westminister Magistrates Court in Horseferry Road, a building with all the architectural charm of a multi-story parking lot and
Why is arms company BAE Systems encouraging schoolchildren to play with LEGO? The company wants children to develop the skills it needs for developing high-tech weapons platforms, and has hit upon LEGO's programmable robot kits called Mindstorms as a fun way to get kids interested.
Anne-Marie O'Reilly on how CAAT campaigners brought BAE to justice on 5 May. The People's Jury in session One 12-foot high puppet (literally armed to the teeth) + 30 judge/jurors in wigs and cloaks = a strange sight for civil servants, tourists and shareholders in the City of Westminster this