Category - campaign against arms trade

  • April 11, 2012

    The thirtieth anniversary of the Falklands War took a bizarre twist this week. It emerged that the UK is still demanding repayment from the Argentine government for money they borrowed in 1979 – with which they bought weapons to invade the Falklands.

  • January 11, 2012

    NGOs that monitor the arms trade say the European Union's latest report on arms exports was deliberately released without publicity at a quiet time of the year.

  • January 2, 2012

    2012 will see the UK government sending arms sales delegations to countries who use violent repression against protestors

  • November 28, 2011

    The UK government is demanding payment from Egypt for money loaned to Mubarak to help him to buy weapons. The money is claimed by the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD), a secretive unit of Vince Cable's Department for Business. It has a habit of backing arms deals and fossil fuels and creating unjust debt.

  • October 14, 2011

    It’s happened at last. Liam Fox, one of the most gung-ho militarists ever to occupy the post of Defence Secretary, has returned to the backbenches. All the excuses and half-truths his supporters could come up with have not saved him. But his departure will be largely pointless if we don’t learn a great deal from the Werrity scandal.

  • October 14, 2011

    Foreign Secretary William Hague has been accused of failing to respond adequately to criticism of arms sales to repressive regimes in the Middle East and north Africa.

  • September 27, 2011

    I don’t claim to be an expert at making political predictions. Some of my predictions have been woefully off-course. But yesterday (26 September) I made what must surely be the most precise political prediction of my life.

  • September 27, 2011

    This week, I spoke about the arms trade at a fringe meeting at the Labour Party annual conference. I urged the Labour Party to move away from the enthusiasm for the arms trade that it has shown in the past and take a stand against the influence of arms companies within government.

  • September 27, 2011

    Shadow Trade Minister Wilf Stevenson has said it is "completely bonkers" that the Ministry of Defence lobbies for the interests of private arms companies.

  • September 16, 2011

    Christian students have joined protests at the London arms fair this week, ranging from lobbying MPs to a nonviolent blockade of the arms fair entrance.