Tariq Ali is recalling a party for the late Tony Benn on the House of Commons terrace shortly after Labour’s 1997 election victory. “Edward Miliband, as he was known then, came up to me, eyes shining, very excited, asking: ‘Tariq, what would you do if you had just won?’ I said: ‘The first thing I would do is to renationalise the railways. Between 70 and 80% of the people want that, it would be very popular.’ And he rolled his eyes in despair at me.” Continue reading–>
by Andrew Smith
For those with a spare £246 to burn (or a military corporation willing to burn it on you) and an interest in arms and conflict, this month’s ADS Dinner was the perfect night out. Continue reading–>
For the last few years, peace groups in many countries have focused attention on worldwide military expenditure with a Global Day of Action, which took place this week.
Hundreds of civil society groups draw attention to the way the world’s $1.75 trillion military spending fuels and worsens conflict, and undermines social spending. The UK has the fourth highest military spending in the world, behind only the USA, China and Russia. It also counts among the world’s top seven arms exporters. This arms trade is seen by politicians as an essential part of both Britain’s industrial base and its place as a player on the world stage.
There is a government department, the Defence and Security Organisation [DSO], which gives expert advice on political and economic factors so that companies can target their products as effectively as possible. DSO employs 54% of all sector-specific staff in Britain’s export support department – UK Trade and Investment.
High-profile visits maintain links with potential buyers. David Cameron toured the Gulf States in November, and Prince Charles Saudi Arabia in February co-incident with BAE signing a new deal with the Saudis.
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Watch the film made during the “Report Crime” event organized by Action AWE on February 8th, 2014.
From the Press Release:
Reading, Berkshire, 8 February 2014:- A line of 50 people queued around the block at Reading Police Station as one by one they reported their concerns that the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) nuclear bomb factories in Aldermaston and Burghfield were engaged in manufacturing and transporting weapons of mass destruction and facilitating preparations to use nuclear weapons, contrary to International Humanitarian Law . In conjunction with Action AWE (Atomic Weapons Eradication), they will call on the police to arrest government and AWE officials responsible for nuclear warhead production and deployment, which facilitate preparations to use nuclear weapons, contrary to International Humanitarian Law.
Read the full press release here.
From a blog:
“I want to report a crime: they’re building weapons of mass destruction just down the road”
The idea of going into a police station and saying "I want to report a crime and that crime is mass murder" seemed at first quite cringe-making - totally against my upbringing in the traditions of British reserve! But it also seemed a fascinating Alice-in-Wonderland thing to do. ( I have done a bit of street theatre before with the peace movement, with CAAT providing the props of toy bombs and bullets and cs gas canisters.) It was made much easier by the informal and friendly atmosphere of the demonstration, with lots of encouraging songs we were all singing together; by the helpfulness and professionalism of the police; and by there being so many of us doing it together, although we had to give the statements on our own - to truly stand up and be counted. I arranged to have a buddy. She stood next to me as I did my crime reporting and then I stood by her. Shoulder to shoulder - that made it easier too.
Check all the reports, news and information on Action AWE event page.