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Arms fair challenged with daily direct action

14 September 2013
See photos of many of the week’s actions here. A key event for the international arms trade took place in London from 9-13 Sept: the DSEI arms fair which hosted 1500 arms companies and 30,000 arms buyers and sellers. The UK government’s invite list was a roll call of authoritarian regimes and human rights abusers....

Colombia and its Military Suppliers at DSEI

9 September 2013
    (Riot police in Bogota, Colombia- photograph by Oneris Rico) The last six months were apparently the bloodiest on record for human rights workers in war-torn Colombia, a country which has been ravaged by internal conflict for nearly half a century. The national watchdog group ‘Somos Defensores’ reports that thirty-seven human rights workers were killed between...

Everything you ever wanted to know about the arms fair

7 September 2013
Over the past few months, we’ve collected some gems on our blog. Naturally, we didn’t want you to miss out, so see below for a categorised list of posts to whet your lips before the arms fair starts… Intersections with other struggles Palestine: The UK’s dirty secrets: Palestine and the arms trade // Israel’s booming...
Women in Black anti-DSEi protest

Gender and the arms trade: what’s the link?

5 September 2013
Cynthia Cockburn is an ardent feminist and peace campaigner, involved in international feminist antimilitarist networks such as “Women in Black against War” and the “Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom”. She very kindly wrote a piece just for us! What does gender have to do with the arms trade?  The best place to start...

Arms, oil and Algeria – Are EU gas supplies more important than human rights?

30 August 2013
This September, a delegation from Algeria is expected to attend the DSEI arms fair in London at the invitation of the UK government. The country has a long record of carrying out human rights abuses against political dissidents and human rights defenders. Here is an article by Hamza Hamouchene, currently researching the UK’s energy interests...
Israel is at the forefront of high-tech weapons development, such as its "Iron Dome" missile defence system [EPA]

Israel’s booming secretive arms trade

21 August 2013
An amazing documentary was released this year, that investigated how Israel uses Palestinians as guinea pigs in military weapons experiments. Al Jazeera English wrote an insightful review:
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Nuclear weapon makers at the arms fair

9 August 2013
Sara Medi Jones, CND Campaigns Officer writes about the companies at the arms fair which are pushing for the UK to renew its nuclear weapons system: Weapons companies are due to descend on London in September for the world’s largest arms fair. This ‘fair’, a pleasant sounding term for what really is a market for...
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Action against the arms fair in 2011

19 December 2011
Arming repressive regimes. Boosting arms company profits. Displaying the latest killing technology. The world’s biggest arms fair – DSEI – took place in East London in September 2011. In 2011, we witnessed more of the horror that comes when the UK arms repressive regimes — armoured vehicles used to suppress protest in Libya and Bahrain...