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20.09.2013

UK drones three times more likely than US to fire in Afghanistan

UK drones three times more likely than US to fire in Afghanistan

September 6, 2013 by Alice K Ross  The Bureau of Investigative Journalism Full Report British forces have carried out 299 drone strikes in Afghanistan, defence minister Andrew Robathan announced in Parliament yesterday. This is the first time the British government has announced how many drone strikes it has… »

30.08.2013

London to host one of the world’s biggest arms fairs and why it shouldn’t happen.

London to host one of the world’s biggest arms fairs and why it shouldn’t happen.

By Kaye Stearman 13 September 2012 for OpenDemocracy. After being home to several Olympic competitions this summer, London’s ExCel Centre is to host one of the world’s most important arms fairs in 2013. But the event’s past affiliations with autocratic regimes… »

02.07.2013

Occupy London in support of court case against undercover police sexual liaisons with activists

Occupy London in support of court case against undercover police sexual liaisons with activists

‘Police spies court case suggests sexual relations with activists were routine. Lawsuit for undercover police deception indicates several officers struck up intimate relations with those they spied on’: The Guardian Undercover police use of sexual relationships with UK female activists was part… »

13.05.2013

UK Border Agency insists that Sri Lankans pay to get maimed so they can claim asylum

UK Border Agency insists that Sri Lankans pay to get maimed so they can claim asylum

By Frank Arnold(1). Burnt with metal rods and cigarette butts? Maybe so, says the Border Agency, but you paid someone to do this to you. A surgeon with expertise in torture scars argues that ‘self-torture by proxy’ is a dangerous fiction. The photo with this article is the back of… »

12.05.2013

‘Pakistani court rules CIA drone strikes are illegal’. How will the new Government respond?

‘Pakistani court rules CIA drone strikes are illegal’. How will the new Government respond?

In her May 9th, 2013 article by Alice K Ross for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism  explains: ‘In the first major Pakistani court ruling on the legality of the CIA’s drone campaign in the country, a Peshawar High Court judge said this morning that strikes are ‘criminal offences’. Chief… »

05.04.2013

David Cameron promotes nuclear proliferation

David Cameron promotes nuclear proliferation

On a visit to Scotland, the home of UK nuclear weapons, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron said, “We cannot be sure on issues of nuclear proliferation, and to me having that nuclear deterrent is quite simply the best insurance policy that you can have, that you will never be… »

05.04.2013

Embarassment for Cameron as former Defence Secretary pours scorn on nuclear claims

Embarassment for Cameron as former Defence Secretary pours scorn on nuclear claims

In this Press Release from the UK’s Scottish Nationalist Party Michael Portillo (former Conservative Defence Secretary) and Bill Kidd (Member of the Scottish Parliament) respond to UK Prime Minister’s statements in Scotland on nuclear deterrence. David Cameron was facing derision today after a former Tory Defence Secretary poured… »

19.03.2013

Peace campaigners letter to Hague & Cameron: do not send arms to Syria

Peace campaigners letter to Hague & Cameron: do not send arms to Syria

Stop the War Coalition opposes lifting of arms embargo on Syria – Letter to PM and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Corbyn MP will be joined by peace campaigners and activists in handing a letter in to the Foreign Office at 10.15am on Wednesday morning. The letter calls on… »

11.03.2013

We need to talk about… the Falklands

We need to talk about… the Falklands

(Here, Tony Robinson writies in a personal capacity about the recent Falkland islands referendum and issues of ownership) The issue of the Falkland Islands comes up frequently among my many Argentinean friends and as fierce patriots they proclaim their sovereignty of the islands and denounce in the strongest terms the… »

06.03.2013

UK undermining arms embargo on Syria

UK undermining arms embargo on Syria

British Foreign Secretary, William Hague has pressed the EU to amend the arms embargo on Syria so that military equipment could be supplied to opposition forces. On 18 February the EU agreed to maintain the embargo, but on 6 March Hague confirmed EU agreement for UK training of opposition forces… »

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