Regardless of the UK’s relationship with Europe, do we want it to invest in people and building peace, or do we want a Europe that takes us further down the path of arms sales, militarism and war?
Andrew is an anti arms-trade activist and political campaigner. He writes about UK politics, foreign policy and militarism.
The arms industry is not a major part of the economy. But it has always enjoyed a totally disproportionate voice in the corridors of power
08/11/2018 12:25 GMT
There are always ethical questions to be asked about private companies working in classrooms. Those questions only become more serious when the companies in question sell weapons
01/10/2018 17:39 BST
The artistsrecognise the crucially important role that museums play and want them to do so untainted and uncompromised
27/07/2018 08:00 BST
The UK Government Is Aware Of How Deadly A Strike On Hodeidah Could Be – So Why Is It Continuing To Arm The Bombers?
Governments like the UK have not been mere bystanders in the chaos: they have been active participants
13/06/2018 11:51 BST
The people of Yemen don’t need ‘the hearts’ of UK ministers, they need an end to the bombardment
01/05/2018 16:28 BST
This could be another reminder the UK will always put its relationship with a tyranny above their human rights
25/04/2018 16:15 BST
At only 32 years of age, the new Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, has made quite a mark on the world stage. He has
29/01/2018 11:45 GMT
The atrocities have not just been ignored by Whitehall and Downing Street, they have been directly fuelled by them. Theresa May and her colleagues have not been spectators to the bombardment, they have been active participants. It's time for them to end their complicity.
16/11/2017 16:27 GMT
Regardless Of Who Wins The Election, The Next Government Must Reconsider Its Relationship With Saudi Arabia
Over the last 40 years the Saudi regime has executed thousands of people, suppressed millions more, and have created a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. Serious questions are being asked about the regime's role in the funding of terrorism and violence. Yet, despite its long list of abuses, it has been supported every step of the way by Westminster.
08/06/2017 13:52 BST
Over the last two years a brutal humanitarian crisis has been forced on the people of Yemen. It has created the circumstances under which children are dying from preventable causes and people are risking their lives when they do something as normal as going to the market. The situation is dire, and unless urgent action is taken now then there are large numbers who may not survive much longer.
27/03/2017 12:15 BST
Whatever happens next month it won't be the end of the debate. As long as terrible crimes are being committed with UK weapons and with our government's support, this campaign will continue. It's not just the arms sales that need to end, it is also the hypocrisy and the mindset that has allowed them to happen in the first place.
15/01/2017 18:22 GMT
"That's all very good, but what about the jobs?" It's an argument that campaigners inevitably come across when debating Trident or arms exports to oppressive regimes. It's not limited to the usual suspects either, it comes from all angles; including the trade unions, the media and politicians from all parties.
02/12/2016 08:10 GMT
UK aircraft and UK bombs have been central to the bombardment, which, according to Save the Children, has left Yemen "teetering on the edge of famine." The situation is dire, but the government's response has been to evade and ignore it.
12/10/2016 18:00 BST
Last Sunday marked 500 days since Saudi Arabian forces intervened in the Yemeni civil war. In that time, Saudi air strikes have killed thousands of people, destroyed vital infrastructure and unleashed a humanitarian crisis on the civilian population.
12/08/2016 16:06 BST
For decades now, UK governments of all political colours have worked hand in glove with the arms companies and Saudi authorities, continuing to sell arms and political support while turning a blind eye to the terrible human rights abuses that are being carried out every single day.
28/06/2016 16:25 BST
For many around the world, the UAE conjures up images of tall futuristic buildings, seven star hotels and oversized shopping complexes. However, behind the glamorous façade and expensive PR campaign, there lies an increasingly authoritarian police state that contrasts greatly the flamboyant image it likes to project.
10/06/2016 15:19 BST
How can it be the case that peaceful protesters and campaigners are arrested for blocking a road, yet regimes that systematically oppress their own citizens and kill others in wars of aggression are given the red carpet treatment and plied with weapons?
14/04/2016 14:52 BST
Last month made it five years since activists across Bahrain rose up against the authoritarian Al-Khalifa regime. Their protests followed the Arab Spring movements that had taken off across the Middle East and represented a peaceful call for human rights and democracy.
06/03/2016 19:01 GMT
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