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Andrew Smith

Anti arms-trade activist and political campaigner

Andrew is an anti arms-trade activist and political campaigner. He writes about UK politics, foreign policy and militarism.
Two Years Of UK Complicity In The Destruction Of

Two Years Of UK Complicity In The Destruction Of Yemen

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
Next Month Campaigners Will Put UK Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia On

Next Month Campaigners Will Put UK Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia On Trial

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
Shifting Priorities: From Arms To

Shifting Priorities: From Arms To Renewables

"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
500 Days of UK Complicity in the Destruction of

500 Days of UK Complicity in the Destruction of Yemen

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
Ending UK Complicity in Saudi

Ending UK Complicity in Saudi Violence

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