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Stopping the War Business: WRI and World Without War seminar in Seoul, South Korea

In October, War Resisters' International and our South Korean affiliate World Without War will host an international seminar with a specific focus on skill sharing for taking action against war profiteering. “Stopping the War Business” will take place on 16th and 17th October, in Seoul, South Korea. The seminar will be followed by nonviolence training, and then an action to oppose the ADEX arms fair, which will be taking place the following week.

Stopping the War Business: Seoul, Republic of Korea

Start Datum: 
16 Oct 2015 - 17 Oct 2015

Conference report

Reflections on the conference from participants

Participants can download the reader and practical information below

For antimilitarists, disrupting war profiteering means knocking out the economic pillars that make war inevitable. It goes far beyond the arms trade (although that is an important part of it), and includes all those who fund and profit from war and militarisation.

Disrupting war profiteering takes a whole range of activities, from research, lobbying and legal challenges to mobilisation, direct action and creative campaigning techniques.

This seminar will provide a space for activists using a whole range of different methods to gather together, learn how a spectrum of tactics interlink and help each other to be more effective. It'll answer questions like 'How can we make our direct action more strategic using research? 'How could a public campaign support our lobbying work?' 'What tools or methods can help my campaign be more effective?'

This international seminar Stopping the War Business will be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, 16-17th October. The seminar is jointly coordinated by World Without War in Korea and international antimilitarist network War Resisters' International.

Turkish antimilitarists protest IDEF 2015 arms fair

Turkish antimilitarists protest the IDEF arms fairTurkish antimilitarists protest the IDEF arms fairOn Friday 8th May, ten protesters met in front of the IDEF 2015 Defense Industry Fair in Istanbul, Turkey. The protesters, who came together with the call from the Conscientious Objection Association were met with a heavy police presence including 15 civilian police, tens of riot police and one water cannon truck.

War Profiteers: news and updates March and April 2015

A summary of news and updates about War Profiteers and the arms trade, from international media outlets and industry newsletters.

Amnesty International and Omega Research Foundation briefing on 'less lethal weapons and other law enforcement equipment'

Law enforcement agencies around the world regularly misuse so-called “less-lethal” weapons and equipment for torture and their use can also have deadly consequences, according to a new briefing by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation.

No more weapons to the Middle East

Wendela de Vries describes the action Stop Wapenhandel took against the presence of Dutch companies at the IDEX arms fair.

Neue Wandbilder des Widerstandsprojekts


Zwei neue Projekte mit einem zerbrochenen AK-47 (das auf dem berühmten Logo der WRI mit dem zerbrochenen Gewehr beruht)) sind durch den Künstler Ralph Ziman in Los Angeles und Kapstadt geschaffen worden. Das Wandbild in Los Angeles zeigt 408 Namen von Opfern von Gewehrfeuer, während das Bild in Kapstadt im Herzen des Manenberg Distrikts gemalt wurde, einem Stadtteil von Kapstadt, der Jahre der Gewalt durch Gangs hinter sich hat. Fotos und mehr Information auf der Facebook-Seite des Widerstandprojekts:

Seminar Programme (draft): War Profiteering and Peace Movement Responses / Barcelona / 29 Sept - 02 Oct 2011

Theme groups

  • New developments in war profiteering: (Coordinator: Wendela de Vries, Campagne tege Wapenhandel, the Netherlands)
    How do we respond to new developments such as Privatisation of war, (the growing use of commercial companies instead of national armed forces.) the use of Drones (you don’t go to war, you just take your joystick) and homeland security as a new profitable branch, used for crowd control, catching refugees and spying on opposition. How do we develop arguments, can we make new strategic connections with other campaigns?

Report from WRI's International Conference: "Nonviolent Livelihood Struggles and Global Militarism"

Between the 22 -25 of January 2010, WRI held its international conference in Ahmedabad, India. One of the main topics of the conference was the issue of war profiteering, with a special relation to its impact to the livelihoods of local communities. Here we report on some of the workshops on this topic.

Transnational campaigning against war profiteering – making links with the arms trade movement (ENAAT) and the local communities

Facilitator: Wendela de Vries

War Profiteer of the Month: Heckler & Koch

Heckler & Koch is the world's second-largest manufacturer of handguns, assault rifles, submachine guns, machine guns and grenade launchers. Their UK HQ is an anonymous unit on an industrial park off Lenton Lane, NG7. It is responsible for selling guns around the world. Half a million people are killed by small arms each year, three quarters of whom are civilians. Literally millions of Heckler & Koch small arms are in use in around 90 countries.

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