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War profiteer of the month: Textron

Textron is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies industrial conglomerate. Textron includes several companies including Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, and Beechcraft, Textron Systems, and has offices across the USA and in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Jalal Nofal: Verbindung von Unterstützungsarbeit und zivilem Engagement in Syrien

Omar Abbas

Dr. Jalal Nofal, geboren 1963 in Damaskus in eine Arbeiterfamilie aus as-Sweida’, ist ein bekannter Psychiater und Aktivist, der sein ganzes Leben lang in Politik und soldarischer Hilfe engagiert war.

War profiteers of the month: Ferrovial, Broadspectrum and Wilson Security

Ferrovial is a Spanish multinational company, with a broad range of interests - they are involved in the construction of the Gugenheim Museum in Bilbao, the construction of the M3 motorway in Ireland, and manage toll roads across Europe. Ferrovial owns 90% of the company Broadspectrum, which runs Australia's offshore immigration detention centres in Papua New Guinea.

A Perspective on Israel's Arms Trade

During her time working as an intern at War Resisters' International, Taya Govreen-Segal, a consceintious objector, delivered a talk to the “Britain and Palestine: Past History and Future Role” conference, held at Sarum College, Salisbury, UK, on 13th February. Below is a transcript, providing detailed analysis of the role of the arms trade in the ongoing occupation of Palestine.

I am going to assume that you already know about the violation of human rights in the West Bank and Gaza, that you've heard about the occupation, the military rule and siedge, and focus on one of the forces profiting from this situation and maintaining it: the arms trade.

Gaza, summer 2014, source: activestills.orgGaza, summer 2014, source: activestills.org

VIDEO: Sister Megan Rice describes Transform Now Plowshares action

In 2012, Megan Rice was part of a group that entered the Oakridge National Laborotory in the United States, where nuclear weapons are developed and weapons-grade uranium is stored. The group - called 'Transform Now Plowshares' - hammered on the storage building, dawbed the walls of the storage building with blood and slogans, and hung banners. All three were arrested, and spent two years in prison.

Ukrainian conscientious objector on trial

Ukrainian journalist and CO Ruslan Kotsaba is on trial in Ivano-Frankivsk. Ruslan has been in detention for almost a year, charged with treason and obstructing the military.  In a video addressed to the Ukrainian President, he declared his refusal to be drafted, saying he would rather go to prison for five years than turn a weapon on his "compatriots in the east".

European parliament votes for arms embargo against Saudi Arabia

A destroyed house in Yemen. Photo: wikipediaA destroyed house in Yemen. Photo: wikipedia

The European Parliament has voted in support of an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. The European Network Against the Arms Trade (ENAAT) were part of efforts to lobby Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to impose the European-wide arms embargo. The lobbying action included groups from Germany, UK, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Groups from across Europe tweeted and emailed MEP's using the #StopArmingSaudiArabia hashtag, and the vote was passed on the 25th February, despite being heavily opposed by diplomats from Saudi Arabia, who met with and wrote to MEPs before the vote.

Mercenaries unleashed: private military and security companies

The rise in mercenaries fighting on the front line in conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East is a frightening return of the ‘Dogs of War’, according to a new report published by War on Want.

Amnesty International: Taking Stock: the arming of Islamic State

Amnesty International press release, sourced from here.

Decades of poorly regulated arms flows into Iraq as well lax controls on the ground have provided the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) with a large and lethal arsenal that is being used to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity on a massive scale in Iraq and Syria, Amnesty International has said in a new report.  

Schreibt am 1. Dezember einem Gefangenen für den Frieden

Postcards sent from WRI affiliate World Without WarPostcards sent from WRI affiliate World Without War

Jedes Jahr am 1. Dezember begehen die WRI und ihre Mitglieder den Tag der Gefangenen für den Frieden. An diesem Tag veröffentlichen wir die Namen und Geschichten jener, die für Friedensaktivitäten ins Gefängnis kamen. Viele sind KriegsdienstverweigererInnen, im Gefängnis dafür, dass sie sich weigerten, im Militär zu dienen. Andere unternahmen gewaltfreie Aktionen, um Kriegsvorbereitungen zu stören. Dieser Tag ist Eure Gelegenheit, Eurer Unterstützung für sie Ausdruck zu verleihen. Wir bitten Euch, am 1.12. oder einem der folgenden Tage etwas Zeit dafür zu reservieren, Solidaritätskarten zu schicken. Hier könnt Ihr die Namen und Adressen finden: http://www.wri-irg.org/de/node/4722

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