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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Debunking the myths that underpin Britain's arms exports to Saudi Arabia

The five main arguments for the UK to keep exporting arms to Saudi Arabia all hold little water.

The EU could be about to give a 3.5 billion euro subsidy to arms companies

Do we want a social Europe that invests in people and peace, or do we want one that focuses on arms, militarism and war?

Saudi forces are killing civilians in Yemen, so why is the UK still arming the regime?

Did the British government lie in court about Saudi arms deals?

Why is the government so close to BAE Systems?

The British government has a very cosy relationship with the people arming Saudi Arabia.

"They told me they were going to cut my penis if I didn’t give them the information"

A refugee from Bahrain discribes how the UK's close ally treats those who demand democracy.

Government steps up role as a global arms dealer

The UK defence minister endorses arms sale abroad, with potentially grave political consequences.

Arms sales to Egypt: when rhetoric overtakes reality

It is impossible to show solidarity with the people of Egypt while arming and supporting the tyranny oppressing them, but this is the hypocrisy at the heart of western foreign policy.

From Yemen to Gaza and beyond: UK arms export controls are broken

Britain claims its arms exports controls are stringent - the reality is the opposite.

Arms companies are making money by taking over UK schools

Europe's largest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, has applied to sponsor the failing Furness Academy. The reason is profit. 

Imagine if we used renewable energy to build a safer world

The UK government spends £37 billion on the arms industry every year. What if it invested in green energy instead?

We are all complicit in the bombardment of Gaza

"We always wonder if we killed the right people, if we endangered the wrong people, if we destroyed an innocent civilian's life all because of a bad image or angle."

Holding BAE accountable for its deadly actions

Next week anti arms trade activists will be heading to Farnborough to attend the BAE Systems AGM and put new Chair, Sir Roger Carr, on the spot with questions about his company's associations with human rights abusers.

The thin blue line between security, policing and the arms trade

On March 12-14 the quiet English town of Farnborough will play host to the Security & Policing conference and exhibition. This event will bring together some of the world's largest arms companies with some of the worst human rights abusers.

End the hypocrisy of European arms deals in the Middle East

Earlier this month the South Korean export agency announced that, following an international campaign supported by Campaign Against Arms Trade, they would cancel a shipment of 1.6 million gas canisters to Bahrain. This sets an important precedent which Europe should be following.

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