General Atomics bring in BAE Systems to lobby for ‘Protector’ drone to fly in UK by Chris Cole

28 January 2019 — Drone Wars 

SkyGuardian MQ-9B, dubbed ‘Protector’ by UK MoD

Drone manufacturer, General Atomics, hosted an event in London on 24 January in order – as its press release put it – “to recognize UK companies that are contributing to operational systems such as MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1C Gray Eagle, and the new MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA program” (which the UK MoD is calling ‘Protector’).

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Off the Leash: How the UK is developing the technology to build armed autonomous drones By Peter Burt

10 November 2018 — Drone Wars

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A new report published today by Drone Wars UK reveals that, despite a UK government statement that it “does not possess fully autonomous weapons and has no intention of developing them”, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is actively funding research into technology supporting the development of armed autonomous drones.

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Britain, Saudi Arabia and America spend millions on execution without trial

11 November 2017 — Drone Warfare

The RAF has dropped about 3,500 bombs and missiles, which the BBC estimates has already cost £150m in munitions. Each Brimstone missile costs more than £100,000 and the RAF has already fired more than 350, according to the BBC estimate, defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said. During the last week alone:

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The Rising of Britain’s ‘New Politics’ By John Pilger

7 October 2017 — John Pilger

Delegates to the recent Labour Party conference in the English seaside town of Brighton seemed not to notice a video playing in the main entrance. The world’s third biggest arms manufacturer, BAe Systems, supplier to Saudi Arabia, was promoting its guns, bombs, missiles, naval ships and fighter aircraft.

It seemed a perfidious symbol of a party in which millions of Britons now invest their political hopes. Once the preserve of Tony Blair, it is now led by Jeremy Corbyn, whose career has been very different and is rare in British establishment politics.

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Carleton University (Canada) Student Group Launches Israel Divestment Drive (Statement)

28 January, 2010

The divestment report urging Carleton University to divest from companies implicated in Israel’s occupation and grave violations of human rights is a true gem for the BDS movement. The research, argumentation, corroboration and writing style are impeccable and deeply impressive.

In making the case for divestment from Israel, the SAIA report combines the best of both worlds: the commitment to truth and justice of the most sincere and far-sighted human rights defenders and the piercing logic of the most able lawyers.

SAIA’s time-honored commitment to just peace and international law, distinguished professionalism and creativity are truly inspiring. They build on the wonderful, pioneering divestment victory at Hampshire College last year to take divestment to the next level. This makes a superb model for the mushrooming divestment campaigns around the world.

Chapeau!

Omar Barghouti Founding Member, PACBI http://www.PACBI.org

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PS: A divestment campaign at a fairly large US university (cannot disclose the name yet until the student leaders are ready) will soon be announced! Coming only months after Hampshire College’s divestment, this is the most compelling evidence yet that BDS is taking root in the US, where it matters MOST.

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It’s official, they not only forgot, they don’t give a damn By William Bowles

28 October, 2009

lest-we-forgetThe report on the explosion that blew an RAF Nimrod out of the sky over Helmand Province on 2 September, 2006 in which fourteen people died, was released today and it confirms my view of British military ‘adventures’ that I expressed in ‘Lest we forget?’. The report even names names of extremely high ranking officers as being directly culpable for their deaths.

But chief amongst the ‘shortcomings’ as the BBC describes them, is:

“A safety culture that has allowed “business” to eclipse airworthiness”

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