Don’t Buy Don’t Sell: Germany – Turkey

The potential of  Five Percent Campaign's "Don't Buy Don't Sell" campaign concept  is well  illustrated in Germany's recent civil society activities. After Turkey's latest "Operation Olive Branch" was exposed to show that German-made tanks were used against Kurdish groups in Syria (who were significant local allies of the USA's fight against the Islamic State), the … Continue reading Don’t Buy Don’t Sell: Germany – Turkey

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The UK has spent more on smart weapons than it has spent on humanitarian aid in Iraq

According to an analysis of Ministry of Defence (MoD) statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the UK has spent $376.2m on weaponry and almost $2.1bn to operate the RAF's fleet of Reaper drones and Tornado and Typhoon jets in the region. Campaigners have seized on the fact that the new figures reveal the UK … Continue reading The UK has spent more on smart weapons than it has spent on humanitarian aid in Iraq

The Toll of War: The Economic and Social Consequences of the Conflict in Syria

http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/syria/publication/the-toll-of-war-the-economic-and-social-consequences-of-the-conflict-in-syria World Bank This study assesses the economic and social consequences of the Syrian conflict as of early 2017. The conflict has inflicted significant damage to the Syrian Arab Republic’s physical capital stock (7 percent housing stock destroyed and 20 percent partially damaged), led to large numbers of casualties and forced displacement (between 400,000 and … Continue reading The Toll of War: The Economic and Social Consequences of the Conflict in Syria