BAE Systems shares fall over Germany’s ban on arms exports to Saudis

Defence company BAE Systems’ share price fell sharply on Thursday after it warned that a German ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia, imposed after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, could scupper a multibillion-pound deal to sell Typhoon fighter jets. Alongside its annual results on Thursday, BAE Systems stressed that its business is “reliant on the approval … Continue reading BAE Systems shares fall over Germany’s ban on arms exports to Saudis

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One-third of UK arms sales go to states on human rights watchlist

Nearly a third of arms exports authorised by Britain over the past decade were to nations identified by the government as among the worst for human rights, new figures reveal. Military arms deals worth an estimated £39bn were approved between 2008 and 2017, £12bn of which went to states included on the Foreign and Commonwealth … Continue reading One-third of UK arms sales go to states on human rights watchlist

EU arms sale to Saudi and UAE since 2015: 55 times more than aid to Yemen

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/perverse-cycle-european-arms-sales-saudi-and-uae-worth-sixty-times-aid-yemen-356882718 Yet while the Saudi-led coalition has bombed the region’s poorest country over the past three years, the EU and European countries approved the sale of more than $86.7bn in arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to figures compiled by Middle East Eye. The value of the licences which the countries issued … Continue reading EU arms sale to Saudi and UAE since 2015: 55 times more than aid to Yemen

Saudi and UAE are Starving Yemenis to Death

https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/11/08/saudi-arabia-and-the-united-arab-emirates-are-starving-yemenis-to-death-mbs-khashoggi-famine-yemen-blockade-houthis/ According to the Yemen Data Project, Saudi and Emirati aircraft have conducted over 18,500 air raids on Yemen since the war began—an average of over 14 attacks every day for over 1,300 days. They have bombed schools, hospitals, homes, markets, factories, roads, farms, and even historical sites. Tens of thousands of civilians, including thousands of children, have been … Continue reading Saudi and UAE are Starving Yemenis to Death

The Costs of War Project: half a million people directly killed by ‘war on terror’

https://www.axios.com/rising-death-rate-prompts-some-in-congress-to-reassess-war-on-terror-30e41979-317b-4a92-a6c0-90059dfe7178.html The United States’ “war on terror” in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq has directly killed at least 480,000 people since 2001, according to a new report by the Costs of War Project at Brown University. This is an increase of 113,000 over the last count, issued just two years ago. ... The tally includes civilians, U.S. and … Continue reading The Costs of War Project: half a million people directly killed by ‘war on terror’