Category Archives: UK

British mainstrean media downplays Britain’s role in the latest Yemeni killing

Today, the BBC reports that UN Group of Regional and International Eminent Experts on Yemen will present a report to the UN Human Rights Council next month. It says that the experts believe war crimes may have been committed by … Continue reading

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For the record: BAE Chair – like Pontius Pilate – failed to clean his hands

A reader draws attention to an article in the latest CAAT magazine, which opens: “Like any company chairperson, the Chair of BAE System, Roger Carr (right), likes to use the AGM as an opportunity to celebrate the year’s achievements.” Lizzie … Continue reading

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The Ministry of Defence 1: MPs fear Britain is violating national and international law?

Lizzie Dearden reported (17th July) that a two-year probe by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones, chaired by Professor Michael Clarke, the former director-general of the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), revealed: • that the number of operations facilitated … Continue reading

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The Ministry of Defence 2: Watchkeeper drone – delays, escalating costs and test flight crashes

The BBC reported on 20th July that the MoD’s Watchkeeper programme, which aims to provide the Army with a surveillance drone, designed to provide “vital intelligence gathering and surveillance for the British Army”, has faced a series of major setbacks … Continue reading

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Britain’s war – denials wear thin: defence secretary now acknowledges civilian killing by RAF

Britain is at war with more than 1600 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Deborah Haynes, Defence Editor of the Times reports the killing of a civilian by RAF drone in Syria. The air strike was by a Reaper drone, remotely operated by … Continue reading

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Immoral, unethical and illegal? Military action in areas where the UK is not formally at war

Mark Shapiro draws attention to a contribution from Emily Knowles, who leads the Oxford Research Group’s Remote Warfare Programme. In the introduction to her report (right) she writes: “ One of the major warnings from the Iraq Inquiry was that public … Continue reading

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UK & US continue to honour and supply Saudi Arabia despite slaughter at weddings, funerals & in everyday life

Buckingham Palace 3rd August, 2017 The Duke of York this evening gave a Dinner at Buckingham Palace for Mr Yasir bin Othman Al-Rumayyan (Chief Executive, Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). Haaretz reports another airstrike on 15th … Continue reading

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