The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

Andrew Feinstein’s The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade has been a long time coming. Anyone with more than a casual acquaintance with the arms industry will be well aware of its arsenal of libel lawyers, and the alacrity with which they descend upon all but the most cast iron of assertions against it. … Continue reading

The arms fair and the media

Originally published on the Pluto Press blog. It has now been six days since the main day of action called by the Stop the Arms Fair coalition against DSEi –the world’s largest arms fair- held in the Excel Centre in East London. The dust will always take a little while to settle after big campaigning days such as Tuesday, but … Continue reading

Violence in suits

8/09/2011 This morning, at a time of the day when by rights I should have had another 4 hours of dozing -minimum- to enjoy, I left the flat for Newham, in order to help distribute 2,000 copies of The Newham Adversary. The Adversary is a one-off community sheet produced by the Stop the Arms Fair … Continue reading

Why to refuse the census

This article was originally published in the Red Pepper online blog, March 20th, 2011. In March this year, as in 2001, Lockheed Martin UK, a subsidiary of the world’s largest arms manufacturer, will be helping to run the census. Their specific role, contractually valued at £150 million, will be “delivering data capture and processing support … Continue reading

Count Me Out takes action against Lockheed

Today was the ‘Count Me Out‘ campaign’s first day of national action against Lockheed Martin’s involvement in the census. In a twitter and email storm titled ‘Let ‘Em Have It!’ people from around the UK barraged the gates of Lockheed Martin with the minutiae of their day. No bowel movement, lunch-time feast or guitar jam … Continue reading

The public face of international gun-running

In March this year, as in 2001, Lockheed Martin UK, a subsidiary of the world’s largest arms manufacturer, will be helping to run the census. Their specific role, contractually valued at £150 million, will be “delivering data capture and processing capability” for the Office of National Statistics (ONS). This seems innocent enough, but whilst the … Continue reading

‘Count Me Out’ campaign launched

Last Friday, in the half-light of the early morning, a number of bleary-eyed activists converged from across London upon the Office of National Statistics (ONS) building, near Kings Cross. The occasion was the launch of ‘Count Me Out’, a campaign aiming to raise awareness about the arms trade’s involvement in running the UK census, and … Continue reading

Discursive Ambiguity: A Critical Evaluation of the Discourse Surrounding the Arms Trade

Introduction The discourse surrounding the arms trade is an area that remains under-theorised. Perhaps this is because it relates more to concepts of legitimacy than to the study of security –which naturally tends to focus on more the arms industry’s security implications. Equally, despite its attempts to appear and be treated like any other commercial … Continue reading