Iron Man on Flickr.
0 notes, August 23, 2014
One drummer drumming #music #toy #wooden #mechanical
…and here’s the old lampshade #foundthings #foundlings #onthestreet
This is a shit drawing of Picasso in the queue in BHS to buy a lampshade for his wife to make up for the fact that he broke the other one that I received from Mark Wynn today.
Thanks Mark x
"I’m studying to be a civil engineer. Congo needs everything: bridges, roads, buildings, wells. The country is like a workshop."
(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)
Current territorial control in the Syrian Civil War, as of August 18, 2014
"Back in Syria, I sold antiques and Orientals. I had all sorts of things in my shop: glass vases, old stamps, coins from the Roman and Ottoman empire, valuable laces, antique furniture. But they beat me with rifles and knocked out my teeth. Then they burned my store to the ground."
(Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan)
The Arms Trade is an abomination, and there should be questions asked about why we need to build weaponry and market it to armies who seem unrestrained in their use of weaponry against civilians or let it fall into the hands of terrorists. This is an important global issue. However is the campaign against UK sales to Israel anything more than tokenistic?
There has been a lot of campaigning against arms sales to Israel in light of the excessive use of force against the people of Gaza this summer. However, I was intrigued by a Guardian newspaper reference to “£7.75bn [of the £8bn sales being] for commercial equipment, mostly cryptographic software to supply Israel’s mobile phone networks.” and wanted to find out more.
Fortunately the Campaign Against the Arms Trade website collates all of the EU data on arms export licences, This is a fascinating resource, and one that’s been much used by the media. It shows the following:
However, looking more widely at the international arms trade the EU data provides some fascinating insights.
Clearly any stopping of arms sales to Israel in the UK will be tokenistic. As the Huffington Post recently reported on the recent investigation by Vince Cable, the Business Minister: “The department found that the ‘vast majority’ of exports allowed to Israel were ‘not for items that could be used by Israeli forces in operations in Gaza in response to attacks by Hamas’." Almost all of the value was accounted for by equipment to build mobile phone networks in residential and business areas.
You can explore the full EU defence sales database here through a very easy to use app built by Campaign Against the Arms Trade.
However, unfortunately the Campaign’s website does not at the time of writing appear to provide a comprehensive or completely honest picture of the nature of the current UK sales in its press release on Israel, ignoring the benign nature of most of the UK’s “defence” sales and relatively limited impact any boycott would have on the Israeli army.
Nor is there any reference to the arms sales to Hamas and Gaza.
For details on the missiles fired on Israel from Gaza see this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel which counts and lists the main attacks, including the massive increase in attacks this year - over 2800 missile attacks on Israel in 2014, more than recorded in any previous year - and the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas in Israel over the past decade, including hospitals and schools, which have been condemned as crimes against humanity.
Hamas co-founder Mahmoud Zahar is reported as having said as long ago as 2008:
“What do you think is more effective, martyrdom operations or rockets? We are succeeding with the rockets. We have no losses and the impact on the Israeli side is so much.”
The rocket attacks have been condemned by the Palestinian National Authority (in the West Bank). President Mahmoud Abbas (of Fatah) is quoted as having condemned the attacks several times, “regardless of who is responsible for them”, on one occasion calling them “absurd”, and on another saying that “they do not go in the direction of peace.”
The firing of rockets on Israel from Gaza have prompted the Israeli response in Operation Protective Edge in 2014 which has resulted in very high numbers of civilian casualties in Gaza and massive destruction in the territory.
1 note, August 14, 2014
How adorable is this? Jenny Lewis, just one of the guys (solo)
2 notes, August 13, 2014
This is one of the best new old things I’ve heard in a long while.
2 notes (2 plays), August 12, 2014