Iron Man on Flickr.Iron Man

Iron Man on Flickr.

Iron Man

0 notes, August 23, 2014

One drummer drumming #music #toy #wooden #mechanical

0 notes, August 21, 2014

…and here’s the old lampshade #foundthings #foundlings #onthestreet

…and here’s the old lampshade #foundthings #foundlings #onthestreet

0 notes, August 21, 2014

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

http://markwynn.bandcamp.com/album/bing-crosby-ice-cream-i-cant-believe-it-either-at-least-according-to-an-old-copy-of-mojo-music-magazine-i-found-in-my-dads-loft-an-ep

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

http://markwynn.bandcamp.com/album/bing-crosby-ice-cream-i-cant-believe-it-either-at-least-according-to-an-old-copy-of-mojo-music-magazine-i-found-in-my-dads-loft-an-ep

0 notes, August 21, 2014

humansofnewyork:

"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)

humansofnewyork:

"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)

Reblogged from humansofnewyork, 3,812 notes, August 19, 2014

mapsontheweb:

Current territorial control in the Syrian Civil War, as of August 18, 2014

mapsontheweb:

Current territorial control in the Syrian Civil War, as of August 18, 2014

Reblogged from mapsontheweb, 93 notes, August 19, 2014

humansofnewyork:

"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)

humansofnewyork:

"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)

Reblogged from humansofnewyork, 2,340 notes, August 14, 2014

Arms Sales to Israel

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:

  • In 2012 (the latest year for which the full EU data is available) there were EU arms licences totalling €39bn, the second highest year on record. 
  • The largest recipient of the products being licences was Saudi Arabia, followed by the UK and then the USA in third, each with more than 3bn worth of goods. I’m not sure who Saudi Arabia thinks it’s at war with…
  • Israel was the 16th most significant recipient of goods under EU arms licences, with about €0.6bn worth in 2012. This was by far the largest value of licences of arms to israel in any single year up to then. Most of this was in the form of aircraft, and in this year these came from Italy.
  • Over the period 2001-12 Israel has benefited from €2.3bn value EU arms export licences. The biggest EU sellers of arms to Israel have been France (€680m) and Germany (€612m), followed by Italy (€484, mostly those 2012 airplanes) and then the UK (€203) in fourth.
  • These are just EU arms sales, and although US data is harder to come by, the US is by far and away the largest provider of arms to Israel. It is estimated the US provides $3bn per annum in aid to Israel, around three quarters of which is money to be spent with US companies producing defence equipment (not necessarily the same as arms - these sales can include defensive radar, uniforms etc).. 

However, looking more widely at the international arms trade the EU data provides some fascinating insights.

  • EU defence sales have averaged around €36bn per annum over the last 5 years. As noted, these are not necessarily for weapons or military goods but can be for other defensive items or things of mixed civil-defence use.
  • Over the period 1998-2012, after the USA (€33bn) the biggest recipients have been Saudi Arabia (€29bn) and United Arab Emirates (€27bn).
  • Israel was the 39th largest recipient of EU defence sales (€2.3bn over the decade and a half). Obviously, Israel receives most of its arms from the USA, so  the impact of any UK or even EU boycott would be trivial.
  • The biggest EU supplier of defence products is France (€142bn overn 1998-2012). Germany is 2nd (€62bn) and Italy 3rd (€41bn).
  • The UK was the 4th largest arms trader in the EU,  with licences valued at €39bn over the 15 years of data.
  • The biggest beneficiaries of these UK licences have been USA, Saudi Arabia and France, followed by Oman, India and Brunei. 
  • The CAAT website states, Saudi Arabia “treats women as second-class citizens and its immigrant workers appallingly.Selling arms to the Saudi government sends the message that the human rights of the Saudi people are of lesser concern than the commercial interests of BAE.”.
  • Israel is 38th in the list of countries by value of defence goods export licences issued by the UK over the period 1998-2012, that is less than Jordan, Russia, Nigeria or Switzerland.
  • The nature of UK defence goods sold to Israel over this period is not clear, as the largest category is ‘miscellaneous’, However, more than half of these sales occurred in the first 5 years of the period covered by the data.

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.

https://www.caat.org.uk/resources/export-licences-eu/licence.en.html 

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.

Recent news on the arms trade supplying Hamas, include their deals with the devils North Korea according to a recent article in the Daily Telegraph and Iran, see the article from the Times of Israel.

1 note, August 14, 2014

How adorable is this? Jenny Lewis, just one of the guys (solo)

2 notes, August 13, 2014

  • Michael Fennelly (Crabby Appleton) - Peace by Peace


This is one of the best new old things I’ve heard in a long while. 

2 notes (2 plays), August 12, 2014