A Declassified Australia investigation has uncovered a casebook example of ‘state-capture’, with the development of deep connections between ASPI, and the world’s largest and most powerful military weapons manufacturers.
https://www.sipri.org/commentary/topical-backgrounder/2021/reassessing-sipris-military-expenditure-estimate-united-kingdom In November 2020, in the midst of the ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 and despite a projected 10.4 per cent decrease in the United Kingdom’s gross domestic product in 2020, the British Government announced a £16.5 billion budget boost for ‘defence’. The realities of this announcement however remain unclear. The definition of what constitutes the UK’s total military … Continue reading Reassessing SIPRI’s military expenditure estimate for the United Kingdom
Presentation at the AEPF Global Military Spending and Global In(security) Webinar, Dec 3, 2020 Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South https://www.facebook.com/walden.bello/posts/10158182198814332 There are great worries today that the conflict between China and the US will not stop at simply being a trade war, that it could at some point spill over into some form … Continue reading Walden Bello on the US-China strategic confrontation
It is with sadness that we share the news of the death of Jim Radford who died in Lewisham Hospital early this morning after several weeks in intensive care being treated for Covid-19. Jim leaves behind his family and a huge number of friends, comrades and musicians, all of whom could recall a Jim Radford … Continue reading VPUK Tribute to Jim Radford
By A. TREVOR THRALL and JORDAN COHEN, Defense One NOVEMBER 2, 2020 On the surface, selling arms to Taiwan makes sense. Taipei has been an American ally for many decades and the United States has promised to help the island defend itself against China. Advocates of the most recent deal argue that the Harpoon missiles will improve Taiwan’s … Continue reading Time to Rethink Arms Sales to Taiwan