Linda Pearson: If the Scottish Government are serious about defence diversification they have to prove it
Writer and activist Linda Pearson analyses the ways in which the arms industry takes advantage of Scottish Government support to further its ends, and says that if defence diversification is more than a soundbite the First Minister must detail a plan for how she is going to implement such a strategy
THE Scottish Government’s support for the arms industry has come under renewed scrutiny.
Natural History Museum face criticism for hosting Saudi Embassy after alleged murder of journalist
Saudi regime’s bombing of Yemen has caused a mass cholera outbreak among citizens
THE Natural History Museum has faced fierce criticism from human rights campaigners for hosting a reception for the Saudi embassy, as claims that a journalist critical of the Saudi regime was murdered in the country’s Turkish embassy remain.
Asking the experts: What does Scotland need from the Programme for Government?
CommonSpace speaks to campaign groups, think tanks and third sector organisations about their hopes for the Scottish Government’s agenda
WITH the new Programme for Government set to be unveiled tomorrow [4 August], expectations are mounting following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s claim that the agenda-setting document will contain “significant” new announcements.
Belgium has suspended arms sales to Saudi Arabia – human rights campaigners say UK must do the same
A ruling in Belgium has cancelled arms sale licences to Saudi Arabia over concerns they would not be used for ‘self-defence’
FOLLOWING A Belgian judicial body’s decision to suspend the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, UK-based campaigners say it’s time for Theresa May’s government to follow suit with a human rights based approach.
'People power works': Peace campaigners welcome Glasgow council announcement of no more arms fairs
Sink the Glasgow Arms Fair coalition: “The councils move towards banning arms fairs shows that people power works”
GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL will not hold arms fairs in the future, the Council deputy-leader David McDonald told councillors on Thursday [28 June].
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Campaigners aghast at arms fair guests wining and dining at Kelvingrove Art Museum
Campaigners claim the Council tried to hide the Dinner at the publicly owned Museum
250 ATTENDEES at the arms fair controversially taking place in Glasgow from 26-28 June wined and dined in the main hall of Kelvingrove Art Museum on Tuesday evening [26 June], leading to peace campaigners to question attempts by the Council to distance themselves from the event in recent days.
In pictures and videos: #SinkUDT arms fair protest at Glasgow SECC
CommonSpace reports from the protest against the controversial Undersea Defence Technology conference
OUTSIDE THE Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow today (26 June), demonstrators gathered to protest the first day of the Undersea Defence Technology conference, labelled an arms fair by outraged campaigners.