Labour shadow minister declares opposition to nuclear weapons renewal
Ian Murray disowns manifesto commitment to spend PS100bn on more weapons
SHADOW CABINET minister Ian Murray has become the first leading Labour politician to publicly oppose the renewal of trident nuclear weapons.
Speaking to The Scotsman newspaper, Murray said he would have no issue voting with the Scottish National Party against renewal.
UK sold over PS5bn of arms to countries which violate human rights
Arms licenses were granted to Saudi Arabia, Libya, Israel, Syria, Ukraine and even Russia
THE UK Government is continuing to place arms companies ahead of global human rights, as a new report revealed that over PS5bn of arms licenses were granted to countries with poor human rights records in the report for 2013/14.
Blood bank: Glasgow pro-Palestine protesters occupy Barclays for funding company arming Israel
Company profiting from death of Palestinians, according to Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC)
CAMPAIGNERS took direct action against Barclays bank on Argyle Street, Glasgow, on Saturday in a show of anger at the bank's investment in Raytheon, which arms the Israeli military.
Around 40 campaigners staged a protest inside the building, causing police to shut down public access and pen the activists inside.
Hundreds of shoppers stopped to watch the scene, as representatives of SPSC explained the action through a megaphone system.
Civil liberties groups speak out against UK state surveillance
MPs acting as a "mouthpiece for the spooks" in defending spying on millions of people
POLITICIANS calling for a rewriting of laws governing security service spying are not doing enough to defend civil liberties, according to campaign organisations.
The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) concluded its 18-month enquiry into intrusive surveillance practices of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
Laws regulating UK state surveillance must be rewritten, say MPs
Security agencies "are not exempt" from the need for openness and transparency
THE Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), an influential body of MPs which scrutinises UK security operations, has published a report calling for an overhaul of Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) and its controversial spying practices.
The Committee, whose chair Malcolm Rifkind was recently forced to resign, recommends a new framework to make gathering of emails, phone messages and other data gathering transparent and accountable.
Sweden cancels Saudi Arabia arms trade deal over human rights abuses
Diplomatic snub pushes new Swedish government to stop arming dictatorship
MILITARY exports from Sweden to the gulf dictatorship of Saudi Arabia have been cancelled due to the gulf state's disregard of basic human rights principles.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven addressed the issue while visiting Kiev to discuss foreign policy issues.
"It is true that it will be ended. The Minister of Defence will talk more about this later tonight," Lofven told reporters.
Thousands more UK soldiers to be sacked after the election, says think-tank
Budget squeeze and nuclear costs will inevitably lead to 30,000 job losses
THE British military will face deeper cut backs after the election as the cost of trident nuclear weapons and a budget squeeze reduces available resources, according to the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi).
Professor Malcolm Chalmers, who compiled the report, concluded that a multi-billion black hole in Ministry of Defence plans would result in up to 30,000 military job loses - with up to 20,000 jobs lost from the army.
New Zealand spies on neighbours as part of secret surveillance scheme, leak reveals
Fresh Edward Snowden documents show global reach of spying on 'allied' countries
THE Government Communications Security Bureau, New Zealand's security services, have been sweeping up data across the Asia-Pacific region and sharing the information with the United States.
Noam Chomsky: 'Jihadi John' comes from a system of repression
Professor states that violence, war and racism stoke extremism
EXTREMIST beheadings in Iraq and Syria and violent attacks in Europe relate to violence from Western states, Professor Noam Chomsky has claimed.
Interviewed on the US alternative media station Democracy Now!, Chomsky claimed that the widespread coverage of 'Jihadi John' in the UK should be considered within the context of anger towards violent foreign policy decisions.