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Arms trade with Libya: yes-no-yes-no

Last year the potential sale of night vision equipment to Libya was debated at the highest government level in the Netherlands. Documents obtained by Campagne tegen Wapenhandel through the Dutch Freedom of Information Act reveal how human rights concerns were bought off for the sake of migration control. Important background: in 2004 an EU arms embargo was lifted, not because colonel Khadafy had... read more >

Security concerns in Yemen

For weeks protesters in Yemen have called for an end to president Saleh's 33-year-long rule. In response, the president sent tanks onto the streets of Sanaa. Last week Saleh forces killed over 40 protesters. Tanks and troops were also sent to the southern city of Aden.   Until just a few weeks ago President Saleh was an appreciated Western ally in the war against al-Qaeda. Yemen allowed... read more >

Saudi tanks ready to crush dissent - with Thales Nederland equipment

Today Saudi protesters called for a "Day of Rage" . But the Saudi regime, one of the world's most repressive has made public protests illegal. Still several hundred people went out on the streets of Riyadh last week, as well as in other cities in the oil-rich country. They shouted slogans against the monarchy and demanded the release of political prisoners. The Saudi Interior... read more >

Dutch queen selling frigates to Oman

Woke up this morning with the news that the queen's highly controversial state visit (now reduced to 'just a dinner') to Oman was all about selling frigates to the sultan. De Volkskrant, which broke the news, adds a new twist to what has become a hotly debated issue in the Netherlands. While at first the whole visit appeared to be centred around the Dutch stake in the port of Sohar... read more >