Category Archives: United Kingdom

UK, UAE and Ukraine involved in illegal arms deliveries to South Sudan

The Amnesty International human rights organization has found evidence that UK, UAE and Ukraine are involved in illegal arms deliveries to South Sudan, the organization’s Ukrainian department said on Facebook.

The report documents a complex multi-million dollar arms deal involving entities in the UK, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. While outlining the obligations of Ukraine and UAE to prevent irresponsible arms transfers, the report focuses on the role of a UK ‘front’ or ‘shell’ company, whose name was found on contract documents and an end user certificate. Any involvement of a UK-registered company in arms transfers to South Sudan would be in breach of the EU arms embargo on South Sudan, as well the Arms Trade Treaty, UK domestic law and stated UK policy on South Sudan.

UK | Socialism is Back: the Durham Miners’ Gala

by Chris Nineham

The Durham Miners’ Gala is one of the great working class events. It’s a festival where brass bands from all the former pit towns and villages in the area march to the town and then process through Durham’s beautiful winding streets to the Big Meeting in a huge sports field by the river. It has kept alive the memory of the coal miners’ great tradition of struggle, but it has done a lot more than that. It has become a festival of working class resilience and resistance.

UK | BBC Ukrainian is glorifying a nazi gang

BBC Ukrainian has published an article glorifying contemporary Ukrainian nazi group in Kiev. Left blogger Andriy Movchan describes the scandal on Facebook post.  “BBC Ukrainian is glorifying a nazi gang C14 for organizing «safari against separatists» in Kiev. The article is full of empathy towards «guys», as BBC calls those nazi. Meanwhile, their victims (who usually are oppositional journalists and left-wing activists) without any doubts are mentioned as «separatists».

UK | Trump, May and Farage: the roll of shame – Election briefing

by Lindsey German

As campaigning enters its final stretch, right wing reaction is plumbing new depths, writes Lindsey German

As all readers of the briefing will no doubt be aware by now, my opinions of Donald Trump and Theresa May are low. However, even I have lowered that opinion still further given the events of the past 36 hours. Trump set the scene by using the terrible attack at London Bridge to demand that US courts allow him to go ahead with his Muslim travel ban. He later launched a completely mendacious attack on London’s Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan. Theresa May urged the calling off of election campaigning (apparently she wanted this for longer than one day) but then almost immediately made a speech which was anything but unpolitical and which allowed her to continue campaigning while others could not.

UK | Brexit: Securing a New English-speaking Union?

by F. William Engdahl

It’s becoming clear that there is a far more ambitious strategy behind Great Britain’s exit from the European Union, the so-called Brexit. Far from a reluctant government led by Prime Minister Theresa May, forced to listen to the Vox Populi of the majority of voters in 2016 who voted to exit the European Union, signs emerge of a far more devious well-planned strategy at the highest levels of British power, including the House of Windsor and the powers of the formidable City of London financial institutions. Britain is ditching the EU as a failed option, and seems to be intent on building a new English-speaking Union together with the United States and with the nations of the Commonwealth–the former colonies of the British Empire prior to 1914.