zondag 15 juli 2018

Week 28 in #wapenhandel25tweets

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Dutch public TV news ignored it. Had only much smaller actions in Scotland. 

Netherlands / Nederland (see 27, 28)

1 – 120718: The submarine and the card game of the naval industry. http://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2018/07/de-onderzeeboot-en-het-kwartetten-van.html Written for Dutch peace magazine http://vredesmagazine.nl/ 

2 – 120718: Dutch role in Host Nation Support #HNS in Rotterdam [ in Dutch, whith ill.] #Endurance https://magazines.defensie.nl/allehens/2018/07/04_host-nation-support
NATO (see also 2, 18)
3 – 090718: The US doesn't spend on NATO, but spends on military capabilities defending its own economic and geopolitical interests in Asia, Africa and even in Europe. The core of Europe can choose a different path for itself. https://www.defensenews.com/smr/nato-priorities/2018/07/09/trump-rips-nato-ahead-of-summit/

4 – 120718: Giving reason to NATO: Trump risks 'destruction of US-China trade, damaging https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2154796/donald-trumps-latest-tariffs-risk-destroying-trade  via @SCMPNews
world economy' and what follows?

5 – 130718: Exactly: With NATO defence buildup, US weapons makers could benefit. https://www.arabherald.com/news/257659077/with-nato-defense-buildup-us-weapons-makers-could-benefit

EUROPE (see 33)

Belgium / België (see 33)

France (see 13)

6 – 100718: Helpful for whom? France plans to set up its own version of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program under which it will offer weapons in the international market on country-to-country basis. http://www.defenseworld.net/news/22881/France_to_Set_up_Foreign_Military_Sales__FMS__program

8 – 110718: A policy proposal in major French daily to strengthen the French arms industry by connecting it to civil technology and more cooperation on European level [ in French] http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes/2018/07/10/20005-20180710ARTFIG00335-l-industrie-de-defense-doit-se-connecter-au-monde-civil.php

9 – 130718: France won’t supply weapons which could be used against Artsakh, says Ambassador https://armenpress.am/eng/news/940627/

Germany / Deutchland (see 14, 25)

10 – 100718: The two Lürssen patrol vessels prepared for shipment to Saudi Arabia. [Pay wall, in German] Die beiden Boote wurden jetzt nach Augenzeugenberichten im Fährhafen Sassnitz verladen und für den Transport vorbereitet. https://www.thb.info/suche.html?q=Saudi

11 – 100718: Bayern bei Waffenexporten Spitzenreiter - Linke fordern Stopp des Exportbooms https://www.pnp.de/nachrichten/politik/3000015_Bayern-bei-Waffenexporten-Spitzenreiter-Linke-fordern-Stopp-des-Exportbooms.html

Ireland / Éire

12 – 130718: Ireland will participate in EU’s new defence research programme out of pragmatism, according to Ireland’s chief science adviser. https://sciencebusiness.net/news/ireland-pragmatic-about-need-eu-defence-research-says-chief-science-adviser

Italy / Italia

13 – 140718: Governments receive plans for industrial tie-up between Fincantieri, Naval Group https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2018/07/12/governments-receive-plans-for-industrial-tie-up-between-fincantieri-naval-group/

Norway / Norge

Slovakia / Slovensko

15 – 120718: Still sold to new customers: Slovakia selects F-16 over Gripen for new fighter

Romania / România

16 – 130718: Romanian arms companies sold weapons worth € 192.8min 2017, a record. Data from the Export Control Department -- ANCEX -- within Foreign Affairs show sales in 2017 increased 7% compared with 2016 (when € 180.8m was earned). [In Romanian] https://adevarul.ro/news/eveniment/vanzari-record-arme-romanesti-tipuri-armament-exportat-2017-le-a-cumparat-1_5b33a803df52022f7596a462/index.html

Sweden / Sverige (see 15, 19)

Turkey / Türkiye

17 – 140718: US Congress often takes a haphazard approach to foreign policy, but to deny F-35s to Turkey is the right move. Continuing to deliver America’s most advanced fighters to Ankara will do greater harm than good to US interests. https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2018/07/cancel-turkeys-f-35s-and-maybe-its-nato-membership-well/149684/

UK (see also 24, 28)

18 – 100718: As the Nato summit begins, May must ignore pleas for more military spending – here’s why https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/nato-theresa-may-donald-trump-gavin-williamson-defence-spending-a8440736.html

REST of the world

Armenia / Hayastan (see 9)
Azerbaijan / Azərbaycan (see 9)


19 – 110718: #Botswana, advice for free: If you can't pay, don't loan, don't pay. Pay for something more needed than fighter aircraft. #Gripen http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52314:no-progress-on-gripens-for-botswana


20 – 120718: Daniel Turp is a law professor at Université de Montréal. For the last three years he has fought a protracted and seemingly quixotic legal battle against the Canadian federal government to hold it accountable for selling weapons to a murderous regime. https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/martin-patriquin-canada-saudi-arabia-and-daniel-turps-heroic-crusade

China / Zhōngguó (see 4, 30)

Japan / Nihon-koku (zie 29)

Russia / Rossija (zie 30)

Saudi Arabia / Al-Arabiyah as Sa'udiyah (see also 7, 10, 20)

21 – 110718: A senior US diplomat is meeting with Saudi Arabian officials to discuss defense trade issues, the State Department said in a press release. https://translations.state.gov/?p=21403

22 – 130718: Riyadh seeks partners for local defence manufacturing. There is an increase in joint ventures between foreign defence contractors and their Saudi counterparts. | MEED https://www.meed.com/saudi-arabia-defence-contractors-local-manufacturing/

South Sudan

23 – 110718: The UN Security Council is expected to vote this week on imposing an arms embargo against South Sudan, a US proposal which follows a power-sharing agreement between warring leaders. http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/ea/UN-to-take-up-South-Sudan-arms-embargo-/4552908-4657112-kdtw63z/index.html via @The_EastAfrican

Sri Lanka

24 – 140718: British MPs launch motion on ending arms sales to Sri Lanka https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/british-mps-launch-motion-ending-arms-sales-sri-lanka

Yemen / Al-Yaman

25 – 140718: Yemen war and Germany's contribution; all parties use German small arms, despite the Government banned its exports. How can that be? [in German]
Jemens Krieg und Deutschlands Beitrag https://www.zeit.de/2018/29/waffenexporte-bundesregierung-jemen-krieg via @zeitonline



26 – 120718: Airbus CEO Tom Enders on Airbus, past, present and future. http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/airbus-ceo-tom-enders-duopoly-can-be-disrupted via @aviationweek


27 – 110718: Bollinger delivers 29th fast response cutter to US Coast Guard, armed with 1 Mk 38 Mod 2 25 mm autocannon and 4 crew-http://www.bollingershipyards.com/blog/bollinger-delivers-the-29th-fast-response-cutter-to-the-u-s-coast-guard
served Browning M2 machine guns. The design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708.


28 – 100718: On GKN - supplier for almost all aeronautic companies, civil and military - and its Dutch branch Fokker. [in Dutch] https://www.telegraaf.nl/financieel/2280235/expansie-in-azie-voor-gkn-aerospace


F-35 (see also 17)

29 – 120718: While there’s little prospect that #Japanese consumers will ever buy enough American cars to please Donald Trump, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe government’s record spending on defense is shaping up as a bright spot in bilateral trade for the US president. #F35 https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/11/national/japan-snubs-homegrown-weaponry-buy-u-s-putting-domestic-industry-threat/

Robot weapons / AI

30 – 130718: #Russia and the #US are moving closer to opening their own centers for military-related research into artificial intelligence #AI, as #China did in the spring of last year. But the three governments have differing approaches. https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/07/china-russia-and-us-are-all-building-centers-military-ai/149643/ via @defenseone

Small Arms

31 – 130718: US exporters of sporting ammunition will be able to ship to 34 countries without a license. That’s bad news. https://orchidadvisors.com/export-control-reform-ammunition-industry/

Submarines (see 1)



32 – 110718: This paper examines the link between political finance & corruption in arms trade. It draws on World Peace Foundation’s Compendium of Arms Trade Corruption, a collection of 29 cases of corruption in the arms trade andmilitary sector from around the world. https://sites.tufts.edu/wpf/arms-trade-corruption-and-political-finance/

Defence budget (see 18)

Research and activism (see 12,

33 – 090718: After a complaint by Vredesactie with the @EUombudsman, the European Defence Agency improves its transparency procedures. https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/cases/decision.faces/en/98631/html.bookmark

This is a selection from a larger amount of tweets. Tweets with a relation the Netherlands, arms trade and defence-industry weight heavier in the selection. If you want to have them daily see http://twitter.com/martinbroek