zondag 14 oktober 2018

Week 41 in #wapenhandel25tweets

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Keep space for peace protest and Menwith Hill (see tweet 30)

Netherlands / Nederland (see 29)

1 – 091018: Parliamentary Q&A Bruins-Slot (CDA). Decision on next step in replacement of Dutch submarines delayed. Defence Industry Strategy #DIS report will be published earlier. [in Dutch] https://www.tweedekamer.nl/downloads.docx

2 – 101018: One of the largest Dutch export permissions in 2017 concerned corvette seized naval vessels for Pakistan (called Ocean Patrol Vessels, OPV, by Damen). https://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2018/10/netherlands-pakistans-3rd-source-of-arms.html

3 – 111018: Letter by Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Aid Minister Kaag on Dutch and Belgian deliverances of acetone to Syria. The Dutch company involved illegally continued shipments after warning by Dutch customs, following a Russian route. [in Dutch] https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/kamerstukken/2018/10/11/kamerbrief-over-levering-van-aceton-aan-syrie


4 – 101018: The EU member states systematic failure to apply EU rules on arms export control should be addressed by wider transparency and sanctions mechanism, said the resolution approved by 27 votes to four. The full EP is to vote on it in November in Strasbourg. https://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2750272&language=en

5 – 111018: The European Commission recently issued draft guidelines on the core elements that European industry should take into account when implementing internal export controls and sanctions compliance programs. The guidance is legally non-binding. https://www.steptoeinternationalcomplianceblog.com/2018/10/eu-promotes-export-controls-and-sanctions-compliance-programs/

Belgium / België (see 3)

France (see also 11)

6 – 111018: The Supreme Court yesterday asked the Indian Government to reveal how it selected the Dassault Rafale. But by not insisting on the process of the aircraft’s tech and price evaluation, it has effectively given the Government a pass on in the process. https://www.dailypioneer.com/2018/columnists/rafale-blows-over.html

7 – 111018: A political freeze (on Libya and migrants) between paris and Rome one reason of the blocked merger between Ficantieri and the Naval Group. The position of Thales another. https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/naval-group-fincantieri-pourquoi-ca-fait-pshittttt-793585.html (Some more on the same issue on my twitter account in English and French)

Germany / Deutchland

8 – 091018: Critisism on KSA (arms export) policy of German FA minister Maas swells. [in German]
Außenminister Heiko Maas wird in den eigenen Reihen kritisiert: Viele SPD-Bundestagsabgeordnete stört sein Umgang mit dem Regime im saudischen Riad. https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/nach-entfuehrungsfall-kaschoggi-ist-heiko-maas-zu-weich-gegenueber-saudi-arabien/23161986.html

Italy / Italia (see 14)

UK (see also 27, 28)

9 – 111018: It is a question of timing, isn't it? UK Natural History Museum defends hosting Saudi embassy event. https://www.gulf-times.com/story/609146

REST of the world


10 – 091018: The juridical process is so slow that former Argentine President Carlos Menem escapes prison for illegally selling arms to Croatia (1991) and Ecuador (1995). [in French] https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2018/10/05/argentine-a-cause-de-la-lenteur-de-la-justice-l-ex-president-carlos-menem-echappe-a-la-prison_5365444_3210.html

Bahrain / Al-Bahrayn (see 28)
Croatia (see 10)
Ecuador (see 10)

India (see also 24)

11 – 081018: 'Fishy' Rafale Jet Deal for India reaches the columns of New York Times. The Congress Party has found a new spring in its step by hounding PM Narendra Modi over the purchase of fighter jets from France, a deal that it says raises questions of corruption. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/06/world/asia/india-narendra-modi-bjp.html

12 – 091018: Russian arms sales to India and the geostrategical situation in the Indian Ocean, where Indian, Chinese, Russian and US interests meet. https://www.livemint.com/Opinion/14v6bSkB1VeK8FqfcnffTJ/Opinion--Indias-S400-balancing-act.html

13 – 101018: Implications of Indo-Israel defence nexus in South Asia https://dailytimes.com.pk/308405/implications-of-indo-israel-defence-nexus-in-south-asia/

Iran (see 23)
Israël / Isra'il (see 13)

Libië / Lībīyah

14 – 141018: Italy’s premier says 2 Italian fishing vessels seized by Libyan forces earlier this week are returning home. The self-styled Libyan National Army had announced it had seized the vessels in Libyan territorial waters & brought them to port Ras al-Hilal. https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2018/10/12/libyan-forces-to-return-seize-italian-vessels/

Pakistan / Pākistān

15 – 101018: View from Pakistan: The global arms trade is most unethical of all profit-making businesses. When the entire world should be moving towards gradual but systematic disarmament it continues to travel in the opposite direction. All the while preaching peace. https://dailytimes.com.pk/308507/arms-race-2/

Russia / Rossija (see 12, 29)

Saudi Arabia / Al-Arabiyah as Sa'udiyah (see also 8, 9)

16 – 141018: Saudi crown prince M.B.S. knows how to push buttons, speaking about reform and playing the US like a fiddle. His willingness to sound accepting of Israel may also be one reason Trump is willing to embrace M.B.S. even as he was out of control at home. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/13/opinion/sunday/saudi-arabia-mbs-jamal-khashoggi.html

Somalia / Soomaaliya (see 19)

South Korea / Hanguk

17 – 141018: US (Japanese) missile defence weapons for Korea. South Korea to buy ship-based interceptors sm-3 to counter ballistic missile threats https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2018/10/12/south-korea-to-buy-ship-based-interceptors-to-counter-ballistic-missile-threats/

Syria / Suriyah (see 3)

UAE / Al-Imarat Al-Arabiyah Al-Muttahidah (see also 20)

18 – 081018: Boeing Co. awarded a $242,109,170 modification to FMS contract with United Arab Emirates for the remanufacture of eight, and procurement of nine new-build Apache AH-64E attack heli's. https://dod.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1656310/

19 – 111018: UAE violating Somalia arms embargo: Report @AJENews https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/uae-violating-somalia-arms-embargo-report-181010121417061.html

Ukraine / Ukrajina

20 – 141018: The UAE Is Letting Ukraine Help With Its Arms Industry: As a non-EU state with Ukraine is a dark horse in the global arms trade selling dual use technology and equipment everywhere, especially to war-torn countries and sanctioned regimes. https://21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com/2018/10/12/the-uae-is-letting-ukraine-help-with-its-arms-industry/


Damen (see also 2)

21 – 101018: Prominent Dutch military shipbuilder and arms exporter (like Libya, Pakistan, Venezuela, UAE) Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding announced as one of the Fan sponsors of SAIL Amsterdam 2020. /
Terwijl het nog niet bekend is waarom de #FIOD met veel machtsvertoon bij het bedrijf binnenviel, haalt Amsterdam militaire scheepsbouwer #Damen (leverde recent nog aan Libië, Pakistan, VAE en Venezuela) binnen als hoofdsponsor van #SAIL. https://www.damen.com/news/2018/10/damen_schelde_naval_shipbuilding_announced_as_one_of_the_fan_sponsors_of_sail_amsterdam_2020

22 – 101018: Dutch National Dance theater funded by Netherlands biggest arms exporters (Pakistan, Indonesia, Morocco, Panama, Tunesia, Turkey, Venezuela, UAE etc.): Damen shipyards.

23 – 141018: Arms sale of the past, still floating around. Iran transfers #Damen build (1988-1991) ship to Konarak base | Jane's 360 https://www.janes.com/article/83734/iran-transfers-ship-to-konarak-base#.W8MEASesHwk.twitter


24 – 101018: Lockheed Martin, Tata to hold suppliers' meet in India to create F-16 jets' manufacturing group. Prominent among them are GE, Terma, Honeywell, #Fokker, Israeli Aerospace Industries, Elbit, UTC, Terma, Eaton, Moog, Parker, and others. leaders.http://brahmand.com/news/Lockheed-Martin-Tata-to-hold-suppliers-meet-in-India-to-create-F16-jets-manufacturing-ecosystem/16622/1/14.html


25 – 081018: Raytheon Missile Systems awarded a $22,619,574 contract for Standard Missile-2 and Standard Missile-6 spares. Work will be performed at among others Thales Hengelo, Netherlands (9 percent). https://dod.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1648706/



26 – 191018: Readiness figures of US military aircraft (e.g. F-35, FA-18, F-22, F-16), would be nice to have similar figures on European planes to compare. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/10/09/mattis-orders-fighter-jet-readiness-to-jump-to-80-percent-in-one-year/

Missile defence (see 17)

Observation technology (IT)

27 – 081018: Government urged to halt overseas sales of surveillance devices Human rights groups flag exports of equipment to authoritarian regimes https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/06/government-halt-surveillance-kit-sales-authoritarian-countries

28 – 141018: “A British spyware manufacturer is facing legal action from Bahraini dissidents over allegations it sold products to Bahrain knowing they would be used to crack down on protests during the Arab spring.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/11/bahraini-arab-spring-dissidents-sue-uk-spyware-maker

Submarines (see 1)


Defence budget

29 – 08-091018: Nederland gaf vorig jaar al weer meer geld aan de krijgsmacht uit als in 1998. / The climb ended in 2010, but US military expenditures still much higher as they were befor
9/11. / Asymmetrical warfare is more often debated than asynchronicity in military expenses.

Refugees (see 7, 14)

Research and activism

30 – 111018: Needed voice: Space-focused peace protest at Menwith Hill https://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/16977503.space-focused-peace-protest-at-menwith-hill/

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