zondag 28 oktober 2018

Week 43 in #wapenhandel25tweets

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The criticism on selling arms to Saudi Arabia never was so strong, not only in the EU, but also in Australia, Canada and in the US Congress. But who brings together all the scattered voices and joins them against the UK, French and industry (in all member states) forces which want to exclude an arms embargo on the Saudi dictatorship, because reasons of gain, profit and political affiliation. (See under the tag 'Saudi Arabia' for a selected list of national positions.)

Netherlands / Nederland (see 8)

1 – 261018: Dutch Fokker produces components for Reaper killer drones. https://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2018/10/reaper-drones-dutch-air-force-and-fokker.html

2 – 23-241018: Dutch petition to Stop Arms Trade with KSA asks to implement a full arms embargo and aiming for an EU embargo. 

Teken ook voor een stop op wapenhandel met Saoedi-Arabië! Het regime schendt mensenrechten. Nederland moet stoppen met wapenhandel en moet het voortouw nemen tot een Europese stop. Teken! https://actie.degoedezaak.org/petitions/wapenembargo-tegen-saoedi-arabie

3 – 23(24)1018: Dutch government publishes factsheets on the export of crypto technology (https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/binaries/rijksoverheid/documenten/brochures/2018/10/23/factsheet-cryptografie/20181023+Factsheet+Cryptografie.pdf) and

4 – 261018: Adoption of new EU legislation and recent Dutch Belgium cases in the fight against chemical weapons http://www.worldtradecontrols.com/adoption-of-new-eu-legislation-and-recent-national-cases-in-the-fight-against-chemical-weapons/

EUROPE (see 4, 12-13, 30)

Austria / Österreich (see 15)

Belgium / België (see also 4, 27, 38)

5 – 261018: Atlantic ties over EU industrial cooperation. Airbus accepts the decision by Belgium to acquire the F-35 and is aware of the strong links with the US on defence industrial matters. Therefore, yesterday’s decision does not come as a complete surprise. https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2018/10/a-lost-opportunity-for-european-defence-.html

Czech Rep. / Česko (see 16)

France (see also 17)

6 – 251018: Defying reports that their planned partnership is doomed to fail, France’s Naval Group and Italy’s Fincantieri have announced a joint venture to build and export naval vessels. https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/euronaval/2018/10/24/naval-group-fincantieri-join-forces-to-survive-competitive-global-shipbuilding-industry/

Germany / Deutchland (see 17, 18, 19)

Greece / Ellas

7 – 231018: A prominent Greek socialist ex-minister was jailed for graft late Tuesday in a 2003 case linked to a navy frigate upgrade, a court source said. AFP news http://www.spacewar.com/afp/181024080556.drfa8ij8.html

8 – 261018: Greek arms-corruption scandal expands. Former Defence Minister Papantoniou and his wife were remanded in preventive prison for their alleged involvement in a money laundering scheme linked to arms sales during the Socialist government rule from 1996-2010.

Greek arms-corruption scandal. Minister profitted from a 2003 naval defence contract to upgrade six Greek Navy Type S frigates (bought in the Netherlands), signed between Greek Shipyards and @thalesnederland Nederland BV.

Italy / Italia (see also 6)

9 – 251018: When Italy invests in infrastructure and welfare programs it is critised in the EU because of budget considerations. But at the same time this cut on Defence will also meet sharp critique. Italy will cut €450 million (US $512.3m) from its planned defense spending in 2019. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2018/10/24/italy-plans-to-slash-half-a-billion-dollars-from-defense-in-2019/

Romania / România

10 – 231018: Romania set to choose four new corvettes, frigate upgrade | Jane's 360 https://www.janes.com/article/83937/romania-set-to-choose-four-new-corvettes-frigate-upgrade#.W89FBsA-IdU.twitter

Spain / España (see 21-23)
Sweden / Sverige (see 24)
Switzerland / Suisse (see 23)
Turkey / Türkiye (see 17)
UK (see 20, 25)

REST of the world

Australia (see 14)
Bahamas (see 36)
Indonesia (see 32-33)
Lybia / Lībīyah (see 35)

New Zealand

11 – 241018: Blockade the arms trade: Peace groups gear up for defence industry forum protest, via @nzherald https://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/horowhenua-chronicle/news/article.cfm

Qatar (see 28)

Saudi Arabia / Al-Arabiyah as Sa'udiyah (see also 2, 31)

12 – 241018: EU’s arms trade with Saudi's. 2013-2017 figures of SIPRI show UK 48.8% of arms exports go to KSA, Belgium 32%, Sweden 12.8, Slovakia: 11.8, Spain 8.3, Austria 7.7, Italy 6.3, Finland 5.8, France 5.5, Bulgaria 5.4, Germany 3.1 and the Netherlands 2.4. https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/eu-s-arms-trade-with-saudi-arabia-comes-under-scrutiny/1291960

13 – 251018: Overview on EU member states positions on arms embargo on Saudi Arabia. Rising scruples in European countries over Saudi arms sales https://apnews.com/68a744c375ba4c2e80089fa31f21135e

14 – 241018: Don't let them of the hook after all those years. Even Australia may impose Saudi arms sales ban. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-may-impose-saudi-arms-sales-ban

15 – 271018: Austria has called on EU member states on Friday to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-khashoggi-austria/austria-calls-for-eu-wide-halt-in-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-idUSKCN1MZ34T

16 – 271018: Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek did Friday not rule out a debate on a ban of arms exports to Saudi Arabia. "We should talk about arms exports." CTK National News Wire, 26/10/18

17 – 281018: Merkel and Emmanuel Macron call for a 'co-ordinated' European position on selling arms to Saudi Arabia in a summit with Putin and Erdogan after Jamal Khashoggi's murder https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6323509/Turkeys-President-Erdogan-hosts-Vladimir-Putin-Angela-Merkel-Emmanuel-Macron.html

17 – 261018: Germany puts Saudi border police training on hold Berlin German police are no longer training Saudi border guards as of the beginning of October, the Interior Ministry in Berlin announced on Thursday. Deutche Presse Agentur, 25/10/18

18 – 241018: German halt to Saudi arms sales could put squeeze on Eurofighter #EFA. Until now EFA exports to the Middle East were always regarded as a UK responsibility despite it is a multinational product. So if this will change? Needs a load of pressure. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-khashoggi-germany-analysis/german-halt-to-saudi-arms-sales-could-put-squeeze-on-eurofighter

19 – 231018: Affaire Khashoggi: the «Davos of the desert» opens in a poisonous atmosphere. [in French] https://theworldnews.net/fr-news/affaire-khashoggi-le-davos-du-desert-debute-dans-un-climat-deletere Joe Kaeser CEO of Siemens, with 2,000 employees in KSA and main sponsor of the event isn't going. Here his diplomatic explanation: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/decision-make-what-really-matters-joe-kaeser/

20 – 251018: SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford asked May to follow Merkel's lead and "commit to ending the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia". May has refused to stop British firms selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. http://www.thenational.scot/news/17005379.theresa-may-not-ending-sales-to-saudi-arabia-despite-khashoggi-murder/

21 – 241018: Socialist view on solidarity inside national borders? The proposal by the so-called mixed group includes deputies from smaller parties was defeated by votes from the ruling Socialists and the opposition People’s Party in a session Tuesday. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-23/spanish-deputies-reject-proposal-to-stop-saudi-arabia-arms-sales via @bpolitics

22 – 241018: Bitter cocktail of bribes and arms sales to KSA. Spanish High Court probes 23 years of bribery in arms sales to Saudi Arabia https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/10/24/inenglish/1540364892_173612.html via @elpaisinenglish

23 – 271018: CORRUPTION: Switzerland froze four bank accounts over probe into Spanish arms sale to Saudi Arabia. https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/10/25/inenglish/1540458976_912394.html

24 – 231018: Swedish Greens deputy @LinneaEngstrom calls for EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia. https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/news/swedish-greens-deputy-linn%C3%A9a-engstr%C3%B6m-calls-eu-arms-embargo-against-saudi-arabia

25 – 241018: #Saudi arms deals worth billions likely to stay in place. "Only 6% of people in the UK support these arms sales and we don't have any reason to believe that public opinion anywhere else in Europe is any less sceptical," Adrew Smith #CAAT said https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-24/lucrative-saudi-arms-deals-under-scrutiny-over-jamal-khashoggi/10422200 via @ABCNews

26 – 251018: The US admin defends engagement in Yemen by overstating Iranian support for the Houthis. But the fact is that the relationship between Iran and the Houthis has only strengthened with the intensification of the war And more on the dirty War in Washington.

Feel the Bern: I very much hope that Congress will act, that we will finally take seriously our congressional duty, end our support for the carnage in Yemen, and send the message that human lives are worth more than profits for arms manufacturers. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/24/opinion/bernie-sanders-saudi-arabia-war-yemen.html

26 – 231018: The little-known 11th Commandment, says, ''On the other hand, thou shalt excuse stuff like killing and bearing false witness if weapons deals are at stake.'' https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/22/opinion/khashoggi-saudi-trump-arms-sales.html

27 – 231018: Wallonië trekt staart in: wapenverkoop gaat door Wallonia waits for Europe to end arms exports to Riyadh. https://www.hln.be/de-krant/wallonie-trekt-staart-in-wapenverkoop-gaat-door~a2cab510/

28 – 231018: Apart from the needless military intervention in Yemen, let's not forget the blockade of Qatar, which started more than a year ago. And Lebanese PM Hariri, who announced his resignation last November in a Saudi hotel, speculation arose he was abducted. https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-no-weapons-for-riyadh-right-for-the-wrong-reason/a-45991937?maca=en-rss-en-top-1022-rdf

Somalia / Soomaaliya

29 – 281018: OIC meeting in Mogadishu to reinforce end for arms embargo via @goobjoognews http://goobjoog.com/english/oic-meeting-in-mogadishu-to-reinforce-end-for-arms-embargo/

South Sudan

30 – 241018: The European Union has slightly relaxed its arms embargo on South Sudan by agreeing to allow the government purchase arms and related materials that are solely in support of the implementation of the terms of the peace agreement. http://www.eyeradio.org/eu-softens-arms-embargo-s-sudan/

Yemen / Al-Yaman

31 – 251018: In the meantime. Saudi-led airstrike kills 21 civilians near Yemeni city http://www.qatar-tribune.com/news-details/id/144079 via @Qatar_Tribune

Airbus (see 5)

Damen (see also 10, 41)

32 – 231018: Damen sold naval vessels to Jakarta, but dismissed Indonesian sales agent because of corruption. [in Dutch] Tempo doeloe: Damen stuurde tussenagent Indonesië weg om vermoedens corruptie. https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2018/10/22/vlissingen-eet-nu-eenmaal-van-damen-a2752330

33 – 231018: The Damen corvette of the period 2004-09 wasn't about establishing naval industrial relations with Indonesia. It was the continuation of a policy which started in 1974 delivering warships to the Suharto regime. Overview [Dutch]: http://www.stopwapenhandel.org/sites/stopwapenhandel.org/files/imported/publicaties/boekenbrochures/Brochure_Oorlogsschepen.pdf and http://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2017/12/damen-een-overzicht-deel-3-korvetten-en.html

34 – 231018: Vendors of Damen - the main sponsor of Sail Amsterdam 2020 - make suspicious payments worldwide - Curaçao Chronicle http://curacaochronicle.com/local/vendors-of-shipbuilder-damen-make-suspicious-payments-worldwide/ via @CuraChronicle

35 – 261018: Part 3 of 4 on Dutch civil/military shipwharf conflomerate Damen and the potential reasons for the raid by the Dutch tax authorities few years ago. This 3rd on the role of Damen vessels in the refugees hunt of the coast of Libya. https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2018/10/26/gaddafi-verdween-damen-bleef-geliefd-a2752912

36 – 281018: HMBS Bahamas (P-60) is expected to dock in the Bahamas at the end of October after undergoing a modernisation process at the Maaskant Shipyard, operated by Damen Shipyards, in the Netherlands. https://www.janes.com/article/84094/bahamas-to-receive-modernised-vessel-from-damen

Fokker (see 1)
Thales (see 8)

Drones (see 1)

F-35 (see also 5)

37 – 241018: Lockheed Martin 3rd-quarter profit. Net income rose to $1.47 billion, helped by F-35 and lower tax rate. https://www.business-standard.com/article/reuters/lockheed-martin-third-quarter-profit-beats-helped-by-f-35-lower-tax-rate-118102301403_1.html

38 – 241018: Brussels makes a choice for Washington DC (or Bethesda, Lockheed HQ). [in Dutch] Regering kiest voor Amerikaanse F-35 http://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20181025_03871711 via @destandaard

39 – 261018: And here it's again the most expensive arms program ever: Some F-35s grounded again for new round of inspections https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2018/10/25/some-f-35s-grounded-again-for-new-round-of-inspections/


40 – 241018: Frank Miller, senior director for defence policy and arms control for President George W. Bush’s NSC: “if the Russians don’t see us as reliable partners in arms control agreements and think they are likely to be surprised by us, as ...” read further at: https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2018/10/23/one-nuclear-treaty-is-dead-is-new-start-next/

Observation technology (IT) (see 3)


41 – 241018: Euronaval 2018: Saab and Damen join forces for Dutch Walrus-class submarine replacement: to enhance domestic submarine competence (doesn't sound solid) and in the hope to find space on the overcrowded submarine export market. http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/naval-exhibitions/2018/euronaval-2018/6609-euronaval-2018-saab-and-damen-join-forces-for-dutch-walrus-class-submarine-replacement.html


Corruption and fraud (see 7-8, 32, 34)
Defence budget (see 9)
Refugees (see 35)
Research and activism (see 2, 11)

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