October 2014

31
Oct
2014
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Turkish military vehicle supplier exhibiting in Birmingham next week

A company which boasts that it is “the main supplier to the Turkish Military Forces” of vehicles is participating in an exhibition in Birmingham next week. Otokar, part of the Koç Group, is also a manufacturer of buses for public transportation in Europe. The company is currently working hard to market its products outside Turkey. According to a comanny spokesperson: “Otokar aims to become one of the key players in the European market." The company has supplied public buses for use in France, Italy, Germany and Spain since 2008.

However, Otokar produces tanks, armoured vehicles, gun turret mounting systems and 4-wheel drive military vehicles together with Land Rover. Vehicles supplied by the company are used in military repression by the Turkish police and army.


28
Oct
2014
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Facebook killed the internet star: reflections on radical media

In September, the SchNEWS radical media collective issued a statement saying they had decided to call it a day. Although SchNEWS might publish one-off articles in the future, the direct action newsheet will no longer be published regularly.

This article is a personal reflection by a one-time SchNEWS contributor. It's not a statement from SchNEWS itself, neither is it attempting to be a full post-mortem of it. Rather it is highlighting some key areas which affected it and other radical media collectives...


10
Oct
2014
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Palestinian students call for Barclays boycott over Elbit investment

The Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI), a group of Palestinian students in Gaza dedicated to the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign of Israel and the global justice movement for Palestinian justice and liberty, respectfully call on students around the world to stop banking with Barclays until Barclays divests from and ceases trading in shares in Elbit Systems, the major Israeli military company and drone manufacturer.


09
Oct
2014
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How MagForce violates arms controls

Corporate Watch has today published its dossier on the French arms dealer MagForce International.

The company was ejected from the London arms fair (DSEi) in 2013 for exhibiting torture equipment (electric stun batons and leg feters), in contravention of UK arms export controls.

Undeterred, the business displayed the same items in Paris months later.

Pioneering attempts by campaigners to privately prosecute MagForce for its crimes in the UK have been thwarted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Our MagForce profile shows how the firm flourishes in a culture of impunity, flaunting arms controls across the globe, particularly in the Ivory Coast.


09
Oct
2014
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Palestinian women's union calls for boycott of Israel

In December 2013, Corporate Watch interviewed Taghrid Jooma of the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees (UPWC) about the union's work in Gaza and its view of the international movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions. A video interview with Taghrid is embedded below, to view the video with English subtitles hover over the bottom of the video and click subtitles/cc.

 

Taghrid told us that “UPWC was established in 1981 in the West Bank to advocate for women's issues – economic, social and political. It has 3500 members in Gaza. It is a part of the General Union of Palestinian Workers (GUPW), affiliated to the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

 


06
Oct
2014
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NHS gives G4S £23m to 'care' for migrants

NHS England has awarded security giant G4S a series of multi-million pound healthcare contracts to run medical facilities at four detention centres where men, women and children are held pending deportation, Corporate Watch has found.

The seven-year contracts, worth £23.4m, were awarded in June 2014 and became operational on 1 September. As a result, G4S has now taken over the healthcare services at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in Bedfordshire, which were previously provided by outsourcing rival Serco. The change comes in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal at Yarl's Wood, where a male Serco nurse reportedly told a female detainee who complained of headaches that “she did not need medication but needed his penis”.


05
Oct
2014
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Gaza life beneath the drones: Part Four

The scene in Zaytoun after the attack by an Israeli F-16, November 2012

Click here to read parts one, two and three.

This article tells the story of the Abu Zor family, who lost three family members after the Israeli military fired on their neighbourhood from a drone and F-16. Their story shows that Israel's practice of firing a warning shot from a drone before destroying homes does not prevent deaths of people not involved in fighting. The family want action from solidarity campaigners against the companies manufacturing the weapons that were used to target them.