February 2015

20
Feb
2015
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Gaza: Life beneath the drones

Unpiloted aircraft, known as drones, have become Israel’s weapon of choice in its attacks on Gaza.In Israel's 'Operation Protective Edge' attack, 37% of those killed died in drone attacks.

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19
Feb
2015
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Drax and White Rose: the Carbon Capture White Elephant

  • Campaigners warn Government against granting up to £1 billion of tax payers’ money for Drax carbon capture scheme
  • White Rose Coal Power plant with Carbon Capture and Storage dubbed “White Elephant” as similar US scheme collapses

The US Government has pulled the plug on a flagship carbon capture project on which they had already spent hundreds of millions of dollars. [1] Meanwhile, the UK Government is expected to make an imminent announcement of a grant of up to £1 billion to a similar coal power station ‘carbon capture’ project by a consortium including Drax plc, owners of the UK’s largest power station. [2]


13
Feb
2015
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Greek debt: what they don't tell you

 

Over the past few weeks Alexander Stubb, Prime Minister of Finland, amongst others in Merkel's camp have been adamant that Greek debt cancellation is out of the question. Whether this proves true or not will depend on whether such statements fall within the realpolitik of the euro crisis management thus far: “When it becomes serious, you have to lie”, as current Commission president and former Eurogroup president Jean Claude Juncker explained to the public in May 2011.


05
Feb
2015
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Israel Aerospace Industries: new company profile

Israel Aerospace Industries is one of Israel's biggest arms companies. Founded in 1953 as Bedek, IAI has long been at the forefront of Israel's arms production and export. It also develops systems for commercial aircraft. In 2013, 73% of IAI's sales revenues came from exports.

IAI writes on its website of its drones' “unsurpassed track record of over 1,200,000 operational flight hours for over 50 users on five continents”. IAI's drones have been used in Israel's attacks on Gaza and Lebanon to devastating effect. Palestinians are calling for camppaigners to take action against the company.

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Photo above taken on the 18th August 2014 by Charlie Andreasson of the International Solidarity Movement of the destruction in Gaza City after Israel's 'Operation Protective Edge' attack. The damaged minaret is all that remains of a mosque.


03
Feb
2015

Child detained for two months 'by mistake' at Mitie centre

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A child was locked up for 62 days “by mistake” at an immigration removal centre, a new report by the chief inspector of prisons released today reveals.

An inspection into the Campsfield centre in Oxfordshire, run by outsourcing giant Mitie, also found asylum seekers living in overcrowded and dirty accommodation, insufficient legal advice for detainees, and torture survivors held in violation of Home Office rules.

Despite these problems, Nick Hardwick, the chief inspector, said:

“Overall, this was a very positive inspection. Staff and managers at Campsfield House should be congratulated in dealing professionally and sensitively with detainees who were going through what, for many, was a difficult and unhappy time.”