Today’s blog looks at an extremely encouraging Foreign Affairs Committee report on better regulation of our arms exports and the role of civil society in its development. We also look at Arctic security and nuclear disarmament.
This week we explore the possibility of US partnership rather than dominance, look in on Civil Society testimony before the Foreign Affairs Committee and consider how we can stop a shocking new CBC management initiative to disguise “paid content” – advertising – as news.
We examine the corrupting influence of an out-of-control “military-industrial complex” in America and troubling signs of the same mechanism at work in Canada, undercutting our diplomatic efforts abroad.
Today’s blog examines the UN’s explicit call for Canada, Iran and others to cease fueling the deadly Yemeni conflict through arms transfers. Then we examine shocking DND plans to potentially partner with Israel in the production of armed drones even as that country is using these weapons for manifestly illegal purposes.
Canada’s rationalizations for continued arms exports to Saudi Arabia fly in the face of UN Expert Reports, evidence from Canadian and international NGOs working in Yemen and the far more restrictive practices by most of our western allies.
Canada’s welcome initiative to build international support for a global ceasefire lacks credibility so long as we keep fanning the flames of conflict in Yemen through our continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia.