This video from Britain is called Mark Thomas – UK Arms Trade.
By Suzanne Adely, Corinna Mullin and Azadeh Shahshahani, Truthout in the USA:
US Intervention Continues to Undermine Egyptian Revolution
Monday, 30 July 2012 14:56
As world leaders meet in New York this month to negotiate a first-ever international arms trade treaty, many human rights activists are focusing on the deteriorating situation in Syria and continued arms sales by Russia to the brutal Assad regime as examples of why this treaty so urgently needs to be passed. Considering the egregious use of state violence and the scale of human suffering, it is understandable that Syria is taking center stage in discussions around developing a regulatory framework with human rights conditions for world arms sales. However, we must not forget the numerous other regimes in the region – many of which have been challenged by the Arab “revolutions” – the durable rule of which has, in large part, depended upon their ability to purchase lethal weapons from states and companies – many based in the United States and Europe – willing to sell.
This April, we joined a National Lawyers Guild delegation of US lawyers, activists and scholars to investigate another uncomfortable case of an authoritarian regime that benefited from Western weapons sales and aid, to the detriment of the people. Our delegation’s aim was to examine the role and responsibility of the US government and American corporations in human rights abuses in Egypt, as well as the ways in which over 30 years of US military and economic intervention has violated Egypt’s popular sovereignty and locked the country in a web of debt.
The delegation met with a broad range of activists, including human rights advocates, youth leaders, Islamists, leftist intellectuals and trade unionists. We also met with several civil society organizations that provide vital legal and social services to poor and working-class Egyptians who have been targeted by the state for their activism.
Through these meetings, we came to understand the various ways in which state institutions and repressive apparatuses have been used to quell political dissent and limit the more radical demands of the Egyptian revolution. We also came to develop a better understanding of the ways in which US military, financial and diplomatic aid helps to sustain many of the corrupt and illegal practices of the state. The information shared with us by the various individuals and groups with whom we met implicates the US-backed military, police and state security forces in the most palpable forms of state violence practiced throughout the Mubarak era, some of which continues today. This includes violent attacks on protesters, unlawful detention of activists, and use of torture.
However, the picture painted for us by activists also revealed a less noticeable, and in some ways more nefarious, form of violence – structural violence – which impacts the lives of millions of Egyptian citizens today and is perpetrated by a whole range of domestic and international actors, including state institutions, private corporations, financial institutions and foreign governments, most importantly the United States and its Gulf allies. As a result, many of the popular civil society campaigns in Egypt have focused not only on challenging the most visible forms of repression, but also overcoming many of the less tangible pathologies associated with the neoliberal authoritarian state, including flagrant corruption, inequality, injustice in the workplace, and the accumulation of odious debt, or debt incurred by a regime without proper consultation and with little or no consideration to the best interests of the nation.
The tripling of US arms sales abroad to a record $66.3 billion is an accurate barometer of the accelerating drive to war in the Persian Gulf and on a world scale. This one violently surging sector of American exports reflects a diseased capitalist economy and society, whose financial-corporate elite resorts to militarism as a means of offsetting the overall economic decline of the United States: here.