British merchants of death in Libya

This video from Britain is called Why Campaign against the Arms Trade?

By Rory MacKinnon in Britain:

Britain’s arms dealers flogging guns in Libya

Sunday 27 January 2013

Britain’s arms dealers were hawking their wares in Libya the day before threats emerged of a terrorist attack with Western weapons, the Morning Star can reveal.

Ex-pats were streaming out of Benghazi on Friday after the Foreign Office warned of an “imminent threat to Westerners” in the wake of Britain’s planned drone strikes in Mali.

The strikes are part of a French-led campaign on behalf of Mali’s government to destroy Tuareg separatist militias and Islamists in the country’s north.

Both the US and Britain have acknowledged the fighters likely obtained their weapons from the stockpiles of deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, prompting criticisms of Western arms sales in the region.

But a government trade official confirmed to the Morning Star on Friday that British firms were back lobbying Libyan brass at an arms expo in the capital of Tripoli just 24 hours before the warning went out.

The First Libyan Technologies Military Science Exhibition hosted 65 companies from 16 countries – including Cardiff’s BCB International, selling weapon accessories, projectile launchers and reconnaissance drones.

A Libyan liaison for UK Trade and Investment‘s defence and security organisation told the Star there had been “a fair amount” of British exhibitors at the Tripoli air base, although no major events had taken place.

But Campaign Against Arms Trade‘s Kaye Stearman said the news was “deeply worrying.”

Libya is a deeply unstable country,” she said.

Britain’s Middle East Association, which is planning a trade mission in March to discuss “civil security” contracts, did not return requests for comment.

BCB International was removed from the DSEi arms fair in 2007 for promoting torture gear: leg irons: here.

Libya: Threats and Violence Against Journalists Reach Alarming Level: here.

39 thoughts on “British merchants of death in Libya

  1. Pingback: British merchants of death in Libya | Mental Health, Politics and LGBT issues |

  2. Pingback: G4S mercenaries’ Mali war profits | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: David Cameron, weapons salesman | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Australian war hero’s denunciation of war | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: British diplomats in Libya fear lethal wars blowback | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: France and Libya, Mali violence | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Nelson Mandela, Britain, the USA and Bahrain | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: British charities entangled with weapons, tobacco corporations | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: British charity stops investing in weapons, tobacco corporations | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Arms dealers infect British health service | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Country musician Willie Nelson’s new album | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: NATO summit and merchants of death | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: Britain and Iraq war re-start | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: Wars are madness, Pope Francis says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: Weapons trade fair cancelled by peace movement pressure | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: No Iraq war re-start, Party for the Animals says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: Merchants of death’s luxury dinner in Tower of London | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: Egyptian warplanes killing Libyan civilians | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  19. Pingback: Saudi Arabia, world’s biggest weapons importer | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  20. Pingback: Libya’s oil war kills civilians | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  21. Pingback: Refugees from NATO’s wars drowning in the Mediterranean | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  22. Pingback: Saudi Arabia, stop bombing Yemen, United Nations say | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  23. Pingback: United States war profiteer corporations, Mark Fiore animated cartoon | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  24. Pingback: British corrupt arms trade with dictators | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  25. Pingback: British Christians against merchants of death | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  26. Pingback: Corporate spyware sales to dictatorships | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  27. Pingback: More Libyan blood for more Libyan oil? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  28. Pingback: London merchants of death fair hindered by peace activists | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  29. Pingback: No to refugees, yes to refugee-causing wars, British government says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  30. Pingback: Sisi regime kills Egyptian, Mexican terrorists … oops, tourists | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  31. Pingback: Novel about banks in London, volume two, review | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  32. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship, the USA and Britain | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  33. Pingback: War on Syria, by British satirist Mark Steel | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  34. Pingback: Wildlife criminals caught in China | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  35. Pingback: Anti-refugee hate speech by Jörg Baberowski in Germany | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  36. Pingback: Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen with British weapons | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  37. Pingback: ‘Brussels atrocities, weapons corporations guilty’, pope says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  38. Pingback: Over 700 refugees drown in Mediterranean | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  39. Pingback: Peaceful interruption at British war profiteers’ dinner | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.