Bezos’ Amazon sells bleach as coronavirus ‘medicine’

This 30 April 2020 video from Canada says about itself:

Amazon workers slam warehouse conditions

Workers for online retail giant Amazon say the company is not protecting staff from the spread of the coronavirus. Five cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the company’s facility north of Calgary.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Industrial bleach is being sold on Amazon through its product pages which consumers are buying under the mistaken belief that it is a “miracle cure” for Covid-19, despite health warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration that drinking the fluid can kill.

The chlorine dioxide solutions are being sold on the Amazon platform under the brand name CD Kit and NatriChlor. …

In comments from Amazon customers under the review section of the pages … users discuss how many drops of bleach they are imbibing and explain they are drinking the chemical which they call MMS to “disinfect ourselves”, a phrase that echoes Donald Trump’s controversial remarks in April that injections of disinfectant could cure Covid-19.

Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has joined Amazon’s board of directors. Alexander was the public face of US surveillance during the Snowden leaks: here.

Vegan food on the rise in China

This 5 June 2020 video says about itself:

Not Impossible: China’s Vegan Meat Culture Goes Back 1,000 Years

Vegan meat is all the rage these days. Brands like Beyond Meat and Impossible all have their version of a fake beef patty. But did you know plant-based meat has been part of Chinese cuisine for over a thousand years?

We went to Lily’s Vegan Pantry, which has been selling traditional Chinese mock meat for 25 years, to learn more about veganism in Chinese cuisine. We also talked to the founder of a Chinese company that specializes in faux pork products to understand how the Asian market differs from the West.

From Reuters news agency, 15 September 2020:

Chinese firms bet on plant-based meat as COVID-19 fuels healthy eating trend

BEIJING: A small but growing coterie of Chinese companies are betting on a bright future for plant-based meat products as consumers take their health more seriously in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though still a niche business compared to China’s giant meat supply chain, vegetarian alternatives to meat are gaining ground following health scares like COVID-19 and African swine fever, analysts and industry insiders said.

US-based Beyond Meat said last week it had signed a deal to open a production facility near Shanghai and earlier this year launched a partnership with Starbucks for its plant-based meat products to be sold by the cafe giant in China.

Beijing-based start-up Zhenmeat, whose products include plant-based meatballs, beef patty, steak, pork loin, crayfish and dumplings, is one of many small Chinese companies entering the market. Its “meatballs” are now available on a trial basis at a Beijing store of Chinese hotpot chain Hope Tree.

“Now after COVID-19 consumers are more concerned about health and restaurant brands are responding to this,” Zhenmeat founder and CEO Vince Lu told Reuters in an interview, adding that sales were “up considerably” since June.

Many curious customers at the Beijing Hope Tree restaurant said the meatballs – made from a base of pea and soy protein – tasted like tofu.

“Actually you can tell that it isn’t meat but the feel of it in your mouth is very similar to beef. And I guess that plant-based meat is a little healthier than beef,” said Audrey Jiang, 30.

China Market Research Group Director Ben Cavender said the key to the future of the plant-based meat market was the taste.

“When we interview consumers the vast majority say they’re open to trying these products once,” he said.

“But the big question is how do they like it? Do they see how they can fit it into their diet on daily basis, whether that’s cooking at home or at restaurants? But if they do like it they’ll keep buying.”

Zhenmeat’s Lu said there was a lot of competition in the market but the real competitor was the meat industry itself.

“The most important thing is that our true competitors are not those global giants who have already achieved great success such as Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods,” he said.

“Our true competitor is the whole livestock sector. It’s the animal protein industry.”

COVID-19 pandemic news update

This 12 September 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump’s COVID-19 Response Is A 9/11 Every Week

Let us not forget on this day that we memorialize the people lost on 9/11, that, because Donald Trump lied to us about the severity of this virus, we are today losing two 9/11‘s worth of Americans every single week.

As pandemic death toll approaches 200,000, American oligarchs celebrate their wealth. 12 September 2020. According to Forbes’ list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, the super-rich now possess $3.2 trillion, enough to pay for an entire year of public education, health care, nutrition and disaster relief for millions of people: here.

Rented penguins and $300,000 dinners: The wildest holiday requests from the super-rich.

Why did so many poor New Yorkers die of COVID-19? By Josh Varlin, 12 September 2020. Inequality, including in hospital care, determined whether thousands of people in New York City would die of COVID-19.

Smoking in the age of COVID: Some immunological considerations. By Henry Hakamaki, 12 September 2020. Smoking and e-cigarettes are directly associated with increased risk of infection by the novel coronavirus.

NYT REPORTER BOOTED FROM TRUMP RALLY OVER MASKS TWEET A reporter for The New York Times was kicked out of a Trump rally in Freeland, Michigan, on Thursday after noting on social media that many of the president’s supporters were not wearing masks or keeping their distance. Kathy Gray was on site for the airport rally attended by about 5,000 people. Just before Trump’s arrival, the reporter noted it seemed as if only about 10% of those gathered were wearing masks, saying people were “crammed in” as Air Force One landed. About 30 minutes later, Gray said she had been kicked out. [HuffPost]

“I don’t want to be a typhoid Mary!”. Jacksonville, Florida teacher speaks out against deadly school reopenings. By Nancy Hanover and Matthew MacEgan, 12 September 2020. A teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, reached out to the WSWS to speak about the <a href=””>spread of the coronavirus across the state just two weeks into the new school year.

Infected students denounce administration guidelines, amidst rising COVID-19 cases at Southern California universities. By Melody Isley and Emiri Ochiai, 12 September 2020. Infected students report callous treatment from school administration, being thrown into isolation rooms without bed sheets, food or sanitizing equipment.

University of Michigan grad students set to extend strike as opposition grows to the US to back-to-school drive. By Genevieve Leigh, 12 September 2020. Nineteen of the 25 hottest outbreaks in the US are in communities with colleges that have reopened for in-person learning, sparking growing anger over the homicidal back-to-school campaign.

Francy, a University of Michigan striking graduate student-instructor (WSWS photo)

Latin America, epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, on the brink of social explosion. By Tomas Castanheira, 12 September 2020. Latin America this week reached the grim milestones of 300,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 8 million infections.

Revelation of US government conspiracy on COVID-19 exposes EU herd immunity policy. By Alex Lantier, 12 September 2020. Revelations that US officials conspired to lie to the public about the severity of the coronavirus pandemic also expose the politically criminal role of the EU.

UK government’s “Operation Moonshot”—a trojan horse for herd immunity policy. By Thomas Scripps, 12 September 2020. Under the cover of a non-existent mass testing programme, the government plans to encourage as much intermingling as possible.

Full classes, full buses—German schools are becoming a coronavirus trap. By Marianne Arens, 12 September 2020. With schools re-opening without social distancing and the wearing of masks, new infections are increasing. Throughout Germany, hundreds of facilities have been affected.

Hundreds of new COVID-19 cases raise fears of uncontrolled outbreaks across the Pacific. By John Braddock, 12 September 2020. The surge in cases across the Pacific is causing a deepening health and social crisis, underscoring the global reach of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Mink fur industry cause of COVID-19 pandemic’

This 17 August 2020 video from the USA is called Utah mink test positive for virus linked to COVID-19 in humans.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Research: dozens of infections on mink farms

At least 66 workers and family members have been infected by outbreaks on mink fur businesses. That is 68 percent of the total number of people tested on the farms, according to an extensive Dutch investigation into the outbreak at sixteen businesses. Certainly in a number of cases the virus has been transmitted from mink to humans. The outbreak on mink farms is therefore more fierce than expected. Minister Schouten (Agriculture) initially did not estimate the risk of mink contamination on humans to be high.

The research was published on a life sciences website early this month. The scientists suspect that the virus had been circulating in mink populations for some time before it spread to humans. The virus also mutated widely among minks; on average once every two weeks.

The scientists do not have a direct explanation for the fact that the virus spread from breeding business to breeding business in May and June, when the outbreak was contained nationally. They list infected farm visitors or feral cats as possible causes. The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority has now also started an investigation into possible deliberate infections. In total, at least fifty of the 128 mink farms in the Netherlands are now infected.

However, the study has virtually established that mink can be regarded as a reservoir for the virus. Virologist and research leader Marion Koopmans of Erasmus MC tells De Volkskrant daily that the fur industry may well be the “missing link” that contributed to the transfer from animals to humans in China. “This could be a plausible intermediate step in the virus’ journey from bats to humans,” she says.

Amazon Bezos COVID-19 price gouging

This June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Checking the Power of the Corona-Profiteers: Amazon

While much of the US economy is in trouble, the Amazon corporation is not. Orders are surging and workers are coping with increased demands and dangerous conditions in the workplace. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, Amazon’s stepped up its use of third-party suppliers to ship non-essential products and has fired employees calling out public health threats while Jeff Bezos has earned $24 billion in wealth since the start of this pandemic.

Dania Rajendra, Executive Director of Athena Coalition, describes how an alliance of grassroots organizations, workers and consumers are collaborating with workers to call the billionaire corporation to account. Amazon’s supply chains may be helping consumers and their communities under lockdown right now, but their business model is a direct threat. Could Amazon be brought under public check — even be seized as a utility? Rajendra joins Laura to explain why now is a time to think bigger and bolder about the institutions that shape our economy.

“It’s going to take all of us to figure out how to restore public oversight over private power.”

For more information about the Athena Coalition, please visit here.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Amazon raised disinfectant prices after outbreak

Amazon is charging a considerably higher price for hand sanitizers, gloves and other protective products since the outbreak of the coronavirus in the USA. That is the conclusion of the American consumer watchdog Public Citizen. The organization accuses Amazon of acting unethically.

Public Citizen researched nearly 25 products on Amazon‘s site and found that Amazon prices rose by as much as 1000 percent in some cases over the pre-corona pandemic period, as well as compared to prices on other websites. For example, hand soap from the Dial brand at Amazon now costs 6.41 dollars. That same bottle costs $ 1.49 to $ 2.29 elsewhere.

According to the consumer organization, Amazon has broken rules because unlimited price hikes are sometimes prohibited in some US states. Enforcement of those rules is difficult because the legislation is not the same in all states.

… Public Citizen received many more complaints about price increases of products that became scarce due to the coronavirus crisis, such as baking powder and cleaning products.

More child poverty, hunger in conservative-ruled Britain

Demonstration outside parliament in London, England demanding an end to child poverty which is continuing to rise under the Tory government

From daily News Line in Britain, 5 September 2020:

Child poverty & food bank use rises

A SURVEY of UK social workers by the Child Poverty Action Group, Child Welfare Inequalities Project and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, found that 94% of those asked believed the severity and prevalence of child poverty had recently increased.

‘At least 80 per cent of the children open to my team are in part impacted by poverty – both in-work and out-of-work poverty,’ one social worker told researchers, while another added that food banks are ‘now seen as essential’ by many families.

Cuts to local support services, including child and adolescent mental health services, youth services and children’s centres, mean that social workers are dealing with more severe issues due to a lack of preventative services, the report states.

‘Respondents overwhelmingly told us that the lack of support services in local communities had a negative impact on the families they work with, and led to situations escalating in severity as there was little scope for preventative work,’ it adds.

One of the 129 social workers involved in the research said: ‘The loss of helpful services at a lower level has driven the rise in referrals to and intervention from statutory services like mine.’

Another added: ‘There are less resources for early intervention such as support groups for parents, leading to a higher level of children becoming subject to child protection plans and care proceedings. Waiting lists for children to see a mental health professional are very long, leading to issues becoming more entrenched and difficult to address.’

‘It is no coincidence that we have more young people at risk of exploitation when virtually all the youth centres have closed and there are very few youth workers left. Vulnerable young people need youth workers, not social workers, most of the time,’ said a third social worker.

At the same time, recent research by the YMCA England and Wales found that youth services had suffered £1bn worth of cuts in less than a decade – while 34 per cent of children’s centres have closed since 2010.

The report also highlights changes to the social security system, including the introduction of Universal Credit, the two-child limit and the benefits cap, as issues blocking social workers’ ability to effectively support families.

Some 79 per cent of those asked said these changes affected more than half of families on their caseload, while 92 per cent said low income is an issue faced by families they work with.

‘Common experiences ranged from the practical challenges of families not being able to afford travel to appointments, or those posed by insecure work which makes it difficult to arrange or attend appointments, through to the emotional barriers arising from the stress experienced by parents facing financial strain trying to meet their children’s needs with insufficient financial resources,’ the report states.

One social worker involved in the study said: ‘As a social worker I feel disempowered to support families, as we cannot support when the issues are caused at a societal level: we can signpost families to support services, but that does not remedy not having enough money via benefits or a landlord who is not prepared to rent to those in receipt of benefits.’

The organisations involved in the report have renewed calls for a cross-party poverty strategy and ‘the provision of adequate funding to local government and other support services for children and families’.

Lead author Professor Paul Bywaters said the study was conducted before the coronavirus pandemic, and warned that those families already living in poverty would ‘bear the brunt’ of the crisis.

He said: ‘Child Poverty Action Group, Child Welfare Inequalities Project, and Association of Directors of Children’s Services are extremely concerned that the financial situation facing both families and local authorities has deteriorated rapidly in recent months and it is children and families on the lowest incomes who are bearing the brunt of the pandemic, which has laid bare the inequalities in our society.’

It’s no surprise, according to youth workers who belong to trade union Unison, that during the Covid-19 pandemic, youth workers have leapt into action to make sure their vital work is still accessible to the young people they support. For youth workers, Covid-19 is just another challenge

Youth workers are renowned for their capacity to find creative solutions to unpredictable challenges. For Unison members, Covid-19 has been a time to get creative.

Unison member Tony Rawlings is one of them. As a youth worker in Slough, he leads a team of five who focus on street work and young people likely to be involved in gangs.

As he described it: ‘We tend to work with young people whom others struggle to work with. We try to find out what’s going on with young people in the area and where the issues are – before the police get there.

‘We’ll work with young people to work on the issue before it gets to criminalising them.’

During Covid-19, his team have worked relentlessly. When lockdown came in, they continued to go out and work on the streets.

‘We’ve been out day and night with no rest at all. It’s been emotionally draining for me and the team, but the team have been amazing.’

Tony himself caught the virus early on in lockdown and says that the team did really well just carrying on. The challenges presented by the pandemic have turned into opportunities for trust-building for the team and the young people they work with.

Tony said: ‘Some of the young people we work with are really difficult to work with. We’ve been supporting lots of families by dropping off food packages.

‘Providing the food and being there when nobody else is has built a huge relationship with young people’s families. When everyone else has deserted them, we were there knocking on the door.’

Chair of Unison’s youth and community work committee Robin Konieczny has been pleasantly surprised by the changes that lockdown has brought about for the young people he works with in Norfolk.

‘One of our groups of young people has decided to start writing to people in care homes. It started off with them sending a card and getting a reply. Now they’ve written to over 600 residents in care homes. Young people also helped us design the social distancing and stay safe campaigns …

For Robin, adapting to the pandemic just feels like another part of the job. ‘As youth workers, we try to make best of the circumstances and the situation we’re in.

‘If I’ve got young people there who can’t engage in a physical activity because of disabilities, then I’ve got to adapt then and there. It’s a mindset, and the pandemic has just been another example of ‘‘how can we do things differently?”’

Youth workers are resilient and hard-working, and the pandemic has evidenced this. Yet the government seems uninterested in rewarding them.

Or as Robin put it: ‘We’re facing a government that basically has no interest in young people.’

No to Turkish-Greek oil war!

This 12 August 2020 video says about itself:

Turkey: Greek warship seen off island of Kastellorizo following Turkish oil search

Footage filmed from the Turkish town of Kas looking out upon Greek island of Kastellorizo in distance purportedly shows a Greek warship, on Tuesday.

The sighting came a day after Turkey sent one of its oil-and-gas research vessels Oruc Reis escorted by Turkish warships to carry out a seismic survey, used primarily for oil and gas exploration, off the Greek island.

Greece has reportedly responded by bringing in a large portion of its fleet to the area.

Athens considers the Turkish research to be contrary to international law stating that the sea areas belong to the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Greece according to the rules of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

From daily News Line in Britain, 31 August 2020:

No War! Greek And Turkish Workers Must Unite – Their Enemy Is At Home

WHILE President Trump is celebrating the Israel-UAE alliance against Iran and Palestine, and planning to extend it throughout the region, his NATO allies are getting ready to cut each other’s throats in the Med.

Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu yesterday warned Greece that its plans to extend its territorial waters would be taken by Turkey as a declaration of war.

Turkey’s discovery of major gas deposits in waters surrounding Crete and Cyprus has further escalated tensions between the two states.

Cavusoglu has now warned France against supporting Greece, saying that Paris wants to create a security force of the EU against NATO. Turkey is signalling to the USA its willingness to help the USA curb the EU. ‘NATO is one of the goals of the current escalation,’ Cavusoglu added.

The Turkish military has launched fresh war games in the eastern Mediterranean region, as tensions between Ankara and Athens mount over maritime borders and gas drilling rights.

The EU is taking the side of Greece, with France last week deploying its naval forces to hold joint military exercises with Greece along with Italy and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay has attacked as ‘hypocritical’ a threat by the EU to impose sanctions on Ankara, saying that: ‘We are proficient in the language of peace and diplomacy, but will not hesitate to do the necessary thing when it comes to defending Turkey’s rights and interests. France and Greece know that better than anyone,’ he added.

EU Foreign Policy Chief, Josep Borrell, who said that the bloc was preparing to slap sanctions on Turkey to curtail Turkey’s ability to explore for natural gas in the contested waters of the region, and could, according to Borrell, target individuals, Turkish ships and the use of European ports.

‘We can go to measures related to sectoral activities … where the Turkish economy is related to the European economy,’ Borrell told a news conference recently in reference to the possible sanctions.

On Friday, August 28, Turkey declared that it would hold military drills off northwest Cyprus in the coming weeks.

Following that, the Turkish military issued a warning to mariners, known as a Navtex, which said it would be holding a ‘gunnery exercise’ from Saturday, August 29th until September 11th. Before that, on August 12th, Greek and Turkish frigates that were following one of Ankara’s oil and gas survey ships, the Oruc Reis, collided.

Turkish and Greek F-16 fighter jets have already engaged in a mock ‘dogfight’ over the Mediterranean as Ankara dispatched its planes to intercept six Greek jets as they returned from war games in Cyprus. The Med region was not always a powder keg ready to be exploded by the NATO alliance, and the EU.

It was Colonel Gadaffi who warned the UK and NATO that if it moved to remove him through military action, then Libya would be carved up by Islamists and the whole region would be propelled into a massive oil war.

The Middle East and the Med region is set to explode and end the US plans for a signing ceremony in Washington of the normalisation deal with the United Arab Emirates in which the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was due to participate, to seal the anti-Palestine and anti-Iran alliance.

Israeli minister Ofir Akunis said yesterday that the date for the signing ceremony could be decided by senior aides to Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump in Abu Dhabi today.

In fact, the fear of Arab and Muslim leaders of the consequences of making a deal with Israel and selling out Palestine is very great. The Sudan leadership told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ‘NO’ and rejected a major financial bribe, such is the fear of the Arab revolution.

What is required in the Med region are not imperialist wars but socialist revolutions. The Greek and Turkish workers must unite to prevent any war in the Med. Their enemy is at home. It is the EU capitalists that have destroyed Greece, not the Turkish workers nor any other section of the working class.

Japanese right-wing Prime Minister Abe, buh bye?

This 28 August 2020 Singapore TV video says about itself:

Japan PM Shinzo Abe to resign due to health concerns: National broadcaster NHK

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to resign due to health concerns ahead of his tenure ending next September, according to public broadcaster NHK on Friday (Aug 28). CNA’s Michiyo Ishida gives more details on Mr Abe’s health condition, and who are the possible successors if he does step down. Read here.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will resign, Japanese media report. The right-wing conservative government leader will give a press conference this morning (Dutch time) in which he presumably will announce that he is not serving his term.

According to Japanese media, Abe is quitting for health reasons. He is struggling with chronic intestinal inflammation and had to go to a hospital for the second time in a short time on Tuesday.

His term of office would expire in September next year. Abe, 65, has been Japan’s head of government since 2012 and the longest-serving prime minister in the country. He also became prime minister in 2006, but then he retired after a year


Little is left of the support for the once-popular Japanese prime minister, says correspondent Kjeld Duits to the NOS Radio 1 News. “Abe’s popularity has collapsed recently. People are especially very unhappy with his response to the coronavirus pandemic. Abe was virtually invisible in the big second coronavirus wave we had in Japan in recent months.”

The prime minister has also been criticized for his economic policies. “Abe had a very aggressive monetary policy, … but little of his economic reforms has come to fruition. He said repeatedly that he wanted to empower women, but that has not been successful,” says Duits.

Abe’s main empowerment of women was making female fans of Adolf Hitler ministers.

“It was Abe’s big dream to remove pacifism from the Japanese constitution, but there was a lot of resistance, also within his own party.” The adjustment would also allow Japan to deploy the armed forces if, eg, an ally is attacked.

Meaning the USA of Abe’s buddy Donald Trump; if Trump’s Pentagon would claim there was an ‘attack’ like the lies-based Gulf of Tonkin incident.

Power struggle

Abe is expected to remain PM officially until his Liberal Democratic Party has elected a new leader. “This will be a power struggle within the party,” said Duits. “In recent weeks, rumors have also been growing that there is a chance of early elections. With that in mind, two major opposition parties recently merged. It is difficult to predict who will eventually become the new prime minister.”

‘Twitter helped Saudi regime kill dissidents’

This 2016 Indian TV video says about itself:

Hyderabad woman dies after alleged torture by Saudi employer

A young woman from Hyderabad who was working as a maid in Saudi Arabia has died in hospital, allegedly after being tortured by her employer.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 27 August 2020:

Saudi scholar to sue Twitter over alleged leak that led to dissidents being executed and tortured

A SAUDI scholar says he is suing Twitter for an alleged leak that has been blamed for the execution and torture of scores of activists in Saudi Arabia.

Ali al-Ahmed, co-founder of the US-based Institute for Gulf Affairs think tank, says he has filed a lawsuit against the social media giant after the identities of people exposing human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia via the platform were allegedly revealed.

“It is very distressing and it really hurts me greatly because I know some of them have died, many have been tortured, and remain behind bars,” he told the Business Insider news site this week.

British weapons for anti-human rights regimes

A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle departs for a training mission over Nevada, USA. Photo: DVIDSHUB/Creative Commons

By Ceren Sagir in Britain, 26 August 2020:

Training killer states to be better at it

Britain has sold its armed forces’ skills to 17 nations listed by the government as having abused human rights

THE British armed forces have provided military training for 17 countries listed by the Foreign Office as having abused human rights, it was revealed today.

Anti-arms campaigners called for the government to review its military collaboration and training with nations on the Foreign Office list of 30 “human-rights priority countries”, which has been ongoing since 2018.

The Foreign Office defines these as countries where it is “particularly concerned about human-rights issues” and believes Britain can make a difference.

States that received the training between 2018 and 2020 include Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, China, Israel and Uzbekistan.

Skill-sets being passed on included commando operations, amphibious warfare and guided weapons.

In Saudi Arabia, much of the training programme was linked to using British-made fighter jets that are being used in the war in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia’s bombardment of the region has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

The revelation was made following a recent parliamentary question by Labour MP Sam Tarry.

Campaign Against Arms Trade’s (CAAT) Andrew Smith said that many of the armies for the listed countries have “appalling” human-rights records and have been linked to “brutal oppression as well as international aggression.”

“By training and collaborating with despots, dictatorships, and human-rights abusers, Britain risks making itself complicit in the abuses that are being inflicted,” he warned.

“For far too long, successive governments have talked about the importance of human rights and democracy while arming, supporting, and strengthening authoritarian regimes across the world.

“There must be an end to the hypocrisy and a full review of which forces Britain has trained and if they have been linked to human-rights abuses.”

British armed forces have also been providing training for regimes with poor human-rights records not included on the list, such as Belarus, the Philippines, Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

And Britain’s complicity in international human-rights breaches extends beyond military training.

Since the bombing of Yemen began in 2015, Britain has licenced at least £5.4 billion worth of arms to the Saudi Arabian regime.

The Court of Appeal ruled last year that the government had acted illegally when issuing licences without making an assessment on whether its uses amount to breaches of international humanitarian law.

The government continued to provide new licences despite the ban, claiming it was a mistake

And last month, the government revealed it will resume the sales, claiming that any rights abuses were “isolated incidents” despite the fact that hundreds of attacks on residential areas, schools, hospitals, civilian gatherings, and agricultural land and facilities have been documented.

British-licenced arms have also been used in countries like the United States, where police officers repeatedly fire tear-gas and rubber bullets at Black Lives Matter protesters.

The Foreign Office did not respond to the Star’s request for comment.