The flow of arms: threats to Iran are not idle

A typically jingoist tract in the Washington Post today reveals the continuation of Bush-era policies to support an arms race in the gulf. “The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are leading a regionwide military buildup that has resulted in more than $25 billion in U.S. arms purchases in the past two years alone” it says. In Saudi Arabia a large emphasis has been to “to harden defenses for oil facilities, ports and water desalination plants” whilst the UAE government purchases include 80 F16 jets, although both are explicitly avoiding nuclear weapons programs since it “would probably prompt a suspension of Western aid,” thus remaining the preserve of Israel for the time being. The main objective of the US military industrial complex here is, of course, to threaten Iran. This information comes at a time when Saudi forces have called a ceasefire on it’s aggressive policies in the southern border http://tinyurl.com/y9mqk5e

With Tony Blair shamelessly using his air time on the Chilcot parade not to apologise to his victims, but to attack Iran, and with US and British politicians equally belligerent in their attitude, the antiwar movement must continue to speak out against a military or economic offensive on Iran, which would punish the people there for their government’s non-compliance with US demands.

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Iraq: poisoned by war

The findings of an Iraqi government study on the nuclear and dioxide contamination in Iraq provide detail of the general health issues, birth defects and ecological devastation resulting from the wars in recent decades. See the Guardian summary http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/22/iraq-nuclear-contaminated-sites

In other news, the met are ramping up security for Blair’s appearance at the Chilcot Show on Friday, in an operation that will cost between £150,000 and £250,000 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1245767/Huge-security-operation-Judgment-Day-looms-ex-PM-Tony-Blair-Iraq-War.html

The ‘ring of steel’ aims to prevent us from demonstrating outside the conference centre. Come along on Friday from 8am and tell Blair he needs to be relocated to the Hague. http://stopwar.org.uk/content/view/1688/1/

Also, don’t forget we’re blockading Brown’s Afghanistan conference on Thursday http://stopwar.org.uk/content/view/1710/1/

An evening for Palestine

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One year on from the vicious assault on Gaza known as Operation Cast Lead, East Dulwich Stop the War presents….

An Evening for Palestine

All money raised goes to the Lajee Centre in Bethlehem http://www.lajee.org

Advance tickets from Health Matters

For more on United Vibrations see http://www.myspace.com/unitedvibrations

Harvey Hyde and the Hecklers http://www.myspace.com/harveyhyde

More local acts and speakers on the night