New Internationalist

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Issue 221

new internationalist
issue 221 - July 1991

 

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and worth reading on THE ARMS TRADE

WORTH CONTACTING
There are many groups. We have space to list but a few.

AOTEAROA (NZ): New Zealand Nuclear-free Peacemaking Association, PO Box 18541 Christchurch. Peace Researcher, PG Box 2 Lincoln University, Canterbury.

AUSTRALIA: Campaign Against the Arms Trade, Peter Jones (Jo Valentine Green Senator), Parliament House, Canberra Act 2600. Tel: (06) 2773790. Greenpeace, 37 Nicholson Rd, Balmain, 2041. Tel: (02) 555 7044. Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific, P0 Box 489 Petersham. Tel: (02) 550 9967. Anti-bases Action Committee, 56 Forster St, Surry Hills 2010. Tel: (02) 281 8390.

CANADA: Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade, 541 McLeod St., Ottawa Ontario Canada K1R 5R2. Tel.: 613-231-3076 Fax: 613-231-2614 Email: ad207@ncf.ca Web site: http://www.ncf.ca/coat Project Ploughshares, National Office, Conrad Grebel College, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2t. 3G6. Tel: (519) 888 6541. World Federalists of Canada, 145 Spruce St. Ste 207, Ottawa, Ont. KIR 6P1. Tel: (613) 232 0647.

UK: Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), 11, Goodwin Street, Finsbury Park, London N4 3HQ. Tel: (071) 281 0297. Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), 162 Holloway Road, London N7 8DQ. Tel: (071) 700 2393. Peace Pledge Union, 6 Endsleigh Street, London WC1 H ODX. Tel: (071) 387 5501. Friends of the Earth, 26-28 Underwood Street, London Ni 7JQ. Tel: (071) 490 1555.

US: The National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament, Suite 9, 1801 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington DC 20009. Tel: (202) 462 0091. Mobilization for Survival, 45 John Street, Ste 811, New York, NY 10038. Tel: (212) 385 2222. Sane/Freeze: Campaign for Global Security, 1819 H St. W, Ste 640, Washington DC 20006. Tel: (202) 862 9740.

INTERNATIONAL: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Pipers Vag 28, S-171 73 Solna, Sweden. Tel: (46) 8655 9700.

HUMAN RIGHTS
The arms trade is a human rights issue worth raising in such groups.

Arms exports to Indonesia help the brutal dictatorship of General Suharto.
Contact: TAPOL, The Indonesian Human Rights Campaign,
Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 8HW, UK. Tel: (081) 771 2904.

PARLIAMENTARY ACTION

. Put pressure on politicians to demand a national register of arms exports. This will remove secrecy, making control easier.

. Demand that your government close down departments for exporting arms.

WORTH CHOOSING
Consuming ethically is one way of registering protest - or support. If you have a pension fund make sure it is an ethical one. You can boycott companies with military connections more effectively reason for your choice.

NO MILITARY CONNECTION:
Volkswagen, Audi and Seat - cars.
Electrolux, Hoover, Sharp, Matsushita, JVC, National, Technics, Panasonic - household and electrical goods.
Sony, Aiwa, Columbia, CBS, Warner, Amstrad - recorded music, videos, music systems, computers.
Virgin, Thomson - recorded music, travel
(Brands: Virgin, Siren, Horizon, Lunn Poly).

SOME MILITARY SALES ($10-$50 million)
Peugeot, Renault - cars.
Tate & Lyle - sugar, syrup
Hanson Trust - (Brands. Players, Castella, Woodbines cigars and cigarettes, and EverReady batteries),
E.l. du Pont Nemours - fuel Conoco), textiles (Brands: Lycra and Orlon).
Hitachi - music systems.
Coats Viyella - (Textiles: Chartex, Dorma, Vantona, and Tactel). imperial Chemical Industries 101) - medicines

LARGE MILITARY SALES (over $50 million)
Ford General Motors, British Aerospace (Rover), Nissan, Fiat - cars.
BP (British Petroleum), Esso (Exxon), Mobil, Shell, Texaco - fuel.
Green Force (BP) - household cleaners.
Philips, General Electric Company, Toshiba, Thorn EMI: - recorded music (Brands: Island, Polygram, A&M, Chrysalis, Capitol EMI) - videos, electrical and household (Brands: Creda, Hotpoint, Redring).

This information comes from Changing Corporate by R Adams, J Carruthers and Sean Hamil which can be obtained from New consumer at 52, Elswick Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE4 6JH.

WORTH READING
The following books are relevant in the post-Cold War world.

Death on Delivery (Campaign Against the Arms Trade, 1989) is probably the best and most readable book on how the arms trade affects the Third World. The Demilitarized Society by Seymour Melman (Spokesman, 1988) argues the economic case for conversion simply and persuasively. For fresh feminist perspective Cynthia Enloe's Bananas Beaches and Bases is highly recommended (Pandora, 1989). There are also interesting pieces in a new international collection Reader In Peace Studies, edited by Paul Snoker (Pergamon Press, 1990). For a look inside the shady world of the arms-makers and dealers Anthony Sampson's The Arms Bazaar (Coronet, 1977) is a must; an updated version is in preparation. Trading in Death by James Adams is in a similar vein, but stronger on anecdote and intrigue than politics. The best reference books are the SIPRI Yearbook 1991 (Stockholm International Institute for Peace Studies, Oxford 1991); and Military and Social Expenditures 1990/1991 by Ruth Leger Sivard (World Priorities, 1991). This edition is due out soon.

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