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an E-CHANGER volunteer for 7 years, celia worked until june 2007 for the 'gender sector' of the MST/BA - the rural landless workers movement in the northeastern brazilian state of bahia. from then until june 2010 she worked at the international secretariat of the world march of women in são paulo. although she is no longer a volunteer, she still works in brazil with the WMW and E-CHANGER and will therefore continue to share her professional and personal experiences... enjoy!

31 August 2009

"Banking on Bloodshed: UK high street banks' complicity in the arms trade"
War on Want: http://www.waronwant.org/campaigns/corporations-and-conflict/banking-funding-the-arms-trade/inform/16327-banking-on-bloodshed

Executive summary:
Conflict kills people, most of them civilians, and is also a major cause of poverty, which in turn leads to many more deaths. Yet not everyone is made poorer by war. The arms industry is responsible for producing the machines that kill, maim or destroy, and therefore profits from the destruction. The US has exported U$53 billion in arms in the past five years. In 2007 it had the dubious honour of topping the list of global exporters with a record U$19 in orders, the largest of which was a U$8.4 billion order from Saudi Arabia for 72 Eurofighter / Typhoon aircraft.

The arms trade undermines development around the world, contributing to the poverty and suffering of millions. Whilst the world gave U$104 billion in development aid in 2006, world military expenditure in the same year was U$1,158 billion. The UK is the third largest exporter of arms to developing countries. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has named military expenditure by developing countries as a major barrier to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

This report reveals, for the first time, that all of the UK's high street banks fund the arms industry through direct investment in shares, participation in loan syndicates and the provision of banking services. War on Want has drawn on databases that until now have only been seen by the financial sector and a select number of academics. Databases AMADEUS and ORBIS, which are published by Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing and Reuters DelScan, respectively, are subscriber-only databases and have never been used to establish the link between the banking sector and the arms trade. Evidence from AMADEUS reveals how much money UK high street banks hold in shares in UK arms companies. ORBIS exposes the same holdings in international arms companies, which Reuters DelScan charts the loans issued by high street banks to arms dealers.

The new evidence War on Want has uncovered shows that if you bank with Barclays, Halifax Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Lloyds TSB or Royal Bank of Scotland your money is supporting the arms trade. In fact, the only UK high street bank that does not finance the industry is the co-operative Bank.

for once, some good news from the MST (the rural landless workers movement with whom i worked for 3 1/2 years in the state of bahia)... here in brasil the movement has been heavily criticised in the news ever since the MST camp in brasília (capital) mid-august... which goes to show that the rich and powerful (who also control the media) have recognised the victories described below and are worried that the status quo (which benefits them to such a large extent) is being threatened...

viva the MST!
Updates from Brazil's Landless Rural Workers Movement (31/08/09)
Friends of the MST

The MST has achieved two victories in the past week.

First, the Superior Court of Justice has upheld the conviction of two military police officers who commanded the troops that killed 10 landless workers at Eldorado dos Carajas in 1996. The Friends of the MST thanks all those who sent emails and other communications of support to the Tribunal in Brazil. Your support for the struggle of the MST for justice for those who sacrificed their lives for agrarian reform is important and appreciated. Thankyou.

Second, as a direct result of decades of struggle for agrarian reform and the recent national encampment for agrarian reform in Brasília, the Brazilian government has adopted indices of production that permit INCRA (the government agency responsible for agrarian reform) to declare land unproductive and available for resettlement.

This update includes:

1. [MST News] Decision Eldorado dos Carajás: STJ Upholds the Conviction of Military Police
The Superior Court of Justice (STJ) denied the appeal of the police officers convicted of killing 19 landless workers in 1996 in Eldorado dos Carajás (PA). The defense requested a mistrial, in 2002, but the ministers of the Court, unanimously, considered the legal formulation of the questions (about the crime) presented to the jury. With this, the court maintained the sentences imposed on Colonel Mario Colares Pantoja, 228 years, and Major José Maria Pereira de Oliveira, 158 years and four months.
Read more: http://www.mstbrazil.org/?q=node/624

2. [21/08/09] MST Informa #170: Only Struggle can Bring Success
This August, the National Encampment for Agrarian Reform in Brasília and mobilisations organised by the MST and by the movements of Vía Campesina throughout the country secured important victories for the working class and reinstated agrarian reform on the agenda of both the government and society at large.
Read more: http://www.mstbrazil.org/?q=node/623

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26 August 2009

all in a day's work... são paulo's military police do the dirty work of são paulo's rich and powerful and the poor get kicked out on the streets. again.