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Smash EDO: Andrew Feinstein talk and London CAAT action

Smasher | 17.07.2012 21:08 | Smash EDO | Afghanistan | Anti-militarism | Palestine | South Coast | World

Smash EDO upcoming events update.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the weapons inspection of EDO yesterday, despite the pouring rain. The inspection pulled off a blockade of Home Farm Road right under the noses of the 150 cops policing the event. For a full report of the day, with photos see

Most of the people arrested during the day now have draconian bail conditions not to go to the factory and not to associate with each other. This is an attempt to silence the summer of resistance. We now need you all to come down and do your own actions more than ever!

Here are a few things coming up during the next week:

Wednesday 18th of July: 4-6. Noise demo at EDO

Tuesday 24th of July: London CAAT action at the summer of resistance

London CAAT are taking a day trip to Brighton on Tuesday 24 July to show solidarity with Smash EDO and protest against the peddlars of death sullying Brighton with their presence. We have a car! We have a banner! We have songs! If you fancy joining us, please email We may be able to squeeze you in the car. Alternatively we can meet you in Brighton somewhere.

Wednesday 25th of July: 4-6. Noise demo at EDO

Thursday 26th of July: The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade -Talk by Andrew Feinstein. 7.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton. Free entry.Followed by a Q and A. Discounted copies of the book will be on sale after the talk.

Andrew Feinstein’s book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade is a long overdue exposé of the reality behind the modern world wide war machine. Tracking behind-the-scenes arms deal negotiations and their legacies, Feinstein engagingly covers both government-to-government arms sales, under the radar weapons dealing and the way they work together -with devastating consequences for the people at the receiving end of their trade.

The Shadow World is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the business of war -and resist it.

Andrew Feinstein was elected an ANC member of Parliament in South Africa’s first free elections in 1994. He resigned in 2001 in protest at the governments refusal to investigate a £5 billion corrupt arms deal. He is now a writer and campaigner.


“The Shadow World peels back the veil of secrecy behind which the global arms trade undermines accountable democracy, socio-economic development, and human rights, causing suffering across the world. In the same way that Andrew Feinstein exposed a corrupt arms deal that darkened South Africa’s rainbow nation, he has now turned his forensic gaze on the impact of similar weapons deals around the world. This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about justice, transparency, and accountability in both the public and private spheres, and for anyone who believes that it is more important to invest in saving lives than in the machinery of death.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Andrew Feinstein has written an authoritative guide to the business of war. Chilling, heartbreaking and enraging.” Arundhati Roy

“A devastating and scrupulously documented account of the greed, venality, and rampant corruption pervading the global arms trade. Andrew Feinstein has produced a brilliant and massively important book.” Andrew J. Bacevich

“One thing that has been missing has been a comprehensive book for the more general reader, along the lines of Anthony Sampson’s The Arms Bazaar, back in the late 1970s. Andrew Feinstein’s The Shadow World does just this, and in some ways it is even better than Sampson’s influential volume. What is particularly useful is the very unusual combination of a thoroughly readable book that also provides a quite extraordinary range of sources – some 2,500 footnotes in all. … The end result is a kind of hybrid: something close to a work of reference combined with a gripping and sometimes amazing piece of story-telling.” Independent 18 November 2011

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