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Yemen, Sudan, and the British-Saudi arms trade
17 July 2019 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Permanent crisis in the Middle East and North Africa is presented as inevitable, intractable, and rooted in “backward” cultures. The reality is that the British state and other Western powers play a key role in sustaining oppression and bloodshed in the region, including through massive exports of arms to the military machine of Saudi Arabia. British arms are currently at the forefront of the Saudi state’s genocidal war in Yemen, and of the brutal repression of Sudanese revolutionaries by the Saudi-backed Transitional Military Council.
Anti-imperialists are fighting back. In recent months, dockers in France and Italy have walked out and refused to dispatch Saudi-destined arms shipments, defying threats from management and local government. Last month, the Campaign Against the Arms trade won a massive legal victory by getting British arms exports to Saudi Arabia deemed unlawful. But far more remains to be done in bringing the British-Saudi war machine to a halt.
Nasir M, an anti-imperialist activist from Saudi Arabia, will discuss the Saudi state’s ongoing war of genocide in Yemen and its reliance on British weapons exports.
Raga Makawi, of Sudanese Workers Alliance for the Restoration of Trades Unions, will analyse the role of the Saudi state and its arsenal in the vicious counter-revolution of the Transitional Military Council.
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