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Are European arms fuelling wars and conflicts worldwide?

di Monica Pinna - Fonte: © EuroNews 24 luglio 2021 [...] The Italian Defence Industry Italy is the fourth biggest weapons exporter in the EU. Its defence industry refused to talk to euronews about what and who they sell to, but anti-military activists were very vocal. Francesco Vignarca, a member of Rete Pace e Disarmo (The Peace and Disarmament Network), took us to an Aircraft and Aerospace Division Factory and Airport that produces and tests military planes. They are in Venegono in northern Italy and are owned by the company Leonardo. Before they belonged to Aermacchi. Italy's military aircrafts are made there.[...] Read...

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After Italian bullets discovered in Myanmar, legislators focus on arms loopholes

di Alessandro De Pascale, Emanuele Giordana - Fonte: © Il Manifesto 18 giugno 2021 The Livorno-based company Cheddite, at the center of the controversy over the cartridges with its brand name that were found in Myanmar in March, in places where clashes between the civilian population and the Burmese military coup had taken place, is still not responding to our requests for clarification. It’s the same with the Turkish company that owns the Yaf brand (ZSR Patlayici Sanayi A.S.), through which the Italian 12-gauge hunting cartridges are suspected to have arrived on Burmese soil. [...] Read more Download the pdf...

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How did Italian bullets end up in Myanmar despite EU Arms Embargo?

Elena Siniscalco - Fonte: ©Mizzima 06 maggio 2021 In North Okkalapa, Yangon, on the 3rd of March 2021, Myanmar police fired live bullets at a civilian ambulance. As the aftermath of the event was recorded, a witness held up one of the bullets to show the camera. Discernible on the bullet was a name: Cheddite.[...] However, Giorgio Beretta, an arms trade analyst from the Permanent Observatory on Small Arms and Security and Defense Policies (OPAL), did know where to look and was able to provide an explanation using information available in the public domain. Beretta first consulted the Italian Ministry...

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Italy advances arms deals with Egypt despite opposition

A correspondent in Egypt - Fonte: © AL-Monitor march 27, 2021 As Egypt becomes one of the world's largest importers of arms, Italy is seeking to sign additional arms deals with the North African country despite sour bilateral relations in light of Egypt’s human rights record. It seems Italy has insisted on carrying on with arms deals with Egypt despite the tensions that have marked their bilateral relations following the 2016 death of Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which monitors the world’s arms transfers, said March 15 that in 2020 Egypt had received 25 of 50 Aster-15 missiles ordered as...

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Repressive Gulf Regimes Face Mounting Pressure From EU Legislators

by Stasa Salacanin – Fonte: © Inside Arabia Monday 2 November 2020 In recent weeks, European legislators increased the pressure on several Arab nations over their grave record of human rights abuses and their role in Yemen’s war, signaling that arms transfers contributing to human rights and international law violations are no longer tolerable for many EU states. European lawmakers adopted a motion on September 17, calling on EU member states to impose an embargo on arms as well as surveillance technology and other equipment on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt. The European Parliament (EP) also demanded member states to impose...

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Pressure on Italy to scrap planned arms deal with Egypt

Virginia Pietromarchi - Fonte: © Al Jazeera 17 June  2020 Activists decry move to sell two frigates to Egypt even as 2016 murder of Italian student near Cairo remains unresolved. The Italian government is facing increasing calls to scrap a major arms deal with Egypt after reports emerged it had agreed to sell two naval frigates to the North African country. Citing sources familiar to the matter, news outlets in Italy reported last week that the government had approved the sale of the FREMM vessels – built by Fincantieri and originally intended for the Italian navy – for an estimated...

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Family of Giulio Regeni ‘betrayed’ by Italian PM over arms sale to Egypt

Lorenzo Tondo - Fonte: © The Guardian 16 giugno 2020 Murdered student’s mother and rights groups condemn $1.2bn deal approved by Giuseppe Conte Rights groups and the family of the murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni have heavily criticised an arms deal between Italy and Egypt worth an estimated $1.2bn (£960m). Regeni’s mutilated body was found by the side of a major road on the outskirts of Cairo in early 2016. His murder remains unsolved, but there are widespread suspicions that he was abducted, tortured and killed by Egyptian security forces. “The Italian state has betrayed us,” Regeni’s mother, Paola Deffendi,...

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Egypt, Italy to ink major arms deal despite human rights concerns

Redazione - Fonte: © Al Monitor 14 giugno 2020 It seems the Italian government has temporarily backed away from a military deal with Egypt. Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on June 10 that his country had not yet approved it, adding that the government is still weighing political considerations and analyzing the deal. Italy’s news agency ANSA had reported June 8 that the Italian government approved the sale of two FREMM frigates to Egypt and that the top management of the Italian Fincantieri marine industries company was involved in the sale.Rumors about the approval of the deal came after after a phone call between Egyptian President...

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European Gun Makers Are Quietly Supplying the Mexican Drug Wars

Robin Eveleigh - Fonte: © Vice 28 Jan 2020 ...Campaigner Carlo Tombola collaborated with Lindsay-Poland to expose the scale of Italy’s arms deals with Mexico, and said the social climate of the Val Trompia region, seat of Beretta’s HQ and home to the Beretta family’s imposing stone villa, is an "arrogant exhibition of power and wealth." "The family has interests in banking and they put on public shows of benevolence by funding art events and even a cancer charity,” he said. “Meanwhile Italian weapons exports and the lack of end use controls are pouring fuel on the fire of violence...

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U.S. shootings stir gun control debate in other countries

Elise Harris - Fonte: © Crux 7 aug 2019 ROME - Global Catholic leaders have raised their voices over the deaths of more than 30 people in mass shootings over the weekend in the United States, with several in both Mexico and Italy condemning racism and calling for stricter gun policies... ...In addition to Gnavi, several Vatican publications also weighed in on the shootings, including Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the “Vatican News” website, and Avvenire, the official newspaper for the Italian bishops’ conference. Notably, they each referred to statements made by the U.S. bishops, rather than issuing their own. In...

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