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The Israeli firm Elbit has been presenting its “vision” for future wars at recent weapons fairs. (Elbit Systems). Israel’s involvement in a major research program run by the European Union has been valued at nearly $1.6 billion – more than enough to buy silence over the plight of the Palestinians. Using the term “values” at regular intervals appears to be mandatory when the Brussels bureaucracy communicates with the public. Generally, the term is used to camouflage the real effects of policies with waffle about human rights and democracy. One internal paper indicates that – behind closed doors – EU representatives are really motivated by values of a financial and commercial nature. The doc... Full story

18 October