Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

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Irony officially died when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobol Peace Prize, but it twitches back to life with alarming frequency.'

This is how Ian Nixon (no relation to Kissinger's former boss), who designed this magazine, reacted to my discovery that you can actually get 'ethical' bullets. In fact, British arms manufacturer BAE Systems are not just providing the world with lead-free eco-bullets (because 'lead used in ammunition can harm the environment and pose a risk to people'). They are in fact developing a whole range of green' munitions, from quieter warheads (to reduce noise pollution), smoke-free hand grenades, and armoured vehicles with hybrid engines. You couldn't make this stuff up...

There's a certain twisted logic to it. As BAE's Director of Corporate Social Responsibility explains: 'Weapons are going to be used and when they are, we try to make them as safe for the user as possible, to limit the collateral damage and impact as little as possible on the environment. …

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