Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas has written a book titled 'As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela: Underground Adventures in the Arms and Torture Trade'  which I have started to read.  I have seen Mark Thomas on television a few times so I already knew that I liked his campaigning humour; in one example he was helping a group of school students to become international arms dealers to show how easy it could be.  In the book he tells some of the background to programmes made in the 1990s.  He has the confidence to pretend to be what he is not and so to hoodwink people into making revelations.  For instance he went to an arms fair and set up as a public relations company, offering advice in how to deal with criticism from Amnesty International!  An Indonesian general was keen to get some advice.

Mark Thomas also shows how laws which are to limit the sale of arms to certain countries are ineffective; the arms go from one country to another and end up in the hands of those who abuse human rights.

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