From Andrew McLeod
ARGENTINA: Argentine campaigner Pablo Dreyfus and Swiss colleague Ronald Dreyer battled South American arms and drug trafficking
AMID THE media frenzy and speculation over the disappearance of Air France’s ill-fated Flight 447, the loss of two of the world’s most prominent figures in the war on the illegal arms trade and international drug trafficking has been virtually overlooked.
Pablo Dreyfus, a 39-year-old Argentine who was travelling with his wife Ana Carolina Rodrigues aboard the doomed flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, had worked tirelessly with the Brazilian authorities to stem the flow of arms and ammunition that for years has fuelled the bloody turf wars waged by drug gangs in Rio’s sprawling favelas.
Also travelling with Dreyfus on the doomed flight was his friend and colleague Ronald Dreyer, a Swiss diplomat and co-ordinator of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence who had worked with UN missions in El Salvador, Mozambique, Azerbaijan, Kosovo and Angola. Both men were consultants at the Small Arms Survey, an independent think tank based at Geneva’s Graduate Institute of International Studies. The Survey said on its website that Dryer had helped mobilise the support of more than 100 countries to the cause of disarmament and development.
Air France pilots warned about A330
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 00:20:17 GMT
A French union has called on Air France pilots to refrain from flying amid fresh reports on the number of fatalities found from the doomed flight 447.
An unnamed authority with the Alter union said on Monday that there exists a “strong presumption” amongst aviators that a glitch in the craft’s external speed device, alias Pitot, contributed to the plane crash.
The union is urging the company to ground its Airbus A330 and A340 fleet in order for experts to fix the Pitot problems that bring about a “real risk of loss of control.”
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