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Hi ,

As Summer comes to an end (face it, it's over!), your newsletter writer is in a reflective mood.

We've achieved quite a lot in recent months.

We published our first climate fact checking series, launched our register of Common Good funds, concluded our Mind the Health Gap series with some excellent podcasts, continued our examination of the Sheku Bayoh inquiry, revealed Scotland's Secret Owners in our investigative series, and exposed the fossil fuel links funding Edinburgh Book Festival, leading to Greta Thunberg pulling out.

Not bad. Here's to a similarly impactful end to the year.
Story of the week
An in-depth look at a Ferret investigation
The Scottish Government has given over £8m in public grants to companies exhibiting at a London arms fair hosting states accused of human rights violations.

DSEI, which is taking place in London this week, is one of the world’s biggest arms fairs. The event is organised by arms dealers in collaboration with UK Defence and Security Exports, the UK Government’s arms promotion unit.

It will be attended by hundreds of arms companies, and the guest list includes countries condemned by human rights groups such as Amnesty International, including Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE and Uzbekistan.

Critics of DSEI described it as a “marketplace of death and destruction” and a “shameful festival of violence”.
What did we dig up this week?
A round up of our investigations in the last seven days
FFS explains: Glasgow’s drug decriminalisation policy
Glasgow made headlines after it was reported that the city council had “decriminalised” drug use in the city.
Host asylum seekers on Edinburgh ship and we’ll give you £6m, UK Government tells council
The UK Government offered a £5.9m pay-off to Edinburgh council in an ultimately futile attempt to house asylum seekers on a ship berthed at Leith Docks.
‘These are our people’: How a street-based therapy service is tackling San Francisco’s drugs crisis
The Ferret visits the Harm Reduction Therapy Center in San Francisco, a psychotherapy service that offers an open-door policy to people using drugs.
Yousaf vows NatureScot probe after nearly 50,000 animals licensed to be killed
Humza Yousaf made the vow at first minister’s questions on 7 September after our investigation was raised by SNP MSP Christine Grahame.
Claim one in four Scots children is in poverty is True
Ferret Fact Service looks at a Scottish Parliament claim by Anas Sarwar about child poverty in Scotland.
Question of the Week
Should the Scottish Government fund firms profiting from the arms trade?
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Best of the rest
Investigations we've enjoyed from around the world
More than half of oil accidentally spilled in UK waters reached marine protected areas, analysis finds
Investigation into a decade’s worth of spills comes as campaigners voice “grave concerns” about decision to issue 100 new drilling licences. (Unearthed)
The race to catch the last Nazis
A lifetime after the Holocaust, a few of its perpetrators remain at large. There is now a final desperate push to hunt them down. (GQ)
Old video of fight in Ukrainian parliament re-emerges on social media
A video shared on X (formerly Twitter) showing a fight in the Ukrainian parliament, was actually filmed in 2010. (FullFact)
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