Posts filed under ‘Peace’

We Could Still Stop Brexit

Here I present a much overdue, much pondered but somewhat disorganised set of thoughts on how we prevent Brexit catastrophe from being fully realised. This is not a Leave/Remain discussion, and only comments that relate to strategy and tactics in preventing actual-Brexit will be accepted. (Content note, 3rd paragraph, bad relationship analogy). (more…)

Wednesday, 7th December 2016 at 18:41 UTC Leave a comment

UKIP’s threat to peaceful international relations

I’m sure far too much has already been written regarding UKIP and their potential allies’ successes in the European Parliamentary Elections. A lot of it seems to focus on either economics or race relations, but perhaps less on what it means for the countries of Europe as a whole.

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Wednesday, 28th May 2014 at 14:42 UTC Leave a comment

Gerry Adams: Truth and Reconcilliation, not Revenge

The recent arrest of Gerry Adams has been a stark reminder of just how short the time gap is between yesterday’s violence and today’s fragile peace has been for Northern Ireland. In the immediate aftermath, it has the potential to harm public safety, for both British and Irish alike. But its also a sign that a key stage of the Peace Process is now overdue by several years.

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Saturday, 3rd May 2014 at 19:23 UTC 3 comments

Obama, North Korea and Social Media

Notice how we’re suddenly talking about North Korea, just a short while after a change in leadership? Except we’re not – the Americans are doing most of the talking, along with China, who are eagerly trying to mediate the whole thing down. Do you wonder why these threats from North Korea’s Dear Leader need to be taken seriously? Wonder why its all being talked about now?

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Friday, 5th April 2013 at 19:50 UTC Leave a comment

My life 10 years on

I’m not the only person who has spent the last fortnight reflecting back over ten years of conflict in Iraq. A military conflict as controversial as Iraq is likely to continue to provide discussion fodder for the media for years to come, and more so when government files regarding the conflict are ‘unlocked’ in decades to come. But for myself, its also a very important personal anniversary to look back on.

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Sunday, 31st March 2013 at 0:18 UTC 7 comments

Olympic Weapons of Mass Distraction

There’s been a lot of general anger on twitter and facebook over the last 48hours concerning the positioning of missiles on residential buildings for use during the Olympics. Its a terrifying thought in some ways, but its also kind of irrelevant to civil liberties, and a very big distraction from the more worrying, and lasting, changes brought on by the games.

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Sunday, 29th April 2012 at 18:41 UTC 1 comment

Global Justice in a time of Austerity

in just 6 weeks time, I’m running an event of a fairly unprecedented scale at York Friend’s Meeting House, drawing together over a dozen local campaign groups for an afternoon of talks and discussions spanning the length and width of “Global Justice”. All this seemed so much more urgent before the cuts became the defining issue of the moment, and now its hard to even feel excited about the range of issues beyond our doorstep.

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Saturday, 8th January 2011 at 15:10 UTC Leave a comment

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