The 28th June is Armed Forces Day, a national day, established in 2006 as Veterans Day, to remember those who served in the armed forces and changed in 2009 to Armed Forces Day, described by the government as ”a day to show support for the Armed Forces.” This year Armed Forces Day is in Stirling, conflicting with Bannockburn Day, and, in celebrating the role of the forces for “the whole of the UK” has ramifications for the independence debate. Responding to this the Scottish Peace Network is holding a No More War vigil. The EP&JC will be there.
Raising awareness of the alternative to the use of armed force to resolve conflict in this issue we include articles which address the ongoing suffering and plight in the Central African Republic and whether arming the UN Peace volunteers is the right decision. We also profile Peace Brigades International, which deploys unarmed peace keepers in conflict situations worldwide, while Douglas Shaw writes about Gandhi’s non violent volunteer peacekeeper program which sought to minimize communal violence in India.
In a timely article Maire-Colette and Alan Wilkie argue that getting rid of Trident is reason to vote YES in September. And in News from Around the Movements we cover Wool Against Weapons Scotland’s activities and the plan for a 7 mile long scarf that will stretch between Aldermaston and Burghfield while in Centre News we report on recent P&J activities, our Cooperative Games Workshop, the Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil and a talk on Drones. Plus details of our upcoming events: Penny Stone’s (musical) Report from the Peace Conference in Sarajevo; the Launch of World in with Angie Zelter and Rebecca Johnson and ‘Divergent Voices from the First World War’ with Gerda Stevenson and poet Aonghas Macneacail 19th July, Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Brian Larkin and Emma Logan