Welcome to this month’s edition of Peace and Justice News, where our theme is Remembrance and War. As we lead up to the annual Remembrance Day services and the centenary of the beginning of World War 1 we remember all victims of war, soldiers and civilians, and those who have always worked for peace.
In the Editorial Brian Larkin considers Pacifism & Realism in the context of the 20th and 21st centuries, while our newest writer Tamara Stupalova challenges the assumption that peace protests and poppies are unpatriotic. Former EPJC intern Hannah Walters is back, this time remembering Glasgow activist Helen Crawfurd and the Women’s Peace Crusade, while Helen Kay reminds us of Crystal MacMillan and the founding of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Douglas Shaw listens out for the relationship of remembrance and music and in this month’s Reflection Edinburgh poet Tessa Ransford contributes two poems and her mother’s memoir of the two terrible wars of the 20th century. Centre News includes a write up of the keynote address of Denis Goldberg (who was arrested with Nelson Mandela) to the Edinburgh World Justice Festival as well as a report on the EPJC talk by Chris Cole on The Economic and Human Cost of Drone Wars. In a timely piece another new writer Marco Gori tells the heartbreaking tale of thousands of migrants who have lost their lives in the Mediterranean. Finally we have added a new Take Action section to make it easier for readers to find out what they can do about a few of the pressing issues we all want to address in this troubled world.
Next month we take our cue from the Edinburgh Peace Initiative Conference and take for our theme Voices in Conflict. Submissions gratefully received. Please send contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org