Editors Introduction- July
In this month’s edition of Peace and Justice News we consider the wide-ranging and rather abstract topic of Intervention. Intervention has, throughout history, caused a huge degree of suffering and, in the light of intervention in Syria becoming more and more likely, in this issue we consider just a few examples, which should illustrate the faulty logic that suggests powerful states must intervene to prevent suffering. Thus William Duncan looks at how Iraq has struggled to rebuild the institutions of a successful state following the invasion in 2003, whilst Geoffrey Carnall updates us on the situation in Libya, providing a backdrop to the rule of Gaddafi and the coalition intervention. In addition Helen Harris looks at the price beginning to be paid by the British for colonial policies, as she looks at the recent pay out to victims of torture in Kenya.
Douglas Shaw reviews the recent book Secret Affairs, Britain’s collusion with radical Islam which considers the role the west plays in provoking and using radical Islam, whilst in Unsung Heroes Varsha Gyawali finds much to celebrate in the heroism of those responding to the recent floods in Uttarakhand. And in the reflection Jane Tallents considers an outsider’s view of non-violent direct action. Of course we also have our regular features Centre News and News from Around the Movements, keeping you up to date with what’s going on both with us and with campaigns with which we are sympathetic.
Articles, reviews and other submissions are always gratefully received: our next issue will focus on South America, but submissions on any theme are welcome and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the second week in July.