In Centre News this month we report on progress on our campaign for a conscientious objectors memorial and feature our upcoming events: Forgiveness Workshops and a Conversation on Militarization of Children and Youth. Our petition to Edinburgh Council met with unanimous approval. Now we will determine location and form. We celebrated with a concert at The Pleasance organised by Penny Stone and raised over £600. Thanks to all who came along or bought tickets and to the performers who gave their time.
On the theme of anti-militarism Antti Sipilas gives a history of Finnish conscription, where conscientious objectors’ human rights are violated as they are imprisoned for twice the time they would be required to serve in the military while Jane Tallents gives a moving personal reflection on a clod of earth from Waterloo. And William Duncan profiles the inspiring Afghan Women’s National Cycling Team who show that sport has the power to protect human rights.
New contributor, David Simmons, looks at TTIP, from a US perspective, where the insidious international trade agreement appears to be a purposely well kept secret while Tom Younger’s review of Murray Bookchin’s The Next Revolution offers an insight into the possibilities for an alternative to the ravages of global capitalism.
In Take Action we ask readers to write to authorities in Colombia where Human Rights defenders have been put at risk by the President of the National Assembly, who publicly shared details of their travel arrangements.
Brian Larkin’s editorial returns to a familiar subject and summarises the arguments for the immorality of nuclear weapons. And there is plenty of News from Around the Movements.