This month’s issue looks at the interrelated topics of climate change and the Militarisation of the EU response to the refugee crisis.
Cameron Watt reports on Edinburgh University students’ occupation. Their campaign for divestment from fossil fuels, demonstrates the efficacy of direct action as the University reversed its decision and agreed to divest from Tar Sands and Coal.
Tom Younger challenges states’ military responses to the increasing flow of refugees across the Mediterranean. 40,000 refugees have died escaping desperate situations since 2000: more than half in the Mediterranean.
But, as Brian Larkin points out in our Editorial many refugees are fleeing conflict. Climate change is a big factor in fueling these conflicts and it in turn is fuelled by excessive and unrestricted carbon emissions of the US military which is protecting access to oil.
Centre News reports on the Conscientious Objectors Day vigil. We’re campaigning for a CO memorial. Sign the petition in Take Action! Come to the Unsung Heroes fundraiser 20 June and to our AGM for a talk on COs by P&J Patron Prof Toby Kelly and Dr Lesley Orr 3 June. There’s a Reflection on two COs by Alan Davies. We’re also raising funds for Nepal earthquake relief. (details p.6).
In Movements News we report on the Church of Scotland recognising Palestine as a state, the disastrous NPT, and the women who crossed the Korean DMZ.
Kelvin Mason pays tribute to a great peace activist – Ray Davies from Wales who died recently. Alan Davies tell the story of two Conscientious Objectors, and Douglas Shaw describes recent revelations behind the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
Douglas Shaw & Brian Larkin