Happy New Year! In this first edition of Peace and Justice News of 2013 we gave our contributors a free reign to comment on the last year, and consider their hopes for the future. Last year was an exceptionally busy one for the Peace and Justice Centre, and the year to come is already packed with events.
However, we start with a backwards glance as Douglas Shaw gives us the run-down on the events of the previous year, some of which are positive, some of which we spent considerable time protesting.
Whilst assuredly many of our readers will be aware of the horrific rape and death of a young woman in Delhi, Varsha Gyawali discusses this tragedy from a personal perspective, giving us some insight into the context in which such a crime could happen. This is accompanied by an English translation of the lyrics of a song written in response to the tragedy.
In ‘The Warrior Prince’ Brian Larkin writes about the recent return of Prince Harry from Afghanistan, and our review this month takes a recent book by Professor Jolyon Mitchell, one of the speakers at the recent Edinburgh Peace Initiative Symposium, which looks at the role of religion and the media in promoting peace and inciting violence.
As always we have our regular features, News from around the movements and Centre news, featuring this month a write up of the visit of Bill ‘Bix’ Bichsel’s visit to Scotland, and his talk, alongside Leona O’Neill, which took place just before Christmas. And our reflection this week seeks to remind us that Martin Luther King was much more than just a civil rights activist, and that his anti-militarist views are especially relevant today.
The theme for the next edition of Peace and Justice News is Afghanistan. if you would like to submit a piece of any length, on this theme or another, please send it to the Peace and Justice Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org, ideally by the 15th February, where they will be greatly appreciated.