Blog: Peace

5 things you can do to show solidarity with environmental and human rights activists at risk

Posted by Martin Vainstein — 25 July 2016 at 5:16pm - Comments

People who campaign for the environment are being killed on a day to day basis, from Colombia to South Africa, Brazil to the Philippines. If being a campaigner in the South is so dangerous then we must ask ourselves: what can we do from the Global North to show solidarity with our fellow activists?

What my grandmother would say about President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima

Posted by Daisuke Miyachi — 26 May 2016 at 4:55pm - Comments

World leaders are meeting in Japan for the G7, but on a side trip, President Obama is doing something no sitting US president has done before: visit Hiroshima. The city was flattened during World War Two by the first nuclear weapon used in warfare. Now more than ever, we need leadership to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself. We need to go nuclear-free. 

Refugee Crisis: Not The New Normal

Posted by India Thorogood — 4 April 2016 at 4:00pm - Comments

The refugee crisis is still making the news, but as the tweets, comment pieces and protests die down, it’s easy to wonder if we’re becoming desensitised and numb to what we see. Are the sad faces squashed against boat and car windows, the babies in tatty lifejackets and sinking boats, becoming normal?

Honouring courage and compassion: Peace Day 2015

Posted by Kumi Naidoo — 21 September 2015 at 11:58am - Comments

I was 22 years old when I had to leave my homeland, South Africa. I had no choice. I was living underground for a year by then, to avoid being arrested. This was 1987, in the midst of one of the most bloody and violent periods in the history of Apartheid South Africa.

A Manifesto for Change

Posted by John Sauven — 1 May 2015 at 4:37pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace

Next year, the International Union of Geological Sciences will report on the outcome of one of the biggest scientific debates of our time: whether the Earth has entered a new geological epoch. For the last 10,000 years – a period that has seen the birth and flourishing of human civilisation – we have been living through the Holocene epoch. But there is an emerging consensus that this epoch may now be over, superseded by a new age: the Anthropocene. The age of humans.

Home at last in Istanbul

Posted by Jen Maman — 5 June 2013 at 2:16pm - Comments
Protesters in Gezi Park, Istanbul
All rights reserved. Credit: Volkan Cagali / Greenpeace
The kindness of strangers during the Gezi Park protests have made Istanbul feel like home

I have been living in Istanbul, in Taksim, for the last year and a half. This weekend I felt at home here for the first time. Against the tense backdrop and amid the clouds of tear gas people are being exceptionally kind.

Remembering the Warrior

Posted by hayley.baker — 10 July 2012 at 10:16am - Comments
The Rainbow Warrior sunk after being bombed by the French in 1985
All rights reserved. Credit: Brian Latham / Greenpeace
The Rainbow Warrior was bombed by the French secret service in 1985

Today is the 27th anniversary of the 1985 bombing of the Rainbow Warrior by French secret service agents here in Auckland harbour. That is a long time ago now, but every year at this time I am reminded in crystal clear detail of the day and the times, and of Fernando.

Two bullets per person: the trillion dollar military spending club

Posted by Kumi Naidoo — 18 April 2012 at 8:57am - Comments
The dove of peace and the rainbow
All rights reserved. Credit: Eric Spiegel / Greenpeace
Stop spending on war. We need to invest in a green peace.

What would you do with $1,738 billion (US dollars)? If you were told you had to spend it this year on making people safer, what would you spend it on? 

Iran nuclear crisis needs ‘disruptive diplomacy’, not shock and awe

Posted by Kumi Naidoo — 16 April 2012 at 5:33pm - Comments
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Rainbow Warrior sails 20 miles from the port of Bushehr, Iran. 2007

Kumi's blog was originally published by IPS, before the Istanbul summit took place.

Disruptive diplomacy may be the only way out of the Iran-Israel nuclear crisis, the only way to pierce the hegemony of hypocrisy dominating the power politics of nuclear weapons control, of those who have them, and of those who are accused of developing them.

Otherwise, this weekend's meeting on Iran's nuclear programme is likely to be yet another missed opportunity, yet another exercise in futility.

Does Trident announcement mark a new Lib Dem broken promise?

Posted by louise — 18 May 2011 at 4:32pm - Comments

A while back I got a letter from the Lib Dems telling me "Trident will not be renewed this parliament - not on a Liberal Democrat watch”.

This ran though my mind today as I watched Defence Secretary Liam Fox stand up in parliament to pronounce ‘thunderbirds are go’ on the next phase of building a replacement for Trident.

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