Blog: Peace

Home at last in Istanbul

Posted by Jen Maman - 5 June 2013 at 2:16pm - Comments
Protesters in Gezi Park, Istanbul
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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
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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
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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.

FOI documents reveal MoD plans to purchase "long lead" items for Trident

Publication date: 
18 May, 2011

A freedom of information request made by Greenpeace reveals that the MoD plans to purchase a whole series of “long lead” items for Trident replacement submarines in the next few years - estimated to cost billions.

Download the report:

Wikileaks reveals Arctic could be the new cold war

Posted by jamess - 12 May 2011 at 3:35pm - Comments
The Arctic resource scramble is sparking military tension
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The Arctic resource scramble is sparking military tension

UPDATE: Watch BBC Newsnight's feature on the Wikileaks Arctic files

Submarine explorers planting Russian flags under the North Pole. Military tension between Nato and Russia. US diplomats manoeuvring in the wings. Aircraft carriers lurking and strike fighters changing hands.

Sound like something from a James Bond plot? Unfortunately it’s not.

New Wikileaks releases today have shown the Arctic oil rush is not just a threat to the environment and our climate, but also to peace.

MoD starts purchasing Trident replacement without parliamentary OK - get your MP to act!

Posted by andrelotz - 18 March 2011 at 3:22pm - Comments
While cuts are being made to public services, why is money being spent on weapon
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While cuts are being made to public services, why is money being spent on weapons we neither want or need?

At the mention of nuclear today our thoughts turn to the situation in Japan and all of those affected by the earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear emergency. I can only hope that the situation at Fukushima is soon contained and the risks minimised for everyone affected.

Here in the UK, there is another nuclear issue that is silently inching forward without parliamentary approval or public awareness – nuclear weapons replacement.

MoD have a Trident-sized hole in their budget

Posted by louise - 21 January 2011 at 11:49am - Comments

Yesterday's headline in the FT shouted "MoD faces fresh crisis over funding". It turns out that the Ministry of Defence have checked over last October's defence review and found out that they actually need an extra £1 billion a year over the next four years to deliver it.

Ahoy! A nuclear scandal ahead?

Posted by louise - 14 January 2011 at 6:09pm - Comments
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Remember the defence review? The one that left us marvelling at the Alice in Wonderland world we inhabit - where we build two giant aircraft carriers we don’t actually want because building them is actually cheaper than cancelling them? The one that said we can’t actually afford to buy any planes to put on those carriers?

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