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April 15th 2003 'stop war' demonstration passing the cenotaph in Whitehall, London.

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grass and cruise missile silo

Grass slowly taking over cruise missile silos


Oppressed and vilified – conscientious objectors, and the CO Project
Corruption unlimited – the UK arms trade
Falklands action and Resisting the Falklands War – pacifist opposition remembered
Problems with Power – nuclear weapons, from the Cold War to the Trident debate

WINTER 2006/07
Mince pies and missiles – the Trident debate
Making room for peace – the new Canadian war museum
Harm’s way – military intervention in the Balkans
‘Positive response to contemporary violence’ – a review of Adam Curle’s last book

Memory test – war memorials in Britain and Germany
The interest of science – a scientific experiment using conscientious objectors
The war on terror – a report on the state of play
From the duel to the fluid – armaments, disarmament, and security

- a real champaign moment
- a park named arndt
- life imprisonment for desertion – soldiers who opt out of Iraq
- homeland security – Americans supporting Israel’s war
- military lessons – RAF recruiting techniques in British schools
- second coming
- close the deso
- obituaries – Harry Mister and Allen Jackson

WINTER 2005/06
Complex issues: military research, money and morals
- Trouble with white poppies: local churchman triggers controversy
- Veterans against the war: S soldiers resisting Iraq war
- Holy orders: religion and faith, war and peace
- War critics: UK objectors to war and propaganda
- 70 years of radical publishing: Peace News celebrates a birthday
- Peace making: a parable...: The EU and Turkey

- batting for war: the British Legion and Remembrance
- A world becoming peaceful?: critical comments on Human Security Report
- Human rights, human nature: human society at its worst and best
- Educating for peace: the why and the how
- Remembrance Day: Briefing for peace action

- celebrating war:the British brand of militarism
- painting peace: children’s visionary mural
- history lessons: teaching the right stuff
- when the rain returns
- working together to arm the globe: dangerous allure of nuclear weapons
- G8 countries spending on arms: global arms sales/global aid

big guns against small arms
- soldiers in the laboratory
- nuclear disarmament?
- we don’t do body counts
- british pacifism in WW2
- trouble ahead - putting human
  lives first

- high calibre recruiting
- Europe and the Non-Proliferation

-  the night before armistice
- evolutionary moves
- We’re doing Iraq this term
- public diplomacy
- a book isn’t just for christmas

romancing the stones: Remembrance, morality and militarism
- eulogy for our marlon brando: civil rights activist as well as star
- a loving slap: no, smacking children is wrong
- memories of hebron: Israeli soldiers talk about checkpoint duty
- heroic attitudes: Britain's 'warrior culture'
- education for peace accross
   the curriculum
: suggestions for teachers
- trasncend and transform: a wise book about conflict resolution
- space ethics: warning - a career in science and technology could mean working for war
- human rights map: showing world locations of conflict and human rights abuse

WINTER 2003/2004
- war is peace: finding the political will to reject armed violence
- colombian resistance to war: working for peace in this troubled country
- nuclear alert: the danger of nuclear warfare hasn't disappeared
- disarmament education: what it is and why the UN is promoting it
- challenge to nonviolence: reviewing a useful book about nonviolent action in 1990s conflict

- appropriating the dead: the cautionary tale of Jack Cornwell VC
- educating for peace in ireland: Oakgrove Integrated College begins a year of peace activities
- poetry and remembrance: how poets round the world have written about war
- concept of basic benevolencethe real policies behind British military interventions
- can democracy be designed?: reviewing a new book about democracy in conflict-torn countries
- cold war building: about the structures built in Britain for military and government use in a nuclear attack

- the devil in the detail Resisting war in everyday life
- peace studies in indianapolis A multiple project for practical action
- the worst war in the world The story of Congo
- US wants control of space Defying the 1967 Space Treaty
- chaos in the iraqi media Too little objective reporting in Iraq
- setting the agenda for global peace UN conferences are not enough
- they speak for themselves George Bush and Tony Blair in the run-up to war

- the big picture Might is not right
- wider still and wider The problems of empire
  - US interventions since 1945 List
US military bases 2001-2003 Map
- psychological and social consequences of war Post-traumatic stress in the armed force
- democracy in iraq Iraq’s political history
- american century The US factor in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan from 1980

WINTER 2002/03
states of concern A pacifist's view of the United Nations
good will Acts of kindness and compassion during the Holocaust
resource wars Global security and the competition for raw materials
alternatives to war Global co-operation: sharing care of natural resources
holocaust memorial day
(s)kill force

-  passing the torch Military recruitment, museums and modern warfare
-  war by february Hard questions to ask advocates of war on Iraq
-  counting the dead Estimating casualties of war from 1945
-  conflict map Armed conflicts round the world since 1999
-  remembering Young victims of the First World War

-  silence and memory Holocaust memorial in France; new Imperial War Museum in the UK
-  special agents Aid agencies and war
-  international courts State of play
-  hard rock or hard luck
-  national identity in conflict Women’s groups working for peace

- the trench Defence systems old and new
- nuclear agenda
- the falklands war 20 years on
- conflict resolution What are the EU and the USA doing about it?
- global warning The USA and global responsibility
- a thousand coffins Thoughts about conflict in Israel
- european network for peace

WINTER 2001/2002
- god bless America?: The USA’s military links with Britain
- challenge to afghan media: Problems for journalists under new Afghan administration
- child soldiers: Campaign to end recruitment of under-18s in the UK
- good deeds: War prevention at work - and working
- conflict and the search for peace: Review of MRG International report, 2001
- gender and armed conflict: Women as victims of violence - and as peace-builders
- state of the global vilage: If the world were a village of 1,000 people....

- terror from the sky: thoughts on 11.09.01
- against the tide: Germans who bravely resisted Nazism
- resistance in israel: students against conscription
- on war and morality: World War II was no victory
- security in the 20th century: what does national 'security' really mean?

- a blighted land: Greenham Common then and now
- the vision thing: peace-building is happening everywhere
- full spectrum dominance: US global domination?
- obstacles to communication: the Middle East conflict
- child soldiers: recruitment round the globe

- crimes of wa:r the International Criminal Court
- caught in the act: recruiting under-18s in the UK
- good behaviou:r moral defences against barbarism and war
- security in new millenium: global survival depends on abolishing war
- gun running: the arms trade
- making peace where we live: local peace initiatives among children

WINTER 2000/01
- goddesses of peace: national war memorials
cluster bombs: new information about harm to civilians
- kid's tv preventing violence: a peace-based television project in Macedonia
- reactionary forces: we've invented war - now we must build peace
- peacemaking in Cyprus: community peace initiatives
- remembering the holocaust: Britain and Jewish refugees, 1933-48
- conflict transformation: getting people in conflict to talk

- reclaiming the silence: rethinking Remembrance
- coercing and enforcing: post-war Bosnia
- arms trade map: UK arms sales to world hot-spots
living together: inequality between men and women

- Smart procurement: Ministry of Defence spending
- Working together: European military alliances and the US
- Preservation order: handling the historic heritage of war
- Arabian connection: UK arms trade and the Middle East
- Conversion - faded ideal? defence technology for peaceful use
- Breaking the silence:

- Sinister cults: how UK society tacitly approves killing
- Intervention in Kosovo: discussing NATO's action
- Children in war: stories of child soldiers and victims
- Collective amnesia: the death toll in Northern Ireland
- Catching them young: recruitment of young soldiers in the UK
- Alex Comfort: obituary of a notable pacifist

WINTER 1999/2000

- synergy: military entanglement in civilian life
- peacemaking in the 20thcentury: looking back at 20th century peace action
- peace museums: where they are and what they do
- engineering the future: the millennium dome and BAE
- people on war – a survey

- technology of death: advanced military technology is no solution
- remembering objectors: unveiling the CO Commemorative Stone
- war crimes: the law and NATO
- war criminals: calling for an International Criminal Court
- matter of life and death: understanding persecutors as well as victims
- using the media: getting peace-building stories heard


- abolishing war: the Hague Appeal for Peace
- education for sustainable future: teaching non-military alternatives
- words at war over Kosovo: the struggle against propaganda
- media and war: the US Envoy to the Balkans speaks
- peace In the 21st century: promote disarmament, learn conflicts' causes
- 20th century pacifism: how pacifism developed

- seduced from target? pacifists and Kosovo
- indoctrinate: arms manufacturers' links with schools
- happy birthday: NATO is 50 years old
- rwanda: after the genocide
- peace through books: recent children's books against war

WINTER 1998/1999
- defence-no thank you: the UK government defence policy
- sanctions: UN sanctions against troublesome countries
- unnatural disasters: the effects of war on the environment
- preventing wars: spotting early - and defusing - conflicts

- cossing the Ness: the atomic weapons test site in Suffolk
- remembering the killing fields: eight 20th century genocides
- there we'll meet again: a World War I diary
- children and violence: a new report says 'media play major role'
- child soldiers: recruitment is on the increase
- de-coding the image: learning to resist the media message of violence
- lifting the dead weight of habit: developing a culture of peace