world peace

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different perspectives on peace
A realistic vision for World Peace
Jody Williams
video 10.27 mins
Fighting with non-violence
Scilla Elworthy
video 15.47 mins
Pay attention to non-violence Julia Bacha
video 10.51 mins

One day of peace
Jeremy Gilley
video 17.41 mins
Teaching with the World Peace Game John Hunter
video 19.50 mins
I am a son of a terrorist this is how I chose peace
Zak Ebrahim
video 9.10 mins
Why the only future worth building includes everyone
video 17.43 mins
How to make peace? Get Angry
Kalash Satyarthi
video 18.22 mins
How to overcome apathy and find your power
Dolores Huerta
video 13.18 mins
Talking about peace
David J Smith
video 18 mins
rong radio spoken poem
by Benjamin Zephaniah
video 5.05 mins
rong radio musical
version

audio music 8 mins
Work for peace Gil Scott Heron
music 7.33 mins
Quaker peace testimony
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what is Quaker reconciliation work?
video 1.45 mins
Rethinking security
video 1.34 mins
UK National Security Who Pays the Price? Saudi Arabia
Video 6.20 mins

Rethinking security who pays the price? Northern Ireland
video 5.45 mins

Reimagining security
video 17.19 mins
Connecting women mediators across the world why it works video 4.47 mins
Teach Peace resource pack for educators
read downloadable

Q: Witness: Quaker Podcast episode rethinking security
audio 35.49 mins
Engaging with conflict and challenging hate toolkit
read downloadable booklet
War School the Battle for Britain’s School Children
film 1 hr 22 mins
mature
The Unseen March video 5.38 mins
Warrior Nation Forces Watch podcast episode What’s wrong with Armed Forces day
audio 43.11 mins
Forces Watch Selling the military
video 4.54 mins
Ron Kovic a very powerful emotional interview with Ron Kovic peace worker born on the fourth July video 11 mins

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear (ICAN) made this short animation of Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow’s passionate call to action on the day that the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted. video 5.04 mins

The atomic bomb that dropped on Japan
The USA dropped its first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6th 1945. Three days later a second atomic bomb was detonated over Nagasaki. The explosion was bigger than the blast at Hiroshima and killed 70,000 people World service witness history
audio 9 mins
Hiroshima
A school girl who was in the centre of Hiroshima when the atom bomb exploded tells her story. She talks of watching the death of those around her and how she found the strength to survive world service witness history audio 9 mins
you can bomb the world to pieces but you can’t bomb it into PEACE

nuclear abolition

the humanitarian case

‘Nuclear weapons are unique in their destructive power, in the unspeakable human suffering they cause, in the impossibility of controlling their effects in space and time, and in the threat they pose to the environment, to future generations, and indeed to the survival of humanity.’  International Committee of the Red Cross, 2010

Nuclear weapons are the only devices ever created that have the capacity to destroy all complex life forms on Earth. It would take less than 0.1% of the explosive yield of the current global nuclear arsenal to bring about devastating agricultural collapse and widespread famine. The smoke and dust from fewer than 100 Hiroshima-sized nuclear explosions would cause an abrupt drop in global temperatures and rainfall

Friday 22 January 2021 marks ninety days after the 50th ratification when the nuclear ban treaty will enter into force as international law. The nine nuclear-armed nations (US, Russia, China, UK, France, Israel, India, Pakistan, North Korea), have so far boycotted the Treaty. read more

The bomb
A little-known scientist discovers something that will change the course of human history. World service podcast
podcast audio 7 episodes

After befriending some of the world’s greatest physicists in 1920s Berlin, Albert Einstein among them, Leo Szilard is forced to flee when the Nazis come to power. In London, he discovers the destructive possibilities of harnessing nuclear power; setting the course for the world’s first atomic bomb.

World governments have been hopeless at taking action to stop the bombs falling in Syria. If they aren’t going to stop the bombs, at least they can give the kids under them a chance to run for their lives…’Dr. Rola Hallam read more
The Making of a Modern British Soldier – by Ben Griffin
A talk by Ben Griffin
video 1hr 10 mins

Ben Griffin is a former British SAS soldier who refused to return to Iraq and left the Army, citing not only the ‘illegal’ tactics of United States troops and the policies of coalition forces but also that the invasion itself was contrary to international law.

He expected to be court-martialled, but was instead let go with a glowing testimonial from his commanding officer.

He spoke to an anti-war rally in 2008 about UK involvement in extraordinary rendition the day before he was served with an injunction preventing him from speaking publicly and from publishing material about his time in the SAS. He is the founder of Veterans for Peace in the UK

Soldiers at 16 sifting fact from fiction booklet read

Soldiers can be on the front line from their 18th birthday onwards.
During the war in Afghanistan, British soldiers who had joined at 16 and completed training were twice as likely to die on deployment than adult recruits .

The Army states “RESPECT FOR OTHERS” as a key value, the Defence Secretary started an urgent review into bullying and harassment across the armed forces in 2019. Recruits shouted at often. If you fall behind you’re told you’re no good and your whole platoon may be punished.

Rules of war
Members of the armed forces are supposed to understand human rights and the laws of war so that they can refuse to follow an illegal order, such as torturing a prisoner or attacking a civilian hospital. In reality, this is hard to do and members of the British armed forces have committed war crimes. Soldiers who disobey order may still be disciplined.
animation 4.39 mins

The first Armed Forces Day was in 2009 as part of a broader strategy to increase recognition of the British armed forces.

Thousands of former members of the armed forces are homeless in the UK. Charities like Shelter and Help for Heroes try to help, but they are not guaranteed a home. When veterans reach retirement age, they do get a state pension, but they experience a lot of problems.

The British armed forces: propaganda in the classroom
video 5.40 mins

Mental health problems tend to get worse after soldiers leave the army.

Although the British Army spends a lot of money advertising itself as inclusive, many soldiers and veterans report racism and homophobia in the army.

While the British Army says it recruits equally, its recruitment adverts are ‘upweighted’ in areas of poverty.

UK military carbon footprint equivalent to over six million cars read more…

Defence is a word that usually evokes images of soldiers and tanks. But as modern and future enemies shape-shift into unprecedented forms, does the almost $2trln that was spent globally on defence in 2019 actually protect people from harm? The answer is clearly no.

Military spending on this scale is a vast misallocation of resources from where governments’ spending needs to be focused. Climate change, pandemics, biodiversity loss and growing inequality all pose severe threats to the security of humans on a global level. read more…

We shall overcome learn and sing along to more protest and peace songs here

ROOTS OF RESISTANCE

is a community of Friends building a creative, vibrant and radical Quaker response to the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair. Join in

The United States is scheduled to spend at least $1.7 trillion updating its arsenal, because our leaders are locked in an archaic view of national security—one that believes against all reason that terror provides safety.

Beatrice Fihn Nov 8 2018 The Nation

Peace talks need women

why women in war zones make the best peacemakers despite rarely getting a place at the negotiation table dominated by men

women on the ground are the most powerful agents of change because they are the women who have had the experience they are trying to transform

Eve Ansler playwright authour activist

I think that negotiations and mediation processes have to touch people in their heart to be able to get to their head. I don’t think that you start with a head and go to the heart..” Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini Iranian activist and senior advisor to the UN read more…

Are we inviting the right people to the table?
Women Building Peace From the Village Council to the Negotiating Table
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‘wars are male dominated spaces. Underneath it women are holding it all together

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini Iranian activist and senior advisor to the UN
Negotiating peace
World service The conversation
audio 27 mins

Negotiating Peace
What happens when women try to hammer out a peace deal? How does it differ from the way men do it? According to the United Nations, fewer than 3% of signatories to peace agreements are women. We meet two women who hope to change that. They made history in Northern Ireland and in Colombia by bringing the gender issue to the forefront of the peace process. Monica McWilliams is a Northern Irish peace negotiator who played a key role in the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. Hilde Salvesen was part of Norwegian team which facilitated the recent peace negotiations in Colombia between the government and Farc rebels. World service the conversation
audio 27 mins

‘big corporate companies make a ton of money out of violence and war’

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini Iranian activist and senior advisor to the UN
Magic Weapons
BBC Sounds R4 Analysis
audio 27.28 mins

There used to be a romantic notion of globalisation that all countries would simply have to get along as we were all so interconnected. It’s an idea that has made direct military engagement less likely. We live in a new era of conflict, where states try to achieve their aims through measures that stay below the threshold of war. This is a strategy of statecraft with a long history, but which has a new inflection in our technologically charged, globalised world. Now a mix of cyber, corruption and disinformation is employed to mess with adversaries. This programme looks at how political warfare works in a world where we’re all economically entangled.

Nuclear weapons are the beating heart of our colonial and patriarchal order. These weapons and the security apparatus that places faith in them are inherently dehumanizing… We are in desperate need of a foreign policy that is cooperative, inclusive, and based in our shared humanity—that is to say, feminist.’

Beatrice Fihn 2018 The Nation read the full article

Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Nuclear weapons are linked to patriarchy…did I mention that former vice president Dick Cheney claimed that Barack Obama had “neutered” the international order with the Iran deal? Or that Pakistan said that efforts to keep it from developing nuclear weapons amounted to “castration”?

Beatrice Fihn (ICAN)

a series of films from the international centre of Non Violent Conflict

A Force More Powerful is a documentary series on one of the 20th century’s most important and least-known stories: how nonviolent power overcame oppression and authoritarian rule. It includes six cases of movements, and each case is approximately 30 minutes long.

A force more powerful part one
video 1 hr 15 mins

A force more powerful part two
video 1 hr 15 mins

Bringing down a dictator

In the year 2000 in a war barely noticed outside Yugoslavia, the indicted war criminal Slobodan Milosevic fought to hold power. He controlled a battle-hardened army, a tough police force and most of the news media. But he underestimated his opponents led by a student movement called Otpor!  (‘resistance’) who attacked the regime with ridicule rock music and a willingness to be arrested.

Their courage and audacity inspired others to overcome their fear and join the fight.When Milosevic refused to accept his defeat at the polls, the people responded with a general strike. As normal life ground to a halt, Serbs by the hundreds of thousands descended on the capital on October 5 to seize the parliament in a dramatic triumph for democracy. Milosevic was arrested and extradited to the Hague to stand trial for crimes against humanity in June 2001.

Bringing down a dictator
film 55 mins
The Orange Revolution
video 1 hr 30 mins

It was just after 2 a.m. on November 22, 2004 when the call went out: “The time has come to defend your life and Ukraine. Your victory depends upon how many people are ready to say ‘No’ to this government, ‘No’ to a total falsification of the elections.”

Regime-controlled media claimed victory for Viktor Yanukovych, handpicked by the corrupt sitting president. But credible exit polls showed Viktor Yushchenko the opposition candidate, had won.

When they realized election officials were in on the fraud, the people had had enough.

In freezing temperatures, over one million citizens poured into the streets of Kyiv and took up residence there. They marched in protest and formed human barricades around government buildings, paralyzing all state functions. Restaurants donated food, businessmen sent tents, and individuals brought blankets, clothing, and money. At night, rock bands energized the protesters.

For 17 days, a group of ordinary citizens engaged in extraordinary acts of political protest. Through the eyes and in the voices of the people in Ukraine, Orange Revolution tells the story of a people united, not by one leader or party, but by one idea: to defend their vote and the future of their country.

For thirty years, President Hosni Mubarak had ruled Egypt by manipulating elections, crushing dissent, and jailing and torturing his opponents.

On January 25, 2011, they came into the streets, calling for the downfall of the regime.

Protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square spread to all of Egypt. In eighteen days, Mubarak’s police killed almost a thousand demonstrators, but failed to stop the uprising. Mubarak was out. What seemed a surprise had been building for at least a decade: workers had been striking, human rights groups had gone to the courts, and a brave new generation had taken to the streets.

At the start, revolutionary goals seemed possible: bread, freedom, dignity. Interim military rulers promised a transition to democracy.

But the revolutionaries were fragmented lacked leadership and had no clear vision. The spirit of the revolution dissolved as elections produced a parliament and president controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, and then a return to military rule.

Egypt: Revolution Interrupted? documents how an emerging opposition created the 2011 uprising, and how its aspirations were thwarted by entrenched forces. Under a new military government, repression was worse than under Mubarak. But as one of the pro-democracy activists said, “I am willing to take to the streets once again. And I will not be alone. Millions of Egyptians cannot be wished away. The road ahead is long and bumpy. But I have no doubt that the future belongs to us.”

Egypt: Revolution Interrupted?
Video 1 hr 20 mins

nobody can do everything but everybody can do something everyone must play a part everyone got to go to work

work for peace

Gill Scott Heron – Work for peace
Once a upon a time in Iraq
War from all perspectives involved
BBC I Player TV 5 episodes

With unique personal archive from civilians and soldiers from both sides of the conflict, this series takes viewers closer to the realities of war and life under Isis than they have ever been before.

 5 episodes War, insurgency, Fallujah, Saddam, Legacy 

A challenging and painful watch

Charlie don’t surf The Clash
music 4.53 mins
Apocalypse Now
1979 film

BBC I Player 171 mins

Apocalypse Now
1979 film
The film is a metaphor for a journey into the self and shows how the self, in the face of war, darkens beyond recognition. 

Last Call from Aleppo
In besieged East Aleppo a terrified mother of three makes one last desperate phone call
World Service the documentary podcast
audio 27 mins

How not to go to war by Vijay Mehta Establishing departments for peace and peace centres book
How not to go to war chapter headings

Refuse to be constrained by the ruling order’s lack of vision and belief in humanity. When you’re called crazy, keep going and when you’re told it doesn’t matter, know that it does.

BEatrice Fihn (ICAN0
No Destination
BBC Sounds Archive on 4 The Documentary
audio 53 mins

Fifty years ago, at the height of the Cold War and at the time of increasing tensions between East and West, Satish Kumar hit headlines around the world when he walked 8000 miles from New Delhi to Moscow, then on to Paris, London and Washington DC delivering packets of ‘peace tea’ to the leaders of the world’s four nuclear powers. He relives his extraordinary journey – made without any money – that took him from the grave of Mahatma Gandhi to the grave of John F Kennedy. Along the way, he was thrown into jail and faced a loaded gun – as well as meeting some of the most remarkable people of the 20th Century.

Her Story Made History
Betty Bigombe: Ugandan peace negotiator
Betty Bigombe spent much of her career trying to negotiate peace with the notorious warlord Joseph Kony.She was born in northern Uganda as one of 11 children. She won a fellowship at Harvard where she received an MA in Public Administration. On returning to Uganda, she was asked by the newly installed president to go back to the north of the country, where she grew, up to try and stop the war raging there. The only way to do that was to convince Joseph Kony to engage in peace talks.