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Peace News log archive: December 2016

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A call for banner drops on 20 January, the date of Donald Trump's inauguration (as sent to PN)

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Photo: Fibonacci Blue

Donald Trump is being sworn in on 20th Jan. Does that make YOU nervous?

If so - don't just sit on your backside...gather together with like minded people all over the UK!

Colourful banners baring positive slogans will be hung from bridges across Britain, showing the world that this country stands defiant against populism & bigotry

Together we can create a unified voice, more direct and powerful than the negative messages we've been hearing

The day will be an opportunity to pool knowledge, build networks & friendships -- to support each other and display messages of positivity in the face of hatred

Together we will stand firm and move forward.....

So don't miss out! Register a banner drop in your town. 

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A report from the Movement Against War youth delegation to the International Peace Bureau Congress on demilitarisation.

 

IPB Congress 2016

Young delegates stop nuclear missile launch at the IPB Congress!

From the 30 September – 3 October, MAW Youth (Jen Harrison, Becky Garnault, Maddy Ridgley) plus 2 competition winners (Ella Johnson and Khem Rogaly) attended the International Peace Bureau world congress in Berlin.

For 4 days we were immersed in fascinating panel discussions and workshops delivered by an impressive collection of academics, activists, writers, politicians and economists. In our spare time we engaged in stimulating, nuanced and informative discussions with fellow attendees of diverse ages and nationalities. Together, we created a breeding ground for progressive ideas and fostered a community intent on building a climate of peace, reducing military spending and challenging the destructive power structures pervasive to our world.

A theme common to many of the plenaries and workshops was the effects and causes of global military spending. Though the strapline to the conference was the “the world is over armed and peace is underfunded” (Ban-ki Moon), the economist Samir Amin pointed out that it would be more appropriate to say that “the West is over armed”, as Western countries account for 75% of the total global military spending ($1.7trillion). This shocking figure is made worse when the huge cuts to social and public services across Europe and the USA in recent years are considered. The speakers emphasised the extent to which war is a systemic problem intimately connected to global capitalism, European colonialism and patriarchy. Over the course of the conference, the nature of militarism as a metastatic cancer, infecting different levels of thought became ever clearer.

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