Issue 08-04-2011

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Through European eyes

7 Apr 2011 | by Rosemary Rimmer-Clay

We stared out of the hotel window as the Molotov cocktail bounced off the roof of Sangria, the restaurant complex across the road, bordering the Nile. Three days before, it had just been distant television reports about some unrest in Tunisia. Then, yesterday, there were bands of protesters openly walking...

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Boycott agreed

FREE 7 Apr 2011 | by Symon Hill

British Quakers have recommended a boycott of goods produced by Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The decision was made after lengthy discussion and discernment by Meeting for Sufferings (MfS), the central committee of Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM), the formal organisation of Quakers in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Boycott, divestment and sanctions

7 Apr 2011 | by Ian Kirk-Smith

The bridge connecting Israel with the West Bank | Photo: Chadica/flickr CC.

Meeting for Sufferings (MfS), held at Friends House on Saturday 2 April, returned to the issue of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) as a response to the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

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Roy Head - Developing medical campaigns to save lives

7 Apr 2011 | by Rosemary Hartill

Roy Head | Photo: Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Roy Head is crackling with energy. But he is also just a shade nervous. He’s currently launching a new £7m multi-message health information campaign which he hopes will provide a model for saving 2.2 million lives in ten countries over the next decade. In its scale, depth and level of...

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Conscientious objectors appear in court

7 Apr 2011 | by Derek Brett

Two conscientious objectors have appeared before military courts in the last week.

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Banks and society – rebuilding trust

7 Apr 2011 | by Tony Weekes

It is just over two and a half years since Lehman Brothers bank filed a petition for bankruptcy. The event was a defining moment in recent times and the shock waves are still affecting us. A few weeks later banks in Britain and Ireland were pleading for help from their...

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‘We’re not all in this together…’

FREE 7 Apr 2011 | by Barbara Forbes

Britain is one of the most unequal societies in the world: the top twenty per cent are 7.2 times wealthier than the bottom twenty per cent. The corresponding figure in Japan is 3.4, in Finland 3.7, and in the USA 8.5.

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Helping others to help themselves

FREE 7 Apr 2011 | by Elspeth Waldie

From the earliest days of Quakerism, Friends have sought to respond to leadings and to put their faith into action. The opportunities open to us vary widely, but it is in the combination of these very different contributions that our Society can convey real strength.

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Letters - 08 April 2011

7 Apr 2011 | by Friendweb

The census In my original letter (25 February) regarding the census I suggested that we, as Friends, should consider boycotting it. One of my arguments was a fear that Lockheed Martin would, under the existing patriot act in the USA, have to pass on the results to their government and thus...

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Eye - 08 April 2011

7 Apr 2011 | by Eye

Where we worship Come rain or shine, London Quakers hold a Meeting for worship in the open air every month, at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park. Eye has also heard of Meetings taking place among the bluebells in local woodland, and frequently in the homes and houses of Quakers across...

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