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Patriotism or profit?

12 May 2010 | by Symon Hill | 1 comment | 1 comments

The chairman of the arms company BAE Systems has refused to rule out arms sales to countries that threaten the UK.  In a heated annual general meeting (AGM) in the Queen Elizabeth Centre in London, chairman Dick Olver insisted that he was ‘passionate’ about British industry. He defended himself...

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Failure is not an option

FREE 12 May 2010 | by Joe Thwaites | 0 comments

In session | UN Photo/Mark Garten

The dispute between Iran and the United States reignited last week in New York at the opening of a United Nations conference to review progress on disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the opportunity to deflect attention from its nuclear programme and attack the United...

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An injustice system

12 May 2010 | by Bob Booth | 0 comments

| Robin Dude/flickr CC:BY

It was the epitome of a good Quaker event. There was an openness and a listening and learning from others who are usually separated by the society around us. It was a chance to start the radical changes so desperately needed in our sadly ineffective justice system.  The occasion...

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What change?

FREE 05 May 2010 | by The Friend | 1 comment | 1 comments

At the time of writing the election campaign is in full swing.  Gordon Brown is reflecting on television debates and microphones. David Cameron is endeavouring to cover every corner of Britain in days. Nick Clegg is an unlikely visitor to the snooker world championship in Sheffield.  Even Tony...

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Over seventy thousand prisoners denied the opportunity to vote in election

FREE 05 May 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Over 70,000 British adults will not be allowed to vote this week – because they are in prison.  It is six years since the European Court of Human Rights ruled that a blanket ban on prisoners’ voting is unlawful. Campaigners have accused ministers of avoiding the issue for the sake of...

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Nuclear weapons ban backed

05 May 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

The mayor of Hiroshima has backed a campaign by British churches to eliminate nuclear weapons.  Tadatoshi Akiba, whose city was the first to suffer the horror of nuclear attack, was speaking on the eve of the nuclear non-proliferation summit, which opened in New York this week. Quakers have formed...

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The cost of conflict to be examined in Quaker-led town discussion

05 May 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Verbal sparks may ignite in Colchester Town Hall next week as military, academic and political heavyweights take part in a panel debate organised by local Quakers. The meeting is the culmination of a series of public events organised by Colchester Friends as they seek to put the peace testimony into...

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Conscientious objection to military service affirmed by UN committee

FREE 05 May 2010 | by Jez Smith | 0 comments

The UN Human Rights Committee decision recognises that conscientious objection to military service may be for different beliefs | Clipart

Conscientious objectors to military service are celebrating after the United Nations Human Rights Committee upheld a decision to protect their rights.  The Committee has unanimously confirmed that conscientious objection is protected under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This follows a landmark decision three years ago, when...

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New green house paves way for eco-revolution

30 April 2010 | by Judy Kirby | 0 comments

The Passivhaus | The Green Building Store

Signs that truly green shoots really are sprouting in the UK housing market were visible this week when a new type of house popular on the continent became available in the UK – but built with British construction methods.  The first of these houses, called ‘Passivhaus’, was built in Darmstadt...

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Junior Yearly Meeting 2010 epistle and reflections

FREE 27 April 2010 | by The Friend | 0 comments

Junior Yearly Meeting held at the Pioneer Centre, Cleobury Mortimer 10th – 13th April 2010   To all Friends everywhere JYM 2010 was held in the Pioneer Centre near Kidderminster and for 4 days was home to over 160 Quakers from across the UK and from overseas. Our theme for the event was:  Living...

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