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Government arms strategy queried by Quakers

10 February 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Quakers have accused government ministers of ignoring the most important questions in their recent review of ‘defence’ priorities. The government have announced plans for restructuring military spending, but campaigners and faith groups say that they have missed the point.  Bob Ainsworth, the defence secretary, published a Green Paper – a...

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Radicalism of Diggers and Levellers not dead in Scotland

10 February 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Theology has played an important part in securing social justice in Scotland, according to new research by the Quaker writer Alastair McIntosh.  Alastair, along with fellow researcher Rutger Henneman, found that religious factors had played a major part in the run-up to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act in 2003. They...

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Chavakali Yearly Meeting denies gay member’s treatment claims

10 February 2010 | by Symon Hill | 1 comment | 1 comments

Kenyan Friends’ approach to sexuality has come under the international spotlight, following the case of Noah Kellum, a gay Kenyan Quaker and former pastor. Noah says that he was forced out of his post after coming out as gay, but the Yearly Meeting involved is disputing the accuracy of his...

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NGO visas restricted by Israeli government

FREE 03 February 2010 | by Symon Hill | 1 comment | 1 comments

Aid agencies and peace groups have expressed concern about the future of international work in Palestine and Israel, following an Israeli government decision to restrict visas for workers from non-governmental organisations (NGOs).  Instead of providing NGO staff with working visas, the Israeli authorities now plan to issue many of...

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Called to account?

03 February 2010 | by Symon Hill | 1 comment | 1 comments

I have never seen Tony Blair looking so nervous. He appeared flustered and scared as I sat in the media room at the Iraq Inquiry, watching his interrogation on screens placed on the walls for the assembled journalists.  The former prime minister had snuck in by a side door...

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Campaigning to control ‘super’market powers

03 February 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Friends are among the campaigners pressing politicians for action to rein in the power of supermarkets, with the aim of preventing global wage reductions and the destruction of small businesses.  They are urging the government to appoint a supermarket ombudsman who could respond to allegations of abuse. Business secretary...

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Army approach to London schools recruitment queried

27 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

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Fresh concerns have been raised about military recruitment in schools, following evidence that poorer students are most likely to experience visits from the army. The news has fuelled worries about young people joining the armed forces because of limited employment opportunities.  Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and...

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Government makes religious same-sex union pledge

FREE 27 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

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The government will consider measures to give legal recognition to religious same-sex partnership ceremonies, following campaigning by Quakers and other groups.  The commitment marks a significant shift from the government’s previous position. Until this week, they had maintained that no change was needed to the law on same-sex...

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Activists call for end to Haitian debt

27 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Campaigners across the world are calling for the total cancellation of all Haiti’s debts following the earthquake that has killed up to 200,000 people in the country.  Christian Aid has launched a petition to the chancellor of the exchequer, Alistair Darling, urging him to push for full debt cancellation....

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Brighton Friends to host Quaker tapestry in roadshow

27 January 2010 | by Friend web | 0 comments

Brighton Friends are gearing up for a major project, as the Quaker Tapestry holds its first roadshow visit to a Quaker Meeting house.  The tapestry, which is housed in Kendal, usually visits a cathedral when it goes on tour each February, allowing it to be seen by over 10,000 visitors....

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