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Fri
08
Aug

WRI sign letter on British 'Armed Forces Day'

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Letter to The Times (see all signatories below)

On this day 100 years ago, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo in an action that led to the First World War. Unchecked militarism in Europe was also a major factor. 

Today is also Armed Forces Day, one of the clearest indications of the re-militarisation of British society. Established in 2009 to increase public support for the forces, there are over 200 public events, many billed as 'family fun days'. This week also saw Uniform to Work Day promoting the reserve forces and 'Camo Day' in schools. 

Tue
05
Aug

"Maybe We Live and Maybe We Die": Recruitment and Use of Children by Armed Groups in Syria

From Human Rights Watch

The 31-page report documents the experiences of 25 children and former child soldiers in Syria’s armed conflict. Human Rights Watch interviewed children who fought with the Free Syrian Army, the Islamic Front coalition, and the extremist groups ISIS and Jabaht al-Nusra, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, as well as the military and police forces in Kurdish-controlled areas. The report does not, for logistical and security reasons, cover all armed groups that allegedly have used children in Syria, in particular pro-government militias. Using children in armed conflict violates international law.

Read the full report: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2014/06/23/maybe-we-live-and-maybe-we-die-0

Wed
25
Jun

Our lives are militarised

You may have seen some symptoms of an increasingly militarised society over the past few years. Soldiers on a train in uniform. The change in tone of Remembrance Day, from ‘never again’ to ‘support out troops.’ Michael Gove’s determination to get the military into schools so ‘every child can benefit from the values of a military ethos.'

I had been noticing the trend for months when I met with Emma Sangster from Forces Watch, a tiny NGO focused on the issue of unethical military recruitment. She confirmed that there is a conscious strategy for a more militarised society, outlined in a 2008 report by Quentin Davies MP and senior defence officials Bill Clark and Martin Sharp.

Fri
06
Jun

The militarization of youth internationally: what can we do?

By Sahar Vardi and Oluoch Dola

The images of war, armed conflict and organized violence worldwide can take different forms, but the one thing they almost always have in common are the young men and women filling the lines of military and paramilitary organizations.

In both countries that still have conscription, and countries with professional militaries, governments, education systems, the militaries themselves and even privet companies and organizations, are all actively promote militaristic values, both to fill the ranks of armed forces, and to legitimize the use of organized violence socially.

Mon
02
Jun

Webinar: Militarisation of youth and child soldiers

Dereje Wordofa presents the trend of "militarisation of youth and child soldiers" in Africa, despite the international instruments for human rights.

Dereje Wordofa is Regional Director for Africa at the American Friends Service Committee. He is committed to lasting peace, sustainable development and social justice.

Webinar: Militarisation of youth and child soldiers
Tue
06
May

Japan increases military recruitment with drawings of manga girls

The objective: to obtain new recruits. And if to get them you have to resort to anime, you use it. The Okayama prefecture Cooperation Office, in the south west of Japan, has promoted since last July military enlistment with drawings of three manga girls by the artist Huikane Shimada. The experiment has been a success, considering that new recruits have increased by 20%, according to the Sankei Journal this Tuesday.

Japan increases military recruitment with drawings of manga girls
Fri
25
Apr

Anti-military action against the Spanish armed forces stand at Educ@emplea (Alicante)

At half past 11 in the morning of Wednesday 12 May, a dozen people gained access to the place hosting the Youth Employment Fair “Educ@emplea”, that as with every year has a place in the enclosure of the Alicantan Exhibition Institution (IFA) of Torrellano.

Facing the astonished looks of the thousands of young people and teachers present, and dressed in white coats and masks, they proceeded to encircle the stand at which the Spanish army propagandizes and offers a sinister working exit for young people who finish their studies.

The stand remained surrounded like that and “the disinfection of the military virus” began, at the same time distributing leaflets to those present about the great risks they were running in moving toward the said source of “contamination”.

Thu
24
Apr

Atoms for Peace? The Atomic Weapons Establishment and UK universities

Videoblog about research links between the Atomic Weapons Establishment, where the UK's nuclear weapons are designed and made, and universities. Features Jonathon Porritt (Forum for the Future), Andrew Blowers (Open University), Christopher Watson (British Pugwash Group), and David McCoy (Medact).

Atoms for Peace? The Atomic Weapons Establishment and UK universities
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Mon
14
Apr

Arab youth take to Nazareth streets in anti-IDF draft rally

Protestors say inducting Christians into the Israeli military would split Arab society.

Groups opposed to the drafting of Christian Arab youth into the Israel Defense Forces, including the youth wing of the Hadash party, staged a protest rally in Nazareth on Saturday in which male and female teens marched into Spring Square in the center of town dressed in military attire and carrying toy rifles.

Read more...Haaretz

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