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Rally for Corbyn, Nottingham - 20th August
Nottinghams Albert Hall hosts the hotly-anticipated Rally for Corbyn on Thursday, 20th August at 7pm. Doors open 6pm.
Alongside Jeremy Corbyn MP, speakers will be Richard Murphy, Manuel Cortes, Annmarie Kilcline, Tony Kearns, Nadia Whittome and Umaar Kazmi, with chair Cheryl Butler. Due to the high level of interest in this event, an early arrival is advised.
Online event pages for the rally can be found on Corbyns campaign website (http://www.jeremyforlabour.com/rally_for_corbyn_nottingham) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/1040901972596312/).
North Circus Street
Spokesman Books invites readers to revisit J. A. Hobsons Imperialism (2011 edition), for which Corbyn penned a foreword. The following thoughts are taken from his contribution:
Reading Hobsons works now, at the end of the first decade of the twenty first century, and acknowledging all that has happened in the huge sweep of imperial and post colonial history, he deserves enormous credit and recognition
(He) proclaimed against the absurdity and inadequacy of empire. In this era we need sustainability and justice. Neither is possible in an ideology committed to aggrandizement of wealth. A century ago, Hobson analysed the motive force of Empire in an era of uniforms, deference and unnecessary respect for power and authority. That ideology has been replaced by an obsession with money and exploitation, and it is just as pernicious and equally dangerous for the future.
Imperalism by J. A. Hobson is available from Spokesman Books in two formats: paperback and eBook. Please refer to our website.
The Unnecessary War
Proceedings of the Belgrano Inquiry
The Belgrano Action Group
The Belgrano inquiry was a citizens' enquiry which took place in November 1986 and which provided an opportunity for a number of distinguished experts to express their candid opinions. They include Malcolm Harper, Brigadier Michael Harbottle, Tam Dalyell MP, Clive Ponting, Ken Coates, Paul Rogers and Wade Tidbury.
The proceedings of that enquiry are recorded in this book together with a preface by Clive Ponting, the senior civil servant at the MOD who was prosecuted for his Belgrano revelations to an MP.
The Belgrano Inquiry website
Twenty-four years ago (1986), a group of us organised the two-day Belgrano Inquiry at Hampstead Town Hall, London. This was the nearest there has ever been to a proper independent inquiry into the sinking of the Belgrano, and was supported by a number of important witnesses. The entire proceedings were recorded. Key extracts are available at the Sound Archive on this site, plus other back ground information and in-depth analysis.
New issue of The Spokesman
Substandard – Eyewitness reports Trident
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'In a 12,000 word report, Able Seaman William McNeilly details his experiences onboard HMS Victorious, one of the Royal Navys four nuclear powered and nuclear armed submarines that sail from their homeport in Faslane, Scotland. McNeilly also probes security at Faslane itself, and finds it badly wanting.
The words factual and courageous come to mind on reading AB McNeillys account of his personal experiences at Faslane and his extended patrol on HMS Victorious. For the first time in some 30 years, we have a submariners eyewitness account of how the Royal Navy struggles to operate a highly sophisticated and massively destructive nuclear armoury onboard ageing boats with insufficient experienced personnel struggling with a chronic shortage of spare parts.
Should McNeillys account be taken at face value? When it appeared, on 17 May 2015, the Russell Foundation immediately consulted Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Retd).'
We publish both McNeilly's and Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Retd) accounts of Trident in this issue.
Tony Simpson in his Editorial
Tony Benn Pamphlets
The Levellers and the English Democratic Tradition
by Tony Benn
The Levellers continue to inspire political debate and public interest. Thousands of people travel to Burford, attracted by their story with its ideas of democracy and common ownership. Tony Benn's and Frieder Otto Wolf's sparkling speeches to the annual Leveller's Day celebrations at Burford, separated by more than twenty years, give ample testimony to the strength of this tradition.
The Speaker, The Commons and Democracy
by Tony Benn
There is no doubt that unless we can restore the vitality of representative democracy more and more people will conclude that they are just pawns in an unending political game to be managed and manipulated for the convenience of those at the top.
See our full range of Tony Benn books and pamphlets.
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'A Passion for Peace': A Pacifist at War reviewed - Satish Kumar of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine
Aghet - A Genocide - Acclaimed documentary available on Youtube
Raymond Williams: 'one of the left's great thinkers' - Geoff Dayer in New Statesman
Ken Coates Memorial Lecture - To be held 3/6/15 at Nottingham University's Law and Social Sciences Building
Einstein and Russell - Reflecting on the anniversary of Einstein's death
Stuart Holland and Yanis Varoufakis - Holland pens a guest post, 'Revisiting the Juncker Recovery Proposals', on Varoufakis' blog
A Pacifist at War reviewed in LeftLion - A welcome insight from the local magazine
A Saga Has Begun - A message on Greece from The Paragraph
War Against War! - Paul Mason's book of the year - 2 December 2014
Paul Mason on Friedrich's 'War Against War' - The Guardian
Bread and Roses weekend - Nottingham 21-23rd November 2014
Stop the First World War - talks and discussions presented by Conway Hall Ethical Society
Russell Tribunal finds evidence of incitement to genocide crimes against humanity in Gaza - 25 Sept 2014
Israel's systematic attacks - 24-25 September, Brussels
Russell Tribunal on Palestine - Extraordinary Session
Nottingham Festival of Words - 13-19 October 2014
NATO: No thanks! - A message from the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation
Peace History Conference 2014 - 'Alternative Voices of World War One'
Hiroshima Peace Declaration - 6 August 2014
Did Ukraine air-force shoot down MH17? - By John Ward July 28, 2014
Review by Gabriel Carlyle - Peace News, August 2014
Mail From Dr. Mads Gilbert - An open letter
Tormenting Gaza - Richard Falk
Review: Unmasking Austerity - The Project
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