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With Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary
Wednesday 3rd June / 6:00pm
University of Nottingham
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Conscientious Objection: Bertrand Russell
and the Pacifists in the First World War
By Jo Vellacott
Jo Vellacotts excellent book is a model of careful scholarship, clear and lively writing, and the choice of a subject that matters deeply. One hundred years on, its high time we honored those who had the courage to speak out against the madness of the First World War and who suffered for doing so. Its a delight to see this volume available again.
Adam Hochschild, author of the bestseller,
To End All Wars
Jo Vellacotts splendid book deals in detail with the events which pulled Russell out of academic life and into political activism
The Sunday Times
Jo Vellacotts absorbingly detailed study will be welcome both for its glimpse of Russell in an unfamiliar role and also for the light it sheds on the NCF
The Times Literary Supplement
Vellacotts sympathy for the man and for pacifism has not led her to exaggerate the importance of his wartime activities. Nor does she fail to see that these years did not begin or end Russells emotional and intellectual growth. Yet, for him, the Great War was a watershed; he emerged from it changed in both head and heart. Vellacott demonstrates that Russells involvement with the pacifists was essential to that metamorphosis.
Steven E. Werner
The American Historical Review
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'According to the website globalsecurity.org, The Common Missile Compartment that the US and UK are working on in tandem has cost the UK $329 million since 2008 and the US $183 million since 2009 (as of 2011). The US wants its first Ohio class replacement submarine ready for 2029.
Dr Julian Lewis MP strenuously defended UK independence of control of Trident, if not of manufacture, during a path-breaking Parliamentary debate on the Mutual Defence Agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom, on 6 November 2014, excepts from which we print in this issue of The Spokesman. He asked his debate co-sponsor, Jeremy Corbyn MP, if he accepted that:
it is entirely a matter for the United Kingdom Government whether the deterrent would be fired, as opposed to used fired in response to a nuclear attack on this country and that the United States could do nothing to prevent that from happening?
An interesting nuance there fired, as opposed to used. Could the US indeed do nothing to prevent firing of their mingled asset?
For his part, Jeremy Corbyn was highly sceptical about such independent control. This crucial issue of control is thrown into sharp relief by Commander Robert Green, who urges a paradigm shift away from Trident.'
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.
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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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