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A Pacifist at War
Letters and Writings 1914-1918
By Bertrand Russell
Edited by Nicholas Griffin
'The outbreak of the First World War dramatically changed almost everything in Bertrand Russell's life. The costs to him of opposing the War were high. The government fined him, confiscated his passport, placed him under surveillance, banned him from certain parts of the country, and eventually jailed him. None of this caused him to waver for a moment in his unrelenting opposition.'
- Nicholas Griffin
Russell was a tireless and engaging correspondent, and these letters, selected and fully annotated by Nicholas Griffin, give a vivid picture of his life and activities during those turbulent War years, including his complex personal life. A selection of Russell's key writings from the period develops the story.
WAR against WAR!
By Ernst Friedrich
Originally published in Germany on 1st May 1924, this classic pictorial record of the First World War has long been hard to obtain.
'War Against War! is one of the most shocking books I have ever seen. As much a series of photographs as a book, it first appeared in 1924, the work of Ernst Friedrich, an anarchist, socialist, internationalist and peace worker.
Friedrich's aim was to make people understand what war actually means, and the horrors it inflicts on people and, indeed, on animals.'
New issue of The Spokesman
The Spokesman 125
Studied cruelty pervades the conflicts which consume our attention during summer 2014. In Iraq, in Ukraine, as well as in Palestine, the film reports are truly horrific. YouTube and Googles visual testimony includes civilian victims of all ages. Image searches line up rows of decapitated heads in Iraq. The Islamic State is spreading its control across parts of Iraq and into Syria
In Ukraine, recently elected President Poroshenko, having initiated a ceasefire at one stage, has subsequently stepped up the bombardments of the eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk
International law is not working, most obviously in Palestine. It is 10 years since the International Court of Justice, in an advisory judgment, declared Israels massive separation wall to be illegal.
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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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
Peace Event Sarajevo 2014 - Register Today!
Warwick University Ltd - A conference sponsored by Warwick Universities and Colleges Union (UCU)
Lowdham Festival 2014 - Box Office now open!
Nottingham Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament - A PUBLIC DEBATE
Problems of NATO - The Spokesman 124
INTERNATIONAL CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR'S DAY CEREMONY - 15 May 2014
May Day Greetings - War Against War! is one of the most shocking books I have ever seen.
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