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Ken Coates Memorial Lecture
With Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary
Wednesday 3rd June / 6:00pm
University of Nottingham
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Michael Barratt Brown
Michael Barratt Brown
Our good comrade and friend, Michael, died in London on 7 May after several weeks in hospital following a fall at home. During his long and eventful life, he worked closely with the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation and the Institute for Workers Control, and was a regular contributor to The Spokesman journal. We shall miss him greatly, and will publish a full appreciation later.
Michaels funeral is at 12 oclock on Wednesday 10 June at Golders Green Crematorium (West Chapel), Hoop Lane, London NW11 7NL.
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
Think Globally, Act Locally
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'In 1988, Ken Coates published a book under the same title as this issue of The Spokesman, in which he argued, with characteristic democratic emphasis, for a UN popular consultative assembly. The timing was significant. The year before, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty had been signed by General Secretary Gorbachev and President Reagan, outlawing a whole class of nuclear weapons. This landmark agreement represented the high water mark of European Nuclear Disarmament, to which Ken had dedicated much of his life and work during the preceding decade. The following year, 1989, he was elected to the European Parliament for the first time, and quickly became the President of its Human Rights Sub-committee.
We revisit END through Kens audacious proposal for a joint session of the European Parliament and the Supreme Soviet. This is a record of dead hopes but far-from-dead fears, as the bloody confrontation currently centred on Ukraine reminds us. Richard Sakwa provides much needed insight and objectivity in the otherwise slanted public commentary on Russia-Ukraine-NATO-European Union relations.'
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 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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