It is a universal truth that the atomic bombs forced the surrender of Japan in 1945, or is it? An interesting article on geopolitics and the willingness of leaders to sacrifice their populations.
Racism has ultimately two logics – that of exclusion – the ultimate form of which is genocide; and that of exploitation, the ultimate logic of which is slavery. However, in most concrete historical situations these two logics are practiced in a complementary way.
When I first saw this book, I thought that the prisoners were separate people to the Quakers. But the authors are both prisoners and Quakers. Get your hands on a copy as soon as you can.
Double Nobel prize winner, conscientious objector, Quaker
Link to QCEA blog on US EU negotiations.
From the very beginning, facilitating trade has been a key aim of the European Union (EU) and its predecessors. One of the current trade projects being negotiated is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which enters the second stage of negotiation this week (11th-15th November 2013). TTIP, as it is known, is a wide-ranging free trade pact between the United States of America (US) and the EU. If the negotiations are successful and the treaty is ratified, TTIP would be one of the world’s largest trade agreements, rivalling the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The pact would remove barriers, cut tariffs, and unify regulations between the EU and the US; or, to put it simply, it would further liberalize trade between two of the world’s biggest economies.
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I am just leaving the Conference centre after a very full weekend. Much food for thought. The enormity of the challenges, youth unemployment, environmental degradation. How can we make best use of QCEA resources to have the Quaker voice heard in the European institutions and how can we better link with QCEA?
Join me for a soup lunch to raise funds for the FWCC Appeal at 12 noon on Wednesday 20th November at 5 West Hextol Close, Hexham.
In the current issue of The Friend, Rosemary Burton challenges us to greater engagement with the arms trade. Apposite that the news this week has been dominated by the redundancies in naval shipyards. No doubt the same arguments would be deployed if there were any suggestion to abandon Trident submarine construction. I joined a Friends of the Earth delegation to see Peter Atkinson MP on that subject, where it became clear that jobs were one issue. The other was that we needed to mirror what France had. I hope that the whole subject of the arms trade and why the public implicitly support it continues to be explored in the Hexham Debates. I would interested in other contributions.
We agreed at AMWG last night that Northumbria AM would host QuINE in 2014. It seems to me that this is the opportunity for Friends in the NE region to share their concerns, projects to encourage joint working, sharing of good practice etc. We could also review those activities where we share responsibilities, eg Shindig, The Retreat, W&S trust. There could also be the opportunity to include input from YM so that there is greater understanding of Central work locally and local work centrally. Sounds a lot but perhaps if we take themes and invite input. Also some items could be specialist groups and poster displays.