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A civilised society should be ordered so that every person has:

  • pure drinking water
  • clean air
  • uncontaminated food
  • secure housing
  • access to good medical care & education
  • right livelihood
  • freedom of (courteous) speech
  • effective participation in decision-making
  • freedom of association (political, religious etc)

and in which:

  • each person acts honestly and transparently in the workplace and in personal relationships
  • conflict is resolved by dialogue and other peaceable means

Relevant material is often placed on other websites named in the ‘Blog Roll’, our closest links being with members of the New Era Network

This website will focus on issues relating to the peaceful resolution of conflict:

  • record the policies and practice of civilised countries which use their armed forces to defend, not invade
  • track pressures on those countries to change their policies
  • emphasise the heavy human and financial costs of war for all but the arms industry
  • and highlight evidence already in the public domain indicating public support, in countries such as Germany and Canada, for more civilised defence policies

Why, having seen the deaths, injuries and ruined economies caused by the largely fruitless invasions of Vietnam, Korea Iraq and Afghanistan, do a few  governments still embark on military adventures with heavy human and financial costs?

Journalist Simon Jenkins reflects ruefully on this mindset, “Where next will they bless with democracy at the blast from a drone?”

The only faction which gains from armed conflict is the arms industry, which spends a great deal of time and money lobbying senior politicians, advisers and civil servants.

Professor Barnaby and Commander Green point out that Britain could earn respect by helping the birth of a civilised society, instead of continuing to play the “self-defeating game” of power politics.

Mailing list

  1. Aileen Cook, Solihull Quaker meeting
  2. Alison Williams: family links with New Zealand – co-founder UNGA-Link
  3. Alistair Mackie [Air-Commodore] Vice President CND
  4. Barbara Panvel: New Era Network
  5. Bruce Kent, Movement for the Abolition of War
  6. Caroline Lucas [Dr] MP
  7. Christine Parkinson: social entrepreneur
  8. Diana Basterfield: Ministry for Peace
  9. Diana Schumacher: Schumacher UK
  10. Duncan Forrester [Rev. Dr]
  11. Eirwen Harbottle: Peace Child Organisation, pp the late Brigadier Michael Harbottle
  12. Elisabeth Tinker pp the late Professor Hugh Tinker
  13. Elizabeth Way: UNA, formerly secretary of Just Defence
  14. Ellen Brown: Los Angeles lawyer
  15. Eustace D’Souza: General; World Consultative Association of Retired Generals and Admirals (deceased)
  16. Felicity Arbuthnot, investigative journalist
  17. George Farebrother: World Court Project
  18. Hansa Shah, ecumenical accompanier, Palestine
  19. Ian Flintoff [Dr]: writer, actor, Quaker Socialist Society,
  20. Janet White, Solihull Quaker meeting
  21. John Bickersteth [Bishop]
  22. John Bunzl: SIMPOL
  23. John Johansen-Berg [Rev]: chairman of the Fellowship of Reconciliation
  24. John McDonnell MP: Ministry for Peace
  25. John Roberts [Dr.]: professor of history; World Citizenship [d. March 2010]
  26. Jonathan Bartley: Ekklesia
  27. Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future,
  28. Kate Maloney: Scientists for Global Responsibility
  29. Kenneth Greet [Rev Dr]
  30. Len Aldiss: Britain-Vietnam Friendship Society (deceased)
  31. Lesley Docksey, former vice-chair, Movement to Abolish War
  32. Malcolm Harper UNA (d. 2013)
  33. Mary Holmes: World Development Movement,
  34. Mark Shapiro
  35. Mike Brady: Baby Milk Action
  36. Nazima Ali: WMCND
  37. Paul Ingram [Dr]: BASIC
  38. Peter van den Dungen, co-ordinator, International network of Peace Museums
  39. Rianne ten Veen: Green Creation; Islamic Relief
  40. Robert Green RN [Cdr. Retd]: Disarmament & Security Centre, New Zealand
  41. Roslyn Cook, anti nuclear weapons activist, ICAN
  42. Sabine McNeill: founder of peace network,Turning Points
  43. Shafi Chowdhury: Sutton Peace Group
  44. Stuart Parkinson [Dr]: Scientists for Global Responsibility
  45. Tony Benn: former MP (deceased)
  46. Ulla Grant: WMCND
  47. Zac Goldsmith
  48. a webmaster
  49. defence analyst [Dr; armaments]
  50. defence analyst [Dr; international relations]
  51. Dr. David Hookes

Those who wish their names to be added should contact bapanvel@gmail.com


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