Yurii Sheliazhenko
A pacifist voice from Ukraine: in the hybrid clamp between NATO and Russia
Article published on 2 October 2021
Section : Abolish wars - Contre toutes les guerres - Gegen alle Kriege !

Introduction

Truth may or may not be the first casualty in war but in an atmosphere of perpetual war and rumours of war then truth is extremely vulnerable, and everyone risks being deceived. Perceptions of truth can also be a bit like ‘our’ speaking accent; ‘we’ tend to think we don’t speak with an accent, it is people different from us that have an accent. In the same way, we can be so immune and inured to our own society and its propaganda, so familiar with its ways, that we feel we are presented with the truth, even if nothing can be further from the truth.

Western relations with Russia have been a developing nadir of the post-Cold war period. ‘The west’, particularly by taking NATO to the edge of Russia, has contributed considerably to poor relations between countries and to the development of authoritarianism and xenophobia in Putin’s Russia. Please note that we would be highly critical of Russian repression of civil society internally, and of Russian military actions in the region, e.g. the Crimea (annexation) and eastern Ukraine (disguised attempts at annexation), as well as in Syria.

So it is always a breath of fresh air when we are given an account of situations as they are, free from the blinkered, tinted spectacles of one side or another. This is the case with this report from Ukraine by Yurii Sheliazhenko. Thank you to VredesMagazine and War Resisters’ International/WRI for this piece.

Yurii Sheliazhenko

As Ukraine became a battlefield of the new cold war between United States and Russia, our peaceful life was torn apart by militant domestic nationalism and both competing aggressive imperialisms. We should get out from a (...)

Article published on 21 September 2021
Rubrik : Fondements - Grundsätzliches

Impressive interview: calling for a radically different peace and security policy!

Joanne Sheehan
Article published on 27 May 2021
zuletzt geändert am 28 May 2021
Rubrik : Die Flamme nähren, nicht die Asche bewahren / Feed the flame instead of conserving the ashes

Collaboration between activists for independence in India and those against segregation in the United States brought revolutionary nonviolence stateside.

Many are wondering how to respond to the current white supremacist threat. We only have to look to history — to those who organized against the brutal culture and laws of segregation in this country — for inspiration on the importance of (...)

Clem McCartney
Current challenges to the Northern Ireland Peace Process
Article published on 19 April 2021
zuletzt geändert am 20 April 2021
Section : Solidarität / Solidarity/ Solidarité

The current tensions and violence in Northern Ireland, as always in these situations, involves a number of dimensions interacting with each other. Most immediately there are the rioters, young people looking for a bit of excitement and reliving (...)

Through the Iron Curtain:
By Jared R. Donelly
Article published on 1 September 2020
zuletzt geändert am 2 September 2020
Rubrik : Die Flamme nähren, nicht die Asche bewahren / Feed the flame instead of conserving the ashes

In front of the red walls of the Kremlin on October 3, 1961, Reiner Steinweg, a young peace activist from the small West German town of Hohenhausen, handed out hundreds of antimilitary leaflets to crowd of enthusiastic Russians. Steinweg, along (...)

Andrew Cornell
Challenges Arise
Article published on 25 May 2020
Rubrik : Die Flamme nähren, nicht die Asche bewahren / Feed the flame instead of conserving the ashes

Challenges Arise

By 1976, a number of interrelated problems and tensions had begun to develop within the MNS network. Despite the excitement of the burgeoning antinuke movement, many members felt frustrated with a lack of strategic direction in (...)

Andrew Cornell
action, community and training
Article published on 27 April 2020
zuletzt geändert am 27 May 2020
Rubrik : Die Flamme nähren, nicht die Asche bewahren / Feed the flame instead of conserving the ashes

Action

MNS demonstrated its approach to activism almost immediately. In July 1971, the newly minted group launched itself into the Baltimore harbor in a fleet of canoes and kayaks to blockade a Pakistani ship from docking to take on a (...)

Andrew Cornell
part one
Article published on 27 April 2020
zuletzt geändert am 1 May 2020
Rubrik : Die Flamme nähren, nicht die Asche bewahren / Feed the flame instead of conserving the ashes

The international anarchist movement found new footings in the wake of the global insurrections of 1968, nearly all of which were decidedly libertarian in character (1). In the United States, the decade that followed was a time of (...)

Andrew Cornell’s
Lessons from Movement for a New Society
Article published on 21 February 2020
zuletzt geändert am 4 September 2020
Rubrik : Die Flamme nähren, nicht die Asche bewahren / Feed the flame instead of conserving the ashes

Andrew Cornell’s Oppose and Propose offers an extraordinarily well-researched examination of the 1971-1988 US-based organisation Movement for a New Society (MNS).

Review by Chris Rossdale

Cornell mixes documentary evidence and interviews with key participants in MNS to provide a comprehensive account of the movement, from its roots in Quaker anti-war groups through 17 years of rich and varied history, (...)

Article published on 13 January 2020
Section : International

Dear all,

With someone from Extinction Rebellion UK I’m organising a kind of think-tank meeting "Civil resistance strategies for climate justice", which aims to bring together about 25 climate justice activists and social movement or civil (...)

Thousands of activists set off to block lignite mining infrastructure in the wake of COP25
Article published on 30 November 2019
Rubrik : Schluss mit der Nutzung fossiler Energien

Press release

Cottbus | Chóśebuz, 30 november 2019.

Two days before the start of COP25, 4.000 activists of the international

climate justice movement Ende Gelaende (“Here And No Further”) set off

towards open–cast lignite mines in Eastern (...)



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