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31 Oct 2014
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Global Network board member Atsushi Fujioka in Japan writes:

We had a people's gathering to say No to the construction of the US Army's
X-band radar site [aimed at China] on Kyogamisaki in Kyoto, which will be a
first US base in Kansai region of 30 million population. 1,400 people
including many local people, with more than 20 buses, gathered at the
auditorium of Ukawa Middle School. In the opening session, I talked and
introduced Global Networks message of solidarity, mentioning this is
probably the first demonstration which was connected with GN's events

31 Oct 2014
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Established in 1936 and exporting to over 100 countries, Česká Zbrojovka is the CzechRepublic's largest arms manufacturer, producing:

  • weapons for armed military and police units, as well as for hunting and sporting purposes

30 Oct 2014
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Compiling this issue of War Profiteers' News proved a challenge. It has long been feminist orthodoxy that all analysis must be gendered analysis, yet it was difficult to apply this orthodoxy to war profiteering, at least initially, for 'profit' tempts us to think of capitalism and not of gender as the oppressive system by which our attention should be monopolised. Yet capitalism could not easily be a more gendered system, and the issue of war profiteering in fact illustrates this: Julie L.

30 Oct 2014
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IANSA Women's Network: Disarm Domestic ViolenceDisarm Domestic ViolenceDisarm Domestic Violence

30 Oct 2014
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The US' National Rifle Association is a lobbying group on behalf of gun manufacturers, those people who derive their profits from the sale of weapons

30 Oct 2014
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Make Love Not LoopholesMake Love Not LoopholesThe Arms Trade Treaty comes into force on the 24th of December, to general celebration on the part of feminists, who particularly welcome its clause on the restriction of arms sales where those arms may be used for gender based violence.

30 Oct 2014
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Text reproduced from the WILPF leaflet (2014) available here.

Demilitarising for Gender Equality

30 Oct 2014
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Translated from the original Spanish available here.

'Women and the land are both territory to be conquered'

30 Oct 2014
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by Anna Kaminski of CodePink

30 Oct 2014
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by Julie L. Arostegui, J.D.

Women, Peace and, Security Policy Director, Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)

@JulieLArostegui

29 Oct 2014
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Artikel in The Broken Rifle No 87, December 2010 als Teil einer Sonderausgab

29 Oct 2014
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Artikel im „Zerbrochenen Gewehr“ Nr. 17, September 1990

US- und australisches Militärpersonal weigert sich, sich zum Golf schicken zu lassen. Der US-Marinesoldat Jeff Paterson ist gegenwärtig im Hungerstreik in Hawaii. Er erklärt:

„Ich kann und werde keine Spielfigur sein im Machtspiel der USA für Profite und Öl im Nahen Osten. Ich werde Widerstand gegen meine geplante Abreise leisten, indem ich mich sofort in den Status eines Kriegsdienstverweigerers versetzen lasse und mich körperlich weigern werde, das Flugzeug zu besteigen. Und wenn ich zwangsweise in die saudische Wüste befördert werde, werde ich mich weigern zu kämpfen.“

Jeff, der seinen Hungerstreik am 24. August angefangen hat, äußerte, er werde weiterhin die Nahrung verweigern, bis das Militär seine Pläne mit ihm überdenkt. Ihm wurde bisher der KDV-Status verweigert.

24 Oct 2014
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Jedes Jahr am 1. Dezember begehen die War Resisters’ International und ihre Mitglieder den Tag der Gefangenen für den Frieden, für den wir die Namen und Geschichten der für Friedensaktionen inhaftierten Menschen veröffentlichen. Viele sind Kriegsdienstverweigerer, die im Gefängnis sitzen, weil sie nicht in die Armee eintreten wollten. Andere haben gewaltfreie Aktionen zur Störung der Kriegsvorbereitungen durchgeführt. Dieser Tag gibt Dir die Chance, Deine Unterstützung für diese Menschen zum Ausdruck zu bringen.

WRI hat eine permanente Liste der Gefangenen für den Frieden: Wir bemühen uns sehr, diese für den Tag der Gefangenen für den Frieden am 1. Dezember auf den neuesten Stand zu bringen.

Wir laden Euch ein, am 1. Dezember oder an einem zeitnahen Tag ein bißchen Zeit zu reservieren, um Karten als Ausdruck Eurer Solidarität zu schicken. Namen und Adressen findet Ihr here: http://www.wri-irg.org/inprison. Vielleicht könnt Ihr Euch mit Freunden treffen, mit Eurer Friedensgruppe, Klasse, Religions- und Gemeindegruppe und die Karten gemeinsam schreiben!

Für weitere Informationen: http://wri-irg.org/campaigns/prisoners_for_peace

24 Oct 2014
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Die Bewerbungsfrist hat begonnen für die Stellen als Mitarbeiter/in für das Gewaltfreiheitsprogramm und das Programm gegen die Militarisierung der Jugendlichen.

Informationen über beide Stellen findet man auf unserer Webseite:

Wir wünschen uns Bewerbungen von Menschen, die sich der Gewaltfreiheit verpflichtet fühlen, mit Fundraising-Qualifikation (oder der Bereitschaft, sie zu erwerben) und Erfahrung mit gewaltfreien Kampagnen. Die Bewerber sollten Englisch und eine weitere Sprache beherrschen und bereit sein zu reisen. Alle Bewerber sollten sich in der Lage fühlen, die WRI-Erklärung „Krieg ist ein Verbrechen gegen die Menschheit. Ich bin daher entschlossen, keine Art von Krieg zu unterstützen und für die Beseitigung aller seiner Ursachen zu kämpfen“ zu unterschreiben. Eine vollständige Beschreibung und Bewerbungsformulare findet man unter den entsprechenden Anzeigen.

Einsendeschluss für die Bewerbungen um beide Stellen ist 2. November, Mitternacht (UTC).

Bitte schickt diese Stellenangebote an Eure Kontakte. Für weitere Fragen bitte an info@wri-irg.org schreiben.

24 Oct 2014
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Artikel in The Broken Rifle No 93, August 2012 als Teil der Ausgabe über Queer- und Antimilitarismusthemen

Miles Rutendo Tanhira

Steve Biko, ein Anti-Apartheid-Aktivist, sagte einmal, dass die Unterdrückten die Unterdrücker sein möchten. Das stimmt, was die Auswirkungen des Kriegs auf Minderheiten wie LGBTI-Leute betrifft. In den meisten afrikanischen Ländern wurde z. B. das Thema Homosexualität von machthungrigen Politikern benutzt, um die Menschen glauben zu machen, dass Homosexualität der Grund für ihre Misere sei.

In Zimbabwe, zum Beispiel, finden Politiker immer dann, wenn es hart auf hart kommt, ein hoch emotionales, soziales Thema und versuchen, damit ihre privaten Kriege zu verfolgen. Deshalb sind die Menschen nicht daran interessiert, die LGBT-Menschen zu verstehen. Sie sind an der Existenz des Themas interessiert und daran, sofortige Gerechtigkeit zuteilwerden zu lassen. Politiker verspüren den Drang, die Gesellschaft auf einem emotionalen Niveau zu halten, damit sie immer, wenn die Dinge für sie oder ihre politischen Parteien nicht so gut laufen, das Thema Homosexualität ins Gespräch bringen können, da das Volk den gleichen Hass und die gleichen Ängste fühlt wie sie.

23 Oct 2014
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Artikel im Zerbrochenen Gewehr Nr. 13, Juni/Juli 1989

Die Internationale der Kriegsgegner-/innen ist entsetzt über das Massaker an unbewaffneten chinesischen Personen auf dem Tienanmen-Platz und verurteilt es aufs Schärfste. Nur ein Führungspersonal ohne Unterstützung und Vertrauen des Volkes kann Soldaten befehlen, „mit jedweden Mitteln“ gewaltfreie Demonstrationen für demokratische Rechte und Freiheiten zu unterdrücken.

23 Oct 2014
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2. Oktober 2014

100 Ausgaben des Zerbrochenen Gewehrs! Im März 1986 hat die WRI die erste Ausgabe des Zerbrochenen Gewehrs veröffentlicht (siehe Nummer 1 hier). In dieser Ausgabe heißt es: „Das ist die Probeausgabe einer neuen Veröffentlichung der Internationalen der Kriegsgegner/innen. Wir planen, sie alle zwei Monate herauszugeben.“ Dieser Rundbrief begann zuerst als Nachrichtenblatt mit nicht mehr als zwei Seiten A-4 und umfasste Geschichten aus dem WRI-Netzwerk, und über die Jahre hat er sich zur wichtigsten regelmäßigen Veröffentlichung der WRI entwickelt.

23 Oct 2014
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Artikel in The Broken Rifle No 29, 1994.

Offene Augen in Kroatien

Otvorene Oči - "Offene Augen", das Balkan Peace Team in Kroatien - beginnt seine Arbeit sowohl in Split als auch Zagreb. Am Ende der zweimonatigen Erkundung schlug das Team vor, dass ein Team in Split auf den Bedarf für unabhängige Menschenrechtsbeobachtung dort reagieren sollte, um die einheimischen MenschenrechtsaktivistInnen in ihrem Kampf zu unterstützen, und mit der Perspektive einer späteren Erweiterung des Balkan Peace Teams nach Bosnien-Herzegowina. Während der Erkundungsphase hat das Team unter anderem eine Anhörung zur Anklage gegen Mitglieder der “Dalmatien-Aktion” beobachtet, denen vorgeworfen worden war, einen Bombenanschlag auf ihr eigenes Büro verübt zu haben. Das Team verfasste den einzigen glaubwürdigen unabhängigen Bericht über das Gerichtsverfahren.

Otvorene Oči wird auch seine Präsenz in Zagreb aufrecht erhalten, damit es Fälle im Kontakt mit der Zentralregierung weiterverfolgen kann und für Entwicklungen in anderen Teilen Kroatien zur Verfügung stehen kann.

Die AktivstInnen in der kroatischen Anti-Kriegs-Bewegung haben über einige Monate hin den starken Wunsch geäußert, eine internationale gewaltfreie Präsenz in Split zu haben. Gegenwärtig ist die Siuation etwas ruhiger als Ende letzten Jahres; wenn sie sich aber wieder aufheizt, hat das Team jedenfalls die notwendige Basisarbeit erledigt, um schnell und effizient reagieren zu können.

17 Oct 2014
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A small group of undocumented young immigrants have been given the right to apply for enlistment into the army as a fast-track to citizenship if their deportation has already been deferred under the DREAM act and they have special language skills.

Source:Latin Post

More information on the DREAM Act can be found at: NNOMY

17 Oct 2014
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Ukraine announced on Thursday (Aug 28) that it will return to mandatory conscription in the coming months as its troops battle pro-Russian insurgents in the east. "The National Security and Defence Council has decided to restart conscription in the fall (autumn)," Mykhailo Koval, deputy head of the council, said after an emergency meeting chaired by President Petro Poroshenko. Ukraine's government decided last year to switch to a contract-based professional army, ending Soviet-style bi-annual drafts in the spring and fall for men between 18 and 25. The last call-up into the Ukrainian armed forces, numbering 168,000 people in the beginning of 2014, was in October 2013 for a period of one year. In April the military announced partial mobilisation for people with military experience ahead of its operation in the east, where pro-Russian insurgents had declared two regions independent of Kiev's authority.

Sources: Channel News Asia, Kyiv Post, Daily Star

17 Oct 2014
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Child Soldiers' International are taking the Ministry of Defence to judicial review over its discriminatory terms of service for those who enlist into the army as minors. These terms currently require minors to serve until they are 22, which could be 6 years for a soldier who enlisted at 16 compared to the four years' service required of those who enlist as adults.

Sources:

The Independent

Reuters

17 Oct 2014
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Trigger Warning: descriptions of bullying and torture. Two cases of extreme violence in the conscripted Korean military – one mass shooting and attempted suicide, one death by torture – have drawn public attention to the violence conscripts routinely face in the military, with 120 deaths a year occurring among them for the last five years.

Read more at:

Human Rights Asia News

The Economist

17 Oct 2014
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North Korean women aged 17 and over will face seven years’ military conscription, starting in January. According to revised military service laws to be announced soon, military service for males will be increased from 10 years to 11 years. The state originally considered increasing the period to 13 years but, taking into account the measure’s overall failure in the mid-1990s, decided instead to conscript women. The North is struggling to keep up the numbers in its military forces, which have totalled more than 1.2 million. A shortage of males born in the mid-1990s reflects the nationwide famine during which about 330,000 children died.

Source:

Korea Times US

17 Oct 2014
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Hardline haredi elements protested on Sunday morning against the arrest of yeshiva students who fail to present themselves when called up for army service, holding a small rally outside the Jerusalem draft office.

17 Oct 2014
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Young men from Chechnya are being drafted into Russia's armed forces for the first time in 20 years. Chechen youth stopped being drafted to the Russian Army in late 1994, when the Kremlin sent the military into Chechnya to try to crush its separatist leadership. Some are claiming the lack of recruitment in the North Caucasus since then was 'discriminatory' against Chechen youth who wanted to defend the Russian 'homeland' of which they are citizens, and that the move to start recruiting them again is therefore progressive, a sign of 'political success' and inclusivity, though it cannot be denied that Russia's shrinking population and other problems are leading to a shortfall in army recruitment.

Meanwhile the Russian government are threatening to imprison a Lithuanian who left the Sovietarmy in 1990, after Lithuania declared independence from Russia. As a response, the Lithuanian State Security Department has advised the 1500+ Lithuanians who refused military service after 1990 not to travel to Russia.

Sources:

The Times, Russian threatens to jail hundreds of Lithuanians, 10 September 2014

 Russian News Agency

Russian News Agency

Jamestown Foundation

16 Oct 2014
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Conscientious Objection

The question of conscientious objection has been brought to attention of the Colombian courts once more, via the case of one Julián Enrique Rojas Rincón who is arguing that his Christian pacifism makes military service unconscionable to him and that his right to conscientious objection is safeguarded in article 18 of the Colombian constitution which also protects medics from performing abortions where they feel this runs contrary to their interpretation of Christianity. Magistrate Jorge Pretelt has called on the military to form an 'interdisciplinary group' to asses Rojas' case. Source: Semana

15 Oct 2014
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It's now been 20 years since three Jehovah's Witnesses in Eritrea have been imprisoned. Paulos Eyassu, Negede Teklemariam and Isaac Mogos were arrested on September 24, 1994. In the early years of their detention they were subjected to severe treatment and torture in Sawa prison camp, but their ill-treatment has lessened in recent years. They have never been charged with any crime. At least thirteen other Jehovah's Witness COs are also detained in Sawa - it is likely to be many more.

14 Oct 2014
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Militaries across the world gain access to young people through education systems.

It gives them an extraordinary chance to shape every generation's perception of military violence and lay the groundwork for future recruitment.

25 - 31 October sees the first international week of action for military-free education and research: a concerted effort of antimilitarist action across the world to raise awareness and challenge of the role the military have in education, and to give voice to alternatives.

08 Oct 2014
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Applications are open for the positions of Nonviolence Programme Worker and Countering the Militarisation of Youth Programme Worker.

Information for both positions can be found on our website:

We look forward to receiving applications from people committed to nonviolence, with fundraising skills (or willingness to learn) and experience of nonviolent campaigning. Applicants should have knowledge of English and another language, and be willing to travel. All applicants should feel able to sign the WRI declaration: 'War is a crime against humanity. I am therefore determined not to support any kind of war, and to strive for the removal of all causes of war'. Full job descriptions and application forms can be found on the respective adverts.

The closing date for applications for both roles is 2 November, midnight (UTC).

Please share the job adverts with your contacts, and write to info@wri-irg.org with any questions.

07 Oct 2014
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03 Oct 2014
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In The Broken Rifle March 2004, No. 60 which focused on dealing with the past.

Roberta Bacic

WRI had already visited Sri Lanka and had been in Batticaloa in March 2003. As a follow up of this we decided to accompany the process of dealing with the past with war affected women. Rajan Iruthayanathan organised the workshop with local organisers and activists who know well the people, history and politics of the area. The women came from two villages, where almost each family has lost somebody during the war.

02 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle, May 2008, No. 78.

Andreas Speck

In recent years many European countries abolished conscription, or suspended conscription in times of peace. Presently, out of the 27 European Union member states only 10 maintain conscription, and it is expected that of those ten some more will abolish conscription in the near future – Poland is expected to abolish conscription in 2010–2012, and Sweden is just now in the process of abolishing conscription. But even in countries that maintain conscription, “voluntary” professional soldiers generally have a more important role, i.e. within NATO or other foreign operations or the European Union battle groups. The reasons for maintaining conscription are often more ideological than military.

02 Oct 2014
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100 issues of The Broken Rifle! In March 1986 WRI published the first ever The Broken Rifle (see number one here). This issues says: "This is a pilot edition of a new publication from War Resisters' International. We plan to produce it every two months". This newsletter started first as a news-sheet of no more than two A4 sides, covering stories from the WRI network, and through the years it has developed into WRI's main regular publication.

02 Oct 2014
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Each year on 1st December War Resisters' International and its member mark Prisoners for Peace Day, when we publicise the names and stories of those imprisoned for actions for peace. Many are conscientious objectors, in gaol for refusing to join the military. Others have taken nonviolent actions to disrupt preparation for war. This day is a chance for you to demonstrate your support for them.

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 29, 1994.

Open Eyes in Croatia

Otvorene Oči — "Open Eyes", the Balkan Peace Team in Croatia — is setting up base in Split as well as Zagreb. At the conclusion of their initial two-month exploration, the team proposed to base a team in Split because of the need for independent international human rights monitors there, in order to support the struggling local human rights activists, and with a view to a later expansion of Balkan Peace Team projects into Bosnia-Herzegovina. During its exploratory period, one of the team's actions in Split was to observe preliminary hearings of the Dalmatia Action trial, where members of the opposition Dalmatia Action stand accused of bombing their own office. The team produced the only reliable impartial report on the trial.

01 Oct 2014
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Christine Schweitzer

This hundredth issue of the Broken Rifle reprints articles that relate to the strategies affiliates of WRI are using and and issues they are dealing with. There are articles on direct nonviolent actions and on civil disobedience, articles discussing gender, conscientious objection, land grabbing, peace-building and antimilitarist trends in various regions. They reflect discussions we have had in WRI over the last 20 years.

01 Oct 2014
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01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 13, June/July 1989

War Resisters' International is horrified by the massacre of unarmed Chinese people around Tienanmen square and condemns it utterly. Only a leadership without the support and confidence of the people can order soldiers "by any means" to suppress nonviolent demonstrations for democratic rights and freedoms.

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 17, September 1990

US and Australian military personnel are refusign to go to the Gulf. US Marine Jeff Paterson is now on hunger strike in Hawaii. He declares:

I cannot and will not be a pawn in the US's power play for profits and oil in the Middle East. I will resist my scheduled departure by immediately filing for conscientious objector status, and physically refusing to board the plane. And if I am dragged out into the Saudi dessert, I will refuse to fight.

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 91, April 2012 on Land-grabbing and militarism

Howard Clark

From the men of property the order came: They sent the hired men and troopers to wipe out the Diggers' claim. "Tear down their cottages. Destroy their corn!" They were dispersed but still the vision carries on.

- Lines from Leon Rosselson's song celebrating the Diggers and their struggle for land in 17th century England

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 75, September 2007, it also featured in the 1st edition of the Handbook for Nonviolents Campaigns.

Joanne Sheehan

A campaign is a connected series of activities and actions done over a period of time to achieve specific, stated goals. Campaigns are started by a group of people with a common understanding and vision, who identify the goals and begin the process of research, education and training that strengthens and increases the number of participants who engage in the activities and action.

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 69, February 2006 as part of the special issue for the 2006 Globalising Nonviolence international conference.

Jochen Stay

Jochen Stay, who was active in civil disobedience campaigns against the deployment of Pershing-II nuclear missiles in Mutlangen in Germany in the 1980s, and later in the campaigns against nuclear waste shipments in the 1990s and early 2000s, reflects on his experience with mass civil disobedience. In the present situation, it is clear that courageous action is again necessary, but he asks: Is civil disobedience with the participation of thousands of people an appropriate perspective for the peace movement today?

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 94, December 2012.

Howard Clark

Fear is something that every social movement has to deal with, whether in situations of severe repression or in relatively open societies. Discussing fear under the Pinochet dictatorship, the Chilean social commentator Manuel Antonio Garretón referred to two archetypal childhood fears: the fear of the dog that bites, and the fear of the darkened room. The specific threat that we can see, assess and work out how to handle, and the generalised threat of an unknown - a room where something bad might be waiting for you. In a dictatorship or under an occupation, the presence of fear is tangible - yet there are always episodes where somehow people overcome that fear and take action. In relatively open societies, the fears may not be so obvious - yet they are there, somehow always a factor in maintaining obedience and conformity, in inhibiting people from questioning authority or sometimes simply from being who we want to be.

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 98, December 2013 with a special focus on Africa.

April Carter

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 93, August 2012 as part of the queer and antimilitarism issue. 

Miles Rutendo Tanhira

01 Oct 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 87, December 2010 as part of a Latin America special issue.

Pelao Carvallo

The military uniform hides under its camouflage – olive green, pale kaki, dark blue or snowy white – yet another uniform deployed over the very body which sustains the warrior clothing. Over there, taking the form of skin and hairs, you will find the sexual uniform: that act of faith that turns men into men and women into women, regardless our identity, wishes or actual actions. For the military (and the various kinds of militarisms), sex is the ultimate certainty and the ultimate order. Provided this remains in place, the space for this hierarchical, conservative, aggressive, militarized society will be secured. Because in spite of it all, in spite of existing desire, identity and sexual intercourse and all of the analyses around gender, over there, somewhere between the legs, there exists the order that sustains it all: you are a man, or else… a woman. There is no other option. One or the other. That is Order, that is Reality, that is Truth.

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 87, December 2010 as part of the a Latin America special issue.

By Adriana Castaño

The journey of women in the depths of left-wing political movements and mixed social organisations has had to endure a long struggle. The story of the presence of women with ideas for the transformation of the patriarchal culture, has for a long time been subjected to the achievement of “more wide and important ideals”, and arguments that these “particular” claims should wait, otherwise it would imply the division of the struggle that was forging towards “social and political revolution” which required the unity of the popular movement. Those proposals and revolutions have been and are “Revolutions of men that believe that everything can be revolutionised except the life of women. They are the revolutions in which the revolutionaries annul and create constitutions, but they continue subduing half of humanity, women, just as feminist, anarchist, Chilean women workers said at the beginning of the 20th century”.1

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 84, November 2009 as part of a special edition for the 2010 international conference on Nonviolent Livelihood Struggle and Global Militarism: Links & Strategies.

Anand Mazgaonkar

President Obama smiled at Manmohan Singh‭ (‬India's Prime Minister‭)‬,‭ ‬Secretary of State Hilary Clinton invited him over for lunch,‭ ‬the World Bank President certified his economic vision,‭ ‬and the IMF chief patted his back for leading his country on the path of‭ ‬sustained growth.‭ ‬That's India's arrival on the world stage.‭

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 81, February 2009 as part of the Shut Down NATO issue.

Sian Jones

Women have a multitude of relationships to the military: they command regiments, enlist as soldiers, work in the arms industry, clean the kitchens and toilets of military bases… or oppose the military in protests and peace camps. Some women have little choice about their relationship with the military: they are killed, injured, forced from their homes, and bereaved by armed conflict. Others are recruited, sometimes ‘voluntarily’, but very often forcibly, to provide sexual services to male military personnel. Many of these are women and girls trafficked for the purposes of forced prostitution. 

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 80, December 2008. This article is the result of material published in the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns and a session on gender and nonviolence at WRI's International Nonviolence Training Exchange, in Bilbao in October 2008.

It may seem simple and obvious that we want both men and women involved in our struggles against war and injustice. However, if we want to fully utilise people's talents, energy, and insights, we need to apply gender awareness to how we organise ourselves, how we design our campaigns, and how we conduct our trainings for action.

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 71, September 2006 as part of an issue on war profiteering.

Joanne Sheehan and Javier Gárate

War profiteers depend mainly on government contracts. Imagine what Lockheed Martin would be without their Pentagon contracts! At the same time governments need an excuse for spending such huge sums of money e.g. "war against terror", "national security", "peace forces", etc. Since war profiteers depend on government contracts they need to be in the position to influence them. Through the years they have positioned themselves to have an immense political power within governments, and they enjoy privileged access to decision-makers that the general public can only dream of.

In order to sell their products, the war profiteers need access to information, and access to the different decision bodies. How do they do it? By the so-called revolving door factor, and heavy lobbying.

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 69, February 2006 as part of the special issue for the Globalising Nonviolence international conference.

Stellan Vinthagen

We live in a historical time of social change. While the economy, state regimes and wars are being globalised, the social forces of people's movements are as well. At least 15 million demonstrated worldwide against the war in Iraq 2003. The gathering of "the global movement of movements" at the World Social Forum continues to grow, the latest in Brasil with 150000 participants. This global peace & justice movement has drawn the conclusions of earlier strategies of reform through national parties and elections and revolution through armed rebellion, and is searching for a nonviolent strategy of social change.

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 53, November 2003 as part of the South Korean Prisoners for Peace issue.

Jung-min Choi

Only early in 2001 the concept of "objection to military service" became known to the Korean public. A current affairs magazine reported on a forum on the military service system, including the right to conscientious objection. It especially reported on the history of Jehovah's Witnesses CO. Since the formation of the Korean army, over 10,000 objectors (mostly Jehovah's Witnesses) have spent time behind bars. The public has treeted them as nonexistent.

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 47, February 2001, on the model of organising against the WTO in Seattle in 1999 and published in the special Nonviolence & Empowerment issue.

Viv Sharples

This basic organising structure was used for both the WTO protests in Seattle last November (N30), and the IMF/World Bank demonstrations in Washington DC on April 16 and 17 (A16). It aims to be empowering, democratic, flexible and inclusive.

Organising Collective

In the months leading up to the demonstrations, an Organising Collective made up of rotating spokespeople representing each Working Group made decisions by consensus about the structure, budget and logistics of the events, and ensured that Working Groups were co-ordinating effectively and not duplicating each other's work. The meetings were open to all, but decision-making was limited to Working Group spokespeople. At the beginning of each meeting, the facilitator outlined the decision-making process for people unfamiliar with the idea of consensus. For the A16 action, minutes from general and working group meetings were posted the next day to list serves, and the web site (www.A16.org) was kept well updated as plans progressed. (In this regard it was way better organised and more efficient than the preparations for N30.)

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 49, May 2001 as part of the International CO Day: focus on Angola issue.

"The Angolan people want a lasting peace, social justice, good governance and the right of citizenship, and mutual respect for the diversity of people and cultures, which form the Angolan Nation project. these are the fundamental principles for the setting of a common ground among the Angolan people. In essence, these principles are the foundation for in-depth revision of the Nation's concept and valorisation of the Angolan citizenry.

As well as the consensual definition of a vision for Angola and its course towards the future.

Unfortunately, the war is still being used against the Angolan People.

30 Sep 2014
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Article in The Broken Rifle No 30, December 1994 as part of the Prisoners for Peace issue.

MOC- Zaragoza

In 1971, Pepe Beunza made history as the first modern Spanish conscientious objector; today he visits prisons to support young objectors who refuse the alternative service which Pepe demanded. With more objectors than conscripts in parts of the state, and with alternative service in administrative chaos, is the Spanish model of massive disobedience to conscription now on the verge of success? TOMAS SANCHO of the Movimiento de Objecion de Conciencia (MOC) Zaragoza explains how the strategy of total resistance has continued to adapt.

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