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What can Australia do to help build a world at peace with itself?

What can Australia do to help build a world at peace with itself?

Allan Patience. Within this question is an assumption (which is all too plausible) that Australia has done – and still does – very little to contribute to the making of a world that can live at peace with itself. The grim truth is that for most of the history of European intervention on this continent, […]

December 1st, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Revelations about Australia and the Iraq war.

Revelations about Australia and the Iraq war.

James O’Neill. A new ABC report, quoting from a previously classified document, reveals that the Australian government decided in early 2002 to join the American-led Iraq War, but failed to disclose that to Parliament or the public. A newly declassified document, originally compiled by Dr Albert Palazzo of the Australian Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre, […]

December 1st, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Can religions help avert wars provoked by climate change?

Can religions help avert wars provoked by climate change?

Bruce Duncan. A new arms race is looming as the United States, Russia, and China continue to modernise their weapons systems, including tactical nuclear weapons. President Trump has announced that the US will withdraw from the Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, and has abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran which has carefully […]

October 14th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Disarmament,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The treaty banning nuclear weapons, one year on.

The treaty banning nuclear weapons, one year on.

History made, a solid start, here to stay, and miles to go, before we sleep. Tilman Ruff. One year ago, on 7 July 2017, at the United Nations in New York, 122 nations took a historic step when they voted to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty filled a gaping […]

July 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Is it time for a Just Peace framework? SPC Forum with Caesar D’Mello.

Is it time for a Just Peace framework? SPC Forum with Caesar D’Mello.

SPC Forum Address 21 June 2018 A significant life-and-death concern we have had to grapple with over the centuries is that of war and peace, conflict and nonviolence. One doctrine that has evolved to provide moral guidance is the Just War doctrine. It accords with our instinctive belief, our traditional sense of righteousness, that a […]

June 29th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Disarmament,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members,Talks | Read More »

Pope Francis condemns even possessing nuclear weapons.

Pope Francis condemns even possessing nuclear weapons.

Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis has issued strong backing to calls to ban nuclear weapons entirely, including as a deterrent. On a flight back to Rome from Bangladesh on 2 December 2017, he declared, “Today we are at the limit”, because the dangers from nuclear arsenals were now so severe that they risked destroying “the great […]

April 28th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Disarmament,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Daniel Ellsberg and the global nuclear suicide machine.

Daniel Ellsberg and the global nuclear suicide machine.

Andrew Glikson. “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save human way of thinking and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophes.” Albert Einstein, 1946. Daniel Ellsberg, former presidential advisor, who had released the famous top-secret Pentagon Papers related to the VietNam war, also possessed a cache of top secret documents related to America’s […]

April 27th, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Joe Camilleri on our US alliance: surely we can do better.

Joe Camilleri on our US alliance: surely we can do better.

Joseph A Camilleri. In the year that Trump has been in the White House, ministers have continued to repeat the well-worn mantra that we are committed to defending and upholding the international rules-based order and the web of norms, alliances, and institutions created over the last seventy years. Such glib rhetoric, a feature also of […]

March 8th, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

How will the North Korean Crisis be resolved?

How will the North Korean Crisis be resolved?

Bill Frilay. I use that heading, because I do not know the answer, and wish world leaders did. All I know is that the likelihood of using nuclear weapons is greater than at any time since the 1962 Cuban crisis. We have Kim Jong Un, belligerent, young, but not to be underestimated. Seemingly prepared to […]

November 10th, 2017 | Posted in Disarmament,Peace | Read More »

ICAN awarded 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

ICAN awarded 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Bill Frilay. What is ICAN? It is a coalition of non-governmental organisations in one hundred countries seeking the elimination of nuclear weapons. While it is an international organisation, ICAN’s first office was established here in Melbourne in 2007. So there’s justified local pride in its achievement. Its main office (albeit very small) is in Geneva. […]

October 8th, 2017 | Posted in Disarmament,Peace | Read More »