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It’s becoming easier than ever to go to war.

It’s becoming easier than ever to go to war.

John Menadue. We used to think the gravest decision any government could make was to take its country to war. Not any more. Going to war for us has now become almost commonplace. We commit to war after war – Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan – but we are unwilling to contemplate the disaster each of those […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The legacy of war: ecojustice, Australia, & the Middle East.

Thursday 20 April 4-6pm. Whitley College 271 Royal Parade Parkville Joe Camilleri (chair), Deborah Storie, Keith Dyer, and Anne Elvey, exploring ecological and justice perspectives on Australia’s involvement in our ‘longest war’, particularly Afghanistan. No cost, but bookings required by Tuesday 18 April. Light refreshments available on arrival. Deborah Storie has lived in Afghanistan off and […]

April 5th, 2017 | Posted in Events,Peace | Read More »

What future for Palestine?

What future for Palestine?

Bruce Duncan. On the eve of the visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Australia, the first by a serving Israeli prime minister, some of Australia’s leading ex-politicians called for recognition of Palestine as a state. Former Labor prime ministers, Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke, along with former foreign ministers Bob Carr and Gareth Evans, […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

War, conflict, economic strife: the world in 2017 is rife with hot spots, but leavened by hope.

War, conflict, economic strife: the world in 2017 is rife with hot spots, but leavened by hope.

Susan Harris Rimmer, Griffith University. Published in The Conversation 28 February 2017. In all the attention rightfully given to the new US administration and Brexit, one could be forgiven for forgetting that other difficult political situations exist around the world. But they do exist, and in the uncertainty that surrounds global governance in 2017, this […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics | Read More »

Abolishing nuclear weapons: step by step, or treaty?

Abolishing nuclear weapons: step by step, or treaty?

Brian Johnstone. The situation regarding nuclear weapons is much more dangerous than it was a few years ago. Russia is at present engaged in a massive rebuilding program of nuclear weapons. The US military has upgraded and refurbished nearly all its existing strategic and tactical delivery systems and the warheads they carry. At the same […]

February 5th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Drones: morality-free warfare?

Drones: morality-free warfare?

Tony French Are armed drone attacks legitimate acts of warfare, or lethal political assassinations, hence murder, and illegitimate? There is no easy answer, unless your view tends to one or other extreme. But, for those of us unsure, the middle ground is a moral morass. If you think it can’t be that hard to form […]

October 29th, 2016 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Islamisation & minorities in Pakistan.

Islamisation & minorities in Pakistan.

Arnold Heredia. The total fabric of Pakistan changed with its engagement in the United States’ proxy war against USSR in Afghanistan in the 1980s, a war to vindicate US humiliation in Vietnam. Pakistan was carved out of undivided India in 1947 as a homeland for Indian Muslims. Even so, the Father of the Nation, Jinnah, […]

October 29th, 2016 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

World religious leaders at Assisi: be artisans of peace.

World religious leaders at Assisi: be artisans of peace.

Bruce Duncan. It is a message sorely needed today, Pope Francis said at Assisi to leaders from world religions: authentic religion must only advocate peace and reconciliation among peoples, and never be used as an excuse for violence or war. Religious leaders must be “artisans of peace”. Before leaving Rome for Assisi on 20 September, the […]

October 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Australia’s shambolic policy on Syria – up Shi’ite Creek without a paddle.

Australia’s shambolic policy on Syria – up Shi’ite Creek without a paddle.

Richard Woolcott. We must get out of Syria. The war in Syria is extraordinarily complex. It really began in 2011 with the failures of the so-called Arab Spring. Now the core conflict is between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and the rebel groups which oppose him. Both sides have split into several militias, which have […]

October 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

A spirituality for just-peacemakers.

A spirituality for just-peacemakers.

Brian Johnstone These reflections were written on the fiftieth anniversary of the battle of Long Tan (Vietnam) which took place on 18 August 1966. In Australia, this is also Vietnam Veterans’ day. Sixty thousand Australians served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1972. Some 521 died as a result of the war, and over 3,000 were […]

October 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »