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. […]
Brian Johnstone CSsR US President Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea can be taken to mean totally destroy the North Korean government, writes Greg Sheridan in the Australian on 21 September. Is this what Trump really meant? How could a nuclear attack be so precisely targeted that it would destroy only the North Korean […]
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 […]
May lecture series St Michael’s Hall 120 Collins Street Melbourne Tuesday 9 and 16 May $20 each lecture, or two for $35. Bookings here Tuesday 9 May 6pm America, Russia, & China – three gorillas in the room Tuesday 16 May 6pm Is there life after Trump? What a creative politics might look like .
Sunday 23 October 2-4pm Kildara rear 39 Stanhope Street East Malvern Dr Richard Tanter is Senior Research Associate at the Nautilus Institute, and Professor in the School of Political and Social Studies at the University of Melbourne. 12:30 for 1pm shared meal for the October Agape of Pax Christi Victoria Inc.
Richard Broinowski. According to Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick in The Untold History of the United States (2012), North Dakota Senator Gerald Nye persuaded the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1934 to investigate the enormous profits made by American weapons makers during the Great War. Amplifying public indignation, Fortune magazine ran an article in March […]
Brian Johnstone. Is the Catholic Church moving towards abandoning the traditional ‘just war’ theory? A Rome meeting in April of this year, organised by Pax Christi and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, brought together Christians active in justice and peace work throughout the world. A final statement, endorsed by the participants, called for […]
Medical Association for the Prevention of War Fri, 22 April 7:00 – 9:30 pm Brunswick Secondary College, Fallon Street, BRUNSWICK. Speakers include Dr Peter Wigg, convenor of MAPW Vic Branch, Prof. Michael Hamel-Green academic, peace activist and a founder of the Draft Resisters Union, Samantha Ratnam, Mayor of Moreland. […]
Will terrorism & the ‘war on terror’ ever end? Thursday 7 April 2016 6-8.30 pm An Occasional Lecture by Professor Joseph Camilleri St Michael’s on Collins 120 Collins Street Melbourne BOOKINGS The United States launched the war on terror at 9.30pm on September 11th 2001. Since then, over 61,000 terrorist attacks have killed more than 140,000 […]
By Bill Frilay. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) – the NGO leader on this issue – estimates that around 4,000-5,000 people were maimed or killed by landmines last year alone, and that millions more suffer from the agricultural, economic, and psychological impacts of the weapons. They estimate that there are still tens of […]
By Bill Frilay. The UN has failed to reach agreement on a draft text for an Arms Trade Treaty, which would seek to establish controls on the international trade in arms, and, in particular, to ban their illicit trade. It would require countries to assess if a proposed arms export could be used to commit or […]