Annual Conference 2015

VETERANS FOR PEACE UK ANNUAL CONFERENCE Saturday 18 April 2015 1000 to 1700 hrs The Small Hall Friends House Euston London   Outline for the day;   1000 to 1300hrs – VFP UK Annual Meeting Election of Agitators Business Meeting Workshops Forming a Branch & Recruitment Schools Workshops Direct Action & Interaction   1300 to 1700hrs …

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The Ditch At My Lai by Mike Hastie

This is the picture of the infamous ditch at the My Lai Massacre site that I took when I and three other Vietnam veterans went back to Vietnam in March of 1994. This ditch is where American soldiers herded close to 100 Vietnamese civilians, and executed them at point-blank range with automatic weapons. Now, imagine …

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Agent Orange in the Indochina Wars by Willy Bach

Britain, Australia, the United States and Agent Orange in the Indochina Wars: Re-defining Chemical-Biological Warfare “Only We Can Prevent Food” Introduction – is there a Problem? This article re-examines the sanitised history of Agent Orange and other defoliants used in the Indochina War between 1961 and 1974. It begins by reviewing the incomplete and misleading …

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David Wilson to Support VFP UK through Book Sales

Long time friend of Veterans For Peace UK David Wilson has pledged to donate a portion of the profit from his soon to be published book Left Field to Veterans For Peace UK. ” I have been a friend of ex-SAS trooper, Ben Griffin, ever since I attended the High Court to witness his being silenced …

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A Different Kind of Tour: Belfast

On the 23rd of October 2014, 8 members of Veterans For Peace UK started a 4 day journey across the North of Ireland, in order to meet people and organisations drawn from communities which they had previously been deployed against as soldiers. In the third of three films they meet former republican prisoners in Belfast.

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Hebron Tour with Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence is an organisation of Israeli military veterans who served since the start of the Second Intifada (September 2000), and have taken upon themselves the imperative to expose the Israeli public to everyday life in the Occupied Territories, a reality which is rarely reflected in the media. Breaking the Silence was founded in …

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Road to reconciliation: ex-IRA members and British soldiers come face to face

This article by Ian Cobain appeared first in The Guardian Wednesday 4 March 2015 With handshakes, smiles and four civil words, a small group of men came together in Northern Ireland last month in an attempt to overcome a formidable barrier that remains long after the decades of conflict came to an end. “Do you …

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ForcesWatch & Quakers respond to the Armed Forces: ‘Learning Resource’

This report explains why the British Armed Forces Learning Resource (published in September 2014 by the Prime Minister’s Office) is a poor quality educational resource, and exposes the resource as a politically-driven attempt to promote recruitment into the armed forces and “military values” in schools. The document is framed as a History, English and Citizenship …

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The Black and Tans & the Mutiny of the Connaught Rangers by Aly Renwick

When the First World War – a conflict over trade, territory and empire between Europe’s strongest nations – broke out, Ireland was a united country, but ruled by Britain as a part of the United Kingdom. At this time there were some 70,000 Irish soldiers serving in the British Army. At Westminster, the Liberal Government …

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Steve Pratt to Perform in New Cross – Friday 13 February

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Jim Radford to Sing at VFP Benefit Gig – Sunday 22 February

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“Oh What a Lovely War” a review by Thomas Paul

As events and commemorations continue to mark the centenary of the First World War, it’s often hard to keep track of them all. Some are tasteful, others perhaps less so but a lot of what passes as memorial is down to personal taste. I think that a more pertinent reminder of the horror of war …

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Over The Top: A dramatic response to militarisation in education

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British Veterans Say Scrap Trident

‘Veterans For Peace UK’ will be at the ‘Wrap up Trident’ demonstration at Westminster this Saturday, January 24th. The mass rally is being organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Action AWE, who plan to surround Parliament and the Ministry of Defence, with thousands of demonstrators from all backgrounds, to demand an end to …

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Mission to Reveal the True Face of War

Serving the crown is a concept familiar both to convicts and soldiers. The former, for their sins, serve time at Her Majesty’s Pleasure; the latter put their lives on the line in the defence of others. For some former armed forces members, the future on civvy street can be as bleak, if not more so, …

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UK Involvement in Torture – Video

Ben Griffin of Veterans For Peace UK on the UK involvement in torture, rendition and internment.

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Wrap Up Trident – Mass Demo – Sat 24 Jan 2015

Saturday 24 January 2015 1200-1500hrs MOD Horseguards Avenue, London https://www.facebook.com/events/332734286918172  

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Ryan Harvey – Songs and Stories from the Global Uprisings – Sunday 25 Jan

Sunday 25 January 1800hrs Housmans Books American folk singer Ryan Harvey will be performing with RAAST and Shireen at at this event organised by Veterans For Peace UK VFP UK update to be given and merchandise for sale. Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/646620852113426/ Here is a video of Ryan performing at a similar VFP UK event in …

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From the SAS to VFP – Tue 27 Jan 2015

Date: Tuesday 27th January 2015 Time: 2000hrs (8p.m.) Location: Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome, BA1 1BE The UK is once again taking military action in Iraq. Ben Griffin, a former SAS solider, tells why he no longer fights for “Queen and Country”, at the January Frome Stop Wars Campaign event. Ben served with The Parachute Regiment …

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Anti Trident Renewal Cartoons

Cartoons by Dave Lupton of Veterans For Peace UK. You can see more of his work at http://www.crippencartoons.co.uk

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A Different Kind of Tour: Pat Magee & Jo Berry

On the 23rd of October 2014, 8 members of Veterans For Peace UK started a 4 day journey across the North of Ireland, in order to meet people and organisations drawn from communities which they had previously been deployed against as soldiers.  In the second of three films they meet with Jo Berry and Pat …

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A Different Kind of Tour: Derry

On the 23rd of October 2014, 8 members of Veterans For Peace UK started a 4 day journey across the North of Ireland, in order to meet people and organisations drawn from communities which they had previously been deployed against as soldiers. In the first of three films they meet Bloody Sunday families who are …

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Christmas 1914 truces: a brief moment of sanity amidst industrialised slaughter

As classic anti-war dance anthem All Together Now is re-released, Nick Megoran says why commemorating the 1914 Christmas truces is so important. Britain seems to have gone truce-mad. This year’s Sainsbury’s Christmas TV advert is a hugely-expensive and carefully produced film about British and German soldiers sharing friendship and chocolate in December 1914. The Premier and …

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VFP Leaflet the RSC

On Thursday the 11th of December myself (Gus Hales) and Vince Chittock made our way to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to pre performance leaflet the RSC’s  production of the now enshrined events of the 1914 Christmas Truce. We had been offered two free tickets by the producer who, following email exchanges, made it known that …

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Chelsea Manning Vigil – Wed 17 Dec 2014

Wednesday 17 December 2014 1430hrs St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London Chelsea Manning is 27 years old on this day. Formerly known as Bradley, she is the US soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to Wikileaks exposing the true nature of modern warfare. Imprisoned in 2010 and held for months under torturous conditions, she …

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Guantánamo Protest – Sun 11 Jan 2015

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Operation BANNER – an Alternative View

By Aly Renwick Operation BANNER is the authorized name for the operations of the British Armed Forces in Northern Ireland from August 1969 to July 2007. I believe that veterans should question the official history of Operation BANNER and I present the following as a contribution towards the construction of an alternative narrative. As Britain …

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DU Petition – Hand in this Friday

Please sign the following petition; https://www.change.org/p/philip-hammond-mp-sign-the-united-nations-resolution-on-depleted-uranium-weapons I would like to thank you all for signing this petition. Depleted uranium has contaminated Iraq since the first Gulf War, this contamination increased during the invasion of 2003 and subsequent occupation. Reports from doctors about significant rises in birth defects and cancers are being ignored. The US’s refusal …

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If World War 1 was a Bar Fight

Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of a pub when Serbia bumps into Austria and spills Austria’s pint. Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit because there are splashes on its trouser leg. Germany expresses its support for Austria’s point of view. Britain recommends that everyone calm down a …

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Speaking Truth to Power

The expression ‘Speaking Truth to Power’ refers to speaking what one believes to be true, especially something that might offend or criticize those in authority with the power to retaliate, in spite of the negative consequences that might result. An alternative to ‘Speaking Truth to Power’ would be to keep quiet or to say only …

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We Stand With Shaker – Launch

Monday 24 November 2014, 1230 HRS Old Palace Yard, NR Houses of Parliament, London SW1P 3JY New Campaign Calls for the Release of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo 24 November 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of the capture of Shaker Aamer, a legal British resident with a British wife and four British …

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Veterans Bring Home the Wars by Aly Renwick

The stories of Harry Roberts & the ‘Black Panther’ By Aly Renwick Throughout past centuries British soldiers were engaged in many conflicts overseas. After wars, the streets back home were usually filled with discharged veterans. Many were wounded, either physically or psychologically, who the authorities did very little to help. Others were feared, being quick …

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Leafleting the RSC Christmas Truce

Thursday 11 December 2014 12:00hrs – 19:15hrs Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB Gus Hales & Vince Chittock will be leafleting prior to the matinee and evening performance of the Royal Shakespeare Companies production of the Christmas Truce, it is the intention to attend the matinee performance post leafleting, then leaflet the evening …

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War-Weary Veterans Hold Aternative Remembrance Sunday Event

By Georgina Ryall 11/11/2014 WE MUST wear a poppy in November. Whether it’s a footballer walking onto a pitch, or a journalist reading the headlines, it is asked that no one be exempt from sporting this symbol. It is the time of year when people put politics aside to commemorate the immeasurable human cost of continuous wars …

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Veterans For Peace UK at The Cenotaph 2014

Thank you to all supporters who followed us to The Cenotaph and helped us with the singing. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks to Shaun Dey and Guy Smallman of Reelnews for the excellent film and pictures Thanks to Mick Haggerty for another flawless recital of The Last Post For an externally written report …

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Get Involved This Weekend

For anyone hesitating to attend this coming weekends Veterans For Peace Remembrance events, I would like to share a few words on the importance of activism or getting involved, however minor or important you may feel this is. For many years I have been concerned at the high suicide rates and the treatment of former …

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A Different Kind of Tour – Returning to the N Ireland

On the 23rd of October 8 members of Veterans For Peace UK started a 4 day journey across the North of Ireland/Northern Ireland in order to meet with people and organisations drawn from communities which our group had previously been deployed against as soldiers. Our aim was to gain a greater understanding of the conflict we had …

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Just because I don’t wear a poppy, it doesn’t mean I choose to forget…

I was sitting on the bus during my daily commute this week, when I was abruptly interrupted by a recording of Joanna Lumley reminding me to buy a poppy. Of course, it’s that time of the year where we’re reminded to support the British Legion’s Remembrance Campaign by wearing a red poppy. I think one …

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VFP UK in Northern Ireland – Oct 2014

  A Different Kind of Tour: Finding Understanding Through Dialogue Following discussion at the Veterans For Peace UK (VFP UK) 2014 annual conference it was decided that since a large section of our membership had played a role as combatants during the British military’s 38 year operational deployment to Northern Ireland, we should investigate a …

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Remembrance Events 2014

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‘Living Through The Conflict': A Pieces of the Past Project

On Monday September 29th I was privileged to be at Belfast City Hall to witness the ‘Pieces of the Past’ Project publicly unveil a book of 118 excerpts from 97 oral history interviews which were collected between 2012 and 2014, from people whose lives had in some way converged with Northern Ireland’s euphemistically named ‘Troubles’. …

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The First World War and the Amritsar Massacre By Aly Renwick

During the First World War, a then undivided India was ruled by Britain and the country contributed 1,105,000 personnel to serve under the British flag. Many Indians volunteered, but the British authorities had required more men. They considered introducing conscription, but instead ordered Indian officials to produce a quota of men or risk losing their …

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The Cenotaph – Remembrance Sunday 9 November

Sunday 9 November 2014 1330 HRS Whitehall Place, London Facebook Event Page On Remembrance Sunday, Veterans For Peace UK will walk to The Cenotaph under the banner “NEVER AGAIN”. We will hold a ceremony at The Cenotaph to remember all of those killed in war including civilians and enemy soldiers.  Supporters of VFP UK are invited and encouraged to follow …

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Remembrance Gathering – Saturday 8 November

  SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014 1200 TO 1600 HRS FRIENDS HOUSE EUSTON ROAD LONDON Facebook Event Page Veterans For Peace and supporters are invited to attend a Remembrance Gathering in preparation for our ceremony at The Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. A briefing for the Ceremony at The Cenotaph will be given Rehearsals for the following day …

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Remembrance Event and Book Launch – Monday 3 November

Forces Watch and Veterans For Peace UK Monday 3 November 2014 1900 hrs Housmans Books 5 Caledonian Road Kings Cross London Facebook Event Page In the run up to Remembrance Sunday Forces Watch and VFP UK invite you to an evening of performance, discussion and music; Steve Pratt – “About the Making of a Dangerous Individual” …

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Hold The Line

  The last two weeks have been distressing. Jacob David George took his own life as a result of moral injuries sustained in Afghanistan. It pains me to think of the darkness that must have engulfed Jacob to push him across that final line. This week our parliament has voted to involve the UK in a new round of …

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Yet Another Chicken-hawk Politician

This morning VFP UK member Duncan Parker wrote to his MP to ask her to think about the consequences of voting for military action in Iraq. His letter and her response are below. VFP encourages all members and supporters to write to their MP on this issue. If they are going to vote yes we …

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Another Casualty

Last week “bicycle ridin, banjo pickin, peace rambling hillbilly from Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas” Jacob David George died as a result of moral injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Jacob joined the US Army before the attacks of 9/11. He served three tours of Afghanistan (2001, 2002, 2003/4) and came back a changed man. He said that after …

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Wrexham Peace Day Events

Sunday 21 September.  11am to 5pm, Free for All on the Library Field Llwyn Isaf. Sunday 21 September is World Peace Day and will be marked in Wrexham this year, as in previous years, by a ‘Free for All’ event in town during the day, a free live gig in the evening and a Schools …

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Silence the Drums of War by Daniel Taylor

I have often felt that I must hold my tongue out of respect for former colleagues and friends, especially those that have passed away but I have come to realise that to withhold the truth would in fact be doing them a greater disservice.My grievance in this instance is directed at the Invictus games. An …

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