Support Dan Ashman at Trial Verdict

The purpose of VFP UK is to work towards the abolition of war. To achieve this we focus on three areas; Education, Resistance & Solidarity. On Friday 4 July members and supporters of VFP UK, CAAT, ELAF, At Ease, LCW and others stood in Solidarity with Dan Ashman as he faced trial for blockading the 2013 Arms Fair at the Excel Centre in …

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How We See War by Rod Tweedy

Rod Tweedy reviews the book War against War! by Ernst Friedrich On May Day 1924 Ernst Friedrich published a collection of photographic images of the atrocities of World War I, hoping to use the relatively new medium of photography as documentary evidence to challenge the orthodox presentation of war. As Douglas Kellner has remarked, “Friedrich …

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VFP UK Visit Swedish Embassy Over Grave Concerns For Assange

THURSDAY 19 JUNE 2014 1500 HRS EMBASSY OF SWEDEN 11 MONTAGU PLACE LONDON W1H 2AL A delegation from Veterans For Peace UK visited the Swedish embassy today to voice grave concerns arising from the ongoing situation of Wikileaks Editor Mr Julian Assange. Veterans For Peace UK recognise Wikileaks as an organisation that reveals to the public the true …

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Engage: the military and young people

Thursday 26 June 2014 1900 hrs Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ Speakers; Young people from Headliners and the Woodcraft Folk Ben Griffin, Veterans for Peace UK Owen Everett, ForcesWatch Outline; Young people are the primary focus of a growing range of initiatives that seek to promote military activities and approaches, including thousands …

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The War In Afghanistan Is A Racket by Bill Distler

In August 1968 my company surrounded a Vietnamese village so that the “lerps” could search it. (from LRRP, long range reconnaissance patrol.) Five soldiers appeared carrying M-16 carbines with silencers. Why would they need silencers? When it was dark, they went into the village. When morning came, they were gone. Carlotta Gall’s book about Afghanistan, …

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David Swanson – War No More – Wed 2 July

Wednesday 2 July 2014 2000 hrs Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London Meeting hosted by CND Chair: Jim Brann, CND Main Speaker: David Swanson David sits on the Coordinating Committee of WorldBeyondWar.org. He will be visiting London from the United States on July 2nd before heading up to speak in Northern England with CAAB on the Fourth of …

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Jim Radford Interview

Jim Radford interviewed on the BBC flagship current affairs programme Today. He talks about his experiences on D-Day and about Veterans For Peace. If the audio keeps stopping the press pause and allow the blue bar to get ahead. Or follow this link for the BBC, Jim is on at 1:43:20 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b045bsc8  

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British Army: Women and Children First by Rachel Taylor (CSI)

We now face the prospect of 16 year old girls joining the army in combat roles. Shortly after announcing it would be reviewing the ban on women in combat roles, the Ministry of Defence last week published annual recruitment figures which revealed that 1,140 women joined the armed forces in the year to April 2014, accounting for 9.6 per …

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Speaking Up for The Voiceless by Gus Hales

Within the anti-war movement, we often hear from the various vocal organisations opposed to the practice of humans killing each other humans. These range from the likes of CND, Peace Pledge Union, Movement for the Abolition of War, Consciences Objectors, Quakers and our very own Veterans For Peace. But there is one group of Veterans always written out …

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Britain and the Vietnam War by Aly Renwick

In 1966 I was a sapper serving with 34 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, based at Tidworth Barracks, when we were told that we had to fly out to the Far East to help deal with problems in Borneo and Brunei. In early October, we arrived in Singapore to acclimatize for a week, but after a …

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Report: Global Day of Action to Close Guantánamo

Not Another Day in Guantánamo demonstration in London By Aisha Maniar of the London Guantanamo Campaign On 23 May 2013, Barack Obama made the latest in a long line of high-profile broken promises to close Guantánamo Bay. During his speech on national security, Obama conceded that the original premise for opening Guantánamo “was found unconstitutional …

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CO’s Day Report by Chase Sydnor

On May 15 2014 Veterans For Peace attended the Annual Conscientious Objector memorial in Tavistock Square, London. Over 300 people attended to commemorate the often unacknowledged and neglected story of Conscientious Objectors. Although remembering Conscientious Objectors from all conflicts and countries, this year paid particular attention to those Conscientious Objectors of the misnamed ‘Great War’. Great effort has been …

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Support Arms Fair Blockader Dan Ashman

The purpose of VFP UK is to work towards the abolition of war. To achieve this we focus on three areas; Education, Resistance & Solidarity. On Friday 4 July members and supporters of VFP UK will stand in Solidarity with Dan Ashman as he faces trial for blockading the 2013 Arms Fair at the Excel Centre in East London. Solidarity Call Out; …

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Reconciliation in Northern Ireland by Kieran Devlin

Apprehension, fear, humility and positivity are not usually feelings you experience in the same day. Yesterday (13/05/14), however, was very different. A number of weeks ago fellow VFP member Lee Lavis had mentioned the fact that he was going to be involved in a talk concerning the conflict in Northern Ireland with a group of …

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False Flag Goes Unreported by John Boulton

I am fully aware that the recent news regarding Turkish officials in Erdogan’s ‘power-elite,’ (amongst others, the Turkish foreign minister and head of the intelligence services) partaking in discussions pertaining to a ‘false flag’ attack against its own troops is yesterdays chip wrapper and then some. You’ll forgive me however in stumbling across this little nugget so late in the day, due in no small part to the …

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The West / NATO by Kenny Williams

Ever wondered why, and how is it, that International laws, bodies, and public figures, that claim to maintain peaceful co-existence, keep silent whilst endorsing repeated NATO bombings? These acts have killed thousands of innocent men, women and children, and have destroyed public and private property in a show of supremacy and arrogance over the nations …

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Filling the Gap by Thomas Paul

News that Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond is to speed up the review that will see female soldiers allowed to join frontline units has met with widespread approval across both sides of the Houses of Parliament. Rare are the occasions when decisions such as Mr Hammond’s order to General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the Defence …

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Conscientious Objector Memorial

Thursday 15 May 1200-1300hrs Tavistock Square, London Dress – VFP Members to wear a VFP Hoody if you have one.  

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Not Another Day in Guantánamo Demonstration

    Friday 23 May 1200hrs Trafalgar Sq, London Dress – VFP Hoody On 23 May 2013, at the height of media focus on the ongoing hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay, Barack Obama made another promise to close the prison camp. In spite of positive measures in that time, such as the release of 12 …

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VFP UK at May Day London

May Day should be a VFP priority by Dan Shea (VFP Chapter 72) International Workers’ Day Is more than the celebration of the Eight Hour Day and the remembrance of the Haymarket Massacre it is recognizing the Captains of Industry declared War against the Working Class Veterans For Peace demands Peace and Justice for all …

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The Same Old Story by Aly Renwick

VFP member Aly Renwick was invited to attend the launch of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice’s Inquiry into Veterans within the Criminal Justice System, which will be conducted by Rory Stewart MP. This is Aly’s report of the meeting. For 24 years now I have been campaigning, with others, to get the …

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Poverty is a form a Violence by Chase Sydnor

Ryan Harvey – Your Poverty is Our Profit. In the UK huge numbers are stuck in low paid jobs or unemployment, living in squalid conditions and struggling to make ends meet.  It is common knowledge that sections of the population are resorting to food banks to feed their families. The Trussell Trust which operates food banks across the nation …

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VFP Backs Marshall Islands Nuclear Lawsuits

Big news yesterday (24/04/2014) out of The Hague and San Francisco. The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has filed unprecedented lawsuits against all nine nuclear-armed nations for their failure to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament, as required under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The suits were filed against all nine nations at the International Court of Justice, with …

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VFP UK Presentation at Cafe Diplo

  Tuesday 29 April 2014 1830hrs Cafe Diplo, The Gallery, 70/77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ Resistance to war from within the military has a long history that predates well known instances during the Vietnam War. Ben Griffin (Iraq War resister and coordinator of Veterans For Peace UK) will talk about lesser known acts of resistance from within the military …

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May Day March & Rally – London

  Thursday 1 May 2014 1200hrs Clerkenwell Green, London Veterans For Peace UK will join the May Day March and Rally organised by the London May Day Organising Committee Dress – VFP Hoody / T-Shirt. Info – Ben 07866559312      

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2014 VFP UK Conference – Report

VETERANS FOR PEACE UK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014 Saturday 12 April 2014 1000hrs Friends House 173 Euston Road London ATTENDED – 32 Aly Renwick,Ben Griffin, Bruce Kent, Charlie Bird, Chase Sydnor, Chris Roper, Dan Taylor, David Buck, George Hill, Glenn Fitzpatrick, Gray Ewlison, Gus Hales, Jim Radford, Joe Glenton, John Boulton, John Bourton, John  Lynes, John Watson, Karl Hemming, Kenny Williams, Lee Lavis, Les Gibbons, Michael Pike, Mike Lyons, Mike Nelson, Quinn Thomson, Stephen Mann, Stuart Griffiths, Thomas Paul, Tom May, Walter Heaton, Vince …

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2014 VFP UK Conference – Gallery

2014 VFP UK Conference Report

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Agitators in the New Model Army by Aly Renwick

The origins of the modern British Army of today can be traced back to the English Civil War and Cromwell’s New Model Army. There had been no permanent army in England before then, because in the past the ruling King or Queen had raised armies to fight specific wars – after which these forces were …

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Coming to a School Near You?

What starts in the USA often finds its way to the UK. Here is an article written by a VFP member in the States about military recruiters in schools.   In May, 2011, the Portland public school district voted unanimously to allow equal access for counter military recruiters into high schools. I have participated in …

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Stop this Military Worship – Kieran Devlin

Last November, although I didn’t know it at the time, was the last time I will make my annual visit to ward park, respectfully dressed with military medals gleaming to remember the fallen. Year on year I have listened to the message given by an appointed holy man that the deaths of young men and …

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The Cost of Exposing The Truth : Chelsea Manning

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Veterans in Prison

Public concern is increasingly being expressed about the high numbers of veterans in the prison system – many more than from any other profession. A considerable number of them are ex-soldiers who have served in conflicts and many of them are suffering from the hidden wounds of combat related mental traumas. It is these veterans …

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Dennis Edney talk on Omar Khadr

MONDAY 17 MARCH 1900HRS, HOUSMANS BOOKS, 5 CALEDONIAN ROAD, LONDON, N1

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2014 VFP UK Annual Conference

SATURDAY 12 APRIL 2014, FRIENDS HOUSE, EUSTON ROAD, LONDON.

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Military Visit to Wood Green – Report

On Monday the 27th of January members of VFP UK attended “A celebration of the multi-faith nature of the Armed Forces” organised by Faith Matters in Haringey. We didn’t know what to expect from an event which was described  as “A community discussion highlighting the diverse nature of the armed forces and its role and …

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Challenge the Army when they visit Wood Green – Monday 27 January

Next week the military is coming to Wood Green, London. Haringey Civic Centre 1830 – 2030hrs Monday 27 January. They intend to hold A Celebration of the Multi Faith Nature of Our Armed Forces. They also want to highlight the diversity of our Armed Forces, and its role and work within faith communities. Whatever that …

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New Year, New Logo

Since 2011 Veterans For Peace UK have been using the standard VFP Logo. We decided a while back that we would like a logo which was more easily recognised within the UK. This year is the Centenary of the First World War so we have decided to use the helmet worn by British Forces during …

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Review of 2013

2013 has been a year of growth for Veterans For Peace UK. We started the year with 28 members and an average of 4 turning up to monthly meetings. We end 2013 with 101 members across the UK and on average 15 members turning up to monthly meetings in London. Chase Sydnor, Ben Wright, Aly …

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VFP UK at The Cenotaph – Video

Short film by Reel News showing the walk to The Cenotaph and ceremony carried out by Veterans For Peace UK on Remembrance Sunday 2013.

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Christmas Message – Chase Sydnor

  During Christmas of 1914, British and German troops ceased fighting and adhering to the spirit of “Peace and goodwill towards men” ventured into ‘no-mans’ land to talk, exchange gifts, and even share good-natured banter. It culminated in a game of football which brought unity, fostering a sense of brotherhood and a common humanity. For …

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Solidarity with Jailed Yorkshire Regiment Soldiers

On 10 December 2013 at Bulford Military Court 15 soldiers from 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment were jailed for disobeying an order to stand up. Another soldier awaits sentencing. The act of resistance took place in front of 1000 people during a parade at Archers Post, a British Army Barracks in Kenya. The 16 soldiers from …

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Anniversary of the massacre at Batang Kali

Batang Kali During the Malayan Emergency, sixty-five years ago on 11th December 1948, Tham Yong then aged 17, watched as British troops surrounded the rubber plantation where he lived, near Batang Kali. Men of the Scots Guards, were then ordered to round up the civilians and separate the men from the women and children. That …

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Chelsea Manning Birthday Vigil

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHELSEA MANNING! Free Her Now! When – Tuesday 17 December 2013 1500 – 1630 hrs Where - St Martin in the Fields Trafalgar Square London WC2N 4JJ Tube - Charing Cross / Leicester Sq (St Martins request that vigils on the steps are silent) Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning is the US soldier sentenced to 35 …

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12 Years of GITMO Protest

Veterans For Peace UK invite you to attend - Demonstration to Mark the 12th Anniversary of the Opening of the Prison at Guantánamo Demand an End to Human Rights Violations, Demand an End to the Human Suffering. When: 2-4pm, Saturday 11 January 2014 Where: North Side of Trafalgar Square, outside National Gallery Confirmed Speakers include: Jeremy …

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Meditation as a means for Increasing Peace by Joe Lidster

In June/July 1993 more than 4,000 meditators descended on Washington D.C. to conduct an experiment. Their aim was to prove that collective meditation would lower the levels of violent crime purely through the thoughts and intentions of the massed meditators. Against the projections of the FBI and the Washington D.C. Chief of Police, the experiment …

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The Trial of Chelsea Manning – Alexa O’Brien

This article first appeared on the Cairo Review of Global Affairs website on 24/11/13 In February 2010, during a mid-tour leave, a 22-year-old United States Army private named Bradley Manning walked into a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Rockville, Maryland. The junior military intelligence analyst began uploading hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents to …

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White Poppy – John Boulton

Let’s begin by clearing up the common misapprehension that the WP (White Poppy) is a sign of disrespect or two fingers up to our fallen soldiers; it isn’t. The best way to do that would be to wear no poppy at all but be your poppy Red or White, to wear it IS in itself an …

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Don’t call me a Hero – Ben Wright

This picture was taken a few years after my departure from the UK Armed Forces. I took to the streets marching with past and present serving members, to a clapping and cheering general public. Why were they clapping us? This picture was published of me. I am marching behind a serving Royal Marine. The Journalist labelled …

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The Cenotaph 2013

On Remembrance Sunday 2013, Veterans For Peace UK walked to The Cenotaph under the banner ‘Never Again’. The message on the back of our tops read “War is Organised Murder” which is a quote from Harry Patch, the last survivor of The Western Front who he died in 2009. Among the 18 veterans who attended …

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The Morality of Remembrance

            The audio file above is a debate on The Morality of Remembrance held on BBC Radio 4 (The Moral Maze). First up is Ben Griffin representing Veterans For Peace UK, he is followed by Helen Hill representing The Royal British Legion. The pictures displayed are a sample of the ways in which Remembrance …

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