VFP Leaflet the RSC

On Thursday the 11th of December myself 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 he valued …

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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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Protest – No to replacing Trident Nuclear Weapons – Sat 24 Jan 2015

Saturday 24 January 2015 1200-1500hrs Westminster, London  

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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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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

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 North of 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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The Wall of Shame by Gus Hales

On September the 1st 2014, this years list of service personnel, that have died on duty during the previous twelve months was unveiled at the National Arboretum. This year there will be seventeen new names carved into the Portland stone panels, apparently the least since 1948. If the current world situation and the associated Western …

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VFP Join NATO Protest in Newport

Protesting the NATO Summit, Saturday 30th August 2014, Newport. This weekend members of Veterans For Peace joined thousands of activists in Newport, South Wales to protest the NATO summit being held next week. Here is what some of them had to say. Stuart Griffiths a veteran of the conflict in Northern Ireland said “Yet again …

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About the Making of a Dangerous Individual – A Perfomance by Steve Pratt

                                              Steve Pratt served in the British Army on operations in Dhofar and Northern Ireland. He is an artist and a member of Veterans For Peace UK.

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NATO Protest in Newport – Gus Hales

A ring of steel has been thrown around the Welsh Cities of Newport and Cardiff as this coming week Wales plays host to the NATO summit, at the Celtic Manor Hotel and Leisure resort Newport. During this summit Cardiff castle will hold a champagne banquet while food bank queues mount in the rest of the …

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Pieces of the Past – Spike Pike

I was born 54 years ago in Douglaston Stables, Milngavie, which is a place just outside Glasgow. I have two older sisters, Evelyn and Denise and a younger sister, Christine, she’s only 18 months younger than me. And my younger brother Derek who came six years after I was born. So there were five of …

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Nato Protest in Newport

  Saturday 30 August 2014 Newport Civic Centre Car Park. Meet from 1200 hrs  March leaves Car Park at 1400 hrs Dress – VFP Hoody Look for the VFP Flag. Veterans For Peace will be joining the No Nato march in Newport South Wales on Saturday. Email veteransforpeaceuk@gmail.com to link up with other VFP going …

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VFP UK Photographer Stuart Griffiths’ Exhibition; CLOSER

19 September to 7 October 2014. Private View: Friday 19 September 6pm to 8pm. ‘Stuart is a unique photographer as he shows us army life, not from an embedded viewpoint (like so many images around war), but direct from his experience of being there as he was a soldier himself.’  Magnum photographer Martin Parr. Stuart …

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Northern Ireland Revisited – Spike Pike

My name is Spike Pike, an ex-soldier who did a tour of Belfast in 1981 at the time of the hunger strike. I am now a member of Veterans for Peace. This is about my journey towards reconciliation and peace. It started at the Veterans for Peace UK Annual General Meeting where I met Lee …

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Gaza Protest in Wrexham – Kirk Sollitt

On Saturday 9th August I joined other protestors in Queens Square Wrexham, in solidarity with the people of Gaza. We stand in solidarity not only with the Palestinian people but also with many Israelis who, believing their government’s racist policies to be wrong are making their voices heard. In the square, outlines, names and ages …

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VFP UK at Gaza Protests

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No Glory – VFP UK at Parliament Square

Video of Ben Griffin and Jim Radford of VFP UK at the No Glory gathering in Parliament Square on the centenary of the start of the First World War.

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Hiroshima Memorial – Wednesday 6 August

                  Wednesday 6 August 1200 – 1300 hrs Japanese Cherry Tree, Tavistock Square, London. Please join with VFP and others at this memorial to the victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on this day in 1945. Speeches, Poetry, Music and a minutes silence to honour the victims. …

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National Gaza Protest – Saturday 9 August

                Join with VFP this Saturday and join the protest against the ongoing attack on GAZA Date – SATURDAY 9 AUGUST 2014 Timings – 1200 – 1630 HRS Location – BBC, Portland Place then march to Hyde Park via US Embassy VFP RV – Call / email Ben  Organised by The Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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No Glory, No More War – Jim Radford of VFP to Sing

        Monday 4 August 1830hrs Parliament Square, London. Dress – white poppies. Monday 4 August is the centenary of the day that Britain declared war against Germany. The No Glory in War campaign is holding an event in Parliament Square to commemorate the 15 million killed in the “war to end all wars”, including nearly …

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Hell for Heroes – Karl Hemming

Poem by VFP UK member Karl Hemming

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GAZA Protest – Friday 1 August

                Join with VFP and others this Friday to protest the ongoing attack on GAZA FRIDAY 1 AUGUST 2014 1730 HRS Outside the Israeli Embassy, High Street Kensington, London. Nearest tube High Street Kensington Organised by The Palestine Solidarity Campaign Event Facebook page

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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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