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War and peace

R.T. Howard, Warmongers: How Leaders and Their Unnecessary Wars Have Wrecked the Modern World

Amberley Publishing, 2019; 296pp; £9.99

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Peace Schools

Seven more schools to join network

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Bike for Peace

On 27 February, Bike for Peace launched its 2019 ride from Westminster Hall in the houses of parliament, London.

#SayNoToWar

Indians and Pakistanis used social media to try to prevent war at the end of February.

The mark of Cain: 'Civilians and War'

Responses from peace activists to the BBC's 2018 Reith Lectures on war

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The mark of Cain: ‘Making Sense of the Warrior’

Responses from peace activists to the BBC’s 2018 Reith Lectures on war

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The mark of Cain: ‘War and Humanity’

Responses from peace activists to the BBC’s 2018 Reith Lectures on war

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A poster my Nagyanya put up on a wall in Budapest, 1945

New artwork by Emily Johns

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Remembrance - Pacifist Style

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In some ways it is hard to believe it has now been over a century since the guns of the First World War fell silent. The 'war to end all wars' is so deeply engraved on our national consciousness that even now, when there is no living memory of the conflict, people gather to speak, remember and reflect on that awful, bloody war.

I observed the two minute silence at 11am in front of my television at home, unable to face the militarism (not to mention the crowds) taking place down the river at the Whitehall Cenotaph. The service in Tavistock Square, politely timed at 1pm for those who wished to attend both services in person, is far more my speed. Here there is no marching, no saluting, no talk of the glorious dead. Instead there is quiet reflection, poetry, and a deep sadness that far from ending all wars, 'The Great War' sowed the seeds for the next major conflict, and the Cold and proxy wars that followed. There was a theme this year at Tavistock Square, and a pledge – 'No More War – Let's Make Peace Happen'.

Hitler could have been stopped – by the pacifists who resisted the First World War

If British peacemakers of the early twentieth century had been listened to, we could have avoided the rise of many destructive movements.

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