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Thu
16
Apr
2015
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“Suppose there’s a war and nobody turns up.”

Exhibition / Events / Talk / Memorial / Film in celebration of International Conscientious Objectors Day
At Neuwagenmühle in...

Fri
30
Oct

Military Classrooms? Strategy wargames played out in German schools

Here is a short report by Peter Oliver from RT News about the recruitment operations of the German Armed Forces, Bundeswehr, and activists resisting against this increasing flow of war propaganda in Germany.

Military Classrooms? Strategy wargames played out in German schools
Sat
12
Sep

Militarism Run Amok: Russians and Americans Get Their Kids Ready for War

Lawrence Wittner - In 1915, a mother's protest against funneling children into war provided the theme of a new American song, "I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier." Although the ballad attained great popularity, not everyone liked it. Theodore Roosevelt, a leading militarist of the era, retorted that the proper place for such women was "in a harem―and not in the United States."

If Roosevelt were still around today, a century later, he would be happy to learn that preparing children for war continues unabated.

Wed
24
Jun

Action Man: Battlefield Casuaties

Battlefield Casualties is a video produced by Veterans for Peace that highlights the cost of war, featuring Action Man dolls with accessories including antidepressants, wheelchairs, “benefits cancelled” letters and body bags – inspired, said artist Darren Cullen and film-maker Price James, by official Armed Forces toys, which include a Predator drone playset for five-year-olds.

Trigger warning: this video contains images and themes of depression, illegal drug use, death and suicide.

Action Man: Battlefield Casuaties
Wed
24
Jun

The Unseen March

Step by step, a military presence is entering schools across Britain. This is part of a conscious strategy to increase support for the armed forces in the wake of unpopular wars. Quakers in Britain have produced The Unseen March, a short film to start a public debate about the militarisation of education.

The Unseen March
Tue
02
Jun

Frieden lernen? Perspektiven einer Friedensbildung im 21. Jahrhundert

Konferenz zur Friedensbildung an Schulen

vom 15. bis zum 17. Oktober 2015 an der Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz

 

Eine Veranstaltung

der Friedensakademie Rheinland-Pfalz - Akademie für Krisenprävention und Zivile Konfliktbearbeitung

und des Projekts "Friedensbildung, Bundeswehr und Schulen" (EAK & AGDF)

 

Thu
09
Apr

Guardian Gaming Night: video games, the military and morality

Military shooters like Call of Duty and Battlefield sell in their millions, dominating the charts and presenting a very particular view of war and how it is fought. Fans call it escapist entertainment, but with armies recruiting directly from gamer communities, and drone warfare becoming ever more automated and game-like, how long can developers absolve themselves of sociopolitical responsibility? Is it still OK to play at being soldiers in games that barely register the complex realities of the conflicts they represent?

Wed
08
Apr

Creative Writing Competition by CND Peace Education

This year, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, CND Peace Education are hosting a creative writing competition on the theme of “The day the bomb fell”. The competition aims to give young people a chance to nurture their creative talents whilst learning about the human and environmental consequences of this historically significant event.

Thu
05
Mar

The British Armed Forces: Propaganda in the classroom?

Here is a critical review of The British Armed Forces, a "learning resource" produced by the UK government and sent to schools. The video is made by Quaker Peace & Social Witness as part of their joint project with ForcesWatch. Read a full analysis here.

The British Armed Forces: Propaganda in the classroom?
Thu
29
Jan

Over The Top: A dramatic response to militarisation in education

This touring show was commissioned by Central England Quakers in response to the increasing influence of military values in everyday life, especially in our schools (ex-Education Minister Michael Gove’s professed wish to see a ‘military ethos’ in all schools). As has been demonstrated recently by Gove’s successor, Nicky Morgan, this policy is still being pursued and if anything, is being ‘upped’.

Over the Top focuses on the dilemma created when two contrasting points of view over the role of the military in our schools clash and come to a head-on confrontation.

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