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Thu
13
Feb

Young age at Army enlistment is associated with greater war zone risks: An analysis of British Army fatalities in Afghanistan: report

A young British soldier. Photograph: Shawn Baldwin/EPA

David Gee and Anna Goodman -

The risk of fatality in Afghanistan for recruits who enlisted into the British Army aged 16 and completed training has been twice as high as it has for those enlisting at 18 or above.

The increased risk reflects the disproportionately high number of 16 year olds who join front-line Infantry roles. This is the result of recruitment policies which drive young people with limited academic qualifications into the Army’s most dangerous roles. Those who enlist at 16 are effectively barred from entering many of the less risky support or technical roles due to lack of qualifications. Another probable contributing factor is the longer average career length of 16 year old recruits who successfully complete training, leading to more tours of duty in Afghanistan when compared with adult recruits.

Wed
12
Feb

The Last Ambush?: reports

Forces Watch -

This report investigates some of the main mental health effects of a career in the British armed forces during the last decade. It explores how widespread these effect are, whom they affect most, and why. It finds that harmful levels of drinking, as well as violent behaviour after deployment, are serious problems in the armed forces. Compared with the general population and with current personnel, former personnel are markedly more affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, harmful drinking, common mental disorders (types of anxiety and depression), and self-harming behaviour. Pre-enlistment adversity, exposure to warfare at close quarters, and loss of social support after leaving the forces are among the most potent risk factors. While many people in the armed forces have good mental health, some face substantially greater risks than others. The youngest recruits from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds are the group most at risk.

Wed
12
Feb

War-Toys: Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip

War-Toys : War-Toys: Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip

Brian McCarty -

WAR-TOYS: ISRAEL, WEST BANK, GAZA STRIP – Using principles of play and art therapy, children who have been affected by conflict become art directors for Brian McCarty’s photographs of toys found within warzones, placed and posed to recreate shared fears and witnessed events. The resulting images offer rare and fascinating insights into the contemporary experiences of girls and boys living on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

“My goal for WAR-TOYS is to change lives,” says artist Brian McCarty. The showing of work at Peanut Underground Art Projects and upcoming book release are the first volume in what will be a long-running project.

Tue
11
Feb

The popular geopolitics of military video games: Answering the ‘Call of Duty’

Call of Duty

Daniel Bos was awarded ESRC +3 funding in 2011 to research the popular geopolitics of military video games. The research will specifically focus on the geopolitical and militaristic significance of commercial first-person shooter video games, such as ‘Call of Duty’. Furthermore, the project will use multiple, innovative methods to investigate players’ engagements with the games.
The research will contribute to current academic discussions by:

Tue
11
Feb

Scientists to spend £500,000 examining how toys shape opinions of war

Hayley Dixon -

 Scientists are to spend £500,000 finding out if playing with toys like Action Man shape children's opinions on war and terrorism.

The two year study also plans to look at whether such dolls have a role to play in influencing the future of our armed forces.

The project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is the first analysis of the role of toys in the making of young people.

It's hoped the findings will be published in 2016 shortly after the expected withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan, which itself will inform the research.

Professor Klaus Dodds, of Royal Holloway University in London, who insists the money is well spent, said: "We are not examining whether war toys are good or bad or the psychology of such play.

Fri
07
Feb

Peace Youth Camp 2013

The 8th annual peace camp presented by San Pedro Neighbors for Peace and Justice is coming soon. We offer a peace camp to teach kids 15 to 20 peace activism and alternatives to war and military service. In the Santa Monica Mountains from June 10th thru June 14th 2013. email us at diggory1@aol.com or contact admin@nnomy.org

Peace Youth Camp 2013
Fri
07
Feb

Why Not Teach Peace?: video

Teachers, Mentors and Students talk about PeaceJam curriculum in their schools.

Why Not Teach Peace?: video
Thu
06
Feb

Colman McCarthy: Teach Peace: video

Colman McCarthy of Georgetown University Law Center presents the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's 7th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture calling for a significant change in our educational system. He argues that peace studies should be part of the core curriculum and include the philosophy of peace, the writings of great peace leaders, and non-violent conflict resolution. Series: Voices [6/2008] [Humanities] [Show ID: 14643]
University of California Television (UCTV)

Colman McCarthy: Teach Peace: video
Thu
06
Feb

Peace Education Network: Teach Peace

Teach Peace

Teach Peace, a new resource from the Peace Education Network, is a set of eight assemblies, follow-up activities, resources, prayers and reflections on peace for primary schools.

From the UN peace day, 21 September, to the International Day for Children as Victims of War, 4 June, the school year is filled with opportunities to use the assemblies and activities in Teach Peace. This resource will help to ensure peace is a key theme in our children’s education and help you to celebrate peace and the peacemakers in your school.
 

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Tue
04
Feb

Jorge Mariscal speaks about the recruitment of Latin Americans in the US army

Proyecto Yano activista Jorge Mariscal dirige a los periodistas en una conferencia de prensa el 29 de agosto en San Diego, el anuncio de una campaña nacional para contrarrestar el reclutamiento militar entre los estudiantes de secundaria y universitarios latinos.

Interview with Jorge Mariscal, anti-recruitment activist of the YANO (Non-Military Opportunities for Young People) organization.

The Hispanos who choose to enlist in the US army to fight in Iraq.

Jorge Mariscal is a professor of the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of California in San Diego.

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