Thursday, May 29, 2014

Peace Event Sarajevo 2014

Dear Madam / Sir,

Dear Colleagues,

Dear Friends of Peace,

In 7 days the largest international peace gathering of the year will begin, bringing together reflections on and analyses of the political situation with the current challenges and actions regarding peace and the threats to peace all around our world.

Over 190 workshops, the Round Table discussions, the Peace Assembly and the opening and closing events will all deal with a range of aspects of creating peace in the face of global challenges such as climate change and food crises. They will discuss the topics of violence and oppression, with the aim of developing alternatives such as non-violence and civil conflict resolution and then ensuring their political acceptance – in spite of the political culture worldwide which almost exclusively relies on war and violence.

Together with affected people from the region we want to continue the process of dealing with the terrible war in and over Yugoslavia. Here we also hope to learn lessons for our local and global peacework.

A selection of events and actions will also serve to allow us to express our solidarity with the victims of the devastating flooding in the region.

The diversity of cultural events characterising the peace event ranges from interesting exhibitions through workshops to cultural challenges and open air concerts. Culture is inseparably connected to our commitment to peace.

A youth camp will lend its own substantive and action-oriented character to this commitment, providing a large discussion forum for young people from Europe and beyond. There are still places free!

Colourful, varied, international and pluralist – our peace event will bring together history and current affairs, analysis and action.

The chances for international dialogues and encounters are varied and will include the people from Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Whitsun 2014 - it is well worth visiting Sarajevo from June 6-9!

For further information, more details of the plans, and an overview of the abundance of events, please visit the website:

Not yet registered? The please register now! Quickly and easily at or by e-mail to:

Then you will be informed of all the current news and you help the organisers to solve the considerable logistics of an event such as this festival.

If you still have questions, please contact:

It really is worth participating in this huge demonstration of our desire for peace and our rejection of war and violence. It is worth helping to bring about the breakthrough we need towards a culture of peace!

Peace and disarmament demand movement – June 2014 in Sarajevo is the place to act for peace.

Hopefully together with you!

We hope to see many of you reading this letter in Sarajevo,

Kristine Karch (Network No to war – no to NATO),

Lucas Wirl (INES),

Reiner Braun (IPB/IALANA),

and everyone else who is also actively contributing to the international organisation of the peace event Sarajevo.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Warwick University Ltd

Warwick University Ltd: Lessons from 1970 and the higher education sector today

A conference sponsored by Warwick Universities and Colleges Union (UCU)

Friday 6 June 2014, 10 am - 4 pm, Woods-Scawen Room, Warwick University Arts Centre

“Is it inevitable that the university will be reduced to the function of providing, with increasing authoritarian efficiency, pre-packed intellectual commodities which meet the requirements of management? Or can we by our efforts transform it into a centre of free discussion and action, tolerating and even encouraging ‘subversive’ thought and activity, for a dynamic renewal of the whole society within which it operates?” (E P Thompson, Warwick University Limited)

Warwick University Limited, edited by E.P.Thompson, the great historian of the English working class and one of Warwick's leading academics, was published as a Penguin Special in 1970. It followed events that began with a student occupation of the administration building and the discovery that some academic staff and students, in their activity outside the university, had been spied upon by local businesses. Thompson argued that this, and other correspondence discovered there, revealed surprisingly close links to business that compromised the university as an open, academic community. This conference marks the book’s republication by Spokesman, and is an opportunity to commemorate a key moment in the university's early history and to examine the book’s prescient analysis of the ‘business university’ and its relevance to higher education today.

Morning session, 10 am – 12.30 pm: Warwick 1970
Chair: Hugo Radice – ­editor, 2nd ed, Warwick University Ltd; Life Fellow, Leeds University
Speakers: Student activists from 1970:
Judith Condon – writer, editor, educationalist
Ivor Gaber – broadcaster, journalist, Professor of Political Journalism, City University
Julian Harber – botanist, former Workers’ Educational Association tutor-organiser
Barbara Winslow – Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Brooklyn College, New York Warwick University staff, 1970
David Epstein – Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Warwick University

Afternoon session, 2 – 4.30 pm: Higher education, business and the state today
Chair: Dennis Leech chair – Warwick UCU branch, Professor of Economics, Warwick University
Tom Docherty – Professor of English, Warwick University
Lucy Gill – Post-Graduate Officer, Warwick University Students’ Union Joanna de Groot - Senior Lecturer in History, York University; UCU executive (personal capacity)
Martin Parker – Professor of Organisation and Culture, Leicester University
Nadine El-Enany - Lecturer, Birkbeck Law School; steering committee member, Defend the Right to Protest

For directions and a campus map see

Hugo Radice,
Life Fellow,
School of Politics and International Studies,
University of Leeds,
Leeds LS2 9JT, UK.


Warwick University Ltd
Industry, Management and the Universities
Edited by E. P. Thompson
Is available to buy from Spokesman Books
Price: £9.95

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

On the 51st anniversary of the death of Dr Grigoris Lambrakis

The Russell Foundation sent this message to a ceremony in Athens at the graveside of Dr Grigoris Lambrakis.

The assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis robbed the world of a man with profound insight into the glorious art of peace. His life and activism continue to inspire new work, such as the timely book by Panos Trigazis, which we are proud to publish in Britain in an English edition on this day, 51 years after he was murdered.

Dr Lambrakis had visited Britain three times in the months before his death. He marched to London from the nuclear research establishment at Aldermaston, in the company of Manolis Glezos and other comrades, paying his respects to Lord Byron at the poet’s statue near Hyde Park. In England, Dr Lambrakis had sought international participation in what became the first Marathon Peace March. Strong support was forthcoming, but the march proved a lonely journey for Dr Lambrakis as the event was banned by the Greek authorities and exceptional measures were taken to prevent wider particiaption, including deporting delegates from Britain, amongst them Pat Pottle, Bertrand Russell’s personal representative. This story is recounted in our new book, Lambrakis and the Peace Movement, so that today’s generation may learn of adventures undertaken in the name of peace.

For Europe continues to have great need of its peace movements. The deepening crisis in Ukraine threatens a terrible and bloody civil war in the midst of our continent. Belligerent statements made by the outgoing NATO Secretary General exacerbate the tensions inherent in his Organisation’s long-term expansion eastwards towards Russia’s borders. It is arguable that NATO, a nuclear-armed alliance, threatens international peace more so now than it did 50 years ago, in Lambrakis’s day. That is why his example resonates with new generations of activists for peace.

Tony Simpson

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

22 May 2014    

Lambrakis and the Peace Movement: The Greek May of 1963 by Panos Trigazis is available from Spokesman Books:

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Lowdham Festivals Programme of Events

Box Office now open! 0115 966 3219
Summer 2014

Hello - we are very happy to welcome you to the 15th Lowdham Book Festival, hard to believe!

We look forward to sharing this special landmark with you, and to welcoming festival regulars and new friends to Lowdham this summer.

We hope you enjoy this year's mix of music, comedy, crime, poetry, drama, cricket, history - and knitting... see you in June!

Please note that tickets for the evening with Ruby Wax are only available from the Box Office at Nottingham Playhouse (details in the programme) and that this event starts at 8pm.

Jane Streeter and Ross Bradshaw

Click here to download the programme as a PDF document.

After the Festival....

We have a lovely Autumn programme which includes our First Friday series of talks, a weekend of events in September with the theme of The Great Outdoors, and a Crime season in November at Southwell Library.

Please keep in touch with us by emailing Jane or Ross on:

and keep an eye on and

for events details.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gabriel Kolko, 1932-2014



Gabriel Kolko is widely acknowledged as the pre-eminent historian of war in modern times. He was, together with his wife, Joyce,  a longtime friend of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, and a frequent contributor to The Spokesman journal.  We salute his life's work.

Jeffrey St. Clair,  editor of CounterPunch, writes:

We received word this morning that our friend and long-time CounterPunch writer Gabriel Kolko died yesterday at his home in Amsterdam. Kolko, author of The Triumph of Conservatism, Anatomy of a War, and A Century of War, was one of the pre-eminent historians of our time. Kolko was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1932. He attended Kent State University and received his doctorate in history from Harvard. Along with Saul Landau, Kolko was one of the circle of historians trained at University of Wisconsin by the great William Appleman Williams. Kolko taught history for many years at York University in Toronto. He moved to Amsterdam soon after his retirement. Kolko’s books on the progressive era, the Cold War, Vietnam and the war on terror stand as some of the most trenchant and revealing documents of our time. For the past few years, Gabe had been working feverishly on an assessment of Vietnam in the decades after the war. Kolko had a profound influence on my thinking and it was a privilege to publish his writing over the last 15 years. A fuller assessment of Kolko’s life and work is forthcoming.

Jeffrey St. Clair can be reached at:

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Nottingham Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament


"Britain's participation in World War One was just and should be defended"

Speaker for the Motion:
Patrick Mercer, former Member of Parliament for Newark and former colonel in the Sherwood Foresters. He writes and publishes on military affairs.

Speaker against the Motion:
Neil Faulkner, Research Fellow at Bristol University and editor of Military Times. He is the author of No Glory: The Real History of the First World War.

19.00, Thursday 29th. May
The Nottingham Mechanics,
3 North Sherwood Street,
Nottingham, NG1 4EZ

The issues around World War One are still of significance in the world today. Come along to hear different views on this important matter and, if you wish, join in the debate.


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Friday, May 16, 2014

New issue of The Spokesman

Problems of NATO
The Spokesman 124
ISBN: 978 0 85124 834 9
Price £6.00

'Ukraine’s precipitate economic decline in recent decades, since it separated itself from the Soviet Union, is charted in this issue of The Spokesman ... Even before those momentous changes, beginning in late 1991, greater influence in the Soviet periphery had long been an objective of Western strategy. Once Ukraine became independent, the chosen methods to achieve such influence combined sponsored developments of Ukrainian ‘civil society’, much of it courtesy of the US government-funded National Endowment for Democracy, with long-term economic, political and military interventions by the European Union and NATO. Instability and conflict in Ukraine may not trouble the Americans much, located as it is on Russia’s borders, but it should certainly concern Europeans who, among other considerations, will be asked to pick up much of the tab.'

Tony Simpson,

Read all of Tony's Editorial on the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation website.

To buy this title visit Spokesman Books.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

International Conscientious Objectors' Day

First World War Peace Forum invites you to join them at the special:


15 May 2014, at 12 noon

Conscientious Objectors Stone
Tavistock Square
London WC1

In the run up to the centenary of the First World War, we will be remembering the Conscientious Objectors and the women peace campaigners who said No to the war.

Descendants of more than 30 First World War Conscientious Objectors and women peace campaigners from all over the country will be coming to commemorate the lives of their relatives and the brave stand taken by all those who opposed the war. Some of these family members are daughters and sons of men who endured repeated imprisonment and force-feeding for their anti-war convictions, or worked in Friends Ambulance and War Relief activities.

Flowers will be laid in tribute to the COs of the FirstWorld War and to COs all over the world.

There will be brief speeches on Conscientious Objection in general, the COs in the FirstWorld War, the position of women peace campaigners and the CO move ment in Germany and around the world. A local school choir will sing two peace songs.

Organisations in the First World War Peace Forum are: Conscience, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Network for Peace, Pax Christi, Peace News, Peace Pledge Union, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, the Right to Refuse to Kill Group, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. CONTACT

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Day Greetings

WAR against WAR!
By Ernst Friedrich
Foreword by Bruce Kent

Originally published in Germany on 1st May 1924, this classic pictorial record of the First World War has long been hard to obtain.

War Against War! is one of the most shocking books I have ever seen. As much a series of photographs as a book, it first appeared in 1924, the work of Ernst Friedrich, an anarchist, socialist, internationalist and peace worker.'
Bruce Kent

It contains 200 black and white photos and drawings from the First World War, with commentary in four languages.

Publication date: 1st May 2014 | Price £9.99

Available to buy from Spokesman Books

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