The rainstorm of almost tropical ferocity which swept across West Suffolk yesterday afternoon (28 June) was dying down as we assembled for a silent Peace Vigil to mark Armed Forces Day. But the distant thundery grumbles seemed – at the risk of being mocked for the use of Pathetic Fallacy – to be a reminder of the persistence and ubiquity of strife.
What should be the relationship between a democratic state and its armed forces? It is easier for politicians to play to popular sentiment about “our boys” than to address the moral and constitutional issues.
War and armed violence is taking an alarming toll on civilians in conflict-affected countries across the globe, according to new findings published by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today.
The number of people forcibly uprooted by conflict and persecution worldwide stood at 42 million at the end of last year, with the largest displacement being caused by the US and UK - who are not among the main hosts.
For the first time in years, the US House of Representatives has passed legislation that would significantly boost US capacities to help prevent and respond to international crises, the Friends Committee on National Legislation reported today.