Defence Secretary Liam Fox is pushing through an Armed Forces Bill that will make no meaningful changes to the armed forces. Fox and his allies use gung-ho rhetoric about "supporting our boys" while neglecting the human rights of forces personnel.
It is all too easy for the state to become an idol, yet duty to humanity can sometimes outweigh obedience to the authorities, says Savi Hensman. The conscience case of atheist Michael Lyons is one that should cause Christians, among others, to think.
A military court has sentenced a former solider, Joe Glenton, to nine months imprisonment for refusing to participate in military action in Afghanistan after he developed a conscientious opposition to the war.
A former soldier who fled the US army following homophobic persecution is appealing for asylum in Canada. Bethany Smith says she received death threats and was repeatedly assaulted after other soldiers discovered her sexuality.
Joe Glenton, a British soldier who refused to return to Afghanistan after developing a principled opposition to the war, has been re-arrested and charged with five more offences following his part in an anti-war demonstration.