All things Considered- Radio Wales
Sunday 9am – or podcast afterwards
Roy Jenkins and guests explore how attitudes to nuclear weapons have changed since the end of the Cold War. It’s more than thirty years since the prospect of nuclear conflict cast a shadow over world peace; prompting massive demonstrations and feeding fierce debate. When the Cold War ended we all moved on, and largely forgot the cloud which had once loomed so threateningly. Until the first week of the Ukraine invasion, when Vladimir Putin openly placed his strategic nuclear weapons forces on high alert and assumptions about peace in Europe were rocked.
The panel discuss whether nuclear weapons make the world a safer place, whether a deterrent actually deters, and with committed Christians on both sides of the debate, how do they square their different positions with their faith?
Joining the panel is Ruth Harvey, Leader of the Iona Community, an intentional Christian community working for justice and peace. She has a background in church ministry and as a mediator with Place for Hope, a charity working in mediation with faith-based organisations. Major General Tim Cross is a retired army officer. He served in the first Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been an adviser to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. Jane Harries is Peace Education Coordinator at the Welsh Centre for International Affairs. She’s a Quaker and a key figure in Cymdeithas y Cymod, the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Martyn Gough is National Chaplain to the Royal British Legion. He was previously Archdeacon for the Royal Navy and Chaplain of the Fleet.
|Important Conference: Responding to Apartheid in Israel & the OPTWhat do recent reports on apartheid in Israel/the OPT mean? What are the UK’s legal obligations? Leading human rights organisations discuss. In Person Confirmed Speakers:Omar Shakir – Israel Palestine Director -Human Rights Watch Shawan Jabarin – Executive Director – Al HaqSolomon Sacco – Deputy Director -Amnesty InternationalHagai El-Ad – Executive Director – B’TselemSarah Leah Whitson – Executive Director – DAWNSpecial Guest: Wadah Khanfar – Former Director General – Al Jazeera 31 May 2022 at 6pmWestminster, London Book a free ticket here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/336500280397 About this event:The Israeli state supported by legal architecture promotes Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea perpetuating a racialised regime of dispossession, cruel domination and systematic fragmentation of the Palestinian people. This constitutes apartheid according to the Apartheid Convention and the Rome Statute. A threshold has been crossed. The International Centre of Justice for Palestinians is a new, independent London based organisation composed of lawyers, academics and politicians, who are seeking justice for Palestinians wherever they may live. This conference, hosted by the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP) brings together directors of five leading Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights organisations: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Al Haq, B’Tselem and Democracy in the Arab World Now (DAWN) who have recently declared that Israel is committing the crimes of apartheid according to international law. This crime against humanity is occurring ‘in a post-apartheid world,’ as the UN Special Rapporteur, Michael Lynk has recently reported. This conference addresses the question as to how the international community generally and the British government specifically should respond to these findings? What are its legal obligations when it comes to occupation, settlements, trade deals, supply of arms, administrative detention, the siege on Gaza and potential corporate and state complicity in war crimes? Join us at the Telford Theatre of One Great George Street Westminster on Tuesday 31, May at 6:30 to hear directors from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Al Haq, B’Tselem and DAWN explain international legal responsibilities, mechanisms for accountability and change. For those not available to be there in person, the event will be live streamed. Link to follow. Book a free ticket here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/336500280397|
Quaker Council for European Affairs is holding an event entitled “Europe’s Military Drift: From a Soft Power Union to ‘Security Provider'” taking place in a week’s time – on 24 May at 19:00 CET / 18:00 BST.
It will be discuss Europe’s place in the world as it rapidly transforms into a hard power, exercising influence through military means. It will reflect on whether this increased militarization can be reconciled with its intended purpose to serve peace worldwide. Will it undermine diplomacy efforts and erode the credibility of the EU as a mediator in international conflicts? Will it further divert resources from peacebuilding approaches to militaristic ones?
To register please email Saskia Basa, Peace Programme Assistant at email@example.com.
Online Christian Aid Wales zoom vigil for Palestine, led by Ann Farr
Monthly vigil with Act Palestine who have asked churches across the world to join with them to pray on 24th of each month.
Meeting ID:878 2073 6072 #
Passcode: 972224 #
Tablet/ Inspire webinar:
On 26th May at 6pm the Revd Dr Ashley Beck will be talking to Aisling, our Schools and Youth Education Officer, and Patrick Hudson, about young people in the Church and working for peace. Tickets are available here.
Event (London/Online): War, Peace, and Accountability in Yemen
Tues 7th June 2022, 6pm
CAAT is delighted to welcome to the UK Mr. Abdulrasheed Al Fakih, Executive Director of Mwatana for Human Rights.
Rasheed will be talking about the situation in Yemen alongside: Dr. Valentina Azarova of Manchester International Law Center; Dr. Samuel Perlo-Freeman, Research Coordinator, CAAT; Sarah Al-areqi, Researcher – Iraq and Yemen, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS); Katie Fallon, Parliamentary Coordinator, CAAT (moderator)
You can join the event in person, which will be at The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ, or online by registering (free) here.
An online discussion from Caabu on the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, the Al Jazeera Arabic journalist killed on 11 May 2022 whilst covering an Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank. The meeting will hear from a work colleague of 17 years Wessam Hammad as to what she was like, what she represented to the Palestinian people. We shall also have Francesca Albanese, the new UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 who will address legal issues surrounding the killing and the need for a proper independent investigation. Anna McMorrin MP will give her reflections having just returned from her first delegation to Palestine with Caabu and MAP, whilst Wessam Ahmad will give his perspective as a leading Palestinian human rights advocate.
Register for this online briefing here.
When: Monday 13 June 2022, 18:00 (BST, UK time).
Where: Online. Sign up for the discussion here
Distinguished speakers: Sophie Cartwright (Jesuit Refugee Service); Brendan Woodhouse (refugee rescue activist); and Sabir Zazai (Scottish Refugee Council) will address this online event organised by Pax Christi Scotland.