Social Justice

Northern Ireland Revisited

Northern Ireland Revisited

My name is Spike Pike, an ex-soldier who did a tour of Belfast in 1981 at the time of the hunger strike. I am now a member of Veterans for Peace. This is about my journey towards reconciliation and peace. It started at the Veterans for Peace UK Annual General Meeting where I met Lee Lavis who was speaking about […]

PHONY ANTI-WAR PROTESTS

PHONY ANTI-WAR PROTESTS

Veterans For Peace UK has a membership with a wide range of political views. That is one reason why we don’t get involved in party politics. Another reason is that it doesn’t matter who gets elected, Labour, Conservative or a coalition government, the wars just keep coming. So if we don’t get involved in domestic party politics, it is a […]

Buff-coat

Buff-coat

‘Hey there ‘Buff-coat’! I know you! We were once comrades Brothers good and true We fought side by side In England’s bloody war Do you not remember me? Let me tell you more We marched along together Through England’s hill and vale And when we got to Putney We told a signal tale Our case was truly stated We thought […]

We should respect military tradition – by unionising the army

We should respect military tradition – by unionising the army

The first professional army in these islands was a hothouse of debate and democracy. With the 370th anniversary of the New Model’s finest hour approaching, it is time to examine what it means to be a soldier or veteran in Britain today. Buff-coated, blood-stained To lean on the work of Geoffrey Robertson QC, one of the great biographers of the […]

Fake News About ‘Fake News’ – The Media Performance Pyramid

Fake News About ‘Fake News’ – The Media Performance Pyramid

In the wake of Brexit and Trump, ‘mainstream’ media have done the formerly unthinkable by focusing on media bias. The intensity of focus has been such that the Oxford Dictionaries have announced that ‘post-truth’ is their ‘Word of the Year 2016’. ‘Post-truth’ refers to ‘circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion […]

Visitors look at images of torture and death reportedly carried out by Syrian government forces, on display in the halls of UN headquarters in New York on 12 March, 2015 (AA)

US House Members Up the Stakes in Syria

On November 15, House members unanimously approved legislation for new sanctions on Syria and its supporters, pointing fingers at Russia, Iran and Hezbollah – illegal if imposed without Security Council authorization. HR 5732, The Ceasar Syria Civilian Protection Act, requires reports on human rights violators (excluding war crimes by America, its rogue allies and terrorist foot soldiers called moderates), “abuse […]

An Open Letter to President Elect Trump

An Open Letter to President Elect Trump

End the deficit, pay off the national debt as it comes due, get rid of Obama Care by giving us real national healthcare, pay for education: it is all possible by draining the monetary swamp of the fraudulent debt money system. Guess what it also does? It unifies our country by addressing the very real concerns of all Americans.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan right, shakes hands with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud in Antalya, Turkey, on Nov. 14, 2015.

Erdogan Is Out of Touch With Reality

“It’s our right to defend it; it’s invasion. It’s our right to defend our country against any kind of invasion. But let’s be realistic, every terrorist came to Syria, he came through Turkey with the support of Erdogan. So, fighting those terrorists is like fighting the army of Erdogan, not the Turkish army, the army of Erdogan.”