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Warfare v welfare

The speakers at the anti Trident rally organised by CND in Trafalgar Square last weekend made it clear why spending billions of pounds on a weapon of mass destruction would be madness, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick, who attended the rally. It is illegal to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons; the systems are open to being hacked; it’s not a deterrent against terrorist attacks, nor bio or chemical weaponry; owning them makes us a target and there’s a global movement to make them illegal, joining other weapons of mass destruction, making them a poor investment – and yet, the pressure is on the UK to be Amongst the Big Boys with the Most Up To Date Big Guns, so that we can re-assure ourselves we’re a global Super Power. 

Trident: weapon of mass destruction

This is the second of a pair of articles looking at what Trident is, what it is said to be for and what some of its supporters candidly think of its uses. The first (see link below) asked if Trident was any use for defence? This second part shows how, beyond the big powers’ nuclear club, the rest of the world is now moving towards making nuclear weapons as illegal as other weapons of mass destruction, thereby making investment in them a very poor bet. Rachel Lever writes.

Posted 11:16 Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016 In: Campaigns Tags: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament CND Hastings Against War Kofi Annan major-gerneral Patrick Cordingley Rachel Lever The Nuclear Non=Proliferation Treaty The United Nations trident US Defence Secretary Ash Carter

Trident – the case against renewal

As the Trident debate hots up, Rachel Lever here puts the case against renewal in the first of a two-part piece. Meanwhile Hastings Against War is to hold an open discussion on the subject on Sunday 21 February at the Observer Building (see below for details).  

Posted 20:36 Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016 In: The HOT Planet Tags: Ash Carter cyber attack David Cameron Des Browne hacking Hastings Against War Jeremy Corbyn Ken Livingstone Nancy Soderberg NATO Newsnight Philip Hammond Rachel Lever renewal of Trident trident UK Foreign Secretary underwater drones US Defence Science Board US Defence Secretary
Hiroshima skyline Photo CND website

Trident or no Trident?

Do we need to buy new nuclear weaponry to ensure the UK is defended? Are our existing weapons enough of a deterrent? Could the money be better spent in other ways? If we’re in debt, as a country, is buying more nuclear bombs a priority? How much will our alliance with the USA influence our government’s decision? And whatever your answers, will your voice be heard when time comes for the decision to be made? HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

Posted 10:04 Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 In: Politics Tags: CND Hastings Against War trident Trident replacement
White Poppies Photo Peace Pledge Union

The War of the Poppies?

The White Peace Poppy is in remembrance of all the victims of all the wars. Post WWI, the womenfolk – the mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, girlfriends, etc – of the men who had died, or were injured or terminally scarred, mentally and physically, by what they had seen and experienced, created the idea of the White Peace Poppy. To remember what had happened – and with the intention that it would never happen again. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

Posted 14:31 Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 In: Around and about Tags: Armistice Day Book Busters Hastings Against War Peace Pledge Union White Poppies World War I Zelly Restorick
Image from Drone Campaign Network

Legalised murder?

Hastings Against War have asked local residents to sign a Change petition to stop targeted armed drone killing and have circulated an article written by Chris Cole of the Drone Campaign Network. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports – and considers the concept of killing.

Posted 13:37 Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 In: Campaigns Tags: Drone Wars UK Drones Hastings Against War The Drone Campaign Network Zelly Restorick
Scene shot from Seeds of Freedom

Seeds of Freedom

A packed Friends’ Meeting House was given food for thought by a talk and film on the subject of ‘food sovereignty’. The film, ‘Seeds of Freedom’, showed how traditional farming practices around the world have been hit by the introduction of genetically modified seeds and farming methods, which place the profit-margins of multi-national companies above the needs of rural communities.

Posted 09:33 Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 In: Campaigns Tags: Barbara Echlin Global Justice Now Green Christians Hastings Against War Hastings and District Interfaith Forum John Fowler Seeds of Sovereignty
A still from the film Seeds of Freedom

Food for thought

Sustainable, indigenous farming versus a multinational commercialised agricultural system. What are the human consequences? And the remedies? Hastings Against War has united with Hastings and District Interfaith Forum to organise a talk about the consequences and repercussions of this change in farming methods and ideology. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

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