Among those remembered on International Conscientious Objectors Day, 15 May 2014, were Chris Lawson's father and uncle, who refused to fight in World War One.
The 1914 war was supposed to be over by Christmas, but went on for years, killing 9 million people. The 2014 war, if its starts in earnest, could be over in one week, maybe less, and could kill many more.
Wilfred Owen’s graphic exposure of the gulf between the reality of war and the public perception of it generated in the media is as relevant to us now as it was then.
A century of technological advance may separate the machine gun from the drone, but in many ways they are the same.
Matthew Rothschild only hopes to live long enough to hear a US President speak honestly about war. But he says, Obama, mouthing trite euphemisms about the honor of dying for ‘freedom.’ sure won’t.
While much of the poetry of the First World War chimed with later protestations about war and pacifism, its composers, deserve also to be as well-known
If the 17 million people slaughtered in that ‘war to end all wars’ were suddenly to tell us their feelings, they would prefer to be remembered by fields full of larks than military march-pasts.
The firmest supporters of austerity, arms spending, and imperialist war are also enthusiastic cheerleaders for revisionist rewriting of First World War history.