articles about militainment

25/02/2015 Young Quakers in Canada

'Youth in Canada - particularly young people of faith - are increasingly concerned about militarism in our society; and how this affects them...'

19/11/2014 Countering the Militarisation of Youth

A report from the first international week of action for military-free education and research held in October 2014. Groups across the world took action to raise awareness, and challenge, the role the military has in education and research in educational institutions.

26/11/2013 ForcesWatch comment

Many areas of society in the UK have seen a growing involvement and/or visibility of the military and military approaches in recent years - from schools, to local communities, to ‘militainment’ (military-themed films, TV programmes, video games etc). This process of privileging and prioritising the military is often referred to as ‘militarisation’; Cynthia Enloe, one of the foremost thinkers on the subject, states that “To become militarised is to adopt militaristic values and priorities as one's own, to see military solutions as particularly effective, to see the world as a dangerous place best approached with militaristic attitudes.”

In response to the recent developments in the UK, there has been an increase in critical academic studies, media coverage, and work by campaigning organisations and others on these issues. On 19 October 2013, around 70 academics, activists, campaigners, and writers came together in London at the Militarisation in Everyday Life in the UK conference organised by ForcesWatch.

03/10/2013 Guardian Games Blog

The Red Cross has told the BBC that it wants military-themed video games to adhere to real-life international laws


The International Committee of the Red Cross have called for video games to punish crimes committed in battle by adhering to real-life international war conventions.

18/09/2012 ForcesWatch comment

A recent article called The Morning After: Unfriendly Fire by James Poniewozik in Time Magazine critiques a new reality TV show from the US TV channel NBC. Stars Earn Stripes, "in which celebrities are paired with soldiers to carry out special-forces-type maneuvers, was denounced by nine Nobel laureates, including South African bishop Desmond Tutu, for glamourising war and its violence by making them into entertainment."

14/08/2012 Reuters

Nine Nobel Peace laureates, including retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, on Monday called on television network NBC to cancel its "Stars Earn Stripes" reality show, calling it a bid to "sanitize war by likening it to an athletic competition."

18/03/2012 The Guardian

It's a shadowy and lucrative relationship. But just how close are video-game developers with various military outfits? And how does it affect the games we play?