militainment, military in society, remembrance

08/11/2018 ForcesWatch comment

While militarism has long been a central dynamic in British history, it has current manifestations that are particular to the present day. We look at key aspects of 'the new tide of militarisation' in the UK and list further sources of information on everyday militarism.

08/09/2018 The Observer

Petition launched after members claim partnership with military runs counter to the Guides’ peace ethos

15/07/2018 ForcesWatch comment

The following letter was sent to the Sunday Times and a version is published here.

The packaging of Farnborough International Airshow as both 'the ultimate platform for the aerospace industry to do business' and an event to 'keep the whole family entertained' is troubling.

Much of the business being done will be in weapons. All top ten global arms companies will be present.

The Futures Day is aimed at school and university students and allows weapons manufacturers to promote themselves to young people through STEM activities.

30/06/2018 ForcesWatch comment

As support for the military is paraded in streets across the UK at Armed Forces Day events, politicians charged with fighting the military's corner are waging their own war on public and political opinion.

29/06/2018 ForcesWatch comment

The apparent threat by the Defence Secretary to bring down the Prime Minister should she fail to stump up more billions for the armed forces formed the background to the launch of a major new report on 25 June.

Warrior Nation: War, militarisation and British democracy examines the relationship between recent conflicts and the wider power of the military in society and politics.

28/06/2018 Leicester for Peace

Leicester for Peace report on their 'War hurts everybody' vigil at Leicester Armed Forces Day on was 23 June.

Young children were being encouraged to handle the weapons, despite the Mayor's previous assurances that this would stop. While many passers-by thanked them for being there, the Army asked the police to stop them photographing the recruitment display.

A new report by a leading defence academic reveals how a 'militarisation offensive' – which began in 2006 to create support for the Afghan war - has increased the military's influence on British politics and society. (2)

military in society
22/05/2018 ForcesWatch and Ambrose Musiyiwa

We interviewed poet and campaigner Ambrose Musiyiwa for Peace News on militarisation in Leicester and how local people are acting to resist militarism.

A soldier gives a machine gun demonstration to a child in Leicester city centre.

11/11/2017 Forceswatch Comment

Every year, the fury levied at those who critique or refuse the red poppy obscures the complexity and spectrum of views such dissenters open up. What is lost in this explosion of vitriol and misunderstanding is the opportunity to allow us, as empathic human beings, to be open to divergent viewpoints, to think honestly about wars and to discuss their causes.

remembrance
02/11/2017 ForcesWatch comment

We report from the day of talks and workshops to launch the Take Action on Militarism pack which is designed to equip and support those challenging militarism in their communities.