REMEMBERING THE SOMME
SATURDAY, JULY 1st, 5.00 pm
DONALD DEWAR STATUE
Organised by the Scottish Peace Network
On July 1 at 5pm at the Dewar’s statue on Buchanan Street in Glasgow city centre, the Scottish Peace Network is holding a centenary event to remember the disaster of the battle of the Somme. We will have a short speech on the historical context and a reading of poems to start and then a time for everyone attending to give their thoughts on war and militarism.
The Somme was the bloodiest battle of World War I. More than one million soldiers were either killed or badly wounded. In the end, the battle changed little and the war continued to grind on for two more years.
As the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan continue, resulting in millions having to flee their homes, the centenary of the battle of the Somme provides a salient moment to remember the futility of war.
The following motion from the RISE Women’s Network will be will be put to the RISE National Forum on July 9th
re Okra Peasants struggle in Pakistan and the AWP
The brave struggle for land rights by the AMP (Tenants Association of Punjab) and the Okra Peasants Movement This has been going in for 10 years. AMP and Okra Peasants are largely women who are Muslim, Christian and Secular.
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As the conflict between the sectarian Iraqi state, backed by western imperialism, and the Sunni supremacist Daesh, clandestinely backed by powerful reactionary interests in the Gulf and elsewhere, focuses on Fallujah, the Iraqi Democratic Movement has issued the following statement.
Iraqi troops bombard Fallujah in latest offensive against Daesh
AN UPDATE ON IRAQ
These are dangerous and critical times for Iraq and the Iraqi people. The very existence of our country and the fate of its people are at risk. This is not an overstatement or radical rhetoric; our people and country are being torn apart by a multitude of threats and menaces. There is a severe political, social and economic crisis as well as the security threat of terrorism in the shape of Daesh (ISIS) and other armed groups. These are really desperate times for Iraq.
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The first reports sympathetic to the 1916 Rising appeared in the Women’s Dreadnought on Saturday 13 May 1916. Thoughts on Easter Week was written by the editor, Sylvia Pankhurst. This was followed by Scenes from the Rebellion by Patricia Lynch sent to Dublin to report on the Easter Rising. Patricia Lynch (1898 – 1972) was an Irish author of children’s literature and a journalist .
THOUGHTS ON EASTER WEEK
Sylvia Pankhurst addressing an outdoor meeting
Justice can make but one reply to the Irish rebellion, and that is to demand that Ireland shall be allowed to, govern herself.
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