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Global Peace Index 2017

The Institute for Economics and Peace have published their 2017 Global Peace Index. It’s an in-depth look at peace and violence around the world, ranking countries according to a range of indicators from ‘weapons imports /exports’ or ‘terrorism impact’, to ‘relations with neighbours’.  You can see an interactive map on the Vision of Humanity website. […]

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Why Support Fairtrade?

Photo: Fairtrade Foundation. Ever wondered what this Fairtrade business is all about?  Richard, one of our Peace Hub volunteers, finds out: Martin Luther King once said: “before you’ve finished your breakfast this morning, you’ll have relied on half the world”. In the modern world, with its interconnected series of trade relationships spanning the globe, that […]

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1916-2016: 100 Years of Conscientious Objection

It’s 100 years since the right to conscientious objection was enshrined in British law.  What did taking a stand mean then, and how does it compare to today? In 1916, the British government introduced conscription – all men aged 18-40 were compelled to join the armed forces.  Along with other pacifists in the No-Conscription Fellowship, […]

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Living with Conflict

At Peace Hub, we often talk about ‘big’ peace & justice issues – but what happens when conflict arises in our own lives? In this guest article, Rhiannon Grant explores how Living with Conflict can help. Living With Conflict is a set of online resources to help people think about how conflict and disagreement are […]

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Interesting Articles on Trident

With a decision on the replacement of Trident due early this year, and anti-nuclear politicians rising to prominence, there’s been a flurry of interesting articles exploring the issue in more depth. Here’s a round-up of some of the most interesting analysis published in recent weeks: The video above is an interview with Retired British Naval […]

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Trident: Fit for the 21st Century?

We all want to live in a safe, secure world – but can Trident nuclear weapons help achieve this?  Or could peace-building, cooperation and justice provide a better solution? An article posted earlier this month on The Conversation blog, identified what the author sees as the ‘Five biggest security threats facing the world in 2016’: […]

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Low Carbon actions a success: now all eyes on Paris

Three events successfully brought people from Birmingham together to take action for a Low Carbon Future.  Now all eyes turn to Paris, as world leaders arrive there for the COP21 Climate Summit. On Saturday 28th November, members of Birmingham’s faith communities came together for a walk & gathering in support of a low carbon future.  […]

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1 in 4 Brum jobs pay less than Living Wage

Analysis published by the Office of National Statistics this week reveals the large number of UK jobs that in 2014 paid less than the Living Wage (at that time £7.65 per hour outside London*).  ONS have produced a handy map below, which breaks down the number of jobs that do not pay enough to live on, […]

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