Archive for August 5th, 2014

05/08/2014

The Peace Movement’s Vision – A Universal Call for Peace through the Abolition of Militarism

Human Wrongs Watch 

By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, 4 August 2014, TRANSCEND Media Service*

100th Anniversary of International Fellowship of Reconciliation Konstanz, Germany, August 1-3, 2014

Militaries Are Outdated and Should Go, Like Hanging and Flogging

Mairead Maguire

Mairead Maguire

Dear Friends,

I would like to offer my congratulations to IFOR on this its 100th anniversary. I once asked Fr. Dan Berrigan, the great American anti-war activist, for some advice to me in my life as a peace activist. He replied ‘Pray and resist’.

The IFOR members will appreciate this advice, coming as they do from their roots in 100 years of building International Fellowship and Reconciliation between peoples of all faiths, traditions (and none), many of whom believe in the need for prayer in order to strengthen their spiritual lives, and many take their prayer, very seriously.

Our Muslim brothers and sisters show us great example by their very beautiful lives of prayer, (5 times a day), and fasting at Ramadan.

But I would like to ask how serious are we about Resistance? What is our Vision? And how does Resistance fit into this? What do we need to resist? How can we resist effectively? And what methods are allowed? In resisting, what are our aims and objectives?

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05/08/2014

Inhumane, Illegal, Immoral and Cruel: a Survivor Account of the Hiroshima Bombing

Human Wrongs Watch

By ICAN*, August 4, 2014 — At the Little White House in Key West Florida, on 16 May 2014, atomic bomb testimony was delivered in an official forum on Truman ground for the first time. Together with Clifton Truman Daniel, Hibakusha Stories organized an event where  and Yasuaki Yamashita were able to share their experience of being children in Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively.

Setsuko Thurlow | Photo: ICAN

Setsuko Thurlow | Photo: ICAN

Thanks to support from the Truman Family, The Little White House and The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, atomic bomb survivors are now on the official record defending the position that nuclear weapons are immoral no matter in whose hands. The following is Setsuko Thurlow’s speech from that evening.

“On that fateful day, August 6, 1945, I was a 13 year old grade 8 student and a member of the Student Mobilization Program, we were at the Army headquarters, 1.8 km from ground zero.

About 30 of us students were assigned to work as decoding assistants of secret messages. At 8:15 AM, as Major Yanai was giving us a pep talk at the assembly, suddenly, I saw in the window a blinding bluish-white flash and I remember having the sensation of floating in the air.  As I regained consciousness in the silence and darkness, I found myself pinned by the collapsed building.  I could not move, and I knew I faced death.  I began to hear my classmates’ faint cries, “Mother, help me” “God, help me”.

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