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 EU Presidency and European defence: serving French military interests?

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Since January 1, France has held the presidency of the European Union for a period of six months. European defence is one of the government's top priorities for this presidency. In particular, the executive has imposed on its 'partners' the requirement of concluding the discussions on the Strategic Compass project in March 2022. Yet this text proposes a major evolution towards a future Defence Union by defining a common strategic vision for the 27. Such a document should therefore be the result of calm negotiations, not of a timetable imposed for internal political reasons. Behind the pro-European discourse, is it not a question of making national, or even partisan, interests prevail, or to put it more bluntly, of using the EU as a showcase and source of subsidies for French military power? The most striking example is that of the European Defence Fund (EDF)1, for which France has promoted its own interests since its conception.

The Failure of Peace-building in Afghanistan

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Only three cups of tea?

As an Irish tea drinker it could not have been easier to break the ice with the Afghans. Sharing a cup of tea creates that moment of welcome and conviviality that opens every meeting, giving everyone a moment to settle in and eye up your fellow tea drinkers. Drinking as much tea as I do made me an honorary Afghan. I loved the time I spent in Afghanistan, criss-crossing Kabul from meeting to meeting, Ministry to Embassy, and occasionally to small NGO offices.

What's going on in Colombia?

Recently protests emerged due to political situation in Colombia, police violences caused many deaths and injuries. Santiago, a SFW’s volunteer, shares his views in this article.
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Colombia has historically suffered from the atrocities created by violence, a cruelty that has taken so many innocent lives, dreams and destroyed many families. Despite being one of the world’s most beautiful countries with magnificent and breath-taking ecological diversity, our country has been damaged by individuals, by political parties and by the few who have consistently fuelled the war machine for their own benefit. Our ruling parties have always decided that the best response to every problem is to create and maintain a state of undeclared war on its own citizens, by controlling them through fear, winning elections through corruption by cheating and buying votes. This is a country where every single government has preferred to kill us rather than guarantee our civil rights. Our response as Colombians has been to resist this murderous trend; we’ve learned to survive in a country where ‘equality’ and ‘human rights’ seem weird ideas, but now the flame of resistance has grown until we said, ‘Enough is Enough’.

Should France be rolling out the red carpet for human rights abusers?

A Stop Fuelling War response to Egypt’s reception in France 7/12/2020 and weapons sales.

On the 7th December 2020, the French president Macron welcomed Egyptian Head of State Al-Sissi for an official state visit. In a press conference Macron stated that Egypt was an ally in the fight against terrorism. This is our response.

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Photo credit: Marc Javierre Kohan, photojournalist, Eurosatory


The birthplace of human rights rejects human rights.

Interview with Classe Internationale from La Sorbonne

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 At the beginning of 2020, Stop Fuelling War approached students of the student association Classe Internationale at La Sorbonne university in Paris. We had originally planned to have a seminar on French arms trade and it's impacts at the university with the same people who participated in this interview, but as with many events this year it had to be cancelled. 

Instead, all participants were interviewed, with the same seven questions and then each individual had three questions unique to them. The result of these interviews was an article published in French on Classe Internationale, which an online news magazine, published by the students (by following this link):  " Arms export: what position for France" 

 We have included in this blog post the full set of questions and answers that was given by Holly to the student association, in English, for your reading. 

President's report 2019

Activities


During this past year, Stop Fuelling War has enjoyed a year of consolidation and strengthening our base. Thanks to our fledgling size, work has been uplifting, sometimes gruelling and always challenging! Activities have spanned reviewing internal processes, updating strategic plans, building the foundations of networking with fellow peace activists, coming to grips with the complicated administrative procedures of French labour laws and focussing on fund raising. Major events of the year were marked by our presence at Church and Peace's Kirchentag, participating in the UK Roots of Resistance-led protest against the arms show DSEI, participating in events organised by established peace networks and welcoming our first French Paris-based worker, made possible by the generosity of the Joseph Rowntree Trust.

 Why using the language of war is counterproductive in our global public health crisis: some reflections from self-isolation

 

fb postsClémence Buchet–Couzy is Peace Programme Assistant at QCEA.

One of the things that has really struck me in today’s peculiar times is the rhetoric of war used by many political leaders to talk about the COVID-19 situation. Such rhetoric seems at best misplaced during a public health crisis – and it could turn out to be extremely dangerous, by excusing violence. A military response is not what we need. On the contrary, the solidarity we can witness at various levels could be the beginning of a post-COVID-19 shift that I believe politicians across the world should be facilitating and promoting.

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