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South Sudan's child soldiers

In April UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said that more than 9,000 child soldiers have been fighting in South Sudan's civil war, recruited by both the army and rebel forces. These numbers account for These reports are based on observations of children with armed groups, children wearing military uniforms and carrying weapons, and children undergoing military training.

Viking invasion of the British Museum

By Sunniva Taylor

The London-based British Museum was (peacefully) invaded by uninvited guests four times in June: one Saturday afternoon people – many dressed as Vikings - erected a mobile long ship in the museum's Great Court in an act of vocal performance poetry initiated by the group BP or not BP; on separate lunchtimes visitors to the museum found a group of Quakers and friends holding a Meeting for Worship, surrounded by posters about BP; and on a weekend afternoon members of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE), a group of active Buddhist practitioners, held a walking mediation around the museum, reflecting on the link between big oil and climate change.

Conscription begins in UAE

The last CO Update reported plans in UAE to introduce conscription. This has now begun. Conscripts start at age 17, with high school students who have failed their last year of schooling delaying their conscription until they have completed final exams in the next academic year. The military training centres for conscripts can accommodate between 5,000 and 7,000 people. Conscription began on July 13.

The Yasuní in Ecuador: A model for nonviolent resistance

By Xavier León Vega

In Ecuador, antimilitarist and environmental activists are currently working together in a way that allows us to imagine a post-extraction society. Since the 1970s, the country has been heavily dependent on petroleum extraction in order to finance its budget and achieve sought-after 'development', as defined by the Western world view.

This has led to Ecuador depending on petroleum for almost 35% of its income. (El Telégrafo, 2012) This model based on extraction has not taken into consideration the environmental and social costs in some areas of the country, displacing and contaminating indigenous and rural communities in the areas where petroleum is extracted.

War Profiteer of the Month: Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems is one of the world's largest defence electronics manufacturers and integrators. Established in 1967, and based in Haifa, Israel, Elbit employs 11,000 people worldwide. It supplies the military, navy and air force in the occupation of Palestine, and has profited greatly from Israel's numerous attacks and assaults on the Palestinian and Lebanese people.

Comunicado a la opinion pública: Frente a las detenciones arbitrarias (batidas) ocurridas en la ciudad de Medellín

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Agosto 21 de 2014

El TEJIDO POR LA OBJECION DE CONCIENCIA – MEDELLÍN, se pronuncia frente a los hechosdel Jueves 14 de Agosto en los que el joven Objetor de Conciencia JOSÍAS JOHAN PATIÑO quien se dirigía hacia su trabajo fue retenido ilegalmente por efectivos del ejército nacional, provenientes de la Sexta División, Vigésima Séptima Brigada del Departamento del Putumayo, haciendo caso omiso a lo ordenado por la Corte Constitucional en la sentencia C-879 de 2011, en donde dice que “ningún joven puede obligarse a subirse al camión, ni ser reclutado a la fuerza. Es decir, ningún joven puede ser conducido a cuarteles o distritos militares, ni ser detenido por autoridades por largos periodos de tiempo, ni ser obligado a que le practiquen exámenes. Tampoco puede ser obligado a incorporarse a las filas”.

Campaign of the Month: Arming all Sides

For the next four years the First World War may be used to promote militarism. But to use the war to promote military spending and justify conflict is a miserable legacy for those who died. CAAT is challenging this militarism, which helps to sustain the arms trade now, by exposing the profiteering of the arms trade during the First World War, and the opposition to it that followed.

Call to stop US police militarisation and Urban Shield

As the police violence in Ferguson, MO continues and there is a growing outcry over military weapons transfers from the Pentagon to police departments all over the US, a group of Bay Area organizations and War Resisters League are organizing a week of action and education against Urban Shield, a massive SWAT team training and weapons expo set to take place September 4-8 in Oakland, CA. According to an internal memo between the Alameda County Sheriff's office to the Board of Supervisors, Urban Shield 2014 will cost at least $1.7 million. National programs such as 1033 under the Department of Defense, and Urban Shield, under the Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative, are behind the militarization of US police forces.

Arming the European Union?

By Wendela de Vries

“Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.”

Last year, the powerful DG Trade and Enterprise of the European Commission published a study on the European arms industry. The 'strategy for a stronger and more competitive European defence industry' stresses the need for a strong European arms industry, not only to provide security but first and foremost because the Commission considers the arms industry a great technological innovator and employment generator. According to the Commission, military research should be stimulated with EU money, and export regulation (“unnecessary red tape”) should be kept to a minimum. There was even the proposal to use the Commission as 'launching costumer' for new military products. When reading this Communication one can only conclude that the lobby of the European defence industry – by organisations like AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe - has been very effective.

25. – 31. Oktober: Machen Sie mit bei unserer Aktionswoche für militärfreie Bildung und Forschung

Auf der ganzen Welt gewinnt das Militär durch das Bildungssystem Zugang zu den jungen Leuten.

Das gibt dem Militär eine außergewöhnliche Möglichkeit, die Wahrnehmung von militärischer Gewalt jeder Generation zu formen und den Grundstein für zukünftige Rekrutierung zu legen.

25. – 31. Oktober: Die erste internationale Aktionswoche für militärfreie Bildung und Forschung: eine konzertierte Aktion von Antimilitaristen aus der ganzen Welt, um das Bewußtsein zu wecken und die Rolle des Militärs in der Bildung anzugehen, und Alternativen bekanntzumachen.