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Afghan Peace Conference 2013

An overview of the Afghanistan: What Next? peace conference held in London on 12 October 2013 by Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK to mark the twelfth anniversary of the current war in Afghanistan and the start of a new initiative to bring British and Afghan campaigners and communities for peace closer together. By Aisha Maniar

As the British government gears up for costly centenary celebrations of World War I in 2014, less public attention is being paid to the highly unpopular ongoing war in Afghanistan, which marked its twelfth anniversary on Monday 7 October. In a war that has now lasted longer than both the first and second world wars combined, the UK has lost almost 450 servicemen and women, with many casualties from other NATO states, and over 30,000 Afghan deaths, not including the unknown number of casualties of drone strikes. The situation in Afghanistan is currently at a major crossroads: 2014 will see elections for a new president as well as both Britain and the US withdrawing their militaries by the end of the year. They leave behind a country devastated by their presence, an unimproved security situation and questionable progress on the stated aims of the war, such as getting rid of the Taliban and liberating Afghan women, with even President Karzai stating that NATO has caused “a lot of suffering, a lot of loss of life, and no gains because the country is not secure.”

Read more: http://onesmallwindow.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/what-next-for-afghanistan/

Al Jazeera News Report of the conference: http://www.aljazeera.net/news/pages/4c891db4-8a1d-4d7b-8226-c293bc9d62dc

"Waddington 6" given a £10
fine and a successful verdict
for targeting drone base RAF
Waddington, the Judge Stobart
described the defendants as
"Delightful People" commenting
that it was "a legitimate target
for a legitimate protest" and
urging the 6 activists to appeal
the his guilty sentence; for more read:
http://dronewars.net/2013/10/08/
drone-protests-just-beginning-say-activists/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news
/uknews/law-and-order/10360977/
Clergymen-shut-down-base-that-
operates-drones-in-Afghanistan.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world
/2013/oct/07/anti-drones-protesters
-raf-judge

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2013/10/
drone-protesters-fined-for-criminal
-damage-at-raf-waddington/

2013 VCNV Delegation to Kabul prepare for a December departure with projects to make a booklet and film campaigning resources focusing on the lives of the APV: and a short documentary about women in Afghanistan who are about to give birth, reflecting their current fears, what life is and has been like, while giving the opportunity for a marginalized voice to speak about their lives in the country ranked "worse" for mortality during maternity where 1 in 11 women die during childbirth. For more information on the project see: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/afghanistan-a-difficult-birth
Brian Terrell VNCV US visited the UK as part of the Drones Week of Action. part of his tour included a talk at St Leonards on Sea:

On Friday, I attended a talk given by American peace activist, pacifist and co-ordinator with Voices for Creative Non Violence, Brian Terrell, at The Roomz in St Leonards-on-Sea, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick. He spoke about the increasing use of drones by the American and British military forces and the repercussions and consequences of their deployment.

Read more: http://hastingsonlinetimes.co.uk/hot-topics/campaigns/drone-deployment-uk
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