Kabul Calling Moscow... Another Elbit factory closed down by people power, PLUS Fly Kites Not Drones NEXT MONTH
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Last October the Afghan Peace Volunteers asked me if I could put them in touch with Russian peace activists.  A tall order, you may think, and so did I.  I visited Russia in September but it was a weekend in November which provided the contacts I needed.  I attended a conference about Quakers in Russia, and met the two people who work at Friends’ House Moscow, Natasha and Sergei.  They were both very positive about connecting with the APV and I gave each group contact details and website information.  

Natasha told me that they had a Skype call with Kabul which she found very interesting despite frequent failures in the connection.  Happily both she and Sergei speak excellent English so language communication was fine.

I hope this Moscow/Kabul link continues as it reflects the desire of the APV to connect with as many like minded people they can.  

Natasha read the APV website carefully and told me she really admires what the APV are doing in Kabul.  She added that what she finds most inspiring is the fact that they exist at all.

Afghanistan and Russia are countries with histories of violence and they are countries which have been at war with each other.  As always it is the innocent who suffer most when powerful leaders make war.  

To be witnesses to, and practitioners of, nonviolence in a violent world is something to celebrate and talk about.  That’s what we try to do in these newsletters. 

Susan Clarkson


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The Shift

Kathy Kelly (writing from prison)

Here in Lexington Federal Prison Camp, Atwood Hall defies the normal Bureau of Prisons fixation on gleaming floors and spotless surfaces. Creaky; rusty; full of peeling paint, chipped tiles, and leaky plumbing; Atwood just won’t pass muster.

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Fly Kites Not Drones 21st March 2015

Join the Afghan Peace Volunteers once again, in raising a kite to the skies, and resisting drone warfare. This year we would like to fly kites in solidarity with all the children around the world who have to live under the threat of drones, which are 'high- tech terrorism'. Resist. Say NO to DRONES, hold a kite making workshop in your town, and fly a kite on the 21st March - Persian New Year. #flykitesnotdrones 


Instro Precision, an arms company near Broadstairs (Kent), was occupied at 5am this morning to protest its sales to both Israel and Afghanistan. Four people were on the roof with banners to shut the factory down, with ten more on the ground, one of whom is locked to the fence. Protestors have recently been removed after 15 hours of occupation, and three deliveries being turned away - whoop.
Read more  #stoparmingisrael  #StopElbit 

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