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A special issue of Social Alternatives devoted to ending war and building structures for peace

A special peace issue of Social Alternatives has been just published that is devoted to ending war and other related forms of violence and to building structures and values that will strengthen peace.

Edited by Frank Hutchinson, Ralph Summy and John Synott, this issue brings together local and international contributions from several universities as well as from the NGO sector.  Its major theme embraces the notion of declaring Anzac Day, April 25th, 2015, the beginning of a ‘Year of Peace’.

At a time when CPACS  is celebrating its 25th anniversary, it is a welcome sign that the current issue of Social Alternatives includes several contributions from CPACS affiliated peace researchers and educators.

The idea took root in the Anzac Day address delivered in 2014 by the late Governor Peter Underwood of Tasmania. His message was that ‘until we find the truth (of what causes wars), we cannot begin to pay proper homage and respect to those who fought in that terrible conflict 100 years ago and to the many others who have subsequently fought in other wars.’

Instead of glorifying war with the deeds of our soldiers ‘enthusiastically and unflinchingly carrying the torch of freedom in the face of murderous enemy fire’, we can best honour their sacrifices by embarking on studies to eliminate the custom of war and its practice of killing and being killed.

Kit Kelen, Stuart Rees, Mark Roberts, John Synott, Roger Vickery, B. N. Oakman, Lorraine McGuigan, Mark O’Connor, Alan Gould, Kate Noakes, Richard Hil, Linda Groff, Keith Suter, Margaret Reynolds, John Hallam, Drew Hutton, Peter Herborn, Richard Jackson, Brian Martin, Colin Power, Frank Stilwell, Marty Branagan, Lawrence S. Wittner, Hilary Summy, Mark Cryle, Henry Reynolds, Francis Hutchinson, Ralph Summy, John Synott.

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Get it here: http://socialalternatives.com/issues/year-peace


There is to be an official launch of the special peace issue at the Brisbane Writers Centre on February 26, 2015. This will be a day after the 25+CPACS, ‘Looking Back, Looking Forward’ Forum and celebratory dinner.