After months of NATO and Russian posturing, Russia’s invasion into Ukraine began on February 24th. Due to NATO’s failure to stop its Eastern expansion, and massive weapons exports into Ukraine from the West we are now witnessing millions of civilians fleeing Ukraine. The world has responded with unprecedented global sanctions on Russia, as well as boycotts on Russian products - including oil. Safe evacuation routes from beleaguered cities have not yet been established, and so far, weak diplomatic efforts have failed. The ramifications are being felt on a global scale. Yet again we endure a military first approach, whilst nonviolent solutions and peace negotiations remain an underfunded afterthought. - betterworld.info/Ukraine with 8,000 links - Share!
Tired of bloated military budgets, underfunded peace efforts, and lack of social investment – Rethinking Security are looking to curb military spending by challenging government policies that fail citizens and the planet. After four failed wars, the Covid-19 pandemic, damning climate reports, and now the cost-of-living crisis, can the government still justify massive military budgets with the very low probability of future military threats? Let's prioritise non-violent conflict resolution which tackles the root causes of wars. Focus on sustainable spending and use of resources, reject all involvement with nuclear weapons including funding, and restrict arm exports.
Despite huge unpopularity from the general public, and promises to not sell, Johnson’s Conservative government continues to threaten the British healthcare system. Contracts have been signed to outsource more and more operations. The threat of a post-Brexit UK/US deal is ever looming. We explore the cuts, the protests, and key updates here.
Since the UK referendum in 2016, the world has watched the withdrawal process from the EU with curious eyes. From the very beginning it was marred with deadlocks, voting controversy, delays, extensions, and a seemingly never-ending transition period. We cover the trade deals, Article 50, the economy, environment, energy, and many more issues yet to be agreed on.
To cope with increasing passenger numbers work has commenced on a second high-speed rail line in the UK. Great for commuters, not so much for the environment or anything sitting in its path. Delays and further reviews have set back progress over various concerns including noise, CO2 emissions, and the destruction of ancient woodlands.