We had our last symposioum in London this May. It was a great day. We looked at issues about dissent and conscience in the modern world. These themes are constantly appearing in the news. So, here’s a few recent articles for you to read.
The film tells the story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss, who served as a medic alongside the Americans fighting the Japanese in the Pacific. The film focuses on the 1945 battle of Okinawa, where Doss single-handedly moved 75 injured men to safety under enemy fire. He was awarded the congressional medal of honour for his bravery by US President Harry Truman and was also awarded a Purple Heart three times and a Bronze star medal. The Amazing Spider-Man star, Garfield, will play Doss.
As part of the regular spring call-up of conscripts, the 23-year old Chorba was ordered to report to his local Rechitsa Military Conscription Office on 21 May. On 14 April Chorba requested exemption from military service as it contradicts his religious beliefs. He also stated his willingness to do civilian alternative service, in a letter Forum 18 has seen.
South Korea should immediately end the needless imprisonment of hundreds of young men who refuse to do compulsory military service for religious or philosophical reasons. More than 600 South Korean men are imprisoned each year for being conscientious objectors, often with devastating social and economic consequences.
From Iraq and Afghanistan and their effects on those who tangle with them, to Russia, still under the thumb of the former KGB man watching “his” Germany fall apart, the traces of the old world shape the exhilarating, risky one we struggle with now.
American and British intelligence used a secret relationship with the founder of a Swiss encryption company to help them spy during the Cold War, newly released documents analysed by the BBC reveal.