Category Archives: UK -Britain

Filling in a Big Hole in Quaker History Writing, But not very accessible – UPDATE!

[UPDATED] The Quaker decades after the big Separation in 1827 are not well recorded and explained by Quaker historians.

The silence is especially loud on the “liberal” and Hicksite side.

This new book takes an important step toward opening up that “closed” history.
While its price is typically exorbitant ($50 for paperback; $118 hardcover, no E-book edition yet, interested Friends can ZOOM in for a discussion of it at the event described below.

The pricing policies for so much “scholarly” publishing keeps its “product” essentially out of most Friends’ reach and off most meeting library shelves. That’s such a shame, and my hat is off to the Amazon reader reviewer named “Shantinik” who called  it out this way;

“This is a book that should be widely available to Quakers and others. It won’t be. At this price, most Friends Meeting libraries won’t order it. Individual Quakers won’t. My local library won’t. My local university library won’t order it unless a professor requests it (and they won’t.).
No kindle edition? Means people with visual disabilities won’t be able to read it either. . . .”

If thee’s interested in this important period (and thee should be: lots happened that still matters), there’s a glimpse of it available on March 16, here —

Stephen Angell, Pink Dandelion, and David Harrington Watt will lead a book discussion on their latest edited book, The Creation of Modern Quaker Diversity, 1830 – 1937.


My apologies: I neglected to include the Zoom link that was provided along with the poster image, but not on it. Here it is:

Join the discussion in person or via Zoom using this link:

March 18, 11:20 AM EST @ ESR – Bring your brown bag lunch; we will provide deserts

Don’t Miss This Classic Radio Christmas Story from Canada!

War clouds were gathering as winter arrived in 1990. President George H. W. Bush was mobilizing a huge military strike to roll back Saddam Hussein’s occupation of Kuwait. War fever was being ginned up on every side, ignoring huge protests and objections even from Pope John Paul II.

I was working at a large post office in northern Virginia, moving sacks and bundles and mails, on shifts that stretched into the cold nights. I was surrounded by many coworkers who were traumatized Vietnam veterans, being triggered in numerous ways by the approaching battles. My opposition to the war was very much a minority view there; mainly I kept quiet about it. Continue reading Don’t Miss This Classic Radio Christmas Story from Canada!

A fresh wave of hard-right populism is stalking Europe

In Germany, the AfD are weaponising climate change

The Economist — Sep 14th 2023
A spectre is haunting Europe: the spectre of a rising hard right. In Germany the overtly xenophobic Alternative for Germany (afd) has surged to become the country’s second-most popular party.
Its success is polarising domestic politics and it seems poised to triumph in state elections in the east next year. In Poland the ruling Law and Justice party is leading the polls ahead of a general election on October 15th, and it is being drawn further to the right by an extreme new party, Confederation.

Continue reading A fresh wave of hard-right populism is stalking Europe

U. S. & China are new Competitors in an old, obscure, but important island dispute

A tug of war between China and America in the Indian Ocean

Saltwire: Atlantic Canada News Service — Sept. 6, 2023

The Chagos islands, with Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean

Most of the international community regards the Chagos Islands as belonging to Mauritius, from which they were detached in 1965.
Henry Srebrnik, a professor of political science at the University of Prince Edward Island, provided the following opinion article.

Is the sun about to set on Britain’s control of the Chagos Islands? This archipelago of around 60 islands can be found halfway between East Africa and Southeast Asia. They are over 1,500 kilometres south of India, and even further from Mauritius, from which they were detached in 1965.

The Chagos group is currently governed by London as the British Indian Ocean Territory, but most of the international community regards it as belonging to Mauritius.

Also at stake is the future of the indigenous population, the Chagossians, who were expelled from their homes in the 1960s and 1970s. For decades, Britain has blocked them from returning to their islands. For what reason? And why has this become the centre of a power struggle between the United States and China?

Unlawful occupation Continue reading U. S. & China are new Competitors in an old, obscure, but important island dispute

Cluster Bombs to Ukraine? They Say No.

Here’s why supplying Ukraine with cluster munitions would be a terrible mistake

Left, Jeff Merkley, former Sen. Pat Leahy

Opinion by Patrick Leahy and Jeff Merkley

Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, is a former U.S. senator from Vermont. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, is a U.S. senator from Oregon who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee.

A few weeks after the Kremlin launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year, reports from the battlefield revealed that Russian troops were using cluster munitions against Ukrainian targets.
This news prompted a top U.S. official, as well as observers from dozens of other countries and humanitarian organizations, to denounce Moscow’s use of a weapon widely recognized as causing disproportionate civilian casualties. Continue reading Cluster Bombs to Ukraine? They Say No.