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I've worked primarily with community groups for many years – mostly in the UK, but also in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The materials produced from that work have relevance not just to the people who commissioned them, but many other communities too. For that reason I maintain an on-line archive of my work.

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Peace

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Pollution/Waste

Simplicity/Less

Quakerism

Video and Audio

The 'Peace' theme covers work related to anti-militarism and nuclear weapons campaigning.

Non-violence has always been at the core of my work. Not just in the themes I work on, but also in my own actions, and the way in which I encourage others to act.

As both weapons and technology become ever more powerful and pervasive in society – as indicated by the Edward Snowden leaks – what is done in the name of "security" goes beyond physical violence, creating a kind of 'virtual' or 'soft' societal violence against people and their civil rights.


The 'Peace' Theme

inc image Ramblinactivist 10/17: ''Keep Space for Peace', part 2 – USAF Croughton'

22/12/2017

This video investigates not just USAF Croughton ('RAF' assumes a level of control that does not, in reality, exist), but also the evolution of the idea of "network-centric warfare" as it has developed at this site. USAF Croughton is about to undergo a large upgrade to extend its mission. The new 'Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre' (JIAC) will create an intelligence hub in Europe that will co-ordinate NATO (but predominately US) military and intelligence services across the new 'electronic battle space'. That means not just continuing its existing involvement in various activities which violate international law and the Laws of War; it will intensify the capacity of the US to project its power using technology across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The video concludes with a brief snippet from the 'Keep Space for Peace' week demonstration and rally at Croughton in October 2017.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 9/17: ''Keep Space for Peace', part 1 – NSA Menwith Hill'

06/12/2017

A trip to NSA Menwith Hill, for the 'Keep Space for Peace' week gathering. It's possible to say many things about this site, and give a technical analysis of its capabilities, but what concerns me is something relatively simple. Who is accountable for the acts carried out within the perimeter fence? In this short film I take a look around the site, look at a little of its history, and document the marvellous Tuesday evening actions that take place here each week. The last third gives a brief digest of the presentations from the 'Keep Space for Peace' global event at Menwith.

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inc image USAF Croughton – Keep Space for Peace 2017

15/09/2017

USAF Croughton is about to undergo one of the biggest redevelopments since it was constructed by the USAF almost 70 years ago. The new "Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex" will put the site at the heart of a web of military and intelligence networks stretching from the USA to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. However, given the nature of the operations this will involve, the question arises as to whether the development is lawful under International Law.

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file icon 'Keep Space for Peace 2017' – WEBM video
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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Fracking, Austerity and Brexit – why 'grey-haired' activists must support direct action today'

14/03/2017

Of late I've been trying not to sound like Monty Python's 'Four Yorkshiremen' sketch. I'm trying to communicate the idea that while some things in the world of direct action have not changed, some things – particularly the law – have changed for the better.

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inc image The USAF Croughton 'Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre' development

01/10/2016

US military doctrine is changing. Today the political imperative behind military action is to minimize the risks to military personnel, while maximizing the ability to "project force" around the globe in support of the USA's political objectives. This shift in doctrine is also driving changes in how the the US operates its installations. At USAF Croughton, on the border of Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, that means its historic role as a 'telephone exchange' for the US military, intelligence agencies and the State Department is being upgraded and extended.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'The Terror Dividend – how traders and lobbyists made a killing from the Paris attacks'

25/11/2015

The scenes which emerged from Paris almost two weeks ago ago were horrific, and undoubtedly only scratch the surface of the true devastation upon the families and friends of those involved. There is still little detail about how the attacks in Paris were planned. Given the close association of those involved in the attack, it seems unlikely that high-tech 'command and control' via encrypted communications from Syria were an essential component of the planning process. Likewise the source of the weapons for the attack probably has little to do with the Syrian conflict directly. They are most likely the legacy of the NATO-led conflict in the the Balkans two decades ago. The fall-out from the present conflicts in Libya, Syria and Iraq – given the large stockpiles of conventional arms those states had amassed – are also likely to create regional instability for some years to come.

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inc image Keep Space for Peace Week, USAF Croughton 2015

03/10/2015

A short video (produced by Oxfordshire Peace Campaign) on USAF Croughton, drones and surveillance, filmed at the Croughton Peace Festival 2015.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'Eco-sceptic politicians, not terrorists, are the greatest threat to the British public today – statistics versus polemic in 'The War Against Terrorism''

03/09/2014

Over the last few weeks, as the situation in Syria and Iraq has deteriorated, we've seen politicians in the West become more bellicose about the "threat" of terrorism to our way of life. What few in this debate seem to address is whether there is any objective data, compared to other non-terrorist "threats", to support that assertion. Rather like the "reds under the bed" scares of the Cold War, the threat of 'Islamism' is held up as an existential threat to the British public innocently going about their daily lives. However, if we look at the statistics we can't demonstrate that claim.

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inc image The Quiet Militarisation of West Wales' Skies

July 2014

As technology changes, so Britain's military policy has changed. For decades the military's presence in the hills of Wales was experienced through the fencing-off of large areas of land for military exercises, and the use of the region's local long winding valleys for pilot training. Now a new phase is about to begin, with the use of Wales' landscape to support the development and testing of 'unmanned aerial vehicles' (UAVs) – or "drones".

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'The Quiet Militarisation of West Wales' Skies'

18/03/2014

In rural West Wales, the Ministry of Defence and its private sector partner QinetiQ are about to launch a new era in Britain's engagement with drone technology. Paul Mobbs outlines how the skies of West Wales are being forced into the debate on the legality and democratic accountability of drones and mass state surveillance.

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inc image Campaigners call for halt to nuclear convoys

27/02/2014

Banbury Guardian, 27th February 2014 "Anti-nuclear campaigners have spoken out against lorry convoys loaded with nuclear materials that pass through Banburyshire and which they say pose a potentially catastrophic risk to human life."

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'The coming military/industrial drone 'investment agenda''

04/02/2014

It's noticeable – after following the tech & policy journals for almost two years now – that in the US the drones issue has shifted from being a "military/defence" agenda to an "industrial investment" agenda. That in turn is bringing with it a more aggressive posturing in policy circles due to the "benefits" (jobs, "growth", etc.) that it is perceived to bring.

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inc image Drones, cyberwarfare and democracy

October 2013

The draft chapter for the book, 'World in Chains: The Impact of Nuclear Weapons and Militarisation from a UK Perspective'. The essay looks not simply at drones or surveillance, but the more critical technological framework within which these uses of technological capabilities take place. More importantly, if we look forward to the foreseeable changes in digital technologies over the next decade or two, we can see that these technologies will become more powerful, and able to be wielded against the interests of democracy and human rights by the most powerful states with the capability to develop them.

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inc image "Anti-TWAT" (anti-The War Against Terrorism)

November 2001

Anti-TWAT was produced as part of the electrohippies day of action against the Afghan War, which launched a global on-line action from a tipi on top of a mountain in Wales (well, someone had to do it!).

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inc image Reclaim the Bases, USAF Croughton 1985

May 1985

This is a short 5 minute extract, focussing specifically on Croughton and Barford, is from a longer video made by Cruisewatch in 1985 called, "The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier". It shows the campaign to reopen the right-of-way across the base, running from Croughton to Juniper Hill, which was closed off during the early 1980's expansion of the base.

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