To die violently and at the hands of hate in a place of worship, a place that is supposed to be inviolable, a place imbued with the energy of prayers spoken and shouted, hymns sung and moaned, bodies hugged and loved, is an unspeakable violation of goodness and justice in the world.
One of the most important yet least-heralded activists of the 20th century, George’s name is synonymous with the early history of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the foundations of the civil rights movement, and the growth of the international solidarity movement with African liberation struggles.
Over the last three weeks, I’ve travelled more than 10,000 miles to meet FOR members and activists around the country. It has been an inspiration to meet with individuals and groups who are committed to a more peaceful and just world, and I am continually blessed to be a part of the FOR network.
As Winston Churchill once quipped “God so loved the world that he did not send a committee”.
On Monday, May 11th, Oliver Timmons died in his sleep. The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. At the young age of 58, we all lost a tremendous human being.
In “Nuclear-weapon Non-prolifereation and Global Order” I outlined the framework of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the role of the Review Conferences. Here I will deal first with the evolution of the NPT Reviews and then turn to possible avenues for future action.
The Review Conference on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) started at the United Nations in New York on 27 April and is planned to run until 22 May. (In 1980, the Review had run three extra days in the hope of being able to reach consensus on an agreed “outcome document” in which it failed.