Shaughan Dolan
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Campaigns Manager for the peace building NGO Conscience: Taxes for Peace not War. I campaign to protect and promote UK peacebuilding initiatives across the world. I have also frequented the offices of the Electoral Reform Society, West Berkshire Liberal Democrats, Lynne Featherstone MP and the Local Government Information Unit.

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Israel - A Country Without A Conscience?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (17:25)

This March saw the passing of the "Equal Service Bill" by the Israeli Parliament ending the exemption of Haredi Jews from national service. Haredim, which means "those who tremble before God" in Hebrew, make up about 10 percent of Israel's population of eight million.

This is part of...

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Remembering Those Who Refuse To Kill

(1) Comments | Posted 14 May 2014 | (15:05)

May 15th will be marked this year by a simple ceremony in Tavistock Square. People will gather to remember those who for reasons of Conscientious Objection refused conscription into the armed services in the First World War.

In 1916, the new Military Service Act was introduced in the UK. It...

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Affluence Without Education: Newbury's Hidden Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted 4 April 2013 | (19:09)

Newbury is one of England's most beautiful and affluent areas and was recently ranked one of the best places to live in the UK. Therefore people move to places like Newbury with certain expectations. Young families see the town as a perfect place to raise children. These expectations...

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Richard Benyon's Bad Science - How Data is Ignored by DEFRA

(3) Comments | Posted 23 October 2012 | (18:29)

I've never been a deeply ideological person. I think part of this comes from studying a science degree which required an enforced neutrality. Part of it is an understanding that my principals do not dictate the nature of reality. The denial of reality is one of the ugliest aspects of...

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Politicians Must Understand Violence Is a Process

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2012 | (20:26)

In the August riots of 2011 I had to experience something nobody should have to - I watched my home city burn. Politicos of all stripe were quick to condemn, but slow to explain, why the poorest communities in south London woke up one day and decided to destroy themselves....

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Richard Benyon MP is Unfit for DEFRA

(3) Comments | Posted 27 May 2012 | (12:14)

I'm a big believer of it's not where you're from, it's what you do that matters. Richard Benyon is one of the richest landowners in Berkshire, the great, great, great grandson of a former Prime Minister Lord Salisbury and lives in a Tudor Mansion. He is firmly in the 1%...

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Cash-for-Cameron: The Unanswered Questions

(10) Comments | Posted 26 March 2012 | (20:30)

What's next for Cruddas? I'm no criminal lawyer but it makes one wonder if soliciting donations from a rich foreign investor with the promise of influencing government policy is illegal. I would probably think it is, even if the he in question was 'just bragging' which is the current line...

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Lords Reform: Why the Man in the Pub Needs It

(7) Comments | Posted 6 March 2012 | (23:00)

Whenever I start a campaign I ask myself a simple question - what does this mean to the man in the pub? The sense that a cause must be made relevant to others is often somehow lost by the policy wonks of Westminster. The latest casualty of this phenomenon is...

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