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INDEPENDENT QUAKER JOURNALISM SINCE 1843

CONTENTS – VOL 168 NO 16 3 Campaigners celebrate UK action on vulture funds 4 Young Friends tackle conflict and the peace testimony 5 A celebration of our work 6 What is a police state?

A traveller 7 Comment

Margaret Peacock and Helen Porter 8-9 Letters 10-11 Quakers and politics

Michael Bartlet 12-13 Moments from a Meeting

Roger Ellis 14 Let’s dismantle Trident

Ken Veitch 15 A visit from Gandhi

M Heather Adams 16 q-eye: witness 17 Friends & Meetings

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Cover image: Moments from a Meeting. Photo: Jez Smith. See pages 12-13. Images on this page: Fazakerley Village Hall. Photo courtesy Philip and Margaret Baker. See page 16. Attendees at the EMEYF spring gathering held in Moyallon. Photo: Laura Wirtz.

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the Friend, 16 April 2010