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Peace prize for drone researcher: Refuses to make weapons
image”I don't want to build drones for the military”, wrote Dylan Cawthorne in the Danish trade magazine for engineers - and for this attitude the peace organisation ”Aldrig Mere Krig” (”Never More War”) has now honoured him with the association's Peace Rose. Cawthorne is an aerospace engineer and associate professor at the Drone Centre at the University of Southern Denmark.
Cawthorne warns of a ”militarization of public Danish universities”, and that he himself is exposed to ”increased pressure from management to work on military projects”, with ”financial gain as the primary motive”.
Despite the pressure, Cawthorne refuses to work on military projects, and will insist on developing only civilian drones – for the benefit of healthcare and similar humanitarian tasks: ”Then I can combine my love of flight and fabrication, with my dream of making the world a better place.”
The Peace Rose was awarded to Dylan Cawthorne on Sunday the 10th of September in front of his artwork ”Kites for Peace”. The award certificate from the peace organisation honours Cawthorne for ”the courage to demand technology for peace and not for war”.
”In a world where science has made our leaders all too skilled at creating havoc and causing destruction, but not at solving their conflicts peacefully, it is important for daring individuals to speak out against the onslaught of militarisation”, said Tom Vilmer Paamand, who is chairman of the peace organisation, at the presentation:
”Freedom of research is threatened, just as freedom of speech is, when suddenly there is no room for sober thoughts against war. That is why people like Dylan Cawthorne, who dare anyway, are so badly needed.”
”Aldrig Mere Krig” is the Danish section of War Resisters' International, and has been handing out its Peace Roses for over 50 years. Over the years, the prize has been given for many forms of action, and to many types of actors - from dock workers to artists, journalists and even to a commander of the special forces. And in a similar case to Cawthorne's, to the engineering company Rambøll, which at that time had a philosophy of not wanting to ”make money from the arms industry”.
Tom Vilmer Paamand - september 2023








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imageTysklands præsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier holdt en fint fredelig tale i Potsdam den 3. oktober ved 30-året for landets besværlige genforening. Her er et forkortet uddrag:
"... Den nationale samling i 1871 blev tvunget frem med jern og blod, efter krige med vore naboer, på en baggrund af preussisk dominans, militarisme og nationalisme.
For et par dage siden besøgte jeg Det Militærhistoriske Museum i Dresden, hvor utallige af den tids børnebøger hænger i snore fra loftet. De var om små drenge, der næppe kunne se ud over bordkanten, men som allerede stolt bar soldateruniform og entusiastiske var klar til at gå i krig. Denne forherligelse af militant nationalisme, denne forherligelse af krig og heltedød lige fra barndommen, det var denne epokes ulyksalige ånd. Det tyske imperiums grundlæggelse førte til den katastrofe, som Første Verdenskrig var.
Helt forskelligt fra dette er de billeder, som vi alle bærer indeni af forandringen for tredive år siden. Folk, der festede oven på Muren, med glædestårer og knus. Soldater og folkepolitiet, der kastede deres våben. Angsten havde skiftet side. Statsmagten var magtesløs, fordi folk ikke længere fulgte den.
Også noget andet var anderledes. Genforeningen i 1990 var ikke ledsaget af sabelraslen og erobringskrige. Den blev forhandlet internationalt, nedskrevet i en aftale og indlejret i en europæisk og international fredsorden. En orden som generationer af politikere, på trods af alle tilbageslag i de lange år med Den Kolde Krig, havde formået at skabe efter Den Anden Verdenskrig. ..."

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