"Governments have spent trillions on preparing for military threats created by their own policies. No one prioritised human and societal security. The unique over-reaction to COVID-19 should worry us much more than the virus itself. It can be seen as a panicky attempt to cover-up the failure of an outdated militarist security policy", writes Jan Øberg (TFF) in the first part of his article "The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security". More here

Ray Acheson of the Womens' International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) notes that UN Secretary-General António Guterres has issued an appeal urging a global ceasefire in the face of the “common enemy” of COVID-19. WILPF welcomes the speech, Acheson writes. "However, a ceasefire is not enough," she continues: "The users of weapons—whether state forces or non-state armed groups—are not the only ones responsible for the horrific levels of violence we see in armed conflict everyday around the world. The companies that make these weapons, the governments that approve sales and transfers, and the brokers that facilitate arms deals are also responsible. And while soldiers and militants must lay down their weapons, these others must also stop providing them." Ray Acheson's article"COVID-19: From Ceasefire to Divestment and Disarmament is found here.